Sidekick Vaporizer Review - A New Tool for the Utility Belt
Build Quality78%
Vapor Quality74%
Look and Feel68%
Difficulty76%
Portablity45%
Discreetness50%
53%100Overall Score

Welcome to the 7th Floor Sidekick Review! We were lucky enough to get our hands on the first ever portable vaporizer from 7th Floor, makers of the popular Da Buddha and Silver Surfer desktop vaporizers. Lets see if the Sidekick can fill the shoes of its desktop counterparts.

Product Pros

  • Large temperature range
  • Smooth Vapor
  • Batteries charge quickly

Product Cons

  • Unit is large
  • A lot of parts.
  • No precise temperature control.
  • External charging.

Sidekick Vaporizer Review: Breakdown

Quality

Build Quality

Build Quality

As to be expected with 7th Floor, the sidekick is a well machined unit. The body and cap are made out of thick anodized aluminum, it has a large ceramic heating chamber and the mouthpiece is crafted out of hand-blown glass. Because of the use of quality materials the Sidekick has a bit of weight to it, it feels very solid in your hand. However for a portable unit we do wish it was a bit lighter and a bit smaller overall. The unit comes with 2 sets (4 batteries) of 18350’s, which are about half the size of your standard 18650 battery that are found in most units. These batteries charge with the provided external dual charger. The charger can fully charge a set of batteries in around 45 minutes which means you can get back to vaping quickly.

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Vapor Quality

The sidekick has a very wide temperature range. It has 11 heat levels which can be increased by .5 increments giving you 21 temperatures total. The lowest heat setting, level 1, is 120 degrees celcius and it goes to 11, which is 235 degrees celcius. With such high temperature flexibility the Sidekick can handle both dry herbs as well as concentrates with ease. Vapor produced by the sidekick is smooth and flavorful, this is in part due to its unique “vortex cooler” which is a unique heat exchange system that incorporates a metal corkscrew that is placed in the air pathway. As you inhale your vapor spirals around the corkscrew cooling off your vapor as it leads to the glass mouthpiece. Overall we enjoyed the consistency of vapor this unit produced, draws were free flowing, smooth, and full of flavor.

Design

Sidekick Heating Chamber

look-and-feel

Look and Feel

As we previously mentioned, this unit is a bit bulky. The size reminds us of the Mighty but the use of metal components as opposed to plastic makes it feel like a higher quality unit. People with smaller hands will immediately be turned off by this unit, but for those with average to larger hands the unit cradles nicely in both your left and right hand. The buttons are responsive and the LED display is bright and easy to read. We did wish the LED display displayed the actual temperature you were vaping at as opposed to a temperature range, it would make the unit a bit more intuitive.

Discreetness

Discreetness

The Sidekick is definitely not the most discreet unit on the market. The size of the unit alone will draw the attention of on-lookers. The temperature flexibility will allow you to vape a very low temperatures which can minimize smell and visible vapor but besides that the unit is not going to be great for stealthy sessions. For something more stealthy check out the G-Pen Elite.

Difficulty

Ease of Use

Once you figure out what temperature corresponds with each temperature setting using the Sidekick is pretty straight forward. Press and hold the power button to turn it on, then use the arrow buttons to set your temperature, we recommend between 5.5 and 7.5 for dry herb and 8 to 9.5 for concentrates. Once you set the temperature simply tap the power button to begin your session. After 7 minutes the unit will turn off, just repeat the steps to turn it back on to continue the session if needed. The Sidekick also features a built in stirring tool which can be found in the cap of the unit. To stir your herbs in the middle of your session just run your fingers along the teeth on the outside edge of the cap to spin the internal stirring tool. This actually works really well to get an even cook and great vapor throughout your session without having to pop open the lid to stir your herbs.

Portability

Portability

The size of the Sidekick really limits the units portability. 7th Floor provides a carrying case which can store all the accessories for the unit however even the case itself is bulky. It can only really easily fit in a backpack if you want to take the unit with you. If you are looking for a unit that is more portable we suggest checking out a unit like the Crafty.

Compatible with ZEUS Iceborn
This vaporizer is compatible with the ZEUS Iceborn, a revolutionary new vapor cooling system engineered by Canadian vape manufacturer ZEUSArsenal. The Iceborn is designed to produce cooler draws and bigger clouds when connected to your vaporizer. The vapour produced is ultra smooth and crisp and because of ice cooling, instead of water filtration, there is no loss of efficiency. The ZEUS Iceborn adds an additional 2 points to the vapor quality score of this vaporizer and is a highly recommended vaporizer accessory.

Conclusion

Overall the Sidekick is a decent portable vaporizer. It’s certainly not the best unit we have used and it has its fair share of quirks. We really do wish that the digital display showed your temperature as opposed to a temperature setting. The unit is big and the carrying case makes it even bulkier, its not the most “portable” portable unit out there. But when it comes to vapor quality the Sidekick with its “Vortex Cooler” provides smooth flavorful draws throughout the session and the included stirring tool ensures an even cook every time. We just wish it was a little smaller as this sidekick won’t exactly fit on the utility belt. If you are looking for a unit that is more portable but still offers great vapor quality we suggest checking out the Vapir Prima.

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Dan is a writer with a massive vaporizer collection who loves video games, superhero movies, finding new music, comic and regular books and critically deconstructing those things until he wonders why he liked them in the first place. He's also a pragmatic fitness enthusiast who believes that the best actions you can take in your daily life are those that help you reach your goals, and that naps are the most lofty, but also the most noble goal one can have.

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