SLX Grinder Review

When you really think about an herb grinder, it is different in many ways compared to other weed accessories or tools.  In fact, I’d argue that weed grinders most closely resemble a sort of kitchenware.  Herb grinders are designed to grind herbs after all!

A brand called SLX Grinders has taken inspiration from other kitchenwares to improve the performance of the standard herb grinder.  They’ve done this by using non-stick material ceramic coating over the aluminum four-piece grinder.

As a brand SLX is active in social media and can be found at some industry trade shows promoting the unique benefits provided by their non-stick herb grinders.  It is apparent that they are truly committed to their product and making improvements.

With so many grinder brands out there today it is easy to get overwhelmed by all the choices.  Thankfully, we will help you take the guess work out when it comes to SLX Grinders so you’ll have the information you need to make a well researched purchase.

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Grinder Design

Non-Stick Coating

As mentioned previously, what really sets SLX Grinders apart from the competition is the ceramic non-stick coating that is meant to help prevent herb from sticking to the wall of the grinder, making it more difficult to turn the lid.

What we really like about this non-stick coating is that it does not include any potential toxic substances like teflon or PTFE.  There are so many potentially dangerous materials that are secretly found in your cooking and smoking accessories (FYI, the dangers of using aluminum grinders is a myth) it is nice that there is peace of mind when using an SLX Grinder.

On a more disappointing note, the non-stick coating does not work as well as we’d hoped.  Not only did we notice this, but other users also have commented that the non-stick coating does not work as advertised.  We hope that SLX continues to improve the coating so that in the future it works better.

At the end of the day you may not be completely satisfied if the main reason you are buying an SLX Grinder is for the non-stick coating.

Teeth

The SLX Grinder has more teeth than any other grinder we’ve reviewed relative to its size.  The grinder has a diameter of 2.4 inches and features an amazing 55 teeth!  To compare, the top rated 2.5 inch Black Tie Grinder has 50 teeth, which is great on its own, but not up to par with the SLX.

Personally, we don’t love the shape of the teeth on the SLX.  They have more of a square shape with sharp edges on one end.  Through our testing at BestGrinder we’ve found that diamond shaped teeth tend to perform best at shredding herb.

Other Design Components

Looking a bit closer you will see that the rest of the components found on the SLX Grinder are consistent with other top of the line grinders.

SLX Grinders come with neodymium magnets that work to keep the lid on while grinding herb so that there are no spills.

The aluminum used in SLX Grinders is aircraft grade and made to last a lifetime.

Lastly, the micron screen is the perfect gage to maximize kief production.  Not only that but the screen is simply placed in the grinder without having to be screwed in, making the SLX 20% shorter than standard four-piece grinders, which enhances portability.

Price

It is safe to say the features and design of the SLX are in the upper echelon of herb grinders.  Due to this you should not be overly surprised that the SLX costs a pretty penny.

In fact, the SLX Grinder is one of the more expensive grinders we’ve ever reviewed, with the home-size coming in at a price point of around $60.

Even with the unique features, it is hard to justify spending this much on the SLX. Outside of the non-stick coating, most of the other features can be found on grinders that run $30.  Given that the non-stick coating has not yet been mastered by SLX, it may be worth considering other cheaper options that do not have the non-stick feature.

This isn’t to say that the SLX is a bad grinder by any means.  On the contrary, the SLX is a great grinder.  It just isn’t the best value.

Variety

If you like color and size variety in your herb grinder, then SLX has you covered.

Sizes

Size-wise, the SLX comes in two versions: the smaller pocket-size (2 inch diameter) and home-size (2.5 inch diameter).  If you plan to take this on the road and grind small amounts of herb then consider the pocket. Otherwise, we’d go with the larger home-size as it is still not huge.

Colors

If you are like us, you like your world to be a bit more colorful.  Having fun colors in your life perks you up and gets you excited for the possibilities of the day.

SLX Grinders must share this mindset as well as they offer their grinders in many different colors.  Currently, SLX sells their grinders in the following colors: silver, gray, yellow, purple, green, black, and gold.  With all these color options you can get the perfect SLX that fits your personality.

Performance

The SLX Grinder performs very well save for the non-stick coating.  It is not to say the non-stick doesn’t work, but it just is not significantly better than other grinders.

However, when it comes to grinding herb and collecting kief the SLX is the real deal.  The 55 teeth make shredding a breeze, with the finished product being an evenly ground herb.

Warranty

SLX states on their website that if your grinder is damaged or breaks during normal use that they will send you a replacement part at their discretion.

Note that it would be wise for you to take a look at their replacement policy because SLX is fairly specific about which resellers are considered legit.  If you buy from someone outside of these resellers or SLX, then SLX clearly states they will not honor any replacement claims.

Extras

The SLX does not come with a ton of extras.

You do get the typical scraper to help you sift through kief.  However, you won’t find a carry bag or any fancy gift box with this grinder.  Hopefully, they’ll add these in the future as most other grinders at this price point do offer some pretty neat extras.

