G Pen Elite Vaporizer Review [4K Video] ~7:31
Unlike all my other G Pen reviews, the G Pen Elite vaporizer is the first ORIGINAL product to come out of Grenco Science and I have to admit that I’m impressed by the design, portability and features for the price. The first feature I like about the Elite is the LED display with fully adjustable temperature. It’s precise, easy to read and easy to operate.
The next feature that stands out is the quick heat up time. We’re talking 20-30 seconds to reach 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The short vapor path definitely creates some warmer vapor and the mouthpiece gets pretty warm as well.
But for the size and features, the new G-Pen Elite is very competitive next to models like the CFX, Arizer Air, and the Summit+.
The G Pen Elite is currently rated an 8.9/10 just behind the Haze V3, Arizer Air and the Pax 2. You can pick the G Pen Elite for $149 directly from Grenco Science or VapeWorld. Both places have it for $149 but sometimes they will run sales so be sure to check both out. Check out my full G Pen Elite review below.
G-Pen Elite Design and Accessories
The Elite fits nicely in the hands, the LED screen is easy to read, and the unit is extremely light. With the G Pen Elite, you also get 1 G Grinder Card, 1 G Pen tool, 1 Cleaning Brush, and 1 USB charging cable.
Size, Portability, and Discreetness
The G Pen Elite comes in at about 88 grams, stands about 4 1/2 inches tall, 1 ½ inches wide and about an inch deep. It’s not a perfect circle which is nice because it adds some grooves to hold on to the unit better.
Overall I would say the Elite is one of the top portable vaporizers as far as size currently on the market, right up there with the Grasshopper and the Pax 2. Its small size makes it super easy to pocket or stash in a small purse/handbag.
The quick heat up time makes for quick sessions and the unit is designed to not only heat up faster but cool down faster as well to help conserve herbs. I recommend taking a few more draws from the unit after you turn it off to help cool down the unit/herbs even further before you throw it back in your pocket. Now this vape does smell if you leave the herbs in the chamber like other conduction units with good sized bowls, but it’s not bad if you empty the chamber after.
Heater, Temp Spectrum & Vapor Path
Heating – The Elite uses a 360-degree ceramic heating element that is able to provide very quick and even heating throughout the entire chamber. Grenco Science claims that the unit is convection but it’s most definitely conduction with a minor amount of convection going on. The entire ceramic chamber is heated so it will be heating the herbs from all sides while the herb is in constant contact with the heat. Now this isn’t a bad thing, it’s just that the vapor quality isn’t top notch like you’d get from the Firefly 2.
Temperature Info – The Elite uses a full temp spectrum and can easily be changed/adjusted with an on vape LED display and two buttons just to the right of the screen.
-The buttons work nicely and don’t feel cheap.
-The LED display is very sharp with no blemishes or pixel issues.
The full temp spectrum runs from 200 degrees Fahrenheit to 428F (93C – 220C) I believe they are also coming out with a model similar to the Elite but made exclusively for concentrates. So be on the lookout for that and I will try to get my hands on one as soon as possible.
The unit seems to run a little hot especially with the short vapor path, so my preferred temps are around 350-375 and then bump it up a bit more towards the end of the session.
Vapor Path – The vapor path is extremely short on the Elite and that’s really the biggest downfall to the unit. That and the fact that the Elite will need a couple rounds of burn-offs* to get rid of the Chinese vape manufacturer smell.
That’s the big thing I like about the Pax 2, Firefly 2, Grasshopper, and the Crafty/Mighty; You never have to do burn offs with these units to get a fully clean/neutral taste before use. While this is a bit of a pain, it’s not the end of the world and the smell/taste associated with the manufacturing process will go away quick.
*Burn-offs: Heating the unit up while empty, and puffing on it like a cigar so you are drawing air through the unit but not inhaling it.
Chamber Size, How-To-Use & Loading Techniques
Chamber Size – So the G Pen Elite chamber is large. We’re talking up to .4 grams can be loaded into the Elite with an average grind and I was able to get about .5 grams in with the MFLB Finishing Grinder. You definitely don’t need to put that much in the chamber for every session and I’ve found that the Elite does surprisingly well with varying load sizes. You can load as little as .1 grams and still get a good even vape of your herbs without having to stir or mix.
How-To Use: The G-Pen Elite – Overall pretty simple, just click the power button 5 times to turn it on (5 times again to turn it off). Once the unit is powered on, it will show you the default temp that you have it set to. The Elite will remember your last setting. The unit does NOT automatically begin heating on power up so just hold down the power button for a second to start the heater.
