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boundless CFC 2 review

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 | buy) was priced at only $60. 

The Boundless CFC 2.0 (visit store) 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 (visit store), which can be legally shipped throughout all 50 US States.

Kit and Accessories

boundless CFC 2 kit

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 | buy)  is one of the best manual grinders out there because of its smooth grinding action and premium material. 

Design and Features

boundless CFC 2 mouthpiece

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 | buy) or the Arizer Air 2 (review | buy). 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. 

Mouthpiece

boundless CFC 2 water pipe adapter

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. 

Battery

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 | buy). 

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; 

  1. Remove the mouthpiece to expose the chamber, then fill it with your herb.
  2. Replace the mouthpiece, then press the power button 5x to turn on the device.
  3. Use the temperature control buttons to select the desired temperature.
  4. Once heating is complete, inhale from the mouthpiece.

Performance and Vapor Quality

boundless CFC 2

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. 

Bottomline

boundless CFC 2 herb chamber

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 | buy), and a bit bulkier than the K-Vape Pro (review| buy). 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.