For those of you who keep up with our blog, you already knew this was coming because we talked about in our last post, but the day has come – our Hydrology 9 vaporizer review is finally here. You can see it on our site. And for those of you that don’t yet know about this impressive “portable” vaporizer by East Bay, California’s Cloudious9, it has a water filter built directly into it. Not some attachment, but part of the vape itself. And it runs on battery power, technically making it a portable we guess. But let’s be real, it’s not all that portable when it doesn’t fit in your pocket. Don’t let that fool you though, this is definitely a vape to consider – even if it isn’t all that “portable.”
When we first caught wind of that, we were 100% interested in seeing for ourselves what it had to offer. When we saw what it looked like (awesome) and heard what it did (water filtered vapor on the go), we had to see what it was all about and knew quite a few of you there would want to know what was up with it so we rushed to push out our review. Given that we’ve rushed ourselves a bit more than we typically would prefer, we want to note that even now, with our review published, there’s a chance we may make some changes to it as we continue to test and review the Hydrology9. So keep an eye out for updates here on our blog as we may be letting you know of a change to our review – you never know. But anyways, our first impression was that this was a vape worth trying.
How It Works
You put some water in it, being careful not to get water anywhere but where you’re trying to put it. We like to fill it just passed the little holes, but its maker says not to fill it passed the halfway point. Up to you. But whatever you do, be careful because water and electronics are not a good mix. On that note, it’s a leak-proof design. That doesn’t mean you yourself can’t make a mistake and spill water somewhere you shouldn’t, just that when it’s properly assembled, it will not leak. With that in mind, you’ll really want to make a point to put it together right. Read the instructions/manual if you don’t know what you’re doing. Once you’ve got a hang of it, it’s easy to take apart and put back together. Which is a good thing seeing as you’ll occasionally need to completely disassemble it and then reassemble it in order to properly clean it.
Once you have some water in it and you’re ready to vape. You insert your blend and click the button three times to power it up. After a couple of minutes of vaping, it’ll automatically turn off and you’ll have to heat it back if you want to continue to vape. At this point, if you haven’t and you plan on vaping more from the same packed oven, you’ll want to stir your blend. Do this to ensure an even vaporization because if you don’t and you’ve packed it on the fuller side, you’ll likely notice some uneven vaporization. And if you don’t notice, well, there’s a good chance it’s happening anyways. So stir your blend. Either that or don’t pack it so full.
Hydrology 9 And Concentrates
Does it work with concentrates? Yes. Is it designed for concentrates? No, by which we mean that its manufacturer says nothing about using it with concentrates, leaving the strong impression that it is not intended for use with extracts. However, we’ve done it and it does work. But be super-duper careful because you could damage your vape and/or void your warranty if you try. If you do try though, we suggest using only solid concentrates or nothing that will melt when you hit it with heat. You don’t want it leaking. If it doesn’t leak, you might be able to get away with it – we know we did. And actually, if you’re wondering how it worked, it worked really well. Total surprise. It actually works better with concentrates than with dry blend, or at least that’s how it’s been for us. Perhaps you’ll think otherwise, who knows? But if you ask us, this is definitely the way to go. You just want to make a point to be extra careful about what you put in it and how you go about it. And if you’re really worried, just don’t even do it because there is some inherent risk in doing so.
The Water Filter
Integrating a water filter into a portable vaporizer is no easy task, especially when you’re paving the way with a patent-pending design – as is the case with the Hydrology9’s water filter. Somehow, it allows for the free flow of air and vapor while managing to pass it through a water filter that doesn’t leak. Intrigued? You should be. This is some next level vape tech right here and we’re surprised that it looks this good. Seriously, look at it and tell us that this is not one beautiful vaporizer. And when you see it with its lights on, with its lights giving you a show for that matter, you’ll really know what we mean when we say that this is one vape that’ll undoubtedly turn some heads. And then there’s the water filter, which is actually useful as it helps cool and smooth the vapor. By the time it reaches you, it’s some of the smoothest vapor you’ll experience. So if that’s something that means a lot to you, how smooth the vapor is, you’ll have to check out this new vape because its vapor just might be the smoothest.
