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Vapir Prima Vaporizer Review


The Prima is a conduction vaporizer made by Vapir which is the same manufacturer of the N02. The N02 is also a portable unit but not too many people would call it portable after getting it in their hands. The Prima on the other hand is a very portable unit.

The design and durability stood out to me immediately and it has a very solid weight to it.

Loading the chamber is pretty easy, the battery is removable and the stainless steel vapor path is also removable for easy cleaning.

The Vapir Prima is currently rated an 8.8/10 scoring exceptionally well in design/durability and battery life.

This Prima vaporizer review will help you break down the features and help you decide if the Prima vape is right for you.

The Prima retails for $199 and you can click here to pick it up from my recommended authorized store.

Size, Portability, Concealment The Prima is about the same height as the Pax 2 with a little fatter body. It’s actually a very easy vaporizer to pocket and keep concealed. The Prima dimensions are 4 ¾” H by 1 ¼” wide by 1 ¾” deep and weighs roughly 167 grams. The Prima is comparable in size to other popular vaporizers like the Crafty at 136 grams and the Haze v3 is around 180 grams but not quite as portable as the Pax 2 at 90 grams or the Grasshopper at around 60 grams. Overall the Prima is easy to conceal and I can almost completely palm the unit for discretion.

vapir prima chamber and vapor path screenHeating Element, Chamber and Temperature Options The Prima comes with four different temp settings and all of the four settings have a temp range rather than a single temp. So temp one ranges from 350-360F, temp two ranges from 365-375F, temp three 380-390, and temp four ranges from 390-400F. I feel like the ranges are much more realistic because temps change depending on the herbs and loading type. Heat up times are about average ranging from 45-60 seconds depending on herb type, pack type, and temp settings.

The Prima uses a stainless heating element and offers a removable stainless steel vapor path. The Prima also offers the ability to vape dry herbs and concentrates which I’m finding more and more people want these days. A lot of people are looking for options and it’s nice that the Prima has the option to be able to vape different materials.

vapir prima chamber with concentrate padThe chamber is huge. I don’t even want to fill it all the way and I’m a heavy user. This could be a super duper session vaporizer if you had 4-5 people in a group trying to chill and pass a vape around. So what I like to do is put one of the concentrate pads in the bottom of the chamber. This will take up about half of the chamber and allow for a more average session for 1-2 people. This does increase draw resistance slightly but just slow down your draws until you can’t really feel the resistance anymore and it will start to produce some dense clouds towards the end of the session. I can get about .15 grams in the chamber with the half pack concentrate pad method and this works perfect for 1-2 people.

So far the only downside that I’ve run into is that the herbs tend to get stuck in the screen protecting the vapor path but the Prima comes with a lot of cleaning accessories so I recommend just wiping out the screen in between sessions and this should help with your overall cleaning as well. Like I mentioned above, the vapor path is removable so the cleaning on that will be super easy.

How-To-Use and Packing Techniques The Prima is extremely easy to use. The power button is located on the front of the unit and to turn it on just hold it down for three seconds. Now the power button isn’t the best feeling. It seems a little lose in place and could be better for a $229 vaporizer. IMO. It just feels a little cheaper than the price warrants. In no way does this effect the unit but anyways, moving on. After the three seconds you can select the temp by pressing the button one time for each temp. The Prima will remember your previous selection and automatically begin heating to the last temp. Holding the button down for three seconds again will turn the unit off.

Each LED will glow green as it reaches each temp setting. Prima will auto shut off after 5 minutes unless you double click the power button to extend the session for another 2 minutes before turning off. You can also check the battery life of the unit while it’s turned off by clicking the power button one time. Four full circles indicate a full battery and one empty red LED means it’s about to die on you.

I’ve found the Prima to be extremely easy to use as far as temp selections and overall use.

vapir prima charging dock and batteryBattery Life, Charging Options & Charge Times So far I’ve been really impressed with the battery life and Prima uses its own replaceable battery. The Prima battery is a Li-Ion 3.6v, 3200mhA and it comes with its own external docking station sort of similar to the Haze v3. The Prima charging dock can be plugged in via USB but you still have to lug around a docking station and place the battery in it. I haven’t had to opportunity to use it on a long trip yet so I’m not for sure how well the battery would stay in place in a backpack. For example, if you’re charging the Crafty via USB, it plugs directly into the unit and it’s charging. With the Prima, you have to remove the battery, plug in the charging dock to the external battery pack and then place the battery in the charging station. Basically I wish they would have made a charging port on the actual unit to charge it via USB without having to remove the battery. Definitely not a deal breaker and I’m probably just being picky.

