Top Portable Vaporizers 2014

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As the year draws to a close, looking back on the past 12 months of vaporizer releases and their popularity, a few are bound to stand head and shoulders above the rest. To recognize the achievements of these awesome units, we’ve created this post that highlights the best units in 2014. Let’s get into it to see who made the exclusive list!

2014's Top Portable Vaporizers 


Top Portable Vaporizers 2014


#3 Arizer Solo

#3) The Arizer Solo

In the 3rd spot we have the Solo, a portable unit that has earned itself a great name among connoisseurs for its solid build quality and amazing vapor quality. Part of what helps this unit deliver an amazing experience is its temperature range. You can choose one of 7 temperature settings that allow you to vaporize between 50 Celsius and 210 Celsius, which goes a long way in satisfying connoisseurs of varying vapor preferences. The Solo also uses glass to make sure the pathway is pure to keep the vapor true to the flavor of your botanical.  The unit’s body is made of aluminum to make for a very robust unit that you can rely on to last for a long time. To improve on the unit’s portability, you can also purchase a ZEUS Armor Hard Case to keep all the unit’s accessories safe and secure!




#2 ZEUS Thunder

#2) The ZEUS Thunder

The ZEUS Thunder came into the scene as the debut unit from ZEUS Arsenal – the makers of the Bolt Grinder and Vortex Grinder. This unit broke into the scene and quickly earned a great name from reviewers like the folks at Gizmodo and developed a loyal following from people who loved that that the unit could handle dry botanical, waxes, and oils. Of course, it doesn’t vaporize dry botanical, but the ability to carry around loaded Z-Core E’s when you’re out on the go is super convenient way to enjoy your botanical while you’re away from the house. The Thunder's black PVD coating makes it sleek, sexy and an awesome companion to any connoisseur who likes to enjoy extracts while on the move. 







#1 The Ascent

#1) The Ascent

The Ascent was released to an insane amount of anticipation – and for good reason. This unit was the very first to feature an all glass vapor pathway that could be retracted into the unit to keep the glass safe from breakage. This makes for pure tasting vapor that’s smooth and satisfying and was only second to the Solo in the portable category. The software was also a first of its kind and brought to users the ability to customize their vaporizing session with pre-set and times cycles. This means you can set the unit to cycle through temperatures that you’d usually manually input at certain times in your session, then just sit back and let the unit do all the work as you enjoy an experience that’s personally tailored to your preferences. When you look at all the Ascent has to offer in its portable, cellphone-like package, it’s easy to see why so many people love it.




When you look at the list, it’s clear that the bar has been set high. It takes more than a new paint job to impress a connoisseur and the functionality and quality of these units has earned each of these units their place in the top 3 list. That isn’t to say these units is all 2014 had to offer – there were many new additions to the world of portable vaporizers that look like they might take 2015 by storm! Some of these units may not sit in the top 3 next year, but we look forward to seeing the growth and progress that will surely come with the next 365 days. One thing we can say for sure is the future of vaporizing looks bright! 

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Pax versus Utillian 650 Vaporizer Showdown

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The end of 2014 has seen many new units in the portable vaporizer scene, but we’ve also seen a new manufacturer enter the fray as well! Utillian is a new player in the vaporizer world that’s brought to us the Utillian 650, a small flask-looking portable unit that’s simple and reliable. Is it any completion for the hyped-up Pax? Let’s get into this showdown and see who the real champion is!

Pax vs Utillian 650 

Pax versus Utillian 650 Vaporizer Showdown


Vapor Quality Winner - Utillian 650
Vapor Quality 

The Pax doesn’t have the best vapor quality. They’ve done what little they can to make the vapor better by using a special screen to keep the smaller particles out of the vapor, but the vapor is quite warm despite that, especially at the highest settings. The vapor is halfway decent at first, but the unit begins to get dirty inside quickly and the vapor quality sharply declines. 

The Utillian 650 has a silicone mouthpiece that’s highly resistant to heat so it imparts no flavors onto your vapor. It’s also very easy to clean so you don’t have to spend hours trying to get the mouth piece back to being good as new. The length of the vapor pathway allows the vapor sufficient time to cool on its way to your mouth so you get smooth and pure vapor every time.




