Airistech 3-in-1 Portable Pen Vaporizer Review

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There is an overwhelming number of pen vaporizers on the market – almost too many to review! This might make our job harder, but we take pleasure in getting our hands on these units to provide you waiting connoisseurs with the information you crave so today we’re tackling a review of a 3-in-1 pen unit from Airistech, a Chinese manufacturer of pen vaporizer tanks and wax cores. Let’s get to the review to see how this unit performs!

Review: Airistech 3-in-1 Portable Pen Vaporizer



Airistech Portable Pen Vaporizer Review

How It Works

How It Works

This unit is supposed to be a 3-in-1 unit that claims to vaporize oils, extracts and even dry botanical! We’ll answer how well it does with those materials later, but the unit functions in a pretty basic way. The top of the unit is composed of the tank and the mouthpiece. The tank can be switched out by simply unplugging one and plugging in another. For the oil tank, simply fill the tank by applying oil on the sides of the tank then put the top of the mouth piece back on and use the button to engage the coil to vaporize the oil. For the wax tank, simply apply your extracts to the coil with the provided tool then put the mouth piece on and use the button to engage the coil and enjoy your extracts. For the botanical tank, simply fill the tank with your chosen botanical, then screw the top back on, put on the mouth piece then press the button to engage the coil and enjoy!

Temperature Flexibility

Temperature Flexibility

This is a pen style unit, which unfortunately means that there is no temperature flexibility at all to speak of. The coil will reach a certain temperature that can’t be changed by anything except how much cold air is moving past the coil, and even then it’s not accurate in the slightest.








Vapor Quality

Vapor Quality

This unit claims to be able to hand 3 different types of material, so there are 3 categories to evaluate when it comes to vapor quality. The first is the oil tank, which does the job at a very basic level. It vaporizes the oil you put in, but the vapor it produces is thin, wispy, and far from satisfying. Draws from the tank aren’t smooth and the vapor is also a lot warmer than we’d like. It really just barely gets the job done.

When it comes to the wax tank, it actually does a decent job. It’s hard to mess up a wax tank, and this is primarily what Airistech makes, so this is no surprise. The one real issue we did have with the tank is that it’s hard to clean. Other than that, it does a good job of vaporizing waxes and the flavor was pure and true to the wax.

The last tank to evaluate is the dry botanical tank. This tank was a disaster if only because they claimed it could vaporize dry botanical, a fact that just about anybody knows is impossible, especially with this type of tank. What you do end up with is combustion which makes for a harsh and irritating experience.

Manufacturing Quality

Manufacturing Quality

The unit itself is made half of decent metal materials and the other half is plastic. The plastic parts end up dragging down the feel of the unit by making it feel cheaper. The tanks all plug into the battery and while some feel snug and secure, others don’t feel like they were well machined and end up feeling loose, like they could fall out at any time which really put a damper on the experience for us.






Battery Life

Battery Life

One thing all pen units have in common is amazing battery life. The little coils in the tanks of these units can be easily powered by the batteries and a full charge can last you weeks depending on how often you use it. This makes it ideal for long trips away from the house or to where you might not have access to a power source for a while.







Portability

Portability

This unit can easily be transported from one location to the next due to its sleek and slim profile. It fits easily even in the pocket of skinny jeans and because of it’s awesome battery life, it will easily last you your trip. The one problem this unit has is that the tanks don’t sit on the battery perfectly forever. Eventually the connection is less secure and becomes loose, which means you might lose either the tank and mouth piece or the battery at some point if they should split unintentionally from each other which is much less than ideal.



Ease of Use

Ease of Use

Everything about this unit is easy to understand and use. Loading each tank is very straightforward and using the unit is super easy thanks entirely to the 1 button design of pen units. Even switching the tanks around is easy – just unplug one and plug in the other. The one place where things can get a bit complicated is in cleaning. It is a bit difficult to clean the tanks and it seems that they were designed for the most part to be disposable.





Discreetness

Discreetness

This unit is quite discreet when it comes to the oil and wax tank. The size of the unit makes it easy to keep the unit out of sight and vapor is quick to dissipate before others might become suspicious. There is really only one problem with the unit in this category, and that only comes into play when the dry botanical tank is used. The combustion creates a very noticeable smell that lingers in the air and on clothing, which is a huge problem for discretion.





