Flowermate V5.0S Review: Take a First Step into Vaporizing
Flowermate’s colorful V5.0S is as easy on the lungs as it is on the wallet, and it’s a great way.
Flowermate’s V5.0S is one of our most popular vaporizers, and for good reason. It boasts solid flavor, battery life, and a durable construction, and shaves the cost by simplifying the control scheme. As our review will show, it’s a great first portable to dip your toes into the world of vaporizers, and at just $79.95, it’s easy on the wallet.
Table of contents
Surprisingly Good Vapor
Three Useful Temperatures
Long Battery Life and USB
Heats up Quick
Pack How You Like
Durable Build Quality
What’s in the Box
For Best Results
Cleaning and Maintenance
Who is it For?
Who isn’t it For?
Surprisingly good vapor
You’d be hard pressed to find better vapor at the price point. The ceramic oven evenly cooks the herbs and highlights their flavors. Its glass mouthpiece does a decent job cooling, considering the size, and helps ensure clean, present flavors on each draw.
Three useful temperatures
The V5.0S eschews temperature-specific controls in favor of three preset temperatures — 380° F (195° C), 395° F (205° C), and 410° F (212° C). They cover a fairly narrow heat spectrum, but still offer three noticeably different vaping experiences.
The lowest setting is all flavor, with thin, wispy clouds, and raising the setting only increases the cloud size and thickness. At the highest setting, you’ll get a nice, even, dark extraction without any singed taste. The only thing missing is a lower temperature setting, but vapor enthusiasts will probably want to reach for something a little more precise anyway.
Long battery life and USB charging
A pair of built-in 18650 batteries can keep the party going for over two hours of run time. Your actual session count will vary, but you can expect more than almost any other vaporizer at the price point and size. It also has USB charging, so you can plug it into basically anything, no matter where you are. The V5.0S takes four hours to charge the first time, and two or three after that, but Flowermate suggests waiting until it charges, and not trying to use it while plugged in.
Heats up quick
Its powerful little heater can reach the highest temperature setting in about 30 seconds. That’s quick enough you won’t be sitting around waiting for it to warm up, although the first few hits will probably still be a little wispy.
There’s only one button to worry about, with a multi-color LED to indicate the current temperature and readiness. Five clicks turns the V5.0S on or off, and you can hold it to cycle through the three temperature settings. When the battery is low, the LED will flash four times to let you know. While it’s charging, the light on the bottom is red, and will turn green when it fills up. It doesn’t take any guesswork to figure out the V5.0S — just another reason it’s an excellent vaporizer if you’re new to the game.
Pack it however you like
Unlike most vaporizers, which work well with a certain density and tightness of pack, the Flowermate V5.0S works with a range of loads. If you like long, slow draws, it’s better to pack it full and let it sit loosely inside. For short, shallow sips, you can pack it down a lot tighter.
Durable build quality
The Flowermate V5.0S once again surprises with a build quality that far surpasses its $79.95 price point. The anodized aluminum shell is available in a variety of elegant, attractive colors, and the glass mouthpiece fits nicely into a storage compartment on the bottom. It has an isolated airpath and uses inert materials like ceramic, glass and stainless steel. Plus, there’s a little light in the oven, so you can still load it, even in the dark.
Height 4 in / 10.1cm
Width 2.4 in / 6cm
Depth 0.9 in / 2.2 cm
Weight 7.1 oz / 200g
Similar to other Flowermate vaporizers, The V5.0S comes with a 1-year warranty on workmanship and defects, and a 90-day warranty on the battery. Like all of our products, the V5.0S is covered by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
What’s in the box
Pyrex Glass Stem
Dry Material Pod
For best results
If you like to pack your conduction vaporizer tightly, the V5.0S works best if you take slow sips and short puffs. There are dry herb and extract pods as well, but you’ll need to turn up the heat to the highest setting, and don’t expect the same performance you get with the herbs straight in the oven.
Cleaning and maintenance
After each use, let the vaporizer cool down just a bit, then brush out the oven and mouthpiece screen while it’s still warm, so the gunk doesn’t build up over time. Every once in a while, you may need a deeper cleaning, so make sure to stay tuned for our full cleaning and maintenance guide.
Who is the Flowermate V5.0S for?
At just $79.95, the Flowermate V5.0S is a great value for anyone looking for a portable vaporizer that doesn’t want to spend a lot. It’s also a great entryway into vaporizers, if you’ve been thinking about trying it out, with simple controls and no learning curve. You don’t have to charge it too often, it heats up fast, and comes in a variety of attractive colors.
Who isn’t the Flowermate V5.0S for?
The Flowermate’s limited temperature range may not satisfy more experienced vaporizer enthusiasts that are used to a wider set of options. It’s also on the larger side of pocketable, so while you can take it with you, there are more compact options. Finally, if you’re looking for more efficient convection heat, you’ll have to look elsewhere.
It’s hard to not keep bringing up the Flowermate V5.0S’s appealing price point. It outpaces its cost in almost all areas, save the limited temperature options. It has a solid build quality, quick heat up time, and excellent battery life, leaving little to be desired. It’s an excellent buy for under $100, and one of our favorite starter portables. If you like the V5.0S but prefer additional temperature options and are willing to spend a bit more, the Flowermate V5.0S is one of just seven Flowermates in its family, and our Flowermate buying guide can help you navigate those choices.
Flowermate’s colorful V5.0S is as easy on the lungs as it is on the wallet, and it’s a great way into the world of vaporizing. In our review we take a closer look at its features and performance.