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Best Bets: Grenco G Pen Elite vape review

Elitism might have a bad name during these populist times, but there’s one place where you want the top one percent — and that’s your weed vaporizers.

The world’s cannabis flower consumers are trading up to Grenco’s G Pen Elite vaporizer. Released this Spring, and available online worldwide, the flower toasting ultra-portable unit boasts the biggest ceramic oven in one of the smallest flower vape profiles. You just grind up the herb, pull off the mouthpiece, load the chamber, replace the mouthpiece, and turn it on to draw vapor.

The G Pen Elite represents the next evolution in flower vapes designed for life on the go. Los Angeles-based Grenco is a leading name in vaporizers with a years-long record for hits vapes, including their recent Snoop Dogg “Bush” flower pen.

Around since the 70s, vaporizers heat herb instead of burning it, providing pot’s effects without the smoke. They’re beloved by health-conscious tokers and more acceptable to regulators than smoking a joint.

Big ole ceramic chamber for de herb. Courtesy of Grenco

Big ole ceramic chamber for de herb. Courtesy of Grenco

The G Pen Elite is a type of portable convection vaporizer with a quick-heating, all-ceramic chamber and digital controls that allow users to dial in cannabis’ effects like never before. The plant has dozens of active cannabinoids and terpenes, each of which boils at a different temperature. With precision control, patients can experiment with low temperature and explore optimal flavor and effects and potentially less psychoactivity. (This review first appeared on Smell the Truth on SFGate.com)

Grenco G Pen Elite

Grenco’s G Pen Elite flower vape for marijuana pros is challenging the Pax 2 as the best vaporizer of the year.
  • Price: $169.95
  • Type: Portable
  • Compatible with: Flowers
  • Special Feature(s): digital thermometer, sleak style, rubber grip
  • Target Demographic: professional flower vapers and amateurs alike
Look

Ergonomically designed

Digital thermometer

The full LED display with temperature control, battery life indicator. Set any temp between 200° – 428°F (93° – 220°C) to dial in terpenes and cannabinoids.

Mega

G Pro Elite boasts the largest fully ceramic chamber on the market, with a “360” heating element to ensure fast and even convection vaporization of ground material from all sides.

Learning curve

Total temperature control requires a couple tries to perfect. Two buttons control the temp setting while a master button acts as the on and off.

Cleaning

You’ll want to keep the mouthpiece screen clean as flower resin and oil will clog it over time. Still — Elite gets way less dirty than a pipe.

Plug-in charging

Smart-chip technology really saves the high-grade lithium-ion battery, which charges via micro-USB firewire — but vapes are moving to contact charging.

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