Vivant Alternate Vaporizer Review – The Idiot Vivant

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The Vivant Alternate vaporizer features hybrid conduction/convection heating, a digital display, and a removable battery in an attempt to allure users to a cheaper alternative to higher-end vaporizers. While this unit has great potential we found a few issues that are worth discussing. Continue reading for the full scoop!

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Review: Vivant Alternate

Vivant Alternate Vaporizer

How Vivant Alternate Vaporizer Works

How it Works? – How to use the Vivant Alternate

The Vivant Alternate is pretty straightforward to use borrowing its design from the ever-popular Storz & Bickel Crafty+.

To load the unit rotate the mouthpiece/cooling chamber 90 degrees to remove it from the Alternate and expose the heating chamber.

Vivant includes a grinder/packing tool that you can screw onto the device to make loading the Alternate less messy, but you can also just pack the unit with your fingers if you don’t want to go through the extra steps or already have a superb grinder like the Zeus Bolt. Once the unit is loaded swivel the mouthpiece back into place and you are ready for your first session.

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To turn the Vivant Alternate on, press the power button at the bottom of the device 5 times. The display will illuminate and flash the last set temperature and then it will display the current temperature.

Use the + and – buttons to set the unit to your desired temperature and then press and hold the power button for about 5 seconds. The word “Heat” will appear on the display and the unit will begin to heat up.

There is an LED on the front of the unit that will glow red and then turn green once the unit reaches temperature. You can also look at the digital display to see where your temperature is at.

The Alternate has a default timer of 60 seconds at which point the unit will go into sleep mode. You can update the Vivant Alternates firmware via their website, which will allow you to change the timer up to 5 minutes.

This unit takes around 2 minutes to reach its max temperature.

Temperature Flexibility Of Vivant Alternate Vaporizer

Temperature Flexibility

Similar to the Utillian 420 Vaporizer, the Vivant Alternate is a budget priced device that features a digital dispaly.

The Alternate can be set anywhere between 80C to 220C which gives you a decent temperature range to work within.

And because the unit is a precise temperature control unit you can set the unit down to the individual degree for an extremely customized session. With such a wide range of temperatures, it is sure to satisfy most users.

Vapor Quality Of Vivant Alternate Vaporizer

Vapor Quality

With such a large range in the temperature, you are really able to customize the type of vapor you receive based on your preference.

Those who prefer thinner vapor will be able to do so by using lower temperatures, while those who prefer thicker vapor can boost the unit to its highest temperature.

Because the Vivant Alternate uses a combination of conduction and convection heating, the vapor output from this device is actually pretty good. Not as good as a unit like the Crafty and not quite as powerful as the Utillian 722, but still pretty decent especially for the price point.

The one area where the Alternate suffers is flavor. There is a very distinct plastic taste we found while using this unit. We hoped that this flavor would diminish with time but unfortunately after multiple sessions, the plastic taste is still there. This flavor is fundamentally different from the normal taste of a new vaporizer which may have a ceramic quality to it because of the heater.

The flavor persisted at all temperature settings but seemed to get worse as the device heated up. The mouthpiece and external shell of the unit are all constructed from glass-filled polycarbonate and while this type of plastic is rugged, it does not handle high temperatures particularly well. The odor and flavor we are experiencing are definitely coming from the plastics in the mouthpiece. We really wished that Vivant used a more reliable plastic, especially for the mouthpiece, like PEEK, which is what the Mighty Vaporizer & Crafty use.

Based on vapor quality alone, we could not recommend this unit because the flavor of our herbs were diminished by the flavor of the actual device. 

Manufacturing Quality Of Vivant Alternate Vaporizer

Manufacturing Quality

The Vivant Alternate is almost entirely made from plastic components besides the actual heating element itself. We already touched on the plastics used in the Vivant Alternate and how it directly affects the vapor quality. Units like the Arizer Solo 2 Vaporizer features glass aroma tubes and a glass vapor path which helps preserve the flavor of your vapor.

We also are curious to see how the outer shell stands up to more rugged use. Glass filled poly-carbonate does tend to be fairly rugged but just how rugged remains to be seen.

