In this post, we are reviewing a brand new manual vaporizer, called The Hippie Pipe.
We love analog vaporizers here at VapeFuse and we are surely not alone in how we feel. The battery-free vaping craze seems to be taking over the dry herb vaping world.
Manual vaporizers have no electronic components. Instead, you have to heat your herbs, usually with a butane powered jet flame lighter.
We have been using The Hippie Pipe vaporizer for about 3 weeks now and ready to share with you our findings.
The Design of The Hippie Pipe
The Hippie Pipe is quite a unique vaporizer. It is made by Hippie Vaporizers and this is their first manual vape. They are best known for their Hippie Nano (and Nano+) cartridge vapes. We have tested some of their other oil vapes as well and were looking forward to trying The Hippie Pipe.
The Pipe comes in a simple but well-designed box. Below is a picture to show you what the inside of the box looks like.
What’s in the Box
While we are talking about the box, let’s have a quick look at what is actually included in your kit.
You’ll get the Pipe, a pipe cleaner, a couple of replacement screens, four replacement o-rings and a quick start guide.
Once you get it out of the box and check your new Hippie Pipe out, you’ll notice that it is very modular. You can gently screw the mouthpiece off and pull the whole vape apart in seconds. Subsequently, you’ll end up with the below parts.
Let’s quickly go through each part.
Firstly, the wooden handle is available in 2 different colors, light and dark wood. Both are made out of real rosewood and feel pretty good in the hand.
Secondly, you have the stainless steel parts, including the chamber housing, the mouthpiece, the chamber with the attached vapor path and the spring.
The chamber housing has a carbon ring just above where it connects to the wooden handle. That is there to minimize heat transfer to the handle and make it less likely to burn yourself. That part also has the black to chrome readiness indicator. More on that later.
Next, let’s go through how it all works.
How to Use the Hippie Pipe Vaporizer
The Pipe is very unique, however a little similar in shape to the DynaVap vaporizers. Instead of a VapCap, you have a spring system that allows you to push the herb chamber out for loading and unloading.
Press the mouthpiece in to expose the chamber and pack it with ground herbs.
Once you are done, simply release the mouthpiece to allow the chamber to slide back into its housing.
After that, you’ll need a jet lighter to heat the end steel piece of the vaporizer. Hippie Vaporizers recommends a double flame jet lighter for the best results.
Above all, pay attention to the square-shaped black to chrome indicator while you are applying the heat. Once the indicator starts to turn chrome, your herbs are heated and you are good to hit your Pipe.
It is not as obvious as the click of the DynaCap, however, you’ll get used to it in no time.
We tried a single flame jet lighter as well and it seems to work just as fine. It takes a few seconds longer to heat your herbs, but works perfectly too.
It wasn’t immediately obvious where exactly you are supposed to apply the heat. Hippie Vaporizers suggest that you hold your Pipe still and direct the flame(s) to the tick metal piece at the very end.
We also tried a heating technique that you’d use on a DynaVap. In other words, direct the flame to the steel ring that houses the chamber and spin the device around meanwhile.
Both of these techniques produced similar results. When you only heat the tick bottom steel, your herbs are not as evenly vaporized at the end. Having said that, heating the end is what the manufacturer recommends, so I have been mostly doing that.
Final Thoughts on The Pipe
Analog vaporizers are great in my opinion and the Hippie Pipe is a fresh approach to this market. Most importantly, it works well and produces great quality clean vapor. I personally use DynaVap vaporizers a lot and it took me some time to get used to the different heating technique with the Pipe.
Once you are used to heating it, you are on your way to enjoying battery-free vaping.
I think it is definitely worth the price and with an occasional clean it could last for a very long time.