The Elev8r E-heater full kit by Elev8 is on of our favourite desktop vaporizers, capable of vapourising both dry herb and concentrate but truly excelling at dry herb vaporisation, which is what we use it for. It is a very powerful full convection setup capable of vapourising anywhere between approximately 0.06-1g of dry herb in one chamber, allowing for microdosing or for huge clouds of tasty vapour, whichever takes your fancy. Where it truly excels is with larger amounts of 0.15-0.5g where it produces huge clouds of vapour with minimal stirring required. Being full convection the bowl does need at least one stir unless you are using a small layer of herb spread onto the screen. A coloured pick is provided with the kit for this purpose. Concentrates can be vapourised using the porous black ceramic flavor discs, they provide excellent flavour but thinner vapour than our bucket based setups so we don't use this much, however it is an excellent option to have. All parts are replaceable so if you ever do break something there's no need to replace your whole setup, just the relevant part. This is an amazingly powerful and versatile vaporiser with a simple elegant design which we're very pleased to be able to stock. For the money we haven't tried anything that even comes close.
What am I looking at?
The Elev8r full kit consists of four main parts, a 14mm male Elev8R vehicle water pipe adapter (WPA) vehicle and herb chamber, a Quartz heater, an enail which wraps around the heater and a PID controller which controls the temperature the heater reaches. The WPA vehicle contains a 20.8mm stainless steel mesh screen to keep your herb in place. For the best performance, vapour production and most even cook of the herb we suggest filling the glass heater with either 3mm borosilicate or 3mm ruby balls. These help retain heat, even out airflow and heat distribution and reduce the airflow, all of which improve vapour production and allows for lower temperatures to be set on your PID controller. The 14mm male WPA vehicle can be fitted into any existing 14mm female glass rig with a 90 degree (upright, not angled) joint allowing you to make use of any compatible glassware you might already have. We also have 45 degree drop down adapters allowing you to adapt your 45 degree old style bubbler into a 90 degree angle for use with the Elev8r or banger based setups. As there is a lot of glass/ruby to heat inside the heater we always suggest leaving it to reach and stabilise at the set temperature for at least five minutes before use. Do this and you will have huge thick and tasty clouds being produced within five seconds of starting your inhalation!
There is also available (optional extra, not included) the All Glass Water Pipe Adapter Vehicle (AGWPA) which has a built in glass screen that sits higher up than the regular WPA vehicle, straight sides and improved airflow. Having a slightly reduced capacity of 0.06-0.5g this may be preferred by people who want to load smaller amounts and faster vapour production. Having a higher screen means the herb cooks more quickly at the same temperatures, either allowing for faster vaporisation of for lower temperatures to be set on your controller. The holes on this adapter are not tiny so allow for very good airflow, however small particles of herb sometimes fall through so we tend to use this with a 15.8mm mesh screen to avoid herb ending up inside the water tool.
The airflow on the Elev8r is fairly free flowing and can be adjusted by simply removing balls (when cold) from your heater, then increasing the temperature set on your PID controller to make up for the reduced thermal capacity they provided. We always run the heater filled up to the small glass nub on the outside of the heater.
Filling your heater with balls
When the heater is cold the 3mm balls should be first filled from the bottom (remove screen first), ensuring not to overfill the heater, allowing the 15.8mm mesh screen to be evenly replaced straight back into it's original position. When this is done turn the glass heater upright and finish filling from the top, gently tapping the side as you do this to ensure the balls settle into place filling as much of the space inside the heater as is possible. This mod was first done by VapeCritic and made commercially available by VGoodiEZ - which is where we would suggest any of our American or Canadian readers should to purchase this from. It has since become the standard way of running this kit for many people, including ourselves.
