Boundless is a vaporizer company that produces high-quality, affordable vaporizers for both dry herbs and concentrates. Their products are known for their excellent vapor quality, easy-to-use interfaces, and precise temperature control. Boundless vaporizers are made from durable materials and offer a range of features such as adjustable airflow and interchangeable chambers. With models like the CFX and Tera, Boundless offers a range of vaporizers designed to cater to different vaping needs. The company also offers a three-year warranty and responsive customer support.
Since 2016, US-based brand Boundless Technology has been manufacturing and updating its product line. As opposed to releasing several new devices at every turn, Boundless has a select few that they run with opt to re-release them with better and more apt updates. Their CFC dry herb vaporizer was first released in 2018 and re-released as the CFC 2.0 (review) in 2019 and their popular Terp Pen was upgraded as the Terp Pen XL (review).
This is why it’s pretty exciting to see a new device from Boundless – the Vexil. A palm-sized dry herb vaporizer that features a zirconia cooling system, magnetic mouthpiece, USB-C charging, four preset temperatures, and conduction heating technology.
Compatibility: The Boundless Vexil is compatible with dry herb only. I tested the Vexil with Sour Glue CBD from InHemp and THC herb from my local dispensary.
Kit and Accessories
The Boundless Vexil comes in a small box, with all of its instructions printed out on the tri-fold flap that covers the device. The device kit itself doesn’t come with much, and rightfully so – it’s a compact vaporizer with a compact kit.
Here’s what’s you get:
- Boundless Vexil
- Cleaning brush
- USB-C Charging Cable
- Mouthpiece Screens (x2)
- User Manual
Design and Features
At first glance, you’ll immediately notice the Vexil’s unique design. It actually looks somewhat like a remote for something and less like a vaporizer. While most devices are either pen-shaped and/or are rounded and minimalist – the Vexil is slightly flat, with several raised angles throughout its body. At only 154g, it’s a pretty lightweight device – but feels dense, solid, and balanced to the touch.
The main body casing is made of metal, which is quite new from Boundless since they are quite known for using plastic on their devices. It measures 10.8cm tall and 4.5cm in width – meaning that the Vexil is pretty portable and would definitely be concealable in your palm, and will fit any purse you place it in.
On the front of the device is a display with a flame graphic to indicate heating or temperature, and on the side are three small buttons, the power button, and two arrows for toggling through the 4 pre-set temperatures. The top portion of the device is an angular mouthpiece cover that sits on top of the smaller zirconia mouthpiece. Both of which are connected to the device by strong (and snappy) magnets.
The Boundless Vexil is powered by an internal 1800mAH battery which lasts 6 sessions on average. While that’s relatively average battery life, there isn’t a lot to worry about in case the Vexil does run out of juice. The Vexil charges via USB-C and goes from 0 to fully charged in 45 minutes. USB-C is a lot more stable than the outdated micro-USB and is just as easily available and accessible everywhere.
How to Use
The Vexil may have a somewhat complex look, but using the Vexil, however, is about as straightforward as it gets.
- Remove the magnetic mouthpiece and mouthpiece cover
- Load the herb into the oven
- Snap the mouthpiece back into place
- Click the button five times to turn the device on
- Press the up and down buttons to cycle through the four temperature settings- Green: 360F(182C), Purple: 380F(193C), Blue: 400F(204C), and Red: 420F(215C).
- Wait for the device to reach the temperature. The light will flash as it’s heating and then become solid when it’s ready.
- Draw slowly and enjoy!
To turn the heater off at any time during a session, hold down the power button for 3 seconds and hold it for another 3 seconds to get it going again. Once a session is complete, the device then goes into sleep mode to save power, restart the heater- hold the power button again for 3 seconds. To turn the Vexil off, click the power button 5 times fast.
Boundless Tech calls the Vexil a “Compact Powerhouse” and it’s not hard to see why. It’s just as packed under the hood as it is design-wise. The Vexil has a ceramic chamber that holds .5g of herb and uses convection heating to get the most flavorful vapor possible.
