The Boundless CFX is a portable, mostly conduction, session-vaporizer. It’s manufactured by Boundless Vape Technology, which is a very new kid on the block.
The Boundless CFX and its smaller brother the Boundless CF are their first vaporizers.
It’s one of those ‘portable’ vaporizers which is actually quite big and not the most pocket-friendly vape.
Looking at the Boundless vaporizers, the first thing you can’t help but noticing is their similarity to the MIGHTY and CRAFTY from Storz and Bickel.
Interestingly enough, they are less than half the price of the Storz and Bickel powerhouses.
Does half the price mean half the quality?
Continue below to find out.
Or go straight to the pros and cons and conclusion.
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In the introduction you already read that the Boundless CFX looks quite similar to the MIGHTY.
It has the same rugged plastic design, a similar mouthpiece and a LED display to control temperature.
I do feel the Boundless CFX looks a bit sleeker and more modern than the MIGHTY…
However the build quality feels less, especially the buttons used to control the functions of the vaporizer feel a bit cheap. The overall build quality is still very good though.
Also Boundless Vape Technology doesn’t really go out of its way to promote the materials used in their vapes as food-safe and heat-resistant. This doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not…but I do wonder why they wouldn’t if the materials were…
Although it is a portable vaporizer…the Boundless CFX isn’t exactly the most ‘portable’ vaporizer because of various reasons.
Size & Weight
For starters, this is a large and heavy vaporizer. I can fit it in my pockets, but fitting anything next to it is really hard. It’s just a little bit smaller than the MIGHTY…meaning it cannot qualify as a pocket-vape.
Its exact dimensions are 5 x 2.5 x 0.5 inches (12.7 x 6.4 x 1.2 cm) and it weighs 0.46 lbs (208g).
So if you’re going to want to conveniently carry the Boundless CFX around…you’re going to need a bag of some sorts.
Discreetness of design
The rugged plastic design, its size and the mouthpiece that sticks out like a sore thumb when in use…do kinda give away what this thing is…
…at least for anyone with some common sense. Can’t really fool people with a device like this.
It gets better:
Its quick heat-up time of 20-30 seconds does help in getting a few semi-quick hits in…
This is not bad for a session-vape. It just won’t be as convenient as a true on-demand vape like the Firefly 2 for example.
Also keep in mind it is a mostly conduction session-vape.
Why does this matter?
It won’t be very efficient or tasty to stop a session half-way and then continue later on.
Since it’s mostly a conduction vaporizer and conduction vaporizers tend to smell worse than convection vapes…
It’s quite a surprise that the Boundless CFX doesn’t really smell that bad…if you keep it clean.
The major take-away here:
- Keep it clean.
Tip: If smell is an issue for you when you’re inside, blow your vapor out of your window and make sure there’s enough air circulation. You could also try exhaling into socks or a blanket.
I get 10-12 sessions of 5ish minutes with the Boundless CFX. This means it’s good for 60 minutes of continues use. Also it has a 5 minute auto shut-off mechanism, which is cool for us peeps with short-term memory problems.
Its charge-up time is absolutely outstanding. With the wall-charger it charges up in a whopping 30 minutes from empty to full. With the USB charger it naturally takes longer…but still an acceptable 3 hours.
The Boundless CFX is kind of similar to the MIGHTY in that its exterior is fully made from plastic…
So from the outside it doesn’t look and feel like the safest vaporizers…but never judge a book by the cover.
Let’s see what’s inside.
Heating element and vapor path
The heating chamber is made from ceramic…which is fine as long as it’s really only ceramic (that’s why we advice against using fake and no-name vaporizers…ceramic isn’t always really ceramic). And currently there’s no reason to think the heating chamber in the Boundless CFX is anything else but ceramic.
The convection heating element however is made from aluminium…which is also completely fine, as long as it’s of the right quality.
It probably is of the right quality. Aside from the marketing slip (advertising their vaporizers as full convection vaporizers), they have been pretty transparent. So I do think they deserve some trust in this.
The vapor path is a mix of different materials:
- Part of the air path is made from stainless steel;
- The chamber through which the air gets pulled and vapor gets produced is ceramic;
- And the mouthpiece is plastic (polycarbonate).
The air that’s used in this vaporizer gets pulled from the bottom of the vaporizer through stainless steel air path into the ceramic bowl where your vapor gets produced (mainly through conduction heating). Lastly it goes through the plastic mouthpiece.
The only potential safety issue that could arise with this vaporizer is the mouthpiece that’s made of polycarbonate.
Polycarbonate starts to soften at 297 °F (147 °C).
I haven’t measured the temperature around the mouthpiece…
But I doubt it will get anywhere near that.
Separation air path and electronics
Multiple sources have proven that the air path of the Boundless CFX is completely separated from the electronics.
So no worries there.
See the picture below (the stainless steel cylinder is where the air path starts)
Vapor Potency (9.5)
If the Boundless CFX is going to be any type of competition to the MIGHTY…
There’s one thing it HAS to perform well in: vapor potency.
