“…this is one of the best concentrate pen vaporizers for under $100.”
SPEED REVIEW (SUMMARY)
Apollo's AirVape OM might have limited battery life, but between its ninja like design, high level of portability, 510 threading, low cost, and ease of use, it's easy to see why this dual coil vaporizer is one of our favorite concentrate pens for under $100. For those who want something small and convenient to vaporize waxes and other high viscosity extracts, this is one of the best low cost options you'll find. Not quite as good as Dr. Dabber's Ghost, which is considerably larger yet similarly priced, but it still manages to produce thick, tasty vapor that's just as smooth as it is plentiful. If you're interested in buying the OM, we suggest buying it from an authorized dealer such as this store here.
*This is a quick summary, in-depth review below.
While the exact temperature range remains a mystery to us even after using it, the AirVape OM offers three different temperature settings. To change the temperature, well, actually, to change the voltage which in turn controls the temperature, all you have to do is click the button three times. Doing so will cycle through its three unique voltage/temperature settings, which are as follows:
- Red Light / 4.0V – This is the highest setting, which offers the most power. For the best cloud production, this is the setting you’ll want to use.
- Blue Light / 3.2V – This is the mid-level temperature setting and quite possibly the one you’ll use most as it still offers good cloud production, but is a little smoother than the higher setting.
- White Light / 2.4V – While we don’t often use it on the lowest setting, which is what this is, some of you may find it preferable to the higher voltages as it offers the smoothest vapor production that the OM is capable of.
Heat Up Time
Like most vape pens designed for concentrates that we’ve encountered, the OM is extremely quick to heat up. There’s no real waiting around, you basically turn it on, fire up the heating element and start drawing immediately after. In other words, it’s dual quartz atomizer provides near-instant heat up so you never have to wait around for it to heat up because it’s ready when you are.
While the super slim/thin AirVape XS is powered by a fairly weak 1300 mAh battery, the OM’s battery is actually that much weaker at 350 mAh. Compare this to the 3000+ mAh batteries that some of the portables are using and you can see why we’re not thoroughly impressed with its battery life, however, given that it’s an extract-only vape, this surprisingly small battery is actually powerful enough to provide some solid sessions before it requires a recharge. For reference, dry blend vapes tend to require more power to vape, considerably more. With this in mind, the battery life is actually pretty average and not nearly as limited as we originally anticipated. So don’t let the numbers fool you because it’s not necessarily about how powerful the battery is, but how that power is used. And in this case, it’s quite effective – capable of providing enough power to get you through some serious sessions. And seeing as you’re vaping concentrates, a little bit goes a long way.
Note: As a result of the OM’s 510 threading, you can attach just about any 510 threaded battery that you want. Subsequently, you can dramatically improve the battery life by attaching a larger battery.
Weight & Size
Now this is one area where the OM vape really excels. It weighs just 1.6 ounces, which is extremely light, and measures just 4.5 inches long and 0.5 inches wide. In other words, it’s one of the most compact and portable pens we’ve ever tested. So if you need something small that works well, this is definitely one to consider because it’s all that and more.
While we haven’t encountered any real issues with this vape, we do have one minor complaint that is somewhat to be expected of a vape this size and that’s its relatively small atomizer, which is a little more difficult to clean than some of the larger atomizers we’ve encountered. Due to how compact it is, it’s difficult to clean behind its coils. Subsequently, we suggest burning it off by running it on its highest voltage setting for about 30-40 seconds before you put away. This helps prevent residue from accumulating behind the coils, which in turn makes it a lot easier to keep clean. Outside of this, we just don’t have any real complaints with it. It is what it is: a compact pen vape that does what it’s supposed to do and does it well.
