Kit and Accessories
- KandyPens Crystal
- One extra glass mouthpiece
- Dab tool
- USB charging cable
- Black velvet pouch
Compatibility: The Crystal is only compatible with Wax, Extracts, Dabs, Concentrate.
Quartz Atomizer: The Crystal uses a quartz bowl that is heated from below by a coil, instead of the traditional wire wrapped around a rod that you see in most vape pens. This style of atomizer is becoming popular in vape pens because it is easier to load than the quartz rod coils and produces purer vapor than ceramic coils. The battery on the Crystal is 510 threaded, so you can use it with other compatible pre-filled cartridges if you want.
You can buy replacements for the atomizer and the glass mouthpiece at KandyPens official site.
Design and Features
Overall Design: The Crystal is slightly thicker than a typical vape pen, which gives it more stability and sturdiness. At just about four inches in height, the Crystal is pretty portable, but you have to be careful about the exposed glass mouthpiece when you’re carrying it around.
There are four vertically arranged lights on the side that illuminate in different colors and patterns depending on the voltage setting. They provide a nice bit of flash to the relatively sedate design while still being usefully functional as well.
Ease of Use: Like most vape pens, the Crystal uses one button for everything, so the learning curve isn’t too steep. The mouthpiece and atomizer are both very easy to remove and reattach, so you won’t have any problems when it’s time to clean or load the Crystal. And speaking of loading, that is a very easy process because of the wide opening and the bowl design.
Build Quality: The Crystal is made from stainless steel, it’s tough, and it has a nice heft to it, so it feels sturdy. The Crystal seems like it can withstand some rough treatment since previous KandyPens products have proven to be durable and long-lasting.
Sesh Mode: Normally you have to hold down the power button while inhaling from the Crystal, but by activating sesh mode the device keeps heating for about ten seconds without your having to hold down the button. You activate sesh mode by tapping the power button twice, and I like using it when I take longer draws instead of holding down the button.
Cleaning and Maintenance
The quartz bowl means that cleaning the Crystal is pretty easy. If there is residue left over, then you can turn the Crystal to its highest setting to burn it off. However, this can wear down the battery if you have to do it a few times in a row. You can also use an alcohol wipe to clean out the chamber after a session, while the bowl is still warm.
How to Use
- Remove the mouthpiece to reveal the quartz bowl.
- Dab your wax into the bowl and then replace the mouthpiece.
- Press the power button five times to turn on the Crystal.
- Press the power button three times to cycle through the voltage settings.
- (Optional) Press the power button twice to activate sesh mode.
- Inhale from the mouthpiece.
Voltage Settings: 2.6V | 3.0V | 3.6V | 4.2V
Performance and Vapor Quality
Vaporizer Performance: The quartz bowl heats up very quickly so there’s very little down time once you turn the Crystal on. If you do a couple of back-to-back sessions, then the mouthpiece area can get a little hot to the touch, but with more casual use, it will stay cool. Multiple sessions in a row are a definite possibility with the Crystal because you can get nearly a dozen sessions out of about 0.1g of wax. Draw resistance is low so the airflow is smooth and vaping is easy on the lungs.
Vapor Quality: With the purity of both the quartz bowl and the glass airpath, the vapor was never going to be anything less than amazing, which means that this is some of the best vapor I’ve had from a vape pen in a while. The taste is great and I got some decent clouds out of it even though I mostly stuck to the two middle settings. There are even bigger clouds on the highest setting but this also means harsher vapor.
Battery Performance: The Crystal has a 900 mAh battery that can last for a while before it needs a recharge, even under heavy use. The battery also enables pass-through charging so you can keep vaping while it charges. The USB port is on the side of the Crystal so it stands upright while it charges while also allowing you to take advantage of the pass-through charging feature.