While Forbes contributor Curtis Silver called it the “black light poster of vapes” in this title for his review of the new 5th Degree by Prohibited, Inverse’s Corey Plante reported that it’s “a product that stands apart from its competition.”
While we could discuss Plante’s report in more detail right now, we are instead going to point out the fact that Silver took a hilarious approach to constructing his own review of the 5th Degree vaporizer, which you can see in his opening sentence: “Bro, do you like vapes bro?” Or perhaps more so in his followup sentence: “Do you like sugar skulls and dragons and Ed Hardy hats bro?” We couldn’t help but laugh when we read his opener. This guy, Silver, certainly has a way with words. But he also has a keen eye for business and branding, quickly cutting through the 5th Degree’s facade and striking at its core as he notes that it’s basically the V2 Pro Series 7 with “some hip branding” that results in a $50 price increase. But it’s more than that and that’s not a point missed on Silver as he notes that it also has a cartridge designed for concentrates instead of a cartridge designed for liquids. Or more specifically, it has a wax cartridge instead of a liquid cartridge, which is one of the reasons why it is in reality its own vape even though it is essentially a modified V2 Pro Series 7 with new graphics.
While Silver starts his review published on the Forbes website with a loud claim, he ends on a more sober note as he calls it “pretty solid” while noting that it could be a little less expensive.
The Prohibited 5th Degree vape, like all of the Prohibited vaporizers, has a titanium wrapped dual quartz rod encased in ceramic, which, according to Prohibited, makes the vapor taste better than vapes which use lower quality materials for their heating coils – a claim reportedly confirmed by Inverse’s test subject.
One of the vape’s big selling points, beyond its obviously relatively compact design offering a high level of portability, is the ease at which its users are able to transition from one type of blend to another using its cartridge system. The system employs magnetic connectors to seal the cartridges in place, which eliminates the need to thread pipe cleaners through it in order to clean it. Subsequently, this is supposedly one of the easier vapes to clean and maintain, or at least that’s what we’ve gathered from analyzing various reviews of it.
Prohibited put together a video showcasing their new vape, which they shared on Vimeo. Here it is:
What do you think, is the Prohibited Fifth Degree all that or just another portable that you won’t be spending your hard-earned dollars on?
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!
Vape World, a vaporizer store that now carries glassware in addition to vaporizers and their accessories, maintains a page on their website dedicated to their top sellers and new products. This month, the list contains 27 products. Below is a list of these products along with their descriptions and some added insight. These are in no particular order.
Eyce Beaker – This is a glass water piece by Eyce. It features a built-in stash jar, ice catcher, platinum cured silicone body, borosilicate glass bowl, a magnetic ring to attach anything metal (such as a “poker” tool), and a lid intended to be used as a flat area to work on. Built with discretion, durability, and quality in mind.
Higher Standards Blazer Big Shot Torch – Higher Standards has collaborated with Blazer to produce a High Standards Big Shot Torch. This Japan engineered torch is capable of providing more than half an hour of burn time at a temperature of 2500 degrees Fahrenheit. Butane powered, brass flame nozzle, instant piezo crystal ignition, precision flame control, and a base that detaches. These are the selling points on this portable butane torch with builtin anti-flare technology. This is not your average torch, it’s a hi-tech piece of art that provides extreme heat on the go.
Pax 3 Complete Vaporizer Kit – Available in four colors, this portable vaporizer kit comes with everything one needs to vape, just add blend and you’re ready to go. Made by Pax Labs, the Pax 3 is the latest in the highly successful line of portable “Pax” vaporizers, which started with Pax 1 years ago. At the time of writing, VapeWorld offers a free 4-piece aluminum grinder for those that purchase this kit. It comes with the newest Pax vaporizer, its concentrate insert for vaping extracts, power charger, screens, mouthpieces, multi-tool, half pack lid, carrying pouch, and maintenance kit. The Pax 3, which is a dual-use vaporizer that works with dried blend blends and concentrates (even liquids), is covered by a 10-year warranty. Wondering how good it is? Check out our analysis of the Pax 3 vaporizer reviews published by some of the loudest voices in the vaporizer review scene. For reference, the four color options it’s currently available in are black, rose gold, silver, and teal.
