The Crave Air is a new portable herbal vaporizer out of Melbourne, Australia. I got hold of one a couple of weeks ago and have been using it diligently ever since. Let me walk you through why you might want to consider getting one.
The First Impression of the Crave Air Portable Vaporizer
What stood out to me the first time I looked at it was that it has no buttons that you can see. The power button (the only button on the vaporizer) is under the mouthpiece as you can see below.
This is quite unusual however, it is rather clever as I worked out after a few vaping sessions. More on this later, though.
I have to admit that for the first impression I underestimated the device. Even though it is packaged nicely and looks great, it is very light and with the power button at such an unusual spot, I thought I’d fire it up before I draw any conclusions.
Design of the Crave Air Portable Vaporizer
The brushed anodized aluminium outer shell gives the Crave Air a very stylish look.
It doesn’t only look very cool but, is also very simple to use. There is only one button to turn it on and off and to chose between 3 preset temperatures. Ease of use is one of the main features of the Crave Air. Stainless steel, anodized aluminium, silicone and thermoplastic are used to build this lightweight vaporizer.
The chamber is at the bottom of the vaporizer and it is covered by a magnetic lid as you can see below.
How to Use the Crave Air Portable Vaporizer
To get started, take off the silicon mouthpiece and stand the unit upside down. This way, you have the chamber on the top and all you have to do is to remove the magnetic lid to access it.
Pack your chamber lightly with not too finely ground herbs to about ¾ full and then place the magnetic lid back on the chamber.
Next, turn the vaporizer back and press the power button to turn it on. The ‘V’ shaped led light at the front will turn purple while the unit is heating up.
To adjust the temperature you need to press the power button again (while the vaporizer is still heating up). Press and hold the button until the led light turns to yellow, orange or red.
The user manual says you need to hold the button for 2 seconds, however in reality for me, it is more like 4 – 5 seconds. Once you see any of those colours you can let the button go and press it again to move between the 3 temperature settings.
Here is what the 3 colours mean in terms of temperature:
Yellow: Low-temperature setting at 182°C (360°F)
Orange: Medium-temperature at 210°C (410°F)
Red: High-temperature setting at 240°C (464°F)
Once you chose your temperature setting, you need to press the button again for about 4 to 5 seconds or until it turns back to purple for the vaporizer to return to the heat up process. First, I just set the temperature to orange (I have been using the orange setting mostly) and waited for it to turn back to purple to indicate the heating process … but it did not.
You actually need to let the device know that you have finished with setting the temperature, by pressing and holding the power button until your Crave Air turns back to the purple led light. You only have to do this once, though once your preferred temperature is set, every time you turn your Crave Air on, it will heat up to your set level.
Once you are done setting the temperature, you can put on the silicone mouthpiece. There are two kinds of mouthpieces in your kit. One of them is centered and the another one is off centre.
I prefer the off centre one as the hole on it sits right above the vapor path, however, it does not make that much of a difference. Both of them does the job and it is up to your personal preference which one you use.
By the time you put your mouthpiece on the vaporizer, it will be most likely ready to be used.
The purple led light will change to green once it reaches your desired temperature. It heats up really fast, takes between 30 and 60 seconds depending on your settings and battery level.
The vaporizer has built-in motion-sensing and auto-cooling technologies. These are designed to intelligently self-optimize power and temperature during use.
The motion sensor meant to ‘recognise’ when the vaporizer is not in use and put it into standby mode until someone moves it and it gets used again.
I have not noticed any negatives of this at all and it surely seems to preserve battery life.
When you are finished with your vaporizing sessions, simply flip off the silicone mouthpiece and press the power button once to turn off the vaporizer.
Battery Life and Charging of the Crave Air Portable Vaporizer
The device comes with a magnetic charging dock.
The ‘V’ shaped led light glows orange while the Crave Air is charging and turns to green once it’s fully charged.
