Cloudious9 is a relative newcomer in the vaping industry, but it came out the gate with several innovative products. They sent us a Hydrology9 water-filtration vape to review, and it’s an impressive piece of gear. This portable herbal vape device is roughly the size of a liter bottle of soda, and it holds the next evolution of water bongs.
When you think of a water bong or water pipe, you typically think of potheads in the 70s taking massive rips in their VW van. And that’s exactly what Hydrology9 recreates. There’s absolutely no shame in chasing the biggest bong rips you can handle. It’s the same thing heroin addicts call “chasing the dragon,” but it’s less deadly for pot smokers.
And it’s better for pot vapers, so long as you’re vaping herb instead of ejuice, which is what’s causing people’s lungs to collapse. Herbal vaping is a completely different subject, even though the industry is likely to face the same sanctions as we approach election season with vaping in the crosshairs.
For now, let’s step off the soapbox and find out what makes the Hydrology9 so innovative.
Cloudious9 Hydrology9 Design and Accessories
The first thing you’ll notice in Hydrology9 is they did not cut corners with materials And at $200, it’s very reasonably priced compared to competitors like the Dr. Dabber Switch. It’s made of a space-grade anodized aluminum alloy and includes a borosilicate glass mouthpiece. The 2000mAh lithium polymer battery lasts for over about a dozen sessions and takes several hours to charge.
It’s shaped like a pill and reminds me of those old sci-fi movies or cartoons when they steal something glowing from a science lab.
The inner chamber is a roomy 1.8 cm by 10 cm, giving you more than enough space to fit half a gram with plenty of room. The chamber lid also has a stirer attached, so you all you have to do is twist it to get a really great-tasting vape out of it. I wish this stirrer were made of titanium over stainless steel. Even ceramic or quartz would have been great.
Hydrology9 comes with a cleaning kit (wipes, brush, and scraper tools), a loading tool, AC adapter and charging cable. It uses micro-USB, so any of your old cell phone chargers before you switched to USB-C will do. The tool kit has actually become my default scraper and loading tools for all my pipes and vape equipment.
Also the company seems to be struggling, because replacement parts are listed for half off on the website, borosilicate or acrylic glass tube replacements are listed at $12.50 and $10, and everything else is half off too, except the optional leather carrying case. This $50 extra is something I wouldn’t have bought on my own, but since they provided it for free with the review unit, I can’t help but appreciate the construction.
The leather carrying case makes me feel safe bringing or storing the Hydrology9 anywhere, so I do have to recommend it with the vape itself.
Cloudious9 Hydrology9 Usability and Function
Using Hydrology9 is easy enough to figure out. Click the button three times to start, then each time you press it changes to a different temperature setting. Some of them include party mode, which uses the indicator LED to create a light show while you’re waiting. Personally I wasn’t interested, but watching the light flash and turn green is unexplainably fun through the water in the tube.
After about a minute, the light turns green, and you’re ready to go. This was acceptable to me until I started using Dr. Dabber’s Switch, which lets me vape a full bowl of flower and take a few dabs in the time it takes for this thing to heat up. You get a shiny light while you wait, but I often found myself distracted and forgetting about it while playing a game, thus having to recycle through the steps again.
Also, while it has a variety of heat settings, you never know what those heats actually are. Even on the highest one, I wasn’t producing much vapor, due to it using only conduction heat. The addition of convection wasn’t deemed necessary because of the stir tool, I imagine. It did hit decently well, but the Airvape X and Mighty still outshine it. Some of this can be attributed to the water filter, however.
The ceramic chamber is a massive pain to load, and you’ll constantly lose flakes into the cracks. It’s also nowhere near as leakproof as I’d like my portable water vapes to be. However, taking everything apart to clean is pretty painless, and I used it for several months straight with no issues.
Cloudious9 Hydrology9 Final Thoughts
Overall, Hydrology9 is a great vape rig. At $200, it’s much more affordable than the competition, but it also take a lot of care to keep clean. I actually rather enjoy taking it on camping trips, although it’s definitely not discrete enough to be used on public streets. The metal and glass construction and decent offering of accessories make this worthwhile.
It’s not as hard hitting as you’d hope from a water bong, but you can get some pretty good hits. The problem is if you drawing too hard, you’ll suck up some water through the ball bearing. It’s also a pain to load, requires a lot of maintenance, and is prone to leakage if you’re not careful.
Those gripes aside, Hydrology9 is a well-designed first try, and we can’t wait to see if they update it for 2020 and fix some of the flaws.