Airis Shiva Vaporizer Review – Another unit with too much plastic?

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This vaporizer from Airistech is this manufacturer’s first attempt to penetrate the dry herb portable vaporizer market; although they have been making units like vapor pens and accessories like wax cores for some time. It is a very simple, 1 button unit that has so many plastic parts it reminds us of the VaporBlunt, which also has way too much plastic for our liking. We were curious to test drive the Airis Shiva and see if it performs better than the VaporBlunt. So, let’s get right into the review and see what this unit has to offer!

Review: Airis Shiva Vaporizer (LSV)

Airis Shiva Vaporizer Review

Airis Shiva Vaporizer How it WorksHow it Works

To use the Airis Shiva you will first need to snap off the mouthpiece using a little elbow grease. You can chose to use one or both of the included optional mesh screens if you wish, but they are not essential to the use of the unit. One screen can go to the top on the heating chamber for additional filtering and the other to the bottom to make cleanup easier. Then you will fill the metal loading capsule about half way with finely grounded herb and pop it into the heating chamber, prior to heating. After you put the capsule in, replace the mouthpiece and rapidly press the power button 5 times in order to turn the Airis Shiva on. You don’t have to hold the button down, as is the case with some other portable vaporizers because the unit will automatically heat up. The LED light on the unit will flash to indicate that it is heating up. If you want to change the temperature setting then you will have to press the button again. Once the LED light indicates that the unit is heated up to your desired temperature all you have to do next is put your mouth on the mouthpiece and take a nice slow draw!

 

Airis Shiva Vaporizer Vapor QualityVapor Quality

We found two main issues with the quality of the vapor that is produced by this unit. The first issue is how hot the vapor is when it gets to your mouth. The mouthpiece on the Airis Shiva is located right above the heating chamber and this means that the vapor doesn’t get much time to cool down before you draw. This results in the vapor being very hot when it gets to your mouth and throat, which can be very irritating and cause you to cough a lot more than you would like. This pet peeve can usually be soothed by something like the ZEUS Iceborn, but unfortunately, this unit is not compatible due to the shape and size of its mouthpiece. The other issue with the vapor quality is the taste. It is rather plasticky due to the large amount of plastic parts on this unit, particularly the mouthpiece. When the hot vapor from the heating chamber makes the quick journey to the nearby plastic mouthpiece, its heat allows it to absorb the plastic flavor of the mouthpiece and the end result is vapor that is not only hot, but also has an unpleasant, plastic-like taste as well.

Airis Shiva Vaporizer Temperature FlexibilityTemperature Flexibility

There are only two temperature settings on the Airis Shiva and each one is indicated by a different color on the unit’s LED light. The light will turn blue when the temperature gets to 190 degrees C which is the low temperature setting, or green when it gets to 215 degrees, the high temperature setting. We certainly cannot say that this unit has much temperature flexibility at all with only these two settings but as there is only one button on the device we are happy that you do get these two options to chose from. We like the lower setting on the Airis Shiva better as it falls within our recommended heating range of 190- 210 ° C and produces vapor of a slightly better quality.

Airis Shiva Vaporizer Manufacturing QualityManufacturer Quality

When it comes to the manufacturing quality of the Airis Shiva we really wish the manufacturers didn’t use so many plastic parts in its construction. It does however, have a metal capsule that you will use to load your herbs before placing it into the heating chamber. This capsule has a mesh bottom so that air and heat can move through it when it is in the heating chamber allowing for a pseudo-convection vaporizing experience. The optional stainless steel mesh screen can also make cleaning the chamber easier and there is a second optional screen that you can put at the top of the chamber to act as an additional filter. There is only one button and it is slightly recessed into the unit to give it a sturdier feel. Generally speaking though the manufacturing quality is mediocre and we still wish that they didn’t use so many plastic parts, especially with the mouthpiece as it gives the vapor a plastic taste we mentioned earlier.

Airis Shiva Vaporizer Ease of UseEase of Use

There is only one button on the Airis Shiva and that makes it pretty simple and easy to use. Turning the unit on and off, as well as changing the heat settings is done by either pressing the button a few times or by holding it down for a few seconds. The small metal capsule where you will load your herb is removable and also very easy to use. We found that for the best results you should ground your herbs up finely and only load the capsule about half way full, as if you put too much herb in it at once it will make for poor airflow, negatively affecting your vaping experience. That being said, after you load the capsule just pop the capsule into the heating chamber. When you are done with your vaping session you can easily slide the capsule out and dispose of its used herb contents. Cleaning the capsule is pretty easy as well. There is no need to swab inside the chamber, just soak it in some cleaning solution for a little while and it will come out nice and clean. We did find the large plastic mouthpiece tricky to snap off because it is a very slick plastic and there is no clear indication of which direction it snaps off from.

Airis Shiva Vaporizer DiscreetnessDiscreetness

Despite the fact that it is not very small, this portable vaporizer is still decently discreet and we actually think that discreetness is surprisingly one of the few areas where this unit doesn’t fail. You will be able to conceal most of it ( ½ – ¾ ) when you hold it in your hand and it won’t attract too much attention while you use it, especially on the low heat setting which produces light and wispy vapor. If you are using the unit just make sure that you are covering the heat temperature indicator light so that would-be onlookers don’t notice the light flashing, indicating its electronic quality. You will also be able to load it discreetly as the capsule where you will load your dried herbs is removable.

Airis Shiva Vaporizer Overall ExperienceOverall Experience

While this is not the most awesome portable vaporizer that we have reviewed, it is still not the worst. Even though it is somewhat ugly, overly plastic and has only a mediocre battery life it is still a very lightweight, portable device that is pretty discreet and easy to use. We are most impressed with how easy it is to clean, thanks to the loading capsule which saves you from finicky heating chamber cleaning. However one of the unusual beefs we have with this unit is how awkward the mouthpiece is to remove – it actually caused a fair amount of frustration! There are people who value its positive qualities in a vaporizer and for that reason we will not give it a terrible rating because for a budget friendly vape it is OK. However, when compared to a premium, Canadian made portable such as the Arizer Air, the China made Airis Shiva leaves much to be desired. The use of too many plastic parts in this unit make the build quality poor and gives its vapor an unpleasant plastic taste. If you’re interested in a portable vaporizer that will give you pure, flavorful vapor from a glass vapor pathway, has a removable battery for added portability and is much better looking we certainly recommend that you check out the Arizer Air.

Warning: Not Compatible with ZEUS Iceborn
This vaporizer is not compatible with the ZEUS Iceborn, a revolutionary new vapor cooling system designed to produce cooler draws and bigger clouds when connected to your vaporizer. The ZEUS Iceborn adds an additional 2 points to the vapor quality score of compatible units, so we highly recommend considering a whip-compatible vaporizer to take advantage of this stellar ZEUS accessory item. All compatible vaporizers will have a compatibility notice.

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Milad is a gadget collector and master crafter extraordinaire. He loves taking things apart, marvel comics and 'Iron Man.'

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