X MAX Starry Review
The X MAX Starry vaporizer hasn’t really gotten that much attention since its release a few years back. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad choice for a budget vape. There is now a third version of the X MAX Starry, which was released in the Winter of 2019. The latest version now features upgrades like haptic feedback and a better mouthpiece.
Just dipping your toes into the wonderful world of dry herb portable vaporizers? Check out our Vaporizer Buyer’s Guide for everything you need to know as a newbie. As always, we recommend that all vape consumers do their homework before investing their money in a device they’ve never tried.
Because as the saying goes, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. With that in mind, if you are looking for a budget vaporizer with dual functionality, this could be the device for you. Keep on reading our X MAX Starry review and make the decision for yourself.
- Precision Controls
- Solid Vapor Quality
- Durable Build
- Haptic Feedback
- Removable Battery
- Dual Functionality
How it Works and Ease of Use
The X MAX Starry is pretty simple to use, as you would expect when it comes to budget portable dry herb vaporizers. Just open the chamber and load up your herbs. From there, hold down the power button for three seconds and the device turns on. Just select your desired temperature, and it takes about 20-30 seconds to heat up.
The unit vibrates, aka has haptic feedback, when it’s ready. The digital screen is bright and easy to use, and it’s also straightforward when it comes to selecting your desired temperature. We were pleased with the ease of use of the X MAX Starry.
X MAX Starry Temperature Settings
There is a wide range of precision temperature settings on the Starry, from 100°C/212°F to 240°C/464°F. However, we recommend sticking to about 185°C/365°F – 200°C/392°F for dry herb vaping. Most consumers shouldn’t be going too far above past 220°C/428°F because dry herb draws can get a bit warm on the throat and there is a risk of combustion.
It is nice to see a manufacturer try to accommodate consumers who love to vape concentrates by adding higher temperatures to a dual functional portable vape. Just about any temperature above 220°C/428°F should strictly be for concentrate vaping.
Heating System and Chamber
This portable vaporizer uses conduction heating, which is typical for a budget vape. The chamber is made from ceramic, and it can hold up to 0.5 gram of dry herb. This is a nice sized chamber that rather impresses us.
X MAX Starry Vapor Quality
The vapor quality with this unit is solid, especially for a budget vape. That is, as long as you stick with the right temperatures and don’t venture too far above 220°C/428°F or so for vaporizing dry herbs. There is a slight risk of reaching combustion levels on the higher end, especially if you don’t grind your herbs properly. If you like to live dangerously and want thick clouds, crank it up and test out the higher temperatures – doing so can produce some big clouds.
As with most dual functional vapes, we recommend against buying one if you will primarily be vaping waxy concentrates. For all of the info about what to look for when you’re in the market for a wax pen, check out our handy Wax Pen Buyer’s Guide. Dual function vaporizers that are meant mostly to be used for dry herbs don’t do as good of a job as a wax pen with coils and atomizers.
X MAX Vape Battery Life
The Starry’s 18650/ 2500 mAh battery is pretty good, but just about average in comparison to other devices. The battery will last about an hour or so and takes 2-3 hours to charge up. The battery can get a little warm after a longer session, but nothing that will burn. The fact that the battery is removable is a redeeming quality. For a little bit more money, the Arizer Air 2 also has a swappable battery and lasts about a half an hour longer.
Aesthetics and Manufacturing Quality
The build quality of the Starry is great. Many budget vapes are made from plastic, but that’s not the case with the Starry’s anodized aluminum shell. The magnetic mouthpiece is ceramic as well, which helps with the smoothness of your draws. It also snaps into place easily and firmly.
The LED screen is bright and easy to read. The fact that the edges on the oven are at a perfect angle that prevents you from spilling herb, which is a feature we appreciate. While the Starry is by no means a bad-looking device, we prefer a vape that is shaped more like the PAX 2 or Pax 3.
Portability and Discreetness
It’s not the smallest vape on the market, but it’s portable enough to fit in most pockets and feels comfortable in your hand. The shape of the Starry makes so it feels natural when you grip it. If you’re looking for a waterproof and wear proof carrying case, check out our high-quality vape case right here.
X MAX Starry Vaporizer Accessories
The Starry has some nice accessories outside of the unit itself, the battery and USB cable. You get a great little cleaning kit that comes with a brush, a tool, and tweezers. Also included is a metal screen for the mouthpiece, two screens for the chamber and two caps for the mouthpiece. The Starry also comes with a 10-year warranty, which is great for a budget vape.
How to Clean the X Max Starry Vaporizer
We were pretty happy with the simplicity of keeping the Starry clean. You will definitely want to use the cleaning brush on the oven and the mouthpiece, preferably right after every session. Doing it like this will remove the debris right away before it has a chance to harden.
Every charge or so we also recommend hitting the mouthpiece and the oven with some isopropyl alcohol, gently of course. To make your life easier, check out our vaporizer cleaning sticks from Tools420 to avoid the hassle of dipping your cotton swabs or Q-Tips in alcohol.
For a budget device, the Starry features solid vapor quality, precision controls, and a durable build. The battery life is normal for a budget vape and the vapor quality could be a little bit better, but again for a budget vape it is pretty good and the unit produces thick vapor. The Utillian 721 is a similar size but has a better battery and convection heating. You will be paying a little bit more, but convection heating usually adds up to better vapor quality.
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