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Ideas for a portable...

Discussion in 'Ask FC' started by syrupy, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. syrupy

    syrupy Authorized Buyer

    VAS is hitting hard. I'm looking for a new portable, and hoping to get some ideas to research further. The most popular vapes have mega-threads. I'm hoping to avoid reading hundreds of pages.

    Here are my requirements, in order of importance.

    1. must vape flowers. (I use persei for oils and am happy with that setup). if it vapes oil too, that's OK. But I'm looking for a good vape for loose leaf primarily.

    2. battery life, without having to carry extra batteries (I'm looking at you MFLB!)

    3. taste, at least as good as the Solo.

    4. reliability. No vapes that are liable to break down frequently or require excessive warranty service.

    4. stealth, for on the go. Doesn't need to be super tiny, but smaller/lighter than the Solo for sure.

    5. no torch or lighter-based systems.

    Thanks folks!
  2. Caligula

    Caligula Maximus

    SB420 Land!
    So... no Solo then?
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  3. syrupy

    syrupy Authorized Buyer

    LOL, love my Solo, but it's not that sneakiest on the go.
  4. vorrange

    vorrange Well-Known Member

    3. taste, at least as good as the Solo.

    4. stealth, for on the go. Doesn't need to be super tiny, but smaller/lighter than the Solo for sure.

    These too cancel each other out, especially since you don't want batteries like mflb or lighters.

    At the moment there is no vape with the caracteristics you want.

    If you preload the unit, the Vapman can be hidden while heating and hitting so it works well in public, just no so well in silent places.

    What you describe is the perfect portable, and it is not done yet. If you want taste you need to compromise on battery life, if you want taste and don't want to compromise on battery life, you need a bigger unit like the Solo.

    If you want taste, big battery life and a small unit, you need to compromise a bit on stealth and get a flame based unit.

    Other than that, wait.
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2014
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  5. natural farmer

    natural farmer god is in the neurons...

    Firefly is more pocketable than the Solo but a bit heavier… It should meet all the criteria… ;)

    EDIT: Except if by Battery Life you mean you want to vape throughout a whole day… :p
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  6. clouded vision

    clouded vision Well-Known Member

    The cera is close to meeting all of your requirements. I do carry one extra battery though. Just the 2 batteries is enough for 4-6 bowls easily and you could probably get another couple but I try to keep my batteries from draining too low. The cera and one extra battery in a battery holder is still smaller than the solo in your pocket, might not be lighter though. You could even consolidate and sell the persei and get the eo core if you really wanted.
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  7. chimpybits

    chimpybits Well-Known Member

    canada west coast
    1+2+3.+4.+4.+5. above isn't I don't think possible based on current models. I could be wrong and mostly my relevant experience is only 2nd hand from these boards.

    The Solo is a proven solid model. Smaller battery powered vapes typically have to sacrifice some aspects of the Solo, typically battery life and taste suffer. So it is a balancing act.

    I recently-ish chose the Pinnacle Pro and as I expected (thx to these forums) the taste and battery life doesn't match that of the Solo. However, it has been as expected in these regards and totally fine for me. I wanted smaller and was willing to give up a certain amount of these specific variables. The Ascent matches or exceeds the Solo for taste. Maybe the XP's issues are settling down.

    None of them have the reliability of the Solo as they are all newer models so lack the history. And admittedly the Solo is I think strong in terms of reliability.

    There are other contenders. There is that YT Best New Portable Vape for 2014 by VapeFiend that votes for the PNP, but another may prefer the Ascent, Pax, Cera etc. The Grasshopper is a soon-to-be ?? released model which some are excited about ...

    Some here - :cool: @natural farmer - would def put a vote for the Lotus or some other lighter/torch system, esp. given that it's your least important requirement. And they'd def say that it'll then take care of all of your other requirements - with stealth being arguable -/ dependant exactly on your needs.

    Good luck, your search is a common one around here and not an easy one. I know you don't wanna, but I'd recommend reading at least recent pages of some of the contender threads. Yeah, that's right, you should do what I say, while I gonna treat myself to a little walk with my PNP (and avoiding reading up on which tubes to order for my Heat Island).

    EDIT. ^ eo core good one.
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  8. SpruceGruve

    SpruceGruve Bag of sand in hand,Eyeing up the gold statue

    In a ocean of opportunity
    If you already own the solo you can get the stealth stem that let's you put it in a soda cup and use a soda straw for a mouthpiece
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  9. DDave

    DDave Vape Wizard Accessory Maker

    Or if you squeak when you walk like I do (referencing being a tight @ss), you can get a large slurpie straw, cut to approx the size of 1/2 the Solo stem, slit it up the side, open it and put it around the top of the stem. Fits nicely and I can change the colors.... meh, I don't really care about the colors, just thought it a bonus to mention.

    I've got a permanent cup with modded lid, with the stem covered like I've described you really can't tell it's not a drink & the wifey almost took a drag by accident (thinking it was a drink)... that was before she knew about the cup. :dog:
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  10. syrupy

    syrupy Authorized Buyer

    Maybe I'll try a stealth Solo setup, with a small carton of milk. That way, the white being sucked up the straw won't look funny. Solo, it does a body good.
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