Pocket Vapor VP-600 Review

Pocket Vapor Vaporizer Review
Staff Review MP -- VapeNow.com
March 24, 2009

Pocket Vapors VP-600 Vaporizer

Portable vaporizers are really starting to come into their own. Some are even more efficient than home units! However, portable vaporizers are still in their infancy, much like the entire world of vaporizing. The Pocket Vapor is a very basic yet very functional unit for a very reasonable price. You can even carry it in your jacket…somewhat. Here’s what I mean…

Pros & Cons
Pros:
  • PORTABLE!!!
  • Butane powered
  • Heats up quickly
  • Easy to load
  • Can be very efficient, once you find the right temperature
Cons:
  • Lots of plastic used
  • No temperature indicator
  • No butane level indicator
  • Trigger feels brittle

THE BOTTOM LINE: THE BOTTOM LINE:  The Pocket Vapor had me excited to try it. A portable vaporizer that ran on butane and that was small enough to easily carry. Well, almost small enough. It’s small, even with the whip attached, but there are smaller portables on the market. The way it works is you fill it with butane, load the crucible (which has plenty of room for your tobacco or herbs), attach the whip and pull the trigger. The crucible that holds your tobacco or herbs is set in a ceramic cup that is being heated by a butane flame when you pull the trigger. After a minute or so of pulling the trigger, you let go and inhale. It all works quite nicely. After some trial and error, my tobacco/herbs came out well spent. It’s a little tough not knowing the temperature you’re vaping at but you can figure it out pretty quickly. It was really nice to not have to worry about a cord. What I didn’t like though, was the amount of plastic they used on this unit. While it won’t touch your tobacco or herbs, some parts near the top and intake hole do get quite warm. The trigger feels a little brittle as well. Now, I’m not going to sit here and nitpick this unit against some of its MUCH more expensive brothers. That’s not a fair comparison. Ladies and gentlemen, this is an EXCELLENT unit, especially when you consider the price. If you want bells and whistles with your portable vaporizer, you’ll be spending considerably more money. If you’re on a budget and want a great portable vaporizer, this unit’s for you!

Components/Parts:

Pocket Vapors VP-600 Vaporizer

1. Base / Tank:
The hot air is created by a butane flame that shoots against a ceramic cup. That ceramic cup holds the metal filling chamber that holds your herbs. There is a trigger that’s pulled on to ignite the flame. There is a filling hole at the bottom for the butane and a small lever to adjust the flame size. Dimensions: The Pocket Vapor is approximately 6” tall x 2 ½” Wide x 1 1/2 “ Deep



2. Whip:
Pocket Vapors VP-600 VaporizerThe whip is a short, flexible tube whip. It also has a very bulbous glass tip for your lips. I found it to be comfortable and light weight.

Quickstart Guide:

Fill the Pocket Vapor with butane.
  1. Load the “filling cup” with your tobacco or herbs of choice.
  2. Screw the whip onto the filling cup.
  3. Screw the whip/cup combo onto the top of the Pocket Vapor.
  4. Pull the lid to open the Pocket Vape.
  5. Pull the trigger.
  6. Give it approx 1 minute to heat up.
  7. Inhale through the whip.

Cleaning:

Cleaning the Pocket Vapor is very simple. Use a Q-Tip with Isopropyl or Rubbing Alcohol and swirl it around the inside of the metal cup that attaches to the whip. You can soak your whip in the same liquid 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 wash the Pocket Vapor unit itself!!!

Other Tips:

  • BE CAREFUL! The metal cup will be EXTREMELY HOT when inside the Pocket Vapor. Also, anything that touches the part near the cup or flame will be EXTREMELY HOT as well.
  • DON’T GET FRUSTRATED! Finding the right temperature / breath combination for the Pocket Vapor 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 smoky, then you need to inhale quicker. Sometimes you need to leave the 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 your tobacco or herbs 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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