We’re about to introduce you to a product that has distilled the vape down to its very essence, stripping away all unnecessary complexity and leaving behind pure functionality. Introducing: DynaVap.
This review raises a fundamental question: just what is a vape, really? The most commonly understood definition is that a vape is a device which produces vapor from a source material and delivers it into the user’s lungs. To achieve this, a vape needs a chamber to hold the material, a heat source to extract vapor from the material, and a delivery mechanism such as a stem, bag or whip through which the user can inhale. Everything else – electronic temperature controls, batteries, mobile apps, LCD screens – is extraneous.
DynaVap vaporizers are born of meticulous attention to form, function, and discretion. They are crafted to be simple, durable, and intuitive. The DynaVap team takes simplicity seriously. So seriously, in fact, that not one of their vapes has a single electronic component.
DynaVap vaporizers are available over a wide range of price points, from the super affordable entry level VapCap M model to still-affordable luxury and collector models. In this review VapeGuide focuses on the highly engineered OminiVap Titanium and the entry level M models. We also provide a quick rundown of some of the company’s other vaping units as well a sampling of its broad line of accessories. Stay tuned for in depth reviews of DynVap’s other vapes at a later date because there is jut too much to cover in this initial review.
Intelligently Engineered Simplicity
In using these devices and speaking to creator George Breiwa, it was apparent that a tremendous amount of thought went into every aspect of DynaVap’s engineering and manufacturing processes. DynaVap’s dedication to quality and design was obvious in every product VapeGuide reviewed. We were also impressed to learn that every DynaVap product is manufactured in Wisconsin under the founder’s supervision. If it were possible for such a simple device to be over-engineered DynaVap’s line of vapes would be title contenders.
The entire DynaVap line was designed to be totally modular, making it easy to share parts among varying models. One of the key uses VapeGuide found for this modularity was adapting the OmniVap Titanium for use with a water pipe. By switching any standard DynaVap body for a NonaVonG body, the devices can be used with most 14 mm water pipe adapters.
All DynaVap models are flame-powered, meaning the chambers on these dry herb vapes are heated manually using a tiny butane torch instead of an internal heating element. DynaVap’s lack of electronics means you never have to worry about dead batteries, failure-prone components or access to an external power supply. What this does mean, however, is that you will always need an external heat source to heat chamber. Ideally, a triple-jet butane lighter works best, though anything ranging from a stove top heating element to a campfire ember could conceivably do the trick.
The cap on all DynaVap vapes has a long narrow tail or tang extending from one side etched with the DynaVap logo. While at first glance this may appear to be a purely aesthetic detail, this tail is actually an ingenious tool used to scrape ABV from the device’s chamber. The tail also makes a perfect little “shovel” for scooping concentrate into the chamber.
Many devices use a simple piece of wire mesh similar to that found on most kitchen faucets to prevent material being sucked into the stem of the device. DynaVap rethought this design, seeking a more durable and scorch-resistant solution. The end result was a small disc machined from a solid piece of metal. The disk has a number of small slits which allow the maximum amount of vapor to pass through while being sufficiently narrow to perfectly restrict your vape material from flowing through.
A very cool feature we discovered about all DynaVap models is the audible and slightly tactile notification by way of a clicking sound. Every Dynavap model is engineered to produce this clicking effect when it reaches a temp sufficient for drawing vapor. And it gives off another click when the temp has cooled enough to begin applying heat again. Read more about this little metallurgical engineering marvel below in the section on How to Use a DynaVap Vape.
The DynaVap line has something for everyone, from the novice looking to pick up his or her first vaporizer to the enthusiast who wants a collector’s piece with (one or two) bells and whistles. Below we’ll discuss our impressions of the “M” and the “OmniVap Titanium” as well as a brief overview of other options that DynaVap offers.
DynaVap OmniVap Titanium
We’re going to begin with DynaVap’s little bad boy – the OmniVap Titanium. This slick little vape, not much larger than a single hitter combustion device, is easy to fall in love with. It’s beautiful, functional, and an absolute pleasure to use. It won’t take long for the OmniVap Titanium to become an everyday driver for most new users. Coming in at around $175, it’s a little on the high end of electronics-free vape options, but well worth it in our opinion. Read on for more details.
