The Starry v2 from XMAX (now XVAPE) is the precursor to the brilliant XVAPE Fog. It’s a great little vape in its own right. Right now it’s likely you’ll found it at a reduced price and is well worth a second look.
It’s a convection/conduction hybrid with a replaceable battery and temperature control to the degree. That’s a lot of premium features for a reasonable price.
XMAX Starry v2 Performance
This convection portable vape gives great tasting clouds. I found it performed as well as the slightly more expensive XVAPE Fog. Given I was very impressed with the FOG that is saying something good. You also get some conductive vaping going on as the oven heats during use.
It reaches your desired temperature in seconds and is comfortable to hold. The mouthpiece has a satisfying pipe feel to it. The puffing technique you use to get the most from convection vapes works well (think lighting a cigar).
XMAX Starry v2 Value For Money
The Starry is excellent value for money. You get a convection vape, removable battery, complete control over the temperature and a good selection of handy tools. It also comes with a modified oven for use with concentrates – kinda like the PAX 3.
In fact, the PAX 3 is a good comparison device. Both these are stealthy enough to fit in a small bag or pocket. The PAX 3 wins on the extended warranty, good looks and haptic feedback. But the Starry wins on removable battery, convection, temperature control and price. Which could be very tempting to many out there.
XMAX Starry v2 Build quality
This is a well made device. It feels solid and has a satisfying weight to it. There are only two moving parts. The battery door cover and the rotating mouthpiece. They both function well.
Magnets hold the oven cover and mouthpiece in place. It works very well but I was a little scared it could come off when in my pocket. It didn’t happen but may one day.
Also, when rotating the mouthpiece the pressure needed sometimes pushes the top off. Not a major problem – unless you were to drop it in a place it’s not easy to find – club, pub, top of Eiffel Tower etc.
This thing cannot be faulted for build quality. Especially given the price point.
XMAX Starry v2 User friendliness
The Starry v2 is easy to use. Load, turn it on, set the temperature and then draw.
The flat base helps with loading. You remove the top of the oven and mouthpiece. Then you have access to a generous opening for loading your herb. Only issue is you need to put the lid down somewhere, so don’t lose it. Unlike the Fog which has a hinged lid. You can buy a new one in case you lose the Starry v2 Mouthpiece.
– Setting Temperature
One advantage the Starry has over the Fog is your incremental control over the temperature to the exact degree. If you are a control freak like me then you’ll appreciate this.
The readout is very clear, but the numbers are small. Those with not the best sight may struggle to read the digits.
– Ease of Use
Load, turn on, set temperature and draw. That’s about as easy as you can get with a vape. Even without instructions you would figure out how to use this in no time.
The Starry charges via USB and you can also replace the battery. This is the best combination you can have in my opinion.
You can even use it whilst you charge.
XMAX Starry v2 Maintenance and Cleaning
The oven gives a nice easy space to empty the contents. As with most vapes I miss a place to hold a poker. If your herb is packed in well you’ll need one to eject the spent contents.
You can remove the mouthpiece to soak in alcohol should the need arise.
You can replace the Starry v2 battery and it charges with a regular USB cable. So losing or breaking either of these will not block you from continuing to enjoy this vaporizer.
Who Is It Good For?
It’s good for someone’s first vape. At that price you get good vapour and can see if it is vaping is something for you. It’d also make a great second vape for stealthy use. One that is lost or confiscated will not break the bank.
- Temperature control
- USB charging
- Replaceable battery
- Easy to use
- Great price
- Chance you may lose the lid/cover