Summary : The Zephyr Ion is durable, super easy to work with, and conserves my dry herb blends with its brass casing encompassing the ceramic heating element. Clean solid flavor is all you get with this baby, no impurities.
The Zephyr Ion is a forced-air vaporizer that works with a bag. However, it has a cross function that allows for a direct draw using a glass wand. Functionality and durability was key when Zephyr orchestrated the design of the Ion vaporizer. I’m a sucker for the ceramic heating element and stainless steel filling chamber models and feel they lock in the flavor while keeping the impurities out. The Ion seems to keep the airflow completely away from the heating mechanism that can create fumes that I don’t want in my vapor. The Ion allows for input of exact temperatures, which I think is an absolute must when vaporizing different strands of herb to get the optimal quality of vapor. The herb chamber acts as the screen, so finely ground herbs are highly suggested.
I personally like the forced-air option on the Ion opposed to the direct draw method. It seems it takes longer to heat up with the direct draw method than the already 3 minute heat up time I face for the forced air pull. However, if you have the software and the connection, you can actually send a message to your Ion to start heating up, so it is ready when you are. I guess this feature would be good for someone who is out-and-about and wants their Ion ready to deliver upon arriving home.
Overall, the Zephyr Ion is a quality tabletop vaporizer that is ready to use out of the box, no annoying assembly is required outside attaching the bag, which is quite simple.