Last month, Dr. Dabber sent us the SWITCH to try out. If you’ve never heard of the Dr. Dabber SWITCH, prepare to have your mind blown. With a pricetag of $399.95, Dr. Dabber calls the SWITCH the next generation of vaporizer technology. After a month of “testing” the product (getting really high) I’m finally ready to share my thoughts on this beautiful piece of machinery.
The first thing you need to know about the Dr. Dabber SWITCH is that there are no exposed heating elements and no coils or wires involved in the heating process. Most vaporizers fall into one of two categories: conduction (the heating element comes into direct contact with the cannabis and causes the cannabinoids to vaporize) or convection (the heating element warms up the air around the cannabis, causing the cannabinoids to vaporize.) The Dr. Dabber SWITCH does neither.
What Separates The Dr. Dabber SWITCH From Other Vaporizers?
Instead of either of these options, Dr. Dabber SWITCH uses induction technology, which takes the technology that makes wireless charging a possibility and applies it to the vaporizer. There are a few advantages to using induction over conduction or convection:
- The heat-up time is insanely fast. Only about 3 seconds pass from the time you push the heat button to the time the SWITCH is ready to hit, and that’s on a cold start.
- Because there are no wires involved in the heating process, the electronic parts of the SWITCH can be completely isolated from the part of the SWITCH that actually gets hot. Since there’s no point of contact between the wires and the chamber, the damage that is common among other vapes (fumes and heat damaging or shorting out wires) can be completely avoided.
- This also prevents users from burning themselves on the SWITCH. The parts are so isolated, well reinforced, and insulated, that the only external signs of heat you have are the color-coded lights on the SWITCH and the vapor forming inside. You can’t feel the heat from the outside of the rig at all. My first time using it, I couldn’t tell if it was heating up. Between how quickly it was ready and how cool the SWITCH was to the touch, I didn’t believe it was ready to hit. But boy was I wrong.
Hit / High Experience – 10/10
In my experience, this is a much better device to use with concentrates than with flower. I’ve done a lot of dabs in my life, and none of them have been as smooth or as flavorful as the ones that I’ve hit from the Dr. Dabber SWITCH. This is even more impressive when you consider that most of the time, I dab on the highest temperature setting.
For the longest time, in my eyes, quartz bangers have been the best way to actually taste the terpenes in your concentrate. Titanium isn’t even in the race. But my perception of what’s possible when it comes to flavor profile in concentrates has been complete shifted. Yesterday, I smoked some Lemonder from Seattle’s Private Reserve (already a really tasty strain), and the vapor from the Dr. Dabber tasted like I was inhaling Country Time lemonade powder. I’ve done nothing but rave about how smooth the vapor is. All of my friends who used to be afraid to dab because of how harsh the hit can be have used and approved of the Dr. Dabber SWITCH, and that’s the real testament. When people who don’t dab can hit the Dr. Dabber without coughing or complaining, that’s when you know the vapor is good.
Build Quality – 4.5/5
The SWITCH comes in 3 basic pieces:
- The base, which is the power source of the vaporizer and where the chamber is located to put your cannabis flower or concentrate.
- The glass percolator attachment (there is an optional aftermarket glass attachment that is supposed to help increase airflow here, but the one included works okay – more to come in the maintenance section.)
- A carb cap with attached dabber (you’re definitely going to want to buy the directional carb cap once it’s no longer sold out.)
The Dr. Dabber SWITCH is ergonomically designed from the ground up. The base of the vaporizer is wider than the middle, killing two birds with one stone; 1. The wide base makes it stable and hard to knock over (without just blatantly bumping into it at full force), and 2. The narrower midsection makes it easy to grip without the risk of dropping. The entire base also has a rubber coating on it, making it resistant to slippery hands.
The glass attachment also has a fairly wide base to it, so it’s pretty stable when sitting on its own, detached from the SWITCH base. It’s also lightweight, so it doesn’t throw off the balance of the vaporizer when it’s resting while completely put together.
