Silver Surfer Vaporizer Review
The Good:A high quality direct draw vaporizer that will last for many years of use. A truly customizable unit that can match each user perfectly.
The Bad:The unit is slightly pricey for a vaporizer that does not offer a balloon bag function.
This vaporizer is for a person that wants a direct draw unit that will be their daily driver for a long time.
DESIGN AND AESTHETICS
The Silver Surfer whip style vaporizer is easy to use, pleasing to have out on the counter-top and built to last for years down the line. Constructed of thick anodized aluminum, the SSV can take more of a beating than any wooden desktop vape around. Each vaporizer comes within a padded bag that holds the unit and all of the glass components for safe & easy transportation.
The downward facing heater cover allows for the wand to connect without the herb falling forward and combusting on the heating element. A lot of vapes have a male heater cover and the herb ends up overheating, leaving it blackened or ashy. The dial control can provide very accurate vaporization, even without a digital temperature display. Plus each knob is unique, as 7th Floor blows all of the Silver Surfer glass by hand in Colorado. Every SSV unit is truly a work of art that is open to some serious customization with all of the color selections and accessories available.
WHICH IS BETTER, THE STANDARD OR GROUND GLASS?
The choice of a heater cover is truly a matter of preference, as what each can offer is slightly different. The standard style was the first available and can still be purchased to this day. This heater cover does not create a hands free connection; however it does allow for the user to twist the wand while inhaling, providing more even vaporization. The herb does not need to be stirred as often with the standard wand.
The second option is the ground glass set up that creates a seal when connected and prevents the user from having to hold the wand in place. The hands free style is very convenient and the airtight seal means more hot air passes over the herb, allowing for larger clouds of vapor. The ground glass is offered in two different styles as well, the regular and spherical. The regular has a tighter seal and the spherical allows for the wand to be turned when connected to the heater cover, similar to the standard style of wand.
The newest design that 7th Floor offers is spherical glass, which is a slight combination of the other two styles. The spherical heater cover has a large ground glass cup that creates a tight seal with the wand. However, it is similar to the ball joint in one’s shoulder and the wand can be rotated while connected to the heater cover. This provides the solid connection of ground glass with the ability to prevent the herb from overheating in one spot. Any Silver Surfer unit can have both the heater cover and wand replaced to switch to which ever style of glass the user likes most.
WHERE SHOULD THE DIAL BE SET?
The Silver Surfer generally works best when the dial is set to 2 o’clock; however there are a few factors that should be taken into account when considering where to set the temperature. To start, set the dial all the way to the maximum and the unit will heat up quicker this way. Do not leave it set to this level when vaporizing though, as it will cause the material to burn. If the herb being used is of the drier persuasion, set the unit to about noon and slowly turn it up from there
WHY DOES MY HERB KEEP BURNING?
If you find that the herb is burning every time you attempt to vaporize, the unit is likely set too high. Start by turning the dial back and then slowly raising the temperature until vapor production begins. Also consider that the amount of herb packed into the wand can affect how quickly it may combust. Cover the surface area of the screen in the wand and do not fill it over an eighth of the way up. Remember to never exhale back into the whip while drawing on it, as this will cause the herb to blow into the heater cover and catch fire.
WHAT ACCESSORIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE SSV?
The Silver Surfer is definitely one of the most customizable vaporizers available. The unit itself comes with a very nice bag and a metal stir tool with a glass tip for tapping the herb down. All of the glass components are hand blown in Colorado and can be replaced by a wide variety of custom made pieces. Each SSV comes with clear tubing, but there is colored tubing available to spice up the vaporizer. Even the base of the unit can be swapped out for a range of different colors, making every Silver Surfer special to their owner.
If you’ve already purchased a SSV Standard Vaporizer and want a hands free connection, you basically have two options. 1) You can purchase a new ground glass heater cover and wand or 2) you can purchase a SSV Hands Free Attachment (shown above). For those who like a cooler vapor experience, 7th Floor offers the Vapor Tamer. This attachment is placed in the freezer prior to use, where the glycerin within the glass cools, but does not freeze. It then replaces the mouthpiece and produces an icy draw that is smoother than ever before. Perfect for those who like thicker vapor, but wish to avoid any harshness that may occur.
CAN I VAPORIZE OILS WITH THE SSV?
There is an available wand that features a small indent within the glass to hold the oil perfect distance from the heating element. This wand is designed for whose who prefer to vaporize concentrates over dry herbs. A higher temperature setting is required and it may take some trial & error to discover the sweet spot. After extensive use, it can easily be cleaned with some isopropyl alcohol, just like a dry herb wand.
The Silver Surfer is certainly one of the most reliable desktop units on the market. The dial temperature control provides a wide range, with the heating element allowing for a rather quick heat up. Hand blown glass will last longer than anything that comes from a factory and these artists know what they are doing. The anodized aluminum housing is also built to last for a long time.
This vaporizer is perfect for those seeking both efficiency and simplicity. Though it may lack any sort of bag functionality, the Silver Surfer makes up for it with how much it can be customized. Between all of the various color & glass options, possibilities are virtually endless. Plus all of the different attachments that enhance the overall performance, the Silver Surfer is always one of a kind.
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