KandyPens K-Vape Review: This is Where All the Flowers Have Gone
I’ve been on a box mod kick for a while now; I’m not even sure how to review a dry herb vaporizer KandyPens K-Vape now. Where do I start with a device that is as simple as load and vape? What about the temperature control, the coil resistance, the coil type, temperature coefficient resistance? Is it an RTA? An RBA?
I have to pull up one of my older reviews to get me back into dry herb mode to remind me what it is to look for in a dry herb vaporizer. KandyPens, of course, is that unforgettable company that makes you think both of great vaping devices and all sorts of beautiful confectionary.
The KandyPens K-Vape 2.0 is their latest dry herb device that features a large stainless steel chamber (opposed to the more standard ceramic chamber) with a convection style heating element (opposed to the more standard convection style).
The KandyPens K-Vape 2.0 is lightweight due to its rubber and plastic build, but it still looks sturdy enough to be a portable, take-it-with-you everywhere type of device.
The chamber can hold a little more than half a gram of material, and I’m curious to see whether that means it can get the most out of a small amount of material or if it’s not powerful enough to handle more. But still, the 0.6 gram of material capacity is slightly larger than most other vaporizers out there.
Some of the other features of the K-Vape include:
- Three temperature settings: 360F, 380F, 420F
- One button control
- LED indicator lights (Red, Green, Blue)
- USB charging port
- A “no combustion” guarantee
- Lifetime warranty
The KandyPens K-Vape 2.0 comes in a typical KandyPens hardcover, flip-open box with a convenient pull strap on the side to help you open up the box. Once you do, here’s what you’ll find inside:
- One KandyPens K-Vape 2.0
- Micro USB charging cable
- Extra tips and screens
- One instruction manual
- One cleaning tool
I was pleased to see that the KandyPens K-Vape is not entirely made of plastic. The majority of the device has a rubber coating that ensures not only a more relaxed grip and a more long-lasting device; it also acts as a kind of heat-shield. The center V-panel where the firing button and LED are located along with the mouthpiece is made of plastic.
Aesthetically, the K-Vape is not much to look at and it currently only comes in one color: black. The K-Vape is not on par with some of KandyPens more high-end or stylish devices, but then again, it’s what’s on the inside that counts the most.
The power button doesn’t have much of a rattle to it and feels sturdy. There are also some air holes near the outside of the chamber, so you have even more protection from overheating. The mouthpiece itself has a good shape that allows you to get your lips around it, although the hole was a bit thinner than I expected.
Taking off the mouthpiece, I immediately noticed two things. One was the stainless steel walls of the heating chamber that glinted in the light. The other was the screen underneath the mouthpiece that is made of a stainless steel mesh that can either be cleaned or replaced since the kit comes with a spare filter.
I haven’t had much experience with stainless steel chambers, especially with a dry herb vaporizer like KandyPens K-Vape. A lot of modern devices use ceramic or quartz, and those have worked well, in my opinion. So, just like with their donut-shaped heating element in their wax and concentrates pens, KandyPens is again upping their game when it comes to new technology.
Loading the K-Vape Vaporizer
The KandyPens K-Vape loads very easily, even though there is no packing tool or other such implement included in the kit, which was something that I thought was lacking. The opening of the chamber has a rubber O-Ring around it that features a small lowered indentation, which is a great design feature because it ensures that none of your material will get stuck between the O-ring and the chamber opening.
This very thin slit was something that I’ve seen with other devices and has annoyed me since with prolonged use, you can sometimes get your material stuck in there, and it is tough to clean. But that wasn’t a problem with the K-Vape.
I ground up my material and packed the chamber. I didn’t go for the full capacity, which would have been right up to the O-Ring because I didn’t want to get the screen dirty and possibly hamper the airflow. But, when you’ve had the KandyPens for awhile, I wouldn’t see any problem with filling it all the way to the top.
Using the KandyPens K-Pen Vaporizer
With the chamber loaded, you click the power button five times to turn on the device. The LED indicator light will turn a solid red color to show you that it’s heating up. The KandyPens website says the K-Vape requires at least forty-five seconds to heat up, and that is both a pro and a con.
If you want your herb to be well-heated, then you have to wait the requisite amount of time and forty-five seconds doesn’t seem all that long. But, if you are wanting an express vape (which some devices offer, except then they have overheating problems, I’m looking at you LV Smoke Flash) the K-Vape might irk you.
But either way, I was fine with the longer than usual heat-up time. To switch between the temperature settings, you click and hold the power button for at least five seconds. The next level after the red temperature setting (red=360F) is the green setting, which vapes at 380F. The highest temperature setting, 420F, is indicated by the blue light.
Temperature settings are great since it gives you a modicum of customizability with your vaporizer. Granted, there are only three settings, but you can vape at a higher setting to get more clouds and a more intense session, but then again your material won’t last very long.
But since the KandyPens has a larger than normal chamber, a high-temperature setting, like 420F is perfect for getting both flavor and a longer-lasting session. I switched in between both settings – I even tried the lowest setting – and found that at 420F I got great clouds, easier draws, and my material lasted for at least a session and a half.
Comparing the K-Vape Vaporizer
Based their resemblance to one another solely, I decided to see how the K-Vape stacked up against the Torpedo from Mig Vapor. And right away, just based on the heating chamber capacity, the Torpedo seems poised to blow the K-Vape out of the water.
Compared to the 0.6g capacity, the Torpedo’s 1.7g capacity guarantees an even longer vaping session with minimal load and clean up time. Although I know for some people, I know that a bigger chamber is not always ideal. A great vaporizer is measured in how well it can vape a small amount of material, which is what the K-Vape easily achieves.
I couldn’t find any technical specs for the K-Vape, so I couldn’t compare its battery power with the Torpedo’s beefy 2000 mAh capacity, but still, 2000 is a lot. The Torpedo also has more customizable features with the inclusion of an elongated mouthpiece.
Both devices feature three different temperature settings, so, based just on the fact that the K-Vape can do more with less, I think it turns the tables on the Torpedo extra chamber capacity for being a more efficient device.
What I Liked
The KandyPens K-Vape has a great feel and build to it. There aren’t so many fancy attachments or parts that can be easily breakable; I’m not saying you toss the thing around, but it feels like it could fall a couple of times and still perform well.
The 0.6 tank capacity is not a lot. Some people might not be happy with such a tiny chamber, but with dry herbs, you always want to get as much as you can from a small amount, and you can do that with the K-Vape.
Stainless steel chamber
For my first time with a stainless steel chamber, I was thoroughly impressed. I checked my material after I vaped and I saw it was all consistently hit by heat, brownish, with no missed spots.
What I Didn’t Like
I’m an aesthetics guy, which is why KandyPens is one of my favorite brands. Some say the K-Vape is unpretentious, but I expect pretentious from a brand like K-Vape, so I was disappointed by the bland, all-black design.
KandyPens is a great maker of all things vape. But they don’t always have a lot of dry herb options, apart from the Miva, since they mainly stick to liquid, waxes, and concentrates. And with all those media, they create not only great-looking devices but great-performing devices.
The KandyPens K-Vape was easy-to-use and load. The three temperature settings gave me enough versatility that I was pleased with all three. It was lightweight, and I found myself taking it with me a lot of different places and forgetting that I even had it.
I give the KandyPens K-Vape an 8/10.