The Linx Hypnos Zero is the new and improved version of their Hypnos pen. It looks just like your standard vape pen for cartridges, but it has a completely different construction.
If you enjoy concentrates and cartridge vapes but find the vapor harsh and you hate wasting product, the Hypnos Zero from Linx Vapor might be just what you’re looking for.
What’s new – unique even – is the wick-less ceramic plate atomizer. There are also improvements to the (650 mAH) Lithium-ion battery, some tweaking of the temperature settings, and adding a 5-click lock function.
E-Z dabs on the go
Dab rigs are effective, but there’s a learning curve to them. The Linx Hypnos Zero is plug-and-play: simply drop your concentrates in the heating chamber (tool included), screw the filter/mouthpiece section on, and hold down the button while you draw smooth, consistent hits.
This is a wick-less vaporizer that produces the perfect level of conduction heating. With its four temperature settings (each heat indicated by a different color light), you can decide what amount of heat works best with your particular concentrate.
A little beauty
Out of the box, I was immediately impressed by the simplicity and clean design of the Linx Hypnos Zero brushed stainless steel body and modular construction of battery, atomizer, filter section and glass mouthpiece sections that screw together.
If you like a minimalist look and feel, this is the nicest looking, most elegant of pens to date. The outer shell is strong, durable, precision-machined, and the brushed stainless steel finish is luxuriously smooth.
At 10cm long (14mm x 107mm) and weighing just 46 g, it’s currently the smallest vape pen we’ve reviewed but it remains easy to hold and use and will go anywhere with you.
The Linx Hypnos Zero vape pen breaks down into three pieces for easy maintenance. The mouthpiece is a glass tip that screws into a separate filter which connects to the all ceramic heating chamber/atomizer.
Wick-less ceramic plate atomizer
Linx did away with the coils, rods and discs used in other pens and went with an innovative ceramic plate at the bottom of the chamber. This bulges up slightly with a depressed rim around it.
This is all your concentrate touches – no metals. The plate is the only part that heats up and it does an excellent job of vaporizing your wax, with very little reclaim.
Slowly rotating the device a bit while you draw while holding it at a slight angle helps your wax coat the ceramic plate and so vaporize (more accurately, atomize) more effectively,
The concentrate capacity is not huge; I’d say that for best performance 0.1grams or a rice grain-sized amount works best. This will give you 10-20 draws (depending on heat setting and draw duration), which is quite efficient.
Smooth, big vapor clouds
The Linx Hypnos Zero produces noticeably smoother vapor than most other pens, which is a big plus. Other wax pens I’ve tried I’ve found to be too dry on the throat.
In general, ceramic elements do tend to provide the smoothest vapor with quartz elements usually provide the purest flavor. The Zero manages to be both smooth and flavorsome.
I used it with some Great God Bud oil (an Indica-dominant cross between God Bud and Grapefruit), and mm-mm, I could really taste the delicious grapefruit terpenes. I tried some CBD distillate, which also vaped well, and with taste.
4 Temperature Settings
Another unique feature of this pen is the four pre-set heat settings. Most pens have 3, a couple as many as 8, but the Hypnos has 4.
Linx recalibrated the temperatures a little, which makes the Zero perform differently than the original Hypnos. The battery life is better, the lowest temp now goes even lower, and the highest temp goes a little higher.
I personally ended up using it on the lowest 2 heat levels most of the time for the flavor quality, and bumped it up to Max (red) once in a while for a really dense draw and vapor.
Airflow is as good with the Zero as it was with the original Hypnos. There are four air holes cross-drilled around the inner top edge of the chamber, and as long as you don’t load too much these holes will never get clogged.
Linx did change the way the screen in the mouthpiece is machined; it has a different hole pattern and now builds up reclaim in different areas. This will occasionally feel clogged for a second when you first take a hit from a cold device.
The little bit of wax that builds up in the mouthpiece covers the holes, but once the chamber is heated up they unblock and performance is not affected.
Industry-Leading Battery Life
The USB charger included in the box screws onto the battery and full charging takes between 75-90 minutes.
When compared to rivals such as the KandyPens Galaxy or the Dr Dabber Aurora, the Hypnos Zero provides the most usage time. Its battery lasts up to 25% longer, I’m guessing because the ceramic plate draws power more efficiently. In practice, this means you’ll get around 15-16 minutes of use, so 65 or more full heat cycles per full charge.
Cleaning Screw Threads
If you overload with concentrate you can also find wax getting onto the threads of the atomizer and causing it to stick when screwing and unscrewing the mouthpiece. This doesn’t really affect its performance but it is annoying and a little wasteful.
To clean it all off simply soak the mouthpiece in some ISO alcohol for a few minutes while you’re charging the battery.
The Only Drawback
The only thing I feel needs to be improved is the buildup that happens inside the mouthpiece. This wasn’t such an issue with the original Hypnos, probably because of the lower temperature used.
The Linx Hypnos Zero is more powerful and this can cause some of your concentrate to splatter and condense inside the glass tip and around the built-in screen. This is less of an issue for the lower heat settings.
If you can get hold of them, the Hypnos battery section can be connected to (510 compatible) threaded cartridges.
Conclusion: Linx Hypnos Zero vaporizer
Overall, Linx Hypnos Zero is a great vape. A tiny, compact pen specifically engineered for use with concentrates that performs near flawlessly and is reasonably priced. When using full-flavoured products, it’s the best tasting pen I’ve tried.
- Excellent modular design and build
- 4 temperature settings
- Great flavor
- Long battery life
- Tiny but robust
- Some splatter residue
- Prone to build up on screw threads
The Linx Hypnos Zero is a tiny design marvel that produces the best flavor of any concentrate pen we have tried. This is thanks to a unique ceramic plate heating element and four different heat settings.