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At first glance, the Dr. Dabber SWITCH may seem a little imposing to some, but the potential packed inside this “smart” rig is undeniable. Since coming on the market in June of 2018, the SWITCH has quickly become one of our best-selling products, earning countless awards from major outlets such as Digital Trends and High Times. There is no other vaporizer quite like the SWITCH on the market, so let’s discuss some of the reasons why the SWITCH is so unique.
The SWITCH is a proprietary design built from the ground up by Dr. Dabber, meaning the majority of the components are custom built specifically for our purposes.
Although the SWITCH’s mechanical design is brilliantly simple, the electronic ‘brain’ controlling the device is an incredibly sophisticated piece of technology. In total, there are 146 electrical components that go into building the SWITCH, not including the actual induction coil, but they all work in unison to give the user one of the most simple, straightforward vaporizer interfaces on the market.
All the electronics in the SWITCH are sealed off from the heating element so when it comes to using the device, you only need to worry about one component: your induction cup. Remove it from the device, load it with your choice of concentrate or herb, put it back in the device, and press the button. It is literally that simple. Sure, the SWITCH has an Advanced Mode with 25 different heat settings (which we’ll get into in a moment), but once you have chosen your heat setting, the SWITCH becomes a single button device.
We designed the SWITCH to last. We did not cut a single corner to save costs. There was literally no expense spared in the research, development and manufacturing of the SWITCH as we continue our relentless pursuit to build the perfect vaporizer. We would be ready and willing to put our quality up against absolutely any other product on the market.
As with all research and development, we learn new things as we develop our products. Since the SWITCH is such a unique product and unlike anything we’ve ever built, we learned a great deal throughout its development. Perhaps the most exciting and important thing we learned about the SWITCH during the 3 years it took to develop the device, is the incredible efficiency it offers the user, regardless of whether it’s being used for oil or flower. In order to fully understand the magnitude of the SWITCH’s benefits, we need to provide a little insight as to why the SWITCH was created.
The reason we chose induction heating for the SWITCH was very simple. It was the only plausible way to seal the electronics off from the heating element. In order to build a vaporizer that is going to last years of daily use, we needed to make this happen, and induction heating - the use of magnetic energy to transfer heat - was the best way to do this. What we didn’t realize at the time, were the other massive benefits that would come from the use of induction heating.
The first and most obvious benefit is the ridiculous battery life. 150 uses on a single charge with a removable battery that takes less than 90 minutes to charge. This sets a new standard for customer expectations. By comparison, our Dr. Dabber Boost: Black Edition, the very first eRig with water filtration on the market, lasts between 20-30 uses on a charge, on par with industry standard.
The second undiscovered benefit was the incredible 4-5 second heat up time. Referring back to our own Boost: Black Edition, which takes around 20-30 seconds to heat up to temperature (again, industry standard), it is clear that the SWITCH is able to offer convenience on an entirely different level.
The final and most significant benefit that we never expected from the induction heating is the change in efficacy of the actual product you are putting in the device, whether it be oil or flower.
In order to make the induction heating work, we had to set the induction cup below the airflow passage so as to avoid adding oxygen to the heating equation. This was done with the intention of allowing the oil in the induction cup to vaporize without being disturbed by the oxygen being introduced through the carb cap. What we didn’t realize was the combination of getting to the desired temperature in less than 5 seconds and a no-oxygen heating environment would result in incredibly potent vapor hits. We have received an enormous amount of feedback from our customers telling us that the SWITCH is so effective they have cut down the amount of product they use by up to 70%. Not only are the numbers impressive but the impact the SWITCH has on our customers is unparalleled. If it is more effective with every hit, it means less hits necessary and more money saved.
On the other side of the coin, the no-oxygen environment introduced us to a whole new frontier of flower vaporization. The best herb vaporizers on the market used forced air to heat flower, which means pushing hot oxygen through the flower to vaporize it. The fundamental issue with this method is that you can only reach a certain temperature with the forced air method before vaporization becomes combustion. This is because oxygen is the catalyst for combustion. This is also the reason why many people believe cannabis combusts at around 400 degrees.
The SWITCH is giving strong indications that this is not the case. Reaching temperatures of 700 degrees in a no-oxygen environment, the SWITCH is able to vaporize the entire plant and leave the carbon structure, without combusting. Our customers have reiterated to us that the effects of vaporizing at 700 degrees compared to 400 degrees are immense, again resulting in dramatically less product used to achieve the same effect.
We are working diligently towards compiling scientific evidence backing up the effects our customers are reporting to us, but since this was another unexpected benefit of induction heating, we still need some time to identify exactly what it is going on. President of Dr. Dabber, Pantelis Ataliotis, said, “From my personal experience, as a flower user, I went from using roughly an ounce of flower every two weeks in joints or glass to half an ounce with the SWITCH, resulting in a 50% decrease. This has made the SWITCH absolutely irreplaceable to me, and since using it, I have ceased to use any other method of consuming my flower.”
As with any of our products, the SWITCH is backed by our industry-leading warranty program, but again, due to how unique the product is, our warranty program is different for the SWITCH.
The SWITCH was built so that we can fix it in-house at our facility if something goes wrong. We believe that when you invest in a premium vaporizer, you should be able to keep that same vaporizer, no matter what happens. Maybe you have distinct marks or stickers on your unit. One customer even removed all the rubber coating to leave a high gloss black finish on his unit. Whatever the case, that SWITCH becomes yours. If our customers have an issue with their SWITCH, we provide a shipping label and a box to return the SWITCH to us so we can diagnose and fix the device free of charge. Once we have fixed the SWITCH, we run a diagnostics test to ensure the unit is free of issues before we send it back. Consider it more like servicing your SWITCH, like a car, and less of a replacement. This type of service goes far and beyond what is provided by most warranty programs in the vaporizer industry.
The bottom line is, the SWITCH is completely different than any other vaporizer, even it’s predecessor, the Boost: Black Edition. It is designed to be used with one push of a button but to have incredible versatility for the most discerning connoisseur. 25 different heat settings, not just for the sake of having more heat settings than the next guy, but for the purpose of tackling any consistency or amount of oil or flower you want to use. If you want to use more product, turn the heat up to adjust. If you have a really good strain you want to taste, turn down the temperature a couple of notches for one or two hits. We know no two strains are exactly alike, nor are any two concentrates. We’ve even added a training mode to customize the length of your hit because we know that no two SESSIONS are alike. There is no detail we didn’t think about when designing the SWITCH. We designed it as much for us as we did for you, because at the end of the day we use our products too!