Boundless CFV Review - Know Your Bounds
Build Quality70%
Vapor Quality65%
Look & Feel70%
Ease of Use70%
Discreetness65%
Portability65%
64%100Overall Score

Boundless Technologies has been bringing the heat lately, continuing with another portable dry herb vaporizer called the CFV.

This device introduces pure convection heating to the slick and sleek Boundless designs, but how does this advanced cooking method fare when faced with the limitations of portability? You may be surprised to find out what a mixed bag it can be; we sure were!

To find out more about the differences between convection and conduction, be sure to visit Vapesterdam’s Ultimate Vaporizer Buyers’ Guide and read about all the options available for you.

Product Pros

  • Strong battery life
  • Decent manufacturing
  • Unique heat retention feature

Product Cons

  • High heat needed to generate vapor
  • All-plastic body
  • Bowl requires stirring every few draws

 

 

Boundless CFV Portable Vaporizer Review: Breakdown

Quality

Build Quality

Build Quality

As far as plastic-bodied portable vapes go, the CFV isn’t too shabby on the build side. The plastic feels to be of reasonable quality, and as with most Boundless models like the CFX, there is an LED screen for displaying temperatures. While we’re never nuts about all-plastic constructions, the CFV’s build feels solid enough. We just always worry about the longevity of plastic vaporizers which don’t have the metallic shell featured in units like the Utillian 720.

The digital display is very handy for adjusting temperatures with finesse, as heating options range from 60C and 230C. However, only the highest temperatures generate any noticeable vapor, so this heat range quickly ends up being of limited use. To keep things warm, the CFV uses a unique heat retention feature in tandem with the convection oven; using rings made from both quartz and wood, this heat retainer promotes even vaporization and avoids contact heating.

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Vapor Quality

The CFV is great for flavor quality in vapor, but if it’s clouds you’re looking for you may be disappointed. High heat is needed to achieve visible vapor, with nary a cloud to be generated at less than 200 degrees Celsius. Be prepared to crank the CFV up in order to produce results; when compared to the Utillian 720, vapor production from the CFV can seem quite underwhelming.

The CFV would be best suited for users looking for full flavor and milder vapor texture; all other interested parties can be directed to better-performing units like the Utillian 720.


Design
Boundless CFV Mouthpiece & Heating Chamber
look-and-feel

Look and Feel

The design of the CFV is quite similar to that of the Flowermate Swift Pro, so if you have handled the Swift or checked out our review, you should know what to expect with the CFV. For a plastic device, the CFV feels stable and secure, if not particularly stylish.

The all-plastic build is far from ideal, however, and we wonder how well the CFV will hold up to wear and tear over time. Plastic never has us feeling particularly optimistic about unexpected drops and falls, and the CFV is no different.

Discreetness

Discreetness

The relatively thin vapor of the CFV actually works in favor of discreetness, so if low-key and flavorful draws are your draw, then the CFV may end up providing some value for you.

The slim shape of the CFV will also make it resemble a traditional e-cigarette style vaporizer without arousing suspicion. Overall, the CFV should keep your session low-key while on the move.

Difficulty

Ease of Use

The CFV should be no problem for even fresh vapers to get a handle on. Removing the mouthpiece reveals the heating chamber directly below, which is then filled with herbs and locked in by swiveling the mouthpiece back.

Pressing the power button 5 times turns the unit on, which will be indicated by the LED screen. The device cleverly begins automatically heating up to the last temperature set; once this is achieved, a vapor symbol will appear on the display and you can start vaping away.

Portability

Portability

The CFV is the most portable device yet from Boundless Technologies, as the flatter shape is more forgiving on pockets and has held up well to travel. This is in noticeable contrast to the CFV’s bigger sibling model, the Boundless CFX. As well, the battery of the CFV outperforms similar designs like the Crafty which is an appealing value.

However, like most benefits of the CFV, these points come at a cost. Charging time is approximately 2 to 3 hours and the unit cannot be used during this time, so keep this in mind for when planning sessions. As well, the bowl of the CFV will have be stirred after every few draws to keep an even heat. Boundless did not include a tool for this with the CFV package, so this will be another piece to carry along for best effect.

Conclusion

Boundless Technologies doesn’t quite rise to the top of convection units with the CFV, though one cannot fault them for trying. Convection heating has terrific potential for a variety of vaporizing styles, but unfortunately the CFV only seems to excel at low-temperatures where full flavors can be taken advantage of. We hope to see this issue rectified in future Boundless models and upgrades, as we generally prefer the capability of convection but the CFV’s vapor cannot compete with most conduction and hybrid units at this point.

As mentioned previously, a similar but better-performing unit can be found in the Utillian 720, so feel free to check out our review of this device and see if it can better suit your needs.

Do you agree? Disagree? Wish I would go away and just let you back to vaping in a judgment-free zone? Well, let us know in the comments below!

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