You can change temps on the fly by pressing the two buttons (up or down) to the right of the display. The Elite does have an Auto-Shutoff timer which will automatically shut the unit off after 40 seconds if you don’t turn the heater on and the unit will completely shut off after 5 minutes from the initial heating start. Just press the power button 5 times to turn it back on if the unit shuts off on you.
Loading Techniques – After quite a bit of testing, the G pen Elite seems to work pretty well with all sorts of packing techniques and dry herb types. My preferred method would be to use the MFLB Finishing Grinder, load the chamber fairly full and pack it down a bit. Rip the entire thing while watching the new season of Trailer Park Boys and if you prefer to use smaller amounts you can.
You can also turn the unit off mid-session and finish the bowl later. But like other conduction units it is more efficient and tastes better when you finish the session in one setting. The vapor quality definitely diminishes as the herb cools down/sits in the chamber.
The Elite is a bit cumbersome to load on the go but just lightly tapping on the side gets the herb to drop down into the chamber. Packing down isn’t needed but you will get a bit denser vapor with a light to medium pack.
Battery life, Charging Times & Charging Options
So far I’m pretty impressed with the battery life, especially for the size. I can generally get between 3-6 fully packed chambers depending on what temps I use and how long I nurse the bowl.
The Elite is charged via USB, the batteries are NOT replaceable, and on average the G Pen Elite takes about 2-3 hours to fully charge a completely dead battery. This also depends on where you charge it (Use a 2amp charging block or external battery for fastest charging).
Cleaning, Maintenance & Warranty
Cleaning – The cleaning with the Elite has been pretty simple with the screen in the mouthpiece taking the most time/attention. So far it hasn’t been an issue and the good news is that the silicone cover over the mouthpiece is removable. You can just drop the mouthpiece in some ISO for a while then rinse it out with some warm water. I will continue to test out the mouthpiece screen and report back if I have any issues, but so far so good.
I know that Grenco Science isn’t exactly known for the quality in their (rebranded) products. I have the other Grenco Dry herb products like the G Pro (which is actually a titan-1) and I didn’t care for any of them. Due to this I was really not expecting much from the Elite, but I’m impressed. It is nice they have FINALLY created a unique portable vaporizer that I can recommend.
The G Pen Elite comes with a one-year manufacturer warranty which is below market average but nothing so far has indicated it won’t stay reliable.
G Pen Elite Portable Vaporizer Comparisons
The $150 price of the Elite puts it in a competitive market. The big thing that the Elite has above the rest of the portables in this price range is the on vape LED display and full temp spectrum. Most of the other vapes have a few set heat settings to change from but you don’t have complete control.
Grasshopper vs G Pen Elite – You don’t get the LED display with the Grasshopper but you definitely get THE most portable vaporizer available on the market. The Grasshopper also offers faster heat up (3-7 seconds), MUCH better vapor quality, a full temp spectrum via a rotary dial, and last but not least, the Grasshopper comes with a lifetime warranty. The Grasshoppers MAJOR downside is that it’s currently on pre-order and customers are waiting months beyond their original estimated shipment dates to receive units.
Vapium Summit vs Elite – I really prefer the Elite in most ways except price here. The Elite will heat up faster, taste better, produces larger clouds, and it doesn’t need stirring. Whereas the Summit needs to be stirred fairly often. The Summit does have slightly smoother/cooler vapor due to the longer vapor path, but I still reach for the Elite over the Summit in any situation. The Summit does come in below the elite by a little bit though at $150.
G pen Elite vs Pax 2 vaporizer – The Elite is smaller, lighter, and has more features. You will only get 4 temperatures, no LED display, and longer heat up with the Pax 2. You will have to clean the Elite less often, and it takes less time to clean. The Pax 2 is also priced a bit higher at $199. However, the Pax 2 is one of the most durable and reliable portable vaporizers that I’ve ever used. It has a proven track record and backed by a 10 year warranty. The vapor quality is also much better with the Pax 2. So even though the Pax 2 is $30 more, I think it’s definitely worth it.
G Pen Elite Review Summary:
Overall the G Pen Elite has surprised me with some solid features and extremely portable design. Full temp spectrum and LED display is really impressive for the size and price of this device.
I was very skeptical at first. Even emailed the company multiple times to guarantee that this was an original design to which they replied it is indeed an original design inside and out every time.
They have really produced their best unit yet, and I recommend the G Pen Elite if you are looking for a solid vape but don’t want to break the bank.
Thanks for checking out my G Pen Elite review and let me know if you have any questions below in the comments.
Awesome features and small size make the G Pen Elite a great portable vaporizer to add to your collection. Not the best vapor quality but super fast heat up time and a full temp spectrum make it worth every penny.