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Silver Surfer Vaporizer

Discussion in 'Plug-in Vaporizers' started by vtac, Oct 26, 2007.

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  1. Madri-Gal

    Madri-Gal Child Of The Revolution

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    So I have had a few days to try the Super Surfer, and I noticed right away that it packs a whollop. It hits a lot harder than my Silver Surfer, and I'm not referring to bags, or using the fan. I can't think why this would be. I've only had my SSV a few months, and it has a new heater core. My SSV has a ground glass wand, and the Super Surfer is spherical ground glass . Could that be the difference? Or maybe the individual wand and heater cover are such that they make a difference? I tested using the same Black Cherry Haze and Berry White, so that isn't it. The SSV is great and all, but the Super Surfer does hit harder. That doesn't make sense to me.
     
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  2. wall

    wall Well-Known Member

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    Spherical glass could be it, thats what my silver is and it kicks hard when I turn up the heat
     
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  3. TheSaddestShitIsImBadAsIt

    TheSaddestShitIsImBadAsIt Well-Known Member

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    I have a DBV but I’m posting in here as it seems more active. I got a replacement heating element and should have checked it more closely before putting it in my vape. I turned it on and noticed spots glowing differently, I turned it off and noticed they were dark lines. Just like the one I replaced because of similar damage. Are these ceramic rods meant to have this discolouration or am I unlucky?
     
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  4. howie105

    howie105 Well-Known Member

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    The heater on my LSV looks cracked when its hot and the one in my used Buddha had a dull spot for awhile when I started using it. If its working well I wouldn't worry about it too much.
     
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  5. Madri-Gal

    Madri-Gal Child Of The Revolution

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    Then I might just try a different heater cover and wand in spherical gg. Thanks, Wall.
     
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  6. Marcus-TGC

    Marcus-TGC Member

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    Hola folks,

    I've got a 110V SSV sat here not doing much as I live in the UK and we are 240V here, and was wondering if anyone knows how to convert it to a 240V?

    Is it just a case of buying a new heater element?

    Thanks.

    :)
     
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  7. SmokingElectricity

    SmokingElectricity Livin' Astro

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    Anyone know where I can purchase a new dimmer switch (other than 7th Floor)for my SSV?

    I just want to fix it myself and not spend tons shipping it across the country. (thanks)
     
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  8. YayVap

    YayVap Member

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    7th floor will sell replacement parts you can install yourself.
     
  9. blackstone

    blackstone Well-Known Member

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    Is it normal for a layer of ABV dust and light gunge to accumulate on the backside of wand screens?
    I thought I might be stirring too roughly or too often as it happens even though I use the pick, a brush and have already tried blowing through the whip after each session.
    It's no big deal, I have a real easy way to clean them once I dirty a few. I find I need to change the screen every few sessions as it gets too blocked.
    I think I saw Flowerpot bowls with similar deposits so maybe it just happens on these type vapes often.

    Also, any advice for doing small amounts in one hit in the spherical wand? I topped a tiny load with a steel pad and that worked great, if a little bit fiddly to empty. I guess I'm looking for any known easier ways or wondering if the DDave kit is the real answer to my prayers.
    (on top of intl. shipping I would need the regular GG 18mm SSV heater cover to match it)

    It's a 30 watt load I think, so you could easily use an inexpensive, suitably power rated 220v -110v converter available on ebay and the likes.
    The converters can hum slightly in some cases, and may require switching off at the supply when not in use for this reason. But you might be lucky or the hum will not be a problem.
    Of course a more fancy option is to send your unit to the Colorado HQ for conversion to 220v or perhaps you could inquire about buying and fitting the conversion parts yourself?
    I'm thinking the knob switch may also need to be changed along with the heater element but I can't say for sure.

    Good luck, and I can certainly confirm, it will be well worth it to get that beast pumping out the glorious pure vapor again!
     
  10. howie105

    howie105 Well-Known Member

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    If you can stand the monetary hit go for it. The Ddave stem along with his rimless basket screen is very good for large down to micro size loads.
     
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  11. blackstone

    blackstone Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, so far I have heard all good things, I think it's something I will aim for now as I don't have much else on my wanted list.
    The all quartz EOK oil kit for SSV is something I'd like, and maybe a wax pen too, but those can wait really.
    The DDave SSV mod seems like much fun to me, with benefits!
     
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  12. Marcus-TGC

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    Hi Blackstone, Yeah I managed to get a small 110/240 converter from Maplins before they went bust, but it hums a lot and I like to leave the unit on. I also have a 240v version, but just wanted to get this converted. Without ripping the insides out, it looks like there may be a few extra electronic bits in the 240v version. ?

    As for the gunk on your screens, I push mine out after a couple of days use with a chopstick. Quick rinse wand and screen in ISO and it's all spotless. Same screen in use for over 12 months, no worries. I'm using the Elev8r more now instead of the SSV and the screens gunk up just the same.

    Thanks for the reply though, I'm going to get the SSV out tonight now. :tup:
     
  13. blackstone

    blackstone Well-Known Member

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    Maplins closing was a blow, I often took for granted having a good components outlet like that around.
    Hard to say what those extra electronic parts are, having never opened mine yet!
    I think it would be worth a quick email to 7th Floor Vapes just to see how much or how little it would cost for new, possible DIY conversion parts.

    Or perhaps you could sell your 110v unit to a foreign buyer and replace it.

    Thanks for the advice on the screens, it's just nice to know I'm not far wrong, buildup is normal, and it's not limited to SSV only!
    At times they clogged to where I could hardly pull but I've learned to simply keep an eye on the buildup and rotate about 3 screens now.

