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Should you buy the Hitoki Trident?

If you have a couple of extra dollars lying around the house that you’ve been wanting to ‘burn’, then the Hitoki Trident laser bong is something that you should bring your attention to. Bringing new technology to the age-old concept of bongs and lighters, the Hitoki Laser seeks to breathe some fresh air into the industry by having a ‘freakin’ laser’ as the source of ignition of the dry herb in the chamber. With a viewing window that glows blue with the pulsing laser, there is also a certain eye-candy element, as the minimalist eye design looks just as awesome on a shelf as it does in use. In this review of the Hitoki Trident, we’ll be going over the bong’s key features to help you decide if it’s worth the $500 USD investment or not, as well as comparing it to some of the best desktop vaporizers in the cannabis industry.

Hitoki Trident Laser Bong

What’s in the Hitoki Trident box?

1x  Hitoki Trident Laser Bong
1x USB-C charging cable
1x Wall power adapter
1x Ceramic loading chamber
1x Silicone hookah hose
1x Hose connecter
1x Metal compressor

Hitoki Trident Laser Bong Accessories

Hitoki Trident Key Features

As a modern take on a bong, Hitoki sought to combine the best effects of vaporizing and combustion of loose flower cannabis that combines the big clouds and high of a torch, without the loss of flavor that a dry herb vaporizer provides. With a very bright and powerful pure light energy laser that works just like concentrated sunlight on a leaf from childhood, you’ll have access to a butane-free smoking experience that will be easier on the lungs. With a clear plastic red shield, you’ll be able to see the laser hard at work before you inhale, and overall it’s freakin’ awesome and an awesome pickup for cannabis enthusiasts.

  • Durable aluminum body
  • Carb cap/button
  • Ceramic loading chamber
  • Integrated water filter
  • Cleaner than butane ignition

Suitable Substances

With three laser settings, you’ll have a session for your dry herb, humid herb, and concentrate-infused herb. Hitoki suggests against using nicotine or tobacco inside the chamber, as it was designed with cannabis use in mind only.

Smoke Quality

With instant combustion, no butane, water cooling, and a long smoke pathway, there are a lot of benefits to the smoke quality that you’ll be able to get from The Trident. With the aluminum mouthpiece at the end of the silicone whip, you can be sure there is almost zero added flavor besides anything but your smoked bud. It’s an awesome upgrade to traditional combustion that offers good flavor and best of all, is windproof!

Hitoki Trident Laser Bong Smoke Quality

Battery Life

With a very powerful battery, you’ll be able to get up to 280 ignitions per charge that will last well over a week for heavy users. It comes equipped with a USB-C cord and wall adapter, so charging is quite versatile and will only take around an hour and fourty-five minutes.

How to use the Hitoki Trident Laser Bong?

To operate the Hitoki Trident, you’ll first start by pressing the singular power button five times quickly. From there you can swap the temperature as indicated by the glowing color of the power button itself which can be changed by pressing the power button three times.

  • Blue – Blue is the hottest temperature intended for an essential oil-infused blends
  • Green – Green is the medium setting and is supposed to be used for “fresh herbal blends
  • Red – red is the lowest setting and is ideal for “dryer looser blends and for better taste

For filling the acrylic bubbler portion of the Trident, you can fill it by unscrewing it from the middle portion of the Trident. Once you have the silicone hose adapter on it, you can then fill it with about a shot glass of water. Screw it back onto the body of the vape while upside down. Make sure that you don’t overfill past the fill line, or you’re going to make the draws more difficult than they have to be.

When it comes to firing the laser, you can choose to either double-tap the power button to fire it up for a nine-second run, or press and hold it for a second or two for an on-demand type of session. The press and hold option will automatically turn off after nine seconds regardless, as Hitoki doesn’t want the laser to overheat.

Breaking the laser down into three steps of operation then, all that you’ll have to do is:

  1. Load it – Loading the ceramic chamber
  2. Lock it – The heating element which will interlock above the heating chamber
  3. Light it – As we just discussed

With an integrated water filter/bubbler, it works by running your smoke path to the bottom water holding chamber where several air ports will release your smoke into the water, and then through the shisha whip or sold separately silicone mouthpiece accessory.

The ceramic loading chamber works with a threaded design to keep it stable when it’s, you know, getting freakin’ laser beamed and all. With a fine grind, you’ll be able to load around 0.3g or 0.4g of a fine grind into the top of it, making sure to not pack too hard or it will cover the four air holes at the bottom. In this sense, it does closely resemble the new Arizer Air Max. While the manufacturer suggests using the packing tool to make the top of the bud flat for better laser contact, your pinky will do the trick just as easily.

