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VapCap ‘M’ 2019 portable vaporizer review

DynaVap’s VapCap ‘M’ model has become a benchmark product in the segment of portable, non-electric, convection vaporizers. Its portability, elegant design, quality execution and ingenious convection mechanism makes the VapCap ‘M’ stand out to the extent that it nearly forms a category all by itself. This vaporizer is not quite as luxurious and versatile as some of the other DynaVap creations but it’s all the more affordable. True to form, DynaVap has released its 2019 model and we’re all giddy with excitement to find out what they have in store for us.

VapCap ‘M’ 2019 review - Performance

Develop a feel for it

The performance of the VapCap ‘M’ hinges on your ability to apply the right amount of heat to the bowl. Using a butane powered torch lighter works best and it’s up to you to gauge the distance between the flame and the cap for optimal results. A skilled user will be able to generate a more low-heat, flavourful hit or a high-heat, dense vapour hit by spinning the VapCap ‘M’ over de flame. By controlling the airflow via the device’s carb, you can further finetune the consistency and density of the vapour.

Herbs that last and last

When you’re just starting out with this classic vaporizer you’ll probably overheat the cap a couple of times, producing an overly dense and overly hot vapour from the get-go . After a couple of times, you should be able to micromanage the amount of heat you apply to the bowl and you’ll be surprised how long your herbs will last: from barely visible but very tasty vapour to eye-watering hits in an increasingly refined spectrum of flavour and intensity.

Portability

The VapCap ‘M’ will easily fit in the tiny pocket of your jeans (the universal standard for small, portable items), leaving ample space for a torch lighter in your main pocket. This vaporizer is seriously portable and there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t carry it with you everywhere you go.

VapCap ‘M’ 2019 review - Build quality

Medical grade stainless steel

All VapCap ‘M’s are made from the finest medical grade stainless steel and its individual parts (mouth piece, main body, tip, condenser tube and cap) have been machine tooled with loving precision. The 2019 edition has seen some subtle but consequential improvements.

Improved airflow

The helix-shaped grooves on the tip of the 2018 version have been replaced with serpentine airflow channels allowing for a larger surface area to act as an air-intake. The air that flows along these channels will be exposed to the external heat source for a longer time which in turn will heat your herbal material more quickly.  Airflow is increased further by small indents on the edge of the tip, creating space between the cap and the tip. A small design change that has significant consequences for the way the air enters the tip.

Better grip

The carb on the 2019 version is recessed much lower compared to the 2018 version. Easier access allows for increased airflow control as your finger is guided effortlessly over the carb. An added ridge acts as a tactile clue about the carb’s location and makes for better rolling action during vape sessions. The grooved section under the carb has been replaced with a beautifully carved rosetta pattern which ensures a good grip and shimmers in the light when you hold the VapCap at an angle.


VapCap ‘M’ 2019 review - User friendliness

As always...respect the click

The device’s cap is key to a satisfying vaping session. It contains a heat-sensitive disk which will click twice when it reaches a certain temperature (usually not over 200°C), effectively letting you know when your herbs are close to combustion. When the device has cooled down sufficiently, the disk will snap back into place and you’re ready to reheat the vape. Overheating the cap is the main cause of defective VapCaps so you need to more or less keep your wits about you when using this little gem. When in doubt, wait a little longer or cool the VapCap by applying cold to the cap. Depending on the area that’s being heated, you will get a faster or slower click which in turn has an impact on how hot your herbs will get. Practice makes perfect…

Loading

Loading the 2019 version has been made easier with the cutaways on the edge of the bowl acting as teeth that can cut your herbs to the appropriate size while you push and twist the device. The increased airflow allows you to pack the bowl a bit tighter than you would on previous models.

External lighter

Using the VapCap ‘M’ requires an external heat source. A regular, yellow flame lighter will immediately deposit soot on your cap and will take its sweet time to heat up your herbs. A blue-flame refillable torch lighter is what you’d want in this case. Spend that extra euro on a decent one, refilling is cheaper than buying new ones.

VapCap ‘M’ 2019 review - maintenance and accessories


A detailed explanation on how to clean your VapCap 'M' can be found on our blog. The VapCap comes with a two year warranty and in the unlikely event the cap on your  gives out, you can purchase a replacement cap. Even though the VapCap ‘M’ is designed with herbs in mind, you can use degummed hemp fibre to load it with concentrates to prevent the bowl from clogging due to residue. The good folks at DynVap have provided us with a very complete maintenance kit including replacement o-rings. VapoShop recommends using the Vertigo 3-flame (stormproof) butane lighter with the VapCap ‘M’.

VapCap ‘M’ 2019 review - Pros and cons

Pros

- Increased airflow and more intuitive design on the 2019 version
- Beautiful design, quality materials, everlasting (at the very least until the 2020 edition)
- With skill:  a very complete, nuanced and satisfying way to experience your herbs
- So, so portable

Cons

- Learning curve ahead
- “I could have sworn I heard it click”
- Vapour is rather hot but this should come as no surprise

VapCap ‘M’ 2019 review - Who is this for?

The VapCap ‘M’ is DynaVap’s entry model and at this price, everyone should get one. This is a vaporizer that requires some skill to master but the rewards are well worth the effort. Bring this baby to the party and delight your friends, go travelling with it, keep it by your bedside or fidget with it at work. The 2019 edition is worth the upgrade mainly due to the device’s improved airflow and better grip so even seasoned DynVap enthusiasts will find plenty to be excited about.

