The Grasshopper Vaporizer Review
For the first time in history, Hopper Labs designed a vaporizer that came into fruition through crowdfunding. The device is known as the Grasshopper vaporizer. The company took a while to get where they are today, as the initial crowdfunding backers waited for over a year and a half to get their gadgets. There was ideally a pre-order period back in 2015 and 2016, where a person had to wait for up to 6 months. However, things today are pretty smooth as they ship on demand with no pre-ordering.
One of the things that will surprise you with the Grasshopper Vaporizer is how quick it heats up. With just a few seconds after turning it on, you will see a blue LED showing that it is ready to go. This makes it one of the few battery-powered vapes that will get you into session pretty fast. Another thing that you will notice is that it features a spinning dial on the back end, which allows you to adjust the temperature from 266 °F – 410 °F or 130 °C – 210 °C.
Design wise, it is slim and sleek, but it’s a bit heavy for a vape pen. However, for a vape, it is one of the lightest portable vaporizers you will find out there. Compared to a Pax 3 vape, which is one of the lightest at 95g, the Grasshopper weighs about 65g, making it 30 grams lighter than what most consider to be pretty light.
Full Review of The Grasshopper Vaporizer
Currently, the Grasshopper vape is one of the highest rated portable vapes out there, ranking highly amongst review critics and users. It excels in portability, size as well as discreteness as it is one of the least smelly and one that will certainly give you quick sessions every time.
With this gadget on your hands, you will immediately notice the craftsmanship and quality of the Grasshopper. The clicker feels excellent, and everything else threads properly.
It is imperative to note that the device is not the most reliable vape out there. It has had its fair share of issues with not just the physical components, but also with customer support, shipping times and even delayed deadlines. Most have had no issues with their units, but unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone.
This is not to discourage you from purchasing the unit, we are only saying that you shouldn’t go for it if it will be your only vape. The odds of having to send it back due to issues are higher than other vaporizers that we recommend.
That being said, the Grasshopper is truly one of the best vape pens out there when it works. It comes with a lifetime warranty, but the long period it takes to have your unit back after repair can be quite annoying. If you have any queries regarding the current shipping times or even repair rates, you can do so in the comment section below.
Size, Weight and Portability- Stainless Steel Vs Titanium
The Grasshopper vaporizer is without a doubt one of the smallest discrete units out there. It is smaller than the famous Pax 3 and mimics the look of a pen. This makes it easy to keep it in your short or jeans pocket or even at the front pocket of your shirt. It is roughly 0.55 inches in diameter and 5.6 in length and the fact that it’s shaped like a pen, makes it easy to conceal in public.
The stainless steel version weighs around 65 grams, while the Titanium one is about 56 grams. Both versions are pretty light, but you will certainly notice the weight difference if you hold them. Most people seem to prefer the Titanium version, but some don't mind the additional weight of the stainless steel.
Other than weight difference, it’s worth noting that the Titanium unit won’t pick up as many scratches as you do about your day, compared to its counterpart.
Mouthpiece, Heating and Usage Tips
The unit utilizes a pretty powerful heater with an output of 45W. For comparison purposes, the Mighty Vape utilizes a 30W heater, and given it is bigger than the Grasshopper, this is quite impressive. The high power output allows the unit to heat in literally seconds, giving you on-demand heat.
Perhaps the best method to use this unit is to push the tactile clicker, take your draw and then push the clicker again in order to turn off the unit. You can ideally draw for a few seconds after turning it off to get the remaining vapor. This not only saves power but helps reduce the smell.
The mouthpiece often gets hot with prolonged use, and so, the method mentioned above will help reduce this as well. The unit, however, does comes with a silicone mouthpiece which helps keep the user’s lips cool. It ideally fits great with a 14-millimetre water piper adapter.
One of the biggest cons with most portable vapes is that the heater usually is not strong enough to keep up with aggressive constant draws. This is where the Grasshopper Vaporizer takes the crown. You can pull as hard as you want, and will still get the vapor. This is a great thing as you can take a few hits and in just a few minutes, become medicated.
This is a huge benefit as other brands like Pax 3 or Arizer Air tend to take you 10 to 15 minutes of aggressive draws in order to achieve the same results. One might argue that this is a good thing when relaxing, but when on the go, the Grasshopper is without a doubt, the answer.
Chamber Information, Grind Preference & Demo
The Grasshopper’s chamber is well sized, given the overall size of the unit. You will be able to get up to 0.3g with a fine grind and tight pack. A great thing about this unit is that it will work perfectly with an entirely filled chamber, or put in a few crumbs and start vaping. Most of the other portables tend to work well with only a full chamber.
Given the fact that this unit is pretty strong, you can vape a whole bowl in just a couple of draws, if you have the power. It ideally cooks the bowl evenly, eliminating the need to stir.
