A solid portable vape for well under $150. Slim and portable. But dealing with a single fixed temperature and having to fill the unit with gas are downsides.
Iolite is a gas-powered portable marijuana vaporizer, and at $130 it has the second lowest price tag of any decent vaporizer worth its money (only Magic Flight is cheaper). It’s slim design fits in your pocket nicely, and it’s lightweight, so it feels very portable and easy to take places. Because it’s gas powered, there’s a slight hissing sound when you use it, some vapes like the Pax or Arizer Solo are totally silent.
A full gas tank should last about 2 hours of continuous vaporizing time. Getting medicated takes about 5-10 minutes, or longer if you have time for a more relaxed vape session. You could use this 6-8 times before refilling, if you’re shooting for efficiency. The bowl is average size, not as large as Pax, not as small as Firefly.
The unit has a fixed temperature setting, which happens to be very calibrated for most herbs I’ve used in the iolite. The temperature is just hot enough to efficiently release THC and other cannabinoids from your medical cannabis, without burning the herb or releasing harsh smoke. Take slow, steady draws from the Iolite’s mouth piece and you’ll find the warm but very pleasant taste of your pot.
Other portables use batteries, but Iolite uses gas. Gas refill cans are available at most good smoke shops. Gas lasts much longer than batteries, but requires filling, which can be messy if you’re not careful. Charging batteries is easier, but less efficient. These are reasonable trade-offs if you’re looking for portability that lasts. Gas refills are also super fast compared to charging a battery, which can take hours.
Our least-favorite thing about the Iolite is the small hiss the unit makes when it’s using gas. Inside components regulate the temperature perfectly, so we appreciate that feature, but it’s a little too noisy to use in a quiet movie theatre or where small noises matter. This is a minor issue, but there are other portable options that are completely silent and sometimes a minor issue can be a major one in a stealthy situation.
What’s in the Box?
- the unit
- carrying case
- cleaning tool
- stir tool
- Extended Mouthpiece
- 3x screens
- durable hard plastic shell, aluminum heated bowl
- fits nicely in hand, very slim
- quick to warm up, ready-to-vape in less than 5 minutes
- Temperature: set to 374°F
- 3 year warranty
- Dimensions: 5½ inches tall, 2½ inches tall, 1 inch wide • weighs 1.8 ounces
“Overall, I am thrilled with this purchase.The unit will eventually pay for itself because of the amount of bud you save. The amount of places that you can take the iolite is up to your imagination. The ability to have clear headed highs, saving your lungs, and saving a ton of money on bud all make this purchase a no-brainer.”
— Swisha Militia Grass City forum member