And it does perform really well in this area.
What can you expect with an 80 watt heating element?
Yes…80 watts is unheard of in a portable vaporizer.
It seems Boundless Vape Technology just decided to use brute force to make this vaporizer produce hard hitting clouds of vapor…
The MIGHTY Vaporizer actually only has a 30 watts heating element…
But it hits slightly harder!
How’s this possible you might be wondering?
The convection/conduction ratio for the MIGHTY is higher than of the Boundless CFX.
The Boundless CFX has hardly any convection heating going on…and conduction-style heating just requires more watts to produce hard hitting clouds.
Another reason could be that the MIGHTY is just a more optimized vaporizer.
In any case:
The Boundless CFX does hit really hard…just slightly less hard than the MIGHTY or CRAFTY.
But harder than any other portable vaporizer (butane vapes not included)!
Vapor Flavor (6.5)
Like with all conduction (or high conduction ratio) vaporizers, the flavor that the Boundless CFX produces is just not top notch…mostly because it lacks consistency in producing good flavor all throughout your session.
The first 3-4 hits taste decent…but it deteriorates really fast after that. I can’t distinguish the subtleties in taste between different strains after the first few hits…but even the first few hits aren’t that pure.
It’s not absolutely atrocious, but bad enough that it is a big con for me (I’m a flavor-Nazi mind you).
If you’re an average user, it won’t break your experience…
Tip: If you want to preserve taste do smaller sessions instead of big sessions, because the flavor with a small bowl deteriorates as fast as a big bowl. It’s always after the first few hits that the flavor deteriorates.
If you’re a Vaponaut regular, you know conduction-style heating is bad news for efficiency.
Here’s what I mean:
Conduction-style heating keeps your herb cooking while you’re vape is on, whether you’re drawing or not. This leads to waist.
Also generally speaking conduction vapes have less powerful extraction…but not so with the Boundless CFX:
It has extremely powerful extraction (read the potency paragraph).
Its bowl is pretty large for a portable: 0,3 grams, and the minimum amount you need to produce satisfying hits is 0,1-0,15 grams. Which is not too bad actually. It’s better than the PAX 2 for example.
So even though the Boundless CFX is not a very efficient vaporizer by its core design (conduction, large bowl)…
Because its extraction is so powerful, you will get medicated PROPERLY with 0,1-0,15 grams (a bit too proper too my liking at the highest temperatures 😉 )
Ease of Use (8.5)
There’s not much to learn in using this vaporizer properly…
…if you use the vaporizer as it comes out of the box.
Let me explain:
You can enhance the performance of the Boundless CFX with a few modifications (read them in the tips and tricks paragraph at the end of the review). But these modifications do add to the learning curve.
Don’t get me wrong:
It works well straight out of the box…but if you’re obsessed with maximizing performance (like a good friend of mine), these modifications can be annoying. Some people just want maximum performance straight of the box.
Of course there are standard tips for using any vaporizer and specifically a conduction vape…
But here’s the kicker:
One of the standard tips for conduction vaporizers doesn’t apply the Boundless CFX…
To fully pack and compress your bowl actually doesn’t work well with the Boundless CFX. Because the hot air that gets pulled from the air path to the bottom of the bowl, seems to be the cause of uneven cooking when you fully pack your bowl and compress it.
So in that sense this vaporizer is a bit of an outsider among the conduction vapes.
Here’s a quick video on how to use the Boundless CFX:
There’s quite a bit of draw resistance (medium). It’s definitely not completely free-flowing like the MIGHTY or CRAFTY. But it it’s a bit better than the PAX 2 or Arizer portables for example.
The average user wouldn’t find it annoying in an experience-breaking manner.
Maintenance / cleaning downtime
Cleaning the Boundless CFX is straightforward:
Always clean the bowl after your session. Just use the included brush…but always do it while your bowl is still warm, otherwise the resin will stick onto your bowl and it will be hard to brush it off.
That’s it for the after-session clean-up.
A real deep cleaning is not really needed with this vape. However you should clean the bowl and mouthpiece with ISO alcohol and a Q-Tip every 3 session to keep your CFX in optimal condition. The screen in the mouthpiece can be soaked in ISO alcohol.
Really do this otherwise the flavor and airflow will take a massive hit. The bowl is actually hard to clean once you let resin build up…don’t let this happen!
You could soak the mouthpiece in ISO alcohol as well for a short period of time. I try not to do this too much though.
Even though polycarbonate should be safe to clean with ISO alcohol, I’m a bit of health-obsessed creature…and it just doesn’t feel right for me to coat any type of plastic in ISO alcohol (plastic in general just has shown to leach unwanted substances, and a chemically powerful agent like ISO alcohol can only help this process is my reasoning).
Note: NEVER soak anything else than the mouthpiece and the screen in the mouthpiece in ISO alcohol. The plastic that’s used in the unit itself is not made to soak in alcohol. It’s ok to rub the other parts with tools that are dipped in ISO Alcohol though.
