Pulsar APX Vaporizer Review – Pulsar Comes to Life
Build Quality62%
Vapor Quality59%
Look & Feel65%
Difficulty 70%
Portability80%
Discreetness75%
59%Overall Score

Welcome to the Vapesterdam review of the Pulsar APX Vaporizer! Pulsar has their own portable herb and wax vaporizers available, but the APX is their apex so far for combining the two. This little fellow appears to be an affordable and effective way to vape both herbs and concentrates, but how well does it stack up to the Vapesterdam critique? It is a tough challenge to satisfy lovers of herb and wax on the go, but the Pulsar APX gives it more than a fair shake.
Product Pros

  • Very simple to use for both herbs and concentrates
  • Discreet and very portable
  • Capable of tasty vapor
  • Great value for the price point
  • Varied temperature controls
  • Quick heat-up time

Product Cons

  • Unit is not necessarily meant for long-term use
  • Plastic materials and minor control issues indicate possible lower-quality build
  • Not as efficient for waxes and concentrates as it is for herbs

 

Pulsar APX Portable Vaporizer: Breakdown 

Quality

Build Quality

Build Quality

The Pulsar APX is a very simple and straightforward unit to use, as it only features one button. There are 5 pre-set temperatures covering satisfying range of heat for all users: 356°, 374°, 392°, 410°, and 428° Fahrenheit ( 180°, 190°, 200°, 210°, 220° Celsius ). This makes the APX very appealing for both new users and relatively seasoned veterans.

The Pulsar APX runs on a 1600mAh lithium-ion battery, which will give users enough power for approximately 4 to 6 sessions or 60-90 minutes of use. This is fairly standard for most basic portable vaporizers, so while it may not be ideal for all-day use, shorter-distance vape sessions can now potentially be easier than ever. Heat-up time is approximately 40 seconds, which, while not lightning fast, is certainly more than adequate for portable sessions. By contrast, the higher-end Crafty Model takes up to 2 minutes to heat up, so 40 seconds is nothing to sniff at.

The ceramic heating chamber is easily one of the strongest features of the unit, evenly warming herbs efficiently to create a sufficiently smooth and flavorful vapor from such a small device.

The control button does have a little bit of give upon use, which could potentially present warranty issues in the long term. There is also a slight buzzing noise emitting from the unit while in use, which is too low to be truly irritating but does give one pause about the longevity of the device (even though this is most likely the temperature regulator chip). However, other than these minute issues, the product performs well enough for the time used.

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Vapor Quality

For such a small and inexpensive unit, the vapor produced from the Pulsar APX is certainly not a disappointment.

While many tiny vaporizers are designed too crammed for their parts and end up combusting the herb, the ceramic chamber and broad temperature range generated a nice tasty vapor over time.

It is worth noting the wax vaporizing feature is somewhat secondary to dry herb utility. Vaporizing concentrates at the higher temperatures can be efficient, but those looking for equal weight in both areas may still have to wait for a more balanced unit at this size and price.

The standalone Pulsar APX Wax Vaporizer would be recommended for those concentrating on concentrates.

 

Design
Pulsar APX Vaporizer Chamber and Mouthpiece

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Look and Feel

This is an inconspicuous but stable design with a wide variety of colored skins available for choosing.

While the device is not particularly striking in its look, there are patterned skins available which help the device to appear more vibrant. The basic look works well for keeping this unit discreet while the palm-sized grip of the APX ensures the look of the unit is only as conspicuous as one would like it to be.

The body is comprised of plastic, but is compensated by a light rubber covering on the base of the unit which gives the unit a better grip. This also helps to cool the unit down during your session, something smaller devices tend to have issue with.

Discreetness

Discreetness

The tiny size of the Pulsar APX makes it one of the most discreet vaporizers available on the market. The unit measures 4 inches in length, allowing it to easily fit in both a pocket and in the palm of one’s hand.

The relatively durable build will let the device look plain and generic while rolling around in a bag, if necessary. The vapor emitted is also very low profile if used on lower temperatures.

While the palm-sized grip of the APX automatically makes it one of the lowest-key vaporizers, it would be best to stick with the basic black designs rather than opt for one of the of the funky skins offered.

Difficulty

Ease of Use

The simple controls for the Pulsar APX make it a cinch for newcomers to use. Clicking the power button five times turns the unit on and off, and as always appreciated, auto-shutoff is enabled after 5 minutes of inactivity.

The chamber is ready to use for dry material immediately, but an additional canister for oil and wax is also included for an easy transition to vaping concentrates.

Cleaning is also a breeze, as the mouthpiece screen can be easily removed, cleaned, and replaced; the entire mouthpiece can even soak in a gentle cleaning solution to keep the unit in tip-top condition.

Portability

Portability

The APX is easily one of the most portable units out there, and also feels durable enough to withstand a fair amount of carrying and use activity. The APX feels comfortable in a coat or pant pocket, and is very easy to grip and handle while in transit.

Even the low price of the unit contributes to its portability; with portable vaporizers of this size generally subject to more wear and tear than the average device used around the house, the idea of cheap replacement can be appealing for users who tend to wear their equipment into the ground.

Conclusion

This is potentially a great starter vaporizer for consumers looking for the ease and portability of a Pax 2 without the hefty price tag. The 1-button control, simple cleaning, effective vapor, and discreet design certainly exceeds expectations for a unit of this price. However, one must also consider how much of the unit’s strong points are in direct correlation with the reduced price point. Aficionados may be better served by higher-power devices such as the Arizer Air (better vapor quality) or the Zeus Smite Plus (for precise temperature control). If those units are out of your price range you may want to consider a unit like the Utillian 420 which offers a glass mouthpiece and digitial display for under $100. Overall, the Pulsar APX is a more than adequate start to vaping herb for a low price while on-the-go, low-key, and very hush-hush.

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