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Airvape X Review

AirVape X Vape Review: My honest opinion & How It Stacks Up Vs. the pax 3

After personally testing the AirVape X dry herb vape, I can tell you there’s a lot to like and a few things that could be improved. Keep reading to find out if it will meet your needs.
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My intro to AirVape

Having lived, breathed, and worked in the CBD and cannabis industry for over a decade, I’ve had the opportunity to try a LOT of vaping devices over the years. And as a huge fan of CBD flower, I’m always up for trying out new dry herb vaporizers on the market.

I met someone with an AirVape X recently and I was really impressed by the tiny little device, so I contacted the company to see if they’d let me conduct a full and honest AirVape X review for CBD Incubator. 

Luckily for me they took me up on the offer, so keep reading to find out what I thought of the X.

AirVape X Review (Royal Blue edition)

When you look at the specs of the AirVape X vaporizer, it looks as if it’s aiming to compete with fairly high performance, portable vaporizers on the market, but at a fraction of the price of some other models. I wondered, is it really as impressive as it sounds?

Airvape X Review

Here’s a quick TL;DR of my overall thoughts:

Pros 

  • Stylish, super-compact design with free carrying case
  • Produces decent, tasty vapor clouds
  • Combo vape for loose leaf and concentrates
  • Dual heating system improves strength and flavors
  • Large and precise temperature range to suit your needs
  • Heats up quickly
  • Fast, USB-C charging
  • Easy to use and clean (great for beginners)
  • Safety shut-off features
  • On-board temperature controls (no smartphone app needed)

Cons

  • Battery life could be better
  • Case could be improved by housing the loading tool
  • Device gets quite warm in your hand
  • Small chamber needs reloading more often

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Who is this product for?

This slimline, pocket-sized vape will be perfect for people looking for a compact portable vaporizer that they can take with them wherever they go.

The combo nature of the device also makes it ideal for flower and concentrate enthusiasts alike and its ease-of-use and low price point makes it a fantastic option for vaping newbies.

However, as one of the smallest, most portable dry herb vapes I’ve come across, it’s no surprise that the chamber size and battery life are more limited than other (larger) models on the market, making this device best suited for shorter sessions and/or light to medium vapers.

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What’s in the box?

  • AirVape X device 
  • Carrying case
  • Insert for concentrates
  • Replacement mesh screens
  • USB-C charging cable
  • Cleaning brush and packing/loading tools
  • Metal tweezers
  • Mouthpiece cover
  • Lifetime warranty
Airvape X whats in the box

Overview of features

Let’s take a closer look at some of the standout features the Airvape X has to offer.

  • Combo vape for dry herb and concentrates

They say variety is the spice of life and, when it comes to consuming cannabis and hemp, I have to agree. Sometimes I prefer to vape freshly ground flower for a flavor explosion. Other times I want something a little more potent so I’ll turn to a CBD wax, crumble, or live rosin.

In the past, I’ve needed two separate devices to accommodate these two very different vaping options and had to choose which one to take out with me (carrying both seems… excessive). With the AirVape X, I don’t have to choose.

Having said that. the insert is a very small accessory and I worry about losing it when I take it out with me. You could carry it inside the chamber, but I like to preload the chamber with flower before I leave the house, so I’ve started carrying around a little drawstring bag for my Airvape X accessories.

  • Compact design and free carrying case

The AirVape X is the most pocket-friendly device I’ve come across, measuring just 4.1”L x 1.85”W x 0.48”H and weighing just 3.2 ounces, you really can take it anywhere.

The X Shell that comes with the AirVape X is the free hardshell carrying case that will help you get your device from point A to B safely and discreetly as it makes your vape smell-proof and water-resistant.

It fits the device tightly, so it doesn’t take anything away from its compact design, but it doesn’t accommodate any of the accessories that come with the X (which is why the drawstring bag comes in handy).

  • Strong magnetically closing lid

The AirVape X features a very strong magnetically closing lid so once you’ve loaded the chamber the lid gets suckered back into place and you’re ready to go.

I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve spilled my freshly loaded chamber all over the carpet due to ill-fitting lids. Even if I don’t have the X in its case, I’m confident that my product will stay safely stowed away inside the chamber until I’m ready to use it.

  • USB-C charging & pass-through technology

You can charge the AirVape X with a USB-C charging cable, which is as convenient as it gets. You don’t have to carry around a proprietary cable with you and plug it into a wall plug. Instead, you can charge it with any USB-C charging cable, through a charging block, laptop, or in your vehicle.

