New Portable Vaporizer Review: AirVape XS By Apollo

Apollo is a company that some of you may not have heard of even if you’re pretty keen on what’s going on in the vape space, but there’s a reason that you might have and it’s likely their ultra slim AirVape XS vaporizer. While it’s not particularly special in anyway other than its size, it is a pretty good vape. We’d rate it like B/B- or so, which is actually how we rated it if you translate the percentage-based rating on our site for it into a grade like you’d see on a report card issued by a school. But anyways, this vape offers quite a bit: large display, ability to vape dried blends and concentrates, an isolated airpath like the one that the Boundless CFX has that we recently talked about here on our blog, and the pass-through charging technology that lets you use it while you charge it. Obviously, it has some nice features, but what really makes it special is its compact design that’s extremely thin. In fact, this might just be the thinnest dry blend portable vaporizer out there – or at the least, the thinnest that we’ve ever tried. Clearly though, there’s more to a vaporizer than how thin it is. Fortunately, Apollo (the company that makes this vape) has managed to put together a vape that’s more than just compact, it’s actually useful because it does what it really needs to do (create vapor) and it does pretty darn well.

Blue AirVape XS Vape
This is the blue version of the AirVape XS. Super slim, large digital display, and enough features that we can’t help but wonder how Apollo stuffed so much into this vape while keeping it so small.

Stats Breakdown

Here’s an overview of the “stats” for this vape, as we like to call them. It heats up in approximately 20 seconds (fast), it uses a ceramic oven and glass mouthpiece (tasty), it’s pretty easy to clean and you don’t have to clean it all that often (convenient), it weighs less than a pound (light), and it produces vapor of a density that we didn’t really expect to see from a vape this small. But there are some downsides. For one, its battery isn’t all that powerful. It’s a 1300 mAh, which hardly compares to the 3000 mAh and above batteries that we see in some of the other portables. So as you might suspect based on the limitation of its battery, it doesn’t last all that long before you need to plug it in and recharge it. The other issue, and really the only other issue that we have with it, is its screen. It’s a nice screen and we’re not really complaining, but it could definitely be a bit brighter. When it’s bright out, it can prove a bit difficult to see unless you shade the screen with your hand. But these aren’t real problems and not anything that we’ve lost sleep over so we assume you’ll feel similarly about it in this regard as it’s still a good vape. It’s also inexpensive, which is obviously a good thing, especially if you’re on a tight budget.

The Review

So we mentioned that we reviewed this vape, or at least, the title of this blog post certainly implies it. And that’s exactly the case. Our review, however, is not this blog post. No, not at all. This is more of a quick summary of our review. Our real review, the complete version, can be found on our site and it’s packed full of details that we’ve left out of this little summary. It includes tips on how to use it, a full assessment of its vapor, the exact dimensions and weight of the vaporizer, a list of its accessories, information about its heating element, and a whole lot more. It’s basically a compilation of everything you’d ever want to know about the XS. So if you really want to know more about this vape, then you’re going to want to take a long hard look at what we have to say about it in our complete review. One thing that we’ve omitted from this summary that we should probably add is the fact that its wax cup insert isn’t designed to support liquid blends, only waxy concentrates and the like. We want to make sure you understand this in case you were thinking you could vape liquids like e-juices with it because you can’t. In fact, you may very well ruin the vape if you try so don’t even bother. Just wanted to get that out of the way so none of you reading this go out and get one and then ruin it shortly after by trying to vaporize liquids with it. Anyways, if you want to know more about it, the Air Vape XS, then take a look at our review. And while you’re there, check out some of the other vapes we’ve reviewed because there are some real gems out there and if the XS isn’t quite right for you, you’ll almost certainly find one reviewed on our site that is.

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The Best New Portable Vaporizer Going Into 2018

It’s not one, but two vapes that we have in mind. Both were recently released, both are 100% portable, although one more than the other, and they’re both actually made by the same company. What are they? They’re the newest vaporizers from Arizer, the Air II and the Go. The Air came out right before the holidays hit and the Go came out shortly after. They’re both similar in more ways than one, but it’s the Go that’s the more portable of the two. It’s extremely compact and it is, in fact, the most portable of the portable vaporizers that Arizer makes.

They both have rechargeable batteries that are designed to be user-replaced and they both have digital temperature controls that are easy to use. But there are some difference, that much is for sure. While both are good vapes, the Go is more pocket-friendly, but at a cost. For one, it tends to get a little too hot after extensive use while the Air 2 stays cool. This actually causes us to set it down after a while and let it cool off before we use it again, whereas we’ve never run into such an issue with the Air. Of course, there are other difference, but that’s not what we’re here to tell you about today. What we are here to tell you about is these two vapes and what they’re capable of.

