Atmos Raw Vaporizer Review

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The Atmos Raw is a pen style portable vaporizer. Unlike many pen vaporizers, this unit is intended to be used with dried¬†botanical¬†instead of oils. Pen style vaporizers are a really neat idea and seem really convenient, but they tend to end up with lots of problems due to their size, and most of them don’t give great vapor quality either. Let’s see if this unit can rise above that in today’s Atmos Raw Vaporizer Review post.
Before we start, let me say that the Raw is not really a vaporizer but rather an electronic pipe that will burn anything you put into it. Some people seem to enjoy that, but a few years after the Raw was released, Atmos came out with proper vaporizers. We reviewed the Orbit, which I recommend you read instead in case you are really after vaporizing rather than combusing. Alternatively just go to the ranking of the top portable vaporizer in the market and pick a unit that has a similar form factor, but better performance. The way I see it, one would only buy the Atmos, if one likes the form factor.

Atmos RAW

Atmos Raw Vaporizer Review

How to Use

The Atmos Raw is made of three pieces that screw together, with only one power button and no temperature flexibility, like most other vaporizers. After loading your botanicals in the heating chamber, you screw everything together. Then you hold down the power button to heat up the element at the bottom of the heating chamber, and take draws through the mouthpiece. The button should be held for two seconds before your draw and released after about five seconds.

Temperature Settings

The Atmos Raw has only one temperature setting, which it heats up to really quickly. This is very common for the simpler portable vaporizers, and wouldn’t be a problem in itself. However, that temperature setting is actually way too hot. We tried to understand how long to hold the bottom and tried 100 different way of making the Atmos work, but unfortunately we had to conclude that the unit is not really a vaporizer. It will absolutely incinerate you dried botanical regardless of how you manage your drawing or powering technique.

Vapor Quality

Atmos Raw Vaporizer Heating Chamber

The problem with the Atmos Raw is that it isn’t actually a vaporizer in the true sense. The botanicals are placed right on top of the heating element, and using the vaporizer according to Atmos’ instructions produces smoke, not vapor. The inside of the chamber is lined with ceramic, but the metal heating element sends most of the heat directly onto the botanicals. This means it’s going to burn them and just produce smoke. So on the Vapor Quality front this unit would score a 1 out of 10.
You can order separate screens from Atmos in order to separate the botanicals from the heating element, but seriously, you shouldn’t have to buy an extra part to make something advertised as a vaporizer actually vaporize. Also, even with an added screen, combustion is still possible, and there’s very little range between thin, weak vapor and actual smoke. This vaporizer is just set up to burn your botanicals. The “Raw” in the brand name is probably the sound an unsuspecting and angry buyer will make once they realize that they could have bought a high end portable vaporizer with their money, but instead bought a very expensive electronic pipe.

Manufacturing Quality

The problems this device has with heating are partly due to really bad design. Placing the heating element right at the bottom of the botanical chamber leads directly to burning. Vaporizers shouldn’t need extra parts to be ordered just to vaporize properly.
The vaporizer as it comes includes some really small loose parts that might be lost, and extras aren’t included. The screen and metal mesh in the mouthpiece chamber can easily fall out, and losing one of those means that fragments of botanicals will be drawn in along with the vapor, or smoke. Also, the ceramic lining of the heating chamber tends to chip easily even without rough using. This failure to pay attention to details shows that the manufacturing quality isn’t very high. However, Atmos lets customers register for a lifetime warranty.
Atmos Raw Vaporizer Complete

Portability

If you don’t mind the smoke, this is a pretty portable unit. It has amazing battery life, and can give over sixty draws on one charge. It’s very light and easy to carry around because it’s so small. On the other hand, there’s very little room in the heating chamber, and the combustion is going to use up your botanicals fast, so you’ll need to bring a large supply with you. Also, I find the hot element right next to the botanicals kind of worrying. I don’t want a fire to start in this thing while I’m using it, but generally this category is the best aspect of this electronic pipe.

Discreetness

The Atmos Raw is a little longer than a large pen and about as wide. Compared to most portables, it’s discreet. Compared to other pen style vapes, however, this is on the bulky side. An issue for discreetness is that when the power is on a light turns on at the bottom end of the vaporizer. The Atmos Raw fits easily into a pocket and isn’t very noticeable when not in use, but when in use it’ll draw attention. Most importantly, because it produces smoke, not vapor; it has much more visibility and the odor will be 10 times stronger than the odor you get from vapor. Traditional vaporizers will produce hardly any odor at all. And keep in mind that any device that burns botanical will very quickly starts smelling like it on a constant basis. So you will have to carry it around in some sort of air tight case.

