In vaporizer-land, there are a few vaporizers which come very close to a bong-like experience…
What I mean with a bong-like experience is colossal clouds of extremely potent and tasty vapor, that hit you like a Boeing 747…
…and the VapeXhale Cloud EVO is one of THOSE vaporizers.
This beast of a vaporizer has the power to floor you, making you wonder what the hell just happened.
Are you getting scared?
You don’t have to be…just approach your EVO with reverence and he’ll take care of you.
All I’m saying is if you would want it (getting floored), the EVO has got you covered.
Also called “The People’s Vaporizer”, the EVO is the successor of the original VapeXhale Cloud. Both vaporizers were designed based on the input of many vaporizer experts, forum contributions and user-preferences.
All this input led to three (3) pillars on which the VapeXhale Cloud Evo’s design is based:
- Delivery of cool and tasty vapor;
- Production of extremely dense and potent vapor;
- Extreme efficiency with expensive herbal materials.
Did VapeXhale deliver on their three (3) pillars?
Continue to find out.
Or go straight to the pros and cons and conclusion:
Where to buy the VapeXhale Cloud EVO:
The original Cloud had a beatiful aluminium outer body, making it look and feel really premium.
With the Cloud EVO they changed the outer body to Zytel. This is a special type of nylon resin, which is specifically designed with the following properties:
- Excellent insulating/electrical resistant;
- Tested heat, humidity and chemical resistance.
Even though Zytel is heat-resistant, after 10-15 minutes the body does get a little too hot to hold…
…and that's where the included VapeXHeat Shield comes in. Just put this sleeve around your unit and you'll be protected from the beastly radiation this beastly vaporizer produces.
The biggest benefit of Zytel however, is that it's much lighter than aluminium. You will be easily able to hold this vaporizer in one hand (which is pretty rare for a desktop vaporizer).
Aesthetics to me are less important with a desktop vaporizer, but I do feel the Zytel makes it feel a little less premium than the original Cloud.
Make no mistake:
The Cloud EVO still looks and feels like a premium vaporizer, especially if you get one of the premium Hydratubes.
And that brings us to the next point:
The VapeXhale Coud EVO is specifically designed to be used with bubblers.
So you have 2 options:
- You get one of the premium hand-blown VapeXhale Hydratubes, or;
- You get a cheaper Chinese bubbler (see the tips and tricks for specific recommendations).
Designing a safe vaporizer was also one of the top priorities of VapeXhale, you can read about that next.
Heating element and air path
Although the outer shell of the VapeXhale Cloud EVO is made of plastic, the inner parts that actually matter for your safety, are made from glass.
That’s right…(except from the tiny stainless steel screen) this vaporizer has a 100% glass air path. And glass is the best material in vaporizers from a safety standpoint.
I hear you thinking:
But what about the ceramic heating element…?
Yes, it does have a ceramic heating element, but it’s fully separated from the air path. Nor the vapor, nor the air comes in contact with the heating element at any point.
Any risk of an old and rusty heating element polluting your vapor is non-existent.
Separation air path and electronics
In the past few years, concerns of air and/or vapor passing over the electronics of vaporizers have flared up in the community, and rightly so.
Electronic products in general, often contain heavy metals and other hazardous materials.
What you definitely DON’T want is residue of any of these materials mixed up with the air or vapor you inhale…and end up with heavy metal poisoning.
But you won’t ever have to worry about this with the EVO because VapeXhale made sure the electronics of the EVO are fully separated from the air path.
If you want to add an extra layer of safety with water filtration (which I absolutely recommend), you will be pleased to know the VapeXhale Cloud EVO was specifically designed with this in mind.
If you have a bubbler you can use your own bubbler, otherwise I would definitely advice to get one of the high quality bubblers called ‘Hydratubes’. These are specifically designed for the VapeXhale Cloud EVO and can be attached to your EVO in an upright position…
…and there’s a reason why you want to keep your EVO in an upright position.
Although VapeXhale does say the EVO is designed to be put in all positions: inverted, sideways, etc., chances are pretty high you will smell something fishy when you keep your EVO inverted for a longer time. The jury is still out on whether this smell is indicative of any larger safety concern…
But I don’t like it and I NEVER keep my VapeXhale in an inverted position for longer than I’m drawing. Only keep it in an inverted position while you’re hitting it.
