Product Review: The G-Pen Elite Vaporizer (Ground Herb)Darren HarrisJune 13, 2016
Welcome to Leafly’s Product Reviews, where we take a closer look at a cannabis gadget, accessory, or consumable, and give it a test spin. Today we’re trying out the G-Pen Elite Vaporizer by Grenco Science.
The G-Pen Elite Vaporizer at a Glance
Product: Portable vaporizer (ground material)
Manufacturer: Grenco Science
Features: Full LED display, temperature control, battery life indicator, all-ceramic heating chamber
Includes: 1 G-Pen Elite Vaporizer (for ground material), 1 G card, 1 G-Pen tool, 1 USB charging cable, 1 G cleaning brush
The G-Pen Elite Vaporizer for ground material by Grenco Science is a small yet powerful portable vaporizer that provides for a solid and effective vaping experience. Going off first impressions, I was a bit surprised at how small this thing is. The smooth and inlaid buttons on the front and side panel prevented any uncomfortable bulging in my pockets while I was carrying it around town. This is in part to the sleek and ergonomic design of the pen, with a rubber groove wrapping around the body for a natural handle when using it. The discreet construction and easy handling of the G-Pen Elite will make it very easy for you to vape anywhere.
Packing the pen was fairly easy as well, though I do say “fairly” because I had some difficulty in removing the mouthpiece to reach the load chamber each time I wanted to pack it. This difficulty was most likely due to the almost too-smooth construction of the pen itself. I had a hard time keeping a solid grip on the smooth plastic of the upper body of the pen while trying to pull the rubber mouthpiece off, but after some persistence I was able to get the mouthpiece off to access the deep chamber that Grenco Science proclaims to hold up to.75 grams of ground material.
I liked the fact that the chamber was deep for the pen’s overall size, but I also felt that the pen’s small stature made for a pretty narrow opening to load your herb, so be sure to keep the included pen tool handy with you as it is necessary if you want to fully pack the chamber for an optimal experience.
After my initial trouble with loading the pen, I was ready to start vaping. Turning on the pen was a breeze — just five quick clicks on the front panel button and I was greeted with the illuminated “G” symbol. Setting the temperature was just as simple as well, as the clear and easy-to-read digital display shows the current temperature in either Celsius or Fahrenheit, depending on how you roll.
My favorite thing about this pen was how fast it took to heat up to my desired temperature. All I had to do was use the two side buttons below the digital display to set my desired temp (I personally like rocking at around 365 degrees F), hold the front panel button for a second, then release the button and see the numbers on display zoom up to the temperature I had set. The lithium battery in this pen is no joke, as I was at my set temperature and ready to inhale within only 90 seconds. This fast-heating action was by far the most impressive part about using this pen.
And what about the actual vaping experience, you might ask? Well, I honestly have to say that it was a bit underwhelming, although this may be due to the nature of ground herb portable vaporizers in general. One downside to this pen’s small size is that pretty much the whole top half of the pen (mouthpiece included) can get very hot, so you really want to be careful where you put your lips on the mouthpiece. Also, make sure your fingers are resting in the ergonomic rubber grooves of the pen.
While I was able to get a nice taste and feel the effects of the Peppermint Cookies I was vaping, I wasn’t really able to produce a lot of vapor with each exhale. I was definitely using it correctly considering how sufficiently stoned I got, but the low vapor production was a bit disappointing to me. I also used up half the battery life of the pen in just one bowl, but that was also with continuous pulling instead of occasional rips over a long period of time.
At $170, the G-Pen Elite provides a good and quality portable vaping experience without having to shell out the big bucks for the other portable vapes on the market, making it a great option for people looking for something between dirt-cheap and high-end. While I wasn’t blown away by the vaping experience, I still felt all the great effects of my herb, which is really the most important factor here. I was really impressed with the slick, small, yet powerful construction of this pen, making it a reliable option at a reasonable price.
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