The Airvape X is Apollo’s latest portable dry herb vaporizer and the successor to the Airvape XS. The Airvape X retains nearly the same look and much of the same features as its predecessor but Apollo have made a few notable changes: a larger chamber size, a ceramic mouthpiece and a magnetically secured chamber.
The Airvape X is an incredibly thin and attractive vaporizer. But is it worth picking up?
This vaporizer was sent to me by Apollo for the purpose of this review.
- AirVape X Vaporizer
- USB Charging Cable
- Cleaning, Loading Tools
- Concentrate Pad
- Replacement Filter Screens
- User Manual
- Limited Lifetime Warranty (register on AirVapeUSA.com)
- Steel Construction
- Weight: 91 Grams
- Dry Herb/Concentrate Vaporizer
- Conduction Heating
- Max. Temp: 428°F / 220°C
- 1.3” Display
- 20 Second Heat Up Time
- Haptic Feedback
- Built-In 1300mAh Battery
- 3 Min Automatic Shutoff Timer
How to Use the Airvape X
Those of you who have used the Airvape XS will be happy to know that the Airvape X is just as easy to use. Pull up on the mouthpiece to detach it from the device. Next, load up your ground herb into the chamber and pack it using the included tool or a tool of your own. You can even use concentrates by inserting the included concentrate pad.
To turn the device on, click the power button three times. The Airvape X will start heating up right away. Hold the power and down button to change between Farenheit and Celsius.
Use the up and down adjustment buttons to change the temperature; the Airvape X has a full temperature range of 200-428°F. This is great because some other dry herb vaporizers either can’t be set low enough or they don’t go high enough. Fortunately, this isn’t a problem with the Airvape X.
Heat up time is incredibly quick. From the time that it’s turned on, it takes only 20 seconds for the Airvape X to reach temperature. Once it’s ready it will vibrate to let you know that it’s ready to go.
The Airvape X has a 5 minute session timer as a safety measure. This timer starts when it reaches your set temperature. One problem I had when I reviewed the Airvape XS Go was that the three minute session timer was too short. I’m glad that they’ve increased this to 5 minutes. It’s perfect for a session — not too short that it cuts off in the middle of using it but also not too long as to be a hazard if you forget to turn it off.
Design & Build Quality
This is definitely one of the thinnest dry herb vaporizers I’ve ever used. The body is just 0.48” thin which is incredibly slim for a dry herb device. I thought that the slim body might be uncomfortable to hold but it’s quite the opposite — it sits neatly in my palm and my fingers curve naturally around it.
The Airvape X is a rectangular vaporizer with rounded edges and it sports a minimalist design. There are no logos or branding printed on the body. Instead, repeating Apollo logos that span around the device are cut into the heating chamber.
Aside from the ceramic heating chamber, the Airvape X is made entirely out of steel. It feels solid, durable and like a premium vaporizer. If you’re concerned about plastic, the Airvape X has none.
The 1.3” screen displays the battery level, temperature and automatic shut off timer. It’s not that bright but it’s bright enough to be acceptable. I’m a fan of screens on dry herb vaporizers because, paired with temperature adjustment, it gives fine-tuned control over how you want to vape.
One neat bonus is the included “X Shell”. It’s a smell-proof carrying case and it works extremely well. Once stowed away inside the case I can’t smell a thing, even after using the Airvape X for a lengthy session.
I already mentioned that it’s ultra thin at just 0.48” but it’s also quite light as well. The Airvape X weighs a mere 91 grams which is impressive considering the steel construction. The slim design and relative light weight make it one of the most portable dry herb vaporizers available. It’s a breeze to slip into my jeans pocket or bag and I barely notice that it’s there.
On the other hand, it’s not completely concealable in my hand and the design doesn’t look like an everyday item; it might attract some attention if used in public. While ultra portable, the Airvape X is not the most discreet vaporizer.
Apollo have done away with the glass mouthpiece from the Airvape XS and instead opted for an all-ceramic mouthpiece for the Airvape X. In my opinion it’s a welcome change.
The mouthpiece attaches to the device magnetically and I have to say that they’ve done a good job here. The magnets are very strong and hold the mouthpiece firmly in place. It takes a respectable amount of force to remove the mouthpiece which prevents it from coming off accidentally. Not once have I had the mouthpiece detach while in my pocket.
The mouthpiece has a thin tip that is great to use and comfortable on my lips. If you find that the ceramic tip gets too hot, Apollo include a silicone cover that can be placed over it. Personally, I didn’t find that it got too hot unless I marathoned a few sessions in a row.
The Airvape X has a ceramic heating chamber that is easy to access by removing the magnetic mouthpiece. It’s oval shaped and will fit around 0.25grams of ground dry herbs.
The underside of the mouthpiece also has a ceramic plate which sandwiches your herbs to heat them from the top and bottom. Plus, what’s neat is that there’s also a compartment underneath the heating chamber that accumulates hot air for more even heating.
Using 0.20 grams of herb was optimal and browned evenly by the end of a 400°F session. There was no stirring required for a high temperature session. But sometimes I like to start my first session at a lower temperature, stir, and then increase the temperature for the following session. In these cases I always stirred between sessions.
As I mentioned a bit earlier, the Airvape X heats up in only 20 seconds so it’s perfect for taking a few quick draws. This is how I used the device the majority of the time; pull it out for a few quick pulls and stash it back into the case for later.
The vapor from the Airvape X is smooth and flavorful, too. It uses conduction heating but the vapor quality is comparable to some of the best conduction vaporizers. It’s definitely one of my favorites that I’ve used. The all ceramic heating chamber and mouthpiece make for pure, unadulterated vapor and you can really taste the difference in the vapor.
The vapor pathway is quite short but even at high temperatures the vapor isn’t too hot. There’s adequate cooling from the ceramic mouthpiece so the vapor still comes out pleasantly cool.
If you’re in it for the clouds, you won’t be disappointed either. With long draws, the AirVape X puts out some hefty and respectable clouds of vapor.
In my eyes, this is mainly meant to be a dry herb device. Wax works acceptably well but this isn’t a dedicated concentrate device. For that, there are definitely better options out there.
I’m a huge fan of the airflow on the Airvape X. It’s not too airy nor is it too tight. Instead, it’s a nice middle ground that is easy enough to pull but not so open as to feel like you’re inhaling purely air. Apollo got the draw perfect on this device.
This device has a 1300mAh, non-removable battery built into it. This translated into about 6-7 sessions or 40-45minutes of usage time. Not bad at all. It’s enough that I could take the Airvape X out with me and use it multiple times throughout the day without having to worry about recharging until I got home.
Apollo have done well with the Airvape X. It’s super sleek, ultra portable and delivers high-quality vapor that I really enjoy. The steel construction and all-ceramic vapor pathway are big pluses and make a huge difference to the vapor and flavor. This is a top end device with top-end performance and there’s not a lot I can knock it for. If you’re thinking of picking one up, it’s a solid choice.
I think the device totally sucks!!!
Battery lasts about 15 minutes. I would not recommend this device to anyone.
What do you think coarse or fine grinding is better with it ?
Glad you liked it Richard! The Airvape X does fine with either but I find that it vapes just a bit better with coarsely ground herbs.
How do you know when you need to change out the weed – is it just all brown?
Yes, it will be a dark brown color and won’t produce much/any vapor when you pull. Once you notice a significant drop off in vapor then your herb is probably very brown and needs to be changed out.