VapCap ‘M’ 2019 review - The final verdict

The area of the cap you’re applying heat to, spinning the vape, the distance to the flame, opening and closing the carb...This vape requires a fair amount of skill and experience before you can make it do your bidding. Spend some time and effort on it and the VapCap ‘M’ 2019 will be able to conjure the most diverse flavour profiles and vapour density you could imagine while being less than pocket-sized. The improvements in the 2019 edition will not dramatically change your experience of the VapCap but they are more than worthwhile to justify the upgrade. If you haven’t got one already, now would be as good a time as ever to add the VapCap to your collection.

Order the VapCap 'M' - 2018 or 2019 edition


PAX 3 portable vaporizer review

The good people at PAX set out to improve on their already critically acclaimed PAX 2 in certain decisive areas. The main idea behind the PAX 3 vaporizer is to move PAX devices into high-end vaporizer territory at a mid-level price without abandoning conduction heating. A daunting task to say the least and we’re eager to find out if they’ve succeeded.

PAX 3 review - Performance

Reactivity

This device may be a conduction vape, it seems hell bent on mimicking on-demand convection vaping in terms of heating and cooling. The PAX 3 heats to your desired temperature in about 15 seconds and will cool down immediately after vaping. The coloured LED lights  behind the vape’s signature ‘X’ gradually turn from a dark blue to an ‘all-clear’ green and back, depending on whether the device is heating or cooling.

Herbs and concentrates - really!

The oven of the PAX3 holds about 0.3 grams which should easily yield about 20 extended draws when gradually cycling through the 4 temperature settings. A second mouthpiece with a bulbous protrusion will allow you to only pack the oven half-full while still holding your herbs firmly in place. The concentrate insert has the obvious drawback of actually sticking awkwardly out the vape’s back end (maybe so you won’t forget you’re vaping concentrates now?) but it does the trick in terms of performance. The container is rather spacious and two tubular air intakes should prevent the PAX 3 from leaving behind a sticky trail of melted concentrate. Make sure you hold the vape more or less straight, there’s always the risk of concentrate seeping into your device.

Awesome battery life

The battery life on the PAX 3 is one of the more noticeable improvements over its predecessor. The battery seems to hold out forever and you should be able to have three comfortable, extended vape sessions with one charge. Charging the battery only takes 90 minutes and the only drawback is the magnetic connection between the USB charger and the device which could be interrupted if the unit is only slightly moved.

Tasty, lukewarm vapour

The device is quite small which invariably comes at the expense of cool vapour. That being said, the vapour produced by this device doesn’t grind the back of your throat either and the silicone mouthpiece stays nice and cool, even at higher temperatures. The vapour has a clean taste, fully allowing the aromas of your herbs to be appreciated in all of their facets.


PAX 3 review - Build quality

Compact and a luxurious feel

The PAX 3 vaporizer is the same size as its predecessor and easily fits in the palm of your hand. The unit has a comfortable feel to it and a reassuring weight. The aluminum shell with a matte finish is available in rose gold, black, silver and teal. These coatings make the vape easy on the eyes even though they have a tendency to show fingerprints and are not immune to scratching or even chipping along the edges of the oven lid. Make sure you keep your keys and change in your other trouser pocket.

Easy access

All materials connected to the air path are of medical grade quality. The oven and mouthpiece are located at opposite ends of the vaporizer which makes for a longer vapour path resulting in a cooler vapour. The oven lid clicks into place with magnets and is therefore easily replaceable. One tiny drawback of this otherwise ingenious design is that the main air intake occurs along the seams of the lid. This means you’ll be able to smell the residue of your herbs if you hold the back of the vape up to your nose, so you may want to avoid doing that. Unless you’re into that sort of thing. In any case, PAX sells special odor caps to seal off both ends of the vaporizer for maximum discretion.


PAX 3 review - User friendliness

One button to rule them all

Another feature we know from the PAX 2 is the single control button located between two air slits on the mouthpiece. Even though this is counter-intuitive for many users who would expect to find the controls on a vape’s body, you get used to this way of handling your vape rather quickly. This single button controls the works: turning the vape off and on, going in and out of temperature control mode and cycling through temperature settings. Haptic feedback lets you know when the device is ready to vape so you can rest your eyes on your conversation partner instead of staring at your vaporizer. The instruction manual in the box is only there to get you started and PAX provides additional instructions on their website.

Gyroscope

Well, not quite a gyroscope but the built-in accelerometer and smart-gesture control do make you feel like the vape is spookily aware of how you’re handling it (so be gentle). Waving the vape around shows the temperature level and picking up the vape will automatically activate the oven while setting it down will immediately initiate cooling.

An app that is actually useful

Normally we would dismiss an integration with an app on your phone as a needless gimmick. This time, the PAX 3 vaporizer actually has caught our attention with an app that expands the device’s already impressive capabilities in a useful manner. Aside from the standard option of customizing the temperature settings by one degree increments, the app allows you to choose from four heating modes. Stealth mode maintains lower temperatures so you’ll produce barely visible vapour. In flavour mode, the device will only heat up to these lower temperature when drawing in order to preserve your herbs even more. Boost mode will limit your device’s cooling which is useful if you’re into thick clouds and efficiency mode will automatically increase the temperature during a session, eliminating the need to cycle through the settings manually. You can even increase the vape’s stealth by turning off the lights while the device is heating and cooling.

PAX 3 review - Maintenance and essential accessories

The PAX 3 vaporizer comes with a reassuring 10 year warranty. Cleaning the device is easily done by soaking the different parts in isopropyl alcohol. Fluffy cleaning rods are included which you can insert in the airpath during more thorough cleaning sessions.

Basic Kit and Complete Kit

The PAX 3 is available with a basic kit (maintenance kit, one flat and one arched mouthpiece and a standard oven lid) as well as with a complete kit (concentrate insert, half-pack oven lid, multitool, carry case and additional screens) for about €50 more. The basic kit allows less habitual herb enthusiasts to enjoy the PAX 3 experience while remaining firmly in the mid-level price segment. The complete kit has the advantage of offering accessories at a much more advantageous price than when buying each accessory separately.

