The EVO is a beast. This desktop vaporizer by VapeXhale produces some of the biggest clouds of vapor I’ve experienced, and it still manages to keep the vapor smooth, tasty and comfortable.
Heat up time with the newly designed EVO model has been reduced to about 3 minutes, which is right in line with most good units.
There’s a variety of HydraTubes to choose from and my recommendation would be to choose one that doesn’t filter through a lot of water, this helps preserve the flavor of the vapor. You can also use this vape with a water pipe you already have because of the standard size connection.
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This video is my previous review from early-2014:
So in my review of the original one I showed how the performance was really good, how I was getting big clouds from it and stuff, but there were a few issues I had with it that I talked about.
Then unfortunately what ended up happening is my unit ended up being defective and it wouldn’t heat up anymore. So there were a few reasons why I ultimately decided to go ahead and upgrade to the new one, to the EVO model, and you know what before I even get into that let me just jump right into a session because I want you to see the vapor production from this thing because that is one of the coolest things about it.
So one of the reasons I went ahead and upgraded is because once I found out the full story and all the reasoning behind what happened with the original and why I couldn’t get it fixed and stuff, and I spoke with the owner of the company, I’m an understanding guy and it was an unfortunate situation but I don’t hold it against the company and I am very happy with their new one.
Now more importantly, the main reason I went ahead and decided to upgrade to this vape is that I actually really missed using it. Those few months I went where I didn’t have mine working I definitely missed having it in my rotation and I knew that I wanted it back.
That made me realize that I was probably a little hard on it in my original review, but there are actually a few reasons why I think my experience this time is better, but I’ll get more into that in a sec.
First I wanna just show you a little more about the unit in case you’re not familiar with it. So this is the base unit, this is the part that heats up. It has a removable plug in the back and then on the front it just has a simple on and off switch and then a temperature dial.
Then at the top here you have this ground glass connection and inside of that is the EZ Load Bowl, and this is the herb chamber or where you’re going to pack your material.
So there’s not many different parts with this vape because besides the EZ Load Bowl and the base unit the only other part you really need to use this thing is the HydraTube. So the main way this vape is supposed to be used is you get a base unit, you pick out a Hydra Tube which fits perfectly on top on that ground glass connection, and then you take your draw just like this.
The main benefit of the HydraTube is that you could put a little water inside and then you can get your vapor to filter through it and that helps cool and condition the vapor a little and makes it a little more comfortable.
There’s also a couple of other ways you can use this vape… the also offer just a straight glass mouthpiece, and then you could also just buy the base unit by itself if you have your own water tool at home because this is a pretty standard size connection. The cool part is that this works in any direction so you could even use it like this upside-down if you have to, so that’s another cool thing about this vape.
Another feature of the Cloud is that it’s basically all-glass; the vapor path or where the air is gonna come up and pass through your material, and the HydraTube are both completely glass.
The only part when you’re using herbs with it that’s not glass is the actual chamber or the EZ Load Bowl, this is a high-grade stainless steel.
Now they actually did just start to offer what they’re calling the VapeXNail, which is a glass accessory for putting concentrates in to use with this vape, and I’m gonna show you more about that in a minute and talk more about it. When you use this piece this is glass also so that actually makes the experience 100% glass.
So as you’ve noticed I’m getting huge draws, big huge clouds, and that is one of the coolest things about this vape. It’s actually also very comfortable, the vapor quality is very high. So the taste is good, it’s not hot or harsh at all, it’s a very smooth enjoyable experience.
Now my comment about the flavor of the vapor or the taste actually brings up an issue I had originally with the vape, and what I’ve come to learn is that that has a lot to do with the HydraTube I was using. So what I’ve sort of figured out, for me personally at least when vaping through water, is that the more water you’re vaping through, the higher the volume of water you’re filtering through, the more flavor or taste is gonna get pulled out of the vapor.
The reason that’s relevant here is because originally the HydroTube I got might not have been the best choice for me – it kind of held a lot of water. So one of my complaints at the time was that I didn’t feel like I was getting a lot of the flavor when I took a big draw, I almost felt like the water was taking the flavor out.