The last piece of the SWITCH is the carb cap with the attached dabber. I’m pretty sure that the entire carb cap (including the dab loader) was made out of glass, which in my opinion, was pretty dumb. I didn’t even get to use the dab loader side of the cap. My first attempt at dabbing, I accidentally (and very lightly) dinged the end of the dabber against the side of the SWITCH, and the loader attachment snapped clean off. If it wasn’t made purely out of glass, or if the stem had been a little thicker, it probably wouldn’t have snapped. Considering how much effort went into making the rest of the SWITCH stoner proof, it’s disappointing that this didn’t extend to carb cap.
But that’s not too big of a deal. If you want to replace the carb cap with the same one, it’s only $19.95. However, that’s not what I would do. If you have the money to spend on a better accessory, I would recommend either the bubble cap (same price as the regular cap) or the directional carb cap ($99.95). Both give you greater control of the airflow inside the induction cup, which allows for more even distribution of heat and better vapor production.
Look And Design – 5/5
The SWITCH is easily the sleekest and most modern smoking device I’ve ever had the pleasure to use. Even the packaging is futuristic, with a black and blue colorway that extends all the way to the SWITCH itself. The box it comes in has a carrying handle, and everything fits into the foam cutout perfectly, but I necessarily call this a mobile-friendly device. I can’t picture any scenarios where it would be convenient to carry the case around to use the Dr. Dabber outside of your home, even though it does hold a charge and doesn’t need to stay plugged in to use. The front of the vaporizer is very simple. There is a switch that can sit in one of three states:
- If the switch is flipped to the left, then the heating settings are optimal for concentrates.
- If it’s sitting neutral (in the middle) then the device is turned off.
- If it’s flipped to the right, then the heating settings are optimized for vaporizing flower.
Above the on/off switch is a button that activates the heating element with a plus and a minus button on either side of it, and above that is a row of five LED lights. When you press either the plus or minus button, the arrangement of the lights tells you how high your temperature is (5 is the highest, 1 is the lowest.) You can press either button to cycle through the preset power settings, but honestly, I leave mine on 5 for the most part. There are also advanced heating settings, but the preset quick start settings are good enough for me. If you’re interested in exploring the advanced settings, there are cards with a guide to each temperature secured in the bottom of the SWITCH (the bottom is accessible via a removable magnetic lid.)
When you decide you’re finally ready to take a hit, all of your queues are the colored LED’s that are in the SWITCH. After you push the middle button, the vaporizer glows red to indicate that the chamber is heating up. A few seconds later, it will switch to green to indicate that the temperature has been reached and it’s time to smoke. When it starts cycling through colors again, it’s done heating. There are other colors as well. Read through the manual for a full explanation.
Maintenance – 4.5/5
Like I said earlier, I’ve been product testing the SWITCH for the last month, and I’ve found that for a heavy user like myself, I have to clean the percolator at least once a week, but preferably twice. The problem is that the tree percs inside of the glass attachment are pretty narrow, so as the vapor filters through the water and cools off, globules of concentrate clog them up pretty easily, and airflow is limited to almost none. Heavy stoners might see this as a downside since no one wants to have to clean their pieces every other day just to get a hit. But I keep my pieces pretty consistently clean anyway, so it isn’t too big of a deal to me. Cleaning the glass is easy – just use the basic isopropyl alcohol and rock salt method. Let that soak for a little bit (maybe 20-30 minutes) and then shake it vigorously for 5-10 minutes. Everything should be sparkly clean once you rinse it out.
If you want to avoid having to clean your glass attachment so often, I would recommend buying the ball glass attachment. There aren’t any tree percs and there’s more volume in the piece for smoke to pass through, so airflow is improved greatly. I have to imagine this would improve the quality of the vapor that you’re hitting as well. Honestly, I wish the ball attachment came standard with the SWITCH. The percolator that comes included is good, but it could be better, which Dr. Dabber obviously realized when they decided to make the ball attachment. It’s sold out right now, but when they restock, one could be yours for the price of $119.95. However, if that price is out of your range, you’ll definitely still get decently high with the included perc.
It’s not that hard to recommend a product that you use every day, and that’s exactly the scenario that’s going on right. I’ve been forcing everyone to try it once, and I’m pretty sure that in my own social circle, I’ve convinced three people that they need to buy one. A simple easy to use vaporizer with a sleek design and amazing vapor, you won’t be disappointed if you decide to purchase the Dr. Dabber SWITCH. It gets a 4.8 out of 5, earning it the Wikileaf Gold Seal of Approval.
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