Snoop Dogg Micro G Vaporizer Review

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Snoop Dogg has had a partnership with  Grenco for a very long time, and from that partnership has come a great many pen vaporizers and products. From that host of products, we got the Snoop Dogg Micro G pen vaporizer. The look of it might be something most of you connoisseurs recognize as the physical shape of the pen is a lot like the JAG that we also reviewed recently. This Micro G is for dry botanical instead of extracts, but can it really handle dry botanical? We have yet to see a pen that can actually do that despite all sorts of claims to the contrary, but maybe Grenco has it figured out with this unit. Either way, let’s get into the review to see what this gadget can do!

Review: Snoop Dogg Micro G Vaporizer

Snoop Dogg Micro G Vaporizer Review



How It Works

How It Works

This Micro G works just like every other Micro G. Once you load your botanical into the heating chamber, you simply press the power button 3 times to unlock the unit and then press and hold the button to engage the heating chamber. This causes the heating coil to heat up so you can take draws from the mouthpiece and enjoy it, though you won’t be enjoying vapor.













Temperature Flexibility

Temperature Flexibility

This unit has about as much temperature flexibility as any other 1 button unit. There is really only 1 temperature and that temperature combust your botanical. This is really bad for connoisseurs who are looking to benefit from vaporizing as it’s impossible to do with this unit.














Vapor Quality

Vapor Quality

As we mentioned in the temperature flexibility section, this unit has only one temperature, which only leads to the combustion of your botanical. As a result, there is no vapor production at all, so the vapor quality is poor to say the least. Every draw will be hot and very irritating right to the very last.














Manufacturing Quality

Manufacturing Quality

Despite the fact that this unit is unable to do anything but combust, the unit is actually pretty well made. The design that was put on the outside of the pen was very well executed and there are no signs of a seam where you could tear it off. The body seems to be made of metal, as is the mouthpiece up to the tip which is plastic with a little hole. The tank in the pen seems to be metal with a ceramic lining around the inside and a metal coil at the bottom of the tank. Where the tank screws into the battery is made completely of metal as well and is well threaded so that screwing in the tank is easy. The power button is curved inward to fit a finger better and is sturdy and responsive. All the parts are well machined and the small details like the air holes are well executed. All in all it’s a pretty robust pen.





Battery Life

Battery Life

As with all pen units, the battery on this Micro G will last a long time. The battery should last at for a little over 2 hours of continuous use, and with how little you actually have to engage the power to use this unit, you’ll be able to make it through many sessions before you need to recharge, which should take about 2 hours.














Portability

Portability

Again, like all pen units, this is really easy to take around with you. It’s really small, so it can easily fit inside your pocket without a problem. It’s slim enough that it doesn’t bulge in your pocket and its light enough that you could easily forget it’s even there.  You’ll also be able to take it with you on longer trips without having to worry about running out of power at any point in the near future.












Ease Of Use

Ease of Use

Using this unit is pretty easy. With a 1 button unit, all you need to do is press the button to engage the heating chamber, then sit back and enjoy the vapor. On the other hand, when it comes to actually vaporizing your botanical, it’s impossible to actually do that because the unit is only capable of combustion. There is no combination of techniques that you can use to negate this, so you’ll always end up with the same result.












Discreetness

Discreetness

When it comes to actually using this unit, it’s quite discreet. The size of the unit is small, so it can pretty easily fit in the palm of your hand and it doesn’t otherwise give itself away in terms of looks. Unfortunately, the unit combusts, so you’ll run into a problem when you actually get to using the unit because the smell will be pretty recognizable and far from stealthy. This really kills any discreetness this unit built up with its design.











Overall Experience

Overall Experience

The major issue here is that the Snoop Dogg Micro G is marketed and sold as a vaporizer, and it’s anything but. It doesn’t have the capabilities to vaporize and instead delivers combustion every time without fail. If that’s the kind of thing you’re looking for, then this unit might just be for you, but without the ability to use anything but dry botanical, you’re going to run into problems if you’re looking to enjoy vapor. It would be nice if this unit could handle Oil or Waxes like the ZEUS Thunder to at least give connoisseurs options, but it can't.  Maybe one day we’ll see a pen that can properly vaporize dry botanical, but that day is not today.


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Utillian 650 Vaporizer Review

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Greetings, fellow connoisseurs! As probably all of you now know, the end of 2014 saw the release of a great many vaporizers in time for the holiday season. In the wave of releases came a brand new unit from a brand new manufacturer which turned out to be one of the Top 5 Portable Vaporizer Releases of 2014, the Utillian 650. The 650 is the debut portable unit from Utillian. We always enjoy testing new products, but this will be all the more interesting seeing as it coming from a new manufacturer too! Well that’s enough chit-chat; let’s get into the Utillian 650 review to see what this little portable can do!

