NO2 versus Iolite V2 Vape Showdown

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Everyone wants to make sure that they are smartly spending their money when they make a purchase, and you connoisseurs are no different. To help you all make the most of every dollar you spend, today we are comparing two different vaporizers to see how they stack up against each other in a vape Showdown. In this battle we have the NO2 from Vapir and the Iolite from Ireland. There’s no telling who’ll win until we pit them against each other, so let’s get started to see which one will be victorious!

NO2 vs Iolite V2

Vapir NO2 vs Iolite V2 Showdown



Vapor Quality Winner: Tie

Vapor Quality

The NO2 has good quality vapor production.  The vapor is thick and dense when vaporing at 195 degrees Celsius. However, when you vaporize above this temperature, the vapor can get a bit harsh.  This is due to the fact that the short tube doesn’t cool the vapor much before it gets to you and there is little more the unit can do to cool the vapor before it gets to your mouth.

The Iolite produces good quality vapor. This is due to the patented catalytic converter that efficiently uses purified butane to heat your botanical.  Due to this efficiency, you never have to worry about drawing in any butane with your vapor so the taste is pure and unaffected by the butane.  You can also improve the quality of vapor by getting optimizer accessory.





Manufacturing Quality Winner: Vapir NO2

Manufacturing Quality

The NO2 has good manufacturing quality.  The unit works pretty effectively and easily and is quite robust. The heating chamber is made of stainless steel, with a bronze heating element.  It has a digital display to allow precise control over your unit’s temperature. This unit does however have some issues, the biggest one being the build materials used for the body of the unit. It’s mostly made of plastic and feels cheap when in use thought it does break down less than the Iolite.

The Iolite is manufactured well.  It uses purified butane to heat your botanical. All parts that come in direct contact with heat are made of stainless steel and the body is made of a plastic like material designed for safety. The new version of the Iolite has better manufacturing quality compared to units of the past, but there are still defects present in some units.





Ease of Use Winner: Iolite V2

Ease of Use

The NO2 is pretty easy to use. You set your temperature with the easy to read buttons on the digital display. This unit works quickly and will give you about 70 minutes of continuous vaping. The only thing that takes some getting used to is the size of the unit.
The Iolite is very simple and easy to use.  You fill it up with purified butane, put in your botanical, click the button and wait for it to heat up.  Heating only takes about 45 seconds and refuelling is easy and convenient. It also comes with an automatic shut off feature, which gives you peace of mind when it comes to safety.










Portability Winner: Iolite V2

Portability

The NO2 is not very portable.  It is robust, but it’s also quite large.  It gets even bigger as you attach the tube and mouthpiece to take your draws. Battery life for the NO2 is great but this unit would be better for around the house usage instead of taking it out in public.

The Iolite is quite portable. It is very light, weighing in at about 81 grams.   It is powered by purified butane so you never have to worry about having to charge batteries every time you leave your house. It also comes with a heat resistant case in case you’re concerned about the heat being a problem after use. You can get about two hours of continuous vaping when your fuel is completely topped off.





Discreetness Winner: Iolite V2

Discreetness

The NO2 is not very discreet.  It is large and noticeable when in use not to mention impossible to fit into your pockets. The tube and mouthpiece only make it more noticeable. Like we mentioned before, this is better used as a portable unit that you use around the house than one you take on the go with you.

The Iolite is very discreet. It is small and resembles a smartphone in size and shape. You can easily fit in your pocket and use it for on the go vaporizing. It also heats up pretty quickly so you don’t have to have it exposed to the elements longer than you need it to be.








Temperature Flexibility Winner: Vapir NO2
Temperature Flexibility

The NO2 has a maximum temperature of 205 degrees Celsius, which is set using the buttons below the digital display. The Iolite unfortunately only has one temperature setting of 195 degrees Celsius.  This is a result of the one button design functionality and limits the unit’s ability to customize the vapor to your personal preferences.











Overall Winner: Iolite V2


SHOWDOWN

After careful consideration and research, our winner today is the Iolite. It is a vaporizer ideal for on the go use, with good efficiency, good quality vapor, portability and discreetness. You may want to pick up the NO2 if you absolutely have to have a portable vaporizer with a digital display but overall the Iolite takes the win today!




