Hot Box Vaporizer Review

Hot Box Vaporizer Review
Staff Review MP -- VapeNow.com
January 3rd, 2009

Hot Box VaporizerThere are many different manufacturers of box style vaporizers on the market today. They are all basically a small box with a heating element in the middle that connects to a wand. So why would you want to buy a Hot Box Vaporizer instead of a less expensive model? Appearance and quality. Read on and I’ll explain.

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Best looking box vaporizer on the market
  • Customizable designs available (special order)
  • Long, food grade tubing
  • Glass pieces used at both ends of whip
  • Ceramic heating element
  • Efficient
  • Simple to use
  • Extras included such as extra screens, sticker, stirring tool, etc…
  • Heating element is not angled
  • 1 year warranty

Cons:

  • No temperature indicator
  • Takes approx 5-10 minutes to heat up
  • A steep learning curve at first
  • Not as efficient as some other vaporizers (non-box vaporizers)
  • Gets a little hot to the touch after a while (like all vaporizers)

THE BOTTOM LINE: Can you find a more unique and beautiful looking box vaporizer anywhere? NO CHANCE! Hot Box has the most beautifully designed box vaporizers in the world. With many different designs and colors, including customizable designs (special order), the Hot Box is THE box vaporizer to have. Impress your friends with the look or keep it more stealth with a plain color. Either way, you will not be disappointed with the looks or quality of this vaporizer. They use a ceramic heating element, have a straight heating tube (as opposed to many other angled designs which allows your tobacco or herbs to fall into the heating wand) and a solid 1 year warranty. This is a very good vaporizer once you learn how to use it. By this, I mean that it’s easy to use but you must use your breathing technique to control the temperature. There is no temperature control so you just turn it on and wait for it to heat up. Breath in slow and steady and you’ll get a hotter vape with thicker vapor. Breath in quickly and you’ll vape at a cooler temperature, but you may not get all there is out of your tobacco or herbs. There’s a happy medium but you have to learn how to do it and that takes time and patience. Don’t let this information scare you though. This is an extremely popular vaporizer and every vaporizer has a learning curve.

Components/Parts:

1. Base/Heating Coil:
The hot air is created by a ceramic heating coil (encased in glass) in the front of the Hot Box. The Hot Box is made of ceramic or stone, depending on the style you choose. The box is visually appealing and doesn’t have to be hidden away. There is a switch on the power cord to turn the unit on or off. Again, there is no temperature control, so just give it 5 – 10 minutes to heat up and away you go!

Dimensions: The Hot Box is approximately 3.5” Wide x 5” Tall x 6" Deep.

2. Whip:
The whip consists of 3 glass pieces and food grade tubing. The glass mouthpiece, at one end of the tube, is small and has a small hole at the end of it to inhale from. At the other end, you’ll find the filling chamber. You point the filling chamber up (so that the end that will go on the ceramic coil is pointing up) and load it. This piece then connects to the end of the ceramic heater. 



Quickstart –

  • Plug in the Hot Box Vaporizer.
  • Turn on the unit with the black switch on the power cord and wait for at least 5 minutes.
  • Grind up your herbs or tobacco. Grind them up finely but don’t overdo it.
  • Load the filling chamber while you wait. You should fill it approximately 1/4 to 1/3 full. Do not overfill it. It is very important for air to be able to circulate.  
  • Fit the filling chamber over the ceramic heating coil carefully.
  • Take a long slow inhale, hold for a few seconds and then exhale. You should see something that resembles mist or your breath on a cold day.
  • Once you see vapor, continue using it until you don’t see any more vapor. You can either continue turning up the dial until you get no more vapor or stop there. You should usually get 5-7 good inhales before all the active ingredients have been vaporized.
  • Unplug the Hot Box.

Cleaning:

Cleaning the Hot Box is pretty simple. Separate the glass pieces from the tubing. Put it all in some Isopropyl or Rubbing Alcohol for an hour or so. Rinse off with water, dry, and reassemble. You may have to use a small scrub brush to get it thoroughly clean. DO NOT try to clean the Hot Box base!

Other Tips:

  • BE CAREFUL! The ceramic heater will reach a temperature around 375°F when on. Also, anything that touches that part will be extremely hot too. Please use caution when dealing with these hot parts. Also, the Hot Box itself can be hot to the touch after some use.
  • DON’T GET FRUSTRATED! Finding the right temperature / breath combination for the Hot Box is very important. The first few times you try it, you may not succeed very well. EXPECT IT. However, don’t give up. Experiment. Start by inhaling very slowly with deep breaths. Did you see vapor or smoke? The vapor should disappear quickly. If it lingers and looks smokey, then you need to inhale more quickly.  Sometimes you need to leave your tobacco or herbs in there for a minute to heat up. Remember there is a relationship between inhale speed and temperature. If you are inhaling slowly, the air will be hotter and will cook the material more. On the other hand, if you are inhaling quickly, the air will not be as hot, so it won’t cook your tobacco or herbs properly.

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