The Prima has been lasting between 5 bowls on a full charge which is definitely above average and I think I might even be able to get more because I was doing burn offs with the first couple sessions. I’m still doing more testing with the charge times but average so far has been 100+ minutes to fully recharge from dead and you can NOT use the unit while it’s charging.

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Prima vs other popular portable vaporizers The Prima is definitely on par with the Haze V3 and the Pax 2. It still has a couple issues that are holding it back from being the best. The first is how much herb gets stuck in the screen after a session. I can just dump out a brick of herb from the Crafty or Pax 2 but I pretty much always have to brush out the screen after a session with the Prima. Again, not a huge deal breaker but that’s why it’s an 8.9 instead of a 9.0+. The Prima also will get a bit hot near the bowl after a long session, they do include a silicone sleeve to go over the hottest part of the bowl.

The portability of the Prima definitely puts it towards the top. It’s smaller than the Mighty, Haze v3 and the Air but not quite as portable as the Pax 2 or Grasshopper. The Prima also does very well in the battery life category. I’ve been getting around 5 sessions with the Prima before the battery dies and I’m still doing some more testing on charging times.

The vapor quality is very decent for a conduction vaporizer. I would say it’s on par with the Haze V3, Pax 2 and the Goboof Alfa but not as good as convection units like the Crafty, Mighty, Firefly 2 or Grasshopper.

vapir prima vaporizer included accessories

Accessories The Prima came with a lot of accessories and cleaning tools which is nice especially if you are going to be using it with concentrates. They literally thought of everything that you would need to remove pieces, clean screens, and to maintain the vaporizer. You also get a cool little scooper which makes loading the chamber super easy. I’ve been using it with all my other vaporizers now too lol.

Prima Warranty Info The Prima comes with a 5 year warranty covering defects and a 2 year warranty on the battery which is just awesome. No one covers batteries in this market for this long. Vapir offering a two year warranty here is a pretty good testimonial to the quality of their batteries. I’ve personally never had to return a Vapir product so I haven’t had to work with the customer service department but I guess that’s a good thing. Let me know if you guys have any experiences with Vapir in the comments below.

Summary: Should you buy the Prima?

Yes especially if you’re thinking about possibly vaping concentrates. The Prima is a very good vaporizer and MUCH more portable than the previous N02. I didn’t mind the N02 but that thing is a large dinosaur at this point. The new Prima has all the features of most of the popular portable vaporizers out right now plus you get a long lasting battery, removable stainless steel vapor path and the ability to vape dry herbs/concentrates.

You also get a 5 year warranty and again… 2 year coverage on the battery. Battery problems with heavily used portables vapes are not that uncommon and knowing the Prima has a good system set up is nice. If you want to purchase a second battery, they are pretty expensive at $50 a piece, but I honestly think most people won’t need it unless they are going to be using it rigorously over the course of a day.

You can click here to check out the Prima from Vapir directly. They have fast/discrete shipping and buying directly from Vapir ensures that you are buying an authentic product.

Thanks for checking out my Vapir Prima vape review please leave a comment below with any thoughts or questions you have.

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Vapir Prima Vape Review

The Prima vaporizer is the complete package if you're looking for your very first portable vaporizer. The price has also been dropped from $259, to $229 and now $199. I really feel like the Prima is a good pick up at $199.

17 Comments

  • Carlos says: November 10, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Hey! Great review! I am very interested in this new vaporizer. The most important thing to me is efficency when it comes to vapes. I had felt as though the pax 1 wasn’t as efficient as I liked which is why I haven’t tried out the pax 2. You said you were able to load .15 in there and have it work well. This is reasonable I think but do you think it can’t work off a .1.. Also do you think this is the right vape for me if I am looking for efficiency. I currently own an arizer air which I use as my main portable device which I am very happy with.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: November 10, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      I just tested the Prima with a small .08g load and it worked well. I didn’t get as dense or as many draws, but the AVB came out evenly. Based on my testing so far I would say it is more efficient than most vapes including the original Pax, and at least on par with the Arizer portables. If you are looking for maximum efficiency I would also consider the Grasshopper and the Crafty, they are very efficient and work with small loads.