Summary

What We Like About SLX

  • Non-stick ceramic coating contains no toxic chemicals or ingredients
  • SLX Grinders come in many different sizes and colors
  • 55 teeth is the most we’ve seen on a standard size grinder
  • Grinder components are good quality

What We Don’t Like About SLX

  • Non-stick coating doesn’t work all that well
  • SLX Grinders are expensive
  • No extras come with SLX Grinders

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Best Weed Containers

Stash jars are an important piece of every stoner’s toolbox.

While we specialize in reviewing the best weed grinders on the planet, we also know that herb grinders are not the only thing a stoner needs in their arsenal.  One of the most important tools for all smokers is a quality weed container.

For those who don’t know, weed containers are used to store your stash in an airtight environment to keep your bud fresh.  Over time herb tends to lose its potency, especially if it is not properly stored in an airtight weed container.  This becomes very valuable when you have a decent size stash that you might not get to smoke immediately.

When it comes to the best weed containers you really want to find a storage jar that utilizes ultraviolet protected glass.  This glass has a tent to it that keeps out the harmful THC sucking UV light from entering the container and sapping your stash.

Another factor to consider when you buy a herb container is size.  Many of the best weed containers come in varying sizes to meet your individual needs.  If you are a heavy smoker who generally smokes in your home, then we recommend a larger container.  However, if you smoke out and about and need something portable, then pick up a smaller size.

How to Use a Weed Container

There are not many products out there that are more simple than a weed container.  Simply put your stash in the container and tighten the lid of the jar.  When you are ready to blaze take out what you need and get to work.  That’s it!

Pro Tip: Be sure to pick up a great herb grinder in addition to your stash container as having an even grind is vital to getting the most of out your herb.

The Best Weed Containers: Our 4 Best Picks

 

1. Herb Preserve

Our first pick for best weed container is the Herb Preserve container brand.

Herb Preserve containers are made from top of the line ultraviolet resistant glass and come in several different sizes.

When it comes to size options Herb Preserve comes in 2 ounces, 500Ml, 250Ml, 50Ml, and even a 15Ml pocket size.

Not only are these containers airtight but they are also smell proof.  That is great when you are out with your stash but you don’t want to draw too much of the wrong type of attention.

In the unlikely event that you are unhappy with an Herb Preserve weed container they allow a 30 day no questions asked return window.

2. Dope Turtle

Our second pick for best weed container comes from Dope Turtle.  First off, can we just say we love the name dope turtle, it is just so….dope!

At any rate, the name is not the only thing we like about Dope Turtle.  They also make a mean weed storage container.  Dope Turtle uses imported dutch glass for to make their containers making quality a priority.

Like the Herb Preserve, the Dope Turtle is ultraviolet resistant and also smell proof.  These two factors are probably the most important features to look for in a weed container, and Dope Turtle is able to check both of those off the list with confidence.

Dope Turtle also comes in either a 100Ml container, or a package that contains three smaller 15Ml jars.

All Dope Turtle jars comes with a 100% return guarantee without any time limit stated!

3. MedTainer

Probably the most innovative weed stash jar on our list is the MedTainer.  In fact, not only is the MedTainer a good weed container, but it also has a small grinder within the design.

There are three pieces to the MedTainer.  Two of the pieces make up the child proof storage container that works well in terms of protecting herb.  But there is a third piece that fit within the container that has sharp spikes that act a grinder when this piece is turned.

While we generally recommend you invest in a good herb grinder to tackle the job of properly grinding your herb, the Medtainer can stand in if you are between grinders or on the road.

Priced at around $9, the Medtainer is a great value for someone looking for versatility.  On the negative side, the Medtainer just doesn’t do as good a job protecting or grinding herb like other tools that are designed to handle one task exclusively.

4. Herb Guard Weed Container

Our final entry in the four best weed containers is the Herb Guard.  This herb storage jar can match up with the likes of Dope Turtle and Herb Preserve, and we really like their styling.

As is the case with the other quality herb containers on this list, Herb Guard comes equipped to handle UV light with out issue and is smell proof.

There are a lot of extras that come with your Herb Guard purchase.  These include a resealable travel bag, smudge removing cloth, and extra jar labels.

The largest size weed container sold by Herb Guard is 1 liter, that’s a lot of herb!

Legalized Cannabis Weeds Out Opioid Epidemic

According to a new study from the University of California, San Diego shows that states that have legalized medical marijuana use have seen an overall decrease of opioid addiction of 23 percent and hospitalizations from opioid overdoes drop 13 percent.

At the same time, hospitalizations for cannabis use did not show an increase in the states which have legalized medical marijuana.  This was a primary concern stated by those who are against the legalization of cannabis.

Data from the CDC shows that there were 3 deaths per 100,000 people in the USA due to opioid overdose, that number increased to 9 deaths by 2014 and continues to rise.  Amazingly, there are some signs that the opioid epidemic is a uniquely American phenomenon, as research shows that Americans consume 80% of the worlds opioids!

If you are wondering why this is primarily and American problem allow me to explain.  Big Pharma has a huge influence on American politics and policy.  In fact, all of those stupid drug commercials you see on television are actually outlawed in every other developed nation except for New Zealand.  You can imagine that pharmaceutical companies have deep pockets to use for advertising when you consider that pain prescriptions are a $24 billon dollar market!