The Vexil is also the first Boundless device to have zirconia pieces – namely the zirconia spiral cooling air path, and the mouthpiece. Zirconia is an advanced, neutral material that cools down vapor and keeps it pure. Within the zirconia air path is a helix insert placed in for good measure – since without it, the Vexil has a pretty short airpath. Meaning the vapor doesn’t have enough time to cool down while traveling from the oven to the mouthpiece. The helix insert extends the airpath internally so that the vapor cools before exiting the mouthpiece.
All things considered, the Boundless Vexil performed well and provided great vapor quality. I’d like to particularly point out the wide oven which allowed for pretty low draw resistance. Most deeper ovens sometimes result in tougher milkshake draws and the Vexil’s oven design eliminates that issue entirely. Drawing from the Vexil is smooth and easy, and the vapor quality it delivers is among the best in its price point.
With that said, the Vexil is intended to be a point & shoot vaporizer and it definitely is. As a long-time-vaper though, I’d have preferred that there was precise temperature control. While the four presets are well-calibrated to get high efficiency, I always prefer granular control over the temperature.
Other than that small detail, I’d definitely say that its construction and design are unique for its class. The Vexil does extremely well for its price – and you can even shave off 15% off your bill with our coupon code TVG15. If you are looking for a second device or are a new vaper looking for your first, I highly recommend the Vexil. If you’re still on the fence, check out our list of the top dry herb vaporizers of this year.
Terp Pen & Terp Pen XL
Concentrates are a material that can be consumed in a myriad of ways and these ways can either be quite complex or quite simple. The Boundless Terp Pen and Terp Pen XL (visit store) focus on the latter.
The Terp Pen XL is an upgraded version of the original Terp pen that was released in 2019. They are both draw-activated Honey Straws that can also be used as an eRig. But the XL comes with a few added features, like a redesigned ceramic coil, larger battery, and variable voltage.
One of the best things about this product is certainly its size and design. While the $90 Puffco Plus (review) and the $100 Dr. Dabber Stella (review) are sleek as well, the Terp Pen and Terp Pen XL certainly beat them in price- at $30 and $60. These prices are definitely pretty good for this device – it was made for quick, easy and very discreet concentrate vaping.
Compatibility: Both the Boundless Terp Pen XL and the Terp Pen are compatible with THC/CBD Wax, Shatter, Honey, and other solid-type concentrates. I used it with CBD dab from Steve’s Goods, which is available to ship anywhere in the US.
Design and Features
Minimalism seems to be a new design trend amongst Vaporizer brands, with most devices today featuring clean lines, sleek shapes, and muted or dark colors. The Boundless Terp Pen and Terp Pen XL are no exemption. The Terp Pen is made with stainless steel and has a matte, almost rubber coating. The slightly larger Terp Pen XL is made with the same material and comes in either a steel finish or in the same matter rubber coating.
Like I mentioned earlier, it’s a pretty straightforward device- so it also only has a few key parts. Less moving pieces mean less wear and tear. And that’s a good thing especially when you wanna bring your pen around. Cleaning the device is also pretty simple since the device is quite modular. Everything is easy to screw back on or attach magnetically. To clean, simply disassemble and wipe them down with isopropyl alcohol (buy on amazon), and let dry before reassembly.
The key components of the Boundless Terp pens are;
- Mouthpiece: Both devices have a tapered medical grade stainless steel mouthpiece, but differ in size – the Terp Pen has a 10mm mouthpiece, while The XL has a 14mm mouthpiece. They also fit securely in the same sized water pipes, like these ones from Higher Standards.
- Coil: The original Terp Pen has an exposed ceramic coil, while the XL has a significantly larger coil- allowing you to consume more of your dab in a single session. The Terp Pen XL has a Dual Ceramic Coil that produces intense and dense clouds. You can either put a dab onto the coil or use it as a honey dabber to directly heat the wax on a dabbing tool or a concentrate jar.
