Ever since the Hydrology 9 portable vaporizer was announced there has been wide curiosity and speculation about if the device could do what it claimed. For those not in the know, the Hydrology 9 is a unit that combines a convection-based vaporizer with a water chamber that filters and cools the vapor before it hits your lungs. Think of it as an electronic bong without the hassle of lighters, wands, hemp wicks and the like but the $250 question remains. Does the vaporizer work the way it claims?
It does and well. I’d go as far as to say it’s the most underrated portable vaporizer in it’s price class. Maybe a little above the price class at that. It’’s a huge claim but after testing the Hydro out for a few months, it’s one that’s totally backed up by its sturdy build and ease of use. I really ran my review unit through the wringer with a variety of scenarios and the Hydrology 9 held on like a champ.
Some of the ways I tested the Hydro isn’t recommended for actual use. Though it is a resilient little sucker, it’s not indestructible and will cut the lifespan of the device considerably if you do what I did regularly. With that said, don’t blame me or Cloudious if yours stop working because you try what I did.
I started off using the Hydrology 9 with some basic ground material. Setting it up is a lot simpler than you’d anticipate (adding water to a battery operated device seems very intimidating at first). There’s a brushed aluminum part attached to a Borosilicate glass mouthpiece that screws off giving access to the water chamber. Only a little bit of water is needed as the more you put in, leaves less room for the vapor–you want–hanging out in chamber to cool further. Do yourself a favor and only fill it up no more than halfway although the instructions say to leave at least a third of the chamber empty. Once you’ve got the water in there, unscrew the very bottom to reveal the lower stirrer cap and the heating chamber. Due to customer feedback, Cloudious switched out the stirrer cap with a studded version around the inner ring. It’s a simple upgrade to make sure all of the material is heated evenly without opening the device. There’s also less draw resistance which is nice since the former had you pulling rather hard to get the vapor out. Honestly, I couldn’t tell the difference with the stirring but some have claimed that it has.
Vapor quality is great on the Hydrology 9. Decent clouds and an delicious taste especially on the lower settings. There are five heat levels to choose from with the highest being near combustion. Not so great for a regular session but it does come in handy in some situations.
This brings me to the test that you shouldn’t do too much of. I came across some moon rocks (cannabis dipped in hash oil and rolled in keif) and decided to see how it would fare with the Hydro’s hottest setting. I worked like a charm but when I opened the chamber, there was a lot of oil and leaf clumps stuck to the walls. It was a total pain to clean as you’d imagine but it wasn’t impossible. I had only used a tiny bit but it left a lot of residue and I found myself hoping that I didn’t ruin the chamber. Furthermore, there’s a good chance that the vapor path could get clogged from the oil creating more resistance and possible blockage altogether. So again, don’t use the Hydro for concentrates. Keep it leafy and you’re good.
Other features include a built-in timer that puts the device into stand-by mode after two minutes then shuts down completely after an additional minute. There’s also a really cool lighting function that cycles through the heating indicator colors. It’s purely cosmetic but it looks awesome in a dimly lit environment.
I have to say the the Hydrology 9 works well and looks like something out of a sci-fi film. It’s about the size of a medium flashlight packs some weight to give it a quality feel. It’s portable in the sense of not having to be tethered to a desk but I wouldn’t carry it around too much. If I had to take it on the go, I would seriously invest in some sort of protective case for sure. The glass chamber is made of thick glass but I believe it can and will crack or break if you’re careless. Just take time and follow the instructions correctly and it’ll be the perfect combination vaporizer and conversation piece for a long time. Get your hands on the Hydrology 9 now for $250 from the VapeWorld website here or direct from Cloudious 9 here.