Yocan iShred Vaporizer Review – Do you?

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The Yocan iShred portable vaporizer features a large ceramic heating chamber, precise temperature control through an LED display and as you may have speculated from its moniker, tries to separate itself from the pack by offering a built in grinder. Will the iShred tear up the competition? Read our review to find out!

Review: Yocan iShred

How it Works

Let’s start with the grinder first, since theoretically, you would be using it first to prepare your herbs.

First, forget all you know about lefty loosey, righty tighty, yocan doesn’t play that game. To expose the grinder, pull the bottom of the grinder down and twist clockwise (makes no sense) until the parts separate from the unit.

Stuff your herbs into small available space on the separated grinder and then screw the bottom of the grinder back onto the unit.

Once screwed back on, push down on the bottom of the grinder and twist to grind your herbs. This grinder is not efficient and takes a lot of effort to get even a small amount of herbs ground. We would highly suggest just investing in a dedicated vaporizer grinder like the Zeus Bolt.

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Next remove the mouthpiece at the top of the unit to expose the heating chamber and pack your freshly ground herb into the heating chamber and place the mouthpiece back onto the unit.

Press the power button 5 times to turn the unit on and use the up and down arrow to set the unit to your preferred temperature.

Once your desired temperature is selected simply press and hold the power button for 3 seconds to engage the heating element. The device will begin to heat and the numbers on the display will begin to climb until the unit reaches the set temperature. This unit takes just over a minute to reach its highest temperature.

Temperature Flexibility

Because the iShred has precise temperature control you are able to dial the vaporizer to your preffered temperature. And because of the large range of temperature those who prefer thin flavorful vapor or dense clouds will be equally satisfied.

The main issue with the iShred’s vapor quality is that the airpath is rather short which at higher temperature results in an uncomfortable session.

We found anything below 210C to be okay as far as vapor quality, but even at lower temperature we did find a bit of irritation because of the short vapor path, but not nearly as bad as when the temperature is cranked.

At higher temperatures the iShred really suffers from hot irritating vapor that can feel like its burning your lips or throw you into a coughing fit because of the harshness.

Those who wish to use the iShred at higher temperatures may want to consider a unit like the Iceborn to dramatically cool down the vapor and in turn causes little to no irritation.  

Vapor Quality

Because the iShred has precise temperature control you are able to dial to vaporizer to your preffered temperature. And because of the large range of temperature those who prefer thin flavorful vapor or dense clouds will equally satisfied.

The main issue with the iShred’s vapor quality is that the airpath is rather short which at higher temperature results in an uncomfortable session.

We found anything below 210 to be okay as far as vapor quality, but even at lower temperature we did find a bit of irritation because of the short vapor path, but not nearly as bad as when the temperature is cranked.

At higher temperatures the iShred really suffers from hot irrating vapor that can feel like its burning your lips or throw you into a coughing fit because of the harshness.  

Manufacturing Quality

Yocan is usually known for making pretty quality vaporizers. However in our opinion the iShred is a bit of a miss in the manufacturing department.  The buttons feel cheap and plastically and really don’t give any impression of quality.

The grinder is a half-hearted attempt at making the device unique and will have you reaching for your dedicated grinder every time.

The digital display is bright but the text on the display is a little on the small size. You will struggle to be able to see what your set temperature is at even in the best lighting conditions.

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Our other gripe is that the mouthpiece is made from plastic and most likely will not be able sustain a drop or much rough handling.

Battery Life

The battery life on the Yocan is fairly average and contains a single 18650 to power it, just like the Arizer Air. And much like the Arizer Air and most units that only contain one 18650, battery life is a bit weak, especially if you like to use the unit at higher temperatures. We found the iShred tapping out at roughly 45 minutes of usage.

Seeing as the iShred does not have a removable battery this battery life is less than ideal for anyone looking for a unit to use as their daily driver.

We recommend checking out the Zeus Smite Plus instead which contains 2 internal 18650s’ to give you an impressive 2 hours’ worth of charge time.

Portability

The iShred reminds us a lot of the Arizer Air in terms of shape and size. It is a bit more portable than the Air because it does not have any glass components, but it also lacks a removable battery which may leave you without a charge when  you are out.

Because there is a built in grinder we found the iShred a bit more weighted than most other portable units and may feel heavy especially when stored in a pocket.

We really recommend picking up a Zeus Armor Hard Case if you are looking to seriously take the iShred on the go. It has more than enough space to fit the iShred, the power adapter and your herbs for hassle-free transportation.

Ease of Use

The Yocan iShred is really simple to use. This is mostly due to the digital display and precise temperature control which takes most of the guess work out of using the device.

The most difficult thing about the unit is actually the grinder, where the unit gets its namesake. The grind does anything but shreds, it more or less just mashes your herbs into a mess that will make you wonder why you even tried to use the grinder in the first place.

While it’s an interesting idea, it just cannot beat the efficiency of a dedicated grinder like the Bolt.

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The Yocan iShred is a pretty inconspicuous device, it is considered “pen-shaped” but I would more akin it to being “marker-shaped”.

It is shaped similarly to a lot of e-cigarettes with its fat cylindrical body which means if anyone does spot you using the iShred in public will probably just assume you are vaping on an e-cig.

 

Overall Experience

The iShred is certainly a unique take on a vaporizer; it attempts to add convenience by including a grinder built into the bottom. But unfortunately the grinder really is not up to snuff and is only capable of handling a tiny amount of botanical.

The actual vaporizer itself is just okay, it features a wide range of available temperatures through the digital display, but we found the short vapor path makes the device uncomfortable to use at higher temperatures. Even at lower temperatures vapor can be irritating because of the short vapor path.

The battery life also leaves a lot to be desired and will have you looking for a charge source more times than not.

If you are looking for a device roughly the same style as the Yocan iShred but with a more solid build we highly recommend checking out the Focusvape Pro, which features a glass mouthpiece for much smoother draws, has a removable battery for easy swaps on-the-go and incorporates a much better digital display.

If you have questions about our Yocan iShred review 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 FacebookTwitter 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’!

5.2 Mediocre
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Milad is a gadget collector and master crafter extraordinaire. He loves taking things apart, marvel comics and 'Iron Man.'

4 Comments

  1. stopped working after having it for one day. Says “no atomizer” and apparently theres no way to fix it. Also, this seems to be a common occurrence with this particular model.

  2. I haven’t been able to make it work since I got it. No matter what I try.. NOTHING WORKS. TOTAL WASTE of money!!!

  3. Should be a class action suit against company for fraud. “No Atomizer” issue makes these an expensive paperweight.

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