Ghost MV1 Review & Vaporizer Tutorial
We're taking a look at the Ghost MV1 vaporizer today and giving it a proper review. Take a look at the video above for a full review, usage instructions and we compare it to the Mighty and Firefly 2.
Update: Ghost has gone out of business since this review! Do not buy an MV1 - there will be no warranty.
If you're looking for the best vapor quality, you need to go with the Ghost MV1. Its pure convection oven dishes out the best vapor of any portable we've tested. It hits super hard and it looks damn cool.
I'm going to show you:
- Ghost MV1 review
- Boundless CFX vs. Mighty vs. Firefly 2
- How the Ghost MV1 works
- How to clean the Ghost MV1
In the Box
Here's what's included when you open up the box:
1 x Ghost MV1 vaporizer
1 x Battery pack
1 x Charging cable
1 x Quick start guide
1 x Extra crucible with lid
1 x Concentrate pad
3 x Picks
3 x Alcohol wipes
3 x Cotton swabs
Ghost MV1 Review
The GHOST MV1 feels really good right out of the box. It feels really well made and it's heavier than a lot of vaporizers but in a good way. You can tell that it's well manufactured.
✅ Vapor quality
The vapor quality you get from this thing is incredible. It hits super, super, super hard. You can get massive clouds from just a small bowl. The crucibles in here only hold .1 grams of dry herb, but you can pull huge rips from that. So it is kind of worth the hype.
I haven't had as good of hits from any other vaporizer or portable vaporizer than the MV1. And the flavor you get from it is also really, really good.
✅ On-demand heating
It heats up almost instantly or within around 10 seconds. So that means you can go from just nothing to vaping really quickly. That also means that you can take microdoses from it as well. So if that interests you, then definitely look into GHOST MV1 because you can put a crucible in there and then only take one hit and then put it away if you only wanna take a smaller amount at once.
✅ Build quality
It feels really good in your hand. You know that it's well built from the moment you pick it up. It feels like a really, really high end device. It really does. And it also fits perfectly in your hand and they specifically designed it that way. There's the thumb notch which fits perfectly where you press to inhale. It just feels really good.
✅ Can handle concentrates
While I usually stick to dry herbs myself, the Ghost MV1 can handle concentrates. There is a specific heat setting that you go to in order to use concentrates. Just add a bit of your concentrate on to the concentrate pad in the crucible and you're good to go.
✅ Crucibles can be good
This is a contentious argument since they can be finicky, but I actually like the crucibles. The reason why is because you can keep a few of them with you at once. If you're even just sitting at the couch, it's easier to just have a few crucibles handy rather than packing a whole bowl. It also lets you use less material at once, which I'm a fan of.
✅ Battery life
While other vaporizers demand that you're always plugged in, the Ghost MV1's battery is long enough for plenty of sessions. The battery life myself after testing it has lasted around 60 to 70 draws. This highly depends on the temperature that you use it at as well as other factors.
❌ It's finicky to load
On the con side, the crucibles are kind of finicky. When you're using this thing it's not easy to get the crucibles in there. I think they could have designed that a little bit better and also let these crucibles have a snap on. The lid just kind of lies on there and it's tough to get it in properly. You get the hang of it after a while but I wouldn't really recommend that to anybody with dexterity issues or anything like that.
❌ Not very portable
The Ghost MV1 isn't that pocketable. It does have a glass piece and I'd be kind of worried about breaking this in my pocket, especially if you spent that much money on it. So it might be good if you wanna throw it in a bag to take to a friend's house or something like that, but I wouldn't bring it on outdoors excursions with me.
I keep my MV1 as an at-home vaporizer. That's not necessarily a bad thing though, depending on what you want to do.
❌ Can get expensive
The third negative I have about the GHOST MV1 is their really pulling the Apple card when it comes to the accessories.
This fast charger is pretty much a necessary accessory. It cuts down the charging time from eight hours to two hours. I know you can do it overnight, but having this is definitely nice to have.
Then you also have the crucible holder, which lets you keep extra crucibles with you. The crucible dispenser is super handy to have around. But that's another thing you need to add on.
Then you maybe want a battery to add on to that, too. So it's kind of like they're doing the Apple dongle thing, which I'm not a huge fan of. f you have the money to spend though, you can't really go wrong with it.
❌ Cleaning is a bit of a nuisance
You need to keep it clean. I mean, if you spend this much money on your vaporizer you want it working at its peak. So every eight to 10 charges we recommend definitely cleaning it out. This is the case with most portable vaporizers like this but it's trickier to clean than the Firefly 2 or Arizer Solo 2. Don't take this as a huge negative though, as long as you don't mind doing the work.
Ghost MV1 vs. Mighty
The Mighty is a session vaporizer, meaning that you need to cook the entire bowl. The Ghost MV1 is an on demand vaporizer, which means that you can take just one puff and basically put it away and save the bowl. Generally, on demand vaporizers are more efficient. But if you're planning on using a whole bowl, then the Mighty is just as good. It depends on what you want to do. They both perform very, very well.
