Posted on May 07 2013
In this edition of "Hot or Not?" we're going to take a look at the Herbalizer, an upcoming plug-in vaporizer from a startup company out of sunny San Diego. Also known as Herbie, this product looks extremely promising and is touting some unique, advanced features that have the potential to make it a game changer in the plug-in vaporizer market. Designed by a pair of former NASA engineers with a reported 3+ years and nearly a million dollars invested in development, it definitely has the right stuff.
UPDATE 5/15/14: The Herbalizer has officially launched and is now available for purchase on the manufacturers website. Visit www.herbalizer.com to get one for yourself!
Check out the video below to see the Herbalizer in action:
Herbalizer also recently offered the following info on their blog about the technology that has gone into this little guy and some of the advanced features it enables...
Herbie has brains to go with his good looks. Powered by a 32-MHz 16-bit processor, and combined with 256 KB memory, the Herbalizer has more computing power than the Sega Genesis video game consoles. Herbie is able to read, process and react to variable demands using an ultra high-sensitivity in-air thermal sensor in order to control temperature precisely. Precise temperature means ideal vapor quality, and precision is key. And while we can’t run Sonic the Hedgehog on Herbie (yet), in addition to temperature control, its processing capabilities enable some pretty nifty features.
Instantaneous heating and temperature control
Truly a quantum leap in technology, Herbie can heat up to over 420F in about fifteen seconds, and cools down quickly too. And no matter how you use him, his temperature is maintained within 5F of setpoint, guaranteed. And it makes popcorn faster than a microwave oven!
LCD auto-dimming based on room brightness
The kind of feature you wish those knuckle heads had on their cell phones in movie theaters.
Auto-off based on the integrated 3-axis accelerometer
Because of the powerful heating capabilities, we wanted to make sure that if the Herbalizer is knocked over it will shut itself down. Yes, the 3-axis accelerometer was inspired by satellite control.
Near silent, yet high-powered fans
Not one, not two, but THREE fans enable Herbie’s performance. One fan is dedicated to cooling the device. One fan for balloon inflation and forced-air BOOST delivery with the whip. The third fan is perfectly quiet for aromatherapy mode.
Magnetic bowl attachment
For those days when you are all thumbs, we wanted to make the herb chamber is simple to use. And fun. Who doesn't love playing with magnets?
Auto shut-off based on intelligent use sensors
Set it and forget it. Well, if you really did forget, then Herbie has you protected. He intelligently senses your usage to determine when you've… been herbalized.
Auto on/off synched with lid opening/closing
Hours of fun trying to see if the light really does go on and off. Y’know, just like your fridge.
Insulated herb chamber
Insulated exterior of the bowl reduces heat transfer, so even when the bowl gets hot, your fingers don’t.
Herbie works using both whip and balloon delivery methods and is built to store all necessary accessories inside the clamshell casing for easy transport.
The most important advancement though, that will truly set the Herbalizer apart from other vaporizers, is the level precise control and consistent performance it claims to be capable of achieving. The ability to reach an exact temperature nearly "instantly" and maintain that temperature within 5 degrees, is something that no other plug-in vaporizer can say. Every new vaporizer that hits the market these days has a long list of flashy features, but those features often don't translate into significant improvements in performance over their predecessors.
Whether or not Herbie will truly be a "new vaporization experience" remains to be seen as the official release date is currently mystery. The price is also a mystery at this point, but there has been speculation in The Herbalizer thread on fuckcombustion.com that it will come in at the higher end of the plug-in vaporizer pricing spectrum, which could put it around the $500-$700 mark. If it does prove to be a significant advancement in vaporization technology, we think it will be worth the wait... and cost, for any true vapor connoisseur that wants to get "Herbalized".
Is the Herbalizer HOT or NOT? Will it be the shining star of vaporizers or just another star in the sky? Herbie is a clever name for a vaporizer... have you given any of your vapes their own names? Hit us up in the comments to let us know.