Oh, and for those who are already hooked on opioids let’s not forget that you can now take a pill to deal with that pesky opioid induced constipation!

I’m not sure how many studies that need to be published before our leaders wake up.  The fact is that cannabis can be a big part of a real plan to lessen the use of opioids and it is time for our government and those who are supposed to represent the people to come to terms with reality, cannabis is a solution not a problem.

Zip Grinders Review

One of the more popular herb grinder brands to hit the world of e-commerce is Zip Grinders.  Zip Grinders focuses on producing a lot of different types of grinders so that there is a Zip Grinder to match everyone’s style.

Zip Grinders Mega Crusher

Mega Crusher Grinder

Some of Zip’s more popular grinders include their “Mega Crusher” grinder, which is a four-piece grinder that has a clear extra-large storage chamber.  According to Zip Grinders, the Mega Grinder holds up to six tablespoons of herb.  If you are someone looking for a grinder that can act as a storage container and can hold a ton of herb, then the Mega Grinder is a great option.

Pagoda Tower Grinder

One of Zip Grinder’s more unique grinder designs is the Pagoda Tower Grinder.  The Pagoda Tower Grinder brings an Oriental fusion and feel to the world of herb grinders.  It is a four-piece grinder that is made from aero-space aluminum.  On the negative side, the Pagoda Tower Grinder has fewer teeth than our top rated grinders, so we fear that the grinder may not be as fine as some of the better weed grinders out there.

When it comes to color options, the Pagoda Tower Grinder comes in black and gold.  So, if you are a Steelers fan like me then you are in luck.  If you are aren’t then that’s just too bad, isn’t it?  Ha!

Pagoda Grinder

Designer Grinders

Moving beyond these two grinders, Zip Grinders also has a ton of different generic four-piece aluminum grinders with designs on the top.  These vary from designs with wolves, owls, fractals, hearts, and other psychedelic images.

Zip Grinders with designs on the top tend to be 2.25″ wide and made from either zinc or aluminum.  We would recommend these to smokers who want a grinder with a more unique look without giving up much in terms of quality.

Pricing on the design grinders is also very reasonable coming in at around $20.

Zip Grinder Quality

The silver section with the grinder teeth show that this grinder uses two-piece separate pieces of aluminum.

On top of the incredible variety of grinders that Zip Grinders have, they all come with a limited lifetime warranty.  If you register your grinder with Zip Grinders then you are covered if your grinder is defective or breaks due to normal wear and tear.

From a quality standpoint Zip Grinders are decent, but not at the elite level of our top rated grinders.  Zip Grinders are good in that they are made from quality aluminum or zinc.  You can be sure that these grinders are well put together and will get the job done for most recreational smokers.

On the other hand there are a few things that we wish Zip Grinders would do to make their products better.  The teeth designs on many of their grinders is lacking in terms of the number of teeth and set up.  To get the optimal grind for your herb you’ll want a grinder with more teeth.

Also, most Zip Grinders use two-pieces of aluminum.  You can tell because the teeth are a different color than the outer shell.  This means the section of the grinder with the teeth was glued onto the shell of the grinder, meaning it could separate after using over time.  Because of this we generally recommend herb grinders used with a single piece of aluminum like Black Tie Grinders or Space Case.

Wrapping Up

So there you have it.  Zip Grinders has one of the widest and deepest product lines for any herb grinder company out there.  Their grinders are quality, but not in the elite class of weed grinders.  Pricing for these grinders is reasonable and pretty much anyone can afford to pick one up.

See the complete line of Zip Grinders for sale on Amazon

If you like the designs of Zip Grinders then you should buy one.  On the other hand, if you care most about quality and performance over looks and design then go with one of our top three herb grinder choices.

 

Best Portable Dry Herb Vaporizer of 2017

Back in the day the ways in which one could partake in the delight of all that cannabis has to offer was fairly limited.  Most often you would roll a joint, or take your hits from a bong.  Both fine options by the way, but you will have to deal with aromas and chemicals entering your lungs that result from smoking weed.

Within the last ten years or so a new way to get blazed has come into the mainstream: vaping.  When you use a dry herb portable vaporizer to vape cannabis you are heating up the cannabis using coils found inside the vaporizer. The cannabis gets hot enough that the THC becomes vaporized and can be inhaled.

Portable Dry Herb Vaporizers

Best Portable Dry Herb VaporizerNow it is important to realize that there are two main types of vaporizers.  The first works with actual cannabis, as described in the above paragraph.

These are called “dry herb” vaporizers.  The other heats up oil that is extracted from the cannabis plant.  There are also many models that are both dry herb and oils compatible. For this article we are specifically reviewing the dry herb vaporizers and dual compatible vaporizers.

With vaping you get some cool advantages that you don’t get when you smoke cannabis in other ways.  First, vaping cannabis eliminates a lot of the byproducts of cannabis that may not be good for you.  Second, vaping is a more effective and efficient way of delivering THC compared to smoking a joint.  In fact, you’ll get twice as much THC from vaping as you would the same amount of cannabis smoked.

