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Best portable dry herb vape

Discussion in 'Ask FC' started by Nematode128, Jul 8, 2019.

  1. Nematode128

    Nematode128 New Member

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    Been looking into getting a dry herb vape. Looking for something sleek, portable and with decent temp control. Been looking into the Firefly 2 but open to others
     
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  2. virtualpurple

    virtualpurple Well-Known Member

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    Just a recommendation, but I would skip the firefly 2. With the quality of other available vapes, it’s just outperformed by a lot of devices these days.

    Do you have preferences on conduction or convection units? If you do, that can help narrow the field a little.

    Other things to think about are just how portable you’d like it to be. If you plan to use it out and about often, you’ll definitely want something that doesn’t add too much bulk in a pocket. But if you kinda plan on mostly be using it around the house and want something that’s easy to bring to a friends house then there are a lot of solid portables that are beasts but a little too big or awkward for true on-the-go use.

    Budget can really help us narrow down suggestions as well. If you’re pretty flexible the world is your oyster, but if your restricted on your budget we can help you find a real solid performer within your range.
     
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  3. Nematode128

    Nematode128 New Member

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    Don't really have a preference as long as it has good flavor. It would mostly be for at work use so something that heats up quick would be ideal. Doesn't need a huge oven either since I rarely smoke wit my co workers. I was looking at the Arizer Air and that seems like a nice size but taking glass to work worries me since I work in a warehouse. Budget would be 300ish or less
     
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    I love my argo
     
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  5. sickmanfraud

    sickmanfraud Well-Known Member

    First, welcome to FC, @Nematode128 . I believe that the response from @virtualpurple was right on the money.

    For your desires, I would suggest the POTV One. It is the same size as the HR Fury2, but it has some nice additional features. The One is perfect for fast use it heats up in under 30 seconds. http://fuckcombustion.com/threads/planet-of-the-vapes-one.36984/

    I am literally loving the dosing capsules that I bought with it and I suggest that for work it would be perfect. The biggest "weakness" of the One is that the battery only lasts for about 30 minutes of vaping time. I bet you can charge it during the day or overnight and bring it fully charged the next am.

    The Air you mention is a great vape, but it is a session vape which makes it sub-optimal for your speed requirements.
     
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  6. virtualpurple

    virtualpurple Well-Known Member

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    *edit* started typing this yesterday and got distracted packing up to move. I see that @sickmanfraud, per usual, given some great advice. I’ll post what I was writing about anyways, hopefully it can be of some assistance.

    Two vapes I haven’t had the chance to use but are pretty popular are the Healthy Rips Fury 2 and the Planet of The Vapes One. They are very similar as I understand it with just a few small differences. The fury 2 has been out longer so has quite a bit more feedback but they both seem like heavy hitters in small packages. I would lean towards the One if I were choosing from the two, I like what it brings to the table.

    I have a few vapes that I would suggest to consider. I apologize for the long post, I try to be thorough without being overtly wordy, but I’m not always successful, I just don’t want to give a very incomplete picture.

    Two vapes that I am quite familiar with and endorse quite heavily are the Splinter or Splinter Z by @RastaBuddhaTao. Very fine devices that operate with a box mod. They can be used in wattage mode with just about any mod. Or, you can invest in a DNA mod and really unlock a whole other experience. Our own @HerbieVonVapster has created DNA profiles that pretty well do all the heavy lifting of ensuring that your settings are appropriate for your device and very little further adjustment is generally needed. DNA mods don’t allow for a hands-free session (you have to hold a button down to trigger the heat-up, and I think it cuts off after 10-15 seconds or so).

    If you are interested in going the DNA route for your vaping needs, we have a thread in this sub forum where people post their experiences with different mods and often someone will post a link to a good deal if they come across it. I got mine for probably 60 bucks and it was well worth it.

    And another vape that I whole-heartedly recommend is either the Tubo or tubo-x by @funkyjunky. The tubo uses a mod box brain that FJ has wired to a powerful heater encased in a wood shell. The Tubo-x is that same heater but is not wired directly to a mod, so you can connect it to any mod box.

    The heater is really powerful and impressive, but a lot of the magic is in funkyjunky’s firmware. Not only can you hold in a button and take a draw like any other on-demand style vaporizer, but you can also go choose to go into cruise mode, which allows for a nice leisurely session hands free if one so desires. The magic here though is that your herb will only cook when you take a draw in (and the puff detector seems incredibly accurate to me). So even if you went into cruise mode and got distracted for 5 or 10 minutes your herb will still be in pristine condition.

    The tubo and tubo-x with funkyjunky’s firmware make the device quite hard to beat for me. It cooks the herb completely evenly, I never have to stir. It pumps out huge clouds like the Evo effortlessly and it can handle a small load if you want to microdoe, or you can pack a pretty full stem and crush it yourself or share with some friends.

    I can draw on it with a stem and not feel bothered much by the heat (YMMV here), but funkyjunky sells a whip for the tubo which I can’t recommend enough! It really cools the vapor down and makes the tubo a great social option as well. I love to be able to hang around a table or in the backyard and just pass the whip back and forth.

    Both the tubo and splinter series use glass stems, which some folks worry about breaking. I don’t worry much about it but there’s a few folks here that make real nice looking wooden stems, which solves that problem right quick.

    I don’t think the splinter in a mod or the tubo will look as sleek as the fury 2 or The One, but I think they are definitely worth a look!

    If you haven’t checked out any YouTube reviews I find that can be pretty helpful. @WakeAndVape has a great tubo review, and Neaky Pete and @VCBud (the vape critic) have some great polished reviews full of solid info! And @ohmygodimsohigh puts out good content as well (otherwise known as Troy from 420vapezone) with some funny moments peppered throughout.
     
  7. Shit Snacks

    Shit Snacks Milaana. Lana. LANA. LAANAAAAAA

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    New Linx Eden is pretty nice, can grab that for on the go and get set with a Splinter or Tubo or StickyBrick for home... MistVape Imp too for portable to set up!
     
  8. Smokinjoe

    Smokinjoe Active Member

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    I had 4 vapes before I got a mighty

    It’s pricey but a very nice unit
     
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  9. VaporWare

    VaporWare Well-Known Member

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    I don’t get the Fury 2 and One recommendations when a specific request is good flavor and the budget is up to about $300... :shrug: I haven’t used either, but I’ve heard many times that they have decent flavor trailing off to not very good throughout the session...

    There are a number of good suggestions above though, and if you wanted to sacrifice some flavor for a lower price and small size, the Fury 2 and One are apparently decent options too. :)

    ...or if you wanted to wait and you could take unregulated heat instead of temp controls, the Nomad is a great and tiny option. :rockon:
     
  10. bossman

    bossman Gentleman Of Leisure

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    Some of the recent posts have been suggestions for on demand devices (Splinter, Tubo, Nomad) which are always going to deliver better flavor than session vapes that heat up a chamber for three to eight minutes. My favorite vapes are Splinters but they use a ground glass joint and an awkward long cooling stem so they're for home or visiting. I still use my Fury 2 for vaping out.

    As a first vape you can't go wrong with the Fury 2 (or potv One as I'm sure they're very similar). Get the glass accessories for when you want flavor and use the black mouthpiece when portability is the priority.

    If you're patient the Fury Edge drops in a few weeks and has better battery life, haptic feedback, and usb-c charging.

    Investigate vapcaps at some point too.
     
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  11. VaporWare

    VaporWare Well-Known Member

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    @bossman I don’t disagree that they’re decent options for people trying to get into vaporizing who don’t quite know what they want and don’t have a high budget - I’ve recommended them myself for that - but for someone with a $300 budget who specifically mentioned good flavor as something s/he was looking for (OP’s second post in this thread), do you still think it’s the best place to start?

    I’d hate to see someone looking for flavor get turned off to vaporizers and go back to smoking because they picked up something that didn’t deliver in that department.

    Or do you think the Fury 2’s flavor is really up there?

    I think VapCaps are also great cheap and very portable options, and it is possible to get very good flavor out of them on the first hit, but if you want to maintain that flavor for long you have to work out the right technique and I don’t think they (or Fury 2s) are capable of producing consistently good flavor throughout a session except maybe at low temps.

    My Fury 2 info is all second hand though, so I’m sincerely asking what you think in comparison to your other options for the benefit of the OP. :)
     
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  12. sickmanfraud

    sickmanfraud Well-Known Member

    Read what he wants in the first post: sleek and portable. Then he said good flavor. @Nematode128 did not say he was a flavor seeker as the first priority.

    I stick by my recommendations to get a POTV One as being ideal for this usage at work.

    As someone who has actual experience with a One, I find the only flavor problems are at the second half of a second session with the same pod. I start out at about 175C for the first session with the bent glass stem then I turn the dosing capsule over and vape at 190-200 for a second session with the same cannabis, (Usually with the bent water piece). There have been times when using over 210 C when there was some burnt taste at the end of the second session.

    For someone who wants a few quick hits at work, the One and the Fury2 are solid choices.

    If @Nematode128 is still willing to pay up to $300 total he could get a Splinter and a box mod for home use with "better" flavor.
     
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  13. flammy

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    You should consider a firewood vape. Ticks all of the boxes that you have and is within budget. This isn't my portable favorite vape but it is by far my favorite pocektable vape ATM.

    Currently out of stock on the Firewood 5 (latest version) but I have seen the stock change but it quickly gets snagged up.

    https://firewoodvapes.com/collections/vaporizers

    You can find them used on Entexchange on Reddit for anywhere between $160 - $220...now that stock has dwindled, the used price is closer to the top end. Great taste, user replaceable batteries and very portable. The only gripe that I have with it is the smaller bowl size but since you're not sharing, this won't be a problem.

