Puffco Peak VS Focus V Carta Comparison Review
The Puffco Peak and the Focus V Carta V2 are two popular electric dab rigs that are relatively recent releases. Because these portable dab rigs are similar, they are often compared to each other. We have been getting questions about which of these two is the best dab rig, so we produced this handy comparison guide for quick answers on how they work, temperature flexibility, vapor quality, battery life, cleaning, and so on. Both of these dab rigs are cool vapes for sure, and it’s easy to see why they’re so popular. If you want more in-depth coverage one either of these two high-quality electronic dab rigs, be sure to check out our individual product reviews on them.
How Thy Work and Ease of Use
While these portable dab rigs aren’t all that difficult to use, newbies will probably want to look elsewhere to get their feet wet when it comes to vaping weed, most likely a simpler, more portable vaporizer. The great part about both of these portable vape rigs is that they don’t require torches or nails like your standard dab rigs do – which is probably one of the reasons as to why they are so popular. If you’re looking for a perfect way of how to smoke oil without a rig in the traditional method, a device like one of these vape rigs might be exactly right for you. With the Puffco Peak product, you can pre-pack your concentrate material, or you can use it like you would with a standard dab rig.
Before using any portable dab rig for the first time, it’s best that you make sure that the device is fully charged. Both of these portable dab rigs feature haptic feedback, which just means that a device vibrates when it’s heated up and ready to use. There really isn’t a clear-cut winner when it comes to which of these is easier to use because they are about the same and it pretty much just comes down to personal preference.
With the Puffco Peak product, you get four preset temperatures – 232, 260, 288, and 315 degrees Celsius (450, 500, 550, 599 degrees Fahrenheit) . We were kind of disappointed seeing this because for such an expensive device, we expected a bit more temperature flexibility. The Puffco Peak vape rig comes with smart temp technology that adjusts heat times automatically by sensing the temperature of your bowl, and also features a session mode – which are things that the Carta vape doesn’t have. The session mode is great for dabbing socially at a party or get together.
With the Focus V Carta, you also get four preset temperatures – 260, 332, 410, and 450 degrees Celsius (500, 630, 770, 842 degrees Fahrenheit). Both of these electric dab rigs perform well on the highest settings, but we recommend the mid-range temperatures for the best mixture of production, smoothness and vapor flavor.
Heating Systems and Chambers
The Puffco Peak has a high-quality ceramic bowl that is in a good location to avoid burns during sessions, and it takes about 20 seconds to heat up. The Peak product has a nice sized chamber, not the biggest, but still should be plenty large for most electric dab rig users. The V2 vape has two bowls, a titanium and a quartz one. We didn’t expect the titanium one to perform better, but it did. The Carta V2 vape heats up a bit quicker, in about 15 seconds or so, depending on your desired temp. You can also add an optional dry herb atomizer with the V2 vape, but it might not be worth the approximately $30CAD because, with most dab rigs, the quality of dry herb rips will be lacking.
Peak VS Carta Vapor Quality
The concentrate vapor quality and smoothness on both the Puffco Peak product and the Focus V Carta V2 vape are exceptional. The vapor quality on the Peak is noticeably better, but not by all that much – especially not that much to justify paying so much more for it. For such a significant price difference, you aren’t sacrificing all that much vapor quality. With the Focus V Carta, the quality of dry herb rips is solid, but there are other dry herb vaporizers out there that perform better, like the Mighty.
Peak VS Carta Battery Life
The Puffco Peak has an internal battery, and the Focus V Carta V2 offers swappable batteries, which is a plus for the V2 vape. With the V2, you get two 18350, 1200mAh batteries that can be swapped. Both portable dab rigs seem to last most users around 30-40 rips on a single charge. While the battery life on the Peak isn’t bad by any stretch of the means, the fact that the V2 vape has the ability to be used with any 18350 battery puts it ahead in our opinion.
Aesthetics and Manufacturing Quality
The manufacturing quality and aesthetics of the Focus V2 vape are great, but the Puffco Peak product is in a class of its own. The Peak comes with hand-blown borosilicate glass that not only looks cool, kind of like a mountain peak, but is durable and won’t shatter easily. Even though the build quality and appearance of the Peak feel more premium, the V2 vape is no slouch. The V2 does have some parts that are plastic, but it’s not cheap plastic, and it still looks like a cool vape. We thought that if the V2 came in all jet black that would make it look a bit better than its two-tone white and black finish, but that’s nitpicking. The V2 electronic dab rig also has an auto-shutoff feature, which the Peak does not.
Portability and Discreetness
When it comes to portability, the V2 vape is better in that department. There have been many legal users posting pics of themselves with the Focus V Carta out in the wild, and that is something you don’t really get with the Peak. Neither of these vape rigs will score highly in the discreteness category, so you will want to look elsewhere if that’s an area you are looking for. Both devices do come with carrying cases, which help increase the portability level when you are traveling.
Both of these devices come with similar accessories, like a carb cap, a dab tool, a USB charge cable, and high quality carrying cases. With the V2, you get quartz and titanium bowls, and the Peak comes with a ceramic one.
How to Clean
Cleaning and maintaining both of these electric dab rigs isn’t hard, but you will need to stay on top of taking apart the components and giving them a solid cleaning with a cotton swab dipped in isopropyl alcohol. Be sure to do so after every two sessions, three at the maximum. If you are sick of dipping your Q-Tips in the bottle of alcohol, check out our premium Tools420 vaporizer cleaning sticks.
Summary and Comparison
We were a bit surprised to see that the Puffco Peak comes with only ceramic bowl and that the temperature flexibility was lacking, with only 4 preset temps. The smart-rig technology of the Peak product does improve this a little, but the fact that it costs so much and doesn’t have any bowl options or precision controls is disappointing. However, the Peak is quite simply a better looking, heftier, noticeably more premium electronic dab rig that does have better vapor quality.
The Carta vape is no slouch and costs a lot less. You also get swappable batteries, an auto-shutoff feature, options for different bowls as well as the capability to vape on dry herbs. The Focus V Carta vape is also more portable. Both of these electronic dab rigs are great alternatives for people looking to vape weed or wondering how to smoke oil without a rig like in the traditional way, and therefore not have to worry about using potentially dangerous torches or nails. The Dr. Dabber Switch is kind of similar to these two electronic vape rigs as well.
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If you want more in-depth information on either of these two devices, you can check out our individual product reviews on both of them.
What do you think about our Puffco Peak VS Focus V Carta V2 vape comparison? Do you own a Peak portable dab rig or a V2 vape? Are we on point with our assessment of the Peak? Let us know in the comments if you own either of these electric dab rigs and which one you like better.
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