The magnetic charger is a good idea and I like how it works with the WOW vaporizer, however, the dock set up isn’t my favourite. It gets the job done and charges the vaporizer but for me, it takes a bit of a playing around with the dock and the cable for the unit to start charging. Not a huge deal or inconvenience, something that could be specific to this unit I am using, however, I feel that it would be easier to have the cable plugging directly into the unit instead of the magnetic charging dock.
When you put the Crave Air Vaporizer on the charging dock make sure the spring-loaded contact points are touching correctly. Before you start wondering, the direction of placing the vape on the charger does not matter. For the best result, make sure you plug your charger into a wall charger not directly to your laptop.
The battery life is very impressive on this little lightweight vaporizer. It has a 9V 3000mAh lithium-ion inbuilt battery that lasts for about 90 minutes of vaporizing time.
If you shake the vaporizer while it is turned on, it will show you your battery level.
If the led on the front turns green after you lightly shake the device, you have nearly full charge on the battery. Yellow light is what the vaporizer is sitting at for most of the time and I usually put it on the charger shortly after the led shows red when I shake it.
Vapor Quality of the Crave Air Portable Vaporizer
The vapor quality has exceeded my expectations. I expected more plasticky flavor from a lightweight vaporizer like this one. It had hardly any plastic taste for the first use and none from the second use onwards.
It produces a nice flavorful vapor, that I am very happy with. It isn’t too hot or dry, although starts to get dry a little as you move beyond 10 minutes of vaping time on the same chamber. That isn’t unusual though and overall I rate the vapor quality of the Crave Air to be very good for a small portable device. It is actually outstanding vapor quality at this price point.
Another positive that I like about the Crave Air is that the mouthpiece does not get hot at all, while some other small portable devices do get very hot after using them for a while. This is probably due to the chamber and the mouthpiece being at the opposite ends of the device.
What’s in the Box
1 x Crave Air Vaporizer
1 x USB charger
2 x Pipe cleaners
2 x Mouthpieces
1 x Extra screen
1 x Packing and cleaning tool
Cleaning and Maintenance
Cleaning the Crave Air is very simple. The user’s manual does not say anything about cleaning, but it was easy enough to work it out myself.
The screen on the bottom of the chamber is an unusual one. It does not have holes, but it has a slightly wavy edge that lets the air flow through while keeping the herbs in the chamber.
When I first cleaned the Crave Air, I was trying to dig the screen out from the bottom of the chamber using the packing tool… with no success. Then I thought I would try to push it out using one of the pipe cleaners that came with the vaporizer.
Boom, that worked and I could push the screen out easily this way.
All you need to do to clean it, is to wipe off that flat plate screen (you can soak it in rubbing alcohol if it gets really dirty) and use the supplied pipe cleaners to clean the vapor path every once in awhile, depending on how often you use the vaporizer.
The pipe cleaners run all the way through from the top of the device to the bottom, making it very easy to clean the vapor path.
The only other thing that needs occasional cleaning is the silicone mouthpiece.
When you use finely ground herbs, some particles will travel up the vapor path and to the mouthpiece. You can easily clean the mouthpiece with the supplied pipe cleaner or a q-tip.
You can wipe it with rubbing alcohol, however, don’t soak the silicone mouthpieces in rubbing alcohol.
Who is the Crave Portable Vaporizer for?
This is a simple to use discrete device suitable for newbies and experienced vaporizers alike. It is very robust, don’t have any breakable parts and has a long battery life for its category, making it suitable for anyone spending a lot of time outdoors. The Crave Air fits easily into your pocket, making it perfect to carry around. It is easy to clean and seems to be suitable for frequent use.
It is an ideal vaporizer for anyone that needs a robust, easy to use durable vaporizer that produces great quality vapor on the go.
The attractive price tag makes it irresistible for anyone on a budget. The Crave Air is one of the cheapest portables, outperforming many more expensive models.
Overall, I found the Crave Air a very good little portable vaporizer that I am happy to recommend to anyone in the VapeFuse Community.
It represents awesome value for money and I believe you can’t go wrong with the Crave Air considering what’s packed into it for its price.
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