We’ve all been there: high on one of nature’s majestic vistas, fingers clumsily begging with a temperamental lighter to burn the green of the glass bowl wrapped between your kneecaps. Completely at the mercy of Mother Nature, praying that the next gust of wind doesn’t carry the carefully packed gram back down the mountain it came from.
Moments like these are why Jah — and/or science — invented the portable vaporizer.
But even these modern advancements in marijuana mobility are not without potential pitfalls. The thing still has to rely on a battery, right? And something inevitably comes between you and your buzz, right in the places where you’d appreciate it the most.
The next time you venture off the grid, plan ahead with Valium’s Weekender Edition Covert. The pocket-friendly vape comes with its own solar-powered charger – a USB-enabled panel, about the size of your new iPhone – meaning it’s a practical, eco-friendly solution for vaping over a long stretch in the wilderness.
Its rugged design allows you to easily attach it to the outside of your gear, ensuring a continuous, portable power source as you venture further and further away from civilization. Lighters and batteries in the interior? So it is 2014. Welcome to a bright new future in the forest.
Cool Factor: Vaping on solar energy? Sweet. It’s an electronic upgrade from when you used to take hits with a magnifying glass. And this doesn’t threaten to dazzle you, which is a tasty bonus.
practical: While it’s super easy to load, with a magnetic top to seal the flour in the oven, it takes a few minutes and several strokes to really get the vapor flowing. The Weekender touts eight temperature settings, ranging from 320 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, but going below the top two intervals is pretty much a waste of time. Once it soaks, however, the experience is enjoyable, with the distinct flavors and aromas of Christmas pine passing through the mouthpiece. The half-pound gadget feels sturdy, much like its solar-charging counterpart — which can easily be used to charge any USB-compatible device.
Affordability: The kit costs $190, which is in the general fringe of most high-end portable vapes these days. Because it includes solar panel, with its wide compatibility beyond the evaporator itself, the Weekender Edition is more than reasonably priced for what you get.
General: Valium’s latest ganja gizmo markets itself as a rugged, portable vape for the outdoor enthusiast. It delivers on that promise, relying on convenient technology and intuitive design. The only drawback is in the evaporation mechanism itself. If you have to burn at higher temperatures, the battery life will decrease at a much higher clip. As long as the sun shines, this will of course never be a problem.