Discussion in 'Plug-in Vaporizers' started by Bruce@Zephyr, Jan 17, 2010.
Where there's a will there's a way
ok got an update; I changed the aftermarket heating element in the ZI back to the factory one. I have managed to get the temperature read-out to pretty much 98% accurate which is incredible that their hardware can handle that type of precision.
I lay my claim now, the ZI is definitely built better than the Volcano (sorry diehard fans!)
I ran two benchmark test and stress tests on both and ZI out performed the Volcano. I have the #189 one made (stamp on bottom.)
maybe ZI could release a Gen2 model on down the road and it would be probably too dry herbal vaporizer that allows bags and whips platforms.
So I am discontent with USB control over my Vape. Bluetooth or WiFi control would be so much more convenient. Don't get me wrong I love the functionality, which is actually what makes this mod possible. Before continuing, however, let me stress that this is a work in progress. Do not try to do this mod, especially at this phase. Now for a generic disclaimer:
DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS!!!
Doing so will void your warranty. I am not responsible for any bricked vaporizers, house fires, or zombie armageddons which occur as a result of anyone attempting to do this mod. No support of any kind will be provided.
With that said, I am going to closely document each step.
I'm going to be using the Particle Photon (preordered, should arrive in August) to control my ZephyrIon over WiFi. I will be using the existing USB header for the serial connection between the Ion's mainboard and the Photon module.
Firstly, the USB to Serial chip on the mainboard of the Zephyr Ion must be bypassed since the Photon be communicating directly with the ATmega MCU.
To do this the CH340 USB-to-Serial chip must be removed from the mainboard. I used an SMD IC removal kit to do this and even with a nice soldering iron, practice, and a steady hand, I still managed to strip off some pads (fortunately non-essential ones).
I used the pinout diagram of the CH340 (shown above) to come up with a wiring scheme (shown below).
I've already made one of the 2 connections. Unfortunately the tip to my soldering iron broke so I'm waiting for the new one to arrive before I can make the other one. I'm using thin gauge enameled copper wire to make the connections and plan to seal it with a high temperature tolerant epoxy resin.
More to come..
Update: You can now follow this project on Hackaday's project pages: https://hackaday.io/project/7100-vape-fi
I recently got an Ion with the expectation that I could get a whip from the manufacturer. I filled out the form and heard nothing, and I emailed the contact and again heard nothing. I'm at the point where I'd just pay for one, but if no one is manning the website, I'd rather not attempt to order from it.
Any ideas for just making my own whip? I saw a couple pages back, but I might have been misinterpreting, that the Silver Surfer whip attachment fits over the Ion's nozzle. If this is true, I'd just order that, or if anyone has any other fun ideas for how to craft my own, I'd greatly appreciate it.
Thanks in advance!
Something like this will work...18mm female:
you can probably find something just like it elsewhere for less. then add your favorite whip.
I don't think you'll ever see the one from the manufacturer.
I requested the whip attachment setup with mine because I had read about it, it's nothing special really.
18mm female will be too big, I just checked and 14mm fits but not as well as ssv tubing. This fits perfectly so I would just attach some directly and whatever mouthpiece or attachment(s) you want from that point.
Wow! ... gotta blow the dust off this thread!
I'm thinking of getting the Zephyr Ion but the site selling the unit (VapeUSA) doesn't include the whip and the Zephyr site does. So I'm thinking this may not be an up to date version of the Zephyr.
I think the only difference between the early 2010 version and the newer version is the inclusion of the whip, new lid/mouthpiece and something about the pump/elbow.
Here are the two links:
The two links are from 2010 so is it possible with the exception of the whip and issues on the two links that the unit hasn't changed since late 2010?
Anyone have any experience with the whip?
If nobody tries to talk me out of it I'll contact the site and inquire further.
Great price at $133. I think they stopped including the whips, but i could be wrong. I wouldn't hesitate at that price if you want a bag vape.
I tried using a whip with my Zephyr and was very underwhelmed. YMMV
Did not. Hope it's real, stocked up on some 4 dollar solo stems too.
it's second only to the Volcano as a bag filler, and not by a lot, either
the whip never came with it. It was supposed to, but they ran into customs issues first. I've been waiting for them to come back in stock...it's a tank of a vape!
Yep - That WAS a great price on the Zephyr at VapeUSA. They are sold out
If you Google 'Snooze You Lose' ..... that would be my picture that comes up.
I googled it and have to say that we look an awful lot alike, @His_Highness.
You're a handsome fella, btw.
Can't disagree @Stu ..... It's almost illegal how good looking we are. I would have been even better looking holding a Zephyr ION though.
Well they actually sent me a unit. But it doesn't seem to blow bags.. I think something is blocking the fan.
Whip works. Also this thing is fucking huge.
Is it a new unit or a refurb? I thought they were all new units......
Looks brand new.. Although the box looked like it was packed and not sold for a while.
Anyone think of any reason for this experience or how to properly checked if its clogged.
Have You checked inside to see if the air hose has blown off the pump?.
I think that was an issue with the ion.
I find it pretty funny that when I open my Ion and its the exact pump I already have..
Thanks for the tip, its running. I'll test with herb tonight.
So is your zephyr working now @paytonpenn?
Yes. Currently at work but I fixed it on my lunch.
I am one delighted guy, these bags are atrocious (in a positive way).
Can the older Ion's do whip and concentrates as well?
I'm sure that any of the Ions are capable of technically being used with a whip, but I can tell you from LOTS Of personal experience that it's not worth using like that. The draw is so restricted without the fan on that it's almost impossible to use. With the fan on, which had only one speed, vapor production is massive and overpowering--but the air comes in so fast that your bowl gets cashed very quickly. This can make for a fun bong rip or two , but the vapor comes in too fast to be very usable. The same things that make the Ion a great bag vape make it almost unusable as a whip vape, and I've tried everything.
I have fantasized about how you could mod the Ion to work the way I want it to. Some type of all ground glass airpath that fit in nicely over/around the screened heating element, with an option for a Hydratube at the top and some sort of capsule / ELB for the herbs...
Could be a powerhouse! I tell everyone that the Ion is better than the Volcano and needs even less upkeep.
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