We wish that Vivant worked out some way to secure the included stirring tool to the unit, as it tends to fall out whenever you go to dump out your vaporized herbs.

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When we first saw that this unit had a removable battery we were thrilled, as this was the biggest complaint about the Crafty. And while we applaud for Vivant for making the battery swap-able we question how safe it actually is.

After we finished a session on the Vivant Alternate we popped out the battery and to our surprise, it was very warm to the touch. When we started feeling around the battery bay we noticed that the entire bay was warm with a hot spot near the bottom of the battery bay. This particular spot is quite warm to the touch and makes us concerned about the safety of the internal battery being exposed to this heat over time. Meanwhile, Arizer Air 2 an hour and a half battery life offering you premium vapor and built-in quality. 

If anything, the batteries on the Vivant have the potential of dying rather quickly and as we have seen with e-cigs, there is a chance for these batteries to explode if put under enough stress.

So while we love the idea that the Alternate has a removable battery, without proper insulation we really worry that the lifespan on the batteries will be less than optimal and in worse case scenarios could be potentially dangerous.

Battery Life Of Vivant Alternate VaporizerBattery Life

The battery life on the Vivant Alternate is also less than ideal. We found on a single charge we could only get around 3 – 4 sessions and the unit lasted on average 40 – 50 minutes. Where most of the people need more battery life to enjoy the vapor for longer.

Considering the unit is extremely similar to the Crafty and only uses a single 18650 to power it (like the Crafty), it does not surprise us that the battery life appears to be just as weak.

The Vivant does have the advantage of allowing you to carry around spare batteries which is a big plus. However, users have found that something like the  Zeus Arc Vaporizer tends to last 90 minutes, while still maintaining a smaller footprint.

Portability Of Vivant Alternate Vaporizer

Portability

The Vivant Alternate is a fairly portable device just like Davinci Miqro. It will easily fit in a pocket or purse for easy storage and travel. The ability to carry extra batteries to extend the life of the unit also adds to this units overall portability.

As we mentioned the stirring tool is not secured in the device and we could see it easily being lost when you go to dump your herbs out after a session. We’ve almost lost the tool a few times, as it tends to fly across the room when we turn the unit upside down to empty it.

If you are looking to make this unit even more portable we highly suggest picking up the Zeus Armor Case. This unit fits perfectly and there is enough space for the accessories, charger, as well as a custom spot for the Zeus Bolt Grinder. The case is splash resistant, odor resistant, and shock resistant offering a wide range of protection for this vaporizer.

Ease Use Of Vivant Alternate VaporizerEase of Use

One thing we really did like about the Vivant Alternate is the built-in digital display at the bottom of the unit. This is something we have seen in a few budget units like the Utillian 421 series.

This small addition gives users precise temperature control right at their fingertips and doesn’t rely on an external app like the Crafty does. It also makes the Alternate very easy to use, just turn the device on, set your temperature, hold the power button and wait for it to heat.

We are thankful that Vivant released a firmware update to the unit that allows you to change the default timer from 1 minute to a maximum of 5 minutes. Only having 60 second cycles was beyond annoying and the ability to change this makes the unit far more user friendly. Even installing the firmware update was a breeze.

If you are curious about proper “Vivant Alternate Cleaning” practices, it is fairly similar to how you would clean the Crafty, and we would recommend a dedication vaporizer cleaning kit, like the Zeus Purify. then you don’t have to be worried, it is easy to clean it

Overall Experience Of Vivant Alternate Vaporizer Overall Experience

We had high hopes for the Vivant Alternate, we loved the design, loved the idea of the removable battery and we really liked the price.

However, after our time with the unit, we are a bit disappointed. The unit has great potential, but the distinct plastic flavor we received from this vaporizer really ruined the overall vapor quality from the device. We really hope Vivant rethinks the plastics used in this vaporizer and focuses on a more satisfying flavor experience.

Our other reservation comes from the removable battery. While we give Vivant credit for allowing for a swap-able battery, the battery bay lacks insulation and the battery itself gets quite warm during operation. Having seen horror stories of E-Cig batteries exploding, we are worried about how this heat and stress will affect the battery long term.