Overall Experience

Overall Experience

This tank took a chance with dry botanical that didn’t pay off, it doesn’t deliver on manufacturing quality and the vapor quality could be much better in our opinion. It’s a good try at a 3-in-1 unit, but if you’re looking for a unit that handles all those materials, the ZEUS Thunder will treat you much better for a much longer time. They may be pretty good at wax tanks, but they have a ways to go in other areas before they can compete with the big boys.You can check out our Pen Vape Tutorial to learn more about caring your your pen unit.

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Fake Pax Vaporizer Review

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More often than now, and especially around this time of year, people are looking for deals on premium items. Sometimes it’s because you don’t have enough cash to cover a premium price tag, and other times it’s just to make every dollar stretch that much further. No matter the reason, these people provide the perfect opportunity for bootleggers to make some money. As long as there are people out there designing and making new vaporizers, there will be people who piggyback off of their ideas to make knock-offs. That brings us to the subject of today’s review: The Fake Pax Vaporizer. There’s no telling who released this unit, but it sure wasn’t Ploom, so we wanted to take a closer look to see if this wannabe could even meet the mark of the real one. 

Review: Fake Pax Vaporizer

Fake Pax Vaporizer Review



How It Works
How It Works

The fake operates just like the real one in that the unit is activated by bringing out the mouth piece and turned off by clicking it back in. To change the temperature that the unit is set at, all you have to do it pull out the mouth piece and press the button inside it to change between the 3 pre-set temperatures. The unit even comes in packaging that looks pretty much exactly like the real one and even comes with a charging station that looks pretty much identical to the real one. True to form, all you need to do to charge it is plug in the docking station and then put the fake Pax on it. The oven on the bottom of the unit also works identically to the real one and magnetically attaches to the bottom and it pulled off by tilting the oven cover and pulling it off.  





Temperature Flexibility
Temperature Flexibility

The fake Pax has 3 temperature settings that are meant to mimic the settings on the real unit. The first setting is meant to be 188 Celsius, the medium setting is supposed to be about 200 Celsius and the highest setting is supposedly 210. Are these temperatures accurate? We wouldn’t say so. Our unit was very flawed in terms of its performance which made it next to impossible to compare the heat settings. Even if the oven was reaching the temperatures, we had no way of knowing that while testing it.










Vapor Quality
Vapor Quality

The reason we couldn’t accurately tell what effect the temperatures were having on our botanical was because the unit didn’t deliver much, if any vapor. The lowest setting gave no return, which prompted us to turn up the heat and see what it could do at medium. At medium, even the most careful and precisely slow and long draw yielded next to no vapor at all and cranking it up to max didn’t change much. Opening the oven showed us that the now golden brown botanical was being subjected to heat, but whatever vapor it was producing simply never made it out of the mouth piece for some reason. This kind of inefficiency is the kind of thing that breaks the experience with a unit, but there was more to dislike about this unit than the vapor quality.





Manufacturing Quality
Manufacturing Quality

This fake is also missing many of the finer details that make the original as strong as it is. The outer shell on the original is made of anodized aluminum like the Zeus Bolt Grinder and you can see it in the stripped pattern on the metal. This shell is likely still aluminum, but not of the same quality as the original. The striping you’d see on the outside of the original is replaced by a sort of bumpy look if you look closely at it. The metal on the inside of the oven cover isn’t as well machined and formed to contours of the cover and the screen consistently falls out of the heating chamber. To cap it all off, the screw at the back even looks like a lower quality replacement for the original. All of this stacked on top of some of their other faults, like the font on the lettering on the back and inside the mouth piece and the LED’s not being as clear as they are on the original made for a really poor score in this category. 



Battery Life
Battery Life

This unit is supposed to last about an hour in terms of battery life, but you’ll be lucky to get more than about 35 minutes of operating time from this unit. We say operating time and not use because you’re not really going to get any vapor from it so you aren’t exactly using it for its intended purpose, but not for lack of trying.













Portability
Portability

Piggybacking off of the original design does yield some advantages when the design is as unique and useful as the original Pax’s is as we mentioned in our Pax vaporizer review. The fake has all the same advantages in portability as the original because it’s built exactly like the original in terms of shape and operation. It’s still slim and easy to fit into your pocket and the profile of the unit doesn’t get in the way when carrying it from one place to another.











Ease Of Use
Ease of Use

Normally, because of how much it resembles the original Pax in terms of how it works, we’d say that the unit is very easy to use. Unfortunately for the fake, because it doesn’t actually deliver when it comes to vapor – arguably the most important part of a unit’s function – the unit is very difficult to use. It’s on the verge of impossible because of the lost vapor. No matter what temperature it’s set at, no matter how you choose to take draws from the unit, getting a significant amount of vapor is practically impossible. This makes using the fake a next to impossible chore rather than the relaxing treat it should be.








