So, i've been using my FW5 for about a week. I really like the on demand/pick it up and go aspect of the FW5. Have the tray loaded up and ready to go, pick it up, press the button and vapor within seconds. The FW5 remembers the last heat setting you put in, so if you had it on heat level 3 on the last session, when you pick it up and hold down the button, it gives a short buzz to let you know that its heating up and heats up to heat level 3. A few seconds after taking the hit you get a slightly longer buzz to let you know that its powering down. I think that this is quite an improvement over the FW4 procedure which was: Hold down power button, wait for long buzz, press power button to desired heat level, wait for it to buzz back, primer puff, buzz, then start drawing.
Overall build and components are excellent. I really like the implementation of the ceramic pieces and the slightly flared mouthpiece. Really easy to pop out the ceramic pieces and just throw them in some iso to clean. I also think the little ceramic piece where the screen is will be a great place to collect that oil and wont clog up.
The vape feels great in the hands. I never really had a problem with the FW4 ergonomics but when using both the FW4 and FW5 back to back I did feel that the shape of the FW5 was a definite improvement.
Air flow is EXCELLENT. The FW5 provides a free and open air flow versus the FW4. I felt like the air flow on the FW4 was not as tight as some other vapes but felt a little constricting at times. I guess this can vary depending on grind/pack technique.
Vapor quality is another plus. All I can say is cool tasty clouds. The FW4 would get pretty warm/harsh due to the short vapor path.
I like the implementation of the loading tray, it is definitely another big improvement. At first I was kind of confused on how the loading tray would be used versus the capsule system and if the tray was a better solution but im glad I put my faith in Marc. The size stayed true to the FW4 yet, you don't need to carry around a capsule holder with you anymore. I do agree that the tolerances are tight between the tray, it feels kind of odd inserting/removing the tray at times, but im sure i'll get used to it pretty quickly.
Future improvement? I think it would be great to have a battery door with a juicy WPA Adapter. I'm sure thats the last thing Marc is thinking about while hes trying to fill all the preorders but I hope it's something that he has considered. (For those of you who don't want to wait, I think that you can use this
, i'm pretty sure I saw @paytonpenn
using it in his video)
Overall I would say this is a definite improvement over the FW4 and im glad Marc put the extra amount of time into a new model rather than a FW4.5. Huge props to @firewood
on the FW5, it is such a great vape and i'm always blown away when I think that one guy makes all of these beauties yet still makes time to respond to all of the emails personally. Really happy with the customer service as well. I had a slight fitment issue with the battery door, sent a few emails to him, shipped it off to him, and the turn around time was 1 WEEK!
THANK YOU MARC FOR THIS EXCELLENT DEVICE!
Here are some photos for you filthy animals