Check out my video above for a direct comparison and review of the Herbalizer and the Volcano.
VapeRating: 90/100 (Tier 2) by The Vape Critic
This is my full original Herbalizer review video:
Original video transcription:
So this vape could be considered a multi-mode unit, and what that means is it could be used with a balloon, it could be used with a whip, and it could also be used in freestyle mode, and I’ll explain that more and show you each of those methods in this video.
Since this is what you’re lookin at now let’s start with the outside of the unit. You’ll see that it’s about a medium-sized vape with an oval shape to it, it’s not too heavy but it’s a good solid feeling unit. And basically the way you’re looking at the vape now, closed like this, this is in the OFF position, so this is how it would normally be stored.
When you’re ready to use it and you want to turn it on all you have to do is lift up the front of the lid like that. Once you open the lid this is now what you’re lookin at on the inside.
So when you first open the vape up and turn it on nothing’s actually happening yet, the vape isn’t heating up or anything. What you first have to do is select which mode you want to use, and this vape has two modes, it has an aromatherapy mode and a vaportherapy mode.
Now vaportherapy mode is the one you’re probably going to use most often and that basically puts it into normal vape mode like you’re used to and like all the other vapes I review, and aromatherapy mode is a completely different way to use this unit and that doesn’t really involve vaping at all, and I’ll talk more about that in a few minutes.
To start vape mode and get the unit heating up all you have to do is hit the vaportherapy button on the right side. Now when you hit this button the unit remembers the last temperature you had it set at and that’s what it’s going to heat up to by default.
And that brings me to one of the first really awesome things about this vape, and this is something that sets it apart from all the other ones I’ve reviewed so far, and that is its insanely fast heat-up time.
So most home units or desktop units that you buy to use when you’re around the house once you plug them in and turn them on they typically take anywhere from 1 to 5 minutes to heat up on average, even the good ones, but this vaporizer when you turn it on and it starts heating up to the temp you just had it set at it’s gonna get there in 5 or 10 seconds max. Up until now that’s kind of something that’s been unheard of.
Now one of the reasons it heats up so fast is that it uses a heating element that not many other vapes use, and actually no other vapes use the exact same one, but it basically uses this advanced halogen light bulb. That’s how it heats up, and that’s why it’s able to heat up and cool down so quickly.
Most vapes have either a metal or ceramic heating element and it typically takes a little bit to warm up, but this thing it just warms up like that.
So now that I told you about the quick heat up time the other thing about this vape that is really really cool is the super precise temperature control. Now don’t get me wrong, there are a whole bunch of vapes out there that have temperature controls, or at least screens that tell you roughly what temperature you’re setting at, but one thing you need to keep in mind is that each vape is built differently and the temps are measured in different areas, so as far as accuracy goes you never really know if you’re vaping at the exact temperature that your vaporizer tells you you are.
That’s why this vape is like next level stuff because the accuracy and precision with the temperature is nothing I’ve experienced yet with any of the other ones. So the two things that keep it really accurate are that the actual temperature is measured real close to where your material is, like right where the chamber meets the unit, and the computer inside is constantly monitoring the temperature and it never lets it get more than 5 degrees below or above what you have it set at.
Listen with a lot of vapes, and even a lot of the other ones I like and use regularly, the temperature control isn’t that accurate or precise and it doesn’t really make a big difference because in reality most of the time you’re vaping you might not care about the exact temp you’re vaping at as long as the experience is good and you’re getting good vapor production and it’s comfortable and the effects are what you want.
The one thing you can do and the one thing that’s kinda cool about having a vape with temperature accuracy as crazy as this one is that you can start to mess around with like what you’re vaporizing out of your material, based on what precise temp you vape at, if you know what I’m saying.
So you could vape at very low temperatures, let’s say like during the daytime, and you could get a whole different experience from it than vaping at higher temps like at nighttime.
They start off on the low end at 290°F, that’s the lowest temp you can start at, and that would be considered in the “uplifting” zone. Then as you go up and hit 330°F it changes to “balanced”. Now if you’re really looking a full experience you could bump the temperature up even more until you get to say 390°F which is the “intense” zone.
So now that you know some of the main advantages of this vape let me know you more of the parts and explain more about how it works.
The actual herb chamber here is magnetic, so that’s how it attaches to the base unit there’s a magnet here. The easiest way I’ve found to get it off consistently is to just sort of hold one finger in the front and then tilt it forward and it pops right off.
The chamber itself does have like a silicone grip around it to keep the heat down so that it’s not too hot to handle. And it basically just unscrews… so the top piece will come off and if you’re using dried herbs when you use this you’re gonna put them right inside here.