The device also charges fairly quickly (in under an hour) and, unlike many other vaporizers, you can actually use the X while it’s charging, which I find to be a huge bonus as I’m always forgetting to charge my devices and hate waiting around for them to be ready for me!

  • Fast heating and vibration alert

Another great feature of the AirVape X is that it heats up surprisingly quickly. Other AirVape X reviews I’ve read say that the device takes around 20 seconds to heat up to “optimal level”, but maybe they’re just going off the information on the website (because I’ve timed it and it takes more like 40 seconds).

Well, I should say it takes 40s to reach 356F, which is widely considered to be the “optimum temperature” for dry flower. 

But 40 seconds is still incredibly fast in my books, especially against other vapes I’ve tried in this price range. Once the device has reached your desired temperature it also vibrates in your hand to let you know it’s ready. It’s a nice feature to have, so you can chat to your friends or watch TV while it’s doing its thing, but I still find myself staring at the LCD screen watching the numbers whizz up! Perhaps I’ll appreciate this feature more when the excitement of its newness wears off

  • Onboard, precise temperature settings

You can also set the AirVape X’s temperature precisely where you want it. depending on what you’re vaping (flower, crumble, or wax). And you don’t need a smartphone app to do it either, as it features onboard temperature controls on the front of the device. 

The AirVape X can hold a steady temperature anywhere between 200F to 428F, covering all of your vaping temperature needs.

  • Automatic shut-off safety timer

The X has an auto shut-off safety feature that will kick in after three minutes of session smoking or after one minute of inactivity.

It’s easy to get distracted and forget you’re mid-sesh, so this is an excellent safety feature to have on a vaporizer. It’s probably saved me from wasting battery life and products too!

  • Easy to use, three-button operation

The AirVape X is very simple to operate with just three buttons to work with, as well as an LCD screen. You simply have one on/off button, as well as up and down arrow-shaped buttons that control the temperature.

It’s nice to not have to revisit the manual every time I use it!

  • Comes apart for easy cleaning

This device is really easy to clean too as it breaks down into smaller parts, making it much easier to get into all the nooks and crannies.

The magnetic mouthpiece breaks down into smaller pieces which you can soak in isopropyl alcohol. Then you just need to brush out the chamber (with the brush provided) before taking an alcohol-dipped cotton swab to wipe it out.

As with all vaporizers, the more often you clean your vaping device, the easier and quicker it will be.

Airvape X vs Pax 3

If you are trying to decide between an AirVape X and a Pax 3, then let us help by highlighting the main differences between the two devices.

  • Battery life – at 3500mAh, the Pax 3 has a larger battery which is estimated to last for 8 to 10 sessions vs the AirVape X’s 1300mAh battery, which will only last for approximately 5 to 7 sessions.
  • Charging – unlike the Pax 3, the AirVape X has the added convenience of a universal charger and pass-through technology, so you can continue using the device while it’s charging.
  • Ease-of-use – the X’s temperature controls are found onboard the device, whereas you’ll need a Bluetooth app to operate the Pax 3’s temp controls (EDIT: Apple has now banned all vaping apps – so only available on Android).
  • Quality – the Airvape X has a superior build with a ceramic mouthpiece (Pax 3 has silicon) and a ceramic chamber (Pax 3’s is metal).
  • Price – the AirVape X is far more affordable than the Pax 3 (more than $100 less) and also comes with a lifetime warranty.

So, unless the battery life is the most important feature to you, it looks like the AirVape X is a better choice all around!

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The Pax 3

How to use the AirVape X

Once you’ve loaded the AirVape X with your ground flower (or concentrate), you just need to snap the lid back on and press the power button three times.

Adjust the temperature as needed (with the up and down arrows) and then wait until the device vibrates to let you know it’s ready. 

You know the rest, right?

Peak vapor clouds usually start within one minute of the device reaching your desired heat.

For more AirVape X instructions and guidance on how to change the device settings, check out the official AirVape X manual here. You can also find Airvape X cleaning tips here.

Easy to use and quick to heat up

Conclusion

The AirVape X is an exceptional vaporizer in its price range as it performs just as well as many of the more expensive models out there. We don’t quite understand how AirVape has done it – a sleek, compact device, great vapor quality through hybrid heating, and super fast heating times, all for under $150?

It is an ideal choice for beginners due to the fact it’s easy to use and super affordable. However, more experienced users will love the high-tech performance and feature-packed experience it offers. The slim design and ultra-portable size does mean that you have to charge it more often, but the universal charging capability makes topping it up more easy and convenient, PLUS you can still use it while it’s charging.

Overall, I have to say that I really love this little device, but it could be improved if the case accommodated the packing tool as I’m always losing it in my bag!

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