XMAX Starry Vaporizer Review

The XMAX Starry is a portable conduction vaporizer made by XMAX. They also make the v2 pro which is one of the cheapest portable vaporizers that I actually recommend.

The Starry vaporizer is nicely designed and small enough to be easily pocketed out on the go. It also comes with a full temp spectrum, an easy to ready digital display and a replaceable battery.

Before we get too far into the review I wanted to point out that there are two different versions of this vaporizer. The original by XMAX with the “Starry” logo on it and then there’s another version with the POTV (planet of the vapes) logo. It’s exactly the same vaporizer just different logos. POTV didn’t like the flashy and bright starry logo and many people complained about it so they made it more inconspicuous.

I personally think it looks much better overall. Again, same price, same functionality, just a different logo.

The Xmax Starry vaporizer retails for $99 and I recommend picking it up here. Read on below to get my full Xmax starry vaporizer review.

Size, Portability, and Build Quality

Pax 2 vaporizer vs XMAX Starry vape
The Starry vaporizer is about the same size of the Pax 2. Maybe a smidgen wider but very close. The Starry weighs roughly 120 grams with the battery in which is about 30 grams more than the Pax 2. I’m comparing these two together because they function in a very similar fashion, very similar design wise and only separated in price by about $30. The Pax 2 is $149 and comes with a two year warranty but doesn’t come with a replaceable battery system.

The Starry is very easy to pocket, easy to grip and pass around. It’s perfect the adventurous type whether you’re hiking, biking or just a night out on the town. It’s very easy to conceal and even palm if needed.

Really the only downside with the overall design is the fact that the mouthpiece and upper lid do get pretty hot with prolonged use. I’m talking long sessions at high temps but overall it’s not bad.

XMAX Starry Accessories

The Starry will come with your average cleaning tools, one replaceable rechargeable battery, a USB charging cable, instruction manual and a few extra screens. I recommend picking up an extra battery and the Nitecore I2 external charger if you think you will be using the Starry very often. The batteries will charge faster in the external charger and it’s always nice to have a spare just in case.

Heating Specs and Temp Options

I’m pretty impressed with the heat up times and temp options. Not only does the unit heat up in under 30 seconds but you get a full temp spectrum with on vape display and easy to use temp buttons. You very rarely find a vaporizer under $150 let alone $100 with a full temp display.

The full temp spectrum runs from 221F to 464F. I never really go above 420 but the option is there to really cook your herbs if you wanted. The Starry features a 5 or 10 minute session timer which is user adjustable by holding the power and up buttons.

Battery Specs, Average Charging Times, Battery Life and Charging Options

Xmax Starry Battery Compartment
The Xmax Starry vaporizer uses a 2500MAH 18650 rechargeable replaceable battery. I’ve been averaging about 70-80 minutes of battery life on a single charge which is really good for the size of this device. Charging takes anywhere from 90 to 120 minutes with the included micro USB cable, but you can reduce the charging times with an external charger.

Vapor Quality, Draw Resistance, Usage Tips

While The XMAX Starry vaporizer does have better flavor than other conduction units at or below this price, it is still like most conduction vaporizers. Great taste at lower temps, especially on the first couple rips but as the temp goes up and the session goes on, the taste goes downhill. The good news is that the Starry vape will put out HUGE clouds on the higher temps. With a tight pack and a fine grind, you will be thoroughly impressed with the vapor output. The Starry will also vape very evenly with no need to stir.

The draw resistance is about average when clean but goes up when dirty. The biggest contributor to the draw resistance is the mouthpiece/screen. It tends to clog up after multiple sessions so it’s  important to brush out the chamber and mouthpiece after every session. I also try not to leave herbs in the chamber after a session. When possible I Immediately dump the bowl to help keep down on cleaning.


I recommend a fine grind. You can achieve a fine grind by picking up something like the MFLB Finishing Grinder OR you can use a regular grinder but just grind it upside down to get it finer.

I have gotten the best results with a fully packed chamber.

Like I mentioned earlier, the lid and mouthpiece tend to get hot with prolonged use. When vaping a long endurance session you can use your hand or fingers to help dissipate the heat from the unit before a draw. Just place your fingers over the mouthpiece when you’re waiting for the next draw and it will cool it down.

