With the first rendition of the K-Vape, users weren’t too impressed. The unit was mostly plastic, felt somewhat cheap, and has some issues with cracking mouthpieces. So, the Kandy Pens team went back and designed a completely different vaporizer, offering degree by degree temp control and a completely different design all together, and dubbed it the “K-Vape Micro-DX” portable vaporizer.
This review is going to cover:
- How it Works
- Temp Settings & Vapor Quality
- Build Quality
- Battery Life
- Price & Warranty
How the K-Vape Micro-DX Works
The Micro-DX is fairly easy to use, and it is a lot more user friendly than the first version. You start out by popping off the mouthpiece and packing your herbs into the chamber, which holds 0.2 grams to 0.4 grams.
Then you put the mouth piece back on and click the power button 5 times within three seconds. This will power the unit on and it will begin heating.
We’ll go over the temp settings in the next section, but to adjust them you just hit the + and – buttons on the front of the unit. This unit turns itself off after about 10 minutes, but if you want to turn it off sooner you can do so by clicking the power button 5 times again.
Temp Settings & Vapor Quality
I would say the biggest improvement that KandyPens made over the original K-Vape is that they added degree by degree temp control instead of the preset temperatures that the original had. This gives you total customizibility over your vape experience.
The temperature range is from 350°F-430°F, and from what I’ve ascertained from my testing the temperature display is accurate compared to chamber temperature.
My herbs vaped very evenly in this vape, leading me to believe that it is both convection and conduction instead of totally conduction based. The mouthpiece also didn’t heat up too much, and the unit was comfortable to hold throughout the session.
The vapor quality I get from this thing is better than the K-Vape solely because of the adjustable temperature. This lets me get into the 380°F range that I like to vape in, which was not an option with the original K-Vape. The first session tasted a bit plastic-y, but after that it tastes like it should.
The build quality, while better than the original, could still use some improvements. They designed it to be really light, and to accomplish this they used all plastic for the outside of the body. Due to having very little heft, some users might get the impression that it’s a cheaper device.
I actually had the screen in my mouthpiece, which is not removable, pop out after the first session I had with this vaporizer, and the mouthpiece is very loose on the unit.
That being said, besides the low quality of the mouthpiece, this version of the K-Vape feels much nicer than the original (I really just wish they’d change the mouthpiece).
The battery life on the new version of the K-Vape is (unfortunately) very similar to the original. The screen now displays the battery life, but it drops noticeably each session, resulting in about 3-4 sessions before it will die on you.
This is by no means a terribly battery, but I would like to see a bit of an improvement. The extra battery size would also give it extra heft, making it feel like a more solid device.
Price & Warranty
The Micro-DX will cost you $199.95 and they are also giving a lifetime warranty with your purchase. I know some people have had trouble with Kandypens’ customer service in the past, but they really seem to be getting their stuff together as of late.
Plus, with a lifetime warranty, you don’t have to worry about your vape nearly as much (which is great, because the plastic body and all).
Overall, the K-Vape Micro-DX is a pretty good vape. It’s about the size of the Pax, has degree by degree temperature control, has a great warranty, and it is just really simple to use.
The battery life could be improved upon a bit, and the mouthpiece needs some work, but besides those two things, the Micro-DX is a good vape in my book. It’s light, easy to use, and will give you some decent vapor.