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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

If Apple Made Vaporizers

Posted by on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Pax is what they would make.

This thing is awesome (and awesomely expensive). Self-contained, rechargeable, solidly built, and packaged and documented with great care. I imagine these guys' business model started looking very smart in November as the orders from Washington and Colorado started pouring in. As laws like I-502 get passed in more and more states, I imagine we'll start seeing much more of this. High-tech (GETIT), luxury gear for potheads. I mean, for people who like to vaporize tobacco and other premium, loose-leaf herbs.

Since I'm filing this under tech, the requisite unboxing pics are after the jump.

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I've been using this Pulsar Vortex and it's not bad. We have a sh*t ton down here in Oly at my head shop.
Posted by pulsar vortex http://www.mscgr.com on July 1, 2013 at 1:22 PM · Report this
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Definitely a lot better than I would have thought. There's a lot of gimmicky vaporizers that are out (like the Puffit) but this one is actually quality. It's pretty expensive but it gets the job done and I feel a lot better not inhaling so much smoke all the time. I'm definitely glad I read reviews like this one and more importantly, the one over at http://vapeforest.com/reviews/pax-vapori… because they pushed me to snag one and now I'm glad I did. Definitely no Volcano vaporizer, but for a portable, it's sweet.
Posted by fabio on March 11, 2013 at 5:07 PM · Report this
nixor 29
ohmygod i just bought one. it's like they wiggled into my brain and extracted every minor annoyance i may have ever had regarding smoking weed, and sold the solution to me in a $250 device that's almost too smart for its own good. seriously, save your pennies and get it.
Posted by nixor on February 23, 2013 at 8:13 PM · Report this
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Cooljames, I DON'T have one of these...but it sounds like you're overpacking the chamber. Similar "clogged straw" sensations probably can be had from other vaporizers where the user has to manually draw rather than something like a Volcano where the vapor is collected...I imagine.
Posted by tempo36 on February 13, 2013 at 9:56 PM · Report this
cooljames 27
Don't be impressed with the sleek design. I bought this for myself for Xmas and it's broken, and the company won't help.

The heating element is the big deal. It has a motion detector that is pretty cool, especially considering you're probably smoking pot. Set it down and it shifts into a sleep mode for a couple minutes, then totally turns itself off. It's rechargeable, too, which is pretty cool.

It seems, though, that the company spent their time on the artificial intelligence but forgot to spend any time on the actual smoking experience. First off, it's awful hard to get air through this thing. Any desktop vaporizer is so very easy to draw from. I'm huge and have non-smoker lungs, and I have to go to where I'm gasping for air because this feels like you're sucking through a clogged straw.

Worst, the on/off switch is actually built into the mouthpiece, which is immediately connected to the heat source. It's insult to injury. You have to suck like a maniac to get anything out of it, and the mouthpiece heats up as it's turned on. Also, there's a chronic (no pun) problem with this design where the mouthpiece 'on' switch fails, and their fix is to ship you some kind of lubricant that you need to periodically use.

I really regret my purchase. I have a $75 desktop vaporizer that I bought off eBay and it runs circles around this overpriced broken clogged straw. Their customer service is weak, too. They have posted hours for their chat reps but it's totally hit or miss.
Posted by cooljames on January 23, 2013 at 5:20 PM · Report this
cooljames 26
Don't be impressed with the sleek design. I bought this for myself for Xmas and it's broken, and the company won't help.

The heating element is the big deal. It has a motion detector that is pretty cool, especially considering you're probably smoking pot. Set it down and it shifts into a sleep mode for a couple minutes, then totally turns itself off. It's rechargeable, too, which is pretty cool.

It seems, though, that the company spent their time on the artificial intelligence but forgot to spend any time on the actual smoking experience. First off, it's awful hard to get air through this thing. Any desktop vaporizer is so very easy to draw from. I'm huge and have non-smoker lungs, and I have to go to where I'm gasping for air because this feels like you're sucking through a clogged straw.

Worst, the on/off switch is actually built into the mouthpiece, which is immediately connected to the heat source. It's insult to injury. You have to suck like a maniac to get anything out of it, and the mouthpiece heats up as it's turned on. Also, there's a chronic (no pun) problem with this design where the mouthpiece 'on' switch fails, and their fix is to ship you some kind of lubricant that you need to periodically use.

I really regret my purchase. I have a $75 desktop vaporizer that I bought off eBay and it runs circles around this overpriced broken clogged straw. Their customer service is weak, too. They have posted hours for their chat reps but it's totally hit or miss.
Posted by cooljames on January 23, 2013 at 5:18 PM · Report this
Dougsf 25
I'm only here to say I appreciate your unboxing joke.
Posted by Dougsf on January 10, 2013 at 12:29 PM · Report this
Anthony Hecht 24
@23 - Vapor comes out. It still smells a little, but more like unburned pot (or whatever you're vaporizing) than like smoke, and it doesn't hang around as much.
Posted by Anthony Hecht on January 10, 2013 at 10:49 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 23
So when you exhale, what comes out? Smoke? If not, it would be great for apartments.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 10, 2013 at 10:13 AM · Report this
COMTE 22
@3:

The theory behind vaporizers is that, raw cannabis contains a large amount of plant material in addition to THC, which is the only substance in the plant that has any significant psychoactive effect. The most common form of consumption - burning the plant and inhaling the smoke - sends not only the yummy THC down into your lungs, but all the noxious combusted plant material as well, which is most definitely not good for you.

