The Kandypens Session is a portable e-nail for herbal concentrates. It’s essentially a 2-in-1 device since it can be used with a glass rig, or as a standalone vaporizer. The Session battery looks like a box mod and utilizes a proprietary atomizer that features a coil-less heating system.
The device runs on an internal 1200 mAh battery and features four voltage settings. It also features a session mode, like the Crystal 2, which runs automatically for a minute during your session. We will be testing out the Session using a glass rig and also with the included glass mouthpiece. Keep reading to find out how it performs with THC and CBD concentrates.
The Session was sent courtesy of Kandypens for the purpose of this review.
The Session comes with everything you’ll need–minus the water pipe and dabs. Luckily, it’s compatible with most 14 mm female connections, which is one of the most common sizes. The attached glass connection sits flush inside the 14 mm pipes that we’ve tested with it so far. If you have an 18 mm connection, you will most likely need to use an 18 mm to 14 mm adapter.
The device itself looks like a compact box mod with a glass pipe stem at the bottom of it. The kit also includes a dab tool keychain, charging cable, mouthpiece and pre-installed atomizer. The battery is covered under the famous Kandypens lifetime warranty. The atomizer and other accessories are available for purchase on their website. Let’s have a look at its features.
The Session has a pretty low profile design standing at just 64 mm tall. It weighs about 125 grams, which is pretty lightweight considering its battery capacity. The atomizer is seated inside the device and protrudes half way. It utilizes a proprietary connection that is not 510-compatible. That also means you can’t use it with oil carts, but it’s not meant to be a 510-threaded battery anyway.
The atomizer features a fully ceramic heating plate and chamber. These types of atomizers tend to last longer and deliver cleaner flavor than the typical single or dual-coil atomizers. They also provide an experience that is closer to a real rig, with smooth and flavorful puffs like a dab pen.
The top cap has a little carb hole in it and can be swapped out with the included glass mouthpiece. When used as a standalone device, it performs more like a dab pen, but with a box-like form factor. In this mode, the kit could actually pass for a miniature squonk mod.
Using the Session is relatively simple. It utilizes a one-button operation similar to the Crystal series. Whether you’re using it in dab mode or as a standalone mod, it utilizes the same functions. The only difference is you’ll need to replace the top cap with the glass mouthpiece.
You can slide out the glass stem when you’re not using it with a water pipe. It’s held on by three clear O-rings. The chamber holds a nice amount of concentrate, but you don’t want to pack more than 0.2 grams at a time to avoid flooding, plus the atomizer will tend to last longer.
We tested the Session in both configurations. It works great as a standalone unit, with performance comparable to the classic Gravity and Donuts Kandypens vapes. It provides an airy draw with a light and flavorful puff. If you’re familiar with dab pens that utilize ceramic heating, it’s a similar experience in terms of flavor and vapor production. It puts out some smooth and tasty clouds. The mouthpiece never really got too hot after a full session either.
The real test was using it with a water pipe. The puffs were similar to the ones in standalone mode, except the bubbling water cools it down and allows you to take much bigger hits. It vaporizes dabs rather quickly, so start with the lower voltage settings (yellow and green) and work your way up to red or blue—or use the manual firing mode instead of session mode.
The clouds were pretty big in general, but on the smoother side due to the ceramic heating system. The performance is on par with most of the portable e-nails we’ve tested. It was a smart move for Kandypens to make it compatible with standard glass rigs instead of a proprietary piece. That gives you a lot more freedom and makes it convenient for travel. Plus you can continue using it in standalone mode when you don’t have access to a glass piece.
Testing for the Session was done on a full charge. It lasted for a full day of heavy use. You can really run through a ton of sessions before having to recharge it. It also does pass through charging, so you can keep on going after the battery is fully depleted. The sessions never end! The battery life will vary depending on your voltage, and the device charges in about an hour.
After each session, you can gently clean the chamber with a wet cotton swab, preferably dipped in a little bit of alcohol. To fully clean the device, you need to disassemble all of the parts including the coil, the metal tube inside the device, the coil cap and/or glass mouthpiece.
Soak all of the little pieces into alcohol and wipe clean before putting everything back together. You can also clean the inside of the device using a cotton swab when everything is removed. It’s generally going to be easier to clean if you reduce your sessions to smaller dosages.
All in all, the Session gets the job done. It provides nice flavor and is a modern alternative to the more traditional dabbing devices. The only major cons we could find was that the coils utilize a proprietary connection and are a bit pricey at $29.97. But they have a robust design that seems to be fairly durable. It doesn’t have a 510 connection, so it’s not compatible with most atomizers. The kit itself isn’t cheap, but it’s right on par with similar devices and offers a lot more versatility.
The Session is obviously geared for clean flavor and smooth hits of vapor. It gets you lifted without burning out your throat (or burning you out). It’s also easy to use, compatible with the most common style of water pipes, and comes with a lifetime warranty on the battery. If you can’t decide between a portable e-nail or a dab pen, the Session exceeds both requirements.
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