Kit & Accessories
- Vapium Lite
- Spare air intake drawer
- 14mm/18mm water pipe adapter
- Integrated stirring tool
- Cleaning brush
- USB-C charging cable
Compatibility: The Vapium Lite only uses dry herb.
Water Pipe Adapter: Even though it’s billed as a budget vaporizer for beginners, the water pipe adapter is actually a fairly advanced accessory. That is because it is used to attach glass water pipes to the Vapium Lite. Even though water pipes are meant for more advanced vapers, the adapter is an interesting addition because a water pipe helps to significantly cool down the vapor.
However, the addition of such an accessory seems at odds with the design ethos of the Lite, so I doubt many users will take advantage of it. I know I didn’t bother.
Like all dry herb vapes, the Vapium Lite benefits from herb that’s ground down to a very fine consistency. The SLX Grinder will do just that and it is available for purchase at Vape-Smart.
Design & Features
Size and Portability: The Vapium Lite is a little over six inches tall and has rounded edges that make it very easy to slip into any pockets. You can tell that it’s designed for beginners because of the big power and temperature control buttons, as well as the clearly labelled temperature settings. All those stylistic choices mean that the Lite is very easy to use.
Ease of Use: Adding to the ease of use is the simple loading procedure that’s aided by the raised rim of the part of the device surrounding the herb chamber. This rim prevents spills and makes it easy to push any stray herb into the oven. It’s one of the many smart design choices that make the Lite such an intuitive device. The chamber of the Lite is surprisingly large at 0.33 grams.
Overall Design: In terms of design, it has a budget look, but it isn’t unattractive, just unremarkable. The labelled temperature settings contribute to that look, some may dislike their simplicity, but I did not mind it. However, the packing tool integrated into the bottom of the device is a nice, practical touch. The colored LED lights that indicate each temperature setting are a nice detail that give the Lite a little flair.
Build Quality: The body is made from anodized aluminum, so it’s pretty tough. The accessories are made from plastic and help contribute to the low budget look of the Lite.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Cleaning the Lite is very easy, the included cleaning brush is all that you need to clean out the herb chamber after use. The mouthpiece just needs to be wiped down with a cloth dipped in isopropyl alcohol after every couple of sessions in order to stay clean.
How to use
- Remove the mouthpiece to reveal the herb chamber.
- Fill the chamber and replace the mouthpiece.
- Hold down the power button for three seconds to turn on the device.
- Select the temperature using the plus and minus buttons.
- The device will vibrate when it has finished heating.
- Inhale from the mouthpiece.
The official manual is right here. Note that it is for an earlier version of the device.
Temperature Settings: 356°F | 385°F | 414°F | 442°F OR 180°C | 196°C | 212°C | 227°C
Performance & Vapor Quality
Vaporizer Performance: The Lite heats up in 30 to 40 seconds depending on the temperature setting, which is a pretty good time for a portable vaporizer. The Lite also doesn’t get too hot to the touch while it’s in use, so it has that going for it too.
Vapor Quality: You should stick to the lower to mid settings if you want to get the best out of the Vapium Lite. The reason is that the oven is located directly below the mouthpiece so the airpath is very short and doesn’t give the vapor time to cool down. That means the vapor and the mouthpiece can get hot on higher settings.
Unless you plan on using the water pipe adapter, I suggest you avoid the higher settings when you’re vaping. Inhaling from the short mouthpiece isn’t the most comfortable vaping experience and I can’t say that I ever got used to it. It doesn’t ruin the experience but it never stops feeling awkward.
Battery Performance: The battery has a smaller than average capacity of 1100 mAh, which is good for four to six sessions. That is relatively poor even in this price range but at least the USB-C cable means that charge times are only about an hour.