Glass isn’t too common in portables because it’s pretty hard to perfect, it’s not quite as forgiving in some areas as other materials. BUT, when a company does it right you end up with some mighty fine quality vapor.
When you get your technique dialed in the flavor and purity of the vapor the miVape produces is top-shelf. The one thing you have to watch out for is over-heating your material, but this seems to only happen when you pack too much herb in the chamber.
The little glass (quartz) cups or bowls are where you pack your herb, and you really don’t want to pack a lot. No really, if you pack that bowl more than 50% full it throws off the performance of the vape, it’s finicky with this.
So filling it halfway ends up being roughly 0.05g, which is quite a small amount. Grind it up fine as usual, but only put in a pinch and keep it really loose in there. When you shake the cup you want your herb to move around a little inside.
To use this vape you first load your material and then you snap the whole mouthpiece part back into the base unit. Then turn it on by holding down the power button on the front, and you can set your desired temperature in 5°F increments.
The unit will tell you that it reached your set temp relatively quickly, usually in 30-60 seconds, but it’s really not ready to be vaped yet.
If the vape was cold prior to your session you’ll want to give it somewhere between 1-2 extra minutes to fully heat up inside, so you won’t really get good results if you try vaping from it right away. Additional sessions once the unit is warm won’t require as much pre-heat time.
VERY IMPORTANT: If you want to get visible clouds of vapor you’ll need to take very long draws, at least 10+ seconds. You’ll still get flavor and feel effects from shorter draws, but you won’t really see much on the exhale.
From that very small amount of herb you pack it’s surprisingly efficient, I average 3 nice draws from that ~0.05g.
Now if you want to vape more than 3 draws at a time, that’s when things get a little tricky.
When you finish a session and take the top piece out the glass bowl is gonna be really hot, you can’t touch it with your fingers. They give you a couple of little silicone cups to grab the hot glass with, but those are now extra pieces you need with you.
They do give you two of those glass bowls in the box, so you can pre-pack the second one and bring it with you for a quick swap out.
Draw resistance is about average, but having to take a 10+ second pull for a lot of vapor is still not ideal. This isn’t uncommon with convection style vaporizers though, you need to take long draws with most of them.
Since vaping a lot at once is not super convenient with this model I recommend it most for people who prefer just a few draws at a time.
VapeRating: 85/100 (Tier 3)