Kit and Accessories
- Cloudious 9 Atomic9 Vaporizer
- USB charging cable
- Wall adapter
Compatibility: The Atomic9 is compatible with dry herb only.
Design and Features
The Atomic9 is the latest budget dry herb vaporizer and it manages to stand out in this increasingly crowded field in a variety of different ways. The main one is that it is far more affordable than most budget vapes and it has an interesting design that is more high-end than you might expect at this price point. The design doesn’t stand out too much but it does have some nice details like a hinged, magnetically connected mouthpiece that is easy to open and close. There is also a loading shovel in the chamber that slides out and makes it easy to scoop up the ground herb. It’s easily operated using a slide on one side of the Atomic9.
On the opposite side, there are the indicators for the six preset temperatures. They display the actual temperature numbers, which makes using the vaporizer very easy. Another cool feature is a pull-out tray in the center of the device that catches any residue and makes cleaning extremely simple. The Atomic9 has an anodized aluminum body so it’s pretty durable, and like many budget vapes it has a single power button so it’s very easy to use. It is a little under four inches tall so it slips in and out of pockets easily.
There’s also some cool tech on the inside of the Atomic9 as well. It has a cooling chamber to help keep the vapor cool even though it has a pretty short airpath. That feature combined with all the others makes the Atomic9 a great weed vaporizer for beginning and casual users.
The weed scoop is the standout feature since that’s a convenient feature you won’t see in more expensive vaporizers that cost four times as much as the Atomic9. Speaking of which, the affordability of this vape is a feature that can’t be ignored either.
How to Use
- Open up the mouthpiece and use the button on the side to extend the loading shovel.
- Use the shovel to scoop up the herb into the chamber and then retract the shovel and close the mouthpiece.
- Press the power button three times to turn on the device.
- Hold down the power button for five seconds and wait until the LED light blinks, and then press the power button to cycle through the temperature presets.
- Once a temperature has been selected, hold down the power button for three seconds to start heating.
- Once heating is complete the LED light will turn green and then you can inhale from the mouthpiece.
Cleaning and Maintenance
The Atomic9 is a little easier to clean than most budget vape because of the detachable cleaning chamber. You can just remove it and empty it after every few uses to keep the vape clean. You also need to clean the oven but you just need a cleaning brush to do that.
Performance and Vapor Quality
The Atomic9 takes between thirty and forty seconds to heat up depending on the temperature setting, with higher temps taking longer to heat up, of course. Thanks to the cooling chamber technology, the body and mouthpiece of the device stay cool the whole time that you use it.
The vapor quality of the Atomic9 is surprisingly good for such an inexpensive vaporizer. It won’t blow you away and it isn’t as good as the more expensive budget vapes like the Fury Edge, Planet of the Vapes One, or X Max Starry, but considering the price, it is better than expected. The vapor quality is the best at the lower presets since they give you the best flavor. You lose some of the flavor at the higher settings, but at least you don’t have to worry about the vapor or the device getting too hot because the cooling tech works as advertised.
The Atomic9 has a 900 mAh battery that is good for about ten sessions. When it’s time for a recharge, that will take about two hours.
Tectonic9 Grinder Review
I should also spare a few thoughts for Cloudious 9’s new grinder, the Tectonic9, because it also adds a few innovations to the relatively staid world of manual grinders. That is because it is only partially a manual grinder, which you will notice once you see the USB port on the device. The grinding action is completely manual and works just like any other manual grinder, where the electricity comes in is the distribution of the weed. You don’t just pour out the weed like you do in regular grinders. Instead, there is a hole on the side of the device used for dispensing the weed. You flip up a spout hidden on the base of the device which covers up the hole and provides a short funnel that makes dispensing the herb even easier.
Pressing a button activates a vibration function that shakes up the grinder so that you don’t have to, which makes pouring out the herb even easier. The button that turns on the vibration function also turns on a light in the grinding chamber so that you can see how much herb is in there. The Tectonic9 works well but it seems like it is an overly complicated way to solve a problem that barely exist. Now you need to worry about charging up what should be a manual device just to make dispensing the weed slightly easier.
Aside from the charging concern, the Tectonic 9 doesn’t have a kief catcher and it is much bigger than other manual grinders, so pocket-friendliness is out of the question. The Tectonic9 is a well-made device, but it is also an unnecessary one, and it costs $60. You can get some of the best manual grinders, like the SLX for about the same price without any of the concerns of the Tectonic9.