The XMAX Starry dry herb vape is for anyone looking for a quality portable vaporizer at a great price. Full digital control, wide temperature range, swappable battery, haptic feedback, a magnetic, zirconia mouthpiece and an anodized aluminum body. The Starry delivers features that we don’t see in vaporizers at twice the price.
XMAX has been making quality introductory level vaporizers for a while now and this one doesn’t disappoint by delivering tasty vapor on the lower temperatures and giving way to clouds at about 390° F and up.
The Starry goes all the way to 464° F, which is higher than most vapes, but still doesn’t combust so if you want to take your herbs to the upper limit you can.
Being a full conduction vape, even with a very comfortable draw resistance, you will probably find yourself sipping the Starry for the best taste and clouds.
Build quality is where the Starry really stands out! Reach into a bag full of vapes for under $150 and you will pull out something big or a piece of plastic almost every time.
The Starry’s size, anodized aluminum shell, ceramic oven and magnetic lid with a ceramic zirconia mouthpiece will leave you thinking you picked up a vape twice the price.
XMAX added a couple nice little touches as well, like a mouthpiece that magnetically sticks to the side so you won’t lose it and a beveled edged oven for clean and easy loading.
Removable battery with a long life
We love swappable batteries because not only can you keep the vapor flowing with a spare, but you don’t end up with a new paper weight if you happen to have a battery fail a year or two down the road.
We got about 80 minutes of run time off the 18650 battery supplied with the Starry, which is respectable even if you weren't able to swap them out. Well done!
Features you need
Simplicity seems to be the theme with the Starry with just three buttons to control everything from the power and full temperature controls to session timers and temperature scales.
If you're tired of 5 clicks to turn your vapes on and off, you’ll love the three second button press the Starry uses.
I have become fond of being able to change the session timer from 5 to 10 minutes. Turns out I prefer to cut a 10 minute session short instead of restarting after 5 minutes, but I didn’t know that until I was given the option. Thanks!
Can you use XMAX Starry while charging?
The POTV Starry does not have pass through charging, even if it looks like it does. If you turn the heater on while it’s charging, it will stop charging the battery and power the heater during the session instead. This is not recommended by the manufacturer.
The Starry is a smidgen taller and wider than the PAX 3 with a similar oval shape, but with flat sides that feel great in the hand and pocket. See that...I’m already comparing it to vapes more than twice its price.
I always know when I like the feel of a portable vape when I find myself fiddling with it while using it, and I can’t stop playing with the Starry.
(both versions of the Starry pictured above are the same size)
Height 4.3 in / 11 cm
Width 1.37 in / 3.5 cm
Depth 0.94 in / 2.4 cm
Weight 4.2 oz / 120 g
The Starry heats up quickly like we expect from a new portable these days. My unit got to 390° F in 25 seconds and to 464° F in 35 seconds, which is plenty fast enough to be ready for a quick session on the go.
The Starry doesn’t vibrate or beep at you when it is at temperature, which you really don’t need when it heats up this fast. A bit of built in stealth...shhhh...