This is the Zephyr Ion, a solid desktop vaporizer that uses balloons and works with both dry herbs and concentrates. Build quality is good, it’s easy to use, and the vapor it produces is smooth, tasty and potent.
It’s not quite as refined and luxurious as the Volcano for example, which is another very popular balloon vape, but it comes pretty close in the performance department.
Vapor quality is up there, it has a ceramic heating element that does a great job of keeping the flavor of the vapor nice and pure.
The valves and balloons are also pretty nice, not the most elegant but very decent and easy to use. I like the material of the bags too, it’s just like the Volcano and I’ve been using the same one for over 2 months now with no signs of wear and no vapor leakage.
The two biggest negatives are: 1) the air pump used to fill the bags is kinda on the loud side and a little cheap sounding, like a fish tank pump, and 2) sometimes when you push in the valve and then let it go the skin on the side of your finger can get pinched a little.
Anyway, you hit the power button at the top to turn it on. It’s gonna start heating up to the last temperature that it was set at. I had mine set at 365 Fahrenheit. That’s a pretty good average, middle of the road temperature to vape at. Once it reaches the target temperature, that’s when you can attach your balloon to the top piece here. This is where the vapor comes out. Then it’s got one other button right here to turn on the built-in fan. Now when you turn on this fan, that’s what’s gonna push the hot air through your material, up into the balloon.
Now your material is inside this top piece here, and to access it, what you do is just pull on this little latch on the front, opens up, you’ll see that there is a screen in this top piece and then they have this little thing, I forgot exactly what they call this, but it’s basically the herb holder. But you can remove it, it’s stainless steel and it has like a durable plastic holder. So the part that you hold it from does not get hot, although the actual chamber itself will get hot.
And then inside here, there’s another screen at the bottom of the chamber. So you basically put enough dry herbs into at least cover the bottom screen completely. If you want to put a little more in, you’ll get thicker vapor and you’ll get more vapor, and you’ll be able to fill more balloons.
So right now, I have probably .2-.25 in here, which is really not that much. So, I’m gonna put it back in, just close the latch on top, I’m still at 365. So the way that this balloon and valve works is, by default it’s in the closed position so no air can come in or out. And then when you push it in with your finger, that’s what opens up the valve and that’s how this is gonna fill up right now. So, you’re gonna push it in to open the valve and then you’re gonna stick it on top and now it is attached, and I kinda do also like how it has the balloon material that’s similar to the Volcano. Nice high quality, it stays up in the position that you put it in while it’s filling, it’s kinda convenient. Some other balloon vapes have bags that do this while it’s filling up and then it’s all over the place. Anyway, I like it like this.
Now you’re ready to go. Hit that fan button to start filling the balloon. Now this is one of the few negatives I’ve found with the Zephyr Ion, you hear that sound? The pump or the fan, whatever’s driving the air up, it’s kinda noisy. Sounds almost like a fish tank pump. I don’t know, it’s kinda just, it seems a little weird. But it’s effective. You’ll see it doesn’t take very long to fill the balloon. Even on 365, you’ll get pretty dense vapor. I did grind my dry herbs very fine right now, so that will also affect the density, how fine your grind.
Once the bag fills up, turn off the fan, pull the valve off the top and then the valve will close when you let go of it, but you’ll see that some vapor did escape when I pulled it off. It’s hard to avoid that. If you get really good at it and get your technique down, you probably can pull it off faster and not really let any escape but, either way it’s not a huge deal.
Now it’s time to vape. All you do when you’re ready to take your draw is squeeze in the valve thing, and then pull. So what’s cool about this one is that even though it might not be as high quality and refined as the Volcano the performance is pretty close. Vapor quality is pretty close, very good. The vapor from this, especially at a temperature like this, around 365, like a middle temperature, the vapor is very smooth. Has a really nice flavor, very pure, very clean tasting.
I really like this vape, if I didn’t have a Volcano or if I couldn’t afford a Volcano, this right now would be my next option or my next recommendation. So sometimes balloon vapes like this one are not fantastic, like if you wanna vape .1 or something or really small amounts or if you only want a few draws at a time, these vapes are typically better for vaping at least, roughly .25 which really isn’t that much actually. And then, from that amount, you’ll get at least, three nice bag fulls of vapor. So, efficiency is pretty good.
When you’re done, you’re material afterwards is not gonna be black or really dark. This is a full convection vape, so your material is actually only gonna be probably like a light medium brown color, ya know? It’s gonna be very evenly vaped. So that’s what’s cool about a vape like this. The balloon only aspect kinda limits how you can use it but they do perform really well and it produces really nice vapor.
