While researching for my very first vape, I went nuts. So many to choose from, so many features. I couldn’t take anymore so I bought a bubbler and, sadly, entered the land of throat scorch. I resumed my vape hunt. What caught my eye about the SideKick was the number of features. Like a Swiss army knife. After it arrived I took my time familiarizing myself with the SK, and several days later the process sunk in. What a pleasure to vape cool, not burn. I love to put the Vortex Rod in the freezer and slide it into position for extra cool, even though the SK draws cool without it. You know, the ritual.
Tips: The ribbed dial that turns the stirring rod has a white indicator dot. It’s there, but is too small. I put a wee bit of colored nail polish to make it stand out. There’s some wiggle in that dial, so be aware that when lifting or replacing the top lid that you find the optimum position for the dotted rib, whether a tiny bit to the left, right or middle. When taking the top lid off or on, I place my thumb on the dial to keep it in place. If it’s a hair off, you may hove to fuss just a bit. Once aligned, the top goes on/off very easily. The bottom cover has a durable open/close switch. If you have a strong thumb nail you can slide it open smoothly. If not, consider using the hard end of one of the brushes that come in the kit. The batteries have some spring action that makes them pop out. I hold the SK somewhat upside down to avoid having them fall on the desktop. As with another reviewer, I had some battery problems. Wouldn’t hold a charge. The knowledgeable customer service guy at 7th Floor helped A LOT and sent replacements. I’d buy another Side Kick right now if I could get the New Year Sale price. Oh yeah, you get a great travel case, too along with all the little accessories. Perfect! Thanks to VN for overnight delivery. Have fun, one and all.