The Hammer Vaporizer by Head Tools LLC is a very popular butane-powered vaporizer in the us and canada. I know this one has a lot of fans, but still I’m a bit disappointed with what I have recieved.
Unlinke the Iolite or WISPR, the Hammer requires you to manually heat your herbs and therefore it’s much more like a torch-lighter powered vaporizer. The only real difference is that the Hammer has a build-in torch-lighter and you’ll only need one hand to use it. Still, you have to hold down the trigger all the time and this gets very annyoning, quickly. You have to hold it down for about 30 seconds, for each puff. Overall, you have to hold down the trigger for at least 5 minutes to finish a single bowl. They could have easily installed a simle fixing for the trigger, which would make this process so much more comfortable.
Also most torch-lighter powered vaporizers have the airpath seperated from their heating-element. Not so the hammer! This means you will also inhale a lot of leavings from the butane. Yumyum.
With about 99$ the Hammer is quite cheap, that’s its biggest advantage, but I think even that is too much, for what you will recieve. The most valuable parts of the Hammer are the two glass stems, while the actual device has the charm of a low-class torch-lighter and I’m sure the tawian produced vaporizer will break as easy, too. What’s really cool though are the plenty hand-blown custom stem you can get for your hammer.
The next issue I have with the hammer vaporizer is that it is very complicated to adjust properly. Sometimes you even have to unscrew your hammer and modify the + – scale yourself in order to get it to work, correctly.
Sure, you have a lot of options to adjust the temperature with the hammer, but overall I think it’s too complicated to set properly and I prefer a single fixed temperature like the Iolite and the WISPR have.
The good news is, that the Head Tools guys are working on a upgraded version right now, called the hammer pro and this new model should have fixed a few of these issues, at least. Currently, they are running a crowdfunding campaign on indiegogo and you have the chance to get one of these for only 69$ (early hammer vaporizer pro perk). Anyway, I’m not sure if they really need that funding, since they promiss to deliver your hammer pro right after the campaign has ended in december this year, so I guess they already have everything they need.
Anyway, if you’re still planning to buy a hammer vaporizer right now, you should definitely wait for the hammer pro to be released next month.