Accessorize

Most of the accessories available for the PAX2 are also compatible with the PAX 3, which should ease the transition for PAX 2 users. Check out the compact water pipe adapter and additional herb capsules for pre-loading purposes if you’re planning on taking the on-the-go vaping experience to the next level.


PAX 3 review - Who should buy this?

The PAX 3 definitely has a leg up on the PAX 2 in terms of heating/cooling time and battery performance so PAX enthusiasts should consider an upgrade. With its mid-level price and obvious on-the-go appeal, the PAX3 seems geared towards mobile vapers who refuse to skimp on quality. Flexibility, vapour quality, customizability, discretion...this device can look high-end portable vaporizers in the eye without flinching. The PAX 3 seems to be designed with the discriminating user in mind who’d rather focus on having meaningful interactions during a night out than fiddling with a vape.

PAX 3 review - Pros and cons

Pros

- Smart gesture control for rapid heating and cooling
- Useful app integration
- Herbs and concentrates
- Impressive battery life and charging time
- Good value for money

Cons

- Coating prone to scratches
- A bit of a learning curve
- Minor imperfections: concentrate insert sticks out a bit - both ends can get a little smelly

PAX 3 review - The final verdict

The PAX 3 is PAX’s latest attempt at proving that a top-of-the-line portable vaporizer can be sold at a mid-level price. Through significant strides made in terms of battery life and heating/cooling time, this vaporizer definitely outperforms the PAX 2 and stands out among its peers in the same price range. The smart gesture control is finely attuned to your vaping needs and is a key factor in the device’s ability to heat up and cool down rapidly. It successfully bypasses the most common objection we have against conduction vaporizers and manages to be a more than decent concentrate vaporizer to boot. PAX’s most recent addition to the vaporizer universe should therefore be at the top of any serious vaping enthusiasts’ list.

Order the Pax 3


Boundless CFC LITE Review

Boundless Technologies has established a respectable reputation with its affordable but quality vaporizers. Its latest addition to the family, the Boundless CFC LITE, is meant to persuade enthusiasts of ultimate portable vaping. The vaporizer is one of the smallest on the market and very competitively priced. We sure are keen to find out if this little vape can tag along with its older siblings...

Boundless CFC LITE - User friendliness

Intuitive controls

One button features prominently on the CFC LITE and controls the works: cycling through the temperature settings, turning the device on and off and battery checks. An indicator light on the side of the device tells you whether the device is warming up (blinking) or has reached the desired temperature (steady). Also, haptic feedback lets you know if your device is hot enough to start vaping. Indicator lights at the front will let you know how your battery is holding up while you’re vaping. When you’re no longer vaping, the device will deactivate automatically after a few minutes. Everything about this vape is crystal clear and there’s no learning curve whatsoever.

Impressive chamber size

Even though the vape’s size would suggest otherwise, the ceramic chamber is large enough to hold 0.4 grams of herbs. The removable stainless steel chamber screen doesn’t fit snugly in the chamber’s grooves and has a tendency to get lost in your ashtray when scooping out your herbs. We get why this vape comes with 5 additional chamber screens. The CFC LITE is not compatible with concentrates.


Boundless CFC LITE - Performance

Heats up in the blink of an eye

The Boundless CFC LITE may be small but heats up like a big boy. Holding the power button for three seconds will take you to the next temperature level in under 40 seconds. The vaporizer only has three preset temperature settings which cannot be adjusted. At 196℃ the lowest (blue) temperature level is a bit high for our taste. The mid-level setting (green) is at 206℃ and the vape maxes out at 216℃. The CFC Lite is aiming high and this results in a mouthpiece that will heat your lips in a way that is not entirely pleasant.

Thick clouds

The upside of the rather high temperature range is that the vape tends to produce satisfying clouds of vapour that do not taste bad at all. No plasticky taste or harsh vapour here.

Little beast

The Boundless CFC LITE does not strain its removable 18350 battery too much. A fully charged battery will last you 5 to 6 satisfying vaping sessions. The battery is small enough to keep an extra one in your pocket if you’re one the move. It takes about an hour to fully charge.

Boundless CFC LITE - Build quality

Stealthy and solid

The CFC LITE may be small but you can tell the good people from Boundless didn’t skimp on build quality: the finish at the seams is indicative of a well-designed and well-manufactured device. The mouthpiece and battery compartment connect with the CFC LITE’s main body with a reassuring click. According to Boundless, all materials exposed to heat are of a medical grade.

Boundless CFC LITE -  Maintenance, cleaning and accessories

The device comes with an abundance of mouthpiece and chamber replacement screens, a packing tool and a cleaning brush. Be careful when removing residue with isopropyl alcohol as the outer shell of the device may be sensitive to the alcohol.. The device comes with a three year warranty, which inspires further confidence in its build quality. Additional batteries are available as well.


Boundless CFC LITE -  Who should buy this?

The CFC LITE is all about stealth and on-the-go vaping. If you’re a vapour connaisseur (a vapoureur? anyone?) you may object to the coarse grading of its temperature levels. If however, you’re someone who values efficiency over complete temperature control, the CFC LITE will not disappoint. Given its value for money, this vaporizer should also appeal to the beginner.

Boundless CFC LITE -  pros and cons

Pros

- Stealthy
- Removable battery
- Affordable
- Fast heating time
- Solid build

Cons

- High temperature settings that cannot be adjusted
- Prone to making chamber screens disappear (or is it just us?)

