Kit and Accessories
- Pulsar RöK
- Quartz wax extracts atomizer
- Ceramic dry herb atomizer
- Downstem/Disc percolator
- Wax carb cap
- Dry herb carb cap
- Silicone collar
- Airpath tubes
- Dab tool
- Cleaning brushes
- Crud Bud alcohol filled cotton buds
- Micro USB charging cable
Compatibility: The Pulsar RöK is compatible with wax extracts and dry herb.
Design and Features
The Pulsar RöK ( RöK means smoke in Swedish by the way) is easily the most interesting looking portable dab rig so far. It looks kind of like a space-age tea kettle but unique design aside, it is one of the easiest portable rigs to carry around even though it is roughly the same size as the other ones. That is because it is exactly 6.75 inches tall and fits quite comfortably in the hand because of the narrow middle section.
However, the biggest way that the RöK differentiates itself is that it has the water bubbler as its base instead of on the top of the device. This might seem a little weird, and possibly dangerous at first, but the glass is highly durable borosilicate, so you don’t have to worry about it cracking or breaking when you place it on any surface. Slamming it down is another matter, but you shouldn’t be doing that with any vape anyway.
One downside to having the bubbler on the bottom is that the RöK takes much longer to assemble than other portable dab rigs. That’s a little annoying considering that the ease of use of these rigs is a big part of their appeal. The rest of the RöK is made from metal so it’s a pretty tough little device overall.
The RöK has a few notable features to talk about. I’ve already mentioned the small size that makes it easy to carry around, as well as the fact that the bubbler is on the base. What I haven’t yet mentioned is the disc percolator located in the base. This little device filters the vapor even more, ensuring that it is as pure as it can possibly be.
The RöK also has the ability to vape dry herb, giving it some extra versatility that you don’t see in the other portable dab rigs. Finally, there is the RöK mode, which is the portable dab rig equivalent of the session mode found in some vape pens and in other portable rigs. It maintains the selected temperature for thirty seconds so you don’t have to constantly hold down the power button.
That mode further helps to add to the convenience of the RöK. It would have been nice if you could set how long you want RöK mode to last since more experienced concentrate vapers might want it to last a little longer. But, considering how strong the vapor is, thirty seconds should be long enough for most people.
How to Use
With Wax Concentrates
- Fill the glass base of the RöK with water, but do not fill past the halfway point.
- Attach the downstem/disc percolator to the underside of the body of the RöK.
- Place the glass base on a solid, level surface, and then place the body of the RöK on to it.
- Once the two parts of the RöK are lined up, gently press down on the RöK to lock both parts into place.
- Dab your wax into the quartz coil.
- Press the power button five times to turn on the device.
- Press the power button three times to cycle through the temperature settings.
- (Optional) Press the power button two times to engage RöK mode, press it two times more to end it.
- Once heating is complete, place the carb cap over the coil and inhale from the mouthpiece.
With Dry Herb
The procedure is largely the same as it is for wax, only you replace the quartz coil with the ceramic dry herb coil.
The instruction manual can be found here.
Cleaning and Maintenance
The atomizers can be cleaned using the included alcohol-filled cotton buds or a cotton swab that has been soaked in isopropyl alcohol. You can clean them while they are attached to the rest of the RöK or by themselves.
Once the glass parts are removed from the rest of the RöK, they can be cleaned using isopropyl alcohol. Once cleaning is complete, the glass parts should be rinsed with cold water and then left to air dry.
Air Path Tubes
The included cleaning brushes can be used to remove any clogs in the tubes. Once the clogs have been removed—or if there are no clogs to begin with—the tubes can be soaked in isopropyl alcohol. After they have been cleaned, they should be rinsed out with cold water and then air-dried.
Remove the mouthpiece and silicone splash guard and clean them with soap and water. Allow them to air dry before reattaching them to the rest of the device.
The threaded connection to the atomizers should occasionally be cleaned with a cotton swab soaked in iso alcohol to make sure that the connections remain intact.
Performance and Vapor Quality
The RöK heats up quickly and stays cool to the touch, even while RöK mode is active. Speaking of which, that mode is very useful since it means that you don’t have to hold down the power button while using the RöK. It makes group sessions a little easier than they are with other portable dab rigs.
At first, it may seem that the vapor quality of the RöK would be lower than it is in other portable dab rigs because you are not inhaling directly from the bubbler. That means that the vapor might not be as pure, but that turns out not to be much of a concern. The vapor quality of the RöK is among the best in class because of the disc percolator that filters the vapor.
The RöK also has an isolated airpath, so the vapor doesn’t come into contact with any electronic circuitry. Both of those attributes contribute to a portable dab rig that has vapor that is a lot purer than you would expect. A lot stronger too. If you follow Pulsar’s instructions and do a cold start—that is, no preheating, then you will be greeted by vapor that is surprisingly potent even on the lower settings. The quartz coil helps since it’s a neutral material that keeps the flavor pure.
The RöK has three temperature settings and my favorite is the middle, blue one because it provides flavorful vapor that doesn’t feel too harsh. Experienced vapers can try the highest setting if they dare, but they shouldn’t be surprised if they experience a cough—or two or three or four or more—when they do. No matter which setting you choose, you are guaranteed to get some huge clouds, so both flavor chasers and cloud chasers will be satisfied with the RöK.
Dry herb vapor quality is better than expected mainly because the RöK comes with a coil and carb cap specifically dedicated to dry herb vaping. If you stick to the lowest temperature, then the dry herb experience is actually pretty good, not as good as a true dry herb vape, but much better than expected. However, for stay at home dry herb vaping, you’re better off with a desktop, like the Volcano Hybrid, or a large portable, like the Arizer Solo 2 or the Mighty, instead.
Another great thing about portable dab rigs is how long they last and the RöK is no exception. It is good for twenty-five to thirty sessions, but it does take two hours to charge. That is because it uses a Micro USB port when other similar devices use the much faster USB-C connection. In that respect, the RöK feels a little behind the times even though portable dab rigs are a pretty new vaping category.