How does this year’s DynaVap ‘M’ compare to the 2020 version?
By Herbert M. Green
Oh, joy! It’s that time of the year again. DynaVap traditionally announces one or more new versions of their prized battery-free and open-flame pen vaporizers every year around the month of April. A smart move, knowing 420-day is just around the corner.
Then again, the people behind the now-iconic vaporizer brand are a smart bunch indeed, the company being mostly comprised of vape-fanatics and engineers.
This year, however, these vape-nerds have outdone themselves with not just releasing one new model of their exceptional hand-held vaporizers, but three!
For those who aren’t familiar with the previous versions of the DynaVap VapCap ‘M’
In this review, I will be focusing on the new VapCap 2021 ‘M’. A word of note to those of you who’ve never tried or owned a DynaVap vaporizer before, in this review I will be paying extra attention to the updates and changes. So, if you’re new to the Dynaverse, I highly suggest you read this DynaVap introduction article to see what all the fuss is about. But, know this; no matter which version of DynaVap vaporizer you have or use, they're all excellent.
For those who are dying to know what new features this updated version of the 2020 ‘M’ has to offer, let’s get right into it.
The look and feel of the new VapCap 2021 ‘M’
1: The Septa Crown | 2: The Tip | 3: Heat distribution fins | 4: inward curved midsection | 5: Chiral Airports and Rocker
At first glance, it doesn’t look like the overall design of the 2021 ‘M’ has undergone a revolution, but rather an evolution. In typical DynaVap fashion, the devil is in the details. The changes are subtle, yet all serve a well thought out function.
The tip has a new look and crown - dubbed Septa - and the ridges that keep the Captive Cap in place (better than with the 2020 ‘M’, if I may add) now have a fully faceted pattern and the four heat-distribution fins now have an incremental profile.
Doubtlessly, all of these visual changes also serve to improve heat retention and distribution, but you’ll need an engineering degree to understand the finer details on this point.
Something that is immediately apparent, however, is the slight hourglass-shaped, inward curved midsection, directly under the tip of the new ‘M’. This slight indentation makes a huge difference when rotating the device while heating. Rotating the ‘M’ feels much easier and stable now. It allows for more control and I’d call this the first of many great improvements.
Another huge improvement is the next generation of Dual Chiral Airports. The angle of these airports has been changed slightly, now visually representing an actual “M”, but I also got the feeling it gave me more control over the airflow.
Lastly, DynaVap has made the angles of the Rocker more prominent, making it easier to locate the chiral airports by touch alone.
By the way, some features of this year’s version of the ‘M’ are the same as those from last year’s model. I suspect that these features are going to be standard for the ‘M’ series from now on. The adjustable bowl is back, which allows you to decrease the size of the bowl so you may use it for microdosing. The tapered mouthpiece is back too, which lets you insert the ‘M’ in any 10mm sized glass adapter or bong.
Left: The ‘M’ tip has two slits on the inside, allowing you to change the size of the bowl | Right: The tapered mouthpiece lets you insert the ‘M’ in any 10mm glass adapter or bong.
Handling and performance of the DynaVap 2021 ‘M’
Of course, more important than the looks is the performance. And it’s here where I found the most profound change compared to last year’s ‘M’. Something about the airflow and draw resistance changed. It feels lighter somehow, and I suspect it has something to do with extra space between the cap and the tip. Now when I draw on the 2021 ‘M’, I feel I’m taking in a lot more air, even when I fully close off the chiral airports.
Flavour chasers (like me) will see this as a big improvement over its predecessor because more air equals more flavour. But, those who like to rip fast and hard, to create thick vaporous clouds might have trouble getting the same amount of vapour out of the 2021 ‘M’ as they did with previous versions. If clouds are your first priority, I suggest they adjust their inhalation style to a more slow and long draw method.
The verdict on the DynaVap 2021 ‘M’
The subtle visual changes of the new ‘M’ bring with them some noticeable improvements in the handling of the device while heating and the improved chiral airports and accompanying rocker are reasons enough to consider upgrading your existing DynaVap collection.
But, I can imagine that some of you might have to get used to the new airflow, which has less draw resistance.
All-in-all I can honestly say that DynaVap has done another excellent job of improving the ‘M’ overall, with slight but impactful changes.
Now it’s time for you to let Dispensr know what you think of this new DynaVap model. Or, do you have more questions in regards to this review? Let us know in the comments below or on one of Dispensr’s social media channels.
For now, peace out and vape on!
Herbert M. Green