- Concentrate Storage: Both Terp pens have a magnetically screwed quartz storage jar that covers the exposed coils. Being made of quartz means that the jar doesn’t get too hot even if you’re dipping directly into it. It’s also quite convenient to be able to bring around enough material for a session or two to have throughout the day.
- Battery: These devices differ greatly in battery power. The original Terp Pen has a 300mAH battery that lasts for about 10, 10-second puffs on its single heat setting. While the XL has a 700mAh battery, that lasts 40-50 puffs, depending on which of its three temperature settings you use.
The Pens each have a button located above the micro-USB charging port. Tapping the sensor twice shows battery level, indicated by a small LED light. On the Terp Pen XL, you’ll have to tap the touch sensor on the XL to cycle through the 3 heat settings. However, the sensor seems to respond to any sort of pressure, and not just your finger – so check your device at each use to be sure. Both pens have an auto-shutoff feature, turning off the device when it’s idle for 10 seconds.
Performance & Vapor Quality
The Boundless Terp Pen and Boundless Terp Pen XL have almost the same loading and use options. The Terp Pen XL simply had the added step of choosing your desired voltage. One thing I found intriguing with the device is that, because it has an exposed coil- there’s a good number of loading options to pick from. You can either use a dip the device directly in the material or use the dab tool and have either a cold load or a hot load.
Like the traditional dab, a hot load will give you a more potent hit, while a cold load (loading the concentrate and then inhaling) gives you more flavor and less vapor. Since the XL has a bigger coil, it’ll consume a bit more wax- so I recommend using it with the dab tool for more control.
Not all draw-activated devices are created equal, some devices have more drag resistance than others and heat up a little slower. Boundless did a pretty great job here, engineering the Terp Pens to heat almost instantly and very smoothly. Inhaling from it is as natural as breathing. Vapor quality on the original Terp Pen is actually pretty good for its size and price. While it does have a single heat setting – it heats your material very efficiently. The vapor is smooth, flavorful, and not too light.
The Terp Pen XL builds on this efficiency and heats up to its three settings just as well. If you’re after more flavor, I’d highly recommend a cold load the lowest setting. While if you’re looking for denser vapor, a hot load on the highest setting is the way to go. Although if you’re not too used to it, it might irritate your throat.
When using the device as an eRig, simply flip the pen over and insert the mouthpiece on the downstem of your water pipe. and load directly onto the coils. The mouthpiece on the Terp Pen fits 10mm rigs, while the Terp Pen XL fits 10-14mm rigs. Adding water filtration to the experience is pretty great since water cools and rids the vapor of any irritants or impurities.
Both devices, especially at their very affordable price points, make them a very worthwhile purchase. Especially if you’re looking for a device to start vaping concentrates with. The vapor is clean, controlled, and smooth, and while it’s not as powerful as some of these premium vape pens.
The Terp Pen may not have the longest battery life, but it makes up for that by charging quickly. If you want something that lasts longer, the Terp Pen XL isn’t that much bigger, but it is $20 more. Both are really versatile and straightforward vaporizers that work great for both outdoor and indoor vaping.
A pen that also functions as an eRig is quite a hard find in the below $100 range. If you’re in the market for something less basic and are looking to upgrade, check out the KandyPens Crystal (Review).
Boundless is a brand that differentiates itself through its product development strategy. Rather than a multitude of products- they have decided to specialize and constantly improve the products in their line-up by re-releasing them with better and more apt updates. Their popular Terp Pen was upgraded and re-released as the Terp Pen XL (review) and the CFC dry herb vaporizer was initially released in 2018 and re-released as the CFC 2.0 (review) a year later.
It is this virtue of constant improvement that drives the new Boundless CFV (visit store), re-released with appropriate tweaks and adjustments. The Boundless CFV’s improvements do more with less – the older version had various heat retention rings made of wood and quartz, that could be placed in the herb chamber. The updated version also has a new bowl design, which is why it is incompatible with the old heat rings. This new device puts convection heating front and center.
