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Pinnacle Pro DLX Vaporizer Review


The Pinnacle Pro is a portable conduction vaporizer that packs a punch but falls short on a few different aspects. This unit retails for $229 for just the Pinnacle Pro. If you want the DLX model which includes the hydrotube water attachment it will run you $279. You can click here to be taken to the authorized dealer I purchased mine from.

**Before you pull the trigger on the Pinnacle Pro, I highly recommend checking out my best portable vaporizer page or looking at more of my portable vape reviews. This will give you a good idea of whats available on the market right now including a category for best portable vaporizers under $200.

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Intro – The model I purchased was the Pinnacle Pro DLX with Hydrotube and one of the first things I recommend is don’t buy the original Pinnacle Pro unless you plan on spending the extra $50 for the Hydrotube water attachment. The Pinnacle Pro by itself is very harsh and irritating to the throat even on the lowest heat settings. The battery life is less than the portable market average. The manufacturer claims that you can get 50 minutes of battery life but I’ve found the unit has problems maintaining temps after 2-3 sessions.

There are a few other things that I don’t care for but with all that said, this is one of the hardest hitting portable vaporizers on the market. Now that’s only if you get the DLX model with Hydrotube! The hydrotube filters the vapor and reduces the high temps. Downside being, when you add the Hydrotube, it completely removes the portability of the unit. Here’s the basics:

Size/Portability – The Pinnacle Pro is pretty discreet and portable but as soon as you add the hydrotube it completely loses all of its portability. The unit itself is 5 inches tall and 10.2 when you add the hydrotube. I don’t want to take this anywhere in fear of breaking the glass or spilling water back into the unit. In the 2 months that I’ve owned/used the PnP with the Hydrotube, I’ve never taken it out of the house. Don’t get me wrong, I still use my PnP, but its almost always at my computer desk or on my coffee table while I’m watching TV.

Heating – The Pinnacle Pro uses a mixture of conduction and convection heat leaning mostly towards the conduction side. The vaporizer uses a ceramic heating element with five different heat levels ranging from 370 to 470 degrees Fahrenheit. Each temp level increases by 25 degrees. I like to start my sessions out at temp level 2 which is 395 degrees and then bump it up to 3(420) or 4(445) towards the end (With the hydrotube). The Pinnacle has a lower than average heat up time for portables at around 90 seconds.

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Chamber/Bowl –The Pinnacle Pro uses a refillable 9mm ‘Bullet’ chamber for herbs. pinnacle-pro-bullet-chamber-systemThe bullet is one of the features that I like quite a bit about the Pinnacle. It makes loading, unloading and cleaning the chamber super easy.  You simply fill the bullet, wait until the Pinnacle heats up to your desired temp and then drop the bullet into the bowl. Attach the mouthpiece and the hydrotube and you are ready to go. When you are finished make sure to wait just a minute or are careful when removing the bullet as its easy to burn yourself when it slides out.

Battery – The Pinnacle Pro uses an internal rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery which can simultaneously charge and operate while plugged in.  The battery life is indicated by the same lights that show temp level. If all 5 LED’s are lit then you are fully charged. One LED lit is the lowest. When the battery dies, all the LED’s will flash blue and the temp color you are currently at. I’ve found the battery to last for about 30 minutes before it needs to be placed back on the charger.

The unit has an automatic shut-off feature that turns the unit off after 8 minutes of use. This helps conserve battery life but if you are passing it around in a session then you’ll just have to power it back on and pick the temp again. I recommend just leaving it plugged in all the time because this helps reach your temps faster and maintain them more easily. I also noticed the unit took much longer to heat towards the end of the battery. Once the unit hits the last 2 battery levels, you might as well put it back on the charger because it won’t reach temp to vaporize your herbs.

Accessories – The Pinnacle Pro comes with your standard accessories. You get the wall charger, one mouthpiece, a stand to hold the Pinnacle Pro upright, and the Hydrotube if you go with the DLX model. You get a couple cleaning items to include a pick tool and a brush. You get two 9mm bullet chambers, one for dry herbs and a FMJ (Full Metal Jacket) one for oils/concentrates. I don’t recommend using the Pinnacle Pro for oils/concentrates. Yes you can and yes it will work alright, but it can make a huge mess and I have found you are better off picking up a cheap pen for oils/concentrates.  One important thing to note, is that you should be sure to buy from a retailer that stocks the latest modified mouthpiece with the glass insert.  This helps cool the vapor slightly, but mainly it prevents the problems associated with the previous mouthpiece such as melting/cracking.  (All links on my site include the latest mouthpiece)

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Cleaning – One of the good things about the Pinnacle Pro is the bullet system makes cleaning fairly easy. The only issues I’ve had so far is the screen in the mouthpiece will get gunked up and needs to be cleaned about every 2-3 uses. After a session I just drop out the bullet chamber and blow out the remaining herbs that may have fallen into the bowl. Now when you want to get into a more thorough cleaning you’ll have to remove the mouthpiece, the glass insert, and the screen. But even then it’s a quick process.

Warranty –  The Pinnacle Pro DLX comes with a one year limited manufacturer warranty.

