The Boost EVO is a portable dab rig made by Dr. Dabber. They said to have created the EVO portable dab rig in search of the “perfect dab.” Well, we all know that perfection doesn’t exist, but the Boost EVO comes pretty close.
Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it. – Salvador Dali
The Boost EVO features patent-pending technology that helps regulate fluctuations in temperature. Most other portable dab rigs hard force a temperature regardless of your draw speed or other variables, but the EVO Dab Rig takes all that into account.
The Boost EVO features six preset temps, a ten-second heat up time, and the reason I like it most, it’s one of the easiest dab rigs to keep clean.
Dr. Dabber Boost EVO
Best Overall Dab Rig 2021
Boost EVO Review Table of Contents
Dr. Dabber also makes the Switch Dab Rig, an at-home use style dab rig with better battery life, quicker heat-up times, more temp options, and personal favorite self-cleaning mode.
This Dr. Dabber Boost EVO review will go over everything you need to know about the Boost EVO Dab Rig. From How to use it, what it’s made out of, and a complete Boost EVO vs. Switch breakdown.
Lastly, the Boost EVO Dab Rig retails for $329, and I recommend to buy the Boost EVO from my recommended authorized retailer. It’s available in both White (pictured in this review) and Black. They also offer free shipping and excellent customer service.
Read on below for my full Dr. Dabber Boost Evo Review and hit me up in the comments with any questions.
What comes with the Dr. Dabber Boost Evo?
Everything you need to use the Dr. Dabber Boost EVO comes with it. The only items I would consider picking up are some q-tips and Isopropyl Alcohol. It’s important to clean the chamber immediately after a session.
- Dabber Boost EVO
- Magnetic Quartz Atomizer
- Glass Attachment (Bubbler)
- USB-C Charging Cable
- Quick Connect Adapter w/ AirFlow Release
- Loading Tool
- Protective Case
- Manual (User Guide)
What are the Components? What are they made of?
Base (Power & Battery Compartment)
The base of the EVO contains the battery, circuitry, and patent-pending temperature control (software). The battery is NOT removable from the base.
I really like the feel and curvature of the EVO. It reminds me of the shape of a sports water bottle. Easy to grip, easy to pass around, and even comes with rigid textures on the side to help with grip.
Proprietary Magnetic Quartz Atomizer (No threads)
The Magnetic Quartz Atomizer is a game-changer. First, there are no coils, which is how most of the portable dab rigs are going. This is a “bucket” type of atomizer and is a much easier type to clean and maintain.
The main thing I like about this design is the lack of threads. There’s no screwing the atomizer on or off. Just tilt it to one side or the other and pull it out. You can also give it a little twist and then pull up.
The magnet is powerful, and you never have to worry about the atomizer coming out of the base.
The other feature I like about this setup is that the Atomizer is placed at the top rather than the unit’s side or bottom. Most portable dab rigs must route vapor through the device and then out a water piece.
The Boost EVO’s Atomizer is at the TOP of the unit and flows straight from the chamber to the glass attachment. No electronics or circuitry in the way. Just a pure quartz atomizer to glass vapor path.
Boost EVO Quick Connect Adapter with Airflow Release
No Dab Cap Needed. The Airflow Release is the new carb cap. The airflow release valve works as a dab cap and controls the amount of airflow entering the chamber.
There are three modes with the AirFlow Release Valve on the Boost EVO.
- The first one is the hold your finger over the hole mode. This is the MOST restrictive mode. I like to do this on “Hot Starts” after a quick clear. This mode restricts the amount of air allowed into the chamber and helps regulate the temp.
- The next mode is the hands-free, don’t touch it mode. This is the mediocre, middle of the road airflow setting. This is the way most people use the Dr. Dabber Boost Evo.
- The next mode is the clear mode, which is pressing the airflow valve all the way in. This mode allows the most airflow into the chamber, and I only use this mode when I’m clearing out the chamber.
Glass Attachment – Water Filtration
I like and dislike the Glass Water Attachment for the Boost EVO. It’s easy to attach, easy to fill, easy to clean, and very free-flowing. Win, win, win, win, right? Not so fast.
