The concept is great, which is why I purchased the KOL HOJ Mini. I totally see why they won an innovation award. The idea sells itself. The draw never burns, and I never cough. That being said, the lack of a carb doesn't allow you to control the amount of smoke in the draw. The pull is a little weak in that it feels like I'm getting (estimating by feel) about 30% air with each draw. The smoke you inhale is not as dense as a [glass] pipe with a carb. But the HOJ makes the smoke cleaner, and I appreciate that. The thing is you can get the same clean but more dense draw from a water pipe/bong. The chamber (area where you put the herb) is wide with a replacable screen. I find that it is best to use a torch, as a regular lighter burns slower which means you will be inhaling a lot of air.
Re: Cleaning. This is a very high-maintenance pipe. The chambers filter out all the stuff you don't want to inhale and it collects pretty quickly. You can wipe it off at first, but then it starts to get sticky and this really affects the draw. Once it's dirty, the efficiency gets lost, and you end up wasting a lot of herb. I clean the pipe using olive oil and baby bottle soap. Using a paint brush, I "paint" olive oil all over the inside area of the pipe, and it takes out all the gunk really easily. Afterwards, I brush some soap, and the pipe comes out like new. Overnight in water (like the site instructs) didn't work for me.
I've had this pipe for almost a year, and in the beginning I'd use it more often. Because it was new, fun, and cool (magnets, and chambers...oh my!). But now, I hardly touch it. It's nice and when I have friend's over, I will defo bust it out. But for every day use, I put the KOL HOJ aside. There's too much work in maintaining it. If I want a dense clean draw, I'll use a water pipe/bong. If I want something portable and easy, a small glass pipe with a carb will do.
This is why I've given in 3 stars. If you're looking for something new and cool, this is defo it. But I don't see it replacing anything we already have.
We are so sorry to hear that you are not completely satisfied with the purchase of your KØL mini. We 100% want you to have the best experience possible and we wanted to let you know that we appreciate your feedback and take all of it into consideration.
KØL does draw a bit harder than normal since this is part of what creates the micro-channel cooling design. As far as cleaning, we've created a new video that may help make cleaning your pipe easier: https://youtu.be/yadimzQnEcg
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