The CFV is the newest vaporizer from Boundless Vapes.
Boundless’ previous units the CF and CFX were initially launched and advertised as being convection vaporizer, however it was quickly discovered that the vapes used a combination of conduction and convection.
With that Boundless vapes sought to design a vape that heats your material with 100% convection heating in which they have executed very well.
This vape is fantastic for a solo user or someone who occasionally likes to share their vape with another friend, but would rather not compromise on vapor quality for a device that also uses conduction heating technology.
The CFV is your best option for a battery operated convection heating vaporizer if you don’t have over $300 for something like the Firefly 2.
With all that said however, there is much more to cover with this device. As with all of our reviews we break it all down into the following categories so we can look at each aspect of this vaporizer individually.
- Oven Capacity and Efficiency
- Vapor Quality
- Temperature Control and Unit Operation
- Portability and Build Quality
- Battery Life and Charging
- Pros/Cons Breakdown
With the introductions aside, let’s jump right in and see how well this convection vaporizer fares.
Oven Capacity and Efficiency
In this section we look at how much herb you can load into the oven, and how efficiently it vaporizers your material.
For starters, it’s small bowl size lends itself very well to being a great unit for a solo user. You only have to load what you need, and this means you don’t have to load excessive amounts of your material to get good results.
The bowl holds about .1 of ground herb when fully packed, however you can load less if you desire. However I found you get the best results when you just pack the small oven fully. Comparatively it doesn’t take much to load this vape up fully with herb when compared to other portables on the market. So personally, I think it’s worth it to load the 1/10th of a gram each time so you can get the full experience.
The CFV can reach a maximum temperature of 446F which means you extract all of the active compounds out of your flower at the end of every session. For those who like to get every last bit from their herb you really can’t go wrong with the CFV.
Being able to extract all the active compounds out of a small load of herb allows you to use much less herb and spend less money over the long term since you are only using what you need, and it’s very hard to overindulge by accidently loading to much since the bowl is so small.
When we look at a vaporizers vapor quality we break it down into 3 areas so you can get a good idea of how it will perform before you purchase the device.
We look at the vapor production, flavor, and smoothness. Vapor production is the actual amount of vapor produced or the “clouds” as some people may call it. Flavor and smoothness are both pretty self explanatory.
Before we actually look at the vapor quality, we have to look at the different rings you can use for the bowl.
You are given a quartz ring, and 3 different wood rings. The whole bowl of the CFV just unscrews from the unit
with the help of the little tool they include with the package.
The quartz rings are supposed to introduce a little bit of conduction heating into the mix.
While the wood rings are supposed to have very little heat retention and provide a 100% convection vaping experience.
With that said I didn’t notice much a difference to tell the truth besides the quartz ring having slightly better vapor production. I think the differences between the rings are mostly subjective and the experience is more or less the same regardless of what you choose.
The Boundless CFV has pretty good vapor production for a convection heating vaporizer. However like the Firefly 2 it is worth mentioning that the vapor production won’t blow you away at the lower temperatures. I found once you got over 380F that vapor production actually starts to pick up. The vapor production from the 420-446 range is where you really see this vape putting out some noticeably thick clouds.
Something I have to mention is the fact that you need a decent amount of lung power to get a good hit with this vape. You need to draw slow and consistently for 10-15 seconds to get a good vape hit. Since there’s isn’t any or much conduction heating, you have to do most of the work. The heating element is just producing heat, you need to pull a good amount of air through the device to make it vaporize your herb.
Flavor is great with the CFV. The convection heating preserves much of the flavor and tastes like a pretty accurate representation of the herb you load in it. For the best flavor I like to keep the session below 400F as the herb starts tastes a bit toasty near the end of the temperature spectrum.
This arguably one of the smoothest vaporizers I have ever used, and is one of the only ones where I actually utilize the whole temperature spectrum. Even the high setting of 446F is pretty smooth and not very scratchy on the throat like a conduction heating vaporizer would be at that temperature.
Temperature Control and Unit Operation
In this section, we’re going over how to use the vape and adjust its temperature.
The Boundless CFV has 3 buttons on the face of the device. A large round power button, and then there are 2 smaller rectangular temperature control buttons below the LCD screen on the front.
