Linx Gaia Vape Review: A Classy Dry Herb Box Mod From Linx
Linx is fast-becoming my new favorite high-end vape company. First, they wowed me with the Linx Ares, a dab pen that heated its concentrate with an outward protruding ceramic rod. And now, it offers the Linx Gaia, another classically-named box mod that vapes dry herbs.
In keeping with Linx’s forward-thinking engineering team, the Gaia takes some steps other companies have been afraid to take. The Gaia is a hybrid model that combines elements of conduction and convection heating into the same mod, along with, an industry-first, quartz heating chamber.
The technical specs on the Linx Gaia include:
- An internal 2200mAh Li-ion battery
- All quartz heating atomizer
- A weight of 146 g
- Quartz and glass mouthpiece
- Magnetic cap for mouthpiece
- Dimensions: 50mm x 24mm x 80mm (mouthpiece removed).
Inside the Linx Gaia kit you will find:
- One Linx Gaia mod with built-in quartz chamber
- One mouthpiece cap
- One picking tool (hidden inside the mod)
- One cleaning brush
- One Micro USB charging cable with lightning adapter
When I first saw the Linx Gaia, I was reminded of a slick-looking hip flask from the 1950s. I guess the Gaia is the hip flask of the 21st century – a modern looking, portable device that hides an illicit habit. The Linx Gaia is truly tiny. It fits great in hand and makes it as portable and easy to conceal as ever.
The mouthpiece screws off to reveal the quartz chamber underneath, and I love it when the chamber and mouthpiece are in close contact like that, so it can deliver a nice, direct throat hit without passing through too many impurities.
The chamber can fit, I would say about half a gram worth of material if it’s ground nice and fine. The finish and metallic edges gave the Gaia mod a decidedly cosmopolitan feel since it reminded me a lot of skyscrapers and chrome cocktail shakers.
Down the center of the Linx Gaia mod is an OLED display that features the various temperature settings available on the Gaia. There are three buttons in total on the Gaia: the firing trigger, and the plus and minus button controlling the temperature levels.
There’s a well-hidden picking/packing tool underneath the mod that was an ingenious use of space, I must say. It almost made me wonder what else the Linx Gaia was hiding in there. And I later found out that it was hiding a lot underneath that burnished metal finish.
Loading the Linx Gaia
All you need to do to load the Linx Gaia is to unscrew the quartz mouthpiece to access the heating chamber. You load the chamber with your finely ground materials and make sure not to pack it in too tightly to allow for a better airflow.
Screw on the mouthpiece, and you’re done.
Vaping the Linx Gaia
The Linx Gaia takes only five clicks to get activated although heat-up time varies between how long you hold the firing button to get it warmed up. You’ll see the OLED display flash a single flame to show the device heating up.
Press the up or down buttons to control the temperature by the individual degree. I decided to get to the medium temperature of 400F which was just a tad under the Gaia’s 420F capacity. Despite the high temperature, I didn’t feel the device itself getting too hot to hold.
I don’t look for fantastic flavor profiles with dry herb vaporizers, because the flavor is usually decided by the type of material you put inside and even then, there aren’t many flavor varieties to choose from. But concerning vapor production and the overall sweetness and texture of the vape, the Linx Gaia has that in spades.
The direct hit quartz chamber pushes through all the flavor and clean vapor taste. It made all the difference by heating up the material from all sides and therefore ensuring a consistent and flavorful cloud.
The air that gets pushed through the chamber doesn’t pass through the electrical system itself so you won’t register any metallic or other off-flavors.
How It Stacks Up
As far as dry herb vaporizers go, the Linx Gaia reminded me a lot of the Herb-E from Mig Vapor that is another portable and easily concealable device. The Gaia has a much more powerful battery and does offer several different temperature settings, to the two settings the Herb-E offers on its mod.
With the up and down control panel, you can easily calibrate an ideal temperature for your vape, while with the Herb-E you’re only left with two choices. The Herb-E does not have an all-quartz heating chamber but still manages to impress with its cloud and flavor production. Again, the power and sleekness of the Gaia take the day.
What I Liked
Much like its extracts cousin, the Ares, the Gaia impresses on both an aesthetic and technical level. It’s an elegant, compact device with a significant amount of power in the palm of your hand. It provides great heating potential in a device made with premium materials.
Making a mod from premium, durable materials ensures better performance and a long-lasting machine. The Linx Gaia has both of those things, especially with the all-quartz chamber. The body itself is compact and can still impress with its finer elements.
The 2200mAh battery is an exception for this kind of mod at this size. It doesn’t overburden the machine, but it provides it enough power to perform consistently well, while also allowing you to precisely follow your temperature levels.
What I Didn’t Like
After all these great elements came together – powerful battery, air-insulated electronics, quartz chamber – I was still not so impressed by the Gaia’s flavor production. The “clean” vape, if you will, might have sanitized the flavor right out of my dry herbs and made it lose some of its full-bodiedness.
The Linx Gaia, along with the rest of the mods available from Linx, is fast becoming my vape mod of choice. I get excited to see what Linx comes out with next. They make great mods in every sense of the word, from a technical standpoint to a design standpoint.
The Gaia continues that tradition as the Linx dry herb vaporizer that has a combined conduction/convection heating chamber made entirely of quartz. The mod is sexy-looking and also finely made.
And there’s only so much praise I can lavish on one mod and one company, so I’ll just finish by saying for its price and compactness, the Linx Gaia is certainly something to keep in mind if you are looking for a sleek and dependable flower burner.
I give the Linx Gaia an esteemed 8/10.