Product Review: Magic-Flight Muad-Dib Concentrate Box KitDarren HarrisFebruary 24, 2017
The Magic-Flight Muad-Dib at a Glance
Features: no torch needed, simple operation
- Muad-Dib concentrate box
- Two rechargeable NiMH Glyph batteries with protective caps
- Battery charger
- Decorative storage tin
- 1.5ft black draw whip
- Loading spoon
- One replacement screen
When I first removed the Magic-Flight Muad-Dib Concentrate Box out of its handy storage tin, I was immediately struck by the unit’s craftsmanship and aesthetic beauty. Despite being small enough to comfortably fit in the palm of your hand, the gold monocle design over the smooth walnut box really makes this vape stand out with its Old World-style design and aesthetic beauty.
However, I soon realized that the Muad-Dib is really only a “portable” device in the most basic sense of the word. Using the Muad-Dib involves inhaling from an 18” black hose, which makes it much larger in function than just the small and pretty box would imply. Because of the deceptively cumbersome size, I wasn’t able to use the product out on the go like I could with a standard vape pen. The hose makes using the Muad-Dib a simple yet very conspicuous procedure that’s better suited for indoor use or somewhere amongst friends, like camping, picnics, parties, etc.
Muad-Dib’s lack of true portability stands out even more when compared to its sibling, the Launch Box for herbs. The box units are the same size, and even though the Launch Box comes with a short glass tube to inhale from, it’s also designed to be used without the tube, making it ideal to bring almost anywhere. I wasn’t able to do the same with the Muad-Dib, but the concentrate vape does have other positive qualities.
Loading and Operating the Muad-Dib
To its credit, the loading and operating process for the Muad-Dib is incredibly easy and straightforward. Any level of toker can effortlessly understand how to use this product on the first try due to the way the box works in general. “Turning it on” consists of inserting and pressing down on the included NiMH Glyph battery to heat up the rods that hold the loading plate your concentrate rests on. After that, all there’s left to do is inhale through the whip while keeping the battery pressed and engaged with the box.
When I loaded some concentrate onto the metal plate suspended between the two golden heating rods, I couldn’t help but be a little disappointed at how small the plate actually is. You’re only supposed to use a very small amount of concentrate per hit in order to maximize flavor and vape quality without clogging and spilling into the chamber. This was bittersweet for me because while using small amounts keeps the vaping process simple and clean, the constant reloading of small drops of concentrate to reach the high I wanted was a little tiresome and not as effective as a one-take, solid dab.
I did like being able to move about my apartment freely while holding and using the box unit and whip; not being tied down to an outlet was a nice convenience. The battery performance is pretty good — a fully charged battery was more than enough for a good amount of long pulls over the course of a day, but switching batteries during extended sessions was a necessary move. Magic-Flight also has a plug-in battery that will allow you to vape as much as you want without having to worry about the battery life, but keep in mind that this option will keep you tethered to an outlet.
Vaping With the Muad-Dib
Vaping with the Muad-Dib is very straightforward — just keep the battery pressed and engaged as you steadily inhale from the attached whip. Don’t expect to blow out a lot of vapor since the Muad-Dib calls for a small amount of concentrate to be placed on the plate each time, so you won’t be taking in that much vapor per hit. Taking long, slow draws allowed me to clear the concentrate I had loaded in about two separate pulls, and I was at least glad to be met with a nice burst of flavor from my concentrate. This may be due more to my higher level of tolerance than anything else, but I needed to constantly reload the concentrate plate in order to get the high I wanted.
If you’re looking for a low to moderate buzz, 1-3 pulls will do the trick, but it will take a bit more work for seasoned tokers. I liked that the length of the whip made for comfortable vaping anywhere around my apartment, and the cool monocle window allowed me to see my concentrate bubble and heat up as I was using the Muad-Dib, but I still felt a little bit let down by the slightly underwhelming vape performance.
Overall, The Muad-Dib Concentrate Box Kit by Magic-Flight is a beautifully crafted and aesthetically pleasing vaporizer unit that that delivers a slightly underwhelming vape performance for seasoned or heavy cannabis consumers due to their high tolerance levels and the need to constantly reload small amounts of concentrate. That being said, at $129.00 I think the Muad-Dib concentrate vape box could be a great device for light-to-moderate consumers as well as people who may live in enclosed spaces and would want to keep some level of discretion about their use.