A few days ago I received a package at my door full of goodies from the folks over at VapeXHale. Among the included items was a Cloud Evo, a desktop vaporizer with an all-glass vapor path and supposedly huge vapor production. Having heard a lot about the Evo in the past few months, I was excited to finally give one a go! For the purposes of this review I’ll be focusing solely on the Cloud Evo and the standard glass mouthpiece (you can find my separate review of the Swagger SideTree Hydratube here). The VapeXHale Cloud Evo kit comes with a power plug (the same kind used by desktop PCs), replacement herb chambers, and of course the Evo itself. The unit is fairly small and quite lightweight when no waterpipe is attached (it uses an 18mm glass on glass connection). The herb chamber is large, and I recommend using high quality ground cannabis to achieve an optimal experience. Because the herb chamber is long and narrow, I believe it allows for a more even vaporization of your herbs (without needing to stir the bowl as much). Keep in mind that during regular use the top of the Evo gets extremely hot, so make sure that you install the included heat bands and grip holder before using your Evo for the first time.
There’s a power switch on the front of the Evo, as well as a knob which controls the temperature. I’m not sure about the corresponding temperatures since there’s no digital temperature gauge, but I will say that the knob ranges from “vapor” to “colossal amounts of vapor”! While the unit is heating up a red light can be seen (very faintly) where the herb chamber sits. This light turns to green once the Evo has reached your desired temperature, and the unit has a auto-shutoff feature to prevent overheating (the lights will flash green and red). Unlike other desktop vaporizers, you pick up the Cloud Evo while its in operation, attach the glass mouthpiece (or hold it upside down in a waterpipe using the included adapters), and take a drag.
After letting my unit heat up for about three to five minutes, I took a few puffs and was pretty floored with the vapor production! The amount of vapor produced was definitely much higher than most other vaporizers I’ve used, and the bowls lasted long considering how much vapor I was getting per hit. Moreover, the majority of my hits tasted very clean and not at all burnt (even at the highest temperature setting) which was pretty sweet. I recommend starting off using a lower setting and then gradually working your way up in order to avoid using up an entire bowl in only a couple hits. When I finished my session, I noticed that the herb chamber did in fact cook my bud evenly (it got very dark brown at the highest temperature setting), and I’ve never had to stir the bowl as long as I use finely ground herb. All the extra vapor definitely translated into extra potency, as I was definitely higher than usual after the! Cleaning the Evo is really easy, and all the parts that need cleaning (herb chamber, mouthpiece) can be soaked in grain alcohol (see my guide on how to reclaim hash oil from your glass) and then dried off with a soft cloth. For concentrate lovers, VapeXHale also offers a nail kit (my review) which greatly increases the unit’s capabilities.
Although it can be costly compared to other vapes out there, the Cloud Evo produces a huge amount of vapor and boasts an all glass vapor path which is a snap to clean. If you consider yourself a vapor connoisseur and are looking for something that packs a punch and tastes great, I highly recommend picking up an Evo and you won’t look back! However, some of the downsides I’ve encountered with the Evo is that it isn’t portable (if you already have a portable vape then this shouldn’t be an issue), you can’t use a bag system on it like you can with the Rise or Extreme Q, and there’s no digital temperature gauge. Since I’ve gotten my Evo, I’ve been using it as my go-to vape for home use (with the DaVinci Ascent being my usual on the go vape).