    The reason why the FW5 is low on stock is because FW is about to release the FW6. The release is anticipated to be this summer but could be early fall as well. You can read up on the FW series of vapes on this thread:

    http://fuckcombustion.com/threads/firewood-vaporizer.9306/

    If you are interested in the FW6, you can email Marc to be notified when they are available:
    marc@firewoodvapes.com

    Like someone else has mentioned, the Nomad also ticks all of your boxes and within budget but the wait time (6 months +) might not work for you. They are absolutely gorgeous vapes and from what I have read, functions extremely well to boot. If you have the budget, might has well jump on his wait list. You'll thank yourself later. Some balk at the price but prices start at $300 which is more than reasonable for a beautiful custom vaporizer. There are no solders, or glue used...just mechanical connections. He offers two different heaters as well and easily swapped by user. User replaceable 18650 battery. Thread on FC is here:

    http://fuckcombustion.com/threads/the-nomad-from-morwood.21143/

    Maker is @Dan Morrison and you just need to DM him to be put onto his list. The one thing to note is that this is an unregulated vape. Easier to google than to have me explain.

    You could also consider an Impcognito plus an RT Aster mod (flashed to Arctic Fox firmware). Still good taste (not as good as FW IMO but difference is small) and very very portable. Even though the Aster doesn't have a user replaceable battery, it has over 4000mah which is plenty for one day out for me. I paid $135 for vape and mod brand new and I'm thrilled with that purchase. If you get one of these, you must also get a cooling stem. The vapor is a little warm like all 510 vapes. Thread on FC here:

    http://fuckcombustion.com/threads/impcognito.37548/

    Purchase vape here:

    http://mistvaporizer.com/

    I think all of the above three choices are good choices that are pocketable, on demand, good flavor, and within budget. All made in the US (except battery mod for Impcognito) as well if that makes a difference to you. Let me know if you have specific questions on any of them. I just can't speak on the Nomad at the moment but I believe that @VaporWare can.
     
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  14. VaporWare

    VaporWare Well-Known Member

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    No reason to fight about it man, like I said I’m not against the One or Fury 2, I just don’t think they’re the best fit for someone with a $300 budget who expressed an interest in good flavor (even if it was in the second message). Either way, the OP knows more of its strengths and weaknesses now.

    I can get behind the Splinter choice more on the vapor quality/flavor front, especially the Z, but you’re right that the One and Fury 2 are certainly more pocketable.

    The Impcognito might be a good choice that I believe is in between those in size and function and should be pretty pocketable, and I think there are some other good choices out there too. :) :peace:
     
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  15. bossman

    bossman Gentleman Of Leisure

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    That's definitely a valid point about the fancier options within the $300 budget. The OP is just starting out though so the flavor he's talking about is either from combustion or just reading up.

    The session portables just need a glass airpath (which the Fury 2 glass accessories add) and then they do fine for flavor at low temps. Sure the flavor is never gonna be on par with an on demand convection vape, but with a bent stem or a wpa/j-hook combo and low temps you can still enjoy terps for the early hits.

    With any noob "which vape" thread I tend to think it makes more sense to get something straightforward that works well and then see how you like vaping with it. It's frankly ridiculous to recommend a Nomad as a first vape (not to single out whoever suggested that - I myself am in batch 4 and I'm a big fan of Dan's work). Beyond the price and the long wait list there's also the epic number of custom material and design decisions.

    I likely mentioned that my favorite vapes are my Splinters but compared to a session vape the initial config, fussy batteries, and ground glass joint make it more of a connoisseur vape for folks who are well into vaping and know what's what. And there's just nothing more connoisseury than a Nomad.
     
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  16. flammy

    flammy Well-Known Member

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    The choices that you make with regards to a Nomad are all design choices (besides heater) so vaping experience will have little to no impact on one's ability to decide on a Nomad. Also don't think that $300 is too much to spend on a first vape. My first was a volcano 13 years ago and paid full retail. Still have it and don't regret it. Many people start with premium vapes.

    The Nomad was mentioned due to its small form factor as that seemed to be something OP was concerned with. It's not the most ideal choice due to wait list but its certainly not a bad one and my suggestion is for him to simply consider getting on the list. I don't think anyone would expect him to not purchase a vape while waiting.

    All of the vapes that have been mentioned could serve well as a first vape and OP seems to have a little researching to do.

    I say we agree to disagree.
     
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  17. Shit Snacks

    Shit Snacks Milaana. Lana. LANA. LAANAAAAAA

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    Eh an MVT2 makes more sense so someone can just order a vape ready to ship (no slight on the Nomad of course)
     
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  18. Psyentist

    Psyentist Member

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    Splinter Z was the first vape I bought after 20 years of smoking. I’d tried other vapes before, volcano, plenty, but the Z was the first one that could replace a bong for me. I think it’s the best thing ever. Highly recommended!
     
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