Compatibility: The Boundless CFV is compatible with dry Cannabis herb, I tested this product with CBD herb from InHemp, which can be legally shipped throughout all 50 US States.
Kit and Accessories
The previous version of this device came with the aforementioned rings and a box that was fairly large. The updated CFV comes in a sleeker package that’s filled with almost everything you need to start dry herb vaping.
In the box you get;
- Boundless CFV
- Five stainless steel mouthpiece screens & chamber screens
- Water pipe adapter
- Packing tool + cleaning brush
- USB charging cable
If you want to use any dry herb vaporizer at their best, then I’d recommend a good herb grinder. That’s because well-ground herb heats evenly and produces a better vaping experience. The SLX (review) is one of the best manual grinders out there because of its smooth grinding action and premium material.
Design and Features
While the product might be a re-release, the brand kept the original sleek body and swivel mouthpiece design. All that is new with the Boundless CFV is on the inside. Just like the Boundless CFC 2.0, the CFV is mostly made of plastic. but it’s respectably durable. But even then, knowing that it’s made of plastic really indicates that it’s a mid-tier vape rather than a premium one. It has a matte finish that makes it smoother to hold, and a ridged side for a more secure grip.
The former CFV came with additional wood and quartz rings – would absorb heat at different rates and create a heating profile that was either full convection or a conduction/convection hybrid. While it was a very interesting and very forward idea it proved to be rather fiddly because you have so many different accessories to take care of. Most people just stuck with one ring instead of constantly interchanging them, and that ring is usually the one that gives a full convection experience.
On the side of the device is the OLED screen that displays your desired operating temperature and battery level. OLED screens are usually pretty bright, but here it’s bright enough to still be discreet. The display can also be inverted so it’s ergonomic for both lefties and righties.
Below this display are the contrasting, shiny buttons. While some device buttons tend to rattle, the buttons on the CFV are firm, tactile, and have a good clicky sound when pressed. The downside, however, is that the buttons are situated too low on the device- so you’ll have to position your hands in a slightly awkward position when adjusting the temperature.
The battery on the CFV is at 2500 mAH, which lasts about 60-90 minutes or about 5-6 sessions on a full charge. This battery measures only a little less than the Crafty + but is more than other dry herb vaporizers like the Utillian 620 (review), which is at around the same price.
60-90 minutes definitely isn’t much- but it makes sense when you consider that convection heating and the CFV’s session settings mean that the heat runs constantly when on. This is the price that convection vaporizers pay for better flavor.
The device takes roughly 2 – 3 hours to completely charge.
Water Pipe Adapter
The ability to use the device with a water pipe is quite unique for a dry herb vaporizer, and Boundless has included this accessory for both their dry herb vaporizers- the CFC 2.0 and CFV. The included water pipe adapter fits male (14mm and 18mm) downstems. I used my CFV with a rig from Higher Standards.
How to Use
To load your unit, rotate the mouthpiece 90 degrees to remove it from the unit and expose the heating chamber. The chamber fits roughly 0.1g of well-ground, dry herb. Loosely place your herb in the chamber, and replace the mouthpiece to seal.
The interface is simple enough to use. Five clicks to turn on/off. Up down buttons to set the temperature and you may opt to press both buttons to switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit. After you set to your desired temperature, the device will heat up in 30 seconds. Draw and enjoy!
Performance and Vapor Quality
Like I said earlier, this CFV update places convection heating front and center- no more of the attempted heating hybrids like in the previous device. If you’re curious about the difference between convection and conduction, here is a breakdown. Convection is when heated air is drawn up into the chamber, thus heating the herb. Conduction is when heat is applied directly to the chamber.
The vapor quality on the device is a bit mixed- on one end outstanding flavor you can really taste all the subtle flavor notes of your cannabis and because there’s no burning or combustion. There’s even the added option of using your cashed herb to make edibles. But on the other hand, don’t expect big and billowing vapor here. specially with anything below 390F or 200C. If you’re after massive clouds and want to get any type of decent cloud production you have to bump the unit up to its max.
