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Discussion in 'ABV' started by sundaddy, Feb 16, 2014.

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  1. sundaddy

    sundaddy Well-Known Member

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    I was wondering about a list of most reliable vaporizers. Basically which ones have the best reputation for not breaking down, being sent in for replacements, etc. It's one of the things that keeps me from investing in new vapes, as soon as you start researching, you read, so and so vape just died on me. So which vapes are the "tanks" that keep powering through with the least failures?
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    natural farmer god is in the neurons...

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  3. max

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    Any flame powered vape is tops for reliability. The simpler the design, the less there is to go wrong. As for newer models, they can't be judged for reliability at all compared to models that have been selling for years.

    There are no industry statistics so most responses will be based on an undetermined amount of feedback from other owners and personal experience.
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  4. sundaddy

    sundaddy Well-Known Member

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    That's why I'm a Magic Flight guy, I have looked at Solo and FireFly as well as log vapes...I guess you just jump in and hope for the best.
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    It's not that bad, unless you choose to buy a model so new that you're forced to put yourself in the guinea pig category. If you're buying, you decide what features are important to you, and reliability qualifies as a feature. Obviously a reliable model like the Volcano doesn't make sense if you want a portable, or direct draw vape, but you can, with some narrowing down on other aspects, take reliability into consideration. Warranty length can also help with a decision. Three years is certainly better than one, and less than one is unacceptable to me, unless the price is really low. Also, a feature laden design, like a dual mode model (bad fill and direct draw) with digital and remote (Extreme), and a good bit of glass to boot, has to take a back seat to the similar but more simple (and older) design of the herbalAire. If you wanted a whip vape and ruggedness and dependability was high on your list of requirements, it would be hard to beat the SSV or DBV from 7th Floor. The same company would be a good choice for a wand type vape to use with water filtration, since the LSV uses the same heater and electronics as the time tested SSV.
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    pakalolo RoboMod v3.17 (ticking) Staff Member

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    Those suggestions are all good. Simplicity and reliability are close partners. I'd say that perhaps the most reliable and rugged vapourizer of any complexity is the Herbalaire. Those things just don't fail and they're tough to kill.
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  7. Tweak

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    This ^

    If anything, we could barely make a list on un-reliable vapes.

    I know I've heard that 7th floor has had vapes run 24/7 for up up to 8 years. But that is just the heating element, that doesn't take into account daily usage of the rheostat.
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  8. stickstones

    stickstones Wasted Staff Member

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    I was just thinking this morning about how durable my LSV has been. 7th floor products last.
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  9. Enchantre

    Enchantre A short, pithy statement

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    Log vapes have no moving parts. Leave on 24/7. Easily replaceable glass stems; phe...somethings, whips, bubblers.

    I personally have an Epicvape Nano, but it is my understanding that generally, all logs work about the same.
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    From years of using one I'd have to agree. Their customer service is also top rate.

    I think that is the weak link, just due to moving parts/wear and tear in normal use, but within the analog temp world, it's a very reliable design. My SSV is still going after 6 years of service, although not so much use in the last few.

    The ceramic resistors used as heating elements will eventually fail. I think the life span on a high quality ceramic element like 7th Floor uses can be much longer. I also think the e-nano, with built-in variable temp control, is in the log vape category. I've actually had several log vapes fail, aside from the common problem of wiring breaks in the AC adapter.

    Another time tested design is the Vapolution. The 2.0 version was a minor upgrade, and aside from the possible analog temp control issue, and glass parts which need user care, it's solid as a rock and one of the best bargains on the market.
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    Skeena Standing stone faced like a statue.

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    My extreme Q is going on 3 years with the same battery in the remote and works like new.
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    Patrick Hughes Stoneman

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    I used a vapolution for years and the only damage to the unit from continuous heavy use was in the temp control knob, which broke loose several times. It was an unbelievably easy home fix. I almost never remembered to shut the unit off.

    If I had a nickel for every smoker who had to admit that a vape can pack a punch after hitting the vapolution, I would have a bunch of nickels. After about 2 years of MFLB followed by 1 year of Iolite original I bought the vapolution looking for something with a little more kick. I found it. I would recommend the Vapolution highly for simplicity and durability, plus it works great in the car with a whip!
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  13. grokit

    grokit power cosmic

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    Sublimator UFO is quite reliable :science:
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  14. SpruceGruve

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

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    My ssv hasn't let me down yet,I have broken on wand but if you plan ahead and buy two extra when you initialy buy the unit it's no problem(there like $10each)


    Volcano,one tough SOB.....hasn't let me down yet in any way
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    Flashvape is my most durable vape I would think its built solid and any thing that could brake can be replaced by the user so IMO

    Also have a solo and a e nano both are built well and will last but the FV is unbeaten for durability I'm my vape collection so far
  16. weedemon

    weedemon enthusiast

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    my ssv was a tank, so is the lsv.

    I think of Log vapes as tanks as well.

    then there is something like the gn0me ( a glass tube basically). so simple as long as you don't break it yourself... there sis nothing for it to have fail...
  17. Abysmal Vapor

    Abysmal Vapor Shaman of The Pyramid of Orlin'Malah

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    Vapo-bowl.. :) !
  18. RUDE BOY

    RUDE BOY Space is the Place

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    In my small collection I would say the HerbalAire and Vapolution for desktops. Now Portables I think the solo and no2 are relatively problem free. Flame powered vapes like my VGs and lithevape should last the rest of my life if taken care of. But Since very few vapes have been around for even 10 years overall I would think the jury is still out on long term durability.
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  19. grokit

    grokit power cosmic

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    Even the most reliable and/or durable vaporizer can fail, or break.

    Best advice is to have a foolproof plan B :tup:
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