Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Neo a vaporizer?
No. The Neo is an herbal atomizer--a personal extraction device for aromatherapy. Most vaporizers on the market are either cartridge-based vape pens, or are box-like devices into which you must put your herb. The Neo is more like a burn-free lighter with a sophisticated heating system that delivers hot air and radiant heat. When paired with a pipe, bubbler, bong, or other bowl, it creates a powerful and efficient system that extracts the desired compounds from dried herb without the harsh and harmful byproducts of combustion.
Can I use my own pipe or bong?
Yes! It works especially well if your bowl is perfectly round such that the chimney makes a good seal with it. We also provide a clear silicone adapter, ensuring you can use the Neo with the majority of pipes and bongs. If you have a bowl with significant irregularities, however, cold air may enter and reduce the heating efficiency of the Neo. Any gap in the seal between the Neo and the bowl acts like an open carb (or a hole in a straw) and reduces the suction pressure. Note: It is highly recommended that you clean your pipe thoroughly with alcohol before use, as the tars and residues from prior combustion will spoil the pure taste the Neo provides.
What size is the quartz chimney? What size pipe bowls work best?
The outside diameter of the chimney is 19mm (~0.75”) and was selected after testing many different bowls on the market. It works best when your chosen bowl is perfectly round and is slightly larger, so that the Neo’s chimney will fit inside of it and seal against the sloping edge of the bowl. Most one-hitters are too small to make a good seal with the Neo’s chimney.
Will a metal pipe work?
In addition to the bowl size and shape, the pipe material may affect your experience. Wood, ceramic, and glass pipes all work very well. Metal pipes tend to conduct heat away from the bowl and the vapor pathway, which is good when you’re combusting, but not so good when you’re atomizing. A metal pipe will work, but it may take several pulls before the bowl reaches a good operating temperature.
Can I use the Neo with concentrates?
Yes. The easiest way to use kief or concentrates with the Neo is to add them to the top of your herb. Heat from the Neo will melt the concentrate and it will spread through the herb, increasing the exposed surface area and enabling efficient atomization. Stainless steel meshes or lava stone can also work, but they need to fit tightly to the sides of your bowl to ensure that air flows through the matrix, not around it.
How do I adjust the temperature?
Primarily with your breath. The temperature depends on both the power setting and the airflow (i.e. how fast you inhale). We use a series of cigar-like puffs to dial in the density of the vapor, followed by a longer pull once the Neo and the herbs in your bowl have had a chance to heat up. Because the vapor produced is much less harsh than smoke, expect to inhale more like a normal breath. Slower, yoga-like breaths will reward you with denser vapor, as the air will have more opportunity to heat while passing through the heating chamber. Relax, breathe deeply, and enjoy.
How long does the battery last?
The Neo is designed to be energy efficient and uses an advanced technical ceramic to retain the heat between draws. The battery life will depend on several factors: the capacity of the battery (mAh, milliamp-hours), the power setting, and the cooling off time between inhalations. Depending on your pattern of usage, you should be able to get over 25, 30-second pulls from a single, 2500 mAh battery charge. The Neo's power module uses replaceable and rechargeable 18650 batteries. These are readily available and can be used with an external charger so you always have a spare.
Do I need to grind my herb?
Just like trying to make coffee with whole beans, using large nugs decreases the exposed surface area and will lead to disappointing results. When first starting out, we recommend that grind your herb in order to increase the surface area and to maximize extraction efficiency. Using a pick/tool to chop and stir your herb between pulls will also help break it up.
Do I need a screened bowl or glass daisy?
With single-hole pipes it helps to use a glass daisy or find a bowl with a perforated glass screen bottom. These solutions inhibit particles from getting into the vapor stream, and they broaden the airflow across the bowl which reduces channeling effects and improves extraction. Moreover, with a daisy, we've found that the oils begin to migrate downward in the bowl and begin to concentrate at the opening. The way the airflow also concentrates there, then heats up the daisy and thus it helps to vaporize those oils.
Do I leave my herb loose or tamp it down?
Tamping your herb will reduce “channeling” and will improve extraction. It also increases the draw resistance and forces the air to find smaller pathways through your weed--increasing the surface area exposed to the hot air, and resulting in a more efficient extraction.
How long does it take to heat up?
Initial heat up time time will vary depending on how cold the unit is and what power setting is selected. Usually, starting from room temperature, a 30 second pre-heat is sufficient. Let's face it though, waiting for your weed sucks!... So, double-clicking the power button will start an automatic 30-second heating cycle. This means that you can start the preheat, then go prep your bowl. By the time you're done getting the bowl ready, the preheat is over and you can get down to business. The zirconia ceramic retains heat well, so there is no need to preheat if there isn't a pause in the action.
What power levels do the diamonds represent?
There are six power settings that correspond to 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32 watts. On the display are five diamonds that are filled or unfilled to indicate which power level you are on. Level 0 (22W) has no diamonds filled. Level 5 (32W) has all five filled. Note: Once the Neo has warmed up, you should be able to get rich, dense clouds from lower power settings. Higher power settings may lead to a sharper “bite” in the vapor and might also result in combustion if combined with a slower inhalation.
How hot does the ceramic and quartz get?
The quartz chimney and ceramic chimney may get quite hot and will retain heat even after use. Please be mindful of how you use it and where you place it down. Generally, the zirconia body will become about as warm as a fresh cup of coffee. The airflow is designed to be drawn in between the quartz and the ceramic, which keeps the unit cooler while also preheating the air. Be careful not to overheat nor operate it without airflow.
How do I know when the herb is finished?
After several pulls (~10-15), the herb will turn a dark brown color similar to a roasted coffee bean and it will no longer provide flavor. You will notice that the taste of your bowl changes during a session. There will be more citrus and floral tastes at the beginning (lighter terpenes) and it will progress to deeper, nuttier flavors later after the lighter compounds have evaporated. Every herb is slightly different, so every bowl is a unique experience. Frequent stirring and re-tamping your bowl will improve the efficiency and extend your enjoyment.
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