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KandyPens K-Vape Pro Vaporizer Review

This is the new K-Vape Pro vaporizer from KandyPens – a small, lightweight, battery-powered portable vape for dry herb with good build quality and performance at under $100.

If you’re looking for an entry-level unit there are only a few herbal vapes I recommend below the $150 price point, most are pretty shitty, but this is one of the few that passes my tests.

There are a few main things I look for with a vape like this and #1 is vapor that doesn’t feel hot or harsh. Right away I could tell that the vapor this unit produces is smoother and more comfortable than most others in this price range.

Most dry herb vaporizers have a somewhat similar design in that the herb chamber, or oven, sits near the top of the vape and then a mouthpiece sticks out the top. With most inexpensive vapes this mouthpiece or stem is usually a “straight pipe” directly to the oven. This means the vapor path is a direct line from the herb chamber to your mouth. More often than not this will lead to vapor that feels hot or harsh.

However, one way to get around this and improve the vapor quality is to take away that direct line from the oven to your lips, and instead implement a vapor path which helps cool and condition it before it reaches your mouth. This also helps improve the flavor because without that extra heat you taste more of your herb.

So what KandyPens did with the K-Vape Pro is they used a mouthpiece design with the extended vapor path inside of it. If you look through the mouthpiece you don’t see through to the other side, the vapor travels through a honeycomb filter inside (removable to clean). This leads to vapor that won’t irritate your mouth or throat after a full session. The mouthpiece tip itself is glass which is also easy to keep clean.

The herb chamber is a good size for one person, it has about a 0.2g capacity. I like that you don’t have to stuff a ton of bud in it because it makes it feel more efficient, some other units have huge ovens and it can feel like a waste.

For maximum vapor and the biggest hits I would grind up your herb nice and fine and load the chamber full, then tamp it down and load a little more on top, make it kinda tight. You can also load just

0.1g in there and keep it loose you just won’t get as much visible vapor.

As far as temperature control this unit has 4 built-in heat levels, indicated by the colored led on the front when you hold down the power button to cycle through them. Even on the highest setting you won’t overheat or burn your herb, so if you want max clouds just bump it to high right away. Otherwise, if you want to savor the flavor a little more and stretch out your session, try heat level 2 or 3 and take a good

Like all new vapes nowadays it does have an auto shut-off feature that turns the unit off after a few minutes, and if you want to continue your session you tap the power button 5 times to turn it back on and resume vaping.

Battery life is pretty average, vapes like this one don’t usually have a very large capacity but provide enough juice to give you a handful of full sessions, usually about 5 before it dies, but this can vary with how you use it.

KP gives a lifetime warranty on it and they’re good with their customer service also, I’ve been dealing with them for many years now.

There’s no learning curve with this one and I can’t think of anybody who wouldn’t be able to use it, it’s very easy to load and unload.

Overall, these are the best features and this is the best performance you’ll get in a portable vape for this price, so if you don’t want to spend a lot I would seriously consider this one.

Click here to buy the K-Vape Pro from the official KandyPens store, and use my coupon code STAYUP25 to get 25% OFF your order which brings the price down to $75. They do compensate me if you order through my link but I tell it like it is and I want to make sure you’re satisfied, your support is also truly appreciated!

KandyPens K-Vape Pro Vaporizer Review This is the new K-Vape Pro vaporizer from KandyPens – a small, lightweight, battery-powered portable vape for dry herb with good build quality and

K-Vape Pro Review

Background

KandyPens (visit homepage) typically create wax pens like the Crystal (Review | Buy) which produce exceptional vapor quality for its price. They also collaborated with some celebrities like Amber Rose (Review | Buy) and A$AP Rocky (Review | Buy) that made KandyPens a well-known brand in the vaping industry.

KandyPens came up with a dry herb vape that’s under the $100 mark that brings simple yet packs functionality in a minimalistic design. K-Vape Pro features a hybrid heating method that utilizes both conduction and convection heating which brings out the flavor and vape the herb more efficiently. It also has a tapered glass mouthpiece that helped with the purity and coolness of the herbs.

Design & Features

The K-Vape Pro has a cylindrical-shaped body that’s made from anodized aluminum which makes it tough and scratch-resistant. It’s about four inches tall and has a slim silhouette that can slip in and out of any pocket. It also weighs 2.75oz which makes it easy to carry and comfortable to hold. Overall, I like its simplistic design that stands out compared to standard box-shaped weed vapes.

Since it’s a budget vape, it’s pretty basic to use, it only has a single button to control the power and temperature. The button is well-placed in the center of the device just above the led lights that indicate the battery life and 4 voltage settings. The K-Vape Pro also has basic functions like pass-through charging which allows vapers to use it while charging, and the auto shut-off feature which helps with conserving the battery.

