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vapium Lite vaporizer review

The Vapium Lite: A Portable Vaporizer of the Most Basic Form

Vapium recently released the Vapium Lite and is building up for another vaporizer they will be releasing –  the Vapium Dual which will work with for both concentrates and dry herb and have a premium water percolating option.

With the Vapium Summit Plus receiving such rave reviews we decided to check out the Vapium Lite to see if it could deliver the same quality vapor and live up to the rugged reputation of the Summit Plus at nearly half the price.

The Vapium Lite is a dry herb vaporizer of the most basic form. It’s not billing itself as the future of vaping and at the economic price of $79 one should not expect it to.  The packaging and presentation of the Vapium Lite are very standard. This extends to the vaporizer itself , where you remove your mouthpiece, input your ground herb into the chamber  and turn the unit on and adjust temperature with three buttons on the front.

Dimensions

The Summit Lite is a very pocket friendly and discreet vaporizer. At 4” height and only 3 oz. in weight it is not something you will have a hard time getting in and out of your pocket or being discreet at concerts or clubs. 

Vapium Lite by the PAX 3

Chamber

The Chamber draws on simple designs we have seen with vaporizers like the G Pen Elite and Davinci Ascent. A cylindrical ceramic design about ½ an inch in depth and 1 cm across. This ceramic coated chamber is quite popular with vaporizers as it gives off good enough vapor while still costing less than a pure ceramic or an alloy chamber.

Vapium Lite Chamber

The Lite is able to fit a good amount of herb inside too, about .25 grams will work comfortably. Adding more and maxing it out at .3 grams really increased draw resistance to a point where one could not draw due to constricted airflow.

While the deep and narrow chamber of the Vapium Lite make it a hassle to load and unload, these chambers do have a benefit. We see a similar chamber design with the Hydrology 9, which allows optimizes the surface area of the bud to come in contact with the heating element.

Heat Settings

The Lite will not give you an exact temperature readout but does have 8 different temperature settings ranging from 342℉ to 442℉. Having  8 different temperature settings but only 4 temperature light indicators did cause some confusion out of the box. Each temperature indicator has a low light and a high light making each light have two different temperature readouts.

  • 342 ℉ Low Blue
  • 356 ℉  High Blue
  • 370 ℉ Low Yellow
  • 385 ℉ High Yellow
  • 392 ℉ Low Orange
  • 414 ℉ High Orange
  • 428 ℉ Low Red
  • 442 ℉ High Red

Using the Vapium Lite

As mentioned the Vapium Lite is an easy to use, intuitive vaporizer. While we always recommend reading the instructions to understand and get the most out of your vaporizer, with the Vapium Lite you will be able to open it out of the box and get a session in without any crazy hang ups or mulling over directions. You open it up, input your ground herbal blend, put the mouthpiece back on, turn it on and take your hits when the unit is ready.

The two things that tripped us up were the temperature readouts discussed above and the standby mode. The Standby mode does preserve battery life, but felt a tad short going from active vape mode to standby only one minute after – forcing you to hit the power button again to enter vape mode. So you cannot have a 5 minute session with the Lite , like you can with PAX 3 or Davinci Miqro.

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Vapor Quality

The overall quality of the vapor was okay. The texture being about average from what one would expect from a low cost dry herb vape. The taste was below average to average with initial burn off needed to mitigate the factory scent.

The temperature of the vapor was way too hot. Using the regular mouthpiece at even the low temperature levels gave off rather hot vapor.

Another downfall of the Vapium Lite which detracted  from our experience was the particle (or cookies) that came through the mouthpiece. This occurrence of getting small herb particles in your mouth after drawing from vaporizers was a common occurrence back in 2013 , 2014 with vaporizers like the original Firefly and the Arizer SOLO. Since then most  vaporizers now are constructed with a particle trap to catch these from going in your mouth and not having to spit them out like sunflower shells.

The inconsistency of the vapor was another issue that was experienced, as said above the vapor was “Okay” when I could get vapor. Between the mouthpiece issues, short time in vapor mode –  getting satisfying hits of the same consistency was the biggest hang up with the Vapium Lite.

