Dynavap Vaporizer: Ti-Woody S
This Dynavap vaporizer review is one that I’ve been excited about for quite some time, and for several different reasons. The Dynavap range of vaporizers is consistently praised as a marvel of creative engineering. The first time you examine one closely you tend to wonder how it could possibly be that special, but it’s those unexpected surprises that make vaporizer reviews so rewarding. Firstly, one must note that this is a butane powered vape and it’s natural for the electro-heads to feel some resistence to this spartan heating method. Rest assured, however, that the humble Dynavap vaporizer packs one hell of a punch.
What’s a Vapcap?
In 2015, Dynavap released their first Vapcap cigarette-sized vaporizer consisting of a glass tube, a condenser, and a temperature indicating cap. In the following years several varients of the Vapcap were introduced with stems made from different materials like exotic woods, steel, and titanium; providing a customizable device to suit all personalities. In this review I’ll be using the Ti Woody-S, which features a Titanium Tip, a 45mm body midsection made of blackwood, and a matching blackwood spinning mouthpiece.
All Dynavap Vaporizer models arrive fully assembled and do not require any charging since they are powered by butane lighters. Other heat sources can be used, like a candle, stove, or even a hot coal from a camp fire (but torch lighters are highly recommended). Unlike battery-powered vaporizers, Vapcaps require some practice to dial in the exact heating method to vaporize efficiently without combustion—which can occur but is easily avoidable.
Dynavap Vaporizer Usability
Regardless of the style, all Dynavap Vaporizer models work in the same way. The herb is loaded into the chamber on the tip (which holds about 0.1g of material) and then the cap is placed over the tip just like the cap on a marker or Sharpie. Next, and this is the magic part, a butane lighter is used to heat the cap until it clicks. The click is a clever indicator of when heating should stop, after which the user takes a draw through the mouthpiece.
Regardless of the slight learning curve this device is fun to learn and is never a chore. The one rule to using a Dynavap is to always RESPECT THE CLICK! If you keep heating the cap for longer than 3 seconds after it clicks then you risk ruining the mechanism and you will burn your material to ashes.
Regarding flavor, the Dynavap Vaporizer does produce a very tasty vapor that gets better as you learn how to heat the cap correctly. More info on heating technique will be covered in the next section.
After use, the cap also serves as a picking tool that can be used to scoop out the spent material. Once the chamber is emptied it is ready to be reloaded. Simple as that.
Heating the cap
The cap is a hollow tube with a bimetallic disc that sits inside the flat edge opposite to the opening. The Dynavap VapCap heats the herbs to temperatures ranging from ~170°C to ~220°C.
While heating the cap the vape must be twirled back and forth over its axis, and the desired heat level is regulated based on which section of the cap is heated: the tip, the middle section, or the open end:
- Low heat: hold the flame close to, but not directly on, the tip (closed end) of the cap
- Med. heat: hold the flame over the middle section of the cap
- High heat: hold the flame close to the open end of the cap, furtherst from the tip
After several weeks of testing the Ti Woody-S, the following method was found to be suitable over the duration of a session:
- For the first draw, heat the cap between the tip and the middle section, oscillating back and forth. This preheats the device and produces a tasty whisp of vapor.
- For the next couple of draws, apply heat mainly on the middle section of the cap
- To finish off the bowl, oscillate the flame between the middle section and the open end.
Results will vary, and different users suggest different methods based on their preference, so I encourage you to experiment and see what works best for your needs.
Before commenting on how efficiently a Dynavap vaporizes herbs, one must keep in mind that the right technique must be used to prevent combustion. Having said that, the Vapcap produced a dark brown AVB (already vaped bud) that was as spent as it could possible be without any charring. As long as the click is respected, the Vapcap will consistently vaporize herbs to their full capacity without any combustion to be seen. Obviously this depends on one’s unique style and heating methods, but session after session the Vapcap was found to be highly efficient at releasing all the material’s natural goodness.
Before using a Dynavap vaporizer it is recommended to run a burn-in cycle to burn away and oils or residues left behind from the manufacturing process and to ensure that no dangerous fumes get into your lungs. Some users have reported a funky taste when using their Vapcap for the first time, so running at least one burn-in cycle is a safe approach before using any vaporizer:
- Ensure your Vapcap is fully assembled and with the cap on
- Run your torch lighter back and forth over the cap from end to end until it clicks
- Allow the Dynavap to cool down, and then remove the cap
- Run your lighter over the outside of the chamber and over the cooling rings
- Allow the Dynavap to cool down, and then wipe the inside of the chamber with a q-tip soaked in isopropyl alcohol
The folks at Dynavap ship their vaporizers inside a plastic storage tube, and it comes in handy when it’s time to clean out the gunk from the Vapcap’s guts. Disassembling the Vapcap is fairly straightforward but special attention must be made to keep the little o-rings from getting lost. The Dynavap YouTube channel has planty of videos that show the correct way to take these vapes apart.
Once the vape is disassembled and the o-rings removed, all the metal parts are placed into the tube which is then filled with isopropyl alcohol. With the lid snapped shut, shaking the tube around turns it into a washing machine and gets the alcohol into every nook and cranny. A pipe cleaner or fine bottle brush can be used to clean out the condenser tube and tip. After cleaning, all the parts can be left out for 30 minutes for the alcohol to evaporate.
- Crazy cloud production
- No batteries required
- Maximum effects from minimal herb
- User must learn the right technique
- Hot cap can cause burns