The Vapium Summit is one the best marijuana vaporizers. It is portable and lightweight but feels well-made. At $150, it is definitely one of the best values you’ll find. It doesn’t look very elegant or well-built. All the materials used for its construction are medical grade and food-safe, both signs of a good vape. Specifically, the exterior shell is a polycarbonate that has high strength and high-temperature resistance, and the grip is made from thermoplastic urethane.
The following review is going to give a rundown of all the features and the actual output of the product. We will also highlight a couple of quirks that we think are potential cons of the Vapium Summit. All statements are based on not only our experience using this item, but also customer feedback.
What Sets it Apart?
Vaping while camping, climbing mountains or fishing? Easy! Your vape will go anywhere you go, and even where you can’t or might not want to go:
- Works fine under extreme conditions (0oF to 176oF) – that’s insane
- Has a massive 3300mAH battery
- You can pair and control it with a smartphone via the companion app
- A rubberized, ergonomic design makes the grip easy
- IP54 rating means it’s splash proof and protected against dust
- Works between 330oF and 440oF
- Haptic feedback ensures covert notifications that only you’ll know of
- USB charging, a 2-year warranty, and great customer service
Based on our experience, we can safely say that the Vapium Summit is an excellent entry-level vaporizer that will introduce you to everything a vape offers. It is durable, portable, discreet and affordable. It doesn’t excel at any of these factors but it feels solid and performs well.
Heating Efficiency And Vapor Path
In our opinion, in terms of heat output, this is one of the best portable vaporizer priced under $200. The vapor production is perfect even if you just draw a short pull, and resistance isn’t too shabby either. Conduction vapes are generally harder to pull from and they have moderate resistance, but this one was considerably free-flowing compared to other conduction models that we have used and reviewed.
So you will get a decent amount of visible vapor, which we must add, feels pretty smooth and tastes good. There are 8 temperature settings to choose from, out of which we discovered that the heat settings 5 and 6 give the best optimum experience. The vapor tends to get slightly harsh only when it is nearing the end of a session on heat setting number 6. We really don’t recommend heat settings numbers 7 and 8.
The chamber of this vapor can hold approximately 0.2-0.3 grams of ground up herbs, and on a single full packing you will get somewhere between 10 and 20 proper draws. This is pretty efficient. The vaporizer also has a 90 seconds automatic shutdown feature that turns the heat off after 90 seconds with or without vaping. To continue back from where you left off just press the main button and it picks up again from the last time. The addition of these shutdown timers are becoming mainstream and help conserve battery power better. The unit vibrates twice; once when you turn it on and the second time when the desired temperature is reached. This is a really cool feature and again, something that is becoming common.
Size And Portability
The Vapium Summit doesn’t look like it can do much, and that’s a disguise that works in its favor in terms of portability. It’s 5 x 1 x 1.3 inch specifications will be able to fit most pockets (it will look awkward in the pockets of skinny jeans though) without looking suspicious. It comes in assorted colors. We own the one with a matte black finish, but you can get light blue or military green as well. Despite its deceiving looks, the body of the unit is made from thick polycarbonate that feels rugged. Indeed, the Vapium Summit is targeted at people who enjoy the great outdoors, and is marketed as a durable and tough vaporizer.
You will be glad to know that the Vapium Summit Vaporizer performs pretty quietly, which is surprising considering that this is a budget friendly product. You will be able to enjoy a good vaping session without causing any disturbance and it is great for situations where you need to quickly put it away.
Accessories and Applications
The box comes with a cleaning kit that contains a brush, an extra chamber screen, some pipe cleaners and a few alcohol wipes. This is a good starter cleaning kit to let you get used on how to clean and maintain your vaporizer and this kit should last you for 2-4 cleanings. The mouthpiece and the oven lid are kept in place magnetically, which lessens the maintenance and is very convenient.
Unfortunately, even with the cleaning kit that comes with the product, regular cleanup is going to be slightly burdensome due to the rubber grip and herb chamber. Dirt and dust are quick to cling on to the grip, and the chamber requires a regular, thorough cleaning with rubbing alcohol once every dozen sessions.
However, the inner vapor path and mouthpiece don’t require cleaning often, but if you will be cleaning the former mentioned two components, you might as well clean the latter two as well.
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery powers the vaporizer internally and a standard micro-USB adapter is used for charging (which is better than charging pods, like the one used in Firefly 2) which most people are bound to have anyway. Even If you don’t own one, they are very inexpensive, and you can probably have a few backups for the car, home, etc. You can also take a power bank with you on extended journeys for charging on the go.
The Vapium Summit has pass-through charging functionality which means you can charge and use the vaporizer simultaneously. It takes more or less an hour to completely charge the battery, and you will get an hour’s use out of it before it is fully drained.
This concludes our review of the Vapium Summit. Overall, we think that it is an affordable and good performing vape that isn’t too shabby to look at either. It isn’t anything fancy but it does exactly what it claims, and the overall experience is satisfactory.
The only factor that we think is a drawback is the cleaning of the herb chamber area. It gets a little messy while loading your herbs into it and if you don’t clean it regularly, the residue is bound to accumulate into gunk. Some particles get stuck in the edges as well which are hard to reach but can be taken care of with the accompanying brush. The features and the price make up for this minor inconvenience, however. You can purchase the Summit from their website, which is one of the top online retailers in the vaping world.