It’s no wonder with these benefits why more and more people are picking up portable vaporizers to use with their cannabis.  But which are the best dry herb portable vaporizers?  If you’ve noticed there are a ton of vaporizer brands out there.  To make your search easier we have created this list of the best portable vaporizer that you can buy.  The list contains three pricing categories: Cheap ($0-$75), Mid-Range ($76-$150), and High End ($151+).

Check out our list of portable dry herb vaporizers.  If you have questions be sure to leave them in the comments section below.

Cheap ($0-$75)

VaporGenie

BestGrinder Rating: 4.2 Stars (4.2 / 5)

For the low maintenance smoker who wants a vaporizer with the fewest electronics and other features that can break, we present to you the VaporGenie.

What we love about the VaporGenie is that it is not electrical so it does not have to be recharged, and does rely on a battery.

It uses a ceramic filter to blend the heat from the lighter with cool air, which creates a vaporizing temperature range of 275-350 degrees.

The VaporGenie is made from maple wood components and has a lifetime guarantee from the manufacturer. Personally, we love the fact that this vaporizer is super simple and gives you just the things to you need to get vaping.

VaporGenie comes in a ton of color options too including maple, black, green, red, blue, oak, yellow, and purple.

What We Like About This Dry Herb Vaporizer

  • At around $65, this dry herb vaporizer is affordable
  • Has great ratings from users
  • Simple design and no electronics that can break

What Would Make This Dry Herb Vaporizer Better

  • Due to simple design without electronics, can be touchy when it comes to accidentally combusting herb
  • You will not make large clouds without putting in some effort

 

AtmosRx Jr Vaporizer

BestGrinder.net Rating: 3.75 Stars (3.75 / 5)

Our first electronic vaporizer to make our list is also one of the smallest.  The AtmosRX Jr Vaporizer works with both cannabis extract oils and dry herb, making it more versatile than some other options.

AtmosRx really focused on creating a very portable, lightweight, and easy to use vaporizer when they introduced the AtmosRx Jr Vaporizer.  If you plan to be on the move often and have a small budget, then this vape could be the right choice.

The biggest downside to the AtmosRx Jr is that the battery is smaller than its larger counterpart, the AtmosRx.  Due to this you will spend some more time charging your AtmosRx Jr than more expensive vaporizers that are on the market.

All in all, for the price, this thing is tough to beat.

What We Like About This Dry Herb Vaporizer

  • Small and easy to take with you on the go
  • Does offer a good vaping experience for the price
  • Very affordable, around $60

What Would Make This Dry Herb Vaporizer Better

  • Only has a 30 day battery warranty
  • Battery is smaller and less powerful than higher price vapes

White Rhino Sleek V2

BestGrinder.net Rating: 4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)

Last on the list of the best cheap dry herb vaporizers is the White Rhino Sleek V2. We must state that this is our favorite electronic vape pen at this price range.

The Rhino Sleek V2 works with both oil concentrates and dry herbs.  A nice feature if you happen to use both for your sessions.

The White Rhino Sleek V2 also has some of our favorite stylings found on any vape pen.  For us, we prefer the “Wood Rasta” look that you can see in the image to the right.

From a heating standpoint the White Rhino Sleek V2 uses a conduction process to vaporizer herb.  This means that the herb is in contact with the heating element, in this case a ceramic coil.

What We Like About This Dry Herb Vaporizer

  • Hits very well for a small vape pen, you won’t be disappointed with vaping performance
  • Cool designs including our favorite wood rasta
  • Price is freaking amazing at around $45

What Would Make This Dry Herb Vaporizer Better

  • As with most small vaporizers, the battery is underpowered

 

Mid-Range ($76-$150)

Cloud Pen 3.0 Vaporizer

BestGrinder.net Rating: 4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)

The first entry into our mid-range best dry herb vaporizers list is the Cloud Pen 3.0 Vaporizer.

The Cloud Pen 3.0 from Cloud Penz is a very versatile vape and comes with three different types of atomizers that can handle wax, oils, and most importantly dry herbs.

Within the Cloud Pen 3.0 is a powerful 650 mAh lithium ion battery.  This is stronger than the lower powered batteries found in cheaper vaporizers. This battery also comes with a 1-year warranty.

We love the size of this vape pen as it is extremely portable and discrete.  On top the three different atomizers the Cloud Pen 3.0 also comes with a bunch of extras that only add to the vaping experience.

What We Like About This Dry Herb Vaporizer

  • Super versatile: not only can it handle dry herb, but you can also use it for waxes and oils thanks to the three atomizers that are included
  • Stronger battery than some of our picks in the lower-price bracket
  • Comes in about every color of the rainbow and then some

What Would Make This Dry Herb Vaporizer Better

  • Only 30 day warranty on atomizers
  • Great portable vape, but not up to the standard of the top of the line dry herb vaporizers available

 

Magic Flight Launch Box

BestGrinder.net Rating: 4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)

Magic Flight has created one of the most unique portable dry herb vaporizers that is available for purchase with the Launch Box.

The Magic Flight Launch box is specifically made for dry herb, and does not work with oils or waxes.  If you have no interest in smoking anything but dry herb, then we highly recommend you buy the Magic Flight Launch Box because of its singular focus.

We also enjoy the look of the Magic Flight Launch Box. Unlike most other vaporizers that have modern styling, the Launch Box has a clean, classic wooden look.  Types of wood used in the Magic Flight Launch include maple, cherry, and walnut.