Dr. Dabber Boost – This portable eNail designed for non-liquid extracts heats all the way up to 700 degrees Fahrenheit in just half of a minute. Fully charged, it’s capable of delivering more than 50 hits before it needs to be recharged via its micro-USB charging cord. It comes with a glass water attachment, ceramic nail, domeless titanium nail, quartz nail, a couple of silicone containers to store your blend in, a magnetic carb cap, and a magnetic loading tool. Basically, everything you need to vape solid concentrates except the concentrate itself.
Hydrology9 Portable Vaporizer – The Hydrology 9 is arguably one of the most intriguing products on this list. It takes the dream of a water filtered portable vaporizer and turns that dream into a tangible reality. It offers a leakproof water filter made from borosilicate glass. It has a porcelain oven, a 2000 mAh LiPo battery, and it’s made from aircraft-grade aluminum. From what we understand, this puts the early manifestations of the idea to shame. Here is truly, from what we’re told, a portable vaporizer with a water filter that’s worth the money. Plus, VapeWorld is currently giving away a free grinder with every purchase.
G Pen Pro – Grenco Science’s “Pro” G-Pen vaporizer is an attempt to take what your typical e-cigarette offers in terms of instantaneous heat up of liquid blends and apply it to dry blends. It offers three custom heating temperatures, an extremely compact design, and a large ceramic oven. It comes with a poker attached to a key chain, a cleaning brush, and a USB charging cable. The latter of which offers pass-through charging, which allows the vape to be used while it’s recharging. Did we mention it has a price tag of roughly $100?
Snoop Pounds Rocketship Water Pipe – Some of you may already be aware of rapper Snoop Dogg’s involvement in the vape scene with vaporizers like the Snoop Dogg Bush by Grenco, but did you know he was involved in the development of water pipes as well? That’s what this is, a water pipe designed by the man himself. It’s the “Rocketship” made by Pounds by Snoop. As is all the rage these days, it’s made from borosilicate glass – both the pipe itself and the bowl. It has an extra-thick base, ice catcher, and storage compartment. And it comes with a glass dabber made by Pounds.
Pax 3 Basic Kit – $50 less than the complete kit, the basic kit comes with just a couple of mouthpieces, a charger, maintenance kit, and the vape itself. The big disadvantage to this kit in comparison to the complete one is its lack of a concentrate insert, which buyers will have to acquire separately at an additional cost if vaporizing extracts with it is something that they’re interested in.
Yocan (R)Evolve – The new Yocan Evolve vaporizer is based on the original Evolve, which notably did well for itself and its manufacturer as far as sales are concerned. Designed for concentrates, this 650 mAh Lithium-ion battery powered portable vaporizer pen boasts an instant heat up time and a quartz dual coil atomizer. What’s particularly interesting about this little vape is its low-temperature vaping method, which, according to its maker, is intended to maximize flavor.
G Pen Elite X Stash Collaboration – Grenco Science is a vape manufacturer that clearly respects the power of multiples, in this case two – Grenco and legendary New York born graffiti artist Stash, who boasts prior collaborations with companies that include world renown Nike shoe company. This is basically Grenco’s popular G-Pen Elite vaporizer with a new skin, one that we’d called funky fresh. We dig, very appealing. Only it’s more than that as it come with something you won’t get anywhere else: a stash container that looks like a can of spray paint, only with a splash of Stash’s style. Also, it comes with a resealable stash bag that’s also covered in the same theme as the vape, spray paint stash container, and even the vape’s charging dock. The G Pen Elite is a dry blend only portable vaporizer with an ergonomic design that boasts a coilless ceramic heating chamber, custom temperature option, large oven capacity, and a total size that’s compact enough to casually slip into a pocket.