Boundless CFC Lite - the final verdict


The Boundless CFC Lite should appeal to anyone who enjoys vaping herbs while on the move. The device is seriously small, has a removable battery and doesn’t light up like a christmas tree when you’re using it. Even though the CFC LITE is relatively inexpensive, we’re convinced the manufacturer made sure to present us with a quality product. If you’re into no-nonsense efficiency, the Boundless CFC LITE should suit you nicely.

Buy the Boundless CFC LITE


VapoShop is going all out at this year's Spannabis

Spring is in the air so that can mean only one thing: VapoShop is going to Barcelona to liven up the annual Spannabis fair, the biggest cannabis event in all of Europe. Our Spanish customers (and a few avid travellers) will be thrilled to find out we’ll be able to welcome you at not one, but two stands at the celebrated fair. VapoShop’s cream of the crop will be on display with a special focus on DynaVap, Linx and Ghost vaporizers and accessories. Come and greet us at stands 75 and 76 from 15/3 until 17/3 at the Spannabis fair in Barcelona. Get your tickets here.

Ghost MV1 Spannabis Contest

The Ghost MV1 remains one of our top picks for any discriminating vaporizing enthusiast such as yourself. Its on-demand performance is unparalleled in the world of vaporizers and it’s guaranteed to produce only the finest and most pleasant vapour. There’s a rumour going around Spannabis that one of these gems could soon be one of your prized possessions…

How can you win one of two Ghost MV1 vaporizers?

1. Follow @vaposhop on Instagram

2. Pick up your free Ghost pin at one of our Spannabis stands

3. Post a picture of you wearing the Ghost pin and tag: #spannabis #ghostvapes #ghostmv1 #vaposhop and #bcnghost. Deadline for entries is 30/03/19

4. The winners will be announced on Instagram on 01/04/2019

Terms and conditions

1. This Instagram contest is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram
2. Hosting company of this contest is: VapoShop; Postbus 58012; 1040 HA Amsterdam; The Netherlands
3. The contest runs from 14.03-30.03.19 (24:00 CET)
4. The prizes are two Ghost MV1 vaporizers. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.
5. One winner will be chosen randomly and one winner will be selected by VapoShop based our appreciation of each entry.
6. You need a Ghost MV1 pin which can be picked up for free at vaposhop spannabis stands 75 and 76. The pins are limited to 250 pieces.
7. You have to follow @vaposhop on instagram; Post a picture of you wearing the Ghost Mv1 pin and tag #spannabis #ghostvapes #ghostmv1 #vaposhop and #bcnghost
8. The winner will be announced on Instagram on 01.04.2019 and will be contacted through the “direct Message” function.
9. The winner will have 5 days to claim their prize from the date that they are announced as a winner. After this time we reserve the right to select a new winner.
10. The pictures of all participants can be used at VapoShop’s discretion.
11. The competition is open to residents of the EU aged 18 years or up. Employees of Ari Logistics are not allowed to participate.
12. Any personal data relating to participants will be used solely in accordance with current EU data protection legislation and will not be used for marketing purposes without the individual's prior consent.


Ghost MV1 portable vaporizer review

Ghost MV1: Best of both worlds?


A decent on-demand vaporizer not only needs a large and powerful battery but also an efficient heatsink. These design requirements can easily be met in a sizable desktop vaporizer but cramming these features into an ergonomic, hand-held device is a whole new ballgame. The people behind Ghost set out to achieve the impossible: creating a powerful, on-demand convection vaporizer you can easily carry with you, suitable for herbs and concentrates alike. All the benefits of a desktop vaporizer combined with the on-the-go appeal of a portable vape: how did they fare?

Ghost MV1 performance: the gold standard for on-demand vaping

Ingenious design

The on-demand vaping performance of the MV1 is impressive, to say the least. In vape mode you can activate the battery pack by pressing a discreet vape button near the mouthpiece. The airflow in the Ghost MV1 is directed along a  airpath and is preheated through conduction heating before entering the oven. From then on, the vaporizer is in full convection mode as an efficient heating coil takes over. The hot air is drawn through the crucible, into a heat sink and through a retractable glass mouthpiece.

Preserves your herbs

The device’s fast heating and cooling time leave your herbs fresh after each draw. Overall, these features lead to a drastic increase in the absorption efficiency of your herbs’ active compounds. The Ghost MV1 will allow you to use roughly half of the material you would normally use in a conduction vaporizer.

Powerhouse

The removable, custom designed battery-pack will be able to supply you with enough power for about 50 draws, on a medium heat setting. The batteries will take about 8 hours to recharge using a regular USB-charger so you’ll need to plan ahead. If you like to improvise you can buy a fast charger which will charge your battery pack in a mere two hours.

Cloud 9

Even though the air has a long way to travel in the Ghost MV1, the draw resistance is nearly non-existent and can still be adjusted by retracting or extending the glass mouthpiece. The excellent build quality and choice of materials result in a flavorful, smooth and cool vapour, even at higher temperature settings.

Ghost MV1 Build Quality - Shiny and sturdy


The build quality of the Ghost MV1 is simply jaw dropping: it has a solid alloy body, feels heavy but somehow fits snugly in your hand and the parts feel and look like they’ve been machine tooled with impressive accuracy. No cheap, plasticky feel here…The vape comes in shiny and classy colours (satin silver, black chrome and nickel) and in a more modern stealth black.  The good people of Ghost were sure to use medical grade materials in sensitive areas along the airpath: the heatsink, mouthpiece and silicone parts exposed to the hot air.

Ghost MV1 User Friendliness - Pay attention, this will be on the exam

One button control

This device comes with a learning curve, there’s no doubt about it. You’ll have just one button to turn it on/off, and to configure temperature settings, battery level and vape mode. Your first draw in any of the temperature settings should be taken slowly and continuously until you receive haptic feedback. Luckily for people with a run-of-the-mill lung capacity, you are allowed to feel your way through subsequent draws.

