HipVap Portable Vaporizer Intro
Yes, that was a pretty awkward commercial by the folks at HipVap but the real question is how does it compare to other portable herbal vapes on the market? Today we will take a look and find out. I think it is amazing how many new tiny vaporizers are coming out and some of them perform beautifully. One of the biggest drawbacks has been the prices of these products but the HipVap seems to be quite a value at only $150! Of course the question is how does it vape, and from what I have seen so far, the HipVap performs up there with some of the best portable vapes to date.
Price – $149
HipVap Portable Vaporizer Specs and Features
- 1 HipVap™
- 2 Pods
- 8 Oil Wicks
- 3 Screens
- 2 Extra Mouth Pieces
- 1 Charger
- 10 Pipe Cleaners
- 2 Smell-Proof Bags
- 1 Instruction Booklet
- Pulsing Red: Heating Up
- Solid Green: Ready To Use
- Pulsing Blue: Cooling Down
- Display ‘Lo’: Low Battery Warning
- Programmable Temperature LED Display
- Heat From Room Temperature To 380⁰ F In 60 Seconds
- One-Touch Reheat Function
- Programmable Auto-Off Function
- 2 x 1700 mAh, 3.7V Lithium-Ion Batteries For 2.5 Hours Of Continuous Use
- Charge With Included USB Wall Charger In 4 Hours
- Charge From Computer USB Port In 8 Hours
- Displays Temperature In Real Time
- Left Button – Adjusts Temp By 2⁰ F (from 150⁰ To 430⁰ F)
- Right button – Adjusts Auto Shut-Off Time (60 seconds to 10 minutes)
- Vaporize While Charging
- Compact Design Fits Comfortably In Your Pocket Or In Your Hand
- Precision Machined Aluminum Housing With Steel Parts
- Spring-Loaded Easy-Flick Herb Chamber Door
- Vaporizes Dry Herbs & Concentrates
I mean this thing literally looks like a flask. Yes, they did that with the Vapor Flask which is one of the coolest looking mods ever so why not make an herbal vape with the same design? It feels very easy to grip and has a matte-black finish similar to the Goboof Alfa. I love the brushed finish on the chamber door and the metal trimmings on both the bottom and top of this device. It has a classy look to it and is very discrete. It is also very light weight and easy to carry and conceal. The door opens with ease and snaps right back into place. I also prefer the mouthpiece on it to the Alfa’s.
The vapor that this little thing produces is really good. I have been comparing it with the Alfa by Goboof since they are similar in size and I can say this thing definitely puts out just as much vapor. The flavor is also quite good, especially for such a small device. I like to start out around 360 and then work my way up to 400 and sometimes even 420 to get the most out of my herbs. The quality of vapor at higher temperatures is obviously going to be harsher but you can get a very satisfying puff that does in fact simulate smoking. I also think the herbs have a stronger effect on this setting.
This product is designed very well and has a simplistic yet rugged style to it. The herb chamber door slides out, but doesn’t feel like it could easily snap off, like some other products. It seems as though they put a lot of thought into the long term usage of this device. This thing is built to last. It just feels solid, however you can throw it in your pocket and almost forget that it is even there due to the fact that it is so lightweight and tiny. It doesn’t feel like they cheaped out on any single part of this vape. Even the buttons and nice beefy mouthpiece screams quality, just like the rest of it.
Using this device is very easy. It literally has 3 controls which are pretty much self-explanatory. You hold the power button until it turns on, and then you adjust your temperature using the up and down arrows. Then you can also adjust the amount of time before it automatically shuts off, which is actually a very cool feature, using the up and down buttons that have a little clock on them. It heats up pretty quickly within about a minute or so, and you can actually see the temperature rising. When you are done with a session, simply turn the HipVap upside down and open the door and pretty much all of your herbs will just fall out. Then you can further clean your chamber with a small brush or pipe cleaner. Eventually you can replace the screen when it starts getting very dirty. Overall, the convenience factor of this product is very good in regards to overall maintenance.
From what I have seen, this device is actually quite efficient. With only a small amount of herb, you can get a nice session’s worth of vaping. The best part is that when you’re done, you can just flick the door open and dump everything out. I must also mention how evenly it vaporizes the herbs.
For $150, this device is nearly half the price of the Pax 2. I can’t say whether it performs better or not because I haven’t tried the new Pax, but I definitely think it performs just as good as the first one, if not better. I would also put this device up there with the Goboof Alfa, despite the fact that it is $50 cheaper. I personally think that they could have sold this product for $200 or more, easily. I think they brought the price point way down to give it an extra edge over its competitors. The Alfa does have longer battery life, so you are essentially paying $50 for that extra half hour of battery life.
- Has the ability to vape concentrates/oils
- Good value for price
- Micro-USB charging port
- Good battery life (about 90 minutes)
- Evenly vaporizes material
- Stylish and sturdy yet lightweight design
- Full control over temperature
- User-controlled auto-off timer
- Nice comfortable, beefy mouthpiece
- The chamber screen is hard to remove
- You can’t stand it up while loading
- Buttons are not very visible
Overall Rating – 9 out of 10
Another successful portable vaporizer! This product is easily up there with the best vapes out there to date, many of which cost nearly double in price! To me, this is evidence that the portable vape market is taking off. Companies are becoming more competitive to try and create the perfect portable herbal vaporizer and HipVap is on the right path. It was actually difficult for me to think of any cons for this product, and the ones that I listed were very minor. Obviously, the pros outweigh them. For the price, I highly recommend this unit. HipVap is shaking things up and raising the bar!
Update: Since this vape hit the market, there has been a lot of new innovation. I would also highly reccomend looking at the new Grenco Gpen Elite which is a solid performer in a similar price range as the HipVap.