viVape Vaporizer Review
Build Quality40%
Vapor Quality65%
Look & Feel45%
Ease of Use50%
Options50%
Reach65%
53%100Overall Score

Welcome to the viVape vaporizer review! The viVape is a dual method stationary vaporizer made in China by manufacturer Vaporfection. In the pictures you can find of it online, it looks great. At first glance it reminded us of an iPhone with its sleek curves and white plastic. Upon taking one home, our hopeful optimism dwindled and the reality of this unit became clearer to us. Upon opening the box, you’ll find the viVape itself, a power cord, two balloons, a 3 foot whip, a glass chamber for the whip, a glass mouthpiece, a valve for balloons, screens, a stir stick, tie wraps for the balloon, and an owner’s manual. The unboxing experience and packaging itself is somewhat lackluster, but we won’t be too critical about that. Performance means more to us than packaging.

Product Pros

  1. Can be used with a balloon
  2. Simple to use in whip mode

Product Cons

  1. Fan is noisy
  2. Poor manufacturing quality
  3. Touch screen doesn’t work
  4. Herb chamber is poorly designed
  5. Poor temperature settings

viVape Vaporizer Review: Breakdown

Quality

Build Quality

Build Quality

The build quality of the unit is completely below average, which confuses us as to how the manufacturer demands the price they do. There is a touch screen built into this unit which seems like a great idea, but it is extremely unresponsive. At times, we would hit a button three or four times before it would do anything, and other times we would hit a button and the vaporizer would do something totally different than what we wanted. It seems to have a mind of its own!

The materials used in the unit are nothing special. There is, thankfully, a glass heating bowl which is perhaps the best component in the unit. The chassis is a cheap plastic with visible imperfections – we could see through the plastic to the screws holding the device together.

The valve set is made of cheap plastic, and is absolutely horrendous compared to even cheaper balloon vaporizers we’ve seen. The plastic “tie wraps” for the balloons are zip ties that you can get at a computer store to secure cables. How the manufacturer thinks this creates an appropriate seal we don’t know, but we definitely had vapor escaping from the balloons when we filled them up.

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Vapor Quality

Temperature control for the viVape is decent. Its digital touch screen display (when it works) displays your temperature to the degree, and you can adjust that with a touch. It only reaches temperatures up to 374 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius), which is pretty dismal for a stationary unit. There are many portables that do better. For this reason, you wouldn’t be able to get a really thick vapor from this device or use any concentrates with it.

Beyond the low temperature of the unit, the fan is always engaged. It blows our minds that manufacturers would design a unit where the fan is always engaged, but somehow it happens. This constant airflow keeps the unit below its maximum potential temperature, giving you an even less satisfying vapor than it should provide at the highest setting. Not to mention the lower temperature the fan causes, vapor just blows everywhere if you’re using whip mode. Holding your finger over the end of the tube won’t help things, the airflow is extracting the essential oils from your botanical and they are just condensing in the chamber. What a waste!

When using whip mode, we noticed a crucial flaw with this vaporizer. Not that you normally would, but if you do exhale into the tube it will push your botanical back through the heating chamber into the unit itself. At best, this leaves botanical in the heating element that is difficult to clean. At worst, your botanical can fly into the inside of the unit and damage the sensitive electrical components. A simple screen would have prevented this, but again the manufacturer lacks significant foresight.

Finally, vapor quality is further diminished because of the horizontal herb chamber. Hot air simply flies over your botanical rather than through it, and minimal extraction is the result. Vertical herb chambers are the way to go, if only Vaporfection knew this!

Design

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Look and Feel

It undeniably looks like a good quality vaporizer when it’s in the box, but certainly doesn’t feel that way when you have it in front of you. Beyond the visual imperfections we pointed out earlier, the components just feel like cheap plastic. They actually included a “poker” tool that is made of plastic. Maybe Vaporfection never thought of this, but would you want to hold plastic against something that’s (trying to) reach a temperature of 190 degrees Celsius?

Difficulty

Ease of Use

Using the viVape in whip mode is straightforward. You load your botanical into the chamber and insert it into the unit. Balloon mode is simple once the balloons are assembled, but that process is a headache. We found ourselves being extremely careful when putting together this valve as the components feel like they could snap if handled roughly. This kind of precision assembly is fine for vapor experts like us, but for someone with arthritis or mobility issues it simply wouldn’t be practical.

Options

Options

The viVape does give you the option of using a balloon or a whip system, which is a benefit. A big feature to brag about would be the touchscreen if it worked properly, but it doesn’t.

A feature of the viVape is its cool down mode, which the device enters when you turn it off after a vaporizing session. We can only guess what the manufacturer’s idea was when they included this feature, perhaps they wanted the system to cool down quickly so it can be moved to a new location within a few minutes. It’s odd, because most glass parts cool down naturally in 5 minutes which certainly isn’t a long period of time. However it is a novel idea. In practice though, it is more of a drawback than a feature. The fan kicks into double time when cool down mode is active, and it really generates a lot of noise. So if you had someone walk in on you during a vapor session and you wanted to discreetly cover things up, your cover will be blown by the viVape. Its high pitched droning noise makes it sound like the fan is saying “Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee were just vaping!”

Reach

Reach

The reach on this unit is great when it’s functioning as expected. This is because of the unit’s balloon system which allows you to vape with a large group of people while not actually at the unit itself. That being said, as we said before, extraction of essential oils is not as efficient as it could be because of the heating chamber so you’ll end up having to use a bit more botanical to cover the same number of people than you would with a unit like the Volcano.

Warning: Not Compatible with ZEUS Iceborn
This vaporizer is not compatible with the ZEUS Iceborn, a revolutionary new vapor cooling system designed to produce cooler draws and bigger clouds when connected to your vaporizer. The ZEUS Iceborn adds an additional 2 points to the vapor quality score of compatible units, so we highly recommend considering a whip-compatible vaporizer to take advantage of this stellar ZEUS accessory item. All compatible vaporizers will have a compatibility notice.

For the price the manufacturer asks, we don’t see how you could justify buying a viVape. If you are a millionaire and are building a vaporizer museum, grab the viVape and put it in your glass display box. If you’re not an eccentric vape historian though, it’s probably best to get a unit that will do a better job, save you money, and a headache, like the Extreme Q. We’d recommend reading our review of the Extreme Q first and foremost because it’s manufactured very well by the Canadian Manufacture Arizer. Also, because the EQ features a vertical heating chamber and has a wide range of precise temperatures you can control, the EQ is extremely efficient unlike the viVape. Furthermore, the Q in ‘Extreme Q’ basically stand for ‘Quiet’, because this unit’s fan is no where near as loud and noticeable as the ViVape’s.

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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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