At the time of writing, the ThermoVape has been available for a good six months, but I never got around to trying it out. Until recently, when I was able to borrow the T1 edition from a friend. I’ve been using it for close to a week now and I’m reporting my findings in the review below.
First off, I feel it is important to note that there are several different ThermoVape types available, with different voltages and adapters. This can be confusing, so here’s a small rundown of the differences:
ThermoVape T1: 30 watts. Large bowl that holds about Two fully charged batteries will give about 10-12 hits.
ThermoVape Evolution: 20 watts. Gets hotter than the T1, providing less hits, although more powerful and no stirring in between is required. Initial versions were made for use with extracts and oils, but with a flower adapter it also allows the user to vaporize herbs.
The ThermoVape is available in black and white. As for myself, I particularly like the white edition. Overall, the ThermoVape looks stylish and clean, and its small size definitely makes it easy to carry with you wherever you’re going. The packaging (a transparent plastic jar) is simple, but then again, it’s the inside that counts, right?
Ease of Use
Needless to say, I did not bother to read the instructions when I first picked it up. There are no buttons to be found anywhere, but switching it on is both simple as it is clever. The battery compartment is unveiled by unscrewing the top part from the bottom, and the batteries go in a aluminum tube. To heat up, you simply slide the aluminum upwards, and the batteries will connect. It will now immediately start heating up.
The upper part can be unscrewed too (this vape is completely modular) and the bowl is located just below the mouthpiece. Depending on the material, I’d say the bowl holds between 0.1-0.2 grams of grinded herb.
Heating up only takes about 5 seconds, and by looking through the screen of the bowl (through the mouthpiece) you can tell this vape gets hot FAST. To use the ThermoVape you simply load the bowl, move the slider up for a few seconds (and keep it pressed) and you’re ready to vape.
Vapor and Taste
I was actually surprised by the pure and clean taste of the first hit. This was at a somewhat lower temperature, and not much visible vapor was observed. After keeping the slider pressed for a prolonged time, the hits got thicker. Vapor was a little bit dry and somewhat warm, which may have to do with the short route between bowl and mouthpiece. A longer mouthpiece is available seperately, which we didn’t try but I’m sure will help with deal with this.
When keeping the slide pressed for too long, it is possible to combust. It takes a bit of a feeling to get used to the right amount of time to inhale, but I don’t see this as a huge issue.
While some stirring in between hits is required, the ThermoVape heats the herb nice and thorough. It is important not to pack your herb too tight, as this will not only make it harder to inhale, at the same time making it more difficult for you to stir your herb in between hits.
The batteries last about a full bowl, so it won’t hurt to always have a fully charged pair (or two) lying around.