There’s a new portable vaporizer in town that’s turning heads and it’s called the Hydrology9 by Cloudious9, a new vaporizer startup out of San Francisco, California’s Bay Area, the East Bay to be exact. Not far off from where Pax Labs, makers of the Pax portable vaporizers, are headquartered (SF).
This new vape of theirs, the Hydrology9, which some people are calling the Hydrology 9 vaporizer (notice the little space between “Hydrology” and “9”) for whatever reason, looks like it could be the most futuristic portable vape on the market. But is it really? While we won’t speculate on how well it works at this time, the reviews are in and it looks like the general consensus is that it is, at the very least, a good vape. Although some, like TorontoVaporizer and Vapesterdam, seem to think (based on their reviews) that it could stand to see some improvement. Either way, the reviews we analyzed appeared to be mostly positive in nature, which has us thinking that this vape might actually be as good as it looks – and boy does it look good. This is one hot looking vape, or should we say cool? Cool seems to be more appropriate given its design, which centers around a water filter built directly into the vape itself.
Beyond the obvious (the water filter), this new portable does have some features to showoff. These include multiple temperature presets, auto-shutoff, an anodized aluminum and borosilicate glass body, and an LED lighting system used to convey various aspects of the vape’s status such as which temperature setting it’s on and how much juice is left in its rechargeable battery. One of the features that really has us wondering what the folks at Cloudious9 are up to in their free time is the dance mode in which the lights dance for you. This cool little feature, which might sound less cool than it actually is, has two modes: fast and slow. With all that this vape offers, which frankly isn’t as much as some of the other portables it’s competing with, it seems pretty hard to overlook its big selling point: the water filter.
Bringing their concept of a water filtered portable vaporizer to life was no easy challenge, according to Cloudious9. Or at least, doing so in an aesthetically pleasing fashion was no easy goal. As it sounds to us and based on the end result that we see (the Hydrology9), we can’t help but think that it does indeed sound like nothing shy of a daunting task to fuse water filtration with vaporization in a design that’s both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Assuming it works as well as the reviews out there would have us believe, we congratulate Cloudious9 on their innovative design as it truly appears to be something entirely new – a vape that breaks the mold. We’re not only impressed, but intrigued. Did Cloudious9 just raise the bar for Pax Labs, DaVinci Vaporizers, Storz & Bickel, KandyPens, Arizer, and everyone else?
And if you’re wondering if there’s a possibility that it could leak, potentially mixing water with electronics in a fashion that would make us cringe, Cloudious9 claims that it’s “leakproof” – a claim that they back with a warranty.
We’ve Seen This Before – Haven’t We?
The first time we came across this design concept, a portable vaporizer with a water filter, was when VaporBlunt launched the VaporBlunt 2.0 DLX, which offered a “hydrotube” attachment that was essentially a glass water filter that you popped on top of the vape. Now while this sounds the same, it’s actually different. Quite a bit different at that. The vaporizer’s specifics aside, the water filter with the VB 2.0 DLX is actually a separate piece that’s not required for the vape to function. Meaning that the vape itself is actually a standalone portable vaporizer capable of functioning without the hydrotube attachment. The Hydrology 9 on the other hand has a water filter that’s incorporated directly into its design, leaving it as a central component necessary for the vaporizer to function.
The Hydrology9, which online retailer VapeWorld listed on their new products and hot sellers page earlier this month, is made from a space grade aluminum alloy, its mouthpiece from borosilicate glass, and its oven from food grade porcelain. Its oven measures 18 x 10 millimeters and its body, the entire vape itself, measures 45 x 175 millimeters.
For a battery, it uses a cell phone grade 2000 mAh lithium polymer that, according to the manufacturer, lasts for about 15 sessions and recharges in anywhere from 2 to 3 hours.
Usually, we would tell you a bit about the temperature information for a vape such as this while discussing it, however, that information has not been made available by the manufacturer. Subsequently, we don’t have much to work with here nor to talk about. It has 5 preset temperature settings to select from, none of which do we know the corresponding temperatures for. We’re not even sure what the temperature range is at this time, not the high end nor the low. We will do our best to update this segment when and if that information is provided by the manufacturer. All this aside, what we do know is that it takes about 60 seconds for it to reach proper vaping temps, which isn’t all that long given the multiple minutes it takes some vaporizers to reach similar temperatures.
Portable Or Cordless Handheld?
While this is touted as a portable vaporizer, some have brought its portability into question. At just over 6 inches tall, it’s not the shortest nor the most compact portable out there. But is it still a portable? It runs on internal battery power and requires no cord to operate, plus it’s small enough to carry in any number of bags. Which is why we would say that it is a portable, however, we do recognize that it’s really pushing the definition to its limits.
Share Your Thoughts
What do you think about this new vape – is it all that or just another failed attempt to combine the water filtration with portable vaporization? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment in the comments section below. And thanks for stopping by. From Vaporizer Wire to you, stay safe out there and keep on vaping!