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Airvape X Review

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I’ve got a long list of products to review, but the Airvape X has never been on that list. Probably because I didn’t really know it existed. Now that I know what they look like, I’ve seen them around before, but never knew the brand. This all changed a few months ago when a friend bought one. I was instantly intrigued to its slender profile. It kind of reminded me of the old iPod’s. Only instead of delivering a sensation to your ears, it delivered it to your brain.

I’ll be talking through what I think to be the best and worst parts of the overall vaping experience.

Airvape X Review

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Airvape X Size

To start off this review of the Airvape X, we have to mention the size, or more specifically, the thickness. This thing is 0.48 inches thick, or about 1.2 centimeters. I’m not sure if this would be the thinnest vape on the market (excluding vape pens), but it’d definitely be up there. For comparison, the Pax 3 and the FireFly 2 Plus are both around an inch thick, just over double the Airvape X. This makes fitting it in your pocket a breeze. No more bulging pockets for you.

Its overall size is quite typical however. It’s 4.1 inches long by 1.85 inches wide (10.4 cm x 4.7 cm). For a (very very old) comparison, the iPhone 4 is (was) 4.54 inches long x 2.31 inches wide x 0.37 inches thick. Cast your minds back to the iPhone you used to play paper toss on.

The Airvape X weighs 3.2 ounces. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how much an ounce weighs (nudge nudge wink wink).

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Herb Or Concentrates

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The Airvape X can be used with both herb or concentrates. It’s now 2020, and I feel this should be a standard feature for any portable vape of reasonable quality. Most vapes these days (or at least the good ones) are now capable of this, including the Airvape X.

Ease Of Use

The Airvape X is very easy to use. Just pop off the magnetized mouth piece, and load in your herb. The funnel-like design makes it very easy to load your herb without spilling any. If you want to use concentrates, just pop the concentrates pad into the same opening, and load a little bit in.

It’s also got a protruded mouthpiece which I love. A simple but necessary design feature in my opinion.

What’s In The Box

In the box you’ll find:

  • Airvape X (obviously)
  • X Shell (a smell-proof, water resistant carry case for the vape – a nice little accessory)
  • USB charging cable (micro-USB)
  • Concentrates pad insert
  • Cleaning tool
  • Packing tool
  • Replacement filter screens
  • User manual
  • Warranty card (limited lifetime warranty)

LED Screen

The LED screen shows you all the basic info you need. It’s got the temperature, battery life and sesh length. It also shows a spinning fan when the vape is heating up. All necessary features in my opinion (maybe not the sesh length, but cool either way).

Airvape X Battery

The battery for the Airvape X is 1300 mAh. This is ok, but not great. Bigger than the FireFly 2 Plus‘ 770 mAh, but far smaller than the Pax 3’s 3500 mAh. How vaporizers actually use their battery is a large factor in how long the battery lasts, so a battery with twice the capacity doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll last twice as long.

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From the Airvape website, it mentions the battery should last 6 to 7 sessions. I’ve found it last 5 to 6 sessions in reality, but this will largely depend on temperature setting and how long your sesh is. At least it charges pretty quickly.

Charging

For a full charge from empty to full, it’ll take around an hour.

This vape comes with a micro-USB charging cable. This is incredibly handy and versatile. You can plug it in to charge from any USB source, whether that’s your iPhone charger, laptop, power bank or whatever else. You can also charge this while using which is awesome. I think we’ve all forgotten to put things on charge, only to realize they’re dead or very low on battery when we want to use them. A great feature that most (but not all) portable vapes have.

Heating

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The Airvape X has precise temperature control, allowing you to control to single degrees. For anyone outside the US, you can change the units to Celsius. The overall temperature range goes from 200°F to 428°F (93‎°C to 220°C). This temperature range seems large enough to please everyone from flavor connoisseurs to dense cloud enthusiasts. It also vibrates when it’s hit your desired temperature.

Related:
Atmos Vaporizer Review

The vape uses both conduction and convection as a method of vaporization. I’m not sure if this was intentional, or if Airvape realized that achieving pure convection heating is only really possible when what your vaping is surrounded by non-heat-transferring material (that was a mouthful). Anyway, from my understanding, having both of these methods of vaporization should give fairly even vapor.
For a purely convection experience, check out our review of the FireFly 2 Plus (vs the Pax 3).

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From the Airvape website, it states 20 seconds heat-up time. I’d say this is pretty accurate, but will obviously depend on how hot you run your vape at.

Vapor Quality

For the overall vapor quality, I give it a 7.5 out of 10. It produces thick(ish) clouds if that’s what you prefer. It also preserves the flavor if that’s what you prefer. Like all vapes, it can’t really do both, but it can give you a happy medium, with medium temperatures.

Hot To Touch

This review wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the fact the Airvape X can get very hot to touch. The vape is plagued with this annoying, yet common flaw of a lot of portable vapes. It gets quite hot to touch after a few uses. If you enjoy vaping at higher temperatures, you’ll need to take a break and let the vape cool down after a few hits. If you don’t, the vape still works fine, but gets quite hot to hold in your hand.

To reduce this, try vaping at a lower temperature, and turn it off straight away after you’ve had a hit (or have a few hits in a row then turn it off). The Airvape X also comes with an auto-shutoff feature which can help with this. If you do vape at a lower temperature, your AVB should turn out a little less charred too.

Colors & Design

The Airvape X comes in black or blue for its two main colors. It also comes in rose gold or gray, however these two are the “artist edition” and cost slightly more. As far as overall design and aesthetics go, its a pretty sleek looking vape. A lot nicer looking than most portable vapes out there (in my opinion), mostly due to the slender and simple design.

Airvape X Price

The Airvape X comes in at under $200, which is a pretty reasonable price for what you get. There are far cheaper options out there, and also far more expensive, so this is a nice middle of the road option.

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It’s more expensive than the Atmos Vicod 5G, but less expensive than the Pax 3 or FireFly 2 Plus. The quality is also a fair bit better than the Vicod 5G, while overall being on par with the FireFly 2 Plus quality, and slightly less than the Pax 3.

Hopefully this review of the Airvape X has given you all the info you need to make an informed choice. Have you tried this vape before? If so, let us know in the comments below.

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