Posted on December 21 2013
With the success of VapeXhale's crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo earlier this year, several other vaporizer companies have turned to this increasingly popular method of raising capital to launch their products. The most recent to achieve success, to the tune of over $365,000, is the Grasshopper Vaporizer.
The Grasshopper is one of the first (reportedly) "pure convection" pen-style vaporizer designed for use with dry herbs. Originally named the Zenpen, the Grasshopper features a sleek & discreet stainless steel design that takes the term "vape pen" to a new level. With an estimated delivery date of February 2014, we are eager to see if this little guy's chirp will be heard around the world or if it will be squashed like a bug by larger, more established competitors.
Since it seems to have already garnered a huge amount of support during it's crowdfunding campaign by attracting over 3000 "funders" for a product that hasn't even been produced yet, it's success will likely come down to how well it performs. If it lives up to the hype, the Grasshopper could be poised to be one of the top vaporizers of 2014. Check out the video below for a more detailed look at the Grasshopper Vaporizer and the dudes behind it.
Yes, that's right, they did say a "Lifetime Warranty". It's a bold play and is only offered by few other vaporizers that we are aware of (Magic Flight & Persei), but generally unheard of in the pen-style vaporizer category, which are usually warrantied between 90 days and 1 year at the most. The team at Grasshopper is obviously confident that their product will stand up to the test of time. Confidence is a good thing, as long as it doesn't turn out to be over-confidence.
Overall, we think this little guy looks pretty hopping good. We love the design and can't wait to see how it actually feels in our hands. The technology they have packed in seems simple, yet innovative with a robust feature set. The fact that it is "pure convection" is also pretty exciting, as there are very few portables that have achieved this lofty goal successfully (the Hammer Vaporizer comes to mind as one). And at under $100 for the standard model, the price is definitely right.
The only little nitpicks we have about the Grasshopper is regarding the size of the heating chamber, which looks a bit on the small side; and the Magnetic Charging Ring, which seems like a cool idea... but considering almost every other vape pen on the planet uses a standard Micro-USB port for charging, you're pretty much screwed if you lose or break the charging cable. At least for a week or so until you receive a replacement in the mail, which isn't the end of the world.
It looks like the Grasshopper will ultimately be available in several colors as well as a special edition Titanium version. Some optional accessories include a smell-proof case for $40 and leather sleeve for $10. Due to the success of the crowdfunding campaign, several stretch goals were unlocked as well including a water pipe adaptor and separate attachment for oils to be released later in the year. Although it's too late to get in on the crowdfunding campaign, you can still sign up to get on the wait list at http://grasshoppervape.com/.
Is the Grasshopper Vaporizer hot or not? We're rooting for the little guy and think it has the potential to not only be hot, but to catch fire if it proves to be a solid performer. Please hit us up in the comments and let us know what YOU think.