From VaporBlunt… The vaporBLUNT (Pinnacle Pro) has a 1 Year Limited Product Warranty which covers your vaporizer against defects in manufacturing, parts and labor. If your vaporBLUNT breaks during warranty coverage, we will fix or replace it. The Battery has a 90 Day Limited Warranty. Receipt of purchase required.

Summary –The Pinnacle Pro DLX with Hydrotube is one of the hardest hitting portable vapes on the market. It falls short in all other categories like battery life, heat up time, and portability but I still find myself using this vaporizer from time to time. I just use it as a desktop so I can’t really recommend it as a portable because of the harsh hits without hydrotube and the extreme lack of battery life.  I personally have had no problems with my PnP knock on wood, however I have known quite a few people with broken PnP’s.  Combined with the fact that vaporblunt customer service is seriously lacking I have slightly lowered the score beyond where it would be if the vaporizer was more reliable with better customer service.

If you want a truly portable vaporizer in the same price range with great vapor quality, good battery life and similar vapor density, I would check out the Firefly 2 vaporizer. It’s a pure convection, instant heat portable that will fulfill all your needs. If you wanted a session conduction vaporizer similar to the Pinnacle Pro then I recommend you check out the Pax 2 or the Air.  I’m not saying don’t buy the Pinnacle, I’m just saying there are other units that are as good or better, but they come with much better reliability, warranty, and customer service.

If you’re still sold on the Pinnacle Pro DLX you can click here to pick one up from the authorized retailer I bought mine from. They have free/discreet shipping, low prices and they are an authorized retailer (warranty included). Thanks for checking out my Pinnacle Pro DLX Vaporizer review and if you have any questions about the PnP feel free to leave comment below.

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7.5
Overall Score
Pinnacle Pro DLX Vaporizer Review

The PnP DLX is a decent vaporizer if you're looking for a home use vape with the option to maybe take it out. Once you add the hydrotube, it almost completely loses all portability. With that said, this thing is one of the hardest hitting portables. I don't really like the company or the customer service they have but my PnP DLX hasn't broken yet so yea there's that. (knocks on wood) - Click here to buy the Pinnacle Pro DLX

15 Comments

  • Mark says: December 31, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    I purchased one of these and, while I was generally satisfied with its performance, the heater went out after about two months of light use. I returned the unit to the merchant who informed me that I needed to return it to the manufacturer as the unit was still covered by a one-year warranty. I fulfilled the manufacturer’s return requirements and was then notified that it would be 2 to 4 weeks before I received a repaired or replaced unit. Am now on week 3 and still haven’t received the replacement. As far as I’m concerned, this is inexcusable. I spent $200-plus on the thing; it broke in two months after very minimal use. VaporBlunt should’ve sent me a brand new device within the week. For these two reasons — fragile construction / unreliable performance and poor customer service — I unfortunately cannot reccomend this device or the manufactuer.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: December 31, 2014 at 10:56 pm

      Mark, I am really sorry to hear about your bad experience with the PnP and Vaporblunt. Hopefully they get you a replacement unit soon.

      If you ever decide to switch to a different unit in the future, consider the Firefly, the Pax, or any Storz and Bickel product, they all have MUCH better reliability, and customer support should you need it. The Pax (10yr) and the Firefly (5yr) have much longer warranties. The S&B products are 2-3 year warranties depending on the unit.

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  • D Harker says: January 17, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    I received a pinnacle pro dlx. I used it once and after that the battery part is having issues. When I turn it on it will do all the lights and then show all blinking red lights. What do I do?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: January 24, 2015 at 6:58 pm

      Contact Vaporblunt customer service.

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  • Cameron Martel says: March 14, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    VaporBlunt customer service is awful. We had to return ours for repairs and would go weeks without hearing from them. Then they said it wasn’t warranty applicable and would be $150 for a refurb. What?

    The thing was three weeks old when we sent it in.

    Total garbage IMO. The refurb unit (that they sent us, we didn’t buy. They eventually decided to be nice) stopped working in under a year.

    I won’t waste another dollar on this trash. Much better vapes for the same (or less) money.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: March 14, 2015 at 6:29 pm

      Sorry Cameron, I’m thinking about coming up with a way to not only grade vaporizers but vape companies as well based on a few different things. Customers service being a #1 priority. I don’t think vaporblunt would be very high up there on that list. I agree, much better vapes are out at this point.

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  • Uncle Phil says: April 11, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Guys, I hate to tell you this, but you’re going to get zero satisfaction from the Vaporblunt customer service. I was in the same situation as Mark up there. Bought a Pinnacle; it dies about 3 weeks later. Merchant refers me back to the manufacturer. After sending going through a pretty convoluted return process, 5 weeks later I get my replacement unit shipped back. The replacement unit didn’t work at all. They won’t give me a refund and since they also own the Smoke Rings chain, I’m not going to get my money back from them either.

    Last week I found a different head shop in town and bought a Firefly. That thing is impressive; solid construction and a 5 year warranty. It’s a well designed tool. Vaporblunts are toys and I will tell anyone that will listen to avoid them.

