Vaporizing is all the hype these days as far as state-of-the-art herbing is concerned, and you are simply missing out if you don’t take advantage of the many fine models out there. If you find yourself just a little bit overwhelmed by the various vaporizer units on the market today, and you want a basic model that you can simply fire up to see what the fuss is all about, the Puffit Vaporizer might just be your ideal entry point.

First impressions

puffit vaporizerAt first glance, the Puffit looks more like your typical asthma inhaler than a state-of-the-art vaporizer. Handy and very portable, the Puffit Vaporizer can easily be slipped into your pocket, purse, or man-pouch. Offering a discreet and very convenient method for dosing on-the-go, the Puffit earns high marks for its ease of use and convenience.

The Puffit Vaporizer in use

Using the Puffit Vaporizer couldn’t be any simpler. You first place your herbal material of choice (make sure it’s finely ground), into the top-located receptacle of the unit, which is a plastic-covered aluminum piece that can be unscrewed with a quarter turn. Doing so will reveal the heating chamber of the device, which is powered by the heater element underneath.

The Puffit Vaporizer features an 8-setting rotary dial that allows for a good range of temperatures starting from 120°C and up. The dial is conveniently located on the unit’s mouthpiece, so you can easily set and adjust in the middle of the action. The mouthpiece also houses the helpful LED indicator and a mini-USB charging port for keeping the Puffit charged up and ready for action. These components are thoughtfully hidden from view by a durable silicone sleeve that can easily be removed when necessary.

Battery powered…but just barely

puffit vaporizerCharging up the Puffit Vaporizer from a totally empty battery state takes about an hour, after which time the unit is ready for use. After loading your herb material into the heating chamber and snapping off the magnetic cap, you can heat the device to the desired temperature, which takes all of 30 seconds. Unfortunately, the battery doesn’t last all that long, allowing only about 30 to 40 hits before unceremoniously dying out.

Pros and cons

Although the Puffit Vaporizer generally provides satisfactory performance, there are some caveats. Some users report a slight plastic-like taste to the vapor, which may or may not be too noticeable depending on how particular you are. The unit’s charging cable is also the older, notch-equipped micro-USB variety, rather than the mini-USB design typical of most modern vaporizers.

On the plus side, the Puffit Vaporizer features suitably high-quality components and a good selection of useful features. The gold-coated heating chamber is particularly impressive, with multiple heat sensors providing superior accuracy when heating up your herbs.

Going for $140 to $160, the Puffit Vaporizer provides pretty good bang-for-the-buck. There are quite a few better models out on the market today, but if you are looking for a relatively inexpensive model that delivers satisfactory results, the Puffit Vaporizer is well worth adding to your list.


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