It turns on with five rapid presses of its single button. You can cycle between the four temperature presets — 320 degrees, 380 degrees, 410 degrees, and 500 degrees — by clicking the button three times. An indicator light will appear next to the temperature that you currently have selected, at which point you only need to hold the button down to turn on the heating element. The light will turn green when the vaporizer reaches its operating temperature.
The chamber is covered by a mesh screen and the clear plastic mouthpiece is held in place by strong magnets. There were never any issues with any pieces coming loose or breaking — the device doesn’t exactly have a lot of moving parts. With the mouthpiece and mesh screen removed, you only need to load the Starlight as you see fit — there are no hidden nooks and crannies needing to be cleaned later.
The battery is worthwhile and will carry you through several uses. I was surprised just how hot to the touch the device can actually get. It never felt unsafe, but there were more than a few instances of picking it up and hurrying to put it down.
There’s only joy here, as I have no critiques of substance against the Starlight. It’s a robust vaporizer that heats up quickly and runs a long time per charge. It’s very easy to clean, and all the pieces fit together firmly. It may lack the discrete profile of a pen-style vaporizers, but it entirely remains a handheld device, it’s size on par with a deck of cards.
If you want a great vaporizer, but are turned off by the heavy price tags coming from companies like Pax, this $100 treasure will treat you just fine.