Hands-on vaping

Loading and putting the crucible in place can be a bit tricky and requires some dexterity but on the plus side, there’s absolutely no need to stir your herbs mid-session. The Ghost MV1 is compatible with concentrates through the use of concentrate pads and even has a separate concentrate temperature setting. The vaporizer also has 3 fixed temperature settings for herbs and two custom temperature settings which you can program via an app.

Ghost MV1 -  Maintenance and essential accessories

Maintenance

Maintenance is fairly easy: disassemble the vape and bathe parts that collect residue in isopropyl alcohol for a while. A two year warranty should convince most of us of the Ghost MV1’s longevity.

Extra battery, fast-charger and crucible dispenser

You’ll want to get an extra battery pack and/or a fast charger, though, unless you’re really good at planning ahead. In any case, you wouldn’t want a vape session with friends to end prematurely. For those inevitable all-nighters, you can buy a crucible dispenser that comes with 5 crucibles you can load in advance. You can find all of the Ghost MV1 accessories here.

GHOST MV1 - Who should buy this?

Lovers of the finer things in life

The Ghost MV1 is a portable vape but not really suitable for a night out at the club. It’s far from being a ninja-vape and you sure as heck don’t want to drop this baby either. Instead, picture yourself slowly moving about your house, preparing a snack, taking in the sunset from your windowsill and having a puff whenever you feel like it. This vaporizer also lends itself really well for a cosy night in with your friends given that your herbs won’t deteriorate while you’re passing the Ghost MV1 on the left hand side. Experienced users who appreciate high quality, cool vapour and are willing to invest time in learning how to use the device properly should drop everything and buy a Ghost MV1 right this minute.

Good value for money

Integrating an on-demand, convection heating system with a portable design is no easy feat so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Ghost MV1 comes at a hefty price. The vaporizer MV1 can be found in the same price range as other high-end vaporizers. 

Ghost MV1 - Pros and Cons

Pros

- Convection heating preserves your herbs
- Exceptionally flavorful, smooth and cool vapour
- Impressive build quality and medical grade materials where it counts
- Excellent value for your money

Cons

- Controls take some getting used to
- Loading can be a bit of a hassle
- Portable vaporizer but not build for on-the-road use
- Battery takes a while to charge without the fast-charger

Ghost MV1 - The final verdict


In terms of performance, the portable Ghost MV1 rivals a high-end desktop vaporizer. This on-demand vaporizer doesn’t come cheap but its quality convection heating system will definitely get the most out of your herbs. The Ghost MV1 produces a flavorful, smooth and surprisingly cool vapour for such a compact device. It takes some time getting used to the minimalist controls but once you get the hang of it, you’ll probably want to declare this your go-to vaporizer. Dip into your savings, take your time to get acquainted, and go for the state-of-the-art in portable vaping.

Order the Ghost MV1


How to use your Dynavap - cleaning and care

To use your VapCap:

1. Most Important! Before your first use, please read all of these instructions and then do at least two, preferably more than two, dry runs with nothing in the VapCap! This is very important to become familiar with the operation of the unit and prevent unintentional combustion residues.
2. The VapCap is unlike any other vaporizer, so give it a few tries empty to get the feel of its unique temperature-indicating click. Heat the VapCap in a quiet area, listen and feel so you know what you are looking for. If you are using a torch lighter, this should not take more than 5 or 6 seconds. Heat the middle of the cap not the end and rotate while heating. If more than 6 seconds go by and you don’t hear the click, stop heating and let it cool down.
3. If you severely overheat your VapCap it can be permanently damaged. It is very important you hear the cool down click, or allow it to cool to the touch, before heating for the next cycle. Repeat this procedure several times to get the feel of how this little unit operates.
4. When you are ready for the first use, let it cool down, then remove the cap from the VapCap.
5. Fill the VapCap chamber with your material of choice. This can be done easily by pushing the VapCap into a container of your material and twisting. Pre-grinding your material is NOT needed like when using a bat or hitter. If you prefer to grind, go coarse. Finely ground material will get through the diffuser disc and into the unit.
6. Place the cap back on the VapCap.
7. Heat up the metal cap of your VapCap while rotating it, with the flame or heat source applied to the last third of the metal cap. Try to only apply heat to the side of the cap and NOT the end. This is not like lighting a smoking device.
8. Continue rotating and heating the cap until you hear and or feel a click - this means the VapCap is ready!
9. Puff on the mouthpiece. Experiment a little here. If you draw with the air hole completely plugged the flow will seem somewhat restricted. This is normal. Some find they get the best result by taking a long, slow steady draw with the hole completely open, and others will intermittently or lightly cover the air/vapor mix port. The way air flows through the VapCap cools the vapor to provide a smooth experience.
10. Keep drawing as desired until you hear the click again, this means the VapCap has cooled down.
11. When the vapor production diminishes, it is easy to reactivate. a. Make sure the VapCap has re-clicked “to cool” before reheating for the next cycle. b. If you are not sure if it has re-clicked, gently blow on the end to cool it. It may take up to 1 minute to reset.
12. When there is no longer any desirable vapor produced, and the cap has clicked “to cool”, remove the cap. The consumed material can be either blown out the end, or the little tang on the cap is also a wonderful “digger outer.”
13. Reload for another round of simple and wonderful vapor.

