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Brian Cooper

About Brian Cooper

Brian Cooper is a lifelong resident of Ohio and has been an advocate of cannabis use for many years. When not partaking, Brian enjoys to hike, ride his bike, and play guitar. Brian started ExpertsofHerb in 2014.

Masterdam Grinders Review: A Consistent Grind Everytime

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Masterdam Grinder

9.4

Grind

9.5/10

Kief

9.0/10

Quality

9.0/10

Price

10.0/10

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From Golden Gate Grinders to Phoenician Engineering, BestGrinder.net has done more herb grinder reviews than any site on the web.  So we were surprised when we found a prominent grinder brand that seemingly slipped through our grinder reviewing fingers.  This is the case when it comes to Masterdam Grinders. Founded in Amsterdam, Masterdam has been putting out quality herb grinders since 2014 and is a well established brand, selling grinders on the Amazon marketplace, Amazon UK, and other online and offline shops around the globe.

Let’s dig deeper and see what exactly Masterdam grinders offer that help them stand out from other herb grinder brands in what has become a very competitive market.

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9 Best Bongs For Your Herbs In 2019

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It’s a laidback hobby, but don’t be mistaken: the marketplace for bongs is full of competition offering you a great variety of styles and features.

Whether you’re looking for a simple beaker for that reliably-smooth experience, or a more intricate percolator for those uber-cooled rips, we’ve got you covered with a list of the best bongs for your bucks!

We’ll be covering a variety of specs, ranging from carb holes, glass sliders, wide bowls, ice notches, and much more.

So check out the list below to find out which bongs made the cut.

 

1. Black Leaf – ELITE Cylinder 6-Arm Perc Bong with Carb Hole

 

Best Bongs For 2018

Behold! This is the kind of bong that blasts you off and gives you something to marvel at afterwards.

Beautifully-crafted 5mm borosilicate glass curves up an elegant 39cm height, showcasing all of its internal features.

The slitted diffuser adapter comes in at 18.8mm while a whopping 14.5mm funnel bowl leaves plenty of room for all your needs.

But let’s talk percs: Black Leaf has incorporated a 6-arm slitted tree perc that, when paired with the ice notch functionality, will create the coolest vapors so you can enjoy powerful puffs.

You’ll also get a great splash guard which helps keep bong water contained in the system—instead of in your lungs. From the top to the bottom, this piece was designed to maximize functionality and comfort.

With a carb hole and rubber carb stopper, you can be intimately in charge of each rip. Buy Here

 

2. Snoop Dogg Pounds Battleship Herb and Concentrate Bong

 

From Snoop Dogg’s own signature line, the Battleship bong will have you ripping hits like the king of green himself.

5mm borosilicate glass comprises the 32cm height, peaking atop the chamber with the red Pounds logo.

But let’s talk functionality. This is a percolator bong, and it’s well-equipped for the job.  A three-tiered perc system utilizes one honeycomb design and two tornado discs.

The result is a holistic system that provides incredibly cool and filtered vapors for your inhaling pleasure.

Add to this a fixed downstem with a 14.5mm male joint and 14.5mm herb bowl with a roll stopper handle, and you’ll be ready to rip.

But it gets better: this multi-function bong can be easily switched for different modes. Simply swap out one bowl for another and you can go from waxy concentrates to herbs with ease.

For added stability, the entire bong sits atop an extra-thick glass base to prevent any spills. Snoop Dogg has made a name for himself as the king of green, so you can bet that any bong under his name will live up to his…high standard. Buy Here

 

3. Straight Glycerin Ice Bong with 8 Arm Tree Perc

 

This one gets straight to the point—literally!

The Straight Glycerin Ice Bong presents itself with a straight tube design, but for what its appearance lacks in complexity, it makes up for in functionality.

First, let’s just point out one of its coolest features: the glycerin jackets that can be removed and placed in the freezer. Once icy, replace it onto the bong and enjoy the extra frigid boost!

Reaching 15 inches tall, it includes a slitted diffuser, 18.8mm female joint, and an 18.8mm male bowl slide.