Manufacturing Quality Winner - Utillian 650
Manufacturing Quality

The Pax has an aluminum shell with a plastic mouth piece. The unit itself is actually very visually pleasing as it has been designed to look sleek and stylish, but there are some serious issues when it comes to functionality that cause this unit to fall short in this category. The mouthpiece is the biggest problem as the unit’s issue with getting dirty quickly ends up leading to you being unable to turn the unit on when the mouthpiece gets stuck in the off position. This is a serious oversight on the part of the manufacturer that ends up making the unit totally unusable! 

The Utillian 650 has an aluminum shell with high quality plastic and silicone making up the rest of the outside of the unit. The heating chamber is ceramic which helps to produce pure tasting vapor and helps to reinforce this unit’s strength, which is its ability to provide an easy and reliable experience.

Temperature Flexibility Winner - Pax
Temperature Flexibility 

The Pax has 3 temperature settings that you can cycle through by pulling off the mouth piece and pressing the white button inside the unit under the mouth piece. The temperature settings let you vaporize at 188 Celsius, 199 Celsius, or 210 Celsius. This may not be the broadest range of temperatures, but it is enough to produce a couple different types of vapor.

The Utillian 650 has one temperature which, unfortunately can’t be altered. This does make for a consistent experience, but it does fall a bit short of the temperature flexibility of the Pax.








Portability Winner - Utillian 650
Portability  

The Pax has been designed to be easy to carry around. The entire unit is pretty small, light, and the mouthpiece retracts to make the unit more portable and less of a bother in your pocket. The outer shell is also quite durable which makes it easy to carry it around without worrying it might be damaged. Unfortunately for Ploom, the unit doesn’t hold a charge for long, so you can’t take this unit with you for long trips.

The 650 was also designed to be very portable and has a nice durable aluminum shell and is shaped like a flask. This makes it easy to carry around in your pocket wherever you have to go and you don’t have to worry about it getting damaged. The best part about this unit is that it has a great battery life that will let you take it with you on long excursions without a worry that you might be caught unprepared.


Discreetness Winner - Utillian 650
Discreetness 

The Pax is meant to be really discreet. Everything from the colour, to the operation, and even the general design of the unit helps it to be as discreet as possible. It gains some points there, but loses most of them because of the oven cover. The oven cover leaks vapor and odor which makes using this unit a lot less stealthy.

The 650 has a few things working for it in this category, the first being it’s shape. Looking like a flask means that you can use it in public in a stealthy manner. The second thing is that the black version of this unit has a very unassuming look that blends into most scenery. The last thing is that this unit keeps the vapor and odor isolated inside the unit, so your session is nice and stealthy every time!



Ease of Use Winner - Utillian 650
Ease of Use  

The Pax is a pretty easy unit to wrap your head around. Turning it on and off is simple and you can change the temperature by pulling the mouthpiece and pressing the button inside the unit. The problem with using this unit is that without regularly cleaning the unit, the mechanism to pop the mouth piece out gets stuck and you end up being unable to turn the unit on. This makes this unit much harder to use because each use should include a proper cleaning to make sure this unit doesn’t break on you. 

The 650 is extremely easy to use. The bottom swivels open so you can get into the heating chamber and you can load it, then turn it on and enjoy vapor as soon as the unit reaches temperature. Cleaning the unit is also really easily done with a pipe cleaner and some cleaning solution, but the unit doesn’t require much maintenance to provide a good experience.


Battery Life Winner - Utillian 650
Battery Life 

The Pax has a seriously problem in this category. Despite the hype of this unit, its battery only lasts for about 40 minutes of continuous vaporization. This makes it really hard to take this unit out with you on anything but a short excursion and expect it to last. 

The 650 has one of the most impressive batteries we’ve seen in a long time. This unit can run for about 3 hours of continuous use before needing to be charged again. This makes it really convenient to take with you on longer trips where you might want to have many sessions.