If you wan’t to reduce screen cleaning, you can place a small metal screen cut to size over the top of the packed bowl, this definitely reduces cleaning, but its an extra step each time you pack and unpack the bowl so I generally don’t do this.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Overall the cleaning and maintenance is very easy with the Xmax Starry especially if you stay on top of it and brush out the chamber and lid after every session. Like I said, the screen will collect the most debris so try to keep it clean for best results.

A full cleaning is easy. Just throw some ISO on a q–tip, wipe out the chamber (with the unit upside down so nothing drips down into the unit), then wipe or soak the lid and mouthpiece and you’re good to go.

Other Portable Vaporizer Comparisons

Xmax Starry Vaporizer Comparison

L to R: Starry, Pax 2, Alternate, CF, CFX, Airvape XS, SC Grinder.

Pax 2: The Pax 2 is a darn good vaporizer especially now that they dropped price to $149. It functions very similar to the Xmax Starry but doesn’t come with a replaceable battery and the heat up is about 30 seconds slower. The Pax 2 has the bowl at the bottom of the unit with a longer vapor path so it produces a bit tastier and cooler vapor the one other thing that Pax 2 has is a log history of proven reliability and performance. If both units were the same price, I would go with the Pax 2 but once again, you’re spending more money. The Starry price point is tough to beat.

Boundless CF: The CF is one of the most popular portable vaporizers around $100. The CF mimics the Storz and Bickel Crafty with hybrid convection/conduction heating systems (although the Boundless vapes utilize much more conduction). I guess you could say the CF  gives you around 75% the performance at under 50% the cost of the OG Crafty.

Summary: Who should buy the XMax Starry?

The XMAX Starry is the perfect vaporizer for someone just entering the vape market. You don’t have to shell out a bunch of cash to get good results and the performance is really unmatched at this price point.

It’s easy to conceal, easy to use, and easy to maintain.

I recommend picking up the Xmax Starry here. Let me know if you have any questions about the Starry or any other vaporizer by leaving a comment below.

Thanks for checking out my site and thanks for reading my x-max starry review!

Overall Score
XMAX Starry Vaporizer Review

The Starry is the perfect beginner vaporizer. Easy to use, easy to conceal and produces good results consistently. I'd pick up an extra battery or two and be sure to keep the screens clean for best results.


  • Kap says: January 23, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    What are the downsides the starry if I want to micro dose or take a few hits? What if I just shut it off after a few hits? Will this method waste my herb/concentrates? Couldn’t I just add smaller amount of product? Does the starry suffer in performance if I add a smaller amount. I know in some of your reviews you recommend a tight or loose pack or a full pack. I’m a complete newb and want to make sure I’m not wasting $.

    • Buzz Danklin says: January 26, 2018 at 11:44 am

      This vape works well with varying load sizes but for the most part, conduction vapes work best with an average to fine grind and a tight pack.

    • Wease says: May 31, 2018 at 6:18 pm

      You dont need a tight pack at all. Just put some in . If there’s a couple small pieces it fine. Still heat up quick. Give it a shake mid sesh and fine.

  • A says: February 21, 2018 at 12:00 am

    O ring keeps going on mouth section
    I love this unit. As an ex smoker being able to go up to 240c is great. I love the size and discreet shape of the unit. I would give this unit 5stars if only for one problem; The o ring keeps coming off every couple of weeks.. Its not as smooth as you are inhaling more air than intended and getting less vapour coming thru. I don’t submerge the mouth piece in liquid of any kind. Just seems to happen thru wear and tear . I am using it about 10 times a day tops. If i didn’t have to shell out for a new mouthpiece every couple of weeks i would be a lot happier. If anyone has any advise or solution i would love to know

    • Buzz Danklin says: May 11, 2018 at 9:27 am

      I’m not having this issue but I also don’t use it as much as you. Are you still having the same issue? Are they sending you replacements?

    • Paul says: August 7, 2018 at 12:19 am

      Vapefiend sell spare o-rings in their accessories section for the Spirit vape which has the same design as the starry. Last time I looked they were £1 for two.

      • Buzz Danklin says: August 21, 2018 at 1:16 pm

        Thanks for the info Paul.

  • Enso says: May 24, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    Do you know does the Starry do for group sessions ?