Review: Utillian 650 Vaporizer

Utillian 650 Vaporizer Review



How It Works

How It Works

The 650 is a 1 button vaporizer that really couldn’t be much easier to use. Pressing the button 5 times turns the unit on and off and pressing and holding the power button for about 5 seconds will engage the heating chamber and get the unit to warm up. The LED in the power button will glow red to indicate that the heating chamber is heating up, and when the LED glows green then the unit has reached temperature and it’s ready for you to take draws to enjoy your vapor!











Temperature Flexibility

Temperature Flexibility

This vaporizer is a 1 button unit, and like most other 1 button units only has 1 temperature setting. The temperature Utillian chose is actually a nice temperature that makes for nice visible vapor that’s pretty satisfying. The problem is that you can’t exactly customize the vapor to meet the needs or preferences of different connoisseurs. This limits the unit some, but it really isn’t a deal breaker in our opinion.












Vapor Quality

Vapor Quality

The vapor quality with the 650 is pretty good. The unit has no temperature flexibility, which doesn’t make for the most diverse vapor experience, but the unit does provide a good experience at the temperature its set at. The ceramic heating chamber does a good job of heating your botanical and the mouth piece doesn’t add any flavor to the vapor because it’s a high quality silicone. By the time the vapor gets to your mouth, it’s pretty cool and the vapor is still visible.











Manufacturing Quality

Manufacturing Quality

This unit feels very sturdy and reliable with a solid outer shell and a high quality ceramic heating chamber. The pieces all seem well machined, especially the magnetic sliding door that covers the heating chamber. The mouth piece fits nice and snugly into the unit and the cover screws on tightly so that you won’t have to worry about losing any of the pieces. Though the unit feels pretty light, it’s surprisingly well made and feels high quality.











Battery Life

Battery Life

This unit had one of the most impressive showings in this category that we’ve seen in a long time. The 650’s battery life was tested at 3 hours of continuous vaporization! This is a huge step up from just about any other unit on the market, most of which struggle to manage 2. This unit might be sparse on features, but what it lacks in bells and whistles, it gains in battery life.













Portability

Portability

The 650 has 2 major advantages that help it really score big points in this category. The first is the design of the unit. The unit is shaped to look like a flask right down to the cap of the unit which looks like the cap of a flask. The unit is also curved to suit the part, which lets it sit comfortably against your leg in your pocket. The unit is also quite light, which means it’s easy to put in your pocket without constantly calling attention to itself. The unit is also small enough to sit in most pockets without peeking out of the opening. The second thing that really helps make this unit portable is the fact that the unit has a battery life of 3 hours. This means that you’ll be able to easily take this unit around with you just about anywhere without having to worry about running out of power any time in the near future.





Ease Of Use

Ease of Use

With the 650 being a 1 button vaporizer, it’s very easy to use. The power button turns the unit on, off, and engages the heating element. You will need to charge the unit for 3-4 hours before your first session, but the unit should run for about 3 hours a session, so it’s not a bad trade off. The unit is also really easy to clean because of the ceramic heating chamber and silicone mouth piece that can be pulled out of the unit with little struggle. The unit doesn’t require much cleaning, but the more regularly you do clean it, the longer it will last and the longer it will perform close to its absolute best.









Discreetness

Discreetness

The 650 gets another great score in this section, partly because of the design and partly because of the temperature this unit works in. The unit being designed to look like a flask means you’ll be able to use this unit to have stealthy session in public settings with ease. The unit doesn’t attract much attention to itself and can be quickly and easily put in your pocket when you’re done your session. The temperature the unit vaporizes at doesn’t make super dense vapor which means the vapor will disappear long before most notice, you included!










Overall Experience

Overall Experience

The Utillian 650 is a surprising unit to say the least. To be more specific, this unit has a lot to offer to connoisseurs looking for a simple and discreet unit. This unit has a battery life that can make many connoisseurs tap out before the unit needs to be charged. It’s also a dream to carry around with you and you can enjoy your session just about anywhere because it’s so discreet. The unit might not have much in the way of temperature flexibility, but it performs so well without modification to the design or settings that it’s still a great unit to own for any connoisseur. Well done, Utillian!