Overall Experience

The Atmos Raw has all the good points of a pen style vaporizer, except that it isn’t a vaporizer. The combustion will be an unpleasant surprise for anyone who vaporizes to avoid health risks posed by smoking or just wants to save on herbs. There are also lots of tiny little things wrong with the manufacturing, which doesn’t say anything good about the long term potential failure rates.
Even after trying the glass honey comb screen we again failed to produce anything worthy of mentioning. At the pricepoint, the Atmos should perform comparable to other high end portable vaporizer like the Arizer Solo or the maybe even the Vapir NO2. But it will not even work as well as an MFLB, which cost a little over half as much as the Atmos.

Compatible with ZEUS Iceborn
This vaporizer is compatible with the ZEUS Iceborn, a revolutionary new vapor cooling system engineered by Canadian vape manufacturer ZEUSArsenal. The Iceborn is designed to produce cooler draws and bigger clouds when connected to your vaporizer. The vapour produced is ultra smooth and crisp and because of ice cooling, instead of water filtration, there is no loss of efficiency. The ZEUS Iceborn adds an additional 2 points to the vapor quality score of this vaporizer and is a highly recommended vaporizer accessory.

If you want an electric pipe, the Atmos Raw might be an okay choice, but we’re here to review vaporizers, and as a vaporizer it definitely fails.
Thank you for reading today’s Atmos Raw Vaporizer Review blog post. Feel free to leave your questions and comments in the section below.
TorontoV Team

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

13 Comments

  1. So why pay extra for an electric pipe when you can just use a normal one? With a vape, the difference in price makes sense.

  2. Will you guys be carrying vaporizers this size for dried as well as oils? The GPen isn’t really what I’m looking for.

    • We will if a manufacturer manages to make something that is functional. The only problem is that they can’t fit a properly functioning heating chamber into these small dimensions. But I am sure there are quite a few companies working on it. As of this moment, the units this size that claim to be able to do dried botanical, are NOT functional. :(

  3. Good thing you give everything a bad review except the ones paying you to give a good one. This product is excellent. Never had a problem. Nothing broke and the screen attachment to make it a true vaporizer is very inexpensive. I paid $5 on amazon.

    • Manufacturers do not pay retailers. Retailers decide which products to carry and then purchase those from the manufacturer. As one of the largest retailers in North America, we feel that there is an obligation to carry products that pass quality standards. For that reason, we do not carry the Atmos Raw. If you pay close attention to major review sites, you will find similar reviews of this unit.

  4. I own the arizer solo and have tried other pens. It makes seance that the raw burn the botanicals because its very harsh and the flavor of it is not so good. The arizer on the other hand I can say you get what you paid for. The taste is amazing and so pure and crisp guaranteed. It has 7 heat settings so if one is too harsh you can lower it. I love the arizer solo!

  5. I got one of these pieces of s**t. I really needed a vapouriser due to bad gums and teeth from smoking. I agree – it is NOT a vapouriser. Just a glorified pipe, which will help me to wreck my mouth even more. This company should be reported to the trades description act for pure bullshit. Not only that, but recently, the thing won’t even charge. I paid something like 150 – 180 pounds for this. Boy, aren’t I the f**kin’ IDIOT. F**k you ATMOS – just another in a long line of capitalist money rinsing bullshit.

  6. Atmos DOES NOT have a warranty! Read their website closely! I bought one direct from their website. The heating chamber broke on the first day. I figured, no brainer, I could call in and get a new one. It was hours after UPS delivered it to me directly from them. WRONG! They told me that they do not warranty “used” products because of “the nature of this type of product.” In other words, as soon as you put something in it, your “warranty” is done. $120 down the toilet. They offered to give me a replacement mouthpiece for $20 plus shipping. Another $30 for something that could break again in 10 minutes? No Thank You! AVOID AVOID AVOID!

  7. These “vape pens” are garbage and certainly don’t function as advertised. I just live chatted with Brandy at Atmos and she could not definitively tell me what made this a vaporizer, other than “it comes with a glass screen”. Big fucking deal, I could remove the Honda emblem from my car and replace it with a BMW one. At the end of the day its still a Honda and this is still a glorified e-pipe. Save the extra money and buy a Solo, PAX, Ascent or Firefly.

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