And now….for the perc. This bad boy comes equipped with an 8 arm tree perc that will work wonders on vapors, chilling them out. Unlike many other models that neglect percolators entirely, this one offers that ultra-filtering effect you’ve come to know and love.

Rip in style with various color options to choose from, all emblazoned by the company’s slogan: Instrumentum Percolatus. Buy Here

 

4. Trailer Park Boys Bubbles Face Beaker Bong

 

And so we come to it: the first beaker bong on the list. Beakers are great because of their simplicity—not unlike the Trailer Park Boys themselves.

But sometimes simpler is better, and that’s exactly what this bong provides.

First, its design: you’re greeted by the standard beaker base profile while a sassy curved chamber creeps up the top.

Keep your sessions lighthearted with “Trailer Park Boys” emblazoned across one side and Bubbles’ face watching clumsily from the base.

But don’t let the humor distract you from the cold hard specs: this bong is no joke.

At 12 inches tall, it’s made from high-quality glass while utilizing a diffused downstem, ice notch, and removable bowl. In many ways, this bong is the best of both worlds. You get a serious, durable rig with all the comedy you’ve come to know and love from the Trailer Park Boys.

Throw a couple ice cubes down the chamber and enjoy ice cold rips with the boys! Buy Here

 

5. Grav Labs 8.75” Helix Flare Water Pipe

 

From one of the premiere bong producers out there, Grav Labs has created something truly special here.

Their Helix Flare Water Pipe may look a bit alien at first, but it’s actually very elegant and all serves rip-enhancing purposes.

The beaker segment harkens back to a standard style while the base flares out widely.

Made from high-quality borosilicate glass, the bong is sturdily balanced, especially with the flaring base—accidental spills are unlikely!

You know how precarious some sessions can get, especially when you’ve got your more…reckless friends over. But with this bong’s flared base, unintentional spills will be a thing of the past.

At 8.75 inches, it’s a stout piece that packs a punch and facilitates glorious rips! Buy Here

 

6. Hitman Fresh Tech Orbital Recycler

 

What happens when science meets bongs? You get the Hitman Fresh Tech Orbital Recycler—the bong you have to see to believe.

At first, it might look like a miniature model of some elaborate telescope. But don’t fret: it’ll all make sense in a moment.

Made with high-grade borosilicate glass, the unique design all suits very important functions.

A hammerhead percolator sits in the bottom chamber while the “orbiter recycler” contains a small chamber that spins quickly.

This spinning motion generates cyclone-like motions to enhance filtration and frigidity, making each rip an icy cool pleasure.

Flavor and coolness is only further enhanced thanks to re-filtering water where toxicities are removed and purities retained.

Additional features serve to sustain functionality and ease-of-use, including a downstem (14.5mm male joint) and a 14.5mm vapor dome.

For added comfort, the mouthpiece is flared for a secure yet gentle fit—a great compliment! Topping off the whole package is the company’s Hitman logo.

With all these features, it could seem a little overwhelming, but overall it is an elegantly simple rig. You’ll also be surprised with how easy it is to get used to.

Simply put, this system will create some of the smoothest, coolest rips you’ve had. Buy Here

 

7. Grace Glass 7mm Straight Cylinder Ice Bong

 

The Grace Glass 7mm Straight Cylinder Ice Bong is full of perks—namely, 2 percs stacked on top of each other for an unbelievably smooth rip.

“Ice” is a fitting name for this beautiful 58cm piece made of 7mm thick borosilicate glass—fully transparent from top to bottom.

But for those in-the-know, the dual-stacked percs will stand out the most—and no, it’s not just a redundant gimmick. Each perc is of the 10-arm tree variety, ensuring each inhalation is smooth and cool.

Great additional features include a 29.2mm tank joint that contains its own 6-arm tree percolator diffuser—a downstem of 29.2mm > 18.8mm.  Additionally, you’ll get an 18.8mm glass slide bowl that comes with its own glass handle, keeping the entire system ergonomic.