    I made a point of having an SSV weekend too. This vape gives so much back for what you put in. A beautiful experience way better than smoking and many (all?!) portable vapes.
    I love to session with a little load, I've only been thinking about the DDave kit to try and do more two hit combos than actual sessions,
    as the effects per amount used are already very respectable.
    It means you use very little of a good thing, and if you get something crap, the SSV can still turn it into pretty great hits.
    Where my other vapes can be a little wispy with crap or less resinous material.

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend Surfer dudes!
     
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  14. Larrytargeteye

    Larrytargeteye Vapin' stevens

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    Just get yourself a flowerpot showerhead or vrod they are amazing.ddave kits are ok but mine broke in the heater cover whilst was using it.
     
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  15. blackstone

    blackstone Well-Known Member

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    They must be great, I'd love to try some of these! I am all too aware of how well the FP must perform, but I'm really really happy with the vapes I have now, and I was just toying with ideas of doing something with tiny loads in the SSV that I can sort of already do in the Mighty.
    The current high efficiency I'm achieving with SSV almost makes the mod purchase questionable, but there's only one way to know if it will do super things for my uses, that's to buy one and try it!
    I don't want to buy an expensive vape for another good while, but I did think about slowly gathering parts for my own cheapo 220v FP starter kit or the herbo Ti starter kits look somewhat attainable now.

    I'm getting on so well with my SSV now though, what an experience, it would seem crazy to imagine investing money in another vape Ha!
    Thanks for the advice I will keep it in mind!
     
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  16. Larrytargeteye

    Larrytargeteye Vapin' stevens

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    I love my flowepot.flavour and clouds go to the ssv for me but the flower pot ko's me much more than the ssv.my experiences have taught me that sticking with one vape for too long leaves you stale.mix it up for good effects all year round with no tolerance brakes.
     
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  17. Vitolo

    Vitolo Vaporist

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  18. lazylathe

    lazylathe Almost there...

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    I have been intrigued by this vape for a very long time and never purchased one for some reason.
    Had the LSV for a while and was not a great fan due to the hot spots at times but it gave HUGE hits.

    Bought a blemished unit from 7th Floor today and will be joining the gang!
    Seems like I have some reading to do but any tips for a quick start would be appreciated!
    Micro dosing tips also if possible!

    Let the reading commence!
     
  19. TNT_error

    TNT_error Well-Known Member

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    Just got my first ssv, and this thing is a monster! Really easy to use and the effects are ridiculous. Can't believe I waited so long to get one.

    Also what's the recommended amount I should put in? Half way?

    Now all the glass customization :love:
     
  20. KidFated.

    KidFated. We Don't Even Live Here..

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    I always did a little more than covering the screen. Half was always too much stirring, but whatever works is really the way to go
     
  21. TNT_error

    TNT_error Well-Known Member

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    Thanks @KidFated. I started with just covering the screen, but that seemed underwhelming. I'll definitely go a less than half. This thing can hold a shitload!
     
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  22. KidFated.

    KidFated. We Don't Even Live Here..

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    The wand hash is my favorite part of this vape, honestly
     
  23. TNT_error

    TNT_error Well-Known Member

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    That'll take me some time lol
     
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  24. howie105

    howie105 Well-Known Member

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    According to the factory instructions:

    Packing The Wand
    Loosely cover the screen with about 1/4th to 1/2 inch of herbs. It’s important to not pack too tightly so the heat flows through the bowl evenly. As you gain experience with the SSV, you’ll learn that a little bit goes a long way. Never fill the bowl area past the clear glass and into the ground glass, as it could easily fall into the vaporizer.

    As you vape you’ll need to stir occasionally to ensure the herbs are vaporized evenly.
     
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  25. blackstone

    blackstone Well-Known Member

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    Congrats on your purchase, hope you enjoy it!
    When I first got mine I used it without water to try and find the right draw speed for me and I tried to keep it steady as I had no experience of a convection heat which is partly controlled by changes in draw speed.
    Then once I started to use it through water I stuck with that, although I'd like to do a few very low temp flavor sessions without water soon.
    I'd also advise to keep the temperature low, as I started too high the first day (1 or 2 o clock, more?) and gave myself a warm fright!

    You can establish if your knob scale begins like mine so that your vape is switched off at around 8 o clock (some have them set so "off" is at 6 o clock), then I would advise starting around 10 or 11 o clock on the dial.
    Although I believe mine will eventually produce good vapor even at it's lowest setting, so it's up to you in the end!
    Enjoy!

    Last night I was blasting through sub-0.03 loads inside S&B capsules which I was dropping straight into my Spherical G/G wand! (screen removed)
    Couldn't believe it worked so well, if you need to know more no prob.
    I understand it being a slight pain to change heater cover just to try a micro dosing method!
    We need the Straight G/G cover for using the Ddave mods. But the heater covers are not too expensive and there are already sales on some sites for Halloween.
    Another suggestion for micro dosing with standard wand and load is to get a bung for the end, and anytime you want one hit or two just take off the bung and go for it!

    Enjoy that surf monster!! It's a real solid experience alright!
    I normally put between 0.1 and 0.2 in my Spherical G/G wand and I stir for each hit, the stirring doesn't seem to bother me but the bowl is open in my hand and there's no real fiddling to do it.
    Maybe the other type wands work just as well with the same size load, or each type could have an ideal amount?
    You'll find your favorite way pretty fast I'd say!
     

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