I've had a couple days with my new Azure VapBong B-Stock and all I can say is wow! Starting with the packaging everything is packaged very secure and the only thing I would recommend is that they tape the ball into it's cardboard spot as mine was rolling around a little but didn't have anything to smash against (except more cardboad). I like the art work and there was extra foam pieces inside the cardboard box to keep the breakables safe. These are beautiful devices in person, pictures just don't do justice. My B-stock azure isn't as blue as the original and there are a few imperfections (hence why it's a b-stock) but they don't take away from the device and make it more unique imo. Where I'm using mine I can't tell if it's just the reflection of a light I have near and/or the change in angle when I go to hit it but I swear I can see some more yellow in the finish that looks kinda trippy.
I gave mine a good 20 minute burn off at full power and then dropped the voltage down to around 11v which drops as the power supply heats up. Mine is settling around 10.7 volts now I believe. I was giving about 10 minutes for heat up in later sessions but it needs a little longer for best results, 20 or 30 minutes works really well. My ambient temperature is only about 15°C/59°F where I have it set up so that may have something to do with it.
Talk about free flowing! Each draw is barely noticable on my lungs except for the nice chug the VaporBong makes as I inhale. There are roughly 6 holes on the down stem and it feels like a good set up with just the right amount of diffusion.
Loading is very easy with the included loading tool but dumping straight from my grinders isn't an issue either as the opening is really big in the herb ball. Stirring is required as I get a hot spot on the back side of the screen but all that means is picking up the ball, giving a poke at the bottom of the screen to loosen the flower, a little shake to mix everything up and then lightly tamping it. The more I pack the more I notice a need to stir basically.
The flower doesn't last long at my current settings, the first hit is lower vapour more flavour and then the 2nd and 3rd hits make me feel like a dragon with big clouds. Leaving the ball packed to preheat may increase that first draw. How long it continues after that depends on how much I pack. It's odd because with my modded Elev8r and SSV I feel them hit harder but the VapBong has been hitting me harder in effects. That just means more testing I guess which I have no problem with, this device is a pleasure to use.
Between the artistic look, heavy feel, built in water filtration, large bowl, powerful effects and good flavour I am extremely happy I discovered Art of Vapor.
I had a laugh when I added roughly 300mL of water and for some reason decided to weigh the device and it came came out to exactly 4.20lbs. Coincidence? Yeah probably but it made me pretty happy.
This works great for me. I Start off by heat soaking at full temp for 30 minutes. Take the ball/bowl off after 20 minutes to kool off a bit so it's easier to handle. and turn my vvps down to 9. I then tear a nice bud into small fluffy pieces using the funnel cup to hold the pieces. When you have as much as you need/want fill ball/bowl to desired amount. Then I shake and break up pieces after 3 hits, then I repeat. temp stepping all the way, approximately .20 each time. I'm usually done at 10.25
I find hand torn pieces to last longer and not break down so fast. The more surface area the more vapor.
Nice piece by the way