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Easy Vape vs V Tower, Vape Showdown

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Connoisseurs always want to make sure that they are making the best choice when investing their money in a vaporizer. With our Vape Showdown today, we’d like to take a look at the Easy Vape Digital and the Arizer V Tower. One is loved for its affordability, the other for its quality and reliability. It’s going to be a tough battle, so let’s get started.

Easy Vape Digital vs Arizer V Tower

V Tower vs Easy Vape Digital Showdown
   
Vapor Quality Winner - V Tower

Vapor Quality

Easy Vape has good quality vapor. The glass pieces for a pure flavor experience and the whip gives the vapor time to cool before reaching you.  To improve on the unit’s basic capabilities from the stock materials, you can grab a pro kit accessory bundle.

This the V Tower produces great vapor.  It is a whip style vaporizer that uses glass components to give you vapor with good consistency and a nice flavor. This is the same as the Easy Vape Digital but the difference here comes with the design of the heating chamber, which heats your botanical more evenly and efficiently than the competition.



Manufacturing Quality Winner - V Tower

Manufacturing Quality

The Easy Vape has above average manufacturing quality. The basic design is one of the oldest in the industry for a stationary. The ceramic heating element works effectively to produce decent vapor. The unit includes a removable fuse, making it safe to use if your power source isn't super reliable. The back light in the display makes everything easy to see.

The V Tower has outstanding manufacturing quality. The casing is made of stainless steel and is very sturdy and robust.  This unit has a digital display for precise temperature control. The vertical glass heating chamber and ceramic heating element work in tandem to give you optimal convection based heating for your sessions. The attachments and accessories are also well made and work great! You can learn more about convection heating in our Convection vs Conduction Vaporizing post.

Ease of Use Winner - V Tower

Ease of Use

The Easy Vape is pretty easy to load and use. You adjust temperature with the knob and the temperature display makes it easy to see your temperature with the LED back light. That being said, loading and emptying the unit isn’t without its challenges. You can use the pro whip kit to improve on that, but those parts are made by Arizer, so the Easy Vape doesn't exactly deserve points for that.

The V Tower is really easy to use. The digital display and easy to use controls combine to give you a fantastic user experience. The glass components all fit together easily and securely and you can also fill the cyclone bowl with easy. The unit is strong, sturdy and quite quiet and works with the simple press of a few buttons. What more could you ask for?



Temperature Flexibility Winner - V Tower

Temperature Flexibility

The Easy Vape has a maximum temperature of 204 degrees Celsius. This is a decent range, but will leave some connoisseurs wanting when it comes to vapor thickness.

The V Tower has a temperature range from 50 to 260 degrees Celsius.  This range is quite impressive in comparison to a lot of stationary vaporizers. You can set your desired temperature in this range easily with the digital display and easy to use controls.


Options Winner - V Tower










Options

The Easy Vape Digital is strictly a whip-style unit, so it can’t do balloons or bags. There is the option of using the pro whip kit to improve on the unit’s base performance, but the parts are Arizer’s glass pieces so, as we mentioned before, we can’t give it points for parts borrowed from the competition.

The V Tower is also strictly a whip-style unit, which also means it won’t be filling up any balloons. That being said, it does have the option to use the potpourri dish for aroma therapy and you can also purchase a Tuff Bowl to get a more robust heating chamber that will last you that much longer!

Winner - V Tower

SHOWDOWN

After careful consideration, testing and research, the results are clear. Our winner today is the V Tower.  It wins out in every category which makes it a unit you definitely need to try.  You may want to pick up the Easy Vape if you are looking for a low cost entry stationary vaporizer for your home, but if you’re torn between the Easy Vape or the V Tower, the decision should now be clear. The Easy Vape Digital put up a good fight, but the V-Tower is just a better competitor.


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Crafty Vaporizer Review

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Storz and Bickel has been a leader in the vaporizing world for a very long time now. As a result of their attention to detail, their dedication to quality and reputation for excellence it’s no surprise they’re held in as high regard as they are, but what was a surprise was that they had no portable units on the market, until now. They’ve recently released two new units, one of which is the Crafty vaporizer. We had the honour of being the first in Canada to receive the pleasure of testing this new addition to Storz and Bickel’s lineup so that we could provide you guys with a review of this possibly game-changing vaporizer. Let’s see what this gadget can do!

