First off, kudos to KandyPens for calling their concentrate device “Donuts.” It is a bit wacky and creative, but when you start to find out more about the device, you understand why they went with that particular pastry.
The Donuts from KandyPens feature a donut-shaped ceramic coil inside the atomizer that heats up gradually and slowly (thank you, Slo Burn technology), and at three different temperatures.
The Donut is certainly an appealing vape pen, with the hard enamel, almost candy-like, finish to the body and its curvy shape and mouthpiece. The Donut comes in six different colors, and they all stand out in line with the Donuts overall oddball motif.
The Donuts feature impressive battery life, great flavor delivery and an easy to maintain device that vapes mostly concentrates.
What You Get
Like some other dab pens, the Donuts comes in a very smart, very stylish clamshell case that holds all your tools and also doubles as a carrying case.
I loved the white coloring of the case and the pink lettering, which was a great combination. Inside the box you will see:
- A mouthpiece
- 1 Donuts ceramic atomizer
- 1 battery
- USB charging cable
- Dabber tool
- User’s manual
KandyPens Donuts: First Look
I liked the carrying case the Donuts came in; it was the right mix of class and function. The battery and the atomizer both screw together quite easily. The battery carries standard 510 threading so it’s interchangeable with any other vape device you might have.
Taking a look inside the chamber, it seemed deep and wide and capable of taking a lot of concentrates. The dabber tool was helpful and combined with the wide berth given to you by the chamber itself, loading the Donuts was simple.
I like to smear concentrate on the sides of the chamber and then burn the device for a few seconds to let the concentrate dissolve and then just nicely melt all the way down to the bottom of the chamber.
The firing button is made in the shape of the famous “K” of KandyPens, and it is an easy matter of five-clicks-on/five-clicks-off to get the device started. I did a quick burn-off before I got started just to get rid of any impurities that might have gotten into the atomizer.
I put just a small dab of concentrate into the atomizer, burned it off and then let the oil collect at the bottom. The Donuts comes with three different temperature settings:
- Red (350 F)
- Green (390 F)
- Blue (430 F)
Temperature settings often vary in terms of delivering quality flavor and cloud production. I’ve found that for concentrates (if your vape pen does have different temperature settings) that the middle setting is usually the best since you don’t run the risk of dry hits or, at the other end, getting poor vapor production.
With the Donuts, I tried all three settings, but I proved myself right by finding the middle setting the most satisfying in all aspects. You can cycle through all three settings by pressing the trigger three times. The time to heat up the device took a little longer than usual, due to the ceramic chamber that doesn’t heat up as fast as a coil system. Except, that is what sets the Donuts apart – its Slo Burn technology, which is a proprietary feature from KandyPens.
The concentrate “bubbles” in the Donuts, so your oil or concentrates gets heated slowly (and more efficiently), and all the while it gives off great flavor without so much cloud. This slow burn, if you will, is ideal for a patient vaper, who doesn’t mind waiting a few extra seconds to get superb flavor profiles.
But the “patient” burn of the Donuts might also lead to excess wax or concentrate gunking up the works in terms of the atomizer and clean-up might even be a pain in the you-know-where. Remember not to keep the KandyPens Donuts too horizontal either, so you don’t tip any hot wax out of the chamber.
The clouds coming off the Donuts were not hurricane-like, but I was not expecting them either. I wanted a premiere, mouth-to-lung extravaganza and I was not disappointed. It was a very mellow draw and put me right at ease. The wider than usual mouthpiece also lent itself to making my mouth-to-long hit very memorable.
How the KandyPens Donuts Compares
The most obvious rival to the Donuts would be the PuffCo Plus that also features three temperature settings and is a concentrate vaporizer. The Puffco Plus has that Puffco so-cool-it-doesn’t-care-how-cool-it-is look to it with its metallic sheen and easy to use interface. But that all-ceramic heating element does beat the Donuts in terms of speed and power.
These Are So Good
The ceramic disk heating element of the Donuts ensured a soft burn aimed at warming up your concentrate and releasing all those trapped flavor bubbles, which made it last much longer than with the coil system.
Well, this was my next choice, obviously. The disk was something special; it was interesting to see the disk not turn red but still heat up my concentrate evenly and with excellent consistency.
It was a pleasant surprise to get three different temperature settings for a vape pen. Even though I preferred the middle setting, I found that even at a high temperature you didn’t run the risk of a dry hit, since the disk took its time to get hot. And pair this feature with a ceramic disk, and it was a match made in vape heaven.
Things I’m Not Crazy ‘Bout
I know the Donuts is supposed to be the flavor-child and not the cloud-maker, but I was a little downed to see see-through clouds coming out of me.
KandyPens Donuts Review: Overall
KandyPens is known for flash and pizazz, and the Donuts falls into that category. The color options are wild and vibrant, but inside, the Donuts offers a cool, smooth heating element that takes its time to summon out those flavor tentacles.
The excess build-up of concentrates under the disk did necessitate some innovative thinking on my part. After a few other gambles, I found that taking out the coil and soaking it rubbing alcohol worked wonders to get the atomizer cleaned.
So, all in all, the Donuts is a great flavor vessel. It’ll be interesting to see if KandyPens eventually comes out with a more powerful battery to cut down on warm-up, but for now, we’re happy with the Donuts casualness. It takes its time in getting the party started, but once it does, you’ll find out why it was worth the wait.
I give the Donuts from KandyPens a sugary 8/10.