This is my favourite video of the year. It gives me a chance to go back and look at the 45 different vapes and accessories I’ve used over the past 12 months and see which ones really stand out. This year I’ll also feature a runner-up in certain categories, but the focus will just be on the winners. Enjoy the 2019 VOTYs!
Winner: The MiniNail
Runner-Up: The Terp Pen
The MiniNail is a desktop e-nail system for using your favourite concentrates. The build design is excellent, it’s very consistent with temperatures, and it’s made in the USA, so the quality is on point. You can get it in a few different variations, plus there are a ton of accessories that you can get to customize yours. I have mine completely kitted out and love how it looks and functions.
Winner: The Mega Globe
Runner-Up: The Hula Stem
The Mega Globe has been a super popular glass piece and it’s become my personal most-used piece as well. The percolator gives great dispersion, and with the additional size and water you get a ton of added cooling. The bigger footprint also makes the piece more stable compared to the Original Globe. Add on a Sidestep Adapter and Cooling Mouthpiece and you have yourself a kitted out, affordable, and highly functional piece.
Winner: Brilliant Cut Grinder
Runner-Up: Portside MINI Induction Heater
There’s a reason you see the Brilliant Cut on the desktop of every reviewer and vape aficionado, they are really that good. I’m blown away time and time again by how well this grinder works. No matter how big of a bud or how firm/dense it is, the Brilliant Cut will handle it with ease. I’ve also never cleaned mine since I got it, and it’s never gummed up or become unusable.
Runner-Up: Fury Edge
The Crafty+ is a hard-hitting portable that’s very easy to use and takes little effort to master. The heater is powerful, and the airflow is really free, you can gently hit this one and it’ll pump out the vapour. Once it vibrates it’s ready to go. Single-button operation makes it even easier for everybody to use. One click to turn it on, two to go to the boos temp, then three clicks to go to the max temp or hold the button to turn the Crafty+ off. It’s a winner because of the ease of use, learning curve, and huge clouds with little effort.
Winner: G Pen Connect
The GPen Connect is a portable dab rig that can work directly in your water piece so you can be dabbing without a torch or a banger and still use your normal glass piece. I really wanted to love this one as it has a really cool and well-executed concept. The atomizer did it in for me. It feels like we stepped back in time with this one. People want a bucket atomizer they can keep clean and consistently get fresh flavour.
The Connect uses a ceramic plate style atomizer that is really hard to get clean. It’s also hard to load and it’s small and narrow. You have to get the concentrate on the centre or it won't dab properly. I want them to take this concept and build it around a proper bucket atomizer. When they do that, I’ll be first in line to check it out.
Winner: DabCap V3
Runner-Up: 2019 DynaVap M
The DabCap is an amazing little widget that is designed to make any cartridge be useable with any water piece, no matter the size or gender or the connection. But it’s so much more useful than just that. The multi-sized cutouts and flexible silicone allow a ton of different vapes to work with different water pieces, like the DynaVap for example. I’ve found a ton of uses for this and see more constantly as people try it with this mouthpiece or that stem. It’ll work with a 10, 14 or 18mm male or female joint, so it’s a very useful tool to have.
Runner-Up: 2019 Flip Brick
When you first see the DynaCoil, it doesn’t look like anything you’ve ever used concentrates with before. Like most things DynaVap makes, it’s deceptively simple and works incredibly well. Simply remove your CCD, place in the DynaCoil, add some concentrate, and heat as normal. Even though it’s hollow in the middle, your concentrate will just melt into the latticework of holes to efficiently vaporize. This is a really simple and effective way to consume concentrate, and if you already have any DynaVap it's a super affordable way to add new function and capability to your system.
Runner-Up: Volcano Hybrid
The G43 was a welcome surprise this year. It’s made by The Vape Critic, but I don’t think he’s selling them anymore. If you can grab one, you should. The G43 is a monster vapour machine. You load your flower in it and use a mod to heat up the glass balls, then you just rip it. The residual heat makes monster tokes. This is one of the harder hitting vapes I own, and one good rip off it is almost always enough for me.
Winner: Splinter Z
Runner-Up: Volcano Hybrid
The Splinter Z is an on-demand full convection vaporizer that takes a bit longer to heat up than its little brother the Splinter, but that extra time to warm up the larger heating element is worth the wait. The Splinter Z has some amazingly terpy hits. The flavour is thick and you’ll notice it’s very pure tasting. I wish the units were a little more reliable and we’d still be selling them, but I’m eager to see the next iteration of this device.
Winner: Simrell Vortex Stem
Runner-Up: Volcano Hybrid
2019 has been an absolutely crazy year for 3rd-party DynaVap accessories. The Vortex Stem by The Simrell Collection has really set the bar and cemented itself as the default choice for a high-end titanium stem. Its unique function, vortex airflow, and intercooler really take a lot of the heat back out of your vapour. I have a lot of DynaVap stems, but this one is by far my most used. I use it primarily along with all my fun glass stems, but if I could only choose one DynaVap stem it would have to be this one. It even got me to using DynaVap more in general, which really says a lot!
You can find most of these vapes and accessories at either sneakypetestore.com or at vapenorth.ca
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