08 Sep Review. Hydrology 9 Vaporiser.
The Hydrology 9 has reawakened my enthusiasm for vaporisers. It has its faults but overall this is a great machine and a real advance in vaporiser technology. It also has one nifty little feature that is very simple but makes a huge difference. It’s genius in fact and more of this later.
I’ve assessed it over about four weeks and all that remains is to see how well it lasts. This is an expensive machine at around £200.00 and if it packs up after a few months that isn’t going to be any good. I have high hopes though. Like all vaporisers it does need looking after and regular cleaning. The problem with some is that the dismantling and cleaning is what causes them to deteriorate.
The first and golden rule about vaporisers is that they all take practice before you learn to use them properly. Each one is different and until you get the ‘knack’ they can all seem very frustrating. The Hydrology 9 is no exception and it took me a week before it finally started working for me. As usual, I was at the point of giving up and then suddenly everything clicked. Another three weeks on and it’s become a very special friend, I am loving it!
The most dramatic effect of starting to use it regularly is that my consumption of cannabis has plummeted. What I would put in one neat joint fills the Hydrology 9 about six times over, far more than I want to consume in a whole evening. The quality of the high is much better as well, smoother, cleaner, fresher and, well, higher!
If you’ve never really appreciated vaping before, the breakthrough comes when you realise that half the effect from smoking a joint is the carbon monoxide fugging up your brain. I’ll never stop smoking joints because I enjoy them and sometimes nothing else will do but vaporising has to be first choice.
It’s very well made. The water chamber isn’t entirely leak free but not so that it’s a problem as long as you keep it tightly closed at both ends. You load it at the bottom by unscrewing the bottom lid to reveal a small chamber. When you screw the lid back on there’s an outer revolving ring that operates a stirrer inside the chamber. This is the genius feature that I was referring to. It enables you to stir the weed while you’re actually vaping it, ensuring the hot air reaches all the way through and it’s thoroughly consumed. A simple but incredibly effective idea that I’m sure we will soon see on other vaporisers.
My only reservation is that I don’t think the battery is powerful enough. I have settled on using it at its fourth highest out of five heat settings. If it’s freshly charged then it will just about last for three or four fully-loaded chambers – but only just. You have to be careful to give it a rest before each inhalation. Go back on it too quickly and the heat will drop right off. Of course, you do get used to it and learn to adapt the way you operate it but I would definitely prefer a more powerful battery. This raises one other concern about its longevity. How long will the battery last and what will it cost to replace it? My favourite to date handheld vaporiser has been the Puri5 Magnum 2. My best investment with this has been to purchase three spare batteries and a mains charger. It’s very easy to swop an exhausted battery for a new one and I always have one fully charged on standby. This, perhaps with a more powerful battery is the only significant improvement I would like to see in the Hydrology 9.
Overall I rate the Hydrology 9 extremely highly and although I haven’t yet come to a final conclusion, it may well yet take the accolade of being my favourite ever vaporiser.