Article Written By Darth Vapor, Cannabis Culture - Monday, August 2 2010
I was recently handed a cutting-edge piece of handheld whip system technology. Feeling a bit like Worf from Star Trek, I inquired more about this space-age vaporizing majesty.
The response was, "you know your vaporizers; try the thing out. Beat it up. And then hit us back with a review."
So here it is, my review of the Vapir NO2 Portable Digital Vaporizer.
I started by taking it to the beach and used it extensively there, drawing on it by taking deep, well-focused rips. The first thing I figured out: damn this unit heats up quick and burns hot! I immediately used the digital display and temperature controls to turn it down to 357 degrees making it a lot more enjoyable.
The ergonomic design is great but there is a downfall. A few of the lucky beach stoners I asked to help me test this unit accidentally turned the element off with the heel of their hand. This is not really a big deal, and it is easy to avoid by holding the device a little lower.
Another noted response was the odd shape of the device. One girl smiled when I passed it to her and responded, "wow, sexual looking, almost phallic." We vaped and laughed it up. Moments later I passed it to a young urban poet I met on the path. "Damn that shit looks like some kinda female sex toy," he said. We laughed it up as I told him about the beach girl's response.
These were the only negative things I could find about the Vapir NO2.
How does this device compare to other handheld vaporizers? IT DOMINATES! It has an easy-to-load top chamber that allows you to adjust the depth by lowering the screen if you want to add more herb. It comes equipped with a bamboo stir stick with a curved end making it easy to get your herb in and out of the loading chamber.
It fits a decent amount of green and comes with a great little plastic measuring scoop to gauge how much to add to the chamber. The NO2 utilizes a whip style technology, so if you're expecting a forced-air unit like the Vapir One you won't find it here.
Vapir's NO2 is great for the adventurist or any extreme sportsman or avid outdoorsman, allowing the user the freedom of taking vape rips beside a waterfall, hanging on a side of a cliff, riding on a downhill mountain bike trail. If you really wanted, you could use this thing while skydiving.
The machine comes with a removable, rechargeable battery that takes about three hours to fully charge and provides a solid 80 minutes of inhaling if you disengage the heating element when refilling. But hey, if you can't get to where you want to be in 80 minutes of vaporizing you probably need better herbs. The unit will run continuously while plugged into the charger and an industrious smoker could add a solar powered trickle charger for continuous use at a campsite or on the beach.
Truly amazing is the price. At only $179.99 US, it is one of the most affordable high-quality vaporizers on the market. (Buy one here)
The NO2 is really the future of vaping and if you are a fan of this style of inhalation products I strongly suggest you move the Vapir NO2 to the front of your portable vaporizer fleet and like your American Express, don't leave home without it!
Enjoy! I know I am.
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