Grasshopper Vaporizer Review Video [4K] ~12:24
I had the pleasure of being one first people to get their hands on the new Grasshopper vaporizer by Hopper Labs. In the beginning I was very skeptical about the claims they made during the Indiegogo campaign but was set at ease after the first couple uses.
The first thing that blew me away was how fast the unit heats up. Literally seconds after clicking the button the unit was showing a blue LED indicating it was ready to go. No other battery powered vaporizer will get a session in as quick as the Grasshopper can.
It’s very sleek, slim and carries a bit of weight “for a pen”. As for a vape… it’s one of the lightest portable vaporizers currently on the market. I recently weighed the Pax, Pax 2 and Grasshopper to find the Grasshopper (65g) was roughly 30 grams lighter than the brand new Pax 3 (95g).
Grasshopper Vaporizer Review
The Grasshopper is currently rated a 9.3 out of 10 and ties for the best portable vaporizer out of the 100+ different vaporizers I’ve tested now. Once they get the production process a little more streamlined I will rate the Grasshopper up around a 9.4 but it sucks having to wait for it.
Update 12/26/16: Grasshopper is now estimating 3-4 weeks on pre-order shipping times.
The good news is that you can’t beat the quality and craftsmanship of the Grasshopper. Especially at this price point. You can currently pre-order the Grasshopper directly from Hopper Labs for $185.
Or you can pick up the Titanium Grasshopper for $235. Both units come with a lifetime warranty.
Size, Weight & Portability (SS vs TI)
The Grasshopper is one of the smallest and most concealable vapes currently on the market. It directly mimics the look of a pen and the clip makes it easy to keep in your jean/short pockets or in the front pocket of your shirt. The exact dimensions are The Grasshopper is about 5.60” in length and 0.55” diameter.
The Stainless Steel model will weigh about 65g and the Titanium model weighs roughly 56 grams. Both units are pretty light but I definitely noticed the weight difference between the two models and it’s best to be as light as possible when trying to mimic an actual pen. I just wish it would actually write somehow!
Heating, Mouthpiece and Tips For Best Use
The Grasshopper uses a very powerful heater outputting 45w. To put that into perspective, the Mighty vaporizer uses a 30w heater and it’s a giant compared to the Grasshopper pen. This allows the Grasshopper to heat in about 5 seconds and provides basically on-demand heat.
My preferred method of use is to hit the tactile clicker, take my draw, and then hit the clicker again to turn it off. You can also continue to draw for a couple seconds after you click the button to get any remaining vapor. This will help reduce smell as well. Then just repeat the process for the next draw or pass it on to the next person.
The mouthpiece does tend to get pretty hot with prolonged use but Grasshopper comes with a silicone mouthpiece to protect the lips. This MP also fits perfect with a 14mm water pipe adapter.
Using the method above, you can still pass Grasshopper between multiple people and use it as a session vape at lower temps.
One of the downsides to most other portables is that the heater isn’t strong enough to keep up with aggressive draws. This is where the Grasshopper shines. You can pull as hard as you want and it will keep producing vapor. I really like this because I can take a couple hits and be completely medicated in a couple minutes. As opposed to other session vapes like the Air or Pax 2, you can sit with those and take 10-15 hits over the course of 10-15 minutes. I like the longer sessions for relaxing at home watching TV, but when I’m out on the go, I usually prefer a quick session.
Chamber Info, Grind Preference and Demo
The chamber is huge for the size of the unit. I was able to get up to .3 grams with a tight pack and a normal grind. I could probably get a little more if I used the MFLB Finishing Grinder. I was also able to completely and evenly vape that entire bowl in three hits. I used the Grasshopper with the MP (Mouthpiece) guard, with an 18-14mm reducer. I took a long slow draw and really milked up the bubbler. See the video below:
Grasshopper Vaporizer Demo
One of the things that really impressed me so far is the consistency of the herbs vaped in the chamber regardless of how you pack it. Whether I jam in .3 grams or loosely pack .1, the herbs are consistently and evenly vaped every time.
Battery System and Charging Options
Batteries have been charging in about 60 minutes or so but I picked up an external charging dock and a handful of extra batteries. I prefer to charge up a bunch for the day rather than have to plug in the USB charger but you can do that as well. Most of the external battery packs are getting pretty cheap and can charge the Grasshopper multiple times over.
The only way to charge your batteries is in the actual vaporizer. The good thing is that it does charge via USB and you can pick up extra batteries for $7/ piece.
Included with the Grasshopper will be the mouthpiece guard, extra mouthpiece screens and the USB charging system. They had mentioned about possibly adding in a cleaning/loading tool. This tool would also help remove the mouthpiece screens when they needed to be replaced but this isn’t concrete and was just an idea when I was visiting in Boulder.
Grasshopper Vaporizer Warranty
The Grasshopper comes with a lifetime warranty. Only a couple vapes in the market come with a lifetime warranty. This is a HUGE pro and another reason why I like this vaporizer so much. Matt and Trevor were very adamant about standing behind their product. They will either fix or replace your unit for the life of the unit and I don’t have any doubt that they will take care of their customers.
If you aren’t quite sold on the Grasshopper but would like to stick with a convection on-demand unit, I recommend checking out the Firefly 2. The Firefly 2 is a huge improvement over the original with the same amazing taste and vapor production as the original. It’s definitely bigger than the Grasshopper but you can still pocket it and quick sessions are one of the best ways to remain inconspicuous.
If you don’t mind a session style vaporizer and still want to stick with the most portable unit, I recommend checking out the Pax 3. The Pax 3 is one of the most durable, reliable and now fastest heating portables currently out on the market. Plus it has an option for concentrates.
Grasshopper Review Summary
All in all, I was immediately blown away by the heat up time and craftsmanship of the Grasshopper. No vape is like the Grasshopper. On-demand heat, large bowl, evenly vapes herbs, and a lifetime warranty.
This is definitely a collection piece for the vape connoisseur and you will fall in love with it the second it hits your hands. Beginner and advanced users alike will get exactly what they need out of this vape. It’s extremely easy to use, produces great taste and huge clouds. Matt told me multiple times that they designed the Grasshopper to replace your pipes. It’s supposed to be fast and get you medicated quickly. It does this very well and all in the size of a pen.
Update 12/26/16: Grasshopper is now estimating 3-4 weeks on pre-order shipping times. Click here to pick yours up directly from Grasshopper. While I’m super excited about this update, please don’t be super upset if it doesn’t make it to your door in 30 days or less. It’s worth the wait and it seems like they are really ramping up production at this point.
Update 1/15/17: Grasshopper has just released limited edition heat treated Grasshoppers. They are pricey at $350, but they are each one of a kind, and they ship immediately so you can skip the pre-order process.
If you guys have any questions about the Grasshopper you can check out my Grasshopper FAQ or feel free to leave a comment below.
creates some warmer vapor temps but overall the Grasshopper is/and has been my go to/daily driver since I first recieved my beta unit. Click here to pick up your Grasshopper.