G Pen ELITE Review

The G Pen Elite vaporizer, one of the latest in the market, is a dry herb vaporizing unit that is brought to you by Grenco Science, the makers of the G Pen Herbal and Micro G Pen. The manufacturer describes it as a huge leap in vaporizer tech so I was very keen to try it out for myself. Although it is advertised as both a convection and conduction vaporizer, it actually heats only through conduction.

The G Pen comes in an ergonomic design that is highly portable, has an LED display that shows you both temperature and battery life and the heating chamber is made purely of ceramic. It is powered by a high-grade lithium battery and runs on smart chip technology making it one of the highest performing vaporizers in the market. Its size and design make it ideal for everyone.

Great For Dry Herbs and Long Vape Sessions

If you like to vape by taking a hit once in a while as opposed to relaxing and having a session then the G Pen Elite is not quite the unit for you – it is best for those who like vaping for a few minutes at least. It has a large ceramic chamber, in fact, the largest one available today. It allows for vaporization of herb from all directions using conduction. It is highly efficient as the ceramic doesn’t lose any heat at all. Temperature settings range from 200F to 428F so you start off at the lower end and keep adjusting until you get to one that brings out the flavors to your liking. Ask anyone who has used it and they will tell you that this unit provides a vaping experience like no other in term of both effects and taste.

The manufacturer included some smart features in the G Pen Elite. One of the coolest is that it shuts off itself automatically 5 minutes after you turn it on – don’t worry if the effects of your weed make you forget to turn off your device, it will go off by itself.

How to use the G Pen Elite

Even if you are new to vaping you will find that this unit is pretty easy to use. You will start by registering your device on the manufacturer’s website using a code that is on the packaging. It will confirm your one year warranty – Grenco Science will reimburse you if the product’s electronic components don’t perform as described. Next, you need to charge it and you do this by plugging it into a USB compatible battery charger that is included – you can use a computer to charge your unit. To load, take the mouthpiece off by lifting and then add your preferred blend. You will get better results if you use fine grinds because it maximizes contact with the oven walls. To turn your G Pen on you will need to press a button on the front panel at least 5 times. AG logo will come on. Now use buttons to choose your preferred temperature. Experienced vapers will tell you that you get best results by starting at a lower temperature and then gradually increasing it until you find the sweet spot.

Be careful not to overheat as it destroys some terpenes and cannabinoids. The best results are achieved at between 350 and 375F. To start the heating process hold down a button on the front panel and when you release it your selected temperature will kick in. As soon as you see the vapors start to be released you can take a hit. Don’t leave any herb in the chamber unburned.

Is it Right For The Price?

This is an excellent question since there are so many vape brands available in the market. The answer is that compared to others that offer a similar experience (PAX 2 for example), this one is cheaper but the vaping experience is smooth. It is also more user-friendly compared to some of the more complicated brands. In fact, it is better in some ways than the PAX 2. The mouthpiece, for example, doesn’t overheat the same way the PAX 2 does.

It also has a manual temperature control unlike the PAX 2 which allows you to focus on your device and nor spend time checking your unit and an app. You can finally control the heating to a degree of your liking to get the best flavor from your blend. Better yet, because of the large chamber, you can pack your g Pen Elite with about 1 gram of herb which means no need for refills.

What Is Not To Like?

A good review looks at the good and the bad so that readers can make up their own minds, and this one is no different. There are definitely some things about the G Pen Elite that Grenco Science can improve. The mouthpiece is one of them. True, its design means that it doesn’t get hot and burn you, but the silicon that it is made out of wears down over time – each time you open your unit to pack it with herbs or clean it there is wear and tear which becomes apparent before very long.

The other thing about the mouthpiece is that it becomes clogged with product resin with repeated use. I found this a big disappointment because the manufacturer doesn’t provide a second piece and neither do they give instructions on how to clean – I am still trying to figure it out, and the limited airflow is taking the joy out of my vaping sessions.

The battery life is the other thing that I’m not impressed with – it is much poorer than that of other similar vapers. I have found that if I vape 2 or 3 times a day the battery level falls to less than half. If you vape on a regular basis you have to charge it every night before you go to bed. This may not sound like a big deal but it will be if you are medicated and forget to charge only to wake up the next day and have to wait for the battery to charge.

