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KandyPens’ Oura Review: Great Airflow and Potent Hits When Used Correctly

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Today we look at the KandyPens’ Oura, a portable electronic dab rig. We’ll detail our experience objectively as always in our non-affiliate reviews. The Kandypens Oura currently runs for $349. This price is more expensive than the Focus V Carta or the Pulsar RoK, and well in range of a Puffco Peak that goes for $379. We write this review having had extensive experience with a variety of e-Rigs.

Update June 2020: When first reviewed, the glass piece broke on our writer. This may happen if you aren’t gentle with attaching the glass piece to the base of the OURA. Fortunately, Kandypens provide a lifetime warranty on all parts for the OURA.

Pros:

  • Elegant aesthetic design
  • Solid base
  • Interchangeable buckets make for easy cleaning
  • Hits great once you get it working

Cons:


  • The sensor-tap controls are very sensitive

KandyPens’ Oura comes in a compact, yet comfortable base and nice glass

The complete package that comes with the Kandypens Oura

The package comes with the rig in 6 pieces. There’s the device itself, a glass mouthpiece, carb cap, a coil, and two interchangeable buckets. As pictured here, it also comes with a standard array of accessories.

Once the rig is assembled, it’s down to two main pieces. The main body of the rig, housing the battery, and the glass mouthpiece. The battery unit is fairly thick and solid, being a bit heavier compared to other e rigs. Although it may feel heavy when carrying for some, it does give a really nice and smooth comfort to it. Additionally, the glass piece design is simple and provides great airflow.

Glass piece broke on the previous writer, but the OURA comes with a lifetime warranty

The glass piece broke in the result of forcing to attach onto the base.

Fitting glass to eRigs is a common point of contention in the dabber’s experience. This tends to make or break the experience, so to speak. Unfortunately, in the effort of trying to snug the glass piece together, it broke as shown above. This can happen if you forcefully snug the glass piece into the base. Not to say the glass is thin, but this can happen with any eRig if you’re not as gentle with it.

For the record, Kandypens’ warranty “includes all parts (atomizer, base, carb cap, and glass),” as listed in the “What is our Lifetime Warranty?” section. We are not sure if this is a truly free warranty as in the past KandyPens offered this type of warranty on wax pens, but shipping costs were as high as some other company’s regular atomizers.

Kandypens Oura glass piece new attachment- Aesthetic look and amazing Airflow

OURA’s custom glass piece is an elegant and sleek design.

The new custom glass pieces provided for the OURA has an amazing and genuine look to it. The main difference is simply the design, not much difference in regards to the percolator. But the design of this glass piece really helps from preventing water splashing into your mouth. What’s great too is you don’t have to worry too much about overfilling this piece with water. Because of the way it’s built, even when slightly overfilled, you will still get smooth hits and it still and won’t drawback water at all.

Furthermore, this glass piece does provide fascinating airflow. Providing really smooth hits and it can get fairly milky when used correctly on high temperatures.

Sensor options are neat but are too sensitive

UPDATE 9/14/2020: Temperature settings changed

Due to an unfortunate misprint in the manual, the temperature settings as given were way off. We have now changed them to the corrected settings here. The higher temp settings might just account for most of the issues we mentioned with this model.


The device takes 5 taps to turn on, 3 taps for temperature settings, and 2 taps to activate session mode. There is no button, at least not in the conventional sense. Instead, it has what Kandypens bills as a “smart touch” power sensor, which works by taps, as one would use a touchscreen phone. The temperatures listed are:

  • 490F
  • 590F
  • 750F
  • 800F

The problem with the smart touch sensor is that it can be very easy to change the settings unintentionally. This mainly happens depending on how you hold this rig. You have to find the most comfortable way to hold it, be it grabbing it sideways or from underneath. Otherwise, if you grip onto it covering the touch-sensor, it can be easy to turn on/off or change the temperature accidentally while dabbing. This may be uncomfortable at first, but you get used to it.

Now how do you shut it off? Well, you can by tapping it 5 times, but it also turns out it has a 4-minute auto-shutoff feature. So that is zero taps. This is a great thing and very convenient to help conserve battery life.

I should mention that when heating up, this device doesn’t indicate to you when the atomizer is at your desired temperature setting. This may cause confusion for first-time users, not knowing when the device is good to hit. Usually, I’ll wait around 10-15 seconds right when I turn it on, just because I frequently use the top two higher temperature settings. If you don’t do this (when using the higher

temperature) and start hitting it right away, you’ll smoke your dabs at a low temp. I first did this and would get disappointed when I didn’t get much smoke coming out. But with time, you learn how to use the device better for optimal hits.