What's the bottom line?
Looking at the materials and the way in which these materials are used in the EVO, one can only conclude this is a very safe vaporizer. The only potential issue comes when you keep your unit inverted for a longer time and this can easily be avoided.
Keeping this small issue in mind, I dare to say the EVO is one of the safest vaporizers on the market.
Vapor Potency (10)
If vapor potency is a top priority for you…
…you will be delighted to know the VapeXhale Cloud EVO will fulfill your naughtiest dreams.
How did VapeXhale master the art of designing vaporizers that have the potential to floor you?
First of all there is the extremely powerful heating element. I understand this is backward chaining, but since the VapeXhale Cloud EVO is the most potent vaporizer on the market, its heating element must be really, really powerful.
Then there is ‘PerpetuHeat System’, which basically is an algorithm which makes sure the temperature of the heating element constantly gets adjusted to your specific drawing patterns.
Why does this matter?
With most vaporizers, the harder you draw, the harder the temperature in your herb chamber will drop. By keeping the temperature in your bowl / herb chamber consistent, your vapor will stay potent and tasty no matter how hard you draw.
What’s more is that the EVO is a direct-draw vaporizer. And the less distance and steps between you and the herb chamber, the more potent your hit will be. Direct-draw simply is king in this regard (better than balloon- or whip-style inhalation).
Lastly, if you get a Hydratube or any other bong or bubbler…
The water filtration will really help you absorb those huge and potent hits in a way that would not be possible without one.
Yes, water filtration also filters out cannabinoids and other cannabis compounds, but if you want to handle those monstrous hits without getting completely wrecked… it is kind of necessary.
Just don't put too much water in there because the more water you put in there the more cannabinoids and other compounds will get filtered.
Ask yourself the following:
Do you want the biggest, densest, most potent and BADDEST clouds of vapor?
Just get the EVO.
Vapor Flavor (9.5)
Such a potent vaporizer, capable of those monstrous hits… surely must compromise on quality of flavor?
The flavor this monster of a vaporizer produces, is of the HIGHEST quality.
You will be hard-pressed to find a better tasting vaporizer, I haven’t found any (except maybe the Firefly 2, but that's a portable vape).
And it will not be just the initial hits that taste amazing, like with many other vaporizers…
The flavor will have an amazing taste all throughout your session. It is just very consistent like that. The ‘PerpetuHeat System’ seems to be a big contributor to this consistency.
The other design decisions VapeXhale made, also seem to have paid off massively in terms of flavor…
…so much that the VapeXhale Cloud EVO is crowned Desktop King of Flavor at Vaponaut.
Except for the small stainless steel mesh in the herb chamber, the EVO has a full borosilicate glass air path. Even its heating element is encapsulated in glass.
And glass simply is THE go-to material from a flavor-perspective. It is the most inert material used in vaporizers, chemically it is completely unreactive (doesn’t react with any substances it comes in contact with).
To keep your flavor cool and smooth, VapeXhale made sure the EVO was designed in such a way that attaching a bong or bubbler would be a breeze.
The EVO is not complete without a bong or bubbler. The two are a match made in heaven.
If you find the VapeXhale Hydratubes too expensive, there are other, often just slightly less quality but cheaper options as well:
Efficiency was one of the pillars on which the EVO’s design was based.
And I can’t but say they did deliver on their promise!
Although not the absolute most efficient desktop vaporizer, it comes very close to the efficiency of log-style vaporizers like the E-Nano.
Of course it is a full convection vaporizer, which is great news for efficiency. But desktop vaporizers are usually full convection-style, so this cannot be the reason why it is more efficient than the average desktop vaporizer.
The bowl of the EVO, the EZ Load Bowl (ELB), is different from any bowl I’ve seen. I can’t help but think its design is the main contributor to the efficiency of the EVO.
Its surface area is quite small but it is a deep bowl. You can pack it with a tiny amount because of its small surface area. But if you feel inclined to get in some massive hits, you can also fully pack the ELB.