Convection heating allows the herb to be heated through hot air versus direct contact. This process creates a smooth and flavorful hit that isn’t always possible on conduction heating devices. Convection allows for even heating, little to no combustion, and even the ability to create edibles from the decarbed plant matter that’s leftover.
Overall, I appreciate a brand that consistently improves on its products rather than releasing so many in a single space. The Boundless CFV is straightforward, well priced, and makes for a pretty good first convection vaporizer.
While it might not make the largest amount of vapor- it is made for the flavor fiends. At $149, it falls under the mid-tier range overall but can be considered affordable for a convection vaporizer with a quick heat-up time, variable voltage, and the unique addition of a water pipe adapter.
Boundless products are known for their minimalist designs and affordable price range. If you’re looking for something higher-end, I’d recommend the Crafty+ & Mighty (review) or check out our list of the best dry herb vaporizers.
In the vaporizer market, I find that brands tend to go either one of two ways- they either have a huge line up of products or they have a select few that they run with opt to re-release them with better and more apt updates. Boundless Technology is a brand that’s based their strategy on the latter. Their CFC dry herb vaporizer was first released in 2018 and re-released as the CFC 2.0 (review) in 2019 and their popular Terp Pen was upgraded as the Terp Pen XL (review).
The Boundless Tera V3 is the third version of their premium full convection vaporizer for dry herb. The device also comes equipped with a “concentrate mode” setting, precise temperature controls, an LED screen, 2 removable 18650 batteries, and has a fully metal body that’s encased in plastic for better insulation.
The Boundless Tera is available at 15% off with the code TVG15 that can be used directly on the Boundless Technology store.
Compatibility: The Boundless Tera is compatible with dry Cannabis herb and THC/CBD Wax, Shatter, Honey, and other solid-type concentrates. I used my device with CBD dab from Steve’s Goods and CBD herb from InHemp.
Design and Features
Similar to the rest of Boundless’ products, the Tera feels sturdy and substantial in your hand. and it also features the same ridged rubber coating that’s present on the CFV and the CFC. This coating greatly improves your grip and also aids in keeping the device cool to the touch. As a premium product however, this is one of the brand’s few devices that has a metal body- since several on their line-up are wholly made of hard plastic.
As a simple vaporizer, it certainly looks and is sized for the part. The Tera’s design is far from loud – it’s sleek, clean, and portable enough to fit in a purse or bag. The pre-installed swivel mouthpiece tucks away nicely and sits right on top of the device- ready for use anytime. At its $200 price point, I’d say that it comes with a kit that’s more substantial than most devices in the same range. The kit comes with several replacement mouthpiece screens, 5 stainless steel chamber screens, a stainless steel mesh pad, a packing tool, 2 2500mAh 18650 batteries, a glass mouthpiece, water pipe adapter, cleaning brush, and a micro-USB charger.
With two 2500mAh 18650 batteries, the battery life on the Tera might seem like a lot, but it’s actually quite average.
The two batteries run in parallel, meaning both positive contacts are at the top- this is the opposite of the usual way batteries in some devices, which is usually a series with one (+) terminal and the other a (-). Batteries that run in parallel are more output oriented and deliver more power at a faster rate. Which is probably why, despite having 5000mAh at its disposal, the battery life of the Tera isn’t as much as expected.
It lasts about 12-15 sessions on a single charge and while that’s even double when compared to Boundless’ other convection vaporiser- the CFV (review), I was hoping for much more.
The Boundless Tera comes with multiple mouthpieces in its kit- a glass mouthpiece, a water adapter, and standard swivel mouthpiece. The two latter mouthpieces are both made of plastic and the swivel mouthpiece, despite its longer airpath tends to get quite hot to the lip after some time.
Amongst the two portable mouthpiece options, the glass mouthpiece seems to come out on top. The vapor was more dense and flavorful- definitely lending itself well to the resulting vapor that comes from convection heating.
