The Sun Token Solar Pipe Review
After we started renting our house out on Airbnb I had some extra money and wanted to pick up something new to smoke out of. I had somewhat new glass, my Pax 1 still works decently enough, and I wasn't quite ready to drop $500 on a Volcano (someday). The Sun Token seemed interesting to me...I had heard of solar bowls by using a magnifying glass to smoke, but not any sort of vaporizer. While the Sun Token isn't truly an exclusive vaporizer, it does a great job at providing a fun and novel way to consume.
Out of the package, the Sun Token came with an instruction manual, the various parts that make up the Sun Token itself, as well as extra o-rings and 2 magnifying glass cards if you don't have you're own (like me).
The Sun Token is mainly made of wood, nicely crafted by hand in the state of Virginia. I wouldn't say that it stands out as notably big or small. Big enough to fit and be held in the palm of your hand, but small enough to fit in most backpacks/bags.
Using the Sun Token is fairly straight forward. If you're familiar with solar bowls you'll already know the process, just focus the light on your weed (while holding the side carb), let the dome fill up and then inhale when you're done. The instructions also provide some tips for optimal usage, including how to angle your light, and other information to get the maximum effect.
Important to note that you can combust with the Sun Token if you're not careful. While mostly vapor is released, combustion can happen if you focus in one spot for too long. I find that although there's a chance for a little combustion, with the right technique it's not too hard to avoid...and even with a tinge of burning it's still a lot less harmful than full on smoking. While the Sun Token is in fact a vaporizer, it's not exclusively a vaporizer. You can even take the dome off and just smoke it like a bowl, perfectly fine as well if the clouds just won't go away.
The clear dome piece is made of plastic, and sticks to the wood base magnetically. I really like this functionality, it's easy to get on and off, but also provides a perfect seal needed to trap the smoke/vapor. Hector, the creator of the Sun Token said he's looking to get these made out of boro glass instead, which would be a nice touch to remove all plastic from piece. You can see that I also have some browning on the acrylic dome, just from general use. I touched base with Hector and he let me know it was just an original design flaw and if it bothers you that much the borosilicate domes won't brown at all from light.
UPDATE: Glass domes have been officially released! Most of the pictures in this review are now of the glass dome. It's the same item functionally, just without any plastic whatsoever.
The mouthpiece is a simple tube that sticks in directly into the body and is sealed via an o-ring. It's simple, and if for some reason yours breaks or you lose it, a replacement one could be found easily.
The Sun Token comes with a bowl, although any 14mm male that fits underneath the dome will do. I would recommend shallow bowls if possible, as it can become hard to heat the bottom or central parts of bowls if there's just too much bud and it can't be too big to put the dome on.
While the Sun Token is solid at serving its purpose, it's not the most ideal smoking apparatus. Even though I found myself using it a lot on sunny days in the heat of the Summer, you'd be hard pressed to find me out doing the same in the Winter (although inside hits are possible through a window!) And of course it's impossible to use if the sun is covered in anyway.
Should you get the Sun Token if you're in the market for a daily driver vape? No. Should you get the Sun Token if you like to do hippie shit and/or you live somewhere sunny? Yes. Obviously it's not for every situation, but the Sun Token is a unique piece of smoking equipment that I was happy to add to my collection.
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