Air II

This is the latest version of the widely acclaimed Arizer Air, which was and really still is an incredible vape – more so when it first came out though. Today, the Air 2 is really where it’s at and there’s virtually no reason outside of a reduced price to pickup the original instead because it is considerably better. It doesn’t support concentrates, or at least that’s not what its manufacturer intends for it to be used for, which isn’t to say that it can’t vape extracts, just that you might be voiding your warranty by trying to do so. The same is true for the newer ArGo. It will fit in your pocket, although it might not be the most comfortable fit as it is a bit long. However, we’ve yet to find the pocket that it doesn’t fit in. Which isn’t to say that it’ll fit in every single pocket, especially for those of you wear tight fitting jeans with tight and/or shallow pockets, but it should fit into most pockets, or so we’re lead to believe based on our own experiences with it.

It’s fast heating, really easy to use, easy to maintain/clean, and it works marvelously.

ArGo

This is, in a lot of ways, everything we want out of a portable vape with little exception. If it didn’t get so hot and if it supported liquid blends and other forms of concentrates, it might very well be the best thing since sliced bread. As it stands, it’s still an awesome vape, only we could see some areas where it could improve. But for how well it works and how small it is, we are definitely not complaining about what it lacks because that’d be insane in light of how incredible it is. It truly is one of the better vapes that we’ve come across and we fully expect it to be a big hit this year in 2018. On that note, happy new year to all of you! We hope you all have a wonderful year full of potent vapor and enjoyable times.

Learning More

With both these vapes (and many others), you can learn more about them by checking out our reviews on our site. We have reviews of each and they’re jam-packed full of information and insight. Anything you want to know about them will likely be found within the confine of our reviews. So check them out. Do it now. Or at least, do it before you buy the wrong one. If you don’t know, VaporizerShark.com is where you’ll find all of our reviews so head on over if you care to know what’s good and what’s not in the world of modern vaporizers.

Cheers to another great year!

Boom, The Big Fitty (Fifty)

We hit fifty posts here on our blog not long ago. Also, this is our first post of the new year! Woohoo! It’s 2018 and we’re going to sharing with you all a lot of new vaporizer reviews, which we’re currently working hard on. If you have anything you’d like to see reviewed, let us know and we’ll see what we can do to get it to you. We don’t have every vape, but we do have a lot. And more importantly, if there’s something good out there that we haven’t tried, our goal is to try it. Sometimes they turn out to be incredible and other time, not so much. With some of the lesser vapes, the bad ones, we don’t even bother putting together reviews after we try them. Take for instance the Palm vaporizer, what a piece of junk. Seriously. We tried it years ago and we still don’t have a review up for it. We might never have a review up for it. Why? Because it’s terrible and we assume most are already aware of this. Still, we might eventually throw a review up for it and some of the other bad vapes we’ve tried. Come to think, we probably should put up reviews for these bad ones because we’re sure there are some of you that haven’t realized which ones are basically worthless and that is part of our mission, to help you find the right ones, which also implies that we should help increase your awareness as to which ones are bad so you know which one to avoid. That said, we’ll try to make a point this year to put together reviews and share them on our site for the bad vapes and not just the good ones. That way, you all know what’s what.

Anyhow, here’s to another great year! We hope you all have a fantastic year!

Arizer Just Released Their Most Compact Portable Yet, The Arizer Go, And We Already Have A Review

Arizer Go, ArGo for short, just came out in time for the new year. With a late December 2017 release date, we’re pretty sure this super small portable is going to be one of the best new vaporizers of 2018. Hard to say for sure given that we don’t know everything that’s scheduled to come out in 2018, but as it stands, this is probably one of the best vapes we’re going to see this year. That’s our guess anyways. Either way, we already have a review up on our site of this awesome new vape that you should DEFINITELY check out because it’s one of the best pocket-friendly vapes we’ve tested. But don’t be too surprised because this is, after all, an Arizer vape and we all know what Arizer is about: high quality and low prices.

Arizer Go Vaporizer
This is the brand new Arizer Go vaporizer that just came out. As you can see, it’s super small/compact, making it highly portable. You can click this picture of the ArGo to check out our full review of it on our site.