You can definitely experiment with different grind consistencies to see what gets you the best results, but with this vape I’ve found that a medium to fine grind consistency will pretty much get you the best vapor quality.
Now one of the things about this chamber that I kinda like, but also makes it different than some of the other ones, is the size and how it’s shaped. And one of the advantages of that is that it is a little better for use with very small amounts of material, and little better than say the Volcano or the Plenty, which are other vapes I like a lot but their chambers are made a little differently, they’re sort of wider and shallower which can also provide a very good experience but you typically need slightly more material in those to get really good results from it, whereas with the chamber in the Herbalizer here you could get away with slightly smaller amounts of material and still get the same type of results.
So in that sense it could possibly be looked at as being slightly more efficient.
Once you have your material packed you can just screw your chamber shut and then snap it right back in place, the magnet catches it. So now you basically choose how you want to vape, and like I mentioned earlier you have the option of balloon mode, whip mode and just freestyle.
Before I even get into that there’s one other thing about this vape that I really like that I haven’t even mentioned yet, and that is that it has a built-in fan. And what I mean by that is a fan that could actually push out the vapor. So to turn the fan on and off you just use this middle button here, and let’s say we were to use this in balloon mode we would pop a balloon right on top and then we would push the fan button to start filling it.
Now I haven’t mentioned the balloons yet, they actually have a pretty cool valve on them. It uses what they call a Squeeze Valve so if you’re not actively pushing anything it’s gonna be sealed, and then when you wanna open it up and take a draw you just squeeze the two sides and then it opens up, you take your draw, and then when you let go it closes back up.
So next to the Volcano I would say that this is the next coolest valve system I’ve used, because there are a few other balloon type vapes on the market and I never really liked them that much, I never really thought that they put a lot of thought into the balloon system in it, but these guys did this valve is actually pretty cool.
When you take your balloon and you place the valve right on top of the chamber to fill it that basically opens the valve and lets the vapor enter the balloon, and then when you pull the balloon off the valve closes. In that sense it’s very similar to how the Volcano works.
Now if you wanted to use this vape in whip mode the whip is sort of stored inside the unit here so first you would just take it out. Then what you have to do is connect this end to the herb chamber.
And the way that you do that is by taking this end and placing it in the top of the chamber and then hold it and firm push down while rocking it back and forth a few times, and then it should get stuck in where now the whip is in there.
So now once you’re in whip mode and you have the tube attached and the vape’s heated up you have two choices now… you could just start drawing on it like a normal whip vape and it’ll work great like that, or if you don’t feel like taking a very long draw, or if you’re someone who can’t take a very long draw because you don’t have a big lung capacity, you can use the fan assist in whip mode.
To do that, basically as soon as you get ready to start taking your draw turn on the fan, that’ll start blowing out the vapor, and then right before you want to stop your draw that’s when you shut off the fan, draw for like one more second to get everything out of the whip, and then you’re good to go.
You can also do what they call freestyle mode, and this is not always going to be practical but it’s possible so I’ll tell you about it. Basically what that is is putting your material in the chamber, setting the heat, and then not attaching the balloon or the whip and then like right now turning on the fan, and just letting it all go into the room. Basically vaping up your entire room and just sitting in it.
I know that there’s been a lot of stuff so far but there’s actually some more stuff so let’s continue.
One other thing that you’ll find with this vape is that inside of this cover here there’s an extra tray that you could pull down. On this tray you’ll find a few different things. You’re gonna find that it comes with a little cleaning brush which is cool, I would have liked to see maybe a higher quality brush though.
You’ll also find one of these little pads, like liquid pad type things like a mini one, and this is actually what you would use inside the chamber if you wanted to vape concentrates with this unit. I’m gonna show you a clip of that too because I tested it with it and this vape does a really good job of vaping concentrates like wax and things like that.
It also comes with a little bottle of some essential oil, and this is what you could use if you wanted to use this vape in aromatherapy mode like I mentioned earlier. What you do in that mode is there’s another little pad in the front of the tray, and you would take out that pad and put on a couple of drops of the essential oil or aromatherapy oil, then you would put the pad back in the front like that, and then you would put the vape into aromatherapy mode and the air would just pass over that pad and depending on how long you set the timer for it would just fill up the room with the aroma from the oil.
Now, let me show you a few clips of me using this thing so you could see how it performs. First what I’m gonna do here is fill up a balloon, so I already have the heat set to 360°F and I have my chamber pretty much almost full, maybe 80% full of finely ground herb. You’ll see that to start filling the bag I just put it on top of the chamber and then I hit the fan button.
