How will I smoke on my next trip, and should I pack my bong?
Beach day? Work trip? Family reunion? Sure, I could bring a pipe or roll a joint, but that’s not the smoking experience I want. I want a quick way to crush a bowl and get back to the party, or PowerPoint, or whatever it is I’m doing.
Have I finally found an option for this that doesn’t include spilling bong water all over my trunk? Keep reading this Linx Gaia review to find out!
Linx Gaia Review
The Linx Gaia is a dry herb portable vaporizer that looks like it belongs on the international space station with its brushed metal base and digital temperature display screen.
It has a full quartz heating chamber with precise temperature control so you get the perfect draw every time.
- Perfect temp control with quartz chamber
- Can be fitted out with water adapters
- One-year limited warranty
- Not suitable for extracts
What I Like
What I like most about the Linx Gaia vaporizer is the superior quality and flavor. This may be the best loose leaf vaporizer I have ever had the privilege of trying.
The vapor still tastes earthy and fresh. I am a serious fan of the fact that you can add attachments like the water pipe adapter or the bubbler attachment.
I also like that you can easily charge it via its micro USB connector. Who doesn’t have one of those these days?
And the last thing that makes me excited about this vaporizer is the fact that I can set aside the leftover loose leaf and make edibles after. It helps me get more use out of my products, and I feel like I am swapping out smoke sessions for a healthier vape session.
What I Don’t Like
One of the things I wish was different about the Gaia vaporizer is that it is not that discreet. It may come in discreet packaging, but when it comes time to load it up and use it the device is pretty big in your hand.
It does look like a big box mod type of vape, so people likely will not assume that you are vaporizing loose-leaf flower, but it’s not stealthy.
Yes. It is undoubtedly more discreet than bringing a bong out and about with you. But still, you won’t go completely unnoticed as you might do with a PAX.
One more thing is that the device is a little clunky for my preference.
Sure, it is sleek, sexy, and powerful! But, I like the convenience and discreetness of a smaller option that can slide into the pocket of my jeans or the stash spot in my yoga pants.
This portable dry herb vaporizer is more than I want to carry when I am running out of the house. If I am going to an event where I want to stay light and keep my hands free, this is not ideal. I need a small bag at least to keep it safely on me.
With that being said, if you don’t mind the extra bulk, this may be exactly what you are looking for.
I load up the chamber before I go places so that I don’t have to worry about bringing a jar and grinder. It’s nice because I don’t have to worry about it spilling out like if I were using a dab pen that had oil inside of it.
You can leave it at the office or throw it in your car’s center console and use it whenever you please without it causing a sticky mess.
What’s In The Box
The box comes with everything you need to have a good portable vaporizing experience.
Inside you will find:
- The Linx Gaia vaporizer (with all quartz heating chamber)
- Linx Gaia mouthpiece cap
- Linx Gaia funnel
- Steel tool
- Cleaning brush
- Glass mouthpiece
- 2-in-1 Lightning and micro USB charger
The Linx Gaia vaporizer is beautifully designed inside and out.
It has an anodized aluminum body housing a full quartz heating chamber. Usually, traditional chambers are made of ceramic or metal.
Linx is the trendsetter when it comes to using this design. This almost guarantees the smoothest and purest flavor from your first puff on.
It also features precise temperature control and a digital display that could make Apple proud.
The glass mouthpiece and mouthpiece cap finish the sleek design to provide a clean and well-rounded portable vaping experience.
It uses convection heating. It takes about 20 seconds for the unit to completely heat up and then the temperature ranges from 200 degrees Fahrenheit to 428 degrees Fahrenheit.
Dry Herb Vapor Quality
The vapor quality of the Gaia is unmatched.
You get a very pure and smooth flavor. The airflow is uninhibited. I almost wondered if I was even taking a hit when I first tried it. But I was reassured when all the flavor hit my tastebuds.
The herb cooks evenly in the chamber so you can take a long draw and you don’t need to worry about stopping to mix it up inside. This was a pet peeve of mine with my old PAX vape. Not a problem with Linx vapor!
When it comes to Linx, I have also tried out the Hypnos Zero
The Zero is great, and if you prefer concentrates then you might disagree with me on this. But in my opinion, the taste of the flower vapor is superior to anything else.
The battery is a 2200mAH battery. It provides only about one hour of battery life. It might last you two hours if you are using it moderately.
In general, this sucks. Everyone wants their electronics to have an ultra-long battery life so just a couple of hours for anything seems to be too little.
But when you compare it to what is common for a portable vaporizer then it isn’t so bad. Most only last a couple of hours. If you’re only using it once or twice a day you could probably get by with plugging it in every three days.
To charge Gaia you simply plug it into the micro USB charger that comes in the box. It should only take about three hours for your battery to fill up again.
