The Yocan Hive has been catching people’s attention for a couple of reasons. For one, it’s got an interesting design with thin, cylinder atomizers that can easily be swapped. It’s also very small, making it a convenient option for on-the-go use. Despite these selling points, we’re not sure buying this makes sense. Read the full review to find out why… also if this is your first wax pen be sure to check out our Buyers Guide for helpful info and tips.
Review: Yocan Hive
How it Works
The Hive features swappable cartridges that are essentially tube-style atomizers and reminds us a lot of the V2 Series 3. One is designed for runny concentrates, while the other is made to work with wax. These cartridges easily slide into the unit and are held in place by a strong magnet.
The single button on the unit is used to turn it on and activate the heat. There’s also a window that allows you to see the amount left inside the cartridge and a colored light that indicates your battery level.
There is no temperature or voltage variability at all. The output is set at 12W and 4.2V. In almost all situations, it’s better to have the ability to change these settings to match the situation you are in and the product you are using.
Sometimes devices can get away with a single setting when the overall performance is very good, like the Zeus Thunder 2. That brings us to the vapor…
I didn’t think the vapor quality was very good. You can sometimes get decent draws, but most of the time, the flavor is not very good.
If you try to do a direct lung draw, it almost always leaves a burnt flavor in your mouth. The draws are also very restrictive and there is no way to adjust the airflow.
The wax atomizer has a single quartz coil. As mentioned, the flavor isn’t very good. But you also don’t get that much vapor either.
This seems partly due to the fact that the capacity is small, and partly due to the fact that there is only one coil and no option for getting something more powerful. Even at this price point, it’s not unreasonable to expect better.
Manufacturing quality isn’t bad as far as durability and aesthetics are concerned. They manage to fit everything into a very small package, and the magnets are a nice way to make swapping components in and out very easy.
We didn’t have any problems with leaking, but I know that a lot of people do. I think a lot of this stems from the fact that people try to put e-juice in the one cartridge, and it’s really not designed for that because e-juice is too thin. Even so, there still seem to be too many reports of leakage for a so-called ‘leakproof’ device.
Battery life is average at best. There is a 650mAh battery inside the Hive, and it can’t be removed. This is enough for light to moderate vaping over the course of a day, but heavy users will definitely be restricted by this.
If you don’t expect to use it that much, you may not even notice, but this size battery is definitely near the bottom of what’s available on the market.
I don’t like being too negative in reviews, so I’m happy to say that portability is an area where the Hive does shine. This is one of the smaller wax units on the market, and it can easily be carried in your pocket.
You can prepack the cartridge and leave it inside the base, or you can use a small protective case that is included when you buy it. If you use both, you can keep one in the base and the other in the case.
The Hive is also very easy to use. With just one button and no settings to speak of at all, this would be a breeze to use even for someone who has never used a vaporizer or wax pen before. The magnets are also convenient because it speeds up the process of removing the atomizers.
If you are new to vaping and are considering this just because it’s easy, you should also know that there are a lot of other one-button vaporizers that are just as simple to use, like the Pulsar APX Wax.
Discreetness and portability usually go hand in hand, except when the design is flashy. In this case, the Hive is definitely both.
The design is nice looking, but it also looks similar to the generic appearance of many electronic devices like music players or even the back of a phone. You shouldn’t have any problems being inconspicuous with this.
I like the idea of the Yocan Hive, but it falls short on execution. If the vapor quality had been a little higher, I would be comfortable recommending it for certain uses. But with the sub-par vapor, the weak battery, and the lack of temperature control, I think you’re better off looking at another unit.
There are a ton of wax pens out there that can offer the same advantages of this (portability, discretion, and ease of use) but with a big bump up on vapor quality. You don’t have to spend more if you don’t want to. The Pulsar APX wax is very similar, but much better performing.
If you were thinking about getting this and using e-juice, keep looking. Get yourself a box mod kit like the iStick Pico.
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