Nice review, thanks for taking your time to share!
Got my shipping notification, might have it in two days… I will compare it to my IQ2 and Mighty, my top two conduction devices. I figured for the price, it was worth trying, I have a few XMax devices, they seem to be stepping up the quality, I’m curious to see how they do on temperature control accuracy with this one, as the Roffu is way off on that convection device.
I feel that the starry 4 is tuned not as tuned so aggressive as the roffu. Which is a nice thing, I do notice it takes 22 seconds (roughly) to hit 375f with the starry from fully charged battery.
Here is my abv after a 375f session in the starry 4 --
I'd say flavor wise starry 4 wins over the pax mini. Also a gentle tamp in bowl, I used the zirconia mouthpiece to do a very gentle tamp to make herb uniform with the oval bowl. Again I am still experimenting with the temperatures to find a sweet spot. So far 375f in starry 4 is smooth towards end it does get warm on the outer shell not as hot as a pax mini but enough that I started to have sweaty hands but not discomfort like the pax mini. I'd say even though you do one session it does get warm but not like the pax mini, however this bowl was ran strictly at 375f, the zirconia mouthpiece does retain heat for awhile but cools down, so far I am enjoying the strength of this vape, easy to load, easy to clean, except the mouthpiece filter does get resinous and you either gotta soak in ISO and or brush it out. However it's simple to manage. Again this herb I used was slightly fine grinded by doing the grinder upside down / sideways for a finer grind. Specifically was using it in the pax mini, but started to use it in the starry 4.
So far starry 4 likes gentle tamps, the extraction was better than my pax mini. Not to say the pax mini doesn't provide cool vapor at its auto variable temp stepping, however the shell of pax mini gets uncomfortable hot like you need a sleeve, I would say the roffu without sleeve matches the pax mini level of warmth. I have a sleeve on my roffu.
However I have to try higher temps like 390-400-410-425f. But at 375f I am happy with extraction and flavor strangely. It's not bad. I do feel properly medicated from this device id say it feels like it hits harder than my pax mini and I haven't even temp stepped higher than 375f yet in the starry 4.
For the price of the device it throws punchs to the pax series vapes, temp control, airflow control, swappable 18650, even a dosing capsule (they recommend to fill it half ways), a large bowl that can compete with the pax vapes. Affordable entry cost to dry herb vaping.
I am surprised at this "budget" device can do this really should have mainstream brands innovating to improve vapor quality, isolated airpaths, etc.
Xmax / topgreen really did good with the starry 4, I never had the starry 3, but I am enjoying the starry 4, also forgot to mention I left the airway about 25% open or so, when doing this bowl at 375f.
Sipping with the airflow control closed does make the vapor feel more warmer almost ticklish however could be just the terpenes or cannabinoids. It's still smooth, pax mini vapor feels so light yet throws large clouds. The starry 4 can produce clouds but you will feel them slightly not as heavy but you get a mouth feel if that makes sense?
It's not uncomfortable however newbies might end up inhaling longer than they should and end up coughing a little bit, I've done that before with the fury 2 when I first got it and had it set to like 365f back in the day, thought I wasn't getting a large dose of vapor, so I have to be mindful and just sip, I do feel like stronger pulls will end up cooling down chamber / radiant heat. You learn after trial and error with a pax. Starry 4 is decent you could essentially raise temps higher and just go nuts with faster pulls or open airflow to find balance.
I am just using it as a sipper and it doesn't disappoint extracted under 4 minutes.