Hitoki Trident Laser Bong How to use

Hitoki Laser Bong Tips & Tricks

  1. Since the laser is so powerful on all three heat settings, it’s not a bad thing to pack the full chamber. This is certainly not a microdosing device since a small chamber will go up in flames and airflow is never really an issue as long as you’re keeping the chamber’s air holes clear after every use.
  2. As we previously mentioned, the stir tool does go a long way with the long and narrow chamber to get the most out of your herb. By using the stir tool after a few seconds of heating on-demand, you’ll be able to get up to three big hits as opposed to just one with the 9-second pre-heat. For those looking to get the most out of their flower, this is the way.
  3. The laser will only fire when it’s sealed down onto the chamber so that you don’t accidentally laser beam your eyes out, which is nice to know if you’re a spaz like I am.
  4. The hose is fairly rigid and since the Hitoki is fairly small, it’s easy to knock over, which won’t be a good idea when the laser is firing, so I suggest moving slowly while it’s firing.

One of the benefits of the Hitoki Laser is the near-instant cloud production. You won’t have to worry about having to fumble for a laser or holding it to your bowl outside in the wind. The long air path and water add a lot of smoke cooling on their own, and if you use near-boiling hot water, the humidity will make it even easier on the throat.

How to clean the Hitoki Laser?

For the water compartment, a quick shake with some Orange Chronic Glass Cleaner will be enough to get rid of any residue. For the whip, a hot water rinse will help to keep it clean, and the ceramic chambers will be entirely clean after a quick isopropyl alcohol soak and hot water rinse.

Just like most bongs, the Hitoki Trident doesn’t take long to get dirty (individual experiences may vary depending on use…ahem). However, you will find that instead of burned bits of bud, you’re cleaning resin and fine ash. Some bongs are terrible for sucking a half-burned bowl into the water. Thankfully, this device doesn’t do that.

For the body of the laser, a quick wipe with an alcohol wipe will help keep everything looking nice and grime-free, especially the red screen which is the most enjoyable part of the Hitoki. On the upper portion, you’ll be able to see the laser lens. To keep it working its best, a vape cleaning stick wipe-down will do the trick.

Everything about the Hitoki is of high manufacturing quality, so you don’t have to worry that much about decreasing performance over time. The only thing I can’t stress enough is to keep the four air holes clear in the chamber to keep the airflow the best it can be. For this reason, heavy users will want to pick up an extra three-pack of chambers for 22 USD.

With a life span of 2500 ignitions, most users won’t have to worry about a replacement for years to come.

Vape Comparisons

  • The most obvious vaporizer comparison to me is the Dr. Dabber Switch, which works via induction cups and an integrated bubbler. It has the same colorful and flashy design as the Hitoki, but you’ll be able to vaporize both concentrates and loose flowers with it.
  • With the Arizer XQ2 vaporizer, you’ll have more of a hookah type of setup than a traditional chamber setup. It uses convection heating to run hot air through its 0.5g chamber and then is usable with either a whip or by filling capped balloons. You’ll still have some elements of flashiness in the form of an information displaying LED light strip and remote control, and the vapor quality is awesome.

With either of these vaporizers, you’re going to have much less harmful vapor when compared to smoking, as you can read about more in our third-generation vaporizers blog. Not only that, but they are much more affordable, as the XQ2 costs almost half that of the Hitoki.

Warranty

All purchases of the Trident come with a 6-month warranty which you can also choose to extend to three years.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • It’s a freaking laser bong where you can see the concentrated blue lighting up your flower!
  • Sleek and intuitive design that looks great in use or on a shelf
  • Easy one-button operation
  • Big clouds without the loss of flavor from traditional combustion
  • Easy maintenance
  • Outstanding battery

Cons

  • Expensive price tag
  • Whip can knock over the device
  • Ceramic chambers prone to clogging air holes

Conclusion

With a 500 USD / 650 CAD retail price, there is sure to be some ruffled feathers whenever the Hitoki Trident Laser Bong gets brought up. For this reason, people who are happy with their normal lighter and 20-dollar bong aren’t the target demographic. This is for people who want to show off and bring some excitement to a party with a laser-powered bong with an attached shisha hose. If it’s within your budget, why not indulge a little. You’ll have access to a great bong that is sure to add a lot of fun to your sessions and will be fun to share with friends.