The WISPR is the butane-fueled successor to Oglesby & Butler’s Iolite, the first truly portable vaporizer. While it sticks to the ‘walkie-talkie’ design, the WISPR made some big improvements – easier to fill, better mouthpiece, smoother vape and quieter – hence the name.
Sshhhh! The WISPR vaporizer is the next-generation of butane-fueled vaporizer from Ireland manufacturer, Oglesby & Butler, the creators of the first truly portable vaporizer in 2008 known as the Iolite.
This time O&B has taken a time machine back to the 1970’s with their “walkie-talkie” design on the WISPR vaporizer. This vaporizer is a bit wider and squarer than the futuristic-style design of the Iolite.
Weighing in at 126 grams (4.5oz), the WISPR vaporizer is available in five different colors.
The WISPR vaporizer comes with 2 instruction manuals, one carrying pouch, 1 packing tool, 1 moisture condenser, 1 set of screens, cleaning tools and two extra mouthpieces. See pictures below for details.
Although the look of the WISPR vaporizer could make one assume that it is a predecessor to the Iolite, the WISPR solves a lot of the concerns of Iolite classic customers.
First of all, the WISPR vaporizer is not as warm to the touch as the Iolite, which makes it more comfortable to hold in your hand for any duration of time. It also makes this portable vaporizer more appealing to carry around and use on the go. The WISPR will get warm in use, but not uncomfortably so.
The very visible fuel level window is a new feature that shows the amount of butane fuel in the vaporizer. No need to play guessing games on how much butane is inside. This new feature is fantastic, especially for forgetful stoners like me. One Butane filling of the WISPR vaporizer seems to last a bit longer than the Iolite as well (approximately 2-3 hours).
The filling chamber has been made slightly larger, and is much easier to fill. The design places the filling chamber on the attachment, rather than on the device itself, which makes the process of adding your herbs a little less time-consuming and cumbersome. A smoking session will last for around 15 minutes.
The new, softer Silicone “straw”, with it’s cooling tip, makes for a smooth inhaling experience. It can easily be folded back into the design of the WISPR.
The design of the Iolite wasn’t flexible, which makes it a bit awkward to carry around if you’re trying to be discreet. The mouthpiece of the WISPR folds down which also locks the chamber in, so it can’t open in your pocket. The silicone material of the straw is an excellent heat insulator which is an added bonus.
Although the Iolite WISPR vape probably will be the portable vaporizer to beat on the market, like the Iolite, it still lacks a customized temperature control feature that allows the temperature to be adjusted.
You can take me back to the 70’s with the design, but, at least take me back to the 90’s with the cost. Or, at least knock off a few bucks until you folks at Oglesby & Butler work out that customized temperature control thingy for the WISPR.
Probably the best practical feature of the WISPR vaporizer, and the one that will make it the prime vaporizer on the market in the future, is how quickly it turns on. With an ingeniously simple two-click button design, the first press halfway down delivers the butane to the heating chamber. The next press down starts the heating process.
Within two minutes the device reaches, and steadily maintains, the designated temperature of 190C (347F). An orange temperature control light on the vaporizer indicates optimal temperature when the light switches off.
The most astonishing feature is that the WISPR vaporizer creates a surprising amount of visible vapor for its size. The heating regulator keeps a steady temperature, making the amount of vapor consistent without fluctuations. The device is also less noisy than it’s predecessor, making its’ name well deserved.
The new WISPR does NOT have a clear butane window. The company is using different materials now.