The Ghost Vape MV1 is a portable, on-demand vaporizer that uses a convection heating style for both herbs and concentrates. The MV1 device has an alien-like appearance with its odd shape and shiny metallic alloy exterior.
The entire vaporizer has an ergonomic shape though, and there are only two operating buttons, one on the front and the other on the back. The vaporizer has a removable ceramic crucible that you can switch out depending on your material. The Ghost Vape MV1 uses only preset heat settings, but it does have Bluetooth compatibility, which enables a user to apply precision temperature control.
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A Quick Look at the Ghost Vapes MV1
No one has ever seen anything like the MV1. Its outer shape and appearance are unorthodox. The unit comes in five different color options, which are all excellent, especially the more brilliant nickel, black chrome or rose gold varieties that give the vaporizer even more of a futuristic sheen.
There is also an all black “stealth” version, which is not bad, but using the word “stealth” in the same sentence as the MV1 is a joke (more on that later). The basic MV1 has no screen or adjustment buttons or any control panel at all for that matter. It has an LED band, right under its main power button, or “mode” button as they like to call it, that shows battery life and of course, to which “mode” the device is set.
The MV1 Ghost has two modes, for herbs and concentrates, but more about that later. Also on the front is the removable oven/crucible that swings out with a sliding motion of the release button, on the right side of the chassis.
No matter the color option that you choose, the entire oven and latch apparatus comes in the same color. The oven/crucible is all ceramic, has a stainless steel lid and can hold around 0.12g of herb material, which does not mean that you have to load the chamber to capacity.
The efficiency of the heating system on the Ghost means that there is no need in filling up the canister to get excellent vapor production or quality, or so says Ghost Vapes. Since the MV1 is an “on-demand” vaporizer, it means the heating element is engaged only when you press the firing button on the back of the shell.
Up top, there is the heat sink that also hides the retracting and extendable mouthpiece. The sink also contains the vapor path, which on standard versions is zirconia. The standard mouthpiece is medical-grade borosilicate glass (all these parts are available on the website as well).
There are other parts related to the vapor path as well, which include the zirconia path or a Makrolon stem, which is high-quality plastic for use with many vapers. The heat sink will need some cleaning once in a while, as residue will collect on certain parts, which is why the Ghost comes with many cleaning implements.
Certain parts of the heat sink will need a long soak in iso like the vapor path, as well as the crucible, the lid, and the mouthpiece. The front-facing side of the vape is where you load the materials, as well as where you turn on and set the mode. The back portion is the battery section where the vape button is also located.
The entire, dual-cell section is removable (the release button is right under the front-facing “Mode” button) and also features a USB charging port with a LED light that has a soft-touch finish to it. Ghost Vapes also sells a fast charger that you can use to charge the cells outside of the MV1, which is faster than charging the cells in the battery pack.
What’s Inside the Box
The MV1 impresses even with its packaging. The vaporizer comes resting inside a flip-open, top-flap box that stays in place. The open part of the top-flap also has writing on it, and other decorative elements.
The accessories section sits under the central unit and includes:
- One Ghost Vape MV1 + battery pack
- One Micro USB charging cable
- One Quick Start User guide
- One spare crucible and lid (the unit comes with another crucible inside)
- One concentrates pad
- Three picks
- Three isopropyl alcohol wipes
- Three Q-tips
The accessories for the MV1 go far beyond what they include in the standard kit. The other available accessories are something that we’ll go over later on in the review.
Using the Ghost
The vaporizer having a very straightforward configuration (a screen, clearly-marked buttons) can be both a positive and a negative. Having everything spelled out for them is a benefit to new users, but it limits the design choices.
Going screen-less seems to be in fashion right now, as the Davinci IQ, as well as the PAX 3, have both eschewed screens in favor of either a LED array (the IQ) or what seems to be the norm now thanks to the PAX, a Bluetooth-enabled, smartphone app that lets users make adjustment via their phone.
The Ghost has opted for the latter, as it pairs with smartphones and a downloadable app that lets users set their temperature precisely. But even if you don’t have a smartphone, the unit still has a total of four, preset heat settings – three for herbs, and one for concentrates.
