Cloupor Cloutank M4
What we like: sturdy; powerful, smooth hits; inexpensive; works well with both flower and concentrate; under the right conditions could be used as a tiny club.
The Cloupor Cloutank M4 promises the impossible: an all-in-one system for vaporizing wax and flower for less than $30. The M4 uses a lot of pieces to get there, some of which actually move, but they deliver on that promise. You can use the M4 for both concentrates and bud.
The Cloutank M4 has several parts, and they all seem pretty sturdy. Putting the thing together and taking it apart does take some time. The coil head sits inside a metal base, and there is another metal cover that screws onto that. The drip tip fits into metal cover (and has two different mesh screens inside it) and the whole thing is encased in a Pyrex glass tube. It’s got a few more components than the domes we’ve tried that work in a similar way, but it’s not overly complicated. The option to break the tank down in different ways is very helpful, since you can load either wax or flower, as is the customizable air flow system. It also makes cleaning the tank, which you should do regularly to make sure you’re getting the most out of it, extremely easy. And by regularly, we mean daily. At least.
Fully assembled, the Cloutank M4 is as close to a literal tank as we’ve tried. It looks more like a mini-Maglite flashlight, but is probably heavier than a mini flashlight. You could most definitely brain a small hobbit with the Cloutank M4. It feels sturdy in your hand and a bit weighty in the pocket, but doesn’t bulge at the top like a dome. While the whole thing is quite top-heavy and can be difficult to keep upright, it’s not likely that the glass tank will break even when it does fall. One advantage to the setup, though, is that it looks very much like all the tanks you see for e-cigs, so, if, for example, you use it medicinally in public, you could blend in pretty easily.
Concentrates – We found that the M4 works best when loaded with just a small dab or two, which should give you plenty of hits. When we tried to put a little more on the coil (which is tempting because there’s plenty of room), a fair amount leaked through the head onto the battery, and after a minute the connection was weaker from the wax that had accumulated underneath.
But with just the right amount, the Cloutank delivers a nice-tasting and efficient hit. The pull is smooth thanks to the adjustable vents, and the double mesh screens prevent any wax from spitting out of the mouthpiece. In fact the M4 fits together so well that wax has no place else go but down. There was little residue left on the coil; it seems to get really hot, really fast.
The proper amount of concentrate is the key to getting the most out of the Cloutank M4, but if you do it right you’ll be very happy. The hits are as strong as anything we’ve had in a comparable price range.
Flowers – The first few flower hits taste a bit burnt, which made us question whether or not it was really being vaporized. But after a minute the burnt taste went away; the hits were again smooth, and the flavor of our bud came through clearly. Unlike some other vaporizers we felt like the M4 gave off powerful hits, and our flower really seem to last for a long time inside the chamber. The drip tip also has a plunger – which you should not use for concentrates unless you want an extra mess to clean up – but for dry herb allows you to make sure everything in the chamber is in the right place.
As is the case with all of these pens, it’s impossible to tell how hot it really gets for each hit; it’s just something you have to deal with at this price level. It can also be difficult to get to the coil head without taking the whole thing apart, which is a bit of a chore when you’re using wax. We’ve even had to employ a pair of pliers from time to time. But the Cloutank M4 worked really well for us, both with flower and concentrates. The hits are strong and smooth.
If you plan on using it for concentrates and leaving the house, we recommend bringing your wax with you so that you can use a little bit at a time. For bud, though, you can load it pretty full and it could last all day long.
And if the place you’re going is full of angry halflings, you will be able to at least take out one or two of them. Just remember, most hobbits are generally peaceful; they only want to share your weed.