Review: Crafty Vaporizer


Crafty Vaporizer Review








How It Works

How It Works




Temperature FlexibilityThe Crafty is a very simple design from the standpoint of the actual unit itself. The unit itself only has one button on it, which is used to turn the unit on. Once the unit is on, it will heat up to the basic temperature which is 180 Celsius. The unit also has a booster temperature which is 195 Celsius and can be achieved by double-pressing the power button. These two temperatures are pre-set by the manufacturer as defaults, but using the Crafty App, a smart phone app for Andriod and iOS, you can change what those temperatures are as well as see the unit’s charge level and adjust other settings of the unit.









Temperature Flexibility


Originally, we assumed the unit’s default temperature settings were all the unit had to offer when it came to temperature flexibility, which is correct if you only have the unit and opt not to download and use the app. Once you’ve done that, the unit’s temperature can be set to anything between 40 Celsius and 210 Celsius, which is a big plus for a portable unit. You can set what temperature is considered to be the basic temperature as well as what temperature is considered the booster temperature. This does still limit the unit to two actual settings while in use, but with the temperature accuracy of a unit such as the ones made by Storz and Bickel, two temperature settings is good enough to get the job done well. Check out out Vaporizing Temperature Settings post to learn how to make the best of your settings!


Vapor Quality





Vapor Quality


The vapor quality you can expect from the Crafty is nothing less than outstanding. This contradicts every logical thought that an experienced connoisseur might have when they see a unit that uses as much plastic as the Crafty does. Despite the plastic mouth piece, there is no plastic flavor in the vapor and the vapor is smooth, cool and surprisingly satisfying. The mesh screens do a great job of filtering out particles of your botanical to make every draw pure, flavorful and unaccompanied on its trip from the heating chamber to your mouth. There is also very little resistance to your draw thanks to the fantastic airflow in the unit. This made every draw all the more pleasurable!







Manufacturing Quality



Manufacturing Quality


When one thinks Storz and Bickel, you wouldn’t normally think of a plastic unit. Regardless, the unit looks and feels high quality – like a well-made power tool a lot like the Plenty. When you look at the unit, it doesn’t offer much in the way of aesthetic pleasantries, but what it lacks in form, it makes up for in function. It sports a large heating chamber typical of a product from Storz and Bickel, and the grating all around the unit does a good job of dissipating heat while still keeping the unit comfortable to hold. The one gripe we have with the unit in this category is the tool provided to stir and/or poke at your botanical, which is plastic. We can assume due to the reputation of the company in question, the materials have all been vetted and found safe. Unfortunately, we still don’t prefer plastic to be used in components that will be in close contact with the heating chamber. We’d prefer if the tool was made out of some sort of metal instead.



Battery Life

Battery Life


The unit is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery which can be charged via USB or wall charger and will last you for about 1.5 hours of continuous use. Both charging options are possible with the materials provided in the box. The unit also has an auto shut off to help make your battery life as long as possible. One of the perks of this unit is that your battery life over time will be extended as they’ve separated the heating chamber from the battery –a feat most other vaporizers have failed to do. This means that your battery life will not be compromised over time and you’ll be able to go much longer without having to have the battery in the unit replaced. That being said, the battery is locked into the unit with special screws, meaning you won’t be getting into the unit without a fight. Replacement of the battery will have be done by Storz and Bickel themselves, which will likely be a costly endeavour. You’ll be able to stave off that moment for a longer time thanks to their design, but when that day comes it will be pricy.


Portability

Portability


One of the clear advantages of this unit over the Mighty is its size. It’s small enough to easily slip it into your pocket and light enough that you’ll barely notice it while it’s there. The mouth piece also swivels out of the way to avoid it becoming a problem during transportation. To top things off, the unit's controls are mostly hidden in the app that you use on your phone. This is a nice feature because you'll likely have your phone on you anyways so it won't take up extra space.











