Does that really work???I just had an epiphany. I’m using my Mighty with my Simrell stem, and just like Archimedes when he shouted “Eureka!” from the bath tub, just like Sir Issac Newton when an apple fell on him, I can go on, I came to a conclusion that can shake the foundation of everything we know. Basically the Mighty is an induction heater I already owned before spending $$$ on a preorder induction heater.
@VegNVape may I ask, how long was the wait from the time you ordered?Simrell plain Ti Vortex & Intercooler arrived at the weekend - and even after reading so many good things, I am still extremely impressed with the performance of this stem.
Due to my penchant for the higher temp ranges and the subsequent throat irritation this can potentially cause, the majority of my VapCap use was done through a dry bubbler, unless out & about or if feeling the need for a particularly throaty hit.
However, I am very pleased to say, I think my new Simrell stem will bring using the VapCap, natively, very much back into everyday use. In fact, I've hardly put it down since it arrived.
I'm thinking it's pretty damn near perfect, & for me, it's a next level VC accessory that is improving the overall quality of my vaping experience. The terpy, cool, freshness I pull through the vortex is amazingly tasty & it provides a fantastic representation of the herb that created it. The Intercooler is also a great design which helps to achieve an elegant unibody solution.
Hearing a few owners mention they would prefer it to be slightly heavier had me thinking I would likely feel the same way, as I usually like a bit of weight in such things. But once again, I am not disappointed, as I think Austyn has hit it spot on here, too.
So far, I am enjoying every second I spend with what, at the time of buying, seemed like an expensive & possibly lavish accessory - but now, already feels like an essential vape purchase
My only gripe would be the machining residue I removed when deep cleaning the stem & vortex prior to use. I know DynaVap parts also often suffer from this issue, but given the premium price paid here, I would expect it to be taken care of (as, tbh, I always do). To this end, I messaged Austyn who promptly responded to advise he is aware of the issue and is working on increasing their cleaning processes so that in the future there will be no residue remaining on parts when they leave the shop.
Fine work @primitiveorganic
@RustyOldNail The only thing I've ever used to clean my titanium Vortex stem is 71% ISO. Zero problems whatsoever. I follow up with water and immediately dry with a combo of towel drying, q-tip drying, and blow drying. I've done this about 10-15 times now. It looks identical to how it did on day 1 (sleek and beautiful).It’s often BEST to consult the manufacturers product website, before considering the various and often conflicting advice you may find on the internet. So NO, 70% ISO, as you can see, is NOT recommended for a very good reason.
The stem gets hot in an IH, and increases with every cycle you do. I’m glad I bought the LONGER version.@BabyFacedFinster - I think I got pretty lucky with free next day delivery from the only stockist in my country, but Austyn says he should have units back in stock on his website within the next 1 - 2 weeks, if you are interested.
One other noteworthy point that I think somebody mentioned, is the stem can get quite hot during use. This is not much of an issue for me but at the same time, it is very noticeable - and when I'm holding more towards the tip half of the stem using several fingers in a clutch type fashion, it can become uncomfortable enough that I need to adjust my grip.
But I can live with that. At least Ti cools down about as quickly as it heats up.
Actually, it will be interesting to see if this experience is similar with induction or whether it's mostly my overly zealous torch technique that is to blame.
No flame, it’s your property. Is your Simrell “anodized”?@RustyOldNail The only thing I've ever used to clean my titanium Vortex stem is 71% ISO. Zero problems whatsoever. I follow up with water and immediately dry with a combo of towel drying, q-tip drying, and blow drying. I've done this about 10-15 times now. It looks identical to how it did on day 1 (sleek and beautiful).
How long do I have until doing this screws up the finish on the stem? If it's less than 80 years, I'll look into higher grade alcohol. If it's more, I'll keep doing what I'm doing.
*flame suit on*
I used a torch for such a short time, I don’t remember just how hot the SS 20m stem got. Since I bought the Simrell Long Ti stem, it’s only been in the SKJ Chinese IH.
Do you mean heat anodized (colored)? If so, no, I have the plain titanium stem. Does this iso alcohol problem only apply to the heat anodized/colored stems? Pardon my lack of knowledge here... I was under the impression that all titanium stems are anodized whether or not it's colored.No flame, it’s your property. Is your Simrell “anodized”?
I have a VHB IH and my usage is split pretty evenly between my IH and my 3-flame Vertigo torch. Both methods seem to heat the stem to pretty comparable levels. I can't tell which one heats the stem faster. So my short answer is no, there's no significant difference in stem heat between the two. Ambient temperature + length of session + length of intervals between hits has a much bigger impact on how fast the stem gets hot, with either heat source.
Not sure I agree with that specific analysis. the Ti twisty condenser is actually recessed a bit from the tip section, and initially insulated as it’s located inside the inner tube. I’ve noticed the heat buildup starts at the very end close to heat source, not so much any heat transfer further up the stem which is where the inner cooler is directed.I think the heat transfer of the stem is just from the vortex inner cooler. That heats up then in turn heats up the stem/body more than a regular condenser tube.
The tip heats both the weed and the stem where it joins the tip.I don't understand that you can keep getting cool hits on your throat while the stem itself is getting hot? I don't doubt the reports, but it is confusing for me.
Maybe there needs to be a little heat sink coupler between the tip and the vortex? @TommyDee?
I like the idea of cooler hits, but for the price point I don't like the fact that the stem gets that warm/hot. Glass is a great insulator and I can do several bowls in a row with my glass stem and not have much noticable heat in the stem. The glass around the tip gets hot but it doesn't travel down the length of the stem. The issue with glass is that it breaks.
I wonder if anyone has both a vortex and a 4 inch RWW glass stem that can offer a comparsion?