What You Need To Know

Here’s what you need to know about the new ArGo vaporizer. It’s small, like really-really small. It takes a minute or two to heat up. It only supports dry blends. Its temperature, which has a nice range to it, can be adjusted in 1 or 10 degree increments via its digital temperature controls. Its controls are very similar to their other new vaporizers, the Arizer Air 2 and Solo 2 to be specific. It has the replaceable battery design that we’re quite fond of, which means vape until you’re done, not until your battery is done. Each fully charged battery gives you about an hour and a half of vape time. The whole thing is really low maintenance, which isn’t something we see all that often with the ultra compact portables. It’s protected by a solid warranty. And perhaps the most important aspect: its vapor is awesome.

The Vapor

We don’t usually talk too much about the vapor quality in these quick review summaries we post here on our blog, but in this case, we’re going to tell you a bit more. Because of the materials it uses in the vapor path’s construction, glass and stainless steel, it’s always tasty (assuming your blend is tasty). Usually when we see vapes this small we worry that the vapor is going to be too hot, but with this one, it’s actually really cool considering its size. As far as density goes, it’s way denser than what we see with some of the other similarly sized portables designed for dried blends. In other words, it has some really good cloud production for its size. All things considered, it’s one of the better super small portables and one that has yet to let us down. We’re impressed.

Specifics

Here are some of the specifics of what the Arizer Go entails. Its battery is rechargeable and can be recharged with the included USB charger, but it can also be recharged with a third-party charger. This way, you can charge batteries while you’re using it so that when the one inside of it is drained, you can just pop in a fully charged one and keep on going.

It comes with a poker, carrying case, a couple of stems, everything you need to recharge it, a battery (just one), some screens, and a couple of caps to cover the ends of the stems. The caps let you preload the stems so you can pop them in real quick like when you’re ready to vape. We really like this feature because with it, you can get everything ready beforehand and take off on the road with them in your pocket, pop them in when you’re ready to vape. And in addition to all this, it also comes with a manual that includes instructions on how to use it – not that you’ll need it though because it’s actually really easy to use. The one thing you might not know though is how to turn it on, which is easy enough: just press and hold the menu and temp down button at the same time and it’ll fire up. Well, actually, it’ll show you a countdown on the display and then it’ll fire up. This little countdown is a safety feature that’ll help prevent it from turning on in your pocket by accident. You can adjust the timer on it through the menu, just press the menu button to bring up the options and cycle through until you find it.

Some Tips

We’ve been playing around with it a lot since we got it so we have some usage tips for all of you to help you get the most out of it. For starters, you want to keep your material pretty coarse instead of finely ground because that’s what this vaporizer likes. But, that’s not to say that you can’t use finely ground material, only you might not want to because you could suck some material into your mouth while you’re drawing on it and it makes it a little more difficult to clean after you’re done. Here’s another tip: don’t pack too much in it. Pack it full, but keep it loose. You don’t want to stuff it in there tight because it needs room to breathe as it uses super heated air to vaporize the blend, which needs to be able to pass freely through the material in order to properly vaporize it.

Concentrates

Arizer Go is NOT designed to work with concentrates, but it does. Don’t ever use liquids or anything that runs when heated. And if you do use concentrates, make sure you stuff them between layers of dry blend to keep it in place. We’ve done it. It works. And it works great. But, the manufacturer, Arizer, doesn’t recommend it and we’re pretty sure that if you happen to break something doing this, you’ll have voided your warranty so you should probably think twice before you even think about doing it.

Full Review

This blog post is basically a summary of some of what we already said in our complete review on our site. We strongly suggest taking a look at it before you buy it to make sure that it’s the one for you. After all, there are a lot of options out there and you don’t want to jump the gun and buy something that’s not quite right for you when there are some many different options to choose from, some of which might actually be better for you than this one. So take a look at the review by clicking the link below and while you’re there, take a peek at some of the other vaporizers we’ve reviewed. There are some really good ones and this is just one of the many.

Arizer Go Review: https://vaporizershark.com/arizer-go-review/

Vaporizer Shark put together this review summary for all of you so please enjoy and if you like what you see, feel free to share it with your friends! For more vaporizer reviews, check out our website at VaporizerShark.com or click the link above to check out our ArGo review and then browse from there.

We Reviewed The Strongest Portable Vaporizer

It took a while to get our mitts on one of these and we knew beforehand that there was a lot of hype surrounding it, but what we found left us speechless, in a good way. The vape is the Mighty by Storz & Bickel and it is, without question, the STRONGEST portable vaporizer that’s currently on the market. There are vapes that come close, but nothing quite as powerful. This isn’t super surprising given that Storz & Bickel makes it. Who are they? They’re the Germany-based vape manufacturer that’s behind the legendary Volcano vaporizers, the Classic and Digit. Yeah, they’re that Storz & Bickel and obviously they know what they’re doing.

