Quick question for those of you with the Tekpower box - what voltage do you use for different things? I just got mine, and am going to start experimenting today, but are there any folks who have experience with it, and have best practices?
I plan on finding a setting good for aromatics, and another for for herbal vaporization. I've got it set to 5 currently, and heating up for some lavender oil.
I have a VVPS, but not the Tekpower.....which I am actually interested in since it is smaller than my current VVPS.
I was wondering if they sent you a black version or if yours had the flames on it?
As for voltages?
For glass stems
13.0v to 13.3v works well for me.......go hotter with damp bud and lower with very dry bud .......it is possible to combust at 13.3 with a heat soaked glass stem, finely ground dry herb and a slow draw rate.
For SS stems (smaller diameter at least - haven't got O/S to try yet)
12.5v to 13.0v ........same advice as above regarding heat soaked stems but even more of a factor since the steel conducts heat better than glass.
If you have a fresh load with no heat soak and loose pack and want to rip it quickly through glass then a SS stem at 13.0v will work well. But don't let it sit at all and draw fairly quickly. When it milks extremely fast be careful and keep a hand on the dog to lift off for a bit while you clear the glass because that very thick vapour means you are close to combusting. When that thick vapour instantly turns your glass into whiteout conditions then lift the dog off quickly and draw at your own risk.....you might get smoke.
I actually have a large double bubbler ash catcher attached to my knockoff double matrix Mobius and have been quick enough to keep the smoke portion in the ash catcher section......disconnected it and washed it out and then cleared the "Mobius" only tasting vapour.
It's all about experimentation......combusting every once in a while is just part of the learning curve until you find out what works best for you when pushing the vapour "envelope" to the extreme. No biggee......just detach your water hookup and blow through at that point to clear your glass without having to inhale and wash it out.
Hope this helps!
P.S. Get a timer and set it for your usage patterns so that you don't end up leaving it on all night at 13.3v.......like I did last night. The heater will last longer......keeping it on at 5v for aromatherapy? Probably can stay on indefinitely.......but Underdog, or Underdogette would probably give you the definitive advice on that kind of usage.