Ghost MV1 portable vaporizer review
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One of the latest and most talked about portable vaporizers to hit the market is the Ghost MV1. This is the first device released by the manufacturer Ghost, and with its outstanding design, innovative technology and fantastically futuristic look, this vape is here to create waves in the vaporizing experience as we know it.
However, the full beauty and benefits of this device are only really revealed after an operational learning curve is mastered. We are here to help you get the most out of your Ghost MV1 experience. These tips and tricks will help the new user build on the basic functions learned through the instruction manual.
There are different factors that influence a draw taken from the Ghost MV1 portable vaporizer: the dryness of the material, the selected temperature, type of material, coarseness of grind, draw speed and height of the stem. One of the most rewarding experiences in vaporizing is to actually get to know your device and how to combine and fine-tune all the elements that influence it.
In any vaporizer, it is essential that you use dry material to vaporize. However, in the Ghost, it is even more the case. Any dampness in the botanical material will negatively affect the performance. The best way to make sure that the material is dry, is to grind it and then lay it out on a piece of paper, for about half an hour. This should ensure optimal dryness.
The dry herbs should be coarsely ground. A too fine grind could see some particles slip through the holes of the filter and enter into the air path of the vaporizer. As with most other vaporizers, the herb chamber, which in this case is a removable crucible, should be filled to the brim but not packed too tightly. After filling the crucible it is recommended to slightly tamp down on the herb, making sure there is none spilling out. The perfect density of herb is also a result of some experience and experiments.
Another fundamental aspect of great influence on the performance is the temperature settings. For the best experience, it is best to start on the lowest temperature setting. This gets the first warm air through the herbs and starts the vaporization of the compounds with the lowest temperature extraction. By taking one or two draws at the lowest temperature, then two or three at the third setting and again finish it at the fourth or fifth temperature, you will achieve the best session. All the compounds will have been activated at the appropriate temperature, the fullest range of aroma will have been released, and dense and copious clouds of vapour will have been produced.
All of these aspects, the extraction, the aroma and the vapour volume, are in the Ghost MV1 of the highest quality. However, we do want to keep pointing out that to achieve such a high level of performance it is necessary to get to know your device.
In regards to the heat produced by the vaporizer, please be aware that the crucible does get really hot. In fact, it is not possible to touch it just after a session. It is a convection heating system and despite the materials’ low conductivity, the crucible and the lid still get very hot and need or cool down before being swapped or removed.
After a session the manufacturer recommends to open the lid and to blow on the crucible, or to draw through the stem without pressing the button, to allow some cold air to pass through the air path, cooling it down.
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Upon receiving the Ghost MV1 a full overnight charge is necessary in order to be able to use the device. Another solution to this would be to purchase a fast charger. However, if this is not available, plug it in before first use and wait until the next day for the light to go off before use. Not performing this correctly can “damage” or “wrongly program” the battery and give a false full.
The Ghost performs very efficiently with concentrates, make sure the Ghost is in concentrates mode and add your extract to the pad before placing in the crucible.
The Ghost MV1 is not a classical “portable vaporizer”. It is slightly more bulky than average, requires space and time to load and the power needed to operate it makes it more suitable as a home portable. In other words, not the portable vaporizer you would take to a club or a festival.
The Ghost MV1 has its own operating system that somewhat sets it apart from many normal vaping practices. It is important to know and understand it before using it. However, once this learning curve is achieved, the purity and power of the session are unrivalled compared to most other portable vaporizers.
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