I got one of VRIPtech's new heat wand and here is a brief review. The VRIP heat wand (VHW) takes the place of the Steinel heat gun and is much easier to use due to it's weight. The heat wand uses a ceramic based heating element and then is encapsulated in glass. To my knowledge, this is one of the only vaporizers with a 100% glass vapor path. There are two intakes that cause the air to swirl past these cork screw like design in the heat wand's glass sleeve. If you owned VRIP stuff before, you can re-use every piece except for the upper part of the VCB bowl. You will need to get the new shorty intake to make it work with the VHW.
I recently became familiar with inline diffusers and plan on getting one shortly but in the meantime, I am using VRIP's VWT which is basically a simple beaker shaped water pipe with an ice catcher. It's about 12 inches tall and is very basic and simple. I've collected quite a few vaporizers over the last 10 years and always liked using the VRIP set up but hated the heat gun. I switched over to Vapor Bros, Vaporfection, Extreme, and SSV but I just didn't like vaping from hoses or bags as much. With the VHW, you can finally vape in the same manner that you smoked.
So after letting the VHW warm up for 5 minutes, I connected it the intake bowl and began taking big inhales. The vapor to air ratio is very high, and you get some of the tastiest, moisturized vapor hits possible. I believe that because the air/vapor path is 100% glass, you get to taste the vapor in it's most unaltered state. All in all, I give the VHW a thumbs up and hopefully, due to it's modular approach, people that wanted to vaporize but didn't like to use hoses or bags can now use the VHW to retrofit their existing glass.
All in all, I am very satisfied with this vaporizer. From ease of use, to quality and taste of vapor, I think this should be unit that people should consider if they want to switch to vaporizing but don't want to get rid of their old water pipes
Here is a short video review - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-9zVDGh85s
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