I’m curios if the added plastic fills this gap. It seems with the current Grasshopper, this gap can vary in size, and it allows gunk to find its way inside the backend which can compromise the conductivity of the internal contact surfaces. Extra resistance is what is causing the backend heat some users experience. It can get really hot, potentially to a point that it can’t be handled. This heat is a loss of energy and having to avoid being burnt by touching the backend is a nuisance.I thought you were referring to the gap between the dial and the body.
I’m curios if the added plastic fills this gap. It seems with the current Grasshopper, this gap can vary in size, and it allows gunk to find its way inside the backend which can compromise the conductivity of the internal contact surfaces. Extra resistance is what is causing the backend heat some users experience. It can get really hot, potentially to a point that it can’t be handled. This heat is a loss of energy and having to avoid being burnt by touching the backend is a nuisance.
The backend redesign on the io appears to address this issue directly: 50% reduction in contact surfaces, gold plating on existing surfaces, black plastic molded into machined tick marks for better visibility, smoother dial action, increased battery contact pressure, and self-cleaning battery contact.
Those last few points are interesting to me. If there is plastic between dial and SS collar, this could allow a standardised assembly where everything fits flush for better dust protection and rotation is smoothed by the glide of the material interface. Current users would know that pushing the dial into the collar, closing this gap, allows much smoother dial selection and I suspect it also causes a better battery contact. Hoppers that have the most friction resistance in the final turns of backend replacement, seem to offer the better power efficiency and vapour delivery. If the battery pressure is less, it seems the hits are cool and the ABV is tan. There’s more than a few variables, but given a functional unit and battery, dirty contacts and assembled battery chamber height will impact performance noticeably.
My 2 RMA units are 3 days off one year of awesome performance, the back ends don’t get hot, the extraction is consistent and the power efficiency is unchanged and impressive. My old batteries are holding up well.
if the io further closes the gap between the extraction potential of the Sublimator and the already amazing Grasshopper OG, I will be so happy.
from 2016-2019 my friend had a bronze unit that could cloud up to some kind of limit. At temp 5 it was so close to combustion, and the clouds were crazy. The extra performance was unmistakably extra strong, and even at lower temps the clouds were thick enough to chew like a marshmallow.
I expect this kind of production from the Hopper io, it’s going to be incredible to behold.
The gap between the dial ticks and the clip area is not filled with the plastic. There is a gap required there to allow the rotation to work, and that comes with some tolerance. It is tighter than before but not filled with plastic. Build up in this area will not affect conductivity as there is no power pathway there. The power flows in the core of the backend, and that area has been completely redesigned for io. We have a new specialized gold plated spring that creates the pressure to push on the battery contact and moves the power internally. These springs have $$$ of gold on them and are a fantastic improvement.
Website/info: In Progress
Well...yes and I admit that I had not thought of that.
I use one of Mikes (Delta 3D) Lotus stands for the GH so that's kind of how I park it.
But, you make a good and valid point.
hahaha...I still don't like the clip though! haha
I did the same with my HT unit, the heat shrink lasted about a year and then it fell off. I haven't worried about replacing it since.I put a small piece of heat shrink tuning on the clip so the sharp edges don’t scratch my dark grey Hopper.
Rotating the body and holding the backend stationary basically prevents scratching.
Curious if the Hopper IO's air pathway is now improved and isolated from any of the internal components? IIRC the current Grasshoppers does have hot air flowing over some of the components which could pose a risk of off gassing?
That was the major feature that I hoped to see improved on those Grasshoppers.
Our new facility is now mostly set up and we are spending most of our time on operations. I will post an update on the warranty system in the Grasshopper thread. SS Hoppers BTW are available in very small quantity through the website if anyone really needs one before the io.
Regarding progress on the io. We have completed a good portion of the device for the April release and currently are way ahead of schedule. We have all machining and molding completed. A break down of the device:
Front-ends : Completed
Front PCB: Completed
Back PCB: In progress
Backend Parts: Completed
Chargers: In progress
Website/info: In Progress
Final assembly of the whole device: 65% completed
I'm sure you could contact any number of glass blowers on Instagram and they'd be more than happy to do it for a fee.I wish someone could make PFE end for the grasshopper but in glass it would cool the vapor way more and look so cool! I use a glass tip with what looks like brass on the end that fits into the PFE front end and it works so well! I am thinking a full glass PFE end with the same brass parts for the threads would work even better. with the glass tip I can run full temperature no problem.
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