This listing was created to focus on onee the most controversial vapes ever created: The Magic Flight Launch Box. The Launch Box Vaporizer, or “MFLB” as it is affectionately known in aficionado circles, is one of the most popular portable vaporizers in existence, but it’s also one of the most often vilified. Why is there such polarization in the stoner community in regard to this tiny little wooden box? To be honest, there’s a great deal of learning curve associated with this particular vape, moreso than many others.
Does it vaporize efficiently? Is there combustion occurring? How easy is it to transport? How quickly does it heat up?
WHAT ARE THE EXPERTS SAYING?
VAPE CRITIC – THUMBS UP
The ubiquitous voice on all things herbal vaporizers, VapeCritic had a mostly glowing report on the Launch Box, giving it an 8.9/10 rating on his site. Though he prefers the Pax and Volcano over the Launch Box, he extolls the vaporizing power, subtlety and simplicity of the MFLB:
For the money, you can’t beat the Launch Box. It may look very simple, and it is, but it was designed very well and is made in the USA of the highest quality materials.
One area of concern that gets a lot of play in the vapor community is the fact that you have to basically pulverize your herbs in a grinder in order to get the desired results from your Launch Box. Vape Critic discusses this aspect in his Launch Box review, saying:
If you put in big little chunks and stuff, it doesn’t really work at all. It’s going to take you a long time. You’re not going to get a lot of vapor. It’s not going to be strong hits or anything. I’ve just found that the finer you can grind up your stuff, even if it’s on a little bit of the drier side it might even work better. It seems to not like really moist stuff too much.
Even with these small flaws, this thing really is still amazing. So, I highly recommend it. If you don’t have one, you should definitely grab one as soon as you can. It’s pretty cheap.
MEDICAL JANE – THUMBS UP
The fine folks over at Medical Jane have seen more than their fair 2 share of smoking/vaping devices and their assessment of the Launch Box is mostly positive, though they were not impressed with the overall flavor that the MFLB produced:
It does not preserve the taste of the herbs you are vaporizing like other vaporizers do, and the smell is definitely noticeable when using the “sip,” method. We felt it wasn’t worth using high quality herb when using the MFLB because the smoking experience doesn’t vary.
We would recommend the Magic Flight Launch Box to patients who are new to vaporizing, and aren’t looking to make a large investment in a system like the V-Tower or Volcano. The Magic Flight Box is a good piece to use while away from your home vaporizer, but don’t count on it replacing combustion for you completely. We do realize that it’s wrong to compare the MFLB to the Volcano or V-Tower, because it wasn’t made for the same purposes. It is perfect for situations like short walks, as it is wind resistant. As far as portable vaporizers go, you’d be hard pressed to find one stealthier than the MFLB. We found that one pack was sufficient for one person, but sharing required numerous packs.
You can read the full review here.
GIZMODO – THUMBS DOWN
We respect Gizmodo for their candor and sense of humor, but Andrew Tarantola was not particularly fond of the MFLB, as evidenced in the snarky tone with which his pithy review was written. This is one of the more brutal reviews we’ve read and we’re not really sure the author gave it a chance, as he doesn’t explain the different “sipping” techniques which Magic-Flight details in their instruction manual; nor does Tarantola mention the need to grind the herbs and flip the tray to extend the life of each trench session. Nevertheless, it’s a tech expert’s analysis of a $119 product so we wanted you to have the scoop:
Load up the tray, close the plastic cover, jam the positive end of the AA NiMh battery into the side of the block to complete the circuit and heat the tray. How hot the tray gets, or how quickly the battery is discharging—that’s anyone’s guess.
The Best Part?
It is effective. A little herb goes a long way in a Launch box.
Should You Buy It?
If you can’t afford the Pax, and you don’t want to fire up a VaporGenie, and you can’t find rolling papers, an aluminum can, or an apple—and you don’t mind paying $88 for about five bucks worth of parts—then yes, yes you should.
He admits that the MFLB is good at conserving your herbs, but that’s pretty much the only compliment. If you want to see the rest of the review, click here.
LEARN TO USE THE LAUNCH BOX
Take a look at this handy video created by Magic-Flight which gives a quick tutorial on how to start vaporizing using the Launch Box: