Hey guys, Sneaky Pete here and today I want to show you the new DynaVap Orion Portable Induction Heater. This thing is tiny and it has been a super enjoyable induction heater to use, so let’s jump right into it.
Size/Weight/What’s in the Box
When you buy the Orion it comes in this nice zippered case which is handy and easy to take with you. In the case you can fit the induction heater itself and the USB-C charging cable. Inside the case it has a molded shell with space for the Orion itself, you can bring the included Small Snapstash and a secure, rectangular area to keep your DynaVaps and other small accessories tightly organized.
It is plain to see that this is a truly portable induction heater. It might not fit in your jean’s front pocket, but it would have no problem going in a coat pocket or in any bag that you have. Compared to an iPhone 11 Pro Max, it has a much smaller footprint, and it has roughly the thickness of about the bottom two layers of a brilliant cut grinder. I would say it is like holding a large deck of cards.
The Orion is super light. When I weighed one, it was actually just slightly lighter than a brilliant cut grinder at under 150g. I think they could make it a little heavier even; a little extra weight would just be reassuring in the hand.
The Orion charges with USB-C, which is great to see, and it will charge from completely dead to full in about 90 minutes. One thing to keep in mind is that if your USB-C power source is greater than 5V or 2A, it will have too much power to charge this. You can use any iPhone plug or a laptop, that sort of thing, but if you have a really high-powered USB-C charger it may be too powerful. Personally, I haven’t tried it with anything that didn’t work myself but it’s something to look for if you’re having issues.
They have designed the unit so that you consistently get at least 50 hits per battery charge, and during my testing, I found that I got 66 hits from a full battery. Some of those hits I pulled out right at the click, some were shorter heat cycles from doing a hit right before, and then some of them were heating it up for a few seconds longer to get a bigger hit. Overall, I think the claim of 50 hits per battery is pretty fair and I couldn’t imagine you getting less.
That’s a substantial amount of hits for a portable induction heater. If you imagine that you’re doing 2 hits an hour, 16hrs a day, it would last you at least a day and a half. If you’re doing 10 hits a day, 5 days of battery life, so overall, I think it makes it really practical for out of the house use.
Keep in mind, if you leave your device in standby mode and allow it to shut itself off after 7 minutes of no activity, that will have some impact on your battery life, but not a tonne. It doesn’t use a lot of battery in standby mode, but for the absolute best battery life, turn it off when you’re done your hit.
The Orion is made from a hard, plastic shell, and despite its light weight, it feels like it is pretty solid. Mine hasn’t sustained any major drops, but a couple of minor ones, and that hasn’t changed its operating. Keep in mind, this is a sensitive piece of electronics so I wouldn’t recommend buying it planning on dropping it and it being fine, but it’s nice to know how it will behave as it’s probably going to happen.
Beside your USB-C charging port you will find the power button, you click it three times to turn it on, and as you will note it has three little dots here in case you haven’t used it in while and forget how many times you need to click it to turn it on.
On top of the heater, you have a magnet, and it’s useful to hold your DynaVap in between sessions. It also does a great job at cooling off your unit so you can do another hit faster.
One thing that’s really cool about this magnet is that it really wants to pull that DynaVap cap right to dead center. When your DynaVap is placed on the edge of the magnet, it kind of jumps to the center point if you nudge it. It was designed like that for the very particulars among us who like their equipment just so. I wouldn’t have noticed this if it wasn’t pointed out as it just sort of works well, but once you notice it, it’s a really cool, subtle feature.
Above the magnet, you will see the LED light, and it’s clear that it looks like a DynaVap cap. A cool little addition, they could’ve just made a simple LED but I think it gives us so much more personality using the actual cap design. This LED is colour changing and it utilizes that to indicate both when the device is heating as well as the battery level.
Finally, you have the heating chamber where you are going to place your DynaVap to heat it up.
Features/How to Use
The first cool feature, and probably my overall favourite thing about the heater, is that when you look into the heating chamber, it’s just a solid high temperature material surface; you don’t see the usual sort of circuitry and clicking mechanism. This is because the Orion has a feature that they call intelligent activation, meaning it automatically senses when you put your tip into the chamber, and that’s when it applies heat.
This is an ingenious feature, and for me it really changes the entire experience of the device. Instead of holding it in there and waiting for the click, which is more akin to torching it for example, you can just set your DynaVap in there, I was making a note on my toke log for example, and then when it clicks you take it out or wait a second and then take it out and hit it. I absolutely love this feature and it makes the device virtually foolproof.
Next, you’ll notice that once the intelligent activation engages, rather than the LED turning red to let you know that it’s heating, it instead turns red and blinks. This wasn’t implemented simply because it looks cooler, they did this so that if you’re in an environment where you can’t really hear the click or even feel it, this way you can count the number of blinks of the light so that you can know when to hit your device.
Myself, I mainly use it to count how many blinks I want to go past the click if I’m going for a bigger hit. It seems like such an obvious way to do it and I like it way more than the standard consistent light.
Another cool thing about this feature is that it was designed to function as a tactile amplifier. That means is that if you are in an environment where you can’t hear very well or if you have hearing challenges, rather than counting the lights you can just hold the induction heater in your hand. Then instead of placing it dead center, just have it gently touching the glass section or you can just even use it one-handed. When you hold it in that manner and it’s making that contact, you will feel those clicks clearly in the hand you’re holding the induction heater with. If you have an issue hearing the clicks or counting the blinks, this is another way to help you use the device properly which makes it even more accessible.
Finally, the last thing I really like about this device is that they have tuned this one to have a more aggressive heating profile, this one will heat a bit different than the Apollo 2 or The Rover. What this means is it gets more heat to the device in less time, and you tend to do one hit rather than 2 hits more often when using this heater. Keep in mind, there are numerous variables such as what type of tip you are using, what type of cap you are using, how recently you’ve done a previous hit, the ambient room temperature etc. There are a number of things that are going to impact your heat up time in the end, but side-by-side, this one definitely heats up faster and I need two hits less often with this heater.
I want to show you a session here and I’m going to use a couple different set ups. As you can see with the different properties of each metal used, you get the increased cloud production with the titanium model, but keep in mind you can match that same cloud production with the stainless tip as long as you hold it in for a few extra blinks. That’s a nice thing about induction heaters, it’s really easy to dial-in exactly what you want when compared to a lighter.
Overall, I am super impressed with this new Orion induction heater from DynaTec. In a way, it feels like the first true portable production induction heater; the experience is 100% professional and there’s natural integration for them to produce a heating device for their already popular vaporizers.
I think of using an induction heater like heating a DynaVap close to the tip with a torch. If you stop right at that click, you’re going to get a lighter and more flavourful hit, but you can get a roasty hit if you want to hold it in for a few seconds longer.
I really like the features they put in this unit; the intelligent activation adds a new element to using the device that I really like, and it makes it incredibly easy to use for any newbie.
The blinking lights are a simple but very smart feature, and I think the battery life is quite impressive when you consider the size and the very reasonable $200 cost of the device. When you consider that an OmniVap is $180, I think this one is priced pretty fairly and it’s definitely my new favourite portable induction heater.
Thanks so much for watching guys I really appreciate it,