Posted on June 14 2013
"Hot or Not?" is back and this time we're featuring a cool new product that was designed to mimic an old favorite of smokers worldwide, the Zippo lighter. The Indica Vaporizer is not for smokers though... it's a portable vaporizer for loose-leaf herbs that will be hitting the market this summer from Indica LLC out of Boulder, Colorado. The Indica sports a simple and discreet design, along with some unique features that rival even some of the current top dogs in the world of portable vaporization. At a retail price under $200, we're excited to see if the Indica brings the fire or sputters out like a lighter that's run out of fuel.
Below is a breakdown of some of the key features listed on the website, along with our thoughts about each:
Pocket-Sized and Ready to Go
Anytime you want it, nearly anywhere you go, the Indica Vaporizer can be with you. Small enough to fit in a pocket, shaped for easy storage, and designed to get the attention of only those in the know, this is a truly portable vaporizer.
The Indica is impressively small, measuring up at 3.15" tall x 2.008" wide x 0.906" deep which is smaller than a business card and just over twice as deep as an iphone. This might raise concerns about the capacity of this little guy, but as you will see below... it shouldn't be an issue. The Indica's size should give it a leg up on the competition, as long as it performs at a level equal to the slightly larger portables that it's competing with.
Unmatched Herb Capacity
The Indica Vaporizer holds nearly twice as much herb or tobacco as other vaporizers. With 0.4g of capacity this means less packing and more drags for whatever blend you choose.
"Unmatched" might be a bit of an exaggeration, but 0.4g is a good sized herb chamber for a vape this small. Both the DaVinci and Pax hold roughly about the same amount, but are quite a bit larger than the Indica. Larger herb chambers can also lead to less even vaporization and turn off some users that prefer efficiency over capacity.
Follow the Light
The LED indicator lets you know when to charge and how much vaporizing experience you have left. It also allows you to select the chamber temperature. Everything you need to know and control, literally at the push of a button.
LEDs on vapes are nothing new, but the Indica's LED seems to be multi-functional, using at least 5 different colors to indicate different states and temperatures . Exactly how (and how well) it will function remains to be seen, but if you're into cool light shows, you're gonna have some fun with this baby. The only trick will be remembering what all the different color lights mean when your in the middle of a vape sesh. Hopefully they will include a cheat sheet ;-)
Ultimate Vapor Control
The Indica Vaporizer has been engineered to quickly generate the necessary heat and is equipped with a cutting-edge control system to help ensure minimal temperature fluctuation. Use the LED indicator to select the ideal range for your blend, then enjoy the experience.
Having 5 different temperature levels is awesome, but the fact the highest temperature is around 386 F will likely disappoint some users. We know many vapor enthusiast that like to push their vapes over the 400 F temperature towards the end of a session to milk every last bit of vapor out of their material. For comparison, the upcoming DaVinci Ascent has a max temperature of 430 F. Will 386 F be hot enough to get those nice big clouds? We shall see.
With several other hot new vapes like the Ascent and Wizvape also slated for mid-Summer releases, will the Indica burn bright enough to find it's footing in this ultra-competitive market? The team in Boulder has their work cut out for them, but the Indica might just be unique enough to find a place in the hearts, and pockets of vaporizer buyers worldwide.
Is the Indica Vaporizer HOT or NOT? Will it be the next big thing or get overpowered by other big products also launching this summer? Will you be able to do tricks with it like a real Zippo? Let us know what's up in the comments.