Pulsar APX V2 Review
The Pulsar APX was, by all means, an excellent dry herb vaporizer. From its accurate temperature control to an excellent convection oven that effectively heated up your herbs. It wasn’t without its own share of flaws, however. The all-new Version 2 of the Pulsar APX seeks to rectify those issues with a newly improved and upgraded airflow system not to mention a more ergonomic and user-friendly mouthpiece. While that all sounds fine and dandy on paper, let’s take a closer look at the Pulsar APX V2 Vaporizer and see if it’s truly a step-up from its predecessor.
Key Features of the Pulsar APX V2
The new Pulsar APX V2 is now smaller and more compact than ever. Featuring a form factor that manages to squeeze the overall dimensions of the device to just 4 inches in length. It’s one of the tiniest convection-based dry herb vaporizers available today. The increased portability makes it an ideal device for vapers always on the go and those who like to travel light.
With the APX V2’s upgraded silicone vapor path, the device promises a much smoother and purer vapor. It lets you experience the true and unadulterated flavor of your preferred bud with every session. The new vapor path also results in a much cooler and relaxed vaping experience. This feature improves the vaping experience for those who dislike hot or even warm vapor.
While the Pulsar APX still doesn’t feature a fully fledged precise temperature control, it manages to host 5 temperature presets with temperatures ranging from a low of 356 °F all the way to the highest preset setting at 428 °F. The wide range of available temperature presets give any vaper the flexibility they need when it comes to vaping their herb exactly the way they want it.
While most dry herb vaporizers that share a similar size category with the Pulsar APX typically use conduction ovens, the Pulsar APX V2 makes use of a fully fledged convection oven to heat up your dry herb. This results to a much more even distribution of heat across your dry herb and much more consistent vapor overall. The even heating process ensures that there are no hot spots in your chamber eliminating the possibility of any combusted herb.
- Upgraded design of the mouthpiece makes for a much more comfortable vape session. It reduces the heat transferred to your lips.
- Sturdier construction in comparison to the previous Pulsar APX. The V2 feels a lot more solid overall when held in hand.
- Implementation of a smart LED system to indicate device status. It also shows current temperature presets make operating the device a lot easier.
- Chamber size remains relatively unchanged, meaning that the Pulsar APX V2 is still best suited for personal use instead of vaping in groups.
True Convection Heating
The ceramic chamber of the Pulsar APX V2 is heated with a true-blue convection oven. Aside from delivering a much more consistent vapor, the convection oven also gives you a bit more leeway when it comes to filling the chamber with your herb of choice. You don’t have to be as meticulous as you need to be when grinding and packing the herb in a conduction-type oven.
The convection oven also pretty much guarantees that you’ll never end up with burnt herb in your chamber. Just make sure you don’t ramp up the temperature on the device too hard. The even distribution of heat also means that your herb is perfectly vaped. You won’t have a mishmash of vaped and unvaped bud left in your bowl by the time your session is done.
The new and upgraded version of the Pulsar APX is smaller in dimensions when compared to its predecessor. When it comes to the aesthetics, fit and finish, the two are practically identical. The same can’t be said about the design changes made underneath the hood however as the V2 does hold a few improvements under its belt.
One of the biggest changes seen in the V2 is the usage of silicone in place of the original stainless steel material used in creating the vapor pathways. The result is a marginally improved flavor. This mean less heat transmission from the oven to the mouthpiece leading to a much cooler device overall.
The V2 also forgoes the stainless steel filter used to keep particulate exiting the mouthpiece. While effective, the filter had the potential to be problematic when it came to maintenance. Cleaning and reinstalling it was a pain due to its tendency to be finicky with the placement potentially messing with the airflow.
Despite the similarities between the previous and updated versions of the Pulsar APX, there are still notable design changes evident with the Pulsar APX V2. For starters, stainless steel button of the V1 has been replaced with a rubber button. It has a clicker tactile response when pressed. While it might sound trivial, the improved rubber button design makes those multiple presses a lot more intuitive in comparison.