Convection Heating Element
As I mentioned above, the Linx Gaia vaporizer comes with a next-generation quartz chamber that uses convection heating.
It’s cool that they use Quartz because it preserves the flavor of your herb. The unique air insulation Linx uses has made them an industry leader that stands out from the crowd. Lots of other brands are still using traditional thermal insulation.
It is this difference that allows this elegant device to extract incredible flavors from your weed.
The digital display makes it possible to have precise temperature control. And the unit uses hot air to help insulate the heating chamber.
This is fantastic because the alternative to air insulation is to use synthetic materials. But Linx skips out on the synthetics by having a meticulously crafted vape where only air flows directly through quality materials.
All the way from Linx’s signature glass mouthpiece through the quartz heating chamber (which is paint-free) and into your lungs.
This is how they achieve the purest taste and most flavorful vapor. This is probably the best vape I’ve tried with convection heating, no doubt better than the Firefly.
If you want a light draw, it is great to use 200C or below. But If you want to rip some big clouds, then you will probably need to set your temperature above 200C, but this will burn some terps.
The Linx Gaia portable vaporizer comes with the signature glass mouthpiece you see with other Linx products.
The glass tube is fragile so you need to be careful not to break it. But it does come with a magnetic cap for well-keeping.
It protects the mouthpiece in your pocket so you can keep it clean. It also keeps it safe in case you drop it or bang it on any hard edges.
The mouthpiece stays cool when you use the pen. It does eventually start to warm up when you use it but it doesn’t ever get hot to the touch.
You’ll want to clean your device often to keep the top-quality materials in tip-top shape.
There is one cleaning supply provided in the Linx Gaia vaporizer kit. It is a brush you should use to clean the chamber you place your leaf into. Just unscrew the mouthpiece and gently brush and tap the product residue out of the chamber.
You can gently rub the outside metal case with a paper towel and isopropyl alcohol to clean it up and make it shine again.
When it comes to the glass mouthpiece, remove the glass tube from the metal filter section and soak them in some isopropyl alcohol for a couple of hours. Take a q tip soaked in alcohol and gently rub them to remove any residue.
Linx says it is best to clean the filter section of your mouthpiece after every second or third bowl. Wow, that’s a lot of cleaning. Get yourself in the habit right from the start!
The quartz chamber can be cleaned with isopropyl alcohol and cotton swabs too. After you brush away any residue, take another q tip soaked with iso and wipe out the inside.
Then wipe away any excess alcohol and let the unit completely dry out. Put it all back together and it is ready to go. Fresh as new!
How To Use The Linx Gaia
When you first get your new Gaia, plug it into a viable USB power outlet to charge right away. It takes up to three hours for this to happen so don’t forget. Once she’s all charged up grab your grinder because it’s go time!
To use the vaporizer, you need to load it up with your dry herb. Remove the mouthpiece cap and unscrew the glass mouthpiece from your device. This will open up the all-quartz heating chamber.
Fill the chamber up with your freshly ground herbs. You can do this using the little metal funnel or not. It’s just as easy to drop it in with your fingers.
Just lightly fill the chamber, be careful not to overdo it. If you pack it too tight the convection heating Gaia won’t be able to work like it is supposed to. You may restrict the airflow and drain battery life.
Turn on the Gaia by pressing the main power button five times in a row. Your device will power on, and now you can select your desired temperature. Use the up and down buttons to adjust to your preferred temperature setting.
Once you find your ideal temperature, you are ready to make your own Linx vapor. Press and hold down the power button to activate the heating element. You will see the numbers on the screen rise until it hits the temperature you set. Then all you have to do is puff away.
Since there is full temperature control, you can adjust your settings throughout your vape session.
The Linx Gaia Is Not For You If…
You Want Something Super Light
The Linx Gaia is not going to be ideal for you if you want something super small and discreet.
You have to sacrifice a bit of the convenience of an ultra-portable device if you want a dry herb vaporizer that works this well. If you want to vape flower on the go then this will get the job done. And may even exceed your expectations!
But it is not going to fit in everyone’s pocket.
The Linx Gaia also might not be for you if you want a portable vaporizer that is a one-size-fits-all solution.
This vape’s build quality is elite, but it takes a bit of getting used to find your sweet spot. The variable temperatures are easy to try out so there is really no reason not to experiment with them.
But if you don’t want to spend the time finding out how to make it work best for you then you may want to consider a more simple device with fewer options.
The Final Verdict: Linx Gaia Review
The Linx Gaia portable dry herb vaporizer is a beast of a device that gives dry herb vapers the option to toast up their buds on the go.
It is not the lightest vaping option available, but it is a perfect lifestyle tool for those who like to steer clear of concentrates and extracts.
If you want to vape flower anywhere you go, this piece will be a great addition to your toolbox. I definitely recommend you try it for yourself!
And you can recycle your leftover plant scraps into edibles. THC syrup anyone?