XMAX Starry Vaporizer Review - Twinkle Twinkle
Build Quality70%
Vapor Quality75%
Look & Feel60%
Ease of Use70%
67%100Overall Score

The Starry by XMax is a pretty unknown device that is becoming more popular as customer reviews come in. The Starry is a dry herb vaporizer that falls into the ‘under $150 category’. At first sight the Starry gives off the impression that it may be similar in functionality to the Utilian 721 and has the appearance of a Crafty style vaporizer. In this article we will touch on the build quality, vapor quality, look and feel, discreteness, portability, ease of use, and overall assessment of the XMax Starry vaporizer.

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Product Pros

  • Compact
  • Simple to use
  • Ceramic mouthpiece and oven
  • Precise temperature range

Product Cons

  • Not for concentrates
  • Can combust material at higher temperatures
  • Short battery life


XMAX Starry Vaporizer Review: Breakdown


XMAX Starry Mouthpiece

Build Quality

Build Quality

The Starry build quality is above industry average which is impressive considering the affordability of this unit. The Starry is made with an anodized aluminum casing and uses a ceramic mouthpiece that attaches to the body using magnets allowing for quick loading and easy use. The oven is also made with ceramic which is a common material in many of the popular vaporizers oven chambers.

The Starry may not be quite as quick to heat up as the more premium vaporizers such as the DaVinci IQ and Firefly 2, but considering the price the Starry still heats up relatively quickly. After about 15 to 25 seconds you can start taking your first draw and at about the 30 second mark you will be able to get quality draws. The Starry uses a precise temperature system that gives you a range between 100° – 240° C or 212° – 464° F.


Vapor Quality

The vapor quality with the Starry is pretty good. We found that the best way to use the Starry was through using proper vaping temperatures – you don’t need to push this thing all the way up to full heat. The vapor flavor with the Starry is above average for entry level vaporizers and considering the Starry uses conduction heating we were pretty impressed with the flavor delivery.

If you are looking for more visible vapor the Starry can do this for you but it does get a bit harsh on the throat. If you are looking for a smoke like hit than using the 425°F to the 464° F temperature range will do this for you, but the taste and your lungs will suffer a bit – combustion is more likely to occur using the Starry at these temperatures.

If you are looking for a more efficient vaporizer you may want to look at some of the convection devices such as the Utillian 721.


XMAX Starry Removable Battery


Look and Feel

The overall look and feel of the Starry vaporizer is a feeling of a well made product. It’s a very durable piece and the aluminum housing gives it a tough rugged feel. The oven size is pretty tight and can easily fit 0.17 grams but you are able to pack it a tighter with about 0.3 grams.

The Starry is the smallest vaporizer that XMax has released to date (as of August 2017). The Starry looks to be a cross between a DaVinci IQ and Crafty type design. The Starry as we mentioned definitely works best on the medium temperatures and the ceramic zirconia mouthpiece doesn’t generate any off flavors and has a nice feel on the lips as you take your draws.



The XMax Starry can be used in situations when you wish to be more discrete. A simple way to do this is to use the lowest temperature settings. Using a low temperature setting will not only produce less visible vapor and smell but will also deliver higher taste and a more lengthy session.

The XMax Starry is small enough that it will fit into pretty much any pocket, it is a quite vaporizer that does not make any disruptive noises. If you are looking for an affordable unit that you can also be discrete with the Starry is not a bad choice.

XMAX Starry with cap removed


Ease of Use

Similar to the Smite Plus the Starry is very straightforward and simple to use. On the Starry there are just 3 buttons, which is more than the typical 1 we have been seeing but sometimes the extra buttons makes things easier to understand. Instead of having to use a combo of different button presses each button has its purpose. One button is used to turn the device on and off while the other two adjust the temperature up and down.

The mouthpiece as we mentioned earlier is also designed for quick and easy use with its  magnets that hold it in place. The Starry uses a battery door that swings open to remove and insert a new battery when needed. There is nothing overly complicated about the Starry.



The Starry runs off of a replaceable and rechargeable 2500 mAh battery which you can remove using the swinging door located on the bottom of the vaporizer. This size battery will be enough to get most vape users through a day on a single charge. In the case that you are a heavy vape user than the fact that the Starry uses a removable battery will give the device the longevity that you need.

The compact size and durability of the Starry makes it an easy to carry around unit. The Starry also uses a 5 and 10 minute automatic shutoff which will help to save your battery if you forget to turn it off yourself.


Overall the Starry is more impressive than one would originally think. The competitively low cost and the above average build quality you get with the Starry vaporizer combined with precise temperature range settings, and a removeable battery all factor into why the Starry is a great little deal.

The Starry is a great entry level vaporizer for dry herbs that compares to the ‘bit less expensive’ Zeus Smite vaporizer. If you’re looking to spend a bit more for a better performing vaporizer we suggest that you have a look at the Utillian 721 which uses convection heating opposed to conduction.

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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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