Just a few weeks after the release of the Herbstick Vaporizer, the Bauway/Ciggo guys are already back with another model called the Herbstick Deluxe Smart Vaporizer.
No doubt, technically the Herbstick Deluxe is clearly based on the Pax Vaporizer by Ploom, but they have improved it in so many aspects, that I actually enjoy it much more than my original Pax! Yes, for me the Herbstick Deluxe beats the Pax in basically everything, except for the general design.
First of all, with the Herbstick Deluxe you are not limited to just three temperature presets, since you can increase or decrease the temperature in steps of 5°C (max. 225°C). That makes the Herbstick Deluxe much more versatile than the Pax. Also the battery life of the Herbstick Deluxe seems much better to me, while the heating time is on par.
Next thing I’ve realized is that the Herbstick Deluxe does produce very smooth vapor from the beginning till the end, while the vapor is tasty and dense. That’s pretty unusual! For best result, you need to pack the herb chamber tight, though, which can take about 0,3 or 0,4g of grinded herbs. However, it’s the same with the Pax by Ploom.
What really differs the Herbstick Deluxe from the Pax is the smart feature, though. This is so clever, I wonder why nobody else had that idea before. When you don’t move your Herbstick Deluxe for a minute, it will automatically reduce the temperature to 120°C, so you won’t waste any of your herbs. This is something that actually happens to me quite often. I start a vaporizer and than I forgot about it for a couple of minutes, because I got distracted. When I pick it up again, the herbs are finished entirely, of course… Well, this can’t happen with the Herbstick Deluxe! Also a vibrating alarm will remind you that the Herbstick stops heating, now. When you pick it up again, it will automatically heat up again to your set temperature and vibrates again when the temperature has been reached. The alarm is a bit loud though and you can’t turn it off, unfortunately.
However, like all freshly released vaporizers, the Herbstick Deluxe has a few minor childhood diseases, too. For example, there is just one of the small squared oven screens included, which can get lost very easy, since you put them in the oven loosely. So better whatch out, anytime you need to empty the herb chamber. I’m sure you can make some of these yourself easily, though. Also there is just one oven door included, if you loose it, I’m afraid you won’t be able to use your Herbstick Deluxe anymore. Anyway, if you take care that’s no real issue, there is even a magnetic area next to the herb chamber, where you can store the oven door temporarily. The biggest issue will be to clean the mouthpiece, since there is a little non-replaceable screen inside, however since it’s entirely made of metal you should be able to soak it in iso-alcohol and clean it that way.
Overall, this is the best P.R.C produced vaporizer I’ve seen so far! It’s a very nice and advanced portable smart vaporizer. With 299$, the official retail price seems to be a bit high though, but I’m sure you will be able to find it for much less on the well known chinese marketplaces, as it’s the case with the classic Herbstick.