The Grace Glass includes a carb hole, which is a great inclusion for those who prefer a more intimate and manual experience. The included rubber carb stopper increases the range of use and preference.

Topping it all off is a gorgeous bubbly-glass design atop the chamber, adding a floaty, ethereal look for every and all future sessions. You’ll also be treated to the Grace Glass logo emblazoned near the top—a fitting name for such a gracefully-designed piece. Buy Here

 

8. ROOR Blue Series Bong

 

Yes, they don’t look fancy, or complicated. They may not be a big crowd-pleaser, but these ROOR Blue Series Bongs are the reason you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.

From the very base, you’re treated to quality engineering with the hexagonal base that resists even the most reckless accidental elbow nudges.

The ROOR uses a non-diffuser downtube and a glass funnel bowl. Additionally, it comes with a three point screen made of glass—and although there’s no percolator on this model, you can still expect incredibly smooth, thick, and cool rips.

The joint size is 14.5mm for a bong that emphasizes simplicity over complexity. This makes it a master of one instead of a jack of all trades.

In some instances, too much complexity can become a burden. Focusing too much on endless features could create an overburdened system. However, simplicity is sometimes key, and this is certainly the case with ROOR.

It functions as straightforward as it looks, keeping things simple like a standard beaker bong with its own unique features. You won’t find any extra features like ice notches or carb holes, but this is where the ROOR’s strength is.

As is customary with all ROOR bongs, this one comes with its own unique authentication seal. This serves to ensure that you have not obtained an inauthentic sham version sold by unauthorized third-parties.

In keeping with their commitment to authenticity, these bongs are handmade and will often vary slightly from one item to the next. For all the right reasons, this makes ROOR that much more an incredible experience. Buy Here

 

9. Marley Natural Smoked Bubbler

 

It’s hard to not get sentimental when you hear the name “Marley”, and the signature line of bongs named after the legendary musician are no exception.

The Marely Natural Smoked Bubbler is simple yet elegant. In terms of its visual design, things stay sleek and light. In fact, it’s extremely lightweight—a natural consequence of its simplicity.

Thanks to its minimal parts, functionality and cleanup will remain quick and easy. The system operates largely through the bubbler which, once filled with water, pairs well with any dry herbs of your choice.

As with any product officially aligned with the Bob Marley name, it has to live up to a high standard. The bong’s wide bowl does it justice, allowing for big servings for even bigger rips.

Smooth, cool, and dense, each inhale will maintain flavor and quality like only Marley could. Buy Here

Genius Pipe Review

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Genius Pipe

8.1

Smoke

8.5/10

Features

8.5/10

Quality

8.0/10

Price

7.5/10

Pros

  • Allows you to pack your bowl before you leave and prevent spillage
  • Has a patented dimple filter design to cool smoke and provide smooth draws
  • Comes in a wide variety of colors and styles
  • A more classic smoking experience compared to vapes

Cons

  • Pricey when compared to other pipes

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The vaporizer market has truly revolutionized the way in which you can consume your stash.  With discreetness and less harmful chemicals, it has become the most popular way to enjoy herb.  That being said there are some things about vaporizers that some smokers may not like.

First, vaporizers take out a lot of the flavor that comes from the herb.  The truth is that many of us like the flavors from cannabis and find this to be a disappointing aspect of vaporizing.  Second, you have to deal with temperature settings and charging the battery of a vaporizer which can become cumbersome.

For those of you who still want the full experience of smoking, but without the unwanted burning and coughing, Genius Pipe has the product for you.  Genius Pipe is a pipe that brings a lot of new features to the table to enhance the pipe smoking experience.

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Our Picks For Best Cannabis Websites

As cannabis advocates, BestGrinder.net has done a lot of surfing the web on different cannabis-related websites. It can be hard to find the best since there are so many out there and it can sometimes be tough to find good resources through search engines. Because of this we decided to create this list of the best cannabis websites on the internet.

