The viVape by Vaporfection is a Stationary Vaporizer that has been around for a little over a year. We have been asked to do a review on it to outline why it is that we do not carry the product. It is well known that we only approve units for our store that do perform well at the price point they are being sold at. Let’s review this Chinese made vape and give some more insight on why the viVape did not make it into our store.
The viVape Vaporizer that can be used with balloons or a whip and is priced at 450$. It has a great appearance on pictures. It’s pretty simple in design and easy to use. It’s controlled by a touch screen without any buttons or dials.
Vaporfection viVape Vaporizer
The Vapor tastes good and has good flavor too. The advantage with balloon vaporizers is that the vapor is extracted into the balloon and has therefore time to cool down to room temperature. This will make the vapor more flavorful and easier to consume. However, the heating chamber isn’t optimally designed to make full use of your botanical. Since the heating chamber is vertical, you botanical will fall to the bottom and most of the air will pass over the botanical, rather than going through it.
|Vertical Heating Chamber Issue|
This is one of the reasons why the Vaporfection does not give as dense of vapor as balloon vaporizer like the Arizer Extreme Q (which is half the price, performs better and is assembled in Canada). Every major brand like the Volcano or the Extreme Q have horizontal heating chambers and a fan switch, so it makes us wonder why the viVape gave up these important factors that are critical in vapor perfection.
|Extreme Q Vaporizer Horizontal Heating Chamber|
This unit is somewhat annoying if you intend on using it with the whip only, since there is a constant stream of vapor shooting out of it. The fan can’t be shut off (no idea why they did that), so it will make constant noise and waste your vapor if you don’t take your wand off the unit every time after you take a draw. One batch will give approximately 25 draws so you will be doing that VERY often. Overall the vapor quality on the Vaporfection is good, but the fact that the fan is running and the vertical heating chamber make it relatively inconvenient to use.
The viVape has lots of new ideas like a touch screen, but the implementation is kind of limited. The touch screen is not very responsive, which means it can give the wrong responses when you try to press on it. The machine itself is very delicate – if you blow material back into the unit through the whip it could be permanently damaged. Most vaporizers at this price level should be fine with something like that.
The fan is continuously in operation regardless of the settings. This means that there’s always background noise. Even worse, some of your vapor can be wasted because the fan’s still going. It has a cool down mode that engages automatically when you shut it off. This sounds much better than what it actually is. So this is what happens. When the unit is on you will constantly hear the fan, once you turn the unit off it will be even louder.
When it comes to the quality of the components, we were not impressed. Have a look at the picture to the right and you can see that the plastic casing of the unit has marks of where the screws are inside the unit.
The valve system is exceptionally cheap. It looks like the company buys their components from the dollar store. Have a look at the type of accessories you get with this 450$ unit. Keep in mind that this unit falls in the price class comparable to the classic volcano and should be compared to that. The worst thing that we found is the PVC stirring tool. This tool will touch the heating chamber where the botanical is in. This is not safe and this factor by itself is enough to disqualify the unit completely.
Here is just a quick look at the packaging of a 89$ E.Z. Vape, the 450$ viVape and the 530$ Classic Volcano. One would think that the volcano and viVape would look similar, but that is not the case.
You adjust the temperature on the viVape by pressing the symbols on the touch screen. The heating chamber glows blue when it’s reached the right temperature, and it has a sensor which automatically adjusts the temperature as you draw. The temperature flexibility of this unit is very good.
The viVape heats up pretty quickly, in two minutes. If you’re just using the whip, you can plug in your heating chamber and start then. However, the balloons can take up to two and a half minutes to fill. The Volcano, by contrast, fills balloons in thirty seconds. The balloon is farther away from the unit since it has to be fastened to the end of the whip, which is inconvenient. This all made it take much longer than we expected and the type of components used to do this is things that can be found at a hardware store for pennies.
Because this unit can be used with either balloons or a whip, it has great reach. The balloons make this unit great for parties. However, if you’re passing the whip around you need to be quick to avoid wasting vapor, since the fan keeps running the whole time.
Overall, this unit was pretty disappointing. The vapor quality is good, but the manufacturing is gimmicky and the touch screen only does 3-4 things. Because the fan is always running, there’s constant noise from operation and vapor is always shooting out – wasteful, and not very discreet. Vaporizers in this price range are held to higher standards, and the viVape doesn’t meet them. This unit is a good buy at the $160-$180 price range, but not at $450. Consider the Extreme Q or the Aromed Vaporizer instead if you are looking to get a bang for your buck and spend less money at the same time.
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