Santa Cruz Shredder Vogue Aluminum Spray Grinder – Reminiscent of the G Pen Pro X Stash vaporizer’s spray paint can style storage compartment, this aluminum grinder, a Santa Cruz Shredder, too mimics a spray paint can. And it also has some funky graffiti style art on it, only it’s quite a bit different and instead of graphics strewn across it, it just has some graffiti style text lettering on part of it. It’s available in 5 different color schemes and boasts bi-directional teeth for shredding blend, durable thread pattern, textured grip, and magnetic enclosure. They’re CNC machined from aluminum and measure 1 and 5/8 inches in diameter.
Blazer Lab Burner – This is not a vape, but a contraption that utilizes a butane torch to rapidly heat extracts at a high temperature. It’s compatible with a quartz nail, dish, or bucket and its butane capacity is adequate enough to power a full hour of use. It’s capable of operating at up to 2,370 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cloud Paragon – The Paragon portable vaporizer by Cloud Penz is listed with a price tag of $99.99, making it a potential contender for the best portable vaporizer for under $100, but according to the Vape World store, it’s currently out of stock as of the time of writing. Even still, we’ll tell you a bit about it. It’s a battery (2200 mAh) powered portable designed for concentrates. It uses a dual ceramic-rod titanium coil atomizer to heat the blend and a micro USB cable to recharge its battery. It offers a cool feature that’s by no means the standard at this time and that’s the ability to adjust the vaporizer’s airflow.
Volcano Vaporizer – This is the vaporizer that vaporizer review website VaporizerShark.com called “the best desktop vaporizer” in their review of the higher priced variant it’s available in, the digital Volcano Digit. The Volcano Vaporizer is a Storz & Bickel creation that’s sold in two distinct styles: the analog “Classic” and the digital “Digit.” The analog system entails a dial that is turned to adjust the temperature. The digital version entails a large display that shows the temperatures, both set and current, and large buttons that move the desired (set) temperature up and down. What makes this desktop vaporizer unique is its forced air balloon delivery method that literally inflates a balloon with vapor. In order to do so, it relies on an internal fan which draws air in through a filter which it then heats, allowing it to push heated air through the blend, transforming it into vapor which it then pushes into a vaporizer bag to be captured for casual consumption.
Firefly 2 Vaporizer – Smaller and lighter than the original, this new Firefly vaporizer uses dynamic convection heating technology to quickly vaporize whatever you put in it, be it concentrated or dried blend. It heats up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit in just three seconds. This is one of the fastest heating portable vaporizers for dry blends on the market. And it offers a high end range of 500 degrees Fahrenheit, which is great for those intent on using it to vape concentrates. It’s available in multitude of color options which include patterns and skins like zebra and oak wood. In addition to having a fast heat up time, it also has a relatively quick recharge time of just 45 minutes. It uses a USB 3.0 cord to recharge. The lid is magnetic, which ensures a snug fit that won’t likely come loose on mistake. And for its vapor path it uses borosilicate glass, which, as we stated earlier, is all the rage these days.
Phil Frost X Burton G Pen Elite Vaporizer – Comes with collectible Phil Frost mini luggage, a charging dock, USB charging cord, tool, and card. This collaboration between Burton, Phil Frost, and Grenco Science is designed by Frost. If you haven’t seen it, you may want to check it out. It has a really interesting design. We approve. This is otherwise just another G Pen Elite with a different skin.
Linx Hypnos Zero – Interestingly, this portable vape pen designed for concentrates was listed as “out of stock” on VapeWorld’s online vape store at the time of writing. While we don’t know why that is exactly, we can tell you a bit about this vape. It uses a ceramic disc heater, has a glass mouthpiece, recharges via a micro-USB cable, and has four temperature settings to choose from. At a glance, you’ll likely take note of its compact and simple design. This is one vape that’s not hard to use – that much is for sure. And it definitely won’t be taking up too much space in your pocket because it’s one of the smaller portable vapes out there.
