Iolite Vaporizer

Iolite Vaporizer

Probably the most ingenious portable vaporizer there is, the Iolite vaporizer was when it first launched light years ahead of any other portable vape other than Iolites latest portable the WISPR vaporizer.

There is no electrical connector. There is no battery.

The Iolite is efficiently powered by butane, which makes it the most technologically advanced portable vape ever made.

As long as you have a can of butane this thing can be used anywhere.

The Iolite is available in a variety of colors. It comes with a travel case, butane fuel and a wand whip mouthpiece.

The Iolite has a very stealthy design and could easily be mistaken for a walkie-talkie or mobile phone. It fits snugly in your hand, is extremely easy to operate without adding additional parts, and heats up to optimum temperature within two to three minutes.

It’s made from medical grade plastic, which gives the Iolite a stamp of approval from the medicinal marijuana community.

Created by Ireland-based Oglesby & Butler in 2008, the Iolite uses a patented “flame-less” butane gas catalytic heater and thermostat for vaporizing using catalytic conversion technology.

The thermostat is metallic, similar to the Volcano and is capable of reaching 190° C (374° F).

The butane conversion takes place within a separate chamber so it is safe to inhale the vapor.

The Iolite vaporizer has a simple on/off switch and another button to start the heating process.

There is a small light indicator on the side of the vaporizer to let you know when optimum temperature has been reached.

The mouth wand can be removed from the Iolite, which has the filling chamber at the opposite end so it can be filled with herb. It holds a good .5 grams and can produce enough vapor to take a surprising 12 to 15 hits.

The Iolite vaporizer maintains optimum temperature very well, but it does take some time to heat up (about 5-7 minutes).

For the simple fact that this vape is so incredibly portable (literally pocket-sized), I can ignore it should heat up faster. But, I think if it did it would have to be a bit bigger to have a faster/more powerful thermostat.

Patience is needed to start it up to reach max temp, but the Iolite does a great job of maintaining temperature.

The Iolite is a rather quiet device and is pretty much undetectable. If there are no other sounds (music, TV, street traffic, whatever) going on around, it’s easy to hear that it’s running. Otherwise you’d have to hold the Iolite close to the ear to know it’s working. And once it heats up there’s no sound at all.

I’m not sure the ingenious technology of the Iolite is worth its $200 price tag. The vaporizer itself and the mouthpiece can get quite warm, and I’m a little cautious about extended use of the Iolite.

Should you get one? Yes. No question, the Iolite is attractive, light, easy to use and does what it’s supposed to do.

I have no qualms with portability issues. To me, there are none. But repeated use could cause some durability concerns.

Oglesby & Butler does have a 2-year warranty on the Iolite if that’s any consolation.

So, there you go. The pros and cons sort of balance each other out, which makes the Iolite one of my top portable vaporizer picks. Get one!


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  • Sanford M.

    I am the proud owner of 2 Iolites. When they worked they worked great. They only worked for about 3 months each. Both of them no longer light. The ignition units are burned out in them. The warranty says they must be sent back to Ireland for repairs. I don’t think I would buy them again.

  • Johnathon

    I got one of these for my birthday. The Iolite is easy and great when you’re one the go. I suggest the Iolite vaporizer for anyone that has a busy schedule and is on the road frequently. I like it because itʼs fueled by butane vs. relying on rechargeable battery packs.

    • Frosty

      I also like mine and have been using it for a few years. Still no issues.

  • Jaysrage

    The iolite is great when it works, yes!
    But the problem is it is very poorly designed and doesn’t work properly for very long. It does come with a 2 year manufacturers warranty, but it is SUCH A BIG EFFIN HASSLE TO USE YOUR WARRANTY!!! I am going through the process right now & have been for a month now. It probably doesn’t help that it is an Irish company, but to be fair- I recently had to use the warranty on a pair of headphones i purchased from a Swedish company & they were so prompt, so hassle free- amazing!! But with iolite, before u even get the authorization to send the unit in u have to jump through a bunch of hurdles. Emailing back and forth with sum tards, answering the same lame questions over and over again. Poor response time & horrible customer service. Highly disorganized company.