Ease Of Use



Ease of Use


This unit is remarkably easy to use. The one button on the outside of the unit is used to turn the unit on and switch between basic and booster temperatures while the app gives you control over the basic and booster temperatures to customize the experience to your own needs. The only problem we found when using this unit was related to the auto shut off. This feature keeps you from draining your battery too much during your session, but its set to turn the unit off if no button is pressed within 60 seconds. This means you’ll have to press the button at least every 59 seconds during your session until you’re completely finished. The unit does vibrate to let you know it has turned off, and it is quick to turn back on, but that feature did prove to be a bit of a nuisance during the session as vapesterdam also pointed out in their Crafty Vaporizer review. The unit will also need some regular cleaning to keep it operating at top performance, but that maintenance will be much less difficult and frequent than a unit like the Pax.




Discreetness

Discreetness


The Crafty is a very stealthy unit. It’s small enough to conceal in the palm of your hand, it’s quiet while in use and it’s easy to put away quickly if the need arises. This makes the unit surprisingly discreet and a great choice for people looking for a unit that has great vapor quality but is also very discreet. Even using the app with the unit can be passed off as someone tinkering on their phone and nothing more.












Overall Experience

Overall Experience


This function-over-form unit is fantastically made, well machined, easy to use and provides fantastic vapor quality, all in a discreet and portable package. Storz and Bickel may have taken a while to enter the portable vaporizer market, but they’ve done so with a huge splash. They’ve brought the efficiency and vapor quality of the Volcano conveniently into the hands of connoisseurs in a way that can easily stand above the Ascent and Solo. If you’re looking for a great new unit that you can use on the go and at home that provides the same top of the line experience as the Volcano, the Crafty is the unit for you!


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Mighty Vaporizer Review

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When it rains, it pours. For those of you who’ve been paying close attention to the vaporizer scene the last week or so, we don’t even have to explain what that means. For those of you who are looking to be in the know, this has to do with Storz and Bickel, the creators of the coveted Volcano Vaporizer. They’ve decided to release two portable units, one of which is the Mighty Vaporizer. If this unit has anywhere near the quality of the Volcano packed into the unit, this unit is sure to be amazing. Let’s get into the review to see how it did!

Review: Mighty Vaporizer


Mighty Vaporizer Review



 
How It Works

How It Works


Using the Mighty is uber easy – just turn the unit on with the orange power button on the side, fill it with your botanical, set your temperature with the plus and minus buttons next to the display and wait for the unit to reach your chosen temperature before you enjoy! The display will also tell you what temperature the unit is at, the temperature you’ve set it to and the battery charge level so you can stay on top of your session easily.










Temperature Flexibility

Temperature Flexibility


The Mighty is capable of reaching a wide range of temperatures and can be set anywhere between 40 degrees Celsius and 210 degrees Celsius. Doing so is a simple matter of using the plus and minus buttons near the display while the unit is on to set the desired temperature.












Vapor Quality

Vapor Quality


The vapor quality of the Mighty is outstanding. The plastic mouth piece might be cause for concern for some connoisseurs, but this plastic stands up well to heat, doesn’t add a plastic flavor to your vapor and it’s cool, smooth and satisfying. They've also found a way to keep the airflow open to make draws easy without compromising vapor thickness.The high expectations you’d have for a Storz and Bickel unit are met with ease when it comes to vapor quality.












Manufacturing Quality

Manufacturing Quality


There is a lot of plastic used in the construction of the unit, but it is all well machined, durable, and feels very high quality. The grating around the unit serves to efficiently cool the unit so that it doesn’t get hot while in use and keeps the battery as cool as possible. Despite the tight fit of all the pieces, especially the mouth piece, it does come apart with relative ease to make cleaning a pretty simple matter.










Manufacturing Quality

Battery Life


This unit has 2 rechargeable lithium-ion batteries powering the unit, which makes for longer battery life than many units on the market. The length of time you can go on a full charge will largely depend on how high your temperature is, but the unit in general has an above average battery life. The unit’s batteries are also separated from the unit’s heating chamber, which keeps the batteries from being heated by the warmth in the heating chamber. This will extend the overall life of the battery and is a very unique design feature that not many other units have been able to manage well, if at all. Regardless, when your batteries are in need of replacement you will have to send the unit in to be serviced, which could end up being very costly. Changing the batteries yourself would be difficult at best as the screws used for the body are not standard screws and there’s no telling what you might find (including a voided warranty) should you open it up yourself.