Tips:

1. It is recommended that you use a butane torch style lighter with your VapCap.
2. Wait until you hear or feel the reset click or at least 30 seconds after the VapCap stops producing vapor to reheat.
3. It is VERY important to wait until you hear the cool down click before applying more heat.
4. Stop heating your VapCap as soon as you hear the click until you get to know each other better.
5. You can vary the intensity of the flavor by using the air/vapor adjustment port.
6. Depending on your personal preference and heat source, as well as how many cycles since the VapCap was loaded, you may want to apply heat for 1-2 seconds after the click. This will provide for a different level of roasted flavor.
7. DO NOT APPLY HEAT FOR MORE THAN 3 SECONDS PAST THE CLICK! OVERHEATING WILL PERMANENTLY DAMAGE THE VAPCAP!
8. The end of the VapCap gets very hot during and following use. Do not touch the hot end until it has cooled. Also please do not put the hot end into your mouth.
9. The VapCap can be safely put back in its Special Case or reloaded after the cool down click is heard.
10. We have done our best to remove the hassle from using a vaporizer. The VapCap doesn’t have any fancy digital display or lights, but it does make great vapor.

Cleaning instructions:

To remove consumed material from the chamber, either blow on the mouthpiece or use the built in extractor or “digger outer” to empty the chamber. The body can be cleaned with hot water. You can also use the included carrying case with almost any cleaning solution filled half full then shake or soak to wash your VapCap with the cap removed.

WARNING: Cleaning with alcohol or other flammable liquids is not recommended. Alcohol will not damage any component of the VapCap, even with prolonged soaking, but we do not recommend using it.

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Organic Bill travels to Amsterdam to experience his first “Vape Night”

Going freelance one has only one disadvantage in my mind - Christmas parties. There ain’t none. Just like you need to find your own work you need to find your own work-do to gate crash.

This year there was no need to crash a party as VapoShop have been running a weekly vape night in the stylish Coffeeshop Amsterdam Café on Singel canal just a few minutes walk from Central station. Note the “café” in the name - this is not a coffeeshop. Which is nice - as you don’t have to trip over semi-dissolved dysfunctional UK tourists to get to a dysfunctional toilet. This place is the perfect combination of classy and cosy.

Vape Night has been running now for quite a few weeks and after seeing all the glowing reviews I figured it was worth the 3-hour drive to get to Amsterdam.

Picture by @organicbill

I was staying on the North side of the Noordzeekanaal - the North Sea Canal (don’t be intimidated by long Dutch words; they are just sentences without any spaces). It turned out to be a 15-minute ferry crossing from a surreal cityscape complete with its own discarded street-art-clad submarine and other oddities. “NDSM Werf” the place was called - which sounds like a spaceport. The spotting of “Blast Galaxy” - a retro arcade club - confirmed to me it was actually a spaceport.

I arrived at Central Station early to catch up with vape aficionado Cannamelier who is one of the organisers of Vape Night. Actually, in my mind, I was early, but for poor Cannamelier I was pushing him to be late - he had a lot of glass to polish before the event kicked off.

We slurped down noodles at Wagamama’s in Central Station - which has been transformed over the years from a crack den to a sleek waterside shopping centre. It’s nice to not have to dodge the muggers, prostitutes, pickpockets and dealers that used to harass tourists in the past around these parts.

Picture by @organicbill

I was not here to admire the gentrification of the city but here for an interesting development in the Amsterdam nightlife scene - “Vape Night”. Heading away from Central Station things liven up a bit. If you head to the west (your right side, if your back is to the station) you come to the trendy Haarlemmerstraat. Just before Haarlemmerstraat, you cross the Singel canal. Situated right on Singel was our destination - Coffeeshop Amsterdam Café.

In case you find the name a little confusing, I’ll explain. Coffeeshop Amsterdam Café is owned by Coffeeshop Amsterdam but it is not a coffeeshop, it’s a café. The clue is in the name - obvious once pointed out but the penny didn’t drop for the many disappointed looking groups of young guys being politely turned away and pointed in another direction. Here, we were in a civilised place - where the toilets functioned and you could enjoy a nice glass of chardonnay if you fancied it.

Cannamelier set to work cleaning up the selection of crème de la crème desktop herbal vaporisers. A process which involves medical grade pure alcohol. Anything that required water - to cool the clouds of vapour - was filled with distilled water. It’s this attention to detail that makes this event such a success. I’ve met some vape geeks in my time but Cannamelier is the ultimate - he’s the guy the vape geeks turn to when they need advice.

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If you come along to Vape Night you will definitely learn something - no matter your level of experience. I learnt one very important lesson - whenever I visit Amsterdam in the future I’m to make sure it falls on a Thursday.

Once the thousands of euros worth of vapes - from Storz and Bickel, de Verdamper (my personal favourite vape of all time), VapeXhale and Herborizer - were lined up on display, all that was needed was a human shield to avoid the space around the table becoming too crowded. That’s where I came in. I was plonked on a table to the side to help keep folks at bay and ensure nothing accidentally toppled over. Sitting still for a few hours is a task I’m particularly suited to, in fact I’ve trained for such eventualities for the best part of my adult life.

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I was not alone for long. A few vape enthusiast Instagrammers turned up to join me. I probably looked like their dad sat there in the middle. After introductions, we all figured out that we were all following each other and interacting already in the virtual world, it was great to get to meet these guys in the flesh @sundancekid.sdk, @runa.vape, @pauljamesnl and “Stan da man” @gapie17. Not forgetting of course @cannamelier. Judging by my Instagram feed from the last few weeks there’s always been someone there whom I’m connected too. It offers the perfect opportunity to socialise with like-minded souls.

Vape Night is not just targeted at “vape nerds” it’s also the ideal opportunity for anyone who is on the fence about the purchase of a vape to try before they buy. After all, these things cost a fair chunk of money.

A common question people ask before their first purchase is - “what is the best vape?” The answer is; there is no best vape, just the best vape for your needs. Having the opportunity to chat with a vape expert such as Cannamelier gives people the ideal way to discover and experience the best vape that is waiting for them.

