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A decent on-demand vaporizer not only needs a large and powerful battery but also an efficient heatsink. These design requirements can easily be met in a sizable desktop vaporizer but cramming these features into an ergonomic, hand-held device is a whole new ballgame. The people behind Ghost set out to achieve the impossible: creating a powerful, on-demand convection vaporizer you can easily carry with you, suitable for herbs and concentrates alike. All the benefits of a desktop vaporizer combined with the on-the-go appeal of a portable vape: how did they fare?
The on-demand vaping performance of the MV1 is impressive, to say the least. In vape mode you can activate the battery pack by pressing a discreet vape button near the mouthpiece. The airflow in the Ghost MV1 is directed along a airpath and is preheated through conduction heating before entering the oven. From then on, the vaporizer is in full convection mode as an efficient heating coil takes over. The hot air is drawn through the crucible, into a heat sink and through a retractable glass mouthpiece.
The device’s fast heating and cooling time leave your herbs fresh after each draw. Overall, these features lead to a drastic increase in the absorption efficiency of your herbs’ active compounds. The Ghost MV1 will allow you to use roughly half of the material you would normally use in a conduction vaporizer.
The removable, custom designed battery-pack will be able to supply you with enough power for about 50 draws, on a medium heat setting. The batteries will take about 8 hours to recharge using a regular USB-charger so you’ll need to plan ahead. If you like to improvise you can buy a fast charger which will charge your battery pack in a mere two hours.
Even though the air has a long way to travel in the Ghost MV1, the draw resistance is nearly non-existent and can still be adjusted by retracting or extending the glass mouthpiece. The excellent build quality and choice of materials result in a flavorful, smooth and cool vapour, even at higher temperature settings.
The build quality of the Ghost MV1 is simply jaw dropping: it has a solid alloy body, feels heavy but somehow fits snugly in your hand and the parts feel and look like they’ve been machine tooled with impressive accuracy. No cheap, plasticky feel here…The vape comes in shiny and classy colours (satin silver, black chrome and nickel) and in a more modern stealth black. The good people of Ghost were sure to use medical grade materials in sensitive areas along the airpath: the heatsink, mouthpiece and silicone parts exposed to the hot air.
This device comes with a learning curve, there’s no doubt about it. You’ll have just one button to turn it on/off, and to configure temperature settings, battery level and vape mode. Your first draw in any of the temperature settings should be taken slowly and continuously until you receive haptic feedback. Luckily for people with a run-of-the-mill lung capacity, you are allowed to feel your way through subsequent draws.
Loading and putting the crucible in place can be a bit tricky and requires some dexterity but on the plus side, there’s absolutely no need to stir your herbs mid-session. The Ghost MV1 is compatible with concentrates through the use of concentrate pads and even has a separate concentrate temperature setting. The vaporizer also has 3 fixed temperature settings for herbs and two custom temperature settings which you can program via an app.
Maintenance is fairly easy: disassemble the vape and bathe parts that collect residue in isopropyl alcohol for a while. A two year warranty should convince most of us of the Ghost MV1’s longevity.
You’ll want to get an extra battery pack and/or a fast charger, though, unless you’re really good at planning ahead. In any case, you wouldn’t want a vape session with friends to end prematurely. For those inevitable all-nighters, you can buy a crucible dispenser that comes with 5 crucibles you can load in advance. You can find all of the Ghost MV1 accessories here.
The Ghost MV1 is a portable vape but not really suitable for a night out at the club. It’s far from being a ninja-vape and you sure as heck don’t want to drop this baby either. Instead, picture yourself slowly moving about your house, preparing a snack, taking in the sunset from your windowsill and having a puff whenever you feel like it. This vaporizer also lends itself really well for a cosy night in with your friends given that your herbs won’t deteriorate while you’re passing the Ghost MV1 on the left hand side. Experienced users who appreciate high quality, cool vapour and are willing to invest time in learning how to use the device properly should drop everything and buy a Ghost MV1 right this minute.
Integrating an on-demand, convection heating system with a portable design is no easy feat so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Ghost MV1 comes at a hefty price. The vaporizer MV1 can be found in the same price range as other high-end vaporizers.
- Convection heating preserves your herbs
- Exceptionally flavorful, smooth and cool vapour
- Impressive build quality and medical grade materials where it counts
- Excellent value for your money
- Controls take some getting used to
- Loading can be a bit of a hassle
- Portable vaporizer but not build for on-the-road use
- Battery takes a while to charge without the fast-charger
In terms of performance, the portable Ghost MV1 rivals a high-end desktop vaporizer. This on-demand vaporizer doesn’t come cheap but its quality convection heating system will definitely get the most out of your herbs. The Ghost MV1 produces a flavorful, smooth and surprisingly cool vapour for such a compact device. It takes some time getting used to the minimalist controls but once you get the hang of it, you’ll probably want to declare this your go-to vaporizer. Dip into your savings, take your time to get acquainted, and go for the state-of-the-art in portable vaping.
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