Puffco is a young Brooklyn, NY based company at the forefront of sophisticated wax vaporizer design. In 2015, their Puffco Pro was voted best wax vaporizer out of 100 vaporizers reviewed by High Times Magazine. Their latest release in May of this year is the Puffco Plus vape pen for wax, rosin, and other concentrates.
The Puffco Plus is a step ahead in vape pen design. Most vaporizers have coils that come in contact with the contents of the bowl. This produces off flavors and potential health concerns. The Puffco Plus has a convection chamber heated entirely from the outside. The coil never comes in contact with the contents of the chamber, making it produce truly clean, flavorful vapor.
Another innovation on this vape pen is the ‘dart’ under the mouthpiece for even heating of wax and better airflow. Together, the dart and sealed ceramic chamber create especially rich and tasty vapor. This unit is specifically designed for wax products only and should not be used with dry herbs or liquid concentrates.
What’s in the Box
The Puffco Plus vaporizer is as sleek and trim as its predecessor. About the size of a pen flashlight, it is packaged at the top of the box and is the first thing you see when you open it. The package includes:
- 1 Puffco Plus vaporizer unit,
- 4 cleaning swabs,
- 1 replacement chamber with cap,
- 1 USB charging cable
- 1 instruction booklet.
All of the accessories are packed under the vaporizer in the box.
The mouthpiece unscrews from the top of the vaporizer for cleaning and loading the chamber. The mouthpiece sits directly over the heating chamber. On the underneath of the mouthpiece is a ceramic tool Puffco calls the ‘dart’ which projects down into the chamber when the unit is assembled.
The dart has several purposes. One is to allow you to easily pick up small pieces of wax and load them into the chamber. The dart also presses the heated wax against the sides of the chamber, causing it to heat more evenly.
Beyond that, the dart also directs vapor and heat through the unit to the mouthpiece using a uniquely engineered airflow design that reduces clogging and creates clouds of satisfying vapor.
Coil-less Ceramic Chamber
The heating chamber is made of pure, high-grade ceramic material. There are no plastic parts used. The chamber is sealed off from the heating element which is integrated. There are four small holes at the midpoint of the chamber where air enters it, creating the convection flow that heats the wax. The dart is an integral part of this design, and it sticks into the chamber, directing the heat back down and the fresh vapor back up to the mouthpiece.
Puffco recommends removing any residue in the chamber after each session or it can spill out or run through the airflow holes and get in contact with the coil. The chamber is self-cleaning. Simply detach the mouthpiece and run the unit through two cycles on ‘sesh’ mode while holding the unit upside down and any residue will run out. Be sure to do this over a paper towel.
You do not need to use a swab to clean out the chamber, although you can if you want. But the manufacturer says not to use any alcohol or cleaning solutions inside the chamber or it can damage the unit.
Power, Temperature, Functionality
The single, cloud-shaped control button turns the unit on or off when you push it five times. A color-coded LED is built into the cloud button to indicate temperature settings and battery function. Once the unit is on, you click the button again four times to toggle to the temperature setting mode. There are three temperature settings indicated by the color of the LED display, and you push the same button to move from low to medium to high settings.
When the pen is heated to your desired temperature, push the button once while inhaling and hold the unit in an upright position while using it.
When you double click the power button, it turns on a 12 second heating mode Puffco calls ‘sesh mode’. This keeps on an even heat and gives you a slightly longer time for drawing. Press the button once to exit ‘sesh’ mode. The pen automatically shuts off after eight seconds.
To clean the Puffco Plus, warm up the chamber in ‘sesh’ mode. Remove the mouthpiece and heat the unit while holding it upside down. Wipe the threads on the mouthpiece and clean the connectors on the battery and bottom of the chamber using a cleaning swab. Do not use rubbing alcohol for cleaning the inside of the chamber on this unit, although you can use it to clean the outside.
The coil needs to be replaced after about three months of regular use. Replacement coils can be purchased from Puffco and they recommend using Puffco replacement parts for best performance. The vaporizer comes with a one-year warranty.
Battery and Charger
The battery is attached to the unit with 510 threads. Charge the unit with the provided USB cable by plugging it into any USB power source and screwing the battery into the charger. The light on charger is red when the battery is low and charging, and it turns green when fully charged and then automatically turns off when the battery is completely charged.
Battery charge life depends on the temperature setting you use and other factors in how you use the vaporizer, but one charge on average lasts for about 50 hits using the highest temperature setting. The battery recharges in about two hours. Recharging using an optional wall charger is a bit faster.
- Simple to use,
- Extra compact and discreet,
- Produces flavorful vapor,
- Affordable price.
- Runs a little hot on outside.