Now and then, companies send us medical marijuana-related products ranging from vaporizers to board games to books. We showcase them in our quasi-regular product review section, Stoner MacGyver.
The latest? Puffit stealth personal vaporizer.
What is it, dude? The Puffit. It's basically a stealth herb vaporizer that is shaped like an asthma inhaler.
How much coin will it run me? $100 to $130 online.
Where can I get one? Gotvape.com are the folks that sent us our Puffit to try out.
Sometimes being stealth is not a matter of hiding what you're doing; it's about making what you are doing look normal. So in that sense (and in the most nerdy of ways), the Puffit is one of the coolest portable vaporizers we've seen. While most hand-held flower vapes tend to look like walkie-talkies, the one from Discreet Vape is designed in the shape of an asthma inhaler.
On a basic level, the Puffit works the same as an actual inhaler: you push down on the top to release the medicine through the mouthpiece. On the inside, though, the Puffit is slightly more technical. By removing the magnetically attached mouthpiece cap, you turn on the power of the pipe. Temperature is adjusted on the right side of the mouthpiece, and the Puffit comes with a little chart giving you approximate temperatures for each setting on the dial, with "8" being the highest, at 430 degrees.
Unscrew the aluminum cap that mimics the medicine bottle of an inhaler and it reveals a sizeable brass bowl with a metal screen at the bottom. Pack that up with herb as you would a bowl, screw the metal lid back on, and the Puffit is ready to go. Holding down the metal top for two seconds activates the heating element. Then, all you have to do is wait for the flashing red light to turn green before taking your hit. The heater runs for about ten seconds before the current shuts off to prevent overheating. The included instruction manual is beyond simple, and even the most technologically challenged among us will be able to figure it out.
Hitting the pipe was easy, if slightly geeky, and it produced some sizable clouds of vapor from the start. Our Puffit was in use for a week straight and there were never any issues. It puffed well, never got clogged and held a steady charge. It also has a few bells and whistles that come with it, like a USB charger, custom poker, extra screens and a wire insert for the aluminum lid that acts as a stirrer for the bowl. Clearly, a lot of thought has gone into the packaging of what is really a pretty functional vape. It's not going to fool people sitting right next to you, by any means, and it's not stealth enough to pull off in a crowd without getting caught (unless you're at, say, a Jimmy Buffet concert). But I see it working for people who can step out to the patio at a wedding or work function to discreetly get down on some THC.
Continue for more of our Stoner MacGyver Puffit personal vaporizer review. But not everything is up to par with the level of aesthetic design. After about five or six hits, the aluminum cap of the fake medication bottle heats up, along with the brass element inside, to scalding temperatures. The pipe comes with a clear silicone rubber end cap to put on top of the aluminum, which helps dissipate the warmth when using it, but you've still got to mind what you're doing if you're packing up another bowl too soon after finishing your last one. It's not just your hand getting burned that you've got to worry about. The vaporized herb you pull into your mouth is hot -- a lot more so than the output from the oil-based personal vaporizers. And it's definitely a cooker compared to a Silver Surfer or a Volcano bag. I found my front teeth uncomfortably warming up if I didn't angle the vape just right.
There are other minor issues, too, like how completely cleaning the Puffit is nearly impossible. Traditional pipe cleaners will work to de-gunk the piece when it eventually gets clogged up with oils and tars, but there's no way to take it apart and really get at anything with rubbing alcohol. Because of that, the vape is always going to smell like a vape.
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That being said, the end cap and the mouthpiece cap keep the thing from ever stinking.
The $130 Puffit definitely has its market, though. We've reviewed some solid personal vaporizers here at Stoner MacGyver over the last year, but all either require expensive refill cartridges or straight hash oil to operate. That's fine for the tough puffer, but there are plenty of people who want to be able to vape their own flowers on the go while remaining low-key in the process. And if that is you prerequisite for a portable piece, then the Puffit should be on your short list, even if it's not as efficient as other portable flower vapes, like the Launch Box and the Iolite.
Let's face it, though: If the Puffit is attractive to you as a consumer, you probably care more about how unnoticeable your vape is than anything else.
We can't guarantee all products sent in will be reviewed here at Stoner MacGyver, but if you've got something you think is the greatest invention since sliced pot-bread, send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.