Even though the Sonic Vaporizer has been dubbed the “newest and most efficient portable vaporizer ever created”, I’m gonna go ahead and say it isn’t…at least with all the new vapes that have come out since it’s inception.
While it definitely does have some good perks that are worth mentioning, I think that there are a lot better vapes out there if I’m being honest.
With that being said, I still think it’s fair to dig into it and do a Sonic vaporizer review and take a look at it so you can get an idea as to how it works as well as some of the good features it does have.
The Sonic features a ceramic heating chamber, which makes it easy to keep clean and produces an even, high-quality vapor. It also has a pretty decent heating system that keeps your herbs burning evenly and efficiently so that you can get a good quality vapor.
Much like a lot of other portable vapes, you don’t have to wait around for your Sonic to heat up, which is a nice feature.
The high-powered heating system can get to full power in 30 seconds or less which means you don’t have to stare at the clock like a dummy.
I also appreciated the ease of use of the temperature controls, which let you adjust up and down simply by clicking a single button.
There’s no dials, lights, or numbers to try and read. In fact, the entire Sonic unit only has 3 buttons altogether. It’s almost as if they were trying to design a vaporizer that was idiot proof.
The funny thing is that either they failed or I’m just an idiot because I found controlling the temperature to be a little difficult, so the vapor quality was inconsistent. It was no problem once I figured it out, but it took a little time to get used to.
Okay, so while there are some obvious design flaws with the Sonic, but once you figure out how to turn it on, it actually gets up to temp pretty fast, generally under one minute. And when you are at full power, it takes only a few seconds to vape your herb.
I was unhappy with the performance of the battery on the Sonic.
The battery seemed to die out a lot faster than on other models. With a full charge, the Sonic was only good for about two or three medium-length sessions. One solution was to keep the vaporizer plugged in while vaping, but that’s annoying as hell and I don’t think you should really have to do that.
And because the Sonic doesn’t come with a USB charger (just a wall charger) you can’t even let it be powered by your laptop while you vape.
Not good at all.
Here’s what’s in the box:
- Wall Charger
- Cleaning Tool
- 3 Replacement Screens
- Instruction Manual
The Sonic comes with a mouthpiece, a wall charger, a cleaning tool, and three replacement screens. There’s no USB port – which also makes me think that it was designed in the ‘90s – and there’s no packing tool, which can make getting your herb mixture where it needs to go a little problematic, especially if you are out and about.
I’ve never had too many maintenance issues with my vapes before, but I did with the Sonic.
The magnetic clamp that held the lid closed while I was vaping broke after only a couple of uses. I mean it still worked and everything, but the lid didn’t stay securely closed the way it should after it snapped in half.
I also had a problem with the Sonic leaking vapor every time I turned it on. Even though I would clean out the ceramic bowl completely (yea, I’m sort of a neat freak) between uses, somehow vapor would always stream out of the lid for the first few minutes every time I turned it on after it had been off for a while.
This may have simply been a matter of residue build up or some of the resin leaking out, but the leaking vapor had kind of a weird smell and was kind of ruining the whole experience for me.
Believe it or not, the Sonic is not one of the least expensive vaporizers on the market today. It sells for close to $200 and in my Sonic vaporizer review, I think you can see how I feel about it.
But is it really worth the money?
Eh, I’m not so sure.
For one thing, in addition to all the problems I’ve already described, you can’t use it to vape essential oils. Just herbs.
I think that because the Sonic is an early version of vaporizers, that the manufacturers haven’t gotten around to upgrading yet. That would explain the out of date design, it having no USB port attachment, and some of the other problems.
Up until now, it’s probably been selling pretty well because it may have been one of the only vaporizers on the market, and honestly, it’s not really that but, but because newer, higher-tech vaporizers with better performance and more features are out there, it’s kind of just getting forgotten.
My advice: If you haven’t gotten a vaporizer yet and you come across the Sonic…keep looking.