- Price Point: $250.00
- Dimensions: 8 inches high
- Material Used: Concentrates
The folks from Focus V just dropped the bomb. Set to be released early 2019, the Carta Vape Rig is Focus V’s answer on the growing portable smart desktop rig demand.
In a nutshell, the Focus V Carta Vape Rig is a desktop rig that’s small enough it can be carried around (pretty much like the Peak from Puffco and the Switch from Dr. D.), it has the same features as the aforementioned units but it seems to have a few new tricks up its sleeves. Furthermore, the question is “is the Focus V Carta Vape Rig worth your money?” If you want to know the answer, read on to find out more and see what the Carta Vape Rig has to offer.
Here’s our humble review on the Focus V Carta Vape Rig.
- First Impressions
- Strong & Weak Points
Note: As of writing, the Focus V Carta Vape Rig is still in pre-order status.
Focus V claims that the first customers to receive the Focus V Carta Vape Rig will receive the Beta product. In our understanding the Beta products will probably be prototypes and those that received prototypes are eligible for free upgrades should any major changes be made to the said model.
The Focus V Carta Vape Rig is made compatible to a dedicated downloadable application but the application may still be in the final stages of development. Hence, the app will be made available on the first week of April.
When we heard about the Focus V Carta Vape Rig, we thought, “well, we’d like to give it a shot” since its more affordable that the two major models of smart portable desktop rigs out on the market today. The Focus V Carta Vape Rig is set to retail at only about $250.00, that’s way more affordable than the Pufco Peak that’s priced around $379.99 and the Dr. Dabber Switch that sells at around $399.00.
It’s true that it’s most appealing element is its price, however, in vaporizers, you always get what you pay for. Will the Focus V Carta Vape Rig prove this saying to be true, or are they ready to change the meta of the young and budding platform of portable desktop rigs? Like you, we’re eager to find out. So, let’s check and review the Focus V Carta Vape Rig.
- The Carta Vape Rig
- Borosilicate Carb Cap
- Titanium / Quartz Buckets
- Wax Chamber
- USB-C Charging Cable
- 18350 Batteries
- Carrying Case
- Cleaning Kit
The Focus V Carta Vape Rig comes as a complete rig that you can use right of the bat. All the essentials are included on the kit as well as carrying case that we all appreciate since the Focus V Carta Vape Rig isn’t as small as your regular portable vaporizer that you can just stash right in your pockets. Furthermore, since the Focus V Carta Vape Rig uses a borosilicate glass piece, it’s important to have a dedicated carrying case for this portable rig since regular bags might not have enough padding nor compartment to keep the glassware safe. unless you have a spare bag that’s intended for carrying cameras and stuff, then, the included carrying case is your best bet.
The Focus V Carta Vape Rig is intended for both wax concentrate and dry herb use. That’s why the included titanium and quartz buckets as well as the wax chambers are of great importance. The cleaning kit is a nice inclusion as well as the 18350 batteries. Now, these batteries, are in our own humble opinion, what sets the Focus V Carta Vape Rig apart from the competition – but, we’ll get to that in a moment. It also charges using USB-C making it some of the first few vaporizers to use and wield the advantages of a USB-C cable.
- 2-in-1 vaporizer
- Removeable batteries
- Has haptic feedback
- Uses borosilicate glass
- Includes maintenance kit
- Has carrying case
- Batteries are 18350
- Herb attachments are to follow
The Focus V Carta Vape Rig isn’t exactly the best in its class in terms of portability. It sits somewhere in between the Switch and the Peak at a little way over 7 inches. The Peak being the smallest is 7 inches while the Switch being the largest measures at around 9.5 inches. The carrying case makes up for its shortage in terms of portability. While it’s still convenient and easy to carry around the room, the Focus V Carta Vape Rig still has substantial weight and girth making it a burden to travel with without the carrying case.
The Focus V Carta Vape Rig is a durable potable rig. Case in point, the borosilicate glassware. Borosilicate glass has seen wide use in most laboratories and has been the glassware of choice by many medical professionals because of its strong properties. Unlike other glass pieces, borosilicate glass has high resistance to thermal shock. In layman’s terms, thermal shock may occur when you subject a glass material to extreme heat and then subject it to cool and rigid temperatures. In these occasions the glass will break because the parts of the glass expand in different amounts. The same durability can be said and expected on other components used in the Focus V Carta Vape Rig.
This makes the Focus V Carta Vape Rig a worthy investment or beginners since the parts and pieces of this portable rig will last longer than its expected lifespan. For its price, the Focus V Carta Vape Rig is a win in terms of durability.
Because the Focus V Carta Vape Rig can be a dual-purpose vaporizer, we would have to say that it’s a very versatile unit. Given that the attachment for herbal vaporization will come soon, we’re pretty excited to see how it performs.
We’ve also heard that custom glassware and carb caps will also be made available soon, so stay tuned.
In terms of temperature versatility, the Focus V Carta Vape Rig boasts 4 preset settings that range from 600 to 940 degrees Fahrenheit. This means that you can adjust the Focus V Carta Vape Rig depending on what type of result you want to get from your vaping sessions.
The Focus V Carta Vape Rig delivers the power and performance of a traditional dab rig right at the palm of your hands. The quartz wax chambers allow fast and immediate response from the heating element which means you can get an almost on demand result from vaping your favorite wax concentrates. The quartz mineral is capable of heating the materials easily without putting heavy stress on the vaporizer itself. You can expect high-quality vapors on-the-go with the Focus V Carta Vape Rig.