Discreetness
Discreetness

Once again, being like the original has earned the unit some points in this category. On one hand, the unit has an elegant and unassuming look that doesn’t attract much attention courtesy of the original’s design. On the other hand, the unit has odor leakage from the poorly made oven cover and still manages not to deliver any vapor. Some might consider that a zero-sum game, but we just consider it a loss.












Overall Experience
Overall Experience 

In the end, the extra cash in your pocket you get from paying less for a knock-off really isn’t worth it. What you’ll likely end up with is a cheap, sub-par, under performing piece of hardware that has no warranty to speak of that you’re now stuck with as a result. This is one case where you should make sure you don’t get caught up in the savings. Purchase an original from an authorized retailer and you’ll be much better off, believe us!




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Pinnacle Pro DLX Vaporizer Review

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The connoisseurs who’re up to date with all our reviews will likely be familiar with our review of the Pinnacle. If you’re not you can take a look for yourself now, but the long and the short of it is that we liked it, but we thought there were some places it could improve. To be more specific, we thought the vapor quality and temperature flexibility could be improved with a few tweaks, something the Vape Critic also said in his review of the pinnacle. Well, thanks to the Pro DLX version of the Pinnacle, both have been taken care of! Let’s jump into the Pinnacle Pro DLX Vaporizer review to get a closer look at this upgraded unit!

Review: Pinnacle Pro DLX Vaporizer

Pinnacle Pro DLX Vaporizer Review




How It Works
How it Works

The Pinnacle Pro is a simple 1 button style vaporizer that turns on with the press of a button. To change the temperature of the unit, just press the button again to cycle through the 5 temperature settings. The little capsules provided for both concentrates and dry botanical can be easily loaded before inserting them into the heating chamber and just as easily dumped out when your session is finished. To turn it off, just hold the power button and the unit will power itself down. 










Temperature Flexibility
Temperature Flexibility

This unit has 5 temperature settings indicated by the lights below the power button on the unit. 1 light means the unit is set at 188 degrees Celsius, 2 lights means the unit set at 201 degrees Celsius, 3 lights means the unit is set at 215 degrees Celsius, 4 lights means the unit is set at 229 degrees Celsius and all 5 lights means the unit is set at a whopping  243 degrees Celsius! This is a really high maximum temperature for a portable vaporizer and is a huge improvement over the original. 










Vapor Quality
Vapor Quality

The unit’s temperature flexibility gives it the ability to provide vapor for just about any connoisseur from the super thick and satisfying to the thin and flavorful. The placement of the heating chamber, however, hasn’t been changed, so taking draws directly from the unit make for warm and sometimes irritating vapor. Luckily, the DLX comes with the Micro Shower attachment which filters the vapor through water to make it nice and smooth with each draw. Too bad it can’t filter the plastic flavor out of the vapor. 










Manufacturing Quality
Manufacturing Quality

VaporBlunt managed to keep everything that made the previous Pinnacle a pleasure to use. The body is impact resistant, sleek and easy to carry around and best of all, it’s still simple to use. The unit also doesn’t get hot while it’s in use, so you can get through your whole session while comfortably holding the unit without a problem. Lastly, the Micro Shower attachment is well made and fits nicely onto the top of the unit and is pretty durable for a glass component. 











Battery Life
Battery Life

This unit can operate continuously for about 45 minutes before needing to be recharged, which is pretty decent considering they’ve increased how hot this unit can get without increasing the size. This unit also has an auto shutoff that engages after 8 minutes to save the battery a bit and to top it off, this unit can be used while it’s charging so you don’t have to stop the session when you plug it in!












Portability
Portability

The Pinnacle Pro’s sleek design makes it really easy to put into your pocket and carry with you because it’s made of impact resistant plastic which is nice and durable and also very light. The whole unit can fit into your pocket and you could easily forget it’s even there! 















Ease of Use
Ease of Use

This unit is really easy to use. There is only one button and a quick press of it is all you need to turn the unit on or change the temperature. Pressing and holding the button turns it off and because of the capsules used for your dry botanical or extracts, loading and unloading the unit is incredibly easy. Cleaning it is even nice and simple because the capsules can be dropped into cleaning solution and the mouth piece just needs to be swapped every now and again.