  • Bcvagabonds

    Do not buy an IOLITE vaporizer – they are cheap, overpriced junk with faulty ignition systems and a customer service department that misleads you, cheats you out of your warranty, and then insults your intelligence by pretending you are the only person who uses their product for anything other than tobacco! Tell everyone you know NOT to by an IOLITE. Thanks for reading.

  • Mr S B

    I have just returned my iolite after about 2 years of daily use, as the piezo finally gave out. On receipt I had an email informing me that a replacement would be posted the same day, this is service I have rarely received from any manufacturer or supplier. As a fully portable device that requires nothing but a can of gas to keep it going when out and about even for days on end I cannot fault it in any way.
    So big thanks to Ann Marie Baker at Oglesby and Butler and I will now save up for the new improved model

  • beth z.

    I have owned 4 of these units. Every single one has worked great for a while then had different problems that rendered them useless. I agree with the other responses that it is a huge hassle and takes MONTHS to get them replaced. I’ll be sending my latest off this week and looking for something different in the meantime.

  • NEVER, never, never buy this stuff and ask your friends to refrain from buying.
    You will have several weeks to try, and then it will be dead. In the meanwhile, before you will realize that the quality of “smoking” is terrible you will lose some great portions of weed because the weed container does not have any lock and opens in your hands.
    The company named Iolite without any properly working telephone will tell you by email only that you have to send your vaporizer to their Ireland office at your own expenses, or they refuse your claim at all for stupid reason.
    Iolite is the worst to buy.

  • Swiss_Talk

    I got mine 7 mos. ago and use it almost every day, sometimes twice or trice a day. I don’t see any problems with it, may be I’m just lucky))). But it works great! I also add an optimizer to speed up the process and I’m happy!

  • Fred

    I had one too, its a cheap gadget who does not last and is not enjoyable. Definitely a ripoff. Go for something else. BTW butane is not convenient at all.

  • TOmtom

    worst vaporizer I have ever used….I have TWO broken ones sitting next to me…..DO NOT BUY!!!!!!!!!!

  • ardenus free

    The chamber does not stay attached to the unit after several months of sporadic use. Their “customer service” (quotes intentional) informs me the chamber needs to be replaced once or twice a year, and is not covered under their warranty. Check out the price on line.
    This is really really shabby.
    They have lost a customer…..

  • Gary Halpin

    Just a fair warning for those considering purchasing an Iolite. They have horrible customer service and their units don’t work at higher altitudes. They don’t mention this at all on their website nor do any of their merchants. I purchased a WISPR only to discover that it didn’t work. I had to ship it back to Iolite at my own expense, and after 6 weeks — yes 6 weeks and tons of calls and emails — they sent me a replacement. Of course, this unit didn’t work either. I finally got someone on phone who told me they knew these didn’t work at my altitude (I live in Denver, 5,000 feet above sea level, certainly not Mt Everest). My butane lighter works fine, even at 10,000 feet, so go figure. After sending 2nd unit back and another 6 weeks, I get a message that “the device works fine.” No shit Sherlock, you are testing it at sea level. So now they refuse to refund my money, instead offering yet another replacement unit that I know will not work. It’s really pathetic customer service.

  • lolly

    The Iolite sucks at high altitudes. I live in Colorado Springs and it lights maybe one in ten tries. I can’t light it AT ALL at higher altitudes.

  • BobJ

    I bought an Iolite about 6 months ago and it worked great for a while but then had trouble lighting. Apparently they has trouble lighting after a few months. Last night I tapped the Iolite on a padded carpet and it broke the case, no more Iolite for me. I assume the burner built up carbon or who knows but if there isn’t any way to clean the burner, I don’t want it. I’m going with a battery operated unit next, has to work better than butane. Incidentally, I used 5 times filtered butane from the start so it wasn’t because of inferior butane.