Puffco Peak vs. Everyone Else
Although this is my first time writing, I have been watching your videos for a long time now. Between you and Sneaky Pete, I am happy to say that I only vaporize these days, and I'm loving it.
In the last few months, I have gotten more and more into dabbing. I do not like the e-nail setup for a number of reasons. Aside from just not having the space to have something that hot exposed, I also have young children, and I cannot leave anything out for a prolonged period of time. This is why I unfortunately very rarely bust out the Volcano, which was the first vape I ever purchased.
Recently I purchased the Puffco Peak and the Puffco Plus. Both are very different devices. I'm frustrated by the Plus because the dab tool that Puffco (and everyone else for that matter) raves about, in my opinion, is flawed. There is a groove in the tool on the underside that material sticks to and often does not melt off from. I feel like if that tool did not have that groove, it would be a lot closer to perfect.
Regardless, I like both Puffco products, but am not thrilled with the fact that both use atomizers that can easily break, and are both come at a considerable cost. To spend $60 on an atomizer replacement for the Peak, which was $300 when I bought it, is a lot of money, and the atomizer for the Plus is 25% of the cost of the entire device.
I have recently been fascinated by some other devices. I watched you get seriously messed up using the Rio by Stache, and I have also been looking at the Dr. Dabber Switch, which Cream City had discounted for 7/10. Then there's the Focus V Carta, Vista Mini 2, Sai, and the list goes on and on.
My question: is there any reason to go beyond the Peak and consider other devices if I am not going to consider purchasing a dedicated e-nail and a big hunk of glass that I have nowhere to store? The Stache is definitely compact, but it is that much better than the Peak?
I should also say that I have a Firefly 2+ which is great for dry herb (one of my favorites) and good for low-temp dabs. I also have the Mighty, but I generally stick only to dry herb with that because I don't want the hassle of the cleanup. I have the Terp Pen which is good for its portability but not for flavor. So I've been asking myself whether to spend the money on the Dr. Dabber Switch (would only use for concentrates), which is expensive and looks very large, but it doesn't seem like it has atomizer problems, and the self-cleaning mode, in theory, makes it a lot easier to use than the Peak. The Stache is nice and small, but there's some cleaning duties there. No atomizer to break, but if the torch goes bad it's a quick $50 and you have to find it in stock somewhere.
Looking for your guidance. Stay with what I have, or look for something that can take me to the next level without a ton of parts that break or have a shelf-life. I've seen your videos on both the Stache and Switch, but I wasn't left with a feeling that either was that much better than the Peak (particularly with the Switch, which would be the most expensive investment I've made since buying the Volcano 8 years ago).
Thanks in advance for the advice, and thanks again for putting together great videos, tutorials and links to the products you use and love.