Underdog Vaporizer Review – Over the Underdog
Build Quality70%
Vapor Quality45%
Look & Feel70%
Difficulty50%
Discreetness55%
Portabilty25%
51%Overall Score

“Log, log! It’s big, it’s heavy, it’s wood! It’s better than bad, it’s good!” If your affinity for logs goes beyond the childhood favorite from Ren & Stimpy, then you’re in luck. The Underdog is a “log” style vape, meaning it’s basically just a big block of wood. The Underdog has been around since 2011 and has been making waves with big vapor production coming from a relatively primitive design. It’s really cool how the Underdog is solely made from wood either harvested in a sustainable fashion or otherwise reclaimed. No two of these vaporizers is exactly alike, therefore we will reviewing the general “Figured Walnut Vape Special” with photos of a few other designs included.

Is the Underdog your first foray in the world of vaporizers, log or otherwise? Sounds like a tremendous time to take a look through the Vapesterdam Ultimate Vaporizer Buyers’ Guide and scope the goods!

Product Pros

  • Beautiful wood construction
  • Unique, one-of-a-kind designs

Product Cons

  • Not particularly portable at all
  • Slow heat-up time
  • Fragile glass stems

 Underdog Vaporizer Review: Breakdown

Quality

Build Quality

Build Quality

There’s no getting around it, these are really nicely made vapes. The Underdog works from convection heat, and all of the Underdog vaporizers have the same basic core function. The standard core uses a stainless steel heating cartridge inside the wooden body. The core is then heated from a low-voltage (usually running from about about 12 volts) electrical system.

You can either choose pure glass stems or nylon-on-glass stems, each available in a variety of shapes and sizes and draw styles. The stems fit somewhat loosely as well to avoid sticking and breaking, but you also take some risk in the stems, well, not sticking (and then breaking). Overall, these are very well-made devices but also very cumbersome and not particularly convenient to use.

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Vapor Quality

Vapor quality from the Underdog is not nearly on the level of the design going on. Unfortunately, despite how evolved and refined the vaporization process is with the Underdog, the vapor ends up being super hot and burnt tasting.

Although you can get some pretty big clouds from the basic Underdog design, the vapor quality remains pretty rough and will definitely be noticed by those who have used similar but better-performing devices like the Arizer Solo.

Underdog Vaporizer Second Shot

Design
look-and-feel

Look and Feel

Okay, so the Underdog clearly has a tremendous aesthetic appeal, and this appeal extends to how nice the device is to hold. It’s easy to imagine curling up beside a warm fireplace with the Underdog and getting a nice session going, but the device feels almost a little TOO nice in the general light of day. As in, it feels more like an artisan decorative piece rather than the functional vaporizer it actually is. So while the general Underdog constructions are pleasing to look at and handle, it easily steps into “cutesy knick-knack” territory rather than acting as a robust vaporizer.

Discreetness

Discreetness

The Underdog is discreet in how it looks just like a standard wooden pipe, except it’s a lot larger and a fair bit more conspicuous. So, not actually all that discreet. As well, the large glass mouthpieces make it even more noticeable, and once you start huffing the big clouds through these pieces, don’t be surprised at how much attention may be attracted.

Difficulty

Ease of Use

The Underdog is not nearly easy to use as it is to look at. First, you have to plug it in for 15 GODDANG MINUTES!! I mean, I guess it’s not hard to sit around waiting for it to warm up, but considering how even the most cumbersome vaporizers can heat up usually in less than 5 minutes, the Underdog definitely preys on our patience.

There’s a whole page of the website dedicated to adjusting temperature on the Underdog, which does not necessarily bode well for easy of use. It is recommended to use a variable voltage power supply (VVPS), of which Underdog has their own for sale on their website. But once you start going down this route, you start thinking “What if I just got a vaporizer with acceptable battery life?” And then you think “Hmm”, and then you go and buy that vaporizer instead.

Portability

Portability

You know, I almost thought this would be a portable vaporizer but guess what! It’s not! This baby runs on 12 volts straight from the dang wall socket. You can use the cable to charge a power pack like Ravpower to go with it, but this is still basically a stationary vaporizer. An extension cord is included with the standard Underdog kit, but let’s face it, this is not nearly as convenient as we would like from an ostensibly portable vaporizer.

Conclusion

Overall, the Underdog is an okay choice for people who are really into wood-style devices, but otherwise, this is an expensive and cumbersome accessory.

The Underdog is generally so inconvenient to use that you would have to be really, REALLY into the whole Underdog experience (like the aforementioned curling up in front of the fireplace, etc.) to really get any sort of enjoyment out of it. If you’re looking for a simple wooden vaporizer with some decent power, you’re better off picking up a Vapman and a torch; or, better yet, skip the confines of wood and check out an Arizer Solo (or Solo 2) instead.

Have you used one of these confounded Underdog vaporizers yet? Well then, let us know how it’s going for you in the comments!

Images courtesy of user “MrStrickland” via fuckcombustion.com

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2 Responses

  1. Bryan

    I think my underdog is faulty. I’ve left mine plugged in to charge since I got it in October, but every time I unplug it, it dies! WTF?! How can you tell when the underdog needs new batteries? Did I ruin them by leaving it plugged in for so long? I thought vapes had overcharge protection nowadays? Worst portable ever! It’s too big for any of my pockets and the battery life is even worse than grasshoppers. Thanks for the educational review! If only I had seen it sooner!

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  2. Patrick

    Quite an interesting review, although I thought the final score was a little low for the Underdog. I have a figured walnut model as well, and the pictures on here look like a different vape than mine. I can certainly agree that the vaporizer isn’t very portable, but I think it’s more meant to be a desktop model meaning to sit on a desk ready to go. I did not find the vape very difficult to use, the Underdog was the first vaporizer I tried out of probably about ten with almost no learning curve. You pack the stem and go – you’re pretty much guaranteed to get vapor out of it as long it’s been on for 10-15 minutes. I thought it was interesting that you preferred the Arizer Solo since that is really more of a portable vs an “at home” model. I’ve used Solo’s and have an Arizer Air but I would say most all desktop vaporizer’s I’ve tried produce denser vapor than these portables. You make a good point about the vapor being rough – it’s kind of a trade off since the heater is close to the air path but a water pipe can help this tremendously. I notice the same issue with my Arizer Air when taking large drags. It is possible to purchase car chargers and battery packs if you wish to use it on the go but it’s not nearly as convenient as a true portable vape. The real drawback like you said is the heat up time but leaving the vaporizer running can help negate that.

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