Boundless CFV Update
The Boundless CFV is a little different than it was before, the main difference is that the current version has fewer accessories than before. The older version had various heat retention rings made of wood and quartz, that could be placed in the herb chamber. These rings would absorb heat at different rates and create a heating profile that was either full convection or a conduction/convection hybrid.
It was an interesting idea, but 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. That is why the new version only offers convection heating and is no longer compatible with the heat retention rings.
The updated version also has a new bowl design, which is why it is incompatible with the old heat rings, but otherwise, it is the same great design as the previous version. This review is based on the old version, but I’ll have a completely updated review of the new CFV soon. The updated review shouldn’t be too dissimilar since it’s mainly the accessories that are different. So stay tuned until the new review drops.
Kit and Accessories (New Version)
- Boundless CFV
- Five stainless steel mouthpiece screens
- Five stainless steel chamber screens
- Water pipe adapter
- Packing tool + cleaning brush
- USB charging cable
Compatibility: The Boundless CFV is only compatible with dry herb.
The old version includes a water pipe adapter so you can attach a water bubbler if you want some extra cooling action. It also has extra screens for the mouthpiece and chamber. Aside from the heat retention rings, the new version also lacks the loading funnel that was a part of the old version’s kit. Most likely the new bowl design made that accessory unnecessary.
No matter which version of the CFV you have, it needs a good grinder. The SLX is one of the best manual grinders around and you can get one for yourself from Amazon.
Design and Features
General Design: The CFV has a fairly standard box style design but with some cool features. The main one is the swiveling mouthpiece that folds away when you’re not using it. I’m a big fan of these kinds of mouthpieces because they give you a lengthy mouthpiece that feels good when you vape from it and folds away when you don’t need it. The best of both worlds.
The body of the CFV has ridges that give it a good grip, but its plasticky feel is the main indication that this is a mid-tier vape rather than a premium one. The power and temperature control buttons are responsive, but I think that the latter buttons are situated too low on the device. It feels a little uncomfortable to press them when using the device with one hand.
The digital display screen is nice and clear and shows all the relevant information you need to know. It can also be inverted so that both lefties and righties can easily see what the screen displays.
Portability: The CFV is a little over four inches tall and a little over three inches wide, those proportions are smaller than most smartphones. So if you can fit one of those in your pocket, you can fit the CFV there as well. And like I said earlier, the swiveling mouthpiece helps a lot with portability.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Disassemble the mouthpiece section and soak all the parts in isopropyl alcohol until they are all clean and then rinse them off with warm water. Clean the herb chamber using the included cleaning brush to get rid of any excess residue. Wipe it down with a cotton swab soaked in iso to clean up any remnants.
How to Use
- Remove the top section to expose the herb chamber.
- Place your herb into the chamber and replace the mouthpiece.
- Press the power button five times to turn on the device.
- Select your temperature using the control buttons.
- Once heating is complete, inhale from the mouthpiece.
Temperature Range: 140°F – 446°F
Performance and Vapor Quality
Vaporizer Performance: The CFV takes about thirty seconds to heat up, which is a pretty good time for a dry herb vaporizer.
Vapor Quality: The flavor you get from the CFV is excellent, especially considering that it is a mid-priced vaporizer rather than a high-priced, premium one. Temperatures in the 350°F to 380°F range were the sweet spot for me. Any lower and the flavor is too subtle, any higher and the vapor gets too harsh. You get slightly thicker clouds at the upper temp ranges, but that’s not why you buy this vape. The CFV is all about the flavor.
Battery Performance: This is where the CFV disappoints. The battery only lasts for about half an hour to an hour and takes three to four hours to charge. Those are some underwhelming numbers and it doesn’t have pass-through charging, so you’re left (not) high and dry when the CFV needs a recharge.