Upon picking up the KandyPens Miva flower vaporizer, you can immediately feel the quality craftsmanship. The red unit with chrome accents we tested looks more like a model Ferrari than a high-end portable vape. Miva isn’t just a flashy exterior, though, she’s beautiful on the inside as well. Precise temperature controls and top-of-its-class battery life ensure you’ll be enjoying Miva’s cool, clean vapors all day long. Many times with portable vaporizers, they work alright for a while, but when they eventually break down the manufacturer is nowhere to be found. That’s why one of the most valuable features of any KandyPens unit is the lifetime warranty. Between the durability, battery life, taste, customization options, and the warranty, this KandyPens Miva is a no-brainer purchase for any connoisseur looking for a way to enjoy flower discreetly anywhere. If you’d like to pick up a KandyPens Miva for you or someone else, head to their website to see all available models.
Build Quality 9/10
Like the KandyPens Mini we tested, the Miva is as good as it gets build-wise. Every component, from buttons to accessories, feels sturdy and fits snugly. The three-vent air intake on each side aren’t just a design feature to make the Miva look even more like a sports car; they provide some of the best air flow I’ve ever experienced from a portable vape. The ceramic heating chamber does an impeccable job of evenly heating your flower without burning it, efficiently maximizing your bud’s potential. One of the drawbacks of a top-loading vaporizer is the oven’s close proximity to the mouthpiece, so once you’ve hit the Miva a few times you begin to get 2nd-degree burns on your lips. Thankfully, KandyPens recognized this is a concern for many and included an extended glass tube mouthpiece that very effectively cools down the vapor and drastically improves taste.
Ease of Use 9/10
Dry herb vaporizers are all about precision; from finding just the right temperature for your specific strain to packing exactly enough grinds into the oven to ensure nothing is wasted. While many vaporizers over-simplify by having single button temperature controls with three preset heat levels, KandyPens uses an up/down control that allows you to set your Miva anywhere from 300℉ to 435℉. With the aforementioned ceramic oven, the Miva takes the guesswork out of packing your vape. Just grind up your flower nice and fine; the large half-gram capacity oven will take care of the rest. Powering the Miva on and off is just as simple, employing a 5-click power button to ensure the unit doesn’t turn on in your pocket or bag.
Compared to other taller and slimmer competitors, the KandyPens Miva is compact and designed with ergonomics in mind. The Miva’s concave sidewalls and unique shape make the unit very easy to grasp and control with one hand. It also helps that the Miva stays almost completely out of view from onlookers when it’s in your hand, unless you opt to use the extended glass mouthpiece (what can I say, I’m a showman). You’ll be able to charge the Miva anywhere that utilizes a micro USB connection.
KandyPens never disappoints when it comes to the power department, and the Miva is no different. Packed with a whopping 2,200mAh battery, the Miva advertises 4-5 hours of usage time, but I experienced much more. The large capacity battery powers a convection heating chamber that will never combust your flower, only vaporize it. Sometimes with a smaller-sized portable vape, it can take slightly longer to heat the oven to optimal temperatures, but the Miva gets ready in a hurry. Even on the highest heat settings, the Miva never took longer than 10-20 seconds to reach the desired temperature. One great feature that KandyPens included in the Miva is a memory setting that makes sure the Miva returns to the temperature you left it at when powering off.
While the Miva’s $199 sticker price may cause some initial hesitation, shoppers should consider that this KandyPens vaporizer is actually middle-of-the-road when it comes to pricing. The G Pen Elite will only cost you $170, but only comes with a one year warranty. On the other end of the spectrum, the popular Pax 2 vaporizer will set you back $280, though doesn’t offer nearly the same temperature customization options and can be difficult to keep clean. As a strong believer in “you get what you pay for,” the Miva seems to be a standout option in the market, especially considering the manufacturer is willing to back up their vaporizer forever.
Hit Quality 9/10
Once you find your perfect temperature setting, the Miva hits like a dream. I was testing with dense and sticky flower, so I had the vaporizer set to 405℉ and got full, voluminous hits. The Miva’s heating chamber heated the flower all the way through and left nothing to be desired. The only issue, as stated previously, was that the short mouthpiece started to get fairly hot after moderate usage. Once I switched to the extended glass tube mouthpiece, it was another story entirely. Not only did the glass accessory solve the molten mouthpiece dilemma, but it actually improved the taste of the vapor greatly, which is really saying something with the Miva. The vapor maintained much of the original flavor and essence of the source flower, offering a truly enjoyable experience that I can’t recommend highly enough.
All Photos Courtesy of Stephen Panosian