Grasshopper Vaporizer Review – Hopping mad!

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In 2013 Hopper Labs launched a crowd sourced funding campaign via Indie-Go-Go to start production of the Grasshopper vaporizer. Since then the Grasshopper has exploded onto the vaporizer scene because of its discreet pen shape and decent vapor production from such a small unit. Almost 4 years removed from the initial campaign and Hopper Labs is still having issues keeping up with demand and the unit is in a constant state of pre-order. So let’s dive right into this hard to get vaporizer and see if it really is worth all the hype.

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Grasshopper Vaporizer Review

Grasshopper Vaporizer

How Grasshopper Vaporizer WorksHow It Works

In order to learn how to use the Grasshopper Vaporizer, first unscrew the mouthpiece near the bottom of the pen to reveal the heating chamber, pack it with your choice of herb and screw the mouthpiece back into place.

Next set the temperature by rotating the dial at the top of the device, there are 5 notches that indicate the set temperature, the temperature range from 130 – 210 Celsius and each notch increase the temperature by 20 degrees Celsius. It is possible to set the dial between notches for a more fine-tuned temperature.

Once the temperature is set click the top of the “pen” to turn the unit on. The LED’s around the middle of the device will turn red to indicate it is heating and then will turn blue when it’s ready to go. Heat up time is really quick reaching temperature in 15 – 30 seconds depending on your setting. Once the device is heating you can begin to take draws from the device.

The device does have an auto-shutoff that turns off the device after about 18 seconds of not drawing from the unit.

 

Temperature Flexibility Of Grasshopper Vaporizer

Temperature Flexibility

As we briefly touched upon the Grasshopper has a pretty impressive temperature range which starts at 130 Celsius and goes all the way up to 210 Celsius. The temperature is adjusted by twisting the dial at the top of the unit and there are 5 notches to indicate a 20 degree Celsius change in temperature. You can also set the dial-in between temperature setting for a more refined temperature setting.

The one gripe we have with the dial is it is rather small for such a wide range of temperatures which makes it really hard to set the unit in between the notches and have an idea where you are at. The other issue we have with it is the temperature range offered, it starts at 130 degrees Celsius, the next step would be 150 degrees celsius and the 3rd step would be 170 degrees Celsius.

All 3 of these temperatures are far too low to efficiently vaporize your dry herbs. Therefore realistically you want to use the device somewhere between the 3rd notch and 5th notch. This is why users opt for a unit like the Arizer Solo 2 for its temperature flexibility up to 220 degrees celsius. Therefore realistically you want to use the device somewhere between the 3rd notch and 5th notch.

We would have liked to see the unit start at 180 as the first notch and maybe more up 5 – 10 degrees between each notch which would give you a much more fine-tuned temperature setting. Especially for such a small dial.

Vapor Quality Of Grasshopper Vaporizer

Vapor Quality

Vapor quality from the Grasshopper is pretty impressive for such a small device and at higher temperatures, you can get pretty decent visible vapor.

The only issue with the Grasshopper vaporizer is the vapor path is extremely short which means the mouthpiece and vapor get warm very quickly. And while we were able to achieve decent vapor at higher temperatures, the inhale was hot and uncomfortable, to say the least. Meanwhile, units like the Arc GT vaporizer are able to maintain smooth comfortable draws despite the short vapor path thanks to its use of gold.

This device functions much better around 180 – 200 degrees without causing too much discomfort when inhaling but vapor is still warmer than most other units, which is to be expected with such a short vapor path.

Manufacturing Quality Of Grasshopper VaporizerManufacturing Quality

This unit is really sleek and feels great in your hands. We especially love that it looks exactly like a pen and even shares similar functionality such as the top button which turns the grasshopper vape pen on and off.

For such a small unit we are impressed that it can hold up to .3 grams of herbs but can also work with smaller packs.

The unit comes with two 750mah batteries that can be easily swapped by unscrewing the top of the unit to expose the battery bay. We really like that Grasshopper vaporizer provides you with 2 batteries to start with the ability to purchase more.