The Mighty does have pass-through charging though, and the Ghost MV1 doesn't. So that's good if you don't want to keep worrying about batteries and you just wanna charge it while you're sitting on the couch. The Ghost MV1 really kind of makes you buy the fast charger and an extra battery, so that can be kind of annoying, it can get kind of expensive. Ideally a vaporizer would have pass-through charging and replaceable batteries.
The Mighty's easier to clean and maintain and use than the MV1. Really you just need to clean out the bowl and keep everything kind of spic and span with the Mighty. With the MV1, it can be a little bit of a nuisance to clean. It's not hard but it can be a little bit annoying to keep having to do that instead of just wiping out the bowl with ISO to keep them maintained.
That being said, the MV1 does have better vapor quality. It ends up being cooler and I just get bigger clouds with the Ghost MV1, but the Mighty still performs really well.
Ghost MV1 vs. Firefly 2
When it comes to the Firefly 2 a few of the differences are...
That the MV1's battery lasts longer. So just on one charge it'll last you more puffs than the MV1. But like I said before, the Firefly 2 does include a free battery. So that means that you can replace it right away. If you wanna spend the money on an extra battery and the fast charger for the MV1 I'd pick it. If money wasn't an object and I could have all those things then I'd pick the MV1.
If you wanted to save a few bucks and have an extra battery right away, I'd probably pick the Firefly 2. The MV1 also has less draw resistance than the Firefly 2. I haven't had another portable vaporizer that has such little draw resistance with such cool vapor. But the Firefly 2 does perform really well, just not quite as high as the MV1.
The Firefly 2 is smaller than the MV1. Maybe it's not super obvious right away, but this is a much lighter unit than the MV1. I think the Firefly 2 could fit in your pocket if you wanted it to. I don't think this would fit in my pocket. I think I'd have to put it in a bag or something else in order to make it work and take somewhere.
Also, the Firefly 2 is easier to clean, just like the Mighty. It's really, you take off the lid, and then inside you just have to clean out the bowl in there, with some iso and then let it dry. You don't have to take apart all of the parts of the MV1 in order to give it a thorough clean.
The Firefly 2 is also a little bit easier to use. You just basically pop in your herb into the chamber there.
All of this considered though, you'd think I'd prefer the Firefly 2... but that's not true. I'd pick the Ghost MV1 all day because the draws you get are so much better than the Firefly 2.
How to use the Ghost MV1
Let's show you how the Ghost MV1 works:
1. Load the crucible with your herb or concentrate
Press the button to pop the chamber open. Then just grab the crucible and add your herb inside. Put the crucible back in the vaporizer and make sure the lid is on properly. Then just press the chamber closed.
2. Press the home button 3 times
Once you press the home button 3 times the MV1 will start to heat up.
You can adjust the temperature from 140°C - 220°C by holding the home button until you see the battery light. Then let go and hold it again. Once it starts flashing you can go through the different heat settings.
Tip: You can change between Celsius and Fahrenheit when you connect the app to the vaporizer.
3. Pull out glass mouthpiece and press the thumb button to inhale
Pull out the mouthpiece. The glass mouthpiece affects the airflow: the more you pull it out, the more airflow you'll get. Keep that in mind when you're using it.
Hold the button in the thumb notch which will make a buzz. When it's ready for you to draw it'll buzz again.
Then take a big pull from your Ghost MV1 - enjoy!
Once it's done it'll buzz one more time and that's when you should stop inhaling.
How to clean the Ghost MV1
Since you've spent so much money on your Ghost MV1 you'll want to make sure that it's properly maintained. You should probably be cleaning the heat-sink once every 8-10 battery charges.
1. Push out the heat sink
Apply pressure to the silicone to push out the heat sink. The whole heating chamber will pop out.
2. Pull apart the heating chamber
The heating chamber should come apart pretty easily:
- Pull out the glass mouthpiece
- Pull off the top of the heating chamber
- Remove the rubber gasket
- Pull out the white ceramic piece
3. Clean the mouthpiece and heat sink
Pour some isopropyl acohol in to a small dish and wash around the following parts for a minute or two:
- Glass mouthpiece
- White ceramic piece
- Ceramic heating chamber
You can rub down the inside of any of these parts with q-tip and iso. You can also rub out the inside of the unit itself with a small amount of iso on a q-tip.
Do not put the top of the heat sink and the rubber gasket in rubbing alcohol. It may ruin them.
4. Put the heat sink back together and push it in to Ghost MV1
The heat sink should be relatively easy to put back together. Just assemble the pieces the same way that you took them apart.
Pop the heat sink back in to the unit and you're good to go!
Wrapping it up
The Ghost MV1 is one of our top recommended vaporizers right now. If you want to get huge hits from your vaporizer, you'll definitely want to check it out.
If you have any questions about the unit, feel free to ask us in the comments down below.
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