Apex True Dry Herb Vaporizer Review - The Best Vaporizer Under $100
The Apex True Dry Herb Vaporizer is one of the best vaporizers we sell at VapeVetStore.com, and for the price (on SALE now - only $89.95), it's tough to beat.
So what makes the Apex so special? See our review of this portable dry herb vaporizer below:
Real Vapor. No blowing smoke.
Many vaporizers under $100 are not true vaporizers. Instead of producing vapor, they will produce smoke (especially the vape pens out there). They have exposed heating elements and heating coils which will ignite your herbs and tobacco. You can remedy this problem with the use of glass screen filters (which will provide a much-needed barrier between the herbs and coils), but you won't get the amount of vapor you would from a true vaporizer, like the Apex.
In contrast, the heating chamber for the Apex is more like an oven made of metal. The heating element is behind the walls of the chamber. So instead of heating coils burning and combusting your herbs, you have oven walls that heat up to a specific temperature, (either 360, 380, or 420 degrees Fahrenheit). Then, by making direct contact with these hot oven walls, your herbs will release vapor through conduction (contact) instead of combusting.
Make that lots of real vapor.
With the Apex Herbal Vaporizer, not only do you get real vapor, but you get lots of it. This is thanks to the multiple temperature settings mentioned earlier. The hotter the herbs get, the more vapor they will release. By having temperature settings up to 380 and 420 degrees Fahrenheit, the Apex is able to deliver potent amounts of vapor with each hit.
It's important to know that vapor is not as thick as combusted smoke, and it doesn't linger for as long. But this is a good thing! There's less odor in the air, and fewer toxins in your body. So you're not looking for huge smoke clouds here, but sizable clouds of vapor (think, exhaling on a cold, dry day outside vs chain-smoking).
Savoring the Flavor
Improvements have been made since the initial release of the Apex to significantly improve the flavor of the vapor. Vaping herbs and tobacco is a completely different experience than combusting when it comes to taste. When combusting tobacco and herbs, it's going to taste like smoke. There's really no way around it. However, vapor preserves the natural flavor of your herbs. Whether it's a vanilla-flavored tobacco blend or a batch of chamomile, the flavor will transfer straight through to the vapor.
However, the material of a vaporizer can also tint the flavor a certain way. Some vaporizers produce an overall neutral flavor (very little taste), while some may produce an unpleasant taste. The Apex has been designed to provide a pleasant taste that's full of your herbs flavor. For the best flavor, start at the lower temperature settings and work your way up.
Also keep in mind that the Apex is going to bring out the natural flavor of your herbs. Different herbs and tobacco are going to have different tastes, so make sure you're using high quality herbs and tobacco if you're a flavor-chaser seeking the best results.
3x Temperature Settings
Because different herbs and tobacco vaporize best at different temperatures, the Apex features 3 temperature settings (now 380, 4000, and 420 degrees Fahrenheit). This let's you choose the temperature that best suits you. And since higher temperatures release more potent vapor, you can always start at a lower setting and work your way up to the last remaining amounts of vapor.
So you can start at 380 degrees, and when the vapor starts running thin, set the chamber to 400 degrees to keep going. Finally, crank it up to 420 degrees to get what's left. Of course, you can always just go straight to 420 degrees, but the vapor will be very thick initially, so brace yourself.
Cleaning is a Piece of Cake
Some portable vaporizers are known to be high maintenance when it comes to cleaning. The Apex is not one of those vaporizers. Cleaning the Apex is as simple as turning the chamber upside down and giving it a few taps on the side--your herbs should fall right out. The mouthpiece filters will need to be rinsed and washed (or replaced) occasionally, but the actual chamber should remain in tact so long as you empty the chamber after each use and dry your herbs before use.
Should you need to clean the actual chamber, a q-tip and some high percentage isopropyl will do the trick.
Battery Life Could Be Better
Like many portable vaporizers, the one drawback to the Apex is the battery life. Because the higher temperature setting requires more power, you're looking at a little over an hour of use if you stick to the 420 degree setting. This wouldn't be quite as noticeable, but it does require about 4-5 hours to fully charge the Apex.
A select few vaporizers can get up to an hour and a half or two hours at similar temperatures. While the Apex can last this long on the lower temperature settings, it would be nice if the highest setting could go on for over 2 hours.
Luckily, to charge the device, all you need is a micro USB cable (fairly common among smart phones and other electronic devices these days), so should you have access to one, you should be able to charge your Apex, even if you're not home. You can also use the device while it's charging (something that not every portable vaporizer can do), so you aren't held back by the battery.
Yes, we know it's called a portable vaporizer for a reason, but even among vaporizers with this classification, the Apex is one of the more portable options. The Apex is mostly cylindrical in shape and under an inch diameter. The total length with the mouthpiece on is 5.25 inches--so this device is ready and able to fit in your pocket so that you can take it anywhere on-the-go.
+ Real vapor and lots of it
+ Good flavor
+ Great for on-the-go vaping
+ 3 total temperature settings
+ Great price
- Battery life doesn't last as long as other vapes on the highest setting
- Requires 4-5 hours to fully charge
The Apex True Dry Herb Vaporizer is one of the best vaporizers we sell at VapeVetStore.com. Many of our customers have said it rivals (and even beats) their Pax vaporizers. At $150 LESS than other premium vaporizers, the Apex is definitely worth checking out. Thanks for reading our Apex Vaporizer review!