True to its name, the OmniVap Titanium is made almost entirely of unalloyed medical grade titanium. This is not just a marketing gimmick. There’s a reason for using titanium, a chemical element with symbol Ti and atomic number 22. It is super low in density, high in strength and resistant to corrosion. Most importantly, titanium heats and cools extremely fast, making it an ideal material for a flame powered vaporizer. This material choice, combined with the heat sinks located around the tip, mean that your fingers are unlikely to ever get too warm while gripping the device.
Like every other Omni model in the DynaVap line, the OmniVap Titanium has an adjustable condenser allowing easy control over an increase or decrease in the amount of air induced into each draw by simply twisting the mouthpiece. This functionality, combined with the carb on the side, makes controlling airflow a breeze.
The geometric texturing along the body does more than just provide a grippable surface. The texture along the body of the OmniVap Titanium is varied, with the area around the carb being slightly raised. The idea is to make it easy to locate the carb by touch, without having to look at the device, which is perfect for dark concert venues and similar low-light scenarios. It’s a small detail indicative of the level of planning that went into the design.
Next up is DynaVap’s economy model, the “M”. Compared to the Titanium, the “M” resides at the other end of the affordability scale coming in at around $50. Like all DynaVap products, the “M” is durable, discreet, and easy to use. Made of 100% medical grade stainless steel, you can expect this piece to last a lifetime.
Affordability does, however, come with a small compromise. Unlike DynaVap’s Omni models, The “M” does not have an adjustable condenser. This means the device’s air/vapor mix can only be controlled by covering or uncovering the carb during draws, not by twisting the mouthpiece (keep reading for more on this). Because the body and mouthpiece are machined from a single piece of metal, the “M” also sacrifices the degree of modularity available with other models.
If you’re looking for a great product on a budget, the “M” is a solid choice. If you have a little more to spend, consider building your own custom rig from the many options offered by DynaVap, or springing for the highly engineered, multi-functional OmniVap Titanium.
How To Use A DynaVap Vape
To load your Dynavap, remove the cap and push the tip of the device into a container of herb while twisting. DynaVap recommends using unground herb, though the VapeGuide review team preferred using coarsely ground herb. Loading is easiest when the herb is in a deep and narrow container like the DynaStash, which is a fantastic accessory. Vaping concentrates with a DynaVap is also possible by using degummed hemp fiber as a wick, or by adding a bit of concentrate to increase the potency of your dried blend.
Once the chamber is full, replace the cap and test the draw. On all Omni models, airflow can be adjusted by twisting the mouthpiece, thereby extending or retracting the device’s condenser. When initially trying to adjust airflow on a new OmniVap Titanium, VapeGuide found that the condenser was stuck in the fully retracted position. This was easily fixed by removing the mouthpiece and gently unscrewing the condenser one full rotation. Airflow can be further controlled in mid-pull by covering and uncovering the carb on the side of the device.
To heat the chamber, ignite your torch and gently brush the cap with the flame while continuously rotating the device to ensure even heating. DynaVap recommends using a very low flame setting on your torch. If you are using a soft-flame lighter, be sure to keep the tip deep in the blue part of the flame in order to reduce soot buildup. Avoid applying the flame directly to the closed end of the cap.
When the chamber is hot enough for extraction, the cap will make a small mechanical clicking sound. While this impressive bit of metallurgical engineering doesn’t allow for the precise temperature controls some may be accustomed to with electronic devices, it doesn’t take long to learn how to adjust your heating technique to achieve specific effects. For example, holding the flame slightly closer to the body will produce larger clouds, while holding the flame closer to the tip will produce more flavorful hits and allow for more heating cycles on a single load. It is important that the heat source be removed from the cap immediately after the click. Failure to do so can result in herbal combustion and possible damage to the clicking mechanism
Once the chamber is heated and the devices clicks you’re good to vape. In VapeGuide’s experience, users can typically expect to get a few good pulls from each heating cycle. A short while after the first click, the cap will emit a second click indicating the chamber has cooled sufficiently and is ready to be heated again. Failure to wait for the cooling click before reheating the chamber can result in combustion and possible damage to the device.
