Focus V Carta V2 Review
The Focus V Carta V2 is an electronic dab rig or a vape rig. It is mostly for use with concentrates but can also vape dry herbs with an additional add-on atomizer. An electronic dab rig removes the potential danger of torches, and there is no hassle with timers or temperature guns, just solid vapor.
This is the second version of the Focus V Carta, thus the name the V2 vape. It’s priced less than its closest competitor, the Puffco Peak. However, it is still a bit pricey for a newbie just looking to enter vaporizing. Is the Focus V Carta V2 worth the money, and is it an upgrade over the first model? What about its vapor and build quality, ease of use, portability, and accessories? Keep reading our Focus V Carta V2 review and get the full scoop.
- Excellent Vapor Quality
- Unique Water Filtration Design
- Dual Functionality
- Durable Build
- Nice Options for Glass Parts
- Replaceable Batteries
How it Works and Ease of Use
The V2 isn’t hard to use, but the various components might take a bit to understand for newer vape users. A single button operation is a good call, though. Click the button five times to turn it on, which is a standard function in with vaporizers. The 4 LED lights will indicate the battery life you are currently working with and then put the unit in standby mode. Press and hold the button to have it heat up, and the lights will blink blue. Haptic feedback lets you know it’s ready to rip, as well as the lights turning solid green.
A single button press toggles through the 4 preset temperatures, which is pretty straightforward. There will be an app available for the Carta V2 vape rig, but it is coming soon and currently, has not yet been released as of the time of this writing. The app is available for the older Carta V model, just not the newest second version.
Focus V Carta’s Temperature Settings
There are 4 preset temperatures with the Focus V Carta V2 – 260, 332, 410, and 450 degrees Celsius. The device heats up in under 15 seconds regardless of what temperature setting or bowl you are using, and under 10 seconds with the lowest temperature. That is some pretty fast heat-up time and definitely outshines its competitor the Puffco Peak in that regard. We found that the best heat setting to use the Carta V2 vape rig is the middle two settings. The low setting gives clouds that we felt were a bit too wispy, and the highest getting produced unnecessarily thick clouds. We recommend putting your dab tool all the way down to the bottom of the bowl rather than the sides, as doing this will melt the concentrates more evenly and efficiently.
Heating System and Chamber
The Carta V2 comes with two quality bowls, one made of titanium and one made of quartz. The atomizer on the Carta V2 vape features a unique design known as reverse threading, which makes it impossible to overtighten. We were surprised to find out that the titanium bowl actually seemed to produce better flavor than the quartz bowl with our concentrate rips because this usually isn’t the case with most vaporizers. As previously mentioned, there is an atomizer for use with dry herbs that is available for an additional fee of about $30 CAD.
V Carta Vapor Quality
The vapor quality of the Focus V Carta V2 is outstanding, especially when you’re vaping concentrates. We noticed minimal flavor degradation in each rip for each concentrate vape session. A traditional dab rig with a torch or an eNail will hit harder than the Focus V Carta V2, but the vapor clouds were plenty thick for our liking. If you are a dabber who likes lung-busting rips, an electric dab rig probably isn’t your cup of tea. However, the Focus V Carta V2 seems to produce perfectly fine dab rips for most owners. If you are using the Carta V2 with dry herbs, you’re going to want to give it a good stir in between hits, in order to spread out your material evenly and ensure the best possible hit.
One hit cycle will be the best way to optimize your vapor quality, as you might notice some black flakes with your dry herb after the 3rd heat cycle. This isn’t combusting the herb, but it is coming a bit too close for our liking, especially on the highest temperature setting – so this is something to be aware of when you’re just unboxing the Focus V Carta V2 and trying it for the first time. While the dual functionality of the V2 vape is great, you’ll want to pick a dedicated dry herb vape if that’s your primary and preferred way to vape.
