The world of portable vaporizers is constantly growing and evolving in an attempt to provide the ultimate vaporizing experience for people on the go, and the Haze is the newest attempt at that dream. This unit comes to us from Haze Tech and features some interesting and innovative approaches to the typically standard approach to portable units. In this review, we’ll look at the things that set this unit apart from the rest to see if it’s the next step in vaporizing evolution!
Update 10/2015: Haze does update the unit rather frequendly, so it is always hard to make sure that you get the newest version of the unit. Haze is a small company so they need to make updates quickly to ensure best customer satisfaction, but everytime they do it remember that there are thousands of units in the market of previous versions. If that is something that bothers you, we would recommend that you look at units with a longer track record in this market like the Smite+ or the Utillian 650 (very similar form factor and performance at a cheaper price even).
Review: Haze Vaporizer
How It Works
Using the Haze can seem complicated at first because of its dual heating chambers, but it’s actually pretty simple. Simply open the unit to reveal both heating chambers and place a basket in each heating chamber. Next, load your botanical into the heating chamber either with your fingers or with the tool provided. Once the unit is loaded, close the top and push the mouth cover to reveal the symbol for the chamber you wish to engage ( the empty circle is the top chamber and the full white circle is the bottom one) and tip the unit over to allow the mouth piece to slide out. This will also turn the unit on. Lastly, press the button on the top of the unit to select between the 4 temperature settings, wait for the flashing lights to turn solid and you’re ready to enjoy. If the lights ever begin to flash again it means the chambers temperature has fallen below the selected temperature and needs to heat back up. Just wait for the lights to turn solid again and continue to enjoy your vapor!
The temperature flexibility comes in the form of 4 settings that you can track with the lights on the front left hand cover of the unit. Pushing the button will allow you to rotate between the 4 settings which are 185 Celsius, 193 Celsius, 199 Celsius, and 212 Celsius. This does provide a decent selection when it comes to getting different thicknesses of vapor from the unit, and it’s also very easy to switch between temperature settings, but it does not offer much in the way of control to fine-tune the experience to your needs.
The vapor quality is nice with the haze, very smooth and cool. The vapor through the stainless steel mouth piece was surprisingly no cooler than the glass and the flavor was thankfully untainted by either mouth piece. To that end, the unit does a good job of presenting the flavor of your botanical truthfully while keeping it cool which is likely thanks to their patented heat exchange technology.
There is a lot of plastic used in the production of this unit, but it’s used to good effect and doesn’t end up intruding on the air pathway which is stainless steel. Haze Tech provides 2 mouth pieces for you to choose from; 1 made of stainless steel and the other made of glass. The heating chamber is stainless steel which may not seem all together that relevant as your botanical will end up sitting in wire baskets, but might come in contact with the heating chamber if you decide to use the conduction baskets instead of the convection ones as they have open sides that allows your botanical to make physical contact with the stainless steel heating chamber.
The unit is powered by rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries which are basically 18650 batteries with a 2600 mAh capacity. This should last you about 3-4 sessions before you have to switch them out to be recharged, which takes about 2-3 hours.
The Haze is shaped like a flask which presents it with an advantage when it comes to slipping it into your pocket to carry it around with you. The unit tapers in the middle and the curve allows it to better conform to the shape of your leg while in your pocket. The mouth piece also slides into the unit when not in use. This keeps you from having to find a way to safely transport it and keeps the mouthpiece in a convenient place for the next use. The last thing that helps the unit’s portability rating is the rechargeable Lithium Ion battery used to power it. In the box you’re provided with 2 of them which can be easily installed via the tab at the bottom of the unit, and if you drain it while out and about you can quickly and easily switch the battery out without having to worry about accessing a power outlet.
The haze is remarkably easy to use. Flipping the switch to expose the mouth piece also turns the unit on and selecting temperatures is a simple press of a button. The loading and unloading process is relatively painless, though we would have liked to see the option to open one heating chamber at a time as it would make emptying and filling one chamber at a time easier, especially if you’re in a rush.
The unit might have a shape that makes it easier to sit in your pocket, but it is a bit big and can call a bit of attention to itself while in use. The unit doesn’t leak vapor, but the size and shape is reminiscent of a flask with a straw which might make those around you curious as to what you’re doing, something Vapesterdam echos in their Haze vaporizer review. Though it isn’t very discreet when in use, it is quite discreet to carry around. Because it fits so nicely in your pocket, it doesn’t make for a noticeable bulge that would be cause for suspicion.
This unit has some interesting features that we appreciated but the overall execution left us feeling like it couldn’t fairly compete with other portable units in its price range. The ability to switch out the stem was one great feature, the ability to swap out a battery on the go was another, but most of all, we found the dual heating chamber concept to be the biggest advantage of the Haze. The unit is innovative for sure, but there are still a few improvements when it comes to temperature control and efficiency we’d like to see that would help it rank better in the future.
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