The price of hand-held vapes can make them high-risk, high-reward for new buyers, and the range of options available only convolutes the situation. Yet, when you find the right one, it can become a new cannabis consumption buddy for life. To that end, PotGuide is always pursuing the perfect vape. We have seen plenty of contenders from high to low-end, and few have hit that golden sweet spot of just right.
Is the ZEUS Arc GT lightning in a bottle or another flash in the pan? Read on as we review the ZEUS Arc GT from ZEUS Arsenal.
On the surface, the ZEUS Arc GT might seem similar to other hand-held flower vapes, but the devil is in the details. The chamber warms up to your desired temperature quicker than most other vapes the review team has used, and maintained it throughout a good 10-15 minute session. We found the lowest setting to be the perfect temp for us, but it was nice to see that the ARC GT could step up if you desire a thicker cloud consistency. The temperature is noticeably a little smoother than most other handled vapes thanks to the gold heatsink in the mouthpiece. We admit to being skeptical on first sight, but appreciated the extra cooling step once we got it going.
The only thing that might keep it from a perfect 5 is that it can be a little tight on the draw (as almost every handheld on the market is), but this was easily forgiven at seeing the big, flavorful puffs it can produce. You can also pack a little less flower for a smoother pull if that’s your preference. For those used to ripping joints or concentrate vapes, it might take some slight adjustment. However, you get the hang of it in moments.
You can sit and puff for decent sessions without over-roasting the flower, and the battery held up like a pro. We field tested the ZEUS Arc GT over a long day of hiking trails and it kept puffing along like the little vape that could. Perhaps not ideal for a large group, but for going solo or with a friend, the ZEUS was a perfect handheld. Even cooler? The ZEUS Arc GT was developed in Germany not far from the Porsche factory – making it the closest thing to “the Porsche of vaporizers” on the market.
Ease of Use
Again, it’s the small details that really make the ZEUS Arc GT shine. The magnetic silicone top piece is easy to remove yet firm and sturdy when attached. We have seen other vapes that use a similar magnetic attachment, but none have felt as secure or well designed as the ZEUS Arc GT. The top piece is silicone, so on the chance that you do drop it, it won’t break, and it’s very easy to clean.
There’s only a single button, and its use is easy and intuitive with a perusal of the simple instruction manual. Again, the magnetic design is superb, making for few (if any) moving parts to break or wear down. The chamber for flower can take a decent packing, and was easy to fill. Our unit felt familiar like an old friend within minutes of getting acquainted with it.
On the topic of cleaning the flower chamber, this is where the ingenuity of the team over at ZEUS really shines. On the bottom of each unit is a small magnetic vape tool. The tiny metal claw may seem odd at first, but quickly became an essential, and extremely appreciated, part of the vaping experience. It just helps with every little bit of dealing with flower: loading it in, packing it into place, and clearing it out of the chamber quickly and easily when it’s time to refill (the manual warns you to be careful not to scrape the sides of the vaporization chamber with the tool, and this is good advice, but we found it very easy to do without so much as the risk of a scratch). Cashing your bowl, a process that can be such a tedious and fickle issue on other vapes, takes just a second on the ZEUS and you’re right back to vaping. For this alone, the ZEUS Arc GT might be one of our favorite hand-held vapes on the market. Someone at the company clearly uses a vape themselves and endeavored to fix the one element that can suck all the fun out of a vaporizer. Kudos, we are very pleased.
We felt like we could take this thing anywhere. The sturdy, compact design of the Arc GT is elegant and inconspicuous enough to accompany you out on the trail or for a night on the town.
It fits your hand like a glove, and the single button is ergonomic and easy to click with a thumb. The micro USB-port means you can charge it almost anywhere in a pinch, and packing or dumping out spent flower is a breeze with the attached magnetic tool. Have we mentioned the magnetic tool? Cause it’s awesome. We seriously like that magnetic tool. It makes all the difference in maintaining the vape on the go, and the way it sticks right back in place when you’re done makes you think of the simple genius ingenuity that went into the first kickstand, or pull-tab cans: a small thing that completely changes the user experience. We could easily see such a thing becoming standard to any self-respecting handheld vape.
Priced at $229.99, the ZEUS Arc GT is less expensive than other industry-leading vapes, and works just as good if not better. The little details that make the ZEUS fun and easy to use also make it tough to beat. The 3500mah battery will last for at least 90 minutes of active toasting time, a bit longer depending on your settings. As for holding a charge, well, honestly, we charged it two weeks ago and are still waiting to see when it will need a top-off from sporadic use. Above all else, it felt a lot sturdier and less prone to breakage than other vapes. Each piece could be easily disassembled for cleaning, and TVAPE provides all of the needed accessories for keeping your unit clean as a whistle.
The ZEUS Arc GT is the perfect kind of cannabis accessory, so effective and easy-to-use that it becomes a quick staple in one’s vaping repertoire. It’s the kind of thing you always want to throw in your bag, just in case. Never too heavy or awkward as to feel cumbersome, and essential enough that you never want to be without. There are other, larger vapes that may more closely replicate the tabletop vape experience, but for a compact handheld, ZEUS packs godly vape power in a tiny black box.