Are you ready to turn on your mad scientist?
The dr. Dabber Switch resembling the nuclear football of vaporizers.
Because it is packed in a large square box (ccomplete with handle), you get the impression that it must be handcuffed to the wrist of the owner when being transported from place to place. There’s something downright impressive about this thing. One reason is cost — the Switch costs a whopping $399.99 — and another is the complexity and power of the device nestled in a cardboard fortress.
Easily the largest rig I’ve ever reviewed, the size of the Dr. Dabber Switch cannot be overstated. Anyone looking for subtlety and discretion will want to look elsewhere, but this thing is built to be the centerpiece of your home cannabis consumption. First, it will look good. Finished in standard black and including a number of glass accessories, the Switch will turn heads, and for good reason.
Long story short, the Switch heats cannabis – both loose leaf and concentrate – using the same technology as induction hobs. To operate it, simply fill one of the removable metal cups, fill it with flour or oil and place it back into the unit using the tweezers provided. If it all seems a little too much like entering Walter White/Breaking Bad territory, don’t think about how much fun it can be to combine an interest in science with a passion for getting super stoned!
Induction heating is great, especially because it happens almost instantly. Add to that the Switch’s self-cleaning capability and the size of the device starts to seem like a perfectly fair trade-off when you consider ease of use. More importantly, the hits you get from the Switch are just massive. When vaporizers like the PAX line offer digital alternative joints, the Switch combines the punch of a bong with a remarkably smooth finish.
The bubbler attachment is expertly crafted and made from borosilicate glass (meaning it will likely survive an accidental tumble). Honestly, every facet of this device has been designed quite impressively, meaning if you can handle spending $400 on a cannabis smoking device, you probably won’t find a better option.
For those who like flashing lights, the latest from Dr. Dabber also comes with a number of bike color options, although they’re really just for show. On a more practical note, another area where the Switch succeeds is battery life – a major reason for the weight of the device. The fact that you can also hit it while it charges is welcome news, as we’ve all learned the frustration of sitting down with our favorite device only to find it’s low on battery.
The truth is that most casual cannabis users will want to choose something a little less intense. While the settings can be tweaked to provide a wide range of vapor levels, it’s hard to imagine people who have a casual relationship with cannabis will have much of a need for what the Switch has to offer. That said, seasoned smokers and those looking to invest in a product that will last and deliver consistent, impressive results should seriously consider adding a Switch to their living room.
Potency: Variable, but the Dr. Dabber Switch is definitely designed for those who want to make big hits time and time again.
Appearance: Placing a Dr. Dabber Switch installation in your living room is certainly a statement, but despite the unit’s generous size, it is quickly becoming your go-to option for home use, given the plethora of calibration options.
Medical Application: If you like to take your medicine via vapor, the Dr. Dabber Switch is a great option, provided you don’t mind the fact that this product is completely stationary and won’t travel with you anywhere.
Effect: Remarkable in terms of maximizing loose leaf to provide vapor plumes. The Switch can also be used for more modest hits, but its sweet spot makes it the digital equivalent of a bong.
the dr. Dabber Switch costs $399.99, available at drdabber.com