Verdict

Despite the issues I have described above I am still very happy with the quality of vapor that my G Pen produces. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a good, portable vaporizer with manual temperature settings. In fact, since it costs just $179 I would say that you are getting an excellent deal.

V2 Pro Series 3 Vaporizer Review

If you are looking for an easily concealable dry herb vape pen that works using conduction the solution may lie in the V2 Pro Series 3. Brought to you by manufacturer V2, it is expected to be the first in a series of dry herb vaping units and it also happens to be among the best in vaping pens. It has a sleek design that feels good in the hand, fits nicely in the pocket and best of all, you can use it for herbs, concentrates and even e-liquids. It heats up fast for those who want to vape on the go and those who have tried it say that it is easy to use.

Let us start at the most basic level – price: you can buy the V2 Pro Series 3 for $49.99 but if you are a fan of only herb you have to buy a loose leaf cartridge for $19.99, all of which comes to $59.99 which is still a lot cheaper when you compare it with other vaping units in the dry herb category.

You can go ahead and order one right away, but just to that you know exactly what you are getting let us go on and do a full review.

V2 Pro Series 3 Size/Portability

At about the size of a marker this happens to be one of the most portable dry herb vaporizers in the market. It measures just short of 5.63 inches with a diameter of .59 inches. It is also quite light – 50 grams which makes it a perfect fit for any pocket in your jacket or jeans. If you prefer e-liquids you will be happy to know that the cartridges for these are also rather small and can fit quite comfortably in your pocket. In all, you will be hard pressed to find a lighter vaping pen which comes in at the same price.

V2 Series 3 Heating and Temp Settings

As mentioned at the beginning, this vaporizer uses conduction to vaporize your herb, concentrates and e-liquid. You can choose temperatures ranging from 350F t0 375F. Your settings will be determined by several things: quality of herb, how fine you grind, draw speed, what kind of flavor you like best and so on. The best quality draws require you to heat for 15 to 30 seconds before you take your first hit, which is excellent when you consider that the average vaporizer requires 40 or more seconds.

It does come with an auto-off feature after 2 minutes. If it goes off before you are quite done you can turn it back on by holding the heating button down for a few seconds. As a seasoned vapor I wish that the automatic shutoff kicked in after 3 or 4 minutes so that I can have longer sessions but that is not a big deal when you take into account all the other cool features.

Series 3 Pro Chambers and Cartridges

The e-liquid cartridges hold up to 1.6 ml and can deliver 800 puffs of 2 seconds each. For loose leaf you get .1 grams which is just right for one person – you can share with one more but it won’t quite get you where you want to go. One great thing I have noticed is that I get a relatively brown burn without the need to stir the herb once.

V2 Pro S3 Battery and Charging

This vape pen has one of the best battery lives in the market. The 650mAh battery will 12, 2 minute sessions of dry herb vaping which is roughly 4 oven-fulls. You can charge the unit while using it (including with a USB charging cable) and you can get it back from the dead in about 2 hours. A wall and car charger will cost you $10 each.

Accessories

E-liquid cartridge pack – $49.99

Loose leaf cartridge – $19.99

Concentrate cartridge – $19.99

Extra e-liquid cartridge – $6.99

It helps if you can buy one or two extra dry herb cartridges so that you can pre-pack when you are going to be away for long periods. It is important to mention that for all accessories you are dealing with smart, magnetized cartridges that are very easy to plug into the device – in a matter of seconds they are ready for you to heat and puff.

V2 Pro Series 3 Warranty

You get 6 months on device, accessories and workmanship but cartridges are not covered.

V2 Pro Series 3 verdict

This is definitely a vaping device that is worth every dime you spend on it. It is one of the easiest to carry around and the sleek look and feel makes it worthwhile. It is also very easy to use – switching between loose leaf, concentrates and e-liquid cartridges is very easy since they are all designed to fit and are magnetized. The quality of vapor is superb. In fact, I like the fact that after I do loose leaf I can switch to e-liquid and produce vapor that gets rid of the smell of herb right away. The quality of the e-liquid vapor is also very good – smooth on the throat.

In comparison, the vapor from the herb cartridge isn’t as good but having tried so many other vape pens in the past I can tell you that it isn’t bad – although the flavor is good it isn’t as dense as I would like it to be. If the manufacturer can come up with a way to make it combust herbs better it will become one of the tops products in this category available today.