After using the Volcano, we knew to expect big things from them. Then we used the Plenty and while it didn’t taste as good as the Volcano and while it wasn’t quite as convenient and the Volcano’s balloon system, we were once again blown away. This time, not by the ease of use, quality of vapor, and all that, but by the sheer volume of potent vapor that it shoveled into our faces. Not quite as tasty as the Volcano, but wow does the Plenty know how to produce. So by the time we got a hold of this one, the Mighty, we knew we had in our hands something that was worthwhile – even though it does look kind of goofy. But looks can be deceiving and in this case they are because there’s really nothing goofy about this vape. It’s a hard hitter and extremely practical, assuming you’re not trying to fit it in your pocket. Wait, a portable that doesn’t fit in a pocket? Yup. But if you can get passed that, it’s going to impress the hell out of you.

Mighty Vaporizer
This crazy looking vape is the Mighty by the world renown Storz & Bickel vaporizer company. You can click this image to take a look at our complete Mighty vape review on our website.

The display on it is really big, bright, and easy to read. The controls are really easy to use. The temperature range wide, but doesn’t stretch as high as some of the others. However, it doesn’t need high temps to produce awesome vapor because unlike a lot of the other portables, it produces superb vapor at lower temperatures. In fact, it produces better vapor at lower temps than most portables can produce at higher temps. And that’s being generous to its competitors. The reality is that it’s literally better than anything out there right now as far as vapor goes. We mean this as it pertains to its rival portable vaporizers. And surprisingly, it’s even better than most of the desktop vaporizers out right now. Yeah, it’s that good.

Before Storz & Bickel reduced its price, the Mighty was one of the most expensive portables on the market. Now, it’s actually priced competitively, putting it in the same price range as vapes like the Pax 3 and DaVinci IQ. But unlike the two we just mentioned, this one, as we noted earlier, doesn’t really fit in your pocket. We mean, it might fit, but for the most part: don’t count on it. This is really more of a toss it in a bag/purse or use it around the house type of vape. It doesn’t need a cord to operate so it’s technically portable, but due to its large size, you probably won’t get out of the house all that much with it. Or at least, you probably won’t carry around with you everywhere you go. But for relaxing around the house, it’s an awesome vape.

Vape Specs

The stats on this vape are pretty good, disregarding its size. It’s powered by two Li-ion batteries, both rechargeable, and probably the reason why it’s so large. The Crafty, which only has one battery, is quite a bit smaller and seeing as they’re both made by Storz & Bickel, we’re guessing this and likely the built-in digital temperature controls that the Mighty has are what make it that much bigger. The batteries it uses are rechargeable and powerful, capable of providing up to 2 hours of continuous use, which is a lot of vapor if you’re trying to figure out how that translates – probably more than you’ll use in a day.

Cleaning is a bit of a pain, but not the worst. Thankfully, it’s not so hard as it is a hassle. It’ll take you around an hour or so to fully clean it, which isn’t bad given that you don’t have to do it all that often. A light cleaning is usually all that’s necessary, which usually takes a few minutes or so.

Like the Crafty and every other Storz & Bickel vaporizer, this beast of a portable is designed for dry blends, but also supports concentrates via its liquid heating pad. You can also use this accessory to take up excess space in the oven when you only want to pack a small amount of ground dry blend. By which we mean, it’ll still work just fine and vape your blend efficiently even if you only want to use a pinch, as opposed to packing it full.

When it comes to the draw resistance, we’re quite pleased because this is one area where a lot of portable get it wrong. In this case, it’s so low that every draw is nothing short of a delight.

For our complete review–you know, the one where we tell you EVERYTHING you want to know–visit our website at VaporizerShark.com because that’s where you’ll find it. To make things easy on you, here’s a link to the review. Click that and it’ll take you straight to our Mighty vaporizer review, which we strongly suggest you read if you have any interest in obtaining the most powerful portable vaporizer on the market.

Mighty Vaporizer Alternative: Boundless CFX

When we first saw this vape, the Boundless CFX, our initial impression was, “Wow, this looks like a serious competitor to Storz & Bickel’s Mighty.” But is it really? In our opinion, no. It’s pretty good, but not good enough to compete with the likes of the Mighty. But it does have one thing going for it: its price tag. It’s a lot cheaper than the Mighty, but it sacrifices quite a bit of quality to achieve this feat. For those who want something cheap that has similar features as the Mighty, it’s not a bad buy, but we still recommend going with the Mighty instead. Why? Because it’s better.