On the front-facing LED bar, users will know what they are vaping by seeing amber (herbs) or red (concentrate) lights. Three individual lights within the bar also show temperature levels: one light is the lowest, two is the mid-point, and three is the maximum.
These heat settings are broken down further when using the app. The three presets (high, medium, low) plus two “favorite” settings, which go beyond the preset temperature range and can reach a maximum 428F. The whole heat range runs from 284F to 428F.
Ghost Vapes cautions against using the herb settings for concentrates, and vice-versa, for the simple reason that concentrate vaporizes at a higher temperature than flowers, so using those settings for any dry herb may lead to combustion.
Loading and Temperature Settings
Before turning on, load the crucible with your preferred material, this way when you turn on the vaporizer, you’ll know which mode – herbs or concentrates – to select. After charging the battery, install the dual-cell pack into the device.
Turn it on the vape by pressing and holding the Mode button. The MV1 Ghost will switch on and display the current battery life. The unit comes pre-set to dry herb mode, but if you want to switch to concentrates, you need to change the style using the button.
After turning it on, it will then go into Sleep mode, and from here you can choose the appropriate preset for your material. Once you have selected the preset, click the Mode button three times to activate the Vape button.
If you are using concentrates, remember to insert the concentrates pad into the crucible before loading the material. When the chamber is loaded, the device is on, and the mode is set, you have to press the Vape button to vape.
You need to press and hold the Vape button, which will start the heating process. Vaporizer vibrates to let you know it’s ready to vape (mere seconds), but you still need to press the Vape button whenever you take a hit.
The convection heating style combined with the on-demand functioning of the vape eliminates the need for a heat-up time. Moreover, the Ghost MV1 does not over-vape the material in the crucible thanks to the on-demand heating.
A user can take as many or as little hits as they want, and then they can leave the material in the chamber without worrying about the material being wasted. The heat only gets applied if the user wants it, so the MV1 makes efficient use of material.
With so much innovative technology and design features built-into the MV1, the expectations were high on its ability to perform. Thankfully, the vape expectations were not only met but the quality of the vapor, as well as the device’s functioning and performance, were exceeded.
With a full crucible, vapor production is outstanding. The vapor, like with any device, needs a little time to get going. The first few draws may not be so voluminous, but by the third or the fourth, it comes pouring out. But, going for a third or fourth hit, after the first few draws won’t be necessary.
The convection-heating gets the most out of the material in a short amount of time. Since it is a convection heating style, it might be a good idea to stir around the material, after the first few draws.
Misleading claim that the crucible would get incredibly hot if you try to take it out post-session, although it feels warm, it does not burn or make it impossible to take the oven out and stir the bowl if you so desire.
On-demand heating, as opposed to session-heating, is rare in a lot of dry herb vapes. Most conduction, or hybrid devices (conduction and convection) work in session-mode, whereby a user sets their temperature, and then the unit powers up to reach that temperature to vape the material.
The device turns off automatically after a certain period (the MV1 does have an automatic shut-off time if you press the Vape button longer than 15 seconds), and then it has to heat up again. Also, only within that time frame, there is still material being heated, and vapor being wasted, even when the session ends.
The MV1 gives ultimate user-control over the length and quality of every vape; no material gets vaporized unless the user wants it to be vaped. There are only three preset temperatures for either herb or concentrates, and those options were more than enough to showcase all the great qualities about the MV1.
Using the MV1 App
The Ghost MV1 does feature a Bluetooth connection that can pair with your phone, once you’ve downloaded the MV1 app. The app allows for precision temperature control within the four presets, as well as adding two “favorite” settings for vapers to set their ideal heat level.
The app also has other non-vaping related features like employing a locking feature, so that no one can use the device other than you when it is locked. In addition, the app can also find your vape, if you ever lose or misplace it.
The app also has a “Refer a Friend” program where vapers can recommend buying the device to a friend, which gives them a $25 discount, and if they do buy it, you get a payout of $25 too. Ghost Vapes says that more features will be added to the app in the future, but for now, those are the basic features of using the app.
