Iolite WISPR E Review - Careless WISPR
Build Quality45%
Vapor Quality65%
Look & Feel50%
Difficulty55%
Portability55%
Discreetness55%
47%100Overall Score

Oglesby & Butler has been around since 1984 as an Ireland-based manufacturer of butane-powered tools under the brand name of Portasol. However, in 2008 they created one of the only butane-powered vaporizers on the market with the original WISPR and rebranded as Iolite. This was a neat invention for people who want a high-powered vaping experience without having to be tied down to batteries and charging.

The latest update to the WISPR (following the WISPR 2) is the first to be legitimately battery powered; not a lot else is known about the WISPR E at this point, but we’ve gotten well-acquainted lately, so let’s get you up to speed. In the meantime, dig into the Ultimate Vaporizer Buyers’ Guide on Vapesterdam to find out more about the best selection of vaporizers for your needs.

Product Pros

  • Decent vapor flavor
  • Convenient design
  • Lightweight and portable

Product Cons

  • Loose mouthpiece
  • Lack of temperature control
  • Plastic build

 

Iolite WISPR E Vaporizer Review: Breakdown

Quality

Build Quality

Build Quality

The new WISPR has a bit of that cheap feel Chinese feel, despite being designed and manufactured in Ireland. However, on closer inspection, the plastic of the chassis seems to be decent enough quality to hold up to a drop or two, and the stainless steel heating chamber is a plus as well.

The warm-up time is supposed to reach 190°C / 374°F and increases up to 210°C / 410°F over the following ten minutes, giving a good range of flavor and texture over the session. An adapter is also available for concentrates, though relatively low heating makes us think this may not be the wisest investment for those looking to most the most of their waxes and oils.

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Vapor Quality

The vapor flavor is actually quite good when using it before the temperature heats up further. The silicone straw does give off a bit of synthetic taste, but it’s weird because you also get a fair amount of vapor flavor.

The filling chamber included with the mouthpiece doesn’t really work that well, as you’ll only be able to fill up some of the heating element this way. Then you’ll have to pack it up the old fashioned way. Like the WISPR 2, drawing quickly from the straw will get you a bit less vapor but more flavor, whereas going a bit slower will get you more defined flavor.


Design
WISPR E Different Colors
look-and-feel

Look and Feel

The boxy shape of the WISPR E is not exactly ideal, but it ended up not being too bad overall. At first, it looks somewhat like a flask, or perhaps a walkie-talkie. Six different color options available for the grill is nice, as well as the fact it comes with a convenient carrying pouch. It handles fairly nicely for someone new to vaporizers, though one will quickly realize the nicer options out there with a little research (like the similarly boxy but better-performing Haze Dual V3).

Discreetness

Discreetness

Somewhere between a juice box and a flask, there’s the general size and shape of the WISPR E, and it ends up looking most like a radio device. Try holding it to your ear and see if anyone thinks it’s a walkie-talkie. No? Well, it was worth a try.

The battery-operated heating of the WISPR E does make a big difference for discreetness, as the old butane heat of the previous WISPR models made a hissing noise upon use. By contrast, the WISPR E is pretty much entirely silent and is much less likely to bait you out.

Difficulty

Ease of Use

The battery-operated heating mechanism will take 2-3 minutes to heat up, as opposed to the 30-40 seconds of the butane-powered WISPR. Operating the WISPR is pretty simple, with just one button going through an automatic range of temperatures. Press and hold this button until it turns green, then the unit will turn on and automatically begin heating. This creates a pretty decent session-type vaporizing experience; it’s pretty simple to just set it and forget it, taking a few sips from it here and there over the ten minutes it takes for the auto-shutoff to engage.

Portability

Portability

The flat shape of the WISPR E fits pretty well in the pocket and the general heft of the unit is even enough to not weigh you down. As far as charge goes, you should get 2 to 3 hours of battery life from about 2 to 3 hours of charge, though this has been somewhat variable in practice

The detachable mouthpiece straw is a mixed bag for portability, as it will travel decently in your pocket and the bendiness lends itself well to being tossed around a bit. While the flexibility of the mouthpiece straw will help it stay secure in the pocket, we have our doubts about packing a full chamber and leaving it there while in transit.

Conclusion

This is a pretty decent and simple starter vaporizer for people who don’t necessarily need to know a lot about vaporizing to get a good taste going. Overall, while we weren’t blown away by really much of the design or build quality, the general ease with which the WISPR E operates makes it a decent enough value at $129 USD. We definitely recommend checking out some similar models like the Haze Dual V3, or even higher-end models like the Da Vinci IQ; after a while, you’ll definitely notice the differences in both build and vapor quality.

Have you tried the WISPR E yet? Let us know your thoughts in the comment below!

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