I don’t like glass attachment because I’ve spilled water out of it a handful of times. Most portable dab rigs have a design in the water piece that, for the most part, keeps water in the attachment.
With the EVO, water can easily spill out of The Boost EVO glass attachment, so make sure that it’s always upright and don’t tip it to the side.
Lastly, the USB-C Charging Port is on the back of the unit. A silicone cover conceals it and the Power (Temp Button) is on the front with a Dr. Dabber logo on it.
Ease of use – Quick Overview
Overall, the Dr. Dabber Boost EVO is super easy to use, easy to maintain, and a great dab rig to take on the go.
The lack of cleaning and maintenance involved with the EVO is hands-down my favorite aspect. Like I mentioned above, most other portable dab rigs route the vapor path through the device, making cleaning the vapor path nearly impossible.
The BOOST EVO vapor path is short but easy to access and clean.
Where I use the Boost EVO
I use the Boost EVO most at home, but I also take it hiking, chill bike rides, and lazy beach days. This isn’t the most discreet method for consumption. A smaller wax pen is the way to go if you’re looking for absolute portability and discretion.
Better Options For Portability?
The only other dab rig I would consider more portable than the Boost EVO is the RiO (Rig-in-ONE) by Stache Products. The RIO comes with a protective carrying case and plugs to close off the water bubbler while in use. Meaning you can leave water in the bubbler while traveling on the go without worrying about spilling.
I’ve been using my RIO EVERYWHERE for well over a year, and it’s never spilled water. The RIO’s downside is that it uses a torch and banger, which basically throws the concealment factor out the window. People will definitely see and/or hear the torch.
The upside is that you never have to worry about running out of battery life. Fill the butane tank and you’re good to go for a few days.
Heating and Temperature Options
The Boost EVO Dab Rig features an “11-second” heat up time per the Dr. Dabber website. I’ve found that to be pretty accurate but heat up times will vary depending on the ambient temperature, the amount of materials in the chamber, and whether it’s the first session.
The Boost EVO comes with options for a 20 or 40-second session timer, which I’ll get more into down below.
EVO Temperature Range
The Dr. Dabber Boost EVO comes with six temp settings ranging from 500F – 750F in 50 Degree increments. Each temp is represented by a color, which I’ve listed below.
- Temp 1 – 500F Purple
- Temp 2 – 550F Blue
- Temp 3 – 600F Cyan
- Temp 4 – 650F Green
- Temp 5 – 700F Orange
- Temp 6 – 750F White
Preferred Temp Settings
I prefer to stick to the first three temps, and 99% of the time, I start at the lowest temp. I only use the last temp to clean out the chamber or if I’m doing a burn off after a fresh cleaning.
Party Mode (Session Timer)
Switch between a 20 or a 40-second session timer. I thought the Party Mode would be a crazy light display or something, but Party Mode is meant for longer sessions and “more people,” but let’s be real, it’s just for us.
While the Boost Evo is off, hold the power button down (for about five seconds) to change the session duration between 20 and 40 seconds. Two blinks indicate 20 seconds, and four blinks indicate 40 seconds.
The EVO will vibrate when you turn it on, change temps, or when it’s reached temp for a session. It’s a nice reminder that your session is ready or that your selection is good to go. However, I’m personally not a fan.
The sessions are so short, and the heat up is so fast that if I forget I’m doing a dab in the 10 seconds I hit the power button, maybe I shouldn’t be doing a dab, or maybe I just did one and forgot about it. In which case, I probably shouldn’t be doing another dab.
It’s also pretty loud, especially while sitting on a desk, coffee table, etc… I digress.
Boost EVO Battery Info
The four white LEDs indicate the battery life on the front of the Boost Evo. The battery indicator will blink three times if the battery is low. A white pulse indicates the battery is charging, and all four lights lit up means the battery is fully charged.
Average Battery Life
The average battery life will vary quite a bit, depending on a few different variables.
First, if you’re hitting it at max temp, for the full 40-second session, you’re going to get fewer sessions than someone who uses a rice grain amount, at temp one, for 20-seconds.
It totally depends on how you use it and the amount of concentrates you’ll be using daily.