Quartz crystal glass atomizer provides strong and potent hits and heats up efficiently

Kandypens’ OURA coil-less atomizer

The atomizer has a handmade nichrome atomizer which is what makes this device unique, having interchangeable buckets. This quartz glass atomizer provides very strong and tasteful hits. Given the temperature settings, this atomizer can either give tasteful hits at low temp or more potent hits at a higher temperature. Aside from that, you can take multiple hits and even get multiple sessions off one pack, depending on how much concentrate is packed.

The ceramic bucket provides tasteful and more vaporized hits, but not as strong

The ceramic interchangeable bucket didn’t hit as strong or efficient as the gl
ass bucket.

Trying the ceramic bucket, I didn’t enjoy nearly as much as the glass bucket. It does give more tasteful hits, but the hits are a lot more vaporized and don’t provide nearly as much smoke. Some may prefer this, but I didn’t get that strong of a hit while using it.

Cleaning is very simple, but DON’T disassemble if there’s residue in the atomizer

Because the atomizer disassembles, cleaning is made to be easy.

Cleaning the atomizer is very straightforward and uncomplicated. Simply place the whole atomizer in rubbing alcohol (90% preferrable) and just let it sit there for an hour or so. Afterward, you disassemble the atomizer carefully and return it inside the rubbing alcohol for an hour or more if you’d like.

DO NOT disassemble the atomizer before letting the whole atomizer itself sit inside the rubbing alcohol for a while. Also, when disassembling, be very gently taking apart the glass bucket. If anything, it’s better to simply let it fall out rather than pulling it out. The reason for this is because when used a lot, residue starts building up outside and underneath the bucket. When this happens, you can damage the whole atomizer if you pull it out just like that. I didn’t know this at first and as a result, I ended up breaking apart the atomizer. This can be prevented easily by cleaning properly.

As residue started building up, I disassembling the atomizer before soaking the whole atomizer itself in rubbing alcohol. This resulted in breaking apart the wires from the atomizer.

Comparing Kandypens’ OURA with the Pulsar RoK and Puffco Peak

To start, comparing the OURA with the Pulsar RoK, there is a $100 dollar difference. With the RoK priced at $249, it is more cost-effective. But with that being said, in my experience, the airflow is better in the OURA. The Pulsar does hit pretty strong, having max temp at 900 but the OURA does provide more potent hits, with its max temp at 1080. Pulsar’s biggest advantage is its price, so it all depends on what you’re looking for in a rig.

As with Puffco Peak, it is pretty hard to compare it with the OURA. Both being around the same price, they both provide amazing hits and have great quality. Also, both have the same looking percolator design, therefore both provide great airflow. The main difference is the design and features they provide. I do enjoy the button Puffco provides more than the sensor-touch feature. I also like how the Peak indicates you when it’s ready to hit by vibrating. The OURA doesn’t do that, you just have to guess and wait a few seconds until it gets to your desired temperature settings. But, the OURA does turn off automatically after 5 minutes of use, making the battery last a lot longer. With the Puffco, there is no auto shut-off feature. So if you forget to turn it off after a session, which is likely to happen, this can drain the battery life by leaving it on even if you’re not using it. With these two eRigs, it’s difficult to say which is better, it all leads to preference.

It should be noted that recently there was a Puffco lawsuit for defective Peak vaporizer. Some people would complain about their device or atomizer malfunctioning for one reason or another. Apart from that, Puffo Peak only has a year warranty on just the base itself, the OURA provides a lifetime warranty on all parts. Just something to keep in mind.

Overall experience on the KandyPens OURA

To sum up, the OURA is a great product and hits amazing once you know how to use it correctly and maintain it frequently. As with every dab rig, always handle with care, and keeping it clean consistently will give the best airflow. I would always clean it with a cotton swab after every use. Although it’s pricey, this can be a great device to carry it you’re looking for a potent-hitting, portable eRig.

If you would get a KandyPens Oura you can do so at King’s Pipe.

Have you tried any KandyPens’ Oura eRig before? Post your review below! Questions or comments? Post below or in our forums!

