The AirVape XS Vaporizer For Dry Herb

Air Vape XS

This is the AirVape XS portable vaporizer for dry herbs, sexy right?

A little while ago I reviewed the original AirVape and thought it was pretty good for the price.

I worked closely with the makers of this new XS model after helping them identify the areas that could be improved, and they did a really good job implementing the things we talked about. I now honestly feel that this is one of the best portable vapes under $200 that I own (currently $180).

Build Quality & Design

Right off the bat I was really impressed with the feel of this one. It has a very sturdy metal shell now, not plastic, and it definitely looks and feels more elegant and durable.

The form factor is actually pretty great, it’s small & light and the flat design makes it easy to hold and also convenient to store.

Overall, the shape, size and weight are right in line with what I look for in a good portable vape, and it’s more portable than the original one.

Ease of Use

Vapes that are easy to use really make the whole experience more enjoyable, and this XS is not complicated at all, beginners will get good results right away.

The glass mouthpiece at the top pulls right out and the oven or herb chamber is below that inside.

Simply pack the chamber full with finely ground herb, tamp it down a tad, then push the mouthpiece back in and turn the unit on.

Set your temperature with the up and down arrows, I recommend starting at about 355°F and slowly working your way up from there if you want more vapor.

Once the unit heats up, which only takes 30 seconds, you just start taking draws from it and the session will last about 10 minutes.

Performance & Vapor Quality

The XS has a ceramic oven which is different from the first model and also from a lot of other vapes. It helps promote even heating of your material and also helps keep the taste nice and clean.

There’s a cool screen system in the mouthpiece that channels the vapor through a certain path and prevents it from going straight from the oven to your mouth.

This keeps the vapor cooler and more comfortable and makes a big difference when compared to cheaper models that don’t have something like this built-in. It shows me they paid fine attention to detail, and they listened when I told them to improve the vapor quality, which I like a lot.

What you want to do for best performance is first grind your herbs nice and fine, then over-load the oven and tamp it down so that it ends up being even with the top edge of the chamber.

You don’t want your herb loose and floating around in the chamber, you want it nice and snug in there.

The vapor production is actually very good, I was surprised, it definitely performs a lot better than the original. And you know what else is cool? There’s not a lot of draw resistance, meaning it’s not as hard to pull from as some others – I really like this.

Check out this video clip below of me taking a bunch of draws from it:

Setting the temperature low will give you smoother vapor and a better taste but you won’t get quite as much visible vapor. If you want big clouds you’ll need to set the heat at or above roughly 380°F, and the only thing that really gets sacrificed when you raise the temp is the smoothness. This is common with most vapes though and I normally don’t recommend vaping at very high temps anyway.

Vibration Alert & Auto Shut-off Timer

I like this feature a lot, the vape vibrates! It’s not the only one out there that does this but I feel it does make the vaping experience a tiny bit better.

So the unit also has an automatic shut-off timer – every time you turn the vape on there is a countdown timer on the screen that starts at 3 minutes. Actually, you adjust it from 3 to 5 mins, and you can do this by pressing the up & middle button until it changes.

You’ll feel the vape vibrate when you first turn it on, and then you’ll feel it vibrate again when it reaches your set temperature. Now what I like a lot is that you’ll also feel it vibrate when the unit shuts off after timer, so you won’t be left hangin with a vape that isn’t even on and not realize it.

Overall Thoughts

At $180 it’s above average in most areas compared to other vapes in this price range, and I’m really impressed with how many improvements they were able to make with this new version, kudos guys!

It’s small, light and good looking, and it’s super easy to use. If you’re looking for a good portable and you like the design of this one I think you’ll be very satisfied with it and really dig how it works.

Click here to buy one from the authorized dealer I personally recommend – they give you free shipping and also include a couple of free gifts (a grinder & TightVac container). I get compensated if you buy through my link and your support means the world to me!

VapeRating: 90/100 (Tier 2 Top Pick)

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Here’s a few more pics:

2017 UPDATE: You can now get a very cool shell for this vape when you buy it, and this case keeps your vape clean and keeps your mouthpiece in place while you have the unit stored. It feels great, it’s well-made, it makes an airtight seal when you close it, and it’s even waterproof. I highly recommend it for the extra $20, check it out:

AirVape XS Shell

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  1. Monique says:

    Hi Bud….

    Your reviews are awesome. I had as transplant about a year ago and im getting back into herbs. Which portable vaporizer do you recommend that is best at keep toxins and combustion at bay…but also is good performing taste and vapor quality wise?

    Thank you!

  2. Chris says:

    Can you vape with the airvape Xs while it’s charging?

  3. Jess says:

    I’m debating weather to get this or the Boundless CFV. Does this produce bigger clouds than the CFV? Is there an attachment to connect to a water pipe?

