Greetings, fellow connoisseurs! Many of you out there might already know of Atmos, the makers of the RAW pen “vaporizer”. We’ve already done an Atmos Raw Review, and needless to say we weren’t particularly fond of it. It even managed to make it into our Top 5 Worst Portable Vaporizers list! Well that hasn’t stopped Atmos from continuing to release new units onto the market and today we have a particularly interesting unit to review for you connoisseurs: The Atmos Orbit. This unit is their attempt to bring to the portable vaporizer market a unit that can actually vaporize dry botanical and avoid combustion. Despite our last experience that left us with a bad taste in our mouths in more ways than one, we’re going into this review with an open mind to see what this unit can do, so let’s get right to it to find out!
Review: Atmos Orbit Vaporizer
How It Works
The Orbit is really easy to use. The first thing you’ll need to do is unscrew the mouthpiece to reveal the heating chamber, then fill the heating chamber with your dry botanical. Next, screw back on the mouthpiece and press the power button 5 times to unlock the unit. Then, press and hold the power button for about 4 seconds and the LED in the power button will glow a solid red to let you know that the unit is on and heating up. Once the LED turns green, the unit is ready for you to take draws from the mouthpiece to enjoy your vapor!
This vaporizer is a 1 button unit, and like most other 1 button units only has 1 temperature setting. This temperature isn’t bad for vaporization purposes, but it doesn’t provide the type of customizable or personalized approach to vaporizing that could satisfy a diverse group of connoisseurs.
The vapor quality with the orbit is passable. The unit has a ceramic heating chamber as well as a ceramic filter. The unit does have a silicone mouthpiece, but it doesn’t add any strange tastes to the vapor that passes through it. As a result, the flavor is pretty undisturbed. The vapor can be slightly warm, something the Vape Critic agreed with in his review of the Atmos Orbit, but it isn’t too irritating as the set temperature of the unit isn’t very high. This means that most connoisseurs will likely have to sacrifice a little when it comes to their preferred type of vapor in the name of convenience.
This unit has a decent weight, which is granted to it as a result of the metal used in its construction. The unit seems to be mostly metal with a few plastic elements thrown in to spice up the look of the unit like the trim and the button. The unit also has a faux leather piece that wraps around the bottom half of the unit.
This unit does charge up pretty quickly, but it also runs through its battery power pretty quickly. The unit lasts for about 50 minutes to an hour of continuous use, which isn’t the best we’ve seen as far as that’s concerned. Given that the unit doesn’t have much else going for it other than the LED in the power button, it would have been nice for the unit to last a bit longer before needing to be charged.
This unit really does try to be as portable as possible. It’s shaped like a pen, and that cylindrical shape does a lot for where you can fit it and how easily it sits where you put it. Pockets, for instance, are pretty easy, though it could be better. The unit is still pretty big, which can make it a bit of an issue. It stands at about 18 cm tall, which is a bit big for some people, but it does fit nicely in a bag or a purse. The unit is pretty robust so you don’t need to worry about breaking it while you transport it from point A to point B.
Ease of Use
This unit is extremely easy to use being a 1 button vaporizer and all. Pressing the button locks and unlocks the unit and holding the power button for 3-5 seconds will engage and disengage the heating chamber. Using this unit is very much the type of unit you just sit back and enjoy for the 3.5 minutes before the unit turns itself off. To turn the heating chamber back on, just press and hold the power button again and the unit will turn back on. Even when it comes to loading and unloaded the unit, it’s very simple, especially with the tools provided. The heating chamber also has a small light in it so you can see your botanical when you open up the heating chamber to check if it has been fully vaporized.
This unit uses its color to its advantage for this category and the black look helps it blend in quite a bit. Even the brown one is pretty stealthy, which is great for people looking to enjoy a private session, which is good because the unit is a bit too big to have any hope of fitting completely in your hand. The LED in the power button can be easily covered by your hand as well so it doesn’t attract any unwanted attention.
The Atmos Orbit isn’t a total failure, but for the price we’d expect a bit more than what this unit provides. It’s nice to see that Atmos has a unit that actually vaporizes for a change, but without temperature flexibility for more dynamic vapor production, battery life or better portability, it will be a while before they catch up to the rest of the vaporizer world. It’s a good try and a move in the right direction, but it still just isn’t there yet.
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Thanks for reading and as always, keep vapin’!