Users can expect to get 2-3 heating cycles from each load before experiencing a rapid decline in vapor quality. In testing, VapeGuide went as far as 5 cycles before accidentally combusting the dry ABV.
So to summarize, you should expect to get two to three pulls per heating cycle, and two to three heating cycles per load, resulting in excellent efficiency.
When you’re ready to clean out the ABV simply remove the cap and use the extended tang to gently scrape out the chamber. Blowing through the mouthpiece will help to expel any stubborn pieces of ABV that may remain lodged in the screen.
Other DynaVap Options
In the interest of full disclosure, VapeGuide would like to note that (aside from the OmniVonG) we have not yet tested any of the options listed below (we are looking forward to it, though). While customer reviews and forum commentary on these options are overwhelmingly positive, until VapeGuide has had the opportunity to review each of DynaVap’s other options the reader should be sure to do his own research before making a purchasing decision. Having said that, it is difficult to imagine that DynaVap’s attention to detail and functionality are not present in its entire product line.
DynaVap produces several wooden bodies and mouthpieces, which are standard on the Woodie and VonG models, as well as the non-titanium OmniVap model. The wooden bodies, while not as durable as their metal or carbon fiber counterparts, are extremely attractive and have the advantage of not being as prone to heating up in your hand. Occasionally DynaVap will offer limited edition components made of woods that are not among their standard offerings.
There’s no doubt about it, carbon fiber looks cool. It’s also extremely light, and just 1/10th as heat conductive as steel, making it a great material for your vape. DynaVap’s carbon fiber bodies are available as an option in their DynaBuilder customization portal, and as an individual part.
All DynaVap S models (with an “S” at the end of their names) feature a spinning mouthpiece. The idea is that the user can hold the device in his or her mouth while rotating the body in order to apply heat more evenly across the tip during a mid-session heat up. This can be a nice feature if you have impaired motor function or less than full dexterity in your hands or fingers, or if you just like keeping your sessions flowing at maximum productivity.
The VonG bodies and stems can either be used as a normal DynaVap, or inserted into a 14 mm adapter for use in a water pipe. The water pipe apparently does a fantastic job at cooling down and smoothing out the vapor, a nice option to have for home sessions when you’re not on the go.
The Omni line, which includes the OmniVap Titanium (in both standard and XL versions) and the wood-bodied Cocobolo version, allows for the air/vapor mix to be adjusted by twisting the mouthpiece to extend or retract the device’s condenser. The gap between the interior of the tip and the end of the condenser inside the body of the device creates extreme turbulence during a draw, which acts to combine vapor with the desired quantity of air. This feature greatly improves the vaping experience, and is covered further in the “How To Use A DynaVap” section of this review.
The DynaVap Uni line is named for its universal compatibility. All parts on Uni devices are interchangeable. This line is great for a user who might want to start with a more basic model and upgrade with individual parts over time All Uni devices that do not feature a spinning mouthpiece have a stem and no mouthpiece (as opposed to a standard body to which a mouthpiece can be affixed). Some stems feature a metal crown on both ends for added durability and aesthetics.
Several DynaVap vapes are also available in “XL” versions. These longer vapes measure 109 mm as opposed to the standard 92 mm. The longer body on these vapes is meant to provide smoother, cooler hits. Note that the longer XL models are meant for use with the larger DynaStash XL, and will not fit in the standard DynaStash container (see the “Accessories” section for details).
The DynaStash is a fantastic accessory for the vaper on the go. Although they are essentially a dugout pipe box for your DynaVap and stash, these nifty little carrying cases are far better made than most dugout cases on the market. DynaStashes are perfectly sized for your DynaVap, and come in a variety of attractive (and occasionally limited-edition) wood options.
The DynaStash has two compartments, one for storing your DynaVap and a second for storing your herb. The deep herb chamber holds a decent quantity of ground material, particularly after it has been compressed by the act of loading your vape. The lid, which is very snugly fitted to the top of the DynaStash, can be rotated so that just one compartment is covered, making it easy to cover your herb chamber while tipping the DynaStash to retrieve your vape.