I also mentioned that when the HydraTube was empty and I was using it dry with no water in it that tasted more of my material. So this new HydraTube I got this one is called the Swagger Shower Cap, and this one is cool and interesting because it uses a very minimal amount of water in it but you could still get a good amount of diffusion and filtration so the vapor is still comfortable.
The benefit of using a HydraTube that uses very little water is that there’s not a lot of flavor loss. I’ve noticed personally that my experience with this new water tool is a lot better than the experience I was getting with the original one I picked.
One of the few drawbacks to this vape that I found that I feel that I need to mention is that you kind of need to draw a large volume of air through the vape to get a big draw and get a lot of vapor like you see me getting in this video.
An example of what I’m talking about is this clip right here is my fiance taking a draw from the vape and she can’t pull as much as me, she can’t pull as large of a volume of air through it as I can, so you’ll be able to see that her draw and the amount of vapor that she gets is not as much as I was getting. For the vast majority of people this won’t be an issue, but I did feel the need to mention it.
Before I end my session here I wanted to show you that glass concentrate accessory, so what I’m doing here is I’m removing my EZ Load Bowl that had my material in it and now I’m putting in this glass accessory piece instead.
I have my heat turned a little higher than normal, and I’m just gonna take a long draw as usual and it’s gonna fully vaporize all of the concentrate, and it’s gonna be a super clean, super strong draw of vapor.
Oh and another thing I wanted to quickly mention… when I got my package I also got the HydraFoot, which is basically like a more stable stand for the HydraTube, cus I’m a klutz and knock stuff over all the time.
So it works awesome like that, obviously it keeps your HydraTube more stable, but another use for it that I found is cool with that concentrate accessory – cus when you pull that accessory out after using it you could touch the top, it’s not super hot up there, but the bottom’s hot still, so I actually found that it fits right in the Hydra Foot, so it’s almost like a good temporary storage spot for it when you take it right out.
Now one of the big improvements with the EVO over the original Cloud is the heat up time. My complaint with the original one was that it took ten plus minutes to heat up to a hot enough temperature to vaporize, but with the new one they got it down to about 3 minutes, and that’s perfectly fine with me that’s right in line with most of the other good ones.
One of the small issues with this unit though that didn’t really go away from the original one to the new one is the issue with the very top part of the unit kind of heating up sometimes after you’ve been using it for a bit. However, this issue really isn’t a big one for a couple of reasons…
The first reason is that you will get a couple of these bands, and if you just put a couple of these like rubber wrist bands around the unit, once they’re on it’ll look something like this one, and then basically all these do is act as sort of like a guide or a protector in that they just prevent your hand from going above the point on the vape that gets hot.
So you naturally are always just underneath in the part that doesn’t get hot. Now this is just a temporary solution because actually I spoke to the company and they’re already producing a neoprene sleeve that’s gonna go over the top part that gets hot, and then it’s basically gonna eliminate that issue, it’s not going to be hot anymore if you grab the top.
Lastly, the warranty it comes with also got improved. So one of my complaints originally with the old one was that it only had the one year warranty. Now I spoke with them about it and with the new one what they’re gonna do is the one year base warranty is gonna be like a bumper to bumper warranty, it’ll cover anything about the base unit just not the glass HydraTubes though, but the one year covers this whole thing in case anything goes wrong.
Now they also give a three year guarantee on every part of this except for the glass. So after year one up until year three if anything goes wrong with this base unit at all except for the glass pieces, for instance if anything malfunctions with the heater which is the most important part, or the switch or the dial or anything like that, you’re gonna be covered. So I’m pretty happy with that and I think that’s a good improvement over their original policy.
In summary, I missed this vape when I didn’t have it and I’m really glad to have it back, I’ve been using it a lot lately it’s definitely right into my regular rotation now. It’s super cool to have a vape that could make huge clouds like that when I’m in the mood for that, obviously there’s a bunch of vapes I like and use regularly but sometimes I’m in the mood for that and this vape does it fantastically.
If you’re someone lookin for the biggest draws, biggest clouds, stronger vapor per draw? This is the vape for you. If you have any questions about the unit or if there’s anything I left out please let me know.
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