Mouthpiece

The K-Vape Pro has a nice, tapered, glass mouthpiece that helps keep the vapor cool and offset the short vapor path. The honeycomb screen underneath the mouthpiece also helped with dispersing the heat from the vapor so that your throat or mouth won’t get irritated after a full-packed session.

I think this is the stand-out feature of this vaporizer since most budget vapes use plastic mouthpieces. The only downside of a glass mouthpiece is it’s fragile, but based on my observation, the K-Vape Pro’s mouthpiece is thick which I think can survive an impact or two. If you ever broke your mouthpiece, the spare mouthpiece comes handy.

Heating Oven

The ceramic heating oven has a funnel-shaped chamber that helped with loading the herbs at ease. It can hold a maximum of 0.3g of herbs which suits both beginners and intermediate users. Keep in mind that if you pack it too much, the airflow will be tightened making it hard for you to inhale the vapor.

It uses a hybrid heating system which means the herbs are vaped efficiently and produce more flavor in the vapor. I’ve seen this on expensive vapes like Crafty+ and Mighty (Review | Buy) which are currently the best herbal vapes in 2020. The hybrid heating is a good feature for its price, but the K-Vape Pro can’t compete against the two I’ve mentioned above.

How To Use

Like most entry-level vapes, the K-Vape Pro is simple to use. It has a single button that is used to turn on/off the device and pick the voltage settings. Before you dive in and get medicated, let me tell you the golden rule of vaping herbs: grind the herbs to the right, vaporizer-friendly density.

As you can see, I’m using my SLX grinder (Review | Buy) which helped me grind my herbs to the right consistency which resulted in more evenly-vaped herbs since the heat can easily pass-through the finely ground herbs. To use the K-Vape Pro, you need to:

  1. Remove the mouthpiece.
  2. Use the funnel-shaped chamber to load your herbs, and replace the mouthpiece.
  3. Turn on the device by pressing the power button five times.
  4. Hold down the power button to cycle through the preset temperatures.
  5. Once the LED light indicates the color of your chosen temperature, release the power button.
  6. When the LED light stops blinking, you can inhale from the mouthpiece.

Temperature Settings: The temp settings are color-coded: 350°F (Yellow) | 375°F (Green) | 400°F (Red) | 428°F (Blue)

Auto-Shut Off Feature: The device shuts off automatically after 5 minutes.

Performance & Vapor Quality

Performance

The K-Vape Pro heats up 0.3g of herbs in around 30-40 seconds. It has a funnel-shaped chamber that helped me with the loading since I can just scoop-in the herbs. I prefer loading 0.2g of herb so that I can inhale the vapor much easier rather than packing it full.

I got 5-8 good hits before my herb was cashed which means the herbs were evenly vaped and extracted efficiently. The only issue here is the mouthpiece and the battery gets hot which is common for small vapes.

Small vapes often have a short vapor path which means there’s no way for the heat to disperse properly. Though there’s no concrete solution to prevent it from happening, aside from making a bigger and bulkier vape, the K-Vape Pro made it tolerable. The glass mouthpiece with honeycomb screen makes up with the short vapor path which makes the vapor fresh and less harsh.

Battery Performance: The battery lasts up to 5-7 sessions which is good but a little shorter than average vapes. It uses a micro-USB and it takes a longer time to charge compared to some vapes in the same category. It supports pass-through charging which means you can use it while it’s plugged in. Lastly, KandyPens offer a lifetime warranty for the battery if your battery suddenly stopped working.

Vapor Quality

For a $100 vape, the vapor quality is decent that can cater to the needs of beginners and intermediate vapers. The vapor is mostly cool and gets warm (but barely) on the highest setting. I got the best flavor from the two middle settings since they are most balanced. The highest setting gave me some more clouds but the flavor loss isn’t worth it. On the lowest temp setting, it produces a milder and flavorful vapor which I recommend for those who are starting to vape herbs.

Bottom Line

The K-Vape Pro is a portable dry herb vape that produces surprisingly decent vapor for a $100 vape. Yes, it doesn’t have haptic feedback, an LED display, or any fancy features that higher tier vapes have. Rather than focusing on the features, they focused on how to make the vapor and unit stay cool even when you’re using it for a long period.

Overall, this is the dry herb vape that I highly recommend for beginners to use. The design is simple and intuitive, it produces decent quality vapor, and it’s durable that could probably last for a long time. However, if you can bump your budget a little bit, there are better options out there like the Arizer Solo 2 (Review | Buy) or the Utillian 722 (Review | Buy).

The K-Vape Pro features a glass mouthpiece to keep the vapor cool. It uses hybrid heating that can heat up 0.3g of herbs within 30 seconds.