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Venus Helios

Discussion in 'Upcoming and Unreleased Plug-in Vaporizers' started by vapen00b, Aug 31, 2016.

  1. kimura

    kimura Well-Known Member

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    it looked like I barely took a draw because I was drawing pretty fast. it's wide open and the heater is very powerful. of course, you could always turn the dial down and take it easy, prolong flavor etc. I took that draw at max temp but with no boost
     
  2. vapen00b

    vapen00b Wtn. 4 Zi | MVT,Hel.L,SBJ,GH,VC,Mi,Apollo,FW4,ESV2

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    Hey man! Glad to hear you took the plunge. Great review and impressive videos - thanks for sharing!
    And even more, great mod!!

    About your temp measurements using the heat gun: what kinda gun did you use? With mine I can only measure non-shiny surfaces/objects reliably. But it's some kind of laser dot gun. With the Apollo I used a different device with probes and it was getting way too hot for the flexis.
    Only want you to stay safe!

    Have you already gotten some kind of manual? Could help out with some info otherwise.

    Enjoy the power of Helios. I think it really is a class of its own. Be sure to check out the glass dome- I love watching the vapor swirling, it's wonderful.

    :peace:
     
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  3. kimura

    kimura Well-Known Member

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    that temp reading was at idle, admittedly. not during a draw. it was just an IR temp gun, and I wouldn't swear by it's accuracy. but I have no concerns about the flexicones. they are exposed to vaping temps, which I know they are good for. I'd be scorching loads and combusting well before I started to worry about the flexicones

    edit: I just used a probe and it's actually around 220 degrees F at idle at the top of the bowl. and the unit has been on for a while and is completely heatsoaked. no worries
     
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  4. natural farmer

    natural farmer Well-Known Member

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    Oh my!!! :o:o:o :drool::drool::drool: :whoa::whoa::whoa: :freak::freak::freak: :love::love::love: :rockon::rockon::rockon:

    I had a slight hope that Helios would be a great vape but this just blew my mind and it goes at the top of my wish list right now!!! :nod::nod::nod:

    I really want a top gun for home use and I was between this and a Supreme but the simplicity and speed of using the Helios just sealed the deal for me!!! :bowdown::bowdown::bowdown:

    Supreme will have to wait!!! I hope I could order a direct draw solution and proper adapters together with Helios itself! @villekille2 , do you hear??? Need some nice dry hit solution for this! I am going g to be an evangelist for you!!!! :D:D:D

    EDIT: And why is it still in the Unreleased section???

    EDIT: Is there any kind of discount for FCers? I just saw it's up to 279€ now...
     
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  5. vapen00b

    vapen00b Wtn. 4 Zi | MVT,Hel.L,SBJ,GH,VC,Mi,Apollo,FW4,ESV2

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    It's 279€ ever since... No up to. The Helios Lite is a little cheaper. Maybe you mixed that up? Helios also has more features - price point is very fair IMO, this one kills most of its challengers, if not all. The 50w halogen power is insane (see Apollo), it's DHL express shipment (48hours) and @villekille2 offers "more than you could ask for" customer service (plus is active on here). All this is what you get for 279€... Fuck, like this I do like numbers! :D :)

    Get in the boat :p
     
  6. MinnBobber

    MinnBobber Well-Known Member

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    Kimura,
    thanks for taking the plunge and trying one out.

    For any potential new vape, my first question is---will the miniVAP Flexicone basket module fit as I love them so much. For folks unfamiliar, here's a detailed pic with screen etc to show what @kimura was talking about:
    [​IMG]

    And in the "father of Helios", the halogen bulb powered Herbalizer :)
    Note that I added a degummed hemp fiber filter to keep those tiny tiny dry herb bits from going upstream which keeps glass or hoses or your throat much cleaner.
    Also note, this was a first run and I now make the hemp filter much thinner so it does not restrict draw at all yet still does it's job. It also collects a tiny amount of resin---very little as vapor is so hot BUT there's no waste as when it's too dirty just vape the hemp filter ;)

    Helios is very intriguing as you could use with the "psychedelic stock light show and whip" or direct draw.
    Also, now for water lovers, a hydratube will rest directly on Flexicone shoulders for water conditioning.

    Thanks Kimura---for activating my VAS :(
     
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  7. btka

    btka Well-Known Member

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    more videos of the helios in action would be nice.....
     
  8. natural farmer

    natural farmer Well-Known Member

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    +1

    EDIT: @momofthegoons ? Can this be moved out of the Unreleased section? It's in stock as I saw... :nod:
     
  9. kimura

    kimura Well-Known Member

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    more videos? you people are insatiable. exactly what the hell do you want to see?

    :lol:
     
  10. natural farmer

    natural farmer Well-Known Member

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    A Helios movie with at least 10g passing through it??? :razz:
     
  11. whatitdew

    whatitdew Make Vaping Great Again

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    I wanna know if it would be easy to rig up an SSV style all glass transfer wand in place of the stock silicone tubing!

    A video of a typical stock session from heating up the unit to loading chamber and then vapor production would be nice.
     
