Guess what, came in the mail today? That’s right, a Sonic. The Sonic vaporizer is one of the newest handheld’s that I’ve seen come out lately. I didn’t even know this vaporizer was out until an online friend told me about it(thanks again, Mark). At first look, you’ll notice that it kind of resembles the DaVinci and WISPR . Basically, it is the same shape and concept, but there are some other nice qualities that should be noted(mostly the insane vapor production).
Assembly and Preparation
Setup and Assembly is super easy. First things first, I plugged it in and let the unit fully charge. Other than that all you really need to do is attach the mouthpiece and your just about ready to go. Nothing complicated at all. It doesn’t come with a whole lot of extra pieces either as you can see. You get a small instruction manual that gives you step by step instructions, the unit itself, charger, mouthpiece, and some extra screens.
Using The Sonic
Just a “head’s up” – this vaporizer is designed for the use with dry blends only
Just like the setup and assembly the sonic is super easy to use. There is not much to it; insert your mixture, turn it on, select the temperature, and that’s pretty much it. The heat time is super quick as well. You’re looking at 30 seconds, maybe 45 depending on your temperature setting.
The Sonic Vape uses what they call/consider “advanced heating technology”. I’m not sure exactly how all this technology works but the theory behind it is that it heats your mixture more evenly and also more efficiently which leads to better draws, and more consistent vapes.
Although it claims to have a rather long battery life, I found the battery to be about average if that. You can expect to maybe get about 5 sessions with it(give or take, depending on temperature setting and the number of users). The chamber doesn’t allow for too much product so with multiple users you will probably find that you will need to refill the chamber during the vaporizing session. Recharge time is about what you can expect from just about any unit, roughly 3-4 hours.
The only other downfall that really came up was the slightly hard to fill chamber, but I’ll let you all in on a little secret that I found to help with this problem(would be nice to see maybe this option as an add-on @ VaporNation). You can go to almost any department store (Wal-Mart, Kmart, or Target) and in the Kitchen sections you can find really small funnels that are used for cooking and what not). You can use one of these little guys to help you. Otherwise you can end up with material all over the place.
The filling chamber is enclosed on the top and shuts and opens rather tight. It is held tight with the use of very strong magnets. It’s not loose by any means so you don’t have to worry about accidentally popping open on you.
Quality and construction wise it feels okay. Although I don’t think I would want to drop it from to far up.
The LCD screen that displays the temperature as well as the battery life is a very nice touch as well.
The cleaning brush is built in to the unit just like a stylus is built in to a Nintendo DS, which is great because you don’t have to worry about losing it.
Although it may not be necessary I would recommend making sure you use your cleaning brush after each use just to make sure the screen stay free of any debris. This will insure that it will continue working properly and as designed.
It only takes a couple of seconds to clean it. A little preventive maintenance will go a long way. I know it can be easy to forget about it or think that you’ll due it later. I know I’m guilty of this as well. Just try and get your self in a routine.
- Avoid over filling the chamber – I know this can be hard especially if you are taking it with you with just what’s inside but it works a whole lot better when it not packed super tight
- Use a slow and steady draw to produce better vapor
- Make sure you grind your material thoroughly
- Keep the screen clean!
3 x 6.5 x 4.75 in.
Price $199.99 – $249.99
Compared to other handheld vaporizers in it’s price range ~$200 the Sonic holds its own. Personally, I find it a bit more aesthetically pleasing than the other two similar vaporizers it is in direct competition with. Other than that it is pretty much like the DaVinci Vaporizer. Overall, if you were doing a direct comparison between the two, I would think you would have no choice but to give the edge to the DaVinci simply because it has a couple extra features and options(Internal storage chamber, can be used with oils or dry blends, different color options, and a two-year warranty compared to the Sonic’s 1 year). Don’t get me wrong the Sonic is great and produces a great quality and quantity of vapor. It’s been a while since I used the DaVinci but as far as vapor production I believe I would have to give the nod to the Sonic is this department.
If you are interested in buying a Sonic Vaporizer you can get one here.