First published: January 4, 2018
Written by: =420th= SemperFi
In recent years vaporizers have grown considerably in popularity with a global market outlook expected to exceed $61 Billion by 2025. This has spurred some advancements in vaporizer technology and today’s high-end units can seem more like smart devices as compared to their rudimentary ancestors.
A Quick Overview of Vaporizers
A vaporizer (or vape) is an electronic device that is used to inhale vaporized ingredients without burning them. A vape turns ingredients, such as e-liquids, concentrates, or dry herbs into vapor. They accomplish this feat through the use of an atomizer that acts to heat the substrate to a temperature at which it “vaporizes”.
Vaporizers come in many styles and variants including wet or dry, and conduction or convection. Here, we’ll review the dry convection vaporizer, and more specifically, the Fierce by Healthy Rips, a personal favorite.
Combustion vs Conduction vs Convection: What Are the Differences?
- Combustion is NOT vaping; it’s the ol’ method of burning the ingredient and inhaling the smoke which can be carcinogenic and pose numerous respiratory risks.
- Conduction is the method of heating the ingredient up directly and then inhaling the vapor. Conduction vapes tend to vaporize materials at a lower temperature and produce a steady consistent stream of vapor.
- Convection is the method of heating up the ingredient by circulating hot air around and through the ingredient and then inhaling the vapor. This method eliminates the need for combustion and is usually preferred by vapers using dry herb.
Convection Vaping: For the Health-Conscious
The convection method, which involves the least amount of combustion, is without question the choice for the health-conscious. It produces less carcinogens and other harmful chemicals as compared to smoking.
Whenever dried plant material is burned, such as tobacco, it produces thousands of chemical substances in the smoke. Burning breaks the chemical bonds between the carbon atoms in the large, organic molecules present in plants, creating very reactive fragments called free radicals. Free radicals can combine with each other or with other molecules to produce an amazing variety of products.
Many of these products, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), are highly toxic and are known to cause cancer. (See Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons: Chemistry and Carcinogenicity by Ronald G. Harvey). Significant concentrations of PAH are present in the brown tar stains observed on cigarette filters and the dark tar found in pipes.
“FIERCE” The High-End Convection Vaporizer From Healthy Rips
One of the leaders in high-end convection vaporizers and my personal favorite is Healthy Rips. Their flagship vaporizer is the FIERCE, the latest portable dry material/herb vaporizer to hit the market and it boasts some pretty impressive features:
- Convection Dominant Heating
- Low Draw Resistance
- Removable 4050 mAh LiPo Battery (Approx. 2 Hour Runtime, Approx. 30 Second Heatup)
- Temperature Range: 320-430F
- Stainless Steel Chamber
- 0.3g Max Loading Capacity
- Glass and Stainless Steel Vapor Path
- Airpath Isolated from Electronics
- Kirksite Alloy Unibody
- Magnetic Mouthpiece
- LED Display – Temperature & Session
- TimeVibration Notifications
- USB-C Reversible Connector
- USB-C Fast Charging
- Protective Top Cover
- Dimensions: 4″ x 2.9″ x 1.1″
- Weight: 10 Ounces
- 1 Year Warranty
Building off the same design as the highly loved Fury 2, the FIERCE features a larger chamber, longer battery life, removable battery, and an even stronger hybrid heating element.
The FIERCE’s convection heating system vaporizes your material evenly and efficiently with heated air assisted by a small amount of radiative conduction; the perfect mix for full, clean flavor and massive cloud production. Draw resistance is impressively low, keeping the vapor flowing without overworking your lungs. The Fierce is powered by a removable 4050 mAh lithium polymer battery pack that provides around two hours of heat per charge. LiPo batteries are known for being ultra safe and stable even when pushed to their limit, perfect for chain vaping. The stainless steel loading chamber holds about 0.3g and also works well with smaller amounts. Any temperature from 320-430F can be selected through the detailed LED display and after about 30 seconds of heating the Fierce will vibrate to let you know it’s ready to rip.
Just like the Fury 2, the HR Fierce is made entirely of tough, wear resistant Kirksite alloy and has a protective top cover to keep smell in and debris out. Weighing in at only 10 ounces with a svelte 4″ x 3″ frame, the Fierce sits nicely in most pockets. The low-profile mouthpiece connects magnetically and the all glass mouthpiece connects with the included accessory attachment. The airpath is fully isolated from all electronics and made entirely of glass and stainless steel for purity and flavor. USB-C Fast Charging takes the Fierce’s ultra high capacity battery from empty to full in a few hours plus the connector is reversible to avoid the Micro-USB directional struggle.
You can activate or deactivate the FIERCE by pressing the power button 3 times in a row. Remove your mouthpiece, load coarse to finely ground material into the stainless steel chamber and set any temperature from 320-430F using the two smaller buttons. Once your chosen temperature is reached the Fierce will vibrate. Clicking the power button once while activated will display your remaining battery life; holding it for a few seconds lets you adjust the session timer between 3-8 minutes.
- Fierce Vaporizer
- Mouthpiece with Glass Vapor Path
- Accessory Attachment & Glass Mouthpiece
- Silicone Top Cover
- Stainless Steel Oil Pad
- Extra Battery Door Screw
- Extra Screen & O-Ring Set
- USB-C Charging Cord
- Wall Charger
- Cleaning Brush
- Loading Tool
- User Manual
The FIERCE is a high-quality device with luxurious features and fantastic vapor. For the price, the Fierce packs a lot of features and brings more value than more expensive dry herb vapes.