Today we will dissect the VLAB Halo, one of the latest portable E-Rigs to compete with the Focus V Carta. The VLAB Halo offers a solidly crafted alternative to the Focus V Carta at a cheaper price, similar to the price of the Core E-Rig from Shenzhen Crossing. The full retail price for the VLAB Halo currently runs for $149.00 on their website. For this review, let’s see if the VLAB Halo is worth the bargain.
Although the design for the Halo is similar to the Focus V Carta, it has a few distinctive features of its own. Even though the VLAB Halo looks somewhat bulkier in size than the Focus V Carta, the battery is lighter in weight and its base has a comfortable grip due to its ergonomic shape. The atomizer for the Halo is most similar to the one used for the Focus V Carta. Instead of a ceramic heating plate, the VLAB Halo uses a titanium coil atomizer in a ceramic chamber, which allows for better vapor production. However, the VLAB Halo exclusively works with extracts, unlike the Focus V Carta and the Dip E-Rig.
When opening the kit, you will find the following:
The most distinctive feature of the VLAB Halo is the glass bubbler, which allows for improved airflow with its eight holes of percolation evenly spaced around the glass. While the Dip E-Rig from VapeDynamics still wins for the longest battery life and most efficient performance, the battery for the VLAB Halo felt stronger and longer lasting than the Focus V Carta in my experience. Overall, the closest rival for the VLAB Halo would be the Core e-Rig from Shenzhen Crossing in terms of the retail price and overall performance.
|VLAB Halo||Waxmaid Ares||Focus V Carta||The Core E-Rig||The Dip E-Rig|
|Glass bubbler/mouthpiece||Silicone mouthpiece with glass bubbler at the bottom||Glass bubbler/mouthpiece||Glass bubbler/mouthpiece||Also glass bubbler/mouthpiece|
|3600 mAh||3000mAh||1200 mAh||3000mAh||4200mAh|
|480F, 600F, 750F||475F, 525F||500F, 630F, 770F, 842F||2.6V, 2.9V, 3.9V 4.2V (by voltage)||450F, 500F, 550F, 600F|
|Quartz & titanium inserts w/ |
ad size : 167.117 x 24
container width : 167.117
coil atomizer, ceramic chamber
|The Quartz chip is fixed above the titanium coil||Quartz & titanium inserts w/ ceramic heating plate||Quartz chip fixed above the ceramic heating plate||A ceramic heating plate, ceramic silicon carbide for extracts|
|Works with extracts||It works with extracts||Works with herbs & extracts||It works with extracts||Works with herbs & extracts|
|35 cycles avg per full battery charge||60 cycles avg per full battery charge||40-50 cycles avg per full battery charge||30 cycles avg per full battery charge||40-45 cycles avg per full battery charge|
While I would recommend the quartz dish for live resin, which includes sugars, sauces, badders, and diamonds, I would recommend using the ceramic dish for live rosin. While the lowest setting at 480 degrees Fahrenheit is sufficient enough for the best flavor out of most concentrates, the next highest setting at 600 degrees Fahrenheit is preferred for live resin diamonds, shatter, and other crystalline extracts. On the other hand, I found the highest setting to be slightly too harsh for some concentrates. The Halo is also a bit more flexible than the Waxmaid Ares in terms of temperature control, but the Waxmaid Ares is likewise better in terms of overall performance with its fixed quartz chip.
In conclusion, the VLAB Halo beats the Focus V Carta and the Core E-Rig in terms of battery life and/or strength. Still, the VLAB Halo is recommended for its lightweight design, ergonomic build, great taste, and solid performance. Although the VLAB Halo is still very solid and affordable, the more expensive Dip from VapeDynamics wins for the best overall portable E-Rig on the market. If I had to rank all the portable E-Rigs that I’ve reviewed so far, the Waxmaid Ares would be the second-best while the VLAB Halo comes in a close third place. The VLAB Halo is available in black, white, apple green, lavender purple, and peach pink, which can be purchased through their website here.
Have you tried VLAB Halo? Let us know in the comments or on our forum.
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