Boundless definitely seems to love water filtration, after all using any vaporizer with water does result in cleaner and cooler vapor. The Tera’s kit comes with a water pipe adapter that fits male (14mm and 18mm) downstems. I used my Tera with a rig from Higher Standards.
The Tera boasts true convection heating- efficiently heating your herb and producing more flavor-oriented vapor. Another added benefit of convection heating is being able to take draws on demand- what this means is that herb is heated as you draw and minimal herb is wasted in-between. With the usual conduction heating method, the material is constantly in contact with full heat, resulting in wastage.
The device heats up fairly quickly, hitting your desired temperature in roughly 30-35 seconds. The heating happens in a ceramic heating element that doesn’t come into contact with the chamber or bowl, but the heat is channeled into the aluminium chamber during a draw. The aluminum also retains some of this heat which then eliminates some of the temperature fluctuations that can occur when hitting dry herb vaporizers. This leads to greater temperature consistency and more efficient sessions.
There are two key operating modes on the Tera, one being dry herb mode and the other is the pre-set concentrate mode. While the both obviously maximize convection heating- there’s a small difference between the two.
In dry-herb mode, the temperature is fully controllable and adjustable to the degree, operating temperatures can be set anywhere from 140-428 F. I find that the resulting vapor on the higher temperature scales was quite harsh and lacked flavor, but at the mid 200’s the flavor was definitely front and center, but the tradeoff was having to open the chamber and stir between hits.
In concentrate mode, it climbs to the highest temperature, 500 F. The Tera is one of the few full-convection portable vaporizers that feature concentrate capabilities. The wax is brought to temperature over a longer period of time. It takes about 5 minutes for a rice grain sized dab to be fully consumed, which is a relatively long time. While the vapor isn’t as dense especially when compared to the results from a wax pen like the Terp Pen XL- it is much less irritating on the lungs and sinuses.
The Boundless Tera V3 is a sturdy, reliable device that works with both dry herb and concentrates. For any user looking for an all-in-one device, the Tera is definitely worth checking out. But it’s important to note that the concentrate function seems more like an afterthought rather than a main feature. Because of its sizable kit, multiple mouthpieces, and sturdy construction- the Tera V3 stands its ground against the many mid-tier vapes with the same price. If you’re looking for a device that’s higher end, definitely check out the Crafty+ & Mighty (review) or check out our list of the best dry herb vaporizers.
Boundless CFC 2.0
Boundless is a seven-year-old brand, that aims to deliver an efficient and straightforward vaping experience, and looking at their latest releases, they seem to be making great headway in the under $100 category. Their re-release of their popular Terp Pen, the Terp Pen XL (review) was priced at only $60.
The Boundless CFC 2.0 is a wallet-friendly dry herb vaporizer that doesn’t come with a learning curve. It features an OLED screen, precise adjustable temperatures, a 18650 mAH battery, and a water pipe adapter. All these features at a $90 price tag are quite surprising.
Compatibility: The Boundless CFC 2.0 is compatible with dry Cannabis herb, I tested this product with CBD herb from InHemp, which can be legally shipped throughout all 50 US States.
Kit and Accessories
Most of the inclusions in the Boundless CFC 2.0 kit are pretty much what you would get along with most of your standard dry herb vaporizers. In the box, you get your CFC 2.0 device, cleaning brush, packing tool, 2 mouthpiece screens, 3 oven screens, and a micro USB charger. The only unique inclusion to this kit is the water pipe adapter.
Basically, you get everything you need to start dry herb vaping- except the grinder. If you want to use any dry herb vaporizer at their best, then I’d recommend a good herb grinder. That’s because well-ground herb heats evenly and produces a better vaping experience. The SLX (review) is one of the best manual grinders out there because of its smooth grinding action and premium material.
Design and Features
At 5.2 x 1.1 inches and weighing only a pound, the device fits in any pocket and purse with ease. Its unique cone shape also sets it apart from other dry herb vaporizers on the market, which usually have more angular and sleek shapes. This new cylindrical shape makes it a little more convenient than the original CFC and actually makes it much better for quick and discreet vaping.
