Today we’ll be looking at the Lotus Vaporizer, a torch-powered unit made in the USA. If you aren’t familiar with units like the Vapman or the Vapor Genie, then you may be scratching your head at the fact that we called this thing ‘torch-powered’. The knee-jerk reaction is to assume anything involving flame automatically means combustion, but all of the units we’ve mentioned so far feature clever designs that allow true vaporization to occur. In fact, the Lotus actually offers 100% convection-style heating, which is something many traditional electric vaporizers try but fail to achieve.
The Lotus works by heating a metal plate above the herb chamber then drawing air through the plate and over the herbs. This can be difficult to do the first few times, and it also takes a bit more focus to get consistent results. A good way to think of this is like it’s a manual car, while most vapes are automatics. The Lotus isn’t for everyone, but there are a lot of things to really like about this vaporizer. If you’re interested in a unique vape that delivers excellent vapor with no need for a battery, then keep reading to get all the details.
- No need for a battery
- Delivers excellent vapor
- Built and designed very well
- Torch lighter included
- Optional water-pipe connectors
- Difficult to use for some
- Not very discreet
Lotus Vaporizer Review: Breakdown
Lotus Vaporizers are designed and manufactured in the USA, and the overall quality of the construction is outstanding. All of the components are well made, and there is an attention to detail that can be hard to find from other manufacturers. The design is clever, efficient and very simple, meaning there aren’t too many moving pieces. All of the components are made from materials that don’t break easily, so this should also be one of the most durable units that you come across.
When you find the sweet spot, the vapor quality that the Lotus can put out is phenomenal. The trick is actually finding the sweet spot and routinely achieving it. This will be difficult when you first try the Lotus, but overtime it becomes much easier. There are a variety of variables that affect the vapor output, but the biggest are the length of the flame and the amount of time you heat the cap. There are a couple of hidden features in the design of the Lotus that will help you achieve consistent results. The first is that the lotus flower etched into the cap actually serves as a measuring tool for recommended flame length. The brightest, interior part of the flame should be about the distance between two petal tips. We thought this was a pretty cool way to blend both form and function on the device. Another thing you’ll want to take advantage of is the metal piece protruding from the bottom of the cap. This is actually a stirrer tool built right onto the unit. If you want even heating and consistent vapor, make sure to use this!
Look and Feel
The Lotus looks more like a pipe than a vaporizer, and the fact that you have to use a torch makes it feel more like a pipe when you are using it too. The design is simple, but in an way that makes it look sleek and attractive. Wood isn’t a material you see on many vaporizers, so that’s a cool design element as well.
While the Lotus Vaporizer has many strengths, discreetness is not one of them, especially when compared to other portables on the market. The problem is specifically the way you have to hold it and the fact that you use a torch to heat it. There’s just no way to use this in public and stay under the radar. If undercover public use is important to you, a more traditional electric portable is probably what you are looking for.
Ease of Use
The Lotus isn’t hard to use once you get the hang of it. The learning curve isn’t even that bad, especially compared to other torch-powered vapes. The design also makes it more forgiving when mistakes are made, meaning you won’t automatically combust your herbs if you heat it longer than ideal. You can actually notice a distinct difference in taste as it gets too hot, and part of the beauty of the Lotus’s design is that your material will stop being heated immediately when you stop drawing and heating the cover. Another feature that I wanted to mention is the Lotus’s compatibility with water pipes. The reason that I’m including this under ease of use is that while the option to combine a vaporizer and a water pipe isn’t a novel idea, the Lotus makes doing so unbelievably easy. You’ll have to get an extra adapter, but its then as simple as setting everything right on top of the stem and heating like usual. It still feels like traditional water pipe use, but you get all the benefits of vapor.
The overall shape of the Lotus makes it a bit difficult to carry around in your pocket, so in that way it isn’t as portable as some of the thin, small units that many people choose when portability is a priority. With that being said, the Lotus scores major points in this department thanks to the fact that you won’t ever have to charge a battery to use it. This makes it a great option for extended trips with infrequent access to electricity, such as hiking and camping adventures.
Torch-powered vapes aren’t for everyone, but as far as they go, the Lotus Vaporizer is definitely one of the best. The design is simple and effective, and the vapor is also extremely good. The manual nature of using this may seem difficult to some, but it’s a lot easier than it seems once you get the hang of it.
While I really like how easy it is to connect the Lotus to a water pipe, the biggest strength is probably the fact that you can get actual vapor without having to use an electric unit that heats to precise temperatures. This means that you can enjoy vapor anywhere you want without ever having to worry about charging your unit. When you factor in the overall durability, the Lotus becomes a very attractive choice for any type of outdoor use.
The biggest potential drawback is how much you’ll stand out in public when using the Lotus. This isn’t the unit to use for discrete sessions while trying to avoid the public’s eye. If this is an important feature to you, I’d suggest looking at a small electric unit like the Utillian 720.
If you get a chance to try the Lotus, make sure to let us know what you think. Did you have an easy time getting the vapor that you wanted? Was the manual nature too difficult for your liking?
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