Marketed as a vaporizer, the new Atmos Raw is an amazingly compact, and intelligently designed battery-operated smoking device. The classy pen-style design and rapid heating technology make it one, if not the best looking pen vaporizer, I’ve ever seen.
What exactly makes a vaporizer a vaporizer? Well, for those unfamiliar to the process, vaporization is the changing of a particular matter, say cannabis, into vapor by the process of heating said matter into a vapor.
Encased in a rubber cover that comes in 3 different colors (black, grey and blue), the Atmos Raw is composed of seven parts that fit with one another to make the most unique and reliable lightweight 5-inch electronic “blunt” out there.
Made up of:
- a self-contained battery;
- ceramic heating chamber;
- chamber connector;
- ceramic filter;
- mesh filter;
- metal spring;
- rubber mouthpiece;
the Atmos Raw looks like something out of Ethan Hunt’s spy kit.
The battery can be charged via electric adapter or USB. This is the first time I’ve seen this feature on a vaporizer. But I have to admit I’m not convinced it’s really vaporizing. Why, you ask?
Well, let’s consider the heating mechanism and heating chamber on the Atmos Raw. Compared to other appropriately named vaporizers, like the Magic Flight Box, the heating chamber is separated from the herbal material by a mesh filter. This means that the herbal material is actually heated to vaporization, instead of being burned in the heat chamber, because the herbal material is never touching the heating coil itself.
The mesh filter separates the herbal material from the heating coil. Although the Atmos Raw does come with a removable mesh filter, I’m not exactly sure how to fit it into the heating chamber so that the material never touches the heating coil, and actually gets vaped.
The VapeBuster crew tried several ways to finagle the mesh filter into the heating chamber to successfully vape some nice herbs, but with no success. The heating coil just doesn’t reach a high enough temperature to heat the herbal material when it’s in the mesh filter, and there’s simply no way to tell how far the bottom of the filter is from the heating coil.
If the makers of the Atmos Raw can figure a way to either make a better mesh filter, or a hotter heating coil, this would, by far, be one of the top performers in the vaporizer universe. But, in the meantime, this seems to be a major flaw, and the makers of the Atmos Raw need to do an upgrade on this unit before they can truly call it a vaporizer.
So, what is the Atmos Raw?
It’s one helluva electronic smoking “cigarette”. It smokes like a charm. But that’s just it. It smokes like a charm.
Holding the power button down for less than 2 seconds allows the heating coil to heat up faster than any other electronic smoker I’ve ever seen. Oh and about the power button.. It is a very tiny black button so when we were showing it around in Amsterdam and letting people try it out (yes we love living here), they were having a bit of trouble finding it. So that was a complaint we got a lot.
On the other hand as soon as our willing test subjects tried it out, their biggest response was: ” where do I get this thing. ”
The Atmos Raw is listed at a very justifiable price and has a 3-year parts replacement warranty.
If you want all the health benefits of a vaporizer then the Atmos Raw is bit of a pain to get working like a real vaporizer, with the mesh and all. But, maybe that’s just me.
It delivers full, thick smoke. And, if you’re not particular about whether you’re smoking or vaping, and you’re looking for a discreet, reliable, compact and battery-operated pen-shaped challis that makes you look like a rock star ready to sign autographs from your Porsche, then the Atmos Raw is most definitely for you. If you are looking for a true vaporizer in the sense that there is absolutely no combustion you should have a look at our detailed Pax vaporizer review by Ploom and our Arizer Solo review. Among the portable vaporizers these two are the best portable vaporizers that are currently available on the market.