Battery Capacity: 2200mAh
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The Elite is made for dry herb vaping, which is Grenco’s specialty, and it introduces a lot of significant improvements to prevent disadvantages that plagued many of their former products. Did they manage to make it a good choice? Let’s find out.
- 1x G Pen Elite Vaporizer
- 1x G Card (used to grind the herbs)
- 1x micro USB Charging Cable
- 1x Cleaning Brush
- 1x G Pen Packing Tool
Build Quality & Design
On the front is a single panel button used to power the Elite on and off. Below it is a stylish logo, represented by a single G letter which illuminates when the device is powered on. The two temperature control buttons are placed on the right side and slightly curved. They are somewhat extended, making them very easy to locate but hard to accidentally press.
Located below these buttons is one of the most noteworthy features of the Elite – a very subtle LED display. It blends in very nicely with the shiny black paint around it, rendering it nearly invisible when it’s not powered on. There aren’t many details on it – only some basic information.
The top is covered by a slightly curved mouthpiece, which is, surprisingly, made out of plastic. Unfortunately, even with the silicone cover on, it doesn’t manage to dissipate heat well. Below the mouthpiece is a chamber that is going to house the material. Last but not least, the base of the device has a micro USB port for charging.
Ceramic Heating Chamber
Due to the size of this device, the cutout for herbs below the mouthpiece is relatively narrow. To make the filling process as easy as possible, grind the herbs finely, and use the packing tool which comes inside the box. After filling it, replace the mouthpiece, and it’s ready to go.
The chamber design makes maintenance very easy. Simply use the included cleaning brush after each session to prevent the chamber from clogging up. The silicone mouthpiece cover can be removed and washed with lukewarm water and soap to keep your device in top shape.
Usability & Performance
Select your wanted temperature through the corresponding controls on the side of the device. Afterward, initiate the heat-up process by holding the power button down for one second. You’re ready to start vaping once it notifies you that it reached the set temperature.
Even though the temperature can go as high as 428F, it seems like the ideal range is somewhere between 360-380F. The 360-degree convection heating element evenly warms up the herbs without combusting them. Heat-up time of only 30 seconds is a very nice addition that usually can’t be found on the devices of this size. Still, it’s best if you give it a bit more time before taking the first hit.
Vapor production is lavish even with relatively shorter draws of around four seconds. Taking pulls from the G Pen Elite is smooth and satisfying since the four airflow holes reduce the draw resistance down to a minimum. Unfortunately, one of the most significant drawbacks of this device is the short vapor path.
This can cause the mouthpiece and its surrounding area to get hot to the point where you have to take a break from vaping it. If you decide to lower the temperature, the chances are that the vapor production is going to be heavily impacted, so it’s a lose-lose situation.
Another major disadvantage is the non-removable design of the battery. If it fails, you can throw away the whole unit. The remaining battery life can be monitored on the LED display, and the average recharge time is 2-3 hours.
Pros and Cons
- Very portable and lightweight
- The chamber is massive and easily filled
- Good button construction
- Low heat-up time
- Plenty of airflow and vapor
- Nice and subtle LED display
- Could have more metal parts instead of plastic
- Material has to be extremely well-grinded for maximum performance
- Short vapor path causes it to heat up
- Integrated, non-replaceable batteries