Summit Plus, or the Summit+ as Vapium calls it, is a portable vaporizer that appeals to our wild side. It's not your average portable - no, this vape is designed for the great outdoors. It has a water resistant exterior that's rugged enough to sustain itself through quite a few drops, although we obviously wouldn't advise dropping it intentionally. Still, if it does happen to drop, the thick outer shell shielding its internal components is tough enough to likely withstand the drop so long as it's not from any kind of serious height. So for those who like to vape when they hike, this is an awesome little find. It may very well be one of the best portable vaporizers for hikers, or at least that's what we think. And we're definitely not the only ones.
As we previously noted in a post to our WordPress blog, Geek.com, VapeGuide.com, and others have acknowledged its durability in their own Summit+ reviews, which we've found to be consistent with our own findings. Daniel Starkey, writing for Geek.com, called it "the vape for the great outdoors" while noting that it's "sturdy enough" to take a bit of a walloping. So if you need a good vape for when you go out, something that won't break quite as easily as some of the other contenders for that space in your pocket, then the Summit vaporizer is right up your alley.
For water resistance, this rugged little vape uses an IP54 rated material. This doesn't mean you can go swimming with it, but it does mean that it can take a little splash here and there without any issues. So if you need something that won't die when it gets a little rain on it, here's your vape.
The Summit vaporizer, which costs roughly $150 at this time, is designed for the backcountry, according to its product description on the Vapium website. So if you're an outdoorsy person, this portable is one to take into consideration when you it comes time to look for your next vape. It's available in three colors: black, blue, and green. There's also a "Strain Hunters" edition, which is, according to Vapium's description of it on their website, "designed for the strain hunters." It's available in just one color, black, and comes with a strain hunters emblem emblazoned on its side.
Like quite a few modern portables, the Summit+ comes with an app that allows you to take control of its temperature, session time, and boost via your smartphone or similar device. It also boasts an ergonomic design which entails a rubberized grip, which makes it that much more appealing when using it outside because your chances or dropping it are reduced.
For its air/vapor path, Vapium went with laser welded stainless steel. As a result, the vapor it produces tastes better than you might expect. Not the best tasting but good enough for us to say that we don't mind puffing on this bad boy. Like the DaVinci IQ, it uses vibrations to let you know when it's ready to be used. This allows you to turn it on and put it back in your pocket while you wait for it to heat up. Once it's ready, it'll vibrate, letting you know that it's ready to go.
To power it, it uses a 3300 mAh lithium ion battery. And as you may have assumed, it is rechargeable. With its powerful internal battery, it's capable of reaching vaping temperatures as high as 440 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hotter than a lot of portables we've tested. The temperature range, for reference, spans from 330 degrees Fahrenheit to 440 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the equivalent to 160 degrees Celsius to 230 degrees Celsius.
Adding to its outdoor charm, its manufacturer made sure that it's capable of operating in extreme conditions. So if you live where it gets cold, no worries so long as the temperature doesn't drop below zero degrees Fahrenheit because it's capable of operating at such frigid temperatures. And if it gets hot where you're at, you'll be happy to find that it can operate without issue at up to 176 degrees Fahrenheit, which is a lot hotter than anywhere you'll find yourself.
Wondering about the warranty coverage? Vapium guarantees it against defects with its 2-year manufacturer's warranty. And for replacement parts, its manufacturer has made a point to make available basically everything you could ever need - replacement screens, mouthpieces, heating chamber lids, pick tools, and more.
Can it vape concentrates?
Vaping extracts is a possibility with this vape. To do it, all you need to do is drop a concentrate pad in the Summit's oven and add your extract to it. We've found that it works best at higher temperatures. This, to us, is basically borrowing from the Storz & Bickel method of vaping concentrates as these types of concentrate pads were something we first saw in the Volcano vaporizers. They're also used by Storz and Bickel's Plenty, Mighty, and Crafty vaporizers. Smart move on Vapium's part because who doesn't want the ability to vape concentrates with their portable? Right, no one. Awesome feature.
All things considered, we like the Summit+ by Vapium and all that it entails. It could be better, but for what it is -- a tough little portable fit for the great outdoors -- it's pretty darn solid and we couldn't ask for much more. But if we were to, we'd like to see a completely waterproof vape, but that seems like a bit too much to ask - who knows. We'd also like to see improved vapor production but for a portable, we'd still consider its vapor quality to be above average. So there it is. Our thoughts on the Summit+, a cheap portable vaporizer with a rugged appeal that can handle dry blends and concentrates. Good price, tough design, and more features than we would have expected from it. Props to Vapium for putting this little beast together.
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