Kit and Accessories
- Hera 2
- One raised dry herb mouthpiece + one flat dry herb mouthpiece
- One extract mouthpiece
- 2680 mAh battery
- Dab tool + cleaning brush
- Micro USB charging cable
- Carrying case
Compatibility: The Hera 2 is compatible with dry herb and wax extracts.
You can get replacements for the mouthpieces from the Vape Dynamics website. You can also get a new battery so that you can just swap them out instead of waiting for one to recharge.
Design and Features
General Design: First of all, you didn’t miss out on the Hera 1 because it doesn’t exist. The number 2 signifies that this vape is dual use. The Hera 2 has a sleek, high tech look thanks to its fancy touch screen and slim proportions, but it’s actually a pretty simple device to use. It only has two main parts, the mouthpiece and the body of the vape, so it’s very easy to use.
As for the touch screen, it works well, though it isn’t significantly better than using buttons. If you’re used to using more advanced touch screen devices like smartphones, tablets, or e-readers—and you probably are, then you might be disappointed to realize that the Hera 2 doesn’t have haptic feedback. At least not when you interact with the screen, the device does vibrate to indicate different status effects.
Aside from that, the touchscreen is pretty easy to use and navigate, though I think it’s a little on the small side. Selecting between different modes and functions is pretty intuitive and the screen makes all those selections nice and clear. The Hera 2 also has a strip of five LED lights on the side of the device that light up as it heats up. They look cool and add an extra visual indicator to the device, but you can turn them off if you want to.
The Vape Dynamics logo on the bottom of the device also changes color from red to blue as it reaches its heat setting. So if you don’t realize that the Hera 2 has finished heating, then you don’t have any excuses. Attaching and removing the different mouthpieces is easy, and the same goes for the battery.
Portability: The Hera 2 is five inches tall and just one and a half inches wide, so it slips easily into—and out of—any pocket. The mouthpieces are exposed, so you should be careful about that, but otherwise, portability isn’t an issue.
Build Quality: The Hera 2 is sturdier than I expected. It has an aluminum alloy body that is pretty durable, plus the nice matte gunmetal black finish won’t get smudged, which means that it always looks new.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Cleaning the Hera 2 can be a hassle because of the divided herb chamber. Each small chamber is harder to clean than a large chamber would have been, not to mention that you now have to clean two chambers instead of one. The inside of the mouthpiece needs to be cleaned often as well because it can get pretty dirty. Overall, the Hera 2 needs a little more maintenance than I would like.
How to Use
With Dry Herb
- Remove the mouthpiece from the device to expose the herb chamber.
- Load your herb into the chamber and replace the mouthpiece.
- Press the power button three times to turn on the vaporizer.
- Select your desired temperature using the touchscreen and then hold down the power button until the device vibrates.
- Once the chosen temperature has been reached, inhale from the mouthpiece.
With Wax Concentrates
- Remove the concentrate chamber from the inside of the concentrate mouthpiece.
- Dab your wax into the chamber and then reattach it to the mouthpiece.
- Insert the mouthpiece into the vaporizer and press the power button three times to turn on the device.
- Select concentrate mode using the touch screen and then hold down the power button until the device vibrates.
- Once heating is complete, inhale from the mouthpiece.
Temperature Range: 350°F to 450°F
Performance and Vapor Quality
Vaporizer Performance: The Hera 2 heats up fairly quickly so you won’t be waiting around too long for your herb to get vaporized. The mouthpiece does tend to get hot near the end of a session, though that is to be expected since it sits right over the chamber. The flat mouthpiece gets warmer more quickly than the raised mouthpiece, so keep that in mind when you vape.
Dry Herb Performance: The flavor from the dry herb is pretty good thanks in part to the ceramic and stainless steel chamber. The flavor is better at the lower temperatures because the vapor gets a little harsher at higher temperatures, so I would stay away from them. Especially since the vapor gets warm even at the lower temperatures, a consequence of the mouthpiece being right over the chamber. Speaking of which, I prefer using the raised mouthpiece because it feels more comfortable and natural and because it takes longer to get warm.
Wax Performance: When you select concentrate mode, you are locked in at the max temp of 450°F, so there isn’t any temperature selection in this mode. That temperature gets the job done, but typically wax is vaped at much higher temperatures, so I didn’t get as much flavor from the wax as I would have liked. I wouldn’t buy the Hera 2 for its wax performance, and if you’re a concentrate enthusiast, I wouldn’t recommend that you do so either. A good vape pen is a better option.
Battery Performance: The battery lasts for about ninety minutes, which is the average for a lot of portables. Recharging the Hera 2’s battery takes about three to four hours, and unfortunately, it has to be charged while still in the device. Needless to say, that negates most of the convenience you would normally get from a removable battery. At least you can swap a dead one out for a fresh one, though you need to get it from Vape Dynamics since the batteries are proprietary.