The user interface is another area where the Pulsar APX V2 improves upon. The revised LED indicator system does a much better job at letting you know what temperature your device is currently at. This makes basic operations a whole lot easier, especially when using the device outdoors underneath the glare of direct sunlight.
For a dry herb vaporizer clocking in at 4 inches in length, the Pulsar APX V2 does a decent job at creating great tasting vapor. Vapor output and delivery is smooth and consistent, not to mention that the ceramic chamber does a great job of eliminating random hot spots when vaping your bud. That said, it doesn’t differ very much from its predecessor so owners of the original Pulsar APX might not find much reason to upgrade.
The updated Pulsar APX V2 also lacks the APX W tank which enables the device to be used in tandem with concentrates, something that the original model included in the kit. It should be noted however that those who already own the tank from their purchase of the APX V1 can still use it on the APX V2. So while this newer and updated version might not support vaping concentrates straight out of the box, purchasing the APX W tank separately is still an option.
Another caveat with this updated version is not much has been changed about the battery life. The Pulsar APX V2 packs an internal 1600mAh battery which really doesn’t go the distance when it comes to heavy all day vaping. For the infrequent or occasional vaper, it’s more than adequate, however. Just don’t expect to bring the device to a party, sharing it with friends and expect the battery life to last you all night.
How to Use the Pulsar APX V2
Like most portable dry herb vaporizers, the Pulsar APX V2 is pretty straightforward when it comes to basic operation. Here’s a step by step guide to get you started:
1) Make sure the device is charged. The kit comes with a micro USB cable that you can easily plug into your laptop, desktop computer, or any powered USB port such as your mobile phones wall charger.
2) Snap off the mouthpiece then carefully load your ground up herb into the chamber. Make sure you don’t pack it in too tightly and allow some room for heat and air to circulate freely within the herb chamber. Snap the mouthpiece back in place.
3) Press the power button quickly 5 times in succession to turn on the device.
4) To select your preferred temperature preset, hold the power button for 3 seconds to let the APX cycle between presets. When the indicator for you preferred preset lights up, let go of the power button to confirm the temperature preset setting.
5) Wait for about 30 seconds for the device to reach your selected temperature then inhale from the mouthpiece while holding down the power button. If you feel that you want to change the temperature setting mid-session, repeat step 4 and the device will automatically ramp up or down in temperature mid-session until your newly selected target temperature has been reached.
The Pulsar APX was, by all means, an excellent dry herb vaporizer. From its accurate temperature control to an excellent convection oven that effectively heated up your herbs. It wasn't without its own share of flaws, however. The all-new Version 2 of the Pulsar APX seeks to rectify those issues with a newly improved a
Pulsar APX 2 Review: Its Discreet and Cheap – But Actually Works
The Pulsar APX 2 combines the low price of a vape pen with the functionality of a higher end portable vaporizer. We were initially skeptical given the low price but have to say that it’s overall exceeded expectations. It features a ceramic chamber, conduction vaping, and 5 temperature settings.
The Pulsar APX 2 is extremely affordable, versatile and easy to use. However, it lost points because of the plastic materials, short warranty and the fact that it’s probably something you’ll have to replace in a year or so. But if you’re searching for a dry herb vaporizer that’s affordable and gives decent results, it’s a solid buy.
Pulsar APX 2 Key Features
5 temperature settings which are controlled from the vaporizer itself
One button interface for simple temperature setting and vaping
Ceramic chamber heats evenly and doesn’t add any flavor to your material
Top loading vaporizer makes it easy to empty and refill
Conduction heating does a great job of truly vaping your herb
What’s in The Kit
1x APX 2 Vaporizer
1x Cleaning Brush
1x Extra Mouthpiece Silicone Insert
The Pulsar APX 2 is very discreet measuring only 4 inches tall (including the raised mouthpiece). It’s small enough to fit the palm of your hand and only stick out a little at the top (depending on the size of your hands).
It’s also easy to drop in your pocket without taking up much more room than a set of keys and if you clean it often, you’ll keep the odor low. Overall, the Pulsar is a low profile weed vaporizer.