Portability

Portability


This is one category where the Mighty takes some damage. Because of its size and weight, it’s not the best unit to carry around with you to enjoy on the go. The extra battery ends up making it too wide and display makes it too long to really put in your pocket easily and walk around. This is a shame because with the kind of vapor quality you can expect from this unit, it would be great to take it everywhere you needed or wanted to go.










Ease Of Use

Ease of Use


Using this gadget couldn’t be much easier. All it takes is a few pushes of a button to get this unit started and you’re ready to enjoy your vapor. The challenge is in using the unit for longer than a minute as the auto shut-off will turn the unit off if you don’t press any buttons for sixty seconds. If that happens, it’s simple and quick to turn the unit back on, but it is a bit of a bother. To avoid this, simply press the power button every so often (at least once every 59 seconds) to keep the unit from turning off.









Discreetness

Discreetness


This is another unfortunate fact about this unit – it’s not discreet. The size of the unit makes it impossible to conceal it completely in your hand and the display is a bit attention grabbing. This means the unit is easy to see and pretty interesting to look at, which the opposite of what you’d want when having a quiet session outside.












Overall Experience

Overall Experience


This unit has some great features that are very unique and sports some amazing vapor quality, but the trade-off when it comes to the display and the extra battery don’t benefit the unit that much for what it’s giving up. This unit is still an amazing unit and if you’re looking for a portable unit that’s for home use, is top of the line, isn’t very discreet or portable and you have the money to spare, the Mighty is just right. If you want to vaporize on the go and need something discreet and easy to carry, you might be better off with the Crafty Vaporizer.


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Vaporizer Party Tricks

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Everyone loves to throw a party. Gathering a bunch of friends and loved ones together to celebrate, even if it’s for no real reason, always makes for a great time. All you fellow connoisseurs out there are no different, and it never hurts to have a few tricks up your sleeve to make your party a memorable one. To give you a few ideas of how you can take your party up a notch, we’ve made a list of some of our favorite ways to use your botanical to take your party to the next level.

Vapor Party Tricks


Vaporizer Party Tricks
Caution: Use the ideas in this post at your own risk!



Vapor Shots

Vapor Shots


We’ll start off with a classic way to make a party more interesting: vapor shots! For an in-depth run down of how to do this you can take a look at our Vapor Shots post, but the basic idea is to use the whip attachment of an H-alizer or Extreme Q to push vapor through alcohol to infuse your chosen alcohol with the properties of your botanical! All you have to do then is chill your alcohol before pouring some shots or mixing some cocktails for your connoisseur friends to enjoy! Just make sure you don’t have too much too fast. These shots can be more powerful than you’d expect.








Vapor Cups

Vapor Cups


This next trick is a bit more advanced, but once mastered can make for one of the coolest and most memorable party tricks anyone can pull off. This trick will work best with a vaporizer that has balloon capabilities like the H-alizer, Extreme Q or the Volcano. The first step is to get some mugs or steins and stick them in the freezer at least overnight. The next night before your guests arrive, pull out your vaporizer of choice, load it up with your botanical and make a nice big bag of thick vapor. As your guests arrive, pull out the mug from the freezer and slowly squeeze the contents of the balloon out and into the mug. The cold mug will cause the vapor to become heavy enough to stay in the mug and your friends can drink up a delicious mug of vapor! Just make sure you wrap the handles with cloth so your friends don’t freeze their hands trying to enjoy their treat.


Jello Vapor Shots

Jello Vapor Shots


This idea is the kind of thing that can turn your party into the stuff of legends. The first step is to use the vapor shots technique to infuse your alcohol with the properties of your favorite botanical. Next, measure out enough alcohol and water at a 5:3 ratio to get the amount of liquid necessary for your jello powder’s recipe or your favorite jello shot recipe and mix the alcohol with half the water. Chill the water and alcohol mixture and boil the plain water before adding it to the powder to dissolve the powder. Next, mix in the chilled water/alcohol mixture and put your concoction into shot glasses before putting them in the fridge to set. Either actual glass or the small paper cups will do just fine. Once your guests have arrived and the jello vapor shots have set (hopefully that’s at the same time) hand them off to your guests and toast to another great night!

Not every party needs an extra kick to make it awesome, but it never hurts to have a cool trick like this up your sleeve during any party. Regardless, these tricks can help you make the best of any gathering so use them to make some great memories the next time you’re hanging out with your friends!


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