Plus it has micro-openings all around. This way the heated air can easily permeate every little part of your ground herb, maximizing extraction.
So what’s the minimum amount of herb you need with the EVO to get medicated properly?
I can get satisfying hits with 0.1 grams in the ELB.
The extraction is also really powerful, you won’t find any green spots on your vaped material and that is without stirring…
All in all, the VapeXhale Cloud EVO is one of the most efficient desktop vaporizers on the market, just not the absolute most efficient.
Ease of Use (10)
Easy and the EVO go hand in hand. Everything about this vaporizer is easy. Using it, cleaning it. Just loving this beast in general is really, really easy.
I would say the only downside is its long heat-up time. Although VapeXhale says it only takes 3 minutes, in my experience it takes at least 5-10 minutes longer before it’s fully heated up.
Other than that you just pack the ELB with your herb, turn your unit on, attach your Hydratube while it’s heating up. And just start drawing when it’s ready.
In group settings it’s alright, but the delicate glass pieces make it kind of dangerous to pass around in a chaotic environment. For group-vaping it’s definitely not as convenient as a balloon-style powerhouse like the Volcano for example.
Other than the fact it is a ‘ripper’ type of vaporizer, meaning you can’t take sips and you really have to take longer draws…
…there really is no specific draw-technique needed and you won’t ever have to worry about combustion because you’re drawing too slowly or something, as long as you keep your temperature dial below the 4 position.
The VapeXhale Cloud EVO is a vaporizer that even a monkey could use, by its core design.
Maintenance / cleaning downtime
Keeping your EVO clean IS important, especially your ELB. Every 5-10 sessions soak your ELB in ISO Alcohol for 20 minutes, then rinse it warm water and make sure you completely dry it again.
With the Hydratube, just clean it whenever it starts to look dirty. For me this ‘dirty’ is between 5-10 sessions.
For the full cleaning tutorial scroll down below.
Temperature Control (7)
Temperature control is one area where the EVO is lacking in. It has a simple analog dial. But not like the Volcano Classic dial, where you know what temperature you’re setting.
With the EVO you don’t really know what temperature you’re vaping at. Just the more to the right you turn the dial, the denser and more potent your vapor will get.
You just have to trust VapeXhale on having the right temperatures on that dial…
I tested all the positions of the dial and not once did the EVO produce bad quality vapor.
Call me a wimp, but I don’t always like super thick and potent vapor. So usually I start with the dial between the 12 and 1 position and when I’m ready for those crazy clouds I dial it up to a position between 2 and 3.
Although the temperature control of the EVO is not very precise, it is very consistent because of the ‘PerpetuHeat System’. This algorithm keeps the temperature in your ELB the same no matter how hard or slow you’re drawing. As explained before, this is great news for the potency and taste of your vapor.
As mentioned in the ease of use paragraph, its heat-up time is on the longer side and takes 10-15 minutes usually.
This doesn’t take anything away from its temperature control accuracy. But it is definitely on the longer side and some of you will find this annoyingly long.
What’s the bottom line?
The temperature control of the EVO is not very precise…
But unless you regularly want to vape at really specific temperatures, you won’t experience this as a downside.
And the temperature IS very consistent. This is evidenced by the fact that the EVO consistently produces vapor of the highest quality, whether it’s in the beginning or at end of your session.
Reputation and Reliability (8)
VapeXhale is a relatively new kid on the block. Their first vaporizer came out in February 2012 and they did have a rocky start but eventually won some prestigious prices with their original Cloud vaporizer.
The defect rate of the EVO vaporizer is nothing out of the ordinary from my research at least. And although I did not ever had to come in contact with their customer support, I mostly read good stories about them.
In other words they have a good reputation and definitely honor their warranty promises.
With regards to reliability, the EVO just hasn’t been out long enough to compare it to an old timer like the Volcano for example…
But still…it has been out since the summer of 2014 and that’s a long enough time to say at least something about its reliability.
For starters, I got my EVO in the beginning of 2015 and it still works the same as the day when I first got it.
But there’s one problem:
As explained in the safety paragraph, there seem to be some issues with keeping your EVO in an inverted position (when you attach it to a bong or bubbler). There’s a chance your EVO will release some plastic / burnt smell.
