Cloud Vaporizer is small, easy to chill outdoor. However, it makes use of concentrates, which is a bit pricey.
The Shape of Vapes to Come?
I’m going to have to make a couple of confessions here, so I’m holding my hand up as I start this review: I’d never vaped with concentrates before. Not the modern super-pure ones anyway (since hash is a concentrate, just with more vegetable matter).
Secondly, not being a concentrate user, I’d kind of ignored the emerging ‘e-pen’ category. You know, e-pens? Technologically situated at the interface between traditional vaporizers and electronic cigarettes?
Enter the Cloud
Then I saw the Cloud Vaporizer Platinum (slightly smaller dimensions than the original), tried it out and was an immediate convert – this thing is a-mazing! I’m just not sure about concentrates, but we’ll be talking about that elsewhere.
It turns out there are dozens of broadly pen-shaped vapes out there. What’s special about the Cloud Vaporizer is the level of refinement, and the fact that they were the first (and prompted a number of copycat knock-offs).
Pretty as a Picture
The Cloud Vaporizer is barely more than 3 inches long with slim line clean, metallic-finish lines. The mouthpiece pops off to reveal a small chamber heated by a tiny coil. Load a crumb or wax, shatter or khif, pop the mouthpiece back on, hold down the one button for 5 seconds and inhale.
As you can see from the various videos, the Cloud Vaporizer does what it says on the tin: makes whopping clouds of vapor! You can palm the whole device like an e-cigarette, so it is supremely discrete. It is also invisible to metal detectors, so you can travel safely with it.
Cleaning is easy, the battery has a lifetime warranty, it comes in lots of vibrant and cool colors. What more could you want?
Rise of the Zombie Knock-offs
The makers have already picked up 3 High Times awards since launch in 2012, and are currently suing one of the more blatant of the knock-offs.
The Cloud Vaporizer Platinum price is a bit above the cheaper rip-offs but below the over-engineered pens that do the same job in a less elegant package.
The inhalation is a little forced, taking place through a small hole. In the Platinum model, the mouthpiece tip comes off so you can suck at a more vigorous rate. With the cheaper but no less attractive original Cloud Vaporizer, you can’t.
Cloud Vaporizer: Future of Vaping?
But is this the ‘future of vaping’ as the makers claim? Not when it can’t handle herb. Europe has been slow to jump on the concentrate train; there are good arguments for and against their use.
We’ll be paying concentrates more attention in the future. Especially now there’s no need for a blowtorch-and-nail contraption.
With good iceolater going for up to 60 Euros a gram in Amsterdam, I’m unlikely to make the Cloud Vaporizer my regular go-to vape. But for a treat now and again? Absolutely!