Cleaning and maintenance will not be too big of a deal with this one. You’re gonna wanna just brush out the, chamber, the screens. Brush them off after each use if you can. Every once in a while, you are gonna wanna take the screens out, clean them in some alcohol. Whatever, you’re gonna wanna clean this piece at the top which isn’t gonna be too difficult to clean. So, that’s really it, just this top area. Now the balloons, they do seem like they’re gonna last a nice while. I’ve had this one for about 2 months already and it’s still fine, no leaks, nothing like that. The valve, you might want to clean it every once in a while a little bit, touch it up.
The only other thing about the valve that I’m not completely thrilled with is that, the way it’s designed, sometimes if you have big fingers or if you’re not really super careful, it could like catch the side of your finger, your skin a little bit. There’s a piece, when you’re pushing it in and stuff. I don’t know, it’s not terrible, it doesn’t hurt but it’s like a little pinch. So, if they were ever gonna upgrade this or update it, that might be something to work on. But other than that, I think the valve is cool. It works well. It’s the second best one I’ve reviewed so far next to the Volcano. Alright, so that’s pretty much all there is to this one. Nice and simple but good performance, strong vapor. I like it.
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have owned a zephyr ion vape for over three years and am sick of replacing heating elements. element never lasts more than six months. I use it once a day, keep it clean and never leave it running after balloon is full. $60 for the element and time it takes to get one and install it makes this one poor choice to spend over $300 for.
Bought a Zephyr Ion aprx 6 months ago on ebay for about 3 bills, maybe less, its been awhile. Anyway, I dont typically weigh in on product reviews, but this one does deserve a thumbs up. I got interested in vaping around the time i was considering quiting smoking cigerettes, and i wanted to cut out all carcinagens(sp?) so i did as much research on desktop vapes as i could find and went ahead and made a blind purchase, other then what i found online. I couldnt had been more pleased with my purchase. I have since tryed a volcano for comparison sake, and the volcano is all around a sleeker product, the mouthpiece is a little better, the unit itself looks more appealing to the eye…who cares, have you seen the price tag? Thos two cosmetic things are not worth the extra $200-300 extra. Not in my opinion at least. The Zephyr is a excellent unit and is affordable in comparison. I cant find anything negative about it, and the vapor is excellent. Very full and rich. You really taste yr herb, and that is important to me. Very worth the spend.
The one thing about any reviews of the products out there is none have mentioned nothing about:
What happens when the item breaks.
The Zephyur Ion is amazingly great. The fan noise by the way is nothing. For us anyway.
But getting the Zephur Ion fixed is another story. We had to ship it back 2 times and it took a total of 8 months or so to get it right. We had a bad time of it (medically) because it works so well. I wish the fix time was a lot sooner and I wish they got it fixed the first time around.
Thank you for letting me post!
I too had an issue, but it was fixed and back to me in 3 days, at their expense on shipping. The issue they had to fix was even no fault of theirs, it was damaged in shipping but they still fixed it. Not sure who yr vendor was, but ALWAYS research yr seller.
did you know that they sell a whip adapter for direct inhalation.
hey there, huge fan of your reviews! I currently only have portable vapes (NO2 and MFLB) and am looking to get a desktop model. Really torn between the Zephr Ion and the Plenty. I don’t really have a preference as far as balloon versus whip style, all that matters to me is vapor quality and efficiency. Which of these products (zephr or plenty) would you say gets the most out of your herbs? Thanks!
I just want to say that this thing is amazing im glad you like it to. In my opinion it beats he volcano in the bag can be filled in 30 seconds! the bapor you get from this thing is amazing. only vaporizer my brother couldn’t handle and had a panic attack which was funny when he chilled out. 10/10 in my book! Everything about it is sweet.
whats up bud! I have been following your reviews now for about two years ever since I bought my first vaporizer. After I saw how many you had it looked amazing to be able to try all those so I started collecting you can say about 16 total and all on your list. Everything you said about every vaporizer was dead on. I always have wanted a volcano but never could stomach that much money for it so I pulled the trigger on this one… looks pretty sweet cant wait to try it out. Thanks for your videos man! Im just a guy whos 28 and loves to blaze!
how soon less then 3months or . trying to figure if I should get both might and mini and give the lest fav to my bro or get 2 of the top 2 rated by you cause we currently sharing a volcano but moving out in 2-4months currently engaged :) :( :/ :| not sure on married life but 11years in with her tmi