Lately, I found out that the Vapor Box TBH is in fact just a re-branded new portable dry herb vaporizer designed by chinese company JOMO Technology Co., Ltd.
They call it the Dark Knight and you can already get it for a fractional amount of the Vapor Boxes price on various chinese marketplaces!
Even without expecting too much from this new unit, I’ve decided that it’s worth to invest the few bucks and test it for you guys, since I think this vaporizer might flood the market (under different labels), very soon. Pretty much, like the same priced Titan-1 vaporizer does, already!
With the Titan-1 still on my mind, I was kind of impressed when it arrived, since it looks, feels (the edges of the metal housing are a bit sharp, though) and smells(!) much better build than the Titan-1. Only the mouthpiece worried me right away, since it had a little rubber smell and is directly in contact with the oven, but after soaking it in water over night the smell was gone and my feeling that the oven could melt the rubber, turned out to be wrong, as well.
However, the Dark Knight vaporizer is very far from beeing perfect, but with the right technique you can actually vaporize herbs. The oven can get a little too hot, though (can’t say how hot exactly, since there is conflicting informations about the max temperature). Therefore your herbs are spent very quickly and you can easily combust with this unit, if your using it for too long.
While doing a initial burn off session before using it with herbs, for the first time, I’ve actually let it run for a few minutes until the whole unit got so hot, that I really got scared, since I wasn’t able to hold it in my hands, any longer.
During a regular session, this won’t happen, though, since you won’t let it heat for that long, anyway. In fact your herbs are used within a couple of minutes, entirely, due to the high temperatures! But that’s also the reason why the Dark Knight hits you hard! It actually gets me medicated a lot. It lacks in taste and durability, though.
Anyway, I have to confess that I actually have no clue, how this thing works, exactly. The manual is very bad.
My theory is that it’s a portable vaporizer based on an ecig technology, though, since it has some similarities. You need to click on the single button five times to start the unit and if you keep pressing the button it heats uncontrollably, that’s typical for ecigs.
After you have turned on the unit, a sixth click will start the heating process until vaporizing temperatures have been reached (about 30 seconds), now you can start to inhale. However, after two minutes and the first few draws the unit will stop heating, already. I guess that prevents overheating. While it’s not heating anymore, you can take another few puffs, though, since the oven is still hot enough to produce vapor. When it has cooled down so much, that no new visible vapor is produced, it’s time to push the button again and repeat the process. You should not do more than three cycles, though, since in the end of the third cycle your herbs will be very close to combustion, already.
The Dark Knight is available for around 70$, including shipping. For this price, it is definitely not the worst deal, however, you need to keep in mind that you will vaporize on very high temperatures and that your herbs are spend very quickly. If that doesn’t scare you off and you’re on a very strictly limited budget, you can definitely consider getting one of these. It definitely has potential and is an improvement towards it’s competitor, the very poorly made Titan-1. Although, these guys apparently work on the Dark Knight 2 already, which is supposed to feature constant temperature settings. You might better wait for these instead!