All in all, I would say that this is a good product for the light vaper or the beginner – it will help them get more seasoned for the more serious devices. When you take into account that you are getting a full set – herb, concentrate and e-liquid vaporizer – you will see that you are getting very good value for money. I would definitely recommend this vaporizer.

Pax 3 Review

For decades people searched for a discreet vaporizing device that would allow them to enjoy their weed and that they could hide away in their pockets. The PAX finally arrived 10 years ago and it transformed the cannabis world. It was so successful that the manufacturer, PAX Labs (originally known as Ploom) released a newer version, PAX 2 which had new features and was even smaller than the original. Today, we will be looking into the PAX 3 to see just how much better it is than the second release.

I ordered it not too long ago and I am expecting it to arrive any time now so that I can see just how good it is. It comes in black, rose gold and silver and I chose a black piece that is quite shiny. Just to compare, this piece makes the PAX 2 look like it has a matte finish. It is important to note that the price of the PAX 2 has currently dropped to $200 but before you rush off and buy read this review to the end.

Immediately it arrives I notice just how shiny it is. Although it looks a lot like the PAX 2 it comes with additional attachments one of them which allows for vaping of concentrates – I am really looking forward to trying this out. Another pleasant surprise is that it comes with an app that allows you to customize temperatures through your smartphone – this really is the future. It also comes with games to keep you occupied, an exciting feature but since you are reading this to learn more about the vaping experience let us get on with it!

Half Baked

One thing that I didn’t like about the PAX 2 was that to get a good vaping session you have to pack it full of herb. The PAX 3 takes care of this problem because it comes with a half-pack oven, thus a smaller chamber meaning that you use less herb. This is great because a fully packed chamber is way too much for a single vaping session – my stash will last longer with this new device. But does this affect the quality of the vape?

PAX 3 with Dry Herb

I can say that the experience is very much like what you would get with the PAX 2 but better because I use only half the herb. The PAX 2 needs a bowl’s worth which is too much even for experienced vapers like myself. It also has better efficiency – almost nothing goes to waste. The taste is great – very much like the PAX 2. You will have a much better taste if you vape flowers instead of leaves because you will taste all the tarpene profiles and you can even tell different weed strains apart just from their taste. In fact, many people will tell you that once you vape flowers you will never want to vape leaves again.

In case you are wondering about the settings on my PAX 3, I started at the 2nd lowest temp setting and then cranked it up from there. If I decide to have a long session I will stir the flowers in the chamber and increase the temperature gradually to the 3rd setting and higher if need be. You will know that the vaping session is coming to an end because the flavor starts to taper off. You can stop there or you can fill your chamber again and have another go – any PAX can go for several sessions at a go.

When I compare my experience of vaping dry herb using PAX 2 and PAX 3, I find that I prefer the PAX 3 because I have better control over the temperature settings and I use less herb. The rest is otherwise the same – both give a smooth and steady stream.

PAX 3 with Concentrates

As I mentioned at the beginning, I have really been looking forward to using concentrates on my new PAX 3. I will load it up with a tiny amount of wax into the concentrates chamber and see just how good this new additional feature is. The one thing I notice about the concentrates chamber is that unlike the herb chamber which sits smug inside the device this one sticks out from the bottom. Not to worry though, I’m sure the manufacturer thought things through.

So my wax is in the chamber; the instructions say that for concentrates you should turn the temperature to the highest setting so that is what I have done. I can already smell that something is happening so it is time to take a puff and see what we get. Wow! It is very much like you would get with dry herb – nice, smooth drags of vapor without the clouds that you would get with wax vape pens that have coils such as Kandypen.

The experience itself is remarkable – I can feel the effects slowly getting hold of me and going deep without taking over. There is no burning in the throat from angry clouds and I haven’t come across a baby hit or a ghost hit so far. I can tell that this device is designed for those who are looking to enjoy the flavor of different concentrates so feel free to try it on a variety of new ones. Don’t be shy to experiment either. I haven’t choked once – it’s been smooth all the way. I am impressed with the way the way the temperature burns through the concentrate.

The PAX 3 is impressive in the way it burns both dry herb and wax – the experience is very much the same. Regardless of whatever you vape it is smooth and lasting with nothing going to waste. Using a vape pen I get 3 or 4 hits with a tiny piece of wax but with the PAX 3, I managed to keep going for 15 minutes. I can see that my concentrates will last a lot longer but I must say that after a while the device does heat up.