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PenSimple Is A Brand New Take On What An Herb Grinder Can Be

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PenSimple Grinder

7.5

Grind

7.5/10

Kief

6.0/10

Quality

8.5/10

Price

8.0/10

PenSimple Herb Grinder

One thing about herb grinders is that almost all of them seem to have a similar design and shape.  There may be slight variations between each model in terms of teeth shape, size, number of pieces, etc., but at the end of the day they use the same basic principals to grind your herb.  This entails putting the herb in the top chamber of the grinder, and turning the lid so that the teeth grind your stash to perfection.

In general, I go by the mantra of if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it, but that doesn’t mean that the herb grinder market couldn’t use some fresh ideas.  For any readers would like a new take on herb grinding, the folks at PenSimple have got you covered.  They have completely reimagined the herb grinder and come up with the PenSimple Grinder.  It looks totally different than your run of the mill four piece aluminum grinders, and because of this has some unique features.

Design


As with the namesake of the PenSimple, the shape of this grinder is akin to a pen.  This makes it easy to hold and manipulate so that you can aim the herb with precision.  Dimensions for the PenSimple are 7″x1″x1″ with a weight of only 4.3 ounces, making it very lightweight compared to typical aluminum weed grinders.

There are four pieces that attach with the PenSimple Grinder.  As with standard grinders, the PenSimple has a grind chamber made up of a lid with teeth and bottom with holes to allow the ground herb to fall through.  With PenSimple there are only a few small teeth on the lid, but none on the bottom part of the grind chamber, like you see with typical herb grinders.

It is important to realize that the PenSimple does not grind your herb for you.  This is still a manual process.

What it does do is help to dispense the ground herb out of the tip making it easier to get the herb in your joint or bowl without spillage.  With a simple push of a button your ground up stash is neatly dispersed with pinpoint accuracy.  I love this feature, and is certainly a step up from typical grinders where you have to use your fingers or scraper tool to manipulate the herb.

Materials

PenSimple Grinders are made of aircraft-grade aluminum, meaning this thing is built to last.  We are glad to see PenSimple use such quality materials on their grinders as it shows they take quality seriously.  Another positive is that it doesn’t appear that PenSimple’s design requires any glueing of components, making it less likely that any individual part will break loose.

Three Different Grinder Modes

Unique to the PenSimple Grinder is the flexibility of having three distinct grinder modes.   The three grinder modes are full, maximum-storage, and direct-grind.

Full Mode

This is default mode of the PenSimple.  Load the herb in the grinding chamber, and once ground it is ready to be unleashed at the push of a button.

 

Maximum-Storage Mode

For when you are traveling, or on a hiking trip having the maximum amount of herb ready to go is a must.  Maximum-Storage Mode allows you to store up to 3 grams of your finest herb by removing the top and bottom grind teeth.  In this mode you cannot grind any additional herb.

PenSimple Grinder

Direct Grind Mode

Take out the storage compartment and then you have an efficient grinding machine.  This is perfect for when you want to keep a small stash fresh and grind on the go.  This mode holds up to .25 grams, but can be ground on command and still dispensed using the electric point and shoot tip.

PenSimple Direct Grind

What PenSimple Should Improve

In the future, PenSimple should strongly consider adding an electric element to the herb grinding process.  Having both an electrical grinding process and the automatic dispensing tip would go a long way to set the PenSimple apart.

Another issue with the PenSimple is that the 1 inch diameter design creates an environment where it is easy for herb to clog the unit.  PenSimple will have to choose between keeping their grinder portable-friendly with a frequent cleaning requirement, or to make the diameter larger meaning the grinder would become slightly less portable.

Price

PenSimple has made some bold innovations to the herb grinder, and as such you can expect to pay more for this grinder than your average four-piece aluminum grinder.  At $60, the PenSimple is not a bargain, but is cheaper than premium American Made grinders like Phoenician.  This is a reasonable price point for this product.

The Final Grind

PenSimple has changed the herb grinder game with its point and shoot design.  This certainly makes filling your bowl easier than ever before.

We wish that PenSimple would have added an electric grinding component, and are surprised that the actual grinding process is still manual.

