We all know the Volcano Hybrid and Aromed Vaporizer which are made in Germany. But a new country on the vaporizing map is Switzerland. The VAPMAN has been well known in Europe for a couple of years, and has been extremely popular in places like Amsterdam. It’s hand made in Bienne Switzerland, which is also where all the major watch manufacturers like Omega and Swatch are. The VAPMAN Vaporizer is made from the finest quality materials (gold, premium wood, stainless steel and a unique insulating mineral), and today we will bring you the first North American review in our traditional in-depth TorontoV style.
VAPMAN Vaporizer Review
How it Works
The VAPMAN looks mysterious, but once you know how it works it’s very simple. You remove the cap attached to the mouthpiece by turning it counter-clockwise. This reveals the golden heating chamber, so you can loosely fill it with your botanicals using the funneling tube. When the unit is at room temperature, first heat the bottom of the heating chamber for about four seconds, then give it a two-second break. Second, heat it again for 2-3 seconds, then take a tiny puff and blow it out. See the vapor and decide if the density is to your liking. If it is too thin repeat the second step until the vapor gets to the thickness you prefer. Basically every time you repeat the second step, the heating chamber gets hotter and the vapor gets thicker. With this method, you can get your vapor to be super thin or super thick.
Once you become an expert you can even become more accurate with the density of the vapor you create by holding the little air holes on the top of the unit.
The VAPMAN Vaporizer has a very simple heating method, which means the temperature settings are dependent on how long you heat the unit. The problem with manually heating battery-powered units is that controlling the temperature is extremely difficult and inaccurate. The difficult part is that you have to manage the temperature and drawing speed at the same time. The heat that the battery generates kicks in very quickly and dissipates very quickly as well, making it a bit of a hectic undertaking which not everybody likes.
With the VAPMAN Vaporizer, you can be more laid back, since your heat first and then draw. The cool thing is that the VAPMAN has managed airflow (the only other unit with it is the Arizer Solo 2, which is widely believed to be the best portable vaporizer in the market today). The gold and copper combination will serve to distribute the heat evenly through conduction heating, keeping it stable so you have no time pressure to draw on the unit after heating it.
With the Complete style of the VAPMAN, you have even better control overheat, since the heat reflection of this unique metalloid will allow you to control the temperature of the air flowing into the heating chamber, effectively adding an element of convection vaporizing to this unit (convection vaporizing is a type of vaporizing that premium units like the Volcano Vaporizer utilizes).
While doing our VAPMAN Review, we found out that it has the best vapor quality you can get in its price category, as you have complete manual control. Small units often have comparatively low vapor quality, but the VAPMAN gives you control over all the aspects of your vapor temperature and thickness. The torch lighter makes it relatively easy to manage the amount of heat that is applied to the unit.
The temperature of the vapor can also be increased and decreased to your liking by using the choke holes on the top part of the VAPMAN. While this unit does need interaction and manual control like the Classic Volcano and it provides the mechanisms needed to get very good Vapor Quality. It is just like having a car that is manual as compared to being automatic. Many people who enjoy driving select a manual over an automatic car because they want more control. It is up to personal preference. After getting past our learning curves, we found this unit to perform exceptionally well in this category.
Now if you’re looking to get the best vaporization experience possible with the Vapman we’d like to recommend pairing your unit with the new vapor cooling device from ZEUS Arsenal, the ZEUS Iceborn. This revolutionary device actually increases the vapor quality of your Vapman by 2 points, dramatically cooling it down for smooth frosty draws. It’s also much more efficient than other filtration devices that use water, so you can get even bigger vapor clouds! Take a look!
In our VAPMAN review, we look at the manufacturing quality because this is where the VAPMAN really shines. All of it is made with the highest quality materials and workmanship similarly to the Zeus Arc GT. It’s a simple system with nothing that can really break down.
Basic Style: With the Basic style of the VAPMAN the wood gets darker and conditioned within the first 10 uses. There is no underside mineral coating, so the wood will harden to achieve a similar insulating effect. This is normal, but to the new user it might look like the unit is burning. Just don’t point the torch lighter directly onto the wood and you will be fine.
Complete Style: This is the advanced model of the VAPMAN. The unique insulating mineral sheet wrapping around the heating pan is exceptionally stable at high temperatures. The coating insulates the wood from the heat and reflects it back to the heating chamber and air holes. The detailing on this style of the unit is great and the glowing red of i5 when the torch lighter touches it is really cool.
The VAPMAN is tiny and super portable. Unlike most vaporizers, you have to carry the lighter as well, which is not optimal, but on the other hand, you don’t even need to worry about battery life. The VAPMAN and its lighter combined take up less space than most other portable vaporizers. It’s durable because of the excellent workmanship and comes with its own protective case. Even the case is made in Switzerland and has a very unique and nice touch to it. If you want something small but packs a lot more punch like desktop vaporizers, then check out Mighty vaporizer by Storz and Bickel.
This is the downside of the VAPMAN. While the torch lighter does help with controlling vapor quality and it’s generally a cool gadget to play around with, using it to heat the unit is not the most discreet sight. The VAPMAN can be hidden in a closed hand. The egg-shaped case is stylish and very discreet. Most importantly, however, it is airtight, locking in any odor you might not want to bother your loved ones with. The tiny size lets you keep it in a small bag or pocket where it won’t draw attention. The unit requires almost no maintenance and in terms of odor, the vaporization is so efficient that there is really minimal odor development. For a much more discreet alternative, check out the Crafty plus vaporizer.
The VAPMAN is as close to a premium vaporizer as you can get without paying the premium price. The Vapor Quality is great and the Manufacturing Quality is even better. The Basic Style is great for price-conscious individuals that are new to vaporizing and the Complete VAPMAN is performance wise better than other vaporizers in its price category. The design looks very cool, and the method of use is simple and shows off the very nice torch lighter. We liked how hands-on the heating method is so that everything feels completely under your control. We expect the VAPMAN to get a well-deserved prominent position among portable vaporizers.
Compatible with ZEUS Iceborn This vaporizer is compatible with the ZEUS Iceborn, a revolutionary new vapor cooling system engineered by Canadian vape manufacturer ZEUSArsenal. The Iceborn is designed to produce cooler draws and bigger clouds when connected to your vaporizer. The vapour produced is ultra smooth and crisp and because of ice cooling, instead of water filtration, there is no loss of efficiency. The ZEUS Iceborn adds an additional 2 points to the vapor quality score of this vaporizer and is a highly recommended vaporizer accessory.
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