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

Puffco has lengthy led the market with revolutionary hashish vaporizers. The Puffco Peak Professional is definitely top-of-the-line e-rigs obtainable, and the corporate simply unveiled a brand new vape referred to as the Proxy. It affords the perfect of the Peak Professional and might be constructed into varied kind elements.

Do not be distracted by the stunning pipe. That is only a piece of glass. The Proxy slides into the glass piece. Consider the Proxy as a modular dabbing rig, in a position to match into any kind issue made for the unit. Bubbler? Certain. 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 aspect discovered within the firm’s different flagship product, the Peak Professional. USB-C recharges the battery, and the unit comes pre-programmed with 4 completely different warmth ranges.

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

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

“This appears to be like like a vaporizer, simply in a pipe kind,” Puffco founder Roger Volodarsky mentioned to TechCrunch. “But it surely’s the primary actually modular vaporizer that is been made to work in any design you need. And [Puffco] will launch completely different equipment in different kind elements that the Proxy can drop into.”

And the corporate is trying 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 a couple of on its website, and Etsy and eBay are filled with customized glass items and utility equipment. Nevertheless, the Peak’s design is limiting and requires makers to construct glass items to a selected kind issue.

Volodarsky’s hope 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 mentioned. “If an artist goes to make a prime for a Peak, it may take them eight to 16 hours … except it is 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 bit, they’ll cost approach much less for it. We predict there might be way more reasonably priced choices in our group.”

The Proxy is accessible as we speak at Puffco.com and several other retailers for $299. As well as, the corporate expects new kind elements and equipment to be obtainable within the subsequent couple of months.

Volodarsky based Puffco in 2013 and has bootstrapped the corporate since. Roger would not wish to take enterprise capital cash.

“I’ve a giant drawback with having to serve traders,” he instructed TechCrunch. “All the pieces must be deeply worthwhile, and normally which means you are paying staff as little as you may. It means you are slicing corners to drive profitability. We’re right here to develop and professionalize the house, and that does not align with the returns I believe shareholders would need. So yeah, I am avoiding having any traders for so long as I can, and it would not seem like that want is developing sooner or later. The one those 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 kinds all through the USA, with Europe exhibiting indicators of turning on the lights. With the explosion in home markets, extra customers are discovering the plant, and a few are searching for high-end experiences and tools — that is the place Puffco’s merchandise play.

I’ve lengthy been a fan of Puffco’s merchandise, and the Proxy carries the perfect of the corporate into new kind elements. I had a couple of days with the Proxy, and it is a lot simpler to scrub than different Puffco merchandise, and it is a pleasure to make use of. It is easy to take the Proxy out of the glass pipe and picture it becoming into all kinds of glass items. I am unable to wait to see what individuals construct for this factor.

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