This past weekend I had the privilege of having some alone time with the Silver Surfer Vaporizer by 7th Floor. This would be my first experience with a desktop whip based Vaporizer, why not start with one of the best in this industry! At first look this Vaporizer is really well made and is nice to look at. The base of the unit is sturdy, and will hold strong to avoid any accidental tipping. Normally when using these units I am extra careful with the unit to ensure not to break anything I don’t have spare parts for. With the SSV my only concern was the glass wand and mouthpiece on the whip, common sense was more than enough to keep these safe. The unit I had here was a Blue Ground Glass SSV. This unit also featured the spherical wand and hands free attachment.
Before using the unit, I wanted to get used to the ins and outs of the accessories that the unit comes with. The heating cover was easy to remove, pull it straight up to remove and straight down to replace. The glass knob used to control the temperature is simple to replace and easy enough to use. No real complaints on heat up time other than not all of these units are the same. While a friend of mine was able to get sufficient heat with his knob at about the half way position, I needed to run mine at about the ¾ position to get enough heat for my herbs.
With all of the parts accounted for, it was finally time to fire the Silver Surfer up and get some vaping in! I turned by glass knob to about my desired temperature, and let it heat up. Now the unit took a few minutes to heat up fully. While waiting, I took my finely ground herb and using my whip, I sucked the herb through to pack the wand. Now here is one of my favorite things about the Silver Surfer unit I used. The hands free attachment! To be honest, I am sure I would still really enjoy the Silver Surfer without the hands free attachment, however, having to hold the wand in place while using my vaporizer would really not be ideal. In fact, I am positive I would break or drop either the whip if it wasn’t held in by the hands free attachment.
With the unit fully heated, I went ahead and placed my wand into the heater cover and placed the hands free attachment to keep those together. Now with my very first use, I did not have enough heat (the issue of not all Silver Surfers having the same temperature gauge for the glass knob). I adjusted the glass knob and promptly combusted my herbs. Frustrated, I took a bit more time and adjusted the temperature at small increments. Finally finding a temperature that will not burn my herb, I took my first rip. This Silver Surfer is amazing, I was able to get a good 6-7 hits on a small bowl for myself, plenty of room in there to pack more to share with others. The vapor clouds were just that, they were actual clouds!
The Silver Surfer was a tremendous experience. The SSV has excellent vapor production, easy to use, and simple to maintain. There were only a few concerns, without the hands free attachment it could be tedious to hold the wand to the heating element, especially when medicated. Otherwise, I am well prepared to Ride the Wave for a very long time.
What are the Experts saying?
MotoXchamp – Most intense high
While it is evident that he thoroughly enjoyed the Silver Sufer it must be noted that the review itself is several years old. The review then goes on talk about the difference in highs when vaping compared to smoking out of a bong. He also says that the construction quality of the SSV is top notch and that the unit itself is visually appealing.
“To demonstrate how high you get from a vape I will share my experience with you from yesterday. I had nothing better to do so I vaped almost 2 grams over the course of the day, 1 gram was done in a single session. At the end of the day I barely had a buzz so I packed a large bowl into my bong (about .5 grams) and smoked the whole thing by myself. After waiting 30 minutes the high still felt wimpy compared to my vape which I had been using exclusively for 3 days in a row. To be honest I could barely tell I was high, but then I took 3 rips off of my SSV (with the same weed) and the high grew exponentially, I ate some dinner and then went to sleep. “
Psilocybeing – Save cash on herbs
This is another review from years past but that just speaks to the lasting power of the Silver Surfer vaporizer. After years and years of vaporizer innovation the Silver Surfer still stands out as one of the best desktop vaporizers you can buy. This particular reviewer also made a point of comparing it to the Volcano and notes the significant price difference between the two.
“So with 5 minutes before closing I asked if I could try one in my price range. I tell you my friends that was a $289 bowl, cause after that bowl I was convinced. Mind you I had just consumed two large bags of vapor from the volcano, but I could judge the effects I was getting from the silver surfer quite well….. In the days since, I am more then satisfied with my SSV. It’s impressed a few friends as well. Even one that said he though vaporizers are a waste, and they suck…. He remembers the BC vaporizer. He’s just not hip to all the new stuff. “
Havoc – Tastes Great
Posted on the emerging review website BlazeGamer.com this review of the Silver Surfer comes with a few critiques. Havoc says that while the price of the SSV may be out of reach for some people the handsome finish and unique custom glass justify the price. He calls the Silver Surfer vaporizer durable and efficient, he also talks about the Da Buddha and their similarities.
“With the wand in hand, you can rotate and direct the flow of the heating chamber. the ground glass on glass provides a tight fit, but offers enough play to ensure all of your herb has been vaped. At first some might recoil at the idea of vape that requires two hands, especially with how prolific the handsfree models have become. The difference, I can tell you, is night and day. With a handsfree vape, I always wondered if the herb being held so close to its heating element might cause it to dry out or decrease its efficacy; while I am no scientist, I do enjoy wearing a white lab coat and hypothesizing.”
Bob Dog – Efficiency and Simplicity
One of our favorite vaporizer review websites around posted this glowing review of the Silver Surfer here. While it is safe to say that almost everyone loves the SSV Bob Dog did bring up some important issues that are worth noting. If you are interested in learning about how to operate the Silver Surfer and how to properly clean and maintain the Silver Surfer than I would highly recommend reading his review top to bottom.
“The Silver Surfer is definitely one of the most customizable vaporizers available. The unit itself comes with a very nice bag and a metal stir tool with a glass tip for tapping the herb down. All of the glass components are hand blown in Colorado and can be replaced by a wide variety of custom made pieces. Each SSV comes with clear tubing, but there is colored tubing available to spice up the vaporizer. Even the base of the unit can be swapped out for a range of different colors, making every Silver Surfer special to their owner.”
How to use the Silver Surfer
The Silver Surfer is undoubtedly one of the simplest vaporizers to own and operate but when you first pop it out of the box it can be a bit intimidating. As always we recommend doing as much research as possible first and watching as many videos as you can about the vaporizer before you purchase it or use it. Here are three of our favorite Silver Surfer vaporizer, enjoy!