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Atmos Orbit Vaporizer Review

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Greetings, fellow connoisseurs! Many of you out there might already know of Atmos, the makers of the RAW pen “vaporizer”. We’ve already done an Atmos Raw Review, and needless to say we weren’t particularly fond of it. It even managed to make it into our Top 5 Worst Portable Vaporizers list! Well that hasn’t stopped Atmos from continuing to release new units onto the market and today we have a particularly interesting unit to review for you connoisseurs: The Atmos Orbit. This unit is their attempt to bring to the portable vaporizer market a unit that can actually vaporize dry botanical and avoid combustion. Despite our last experience that left us with a bad taste in our mouths in more ways than one, we’re going into this review with an open mind to see what this unit can do, so let’s get right to it to find out!

Review: Atmos Orbit Vaporizer

Atmos Orbit Vaporizer Review



How It Works

How It Works

The Orbit is really easy to use. The first thing you’ll need to do is unscrew the mouthpiece to reveal the heating chamber, then fill the heating chamber with your dry botanical. Next, screw back on the mouthpiece and press the power button 5 times to unlock the unit. Then, press and hold the power button for about 4 seconds and the LED in the power button will glow a solid red to let you know that the unit is on and heating up. Once the LED turns green, the unit is ready for you to take draws from the mouthpiece to enjoy your vapor!










Temperature Flexibility

Temperature Flexibility

This vaporizer is a 1 button unit, and like most other 1 button units only has 1 temperature setting. This temperature isn’t bad for vaporization purposes, but it doesn’t provide the type of customizable or personalized approach to vaporizing that could satisfy a diverse group of connoisseurs.














Vapor Quality

Vapor Quality

The vapor quality with the orbit is passable. The unit has a ceramic heating chamber as well as a ceramic filter. The unit does have a silicone mouthpiece, but it doesn’t add any strange tastes to the vapor that passes through it. As a result, the flavor is pretty undisturbed. The vapor can be slightly warm, something the Vape Critic agreed with in his review of the Atmos Orbit, but it isn’t too irritating as the set temperature of the unit isn’t very high. This means that most connoisseurs will likely have to sacrifice a little when it comes to their preferred type of vapor in the name of convenience.










Manufacturing Quality

Manufacturing Quality

This unit has a decent weight, which is granted to it as a result of the metal used in its construction. The unit seems to be mostly metal with a few plastic elements thrown in to spice up the look of the unit like the trim and the button. The unit also has a faux leather piece that wraps around the bottom half of the unit.














Battery Life

Battery Life

This unit does charge up pretty quickly, but it also runs through its battery power pretty quickly. The unit lasts for about 50 minutes to an hour of continuous use, which isn’t the best we’ve seen as far as that’s concerned. Given that the unit doesn’t have much else going for it other than the LED in the power button, it would have been nice for the unit to last a bit longer before needing to be charged.












Portability

Portability

This unit really does try to be as portable as possible. It’s shaped like a pen, and that cylindrical shape does a lot for where you can fit it and how easily it sits where you put it. Pockets, for instance, are pretty easy, though it could be better. The unit is still pretty big, which can make it a bit of an issue. It stands at about 18 cm tall, which is a bit big for some people, but it does fit nicely in a bag or a purse. The unit is pretty robust so you don’t need to worry about breaking it while you transport it from point A to point B.










Ease of Use

Ease of Use

This unit is extremely easy to use being a 1 button vaporizer and all. Pressing the button locks and unlocks the unit and holding the power button for 3-5 seconds will engage and disengage the heating chamber. Using this unit is very much the type of unit you just sit back and enjoy for the 3.5 minutes before the unit turns itself off. To turn the heating chamber back on, just press and hold the power button again and the unit will turn back on. Even when it comes to loading and unloaded the unit, it’s very simple, especially with the tools provided. The heating chamber also has a small light in it so you can see your botanical when you open up the heating chamber to check if it has been fully vaporized.







Discreetness

Discreetness

This unit uses its color to its advantage for this category and the black look helps it blend in quite a bit. Even the brown one is pretty stealthy, which is great for people looking to enjoy a private session, which is good because the unit is a bit too big to have any hope of fitting completely in your hand. The LED in the power button can be easily covered by your hand as well so it doesn’t attract any unwanted attention.












Overall Experience

Overall Experience

The Atmos Orbit isn’t a total failure, but for the price we’d expect a bit more than what this unit provides. It’s nice to see that Atmos has a unit that actually vaporizes for a change, but without temperature flexibility for more dynamic vapor production, battery life or better portability, it will be a while before they catch up to the rest of the vaporizer world. It’s a good try and a move in the right direction, but it still just isn’t there yet.