Picture by @organicbill

A prime example was a young guy from the UK who was actually attending the event with his mum. They gingerly approached the table and asked many questions about the models on display. Cannamelier prepared some freshly ground herbs and they were not only able to sample the contraptions but get sound advice on the best way to use them. This experience is only possible offline at an event such as this. As a parting gift they each received a DynaVap VapCap M. Sometimes it pays to be curious.

By 21:30 this old man was ready to hit the hay. I set off on my chilled out free “cruise” over the expanse of water to space port NDSM after enjoying what could well have been the best “work do” ever.

Vape Night is presented by Coffeeshop Amsterdam Café and VapoShop every Thursday evening from 19:00-21:30 at the café which is situated on Singel 8.

Author: Bill Griffin (@organicbill)

Image by @cannamelier


Vaping vs. smoking

Add this one to your list for 2019: smoke less, vape more

The start of the new year seems to be as good a time as any to reexamine old, ingrained habits and see if there are better, healthier or more efficient ways to enjoy life's pleasures. When evaluating the ways you administer medicinal herbs, you may want to delve a little deeper into the specifics before making any rash decisions. In this article, we will answer the question that’s probably been in the back of your mind for some time: does it make sense to cut back on smoking your herbs and start vaping them instead?

Even though many medicinal substances are traditionally ingested orally, bypassing the digestive tract is in many cases a good idea. Any substances you swallow will be broken down by your liver as it travels through your body with only a fraction of the active components actually reaching the bloodstream. Smoking or vaping a substance allows it to sidestep this journey, making sure the majority of the active components reach your brain quickly and efficiently.

So, should you be smoking or vaping your medicinal herbs?

The main problem with smoking any substance, whether it’s man-made or coming from nature’s bounty, is that you inhale harmful byproducts that are the inevitable result of combustion. Vaping involves heating a substance without actually allowing it to combust, which is why vaping medicinal herbs is more healthy than smoking them. Also, the vapour produced by vaporizers is less hot and irritating which makes vaping easier on the lungs in the long run. Another interesting feature of vaporizers is that they also allow you to use liquid concentrates instead of herbs, which further reduces the intake of any lingering toxins.

Vaping herbs also significantly reduces the risk of destroying the active components of medicinal substances. Smoking a medicinal herb is highly inefficient because most of the herb literally goes up in smoke. Conversely, vaporizers produce just enough heat to extract the active components and to efficiently deliver them in gaseous form. It should come as no surprise then that vaping a medicinal herb will also save you a decent amount of money in the long run. Besides this, most vaporizers will allow you to set the exact temperature when vaping a herb, allowing you to regulate which active components are extracted and which ones remain solid.

Aside from health benefits, a boost in efficiency and the ability to customize the intake of active components, vapour from vaporizers generally smells and tastes just a whole lot better than smoke. Indoor vaping therefore becomes a real possibility as the vapour will not stick to your drapes or cushions and will have a similar staying power as the scent from an aroma diffuser.

Smoking or vaping - make up your mind!

Considering the multiple benefits of vaping, should you feel compelled to abandon your old habits entirely? Not really, nobody likes to be in an either/or situation and you should definitely smoke your medicinal herbs from time to time when you feel like it. Sometimes you are just not in the mood to set up your vaporizer or to tinker with temperature settings. Besides, the tactile sensation of preparing a herb to be smoked could be considered therapeutic as well. Generally speaking though, the arguments for switching to vaporizers are rock-solid and given the level of quality and reliability of vaporizers on the market right now, there is little reason for not giving them a try.

Which vaporizer is right for you?

VapoShop carries a number of vaporizer brands that will make the transition from smoking to vaping as smooth as humanly possible. TopBond stays ahead of the curve when it comes to quality and longevity and their vaporizers won’t break the bank either. The portable concentrate vaporizers supplied by Linx are as reliable as they are discreet. Some high-end on-demand vaporizers, such as the Ghost MV1, deliver vapour at a set temperature in the blink of an eye so you can switch between temperatures to your heart’s content. Other leading brands, such as DaVinci, offer a whole range of interesting accessories such as water cooling adapters for their portable vaporizers allowing for an even cooler vapour. DynaVap has developed a number of sleek, non-electric vaporizers with an ingenious mechanism that keeps your herbs from combusting. Browse our extensive range of quality vaporizers at VapoShop and don’t hesitate to ask us any questions you might have on finding a vaporizer that’s just right for you.


How to do a vaporizer burn-off?

Many of us have been there. You order a new vaporizer and simply can't wait to try out your new device when your vapemail arrives. You read the manual (as you always should), put your ground herb in the chamber and wait for the vaporizer to heat up. Excitedly, you take your first draw – only to find out that your vapour tastes a bit strange- not at all the way you expected it to taste.

This can be disappointing. However, we’re happy to tell you that even if you notice a funny taste there’s nothing wrong with your vaporizer and that the problem can easily be solved by doing a simple burn-off.

In this article, you can read all about why you should do this and how it’s done. You got this!

What is a burn-off (and why should I do it)?

With a burn-off you let your device run two cycles, heated on maximum without drawing from it. This way, you burn chemical residue or dust without inhaling it. A burn-off is just good practice as it serves both your vaporizer and your own health.

Just like any other electronic device, your new vaporizer was manufactured in a factory and has been in contact with different types of machinery. This can cause tiny amounts of oil or dust particles to get into contact with your device – and thus with the heating chamber. Every finished machine-made product is cleaned with a chemical solution, of which some residue can remain. This can leave a strange taste in your vaporizer. 

Especially oven-based vaporizers can have a bit of an ‘off’ taste and could do with a burn-off. 