So once the balloon is full you’re gonna hit the button to turn off the fan and then pull the balloon off. Then to take a draw from the balloon you squeeze the sides without the ridges and it’ll open up the valve, you take your pull, and then when you let go the valve will automatically close again.
I’m actually gonna quickly show you another clip with the balloon because that first clip I showed you I had dried herbs in the chamber, and this clip now this balloon is being filled with some concentrate that I put on the top of that pad I showed you earlier. So I put the wax material on top of that pad and then I dropped it inside of the chamber. Then all I did was put my heat a little higher than I normally would and you’ll see that you’ll get a ton of vapor, this vape really does a good job of completely vaporizing it all off of the pad.
Now I’ll show you a little bit of whip-mode. Same scenario, 360°F is what the vape is set at, and the first draw that I take here I’m gonna just take a natural draw from it for about 10 seconds or so, maybe a little longer.
Then the second draw that I take I’m gonna use the fan assist so I’m gonna turn on the fan while I’m drawing, and then right before I finish my draw I’m gonna turn off the fan, and you should see that I do get a good amount of vapor, more than without the fan.
Lastly, for freestyle mode as I mentioned you don’t attach the balloon or the whip, you just put your herb chamber on full of your material, and then when you’re ready you just push the fan button and start filling up your room with vapor. Obviously this is not really practical for a lot of people but the fact that it’s possible is kinda cool :)
One other thing I need to talk about is the vapor quality, which with this unit is fantastic. So first of all it always has a good taste at any temperature, and the other thing is that the vapor is always really comfortable. So when you’re using the whip it’s super smooth, it’s cool and it doesn’t feel warm or hot or harsh at all, even when you use the fan assist button to boost it up or turbo mode or whatever, it’s still smooth and comfortable.
And then in balloon mode also the same thing, when you fill a bag up each draw you take is gonna be tasty, good, potent, they’re all gonna be the same density. when you have the vapor built up in the balloon it’s almost like having the vapor on tap, so each draw is the same density, it’s more consistent.
So again overall the vapor quality, taste, strength, comfort level, density… it’s all excellent.
Now you may or may not have heard a cooling fan go on. This cooling fan it doesn’t go on all the time, and it doesn’t go on very often, but typically after the vape’s been on for at least 10-15 minutes or so, and if you’re at a high enough temperature like the mid-to-upper 300’s at least, the cooling fan is eventually gonna go on to help cool off some of the internal components like the motherboard and the computer chip and all that stuff, and each time it goes on it stays on for three minutes and then automatically shuts off.
Then basically the only other thing is that this lid here, the lid to the unit and this tray that pulls out, it just doesn’t quite feel like it fits in with the rest as far as like the build quality. This tray is kinda like a hard plastic material, and I mean it’s sturdy and stuff but the way that it moves when you open it and close it and just how it feels it wasn’t quite what I expected, just not quite as luxurious this top piece.
It’s not a huge deal because this is just like a holding compartment for stuff it doesn’t affect the performance of the vape at all. So overall that’s really the only problems I had with this thing.
Aside from those things this vape is amazing. It heats up faster than any other desktop vape I’ve reviewed, and I’m talkin like blows them away, seconds compared to minutes… and I’m also really really impressed with the temperature control on this thing. I also really like that you could use it with the balloon or with the whip, because I personally like both equally, just for me it usually depends on what kinda mood I’m in.
So with a vape like this, with the Herbalizer, it wouldn’t really matter what mood I’m in, this one vape would be able to service all my needs. I wouldn’t have to have my balloon vape for when I’m in that mood and then a whip vape for when I’m in that mood, this vape is very good with the balloon and it’s very good with the whip. So you could honestly eliminate a bag and whip vape and just use this, so it’s really two vapes in one.
Now another thing that I like about this company and about this vape is that it has a 2-year warranty. That’s like a full warranty in case there’s any defects or if anything goes wrong with your unit at all for 2 years. Now in addition to this warranty they also have what they call a 5-year quality guarantee, which basically means if anything happens after the 2-year mark up until the 5-year mark, like if the unit breaks or something goes wrong with it, you could send it in and they’ll send you a brand new one for half price.
Lastly one of the other things I like is that it’s a modern looking, stylish unit. It doesn’t stand out, it doesn’t look suspicious or anything, it doesn’t look like a science project, I mean this is just like something you could have sitting on your living room table and it’s not a big deal.
So if you have any questions or if there’s anything you wanna know about it before making a decision please let me know. If you’re ready to get one and you think this vape’s for you and you wanna try it out, please use my link by going to vapecritic.com/herbalizer, and what that’s gonna do is send you right to the manufacturer’s website so you could order direct. They do track any referrals that come from me and I’m always super appreciative of any and all support.
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