The G Pen Pro, G Pen Elite, and X Max Starry are all what would be considered mid-tier dry herb vapes because of their price. That means that they may not have the fancy accessories or long list of features seen in more expensive premium vaporizers, but they still produce great vapor all the same. These types of vapes are great for beginners, but even the more frugal vaping veterans will find a lot to like about them. So, if they’re all great, which one is the greatest? Keep reading to find out.
G Pen Pro
Design: The Pro has a simple, but streamlined design that eschews the boxy design of most weed vapes. The Pro has a more cylindrical design that feels good in the hand. It also has a single power button to control all the functions of the vaporizer and a column of three vertically placed lights to indicate temperature and battery status. Loading the Pro is easy as well since you just need to snap off the mouthpiece to expose the herb chamber.
Features: The Pro doesn’t really have any standout or unique features, it’s a simple, easy to use weed vape, and that is its best quality.
G Pen Elite
Design: The Elite has a sleek, ergonomic design where each contour seems to be perfectly molded to the user’s hand. The power and temperature control buttons are well placed and the LED display is clear and informative. The smooth design means that it is nicely portable as well, which just adds to its convenience. The cherry on top is that it’s really easy to use as well.
Features: The sleek design is the most outstanding feature of the Elite. It’s a fairly basic vaporizer otherwise, but that’s hardly a bad thing, if anything, the combination of style and simplicity is highly appealing.
X Max Starry
Design: The Starry has a more standard box-style design, albeit a longer, more rectangular box. It has precise temperature control so there is a screen that shows the current temperature and the battery level. There are also buttons to control the temperature of course, but they are located a little too low on the device for my liking. One of the best design elements of the Starry is the swiveling mouthpiece because it folds away when not in use. As with the Crafty, the swiveling mouthpiece enhances portability and practicality.
Features: The Starry has the always welcome feature of a removable 18650 battery. This is always a nice feature because, instead of having to wait for the battery to recharge, you can just swap in a new one. It also has haptic feedback, which alerts you with a vibration, so you don’t need to check the screen to know when heating is complete.
Cleaning and Maintenance
G Pen Pro and G Pen Elite: Both these vapes are easy to clean and they are cleaned in the same way. They both have a cleaning brush included in their kit that is used to clean out the herb chamber. Just run the brush around the chamber a few times, and you’re done.
X Max Starry: The Starry is pretty easy to clean as well, the included cleaning brush is used to clean the oven and the mouthpiece. But if you want an even deeper clean, you can wipe down the oven with a pad dipped in isopropyl alcohol and soak the screens and mouthpiece in isopropyl alcohol as well.
No wax compatibility here, all three of these are strictly dry herb vaporizers.
G Pen Pro: The Pro is constructed from aluminum so it feels nice and durable. The aluminum finish is fingerprint-proof as well, so that’s one less bit of cleaning that you need to do. The mouthpiece is made of plastic though and it gets a little warm after a few minutes of use.
G Pen Elite: The Elite is also made from aluminum, but it is covered in rubber, which gives it a firmer, more secure, and more comfortable grip. It has a plastic mouthpiece as well and the same warming problem applies here as well.
X Max Starry: Anodized aluminum is what the Starry is constructed from, which is the kind of material you see in premium vapes like the Pax 3 or DaVinci IQ. The mouthpiece section is made from zirconia, and that is also material that you see in premium vapes because of its heat resistant properties. The Starry is made from some high-quality materials considering its relatively low price.
Oven Material and Size
G Pen Pro: The Pro has a ceramic oven capable of holding 0.25 grams of herb, which is a great amount for solo users. Impressively it uses convection heating, which isn’t usually the case with these mid-tier vaporizers.
G Pen Elite: The Elite also uses convection heating and has a ceramic oven. However, it can hold 0.75 grams of herb, which is three times as much as the Pro. It’s a good amount for more advanced vapers, so beginners should take it easy the first time they use this.
X Max Starry: The Starry holds 0.5 grams of herb, placing it smack in the middle of the two G Pen vaporizers. That is just about the perfect capacity since it’s not too much for beginners and not too small for seasoned vapers. It also has a ceramic oven, but its heating method is conduction.
Longevity and Reliability
G Pen Pro and G Pen Elite: Not surprisingly, these two vaporizers are pretty similar when it comes to reliability. They are both simple two-piece devices so there aren’t a bunch of components or moving parts to worry about. And since they’re both made from aluminum, you don’t need to worry about impact damage.
Warranty – One year
X Max Starry: Since the Starry is made from aluminum and the mouthpiece is made from zirconia, it will likely last for a pretty long time. But in the unlikely event that it doesn’t, that super-long warranty will ensure that you can get a replacement if you need one.
Warranty – Ten years
Battery and Charging
G Pen Pro: The Pro has a battery life of 2200 mAh that is good for about three to four sessions. It takes a while to charge though, you’ll be waiting for about three hours before it’s ready again.
G Pen Elite: The Elite also uses a 2200 mAh battery, but you can squeeze up to six sessions out of it. And like the Pro, the battery takes around three hours to recharge.
X Max Starry: The Starry has a hefty 2500 mAh battery that can give you about eight sessions before it needs a recharge. That recharge only takes about two hours, but since the battery is replaceable, you don’t need to wait.
G Pen Pro: The vapor produced by the Pro tastes good thanks to the convection heating. Unfortunately, the flavor doesn’t last long and begins to fade after a few draws. The best results are on the lower temperature settings, both because the flavor is better there, and also because the mouthpiece doesn’t get as hot.
G Pen Elite: The Elite also uses convection heating, so the flavor is good, but thankfully it lasts longer than it does in the Pro. The same mouthpiece warming issue is present though since the mouthpiece is right above the oven and the vapor path is short.
X Max Starry: The vapor quality of the Starry is impressive, and what’s more, it produces some impressive clouds as well. The Starry is proof positive that conduction vapes can produce some nice vapor.
So, which one should you choose?
These three vaporizers prove that low budget doesn’t have to mean low quality. So which one has the highest quality?
The G Pen Pro is a great choice for beginners because of its low price, ease of use, and good vapor quality. The simplicity is nice, but the lack of precise temperature selection means that it isn’t customizable enough to satisfy intermediate or advanced vapers.
The G Pen Elite has great vapor quality and a cool, ergonomic design. Throw in precise temperature control and you have a surprisingly solid vape for the price. The main downside is that the short vapor path means that the mouthpiece can get pretty warm after a while.
The X Max Starry may not be the most stylish vape here, but it produces excellent vapor, huge clouds, has the biggest battery, and unlike the other two, the vapor stays cool. That is because it has a longer mouthpiece that is made from heat-resistant zirconia, whereas the G Pen mouthpieces are made from heat-absorbing plastic.
The comparison really comes down to the Elite vs the Starry. The Elite certainly wins when it comes to style, but the Starry wins in every other category. That includes price as well, which makes the Starry one of the best deals in vaping.