Kit & Accessories
- Ghost MV1
- One crucible, i.e where you place your wax or herb
- One concentrate pad for using wax concentrates
- Three picks
- Three alcohol wipes + three cleaning tips
- USB charge cable
- User manual
Compatibility: The Ghost MV1 is compatible with both dry herbs and waxy concentrates.
Additional Official Accessories
The MV1 has an impressive range of accessories that—while not absolutely necessary—make the MV1 much more convenient. They even offer a bundle that includes their best accessories for $100 more than the base MV1.
Fast Charger: As the name says, this accessory greatly decreases the charge time of the MV1 to about two hours. Without it, the charging process normally takes up to eight hours.
Spare Battery Pack: If you don’t want to worry about charging at all, then just pop in the spare battery while the other one charges.
Crucible Dispenser: The loading process of the MV1 is drastically reduced with this dispenser because it can hold five pre-loaded crucibles that speed up the loading process. You will need to purchase additional crucibles for the dispenser of course. They aren’t too expensive, but it would have been nice if they included more than one in the kit.
Design & Features
The Ghost MV1 is easily one of the more distinctive looking vaporizers out there, people have described it as looking like anything from a spaceship to some sort of art installation. Whatever you think it looks like, it certainly stands out, but there’s more to its design than just an attention-grabbing look. For one thing, it’s very ergonomic because that weird shape fits perfectly in your hand. There is also a nice heft to it as well, it feels nice and solid, not too heavy and not too light. So there is some function behind the form.
It has a glass mouthpiece that keeps the vapor cool and pure, plus it retracts when not in use. The somewhat top heavy design means that it easily tips forward, so be careful where you store it. The extra weight comes from the fact that the mouthpiece sits in the heatsink. This is an interesting design because the heatsink absorbs the excess heat produced by the oven. This keeps the MV1 cool while it’s in use and, since the mouthpiece is in the heatsink, it helps to keep the vapor cool too.
The loading process takes longer than it does with other vapes because, instead of putting your herb directly into the oven, you need to place it in a crucible, open the latch on the front of the vape to get access to the oven, and then place the crucible in the oven. It’s not a complex procedure but it is a lengthy one. Even putting your herb in the crucible can be finicky because the lids don’t snap onto the crucibles as you would expect. At least if you have multiple crucibles to pre-load, allowing you to start the whole process a little faster.
You can get the MV1 in a variety of glossy colors that look great but are all fingerprint magnets. If that is a concern for you, then you should get the matte black finish instead. The MV1 is one of those vapes that is just a little too large to be truly portable. The retractable mouthpiece helps, but ultimately, the large size and semi-complicated loading process make it a little too inconvenient to take with you. This one is for the indoor vapers.
Like a lot of the pricier vapes, the Ghost MV1 has an accompanying smartphone app. Aside from updating the MV1 with the latest firmware upgrades, it can also be used to select precise temperatures between 300°F and 470°F. You can also save and edit those settings using the app.
That is a great option for anyone who prefers exact temperatures to presets—that includes me. You can also use the app to lock down your vape to stop unwanted users from gaining access to it, check its battery level, download firmware updates, and even order accessories. These are all great features, but it would have been nice to see some of the vape-specific ones on the device itself.
How to use
- Place your herb in the crucible, put the lid on the crucible, and then put the crucible in the chamber.
- Hold down the power button until the LEDs light up, release it then click it 3x to turn on the MV1.
- Choose the temp by holding down the power button to enter heat setting mode, click the button to choose one of the four temperature settings.
- Hold down the firing button on the back until the unit vibrates. That means you’re ready to vape.
- Hold down the firing button while you inhale from the mouthpiece.
You can take a look at the official manual here.
Cleaning and Maintenance
The Ghost MV1 has a lot of different components, so cleaning this vape is a pretty involved task. Or to put it more frankly, cleaning this thing is a chore. For one thing, if you have one of the models with a high gloss finish, you have to regularly wipe it down with a dry cloth to remove those pesky fingerprints.
The MV1 also requires high maintenance compared to other portable vapes. As for the innards, you need to remove the mouthpiece apparatus, separate it into its various components and then dip them in a bowl of isopropyl alcohol. You then need to use a q-tip dipped in iso to clean out the crucible chamber. Of course, when you’re done, you have to put the whole thing together again. It’s a tedious undertaking.
Performance & Vapor Quality
The MV1 can take some time to load if you don’t prefill the crucibles, so my advice is to do so well before you’re ready to vape since it will save you a lot of time. That is why I think that the crucible holder is the only optional accessory that is absolutely necessary. The on-demand feature means that it takes, at the most, ten seconds to reach the selected temperature and it frequently gets there even faster. That means the Ghost MV1 is always ready when you are.
Dry Herb: Once you get it set up, the MV1 produces some very tasty, potent vapor at any of the temperature settings. The presets only go up to 390°F but with the app, you can go all the way up to 470°F. However, with dry herb, you shouldn’t go any higher than 430°F, any temperatures higher than that are more suited for concentrates.
The glass mouthpiece and the heat sink put in the work to keep the vapor cool and smooth. I took full advantage of the on-demand feature and vaped the same bowl over the course of a few hours and the flavor stayed at the same high level the whole time. Draw resistance is low so the vapor is always readily accessible.
The vapor quality is incredible, easily some of the best that you will get from a portable vaporizer, in fact, it almost approaches desktop quality. As with all on demand vaporizers, the MV1 is very efficient with its use of herb as the vapor produced by the 0.15 grams of herb in the crucible is stronger and more potent than the vapor from weed vapes that use twice as much herb.
You will need to have a nice fine grind to get the best results from the MV1 since it’s a convection type of vaporizer and they work by passing hot air through the herb. That means your grind will have to be more consistent with this vape. As long as you use a quality grinder, getting a consistent grind won’t be much trouble.
Wax Concentrates: The MV1 only has a single preset setting for wax vaping, which is not ideal. You can customize some more settings with the app, but that really shouldn’t be necessary. As for the wax vapor? It’s decent, but the fact that the average vape pen has more temperature settings, is easier to load, and is a lot cheaper makes the MV1 a less-than-ideal concentrate vape. That is why I recommend getting a vape pen like the KandyPens Crystal for your extract vaping.
The MV1 has a 2600 mAh battery which is decent but you would have expected it to be a little higher considering how big the battery pack is. Even so, you can go through five to eight crucibles before needing a recharge. Unfortunately, that recharge can take up to eight hours, which means that you can miss out on an entire day of vaping while you wait for it to recharge. At least you can always buy a spare pack if you don’t like waiting. You can also buy the fast-charge cradle which recharges the battery in two hours.