Another way it differs from other vapes on the market is that; this is probably one of the few dry herb vaporizers that’s made of plastic- as opposed to the stainless steel bodies of devices like the Linx Eden (review) or the Arizer Air 2 (review). Plastic is obviously more fragile than steel and the addition of a rubber exterior grip seems to be a precautionary design choice. This knurled grip helps secure the device so it stays on your hand and never meets the ground.
If we’re looking at the Boundless brand as a whole, it’s easy to spot why they’re hailed for their product design. A well-designed product is one that presents its functions without forcing the user to look at a manual – and the CFC 2.0 just does that. The buttons are well-placed, easy to access, and are raised a bit more than we’d usually see on other vaporizers. These buttons are also more tactile, lessening the likelihood of pressing them accidentally. The built-in OLED screen clearly displays your desired temperature, battery level and shows an animated indicator for when the device is heating up or already ready to use.
The cone mouthpiece is made from what Boundless calls “sturdy construction materials”. The previous CFC’s mouthpiece had some cracking and heat issues which have been done away with on the 2.0 by improving the over-all airflow in the device and adding a heat-resistant coating.
The Boundless CFC 2.0 is powered by an internal 1200 mAH battery and lasts for 45 minutes of continuous usage at 390°F and 400°F, or about 7 full sessions on a single charge at the same heat range. Obviously, if you’re heating your material at lower temperatures, the battery is bound to last much longer. In the
The charging time is a bit long at 3 hours, but if you’re in a rush, the device features pass-through charging- meaning you can still use the device while it’s plugged in. The charging port is located at the bottom, so the wire won’t get in your way if you’re doing just that. The long wait time might sound a little off-putting for some, but considering how long the device lasts on a full charge, it’s not too big of a trade-off. If you’re looking for a device with a really long-lasting battery, I’d recommend checking out the Arizer Solo 2 (review).
Water Pipe Adapter
The ability to use the device with a water pipe is quite unique for an under $100 vaporizer. The included water pipe adapter fits male (14mm and 18mm) downstems. I used my CFC 2.0 with a rig from Higher Standards.
How to Use
Using the Boundless CFC 2.0 is as straightforward as using any other dry herb vaporizer, but if you’re new to dry herb vaping- our in-depth use guide is sure to help you.
To use the CFC 2.0;
- Remove the mouthpiece to expose the chamber, then fill it with your herb.
- Replace the mouthpiece, then press the power button 5x to turn on the device.
- Use the temperature control buttons to select the desired temperature.
- Once heating is complete, inhale from the mouthpiece.
Performance and Vapor Quality
Most vapes function on the same basic principles, and the differences between a product that’s on the higher-end vs a product that’s on the lower end are very clear. As an under $100 device, the CFC 2.0 supplements its price tag by adding some surprising features to beef up its performance.
The CFC 2.0 has a conduction heating chamber that holds 0.5g of herb, while this oven size is quite large- I don’t recommend filling the chamber all the way. This way of heating means that the heating element comes into direct contact with the herb – and that you might have to stir the herb around after a few draws to get the most out of it. Leaving a bit of room in the chamber means you’ll have a bit of space to stir and not have any fallout from a packed oven.
Variable voltage is a premium feature that’s added to this budget vape. While being able to use it at lower temperatures is great for microdosing – don’t expect to get thick vapor when heating below 375°F. At these temperatures, the vapor is thin, wispy, and only slightly flavored. Despite being made of mostly plastic, the isolated airpath produces some pretty sizable draws at higher heat settings.
The device heats to the highest temperature in about 40-45 seconds, and obviously much less if you’re heating to a lower temperature. Because it is mostly plastic, the device and the resulting vapor get quite hot after successive sessions- and this is where the added water adapter comes in handy. Since water filtration cools and rids your vapor of impurities.
There isn’t too much that’s usually expected of vaporizers that come at this price, and the CFC 2.0 defies those odds in some pretty interesting ways. The CFC 2.0 stays in its lane as a straightforward, no-fuss, affordable dry herb vape but stands out in the market by adding premium features like variable voltage, an OLED display, and a long battery life.
