- No electricity needed
- Easy to Load
- Butane Lasts Long Time
- Catalytic process smells
I am a sucker for good technological design. From minimalist smartphones to high end bikes and anything in between, vaporizers included. Probably the most visually striking vaporizer on the market, the Iolite Wispr vaporizer from Oglesby & Butler is on deck for today’s review. This vape hails from Ireland, and is definitely the second most unusual vape I have ever tested behind the original iolite. Like its sibling, the Wispr uses butane to heat metal that creates a conduction vaporizer. Thats a bit crazy. Lets see if they have improved upon the original, which is a vape I liked after I got over the butane aspect.
Out of the box the Wispr has a non-padded case, (the Iolite’s was padded) and some cleaning tools, and a grinder card. I really like these grinder cards, they can be a bit messy, but they are ultra-convenient, and a smart addition to the package.
The mouthpiece and the chamber are one piece, so don’t pack too hard, or airflow will be impeded. Iolite recommends that you use high grade butane that has been filtered many times.(5X?) I did read on some forums that these don’t like low grade, or using multiple brands over time, so start with one that is good and stick with it. So with some quintuple filtered butane, I fill it up. There is a window that shows butane level, an upgrade from the Iolite, which had no window and always kept you guessing.
Once loaded, first turn on the unit by sliding the clicker down a bit, and you should hear the gas flowing. Push down the clicker once more, and the unit should ignite internally. You should hear this happen, sort of a low roar sound. An orange light turns on on the side, and goes off after approx 45 seconds to tell you its up to temp. The gas will go off…this is okay, it has an internal thermostat that will turn it back on when it needs to, which I think is the most impressive part of Iolites vapes.
The unit is definitely emanating heat. There is a slight smell of butane…but it goes away within a moment. I found that the side opposite the mouthpiece was much less warm to the touch, and the best place to hold it.
The chamber holds enough for two to share, but its a portable so you will be reloading often. As long as you have a can of butane with you, this thing will last a very long time. I found that a full tank would last me up to ten sessions, depending on the size of the session.
The unit comes with extra mouthpiece tips, but unlike the Iolite, no extra mouthpiece extensions. The tube is short, and the vapors could use a few more inches to cool down. It does fold away for travel, which is nice.
Overall I was impressed with the Wispr. I didn’t really like smelling the butane but I like not being tied to an electrical outlet,. Butane power opens doors for this vape that don’t exist for electric models. The loads were never over baked, they seem to have the temperature regulated properly. I like this design, its unusual and doesn’t look at all like a vaporizer. It travels nicely, and did survive the drop test. Its a pretty good vape!
After being skeptical at first, I am feeling that the Wispr should be a part of my daily rotation.
|Iolite Wispr 2 Portable|
|Heat-up time||~ 1 minute|
|VERDICT: When it works right, the Wispr can be your best friend.|