Many connoisseurs out there love to vaporize with bags. The mobility and reach provided by a bag is great for vaping in groups which is hard to match and it seems Zephyr knows that. Their unit, the Zephyr Ion is a stationary unit that uses a system similar to the Volcano’s Solid Valve system to make filling bags easy. This unit may share some similarities to the Volcano, but how much can this unit really stand up to the legend? That’s what we’re here to find out, so let’s start up this review to see how much this Stationary unit has to offer!
Review: Zephyr Ion Vaporizer
How it Works
One thing the Ion really has going for it is that it’s really easy to use. The heating chamber is a removable basket with a handle that allows you to scoop up your botanical easily while the unit preheats. To preheat the unit, simply plug it in, turn press the power button to turn it on and then use the two buttons under the digital display to select your desired temperature. Once the unit is heated, open the top of the unit and place the basket of botanical onto the unit and close the top making sure the latch clicks. Next, take one of the balloons, press the lever to open the air pathway and slide it onto the unit before releasing the lever. All that’s left to do is turn on the fan and watch your balloon fill up before turning it back off, taking off your full bag and enjoying by pressing the lever and inhaling through the air pathway!
This unit is unfortunately made with a lot of plastic, something that usually sets off alarms in our heads due to poor experiences with units like the Palm 2.0. The plastic is durable, but the issue is more in how it alters the overall feel of the unit, and in some cases the vapor quality can be compromised. The pieces seem well machined and the design isn’t bad, especially when it comes to the basket for your botanical. The basket is well designed and fits nicely in the unit without issue. The biggest problem we had was that not 1 but 2 units gave out on us early on in testing. Both Ions’ heating element seemed to give out after a few uses leaving us with a unit that would display the temperature it was set to and the current temperature and the fan would still engage, but the unit simply wouldn’t heat up. This was a disappointing way to end the experience to say the least.
The vapor we got from the unit wasn’t half bad despite the abundance of plastic. It was thick and satisfying while remaining relatively smooth. We attributed this to the wide heating chamber created by the basket and the unit being a forced air vaporizer. The wide heating chamber gives you more surface area for your botanical to rest on for more efficient extraction from the heated air that is pushed through the heating chamber. The result is a pretty good vapor despite the manufacturer choosing to use as much plastic as they did, even in the air pathway.
Ease of Use
We found this unit easy to work with while it was working. Preheating the unit is as simple as a few button pushes and loading the heating chamber was actually the best part of this unit and a more unique feature. The basket for your botanical is removable which allows you to take it out, use the little handle to scoop up some botanical and then place it onto the unit. Filling a balloon is also really easy and only requires you open the valve on the balloon, place it onto the unit and then push the button to start the balloon filling process. The unit can also be used from anywhere using your phone and the free app from TeamViewer. This isn’t as easy as using the rest of the features is, but once mastered is a great way to get some extra use out of your unit as you can preheat it or even fill a bag from anywhere!
The unit has a pretty wide temperature range that extends from 37.8 Celsius up to 226.7 Celsius. The temperature is incredibly easy to read on the large digital display as well, which makes for simple adjustment. This allows you to get many different types of vapor depending on what your preferences are. This is all hinged upon the unit’s heating element remaining functional. Should your unit be anything like ours, after a few uses it may suddenly decide it doesn’t want to budge from room temperature ever again. Regardless, the temperature range the unit is manufactured to cover is quite impressive.
The Zephyr Ion has a lot of promise with its wide heating chamber and temperatures coupled with the ability to interact with your unit from anywhere using your phone, but quality control seems to be an issue and that was enough to spell the end for this unit. The heating element is one of the most important parts of any vaporizer, and the fact that both units we had experienced the same failure of that very part is a huge red flag. Hopefully this is something they’re working on fixing so this unit can realize its true potential.
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