    Thanks :)

    • Buzz Danklin says: May 25, 2018 at 12:49 am

      The Starry has a bit bigger bowl than average and can hold around .2 -.3g so it works well for groups unless everyone has very high tolerances.

  • Kasey says: May 26, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    I just inboxed and packed mine up. I don’t seem to be getting any vapor off of it, what am I doing wrong?!

    • Buzz Danklin says: May 27, 2018 at 10:10 am

      Make sure that you have a decent grind on it and pack the chamber fully. What temps are you using?

  • Gabe says: August 26, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Hey Buzz,

    I went ahead and also ordered a spare battery. I had ordered one specifically for the Starry, but the store gave me a somewhat different one. More specifically, they gave me a ‘3200 mAh Focusvape’ battery. I like that it has a bit more capacity than the Starrys’ original 2900 mAh one. They’re both 18650 batteries, of course. But I wanted to ask if there may be some other significant difference between them (voltage for example), is it safe to use the ‘Focusvape’ battery in my Starry?
    The precise info printed on this ‘Focusvape’ battery is: “LGDBMH11865 0359L253A5”. The original Samsung battery in the unit says “INR18650-29E SAMSUNG SDI GJ1T”. A leaflet in the box of the Starry suggests using original batteries or quality replacements by third parties, so I suppose some non-original batteries should be fine. Since the spare battery is made by LG, I would expect it to be a quality product, but was curious if it might have some important difference with the original Samsung battery that would preclude using it safely with the vape.

    Is it also typically fine to use other (18650) batteries with different parameters, voltages across vaporizers in general (those that accept 18650 of course)? I think this question suggests an idea for a an explainer blog post focused on batteries, as others might share my curiosity.

    Thanks for your previous replies to my questions in the Top Vapes comments section and I appreciate your reviews!

    • Buzz Danklin says: September 19, 2018 at 7:53 pm

      Hey Gabe, sorry for the slow reply. That Focusvape battery should work well for you in the Starry. Every once in a while people run into a problem with really cheap 18650’s and generally your vape just won’t turn on with a battery it doesn’t like. For the most part 18650’s in dry herb vape are interchangeable. Since dry herb vapes heat up slower and hold a consistent temp so they don’t seem to stress and push batteries as hard in short bursts like the e-cigs do which is where I see more 18650 incompatibility problems

  • Jason says: September 26, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    Thx Buzz. As a potential (& novice) smoker, your site is extremely informative. I’ve spent the past hour Googling reviews w diminishing returns. However, you focused my attention on 2 or 3 budget devices. (e.g., Starry). Can you rebrand your site (e.g., vapewiz) to visually distinguish it from so many others? Thx!

    • Buzz Danklin says: October 18, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      LOL! Thank you so much for the kind words! I’m glad I could help you narrow it down! Let me know if you have any more questions about any of them.

  • Craig says: October 29, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Recently purchased this item and having some issues I am hoping you can assist with. I mainly use for dry herb single use. Based on some research this product does better when more packed. In my situation this would be wasteful. Is there a way to get the best use out of using a small amount of dry herb with good results? Thanks!

    • Buzz Danklin says: November 11, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      Hey Craig,

      I would recommend just putting the smaller amount of herb you want to vape into the bowl, and then using something to pack it down along the bottom of the chamber. You don’t need to pack it down as hard as you can, but pack it down until it stays in place on its own. Let me know if this helps you out at all

  • Hube says: November 10, 2018 at 4:58 am

    Thanks for your detailed reviews. I am thinking about buying the Starry V2. Would you recommend it for micro-dosing? Is it possible to pack the chamber and use it during a few days?

    • Buzz Danklin says: November 11, 2018 at 5:53 pm

      I do think the Starry works pretty well for micro dosing, and it is possible to pack a chamber and use it for a few days. When using a single bowl for multiple sessions make sure you take a few more draws as its cooling down, this will help preserve some of the flavor for future bowls, and reduce cleaning a bit. Overall the Starry is really tough to beat in the ~$100 price range

      • Hube says: November 12, 2018 at 4:14 am

        Thumbs up!

