I finally broke my old generic table top vaporizer a few weeks ago. I was just working on an adaptation of my novel, The Tiger’s Revenge, when a wandering foot pulled the battle-scarred box on the electrical cord of this godforsaken record that occasionally serves as a desk and fades into oblivion. .
Old Yeller cost me $60 about seven years ago. It did Yeoman’s job, sending slightly smoky vapor through a clear plastic tube, which turned an increasingly evil shade of yellow-brown over time.
Old Yeller was enclosed, not portable at all. Vape pens were a dream, and an expensive one, when Old Yeller was new. Now the enthusiast has options. The Quick Draw 300 isn’t a perfect vape pen, but it’s excellent value for vaping flowers at a sticker price of just $100. However, for $40 more, you can buy a significant upgrade in versatility with the QuickDraw DLX.
Like the Christian God, the QuickDraw DLX is a three-in-one proposition: it can vaporize dry herbs, liquids, and extracts. Three different bullet-shaped pods hold the good stuff. Each slots magnetically into the top. The user places the rubber mouthpiece and is ready to go in good (and short) order.
I do recommend users to RTFM. The DLX’s system of pressing the button three times to turn it on and then holding it for three seconds to warm up was a little confusing at first. But the directions of the glossy map are very clear once consulted.
Much of the DLX’s value comes from its three distinct features. But if you’re like me and don’t see much use in concentrated cannabis (Editor’s Note: We’ll dabs Claude soon enough), the other two pods can languish in the sexy packaging.
The 300 DLX may spark interest in concentrates and extracts as one of the drawbacks of vaping dry weed is the size of the bullet pod. Not much goes in, and a pod of oil would last longer.
So the need to top up limits the portability of the DLX. My New Zealand-born advisor found his dry spice vapor stream thin, and repacking the tiny bullet on the sidewalk outside our favorite bar, Aces, was a challenge. The DLX comes with small spoons that make loading and extracting used dry herbs a breeze. But again, the small spoons aren’t practical in my natural environment of the Tenderloin.
I thought the puff of the cigar takes a little more effort than is ideal. The PAX 2 ($279.99) pulls through hard plastic molded for human lips more easily; The DLX’s rubber conical mouthpiece retains some saliva, making sharing a pain. The PAX is short enough to fit in a breast pocket; the DLX is a few inches longer.
But at $130 cheaper, I can live with that.
I had my doubts about the DLX until it proved itself at an overnight birthday party in Sonoma for my co-worker, Eliza Dapper. With a million stars above it and a seat and table available for easy reloading, a group of rare smokers found the vaping experience low impact and extremely fruitful. As long as I kept reloading.
Cool Factor: Moderate. A few years ago it would have been incredibly cool, but more expensive vape pens are sexier. However, the slotted magnetic bullet sleeves and the three-in-one flexibility are attractive.
practical: Dry weed requires a lot of reloading, which reduces portability. The use of liquids and extracts can improve this.
Affordability: With a suggested retail price of $140, this is an affordable vape pen. Especially for the Bay Area native who isn’t part of the tech boom — or the novelist who’s low on the middle list. Really low.
General: Three-in-one flexibility makes this a great value, even if the output of vapor isn’t up to Snoop Dogg standards.