If you are looking for a unit like the Vivant Alternate, we highly suggest checking out the Utillian 722. It does a far better job at preserving the flavor of your herbs with no plastic flavors or odors and it uses a non-removable 18650 Lithium-Polymer battery which is far safer than the Vivant Alternates Lithium-Ion.

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.

If you have questions about our Vivant Alternate 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’!

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13 Comments

  1. Avatar for Anonymous
    Anonymous on

    I’m so glad someone else posted about the plastic taste. I noticed the same thing when I received mine and thought I was going crazy because so many people defend this unit on forums. I even tried the unit through a water pipe, but the taste was still there. Hopefully it will eventually go away, but it hasn’t yet.

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    Anonymous on

    l have bought spare yellow 18650 4 batteries omg on full charge they don’t even reach full temp then it says battery low.

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    Anonymous on

    it is a good vape. I love it.

  4. Avatar for Nairb
    Nairb on

    I bought the vivant alternate as my first dry herb vape It seemed to work well but on the second day the cap had chipped , cracked and broken half off where it contacts the bowl . The vendor told me it was from abuse and warranty would not be honored . It was a day and a half old . I will contact vivant to see if they warranty the unit.here’s hoping.

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    Michael Hartley on

    This vape is actually quite janky.

    The grinder broke the first time I used it.

    The mouthpiece’s screen just sits there, it doesn’t have any proper screen holding system.

    The temperature control randomly glitches and shows a drop in temperature, when it is in fact burning whatever is in the chamber. Operating the vape without the battery cover on becomes necessary for safety. I have visible melting on my model.

    Also, forget trying to use this when the battery reading is under 80% because it will never reach temperature.

    Also, there is NOT a firmware update that lets you change the 1 minute timer. I wish I could change this to 5 minutes.

    Arizer Air is the same cost, made in Canada, does not use plastic inside the chamber, and doesn’t try to randomly kill you. Get this unsafe piece of crap off the market please.

  6. Avatar for Matt
    Matt on

    I love it. But it feels like it’s made up of cheap plastic, like I could break it just by holding it. Other than that, it’s perfect.

  7. Avatar for kalpushan
    kalpushan on

    It has decent airflow, But, the flavor is not consistent as the mouthpiece gets hot quickly which affects the flavor, the battery life is pretty low and the real downside of this is that batteries overheat too easily.

  8. Avatar for Hudson
    Hudson on

    Good for my first ever vape as it is easy to use and easy to fill, but the battery dies really fast and the battery compartment gets really hot sometimes while in use that I have to turn it off so it can get cool down. It is maybe because of the plastic build that it has and also, the vapor quality is not that great and I sometimes feel a bit plastic taste in the flavor which ruins the entire session.

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    Tristen on

    This vape is a great purchase, have no doubts. The size is small so it is great for travel. The chamber seems large, it certainly holds enough for a round with 3 people, 4 is pushing it. It is always up for multiple rounds, too, But sometimes it overheats, battery life is decent. I am impressed that the temperature is adjustable. My only advice is to keep the mouthpiece clean, it does come apart. Overall, it has exceeded my expectations cause I stay lit

  10. Avatar for Dustin
    Dustin on

    Battery life isn’t pretty good. Needs frequent cleaning, it always clogs and the button sticks after one month use. I broke the mouthpiece and magnetic cap of my vape, which are both costly to replace. Otherwise, a great vape, just facing these problems.

  11. Avatar for Marcus
    Marcus on

    This device is pretty fantastic. The replaceable battery with the adjustable air vent is spectacular in every way. The taste produced from it is really clean and I love the experience I am getting from it. Cleaning process of this device is so simple which makes it really convenient.

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    Gamery on

    I’ve tried a handful of dry herb vapes in the past but the Viviant alternate is undoubtedly the highest quality in its price range. It heats up quickly and provides a smooth vape that tastes good and isn’t harsh on the airway. The fine design and discrete size makes it easy to take around town with you.

  13. Avatar for Gerald
    Gerald on

    I don’t know what is wrong with this vaporizer, but I am getting plastic flavor from it. I have cleaned it properly and already did whatever I can do but still this issue. Other than this issue, this vape looks very cool and discreet. I hope I will learn quickly so I can get good hits from it.

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