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Review: Lookah Firebee 510 Battery
Most members of the cannabis community who consume on the regular have experienced 510 cartridges, or "carts." Those of us who have embraced 510 tech and employ it to medicate when goin' mobile have experienced a love/hate relationship with this vaping standard—due to the overwhelmingly crappy hardware that is most available.
A visit to most licensed retail cannabis dispensaries—medical or adult-use—will provide a small selection of 510 vape pen batteries. Most run about $10-15. Anything more expensive is a hard sell when the customer is there for loose leaf for their bowls and bongs or concentrate for their dab rig.
For years, I have been using such vape pen batteries to power my mobile cannabis consumption. And for years I've been frustrated. Typically due to a lack of reliability and quality. Hey, I get it, life is expensive. If I have to spend an SUV tank of gas for a reliable vape pen battery, I'm down for that. Whatever it takes. I'm just frustrated.
"For years, I have been using such vape pen batteries to power my mobile cannabis consumption. And for years I've been frustrated."
At the desktop level, Volcano vaporizers and MiniNail dab rigs have kept me happy for what is quickly becoming decades. But when mobile, my options have been limited and frustrating: A cone of loose-leaf (that will produce quite a bit of aroma and alert many in my environment) or a more discreet vape pen that allows me to limit the experience to a puff or two if I choose.
510 vs. Disposable
Review: Lookah Firebee 510 Battery. These days, a vape pen can manifest in many forms. Primarily, there is the 510 cart attached to a battery/atomizer scenario or a disposable vape, which sometimes includes a USB charging port and typically features no button.
Convenience is king with disposable vapes. I can see why the world loves then. The problem with them? Cost and environmental impact.
Pretty high tech, eh? Just inhale and a sensor identifies the airflow and turns on the battery and you're good to go. A popular example of this model includes Packwoods brand disposable vapes from Los Angeles that are so commonly available throughout the United States.
Convenience is king with disposable vapes. I can see why the world loves then. The problem? Cost and environmental impact. I paid $12 for a 1g 510 cart, while the same underground dealer hit me for $20 for the Packwoods disposable model. That's nearly double for the same amount of medicine. For patients who burn through one of these in only a day or two, that's a serious impact to one's monthly budget.
The Appeal of 510
Review: Lookah Firebee 510 Battery. Call me a dinosaur, but I have always liked 510 standard tech for its potential, but not necessarily its implementation. There's plenty of low quality and frustrating 510 products on the market, both underground and legal retail. Which is part of what makes the appeal of the Firebee so strong.
"My collection of defective 510 carts immediately began to shrink after I got a Lookah Firebee."
My collection of defective 510 carts immediately began to shrink after I got a Lookah Firebee. Carts that had simply not performed when mated to a conventional $10 "tourist" throwaway vape battery were puffing large clouds when screwed into the Firebee. In this respect, my CPA would be proud: The Firebee instantly paid for itself by making use of my collection of dusty neglected 510 vape carts—most of which I assumed were clogged or defective for one reason or another and would never again yield medicine.
Add USB-C & 650 mAh
Add USB-C charging, an Aquaman-sized battery (650 mAh), a dedicated heatup period when powered on (smart and effective), and a fun and intuitive digital display and you have what may just be America's best vape pen. Regardless of price.
If you're a fan of 510 vape carts but, like me and many cannabis consumers, are frustrated by the relatively low quality of most vape cart batteries, look no further than the Lookah Firebee. At under $25, this impressive unit will take your 510 experience from mediocre to mighty overnight.
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