Loading your Elev8r
Loosely load your WPA vehicle with ground herb, this can be done with medium or course ground herb, finely ground herb can be used and will produce faster vapour production but is also more likely to pass through the filter screen and will require more stirring if filled heavily. Never tamp. You can stir the contents of the chamber with the colour pick after loading to ensure it is spread evenly with larger amounts if desired. We tend to load it and let the airflow take care of that initially, then stir after. With low level of herb filling the chamber you may only need to stir once at the end, or not at all with very small amounts. When loading 0.3g+ into the chamber we always stir after every other draw with the marble pick when removing the heater to put it on the stand. We keep a dab tool holder attached to the side of our rig making this a convenient and almost ritualistic process.
Things to note
Always pause your inhale when removing the heater from the WPA vehicle to clear the rig of vapour, if you continue inhaling the suction force will hold the two pieces of glass together and you risk pulling the WPA vehicle out of your rig with the heater. It will obviously be hot and full of herb so is best avoided.
Never turn your glass heater upside down when it contains balls, they will fall out and can cause burns if hot when this happens. This is why we only fill our heater up to the height of the glass nub on the outside, that way they do not fall out accidentally when transferring the heater between the WPA vehicle and the stand.
Ensure you seat the mesh that holds the balls sits straight inside the heater in its original position so it isn't sucked out and doesn't come loose during use. If you adjust it badly the screen will slip down slowly and will be noticeable however this is avoidable with correct installation. Never adjust the screen when the heater and balls are hot, hot balls flying everywhere is not a fun experience. We did however manage to confirm the 3mm ruby balls stay hotter during this accident since they all burned their way into the carpet, but none off the glass ones did (we were testing a mix of the two)!
The provided stand is not very stable, we suggest using either an 18mm female joint stand or attaching the current stand onto an 18mm male joint stand (both on the way).
We are now dispatching the Elev8R E-heater full kit with our Crossing PID controller and modified 150W 16mm E-nail. This PID controller has an adjustable auto-shut off timer and a more powerful enail which heats slightly faster.
The e-nail is heating the glass heater with balls inside to provide air that is hot enough to vapourise the material below when air is drawn through it. The temperature of the air will also depend on how quickly you are inhaling. This all means that the temperature set on the e-nail is significantly higher than the vaping temperature, or the temperature that the herb reaches. As the airflow will be slightly different for each user (different draw strength) and each coil is a little different you may find the temperatures we suggest need to be a little higher or lower, this is considered a vapouriser for vapers who already have an understanding of dry herb vapourisation and are happy to adjust the settings on the PID controller to their liking. There is no read out which displays the temperature of the air at the herb, you simply set it up to your liking and vape away!
For dry herb we run our PID controller between 570-610 F depending on the material and what we're after (huge rips or a slower cook). Your temperatures may be slightly different depending on the exact fit of your coil to heater.
When using the Flavor Disc for concentrates we run this at 600-650, once again depending on the material and what we're after. We have found the flavour disc produces more vapour when you leave the heater on between draws and do not clear the rig of vapour, cooling the disc between inhales. You can still do this if you want smaller clouds of vapour and will preserve the flavour for a little longer.
- 0.06-1g approximate capacity for dry herb
- 0.05-0.15g capacity for concentrates
- You can add a little concentrate to the top of your dry herb when 0.25g+ for an increase in vapour production and effect. With this amount or more inside we have found it is contained by the herb and does not get pulled through the WPA vehicle into the rig.
- 1 x PID controller (one year warranty) - 5 degree F increments
- 1 x 150W E-Nail 16mm Heater Coil - 220V (one year warranty)
- 1 x Elev8R E-Nail Heater - Glass made in US
- 1 x Flavor Disc - Pourous Ceramic - Handle discs with care.
- 1 x Colored Pick
- 1 x 14mm Elev8R WPA Rig Adapter - Glass made in US
- 1 x Pack of 20.8mm Screens
- 1 x 19mm stand
Requires a glass rig/bong/bubbler
Caution hot parts, never touch e-nail or heater while in use and never leave unattended.
Main image shows old Greenlight PID and e-nail.