HipVap Vaporizer Review

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Nowadays, it seems like everyone and their grandmother are making vaporizers to cash in on this new gadget trend. But, it takes a true connoisseur to manufacturer a portable vaporizer which addresses all the wants and needs of today’s new-age connoisseur. So, when the HipVap Vaporizer was brought to the reviewing table straight from Colorado we were excited to see what this new vape had to offer. The manufacturer asserts that the HipVap is ‘the perfect vape’ so read on to see if we also support this bold claim!

Review: HipVap Vaporizer

HipVap Vaporizer

 Sneaky Pete did a nice video review of the HipVap.

Hipvap vaporizer heating chamber inside

How It Works

The HipVap Vaporizer’s heating chamber is located on the bottom, so just flip the unit upside down and open the ‘quick flick’ door. You can either load up dry botanical directly into the chamber or you can soak the provided ‘wicks’ in oil, place the wicks in the concentrate pod,  pop the pod into the chamber (silicone side closest to the door) and flip the door closed. To turn on the unit, press and hold the ‘On’ button for three seconds and the blue idle light will appear. The HipVap will then automatically begin to heat to the default or last pre-set temperature and the light will flash red as the temperature display climbs in real time. When the HipVap Vaporizer reaches the desired temperature within 60 seconds, the screen will hold steady the temperature, the light will turn green, and you are ready to vaporize!

HipVap vaporizer turned on

Temperature Flexibility

The HipVap Vaporizer has excellent temperature flexibility. Using the left set of buttons, you can adjust the HipVap to anywhere between 150 – 430° F, or 65 – 221° C. This is a great temperature range for dry botanicals and decent for oils and concentrates. So depending on your preference of material and vapor quality, you can adjust the HipVap’s temperature to your liking.

HipVap vaporizer heating chamber

Vapor Quality

The vapor quality of the HipVap is partially determined by what temperature setting you choose. We are fans of vapor tasting, especially when testing out a new unit, and so we started our sessions at 374° F ( 190° C ), increasing the temperature by 10 degrees every minute until we hit 220° C. Despite the fact the vapor travels several inches from chamber to mouthpiece, the vapor is still quite warm and at higher temperatures very, very harsh which caused us to experience coughing fits. The vapor quality on the HipVap was really only enjoyable when vaporizing at less than 200° C, but at every temperature our botanicals were evenly vaporized.

Hipvap vaporizer manual and accessories

Manufacturing Quality

The HipVap Vaporizer’s housing is comprised of aluminum and polycarbonate, uses food grade silicone for the mouthpiece and has a good sized stainless steel heating chamber for even vaporization. The package also comes with several extra screens, mouthpieces, cleaning tools and other goodies which indicate that the end user’s vaporization experience is a top priority. A couple drawbacks we noticed however were the exposed charging port which leaves the unit vulnerable to dust damage and the sensitivity of the buttons.

Hipvap vaporizer charging

Battery Life

The HipVap Vaporizer uses 2 x 1700 mAh Lithium Ion batteries for a claimed 2.5 hours of continuous use, however this is very much determined by what temperature you are vaporizing at. We experienced between 1.5 – 2 hours when changing up the temperature. This is decent, but nothing compared to the 3 hours of continuous use that the Utillian 650 provides. However, an added bonus is that the HipVap has a programmable auto-shut off for anywhere between 1-10 minutes, to save on battery life.

Hipvap vaporizer top viewPortability

The HipVap Vaporizer scores very well in this category. The manufacturer designed the HipVap like a traditional hip flask, curved in shape and small enough to sit comfortably in your pocket. Its decent battery life is also handy for taking this unit out for a short day and enjoying several sessions without worry. However, because the buttons are quite sensitive, we recommend having nothing else in your pocket when carrying it to avoid accidently turning on or heating up the HipVap.

Hipvap vaporizer close up

Ease of Use

The HipVap Vaporizer is very intuitive and easy to use. The heating chamber is easily accessed, filled and refilled and the ‘smart settings’ for precise temperature control and customizable auto-shut off are logical to operate, controlled by different sets of clearly indicated buttons. With so many units nowadays featuring removable vapor pathways, we were concerned that cleaning would be an issue, however the mouthpiece is easily removed and using the high quality pipe cleaners provided; the vapor pathway can easily

Discreetness

The HipVap Vaporizer does very well in this category as well, mostly because of its design. The flask-like appearance means you can use the HipVap in fairly public places stealthily and with ease. Unfortunately, the HipVap does leak vapor out in steady wisps from the mouthpiece which also emits an obvious odor.

Hipvap vaporizer package contents

Overall Experience

The manufactures of the HipVap did well in designing a unit that addresses many needs and wants of the modern day connoisseur. Their unit is stylish, discreet and is customizable to the temperature and auto-shut off time that best suits your preferences. However, for the new-to-vaping beginner, we recommend steering clear of its harsh vapor and checking out a unit that provides twice the battery life and pumps out better vapor quality: the ZEUS Smite, which Magnetic Mag agrees to be a “great all around performer”.

If you have questions about this vape or just want to let us know what you think, feel free to drop us a comment below! Also, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to keep up to date with all our contests, sales alerts and other fun stuff! Thanks for reading and as always, keep vapin’! ;)

 

7.4 Score

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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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