Cleaning & Maintenance
Outside of the issue we mentioned above, cleaning is actually pretty easy. All you have to do to clean the AirVape OM is unscrew the metal shell that houses the heating chamber to gain access to the atomizer, which you then pop right off (it’s magnetically attached), and then give it a quick cleaning using a q-tip dipped in isopropyl alcohol. Make sure it’s completely dry before reattaching and you’re done. That’s all there is to it. Do this regularly and it’ll continue to treat you well. Let it go too long and you’ll see some degradation in performance, so best to stay on top of it and clean it regularly. Also, be sure to use our tip above to help ensure that no residue builds up behind the coils, making it difficult to clean.
Here are some quick tips on how to use the AirVape OM to make the most of it. If you have your own tips to add to this list, reach out to us and let us know what they are and we’ll add them to the list!
- For the biggest cloud, take long, slow draws on the highest voltage setting. That’s all there is to it. No special tricks necessary.
- For the smoothest vapor, use the lowest voltage setting.
- Clean it regularly to ensure that it stays in tip top shape and continues to work as intended.
- Do a quick burn off after each session to burn off any residue that might otherwise accumulate behind the coils, making it hard to clean. About half a minute or so should do it. In order to do this, simply run it on its highest voltage setting. Do this after every session before you tuck the vape away and you won’t have any issues keeping its atomizer nice and clean.
- If you don’t want to mess around with loading the atomizer before every session, use pre-filled cartridges and the vape’s cover caps to keep them secure while you’re transporting them in your pocket. This way, you can pop one on when you’re ready to vape instead of spending the time to load up the atomizer first. And seeing as the vape uses 510 threading (universal compatibility), just about any cartridge will do.
Here’s the deal. With the AirVape OM, you have a 510 threaded vape pen. This mean that virtually any 510 threaded accessory will work with it. You can use a different battery, a different atomizer, or whatever you want. Subsequently, you have a whole range of options available as far as accessories are concerned and are by no means limited to the ones that AirVape makes for it, which is really-really cool. Definitely a smart move on their part. In addition, the OM comes with the following: one dual quartz coil atomizer with a glass mouthpiece, two changeable cover caps used to seal pre-filled cartridges, a packing tool, charger for the battery, and instructions on how to use it that come in the form of its user manual. This is everything you need to vape just shy of the extract you’ll be putting in it.
The OM is protected by a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty that we have yet to exercise due to its quality craftsmanship. This is an above average warranty in comparison to other vaporizers, as the average warranty coverage seen across the industry is limited to a specific time frame. So if anything goes wrong, you can rest assured that Apollo, the company behind the AirVape vaporizers, has you covered.
The OM vape produces pretty good vapor given how small it is. While it’s not the best in its class, it’s still dense, smooth, and delicious. The only real downside we found in this regard is its lack of liquid blend support, as it’s only designed for waxy concentrates. But with these, its quartz atomizer does a really nice job of pushing out some highly potent vapor, assuming you’re using top-shelf concentrates with it. In this regard, we’re quite impressed, but notably, it’s just not the best. On the highest voltage setting, the cloud production is quite impressive, but we notice a loss of flavor. And on the lowest setting, the flavor profile remains fully intact, but the cloud production goes down a bit. So with it, you can get some pretty big cloud that are on par with what we’ve come to expect from the larger vape pens and on the lower settings, you can get some really tasty draws that are extra smooth. All things considered, this is definitely a nice vapor producer, but we have seen better. However, when you take into account how small it is, it’s really hard to complain about a minor loss in vapor quality in comparison to other, larger vape pens.
The AirVape OM doesn’t have the best battery life, which is why it’s not ideal for longer sessions. But for a quick puff here and there, it’s great. It’s compact, fast heating, fairly inconspicuous, 510 threaded for endless accessorizing, and it works with pre-filled cartridges, which is really nice if you have access to them. It might not work with dry or liquid blends, but it does an excellent job of vaporizing thick waxy concentrates. In addition to all this, it’s also fairly easy to clean and somewhat ridiculously inexpensive. All things considered, we’d have to say that this is one of the best concentrate pen vaporizers for under $100. If you’re interested in buying it, you can pick one up from this online store.