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AirVape XS Review: Pros & Cons

AirVape XS profile in black

AirVape emerged a couple of years ago with a portable vaporizer that was about average. It wasn't disappointing, but it certainly wouldn't have won a prize for being one of the best vaporizers out there. After listening to their customers and apparently reading some vaporizer review articles, the manufacturer revamped the model and reintroduced it as the AirVape XS. The improvements have made a big difference in the performance, read on to learn all about it.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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AirVape XS in blue held in a mans hand

Pros of AirVape XS

  • Very economical price
  • Above average vapor smoothness and flavor at low heat settings
  • Simple to use
  • No real draw resistance
  • Pocket sized
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Precise digital temperature controls

Cons of AirVape XS

  • Vapor quality can be harsh at high temperature settings
  • Vapor is thin at low settings

Basics of AirVape XS

AirVape XS vaporizier herbal chamber is shown with mouthpiece

- Price - The AirVape XS sells for around $180, making it much more affordable than many other vaporizers in the portable category.

- Vapor Quality - The AirVape XS works through conduction, but the manufacturer has done a good job of eliminating some of the common problems that come with a conduction vaporizer. Before the vapor reaches your mouth, it travels through a vapor path that cools it off to make it smoother and more flavorful. Keeping the temperature around 350 to 355 degrees Fahrenheit will give you an above average experience in terms of taste, potency, and smoothness, but the vapor amount is a bit low. When you turn the heat up, you get more vapor but things do get harsher and you'll miss some of the flavors in your material.

- Guarantee - The AirVape XS comes with a lifetime limited warranty, which is a great unit. Most manufacturers only offer 1 to 5-year warranties, separating this model from the pack.

- Prep Time - To get the best results from the AirVape XS, you need to grind your material very finely prior to use, so setup is a little more complicated with this model than with some others. Still, the unit is ready to go in just 30 seconds, so wait time is minimal.

AirVape XS in black next to a leather pouch case

- Portability - While the AirVape XS is bigger than a vapor pen, the model is very compact compared to some other portable vaporizers. It's a pocket sized vape, and it's extra thin so it fits very comfortably in your hand.

- Ease of Use - The AirVape XS features digital controls that are very easy for even a beginner to use. You'll get little to no draw resistance from the herbal vaporizer, so inhaling through the mouthpiece is easy.

- Heating and Temperature Regulators - With the AirVape XS, you can set the temperature to the precise level that you desire. Even most high end portable models do not offer this type of digital LCD display, further separating this unit from the competition. As previously mentioned, you'll want to keep the heat low on this vaporizer for best results.

- Power Supply - Battery life on the AirVape XS is about average for a portable unit.

AirVape XS vaporizer in blue, black and rose gold

While still not quite in the league with more expensive units like the Firefly 2 and the Pax 2, the AirVape XS performs much better than the average cheap vaporizer. It’s a great choice for anyone who wants a good vape experience and is shopping on a budget. Make sure to read our other vaporizer reviews.

Video: AirVape XS in action


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