  • S@ta says: November 11, 2018 at 11:48 am

    I actually won a Starry in a comp a while back. I was and still am shocked at how good it is for the price. The battery last a good few 10mins sessions, its not the flavour master like the air 2 or powerhouse like a mighty, but again, for the price its really good. One thing I didnt see you mention was the extract chamber. What a wonder it is. Completely diff to the scrumpled wire design. Using a silica wick in a mini oven you place inside the vape, heats up fast and vapes really well and efficiently. Give it a go Buzz!

    • Buzz Danklin says: November 11, 2018 at 5:43 pm

      Thanks for the comment, I appreciate you sharing your experiences and I agree. The Starry is easily one of the very best bang for your buck vapes, it performs very well and has a lot of features for the low price point. I will give the extract chamber a go, I recently got more access to concentrates whereas I only had consistent access to flower before.

  • Tony Ware says: March 8, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    Absolutely the best for the buck and my first vapor! Hits very well and has removed the worry of doin my thing discreetly. Learn the device how it works. Especially with the draw and what temp works well for your product. Make sure the bowl product is pretty dry and the clouds will be impressive. Now I can roll anywhere and enjoy Starry without all the nosy ass people!

    • Buzz Danklin says: March 31, 2019 at 5:47 pm

      Thank you for sharing your review of the Xmax Starry vaporizer! I really enjoy this one as well. Can’t really beat the features and price.

  • No cloud says: June 6, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    I have this unit and so far not impressed. I get next to zero cloud no matter what I try. I’ve read a bunch of stuff online and have tried everything mentioned sometimes more than once. Still not impressed.
    I’ve tried fine and course grind, a bunch of temperatures, screen on bottom and top, no screen on either, screen only on top, small dose and full chamber.
    I don’t know what else to do, it should not be this complicated.

    • Buzz Danklin says: June 17, 2019 at 5:55 am

      You are correct, it should definitely not be that complicated. If you have used a full pack, with a fine grind, and at least a medium or high temp you should be getting clouds easily. My best guess from afar is that you unfortunately got a faulty unit. If you purchased the unit from POTV, I would contact their support and they will absolutely take care of you.

  • Jo jo says: September 10, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Sensor error keeps coming up on mine and cant get a reply from the company

    • Buzz Danklin says: November 9, 2019 at 5:50 pm

      I would suggest you contact the distributor you purchased from. Since X-vape is based overseas, their product warranties are almost always handled by the distributors.

  • john says: October 7, 2019 at 3:03 am

    If you buy from a genuine retailer who will honour warranty, then the starry is excellent value. I have removed both screens in the mouthpiece and replaced them with a pipe screen. I use a hand held steamer on the mouthpiece and blast it from all directions. Been doing for 12 months,
    I never change the temp setting, it has been 218* C and the first 2 hits are terpie and cloudy, with that full bodied inhalation that hits the spot. 5 or 6 hits per chamber. Battery is good

    • Buzz Danklin says: November 2, 2019 at 6:13 pm

      Thank you for sharing your experiences, I really appreciate it!

  • Stu magoo says: October 21, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Great info and thank you for your service . I just picked up the Starry V3 and was wondering if I could cut down on charging times if I used my fast charger from my Galaxy S9 phone? Don’t really want to get a external charger. I use it for charging earbuds etc…without a problem. Don’t want to fry the Starry and void my warranty. Again, great site!!

    • Buzz Danklin says: November 2, 2019 at 5:59 pm

      Hey Stu,

      First off thank you for the kind comments, they mean a lot!

      The fast charger will work great, it will charge your battery internally at the fastest rate the Starry allows. While an external charger is still slightly faster, a fast charging block with an up to date usb chord is how I end up charging my Starry most of the time.

  • S.Shaffer says: October 25, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Great reviews. I ended up going with the POTV Starry V3 after good reviews and price. Do you know of cup that would fit instead of using the included concentrate pad? I’m worried about leakage into the unit on extended hot sessions. Also how do I clean the C-pas that came with it? Or do you just toss them when they’re all gunked up? Thanks again for all the great insight.

    • Buzz Danklin says: November 2, 2019 at 5:53 pm

      I do not know of a cup that would fit, however if you email planetoftheVapes they might have a solution for you. As far as cleaning goes, I like to soak in 91% isopropyl alcohol (or 70 if you cant find 91). If you put your parts inside a small ziplock bag, then pour enough ISO to cover them and then close the bag you can soak it for a little while and then give it some good shakes and that usually helps me get stuff as good as possible.


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