The Scorpion E-Vapor Hookah Hose by Northsmoke Hookahs is something of a quandary. It advertises itself as a hookah device, and yet it doesn’t require the involvement of an actual hookah pipe. Hookah emulation by way of vaping is nothing new, but as a (former) avid hookah smoker, I’d tell you that the only way to really simulate an actual hookah session would require the inclusion of an e-hookah bowl, like the Square E-Head. You can’t really mimic a hookah session without an actual hookah pipe in the mix, right?
Well, I was proven wrong with the Starbuzz E-Hose. It’s a fantastic vaping device, and it’s very hookah-like, despite not requiring the utilization of an actual hookah pipe. But I had a few big problems with it–namely the proprietary nature of its e-liquid replacement and the restrictive price-tag. For less than half the price ($79.99) and with refillable cartomizers, the Scorpion E-Vapor Hookah Hose presents itself as a more than viable alternative…but is it as good? And more importantly, is it really able to replace the sensation of smoking actual shisha? These are some of the questions that we’ll be tackling in this comprehensive review of the Scorpion E-Vapor Hookah Hose. Check it all out after the break!
The Scorpion E-Vapor Hookah Hose is a standalone vaping device that works exactly like every other vaping device in existence. It is powered by a rechargeable 2200mAh battery, it utilizes a 10ml e-liquid chamber/atomizer combo (more on that later), and it sort of resembles the end of a traditional hookah hose, notably with the mouthpiece.
Vaping with this baby is a breeze: charge the battery, fill the cartomizer tank with your favorite e-liquid and insert it into the base of the device, screw on the mouthpiece, and suck away. There are no buttons to press, and no settings to toggle–the Scorpion E-Vapor activates as you inhale, producing thick, hookah-like clouds of vapor as you exhale. It really is an incredibly simple process, and those who aren’t tech-savvy won’t be intimidated by it.
Check out this unboxing video I made to see exactly what comes with every Scorpion E-Vapor:
Didn’t feel like watching it? No worries, I’ll list it out for you. Every Scorpion E-Vapor comes with:
In my unboxing video I also show two additional cartomizer tanks. Keep in mind that I purchased those separately; the Scorpion E-Vapor only comes with one. I suggest you do the same–you’ll need additional cartomizers (they have to be replaced every so often) and that will allow you to save on shipping costs in the future.
I’m always a little wary when it comes to trying new vaping devices, especially if they’re from brands that I’m not completely familiar with. You should be too–there’s a lot of garbage out there, and the blossoming e-cigarette market has opened the floodgate to a slew of cheaply manufactured, “Gas Station” quality vaping devices. Needless to say, my $79.99 investment made me a little nervous.
Alas, my worst fears were in vain. I’m happy to report that the Scorpion E-Vapor is a well built device with quite a bit of heft. It’s certainly heavier than most “portable” vaping units, but not at all unmanageable. If anything, the weight gives it a more premium feel. There aren’t many loose parts–it features a solid base, and the mouthpiece screws off to reveal a little slot for the cartomizer tank. It’s also entirely made of metal (with the exception of a plastic cartomizer tank and a glass screen on the bottom), which likely contributes to the overall weight.
As mentioned earlier, the Scorpion E-Vapor is designed to look like a hookah hose, though I’d argue that it looks more like a flashlight. My wife claims it looks kind of like an amateur telescope. When I demoed it for my friends, most of them had no idea what it was at first. I ordered a red Scorpion (they also come in green and blue), though the color here is pretty much inconsequential–they’re all mostly black, save for the mouth piece and two bands (one close to the top of the unit, and another at the bottom).
Aesthetics are entirely subjective, but truth be told it’s a rather plain looking device. The Scorpion E-Vapor is nowhere near as flashy as the Starbuzz E-Hose, but again, that doesn’t mean it looks bad. Either way, looks aren’t nearly as important as function, and the form factor presented with the Scorpion allows for an incredibly intuitive vaping experience. And it’s built like a tank, which is always nice.
I’m going to be perfectly honest here–when I first set up my Scorpion E-Vapor, I was pretty underwhelmed. The clouds were weak, and I couldn’t taste much flavor. After a few minutes, however, this completely changed. After a few initial (and disappointing) puffs, the Scorpion was suddenly allowing big, full flavored draws, and the clouds being produced were downright epic–as good as anything that my beloved Square E-Head could manage.
This is completely my fault–had I read the instructions prior to setting it all up, I would have known that the the atomizer takes around five minutes to really get started with a new batch of e-liquid. Silly me.
Check out this short demo video I made to see the Scorpion E-Vapor in action:
On a side note, I mention in this video that the Scorpion E-Vapor retails for around $70, but it’s actually closer to $80 ($79.99). It’s not a huge difference, so I didn’t bother making another video, but I just thought I should put that out there.
It’s important to note that your vaping experience is only as good as the e-liquid you use. I used a 50:50 PG to VG Mango Flavored with 6ml of Nicotine combo that I purchased from Mount Baker Vapor (the same stuff I regularly use for my E-Head), though any e-liquid is going to work with the Scorpion E-Vapor. Which brings us to the our next big point…
One of the big selling points here is the fact that the Scorpion E-Vapor features a refillable cartomizer tank. This is commonplace for more advanced portable vaping devices, but it’s a little different for ones that are specifically marketed as “e-hookahs.” As mentioned in the introduction of this review, the Starbuzz E-Hose doesn’t have this, so the ability to use whatever e-liquid you want is a BIG plus for the Scorpion E-Vapor.