DiscreetnessDiscreetness

Like we mentioned earlier, the size of this unit is pretty great, and it makes it easy to hide the unit in your hand while you’re using it. It’s also easy to slip it into a pocket quickly if need be. The temperature flexibility also allows you to turn the heat down so that the vapor is even less nor














Overall Experience
Overall Experience

The Pinnacle Pro DLX is a pretty impressive unit that delivers a durable, reliable and easy to manage experience with awesome, water filtered vapor thanks to the Micro Shower attachment. Unfortunately, there is a lot of plastic used in the construction of the unit, and the plastic in the mouth piece ends up affecting the flavor of the vapor adversely. If you liked the original Pinnacle, you might also like the Pro. Otherwise you might want to skip this unit and save up for another, higher quality unit.  









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Fake Pax Vaporizer versus Real Pax Vaporizer Vape Showdown

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The holiday season is quickly approaching and everyone, even you connoisseurs are looking for bargains to make your money stretch that extra mile. In search for deals to do good by your dollar bills you might be tempted to pick up a vaporizer for a price that’s too good to be true and unknowingly end up with a fake. Regardless of the reason, if you’re thinking of getting a fake or already have one, this battle is for you! In one corner, we have a fake Pax, and in the other we have the real Pax ready to defend its territory. Who knows who’ll win this epic battle, so let’s get into the battle and find out!

Fake Pax vs Real Pax

Fake Pax Vaporizer vs Real Pax Vaporizer Showdown





Vapor Quality Winner - Pax Vaporizer

Vapor Quality

The Pax makes some pretty good vapor. The oven does a good job of heating your botanical and the special screen filters out small particles from the vapor to make every draw pure vapor and nothing else. The vapor can tend to be a bit warm at its max temperature, but the middle temperature yields nice smooth vapor that’s much less harsh.

When we tested the fake, we were getting some very, very thin vapor. We assumed it was because the unit wasn’t heating our botanical enough, but a peek into the chamber revealed an oven filled with golden brown botanical! Somewhere in the vapor pathway, the vapor is lost, making for a poor vapor experience at best.







Manufacturing Quality Winner - Pax Vaporizer

Manufacturing Quality

The Pax has an anodized aluminum shell that is nice and durable and the unit’s parts are well machined and fit together snugly. The price tag on this unit is justified by Ploom’s approach to the execution and design of the unit. All the elements feel polished and well executed.  

The fake has a lot of elements that just look and feel poorly handled. The oven cover feels like really cheap plastic, the magnets are noticeably weaker than the original, the metal in the oven cover looks poorly machined and the screen falls out of the chamber regularly. Even the LED doesn't shine the right colors. This unit’s build quality is very underwhelming.






Ease of Use Winner - Pax Vaporizer

Ease of Use

The Pax is incredibly easy to use. All you have to do is click the mouth piece out to turn it on, pull the mouth piece out and press the button inside it to adjust the temperature if you have to, put it back in and then wait for it to reach temperature before loading your botanical and enjoying it! Once you’re done, just pop the oven door off, empty the chamber, then click the mouth piece in to turn the unit off. It’s that simple.

Using the fake Pax is nothing short of annoying partly because the vapor never actually reaches your mouth. Beyond that, when you try to empty the chamber, the screen falls out almost every single time! It makes for a really unpleasant experience.






Portability Winner - Tie

Portability

The Pax is a nice and small unit bevelled edges so that it sits comfortably in your pocket. The retractable mouth piece also makes it easy to carry this unit from point A to point B without incident.
The fake is made to be as close to the original as possible, so it benefits from the same portability score as the real one.












Discreetness Winner - Tie

Discreetness

The black exterior and lack of flashy or glowing features on the Pax makes it really discreet. The only thing that could give the unit away is the LED on the front of the unit, but that can be easily hidden from general view with your hand.

The fake manages to benefit from the fact that it’s as good a copy as the manufacturer could make. This means that it’s just as discreet as the original.  











Temperature Flexibility  Winner - Pax Vaporizer

Temperature Flexibility

The original Pax has pretty good temperature flexibility with 3 distinct settings and you can pick from the vaporizing temperatures by pulling out the mouth piece and pressing the button inside the unit. The fake has the same temperature flexibility, but it never really matters because the temperature doesn’t translate into vapor. Though they technically have the same temperatures, the fake makes no use of it which is as bad as not having it at all.













Showdown Winner - Pax Vaporizer

Showdown



We’re sure most of you connoisseurs expected this, but the fake took a beating in today’s battle! The fake is a clever attempt to make a cheap alternative to the original unit, but their inability to properly execute on a lot of the smaller key design elements left us feeling like this wasn’t even worth the cheaper bootleg price. Congrats on the win, Ploom!