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  12. kimura

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    ok, this was from an absolute cold start. sorry, @natural farmer it's only like .10G. but that was only filling the bowl make 20%. the bowl is absolutely massive IMO. I did get some pretty pronounced tunneling, and over the session the load rearranged itself to form a sort of donut shape with a hole right in the middle. this could be mitigated by loading more material. next time I'm going to try putting a SS concentrate pad on top of the load to keep it in place. if I filled this thing all the way up I bet it would whitewall the glass. might have to do it someday...

    pardon the dirty glass. I just cleaned it and apparently did a terrible job. something about the way the light hit it made it look gross. it's not as bad as it looks haha. you can see when the warmup is complete the LED turns on. takes about a minute. this session was done at 50% power

     
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  13. natural farmer

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    No need to be sorry buddy! :lol: And thanks so much for the effort! For the tunnelling I am imagining took place the result was still pretty good though. I feel what you say about the size of the bowl. I prefer small loads myself as well but it's good to have the room for more massive ones when needed! If I get one (need to figure out the money issue first and a court in a couple of weeks :\) I am surely going the Flexicone and basket way for dry hits. The jar and filled bowls will be reserved for when buddies come along or I go their place. I wonder what would happen if you just placed a basket and it's cap inside the large bowl... It should give good results like with the flexicone, right? The pad would work as well I guess. It did in my Firefly which had similar tunnelling issues when partly filled.

    PS: I can't stop watching your first vid. It has become an obsession. :ko: The speed and airflow are mesmerising as was the vapor inside the jar in your second vid of course...
     
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  14. Vapor_Eyes

    Vapor_Eyes The map is not the territory

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    That's a great video, thanks!

    It really is beautiful and unique the way the vapor swirls. It reminds me of a waterfall, but the vapor rising from the center is similar to a fountain.

    You should definitely try a full chamber, I bet it would make a great video.
     
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  15. kimura

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    i've tried that, it worked, but not as well IMO. the basket + cap absorbed a lot of heat, causing vapor production to be be delayed, and then I ended up scorching the load. probably just requires patience, and more trial and error. maybe I'll try turning down the heat, dropping the basket in, and just waiting a little while before drawing. I'm still learning how to tame this beast. can't stress enough that the heater is powerful. but I always prefer to have more power than I actually need.
     
  16. natural farmer

    natural farmer Well-Known Member

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    So what is different with the flexicone and glass mouthpiece? You don't use the basket's cap maybe? Or did you mean the Helios's basket cap?
     
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  17. kimura

    kimura Well-Known Member

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    The flexicone makes a seal at the top of the bowl so when you draw it forces all the hot air to pass through the load. If you just drop in a capped basket screen, the hot air will take the path of least resistance during a draw, which is probably to go around the basket instead of through it.
     
  18. natural farmer

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    Yeah, that sounds right... :p

    I hope @villekille2 eventually comes out with a nice solution for smaller loads as well.

    I wonder what kind of concentrate SS pads would fit this one? Mighty/Crafty ones?
     
  19. natural farmer

    natural farmer Well-Known Member

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    Hey @kimura! Have you heard of that mod Herbie Hancock did to his Apollo? I bet it could be done with the Helios as well!!! :D

    A couple of silicon rings around that basket you used and you stick this in the bowl so no hot air comes from the sides... :tup:
     
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  20. Diggy Smalls

    Diggy Smalls Daily Roaster

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    If the glass dome had a 14mm ground glass fitting on it, the versatility would be immeasurable. Just saying.
     
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  21. natural farmer

    natural farmer Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys! How is the Helios treating you so far? :)
     
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  22. Silat

    Silat When the Facts Change, I Change My Mind.

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    Can I see what temp the dial is set at or is it blank?
     
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  23. vapen00b

    vapen00b Wtn. 4 Zi | MVT,Hel.L,SBJ,GH,VC,Mi,Apollo,FW4,ESV2

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    Weew. Dedicating my 1000th to this one! :)

    Very nicely. Still planning to upgrade to the big Helios. Hope @villekille2 got back safely from his well deserved vacations.
    Belated Happy New Year to you guys! :)

    No, it's not a temp dial but a power dial. Maybe like the 7th floor products?
     
  24. JackBrus

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    Couple of questions guys,

    1. Is this thing Temperature Controlled, in the sense that an electronic circuit tries to keep the temperature of the halogen lamp stable? Meaning that it would send more power to it when one takes a large / fast draw, and less power when idle ?

    2. Some vapes want you to press a button when drawing, some have even a sensor for that. Those vapes give more power when the user tokes - and less or none when idle. How does the Helios do this?

    3. Halogen bulbs light up very fast. Plus there is not much mass in this vape. How come the Helios doesn't heat up even faster, let's say in 10 seconds? Or is it that the herbs need to be 'pre heated' (radiation heat) before the convection can be successful ?

      Thanks !
     
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  25. KeroZen

    KeroZen Chronic vapaholic

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    For 3) it's because the heater is isolated from the air/vapor path, being encapsulated in glass. Glass is a poor conductor, not far from being an insulator in fact. There might also be another part in the vape acting as a heatsink/reservoir.
     
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