Personally, I’ve been averaging anywhere from 10-15 of the 20-second sessions with 2-4 draws in each of those sessions. I can always load more, and it’s already pre-heated. I tend to take long draws.
Overall, the Boost EVO features above-average battery life considering the unit’s size and the high temps it maintains.
Charging Times and Options
The charging time of the Boost EVO depends on what you have it plugged into. It can take as little as an hour if you have an appropriate USB-C power supply. The EVO dab rig also features pass-through charging, which means you can use it while charging as long as it has a slight charge first.
USB-C charging seems to be industry standard now. The Boost EVO comes with a USB-C charging cable but no brick.
If you are using your Boost EVO on the go, I recommend picking up an external battery pack. Something like this Anker 20000mAh will charge the Boost a couple of times from dead fully.
How To Use The Boost Evo
First Use (Clean and Burn-Off)
The first thing I recommend doing with any new vaporizer, dab rig, etc., is to wipe everything down with isopropyl alcohol and do a burn-off. A burn-off consists of setting the device to max temp and running through a couple of sessions.
When the device has cooled down, place a small amount of ISO on a Q-Tip, and clean out the chamber. I also recommend running ISO through the glass attachment.
How To Turn On
Click the EVO power button five times to turn the device on and off. It will remember all of your previous settings but doesn’t automatically begin heating. You need to hold the power button down for three seconds to begin heating.
The EVO lights will blink red when the unit is heating up and display the color temp you chose when it hits temp.
How To Change Temps
Press the power button three times quickly to switch between temps. The Boost EVO temperature range runs from 500F to 750F, with each color representing a 50-degree change in temperature.
I recommend loading a small amount (size of a rice grain). Remember, you can always load more. Overloading won’t necessarily damage the Boost Evo, but it will get dirtier faster and increase the draw resistance. Any extra debris in the vapor path will lower the overall vapor quality.
A Cold Start consists of placing the concentrates into the chamber before heating it. This is my preferred method because it wastes less material.
I also like to start my draw a smidgen before it hits temp. I’ve found this to be the “sweet spot” and where I find the best taste.
I usually take two 10-second draws, and if you’re using the recommended rice grain size dab, you should be able to clear it in 20 seconds.
If not, hold the power button for three seconds to keep the session rolling for another 20.
Try to clean out the atomizer immediately after a session by placing a small amount of water at the end of a q-tip and swabbing out the bowl. This technique will drastically reduce cleaning frequency.
A hot start with the Boost Evo consists of placing some of your materials onto a dab tool, heating the Boost Evo to temp, and then placing the materials into the atomizer.
Wait until all the materials are off the dab tool and then attach the glass over the atomizer.
I recommend a quick clear of the chamber and then place your finger over the Airflow Release to restrict a bit of air and help regulate the chamber’s temperature.
Dr. Dabber Boost vs. Switch
First and foremost, the Boost Evo is the more portable vaporizer of the two. While both dab rigs conceal nicely into their protective cases, the Switch is a BIG dab rig. It’s not the best to use at the park, the beach, hiking, or anything where discretion AND portability are needed.
I still bring the Switch over to a buddy’s house now and then, but it’s not going anywhere other than someone’s home.
Custom Options (Temps)
The Switch is the better option of the two if you’re looking for more control over your sessions—specifically, the temperature options.
The Switch comes with 25 temp settings ranging from 300F – 780F (20-degree intervals) and better of the two for micro-dosing or low-temp dabs.
Both units are easy to clean, especially compared to other portable dab rigs currently on the market. But the feature that sets the Switch apart from ALL others is the Self-Cleaning feature.
I couldn’t find the exact temperature that the Switch reaches, but the site says, “The Switch is capable of cleaning your Ceramic Induction Cup by running a high energy heat cycle.” DO NOT inhale at this temp and be sure to clean out the induction cup after running this cycle, but it literally does everything for you.
This is honestly one of my favorite features ever on a vaporizer (dab rig).
Faster Heating Times
The Switch has an average heat up time of around four seconds. The Boost averages about 11 seconds. Not a huge deal, but the Switch will technically get you medicated quicker.
The Switch offers better battery life but can only charge via DC. Whereas the Boost Evo can charge via USB-C (better for portability).
