In the past year vaporizer manufacturer Boundless has exploded onto the scene, starting with their flagship unit the Boundless CFX. Today we will be looking at the latest dry herb offering from Boundless Tech, the Boundless CFV. This unit boasts pure convection, one of the first in the industry. If you don’t know the difference between conduction or convection be sure to check out our blog. So let’s dive right in and see how well a full convection unit actually performs.
Review: Boundless CFV
How it Works
This device is shaped similar to the Crafty and you load the unit in a similar fashion. Swivel the mouthpiece/cap 90 degrees and remove it from the body of the vaporizer to expose the heating chamber. Then fill the heating chamber with your choice of dried herbs and swivel the mouthpiece back on to lock it in place.
To turn the unit on press the power button 5 times on the device, the LED will turn on and flash the Boundless Tech logo before going to the main temperature screen and then automatically begin heating up to the last set temperature.
To change the temperature simply press the plus or minus buttons located near the bottom of the device.
Once the device has reached temperature the display will show a vapor symbol and the temperature will match your set temperature. Then it is just a matter of taking long draws through the mouthpiece to enjoy your vapor.
The Boundless CFV features a digital display allowing precise control over your temperature down to the individual degree. The unit can be set anywhere between 60C and 230C giving you a very large range to work with.
From testing we did find it took a significantly higher temperature than most conduction based units to produce a decent amount of visible vapor. We ended up running the device on the highest temperature 230 as it was the only way to get a serious cloud.
Vapor quality of the CFV is a mixed bag. On one end the flavor is outstanding, you can really taste all the subtle flavor notes of your herb and because there is no conduction you really don’t get any burned or cooked flavor.
On the other hand visible vapor production is a bit lacking, especially with anything below 200 Celsius. And in order to get any type of decent cloud production you have to bump the unit up to its max.
When you compare this unit to a unit like the Utillian 720 it becomes abundantly clear how underwhelming the vapor production is. A Utillian 720 set at 190 can produce decent clouds and puts the cloud production of the CFV at high temperatures to shame.
The only benefit of the thinner vapor production is that vapor on the whole is smoother than most other hybrid or conduction units, so if you are a person who tends to cough a lot when vaping this unit may be more geared towards you. But if you are looking for visible vapor, look elsewhere like the Utillian 720.
If you’ve read our Flowermate Swift Pro review you will probably notice that these two devices look very similar, in fact they share the exact same chamber design. Just like the Flowermate Swift Pro the Boundless CFV comes with different heat retention rings which will slightly change the quality of your vapor. The wood retention rings will add a more earthy tone to your botanicals while the quartz ring will allow the flavor profile of your botanical shine.
We find the manufacturing quality of the CFV to be slightly better than the Flowermate Swift Pro; it feels slightly better in your hands and has a better grip. However the display is probably the most glaring improvement over the Flowermate Swift Pro, the CFV’s display is much brighter, more vibrant and easier to read, which we were glad to see (literally).
The only issue we have with the CFV is the exterior is still completely composed of plastic which tends to not be the most durable over time and does not hold up well to drops. We would have liked to see a metal shell similar to the design of the Utillian 720 which is far more robust.
Battery life on the CFV is average lasting roughly 60 to 90 minutes. We are glad to see a unit this size outperform the Crafty, which has a notoriously weak battery.
The unit also charges via micro USB making it very convenient to top up your battery when you are out and about. The device takes roughly 2 – 3 hours to completely charge and it cannot be used while charging, which is one benefit to a unit like the Crafty.
The Boundless CFV is far more portable than previous offerings from Boundless Technologies. The Boundless CFV will easily slip into a pocket, purse or pack for easy storage and transportation which can’t exactly be said for it’s much bigger brother the Boundless CFX.
One thing that hurts portability for the CFV is the need to stir the bowl every two or three draws similar to another convection unit the Firefly 2. Just like the Firefly 2 the CFV does not have a stirring tool built into the device which means you have to remember to bring one with you if you want to use the device efficiently when on the go.
Just like we did for Flowermate and the Swift Pro, we have to applaud Boundless and the CFV for creating a full convection vaporizer. We truly believe there is a lot of potential for Boundless with the design of the CFV but we feel the idea is not fully flushed out.
We would like to see much better vapor production at lower temperatures and even denser vapor at higher temperatures because right now for anyone coming from a conduction or hybrid unit, the Boundless CFV is going to be lackluster in the vapor department.
Those who prefer low temperatures and full flavor draws my find some appeal in the CFV but sessions with the CFV on lower temperatures take much longer to efficiently vaporize your herbs.
We would strongly suggest people interested in the CFV check out the Utillian 720 as a viable alternative. The Utillian 720 is more in line with how the Crafty functions, insulating the side walls to keep convection heat more even when it travels through the herbs resulting in better vapor production and more efficient extraction.
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