    • Bud Bud says:

      I like them both about equally and I’d say that vapor production is pretty similar too. The CFV is 100% convection so the main difference is you’ll need to take a slightly longer draw to get good vapor.

  4. JC says:

    Which has the least draw resistance…the Airvape XS or the PAX3? Thanks

  5. Drake says:

    Hey, I wanted to first thank you for the review! I bought this guy because of it and have been happy as hell.

    Secondly, I wanted to mention that you can also purchase replacement screens off of their main site, these screens are not mesh, durable, and super easy to clean. They’re only around $5 for a pack and honestly I dont see myself replacing the first one I put on.

    The only issue I really had with it was the mesh getting clogged after a few uses but I’m not worried about it anymore!

  6. Bud Bud says:

    Hey guys thanks for posting!

    For your questions about how to keep the mouthpiece in place, please see my 2017 UPDATE at the bottom of my review.

    There is a new “AirVape XS Shell” you can get for $20 that I highly recommend getting if you buy this one.

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  7. Zcashio says:

    Anyone know if this vaporizer is well built to walk around while in my jacket pocket?
    I’m talking about the mouthpiece – Would it stay in place? If not, is there anywhere I can put it while not operating the device?

    I’m afraid ill put it in my pocket while not using it and the mouthpiece will full out of the device and of course scatter material everywhere.

  8. Zach says:

    Thanks for your help. Just ordered through your link. This is my first so I hope I picked a good one!

  9. ^^^ The Vape Master ^^^ says:

    Uh Oh .. Its a bird its a plane, No its The Vape Critic doing another review!

    You Have Just Been Vaporized By The: ^^^ The Vape Master ^^^

  10. Taylor Leatherwood says:

    Hi Bud!

    I am trying to decide on a vape for me and my girlfriend to share. I am torn between the Airvape XS and the boundless cfx

    My main concerns are vapor quality, how smelly they are, and I’m not sure if the Airvape has an adaquite bowl capacity for two people.

    Any information would be great!

    • Bud Bud says:

      Hey vapor quality is pretty similar (both good), odor is mostly the same too, but the oven sizes are different: CFX is ~0.3g and AirVape is ~0.2g.

      I consider the XS to be the perfect solo vape if you like full sessions, you’ll get about a dozen nice draws from that 0.2g. If you want to vape only one session with another person you’ll get a little more out of the CFX, but depending on your usage habits you might end up re-packing that one too.

  11. Meg says:

    Hi Bud,

    Which vape under $200 have you found to smell the least?

    Thank you!

  12. Ralph Levine says:

    You didn’t mention anything about the all OLED display having a backlight so it can be seen outdoors. Does it have one?

  13. Bruce says:

    I’m considering an Airvape XS as I lost my Firefly2 :-( I liked the Firefly 2 quite a bit but thought it was rather hard to draw from and pretty pricey. How does the Airvape xs compare in terms of required draw strength, ambient odor, efficiency and vapor quality to the Firefly 2?

    Love your blog! Your comparison review of the Firefly 2, Pax2 and Crafty made my decision clear to get the Firefly 2!

  14. Steve says:

    Do you like this better than the air?

  15. Cosmo says:

    Traded in my Flowermate and got 50% off the Airvape XS. A solid move on my part. I do miss the battery life of the Flowermate but in every other regard the Airvape is better.

    I definitely recommend it.

  16. Brandon says:

    Between this and the Summit Plus, which one has better battery life, vapor taste and physical size?

  17. Sarah says:

    what is your rating out of 100% for the air vape xs?

  18. Anthony says:

    Whats the battery life like and cleaning?

    • Steve says:

      Battery life is good IMO. It will last 3 “chamber-fulls” for me. Meaning, I can fill the entire chamber 3 times before the battery dies. Battery meter seems the fall off a cliff though. It will be 1/4 left and then go to nothing and die on you.
      Cleaning is easy. You can drop it in alcohol and it cleans itself. You can burn it off. You can clean it with a paperclip. In a pinch, you can “smoke it”, but don’t inhale it! It is terrible!

  19. David says:

    Got mine about a week and a half ago, very pleased so far. I definitely agree on filling the chamber A little over and packing to fit, makes it work great!.

    • Steve says:

      I’ve also found that just jamming the stuff in the chamber works well. Sounds strange, but if you just “jam” it in, bud and all, it doesn’t clog up the mouthpiece. Get rid of the stem and jam the bud in. If it is too loose, the mouthpiece will fill with the “finely ground herb”. Once you’ve gone through a few cycles, take a paperclip and move it around to break up the bud and get the last bit out of it. It clogs up the mouthpiece, but pretty easy to clean

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