The mouthpiece of the Grasshopper gets extremely hot on your lips when you are using it which forces you to use the included silicone sleeve. A unit like the Utillian 722 uses a plastic mouthpiece and a longer vapor path to combat this issue. The silicone sleeve is probably our least favorite thing about the Grasshopper, it looks ugly, gets dirty easily, and is impossible to clean. We understand why they had to include it in the package but perhaps they should have made it black so it would not show dirt as easily.

Battery Life Of Grasshopper Vaporizer

Battery Life

Similar to units like the Firefly 2, two 750mah batteries are provided to you in the box. From our tests we found each battery gets you roughly 2 – 4 draws and takes about 70 minutes to charge in the device.

To be honest this is a little disappointing, especially for a portable unit. It is great for getting quick sessions in, just don’t expect this unit to last the whole day.

Now because this unit does feature removable batteries you can purchase additional to extend the life of your unit, however, all the batteries would have to be charged in the device which can also get annoying.

If you are looking for a unit that has a much better battery life but still has great vapor quality be sure to check out the Utillian 722.

Portability Of Grasshopper Vaporizer Portability

The Grasshopper is definitely the most portable vaporizer currently available, in fact, it puts the Pax 3 to shame, standing only 5.6” tall and .5” in diameter and is about the size of a pen.

The unit is also only a mere 67g in weight which means chances are you won’t even notice it when you are carrying it in your pocket.

Ease Use Of Grasshopper VaporizerEase of Use

The grasshopper pen is extremely straight forward and designed with ease of use in mind.

Just fill the chamber with herbs, set your temperature via the dial and click the button at the top as if it were a pen to start your session.

It really is that easy. Drawing from the unit is also very easy when compared to other wax pen vaporizers like the Utillian 5 which has a more free-flowing draw, meaning you will be enjoying your vapor in no time!

 

Discreetness Of Grasshopper VaporizerDiscreetness

Because this unit is shaped like a pen it is really discrete when not in use. You could even have it sitting in your pocket protector along with your other pens and no one would ever be any the wiser.

Once you start using the device you will probably get a few looks, I mean you are putting what people perceive as a pen up to your mouth. But if any situations arise you can easily palm the unit in your hand or slip it into a pocket to keep it out of sight. However, those who prefer to travel a lot might also enjoy the Flowermate Slick for its discreetness because of its similar shape to the Grasshopper.

Overall Experience Of Grasshopper VaporizerOverall Experience

We kind of have mixed feelings about the Grasshopper, sure its an amazingly small portable vaporizer just like Focus V Pro that provides impressive vapor especially considering the size. But the battery life and hot vapor leave a lot to be desired, especially for the cost of the unit. The fact that the 2 batteries only give you a maximum of 8 draws is really disappointing and will have you shelling out for spares in no time.

If you are looking for another unit that is pen-shaped and does dry herb you can check out the Dynavap M.

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28 Comments

  1. Avatar for Anonymous
    Anonymous on

    I noticed that in the review of the Grasshopper it wasn’t mentioned if the Grasshopper was OK to use with Iceborn? I really enjoy using the Iceborn a lot of the time when I’m on my own

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      Kevin O on

      Hey thanks for reading our review, the iceborn is indeed compatible with the Grasshopper, we suggest using the larger diameter tubes for a better fit.

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    Anonymous on

    I bought 2 the SS and the TI each one of them came broken and had to ship them at least twice!!!
    DON’T BUY THE GRASSHOPPER!!!

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      Anonymous on

      The same story (((

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    Anonymous on

    DONT BUY! Exact same thing happened to me.

    First off their ship time says one day.. unless it’s Friday…lol. So it should say one day unless it’s Friday then 3 days… and no phone numbers anywhere. All communication is through email and sometimes takes days for an answer.

