The Hydrology 9 Vape is unquestionably Cloudious 9’s BIG product, and it has been hailed as a device that will “revolutionize the art of smoking medical cannabis.” With the nickname ‘lightsaber bong,’ you can already guess as to the design! Let’s take a closer look to see if the Hydrology 9 truly is the future of cannabis consumption, or whether it is more hype than substance.
Design & Portability
We cannot fault the quality of the design, which includes rustproof aircraft grade aluminum, a borosilicate glass mouthpiece, and a polished stainless-steel layer. As well as resembling a Star Wars lightsaber, the Hydrology 9 Vape also looks a bit like a test tube from the future! No stone has been left unturned in the design, and when you hold it in your hands, you know you have a finely crafted piece developed by experts in the field.
One downside of this device is that you won’t be able to have a clandestine smoke. It is fairly big and bulky, and not designed to fit in your pocket! It also produces enormous clouds (more on that later), so you can’t sneak a few hits in a bathroom stall! However, as long as you live in a state where cannabis is legal, you should be proud to show off the Hydrology 9.
Where do we begin? The detachable borosilicate mouthpiece contains an anti-leak valve with a seal so tight that water has no chance of leaving the chamber. The vaping world has been beset by problems with devices that leak liquid when you travel, but with the Hydrology 9, you can take it anywhere you want to go in confidence. The magnetic mouthpiece offers protection against dust.
There is a special ‘patent pending’ Tunnel Tube built-in water filtration system. It is designed to allow for a cleaner and smoother inhalation. It cools your vapor down, and according to Cloudious 9, also results in a lower intake of carcinogens. There is an LED light indicator in the water chamber which guides you through the five preset temperatures. Here is what each color means:
- Blue = Lowest setting
- Yellow = Low
- Orange = Medium
- Purple = High
- Red = Highest setting
Most vaporizers on the market have at least five preset temperatures. If we were nitpicking, we could say that the Hydrology 9 Vape could use a more sophisticated temperature setting system, but for most users, five preset temperatures are enough.
There is also a special chip-controlled temperature integrity maintenance feature. Once you reach your pre-set temperature and inhale, cold air enters the chamber and reduces the overall temperature. The Hydrology 9 Vape’s chip senses this change and increases the temperature back to your pre-set level. The device has another ‘patent pending’ feature; a built-in device that helps evenly distribute heat to enhance your vaping experience and reduce the amount of battery used.
Ease of Use
Although it has a futuristic appearance, the Hydrology is very user-friendly. It consists of four main parts:
- The base: consists of the ceramic heating element and battery
- Glass mouthpiece
- The glass percolator chamber
- Metal mouth cap
You need to load your dry herb in the bottom base, and while this is confusing at first, you’ll soon get the hang of it. There is a spinning hook on the bottom cap which ensures your herb is evenly heated. The chamber is surprisingly small given the size of the device, but still holds up to 0.5 grams of dry herb which should be more than enough for a good session.
Not only do the LED lights indicate the temperature, but they also produce a marvelous light show when you are high because they bounce off the water. The Hydrology 9 flashes as it heats up and turns green when heated and ready for action. It takes up to 60 seconds for the device to reach your preset temperature, significantly slower than a number of rivals. In fact, there are vaporizers capable of heating up your weed in under 10 seconds.
Performance & Battery
The extremely long vapor path, plus the extra features, ensure that the vapor is refreshingly cool once it hits your lips; this is even the case on the highest temperature setting. It is also exceptionally easy on the lungs which makes it ideal for novice vapers. The vapor clouds are fantastic in every setting.
However, for all the technology and hard work that has gone into creating the Hydrology 9 Vape, the flavor it produces is somewhat disappointing. Experienced smokers will not be satisfied by the flavor, even on the highest setting. There is minimal vape after a lengthy pull, and you won’t see any in the percolation chamber after several seconds.
We didn’t get much of a taste when exhaling the vapor, but at least the effects were real! In essence, it is a device that will definitely get you high, but it won’t be the exhilarating experience you hope for. You’ll feel a nice buzz after the session, but given the cost of the Hydrology 9, we were hoping for far more.
We found that cleaning the device is pretty easy as long as you perform maintenance every five sessions or so. The battery life of the Hydrology 9 is also quite impressive. We were able to get around 15 sessions per full charge – hardly a surprise since the device uses a powerful 2000 mAh Lithium Polymer Battery. It takes approximately two hours to charge from a dead battery.
Final Thoughts on the Hydrology 9
In many ways, the Hydrology 9 is revolutionary. It guarantees cool vapor, ensures there are no leaks, and carries unique Even Heat Distribution and Tunnel Tube technology. All of this improves user experience, and the amount of vapor it produces is exceptional. However, it falls short when it comes to producing outstanding flavor. Sessions feel flat, which is a real shame because it is one of the best vaporizers on the market otherwise.
It is very easy to use for beginners, and is aesthetically pleasing. The loading chamber is bigger than most of its rivals, and the battery lasts an eternity by the standard of vaporizers. However, at $250, we believe the Hydrology 9 should provide killer flavor, and it does not. By the way, there are accessories such as a Leather Carrying Case ($50), Cleaning Kit ($15), and Rotating Stir Cover ($30) available.
Hydrology 9 Vape Pros
- Beautifully designed and durable.
- Leak-proof valve.
- Five temperature settings.
- Awesome LED lighting.
- Large chamber.
- Powerful and long-lasting battery.
- Cool vapor.
Hydrology 9 Cons
- Vapor flavor is not strong enough.
- It is not portable.
- Fairly slow to heat.