Vapir is one of the pioneers in vaping industry and their Vapir N02 was one of the very first handheld vaporizers that were sold commercially. The N02 dominated the market until newer, more portable vaporizers were introduced and the N02 faded into the background. Vapir Prima then went on to introduce the VapirRise 1.0, and then an improved version the VapirRise 2.0. Today we’ll review Vapir Prima vaporizer, their latest offering, and see if it’s worth the $259.99 price tag.
Vapir Prima Video Review
Design and Build Quality
While the vaporizer has everything you want to see in your vaporizer i.e. it performs really well, has a sturdy design, is easy to use, and pretty much concealable, however, we couldn’t see one particular exclusive feature that would set it above the hundreds of its competitors.
The vaporizer gets full marks when it comes to stylish design, sturdy build and excellent attention to detail. The unit screams durability when you hold it, thanks to the brushed aluminum which also makes it lightweight at the same time. We loved how they have made the design ergonomic; it perfectly fits in the clenched hand, and the mouthpiece feels just in the right place.
Although the Prima has a large heating chamber for allowing longer vaping sessions, it’s made of stainless steel whereas most modern vaporizers come with a ceramic heating chamber for better taste. Another good thing about the design of Prima is that it has a unique removable, stainless steel pathway, through which the vapor is passed in order cool down, and offer better flavor. A downside to this mechanism is that the end of the unit, where the heating chamber is located, gets very hot. Although you can use the custom silicone sleeve that comes with the package, but it increases the overall size of the unit.
Another commendable thing about the unit is its compact size, it has nearly the same overall size as the high-end Pax 2. They both have the same height, though prima is slightly thicker. The small size makes it a concealable vaporize. If you hold the vaporizer properly, you will also be able to hide the LED lights under your fingers.
Is it Worth the Price?
Prima might not be the very best vaporizer in the market, but it gets above average rating in every aspect. And we recommend it if you vape concentrates because you’ll totally love the flavor-rich, thick vapor. Although the price of the vaporizer has come down from $259.99 to $229.99 since it was first released, we still think it’s on the higher side. We believe any price tag under two hundred bucks would be great.
Vapir Prima has an industry leading 45-60 seconds heat up time, depending on the type of material you want to vape, pack type and temperature settings you’ve chosen. While some newer models allow you to precisely control the temperature settings, the Prima only has four predefined settings: Level 1 ranges between 350° F – 360° F, Level 2 ranges between 365° F – 375° F, Level 3 ranges between 380° F – 390° F and Level 4 ranges between 390° F – 400° F. So the Prima also caps out at 400° F, just like its predecessor the VapirRise 2.0.
Even though the temperature range isn’t as high as you see in some other vaporizers, yet at Level 4, it offers phenomenal vapor quality, especially for concentrates. When it comes to vapor quality and flavor, you’ll be hard-pressed to tell the difference between Prima and any other top notch vaporizer. The good airflow mechanism and high-quality circuitry ensure rich flavor, but the vapor might be a little wispy if you want thick, dense and big plumes.
Prima uses custom batteries, which can be charged using the dock provided. Removing and installing the batteries is very easy, thanks to the quick-slide design. The battery is actually a 3200mAh Li-Ion battery. Depending on how you puff on it, the battery will last anywhere between 50 – 70 minutes of use, on the highest heat settings, which is definitely impressive. It takes under two hours for the battery to get fully charged. So, if you want to use it for extended group vaping sessions, consider buying an additional battery. But the overall process isn’t very user-friendly and buying additional battery will cost you $50, which isn’t cheap at all.
Vapor Quality, Battery life, and Ease of Use
Despite fewer options and low-temperature levels, you get immensely flavored and consistent vapor. In fact, the vapor you get is on a par with the likes of Mighty and Crafty. It has impressive airflow and low draw-resistance because of the well-thought-out cap that has air holes in it.
In terms of ease of use and interface, Vapir Prima is pretty similar to the Arizer Air. The one-button operation makes using the unit a breeze, but at the same time makes the learning curve steep as you have to memorize what different sequences of clicks and LED lights mean. Its small size makes it pocket-friendly, and ideal for vaping on the go plus the curved shape is easy to hold. Loading it is very easy, thanks to the scoop provided. The design of the chamber and the detachable parts make it very easy to clean. Charging or changing the batteries is also easy, all you need to open the battery compartment is slide the cover and that’s it.
It comes with a 3200 mAh removable battery that offers a decent battery life, and you can vape a little longer than one hour without having to recharge. The Vapir Prima heats up pretty quickly, in about 20-40 seconds, so it draws a lot of battery power when you first start it. While the battery life is good, it isn’t great. However, the good thing is that you can easily swap batteries, and can keep vaping continuously.
Pros and Cons of Vapir Prima Vaporizer
- Sleek, sturdy and stylish design
- Very easy to use
- Phenomenal vapor quality
- Impressive heat up time (as low as 45 seconds)
- Outsized chamber with unique pathway for cooler, flavorful vapor
- Not very affordable
- Not very easy to clean
- End of the unit gets hot after prolonged use
- Not a very user-friendly charging mechanism, plus expensive additional batteries
The Prima is unarguably the best product by Vapir so far, and definitely one of the very best products available on the market. Beautiful design, great performance and top-notch vapor quality, that’s what it has to offer. Top that off with 5-year warranty (with 2-year warranty on the battery). Vapir seems to have perfected the Prima after flirting with a variety of different options in the past. It surely is a big improvement over the N02 and outperforms most of the competitors in its class, hands down. The only reason you could want to stay away from the Prima is if you want more customization and more control over your vaporizer. Other than that, Vapir Prima can be a godsend for those who want a smooth, rich flavor, no matter they’re vaping form the comfort of their couch or are vaping on the go.