Cleaning the concentrates chamber is pretty easy. I recommend that you vape as much wax as possible before you pull out the chamber and soak it in alcohol for a couple of minutes and the rinse. It will clean out quite well regardless of how messy it is.

Red light, green light…

One of the reasons why people loved the PAX was it allowed for stop-and-go vaping – you could load, vape, put it down and get back to it an hour or two later, stir and keep vaping. The only problem with this is that herb tends to get sticky just sitting there, but you can avoid this if you use concentrated instead – they will sit well and when you get back to them your session will be as smooth as if you had never stopped. You can do this multiple times without affecting the quality of your vaping sessions.

Pax vapor app

The PAX 3 app is really cool – it connects through Bluetooth and you only have to connect it once. It has been called the iPod of vaporizers because of all the cool features that it has – you can even name your PAX 3. It allows you to dial your preferred temperature to the device and you can vape in different modes: Boost, Flavor, Stealth, and Efficiency.

Boost: Automatic cooling is reduced (be warned that your device can get quite hot if you choose this setting).

Stealth: Allows lights to dim and cooling is increased for vaping diehards.

Efficiency: Allows temperature to increase gradually.

Flavor: Provides extra heating to maximize on flavor.

The app also has a Haptics feature that makes the vaporizer vibrate once it is ready to be used. You can turn it to medium or high using the app. There are a few other features that will be made public once the PAX 3 is available in the market.

PAX 3 vs. PAX 2

We have mentioned several times that the PAX 3 and PAX 2 are quite similar but there are some differences. The first one I notice is that the PAX 3 heats up a little faster. Also, the air path may be bigger since the draw feels a little bit looser. When it comes to vapor production, however, these two models are pretty much the same. The other thing I noticed while cleaning out the PAX 3 after my session was how evenly cooked the herb was – all of it was a uniform golden brown color, almost like it had been stuck in an oven.

As for appearances, the PAX 3 and PAX 2 are very similar in height and width. The manufacturer says that the PAX 3 has a better battery life but I cannot say that I have noticed much of a difference. The oven is more powerful than the PAX 2 but that has a drawback – it does tend to get rather hot.

What I like about the PAX 3

• Great battery life
• Half-pack option
• Vaporizes dry herb and waxy concentrates
• Very portable and discrete
• 10-year warranty
• Bluetooth app
• Multiple modes
• Easy to maintain and clean
• Compatible with PAX 2 charger

What I don’t like

• The manufacturer could have included a pass-thru charging function.
• The concentrates chamber sticks out at the bottom instead of fitting snugly in the device. It doesn’t make much of a difference in terms of vaping experience but would have made for a better-looking piece.
• The concentrates chamber is made up of tiny, little parts which are probably what make it get quite heated up during extended vaping sessions.
• The whole device gets hot after a long vaping session.
• I don’t much like the fingerprint magnet finish.
• Compared to other vaporizers it is pricey, but keep in mind that the manufacturer has lowered the price point recently.

Verdict

You already spent $300 on a PAX 2, should you be looking to buy the PAX 3? I am an experienced vaper myself and I would say that if you have the money you should go ahead and buy one – it is worth every dime you will spend on it. If you don’t already have a PAX and are looking to get more out of your vaping sessions then save up and buy yourself the PAX 3. Not only will you enjoy vaping more, you will use less herb or concentrate with each session, saving money in the long term.

If you are only looking to vape concentrates I would say that you should probably wait – it is quite likely that the manufacturer will release an oven as an accessory sooner or later. The app also makes this device worthwhile – you can control your temperature settings easily and the different vaping modes allow for a variety of experiences.

You will also love just how portable this vaporizer is – it packs away quite nicely, and because you use less herb and concentrate you won’t have much to carry around.

If money is really an issue (it can be because the PAX 3 is not cheap) don’t give up. PAX Labs has lowered the price of the PAX 2. True, it doesn’t have an oven for concentrates but you can easily buy a half-pack oven on the PAX website for less than $15.

In all, I highly recommend this vaporizer to anyone who can afford it. It is expensive but the experience you will get with it is definitely worth it. PAX Labs have made long lasting vaporizers in the past and I don’t expect this to be any different. Keep in mind that if you want to make the most of it, you should be looking to vape flowers and not leaves – it brings out the flavors in a very unique and exciting way. Shop for different strains for a variety of vaping experiences.