Kickin’ It Old School with the Vaporbrothers

Remember Pogs? Back when I first started smoking weed, I distinctly remember the time I dug up an old Pog tube and turned it into a bong using a hard plastic silly-straw as a stem and a trumpet mouthpiece for a bowl. It was a monument to my transition from tween to full-blown stoner — and, appropriately, my mom found it immediately and grounded me.

Some things are timeless, and a homemade bong is one of them. Another is the Vaporbrothers VB1 Desktop Vaporizer. In a world increasingly dominated by high-tech cannabis apparati, the VB1 still does the trick, and does it well. Interestingly enough, when Vaporbrothers were building their first prototype in 1999, they did so using makeshift tools and objects they found lying around their houses in West L.A.

Today, the whip-based technology is ridiculously simple to use: Turn the knob on the box, and grind some flowers while it heats up. Then, place the flowers in the bulb at the end of the tube, put the bulb on the glowing thingy in the box, and breath through the other end of the tube.

That’s it. Leave the digital heat sensor at the door — we’re about to listen to ska, watch some Seinfeld and get high as hell. See ya after Y2K.

The Verdict

Cool Factor: The black model is sleek and low-key for a desktop vaporizer. There’s also the nostalgia factor, which is rad. It’s kind of the vaporizer equivalent to owning a record player.

Practicality: Super practical. While the whip device may seem cumbersome, it actually coils nicely around the box. In fact, with so few moving parts, it boasts some serious durability. While they don’t come with an official guarantee, Vaporbrothers claims that the VB1 can last for up to 10 years — and I believe ’em. Of course, the downside is portability, but they don’t claim this to be a virtue. (It’s called a “desktop vaporizer” for a reason.) However, the fact that it uses AC power means you’ll never run out of juice unless you forget to pay your electric bill.

Affordability: Not too bad. The VB1 will run you $179.99, and it comes with a replacement whip. A brand-new Volcano costs nearly $400 with tax, so the VB1 is certainly a great economy option those in the market for a desktop vaporizer.

Overall: I think I’ve made my point pretty clear, but yeah, I friggin’ love this thing.

Rating: 5/5

Available at vaporbrothers.com