WINNER
Showdown Winner - Utillian 650

It was a great showing from the debut unit from Utillian in today’s battle. It puts up good numbers in all categories except temperature flexibility. That being said, what it lacks in temperature flexibility, it makes up for in consistency and reliability. This unit is amazing for anybody looking for an easy to use, no fuss type vaporizer. Good try Ploom, but the Utillian takes the trophy home today!

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Pax versus Crafty Vaporizer Showdown

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The Pax has been admired by many people even before it hit the market. The unit was one of the first to make vaporizing look cool and elegant, and that attracted a lot of attention. It may have captured many hearts because of that, but it was only a matter of time before the big guns in the vaporizing industry started dropping their own units to go toe-to-toe with Ploom's brainchild. Storz and Bickel recently released their first portable units and they both sit securely in the premium bracket to compete with units like the Pax, but how do they compare? To see just how one of Storz and Bickel’s new units would compare to the Pax, we decided to put the Crafty up against the Pax to see which had more to offer. Let’s get into the showdown to see who wins! 

Pax vs Crafty 

Pax versus Crafty Vaporizer Showdown


Vapor Quality Winner - Crafty
Vapor Quality 

The Pax’s vapor quality is pretty underwhelming. The reason for this is that the vapor is quite warm and pretty harsh. This goes double for the vapor produced at the unit’s highest temperature setting. Ploom did do what they could to make the vapor decent by creating a screen that works amazingly to trap small particles and keep them from getting in your mouth when you take a draw. Unfortunately, this isn’t enough to make the vapor anything but decent.

The Crafty comes from the bloodline of the much sought after Volcano, and brings with it the same sort of quality you’d expect of a Storz and Bickel product. The unit uses convection and conduction simultaneously to provide quick, efficiently extracted and delicious vapor from the first draw. The manufacturer also developed a cooling unit, which is the top of the unit and forces the vapor to move through it in such a way that is gets extra time to cool down so every draw is cool and smooth.

Manufacturing Quality Winner - Crafty
Manufacturing Quality 

The Pax is made mostly of aluminum with a plastic mouth piece. The unit actually looks really nice, but the problems with this unit aren’t in the way the unit looks. The issues are in some of the choices made by the manufacturer. The first is that the oven cover is magnetic. This is only a problem because heat and magnets don’t go together well and the heat will diminish the effectiveness of the magnets until the oven cover eventually fails which will likely be sooner rather than later. The second is that the mouthpiece, which is how you turn the unit on and off, gets gummed up really easy. When that happens you won’t be able to turn the unit on or off. These issues could have been avoided, but instead they stand as some of the unit’s biggest flaws. 

The Crafty’s shell is almost completely made of plastic, but it still manages to feel high quality. It may not look pretty, but the design features make this unit much more functional than the Pax. The cooling unit is well constructed and easy to take apart to clean, all the parts feel well machined and all the small details like the LED and the power button feel like they’ve been well attended to.

Temperature Flexibility Winner - Crafty
Temperature Flexibility 

The Pax has 3 temperature settings that you can cycle through by pulling off the mouth piece and pressing the white button inside the unit under the mouth piece. The temperature settings let you vaporize at either 188 Celsius, 199 Celsius, or 210 Celsius. This isn’t bad for temperature flexibility, but the lower temperature settings are below what we’d consider to be a temperature that can get good results. 

The Crafty has 2 initial temperature settings that can be engaged. The basic temperature is 180 Celsius and the booster temperature is 195 Celsius, but these are only the pre-sets. If you download the free app that comes with the unit, you can customize the temperatures to anything between 40 Celsius and 210 Celsius. This makes this unit capable of satisfying any connoisseur no matter their preferences!



Portability Winner - Crafty
Portability

The Pax was made to really maximize its portability among other things. They did this by making the unit small and allowing the mouth piece to retract into the unit. The unfortunate truth about this unit is that the poor battery life of this unit makes it less amazing to take with you unless you’re just going on a quick jaunt and might want a quick session or two outside the house. If you plan on using this unit for more than 40 minutes without access to a charger, you might want to rethink taking this unit with you.

