Background

DynaVap 2020 'M' Analog Vape

DynaVap is one of the companies that manufactures analog vaporizers. Analog vaporizers don’t use batteries or electricity to heat the herbs. Instead, you need to use a blow torch or butane lighter to heat it up. The first DynaVap ‘M’ model was released in 2016, and every year they are releasing a new and upgraded version of it. Earlier this 2020, they released the latest version of the DynaVap ‘M’ which retails for $75 on Vape-Smart (visit store).

DynaVap 2020 ‘M’ features a cap that fits perfectly with the tip and you can easily remove it when loading the herbs. It has an adjustable bowl that you can use to reduce the heating oven capacity. Finally, it features 2 air-ports which help control the airflow. This is an appealing vaporizer for anyone making the transition from smoking joints to vaping who wants a similar experience without the combustion.

Design & Features

DynaVap 2020 'M' Manual Vape

The DynaVap 2020 ‘M’ is made out of stainless steel that’s about 4″ tall and slim as a regular cigarette. It is designed with funky details that look good, and it feels comfortable to hold. I was able to freely rotate the device while maintaining a firm grip when heating it up.

It requires a torch to heat up and sounds a ‘click’ to indicate that vaping temperature has reached. There is a soft click, followed by a louder one that lets you know when to stop heating and start vaping. As you’re vaping, another click sounds as the ‘M’ cools down, letting you know that it’s time to start heating up again. 

It’s important to respect the clicks, especially when heating, if you go too long you might end up burning the herb, which defeats the purpose of getting a vaporizer in the first place. If you resume heating before you hear the cooldown click then, that’s right, you end up burning the herb. So just remember, “no heating while vaping”, and you’ll have a good time.

Cap

DynaVap 2020 'M' Captive Cap

The Cap that covers the tip might look like the one from the previous model but if you’ll look closely, there are two small indentations on either side of the cap. It holds the cap in place so you don’t have to worry about it coming off while vaping. The cap also has louder ‘clicks’ and improves the airflow- this is a simple yet effective innovation from the DynaVap 2020 ‘M’.

Bowl

DynaVap 2020 'M' Adjust-A-Bowl

As you can see, the exterior of the bowl has flat geometric patterns and the tip has sharp edges that also helped with the airflow. The sharpness of the tip can potentially scratch your grinder if you’ll scoop your herbs right into the bowl. But with this design, you can easily load your herbs by sticking it onto your finely ground herbs, then giving it a twist and turn, and you’re good to go.

The major innovation of the bowl is that you can now adjust the bowl’s capacity from 0.1g to 0.5g. This is a nice feature especially if you want to reduce your herb consumption while getting a pretty decent vapor. I personally like this since I can ‘micro-dose’ when I just want a couple of hits.

Chiral Air-port

DynaVap 2020 'M' Air-ports

DynaVap 2020 ‘M’ has 2 air-ports instead of one which I’ve seen on the previous model. This feature allows users to control the airflow by either covering one air-port or both air-ports for high draw resistance. This is a great feature since the air will be more ‘disturbed’ when I inhale from the mouthpiece which results in evenly vaped herbs.

Mouthpiece

DynaVap 2020 ‘M’ features a tapered mouthpiece which almost looks similar to the 2019 model. The difference is—thanks to the minimal adjustment—it now fits any 10mm water bong for a more intense and lung-filling experience.

Another thing is that if you pop-out the condenser to clean the device, you’ll see a cut inside the mouthpiece which makes it easier to put the condenser back into place. This also prevents the o-ring from getting too deep into the mouthpiece which is the case on the previous models.

How To Use

DynaVap 2020 'M' Heating Chamber

Since it’s a manual vaporizer, you just need a butane lighter and you can start your session. To use this, you need to:

  1. Remove the Cap.
  2. (Optional) Twist the bowl to change the bowl’s capacity.
  3. Replace the cap.
  4. Start heating the cap with the lighter.
  5. When you hear a second click, inhale from the mouthpiece.
  6. (Optional) Cover either side of the airport or cover it both to control the airflow while inhaling.

Note: You can continue heating for a second or two after the 2nd click for a more intense hit.

Cleaning and Maintenance: The DynaVap ‘M’ 2020 is easy to clean. You can disassemble the device into five metal pieces and five silicone O-rings. The metal pieces can be soaked into isopropyl alcohol, and the O-rings can be cleaned with soap and water.

Performance & Vapor Quality

DynaVap 2020 'M' Adjustable Bowl

The DynaVap 2020 ‘M’ heats up to 15 seconds and delivers great flavor quality and intense hits. The clicks helped me know when to take a puff, and I can even continue to heat it up for a second or two for a more satisfying hit. If I want vapor with more flavor and less cloud, I’ll just need to start inhaling right after the second click.

Even if this type of herbal vape is different from the standard vaporizers, it somehow gave me control without the precise temperature adjustments of electric vapes. You can manage the temperature by heating the end of the heat cap for lower temperatures and moving closer to higher ones.

There is a slight learning curve involved but once you get used to it, you have a good amount of control over each session. Note that you need to use a butane lighter, a regular cigarette lighter won’t work. There’s not much else to say here, except that you shouldn’t touch the tip of the Dynavap 2020 ‘M’ while it’s hot, but I didn’t have to mention that, right?

Bottom Line

DynaVap 2020 'M' Manual Vaporizer

Overall, The DynaVap 2020 ‘M’ is a huge upgrade over its predecessor. The design is simple and functional while producing a decent quality vapor that beginners will like. Yes, most people will love it as far for its flavor and size but I personally don’t recommend it because it’s not 100% vaping. Instead of just pushing the power button to start vaping, I need to carry a butane lighter or buy the induction heater (for $130!!!) to heat it up.

The fact that the induction heater costs more than the unit itself is crazy. With the unit itself plus the induction heater, you’ll just need to add a bit more to buy the best dry herb vapes of 2020 which are the Crafty+ | Mighty (Review | Buy) that will let you experience the ‘true’ vaping experience. If you’re looking for a dry herb vape that’s beginner-friendly and won’t cost you a lot, I recommend the K-Vape Pro (Review | Buy) or the Utillian 620 (Review | Buy).