KandyPens (visit homepage) typically create wax pens like the Crystal (Review) which produce exceptional vapor quality for its price. They also collaborated with some celebrities like Amber Rose (Review) and A$AP Rocky (Review) that made KandyPens a well-known brand in the vaping industry.
KandyPens came up with a dry herb vape that's under the $100 mark that brings simple yet packs functionality in a minimalistic design. K-Vape Pro features a hybrid heating method that utilizes both conduction and convection heating which brings out the flavor and vape the herb more efficiently. It also has a tapered glass mouthpiece that helped with the purity and coolness of the herbs.
Design & Features
The K-Vape Pro has a cylindrical-shaped body that's made from anodized aluminum which makes it tough and scratch-resistant. It's about four inches tall and has a slim silhouette that can slip in and out of any pocket. It also weighs 2.75oz which makes it easy to carry and comfortable to hold. Overall, I like its simplistic design that stands out compared to standard box-shaped weed vapes.
Since it's a budget vape, it's pretty basic to use, it only has a single button to control the power and temperature. The button is well-placed in the center of the device just above the led lights that indicate the battery life and 4 voltage settings. The K-Vape Pro also has basic functions like pass-through charging which allows vapers to use it while charging, and the auto shut-off feature which helps with conserving the battery.
The K-Vape Pro has a nice, tapered, glass mouthpiece that helps keep the vapor cool and offset the short vapor path. The honeycomb screen underneath the mouthpiece also helped with dispersing the heat from the vapor so that your throat or mouth won't get irritated after a full-packed session.
I think this is the stand-out feature of this vaporizer since most budget vapes use plastic mouthpieces. The only downside of a glass mouthpiece is it's fragile, but based on my observation, the K-Vape Pro's mouthpiece is thick which I think can survive an impact or two. If you ever broke your mouthpiece, the spare mouthpiece comes handy.
The ceramic heating oven has a funnel-shaped chamber that helped with loading the herbs at ease. It can hold a maximum of 0.3g of herbs which suits both beginners and intermediate users. Keep in mind that if you pack it too much, the airflow will be tightened making it hard for you to inhale the vapor.
It uses a hybrid heating system which means the herbs are vaped efficiently and produce more flavor in the vapor. I've seen this on expensive vapes like Crafty+ (Review) and Mighty+ (Review) which are currently the best dry herb vaporizers in 2023. The hybrid heating is a good feature for its price, but the K-Vape Pro can't compete against the two I've mentioned above.
How To Use
Like most entry-level vapes, the K-Vape Pro is simple to use. It has a single button that is used to turn on/off the device and pick the voltage settings. Before you dive in and get medicated, let me tell you the golden rule of vaping herbs: grind the herbs to the right, vaporizer-friendly density.
As you can see, I'm using my SLX grinder (Review) which helped me grind my herbs to the right consistency which resulted in more evenly-vaped herbs since the heat can easily pass-through the finely ground herbs. To use the K-Vape Pro, you need to:
- Remove the mouthpiece.
- Use the funnel-shaped chamber to load your herbs, and replace the mouthpiece.
- Turn on the device by pressing the power button five times.
- Hold down the power button to cycle through the preset temperatures.
- Once the LED light indicates the color of your chosen temperature, release the power button.
- When the LED light stops blinking, you can inhale from the mouthpiece.
Temperature Settings: The temp settings are color-coded: 350°F (Yellow) | 375°F (Green) | 400°F (Red) | 428°F (Blue)
Auto-Shut Off Feature: The device shuts off automatically after 5 minutes.
Performance & Vapor Quality
The K-Vape Pro heats up 0.3g of herbs in around 30-40 seconds. It has a funnel-shaped chamber that helped me with the loading since I can just scoop-in the herbs. I prefer loading 0.2g of herb so that I can inhale the vapor much easier rather than packing it full.
I got 5-8 good hits before my herb was cashed which means the herbs were evenly vaped and extracted efficiently. The only issue here is the mouthpiece and the battery gets hot which is common for small vapes.
Small vapes often have a short vapor path which means there's no way for the heat to disperse properly. Though there's no concrete solution to prevent it from happening, aside from making a bigger and bulkier vape, the K-Vape Pro made it tolerable. The glass mouthpiece with honeycomb screen makes up with the short vapor path which makes the vapor fresh and less harsh.
Battery Performance: The battery lasts up to 5-7 sessions which is good but a little shorter than average vapes. It uses a micro-USB and it takes a longer time to charge compared to some vapes in the same category. It supports pass-through charging which means you can use it while it's plugged in. Lastly, KandyPens offer a lifetime warranty for the battery if your battery suddenly stopped working.
For a $100 vape, the vapor quality is decent that can cater to the needs of beginners and intermediate vapers. The vapor is mostly cool and gets warm (but barely) on the highest setting. I got the best flavor from the two middle settings since they are most balanced. The highest setting gave me some more clouds but the flavor loss isn't worth it. On the lowest temp setting, it produces a milder and flavorful vapor which I recommend for those who are starting to vape herbs.
The K-Vape Pro is a portable dry herb vape that produces surprisingly decent vapor for a $100 vape. Yes, it doesn't have haptic feedback, an LED display, or any fancy features that higher tier vapes have. Rather than focusing on the features, they focused on how to make the vapor and unit stay cool even when you're using it for a long period.
Overall, this is the dry herb vape that I highly recommend for beginners to use. The design is simple and intuitive, it produces decent quality vapor, and it's durable that could probably last for a long time. However, if you can bump your budget a little bit, there are better options out there like the Arizer Solo 2 (Review) or the Utillian 722 (Review).