Another advantage to the Launch Box is that it only requires a rechargeable AA battery to use.  This keeps things simple, and means that there is no permanent battery that is at risk of dying over time.

As with most portable dry herb vaporizers, the Magic Flight Launch Box is a conduction vaporizer, meaning that the herb touches the heated source.

What We Like About This Dry Herb Vaporizer

  • Super simple and functional design and look makes the Magic Flight Launch Box one of the most dependable dry herb portable vaporizers available
  • Comes with a lifetime warranty
  • Uses a AA battery rather than a permanent battery

What Would Make This Dry Herb Vaporizer Better

  • Requires a finishing herb grinder for best performance
  • May take some more uses to get the hang off compared to more traditional vaporizers

 

Vapium Summit Plus Vaporizer

BestGrinder.net Rating: 4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Wow, just take a good long look at this beast.  Thing looks like it can burn a freaking tree!  Obviously we are just joking, but the fact is that the Vapium Summit Plus Vaporizer really does have the look and build of a high-end portable vaporizer.

The Vapium Summit Plus is made with a durable polycarbonate shell, which can easily withstand accidentally being dropped.

A small hole on the one end allows you to place your herb into the Vapium Summit Plus and prepare it for vaping.

As far as battery size, this dry herb compatible vaporizer is a top performer.  A monster 3300 mAh lithium ion battery allows you to vape while it is charging.

What We Like About This Dry Herb Vaporizer

  • Two year manufacturer warranty
  • Huge battery with the ability to vape for an hour at 410 degrees

What Would Make This Dry Herb Vaporizer Better

  • Larger than some smaller vape pens making the Vapium Summit Plus less portable

 

High End ($151+)

Pax 2 Vaporizer

BestGrinder.net Rating: 4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)

Welcome to the big time.  If you’ve got the budget then these vapes are the best of the best when it comes to portable dry herb vaping.

First on our high-end list is the Pax 2.  Pax is currently the best known dry herb vaporizer brand.  Their reputation for putting out top of the line vaporizers is well known and this should give you confidence when it comes to buying the Pax 2.

While the Pax 2 is an older model, with the Pax 3 now available, this should not deter you from considering the Pax 2.

First off, the Pax 2 is significantly cheaper than the newer version.  The Pax 2 now costs around $200, and still comes with a noteworthy 10 year warranty.  Not only that but we feel that the styling and finish of the outer shell of the Pax 2 is superior to the Pax 3.

The Pax 2 is a convection vaporizer, meaning the herb does not directly touch the heating source, similar to an oven.

What We Like About This Dry Herb Vaporizer

  • Love the matte finish of the outer aluminum on the Pax 2
  • Well known brand with a great reputation
  • Focused specifically on dry herb (may be pro or con for you)
  • Convection heating system

What Would Make This Dry Herb Vaporizer Better

  • Needs cleaned frequently
  • Mouth piece of the Pax 2 is a bit awkward

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Boundless CFV Vaporizer

BestGrinder.net Rating: 4.9 Stars (4.9 / 5)

The Boundless CFV is one of the more unique portable vaporizers that we have included on our list.

Not only is this a top of the line convection vaporizer, but it also comes with three wooden rings and one quartz ring, that are placed in the herb bowl chamber. These wooden rings offer different flavor and vaping experiences, while the quartz ring offers additional heat to the herb providing a semi-conduction vaping experience.

The digital display is one of the most advanced we’ve seen and allows you to control the temperature with precision.

Our biggest gripe about this portable dry herb vaporizer is that the outer cover is made from plastic and simply does not have the cool styling of other vapes.

What We Like About This Dry Herb Vaporizer

  • The quartz ring allows for a unique semi-convection/semi-conduction vaping experience
  • Digital screen shows temperature settings and allows greater user control of the vaping experience
  • We prefer convection vaporizers as they eliminate the chance for combusting your herb

What Would Make This Dry Herb Vaporizer Better

  • Plastic outer shell looks a bit cheap
  • Battery life is not great due to the convection heating

 

Pax 3 Vaporizer

BestGrinder.net Rating: 4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)

Pax 3 is the most up to date version of the Pax vaporizer.  There are several updates to the Pax 3 that help to set it apart from the older versions.

The first update is that the Pax 3 heats up faster than its predecessor, the Pax 2. Actually, the Pax 3 heats up much faster than the Pax 2.  In about 20 seconds the Pax 3 vaporizer is ready to vape.

Some users have complained about the finish on the outside of the Pax 3 getting scratched up.  We must say we agree that we prefer the finish of the Pax 2 in both looks and durability.

While the Pax 3 is primarily a dry herb vaporizer, there is an additional attachment that can be used to heat oils.  As with the Pax 2, the Pax 3 is a convection unit.

What We Like About This Dry Herb Vaporizer

  • The Pax 3 heats up much faster than the previous model
  • 3500 mAh battery is one of the most powerful on the market
  • 10 year warranty means you can buy with confidence

What Would Make This Dry Herb Vaporizer Better

  • Finish on the outside of the Pax 3 is susceptible to scratches

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Storz & Bickel Crafty Vaporizer

BestGrinder.net Rating: 4.9 Stars (4.9 / 5)

Stroz & Bickel really take pride in focusing on top of the line convection heated vaporizers that don’t come cheap.

