Flashvape Vaporizer Review

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The Flashvape is a brand new Canadian Portable Vaporizer that retails at $129. This unit was officially released in November 2012, but didn’t catch the eye of the wider market until 2013. It is getting a lot of press as it is really fast and easy to use. We always like to support quality vaporizer brands, especially if they are made right here in Canada. This unit demands special respect since it is the first high quality portable that is made in British Columbia, which is a recognized cultural hotspot for vaporizer and botanical lovers in the world! We are happy to announce that this quality Canadian vaporizer passed all our testing and we welcome Flashvape to our Portable Vaporizer product line.

Flashvape Vaporizer

Flashvape Vaporizer Review

How it Works

The Flashvape has an extremely simple mechanism. There’s a main power button at the bottom. When you press the button it will enable the heat button in the center of the unit. When the button is pressed down, the heating chamber heats up. It is exactly the same mechanism that Launch Boxs use (read Launch Box Review). The heat kicks in very quickly.
To use this vaporizer, you just load your botanical in the large heating chamber at the top. Grind your botanical, preferably using a ZEUS Grinder. Cover the complete surface area of the heating chamber with botanical but don’t fill it higher than 0.5 centimeters. The best method to use the Flashvape, is to hold the button for about 7 seconds. After you have held it for the first 1-2 seconds, you start drawing. When you release the button on the 7th second, you continue the draw. Make sure that your draw is as SLOW as possible. You will get much better vapor with this type of vaporizer if you draw slower. If you draw fast enough you won’t even get any vapor at all, so this point is very important.

Cleaning the Flashvape Vaporizer

One distinct advantage of this unit is the possibility to clean it with rubbing alcohol. All other units in this price category gather odor uite fast and since they use materials like plastic or wood, cannot be cleaned with cleaning solutions. We always recommend our organic cleaning solution, but in order to illustrate how robust this unit is, we will show that it can even be cleaned with rubbing alcohol!
Flashvape Vaporizer Cleaning

Temperature Settings

The Flashvape only has one setting, which isn’t too unusual for this style of portable. All the temperature control is based on how long you hold down the button. This puts you completely in charge of the temperature settings once you get the hang of it, but it isn’t a very sophisticated mechanism. Among low cost vaporizer this mechanism is the most common. While with other units like the Magic Flight launch Box you have to push the battery, the Flashvape actually has a button with this feature. In this category, the Flashvape does not get a good rating as the manufacturers have decided to forfeit this functionality for a lower price point for the customer, just like the makers of the manufacturers of the MFLB. All in all however the unit has the best temperature control in its price category.

Vapor Quality

Flashvape Vaporizer Heating Chamber
Flashvape after Cleaning

Despite the simple mechanism, the vapor quality from the Flashvape Vaporizer is better than you’d think. The heating chamber is completely separate from the rest of the unit and the airflow comes in from outside, so you get the cleanest, purest vapor from your botanicals. In most other ways this unit works like a Magic Flight Launch Box, but it manages to get better vapor quality. This is primarily a result of the flat and larger vaporization surface in the heating chamber. The materials in the way of the heating and vapor are ceramic, glass and surgical grade stainless steel. Compared to other units in this price class like the palm vaporizer, which has plastic and acryl in the heating chamber, the Flashvape has a much better setup for a comparable price.

Manufacturing Quality

The Flashvape has spectacular manufacturing quality. The casing is made of aluminum alloy, and feels amazingly solid. Just touch it and you’ll be sure nothing’s going to happen to it. The heating chamber is completely made of high quality ceramic, and the whole thing is precision machined. The look is pretty cool, and definitely sleek. It looks like a light saber from the star wars movies! Flashvape gives their unit a 2 year warranty and due to the simple and robust manufacturing we don’t see a risk of a high manufacturing defect rate, not only because it is made in Canada but also because it doesn’t have complex functionality like the PAX Vaporizer that would make it prone to defects.
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Portability

The Flashvape will fit pretty well in a backpack or large purse, and it’s easy to hold. On the other hand, it’s larger and heavier than most portables. This is mostly a sign of how durable it is, but it’s not the most convenient to carry around. It’s too large to put in a pocket, and way heavier than you’ll want to just carry around with you all the time. That being said it is definitely possible to take it with on the go, especially since the large battery holds much more power than that of other vaporizer in this category (magic flight, palm-not a recommended unit). In general this category is something the makers had to make sacrifices on for the sake of vapor quality and better end price for the customer.
Flashvape Vaporizer

Discreetness

In terms of odor, this unit performs very good. Since the heating chamber holds the botanical enclosed in a ceramic chamber the minimal odor that it generates stay relatively contained. As the name indicates, this Portable Vaporizer looks like a flashlight. The makers were probably referring to the speed of the unit, but in some interesting coincidental way it really looks like a flashlight. If discreetness is important to you, just get the black unit instead of the silver version of the Flashvape.

Overall Experience

The Flashvape has awesome manufacturing quality, and the flaws it does have are mostly the side effects of the premium materials that are used in combination with the exceptionally low price. It has a unique look and feel, and a simple heating system. We find that units with simpler heating mechanisms tend to have very few warranty issues. This unit is a great choice for people that are looking for a low cost portable vaporizer, and prefer vapor and manufacturing quality over portability. If you find yourself more interested in portability, the Magic Flight Launch Box might be a better choice.

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.

Thank you for reading the Flashvape Vaporizer Review and feel free to leave your questions or 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.'

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