The XMax V2 Pro is a 3 in 1 vaporizer that was released in 2015 that many people still look into when deciding which portable vaporizer to get. The XMax V2 Pro is a bit larger than your typical portable vaporizer and is capable of vaping dry herbs, wax concentrates, and cannabis oils. The XMax V2 Pro is in the low medium price category and today we will be reviewing it to give you a better idea of how it works, its temperature flexibility, vapor quality, build quality, portability, discreteness and our overall assessment of whether or not it's a buy.
How it Works
The XMax V2 Pro is another one of the 1 button operation vaporizers that is very simple to use. To power on the unit you just quickly press the power button five times to activate the device. You will notice there are 5 LED’s on the side of the vaporizer which will all glow as the device turns on, and then one light will display which indicates your current battery level from 1-5.
Like any vaporizer, It is recommend to cycle through the highest temperature setting at least once before actually using the device with your material. This process will allow the heat to burn away any leftover chemicals from the manufacturing process.
After you have the device powered on, you can press and hold the power button for 2 seconds to cycle through to the next highest temperature setting until you reach the one you prefer to use. You can load the oven with the material of your choice using either the oven as normal or by using the concentrate cup. After 5 minutes of usage the device will automatically turn off as a safety feature.
The XMax V2 Pro uses a five preset temperature option which are set by default as: Low (356F), Medium Low (374F), Medium (392F), Medium High (410F), High (428F). The one button design is very simple to use and allows you to easily and seamlessly switch temperatures while performing your session. The fact that the XMax V2 Pro comes with 5 temperature options is pretty impressive considering the price of this device.
The XMax V2 Pro actually was pretty impressive with vapor quality, When looking at vapor quality we look into vapor production, flavor, and smoothness. Vapor production with the X-Max V2 Pro is definitely above average for the price range of other competitively priced vaporizers (almost as good as the Zeus Smite). The conduction heating method definitely helps to give it a boost over other convection vaporizers, but that is to be expected with conduction heating.
The flavor of the XMax V2 Pro is what you would expect in a medium range vaporizer. The taste is on par with other budget devices and at times can give you a bit of that burnt sensation. When chasing flavor you will typically want to look at the higher end vaporizers such as the Firefly 2 or even the Utillian and Zeus vaporizers.
When you are using the XMax V2 Pro on the lower temperature levels it is very smooth and enjoyable, having said that when you bump it up to levels 4 and 5 it does tend to get a little bit hot and it’s a bit harsher to take longer draws.
All the above was with the use of dry herbs and when we switched the device over to concentrates the vapor performance for all three categories was nothing to write home about. Even on the highest temperatures the XMax V2 Pro does not handle concentrates quite as well as the more premium vaporizers. This is to be expected and the XMax is priced very competitively and when putting into the equation the cost vs the performance you still get more than you paid for.
The XMax V2 Pro is heavier than you would originally think and is comparable in weight to the Firefly 2. The components and build quality feel very sturdy and durable in the hand. The components are as followed: The casing is made with a strong nickel metal, the mouthpiece inhaler is food class safe, the oven is ceramic and you get a titanium steel wax cup for concentrates. Again the important thing to look at here is the value you get when paying such a low price for a portable vaporizer capable of vaping 3 mediums.
The XMax V2 Pro comes with a 6 month manufacturer warranty that covers any defects in the components and materials. This is one of the best 3 in 1 vaporizers under $100.
The XMax V2 Pro runs off of a 2200 mAh battery that you can remove. It’s always nice to be able to purchase some spare rechargeable batteries so that you don’t run out of power on a trip or part way through your day. We found that you can get about 40 to 60 minutes of actual usage from one charge. This is actually better than we expected and puts the usage time around average for low and medium tier vaporizers. The charging time was about 2 hour to completely charge a battery.
The XMax V2 Pro is a portable vaporizer and the fact that it uses an external battery that you can swap in and out gives the device an advantage over vaporizers that use internal batteries. The weight vaporizer is .320 kg and the size is 18 x 6.5 x 5.5 cm. When thinking about the portability of this unit you must again consider the low cost of the vaporizer in comparison to its ability to vape 3 mediums, with the external battery. The slightly larger size and shape is a personal preference and if a smaller unit is what you are looking for that again we would recommend the Zeus Smite for a vaporizer in the same price range, or something like the PAX 3 which is a more expensive device.
Ease of Use
The XMax V2 Pro as we mentioned earlier uses the 1 button design that we are seeing in most portable vaporizers. The one button design makes the device harder to break, cheaper to make, and easy to use. There really isn’t a more simple design that can be made for this type of vaporizer. The only design that is easier is an on demand heating vaporizer that has little or no wait time such as the Firefly 2.
The XMax V2 Pro is designed to easily fit into your pocket, and the color options allow you to get one that helps to maintain a more discreet profile. Having said this, the device is larger than many of the smaller compact portable vaporizers and if discretion is something you are going for there are better options. A more discrete dry herb vaporizer that falls around the same price point is the Zeus Smite.
Our overall experience with the XMax V2 Pro 3 in 1 vaporizer was pretty good and this device is a good deal for how much it costs. It does work with all 3 mediums but is definitely suited best for dry herbs. When you look at it as primarily a dry herb performer, we think it is comparable in price and in performance to the Zeus Smite. The Zeus Smite is however a better deal and a more compact unit.
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