Review: QuickDraw 500, a surprisingly effective 3-in-1 $200 vaporizer
Need a vaporizer that’s capable of oils, herbs, and e-ciggs? The QuickDraw 500 is a surprisingly effective vape for only $200. Read our full review here.
A few months back, a surprisingly effective triple-action vaporizer pen – the QuickDraw 300 – came across my way, and almost instantly, I was floored by the results. So when I was given the opportunity to review the QuickDraw 500, I was more than willing to give it a shot. Judging from the positive experience I had with the 300, I was pretty confident that the 500 would be a home run.
After getting a chance to try it for a few weeks, my hunch was right, this thing blew my expectations out of the water. They improved the herbal chamber, increased the battery life, and equipped it with a sleek and slick design. On top of all the impressive improvements, the 500 performs amazingly well. And with its simple interface, a quick oven, and really creative magnetic cartridge system, it’s undeniably worth the $200 price tag.
Let’s dig our heels in and see what this device is all about….
In the box:
- QuickDraw 500 Vaporizer
- 500-D Cartridge for Aromatic Blends
- 500-L Cartridge for Liquids
- 500-X Cartridge for Solid Concentrates
- USB Charger
- Wall Adapter
- Cleaning Tools
I’m a huge fan of what QuickDraw did with the design of the 500. So much, in fact, I would put it in the top 3 when it comes to design of a portable vaporizer. Honestly, this thing is a work of beauty, it screams sexy.
Just like the iPhone, the QuickDraw’s world revolves around one single button. To power it on, hold the button down – it’s literally the only button on the device – for three seconds. The same goes for turning it off. To cycle through the three different heating temperatures, tap the button twice and once more when the appropriate lighting sequence is displayed. Keep in mind, this is strictly for use when the herbal cartridge is being used.
Having one button on a vaporizer can make things a lot easier, but then again, it can made things a little difficult when you forget all the different button sequences. For example, I have a few portable vaporizers on deck, and from time to time, I like to mix things up. After taking a break from the QuickDraw 500 for a little while, I found myself forgetting how to change the oven’s temperature. After a quick glance at the instructional manual, I was back on my way.
So when I reviewed the original QuickDraw 300, I got the chance to try all three of the cartridges provided with the unit. However, in the case of the 500, I was only able test the herbal cartridge. I’m not biased to the other cartridges, I just figured this would be the 500’s ideal use, with the other features as an added bonus. I’ll break it down below:
- Heating Chamber – So given the 500 is a larger unit than the 300, it’s safe to say that the oven size is considerably larger. This makes the whole packing experience ten-times easier. One of my biggest complaints with the 300 was how much a pain in the ass it was to pack a session’s worth of vape. When it comes to the 500, there’s nothing bad I can say about it. One of the other things I noticed about the QuickDraw 500 was how fast the oven takes to heat up the materials inside. Given that this a cartridge, as opposed to a dedicated oven, I was more than impressed with the heating time. When I timed it at the highest heating temperature, I clocked it in at around 20 seconds. Again, it’s really fast.
- Vape Quality & Flavor – It’s not bad, but it’s certainly not the best. With portable vaporizers, plastic mouthpieces can make or break the flavor of your vape, and unfortunately for the 500, it is made with plastic. The plus side is that’s it’s not all plastic. In the end, Did the 500’s mouthpiece totally affect the vape quality of this unit? No, but heating up the same material for a couple of sessions will leave a bad taste in your mouth. But hey, which vaporizer doesn’t?
- Usability – I found myself using this more at home than I did out in the real world. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like it never saw natural daylight, but I found it easier to pack sitting on my couch, as opposed to walking down the street.
- Battery – This is where the QuickDraw 500 shines. The battery life on this unit is quite impressive. I found myself being able to go throughout the whole day on a single charge. And I’m talking about putting this thing through rigorous use. Another neat feature of the QuickDraw 500 is its charging cable. Instead of the traditional micro-USB, QuickDraw implements a magnetic snap charger. No need to fumble with wires, just snap-and-go. Really simple.
When all was said and done, I was really impressed with the QuickDraw 500 performance. Again, this thing is a triple-action vaporizer, and the results I got with just the herbal cartridge blew me away. It’s probably safe to say that the other cartridges hold up pretty well on their own too.
For $200, would I recommend it to someone who only wants to use this as a verbal vaporizer? Sure, why not. I mean, given the fact that other low-performing vaporizers are right around the same price, it’s a no brainer the 500 is a sure bet. Given all the features that the QuickDraw has to offer, on top of the herbal cartridge, it’s surely a great deal.