Puffco unveils the $299 Proxy, an revolutionary, modular hashish vaporizer – TechCrunch


Puffco has lengthy led the market with revolutionary hashish vaporizers. The Puffco Peak Professional is definitely top-of-the-line e-rigs out there, and the corporate simply unveiled a brand new vape known as the Proxy. It gives one of the best of the Peak Professional and could be constructed into numerous kind components.

Don’t be distracted by the beautiful pipe. That’s only a piece of glass. The Proxy slides into the glass piece. Consider the Proxy as a modular dabbing rig, in a position to match into any kind issue made for the unit. Bubbler? Certain. Glass beaker? Yep. Pipe? Clearly.

The $299 self-contained rig is concerning the measurement of a taller D-cell battery. Inside is identical heating aspect discovered within the firm’s different flagship product, the Peak Professional. USB-C recharges the battery, and the unit comes pre-programmed with 4 completely different warmth ranges.

Puffco ships the Proxy with the pipe proven right here, together with a journey case that holds cables, a cleansing package, and a focus container spot.

It’s easy to make use of: Open the carb cap on the prime, drop in your favourite focus (resin, shatter, hash, and so on.), and hit the button twice to activate the oven. Then, a few seconds later, blast off. I discovered the glass pipe clean and comfy, however I might additionally like to attempt it with a water piece.

“This seems to be like a vaporizer, simply in a pipe kind,” Puffco founder Roger Volodarsky mentioned to TechCrunch. “Nevertheless it’s the primary actually modular vaporizer that’s been made to work in any design you need. And [Puffco] will launch completely different equipment in different kind components that the Proxy can drop into.”

And the corporate is seeking to makers to construct different distinctive equipment for the Proxy.

Puffco has lengthy had an energetic neighborhood that constructed equipment for the corporate’s flagship product, the Puffco Peak and the Peak Professional. Puffco sells just a few on its website, and Etsy and eBay are stuffed with customized glass items and utility equipment. Nonetheless, the Peak’s design is limiting and requires makers to construct glass items to a selected kind issue.

Volodarsky hopes makers will discover it simpler to construct across the self-contained Proxy.

“It takes a lot much less work to construct for the Proxy,” Volodarsky mentioned. “If an artist goes to make a prime for a Peak, it’s going to take them eight to 16 hours…until it’s actually, actually low-cost. [The Proxy] takes a lot much less effort, so artists can get the worth for his or her time. If it takes 4 hours to make a bit, they will cost approach much less for it. We expect there might be rather more inexpensive choices in our neighborhood.”

The Proxy is accessible in the present day at Puffco.com and several other retailers for $299. As well as, the corporate expects new kind components and equipment to be out there within the subsequent couple of months.

Volodarsky based Puffco in 2013 and has bootstrapped the corporate since. Roger doesn’t wish to take enterprise capital cash.

“I’ve a giant drawback with having to serve traders,” he advised TechCrunch. “The whole lot needs to be deeply worthwhile, and normally which means you’re paying workers as little as you can. It means you’re reducing corners to drive profitability. We’re right here to develop and professionalize the house, and that doesn’t align with the returns I feel shareholders would need. So yeah, I’m avoiding having any traders for so long as I can, and it doesn’t seem like that want is developing sooner or later. The one folks that have any possession curiosity in Puffco are early-stage workers.”

Volodarsky says the corporate has skilled exponential progress from 2016 to 2021, constantly doubling its income yearly. The chip scarcity affected the corporate, although. The Proxy was presupposed to be launched in 2021, however the firm needed to push it again till now, when it might purchase sufficient stock to launch the product.

The Puffco Proxy is hitting the market at a pivotal time. Hashish is now authorized in numerous varieties all through america, with Europe exhibiting indicators of turning on the lights. With the explosion in home markets, extra shoppers are discovering the plant, and a few are in search of high-end experiences and tools — that’s the place Puffco’s merchandise play.

I’ve lengthy been a fan of Puffco’s merchandise, and the Proxy carries one of the best of the corporate into new kind components. I had just a few days with the Proxy, and it’s a lot simpler to wash than different Puffco merchandise, and it’s a pleasure to make use of. It’s straightforward to take the Proxy out of the glass pipe and picture it becoming into all kinds of glass items. I can’t wait to see what folks construct for this factor.

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