Whether this is a good choice for you will depend on how much you value the point and shoot electric dispensing feature.  If this is a big deal to you, then the PenSimple is really the best choice.  However, for those who care equally about other functions like storage capacity, grind quality, and grinder jamming, we recommend you look at conventional high quality grinders.

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Kozo Grinder Review: Does It Live Up To The Hype?

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Kozo Herb Grinder

8.1

Grind

8.0/10

Kief

8.5/10

Quality

8.0/10

Price

8.0/10

One of the hottest selling herb grinders to hit the market in recent months is the Kozo Herb Grinder.  This grinder has been selling so well that it appears that Kozo has had a hard time keeping it in stock.  The reviews for this herb grinder are also stellar leading to a good reputation.

At BestGrinder.net we like to dig a little deeper to see if the sales volume and reviews match up with the quality.  Let’s take a close look at the Kozo Grinder’s pricing, features, and quality.

Grinder Design

Outer Design

The Kozo Grinder is no doubt a good looking herb grinder.  I personally like the black and white lines that are included as design elements on the outside of the Kozo.

Another feature on the outside of the Kozo Herb Grinder is the indents that span vertically from the top of the grinder to the bottom.  These are part of the herb grinder to enhance the grip so that you can twist the lid with greater ease.  The more grip you can get the more grinding you can do, its that simple.

Teeth

Kozo Grinders feature square shaped teeth that have sharp edges to help break up herb.  I’ve mentioned before that I like diamond-shaped teeth similar to those featured on Black Tie Grinders.  Diamond teeth do a better job at shredding herb with the least amount of force.

That being said, the teeth on the Kozo Grinder are not bad and will work for most herb fans.  For those who are serious herb connoisseurs you may want to find a grinder with diamond shaped teeth.

Other Design Components

Updated Design

Kozo has had a round of updates in an effort to improve upon their original herb grinder.  This update primarily includes an increase in the height of the walls on the removable herb collection piece so that the Kozo Grinder can hold more herb.

Size

Kozo Grinders come in a single 2.5 inch diameter size.  This is the most common size for personal use herb grinders and should satisfy the vast majority of herb grinder users.

Price

It appears that Kozo varies the price of their herb grinder frequently.  I’ve seen the Kozo Grinder priced anywhere from $20 to $24.  If you are set on getting a Kozo Grinder and see that it is at the higher end of that range it may be worth waiting a few days before buying to see if the price drops.

Variety

Colors

Kozo currently only comes in black.  Certainly a choice that will work for most, but not exactly exciting.  Hopefully in the future Kozo will expand their offerings to include more colors.

Quality

The Kozo Grinder is most similar to The Rocket Grinder in terms of quality and styling.  Both are fine grinders, but not the best of the best.

Kozo Grinders feel solid in your hands and do have a smooth turning action, which is a big plus.  If they’d switch over to diamond shaped teeth this grinder would be really hard to beat.

The vast majority of reviewers have been happy with this grinder, with a select few mentioning that the bottom set of teeth fell out after a few uses.  This is a common issue with grinders made from two pieces of aluminum that are glued together.

Fake Reviews?

For those who are unaware the reputation of Amazon’s reviews have taken a beating lately.  Some sellers are using unethical tactics to get unwarranted positive reviews.  This means you may end up buying something that isn’t what you expect in terms of quality.

We are not going to accuse Kozo of these practices, but their reviews do appear to be too positive for the quality of their product.  In fact, reviewmeta.com also finds their reviews to be suspicious.

Does this mean you shouldn’t buy a Kozo Grinder? No, but you should realize that their current rating on Amazon is likely inflated.

Extras

Kozo Grinders do not come with many extras.  Their grinder box does feature their logo, but is a simple brown cardboard box.  Included with your purchase is a pollen scraper which is common with most herb grinders.