DaVinci IQ Vaporizer – Here is a portable vaporizer that, like quite a few on this list, requires no introduction. But then again, some of you don’t keep up with what’s happening in the vape industry all that closely, which is, of course, why you have us – to keep you informed with an endless stream of vape news updates from your favorite source for vaping news, VaporizerWire.com (the site you’re at now). The IQ has more features than we care to list, but the gist of it is that it’s a compact portable by the company that brought us all the Ascent and like the Ascent, it was designed with the purity of vapor in mind. It’s designed for dried blends, has a user-changeable battery system, advanced digital temperature controls, an app, and a lot more options to customize and fine tune your vape sessions than you might have thought was possible. One of the features that does well to distinguish the DaVinci IQ from the rest of the portable vapes in its class is its Smart Paths technology that allows its user to map out its temperature throughout sessions and program them in for quick recollection. Now while it is in fact designed for dry blends, ground material that won’t leak, there has been some speculation as to whether or not it can actually support some forms of concentrates even though it isn’t technically designed for it. According to Vaporizer Shark, you can in fact vape some forms of concentrates with the DaVinci IQ, however, this may not be advisable given that doing so could not only damage the vaporizer, but also void the manufacturer’s warranty – which obviously leave you in quite the predicament in this worst case hypothetical scenario.
Summit Plus Vaporizer – The Summit+ by the Vapium vaporizer company is likely one of the most rugged portable vaporizers and quite possibly the most durable for under $150 (it’s priced just a penny under). It’s really built with an active lifestyle in mind. What it might lack in way of features, it aims to makeup for in durability, portability, and ease of use. The Summit Plus, an intentionally tough little vape. It has vibration notifications, which is a featured shared by other vapes like the IQ by DaVinci and Pax 3 by Pax Labs, and it comes with a 2-year limited manufacturer’s warranty. Did we mention it’s splashproof? Don’t take this to mean waterproof but it will shed some water without issue if you’re in just about anything shy of a downpour. But we wouldn’t intentionally push it to its limits if we were you. It comes with a dry bag, cleaning kit that includes a brush, more brushes, wipes, extra screens, a pick style tool (poker), mouth guards, manual, and a USB charging cord that allows for pass-through charging (you can use the vape while it’s charging). It offers simple temperature controls reminiscent of what we saw with the Pax 1 vaporizer only a bit more advanced and definitely a little easier to use. Its vapor/air path is stainless steel and it offers a total of 8 temperature settings that range all the way up to 440 degrees Fahrenheit.
Crafty Vaporizer – When Storz & Bickel makes a vaporizer they make absolutely sure of at least one thing: that it works and that it works well. For years, the German manufacturer was known as a plugin vaporizer manufacturer, but one renowned for its Volcano series of vaporizers, the Volcano Medic, Digit, and Classic. But now, in light of the release of their two highly successful portable vaporizers — the Crafty being one of them, the Mighty the other — they’re now known as a vaporizer manufacturer, with no limitation to plugins, regardless of how good they are. The Crafty is designed for all types of blends: liquids, waxes, dried, and whatever else. For dried blends, it’s loaded as normal. For everything else, a concentrate insert is placed in the heating chamber. This insert, a liquid pad as it’s known, is what the blend is applied to. This simple accessory is all it takes to transform it into a portable concentrate vape. It offers vibrating alerts, an app that connects to Bluetooth enabled devices, a high-efficiency heat exchanger, and it, unlike the Mighty, might actually fit in your compact thanks to its relatively compact design. It uses a combination of conduction and convection to produce vapor. It comes with a grinder, manual, mouthpiece, liquid pad, extra screens, filling aid, power adapter and USB cable, extra seal rings, and a cleaning brush.
Storz & Bickel Reducer – This is an accessory built specifically for the Plenty and Volcano vaporizers by Storz and Bickel. Their portables, Crafty and Mighty, already have capsules that fit just right so there’s no need to use this reducer with them. The capsules and reducers both allow their users to use less blend in the ovens. A simple but effective solution to those who only want to pack a little bit of blend, as opposed to filling their heating chambers.
There are other products on the list that we’ve left out. You can see the complete list by visiting VapeWorld’s official online store.