The smaller cousin to the Mighty, the Crafty Vaporizer has many great features in its own right.

As with some other high-end vaporizers, the Crafty comes with an app that can be used to set preferences and check battery power.

But the app is just the beginning when it comes to the Crafty Vape.  More importantly this vaporizer performs with the best of them and there are several reasons why.

The main reason being that the Crafty simply performs better than practically any other dry herb portable vaporizer.  Not many can stand up to desktop units, but the Crafty can not only stand up to them, but can surpass them in performance and quality.

What We Like About This Dry Herb Vaporizer

  • Smart design
  • Convection heating element that includes a boost mode
  • Comes with an app to help you set preferences for your vaporizer
  • Well made and constructed using quality components

What Would Make This Dry Herb Vaporizer Better

    • For the price, we would expect the Crafty to have a longer battery life

Firefly 2 Vaporizer

BestGrinder.net Rating: 4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)

Our last entry into our list is the Friefly 2 Vaporizer.  It is a high-end vaporizer that is compatible with both dry herbs and oils.

Where the Firefly 2 excels is in the vapor quality.  This vape truly produces very cool and refreshing vapors that are easy on your throat thanks to its convection heating and borosilicate glass vapor path.

The battery of the Firefly 2 has some distinct advantages too in that it is lithium-ion, which makes it rechargeable.  But the battery for the Firefly 2 is also replaceable, giving you the ability to extend the life of your dry herb vaporizer.

As far as negatives, the biggest drawback of the Firefly 2 Vaporizer is price.  At the time of writing this article, the Firefly 2 was priced around $330.  For many this price will be outside of their budget.

What We Like About This Dry Herb Vaporizer

  • One of the best tasting portable dry herb vaporizers available due to convection heating and borosilicate glass vapor path
  • Rechargeable battery can be replaced extending the life of the Firefly 2
  • Comes with an app to adjust settings and preferences

What Would Make This Dry Herb Vaporizer Better

  • Price is high, which will deter some buyers
  • Some stirring of herb may be required mid-session to get better taste and performance

How To Clean an Herb Grinder

Probably the most important factor to consider once you’ve got the perfect herb grinder is to figure out how to make it last as long as possible.  The key to keeping an herb grinder in tip top shape really comes down to regular cleanings.

If you use your grinder on a regular basis like we do, then you know that over time kief and residue can gunk up your grinder in its teeth and grooves.  Getting this material off your grinder will get it back to running like new.

Once You Get Your Grinder, Clean It

When you get your metal herb grinder the first thing you are going to want to do is clean it.  This is because the grinder can have some dirt and metal pieces left over from the manufacturing process and you do not want to smoke this stuff!

To initially clean your grinder unscrew each piece and set each piece out over a paper towel.  Shake out each piece of the grinder to get any loose metal shavings out.  After shaking, use rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl alcohol) and a Q-tip to get in between the teeth and screw grooves.

After cleaning with the Q-tip and rubbing alcohol rinse in warm water and allow the grinder to air dry.

Cleaning the Grinder After Use

Over time your grinder will collect residue and gunk from herb, which will cause your grinder to get stuck, squeak, and ultimately not work as well as it did when you first got it.  At this point it is time to give your herb grinder a quality cleaning so you can bring it back to grinding like new.

Step 1:

Take apart your grinder and place each piece into a freezer safe container, place the bag into the freezer, and wait for an hour.

Step 2:

Take out the bag with your grinder inside out of the freezer and place each piece over a cookie sheet.  Tap each grinder piece to knock loose the frozen residue and kief onto the cookie sheet.

Step 3:

Use a toothbrush to brush out the residue on to the cookie sheet so that you can save the sweet kief for your next joint.

Step 4:

You have a couple options with step 4.  You can either wash the grinder under warm water with soap, or you can soak the grinder in rubbing alcohol for 30 minutes to an hour depending on how thorough of a clean you want.

Summary

There you have it.  Following our simple four step directions you can get your grinder clean any time.  This will go a long way to preserving your grinder and keeping it in working order for years to come.  Please remember that while cleaning your grinder is important, it is just as important to make sure to buy a quality grinder with top of line materials to begin with.  Cleaning a subpar grinder might help, but it will not solve the main issue of having a crappy grinder.  Hope this guide helps, if you have questions let us know in the comments!

Anti-Cannabis Propaganda: Marijuana Stomach Illness

Over the last week or so there’s been an influx of news outlets “reporting” on a mysterious stomach illness related to heavy marijuana use that is supposedly rising in states that have legal cannabis.  Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome has been linked to long-term heavy use of cannabis and results in “non-stop nausea and stomach pain that can sometimes last up to a month.”  Treatment for this condition includes hot showers and baths.

Based on the reports seen on countless local news stations and even CBS National News, emergency room visits for this condition have risen from about 40 per year to almost 90 at the University of Colorado Hospital.  So, it went from about one person per week to just under two.

