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Yocan iShred Vape Review

Mike Novengratz

In an era where portability is becoming more of a necessity than a feature, it's not surprising to see vaporizers such as the Yocan iShred come out of the woodwork. Featuring a built-in grinder that lets you grind down your herbs where ever you go, it's quite the innovative product. The Yocan iShred also holds a non-removable 2600mAh 18650 battery enabling it to reach its target temperature even quicker. But when all is said and done, it's not the number of novel features a device has which makes it great, but rather how well it implements these said features into benefits. So let's take a closer look at the Yocan iShred.

 

Pros

  • Built-in grinder is nice to have in emergencies
  • Precise temperature control
  • Bright and crisp LCD display

Cons

  • Sub-par battery life
  • Questionable font choices can make the information on screen hard to read regardless
  • Grinding performance could definitely be improved

 

 

Key Features of the Yocan iShred

If the built-in grinder gave any indication, the Yocan iShred is a dedicated dry herb vaporizer so you won't be able to use it in tandem with your favorite oils or concentrates. For dedicated dry herb enthusiasts, this can be a good sign as the Yocan iShred is designed purely around the enjoyment of dry herbs. Aside from the built-in grinder, the iShred also includes a stirring tool helping you to potentially achieve the level of consistency that you're looking for in your herbal vapor.

The Yocan iShred also houses an LCD display which is a great addition especially considering the size of the device. The screen offers a lot of brightness. It makes the screen easy to see even when viewed underneath direct sunlight. It also makes it a lot easier for the user to see just exactly how much charge is left in the integrated battery. The clear display allows for easy to see adjustments of the Yocan iShred's precise temperature control which can be a godsend for those who aren't content with the simple LED light indicators seen in most devices.

 

Precise Temperature Controls

Unlike other portable dry herb vaporizers, the Yocan iShred doesn't settle for temperature presets and instead gives you full control over its temperature settings. With a temperature range of 200°F - 460°F (93°C - 238°C), the Yocan iShred definitely isn't wanting for more power when it comes to heating up your herbs. When the Yocan iShred uses the word “precise” to describe its temperature control, it's not just throwing random buzzwords around either. The temperature performance on the iShred accurately mirrors what we get from previously tested devices.

 

 

Ceramic Heating Chamber

The Yocan iShred's comes with a fully ceramic heating chamber which allows you to experience full convection vaporizing with your dry herb. A lot of portable vaporizers use conduction heating to vaporize your bud. This can sometimes lead to inconsistent results depending on how well you grind and pack the herb. The convection oven used by the Yocan iShred ensures a more consistent heating up of the herb. It helps you not have to worry about any hot spots in your chamber.

 

Vapor Quality

Thanks to the consistent heating of herb from the ceramic chamber, getting a great quality vapor from the Yocan iShred is far from a challenge. The ceramic chamber ensures that a more pure and rich flavor is produced without any unwanted aftertaste. The airflow of the Yocan iShred is no exception to excellence either. Thanks to the dual channel pathways, it lets the heat permeate throughout the entire herb chamber.

The precise temperature control hits its target temperature in 30 seconds or less which is very ideal for a portable vaporizer. Considering how accurate the Yocan iShred is when it comes to temperature control, we've achieved the best results between 370°F to 390°F. Setting the device any higher would sometimes result in a slightly charred bud or even a slight burn taste on the inhale. But your mileage may vary depending on the moisture content of dry herb you use.

 

Build Quality

As a portable vaporizer, the Yocan iShred is pretty well built. With its sturdy construction and solid feel, the device doesn't feel cheap or rattly at all when held in hand. While the built-in grinder doesn't produce the most consistent or desired results, it can still be handy in a pinch or for occasions where a dedicated grinder isn't within reach. Another unique innovation that comes with Yocan iShred is the built-in stirring tool integrated into the mouthpiece. This gives you the ability to shake the dry herb inside the chamber mid-session so that the dry herb heats up evenly.

 

Technical Specs

  • Works with: Dry Herb
  • Battery: 2600mAh  integrated 18650 (non-removable)
  • Charging: Micro USB 1A charging rate
  • 5 minute cut off
  • 100% ceramic heating chamber
  • LCD Display
  • UI: Power/Temperature setting, Time, Current Temperature
  • Temperature Range: 200F-460F (93C- 238C)
  • Memory Function: Automatically stays at your last sessions temperature

 

How to Use the Yocan iShred Vape:

Grinding

If using the built-in grinder, start by threading or twisting off the grinder located at the bottom of the Yocan iShred. Once fully detached, go ahead and place your dry herb inside the grinder, close it, and grind the herb thoroughly. Do this by twisting back and forth until the dry herb has reached your desired consistency.

Packing

Once the herb is ready, pull out the mouthpiece on top of the iShred uncovering the ceramic chamber. Carefully load the chamber with your ground up herb ensuring that the herb has enough space for air to flow through. Snap the mouthpiece back on top after you finished loading.

Using the Vaporizer

Now you're all set to start vaping! Quickly press the power button 5 times to turn on the device. Use the up/down buttons to select your desired temperature and confirm the temperature setting by holding the power button for 3 seconds. The LCD will then start flashing to indicate that the iShred is heating up.  Once the desired temperature has been reached the display will stop flashing after which it will automatically shut off after 5 minutes.

You can also momentarily pause the heating process by holding the power button for 3 seconds. If your bud has been entirely vaped up before the 5-minute cutoff has been reached, you can turn off the device by pressing the power button 5 times to help save the battery life.


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