Tip: The VapeXhale EZ load bowl (ELB) modification significantly reduces cleaning downtime of the bowl. Read what this mod is at the end of the review.
Temperature Control (9.5)
A precise temperature control.
That’s what you get with the CFX. For portables this is the best you can get. The only reason why it doesn’t get a 10 in this area, is because it can’t reach 446°F (230°C).
This is the temperature you dangerous vaping rebels like to play with when you’re testing the combustion gods (combustion of marijuana starts at 464°F / 240°C) and want to get as close as possible to a smoke-like experience.
On the other hand it might be good they kept the max temp well below 464°F / 240°C…because without a super-accurate temp control, chances of combusting are very high when you got close to combustion temperatures..
Its temperature settings range from 100°F-430°F (38°C-220°C)…which really is enough for anybody.
So if you want absolute full control over the effects of your herb and vapor, the Boundless CFX has got you covered.
The heat-up time?
This is crazy:
Only 20-30 seconds SECONDS!
Reputation and Reliability (8)
“Boundless Vape Technology”…actually I don’t think anyone heard of them until recently.
The Boundless CFX and CF are their first vaporizers, and they came out in the beginning of 2016.
Their reputation did take an immediate hit because they advertised their vaporizers as full convection…
But some handy vape geeks proved their vaporizers are almost full conduction. They later changed this and stopped advertising their vaporizers as full convection and gave a lame excuse that there was some misunderstanding between them and their engineers.
I do say ‘lame excuse ’because their story doesn’t sound very credible…but who knows it might be true.
I do think they more than made up for their mistake by having an outstanding customer service. I literally couldn’t find a bad word about their customer service…which for a new company is remarkable.
It’s still kind of early to talk about the reliability of this vape…but so far so good. Plus I don’t read any horror stories about units going bad like with the CRAFTY for example (although the newer version seems to have significantly improved in its defect rate).
Its warranty is on the short side: 2 years. It seems this 2 years is starting to become the industry standard for portable vaporizers…not a good development.
The Boundless CFX is a BEAST. This thing produces clouds and does it almost as good as the Kings of Potency: MIGHTY and CRAFTY…
But for almost 1/3th of the price!
The flavor is not as good though, and a true cannaseur unfortunately won’t be satisfied with the Boundless CFX. The first few hits are good, but after that it deteriorates (like with most conduction vapes).
Its design is rugged not elegant, and the build quality is good. Plastic is what dominates this vape…so it doesn’t feel super luxurious. But the quality of the plastic is good and it doesn’t feel cheap either.
Even though I can fit it in my pocket, if you’re looking for a true pocket vape, look at its smaller brother: the Boundless CF. The battery life is decent though, you won’t easily run out of battery when you’re out in the wild.
For you temp control Nazis:
The Boundless CFX has precise temperature control and a large temp range that’s adjustable in 1 degree increments.
Up until now this vape seems reliable, horror stories are few and far between. Plus the customer service of Boundless Vape Technology is superb.
If we’re comparing the Boundless CFX to the MIGHTY, I would go for the Boundless CFX if:
- You want an as potent vaporizer as the MIGHTY;
- Want an as easy to use vaporizer as the MIGHTY;
- Want better reliability (although the new (2016) versions of the MIGHTY seem to have improved upon the reliability issues)…
…and all of this for almost 1/3th of the price!
You’re getting sick value for money with this vaporizer.
For everything else, especially flavor (which is extremely important for me), I would recommend the MIGHTY.
Where to buy the Boundless CFX:
Boundless CFX Tips and Tricks
How to grind your herb:
Even though it’s mostly a conduction vape, it doesn’t seem to matter. You can even use no grind and still get a very good performance…strange enough.
How to pack your bowl:
Don’t fully pack your bowl, 3/4th at most and don’t compress it. The minimum amount you’ll need to produce satisfying hits is 0.1 grams. Just cover the bottom surface area of your bowl and then some extra.
How to draw:
Draw slowly, controlled and for at least 5-10 seconds to produce the best hits.
Stir your bowl:
Stirring does help a little to really extract everything out of your , but is not really needed. It works perfectly fine without stirring.
The VapeXhale mods:
I will explain them here though:
The EZ Load Bowl (ELB)
What you do with it is the following:
- Replace the original mouthpiece screen of your Boundless vaporizer with ELB cap;
- Attach the ELB itself onto the ELB cap;
- Attach your mouthpiece onto your unit like you normally would.
The ELB fits PERFECTLY into the regular bowl, so now you effectively have a new bowl.
What this does is:
- Increases the convection ratio of the vaporizer (for better taste and efficiency);
- Improves airflow so reduces draw resistance, and;
- Keeps your regular bowl clean, and since the ELB is much easier to clean than the regular bowl, maintenance time goes significantly down.
Note: This mod is HIGHLY recommended!
A pictured guide can be found here.