From the moment I received my Ascent, I was impressed with the overall design. It is stylish and sleek and I love the glass mouthpiece that pulls out like a straw. This model also has a glass vapor path, which is common for desktop vaporizers but really rare in the portable versions. That is definitely a big bonus because the glass components really let flavor shine through. Ascent also steps up their design with a digital display that allows you to adjust the temperature with precision. The three-button controls are easy to use and it really looks cool in hand. It’s about the size and weight of your typical electric razor. It feels a little heavier than expected, but that’s really not a problem because it is ultra durable.
When I first tried out the Ascent, I was a little surprised by the level of vapor it produced. It was really dense and powerful from the first draw. It heats up quickly and maintains a consistent temperature from start to finish. My favorite thing about this vaporizer is the versatility. It works well for pretty much any vaping enthusiast, whether you are a beginner or more advanced.
The only real downside is that it does need regular maintenance, especially if you are using oils or waxes that get sticky. While the Ascent comes with rubber vial covers that are meant to prevent your hot oils from traveling up the vapor pathway, I found that it doesn’t work 100 percent of the time. As a result, you can end up with a jammed unit and a bunch of sticky resin to clean up after vaping. The good news is that the damage is reversible. Just do a quick warm up to around 120 degrees and it will loosen up the residue and make it pretty easy to clean up with some cotton swabs and rubbing alcohol. If you are using oils and waxes, make sure you clean it thoroughly after every single use. If you are using the Ascent with dry herbs, you can probably get away with less frequent cleaning.