Grasshopper Vape Battery System & Charging Options
When it comes to the Grasshopper vape battery charging, the unit will take around 1 hour. However, we would advise that you take a handful of extra batteries and an external charging dock. This allows you to swap the batteries instead of plugging in the USB charger, even though you can do this as well.
The unit’s charger has an excellent design and utilizes magnetism to hook to the unit and charges through USB. You can use an external one like the nitecore-i2 charger if you charge more than one batteries at once, but the included charger will function just fine.
Grasshopper Vape Accessories
Included with the Grasshopper vaporizer are the USB charging system, mouthpiece guard and additional mouthpiece screens. Hopper Labs ideally releases the performance front end (PFE) which acts as a water pipe adapter without utilizing the silicone mouthpiece an also increases airflow, which is the most intriguing part. It’s not necessary, but it’s an upgrade that you are going to enjoy.
As mentioned earlier in this read, the unit comes with a lifetime warranty. Very few portable vaporizers come with a lifetime warranty and this makes it a huge benefit and another reason why we like this vape so much. The guys behind Hopper Labs were quite adamant in regards to standing behind their product. The team will either repair or replace your device for the life of it and there’s no doubt they will take care of you.
Comparable Vapes to the Grasshopper
If you are still not certain about the Grasshopper vaporizer and just want to stick to a typical on-demand vape, then you may want to check out the Firefly 2 vaporizer. This is a huge improvement over its predecessor with the same vapor production and taste. It is larger than the Grasshopper, but you can still carry it around and be able to do quick sessions at your discretion. The Firefly 2, however, will not hit as hard as the Grasshopper, but it has cooler and smoother vapor and works really well with concentrates.
If you want a session style vape pen and want it to be very portable, then the Pax 3 vape should be the next on your list. It is one of the most reliable, durable and consistent portable vapes out there. Also, it ideally features an option for concentrates. However, we here at Vaporblog feel like the best comparison is between the grasshopper and the Pax 2.
Grasshopper Vs Pax 2
The Grasshopper features a Lifetime Warranty, while the Pax 2 offers a 10 years warranty. Both these warranties are very impressive.
- The Pax 2 ships within a day, and the Grasshopper also now ships on demand.
- Overall the Grasshopper is far more powerful as well as a better option for bubbler/glass use from home. However, both units perform very well.
- Both the Grasshopper and the Pax 2 are great for concealment and portability
Should You Buy The Grasshopper Or The Pax 2?
By now I am sure it is easy to tell from what I have said that I really like both units. Yet I use each one for different purposes, yet both the Grasshopper or the Pax 2 could easily perform well as my daily driver to match up to all my activities. The concealment and portability associated with both brands make them a favourite when it comes to beach days, outdoor concerts, or for any outdoor activity that requires you to be a bit more discreet.
If I had to choose personally between the Grasshopper and the Pax 2 I would most likely choose the Grasshopper, if I didn’t mind waiting. Otherwise, I would choose the Pax 2 if I needed the unit now.
Even though I feel that the Grasshopper is far more unique and overall is a better portable unit, at the moment you would have to wait 4 months or more before you receive your product.
The Vapor Paths, Heating Elements, And The Chambers
The chamber on the Grasshopper used a 3d-printed metal which is known as direct-metal laser-sintering. This allows for a very compact unit while at the same time maximizing of the chamber’s efficiency. The Grasshopper comes with a 45-watt heater that can reach temperatures up to 410 degrees Fahrenheit in around 5 seconds. It also comes with a vapor path made from stainless steel.
The Pax 2 comes with a stainless steel chamber and vapor path. The Pax 2 features a heating element made up from a thin film of Kapton heater flex. The standard heating times range from 50 to 70 seconds which will depend on the packing style, environment, herbs, and the starting temperature.
The standout difference between these units would be the draw-resistance. The Pax 2 has a lot more resistance when compared to the Grasshopper which I believe is a model that is the most free-flowing dry-herb vapes currently available.
Overall, our minds were blown with what the Grasshopper vaporizer had to offer, from the quick heat up time, to the craftsmanship and good hits. This is a device that will last for years and you will still take it with you whether it is biking, hiking, skiing, or any other outdoor activity. You will not come across a vape like this one. Discreet size, on-demand heat, large chamber, no smell, evenly vapes your dry herbs and a lifetime warranty are all things that are hard to find in the vaporizer market.
Whether you are on the search for your first portable vape or are an enthusiast already, you will certainly fall in love with the Grasshopper vaporizer, the moment you pick it up. Both novice and experienced users will get what they really need from this vaporizer. The unit is easy to use, produces excellent taste and big clouds. The company designed the unit to mimic a pipe experience. It is supposed to be fast and give you the results you want fast. It does all this in an excellent manner while being the size of a pen.
The price might not be the most attractive, especially for vape pens, but the experience of the Grasshopper vaporizer is like no other. You can be certain that you will not find a unit that reaches this level of experience in a compact, yet appealing design.
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