Don’t Be Scared of the Ghost MV1
There’s a learning curve — but boy, is it worth it.
Have you ever been haunted by insufficient vapor? Have the ghouls of weak batteries and inconsistent performance come to moan outside your window? Even for some of the industry’s most acclaimed brands, building the perfect vaporizer remains an elusive goal. That’s still the case, but the Ghost MV1 is possibly as close as we’ve come.
The first thing to know about this rechargeable unit for ground flower and concentrates is that it’s not designed to live in your pocket. Technically, the MV1 is portable, but this dense chunk of hardware is ideally suited for stationary activities. To be fair, the heft of the MV1 also means that it’s far less easy to lose — an issue that occasionally plagues even the most mindful of consumers.
More importantly, the design of the MV1 isn’t simply intended to provide users with a substitute doorstop. Instead, the majority of the space is devoted to a portable battery. What’s that you say? A portable battery? Yes! The MV1 may not be the only vaporizer on the market to eschew portability for battery life, but it’s quite possibly the highest-quality unit to make that call. One can charge the MV1 either with a USB port and by removing the battery and charging it with a dock accessory. The latter provides for a much faster charge — under an hour versus multiple hours by USB — as long as you remember to put the battery on the dock after use.
The Ghost MV1 also offers a number of other neat features, including a well-designed app for remotely controlling temperature and tweaking settings. Those concerned with how their vaporizer looks will be delighted to learn that unit is available in five finishes: Black Chrome, Rose Gold, Nickel, Satin Silver, and Stealth Edition (aka black). In short, the MV1 has all the capabilities and customization you’d expect from a unit that basically costs $300. What sets it apart from the competition is its patented heating technology — the Ghost heats quickly, finds your ideal temperature, and stays there for as long as you’d like.
For anyone wondering how this isn’t a prerequisite for a luxury vaporizer, you’re not wrong. Almost any model that costs even half of what the MV1 retails for is going to come equipped with personalized temperature settings and a claim that it can reach your preferred heat in a matter of seconds. The MV1 does heat fast, although it would be more accurate to classify it as “under a minute” than “in seconds.” More than the time saved, it’s the quality of the vapor produced that puts this vaporizer in a league of its own.
The process that produces this rich vapor is the very reason some consumers may not wish to bother with the MV1. This is definitely a device that comes with a learning curve. It’s not that the unit is profoundly difficult to understand — although it is one of the more complex options on the market — but simply that the ideal results will only come with a bit of experimentation.
Unlike most handheld vaporizers that have an oven built into the device, the Ghost MV1 utilizes a portable crucible that is removed from the unit, packed with flower or concentrate, then placed back inside. These crucibles aren’t very generous in volume, so it’s quite helpful to have four or five of them around. That way, you can pack multiple crucibles before consuming with a large group and not have to worry about pausing to reload halfway through.
What you’ll need to discover on your own is precisely how full you’ll want your crucibles. The quality and density of vapor varies depending on how tightly the material is packed, so it’s best to mess around. The same can also be said for how finely the flower is ground and what temperature best suits these multiple variables — all of which will change based on the strain.
It’s important to clarify that consumers shouldn’t expect a profoundly suboptimal experience if they don’t have the patience to experiment with different packs, temps, and grinds. This is a quality vaporizer regardless of how intricately you care to explore it, but should you be willing to put in the time, the vapor is quite honestly unparalleled. Given the MV1 is an “on demand” vaporizer — meaning the flower is heated for a consumer’s desired duration as opposed to maintaining the temp for a set period of time — there is something undeniably fresher about the vapor this device produces. As someone who likes dense, thick vapor, the MV1 delivers on that count as well.
If you’re not put off by the thought of adding an extra step or two to your vaporizing ritual, the Ghost MV1 will reward you for your labors.
Ghost MV1 ($295) is available at ghostvapes.com.