This classic desktop vaporizer, Da Buddha is one that I have been using on and off for many years but never got the time to write about it… until now.
It is quite a unique vaporizer and some people love it, while others prefer more feature rich devices. Let me walk you through it and see which one of those two groups you belong to.
The First Impression of the Da Buddha Herbal Vaporizer
The first impression I had was that it was very simple. I thought it was appropriately named as Da Buddha is the simplest, most zen-like stationary vaporizer I have ever seen.
It is very solid, well built and it looks very nice.
It only has a single dial on the front and that’s it. No power button, nothing… simple as that. It is a simplified version of the Silver Surfer Vaporizer, that is also made by the same company, 7th Floor LLC in Colorado, US.
The detailed carry bag the device comes with gives it a bit of a hippy feeling.
Design of the Da Buddha Desktop Vaporizer
Da Buddha vaporizer is designed to be simple and long lasting.
It looked simple for the first impression and the more you examine this device, the more you’ll see just how simple this vaporizer really is.
It is an aluminium tube case, sitting on a base, protecting a ceramic heating element that sits in a glass elbow.
The glass chamber with a stainless steel mesh screen connects into the glass elbow vertically.
The glass chamber is connected to a silicone tube whip and a glass mouthpiece as you can see below.
You set the temperature with the dial on the front and inhale through the whip to vaporize. No extra features are added to keep this vaporizer simple and long lasting.
The fewer features there are, the less likely for the device to break down.
The aluminum pipe case does a great job keeping the vaporizer nice and cool even if it is on for hours.
The top is open, so pay attention to keep sleeves, hair and everything else out of it as it is hot enough to light clothing or your hair on fire.
I really like its simplicity, as it helps to understand the whole vaporization process. You can see the heating element glowing and how inhaling that hot air through the herbs produces vapor. A bit like magic.
How to Use Da Buddha Desktop Vaporizer
It is easy to use, however it took me a little time to get used to it.
Let me walk you through how it works…
Plug the device in and it will turn on as you do that. You’ll see the ceramic heating element starting to glow orange/red in about a minute or so, however, let it heat up for another 2 to 3 minutes.
You’ll need to use the dial to adjust the heat. I suggest you initially set it to right in the middle at 12:00pm. As you are having the first few draws, you can slightly increase the temperature. Take it slow, the sweet spot for me is between 2:00pm and 3:00pm or thereabouts. Take your time to work this out, as turning the dial up too high, may combust your herbs.
I did do that once, my herbs caught fire and I made a mess as a result. The glass chamber and the base of the silicone tube got discoloured and took me a fair effort to clean it all up.
The learning is to increase the temperature slowly and take your time to work it out. Once you have the spot that works for you best, you can leave the dial there.
While your vaporizer is heating up, you can load your herbs. You can hold the glass wand up and pinch the herbs into its end or you can draw through the whip and suck up your allocated herbs into the chamber like a vacuum cleaner.
When you are packing your herbs, keep in mind that they will be sitting horizontally in the device, so don’t pack it totally full to avoid herb particles falling onto the heating element.
The way this vape works, first I thought it would not work well with small amounts, however, I learned as I used it over the years that it actually does. Even small amounts of herbs can be vaped with Da Buddha, making it ideal to use it on your own.
Once you insert the glass wand into the device, you can draw slowly through the whip.
It took me a few minutes to get the hang of it and to adjust my temperature as I explained above. After I got it, I was amazed how simple this device is and how well it worked in front of my eyes.
Your herbs are very close to the heating element, so I usually take the wand out when I am having a break from drawing and only put it back when I am ready to go again. Make sure you don’t burn yourself during the process.
Also pay attention where you put the wand down, as it will be very hot and will burn furniture or carpet easily.
Vapor Quality of Da Buddha Desktop Vaporizer
The ceramic heating element and a glass on glass design inevitably produces beautiful, pure, flavorful vapor. If your vapor is a little burnt, you’ll know to turn the dial back a little.
Once you have the temperature sorted, you will get high vapor quality consistently.
Great quality vapor every time with the Da Buddha and this is one of the main benefits of this vaporizer.
What’s in the Box
1 x Da Buddha Vaporizer Unit
1 x Padded Carrying Bag (made of durable hemp and
polyester blend called “hempster”)
1 x 3 ft Whip Tubing (food-grade vinyl)
1 x Glass Whip Mouthpiece
1 x Glass Whip Wand with Bowl
1 x Steel Stir Stick
10 x Replacement Screens
1 x User’s Manual
Cleaning and Maintenance
The only maintenance I have ever done is cleaning the glass whip wand and the glass mouthpiece occasionally. This is apart from the one occasion when my herbs caught fire and I had to clean the vinyl tube as well.
Herbs will inevitably fall into the glass dome around the heating element. That glass part can be slowly pulled up and removed. This way you can easily remove any herbs that could have fall in there. Take care of the ceramic heating element while you do this, as you do not want to damage that.
Obviously, only do that when the unit has been turned off for at least an hour and it is cold enough to touch.
One great thing about Da Buddha is how easy it is to maintain.
Who is Da Buddha Desktop Vaporizer for?
Da Buddha, I would recommend for regular vapers who like simplicity and reliability. This is a very robust, reliable vaporizer that is designed for regular use.
I don’t recommend it to anyone new to vaporizing. Even though it helps to understand the whole vaporizing process, it does take a little time to get used to and with this device you can easily ignite your herbs.
Anyone who likes features like assisted draw with a built in fan or digital display, temperature control by the degree and so… this is not a vaporizer for you.
I pulled it out once for entertaining when I had some friends around. Sitting around the table, we find it inconvenient to keep turning it around so the whip lines up with the next person in line. I quickly worked out that the Da Buddha is not as well suited for group sessions as the VapirRise 2.0 Ultimate or the Arizer Extreme Q. Both of those vaporizers have the whips sitting vertically, so it is easy to pass the whip around the table.
With the ever growing features and bells and whistles that we can see technology equipping new vaporizers with, there is still a need for simplicity. That is the space that the Da Buddha fills in the stationary vaporizer space.
Some people will always value simplicity and reliability over fancy features and this vaporizer is for them.
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