Best Portable Weed Vaporizers for 2017 Reviewed -The APX by Pulsar
The all new APX by Pulsar is a surprise addition to this section for me. I first heard about it a few months ago and was intrigued that someone had managed to come up with a convection style pocket vape that not only uses a ceramic heating chamber and heats up in forty seconds, but also somehow manages to do it for under $100.00.
I was a little skeptical just based on the price point alone, but I’m happy to say it was misplaced and this little pocket vape performs better than I could have hoped. As usual, let’s take an overview before we get into the finer details of the review itself, shall we?
- Ultra compact, pocket size
- Attractive design and very comfortable in hand, ultra lightweight
- Very easy to use
- 5 preset temperature settings from 356-428 fahrenheit
- Herb chamber heats up very quickly (under 1 minute)
- Lasts between 1-1.5 hours per charge
- Vapes material thoroughly without needing to be stirred
- Can be used with concentrates as well (oils, hashes and waxes)
- Good vapor production
- Great vapor quality, no overheating mouthpiece
- Relatively small oven holds between 0.2-0.3 of a gram of dry herb
- Price point is the best I’ve seen for this quality
- 1.5 hour charge time
- Slightly more constricted airflow than others
- Mouthpiece screens need to be cleaned/switched every few uses (comes with 2 spare sets)
Once again, you can probably tell just based on the overview there really isn’t too much to complain about with this little pocket vape.
For those of you who are already familiar with my blog, you’ll know I try to really only focus on the best, most popular vapes out there.
Particularly in the last few years, the market has been flooded with new vaporizers and it can be pretty confusing for people who are buying a vape for the first time because there are just so many to choose from these days.
To help reduce confusion, I decided way back when I started testing them that I would simply omit any I receive that are what I would consider sub-par, even if I get them for free for the purposes of review.
That being said, when I first got the APX I really didn’t expect much from it initially and I was almost positive I would not be including it here. I must admit though, it was in large part because I judged that it must be inferior just based on the fact that it’s suggested retail price is only $60.00.
Well, you can see by the fact that you are reading these words that I couldn’t have been more wrong. If I had picked it up and used it for the first time without knowing anything about it, I would easily judge based on it’s design and performance that it was a high quality vaporizer and if I had to guess, I would have priced it somewhere between 150 to 200 dollars.
For a vaporizer to perform this well at this price point kinda blows me away in a very good way… Hopefully over the next few years we’ll see a nice reduction in price across the board. Until then…there is Pulsar’s APX.
The APX features a ceramic heating chamber that fits between a 0.2 and a 0.3 of weed which is perfect for single sessions or light sessions between two people. Any more than two and you’ll want to choose something else with a larger oven.
For my use during the day it’s perfect although for the amount I generally vape, it is a little low on battery life as my main vape for daytime use.
It’s ultra compact size makes it ideal as a back up and I now bring along with another because it’s hardly bigger than a cigarette lighter. I can pretty much stick it in any pocket and hardly notice it’s there.
Another great feature is that you can use it for pretty much anything you have on hand, from dry herb to oils, waxes and hashes. Personally, I’m pretty much a full time dry herb vaper so I haven’t used it on concentrated material yet but judging by it’s performance with dry herb and the look of the tanks they include (as seen on left), I’d say it’s pretty safe to assume it would perform just as well with anything you could throw at it.
For those who aren’t the heaviest daytime users, the APX is a great choice and will still give you between 12-18 full 5 minute sessions on a full charge which is enough to satisfy most.
I’ve been using the APX for about 2 weeks now and it’s really grown on me quite a bit as you can probably tell. I was a little irritated by the airflow which is more restricted than I’m used to with my other vapes but in the last week that has become a non issue and I’ve gotten used to it. It certainly has no effect on performance and my material is thoroughly vaped after about 5 minutes and I rarely need to stir it around.
All in all it’s a great little pocket vape that I would wholeheartedly recommend to pretty much anyone who has a passion for weed and loves to vape it cleanly. The ceramic oven is great and leaves no machine taste in the vapor whatsoever.
For anyone who is looking for a decent portable vaporizer that will neither leave you frustrated nor break your bank, this is definitely one to check out.
If you want a closer look at the unit itself and get a better idea for it’s vapor production, you can check out the video I posted to YouTube about it below.
***Just so you are aware, in the video I refer to charging time being between 3 and 4 hours. I was mistaken. The actual charging time is 3-4 hours for the first charge but only an hour and a half on subsequent charges.***
I am so happy I was wrong about this one with my pre-use judgement. The APX is an awesome pocket vaporizer that seems to grow on me every time I use it.
The flavor of my herb comes through cleanly and without byproduct from the device itself at all. The ceramic chamber does a great job at roasting my herb efficiently and thoroughly.
Although it will never be my main go-to vape just because it only lasts about an hour and a half on a charge, it’s quickly becoming one that I take with me wherever I go in addition to another like my IQ, Ascent or Pax 3.
Once again, if you are looking for something that works very well and won’t take a huge chunk out of your budget, this might be one to take a closer look at.
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