Puffco Peak Review
The Puffco Peak is a dab rig that doesn’t require any kind of nails or blowtorches, both of which can be dangerous and inconvenient. The Puffco brand is calling the Peak the first ever “smart rig” to hit the vaporizer market. We won’t argue the validity of that in this review, but we will discuss its vapor and build quality, ease of use, portability, battery life, and so on. Is the Puffco Peak “smart dab rig” worth the hefty price tag of nearly $400 CAD? Keep reading our Puffco Peak review and find out more.
- Great Build and Vapor Quality
- Session Mode Perfect for Sharing with Friends
- Removable Bowl
- No Need for a Torch
- Long Battery Life
- Smart Settings
- Haptic Feedback
How it Works and Ease of Use
The Puffco Peak is definitely not going to be a device that will be a good choice for beginners. The controls aren’t that intuitive if you are a newbie. For experienced vape users, it has a slight learning curve, but after reading the online manual, most users get the hang of it after two sessions or so. Using the Puffco Peak can be done by either treating the device like you would with regular dab rigs, and putting your material on the atomizer once it gets hot enough, or you can pre-pack it and hit it that way.
Once the device reaches your desired temperature, the LEDs light up and it vibrates, aka provides haptic feedback. We recommend that you take your hits slowly with the Peak, as this way it will ensure the best quality vaporizing experience. Also, don’t fill the Peak with too much water, a little goes a long way and you’ll get some nice filtration. The fact that the Peak product doesn’t require any torches or nails makes it really great for sharing and passing around, since you won’t have to pass around all of the pieces needed with traditional dab rigs. Using it with only one hand is easy, because there’s only one button to push for temperature controls and that’s right on the front.
There are four preset temperatures on the Puffco Peak product – 232, 260, 289, and 316 degrees Celsius. While we would have liked to see more temperature flexibility with such an expensive unit, it does make up for it a bit by adding smart technology that will automatically adjust heat times when the device senses that your bowl is hot. If you’re at a party or looking to dab socially, switching on session mode is perfect for those scenarios. We have found that the two middle settings deliver the best smoothness, but there is minimal harshness even if you crank the Peak up to the highest temp. The smart temperature calibration feature of the Puffco Peak is one that truly makes the device unique, and sets it apart from other units like it, such as the Focus Carta V2.
Heating System and Chamber
The Puffco Peak bowl is made from ceramic that is high quality. It takes a bit longer to heat up than other units, but 20 seconds really isn’t that much to complain about. Unlike some older dab rigs where you might run the risk of burning yourself, the ceramic bowl is placed in a perfect position to avoid this and ensure high quality dabs throughout your session. The chamber is a nice size, and even the most serious dab enthusiasts don’t seem to have any issues getting long, satisfying sessions out of the Peak.
Puffco Peak Vapor Quality
While we did expect such a pricey device to have precision temperature controls, the four heat settings deliver exceptional vapor quality and smoothness on all four temperatures. If you like big, thick clouds, the highest temperature will no doubt provide that, but you’ll sacrifice a bit of the taste and it can get a bit harsh on your throat. The lower temperatures give some of the best tasting and most enjoyable vapor rips we’ve ever seen from a dab rig. The terpene profiles really shine through with whatever strain of wax you’re dabbing.
Puffco Peak Battery Life
Included with the Puffco Peak is a supercharger, which charges up the device in a fast 2 hours. A fully charged battery will last you about 4-6 full sessions, or around 30 dabs per charge. That is a solid battery life and fast charge up time that we were pretty impressed with. There is however, no pass-through charging, so you can’t dab while the Peak is charging up.
Aesthetics and Manufacturing Quality
The look and build quality of the Puffco Peak are both excellent. The Peak boasts glass that is hand-blown, which not only provides great flavor and smoothness, but looks really slick as well. The glass part of the Peak kind of looks like the peak of a mountain, which we thought was pretty cool. The Puffco Peak’s base is made out of silicone and it is very durable. Even though glass parts are more likely to break and are more fragile, the Peak’s borosilicate glass is resistant to heat and doesn’t crack easily.
Portability and Discreetness
It’s a dab rig, so don’t expect it to excel in the discreetness category. As far as portability, the Puffco Peak is pretty compact for an at home vape at only 7 inches and a 3 inch base. The included carrying case also helps add some portability to it.
Puffco Peak Accessories
In addition to the Puffco Peak unit itself, you get a really nice carrying case, a carb cap, an atomizer cover made from silicone, an extra ceramic bowl, cleaning swabs, a tool for dabbing, and a USB charging cable. The unit saves trees by making the instructional manual available online.
Puffco Peak Cleaning
When it comes to Puffco Peak cleaning, it is pretty simple and straightforward, because all you need to focus on maintaining is the glass piece and the ceramic bowl. Just take some alcohol-dipped cotton tips to the bowl and do the same to the parts of the glass that could possibly see some buildup and bacteria. No one likes a dirty rig, and with our handy vaporizer cleaning sticks from Tools420, you’ll never have to worry about that again!
Summary and Comparison
The Puffco Peak only has one bowl made from ceramic, which is solid part, but we would like to see more options there for different bowls. There are also only 4 pre-set temperatures, and while the smart dab technology makes up for that quite a bit, we would have liked seeing some precision controls for a rig with such a steep price tag. We were a bit surprised to see that the Peak doesn’t have an auto shut off feature, which is something that does come with its competitor, the Focus Carta V2.
The closest device to the Peak currently is the Focus Carta V2, which will give you more choices for bowls, a faster heat up time, the ability to vape dry herbs, and a lower price. The Dr. Dabber Switch shares some similarities with the Peak as well. However, as far as innovation and stylish looks, the Puffco Peak is in a class of its own right now. Stay tuned for our Puffco Peak vs Focus Carta V2 comparison review, which is coming soon.
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