Puffco unveils the $299 Proxy, an innovative, modular cannabis vaporizer – TechCrunch

Puffco has lengthy led the market with progressive hashish vaporizers. The Puffco Peak Professional is well among the best e-rigs obtainable, and the corporate simply unveiled a brand new vape referred to as the Proxy. It affords one of the best of the Peak Professional and might be constructed into varied type components.

Don’t be distracted by the stunning pipe. That’s only a piece of glass. The Proxy slides into the glass piece. Consider the Proxy as a modular dabbing rig, capable of match into any type issue made for the unit. Bubbler? Positive. Glass beaker? Yep. Pipe? Clearly.

The $299 self-contained rig is in regards to the dimension of a taller D-cell battery. Inside is similar heating ingredient discovered within the firm’s different flagship product, the Peak Professional. USB-C recharges the battery, and the unit comes pre-programmed with 4 totally different warmth ranges.

Puffco ships the Proxy with the pipe proven right here, together with a journey case that holds cables, a cleansing equipment and a focus container spot.

It’s easy to make use of: Open the carb cap on the prime, drop in your favourite focus (resin, shatter, hash, and many others.), and hit the button twice to activate the oven. Then, a few seconds later, blast off. I discovered the glass pipe easy and cozy, however I might additionally like to attempt it with a water piece.

“This seems to be like a vaporizer, simply in a pipe type,” Puffco founder Roger Volodarsky stated to TechCrunch. “However it’s the primary actually modular vaporizer that’s been made to work in any design you need. And [Puffco] will launch totally different equipment in different type components that the Proxy can drop into.”

And the corporate is seeking to makers to construct different distinctive equipment for the Proxy.

Puffco has lengthy had an lively group that constructed equipment for the corporate’s flagship product, the Puffco Peak and the Peak Professional. Puffco sells just a few on its web site, and Etsy and eBay are filled with customized glass items and utility equipment. Nonetheless, the Peak’s design is limiting and requires makers to construct glass items to a particular type issue.

Volodarsky hopes makers will discover it simpler to construct across the self-contained Proxy.

“It takes a lot much less work to construct for the Proxy,” Volodarsky stated. “If an artist goes to make a prime for a Peak, it’s going to take them eight to 16 hours … except it’s actually, actually low-cost. [The Proxy] takes a lot much less effort, so artists can get the worth for his or her time. If it takes 4 hours to make a chunk, they will cost manner much less for it. We predict there will likely be far more reasonably priced choices in our group.”

The Proxy is accessible at present at Puffco.com and a number of other retailers for $299. As well as, the corporate expects new type components and equipment to be obtainable within the subsequent couple of months.

Volodarsky based Puffco in 2013 and has bootstrapped the corporate since. Roger doesn’t wish to take enterprise capital cash.

“I’ve an enormous downside with having to serve traders,” he instructed TechCrunch. “All the things must be deeply worthwhile, and normally meaning you’re paying staff as little as you possibly can. It means you’re chopping corners to drive profitability. We’re right here to develop and professionalize the area, and that doesn’t align with the returns I feel shareholders would need. So yeah, I’m avoiding having any traders for so long as I can, and it doesn’t appear like that want is developing sooner or later. The one people who have any possession curiosity in Puffco are early-stage staff.”

Volodarsky says the corporate has skilled exponential progress from 2016 to 2021, constantly doubling its income yearly. The chip scarcity affected the corporate, although. The Proxy was alleged to be launched in 2021, however the firm needed to push it again till now, when it may purchase sufficient stock to launch the product.

The Puffco Proxy is hitting the market at a pivotal time. Hashish is now authorized in varied types all through the USA, with Europe displaying indicators of turning on the lights. With the explosion in home markets, extra customers are discovering the plant, and a few are in search of high-end experiences and tools — that’s the place Puffco’s merchandise play.

I’ve lengthy been a fan of Puffco’s merchandise, and the Proxy carries one of the best of the corporate into new type components. I had just a few days with the Proxy, and it’s a lot simpler to wash than different Puffco merchandise, and it’s a pleasure to make use of. It’s straightforward to take the Proxy out of the glass pipe and picture it becoming into all kinds of glass items. I can’t wait to see what folks construct for this factor.

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