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Peter Reynolds

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Review: The SteamCloud Mini Vape Cartridge Battery

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This product is genius. It makes vape cartridges even more convenient and easy to use.

Since I first experienced quality vape pen cartridges I’ve become convinced they are the future of cannabis, both as a consumer product for adults and as a medicine. They are neat, clean, convenient and if you choose a reputable brand they are the safest, most effective method of consuming cannabis.  The most important factors are that they are made by a safe extraction  process which nowadays usually means CO2 extraction and that the oil is ‘winterised’.  This means it goes through a secondary process to remove plant waxes, lipids, fats and chlorophyll.  The purified product is then safe for vaping.

Of course, in the UK it’s not easy to get hold of any vape cartridges. There are some good CBD products available and for anyone using these I highly recommend they invest in a SteamCloud Mini from NY Vape Shop.  I had to turn to the delights available in California to give the SteamCloud the sort of test it deserves.  I sampled a few cartridges from Absolute Xtracts.  All I can say is it is an absolute tragedy that these lovely little containers of bliss are not obtainable in the UK, in fact nowhere outside California.  If you get to take a trip to one of the enlighted US states where such products are available, you can certainly find similar cartridges and in my opinion, the SteamCloud Mini is the best way to use them.

It charges up quickly using the usual USB  cable. You have to screw on a small magnetic cap to the cartridge first (two are provided in the box) and then this lovely little device just seems to nestle perfectly in the hand, much nicer than the long and rather flimsy vape ‘pens’ which most people are using. It’s also an extremely powerful battery giving big clouds of vapour and lasting a long time.

So I give the SteamCloud Mini ten out of ten. I’d say for the modern cannabis consumer it’s as essential as your pack of kingsize papers used to be.

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Written by Peter Reynolds

April 24, 2018 at 3:43 pm

Review: The Saber Vape Pen

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I’ve enjoyed trying out the Saber Vape Pen over the last couple of months.  It’s a vape pen for concentrates: wax, shatter, oil and all types of cannabis extracts with textures ranging from brittle toffee to gloopy sludge.  In use, the main difference is how easy it is to get the gloop into the bowl – and sometimes it’s not easy, it quickly becomes a sticky mess!

Of course the sort of product that this is designed for isn’t easily available in the UK, so I turned to California for a selection of the delights available there.  I asked for wax but ended up with two types – the first was called shatter but it wasn’t at all brittle, in fact it’s soft and pliable.  The second, which seems to be the latest thing, is known as juice.  It’s a very smooth and thick oil that goes stringy when you pick it up with a dab tool and you have to twist it like spaghetti round a fork to try and poke it into the bowl. I had a selection of strains: Banana OG, Blue Sherbet, Pineapple Express, Nug Run, King Louis OG, Juliet, Starfighter – yes I was that kid in a sweet shop!

Concentrate pens are essentially very simple devices.  They consist of a battery, a bowl and a mouthpiece.  The bowl heats up when you press a button and usually it can be set to three different heat levels.  The big difference is in the technology that the bowl uses, either dual quartz coils, literally two tiny coils at the bottom of the bowl that heat up or a ceramic bowl that is just a clean, uncluttered reservoir where the bottom of the bowl heats up.  The ceramic bowl seems preferable but in practice dual quartz coils generally works a bit better but are more difficult to clean. You really have to try for yourself to see which you prefer.

The Saber comes with both types of bowl and I prefer the dual quartz coils.  The unique feature of the Saber is that it holds together magnetically. The battery connects to the bowl with a magnet which in turn connects to the mouthpiece with magnet, there’s no screw thread at all.  This is convenient and it works well but where it falls down is in connecting to the charger which is also achieved with a magnet.  This means that you always have to use the Saber charger and not one of the standard chargers of which I have many.  This is inconvenient and if you lose or break the Saber charger you’re going to have to buy a new one.

All concentrate pens work in a very similar way and it’s difficult to differentiate between them.  The type of mouthpiece, its size, the overall size of the pen, all these factors effect how each pen works and, to be honest, I think it’s just a question of getting used to each type and learning its idiosyncracies.  I do like the Saber. I have tended to stick with it although I have another three or four in my drawer.  I find it a handy size, it’s not too harsh as some pens can be and, with the exception of the magnet connection to the charger I have nothing to criticise about it.

If you haven’t used a concentrate vape pen before and experienced the effect of a good quality concentrate and the wonderful flavour and intense hit, then it’s something you can really look forward to. Take it slow! It’s very easy to rip your throat out if you pull too hard and as most of these concentrates are 80% THC and more, it’s very easy to blow your brains out!  Even for an experienced cannabis consumer, be careful, these are very, very powerful and you need to learn how to use them so that the experience is safe and enjoyable. When you get it right though, there’s not really anything to beat it. It’s clean, convenient, wonderful flavour and you’re inhaling far less smoke or vapour than by any other method.  In my opinion, this is the best way to consume cannabis.

My Saber Vape Pen came from NY Vape Shop.  Thank you to them for giving me the opportunity to try it.

Written by Peter Reynolds

January 21, 2018 at 4:53 pm