Source has made a good selection of high-quality concentrates vaporizers like the Source Orb 4 Signature Kit which we loved, and the Source Orb 3 Prem2 kit seems to follow the trend! For the price, the Orb 3 with Prem2 kit is quite a steal as it comes with six atomizers! While some products come with one or two spares, the Source Orb 3 Prem2 kit has six unique heating element. Is the Orb 3 with the bundled kit a glimpse into the future, or does it fall flat compared to its bigger brother?
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Review: Source Orb 3 PREM2 kit
How it Works
The Source Orb 3 Prem2 kit functions practically identical to most wax pens on the market – load your material, turn on the unit by pressing the single central button 5 times, choose your heating profile, engage the heater and then draw.
Each atomizer swaps out just by twisting the mouthpiece off which makes it very easy to do. There are no complicated steps or guesswork with the Source Orb 3.
There are three pre-configured voltage settings from 3.3v to 3.9v. While independent temperature control would be nice, it’s hard to ask for so much at such a low price point.
The present temperatures are pretty well chosen and for the majority of people, will satisfy any vaporizing needs you may have! Do keep in mind each of the different coils will provide a rather different experience.
Overall, vapor quality is impressive on all fronts. Each coil gives a drastically different experience, airflow is certainly above average while flavor and smoothness is quite good. Beyond water filtration or longer stems, the attached cooling unit provides top-notch cooling compared to other mouthpieces. With the six different atomizers, vapor quality and experience changes.
The double-coil black ceramic provides for very quick and effective one-hit type draws, while the ceramic donut-style coils selections offer absolutely great flavor and most efficient usage. I really cannot think of any other complete device that is so low-priced, gives you amazing customization options, and a top-notch vapor quality.
Manufacturing quality is certainly stellar! There are many units even twice the price which aren’t quite as nice to hold, look at, or even feature so many coil options.
The top thread is eGo-510 which allows you to swap out the top tank on a whim – if you want to do that.
Beyond the funky mouthpiece, Source sets you up with six replaceable atomizers which are listed below.
- 1 single-coil quartz
- 1 double-coil quartz
- 1 double-coil white ceramic
- 1 double-coil black ceramic
- Source Terra ceramic coil-less donut
- 1 Source Terra quartz coil-less donut
This gives your unit plenty of lifespan and customization options as each different coil provides a different vapor experience altogether. Also, there’s a standard accessories kit with a manual, handy tool and FastCharge charger. Thanks, Source!
To add to that, the bottom of the unit has a super handy built-in container for your wax concentrates, allowing you to reduce carrying load even more! I love this little design aspect and really it goes to show that the little details do matter.
Unfortunately, the Source Orb 3 Prem2 Kit isn’t perfect. While 650MaH is good enough for frequent use over many days, I find myself much preferring a 1000+MaH battery or a removable battery.
I couldn’t imagine there would be an actual way to manufacture a unit this size with both of those in mind though and with that being said, the Orb will certainly go a few days of moderate usage before needing to be topped up.
While pretty portable, the orb-shaped mouthpiece makes it rather clunky and odd-feeling in a pocket. For really tight pants, it doesn’t work as well, however with looser pockets or of course a bag, it carries just fine.
The bonus concentrates storage container built right into the unit is real handy when out and about, just ensure you break your material into aptly shaped chunks beforehand to make loading on the go even easier.
While it’s not quite as portable as some ultra-small units, it isn’t bad by any means. If maximum portability is something you’re looking for, check out the Zeus Thunder 2.
Ease of Use
Relatively speaking, the Orb is a pretty simple unit. A single heating source operated by the press of a button to heat your loaded material, with no fancy attachments, convoluted button layouts or special draw techniques, it implores a very user-friendly experience.
Cleaning the unit and swapping out the coils is similar to many other wax vapes on the market – disassemble the atomizer and cooling unit, use some isopropyl alcohol and a cotton swap, and gently clean the surfaces out.
Rinse with a little water and do a short burn off and the unit is as clean as new!
As a whole, it looks somewhat like a standard pen e-juice vaporizer, however, the unique mouthpiece design is going to generate some more turned heads than usual.
Likewise, with portability, it doesn’t compete with vaporizers which are designed with stealth and portability as the main focus.
While it’s small, it is larger than your hand and it’s not possible to completely ‘palm’ it for ultimate discretion.
If you’re in the market for a low-cost vaporizer that delivers fantastic vapor quality and customization options, the Source Orb 3 Prem2 kit is a great option. For the price, it seriously breaks all of our expectations and makes other similarly priced units seem like overpriced toys. While battery life and independent temperature control would be very nice to see in the future, it’s hard to ask for any more at this price point.
Personally, I’m really fond of devices that allow you to dial-in your specific experience with different atomizers, cooling units, etc, and the Orb 3 is really great for both beginners and veterans alike. However, if you are really serious about wax we still think you should go right to the Source Orb 4 Premium Kit.
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