The Competitors: The Ghost Vape MV1 vs. the Davinci IQ vs. the Firefly 2
The Davinci IQ
The Davinci IQ is a dry-herb only vaporizer that has a bottom-loading, all-ceramic zirconia oven, and an all-ceramic zirconia vapor path (which is removable).
The IQ comes pre-loaded with four Smart Path temperature presets, although it does have Bluetooth compatibility and a downloadable app for precision control. The IQ is about 3.54 inches tall, and also takes a removable 3500mAh battery as its primary power source.
The Firefly 2
The Firefly 2 vapes both flower material and waxy concentrates and is also a convection-style, on-demand vaporizer. It has a magnesium alloy build and is much lighter and portable than the previous version of the Firefly.
The material chamber on the Firefly 2 is all-borosilicate glass, and the vapor path is also all-glass. The unit uses two touch sensors to start heating, and the device comes preset with six heat settings. It can also connect to smartphones through a Bluetooth connection for added customization.
Ghost Vape MV1 Vaporizer Specifications
|Colors||Black Chrome, Rose Gold, Nickel, Satin Silver|
|Dimensions||5″ x 2.25″ x 1.6″|
|Heatup Time||3-10 Second|
Positives and Negatives
- Wild, original exterior and interior design
- Super-easy airflow (almost no resistance)
- Excellent vapor production (for herbs and concentrates)
- Great battery life
- Efficient use of material
- Efficient use of material
- Difficult to use
- A lot of cleaning and upkeep
- Very heavy, not so portable as could be
- Accessories that should come standard are sold separately
Final Thoughts on the Ghost Vape MV1
The Ghost Vape MV1 is worthy of its alpha-numeric name as it evokes, and looks, like a killer robot, run amok that is currently in stasis mode but is just waiting to pounce. Although it looks cool on the outside, there is something about the MV1 that feels over-designed.
The MV1 looks like it needs an advanced degree in robotics to operate. It takes, like, three different button presses to turn on the device, but when you turn it on, you still have to turn it on again, by holding the button, and THEN pressing another three times to choose the right setting, but then you have to press the back button actually to vape, and on and on and on. Yeesh.
Then there is the device itself that has so many removable parts — and one rule about herb vaporizers: the more pieces you can take off, the more parts you have to clean, so more work:
- The heat sink comes off, which also breaks down into four separate pieces (gasket, lid, vapor path, mouthpiece)
- The crucible is also removable and needs regular cleaning, as well as the stainless steel lid
- The inside section of the device also needs some gentle cleansing, as the airflow pushes the reclaim and the residue to other hard-to-reach places
And the thing is massive. The battery pack weighs a ton, and it is nowhere near portable, at least not like the IQ, PAX or Firefly 2 are portable.
It seems that Ghost Vape tried to have the best of both worlds, as they tried to meld a powerful, dual-material, convection-style vaporizer, with the portability and ease-of-use of a herb vape pen.
Not only that but they also made all these accessories (some essential, others not so much) for the device that are not included in the standard kit like the Fast Charger, since charging the device via USB cable takes super-long.
Some of the accessories worth getting are the Fast Charger, as well as the Crucible Dispenser, which comes with five empty ceramic containers that you can pre-load and pop in when your other one is done. As for vapor production, it is not bad.
The mouthpiece is retractable and can hide within the heat sink, which keeps the vapor very cool, even at the highest temperature. The on-demand heating style is efficient, and with the 0.12g capacity crucible, you can put dry flowers to get the most out of your material.
Granted, the vapor quality (cool, smooth, and flavorful) of the MV1 would not be possible without the technology inside, as it is now, but it seems like this tech could have been put into a better package.
Just by looking at it, what does the Ghost Vape MV1 most resemble? A space-age, espresso maker? An AI vacuum cleaner? Do you care about the way a vape looks or are you only interested in its performance? Please send us your thoughts about the MV1 by writing a few lines in the section below.