I just had a very interesting call from a man with a great pedigree in portable vaporizers. He tells me he is now creating vaporizers for his new company, goboof. What he had to say was very interesting: unlike his previous products, his new one, the Alfa, is battery powered. It's very small and very simple to use, and although it's conduction, he says they've worked hard to ensure that herbs keep their flavour. He said at the moment it's a flowers-only unit, but they are working on an adapter for use with oils. They are also working on water tool adapters and water tools. It also has some pretty unique features such as a "puff sensor", which can either turn the unit off if it's not being used, or even increase the temperature automatically depending on how many puffs you've taken. Also it is made in the UK! Parts sourced from Europe, final assembly in Northern Ireland! Obviously I haven't seen it yet, but he is going to send me one to have a look at. I'm reserving judgement, but he did help create the first portable vaporizer, and it looks and sounds cool. He says it will be released first in the US, then Europe, hopefully both before Christmas. He aims to retail it for $200 US, or €140 EUR All in one function dial guarantees ease-of-use. Full control assured with 3 manual, 1 smart auto puff and 1 smart auto time and heat functions. Innovative battery technology provides 2 Hours run time and 30 second heat up. Hard anodised oven with heating-pin ensures even heat distribution and great long-lasting flavour. Sleek ergonomic compact design with all metal anodised machined casing. Automatic smart puff technology shut-off saves battery life. see http://goboof.com/ for more details.