The Crafty is quite a small unit. The mouth piece swivels in and out to keep it from becoming a problem when you put it in your pocket and the whole thing fits pretty easily in just about any pocket. The battery life is also better than the Pax which makes this a great unit to take with you out of the house.


Discreetness Winner - Crafty

Discreetness

The Pax was also meant to be as discreet as possible. The unit is colored to look less flashy, designed to be easy to put in your pocket and is small enough to fit in your hand pretty easily. Unfortunately for Ploom, the oven cover lets odor and vapor leak from the unit which leads to a much lower score in discreetness than it might otherwise have.

The Crafty’s one small weakness in this category is the LED, but that can be pretty easily covered up with your finger. The unit is pretty small so it’s easy to fit in your hand and the swivelling mouth piece is easy to bring out and swing back in. The unit also doesn’t let vapor escape at all which makes for a much more stealthy session.




Ease of Use Winner - Crafty

Ease of Use

The Pax can be turned on and off by retracting or extending the mouth piece, to load it just pull off the magnetic heating cover, fill the chamber, then close it again. The problem with this unit is how often it needs maintenance. In order to keep the vapor quality decent and keep the unit working you need to clean it on a very regular basis. This is a much bigger pain than many other units on the market.

The Crafty is a 1 button unit that you can tell was well thought out. The heating chamber is nice and wise which makes it really easy to load, even without the filling aid. Turning the unit on, off or changing the temperature can be done at the press of a button and even the app that you use to customize the temperature settings is really ease to understand and use.



Battery Life Winner - Crafty
Battery Life 

The Pax has a pretty underwhelming battery life. The unit only lasts about 40 minutes before it needs to be charged which is a huge problem. Part of a portable’s appeal is the ability to take with you on the go and enjoy sessions on the go. This unit’s battery life means that you won’t be able to enjoy many sessions before you’re forced to search for a way to charge your unit back up. 

The Crafty sacrificed battery life to make the unit more portable, but the unit still has a decent amount of battery life. The unit can run for an hour of continuous vaporizing which is a good amount more than the Pax. The best part is that because the unit is so efficient and because the unit turns itself off after 60 seconds of inactivity to save battery, the unit doesn’t need very long per session and it can give you that many more sessions!

WINNER
Showdown Winner - Crafty

The Pax may look great, but when it meets a unit that’s backed by many years of experience in the industry at the top of the game, there’s no competing. The Crafty is an expertly crafted vaping machine and it will take more than a cool new look to take down an industry powerhouse like that. Good try Ploom, but the Crafty has you beat! 

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Pax versus ZEUS Smite Vaporizer Showdown

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The Holiday season has brought to connoisseurs the early gift of a whole heap of new vaporizers to enjoy. With all the new units available purchase, it can be hard to sort through them and pick the best one for you. To help make that decision a bit easier, we’ve created this showdown to put a newcomer from ZEUS Arsenal, the Smite, against the pretty PR success, the Pax! Let’s get into the review to see which one of these units comes out on top!

Pax vs Smite 

Pax versus ZEUS Smite Vaporizer Showdown


Vapor Quality Winner - Smite
Vapor Quality 

The Pax does what it can to provide decent quality vapor. The strategy it uses is the screen in the oven, which doesn’t actually have visible holes, but still manages to keep smaller particles from entering the vapor pathway, and it does a good job. If it has other strategies, we have yet to notice it as the vapor is still quite warm and a bit harsh, especially at the high temperature settings. 

The Smite uses a ceramic heating chamber to evenly heat your botanical for vaporization and the silicone mouth piece is very heat resistant and doesn’t add any extra flavors to your vapor. This makes the flavor of every draw nice and smooth and flavorful.






Manufacturing Quality Winner - Smite
Manufacturing Quality

The Pax uses an anodized aluminum shell to make the unit pretty durable. The overall design of the Pax is very visually appealing and makes for a really nice looking unit. The functionality though leaves something to be desired. The first thing is the use of magnets near the oven, which over time will weaken the magnets and cause them to fail on you. The second problem is the mouth piece which can get gummed up pretty easily unless you very regularly clean the unit. 