What is an oven-based vaporizer?

How to do a burn-off (in 5 easy steps)

We recommend using ginger to do a burn-off, although using dried peppermint or sage would work as well. Using chamomile or lavender will leave a new taste that remains in the chamber for a while and is not recommended.

1. Charge your vaporizer fully.

2. Turn on your vaporizer to maximum temperature and allow it to run one cycle. If you have a device without an auto shutoff function, just let it run for five minutes.

3. Add ginger, peppermint or sage to the chamber.

4. Burn-off for another cycle.

5. Empty the ginger from the device and clean the chamber.

6. Run one more cycle at the highest temperature. 

Voila! Burn-off complete. You vaporizer is now clean and ready to be fully enjoyed. 


On-demand or Session vaporizers: What is best for you?

The number of available vaporizers on the market is ever- increasing. New criteria, new features, new categories. In this article we want gain a good grasp on a new distinction which defines the inhalation technique. We will look at the difference between on-demand vaporizing and session vaporizing.

It is our humble opinion that this is one of the main aspects to consider in the choice of a first time vaporizer purchase. Of course ideally one could have both an on-demand and session vaporizer, however this kind of expense is not for everyone's pocket. So let's look at the different usage styles to help you narrow down which model better suits you.

The main difference between these two techniques of consuming your dry herb, lies in the efficiency and the speed of the inhalation. This aspect determines whether you tend to enjoy full intense hits or rather a slow, continuous use over the course of a longer period of time.

Session vaporizing

In general terms it is logical to associate session vaporizing with conduction heating (occasionally with hybrid vaporizers).  This inhalation technique is characterized by a permanent heat emission until the herb is spent, thus the botanical material needs to be used all at once. A session cannot be interrupted half way, as the heating element takes some time to arrive to the configured temperature and then to cool down. By not continuing the inhalation cycle, one loses all the properties in the heating chamber, which continues to heat.

The dense, deep and continuous inhalation is usually compared to smoking a herbal cigarette. This similarity to smoking also associates this device to a more social, sharing session. However, these powerful hits are also attractive for medical users, who might need a substantial instant dose.

We take a quick look at the most popular and best-reviewed session vaporizers:

PAX 3:

The PAX 3 is a small, refined premium vaporizer that's interesting for all users, from first time vape owners to expert users. The discretion of this device is outstanding, proven by many well designed features that make its look elegant yet essential. Just to name a few, its haptic feedback feature, the lip sensor and the total control of the device through an app make this session vaporizer a top-end all-time favourite.

Order the PAX 3

DaVinci IQ:

A well elaborated high-scale vaporizer with customisable options and interesting innovations. This device is know for the incredible flavour of its vapor, which thanks to a zirconia pearl remains evenly distributed and fresh. The DaVinci IQ is configured through an app, allowing for simple use or an elaborate and expert experience through a “Smart path technology” temperature setting.

Order the DaVinci IQ

Crafty:

A legendary device that just got a new update, making it more powerful and with a higher capacity. Crafty comes from a long line of first class Storz & Bickel vaporizers, which have created the perfect blend of devices both apt for recreational and medical use. Thanks to the unparalleled production quality, excellent inhalation efficiency, its hybrid heating chamber and its advanced cooling system, this vaporizer will please anyone looking for a full, flavourful cloud production.

Order the Crafty

On-demand vaporizers

On-demand vaporizers are convection vaporizers, but not all convection heating equals to on-demand vaporizing. On-demand vaporizing is a more refined and controlled way of managing your session. Although, it should be mentioned that the inhalation technique of most on-demand vaporizers present a learning curve. The most interesting feature of these devices is that the herbs in the chamber do not continue to heat up in between hits. This means that there is no need to use all your herb at once, one bowl can be used throughout an extended period, even the whole day.

The chamber, comparatively smaller to session vapes, heats up and cools down very quickly, in the higher-end models, this occurs in under 10 seconds. This controlled heat is ideal for those who like to microdose their herb throughout the day, with small and continuous hits.

On-demand vaporizers are sophisticated and thus can be in the higher price range. However this could be compensated by the fact that all botanical material will be used in the most efficient and essential way, and all its properties will be released when you demand it. This results in no waste of your herbs.

Let's take a look at the most interesting and popular on-demand vaporizers on the market.

Ghost MV1:

This is the model that has popularized and validated the on-demand hype, a true darling of the vape connoisseur. With a unique designed battery and a power distribution system, the Ghost MV1 aimes for a maximum power to evenly vape the material in the crucible. Thus its production of delicious and dense vapour will keep coming when and where you choose. This portable beast, which can handle both concentrates and dry herbs does present a learning curve, but the precision of its operation is matched by some of the most outstanding aromatic vapour produced by any portable vape.

Order the Ghost MV1

Firefly:

The first popular high-end portable vaporizer, offering instant on-demand vapour. The Firefly is considered the Apple of vaporizers, for its minimalist design, its intuitive functions, sleek shape and advanced app. The aroma of its vapor is unrivaled, but it will take a few sessions before the inhalation technique is perfected.

Order the Firefly

Sticky Brick Junior:

This fully analog, flame-powered vaporizer is not only beautiful to look at and precious to hold, thank to its solid wood body and glass tubes, but it is ingeniously engineered. In fact the herb will be heated only with hot air generated from the application of a torch flame and exclusively during inhalation. The Sticky Brick Junior is not only pretty and well built, and it offers some of the most aromatic and pure clouds of vapour yet seen.

Order the Sticky Brick Junior

 

So that is our take on session and on-demand vaporizing. Two different styles, for different needs and uses. We hope to have helped you better make more informed choices, there is no absolute best vaporizer, there is just the best one for you, and we are here to help you find it.


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