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Summary

What We Like About The Kozo Grinder

  • Updated design allows for the grinder to hold more herb
  • Priced fairly reasonably and similar to the competition
  • Has indentations for your fingers which enhance grip

What We Don’t Like About The Kozo Grinder

  • Square teeth are simply inferior to diamond teeth
  • Uses two pieces of aluminum which means the bottom set of teeth may fall out over time

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Atmos Ruva Kit Review

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Atmos Ruva

8.3

Vapor

8.0/10

Features

9.0/10

Quality

8.0/10

Price

8.0/10

Pros

  • Customizable heating settings that range from 330-430 degrees
  • LED screen that makes the Ruva easy to use
  • Rubber outer cover is heat resistant
  • Vapor quality is strong even with moderate draws

Cons

  • Only works for dry herbs (no waxes or concentrates)

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Portable vaporizers have become more technologically advanced over the last five years and now have some great features that used to only be found on full-sized vaporizer units.

Atmos has brought the Ruva to market as their attempt to compete in the advanced portable dry herb vaporizer space.

With a great many features found on some of the most expensive portable vaporizers the Atmos Ruva is a great value for those wanting the bells and whistles without the budget busting price.

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Atmos Boss Vaporizer Review

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Atmos Boss Vaporizer

7.6

Vapor

7.0/10

Features

8.5/10

Quality

8.0/10

Price

7.0/10

Pros

  • Convection heating eliminates the risk of combusting herb
  • Stainless steel herb chamber
  • Small size vape pen that is very portable and allows you to take it on the go

Cons

  • One heat setting may not work for all
  • Less vapor produced than most conduction vapes

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Vape pens are the ultimate in portability when it comes to the modern consumption of herb and waxes.  Unlike their larger portable vaporizer counterparts, vaporizer pens are thinner, similar to the thickness of a cigar.

Vape pens are usually cheaper than portable vaporizers and have less features.  This is what you sacrifice for the extra portability and discreteness.

We’ve discussed several other Atmos Vaporizers here at BestGrinder.net, and today we take an in depth look at the Atmos Boss Vaporizer Pen.

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Atmos Tyga Pillar Vaporizer Review

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Atmos Tyga X Shine Pillar Vaporizer

8.1

Vapor

8.5/10

Features

8.5/10

Quality

8.5/10

Price

7.0/10

Pros

  • Deep ceramic chamber that holds herb
  • Six different heat settings allow for customized vaping experience
  • Comes with a five-year warranty
  • Works with both dry herb and waxes
  • Vapor quality is good and does not require strong pulls

Cons

  • Not the best value due to Tyga partnership
  • Conduction heating element works well but not on par with the best convection heating elements

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As the vaporizer industry continues to grow, big names in the music industry have begun to partner with vaporizer makers to create exclusive product lines.

Atmos has jumped into a partnership with the rapper Tyga to promote the Tyga X Shine Pillar Kit.  For those who are unfamiliar, Tyga is a successful rapper currently signed with Def Jam and has had several charting hits.

At the end of the day, it is the quality of the vaporizer that matters no matter who’s name is on the packaging.  While we think partnerships are good for marketing, they often do not speak to the quality of the product.  Below we give you an in depth look at our thoughts on the Atmos Tyga Pillar Vaporizer.

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Atmos Jump Vaporizer Review – Quality at an Affordable Price

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Atmos Jump Vaporizer

8.4

Vapor

8.0/10

Features

7.6/10

Quality

8.0/10

Price

10.0/10

Pros

  • One of the best vape pens in terms of vapor quality
  • Stylish looks that are available in multiple color options
  • Very affordable

Cons

  • Single heat setting may not meet the needs of all users
  • Conduction heating mechanism

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One of the most difficult challenges faced by anyone looking to buy a vaporizer on a budget is finding a quality vape that doesn’t cost hundreds of dollars.  We all know the premium brands including Pax and Storz and Bickel put out great products, but they are downright expensive.

On the flip side you have cheap vaporizers that don’t break the budget, but don’t vape and end up simply combusting your precious herb.  In that case you might as well roll a joint and skip the vaporizer all together.

So, is there a way to get a quality vape while bypassing the high price point? Yes, and it comes in the form of the Atmos Jump Vaporizer.

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