Vaporizers solve this problem due to the fact that THC combusts at a much lower temperature than the accompanying plant material: by controlling the temperature, one can effectively burn the THC, but leave the remaining material mostly untouched, which means much, much less of it going up in smoke and down your lungs.
Posted by COMTE on January 10, 2013 at 9:24 AM · Report this
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This + hash oils are completely the direction the market will take.

1. America loves its accessories.
2. Producers can brand and guarantee the hash oil so that it's consistent from purchase to purchase.
3. Dosage is much easier to regulate.
4. Purchasers can carry a small bottle of concentrated oil with them. They don't have to fuss with trimmings, odors, or the the plain volume of unprocessed weed.
5. Seller shelf space, shipping, stock, etc...
6. Flame, ash, smoke, resin all suck.

I can't wait to purchase some high-end Christmas Blend Starbucks hash oil for special occasions!
Posted by six shooter on January 10, 2013 at 8:25 AM · Report this
seandr 19
If Apple Made Vaporizers...
...they'd only work with iWeed purchased from the Apple Store.
Posted by seandr on January 10, 2013 at 8:07 AM · Report this
Anthony Hecht 18
@16 - They say the battery will last for 2 hours of "continuous use", which sounds like a whole lot of continuous use to me. It's 2600 mAh and charges in about an hour. It has 3 temperature settings, so I assume they're basing this on the lowest setting and that a higher temp setting would use the battery faster. Anecdotally, it seems like you'd manage it like a phone, you put it on the stand to charge overnight, and for most people I would think the charge would easily get them through the day.
Posted by Anthony Hecht on January 10, 2013 at 8:02 AM · Report this
Anthony Hecht 17
@7 - Sorry for bad pictures, check out their website for details on how it works. You click the mouthpiece to turn it on, the LED thing pulses and then turns green when it's up to temperature, and you suck on it. That's it. Click the mouthpiece back in again to turn it off. It recharges on a little stand.

@14, 15 - I figured this would happen if I mentioned Apple. But why not...

@14 - I think you have Apple confused with some other company (Google? Facebook?). Say what you will about Apple, but they don't traffic in user data, or push ads - they're a hardware company. And all music purchased via iTunes is DRM-free, a concession Apple forced the record labels to make once they had the market power to do it. You want to blame someone for proprietary content? Blame the studios and the record labels.

@15 - The battery on this thing is not removable either. Nor is the battery in almost every advanced phone or thin and light laptop by any manufacturer anymore. It's silly to think that Apple made batteries non-removable for any reason other than it made their designs work, allowing for thinner and more solidly built devices. Consumers have shown they don't mind this tradeoff, and every other manufacturer has followed suit. And yes, Apple is also responsible for the state of our patent system.
Posted by Anthony Hecht on January 10, 2013 at 7:57 AM · Report this
Kinison 15
If Apple did make vaporizers, it would cost 500$ and the battery would not be removable, it would actually be super glued into the aluminum casing to ensure you couldn't replace should you actually be able to open the casing to it. They would also patent the vaporizer and sue all other vendors of vaporizers into bankruptcy.
Posted by Kinison http://www.holgatehawks.com on January 10, 2013 at 6:38 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 14
Of course, if Apple actually made it, it would only work with Apple brand marijuana, and every other toke you would have to listen to an advertisement, before analyzing your DNA to report all medical information to Apple's ad department to be used or sold to other companies.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on January 10, 2013 at 5:01 AM · Report this
seandr 10
I'm not 100% convinced vaporizers actually get you high.
Posted by seandr on January 10, 2013 at 12:11 AM · Report this
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Try arizer Solo... Much cheaper, better inside equipment, more controls over temperature. Much better.... From what my friends tell me...
Posted by michael bell on January 9, 2013 at 11:46 PM · Report this
jezbian 8
a friend of mine has one and when in use the base seemed to get uncomfortably hot...have you found that to be true with that one, anthony?
Posted by jezbian on January 9, 2013 at 11:39 PM · Report this
pfffter 6
@3 Nothing wrong with it. The vaporization feels easy on the lungs though. Very nice. Like a nice scotch.
Posted by pfffter on January 9, 2013 at 10:31 PM · Report this
pfffter 5
It's fucking awesome. I tried one NYE at a party. None of that weird volcano bag shit. Choice.
Posted by pfffter on January 9, 2013 at 10:29 PM · Report this
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It's like one of them new-fangled vibrators.
Posted by Superjivus on January 9, 2013 at 10:26 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 3
I don't get it... What do pot smokers need this for? What's wrong with a plain old pipe or bong or joint? Am I missing something?
Posted by Urgutha Forka on January 9, 2013 at 10:19 PM · Report this

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