    It showed up, I took 3 hits and it was done. Wouldn’t turn back on. Emailed and a day later they said to fill out a warranty… so now because it’s a weekend I have to wait to hear back on monday…. horrible customer service and so far a horrible product…

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    Anonymous on

    Yep complete POS. AVOID like the plague. Went through TEN of these disposable paperweights. Company sucks too!

  5. Avatar for Melvin H Smalls
    Melvin H Smalls on

    I bought a grasshopper vaporizor the 27th of July, it stopped working the 29th and I sent it back the next day. Its been in the their shop for over ten days. Caroline (customer service I guess) said the average turn around time is 3-4 days but could take up to a week. Bottom line, When it works, it’s wonderful, but based on my experience and a lot of reviews from people who actually used one, its not worth the gamble. Customer service sucks and I feel ripped off. The lifetime guarantee means nothing if you have to constantly send it back.

  6. Avatar for SA Jay
    SA Jay on

    At this time I don’t believe that this is a good buy, they need to work on it, I have had mine for about 5 mos. I have had to send it back twice and now it is not working again. I think the big clue on this is the fact their web page does not allow reviews. If you had a good item I would think that letting people leave reviews on your site would be a top priority, so nowhere to leave a review makes me wonder if they had so many bad reviews they removed that section. They do not fix these things quickly (so maybe to many need repairs). The first time I sent it back because it quite heating up, when they returned after 2 uses it actually caught the flower on fire, smoke was pouring out of it. Each time I sent it back it was at least 21 days before it came back. Poor service response, They really need to hold off selling these until they get the bugs worked out.

  7. Avatar for Dale Wilson
    Dale Wilson on

    I pre-ordered a (Titanium) Grasshopper approx. 1 year after the end of their Indie-Go-Go campaign. I had to wait 10 months before finally receiving it. I did experience a failure with the unit within the first month of use. Sent the body back and it was replaced within two weeks. That was over 1 year ago and my Grasshopper has been working like a true champ ever since! For myself, I am quite nicely baked after just one bowl. And the discreteness factor is unbelievable! The unit does get hot, but nothing that is unbearable (with the use of the silicon mouthpiece). And I take shorter draws to help minimize the drawback of the warmer vapor that it produces (due to short vapor path).

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    Rachel on

    DO NOT BUY! I’ve had similar problems as everybody above. My piece arrived defective after months of delays and B.S. (the case was uneven and the temp dial too tight). After returning it for repair–on my dime, no courtesies for a defective product–the piece worked for a few weeks before the battery reached “the end of its life,” per the elusive Caroline. I’ve gone through two batteries on a grand total of maybe four months of regular use. Responses from customer service routinely twist my words and show a lack of concern and attention. Even on a brand-new battery, I had to throw it on the charger after pretty much every use, so I basically couldn’t take it out of the house. Defeats the purpose of a portable stealth vape if you have to hunt for an outlet. It also can’t really be used effectively while charging like they say; just depletes the battery. Save yourself a big headache and get something else!

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    Anonymous on

    All bad! The problems everyone else had plus:
    – they say next month for 9 months before you get it
    – if they ship you a defective battery, they won’t comp you!
    LAME! You guys are the worst. When mine craps out next, I will dispose of it

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    Matt on

    Do not buy this vaporizer………mine has been in the shop 4 times

  11. Avatar for Steb
    Steb on

    I’ve got two grasshoppers in the rotation; both heavy hitters and going strong after a year of daily use. The battery life in the review is understated. 3-4 chambers is normal at a medium temperature setting. Nothing is more convenient or stealthy.

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    Steb on

    The grasshopper has been a great performing vaporizer for me. I have two that have been going strong for well over a year. A battery should last 3-4 chambers.

  13. Avatar for Nikolay
    Nikolay on

    Definitely do not buy it. I used it not more than 30 times before it stopped working. It is unbelievable for such expensive vaporizer.