Pulsar APX 2 Portability and Vaping Capabilities
The Pulsar APX 2 has pretty good battery life at around 90 minutes making it a portable option for most day trips. The battery is not replaceable though so you probably won’t take it on longer trips where you’ll be away from a charging base for more than the day. If battery life really matters, consider the Mighty or DaVinci IQ.
The new APX works specifically for dry herb so if you’re more of a dabber or concentrates person, this isn’t the best option (try the G Pen). However, for dry herb, it does a good job for a vaporizer in this price range.
Pulsar Battery Type & Quality
- Battery Type: 1600 mAh lithium ion battery
- Use Time: 90 minutes use
- Replaceable: Not replaceable
- Charge Time: 90 minutes to recharge
Let’s be honest, for a portable in this range, we weren’t expecting mind blowing vapor. However, we were pleasantly surprised to find that it performed as well as it did.
When you first get the Pulsar, you’ll want to run it through a few burn off cycles to get rid of any manufacturing oils that may have made it into the vaporizer during the building process.
After that, the initial vapor was decent with moderate visible clouds on lower temperatures and slightly more on higher temperatures. The flavor was good from the get-go but after a few sessions it started declining as resin built up. With a quick clean, it was back to new though.
Since the bowl is directly under the mouthpiece, it does get a little hot if you’re using it on higher temperatures. You can get around that by vaping lower temperatures but if you prefer using it on high, be ready for a touch of heat and coughing.
I like that it conveniently heats up in just 40 seconds (it’s even written on the box) which is pretty quick and Pulsar’s added haptic feedback so it gently vibrates once it’s reached temp.
After a few sessions I examined the used material and I’m pleased to report that all the herb had an even golden-brown color with no burning or hot-spots. This is great because it truly is vaping rather than combusting which is much healthier. You can also tell the difference in the flavor of the herb. If it had been burning, the flavor would have been significantly lower.
Overall, the vapor quality from the Pulsar APX was good but not mind-blowing. However, it did reliably achieve what it promised.
The Pulsar’s built with a lightweight aluminum outer shell and a silicone mouthpiece. It’s super lightweight but doesn’t necessarily feel cheap. It held up well in my pocket and I never felt like I needed to worry about the unit breaking or cracking.
The button on the front is made from a rubber material (the previous version was metal) which was easy to use. The previous version of the APX with the metal button didn’t feel as intuitive or firm when you pressed on it. This new version is easy to use, it makes a nice little click when you press it and your finger doesn’t slide off when you’re using it.
The chamber is made from ceramic that evenly heats the material and doesn’t pass on any flavor like some of the metal chambers. This is nice for both preserving the flavor and getting the most from your weed.
As far as the mouthpiece goes, the previous version of the APX had a screen that got clogged on a regular basis. This was one of the main complaints about the unit.
In the new APX 2, they’ve clearly listened to feedback and done away with the screen. However, I did notice that the silicone mouthpiece still has a tendency of gathering resin and it still has to be cleaned often.
The LED display on the Pulsar has also been improved. It features the battery level and lights up the temperature setting that your currently on. Before, the temperature was written on the vaporizer and a little red light would light up underneath the writing. It was super hard to read in the dark.
In the APX 2, they’ve made it so the temperature lights up so you can easily read it in the dark.
I have to say the overall quality of the unit is well thought out. From the size of the vaporizer to the life of the battery, I really can’t say many bad things about the unit. Of course, if you were paying hundreds of dollars the little details add up. But for a unit that’s well under $100 (that actually vaporizes your weed) this is a solid build.
The Pulsar APX has 5 different temperature settings which are all controlled with the single button on the front of the unit. Here’s a breakdown of the settings:
- Lowest led lit 356 F
- Second light 374 F
- Third light 392 F
- Fourth light 410 F
- Fifth light 428 F
I found the best results are between levels one and four. These seem to produce the best balance of vapor quantity and flavor without being too hot and harsh.
We reviewed the Pulsar APX 2 and compared it to the original Pulsar APX. The two has some key features that make it better than the last but there's a few things to be aware of before pressing the buy button.