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JAG Vaporizer Review

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Grenco Science has always been a big player in the vaporizer industry with their line of product and endorsements and partnerships from celebrities like Action Bronson and Snoop Dogg. They have so many products that even they seem to see that it’s making a lot of their own products feel sort of redundant and they seem to be poking fun at it with the unit we’re reviewing today. This unit is called the JAG, which seems to be short for “Just Another G pen”. We didn’t make that up; it’s printed right on the box. With a name like that, we weren’t expecting much from this unit, but we reviewed it anyway to see what it could do so let’s get into it to see the results of our testing!

Review: JAG Vaporizer 

JAG Vaporizer Review



How It Works
How It Works

The unit has a button lock feature that can be turned on and off by pressing the power button 3 times. Once the lock is off, pressing the power button will activate the coil inside the wax tank attached to the unit. If you hold the power button for about 12 seconds, the auto shutoff will engage to protect the battery. To load your unit, Grenco provides a little material tool on a keychain to transfer your extracts into your tank. Once it’s loaded, just put the mouthpiece back on the unit, press the power button and take nice slow draws from the unit to enjoy your vapor!









Temperature Flexibility
Temperature Flexibility

There is absolutely no temperature flexibility in this unit as you’d expect from a 1 button unit. The temperature in the unit all depends on how long you hold the power button and how hard you take draws. The harder you draw, the more cool air you allow to pass by the coil at once and the cooler it will be inside the tank. Otherwise, you can’t control the temperature at all.













Vapor Quality
Vapor Quality

The vapor quality from this Micro G is decent. The tank features sufficient air flow to keep the coil at the right temperature to properly vaporize your extract without becoming too cool to properly do its job. That being said, the vapor is slightly on the warm side and is a bit irritating. That’s due to the fact that there is no real mechanism to cool the vapor like we discussed in our "What Makes Good Vapor Quality?" post, be it with distance or the use of a material that would have a significant cooling effect on the vapor. The one thing we can say about this unit is that the little bit of plastic they did use right in the tip of the mouth piece didn’t add a plastic flavor to the vapor, which could have very well spoiled the experience completely.







Manufacturing Quality
Manufacturing Quality

This unit is actually quite well built and is mostly made of metal. The parts are all well machined and makes the unit feel quite robust, reliable and high quality. The unit also looks quite simple, but the design is well executed and all features seem to have been attended to with great attention to detail. There is even a silicone mold inside the mouth piece that creates a nice seal between the tank and the mouth piece to give the vapor a straight path to travel to the user.










Battery Life
Battery Life

One thing that you can count on with pen vaporizers is that they’ll have amazing battery life because of how small they are and how simple their tasks are. You’ll be able to go for quite a while without having to charge this unit. Depending on how frequently you use it, you may only need to charge it every couple weeks.














Portability
Portability

This unit is really portable because it’s so small and shaped in such a way that it fits nicely in your pocket. The metal used to make the unit also make it easy to carry it from one place to the next without worrying that it will break. The button lock also ensures that the unit won’t be turned on while in transit. One thing you’ll need to make sure of is that you don’t carry it in the same pocket as your keys or other sharp objects as the shiny coating does scratch pretty easily.











Ease Of Use
Ease of Use

This unit is very easy to use though it can be a bit challenging to load. The tool provided doesn’t make it all that easy to get the extracts off the tool and into the tank, and the tank’s shape makes it difficult to place the extracts close enough to the coil to get proper vaporization of your extracts. Actually using the unit once it has been loaded is easy, but getting there could be a lot less difficult in our opinion.












Discreetness
Discreetness

This unit’s size and shape provide a huge advantage when it comes to discreetness because of how easily it fits into the average person’s hand. This makes it really easy to have stealthy, practically odorless sessions in more public settings. Once you’re finished your session, you can easily fit this unit into just about any pocket and be on your way in a flash. As a result, it easily covers the Top 3 Characteristics of a Discreet Vaporizer.













Overall Experience
Overall Experience

This unit did perform pretty well, but there is one big issue that does make the unit a bit less desirable: just about any other Micro G will do. There is nothing really special about this particular unit when measured up to the others except for the look, which is so basic it might as well not even be mentioned. That combined with how frustrating it can be to load, the quality of the vapor, and that the coating is easily damaged made us feel like this unit simply wasn’t worth the price. It’s an excellent try from Grenco, but there are other units out there that perform just as well or better and provide a better bang for your buck. In the end, this really is just another G pen.

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Wizvape PX2 Vaporizer Review

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Innovation is a beautiful thing. Sometimes it leads to an amazing re-imagining of a product that changes how we go about our daily lives. It can lead to leaps and bounds of progress, improvement and expansion through the successful alteration of a product or idea that we’ve always known or loved in a certain way. Sadly, not all innovations are equal and sometimes the re-imagining of a product leads to a failure of a product that teaches us what not to do. Unfortunately for Wizvape, the PX2 is the later and not the former. It’s a vaporizer that attempts to push the boundaries of what we thought a vaporizer was and could do, but instead ends up failing in some major areas. In this review, we’ll tell you exactly where this unit went wrong so that we can all learn from its mistakes in the hope that they won’t be repeated.