The Smite also has an aluminum shell and features sliding doors that cover the ceramic heating chamber and the compartment at the bottom of the unit where the mouthpiece hides when it isn’t in use. The mouthpiece is made of a heat resistant silicone that makes it comfortable to take draws from the unit. The manufacturing quality of these units is pretty close until you consider that the Smite doesn’t require as much maintenance to stay at optimal performance.


Temperature Flexibility Winner - Smite
Temperature Flexibility

The Pax has 3 temperature settings that you can cycle through by pulling off the mouth piece and pressing the white button inside the unit under the mouth piece. The temperature settings let you vaporize at either 188 Celsius, 199 Celsius, or 210 Celsius. This isn’t bad for temperature flexibility, but the lower temperature settings are below what we’d consider to be a temperature that can get good results. 

The Smite also has 3 temperature settings that can be cycled through by pressing and holding the power button when the unit is on. The first level is 196 Celsius, the second level is 204 Celsius and the highest temperature setting is 212 Celsius. Though it’s the same number of settings, the base temperature is still high enough that it provides good results for connoisseurs who are fans of thinner, more flavorful vapor and that gives this unit the edge.


Portability Winner - Zeus Smite
Portability

The Pax aims to be really portable by virtue of its design. The size of the unit, the shape of it and the retractable mouth piece are all aimed around making this unit as convenient as possible to carry around with you. The place where this unit fails is the battery, which is too short to really make this unit a good fit for anybody who likes to take their unit with them on longer excursions. 

The Smite has also been designed to be as portable as humanly possible. The outer shell is aluminum and the edges have been smoothed out to make carrying it in your pocket easy. The unit also has a compartment at the bottom to store the mouth piece to make carrying this unit around even easier than it already is. The unit also has a serious leg up on the Pax in that its battery lasts about 2 hours, so it can go with you if you need to take it away from the house for a long time without dying quickly and leaving you disappointed.


Discreetness Winner - Smite
Discreetness

The Pax is designed to be nice and discreet. The first element of its design that makes it discreet is the colour. The unit is all black, which makes it very stealthy. The unit also easily fits in your hand and can be put in your pocket without much concern or issue. The miss step this unit make in this category is the vapor and odour leakage from the oven. The oven cover doesn’t provide enough of a seal to keep the odor or all the vapor in and it ends up killing the discreetness the unit worked so hard to achieve in its design. 

The Smite follows the rest of the ZEUS Arsenal products and sports an all-black look, even in the mouth piece. The unit looks a lot like an external hard drive when the mouth piece isn’t attached and when it is, the unit is still stealthy because of its colour and size. The unit also does a good job isolating the heating chamber from everything except the mouth piece to keep odor and vapor leakage to an absolute minimum.


Ease of Use Winner - Smite
Ease of Use

The Pax is pretty straight forward to use. The unit can be turned on and off by retracting or extending the mouth piece, loading the oven is a simple matter of pulling off the magnetic heating cover, filling the chamber, then closing it again. The problem with this unit is in its need for maintenance. In order to keep the vapor quality decent and keep the unit operational, regular cleaning is needed which makes this unit much harder to use than many other units on the market.

Using the Smite is really easy. This is thanks in part to the design of the unit in terms of the heating chamber placement and partly due to the unit’s 1 button design. The button on the unit is used to turn the unit on and off as well as change the temperature. To top it off, this unit doesn’t need as much maintenance to get the best out of the unit and not cleaning it after every use won’t lead to the unit not turning on.


Battery Life Winner - Smite
Battery Life

The Pax has a pretty abysmal battery life when it comes to portables. After testing, it came in at about 40 minutes of continuous use. This is a huge problem for a portable as it’s expected to do its job even during longer excursions. The Smite on the other hand has the ability to vaporize for about 2 hours on a full charge which puts it leagues above the Pax. With the Smite, you could take it on a much longer trip with you and be able to enjoy many sessions before having to stop and charge the unit.









