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+(review) & Mighty (review) or check out our list of the best dry herb vaporizers of 2023.