Let me preface this rather straight forward review that I’ve never been big on vaping my dry herb. It just seems sacrilege to me.
I’m more into the aesthetics of smoking. I live for the solemn, religious like effort that goes into rolling a blunt or joint, or grinding down some fresh herb into a fine dusty powder to pack into a trusty chillum. More than that, I enjoy the feeling smoking weed provides. That hot, tightly coiled feeling you get deep in your chest when you’ve just taken a massive hit of some mango haze. Your eyes swelling shut, salty water streaming down your face. Quite honestly crying like this is what makes some days bearable.
So I wasn’t super excited when I was tasked with reviewing the AGO Dry Herb Vaporizer. Not because it doesn’t look and function like an amazing dry herb vape, it’s just that, yeah, reference above.
The AGO Vaporizer is a portable, fairly easy to use Vape Pen designed for everyday use (more about that later). While lauding itself as being “discreet, compact and able to fit in just about any pocket” the truth is far less bedazzling. While compact, discreet the AGO is most certainly not. I wouldn’t classify it as a clanky behemoth, however, the AGO is large enough that you will need to maintain the same amount of discretion when you toke on it as you would pissing in public. Regardless, one major advantage of having such a sturdy dry herb vape pen is that you can essentially smoke weed anywhere. No more worries about misplaced hurricanes, gale storms or friends with hay fever as no wind will ever touch your weed. You simply push a button, smoke and sit back and style.
That being said, I gave it my best shot. Instead of smoking dry herb inside my AGO vaporizer I used Kif, which to me made more sense. Not only is Kif more potent, its consistency makes it much easier to fill inside a dry herb vaporizer. After pressing the power button on my AGO and setting it to its highest temperature setting I was able to produce a sizable amount of weed vapor. Nonetheless the burnt weed taste all dry herb vape pens such as the AGO produce made me put it down shortly thereafter and commence to blunt rolling.
- AGO Vaporizer Pen
- Packing Tool
- Cleaning Brush
- Silicone Storage Container
- USB Charger
- Wall Charger / Rechargeable Battery
- User Manual
- Protective Travel Case
- LCD Display Screen
- Ceramic Heating Chamber
How to Use Your AGO Dry Herb Vaporizer
Unless you have phantom limb syndrome, your AGO Dry Herb Vaporizer should be fairly easy to use, granted vaping dry herb is your thing:
- Your AGO vaporizer consists of a rechargeable battery, ceramic heating chamber (with coil inside to heat your dry herb) and the mouthpiece chamber connector part. All three of these components must be connected to successfully use your AGO Vaporizer.
- As with most rechargeable vape pens, to turn your on AGO press the power button quickly 5 times in a row
- While technically can use your AGO Dry Herb Vaporizer to vape concentrates it’s most ideally suited to vape dry herbs. To do so effectively, make sure you utilize a grinder (or other such device) to grind your herbs into a fine as powder as possible. Don’t ever shove a popcorn nug into your chamber as it will most certainly clog your chamber. One helpful suggestion would be to store your finely ground herbs in the silicone storage container. When it’s time to load your chamber, which will be often, stoner, you can pour your herbs right into your chamber. When you are ready to load your finely ground herbs, unscrew the heating chamber from the chamber connector and mouthpiece. Load your herbs into ceramic chamber and lightly pack it in.
- Reattach your mouthpiece and chamber connector by screwing it back on. Don’t apply too much pressure on your heating coils as they can easily damage.
- Press and hold the power button of the AGO vape to heat the coil inside the ceramic heating chamber. Press, hold, release and puff to your hearts rapid enjoyment. The trick is to take slow, gradual puffs as the coil heats up and burns your herb, or kief in my case.
I love an aesthetically pleasing vape, and the AGO delivers on this front. Similar to the Steamcloud EVOD which features a retro looking adjustable temperature dial located on the bottom, the AGO features an LED screen which displays the temperature at which your herb is burning. All you scientific stoners can now watch in rapt amazement at how your temperature increases (or decreases) depending on how long you heat your herbs.
One attribute of the AGO that falls into both a positive and negative is it’s size. It provides a long battery life that will allow you to heat your herbs at a consistent temperature for a few rounds. More about that in a minute.
It’s hard to give a positive review of something one is not into. When I used my AGO vape to vaporizer my herb, it did so without much of an issue. The vape itself is fairly complex looking, with many different chambers, doodads and whohas and such, but its ease of use is fairly intuitive. After reading through the instruction manual I was able to suss out how to use my AGO vape and found that it operates like your typical dry herb vaporizer. As I mentioned It is rather large, so you’re not going to be able to simply pull it out and vape with the discretion you would with a PAX vape, for example.
If you’re looking for a durable dry herb vape you could do a lot worse than the AGO vaporizer. While it operates no better (nor less) than other dry herb vapes on the market, one plus is that it provides a long battery life, thereby allowing you to keep the party going well into the day.
If you’re interested in trying one out for yourself grab one from our pals at NYVapeshop. They have a collection of some of the most popular vapes on the market and compete with most when it comes to price.
My name is Petey Wheatstraw, also known as Charles Stevens. I’m an avid marijuana smoker, writer, devoted father and non-profit minion– not necessarily in that order. A Chicago native I’ve lived off and on in the Bay Area since 1996. Seven years ago I finally settled here to capture the changing face of our communities.