WINNER
Showdown Winner - ZEUS Smite

The Pax attempts to take you by surprise with its design, but unfortunately it doesn’t have much to offer in terms of functionality that can beat the ZEUS Smite. It’s a lot like seeing a Lamborghini and then looking into the window and under the hood to realize inside it’s basically a Toyota Corolla – you expect more for the price and the poor performance allowed the newcomer to steal victory from the Pax in this showdown. Well done, ZEUS!  

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Pax versus Arizer Air Vaporizer Showdown

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The vaporizing world has a lot to offer a connoisseur. There are so many different units out there that differ in so many different ways; it can be really hard to pick one. TorontoV knows how hard this can make it for a connoisseur to spend their money wisely on the first go, so to help out we have these showdowns! Today, we’re putting the Pax against a newcomer to the scene, the Arizer Air. Can the pretty Ploom-made portable beat the unit that hails from the same bloodline as the EQ and the Solo? Let’s get into the showdown and find out!

Pax vs Air 

Pax versus Arizer Air Vaporizer Showdown




Vapor Quality Winner - Arizer Air
Vapor Quality 

The Pax has an oven at the bottom of the unit that’s has a magnetic cover and a unique screen that keeps small particles from entering the vapor pathway, which is really nice. Unfortunately, the problem isn’t with the small particles, it’s in the heat of the vapor. The unit delivers some pretty warm vapor, especially at the highest temperature. Worse still, the vapor’s quality further diminished as the unit gets dirty, which happens quite quickly. Unless you’re regularly cleaning the unit, the vapor will only be decent for about a week or so before the quality takes a sharp dive. 

The Air borrows a great many features from the Solo to make the best of its size while still delivering amazing quality vapor. The first feature is the glass aroma tube. This tube keeps the flavor of your vapor nice and pure and also acts to cool down the vapor on its way to your mouth. The second is the airflow, which is managed (though not as much as the Solo) to keep the vapor delivered in every draw consistent. In the end, the quality is on par with the Solo, which means it is leagues above the Pax.


Manufacturing Quality Winner - Arizer Air
Manufacturing Quality 

The Pax was really well designed in terms of its look. The anodized aluminum makes the unit look and feel really high quality while the retractable mouth piece makes the unit feel high tech. Unfortunately, the magnetic heater cover means you should plan for the magnet to fail sooner rather than later after being exposed to enough heat from the oven. The next problem is probably the worst which is the tendency for the unit’s mouth piece to get stuck after getting gummed up from regular use. This happens pretty quickly, which leads to the unit being inoperable way faster than a premium unit should. 

The Air has a plastic shell, but the plastic is nice and durable and doesn’t make the unit feel cheap. It does, however, make the unit nice and light which comes in handy in other ways. The pieces are all well machined and fit together seamlessly. The materials are all high quality and make for a really pure experience. This unit might not exactly be as pretty as the Pax but its quality and robustness give it a definite edge.



Temperature Flexibility Winner - Arizer Air
Temperature Flexibility 

The Pax has 3 temperature settings that you can cycle through using the button inside the mouth piece. The temperatures are 188 Celsius, 199 Celsius, and 210 Celsius. These temperatures aren’t terrible but to get the most out of the unit you really have to go to the medium or high heat setting. 

The Air has 5 temperature settings: 180 Celsius, 190 Celsius, 200 Celsius, 205 Celsius, and 210 Celsius. These setting do a great job of satisfying connoisseurs who favor flavorful vapor and those who like their vapor thicker and more satisfying. This flexibility provides more options and the ability to satisfy a more diverse crowd so the Air again takes a win in this category.

   



Portability Winner - Arizer Air
Portability 

One thing that the Pax has going for it is that it’s built to be really portable. The size as well as the retractable mouth piece make it easy to pop it in your pocket and take it with you on the go. Unfortunately, it won’t last you very long while you’re out. The battery unfortunately lasts less than about 45 minutes which makes this unit really difficult to take with you for longer outings without having to worry about charging the unit somehow. This puts a serious damper on the portability of this unit.