To power on the unit simply tap the power button 5 times. From there the LCD screen will light up and show you the current oven temperature which is usually room temperature. From there it will start heating up to the temperature you last set it at.
You can use the two temperature control buttons to raise and lower the temperature of the heating element.
This vaporizer has a fully adjustable temperature spectrum up to a maximum temperature of 446F.
I found the vape got to temperature in only 20-30 seconds which is a very fast heat up time in my opinion, but not quite on-demand vapor.
You may notice that the unit will stop heating up, this is an auto-shutoff to save on battery life since people often take a hit and forget about their vape while it sits idle wasting battery life. If you notice this, simply hold the power button for two seconds and the vape will heat right back up.
Portability and Build Quality
Now we’re going to see how easy this vape is bring with you on the go, and how well it’s built for day to day use.
The CFV has a very portable form factor, and I’m happy they were able to cram everything into a device of this size. Comparatively, the CFV is about the same size as the Crafty from Storz and Bickel.
It fits very well in most pockets or bags, and it is also a nice ergonomic shape that fits well in the hand.
The CFV is using a soft touch plastic which is easy to clean, and pretty durable for consistent day to day use. With that said I’m not the biggest fan of this finish, if I had to use plastic on my vape ideally I would something like the Crafty and Mighty use.
Exterior finish aside, the unit is built very well. The vape doesn’t rattle or feel cheap. All of the buttons are very tactile and clicky and not spongy.
The removable mouthpiece is also solid when installed, and the rotatable mouthpiece moves around very smoothly.
Battery Life and Charging
In this section, we’re looking at how long the battery lasts, and how long it takes to fully re-charge.
I wasn’t too blown away by the battery life, and I think this is really the only area I could really see Boundless making significant improvements.
I averages about 6 bowls per charge which isn’t to much when you factor in how small the bowl is. This is why I personally think this vape is the best for either a solo user or someone who occasionally shares the vape with a friend.
You have plenty of juice to vape by yourself, but you’ll find the battery dying pretty fast once you have more than 3 people in a session.
If this device had replaceable batteries this would all be a different story. From what I have heard this is something Boundless has been very open to doing for their future devices.
I found the battery took about 2 hours to fully recharge from a dead battery.
Here’s what’s included in the box
- Extra Screens
- Extra O-rings
- 1 Quartz Heat Retention Ring
- 3 Wood Heat Retention Rings
- Loading Tool
- USB Cable
- Cleaning Brush
- Stir Tool
- Oven Chamber Tool/Key
One thing I would like to mention is that the loading tool makes loading this vaporizer very easy and clean. Simply screw the loading tool onto the bowl and it will act as a funnel so you can load the herb into the oven without spilling it everywhere.
The CFV has a 3 year warranty on the electronics and then a 1 year warranty on the battery.
Personally I would like to see the battery coverage extended as that is the most likely thing to fail on the vape in its lifetime. As it stands I would say warranty is acceptable but could be better.
In this section, we’re going to summarize the good and not so good points of this vaporizer.
- Convection heating technology
- Top tier vapor quality, for mid tier pricing
- Efficient bowl size for solo user
- Fully adjustable temperature spectrum
- Fast heat up time
- Solid build quality
- Portable and pocketable design
- Battery life could use some improvements
- Not an ideal vape for someone with limited lung capacity
- Small bowl size means the vape isn’t the best in a group setting
If convection heating is what you seek, this is no doubt going to be on your wishlist. This device filled a hole that’s remained pretty empty up until now.
If you don’t quite have the money for the Firefly 2 I think this is good option for the more budget oriented consumer who’s still looking for a good convection vaporization experience.
With that said however I think the Firefly 2 offers a more compelling package if you do have the extra cash up front for the device. If you think better vapor quality, on-demand heating, and the ability to vaporize concentrates is worth the extra $100 I would go for it.
With that said however, you aren’t missing out on the whole party if you don’t shell out money for a $300 device. Boundless is offering a very competitive option in a market primarily dominated by conduction and conduction/convection hybrid vapes.
It’s hard to beat this vapes vapor quality at its price point; it’s pretty much unmatched in my opinion.
After having the CFV in my collection I don’t think I would have an easy time parting with it. Convection heating in its small ergonomic form factor make it a very common pick for me when I need to vape outside of my home.
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