Plenty vaporizer review:
So I end up at THC bright and early Friday morning (Jan/31) as they unlocked the doors. When staff handed me the Plenty I said it looked smaller than I remembered, but the staff said it was the same and it took a few minutes for him to realize it was different!
Plenty went on a crash diet and looks mahvelous!
Apparently I was the first one to buy the just-in improved model.... Whereas before it looked awkward and gangly, with an oversized thermometer, now it was smaller and more streamlined. Initially it feels awkward but after using it a bit you come to recognize how well designed it is – it is actually unique in that is very user-friendly and can be use in a wide variety of positions and situations.
The Plenty lays down two laws right from the start, but aside from these you can pretty much do whatever you want.
1) Hold me here! The only place to hold the Plenty is by the easy-grip handle. AS a safety feature it shuts of automatically after reaching the desired temperature and stays off for 90 seconds. To restart the heater you just lightly touch the handle and it will go on again after 90 seconds are up. The heater retains heat for a long time so it’s very easy and intuitive to use.
2) Don’t try to sit me up! One thing that initially makes the Plenty awkward is that you can’t sit it down in the way one would think is logical. What would normally be the base has been deliberately curved so you cannot do it. The only way to put it down is on its side, which means it automatically shuts off when put down but easily restarts.
The only other thing you must keep in mind is the obvious - metal parts can get very hot and one should make a habit to always avoid touching them – ESPECIALLY THE DOUBLE HELIX HEAT OBSORBER. It can cause serious burns. Also the herb chamber can get very hot. Most of the other metal parts and the liquid pad cool down reasonably fast. The body itself can get very hot but is unlikely to cause burns. In fact, I suspect many will find the heater comforting on cold winter nights. Although the unit can get very hot they have designed it well, so that if you are reasonably cautious and aware you will be safe. The plastic casing housing the herb chamber is easily removed as it has large grips.
I had not slept at all the night before I got it and slept three hours on each of the two nights before that, and now 2 weeks later I’m just getting over the insomnia. Because of this my tremors from parkinson’s (shakes) have increased a lot. During this whole time I had no problems handling the vaporizer, it all fits together easily and the hardest thing is grinding the herb. I haven’t spilt anything either.
One thing that makes the Plenty unique is how user-friendly it is. There are many casual ways to hold it and it can even easily hang out on your hand if you want. You can hold it at any angle and easily type, channel surf, or whatever while at the same time toking. I found myself using it while watching tv in bed, casually laying it bedside me in between tokes.
As a medical user who often can`t sleep longer than 3 hours the Plenty enables me to turn it on and wait about 3 minutes before vaping what is left over from the night before, all without actually getting out of bed, just laying there. Before I would have to get out of bed to prepare and vape it, waking up in the process.
It has the same heater type as its sibling the volcano. The herb chamber is large and wide, giving the herb maximum exposure. The first 2 or 3 tokes you won`t get any vapor – lots of flavour though. When the vapor starts you will probably feel it as a little harsh as although the double helix does an excellent job of cooling it down, the initial harshness is usually caused by the fine grind vaporizing pollen etc. Once the vapor starts each toke will hit you hard and fast. On the first 3 days I had 3 strains (vanilla kush, og kush and chemo) all heavy indicas. I hadn’t smoked in a week and found that it was a little too racy, especially after using HerbalAires balloon method for the last 5 years, which takes about 10 minutes to really feel and can be subtle. In comparison I felt (and looked) wasted. On the 4th day I got some Jean Guy, which was not as over powering.
It may seem ironic but as much as like to get as high as the next head, as a medical user I prefer not feeling wasted first thing in the day. Now I will probably get use to it, but several people reviewing Plenty on youtube (seasoned users) said it was great but maybe a little too strong!! On the positive side, you don’t need to smoke much and because of the wide herb chamber it vaporizes quickly, so it’s very quick in comparison to Herbalaires balloon – it takes so little time, in fact, that the ritual side of the experience seems to disappear. Although you don’t need very much it will be hard for me to limit myself to a few tokes at a time.