Before we break this down, I want to make one thing clear.  We are not dimensioning the pain and suffering from those who have had this condition.  We recognize and respect that a minority of heavy cannabis smokers could develop Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome.

At the same time there is a responsibility of the media and others with a voice to put this condition in it’s proper perspective, rather than exposing us to a anti-cannabis agenda that is being bought and paid for by big pharma.

Out of all the outcomes that result from using cannabis on a daily basis, it would seem that Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome would be one of the worst.  On the other hand, let’s take a look at the worst outcome from the overuse of opioids: death.  In fact, 33,091 people died from opioid overdoses in 2016 alone.  Over the previous millennia there continues to be exactly zero deaths caused by cannabis.

We are comparing these two substances because of their use in the treatment of similar conditions, especially chronic pain.

Now if you put statistics like these side-by-side without the name of each substance and asked which one should be legal, there is no doubt that any reasonable human being would vote in favor of cannabis recognizing the deadly alternative of opioids.

It seems to me that all our efforts should be focused on solving the very real opioid epidemic, and less time writing hit pieces on what could very well be the savior substance for those who fall prey to opioid addiction.

We have already shown visitors of bestgrinder.net about all the conditions that cannabis is able to treat safely and with minimal side effects.

A message to the media: stop being the mouthpiece for the pharmaceutical industry and do your job with dignity.

Review of the Platinum Grinder

With the rise of Amazon and online shopping, new grinder brand have arisen that sell exclusively online.  Platinum Grinders is one of these brands that you won’t find in stores, but are available for sale on Amazon.

Due to cutting out the retail middle man, grinders are now cheaper than ever as the brands can sell directly to consumers.

Platinum Grinders takes full advantage of this by being one of the most affordable grinder brands on the market today.  And overall their grinders are of decent quality.  You won’t be getting any extras with a Platinum Grinder and they do come up a bit short compared to higher priced Black Tie and Space Case Grinders, but that doesn’t mean they are a bad option for those who are short on cash.

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Price

The price point and quality balance make the Platinum Grinder very appealing to many folks looking for a quality grinder on the cheap.  At the time of this writing you can pick up a 2.5″ Platinum Grinder for only $17.

Most similarly sized grinder will cost you at least $20 a pop.  If you want a USA made 2.5″ grinder then you should expect to pay over $50.  With that in mind it shouldn’t be a surprise that Platinum Grinder is the best selling good quality grinder brand on Amazon.

Design

There is nothing all that exciting about the design of the Platinum Grinder.  It has the standard four piece design and the outside is made from anodized aluminum.  The inside is made of another piece of silver aluminum material, which is of lower quality compared to higher priced grinders that are made from a single piece of aluminum.

As with other four piece aluminum grinders, the Platinum Grinder has two pieces with diamond shaped teeth, a second compartment for the ground herb to reside, and then a filtering screen and pollen catcher compartment for kief.

Variety

Platinum Grinders only come in one size and color.  If you are looking for a specific color or size of a grinder without spending a ton of money we recommend looking into Cali Crusher Grinders.

Performance

Platinum Grinders perform well considering there are two separate pieces of aluminum that make up the grinder.  The herb is ground up finely by this piece.

However, we are concern about the long-term durability of this grinder due to the two pieces of aluminum that are glued together.  Because of this we recommend spending $10 and getting a superior Black Tie Grinder that is made up of a single piece of aluminum.

Warranty

A strength of Platinum Grinders is that they come with a lifetime warranty.  So, if your Platinum Grinder breaks over time during normal use then you can replace it for a new one for free!

Extras

It should come as no surprise that as a value grinder the Platinum Grinder does not come with an extras.  You will not find any extra scrapper, custom design box, or carry pouch.  Platinum Grinders are best for those who simply want a decent grinder and are looking to save some money.

At the end of the day you have to decide whether you want a decent grinder at a great price, or want a top of the line grinder at a good price.  If you are in the former category then by all means get a Platinum Grinder as it is likely the best option for you.  However, if you are in the later group, check out some real grinders like the Space Case, Black Tie, and Phoenician.

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Compton Grinder Review

If you are a fan of the urban feel of the streets and gangsta rap, then Compton Grinders may just be the herb grinder brand for your taste.

These are premium made in the USA grinders that come in many colors and sizes.

Compton grinders also come in many size and piece options from 2-piece grinder all the way up to the standard 4-piece three chamber grinders.  They also have features that are exclusive to Compton Grinders that help set them apart from other grinder companies.  Let’s take a look at what makes Compton Grinders unique.

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Material

As with almost all premium herb grinder brands, Compton Grinders are made from anodized aluminum that helps to prevent scratches and chipping.  Anodizing is different from painting so you don’t have to worry about paint chips finding their way into your herb.

The metal screens that are on the Compton Grinder are made of steel mesh and do a nice job of filtering the best pieces of kief into the kief chamber.

Most of the Compton Grinders come in a small or medium size.  The small version of the Compton Grinders have a diameter of 2 inches.  A grinder this size is best used for light smokers and for smaller amounts of bud.  Medium size Compton Grinders have a diameter of 2.5 inches, which is a more standard size found with many other grinders.

Overall, the materials used on Compton Grinders are high quality and potential customers should feel confident in what they are buying.