  14. Avatar for Matt Fletcher
    Matt Fletcher on

    YES, as they all say, avoid this thing. The company is flakey, the GH is like a prototype -it’s a good idea – but is plagued with reliability issues. The clicker end tends to start heating up which starts draining the battery making it useless for going out with. This is just a design flaw due to how the power is flowing through the steel shell. The life time guarantee is pointless as 2 of 3 times they have sent defective product back and if I’m paying to ship from the UK it’s not that cheap. Once it went there, wasn’t delivered and came back unopened. They got BS answers about what had happened. I spent £20 giving my faulty GH a 8000 mile journey for no reason. Avoid – I feel conned.

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    Zippy on

    Just bought this and it’s not holding a charge or vapor. Can’t even register product as it’s not accepting serial number or ID number. Therefore I paid 250.00 for a defective product.

  16. Avatar for shithopper
    shithopper on

    DO NOT BUY. THEY BREAK LIKE GLASS AND THEY ARE INCAPABLE OF SERVICING THEIR ALREADY DEFECTIVE PRODUCT

  17. Avatar for Anchorman
    Anchorman on

    I bought 2 of them. Took a year to arrive & both only lasted a couple months. They are great when they work but 1 has been sent back twice and now they are both down. The same issue. Lights flash red (instead of going from solid red to blue) and it won’t fire up. The first time I sent mine away it came back all scratched up. They are very discrete and the idea seemed good but they have too many issues.

  18. Avatar for Anonymous
    Anonymous on

    Received my brand new Grasshpopper in November, 2017. Device broke within a month. I sent it back (paid for the shipping), was told there is an internal component that broke. The company now has my device in their possession for over a month, and they telling me its still in “queue to be serviced”. Company is a joke, do not buy this product.

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    Adam on

    Mine broke back in November 2017, so I sent it in for service. It’s now March 2018 and I still don’t have it back. When I ask about it they say they are implementing some new production processes and should be making progress within weeks. That was over 2 months ago!
    I liked the product when it worked, but I’m very unhappy with how they are handling warranty requests.

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    George on

    I’ve had mine exactly one year and it has been sent back 3 times. The unit has been in their possession since 11/4/17 and I still have not received the repaired unit back. DO NOT PURCHASE!

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    LEO on

    DONT BUY THIS VAPE
    I HAD THE SAME ISSUE I BOUGHT 2 SO I CAN CONTINUE VAPING WHILE THE OTHER ONE IS BEING serviced NOW THIS SCAMMERS HAVE MY 2 HOPPERS FOR MORE THAN 6 MONTS

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    bruce on

    Same troubles here. I have two. Constantly breaking and in their shop again and again.
    Would not, could not recommend.

  23. Avatar for Tracy
    Tracy on

    The battery life is very weak and no clear “clicking” indication when you try to set temperature using dial. It’s very sleek light and discreet but taking puffs from this unit is also very bad, I am still using this vape just because of its cool design.

  24. Avatar for Dante
    Dante on

    it is a very sleek and light pen and the design makes it look like a writing pen. Loading is also very easy and I like that it also have replaceable batteries. Also, The vapors are also very nice with little to no draw resistance. But, the battery life is not that great and mouthpiece tip gets a bit hot sometimes.

  25. Avatar for patrick o sandoval
    patrick o sandoval on

    Returned my grasshopper vaporizer to be repaired or replaced about 2 years ago, I kid you not, have written countless emails to them inquiring about the status of said vaporizer and all I get is a run-around about low stock, etc., etc. One excuse after another. Finally gave up. Purchase a different brand of vaporizer because this company is pathetic with customer service. Not the only one, have read other complaints on the internet. Trusted these people, so disappointed.

  26. Avatar for Melvin Small
    Melvin Small on

    I read your review on the Grasshopper vape pen. Yes, when it works it’s excellent but I have two pens and both of them have been sent back at least twice and one that has been sent back three times. I am presently waiting to send one back for the third time. They have the absolute worst customer service and it doesn’t stop with the vaporizers. Yesterday I ordered a battery and today it is dead. I wish the aeronautics engineers stuck with aircraft

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