Puffco Peak Background
The Puffco Peak is part of a new category of extract vaporizers called—for now—handheld dab rigs. They are like e-nails but are more convenient and easier to use, plus, as suggested by the name, you can hold them in one hand while you vape. So, they give you the vaping intensity of e-nails combined with the ease of use of vape pens, though they clearly don’t offer the portability of the latter.
Most are small enough to be held in one hand and passed around, but you won’t be putting them in your pocket, though they can fit in a backpack or a really large purse. The Peak was the first out in a category that now includes, the Focus V Carta, and the Dr Dabber Switch, though the latter is closer to an e-nail in construction. So, it’s the first, but is it the best? This is where you find out.
Kit and Accessories
- Puffco Peak
- Silicone atomizer cover
- Carb cap
- Extra ceramic bowl
- Cleaning swabs
- Dab tool
- USB charging cable
- Carrying case
Compatibility: The Puffco Peak is only compatible with wax concentrates.
You can find replacement parts for all of the various components of the Peak, and the glass parts are available in colored versions if you want to give it a jazzier look. One of the more interesting accessories is the travel pack. This includes coverings for all of the open receptacles of the Peak, as well as a neat little container attachment that allows you to store some of the smaller accessories like the dab tool or cleaning swabs. The travel pack doesn’t increase the Peak’s portability, but it does make it easier to place it in a backpack, suitcase, or really big purse.
Design and Features
General Design: So is this vaporizer called the Peak because it is the peak of vaping, or because the conical design kind of resembles a mountain? The answer is probably both, but for now, let’s focus on the design. Like I mentioned, the Peak has a conical shaped water bubbler mounted on a base. The whole thing stands a mere seven inches tall and is just under three inches wide at the smallest part of the base. That makes it very easy to hold in one hand while you use it.
The ceramic wax receptacle and the water bubbler are both integrated into the device which makes the Peak very easy to use. That is in comparison to e-rigs where those components are separate from the rest of the device. Anyone who likes the intensity of e-nails but finds them a little too time consuming to assemble will love the Peak.
As you would expect, the Peak is optimized for one-handed use since it has a single button on the front that is used for adjusting the preset temperatures. It also has haptic feedback, so it vibrates when it has finished heating. The Peak has a simple, stylish, minimalist design that looks great. The only extra design flourish is the LED light strip that circumscribes the base of the Peak.
Build Quality: The base of the Peak is made from tough, durable silicone and the glass is borosilicate, so it is highly heat resistant and not susceptible to cracking.
Cleaning and Maintenance
The Peak is a very low maintenance design since all you have to worry about are the ceramic bowl and the glass bubbler, both of which are very easy to clean. You can just dip the cleaning swabs in isopropyl alcohol before using them to wipe down the ceramic bowl. For the bubbler, pour a little iso alcohol in there, swish it around a little, pour it out, and then rinse out the bubbler with warm water.
How to Use
- Remove the glass bubbler from the base and fill it with water to just above the air holes.
- Attach the bubbler to the base, then hold down the power button for three seconds to power up the vaporizer.
- Click the power button to cycle through the temperature presets.
- Dab your wax into the bottom of the ceramic bowl then cover the bowl with the carb cap.
- Double click the power button to start the heating process.
- The Peak will vibrate and the LED light will blink three times to indicate when heating is complete.
- Inhale from the bubbler to start vaping.
Temperature Selection: 450°F | 500°F | 550°F | 600°F
Performance and Vapor Quality
Vaporizer Performance: The Peak takes less than thirty seconds to heat up, no matter the temperature setting, so all of your sessions get started in a flash. You never have to worry about the device getting too hot to touch since all of the heat is centered on the ceramic bowl, which is located at the front of the device. That positioning means that you never have to worry about accidentally touching it while you’re vaping. You also don’t need to worry about the heat from the bowl getting in your face. Overall, the placement of the ceramic bowl is a smart design decision.
Vapor Quality: With a ceramic bowl and water filtration, the vapor quality was always going to be great. Even though the Peak doesn’t have precise temperature control like some e-nails, the preset temperatures all work great. I got the best flavor quality from the two middle settings, but if you want the biggest clouds, you can crank it to the max.
The Peak has an automatic temperature calibration that matches the temperature to the size of the dab, but really you can choose whichever temperature you want with whatever sized dab you want. Aside from the lack of granular temperature control, another way in which the Peak is left wanting compared to e-nails is in the lack of different materials for the bowl. Many e-nails give users the choice of using titanium, quartz, or ceramic nails.
Here, the ceramic bowl is the only option, the vapor it produces is great, but some users might want more options. That makes the Peak better suited for casual and intermediate extract vapers rather than the really hardcore ones.
Battery Performance: The battery of the Peak is perfect for multiple, lengthy sessions since it is good for twenty to thirty dabs before it needs to be recharged. That recharge takes about two and a half hours, which isn’t too bad for this kind of vaporizer.