Reading reviews and forum posts you will find not every EVO has this issue, but mine definitely does so I never keep mine in an inverted position for longer than I’m drawing (and I normally use the regular Hydratube anyway with which you don’t have to keep your EVO in an inverted position).
Aside from this ‘inverted issue’, there really isn’t anything negative to say about the EVO…up until now.
So just keep in mind this is a young vaporizer and still has got a long way to go before it can really be qualified as a reliable vaporizer…
…but so far so good!
The VapeXhale Cloud EVO truly is a beast of a vaporizer. It produces the biggest, baddest and tastiest clouds of vapor that I’ve ever come across my vaping career.
It’s extremely easy to use. It’s suitable for solo use because of its efficiency. Now, it might not be the best party- / group-vaporizer because of its delicate glass parts…
…but if you got careful friends it can definitely be used as a group-vaporizer, since you can take multiple large rips from a single bowl.
Although it doesn’t have any official medical certifications like the Volcano, I consider it as one of the safest vaporizers around because of its glass air path and isolated heating element.
It is a young vaporizer coming from a relatively young company, but they have a good reputation and its reliability seems good so far.
The only real downsides I see are its long heat-up time and its temperature control that is not super-precise.
Where to buy the VapeXhale Cloud EVO:
VapeXhale Tips and Tricks
How to grind your herb:
Use a medium to fine grind. Grind your herb too coarse and the extraction will not be maximized. Grind your herb too fine and it will fall out of your EZ Load Bowl (don’t use a coffee grinder with this one!).
How to pack your bowl:
What I recommend is to at least always cover the bottom surface area of your bowl. With the EVO this 0.1 grams. But if you want the EVO to floor you fill it up till 3/4th of the bowl. If you fill it up further you might restrict the airflow so avoid it. Also pack it loosely don’t try to compress your herb like with the Storz and Bickel vaporizers for example.
How to draw:
Always try to take long draws with the EVO. Since it’s a full convection vaporizer you need to give the hot air time to massage your herb.
There’s a slight difference in how you should draw with dry herb vs. oil concentrates though.
Dry herb: just draw as hard as you feel comfortable drawing.
Oil concentrates: Draw slowly and controlled.
Since the EVO hasn’t got temperature readings, all I can tell you is what works for me with respect to the position of the dial…
Usually I start with the dial between the 12 and 1 position. The clouds this temperature setting produces are potent enough for me 80% of the time. But sometimes I’m just in that ‘time to get wrecked’ mode…
…and that’s when turn the dial it up to a position between 2 and 3.
Just stay under the 4 position and you should be fine.
Even though the VapeXhale Hydratubes really are of a great quality and they often have great deals on them, you still might feel they’re a little too expensive…
Now, before you ditch bubblers altogether…
There are some good and cheap Chinese options.
Wait what…? Did you just say Chinese…?!
Yes, although I would never buy a Chinese vaporizer for safety reasons…
…glass from China should be fine because there isn’t really a lot to botch up with glass in terms of vaporizer safety.
Two (2) good options from DHgate.com are these:
Deep Cleaning Tutorial
The EVO is one of those vaporizers which doesn’t need a deep cleaning… at least not in the 1.5 years that I’ve got it.
The only parts that cleaning are the ELB and the Hydratube or the bubbler you’re using (trust me…you should be using one).
What you’ll need for clean-up:
- Isopropyl Alcohol (ISO Alcohol);
- Salt (kitchen salt will do);
- (Paper) towel.
The cleaning process of the EZ Load bowl And VapeXNail:
- Burn off all resin and built up dirt with your lighter;
- Soak your ELB in ISO Alcohol for 20 minutes;
- Rinse with warm water;
- Let it dry or dry up with a (paper) towel.
The cleaning process of the Hydratube:
- Fill your Hydratube (or any other bubbler) with ISO Alcohol and salt;
- Shake it firmly for 30 seconds while keeping the openings closed with your hands;
- Empty your ISO Alcohol / salt mix in your sink or toilet;
- Rinse your Hydratube with warm water;
- And let it dry or dry it up with a (paper) towel before using it again.