It’s also a lot more compact than other under $100 dry herb vaporizers like the Starry V3 (review), and a bit bulkier than the K-Vape Pro (review). I’d recommend it as a vaporizer to start with or even just keep and carry around. Being made of plastic doesn’t make it the most durable so you might have to be a bit more cautious – but its material doesn’t hinder its performance at all. The Boundless CFC 2.0 produces decent and flavorful vapor at the right temperatures.
The CFX+ is a portable dry herb vaporizer that was released by boundless (homepage) a couple of months ago, and I’ve got to use it quite a bit. In this review, I’ll tell you what’s good about it, what could have been better, and if should you invest $200 in this device vs comparable options.
Let’s start with the facts-
- As I mentioned earlier, the CFX+ is a dry herb vaporizer which means that it is compatible with dry, raw, ground weed.
- Similarly to its predecessor, the CFX+ has a boxy shape with grooves that stretch along the body. These grooves help cool down the device and make it more comfortable to hold by separating your fingers from the hot body.
- It has a magnetic mouthpiece which we’ll get to in a second
- Under the mouthpiece sits the Ceramic oven, which fits around a quarter to a third of a gram.
- It has a USB-C port at the side and an air intake hole at the bottom.
- On the other side, there are +/- buttons and a full-color LCD screen right on the front of the device.
- The mouthpiece has a built-in oven tool and Zirconia air path, which is supposed to cool the vapor as it travels through it with every inhale.
To use the CFX+:
- Remove the magnetic mouthpiece.
- Next, pack a full but not tight oven. You want air to be able to move through the herb, so don’t pack it too tightly. You can use the oven tool to lightly push the herb down. The vape has a raised edge and a funnel-shaped top, so the herb easily slides into the oven.
- Now let’s close the mouthpiece and hold the two buttons to turn the vape on and start heating up.
- After a quick logo display, the vape will start heating up to the desired temperature, with a maximum of 430F.
- I’ll set mine up on 390F, which is a good place to start for most people.
- Then I’ll wait until the temperature has reached and inhale through the mouthpiece.
Vapor quality & performance
The vapor quality of the CFX+ was excellent. Super smooth and flavorful. It took a couple of hits to get fully warmed up, and once it got going, I was usually able to get 5-6 super-flavorful draws that are dense and full of terpenes. As with all dry herb vapes, sessions start the most flavorful and slowly become harsh and thin.
As far as the extraction, we can tell by this closeup that the herb is fully cashed. It is brown and crunchy, which is exactly what we want to see.
What could have been better:
- The LCD screen is a fingerprint magnet. It is pretty easy to clean, so that isn’t the biggest deal, just something to be aware of.
- Also, the interface of the CFX+ is a little clunky. To see the menu, you need to click both buttons together, then navigate through the menu, and press both buttons again together as you want to change device options. The settings screen allows to set the session duration, toggle between F/C, and set the brightness of the screen.
- Another interface issue- it doesn’t time out when on stand-by mode. So if you leave it on this screen, it will just drain itself all the way to 0% battery.
- Lastly, and tell me in the comments below if you agree with me here- the vape has hepatic feedback, which is usually a helpful feature. But in this case, the vape Vibrates when turned on and off, but not when the temp has reached. Like most vapes with this feature do. I find this to be pointless and even a little silly. I want my haptic feedback when the temp has reached, not when I turn the device on.
All said and done. The CFX+ is a simple vape that delivers when it comes to flavor and performance. It has a familiar boxy shape that is portable and stealthy, and the device feels solid and balanced while holding.
It is currently priced at $200, which makes it hard to recommend over the Air 2 Max, which retails for the same price or even the Crafty, which is slightly more expensive but substantially stronger and more robust.
While the vapor quality is very good, the half-done interface takes some getting used to.
I predict that the price will be adjusted in a couple of months once the initial hype is over, and that will probably make the CFX+ a more attractive deal.
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