The Air is very light which makes it much easier to carry the unit around and being nice and small means it won’t take up much room if you decide to put it in your pocket, not like you’ll have to. The unit comes with a carrying holster that allows you to carry the unit and 2 aroma stems without having to worry. To cap it all off, the 18650 that powers the unit lasts an hour, which is longer than the Pax, but can also be switched out for another battery to keep your session going easily, which is an option the competition doesn’t have.  

Discreetness Winner - Arizer Air
Discreetness  

The Pax is made to be pretty discreet with its all black exterior and retractable mouth piece. This does help with the unit drawing less attention to itself, but the discreetness of the unit is stifled by the vapor leakage from the bottom of the unit. The oven’s magnetic heater cover isn’t an air tight seal in the slightest, so vapor and odor tends to leak from the oven which can make the unit much less stealthy. 

The Air does a good job of covering its bases in this category. The aroma tubes are much shorter than the Solo’s aroma tubes and even have a black mouthpiece on the top to make the unit more discreet while in use. The size of the unit makes it easy to fit it in your hand and that together with the short aroma stems means you can have nice stealthy sessions in public!




Ease of Use Winner - Arizer Air
Ease of Use 

The Pax presents itself initially as an easy to use unit. Loading the unit is a simple matter of turning the unit over, pulling off the magnetic heater cover filling it, then putting the cover back on and using is just a matter of extending the mouth piece and letting the unit heat up before you enjoy. This is all made problematic by the fact that the unit’s mouth piece can easily get gummed up and totally stop the unit from functioning at all. To keep this unit working you’ll need to clean it really regularly, making this unit a bit more high maintenance than we like. 

The most complicated part of using the Air is loading it because you have to turn the unit upside down to drop it on top of the loaded aroma tube. This isn’t really a big deal and using this unit otherwise is as easy as it gets. Turning the unit on and off and setting the temperature can be done from the same place and the managed air flow makes every draw delicious and consistent throughout your session.


Battery Life Winner - Arizer Air
Battery Life 

As we mentioned before, the battery life of the Pax is suboptimal. The unit lasts about 40 minutes per charge which is a huge problem when it comes to taking this unit with you on lengthy excursions, especially if you like to have relaxing and lengthier sessions. The Air on the other hand has a battery that lasts for an hour and is also able to be switched out for a fresh battery to continue your session if the battery interrupts your session. This is a huge advantage that the Pax doesn’t provide so you’ll be forced to keep your charger nearby if you intent to take it with you on a long trip away from home.







WINNER
Showdown Winner - Arizer Air

In the end, this fight was pretty one-sided. The Pax is a pretty unit, but in every category it still falls short of what units on the market now, like the Air, can provide. Until Ploom redesigns the Pax, it will continue to fall short of units like the Air. Better luck next time, Ploom! 

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Arizer Air versus Crafty Vaporizer Showdown

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The past few months of 2014 have been awesome for the portable vaporizer scene. The big guns in the vaporizing world have released some awesome new units in time for the holiday season and many of them have some exciting and innovative features that are changing how everyone looks at portable units. Today, we’re going to put 2 new releases up against each other to see which one is superior, and they’re both heavy hitters. In one corner, we have the Arizer Air, the newest portable from the makers of the EQ, V Tower and the Solo. In the other corner, we have the Crafty, a portable made by the prestigious company responsible for the Volcano! Let’s get into this review to see who comes out on top!

Arizer Air vs The Crafty  


Arizer Air versus Crafty Vaporizer Showdown

Vapor Quality Winner - Crafty
Vapor Quality

The Crafty has a great many advantages over your average unit that help it deliver amazing vapor quality. For starts, the unit uses both convection and conduction heating to deliver vapor quickly and efficiently. Secondly, the unit has a nice and wide chamber which makes for really even and total heating of your botanical. The last point, and probably the biggest deal, is the way the unit moves the vapor from the heating chamber to the mouth piece. The cooling unit funnels the vapor in a serpentine fashion to give it lots of time to cool before it reaches your mouth!

