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Review: QuickDraw 300 DLX by Hold Your Fire

I finally broke my old, generic table-top vaporizer a few weeks back. I was finishing an editing pass through my novel, The Tiger’s Revenge, when an errant foot pulled the battle-scarred box by its electrical cord off this godforsaken slab that occasionally serves as a work desk and into vaporizer oblivion.

Old Yeller cost me $60 about seven years ago. It did yeoman’s work, sending somewhat smoky vapor through a clear plastic tube, which turned an increasingly evil shade of yellow-brown over time.

Old Yeller was landlocked, not portable at all. Vape pens were a dream, and an expensive one, when Old Yeller was new. Now, the enthusiast has options. The Quick Draw 300 is not a perfect vape pen, but it is an excellent value for vaping flowers at a sticker price of only $100. However, for $40 more, you can purchase a significant upgrade in versatility with the QuickDraw DLX.

Like the Christian God, the QuickDraw DLX is a three-in-one proposition: It can vape dry herb, liquids, and extracts. Three different bullet-shaped pods hold the good stuff. Each slots magnetically into the top. The user inserts the rubberized mouthpiece, and is ready to go in good (and short) order.

I do advise users to RTFM. The DLX’s system of pressing its button three times to turn it on, then hold for three seconds to begin heating up was a little confusing at first. But the glossy card’s directions are very clear, once consulted.

A lot of the DLX’s value comes from its three different functions. But if you’re like me and don’t see a lot of utility in concentrated cannabis (editor’s note: we’ll turn Claude on to dabs soon enough), the other two pods may languish in the sexy packaging.

The 300 DLX may prove to pique an interest in concentrates and extracts since one of the drawbacks of vaping dry weed is the size of the bullet-pod. Not a lot goes in there, and a pod of oil would last longer.

So the need to reload limits the DLX’s portability. My New Zealand-born consultant found its dry herb vapor stream thin, and repacking the little bullet on the sidewalk outside our favored barroom, Aces, was a challenge. The DLX comes with tiny spoons that make loading and extracting spent dry herb a snap. But, again, the little spoons are not practical when out in my natural environment of the Tenderloin.

I thought the cigar puff it requires a little more effort than is ideal. The PAX 2 ($279.99) draws easier through hard plastic molded for human lips; the DLX’s rubber conical mouthpiece retains some saliva residue, making sharing awkward. The PAX is short enough to fit in a shirt pocket; the DLX is a couple inches longer.

But at $130 cheaper, I can live with that.

I was on the fence about the DLX until it proved itself at an overnight birthday party in Sonoma for my associate, Eliza Dapper. With a million stars above, and chair and table available for easy reloads, a group of infrequent smokers found the vaping experience low impact and extremely fruitful. As long I kept reloading.

THE VERDICT

Cool Factor: Moderate. A couple of years ago, it would have been incredibly cool, but more expensive vape pens are sexier. The slotting magnetic bullet pods and three-in-one flexibility are appealing, however.

Practicality: With dry weed, it needs a lot of reloading, reducing portability. Using liquids and extracts may improve on this.

Affordability: At a list price of $140, this is an affordable vape pen. Especially for the Bay Area resident who is not part of the tech boom — or the novelist stuck low on the mid-list. Really low.

Overall: Three-in-one flexibility makes this a great value, even if its output of vapor is not up to Snoop Dogg standards.

Score: 4/5