Through Water

vapium Lite Water adapter

This is one aspect of vaporizers in 2019 that I am loving. Manufacturers are  including water adapter mouthpieces so you can throw your vaporizer onto a Hydratube or  young own “Water Pipe” . The Vapium Lite comes with a 14mm water adapter which also doubles as an extended mouthpiece. Using the Lite with the water adapter and using it as an extended mouthpiece yielded much cooler vapor however the water adapter did have some seating issues and didn’t give off as good of hits through water as you would get with say the Mighty or Davinci IQ’s water adapters.

A Basic Vaporizer For Less Than Dinner For Two

This is one aspect of vaporizers in 2019 that I am loving. Manufacturers are  including water adapter mouthpieces so you can throw your vaporizer onto a Hydratube or  young own “Water Pipe” . The Vapium Lite comes with a 14mm water adapter which also doubles as an extended mouthpiece. Using the Lite with the water adapter and using it as an extended mouthpiece yielded much cooler vapor however the water adapter did have some seating issues and didn’t give off as good of hits through water as you would get with say the Mighty or Davinci IQ’s water adapters.

Overall the Vapium Lite is a vaporizer of the most basic form. At only $79.99 it will vape your herb and if you are someone who is looking to see what an herb vaporizer is like the Lite will do the bare essential introduction. It’s not a vaporizer I would buy but when you consider that you are likely to spend more on a dinner for 2 than the Vapium Lite it should be assessed differently.

With all that said the Vapium Lite is probably as quality as it gets for $79.99. There are a bunch of vaporizers out there in this price range constructed of inferior materials which will not only give off bad vapor but will emit burn off of the raw materials used to construct the vaporizer. So in this range the Lite is something you can at the least trust given the medical grade components of the vaporizer  and the trusted name of Vapium.

Comparing the Vapium Lite and G Pen Elite

g pen Elite vs Vapium Lite

From the moment I opened the box of the Vapium Lite it  reminded me of the G Pen Elite. The G Pen Elite is around the same size , boasts a ceramic coated chamber and overall is a good introduction vaporizer. In reviewing the Lite I would recommend the G Pen Elite if you are looking for an economical entry point on an herb vaporizer. 

While the G Pen Elite is $40 more it wins out on a few regards.

Consistent Vapor – With the G Pen Elite I was getting more consistent vapor. Albeit it was still a bit hot and stale towards the end, the larger chamber and overall construction of the unit yielded more consistent draws without the unit going into standby mode on me every minute.

Cookies –  While the G Pen Elite Mouthpiece gets hot as well it contains a particle trap to catch the loose grinds of herb which were sneaking through the mouthpiece of the Vapium Lite.

Water Mouthpiece –  The folks at Grenco Science recently hopped on board with the Water Adapter for the G Pen Elite and man the water adapter really does give the user a much better experience. Previously the G Pen Elite was a vaporizer I would not go out on a limb to recommend, but it feels like a different vape through water.  It is safe to assume by the time you read this most vaporizers will have a water adapter add on and if going for something more economical like the Lite or the G Pen Elite which will not have knock your socks off vapor we highly recommend picking up a water adapter and hydratube.

User Control –  The G Pen Elite does make reaching your ideal temperature faster and easier. A faster heat up time and direct temperature control buttons allow you to set the exact temperature and having a readout on the side of how much battery is left and your temperature levels takes away the guesswork and fumbling with button sequences.

G pen elite vs Vapium LIte

Wrapping It Up

If you do need a vaporizer that will vape herb for under $80 the Vapium Lite is one to checkout. If you can stretch your vape budget to the $135 range (Cost of the G Pen plus water adapter) Then I strongly recommend going that direction. Ultimately you pay for what you get and when you think about the  vaporizers we would recommend, which meet our quality minimums, cost roughly twice as much as the Vapium Lite. There is a need for a vaporizer for every consumer and the Vapium Lite is as good as it gets in that price range.