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  • I don’t know who needs to hear this but the way to hit this thing and get huge milky dabs is to let it cycle threw one of the top heat settings. One. Full. Cycle.... a full 60 secs then drop the dab and cap it. Hold one after that

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  • I’ve had my oura for about 6 months now. Let’s start with the glass holy shit that dude must be hulk, Ive dropped the glass onto the concrete (4ish feet) didn’t break, I’ve left it in the back of my friends pick up truck drove 20miles flopping in the trunk and still didn’t break. I’ve gone through 3 atomizers and 1 base. They just start flashing red and don’t work but lifetime warranty so who cares. Great product but i feel like I’d get bigger hits with the same amount of concrete out of a regular dabber BUT this is still great for on the go quick dabs or smoking with others you don’t have to torch a nail every time.

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  • I own the Oura, and it seems this reviewer was a noob. I dropped the Oura with the glass on and it didn’t break. Who put this on Hulk Hogan?! I agree about the clean up is messy, but that with every rig, but you have to be a moron to actually rip the coil out like that. You look for negative results by doing things no one would do with common sense.

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  • This review is VERY misleading. Almost like someone from Puffco did the review. I went from the Rok, to Carta, to Peak, the Oura and have sold the Rok and Carta(both junk) and my Peak has been down for last two months and I don’t feel like dropping $400 for it to work like it’s supposed to. The Oura on other hand I have had zero mechanical issues in the two months. My glass fits so tight it’s hard to get in and out, but with a little patience and gentle hands it’s snug as a rug. I’m not a fan of the touch sensor but have learned just to hold it from the sides to avoid accidentally hitting sensor. The Peak hits just as smooth in my opinion but heat settings aren’t high enough to take a master blaster. It’s funny cause I read hundreds of reviews on the Oura and your tester and the single comment you guys got from this review we’re the only ones on internet that shat on the Oura. Maybe you guys got a lemon but most likely you have endorsements with the other vendors and I get that, but try not to be so misleading cause whoever listens to this review will ultimately be disappointed in choosing either of the other three. This is not the same Kandypen products from “back in the day”, so try to leave biased opinions off future posts

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    • We do not have any endorsements with any vendors.

      The majority of reviews out there on KandyPens products seem to be affiliate-linked from affiliate websites. Some affiliate sites seem to do legit reviews, but many just push the product regardless. The majority of reviews on our site are products that are in-dispensary and do not even have affiliate options or any endorsements.

      For an example check out our best cartridges lists for CA and NV, most of those companies don't even advertise.

      If we were a pay to play "endorsed" site, we would those lists would probably tell you Brass Knuckles, Ignite and Stiiizy are the best vape cart/pods ever. Stiiizy was the best at the end of 2017 but it isn't now and the formula is much weaker than when they started.

      The Oura will get re-reviewed at KandyPens request who recently contacted us about the new glass and we do not consider anything about past products when reviewing new besides just mentioning them. If it's good well update the review for sure.

      In fact the reviewer here is not the same reviewer who reviewed prior KandyPens products. Everything on DabConnection is just reviewed on it's merits.

      Nobody can buy a good review, the product just has to be good.

      We treat the review as if our readers' money is our money and evaluate the products accordingly.

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  • Hard disagree for people looking for a great piece. Kandypens always has a sale going so it’s never $350. If its your first time buying you get 20% off your whole order. Also, the reviewer seemed to not be careful with the glass? I’d argue it fits perfectly it just isnt obvious when it is in right. I also agree the touch sensor is annoying but the price can’t be beat for a lifetime warranty, also the atomizer works great. I prefer the quartz, and the Kandypens always comes through! This piece delivers great execution, great flavor and beautiful design. Sorry to hear you didnt enjoy a masterful new rig.

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    • The reviewer has tried almost all, if not all the eRigs available and likes Kandypens the least out of the ones tried. They just give their opinion on the product and they've tried tons of various dab products. The way you worded "Sorry to hear you didnt enjoy a masterful new rig." totally makes it sound like this comment was from a KandyPens employee.

      Still though at least you guys don't have all the legal problems like PuffCo and at least it is warrantied right.

      People should see the PuffCo lawsuit here for more info:

      https://dabconnection.com/legal/puffco-lawsuit/

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      • It wasn't from a KandyPens employee ;)

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        • Even better than we appreciate the comments!

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  • Just a marketing company which loves to copy all popular vaping products in China and offers 10X more price than cost. Since vape game started zero innovation but copies. Welcome to KandyPens. Not to forget sold media and influencers support?

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