The Vortex Stem is made in the USA by The Simrell Collection. He does incredible work with real attention to detail and a design that’s sophisticated but not overcomplicated. The Vortex Stem works with any DynaVap Tip and Cap, just attach it to the end and it’s vape time.
The Vortex Stem is made from pure titanium, and it’s a one-piece build with an integrated condenser. It features a tear-drop shaped carb that enables you to fully control the airflow, as you can clearly hear in the video. With the carb fully opened, the Vortex Stem probably has the freest airflow of any stem I’ve tried. It is the same length as an XL stem, and it’ll fit into any 3rd party accessory like the Silo XL or the Dynastash XL.
The machining by Simrell is fantastic. There was a lot of time put into focusing on precision and it feels natural in your hand. The tapering is smooth and the fit with DynaVap tips is perfect. Being titanium, the piece is very light. It is somewhat beefier than an Omni XL, but still only weighs 15g so it’s not going to hold you down.
The piece featured in the video is “Galactic Camo”, and it’s my favourite. They also make a raw titanium version that’s gorgeous as well. The camo colouring is done by anodizing. Like a good paint job on a car, anodized titanium will look like new for years if you take care of it. Simrell was even able to anodize the Sneaky Pete logo onto my personal Vortex Stem.
How It Works
The Vortex Stem is more than just a catchy name - it literally creates vortices to turbulate your vapour for better cooling (see video at 2:15). The carb of the Vortex Stem is also more advanced than the normal air hole. Instead of being a circle, the Vortex Stem’s choke is teardrop shaped and not so much “on/off” but more dynamic and adaptable to what you actually want. Shaping the airflow this way super-charges hits through the Vortex Stem’s more advanced design. You can open the carb only slightly or ramp up the airflow for a blast of vapour straight to the dome.
Dry or Wet
The user experience is exactly what you’d expect based on its looks. A dream on dry runs, plus its tapered design works natively with any 10mm female piece to take those sweet water-cooled hits we all love. The Vortex Stem works both ways with class, and its titanium stays cool even during the heaviest sessions.
I love this stem, though it’s probably not hard to see why. They’re not cheap. They’re not supposed to be. The size/weight, fit & finish, and how the Vortex Stem feels in your hand is next-level refined. The advanced teardrop carb brings a completely new layer of fun to the DynaVap experience and being able to “shape” your hits means you can finetune vaping however you want it. If you are looking for unrivalled quality, you will not be disappointed by this piece.