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Vapman vs Vapir NO2 - Vape Showdown

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Connoisseurs always want to make the right decision when investing in a vaporizer. Today we are going to compare two portable vaporizers to get a feel for the strengths and weaknesses of each. In one corner, we have the Vapman, a unique, hand crafted portable that comes to us from Switzerland.  In the other corner, we have the Vapir NO2, a portable vaporizer made in China.  Let’s see how these two different units compare in our Vape Showdown.

Vapman vs Vapir NO2

Vapir NO2 vs Vapman Vape Showdown



Vapor Quality Winner - Vapman

Vapor Quality

The Vapman produces outstanding vapor due to its unique design.  Hand assembled in Switzerland, the manufacturer uses high quality materials to give you a great vaporizing experience. You load your botanical into the gold plated heating chamber, attach the mouth piece, apply heat to the base using your torch lighter and take your draws. 

The NO2 produces good vapor at lower temperatures, 195 degrees Celsius and lower. The vapor produced is quite dense and visible.  Above this temperature, the NO2 can get a bit harsh due to the brass heating element.








Manufacturing Quality Winner - Vapman

Manufacturing Quality

The Vapman is outstanding in terms of manufacturing quality.  It has high quality components that have been machined with an incredible attention to detail, including a gold plated heating chamber mounted onto pear tree wood. If you pick up the Mica version, this material allows even better heat compared to the already amazing.  This portable unit is hand made in Switzerland, ensuring quality craftsmanship. The unit is quite sturdy and strong and is very easy to clean.

The NO2 has good manufacturing quality but could do a lot better.  This unit is built to be functional and sturdy.  At the same time, it is large, has a lot of plastic components, and is heavy. The brass heating element and stainless steel heating chamber can make the vapor more harsh tasting at higher temperatures. It does come with a digital display to set your temperature which is rare for lower cost portable vaporizers on the market today, but that doesn’t earn it enough points to win this category.


Ease of Use Winner - Vapman

Ease of Use

The Vapman is very easy to use. Loading your botanical is simple and the unit is so efficient that you only need a small amount, which makes for a very cost effective experience. With this unit, you just need to use a torch lighter to heat up the chamber where your botanical sits.  This works quickly and quietly.  You never need to worry about charging batteries. Instead, you just need to make sure that your torch lighter is topped up with purified butane every once in a while.

The NO2 is easy to use. The digital display lets you have precise control over your heating temperature and the unit heats up pretty quickly. The buttons are large and fairly intuitive. Battery life is okay, lasting about 70 minutes of continuous vaporizing and you can use the unit while it is charging. If it was a little easier to clean and less reliant on battery power, this unit might have been able to win in this category.



Portability Winner - Vapman

Portability

The Vapman is quite portable.  It works quietly and quickly.  It’s small and well built. It also comes with a carrying case, ensuring that your portable unit is safe when you take it with you on the go.  It also uses a torch lighter to provide heat to your botanical so you never have to worry about running out of a charge.

The NO2 is large and heavy, making it almost the opposite of portable.  Add the matrix tube and X-Tip mouthpiece and it is even less portable. It does heat up pretty quickly, but that’s not enough to excuse its poor performance in this category.









Discreetness Winner - Vapman

Discreteness

The Vapman is very discrete. It is small and can be easily missed by most passing eyes.  Since you are using a torch lighter, the operation is very fast and very quiet, but it does draw a bit of attention to the unit. You also do have to use two hands though which may also make this more noticeable.

The NO2 is by far less discrete.  It’s big before you even attach all the required components. You really can’t miss this beast when it is in use.  This is a portable unit that is best for at home use or not at all if your main concern is discretion.









Temperature Flexibility Winner - NO2

Temperature Flexibility

For the Vapman, temperature depends on how long you hold the torch lighter to the base of the heating chamber. This makes precision heat control difficult and even those well versed in the ways of their Vapman might find it hard to consistently find the right temperature.  The NO2 can reach a maximum temperature of 205 degrees Celsius and is set this with the digital display. This is quite convenient and makes for much more consistent temperature control.











Showdown Winner - Vapman

SHOWDOWN


After careful consideration and testing, our winner today is the Vapman.  This unit has it all: superior vapor quality, manufacturing quality, portability and discreteness as well as ease of use.  You may want to pick up the NO2 if you are looking for a vaporizer with a digital temperature display and want to only vape at home, but the Vapman is still today’s clear winner.







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