Design

Compton Grinders have really three features that help them stand out from other herb grinders.  The first is that Compton Grinders have a nice ergonomic design that allow users to easily grip the grinder without worrying about slippage.

The second cool feature is the removable screen.  Compton Grinders have a small tool that comes with the grinder that allows you to loosen and take out the screen for either cleaning or replacement.  We like the design of this as it allows you to tighten the screen so that it is not at risk of falling out.

Lastly, Compton Grinders has a “loading dock” where there are no teeth on a section of the second piece so that you can place your bud without having to break it down to fit between the teeth.  This is a unique feature to Compton Grinders and something we feel is a very functional improvement from other grinders out there.

Variety

As we mentioned at the top of this article, Compton Grinders come in two main sizes, small and medium.  However, that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the variety you can find with Compton Grinders.  Compton Grinders come in many different colors.  Basically, every color of the rainbow is available for purchase.

Performance

With a name like Compton Grinders, you can be sure these grinders have edge, but they also back it up with quality performance as well.  The removable screen is a nice touch.  The actual grinding action on these grinders is smooth and precise, leaving a quality filtered product left for you to smoke.

Bad Points

Weak Warranty

According to the Compton Grinder website, they have a fairly weak warranty and return policy.  When you compare this warranty to those found from Golden Gate and Black Tie, it just doesn’t hold water.  For Compton Grinders you have 30 days to return the product.  However, they do not accept returns from a defective item if it has been used, which would make up the majority of return claims.

We don’t feel that this means that Compton has a bad product that they don’t feel confident in, it just seems a bit too restrictive.

Price

Compton Grinders come with a hefty price tag.  Usually, there medium sized grinder costs somewhere between $60 and $75.  Most of this extra cost is from the Made in the USA factor.  If this is something you value highly then by all means Compton is a great grinder.  But if you don’t mind your grinder being made overseas there are other great grinders that are more reasonably priced.

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Kannastor Herb Grinder Review

kannastorWith so many grinder brands out there it can be hard to know which is right for your herb.  At BestGrinder.net we help you see through the haze to find that perfect grinder at the perfect price.  Today, we take a closer look at Kannastor Grinders.

Kannastor sells a large number of different grinders that vary in shape, size,  and number of chambers.  This means that if you decide to buy a Kannastor you’ll have your pick when it comes to the options to you desire in a grinder.

Kannastor has been making their multi-chamber grinders since 2003, so they’ve had time to work out any bugs in the manufacturing process. This experience is priceless when it comes to proper machining techniques and design improvements.

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Material

As with most of the brand name grinders Kannastor Grinders are made from anodized aluminum that is aerospace grade.  Basically, this thing is tough, but not any tougher than other quality aluminum grinders out there.

The screens again are similar to other grinders out there in that they are made from stainless steel, which protects the screen from rusting.  Gaps in the screen are properly sized so that only the perfect ultra filtered kief makes it to the bottom.

Their main grinder is a 2.5″ four-piece, similar to the standard aluminum grinders out there.  However, they also have the GR8TR grinder line that is a full eight-piece grinder that has interchangeable screens and grinder plates.

In regard to materials, Kannastor is in line with other high quality aluminum grinder brands.

Design

GR8TR Grinders from Kannastor have eight distinct pieces.
GR8TR Grinders from Kannastor have eight distinct pieces.

Kannastor takes their grinder designs very seriously, which shines through in their GR8TR line of herb grinders.  As we mentioned previously, these grinders have eight distinct pieces.  Not only are the screens removable on these grinders, but also the grinder plates can be changed out to give you the grinder you desire.  There is a screw in mechanism that allows you to flip from a finer grinder to a more course grind.  This is the only grinder we’ve seen that has this capability.

All of the multi-chamber Kannastor have easy to remove screens, which can be purchased on the Kannastor website.  This helps your grinder last longer without needing to purchase a whole new unit.

Variety

Kannastor sells a wide variety of grinders including their GR8TR grinder line, four-piece grinders, and single chamber two-piece grinders.  Overall, we are really impressed with the variety of grinders they offer.

Performance

Kannastor grinders perform very well overall.  They grind up your herb in a optimal consistency that is fine but not so fine that it burns out your herb too quickly.  However, other name brand aluminum grinders also offer a grind that is as quality as the Kannastor.  So, in this way Kannastor is not alone.  However, we must say that the two grind settings on the GR8TR grinder is certainly a useful and innovate feature that had to take some serious R&D to develop.

Lifetime Warranty

Kannastor offers a limited lifetime warranty on all their grinders.  This even includes malfunction that results from normal use.  If you have a warranty claim be prepared to show photographic proof and an order number to confirm your purchase and the issue at hand.

Bad Points

Too Complex

Many of the Kannastor grinder are pretty standard designed and easy to operate with the removable screen being the most unique feature.

However, when you start looking closer at the GR8TR grinder, it becomes evident that this is a complex piece of equipment.  We feel that for most people just wanting a grinder to grind your herb with proper consistency, the GR8TR grinder might be a bit of overkill.

If you find yourself in the “I’m just looking for a grinder to get the job done well” camp, we would opt for a standard four-piece grinder from Kannastor and pass on the GR8TR.

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