Comparing the two is completely fair. When compared against the VapeOrSmoke or the MFLB, I think the Iolite is a joke, especially given that it costs far more than either. You can read a little of my bitching in the Iolite thread if you're curious, but basically its plasticy build quality, always-on conduction heating method and high expense makes it a poor contender in my opinion. All that added to its shaky reputation for long term reliability and the somewhat lackluster support of its Irish producers makes it a gamble. Any of the vaporgenie models I've tried would best the Iolite as well. I imagine the Vapman/Hookshot would too. Not to put the VOS in the same boat, it fills a very nice niche and is a serious piece of hardware - those interested in E-cigarette fluid or other liquid based solutions apparently have a big reason to buy one as well. One thing really laudable about the Vape or Smoke is its modularity. Anything broken or lost can be replaced at minimal cost, including (and especially) the lighter component. The ashcatcher is a great, simple innovation, and the unit is both small and tough, and it looks very innocuous sitting on a table. Questions: what is the purpose of the small piece of zig-zag shaped metal going across the lighter's opening? I've seen lighters where there is a small piece of metal there in order to change the color of the flame, say from blue to bright green, but I'm curious what it does here.