HoneyStick Ripper Background

Well, this is an interesting one, the HoneyStick Ripper ($139 directly from HoneyStick, use our exclusive HoneyStick Coupon Code TVG18 for an 18% discount) is a stealthy, stylish extract vaporizer, shaped just like an upscale cigarette lighter. If that sounds familiar, then you’ve no doubt heard of its predecessor, the HoneyStick Rippo.

The Ripper is an improvement on the original because it has a much cooler shell, it can vape wax and oil, and it fixes some of the original’s problems. So, does that mean the Ripper can now compete with the best extract vaporizers around? You can find out by reading the rest of my HoneyStick Ripper review.

Contents of the Kit

  • HoneyStick Ripper
  • Dual quartz wax tank
  • THC and CBD Oil tank
  • Dab tool
  • USB cable

Key Features

HoneyStick Ripper kit
Clockwise from bottom: USB cable, HoneyStick Ripper package, HoneyStick Ripper, wax tank, dab tool.
  • Compatible w/ THC oil, CBD oil, and wax extracts
  • Discreet, portable design
  • Provides high intensity vaping
  • Very long battery life
  • Retails for $139 directly from HoneyStick, use coupon code TVG18 to save 18%

Design of The Ripper

HoneyStick Ripper oil and wax tanks
The Ripper includes both oil and wax tanks, so it can vape both types of extracts.

The Rippo was already a very cool looking vaporizer and the Ripper is even more handsomely designed. Like the original, it looks just like a high-end cigarette lighter at first glance, the only things that betray its true nature are the viewing portal on the side that allows you to monitor the level of your oil and the USB port on the back. Otherwise, this is one of the most wonderfully sneaky vaporizers ever designed. The jig is up if someone asks you for a light of course.

The body of the Ripper now has a rubberized texture that gives it a more solid grip and an even more distinctive look. The cap flips open with the same satisfying spring of the original, and its one button operation means it’s very simple to use. HoneyStick also addressed one of the bigger problems of the Rippo, namely that the mouthpiece was very hard to remove. Now, you just unscrew the mouthpiece when you want to access the tank.

Some of the same attributes that contribute to the Ripper’s style and portability also make it difficult to use. The power button is located under the cap right next to the mouthpiece, this is an awkward setup that is exacerbated by the short mouthpiece. Since you need to hold down the power button as you inhale, vaping feels—and no doubt looks—very awkward. There’s not much you can do about it since the mouthpiece is short because it has to fit underneath the cap. Removing and replacing the tanks can be cumbersome because of the need to unscrew and then replace the mouthpiece whenever you need to change tanks.

How to Use it

HoneyStick Ripper viewing window
The Ripper looks just like a cigarette lighter when the cap is down.

With the Oil Tank

  1. Remove the plunger from the oil tank and then pour in oil up to the fill line.
  2. Replace the plunger and then place the tank into the tank receptacle.
  3. Screw the mouthpiece onto the tank tightly and then insert it into the device.
  4. Press the power button 5x to turn on the device.
  5. Once heating is complete, inhale from the mouthpiece while holding down the power button.

With the Wax Tank

  1. Unscrew the cap from the wax tank.
  2. Dab your wax onto the coils and then replace the cap on to the tank.
  3. Insert the wax tank into the Ripper and then tightly screw on the mouthpiece.
  4. Press the power button 5x to turn on the device.
  5. Once the device has finished heating, inhale form the mouthpiece while holding down the power button.

How the Ripper Performs

HoneyStick Ripper dual quartz coils
The dual quartz coils (R) of the wax tank include a mesh screen (L) to prevent particulates from entering the mouthpiece.

If you’re into high-intensity vaping, then the Ripper could well be for you, as the sole, default temperature is quite high. So avid vapers who enjoy that kind of experience will like the Ripper because this vape hits hard. Even using the lower concentration Goldline CBD Crumble felt strong, needless to say, this extract vaporizer isn’t for newbies. The lack of temperature control does mean that there are no adjustments to be made once you turn on the Ripper, but that convenience is a double-edged sword.

Even seasoned vapers might like to calibrate their sessions every now and then, so a little temperature control would have been a nice option. As it stands, the only way to really lower the intensity a little is to pulse the power by turning the device on and off while you vape so the device never reaches its full temperature. This works fairly well, but can be a little annoying because of two factors, one of which is that it takes 5 clicks of the power button to turn the Ripper on and off.

The other factor is that the power button is located right next to the very short mouthpiece, vaping already feels awkward with this setup and having to cycle the power in this position makes it feel even moreso. No complaints about the 1300 mAh battery. It can last for days without a recharge. The recharge time is longer than usual, but considering how infrequently you have to do it, the battery is a net positive overall.