Why is that? Well, having the ability to use a refillable cartomizer has some very important key advantages. First, it means you can use any brand of e-liquid that you desire. It also allows you to choose how much nicotine you want in your e-liquid–the proprietary Starbuzz cartridges for their E-Head only come in nicotine-free varieties. And finally, it’s far, far cheaper this way, especially if you’re like me and buy your e-liquid in bulk.
The cartomizer tank itself is a generous 10ml in volume, whichshould be more than enough for most people (for reference the Square E-Head only allows for a 8ml e-liquid chamber). An opening on the body of the device also exposes the cartomizer, so you can see exactly how much juice you have left–a neat little addition that I greatly appreciated (there’s nothing worse than inhaling a whole lot of harsh nothing).
I should also note that the e-liquid chamber is a bit thinner than what I’m used to, and refilling it required a little more precision on my part. Calling it a “problem” is rather nitpicky, since most bottles of e-liquid come with eye-dropper tips that allow for such finesse. The bottles I get from Mount Baker Vapor are a little more free-flowing, but again, this is probably a non-issue for most.
I started this review calling the Scorpion E-Vapor a “quandary,” but I didn’t really mean that in a negative sense. It’s just that, well, smoking traditional hookah is an experience. There’s a certain atmosphere, a particular mood that engulfs the whole ordeal. That’s exactly why I was so blown away with Square E-Head–it provides an almost perfect rendition of hookah smoking without most of the hassle.
With that said, smoking hookah by its very nature is an imperfect hobby, especially if you’re mobile. Lugging an entire hookah pipe around is a ridiculous notion, therefore staying in one place for most of the time becomes an unfortunate aftermarket affect.
And that, my friends, is exactly where portable e-hookahs like the Scorpion E-Vapor come to life. Sure, when I’m at home, vaping on an E-Head is great, but when I’m out and about (which happens a lot), having a viable, mobile alternative is priceless.
So I did the unthinkable–I charged up my Scorpion and (gasp), took it with me as I left to run errands on a busy Saturday. It was too big to fit in my pocket, so I carried it around when I wasn’t driving. I got a few odd looks from bystanders, but nobody was outwardly rude or completely taken aback by it. I had it handy with me while I was hanging out with my friends, and was even permitted to smoke it indoors on some occasions (vaping leaves almost no obvious residue behind). I even managed a few puffs while I was on the road, though I highly recommend that you don’t do this–the thick clouds are big enough to obstruct your vision.
Moral of the story? It was nice to have an e-hookah with me on the go. Like, really, really nice. And when I got home, a funny thing happened. I continued to use my Scorpion E-Vapor, even though I had an e-hookah head ready to go. I eventually realized what I was doing and went back to my “closer to traditional” hookah session, but the point still stands–the Scorpion E-Vapor is so close to an actual hookah that I completely forgot about my real one. I guess the “hubbly bubbly” aspect isn’t as important as I thought it would be.
If you’re new to the e-hookah game, then you’re probably wondering how the Scorpion E-Vapor compares to smaller and cheaper e-hookah pens. They have quite a few things in common, specifically the same general components (which you’ll find in every vaping device) and the fact that they cater to hookah smokers, not cigarette smokers (e-hookahs emphasize flavor, and typically feature less or zero nicotine).
Here’s the deal–even though e-hookah hose devices like the Scorpion E-Vapor (and the Starbuzz E-Head) share a lot in common with e-hookah pens, they do a much better job at mimicking an actual hookah pipe. Here are some of the things that set the Scorpion E-Vapor light years ahead of sub-$20 e-hookah pens:
As much as I’m enjoying my Scorpion E-Vapor, there are a few things that simply aren’t perfect about it. For starters, the voltage is completely stationary–you can’t adjust it at all. Thankfully, whatever it’s set to is perfect for my needs (50:50 PG to VG, 6mg of Nicotine), but stronger nicotine content may not fare as well. For the record, I also tested my unit with nicotine-free e-liquid, and it worked great, albeit without any of that “happy” nicotine buzz.
I already mentioned the thin e-liquid chamber, but this shouldn’t be a problem. What may be an issue, however, is the fact that the chamber is made out of plastic, which could prove detrimental if you plan on using darker or more acidic flavors. Keep in mind that most e-liquids designed by hookah brands (like Starbuzz, Fantasia or Hookahfina) don’t produce flavors that will damage a plastic tank, so you’re probably in the clear. Either way, this is a problem that you’re going to find with just about every e-hookah device on the market right now, so it’s not unique to the Scorpion E-Vapor.
Here’s something I found rather silly–the glass screen at the bottom flashes when the battery is close to dying. That’s cool and all, but it’s kind of a design flaw because there’s no way to see it while you’re vaping…because again, it’s at the bottom. Certainly not a deal-breaker by any means, but still kind of pointless.
And finally, the Scorpion E-Vapor only comes with one cartomizer. These babies need to be replaced every so often, so including an additional one would have been nice. Thankfully they’re not overpriced (most places sell them for around $10). No e-liquid is included either, though I’m not really torn up about this–I usually end up throwing “sample packs” away in lieu of my preferred stuff.
Even with this issues, I’m still a huge fan of what Northsmoke have provided with their Scorpion E-Vapor Hookah Hose. Sure, it’s not as pretty as the Starbuzz E-Hose, but it’s also substantially cheaper ($199.99 vs $79.99, you do the math). From a functional standpoint, it works just as well as what Starbuzz offers, and the ability to use (almost) whichever e-liquid you desire gives the Scorpion E-Vapor a huge push that proprietary-based devices just can’t touch.
So, long story short, I’d say that the Scorpion E-Vapor is a great value. While $80 isn’t chump change, you’re still getting quite a bit for your money, especially when factoring in the price of a full e-hookah head set-up. I’m certainly happy with my purchase, and I suspect you’ll feel the same way.