Review: Wizvape PX2 Vaporizer

Wizvape PX2 Vaporizer Review



How It Works
How It Works

To use this unit, first you’ll have to take off the cap and fill up the heating chamber with your botanical, making sure that the unit is off. Once you’ve filled the unit, select your temperature using the temperature dial on the front of the unit. With the temperature selected, pull the plug from the cap and put the plastic mouth piece into the hole that has been revealed, then flick the switch on the back of the unit to turn the unit on, and press the long button to engage the heating element for 60 seconds. The unit will heat up to the selected temperature and run for 60 seconds, then return to standby mode until the button is pressed again to activate another 60 second cycle. As the cycle is running, take slow draws through the mouth piece to enjoy your vapor.





Temperature Flexibility
Temperature Flexibility

This unit has a few problems that seem to start around here and carry forth and build on each other as things go on. You have the option to select from about 4 temperature settings that range from 110 Celsius to 130 Celsius at the lowest temperature up to the top setting which provides heat ranging from 240 Celsius to 260 Celsius. This may seem like quite an unbelievable and impossible offering when it comes to temperatures in a portable unit, and that’s because it is in a way. The unit uses a coil as it’s heat source, and when air is drawn past it, its heat is all but completely extinguished unless you’re at the maximum setting. Even then, there is still a pretty large amount of heat lost when you draw from the unit.






Vapor Quality
Vapor Quality

The unit pretty much fails completely in this category. The first reason for that is the coil we mentioned in the temperature flexibility section. The unit’s coil is subject to wild temperature fluctuations when air movement is added to the equation. The moment you draw from the unit, the coil is cooled by the air and goes from hot to ice cold pretty much instantaneously. The result is a very, very wispy vapor at temperatures lower than max, and that’s if you get any vapor at all. At maximum, the coil dies get hot, and stays hot, but the problem is that it is way too hot, and simply ends up combusting your botanical. The second problem is that the unit’s mouth piece is plastic. This mouth piece ends up tainting any vapor you do manage to get from the unit by giving it a very distinct, plastic flavor that’s more than just a little bit unpleasant.




Manufacturing Quality
Manufacturing Quality

Most of the materials used to make this unit are actually pretty decent quality, which only makes its poor performance all the more confusing. The heating chamber is actually made of a porous ceramic and the walls of the chamber are glass. The body of the unit is plastic, and so is the shell that sits around the heating chamber. The mouth piece is also plastic, which is probably the worst of it as it makes the vapor taste like plastic. The heat source is a metal coil inside the top of the unit and as energy is conducted through it, it heats up and creates the heat used to vaporize your botanical, but it’s not nearly powerful enough to function properly.






Battery Life
Battery Life

The battery life of this unit leaves a lot to be desired. It takes about 3 hours or so to charge up and only lasts about 45 minutes. This means you won’t be able to use it very much while you’re on the go, but that might be for the best. With the way this unit performs, you won’t want to use it that much if at all.














Portability
Portability

This unit has a pretty portable shape. It seems to have been modeled after pen vaporizers and is small and very light. It has a very rounded shape and is about 15.5 cm high without the mouth piece in. Unfortunately, because of the poor battery life and equally poor performance, it isn’t exactly the first unit you’d want to take with you on a trip.













Ease Of Use
Ease of Use

This unit is really not easy to use. The coil makes it impossible to take draws from the unit without obliterating the heat that the coil struggles to make, and at higher temperatures, there’s little you can do to keep the unit from combusting your botanical. The unit also gets very hot while in use and before long the unit is next to impossible to hold without hurting your hands or using a glove to protect yourself from the heat. Loading the unit is a bit of a problem as it doesn’t have a flat bottom and cleaning it is hard because of the very fragile glass and ceramic heating chamber that can quite easily slip off the unit once the cap is pulled off and break.







Discreetness
Discreetness

This unit is only partly discreet. The look and size of the unit really makes it easy to have stealthy sessions, but seeing as using the unit is only possible when at max temperature which causes combustion, it’s really not that discreet.















Overall Experience

Overall Experience

This unit does what it can to change the way we use and think about vaporizers, but it misses the mark in too many important areas to really call it a success in the slightest. The main issue is really the fact that is doesn’t really make for even a passable vaporizing experience, so this unit is better left on the shelf or in the garbage.

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