When it comes to the size of a vape, it definitely matters. And while we’re not going to dive too deep into this right now, you can read more about our thoughts on this vape’s portability in the “Portability Analysis” section below. For now, we do want to say that this vape is so big that many of you may not consider it a portable at all even though it does have cordless operation thanks to its internal battery. For those of you that can’t look beyond its large size in the context of it being a portable vaporizer, perhaps think of it as a desktop vape instead. After all, that’s where you’re going to be getting the most use out of it – at home, not on the go.
This is a strange aspect of this vape – the temp controls. We’re not going to sit here and say that we love them because we don’t. Yes, they are easy to use. But no, they are not ideal. Our first complaint with them is that we don’t know what temperature we’re actually vaping on when we’re on the different settings, of which there are five. Heck, we don’t even know the temperature range that it offers. And the reason for this lack of insight is due to the fact that as of writing, its manufacturer, the California-based vape startup Cloudious9, has yet to release that information. Why? No idea. But as it stands, finding the right temperature option or options to use is a guessing game. With a little bit of trial and error, you can find the options that work for you. For us, we tend to only use the highest settings when vaping concentrates, something that we don’t advise doing without first assessing the potential risks involved in vaping extracts with a vape that isn’t technically designed to do so, at least not according to its manufacturer. Back to its temperature controls, they’re easy enough to use and with a little effort you’ll figure out which settings you prefer, but it could be better. There could be a digital display and the ability to set the temp in one degree intervals between a range, but we’ll take what we can get when it’s a water filtered cordless vaporizer that does what it’s supposed to: produce vapor and filter it through water. And that is something that it 100% does. It also does more, which is what we’re going to talk about next – the entertainment.
There are two light shows to choose from. These are strictly for entertainment purposes as they serve no real function beyond entertaining you and your friends while you vape. To activate them, either press and hold the button for three seconds while it’s not heating up to activate the slow show or do the same while it is heating up and it’ll start the fast show.
So here’s where we tell you whether or not it’s actually a portable. While it technically classifies due to its cordless, battery powered design, we’re not going to go ahead and be so quick to label it a portable. If it were truly portable, we’d carry it around with us more often. It’s a bit too much for all that. This isn’t to say you can’t easily stuff it into a backpack and even quite a few purses, it’s just to say that it’s not going to slide in a pocket and go wherever you go – or at least, that hasn’t been the case for us. Plus there’s the glass to worry about. So this is one of those vapes that ends up spending a lot of time around the house where it certainly finds its fair share of use. It’s like the Mighty vaporizer in that sense. While the Mighty, one of the two Storz & Bickel portables, is a “portable” like the Hydrology, it’s really not all that portable due to its clumsy proportions. So it, like the Hydrology, tends to end up being more of a home vape even though it’s cordless and battery powered.
This is a question that’s best answered by our complete review on the Vaporizer Shark website, but we’ll address it to a lesser extent here and now to save you time. Still, we strongly suggest checking out the full review on our site because we get into much greater detail in our assessment of this new water filtered vape so you’ll want to read it after if you still have any questions about its viability and worth. Onto our assessment, this is a vape that has its place. For those who need a vape that produces extra smooth vapor, here it is. The vapor is of the smoothest quality that we’ve seen. Definitely top tier in that regard. In other aspects, the vapor could stand to see some improvement, but if it’s just smooth vapor that you’re after, this vape is more than capable of providing it. For those in need of a portable, you’re going to have to take a look at some other portable vaporizers, like these ones here, because this just isn’t all that portable. But if home use is what you’re after, you have a serious contender right here. To see what we really think about it and to gauge how it fares against its competitors, check out our in-depth Hydrology 9 vaporizer review on our website.
Here’s a video put together by the manufacturer which shows the Hydrology 9 vaporizer in all of its portable water filtering glory.