The Lotus Vaporizer is a very popular torch-lighter powered vaporizer by US company Mendocino Therapeutics, that can be used either with a watertool or as a vaporizer pipe.
The heating element of the Lotus Vaporizer is a thin aluminium plate, that will turn blue, after heating it up with your torch lighter. Therefore you will need to learn a special technique to get the best results, possible.
For this pupose, I would recommend to watch some tutorials on youtube and learn it this way best, since it’s kind of hard to understand when you just read about it, I think.
Once, you have learned that technique, though, using the Lotus Vaporizer is as easy as pie and the vapor production is stronger and quicker than the vaponic or the vapbong, you can easily milk your bubblers within a couple of seconds and still enjoy a great taste. That’s the biggest improvement of the Lotus towards these two glass models. Also you don’t need to worry, that you might inhale butane exhaust fumes, since the hot air is not directly in touch with the flame. Only the hot metal plate heats up the fresh air that gets inside of the herb chamber from below the vapor cap, the lotus vaporizers centerpiece.
Next to the Vapor Cap, the Lotus Vaporizer deluxe kit, I have, also includes a pipe stem and a 14mm watertool adapter. Both pieces have a own herb chamber. The vapor cap gets placed on one of these.
Now, you can start to heat up the plate by holding the flame of the included lighter pointing towards to the center of the lotus leaf, vertically until the vapor starts to flow.
Very important is, that you will draw very slowly, since you would cool down the vapor too much, otherwise. You should do it much more slowely, than you’re used from a regular pipe or bubbler!
The quality of the lotus vaporizer is amazing, although, it is also more expensive than all of its direct competitors like the Vaporgenie, the Vaponic or the Vapbong, just to name a few. However, the Lotus was build to last a life-time and it’s absolutely worth the money.
If you’re looking for a torch lighter powered vaporizer and don’t mind the hiher price, the Lotus is probably the best solution and the easiest one to use, once you’ve masterd the heating technique.