Airvape X vs Airvape XS – A Worthwhile Upgrade?

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There’s not too much difference between the two brothers. Made by Apollo, an American based manufacturer, both of these vaporizers are certain to get you to the moon! With a 25% larger chamber and marginal quality of life improvements, we check out how the Airvape X and the Airvape XS compare, and if it’s worth the $30 difference.

If this is your first herb dry vaporizer, do head on over to our handy Dry Herb Vaporizer Buyers Guide for some useful information to help you get started! If you haven’t yet, also check out our separate reviews on the Airvape XS and the Airvape X

Airvape X vs Airvape XSAirvape X vs Airvape XS


Airvape X mouth pieceVapor Quality

Both vaporizers sport a nearly identical hybrid heating system, though the Airvape X comes out on top with a 25% larger oven. Though it might not seem like much, this is a significant change over the original unit, and gives you a much more powerful experience overall. Cloud production is increased, likewise with potency, making each draw more satisfying.

There’s an almost negligible change in the materials used for the mouthpiece and vapor-path. The old XS using a glass mouthpiece and stainless steel air path, while the new X uses ceramic for both parts. I did notice a slight increase in flavor, though that could simple be due to a larger quantity of material used. There’s not much difference beyond that, as the smoothness and draw resistance is about the same.

Overall, both units perform very well in comparison to similarly priced units, and neither will disappoint! The performance with concentrates is just okay, though I’d much rather use a dedicated wax pen vaporizer instead.

Airvape X front displayManufacturing Quality

The construction on the original Airvape XS left us more than satisfied, and the same goes for the newer model. The slight improvements in the mouthpiece assembly does make re-attaching it to the unit a more convenient process compared to the finicky silicone seal of the original.

Also with the Airvape X you receive a plastic airtight carrying case which is certainly a nice bonus.

Airvape X detachedEase of Use

Another category left unchanged, they’re both identical to use, and simple as well! There will be no problems getting quality results out of each unit, and neither requires a specific draw technique or voodoo magic in order to get them working properly.

Likewise, with cleaning, they both are practically identical, and the majority of the cleaning can be done with a couple of cotton swabs soaked in isopropyl alcohol.

However we have to give a slight edge to the Airvape X with its magnetic mouthpiece which is way more manageable than the silicone gromet of the original.

Airvape X with armor casePortability

Both units are stellar pocket portables, being some of the thinnest vaporizers on the market! It’s not quite as petite as the DaVinci IQ, though it comes pretty close in the portability category. They’re roughly the same volume as a medium sized smartphone, as a point of reference.

The one thing that sets them apart is the included carrying case with the Airvape X which does a great job to protect the device and keep odors down on the go.

Airvape X in handDiscreetness

With such a slim form factor, they’re both quite discreet. Still, they don’t hide away completely in the hand, which may be a problem if you’re looking for a palm-able vaporizer. They may generate a few conspicuous looks too, as they don’t exactly look like the standard e-juice box mod, or anything in particular really.

Still, they’re both quality on-the-go vaporizers, good for a walk in the park or a session outside a bar. Don’t be expecting to be able to have a session right outside a police station though!

Once again the Airvape X squeeks out a win with the included case making it a bit more odor friendly.

Airvape X front displaySHOWDOWN

As you can tell, there’s not much that separates these siblings. The performance boost itself is worth the $30 difference though, and I can definitely appreciate the larger chamber for small groups of 2-3 people. The concentrates insert being included is a nice bonus too, as well as the marginally better mouthpiece assembly.

I wouldn’t call it an outstanding improvement, and if you already have the Airvape XS, the small quality of life changes aren’t worth buying a brand new X in my opinion. If you’re looking at both of them to buy new, I’d definitely shell out the little bit more for the new and improved model though. You won’t be disappointed either way!

If you’d like to see another comparison, check out our recent showdown between the Solo 2 & DaVinci IQ and to see how these 2 units stack up against the field, be sure to check out our Portable Vaporizer Ranking Chart.

 

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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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