The Switch features a replaceable battery system, but extra batteries run $80 and can only charge within the device.
Dry Herb Use
Switch Mentions Dry Herb Use, but I can’t recommend you buy it for that purpose. It does work, but it’s not a pleasant experience. Read more about it in my full Switch Dab Rig review.
Cleaning, Maintenance & Warranty
The Boost EVO is one of the easiest dab rigs to clean because the atomizer is at the top of the unit, with no vapor path other than the glass bubbler.
- Clean the unit and the quick connector with 75% isopropyl alcohol.
- Use 91% ISO on the atomizer and glass attachment.
- I also recommend taking a Q-Tip with a small amount of ISO and cleaning the atomizer connectors now and then.
- Do NOT fully soak any of the components, and make sure everything is fully dry before use.
The Dr. Dabber Boost EVO comes with a one-year manufacturer warranty on the base of the unit. It doesn’t cover the glass or the atomizer. Dr. Dabber has excellent customer service and is quick to respond to any problems or concerns. Check out the Boost EVO support page here and the full Boost EVO user manual here.
RGB Ambient Lighting
Enter “Glow Mode” by pressing the power button four times. Press two times to change between the five different color patterns. I don’t have these on, but it’s cool to have them going for a sesh with some friends.
The Boost EVO “Stealth Mode” is my preferred setting because only the Dr. Dabber log is illuminated. It’s the most “sneaky” way to use the device.
To get to Stealth Mode, you must first turn off “Glow Mode” by pressing the power button four times. Then press the power button 2 times.
Keep in mind that any lights left on will run down the battery life, so I recommend the Stealth Mode for on the go use.
Dr. Dabber Boost Evo Review Wrap-Up
What I like about the Boost EVO
- First, the Boost EVO offers one of the most flavorful dabbing experiences currently available. It’s also one of the easiest portable dab rigs to clean, which is a HUGE plus in my opinion. Cleaning is usually a big issue with most dab rigs, and both the EVO and the SWITCH offer great solutions to those problems.
- The Boost EVO is also lightweight, fits nicely in the hands, and heats up quickly, making it a great dab rig to use on the go.
- Last but definitely not least, the EVO features a clean, free-flowing vapor path.
What I don’t Like
- I’m not a huge fan of the price, but I think that’s my gripe with most portable dab rigs coming out these days. They are all pricey. On the plus side, the EVO dab rig is $70 cheaper than both the popular Puffco Peak Pro and Dr. Dabber Switch dab rigs.
- Next, I feel like the three-button press to change temp is elementary considering we’re paying $329 for an “Advanced Dab Rig.” Plus and minus buttons, similar to the Switch, would have been nice.
- The other minor gripe I have is the fact that you can’t turn off the haptic feedback. Maybe the setting is out there somewhere, but I can’t seem to find it. Hit me up in the comments below if it’s possible.
- Lastly, the water in the glass attachment seems to spill pretty easily, at least for me. Maybe I’m just super clumsy, but I recommend being cautious at first until you’re more familiar with the entire process.
Who Should Buy the Boost EVO?
Overall, the Dr. Dabber Boost EVO is an excellent portable dab rig and easily one of my favorites to use at home or take with me on the go. This truly is the perfect portable dab rig for most people and offers impressive performance for the size.
If you’re looking for a portable dab rig with great battery life, quick heat-up times, great flavor, and easy maintenance, look no further than the Boost EVO.
Dr. Dabber Boost EVO
Best Overall Dab Rig 2021
Boost EVO Review Table of Contents
The Boost EVO retails for $329, and I recommend to buy the Boost EVO from my recommended authorized retailer. It’s available in both White (pictured in this review) and Black. They also offer free shipping and excellent customer service.
I encourage you to check out my Dr. Dabber Switch review if you’re looking for something for at-home use only. The battery life is almost tripled, and the self-cleaning mode is a wonderful feature, especially for those heavier users, like yours truly.
Thank you for taking the time to check out my Dr. Dabber Boost EVO Dab Rig Review, and be sure to hit me up in the comments below with any questions, comments, or concerns. Have a great day.