The Hydrology 9 is a cool, futuristic looking dry herb vape with a litany of impressive features, the most notable of which is the water-cooling feature that gives it a bong-like experience. It also has an integrated stirring tool and cool LED lights. What it doesn’t have is strong vapor quality. The water does a great job of cooling down the vapor, that vapor is good but it is not as strong as other vapes in this class. If it wasn’t for the price, this would be a great vaporizer for beginners, as it is, tech-loving vapers are the main audience for this one.
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- Good vapor flavor
- Very sleek, futuristic design
- Water cools down the vapor at any temperature setting
- Integrated stirring tool
- LED lights look cool
- Vapor is not that strong
- Filling, cleaning, and assembly process takes a while
- Big and lacking in portability
Hydrology 9 Review
Hydrology 9 Background
Just one look at the Hydrology 9 and you can see that it is one of the more original dry herb vaporizers on the market. It has water filtration, an LED light show, an integrated stirring tool, and other advanced features. They aren’t just for show—well the light show is, of course—because they’re meant to provide a next-level vaping experience to go along with the Hydrology’s next-level looks.
It doesn’t quite reach the next level, but it is certainly on a different level compared to other weed vapes. Is that a level you want to be on? If you like flash and lots of interesting gimmicks, then sure, but if you want a really strong vaping experience that can match the best weed vaporizers, then probably not. You’ll get more details in the rest of my Hydrology 9 review.
In its Kit
- Hydrology 9
- Loading/air intake adjustment tool
- Long + short cleaning brushes
- USB cable + AC adapter
- Two extra screens
How it is Designed
The Hydrology 9 is one seriously unique looking vape, it’s a big cylinder-shaped device that consists of four parts, the base where the battery, herb chamber and heating element are located, the glass chamber that holds the water, the glass mouthpiece, and the metal mouth cap. Magnetic connections mean that it is very easy to assemble, which is good because assembly and disassembly can be a time-consuming process, especially when you include the filling and emptying of the water in the glass chamber.
The Hydrology has some cool built-in features, like the stirring tool built into the base that you can use to swirl around the herb while you vape. You can adjust the air intake to alter the draw resistance, which is a nice feature. Also, there are multicolored LED lights in the chamber that correspond to the five different temperature settings. They create a nice show when they reflect off the water in the chamber.
This vape might be classified as a portable but it’s about as pocket-friendly as a refrigerator. When you consider the lengthy loading and water-filling process, you quickly realize that this isn’t really a vape that you can take with you, even in a backpack. The Hydrology 9 is pretty much the definition of an at-home-vaporizer.
How It Performs
With the long vapor path and the water chamber, you would expect that the Hydrology produces some extremely cool vapor, no matter which of the five temperature settings you choose. And you would be right, this vaporizer is very easy on the lungs. Perhaps a little too easy because the vapor and the flavor are both very light. That is great for beginners or for anyone using the Hydrology for medical purposes, but experienced—or even casual—vapers will enjoy the flavor, but seasoned vapers will be disappointed that the vapor is not as strong as other vapes in this price range. I felt the effects of the vapor, I just didn’t taste it much.
The Hydrology holds a surprisingly small amount of herb considering how large it is, just about half a gram, if you are a regular vaper, then you will be refilling it a lot. As I stated earlier, disassembly and reassembly is easy but time-consuming, and needing to refill it all the time can become a chore.
Battery: The Hydrology has a 2000 mAh rechargeable battery that can last for about ninety minutes, but it takes nearly three hours to get charged.
The Final Word
The Hydrology 9 is an impressive feat of engineering that has a cool look, some cool features and some good vapor, but, unfortunately, that vapor is not as strong as I was expecting. It’s not bad, it’s just really mild, which makes it unsuitable for seasoned vapers, but just right for beginners. However, the price is a little steep for beginners, plus the long assembly process doesn’t make it the most beginner-friendly vape on the market.
The Hydrology is a solid vaporizer, but it doesn’t really compete with other vapes in this price point, which is a shame because it has a lot of cool features. I really wanted to like this vape more than I did, the flavor is good, but the strength just isn’t there. Hopefully they can do better in a later iteration, but right now it can’t match the flavor of other hefty home vapes like the Arizer Solo 2 or Mighty.
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