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      • Carlos says: November 10, 2015 at 6:47 pm

        Thanks for the quick reply. I think I am sold on getting a Prima. I will be doing so this week!

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        • Buzz Danklin says: November 10, 2015 at 6:49 pm

          Definitely let me know what you think when you get it!

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          • Carlos Martinez says: November 16, 2015 at 4:36 pm

            So I got my new Prima this weekend. After using it a bunch of times I’d have to say I am really enjoying it. Only issue I have had is that I have twice had a problem where my battery got stuck on the unit and was very difficult to remove. This happened because when I snapped in the battery it was slightly off the track and made it get stuck. I have since been extra careful when putting on the battery. Other than this though I am super happy with my Prima! I am able to use just a little bit of herb by using that small piece used for wax as a spacer. Thanks again for the great review!

  • ZachL says: November 29, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I was going to purchase this however it looks like there is a brass bowl which could bring up some health concerns… Anybody else care to comment on the material of the bowl and wether or not it is safe? All I know is Vapir has not had the best history..

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  • lb says: January 10, 2016 at 6:21 am

    Thanks for your reviews. helpful. I have a solo for a yr. its slowing down on how many uses between charges that It does, getting hot at mid vape and burning some herb. therefore I am looking to upgrade. seems the Crafty is top rate,&pricey. the co. I contacted in canada has a good price on Vapir Prima, and they love it & currently use it more than their Mighty. They say vape and all around quality is at par.
    I vape 1-4x a day, 2 on average. am an “older” female medical user treating migraines. home solo use 99.5% of the time.

    Big question is wether to spring for a Crafty, or get the Prima at basically $170 less CAD. Im looking for: all around ease of use; top notch vape quality, reliable, consistent ; ,pass thru is handy, will tuse concentrates when they become available. , esay care. efficient on herb. Is the Prima as good on these as the Crafty? its handsome looking. sounds like its a wee bit less phenomenal vape quality? what would you get for your mother, sister or wife? if you don’t mind my saying that. Thanks.
    lb

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    • Buzz Danklin says: January 14, 2016 at 8:52 am

      If I was getting a vape for my mother it would be the Crafty. It so simple to use, load, and it’s the most free flowing vaporizer which produces super cool, smooth vapor. The battery life is no where near as good as the Prima but for overall best experience I think the Crafty is definitely worth it.

      I really haven’t had enough testing with the Prima to rate it over the Crafty. THe Crafty is just simple and ready to use immediately. I know that my mother could use it without ANY problems. The Prima you have to use half packs, because the chamber is so huge. So you would be adding in the mesh concentrate pad and then adding herbs over the top.

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  • Donald Cooney says: January 10, 2016 at 7:41 am

    I bought a Prima along with the power pack from Vapir. I received it last week and immediately opened it. I slid the battery out from the unit and put it in the charger and used the Prima with the direct adapter. It worked well but when I went to remove the direct adapter from the unit I discovered it was jammed and I was unable to slide it out. Customer Service wanted photos but that seemed like a waste of time & I told them I would like to send it back. I asked for a shipping label , so as not to pay shipping and after the person helping me got permission from her manager, they sent me one. If I hadn’t requested free shipping, I would have been stuck with paying for it. I also noticed the cap was quite loose and easily knocked off of the unit which I also brought to their attention. There was a suggestion that I’d put the direct adapter in the wrong way. I maintain that if it gets jammed that easily, then that would seem to be a manufacturing defect or flaw and that it should slide in and out easily as the battery initially did when I first removed it. I noticed in the review by Carlos Martinez, he had a similar problem with his battery getting jammed. So I am waiting to hear from them about fixing this. I look forward to getting it back and hopefully enjoying its use without any further problems.
    Two years ago I bought the NO2 and it failed within a week and I returned it and they replaced it after being unable to repair it. Less then a year later that unit failed and I returned it and they repaired it and sent it back to me. I’m still using that NO2. Their customer service has been quite good & that was a factor in my purchasing the Prima plus the decent New Year’s sale price.

