Puffco has become almost unanimous with concentrate vaporizers, from pioneering the Puffco Peak design which spawned countless imitators to their ability to remain one step ahead of the competition, there is no question they are the most recognized brand in the e-rig vaporizer space.
Their latest release the Puffco Peak Pro 3D Chamber has been met with cheers and jeers alike, something this brand has had it’s tumultuous moments with in the past. The 3D Chamber is an enhanced chamber which will run you an extra $100 on top of your Puffco Peak Pro (which currently retails for $399). The improved 3D Chamber boasts faster heat up time, greater efficiency and an improved battery life. Think of it like the Puffco Peak Pro+ (Plus), which is a joke not lost on vaporizer enthusiasts given newly released vaporizers such as the Mighty+ have been near rebrands with the word “plus” thrown at the end. We are going to review the Puffco Peak Pro 3D Chamber and see if it is worth the hype.
Puffco 3D Chamber Release
The 3D Chamber was released to a select few a Puffcon, A block party in Los Angeles held in October 2021 which celebrated the Puffco Peak and moreover Puffco culture. Amongst its most loyal fans (assuming if you attend a Puffco event, you probably love the Peak) it scored very high marks citing better flavor, better vapor production and faster heat up times. It’s official release has been received well, but there are still plenty of detractors. So we took it upon ourselves to review the 3D Chamber and compare it with the standard Peak Pro Chamber.
The 3D Chamber Heats up Faster
- 24 seconds to 545 °F with the 3D Chamber
- 35 seconds to 545 °F with the Standard Chamber
The Peak Pro 3D Chamber Enhances Battery Life
With the Peak Pro 3D Chamber we were pumping out over 30 minute average long sessions between 545 °Fand 620 °F. The battery life was very much improved with the 3D Chamber. Each session with the 3D Chamber was taking up about 3% battery whereas a session with the OEM Chamber was about 5%, not exactly a slouch either.
If you have the Peak Pro Power Dock or always have your Peak Pro charging and use mainly at home, this is not much of an issue given the original Chamber busts out roughly 20 sessions of the same time and temperature.
However if you are someone who is on the go with your Peak then the 3D Chamber will pay dividends.
Material & Build
The 3D Chamber (red ring) has a polished ceramic heating surface that is shinier compared to the standard. The 3D Chamber also has additional heating points of contact, heating not only from the base but partially up the sides. In theory this should have stopped any pool rings from forming. In practice there was still some residue on the sides of the 3D Chamber that would not vape.
The rest is the same, with both built from sturdy thick metal and ceramic. The 3D Chamber does have a different design pattern for the heat vents, but the material used to construct both chambers (besides the polished ceramic) is all the same.
This is another hard comparison given the Peak Pro Standard is no slouch. I would give the 3D Chamber a slight edge on the first hit being tastier and after that all bets were off. Myself not being a huge connoisseur of dabs thought both chambers provided great flavor, however growers, extractors and aficionados who strictly dab, swear the flavor is much better with the 3D Chamber.
The 3D Chamber does provide fewer but higher quality hits. This makes sense given the heat up time is minimized producing vapor faster. In taking down very tiny amounts of extract at 620°F the 3D Chamber provided a solid 3 hits where the OEM Chamber 4 with the last two being more faint in comparison.
The Peak Pro 3D Chamber retails for $100 and the Standard $60. So if you break your original chamber or it burns out, it may be worth the extra $40 to go for versus buying another standard chamber.
It is important to clean any e-rig atomizer after every use with a dry Q-tip. Here the 3D Chamber shines with the polished ceramic allowing for an easier quick swab to clean. For a deep cleaning just remove the rubber topper and throw the whole thing in 99% Isopropyl Alcohol , allowing to soak for 20 minutes.
Oddly enough the 3D Chamber was the chamber which fell victim to some staining that did not come out. For this we turned to a hack of throwing in some coarse Sea salt and rotating around with a Q-Tip. This got our 3D Chamber squeaky clean.
Is the Peak Pro 3D Chamber Worth it ?
This seems to be another one as to where you find yourself. Are you the casual dabber, couple times a week like myself or are you the 710 all day everyday. The casual user can easily coast by without needing to drop another $100 on the Peak Pro 3D Chamber. For those who are taking 20 dabs a day, the 3D Chamber will make your life alot easier and would give it a strong buy rating. Also if you want the newest and shiniest thing, well the 3D Chamber is it and it is an improvement.
The 3D Chamber is better, yes, but the fact it is $100 more understandably makes many apprehensive, especially given the standard chamber does a solid job. Personally I would pick one of these up once my standard chamber went south.
Troubleshooting Your 3D Chamber
One of the more frustrating aspects is pairing and using the app. The web apps just don’t function the same as the iOS apps. During the 3D Chamber review there was plenty of issues for both chambers with the app disconnecting, not sensing the unit, loading errors and not providing real time feedback. The battery remained at 24% for 4 one minute sessions, until it was disconnected and when re-syncing and reconnected showed 11% battery. The app had more bugs than the Amazon Rainforest. However we later learned from the Puffco Reddit Sub that Puffco has been working on some upgrades causing downtime. Our app issues were resolved by deleting and redownloading the Path Browser App.
Another issue you may encounter is the chamber not detected error, for this try tightening or loosening and engaging again.