The Arizer Air takes notes from the Solo and uses a stainless steel heating chamber and glass stems to keep the vaporization efficient and the flavor pure. The stem also goes a long way in cooling the vapor on its way to your mouth, but it’s still not enough to take down the Crafty in this category.


Manufacturing Quality Winner - Tie
Manufacturing Quality

The Crafty may use a lot of plastic in its construction, but to the surprise of our testing team, the plastic not only didn’t put a damper on the unit’s performance, it also still felt very high quality and durable. This is due to the fact that the unit is really well designed to maximize the space it takes up and how well it performs. The division between the main unit and the battery keeps the battery safe from the heat of the unit and the ribbing allows the unit to vent heat extremely fast without the use of any added features or functions that might otherwise drain the battery or increase the unit’s size.

The Air still doesn’t fall short in this category. In terms of machining, all the parts fit together beautifully and the unit feels quite reliable and very sturdy. The shell may not be the same aluminum shell you see in the Solo, but the unit still manages to feel much lighter without compromising the high quality feel or durability of the unit. In the end, the choice of materials and execution of both units’ design brings this category to a tie!

Temperature Flexibility Winner - Tie
Temperature Flexibility 

The Crafty has 2 temperatures settings that can be used, the first being the standard temperature and the second being the booster temperature. This would normally be a huge problem for the unit as it would severely limit the unit’s ability to satisfy a large crowd of connoisseurs, but the Crafty has an ace in the hole in the form of the free app that comes with the unit. Using the app, you can link to your unit and customize the temperature of the standard and booster temperatures to whatever you see fit! This vastly improves the unit’s ability to satisfy just about every connoisseur who gets their hands on this unit.

The Air has 5 temperature settings that can be easily scrolled through using the up and down button on the unit. The temperatures range from 180 Celsius to 210 Celsius, and although you can change these settings on the fly, the range isn’t nearly as wide as the Crafty. This brings this category to a tie as well!

Portability Winner - Air
Portability

The Crafty is a pretty small unit that is quite easy to carry around with you thanks to the mouth piece the swivels out. The unis is also nice and light so it doesn’t end up being a problem in your pocket for that reason. It does, however, end up being a bit of a problem due to the fact that the unit is a bit of an awkward shape.

The Air is not only nice and light, but it’s also shaped like a tube which can be easily slipped into your pocket. The one problem that might arise when it comes to portability would be the glass stems, but Arizer has taken care of that problem by providing a carrying holster that can hold not only the unit, but also both glass stems that come with it! This takes the portability of the Air up a notch and makes it the winner of this category!




Discreetness Winner - Air
Discreetness

The Crafty does everything it can to be as discreet as possible. The mouth piece swivels in and out and the colour of the unit is black to keep the unit stealthy and it even avoids lots of flashing lights and loud noises while in operation.

The Air is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and the stems are shorter to keep them from sticking out like a sore thumb. The Crafty does what it can, but the Air is just easier to use for a stealthy session.










Ease of Use Winner - Tie
Ease of Use

The Crafty is a really easy to use 1 button unit. The button takes care of turning the unit on and off as well as selecting the unit’s booster temperature. The app is also easy to understand and easy to use, allowing users the ability to change various settings on the Crafty, including the temperature settings, without any issues.

All of the Air’s functions can accessed from the same place. The button on the unit is used for turning the unit on and off as well as changing the temperature. This makes engaging with the Air a very simple process that doesn’t take much thought or energy!







Battery Life Winner - Crafty
Battery Life

The Crafty and the Air both have very similar battery life, but the difference between the two is that the Crafty manages it’s battery power more efficiently. The use of the 60 second auto shutoff assures that the unit doesn’t waste any battery power, thereby allowing the unit to last longer. This is a small difference, but it puts the Crafty ahead of the Air by just a bit and secures its win in this category.












SHOWDOWN

Showdown Winner - Crafty

The battle was a close one with each unit taking an equal number of categories, but in the end there can only be one winner. The Air put up an amazing fight, but the Crafty edged it out by just a bit in points to take victory today. Congrats on the well-earned victory, Crafty!

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