Today we’re excited to be reviewing the Lynx Gaia, a dry herb vaporizer offering an all-quartz vapor pathway and precision temperature control.
The all-quartz vapor pathway includes a quartz heating chamber, which is the first time this has been done for a dry herb vaporizer. Needless to say, we’re quite interested to see how it performs and if it makes a noticeable difference on flavor.
If you’re in the market for an herbal vaporizer, then this is a review you need to read. The quartz heating chamber is worth a look on its own, regardless of the rest of the Gaia’s features.
- All quartz vapor pathway
- Precision temperature
- Good, flavorful vapor
- Fast heat up
- Flavorful vapor and good cloud size
- Hybrid Convection/Conduction
- Battery isn’t removable/replaceable
- More conduction than convection
Linx Gaia Review: Breakdown
The overall quality of the Gaia is pretty good. The exterior is slick, with a design that looks a lot like a box mod. From what we’ve seen of other vaporizers made by Lynx, you can always count on their vaporizers to look good.
The materials used are also very good. The obvious star of the show is the quartz heating chamber, which makes a lot of sense from a flavor standpoint. Lynx is the first manufacturer to try this in an herbal vaporizer, but it would be surprising if we don’t see more of this in the future.
There are two places where I can’t help feeling like they missed an opportunity to make a truly excellent vaporizer. The first is the fact that this is a conduction/convection hybrid, with more conduction than convection. The quartz chamber suggests flavor was a priority, but convection-style heating delivers better overall flavor than conduction.
The other area that could have been improved is the battery. The one in the Gaia isn’t removable or replaceable. With a ton of units, like Arizer Air offering users the ability to get extra batteries to extend their battery life and avoid down-time, this seems like a potential problem.
The vapor quality is great. The flavor is very good thanks to the quartz vapor pathway, and the conduction part of the heating helps to deliver relatively big clouds. The precision temperature control also makes sure that users can find vapor that they love.
We actually really enjoyed the draw resistance of this unit, it is more free flowing than most units available and allows you to either sip the unit or take big rips. We really feel this unit would pair nicely with the Zeus Iceborn for this reason, you could really milk the unit for large cool draws.
Like I said above, there is definitely more conduction going on here than convection. With convection delivering better flavor than conduction, I can’t help wondering what could have been.
Someone will surely come along with a convection-based vaporizer with a quartz vapor pathway soon, and Linx probably missed a big opportunity by not being the first.
Look and Feel
This looks a lot like a box mod. If you aren’t familiar with these, they are a style of e-cig popular for delivering more power than pen-style vapes. I don’t know if Lynx purposely designed the Gaia to look like one, but if so, it’s a cool way to keep it discreet.
Aside from that, this is a very slick vape with an upscale almost Apple-esque feel to it with how it is finely machined. We like that the mouthpiece design seems to be similar to other Linx products like the Hypnos Zero.
As I discussed above, the fact that this looks like a box mod will definitely help conceal the fact that this is an herbal vaporizer. Anyone who isn’t familiar with vaporizers would have an extremely difficult time discerning between the two, especially with a quick glance.
If you really want to maintain a low profile, turn the temperature down to the lower end of the vaporizing range for your herbs. You’ll still get the results you desire, but there won’t be much, if any, visible vapor when you exhale.
Ease of Use
This is a very easy vaporizer to use. The biggest hurdle you’ll have to deal with is the fact that the mouthpiece screws on and off the heating chamber. With more and more vaporizers offering mouthpieces that are held on by magnets or snap into place, this is a slight, slight inconvenience.
Other than that, everything is very straightforward. The device turns on with five clicks of the power button, and there are two more buttons for adjusting the temperature up and down. Once you set the temperature, the Gaia has a very fast heat-up time.
The fact that the batteries aren’t removeable is a bit of a hit to an otherwise portable device. Its durable enough to carry in your pocket or a bag, and it even has a mouthpiece cap that helps protect the only exposed piece of glass.
As a positive note on the battery, the life is actually pretty good. You should be able to get about 2 hours of continuous usage out of this, which could translate to several days of light use.
The Lynx Gaia is a very good herbal vaporizer. The all-quartz heating chamber is definitely the best feature that it boasts, helping it provide great flavor despite having a hybrid heating style that leans towards conduction.
The lifespan of a quartz heating chamber for a herbal vaporizer is yet to be determined, but if it does hold up well, I expect we’ll see a lot more vaporizers copying this one.
If the non-replaceable batteries are a deal breaker for you, then consider looking at the Focusvape or the DaVinci IQ. Both of these deliver outstanding flavor like the Gaia along with removeable batteries.
If you get a chance to try the Gaia, make sure to let us know what you think about the flavor and how the quartz performs.
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