X Max Starry V3 Vaporizer Review

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x max starry vaporizer review

The Good: Great vapor quality | Mouthpiece and body are highly heat resistant | Low, affordable price | Precise temperature control | Removable 18650 battery

The Bad: Battery life is a little shorter than average | Slightly more expensive than other budget vapes

The Bottom Line: I was pleasantly surprised by the X Max Starry because it delivered a much more premium experience than I was expecting. It provides great vapor and nice clouds, all with features like haptic feedback and precise temperature control. Usually budget vapes are only just decent but the Starry raises the bar for this sub-category of dry herb vaporizers.

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Kit and Accessories

x max starry vaporizer kit
The Starry includes a convenient removable battery that can be replaced with a new one when it dies.
  • X Max Starry V3 Vaporizer
  • One 18650 battery
  • Cleaning set featuring tweezers, cleaning brush, and cleaning tool
  • One metal mouthpiece screen
  • Two heating chamber screens
  • Two silicon mouthpiece caps
  • USB charging cable

Compatibility: The X Max Starry is compatible with dry herb and wax concentrates

Official Accessories

Replacement batteries and replacement mouthpieces are some of the official accessories available for the X Max. You probably won’t need the new mouthpieces, at least for a while, but replacement batteries are a convenient addition that will get a lot of use.

Recommended Accessories

My favorite grinder is the SLX because of how evenly and consistently it grinds down my herb. That’s the kind of functionality the X Max Starry—or any other weed vape—can use. The SLX is available for sale on Amazon.

Design and Features

x max starry vaporizer design
The swiveling mouthpiece of the Starry is made from zirconia and is good for both portability and vapor quality.

General Design: The Starry has a fairly standard rectangular shape, but it has a non-standard swivelling mouthpiece on the top. If you read my Crafty/Mighty review, then you know that I love this kind of mouthpiece both for the extra portability it brings and the way it feels. This one is made of zirconia, so there is some heat resistance going on there as well. The Starry is a little over four inches in height so it easily slips into your pocket, though the concave body makes it feel a little bulky.

Ease of Use: The Starry has precise temperature control and a digital screen, so operating it is pretty simple. Loading it is just as simple because of the beveled edge on the oven that prevents the herb from spilling to the sides. The magnetic mouthpiece also helps since you can easily remove it from—and stick it to—the Starry when you’re ready to load the chamber. The removable 18650 battery is just icing on the cake since you can remove it and replace it when it dies.

Build Quality: The Starry is made from anodized aluminum, which is pretty impressive for a dry herb vape in this price range. Many vapes in this range are usually made from plastic. As I said earlier, the mouthpiece is made of zirconia so it stays cool no matter what temperature you choose to vape at.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Cleaning and maintaining the Starry is, thankfully, very simple. You can use the included cleaning brush to clean the oven and the mouthpiece. It is better to do this after a session, while they’re warm but not hot because if you wait for them to cool down, the residue will become sticky and harder to clean. For a more thorough cleaning, you can wipe down the chamber with a pad dipped in isopropyl alcohol and soak the screens and mouthpiece in that same liquid.

How to Use

how to use x max starry vaporizer
The mouthpiece of the Starry is easily removed because it is magnetically attached.
  1. Open the mouthpiece section to reveal the herb chamber.
  2. Fill the herb chamber and then close the mouthpiece.
  3. Press the power button for three seconds to turn on the device.  
  4. Select your desired temperature using the control buttons.
  5. Once heating is complete, the device will vibrate, at which time you inhale from the mouthpiece to start vaping.

Temperature Range: 212°F – 464°F

Performance and Vapor Quality

x max starry vaporizer performance
The vapor quality of the Starry is surprisingly good considering its low, affordable price.

Vaporizer Performance: The Starry heats up very quickly, at about twenty five seconds for the lower temperature ranges and roughly thirty five for the upper ranges. Temperature insulation is very good for both the body of the device and the mouthpiece, so you can comfortably hold on to it for multiple sessions.

Vapor Quality: I was surprised and impressed—in a good way—by the vapor quality of the Starry. For a so-called budget vape, it produced some great flavor and some nice clouds. If you want more of the former, then I suggest you select temps in the 370° to 390° range, but if it’s the latter you want, then it’s 400° and up. Either way, you’re getting some of the best vapor quality from a vaporizer in this price range.

Battery Performance: The 2600 mAh battery can last for about eighty minutes on average and takes about ninety to recharge. Those are pretty good numbers but if the recharge time seems too long, then you can just swap out the dead battery for a fresh one.

X Max Starry V3 Vaporizer vs Vapium Lite vs Pulsar APX

The Vapium Lite and the Pulsar APX are two of the better vapes that cost less than $100. At just barely under $100, the Starry is the most expensive vape here, but not by much. It is the only one with precise temperature control and has the best mouthpiece. The other two are pretty good though, and provide nice vapor quality at a decent price.

X Max Starry V3 VaporizerVapium LitePulsar APX
Compatible withDry herb, WaxDry herbDry herb
Heating MethodConductionConductionConduction
Temperature Range/Settings212°F – 464°FFour temperature settingsFive temperature settings
Battery Capacity2600 mAh1100 mAh1600 mAH
Battery Life80 minutes30 minutes90 minutes
Warranty10 years2 years10 years
Price$99 from Planet of the Vapes$79 from Vape-Smart$69.95 from Vape-Smart

Bottom Line

x max starry vaporizer
9.4 Total Score

The X Max Starry is one of the best vapes you can buy for—just—under $100. It has the build quality and vapor quality that you would expect in vapes that cost nearly twice as much. It also gives you precise temperature control, haptic feedback, and a digital readout. If you don’t want to spend a high price for high quality, then the Starry is one of the best choices available.

Who is it for: Anyone who wants a high quality weed vape for an affordable price. Vapers who want a vape that provides good vapor that is also highly portable.

Who is it NOT for: Anyone who wants an even less expensive vaporizer. Vapers who prefer convection or hybrid heating. 


X Max Starry V3 Vaporizer Coupon Codes (Authorized Dealers):

Planet of the Vapes$99N/a

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