Product Review: Magic Flight Launch Box Portable Vaporizer
Like many of you, for a long time I thought that there were only so many avenues to enjoy your favorite tobacco. You’ve got spoons, water pipes, papers, wraps, one-hitters. Occasionally someone would get creative at a hangout and whip up something out of tin foil or an apple but for the most part I only knew of a few ways to indulge. However, that all changed one fateful night when a friend from out of town introduced me to the Magic Flight Launch Box. My eyes were opened to a whole new world: no lighters, no mess, hardly any prep, and a very clean and smooth experience. I was not only enchanted with its ease of use but also its handsome and elegant appearance. But is it worth the hype and the price?
Typically you’ll find these guys priced around $116-125. As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m a big believer in “you get what you pay for,” especially in the world of glass and smoking instruments. That spoon you got from the plastic fishbowl for $4, even if it looks identical to a $20 one you passed over, is priced $4 for a reason. You can’t even buy a decent hoagie for $4.
The Launch Box comes in a tin containing the box, two rechargeable batteries (with charger and protector caps), a brush for cleaning, and the stem. It’s easy to assemble and pretty much good to go fresh out of the package. The Launch Box also touts the title of being the world’s smallest electronic vaporizer.
Though it may look daunting, it’s actually super easy to use. Fill the trench with your favorite ground blend (loosely), close the lid, insert the stem and press a battery into the slot. You’ll end up holding it much like you would a regular spoon, with your thumb keeping the battery in place. After about 3 or 4 seconds the unit will have reached 380 F which vaporizes without toasting, and a slow draw for 12-14 seconds completes the process. You essentially control the temperature with your draw, so think like the tortoise: slow and steady wins the race.
The discreet nature, lack of need for lighters, and compact design of the Launch Box make it a desirable product for the out and about smoker. You’ll get about 30 minutes of continuous smoking from one battery, and the fact that it comes with two ensures you plenty of time. It also holds a fair amount and functions well as a solo activity or in a group setting. The construction is sturdy, and it comes with a functional lifetime warranty. You can’t beat that.
You will have to more or less assemble it every time you want to use it, which can be a pain if you’re going for discretion, plus you’ll have to try your best to keep all the pieces together, though all of them are available for re-order should you lose a battery or a stem. You also MUST remember to remove the battery after each use or you will cross from vaporizing to smoking and toast your goods.
As far as taste, quality, and control goes the Box is hard to beat. It’s also nice to be able to see the process happening through the clear. If you’re in the market for a pocket vaporizer this is worth consideration, and if you’re feeling fancy, they make a monocle edition as well that’ll be sure to impress the next time you pass Go and collect $200.
- Seymour Glass