Carta’s Battery Life
The V2 Vape comes with 2 18350 batteries that are 1200mAh. Most consumers tend to get about 40 hits off a single charge. The device comes with a USB-C cable and chargers up quickly in about an hour. While there certainly are batteries that are stronger than 18350, the great part is that they are replaceable with the V2 vape, and any batteries will work. The batteries are replaceable, which is a nice touch, and an option that isn’t available with the Puffco Peak – even though the Peak might offer a longer battery life. The fact that the 18350 batteries are replaceable makes it a great portable dab rig to take on hikes or weekend trips where you can dab openly.
Aesthetics and Manufacturing Quality
Even though the Focus V Carta V2 is made mostly of plastic and glass, it doesn’t feel cheap or fragile and it does have some decent weight to it. The style and glass part of the Puffco Peak is a bit better than the V2 vape, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should shell out the significant difference in price to get the Peak over the V2. There are all-white and all-black color options available for the different versions of the Focus V, but the V2 currently comes in a two-tone white and black. The auto shut off feature was a nice touch and is something that isn’t available with the Puffco Peak.
Focus V Carta’s Portability and Discreetness
The discreteness of the Focus V Carta V2 is not exceptional, because it is, of course, a portable dab rig, or a portable desktop rig. With portable dab rigs like the V2 vape, you obviously won’t be fooling anyone as to what you’re doing when dabbing with it. However, it is compact enough to carry with you when you go places where you dab openly. This especially true with the included carrying case, which makes it pretty portable for an e dab device.
Focus Carta V2 Accessories
In addition to the Focus V Carta V2 vape itself, you get a borosilicate carb cap, a USB-C charger, 2 18350 batteries, a chamber for your favorite wax, a cleaning kit, and two buckets – one made from quartz and one made from titanium. Just like its competitor the Puffco Peak, the V2 dab rig also comes with a carrying case. You also get a 1-month warranty on the atomizer. If your atomizer ever needs repairing, the Focus manufacturers sell a repair kit themselves that is affordable, and they have also produced a high-quality video detailing exactly how to repair your atomizer should it ever need it.
How to Clean
After every dab you do, just take a Q-Tip dipped in isopropyl alcohol and give it a good swirl around the atomizer. Like most Focus vapes, the V2 vape rig’s atomizers are pretty durable, so don’t worry about feeling like you need to be too gentle with the cleaning aspect of it. Get in there as well as you can and swirl the Q-Tip around to make sure you get the freshest hits with each session. Check out our handy Tools420 Cleaning Sticks and remove the need to dip your Q-Tips in alcohol. After every two sessions or so, take apart the atomizers and the other parts and give them a good swipe as well. We recommend drying your e rig out in front of a fan after cleaning and before packing up another one because inhaling any kind of alcohol residue can be quite dangerous.
With the Focus V Carta V2 electronic dab rig, you get a fast heat-up time, consistently high vapor quality and production, and a significantly lower cost than its competitor, the Puffco Peak. The Peak looks noticeably sexier, and more like a premium product. Owners of the Peak probably won’t feel the need to run out and by the Carta V2 portable desktop vape and own both – but you are still getting a solid bang for your buck if you go with the V2. Getting rid of the white and black, two-tone finish for the V2 vape, and going with a solid black finish instead would make it look more attractive, in our opinion.
The Focus vape brand is open source, and they encourage the use of accessories from 3rd parties with their dab rigs. This is a compliment to the Focus vapes, and more than a lot of other manufacturers can say for themselves.
Just like its competitors the Puffco Peak and the Dr. Dabber Switch, a vape rig like the Carta V2 is much more accessible for most people and removes the hassle of a torch, or a timer, or an e-Nail. There really is no clear-cut winner when we honestly compared the Focus Carta to the Puffco Peak, just that the Peak feels more like a premium device and the V2 delivers comparable quality rips at a much more affordable price. It all depends on what the dab rig enthusiast is going for. For a more in-depth analysis comparing the two, stay tuned to Tools420 for our Puffco Peak vs Focus Carta V2 comparison review, which is coming soon.
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