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  • Finn says: February 22, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Hey Buzz, thanks for all the great reviews, really informative.

    I’ve had an NO2 for 4 plus years, and have been pretty happy with it. Decided it’s time to upgrade to something much more portable, as the NO2 has all the subtlety of lugging around a bowling ball.

    Recently, I got to try a Prima and a Myster Shotgun side by side. Hands down, I liked the Prima better. The vapor flavor with the Prima was superior, and use was pretty easy, and I didn’t note any complications during use. Liked the size and weight in my hand too. Anyhow, I digress on the comparison. I enjoy my vaping with a range of products, depending on the relief/effect I’m looking for. Sometimes it’s dried herb, other times it’s herb mixed with pollen, sometimes pollen straight up, and still other times it’s a concentrate; whether hash, wax or shatter. From my limited use, the Prima seems like it would be a well suited option providing great flexibility. My question is, would you recommend the Prima for the multiple purposes I’m looking for, or do you have another portable vape that you consider a better option? Having a difficult time deciding if the Prima, Firefly or Crafty is my best option. Any recommendation you have would be appreciated.

    Thanks for all the great work on your reviews!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: February 22, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      Hey Finn,

      Glad to see your Vapir NO2 is still holding up after 4+ years! If you are looking for a versatile portable to work with dry herbs and concentrates I do recommend the Prima and also the Haze V3. Both units work well with both concentrates and dry herbs. The Firefly2 is also coming out soon which works really well with both dry herbs and concentrates, but I don’t believe that unit will begin shipping for a month or two. The Crafty works pretty well with thicker concentrates, but I don’t trust it with thin runny oils as much as the Haze and Prima

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  • AKayV says: January 8, 2017 at 5:22 am

    This is more of a question than a reply. I have a new Vapir Prima. Started using it today. I use it for about a minute each time on the coolest setting, usually taking 1 draw. Then I turn it off. The battery appears used up after about 7 of these brief sessions. That concerns me. But also I cannot remove the battery. My thumbs are a bit weak. My husband has very strong hands, though, and it took him 5 minutes to finally squeeze and push just right to get it off. By myself, it seems impossible. … So two questions: How long is the battery supposed to last? It says about an hour, but mine lasted no more than 10 minutes total. And what is the deal with the battery that it is SO hard to remove? Could I have a bad one? Thanks to anyone who can answer.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: January 8, 2017 at 6:39 pm

      AKayV, when I first got my Prima the battery was quite difficult to remove as well, however it has loosened up somewhat over time. Maybe try having your husband pop the battery in and out a few times to loosen it up further. As far as battery life goes, the Prima is a session vape, which means it’s generally most efficient to vape the whole oven once you turn it on. The battery life is usually rated for how long the vape can stay heated and vaping. When you turn the unit on and off frequently most of the battery is used just getting the vape up to temp. If you are looking for a vape to take a single draw here and there unfortunately the Prima is not the very best solution, something like the Grasshopper or the Firefly 2 would fit better.

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  • Mr Clean says: January 11, 2017 at 2:43 am

    I bought one used $70 The battery seems excellent. I also found a way to both use extremely small amounts and also to keep the material from getting in the upper screen – use 2 concentrate pads! I put the material on the pad that I put in the bottom and the second one I have squished it a bit so it’s easier to get in and out. And it doesn’t seem to effect the draw anymore than putting just one in!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: January 11, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      Glad its working well for you, and the concentrate pads do work well for smaller loads! Ironically the Vapir Prima mesh pads also make perfect spacers for other vapes like the Davinci IQ as well. Once the screen starts to build up condensate the draw resistance will slowly be reduced, but you can soak the pad in isopropyl alcohol to clean it up

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  • Staci says: August 28, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    I have been a long time Vapir user. I have the NO2 with the old telephone charger and then the later model. I just got my Prima and am in love!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: August 29, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      Thank you for sharing your experience Staci, really glad the Prima is treating you well.

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