Furthermore, quartz is pure in nature which means that it will not affect your materials in any way. Nothing will rub off on the vapor output even when on demanding vaping sessions. The overall output will remain pure and clean.
Price to Performance Rating
In terms of price to performance ratio, the Focus V Carta Vape Rig is right on the money. With performance similar to other expensive portable rigs, the Focus V Carta Vape Rig is a viable replacement to other expensive vape brands.
Not to mention that Beta customers will get the chance to get free upgrades should the Focus V Carta Vape Rig get some major update – which we think will happen in the near future. Having a vaporizer like the Focus V Carta Vape Rig at such an affordable price is something worth considering. Especially other vaporizers in its class sports almost twice its price point.
Remember we said we’d talk about the removeable batteries? Now’s the right time to talk about it. Having removeable batteries is valuable and an important feature in a vaporizer like the Focus V Carta Vape Rig. While other devices in its category have passthrough charging, you sometimes certainly don’t want to vape while the unit is plugged in. It could be due to safety reasons but vaping on battery gives you that sense of peace that no surge of electricity can affect the performance of the vaporizer. That’s why one of the selling points of the Focus V Carta Vape Rig is its removeable batteries. Also, if ever you run out of power and can’t find any power outlet, you can simply swap new sets of batteries to keep your sessions fired up.
We certainly would recommend the Focus V Carta Vape Rig to anyone wanting to try out the portable desktop rig platform. We’d say that this rig is for those who are active and are always on their feet.
The removeable batteries ensure that you can pack more batteries and experience longer vaping sessions even without any available power outlets. The carrying case ensure that the Focus V Carta Vape Rig remains safe wherever you may go.
The added USB-C charging ports mean that the batteries charge faster since USB-C cables are capable of larger data transfers and higher voltage loads. Also, having a USB-C cable means you won’t have to worry about having to break the charger and the charging port since USB-C can be connected reversible.
All this and more makes the Focus V Carta Vape Rig more than an alternative but places it as one of the contenders in this platform.
The Carta Vape Rig Just Killed the Puffco Peak
The Focus V Carta Vape Rig is a solid option for consumers looking for an affordable alternative for the Switch and the Peak. With this in mind, we couldn’t help but compare the spec sheets and see for ourselves which portable desktop rig will come out on top.
Between the Peak and the Switch, the Carta Vape Rig bears the closest resemblance to Puffco’s take on portable rigs and it made more sense to compare the Carta Vape Rig to the Puffco Peak. We’ve used three categories that we know most consumers can relate to, respectively; form, customization, and pricing. Here’s how they stack up against each other and why we think the Carta Vape Rig is leaps and bounds better than the Puffco Peak.
Both the Peak and the Carta Vape Rig have a stable form and follow what could be explained as a triangular profile giving it a firm and solid posture. This is important especially in portable desktop rigs because you won’t have the liberty of stashing either the Peak or the Carta Vape Rig in your pocket or in your bag right after you take a hit. Vaporizers this size require you to put them down a table or a flat surface after your pull. Furthermore, the capability of both devices to amplify the potency of your materials will simply put you down for a good amount of time after your first few draws. That’s why in portable rigs, stability is the key. Don’t get us wrong, the Peak has the wider base which translates to better stability but it makes handling all the more awkward since you’d find that you need both hands to hold the Puffco Peak. The Carta Vape Rig, on the other hand, has a more ergonomically crafted base that allows for single-handed use. The Carta Vape Rig takes the gold medal for form factor in our own humble opinion.
It’s true that the Puffco Peak is hand’s down the best-looking portable rig to date. They offer different accessories so you can pimp out your rig. But the Carta Vape Rig takes customization to the next level. The downloadable application allows consumers to personalize not only how the Carta Vape Rig looks but also how it performs. It’s the one thing missing from all of today’s portable rigs. The app lets you select custom set temperature profiles so you won’t have to deal with the preset temperature settings other portable rigs offer.
The Carta Vape Rig is a fairly new device and the app as well is still in its early stages of development. This means we can expect more from the Carta Vape Rig mobile app. Likewise, Focus V stated that custom made parts and accessories will be out for the Carta Vape Rig soon. We strongly believe that the Carta Vape Rig has way better potential than the Puffco Peak and that given the same span of time the Peak is on the market today; the Carta Vape Rig can offer way better features than what the Peak has to date.
What we’d like you to understand is that the Puffco Peak is already over a year old and yet the Carta Vape Rig offers more customization features in is early release and Focus V offers all these and more at such a bargain. Which brings us to our last category…
The Puffco Peak sells for about $379.99 with its accessories like the colored glass bubblers range at around $124.00, the standard bubbler for $99.00, the atomizer for $39.99, and the carb cap and tether combo for $19.99. If you imagine the initial costs and that of replacing broken parts and pieces (if you’re not the careful type), it nearly amounts to over $600.00. That’s the price of nearly 3 Carta Vape Rigs. Needless to say, the Carta Vape Rig can do what the Puffco Peak can do at nearly half the price.
Overall, we believe that the Carta Vape Rig takes the win over all categories potentially becoming the golden standard and possibly taking over the portable rig platform. It’s affordable, it’s promising, and most importantly, it’s practical.
So, what do you think? Are we right to think that the Carta Vape Rig just ended the Puffco Peak? Let your thoughts be heard and hit us on the comments section below.