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  • John says: June 30, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    I am going through a similar experience to all of you. I had the Pinnacle Pro for 6 months before it started getting the red light heater error. The company fixed it after a few emails back and forth…and about 5 weeks. They ask for a bunch of info on the purchase, which needs to be in a specific format, you need to have all the original packaging, and the cost of shipping is on the consumer! It was pretty clear after this experience that they don’t like their customers.

    Upon receiving the new unit I emailed them to say thank you and ask a few questions about what went wrong with the unit, so I could prolong the life of my replacement unit….no response. I’m now just outside of the warranty period, so I have very low expectations from this shady company.

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  • Julia says: September 18, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    All I can say to you guys is to stay away from this Vaporizer. First of all, the vaporizer is not worth all the money. I got a “brand new” one but it had some glue attached to one side of it and finger prints all over. It would work for three times, than wouldn’t turn on properly. I fully charged it and it would turn off after 5 minutes of use, telling me that the battery was empty.
    But the worst part of the whole experience wasn’t even the vaporizer itself, it was the customer service. I have bought so many things over the internet over the years and I know what a proper customer service is, but the people who are distributing the vaporizer were the worst.
    I wasn’t happy with my vaporizer so I wanted to send it back. I told them so and explained the situation to them but all they had to say was that THEY don’t think that another one would make me happy. I found that quite unprofessional, especially in the light that they told me each mail they want me happy. I have told them what would make me happy but I guess it didn’t go along with what they thought what happiness is. So bold and so arrogant. We went back and forth and after quite a while they offered me to send me another one, the better version. I felt so drained at this point already because I had to argue with them about something, I thought, was clear: I wasn’t happy, I told them what would make me happy, they tried to make me change my mind. Bad bad service.
    When I finally got the vaporizer, it was missing the receipt (thus warranty was gone), the glass mouth piece that I really really wanted and I was pointing that out in almost every mail wasn’t there either, and it was also missing a second plastic mouth piece that my first vaporizer had.
    I am done with them and will never go back to this product nor will I recommend it. The whole process was so hostile towards me and at no point I got the feeling as if they really do care about their customers.

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  • Wendy says: November 30, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    I have had this unit for over two years and love it I recently found out about the glass attachment and bought that a couple months ago. I have had no issues with it and have suggested it to my friends and they love theirs as well. I will say that I do agree about the battery life and it would be great if the unit came with a detachable battery unit (and you could buy two of them) to keep a charge. I have not been easy on this vape… I have dropped it a few times and it still works very well. What are the alternatives to this unit? I am curious to know.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: November 30, 2015 at 7:37 pm

      The Arizer Air is a good alternative to the Pinnacle Pro. Probably a little heavier but just as portable with the options to add glass as well. The Air is also way more durable, provides better vapor quality and backed by a two year warranty, lifetime on the heating element. They retail for sub $200 but you can pick it up from puffitup for cheaper than a pinnacle pro.

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  • Ross Daniels says: December 15, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    The Vapor Blunt has to be the shittiest companies that I have ever had to deal with! After spending $378.00 and using my unit a few times it is now completely useless and won’t even turn on.
    The Vapor Blunt will not return my calls nor will they respond to my emails and obviously are not doing ANYTHING to honor the warranty
    Whoever is in charge deserves to be shot with a ball of their own shit! This is the worst company bar none that I have ever dealt with. You’re not business people you have no right being in business and my final question. How does it feel to suck so badly at what you do??? This company and the people who work there are pathetic.
    P.S. Let’s not leave out vaporizers.ca that I purchased this unit from not doing anything to help or solve my problem. They made the sale so now I can go sit on my Pinnacle Pro for all they care.

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  • Rich says: January 25, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    I used to own the Pinnacle Pro without the Hydro attachment, I always wanted it then my vape went bad…
    I bought the Arizer Air which was cool at times but tricky, sometimes I’d get good vapes and sometimes I wont… Recently the police took mine away.
    So I’m back in the market…
    I was considering the Firefly or the Crafty but now you’ve got me looking at the Pinnacle Pro DLX…
    Portability is somewhat important but it can go in my backpack till I need it.
    Draw Quality is important

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    • Buzz Danklin says: February 19, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      The Pinnacle Pro is not very reliable longterm, I would consider the Crafty/Grasshopper/Alfa/Firefly2

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  • Mo says: February 2, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    This is NOT a good vaporizer. Battery life only lasts about 20-30 minutes (1-2 sessions). It doesn’t stand on its own (you have to place it down sideways on a table) without using the separate stand that came with it. The lowest heat setting is set at too high of a temperature, resulting in a rough vapor. The price is expensive for such a cheap unit. The chamber is too large and messy to pack and clean. It’s nearly impossible to clean the inside of the mouthpiece, even with a q-tip. I never once was able to get a good vapor using the hydrotube. The entire top of the unit including the mouthpiece used to get hot very quickly. This only happened for a few months because the heating element deteriorated very quickly over time and after 18 months of scarce use (maybe 2-4 times a month), the unit no longer heats up. I guess the only pro is that it hit hard, when it worked as normal for the first few months.

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