General Info

Roughly 20 second heat up time, large OLED display, heating element capable of heating up the oven to 430F, and two 18650 Li-ion batteries. That’s a good summary of what this vape entails. It looks, well, kind of stupid. But it works better than it looks. One downside though is its large size. Like the Mighty, it’s just too big for some folks and that’s something that we can fully appreciate and in part why we didn’t rate either of these two vapes higher than we did – they’re just too big to be real portables. You can’t stuff them in your pocket and go, or at least, not comfortably that is.

Like the Mighty that it seems to mimic, this vape can handle all types of blends. It has a little insert that you drop into the oven that lets you vaporize concentrates, even liquids. Without it, it’s just an ordinary dry blend vaporizer. Well, not really “ordinary,” but you get the point.

All this aside, the real question is how well does it work? To answer that, we’re going to recommend that you read our full review (click here) instead of scanning this brief summary of our thoughts. But since you’re here, we’ll tell you this: it works well, just not as well as the Mighty. It has an airpath that’s isolated from its electronics, which helps ensure that the vapor is very pure. Unfortunately, this just isn’t enough to create super high quality vapor. Close, but no cigar. It’s pretty cool, pretty smooth, and definitely on the thicker side of things. But the taste isn’t quite where we want it to be. Subsequently, we didn’t rate this vaporizer that high but we’re guessing based on what we see that Boundless Technology, the makers of the CFX, will come out with some pretty nice vapes in the future so we’ll definitely be keeping an eye on them to see what they come up with next.

Here’s a photo of the vape:

Boundless CFX Vape
This is the Boundless CFX vaporizer, a portable pretty obviously designed to be a cheaper alternative to the expensive Mighty.

For more vaporizer reviews, check out our website at VaporizerShark.com or sift through our blog here on WordPress to see what you find. But know this: our full reviews can always be found on our site, not here on our blog.

We Reviewed Dr. Dabber’s Ghost Pen

Sweet. That’s the first word that comes to mind when we think of the Dr. Dabber Ghost, which is a vape pen designed for extracts. Does it work? Hell yeah it does. And it works well at that. How well? We’ll tell you.

Dr Dabber Ghost Vape
This compact pen vape is the Ghost by Dr. Dabber.

While it might be made in China, so is the iPhone and we’ve never heard any complaints about the iPhone’s quality. In this case, we’ve never heard any complaints about the Ghost’s quality either. It’s a fast heating, thick cloud producing, portable vaporizer pen that you can attach to a glass water filter. Baller? Absolutely.

While Dr. Dabber claims that it offers about 400 puffs per charge, we’ve found that it offers more like 250 puffs per charge, which is actually pretty good when you think about it: 250 puffs? That’s a lot of vapor. More than you need in a day, that’s for sure.

Being really small certainly doesn’t hurt its appeal. Small enough for a pocket? Yeah, totally.

Cleaning is pretty easy. You just soak the atomizer, rinse, dry, and reattach. Wipe down the outside (the shell) with a damp cloth. Done. Yeah, seriously – it’s that easy.

The warranty is great too. No questions asked. Got a problem? They’ll fix it. Solid warranty coverage. Better than average, for sure.

Surprisingly, it manages to produce a very high quality of vapor at lower than you’d expect temperatures. We like this about it because it results in more tasty puffs per load than you’d expect. In other words, it maintains the flavor profile of your blend longer than most vape pens, which is a huge plus in our book. In general, the vapor is very good. Strong, smooth, and plentiful. Well done Dr. Dabber, you’ve created a beast!

If we had one complaint it’d probably be the fact that it’s a concentrate-only vape that’s not designed to handle dried blends. If it did, it’d probably never leave our side.

You can take a look at our complete Dr. Dabber Ghost review on VaporizerShark.com to learn more about it. That’s where you’ll find our in-depth review, whereas this is just a quick overview based on our findings. So if you want to know the nitty-gritty details, take a look at the full review we put together and shared on our site.

For reference, this isn’t the only Dr. Dabber vaporizer that we reviewed recently as we also compiled our thoughts on their portable eRig, the Boost Black Edition. We’ll talk more about that on here (our blog) soon so stay tuned for that. But coming up next we have a review of a portable that’s pretty obviously designed to be a cheap alternative to the Mighty vaporizer by Storz & Bickel. So keep your eyes peeled because that’s what’s coming up next here on the Vaporizer Shark blog.