The DynaStash features a circular neodymium rare earth magnet, which is mounted into the side of the container. The magnet, which is attracted to the steel used in DynaVap caps, is multi functional. It can be used to remove a hot cap to check your load mid-session, or to hold your device “at attention” when not in use. When being utilized for the latter application during a session, the cool magnet helps to dissipate heat more quickly between heating cycles.
This versions feature a small dabbing tool that is concealed under the lid between the container’s chambers, and a little silicone tub set into the wood on the herb side. This tub is used for storing and transporting waxes and other extracts, and is large enough to fit about a gram (snugly).
Long versions are available for XL devices, though at the time of this review DynaVap is not offering a DynaStashER XL.
Cyclone II Triple Torch
It is highly recommended that you use a butane torch for your DynaVap device. DynaVap sells several torch lighters on its website, and provided the Cyclone II Triple Torch for this review. This torch is extremely reliable in both indoor and outdoor applications. It produces three powerful jets that are spaced perfectly to evenly heat the chamber of a DynaVap vaporizer. The rounded tank has a good hand feel, and is clear so that fuel levels are easily observable. A small dial surrounding the refill port on the bottom of the torch can be used to adjust the flame. The torch comes in a black carrying case that is just large enough to fit a DynaVap alongside the torch for those times when traveling light is a necessity.
Accounts of customer service interactions with DynaVap are stellar. In 2016 there were reports that service was occasionally a bit slow, but more recent reports are that the customer support team consistently responds within 24 hours. In all instances of customer feedback that VapeGuide could find, customer issues were fully and speedily resolved.
Vapor Quality – 8
The quality and quantity of vapor produced by this device is surprising for its size. Clouds won’t be gigantic given the device’s small chamber size, but the DynaVap is ultimately intended to be a functional and highly portable vaporizer, not a tabletop cloud machine. Hits can be a little heavy if you get the air-to-vapor ratio wrong, but with a bit of tinkering you are sure to find your sweet spot. It should be noted that unlike a pipe, one-hitter, chillum or other combustion piece, the chamber on DynaVap vapes is fully enclosed. This means there is no chance of getting off-tastes from butane in the vapor.
Fuel Efficiency – 9
Though VapeGuide found that we went through butane rather quickly while using a three-torch lighter, a full tank still allowed for far more heating cycles than we would expect from a single battery charge on an electronic vape. There’s also no need to wait around for a recharge, since it’s just a matter of refilling your torch or finding another heating source. If you don’t mind keeping a good torch and a can of high-quality butane on hand, chances are good that you won’t miss your electronic vape for solo or duo sessions.
Portability – 10
Being only slightly longer than a standard cigarette (and a bit longer still for XL models), DynaVap products are extremely portable, and can be easily tucked away for situations where discretion is important. The light bodies on the OmniVap Titanium and carbon fiber models specifically make them extremely versatile, allowing them to comfortably rest behind the user’s ear (once they’ve cooled down, of course). It’s hard to imagine a more portable vape. Though having to carry or improvise an external heating source may be a mark against DynaVap portability for some users, we found this a small price to pay for the product’s other virtues.
Appearance – 10
In a market that is saturated with boxy electronic brick vapes, the DynaVap line has a refreshingly simple aesthetic. You’d be hard pressed to find a more attractive vape on the market.
Features – 7
The OmniVap Titanium is defined as much by the features it doesn’t have as those it does. By removing the most common failure points found in conventional vapes, DynaVap has created a product that is incredibly durable. Combine that durability with the tremendous attention to detail that went into creating these devices, and you’ve got an offering that’s extremely difficult to beat. Across the line, these vapes deliver by trimming the fat.
Price – 8
At $175, the OmniVap Titanium is not cheap, but for good reason. Given DynaVap’s dedication to keeping their manufacturing in the US, and the expense of working with titanium, the price isn’t entirely surprising. Fortunately the “M” is a spectacular entry model at just $50. Mid-range price options are also available for around $100, depending on which custom options you choose.
The Breakdown | DynaVap M and OmniVap Titanium Review
Solo vapers, on-the-go folks, and backpackers, in particular, will appreciate the toughness, simplicity, and compact design of these ingenious vapes. Whether you’re already familiar with the DynaVap line and are searching for another flame-powered option or you’re just looking to try something new, DynaVap probably has a product for you. Snag The “M” for fifty bucks and give it a spin.