Zeus Arc GTS Hub Review
- 1 Vaporizer Review: Zeus Arc GTS Hub
- 2 Zeus Arc GTS Third Generation Overview
- 3 Unboxing the Zeus Arc GTS + Hub
- 4 What are Zeus Arc Pods?
- 5 ArcPods / GTS Hub benefits
- 6 How does the Zeus Arc GTS work?
- 7 Who should buy the Zeus Arc GTS?
- 8 How does the Xtruder grinder work?
- 9 Improved Zeus Arc GTS mouthpiece
- 10 Heating System
- 11 How is the Zeus Arc GTS battery life?
- 12 How to clean the Zeus Arc GTS?
- 13 Modernizing Cannabis Vaporizing
- 14 Review: Third Generation Zeus Arc GTS Hub Manufacturing
- 15 Zeus Arc GTS Hub Tray Info
- 16 Review: Zeus Arc GTS Hub Pros / Cons
- 17 Built-in motion sensor / accelerometer
- 18 Best Zeus Arc GTS tips and tricks
- 19 Final Thoughts
Vaporizer Review: Zeus Arc GTS Hub
Zeus Arc GTS Third Generation Overview
The latest release from well-established dry herb vape brand Zeus is here to bring vaping to the future. With the same gold standard vapor path and gold chamber, there have been some substantial upgrades made to the kit. The new mouthpiece works well with the patented gold sink technology to provide great vapor quality with convenient help from the hub. In short, the newly released hub gives you everything that you’ll need for a great session right out of the box. As the third generation in the GT set, the Hub includes the new Zeus Xtruder made to aid the grinding of up to 0.3g of dry herb right into the vaporizer via ‘Arcpods’. It also doubles as a tray for a nice spot to unload with the included gold-flaked pick. In this Zeus Arc GTS hub Vaporizer review, we’ll be going over all of the key features and upgrades made to the GTS, as well as in-depth examples of how to use individual parts.
Unboxing the Zeus Arc GTS + Hub
Unboxing the vape and hub was a nice experience. Our first thoughts were that the tray mold was surprisingly durable as it is made out of hardened matte-black plastic. Everything from the Arc Pod boxes holding trays, the Xtruder, the ARC pod processing slots, and the arc storage compartment were all well efficiently designed. The exterior shell of the hub itself is a harder black plastic inside the box. Our first thoughts are that the hub can be easily fit into a bag for traveling, and would be quite durable in the case of an accidental drop onto a hard surface. The Arc GTS vape itself comes equipped with a lovely high-quality plastic wrap that unravels from the top which made the unboxing process slightly satisfying!
What’s in the GTS Hub box?
- 1x Zeus Hub
- 1x Zeus XTRUDER
- 1x Zerus ARCPODS TRIPLE PACK (15x ArcPods and 45 ARCPOD LIDS)
- 1x ZEUS HUB MANUAL
- 1x ZEUS XTRUDER Manual
What’s in the Zeus ARC GTS Box?
- 1x ZEUS ARC GTS
- 5x ZEUS PURIFY GRIME WIPEs
- 5x ZEUS PURIFY Bristle Cleaners
- 1x USB Charging Cable
- 1x Flow Sink Tool
- 1x Instruction Manual
- 1x Premium Aromatherapy Accessory
What are Zeus Arc Pods?
The Zeus Arc GTS kit was designed to make dry herb sessions as hassle-free as possible for beginners or veterans. ArcPods are made specifically for the GTS to modernize the chamber-loading. As the ARC Pods connect directly to the Xtruder, they will automatically eject once they are full. Connoisseurs take note – We are sure that this is a loading method that will take over the industry in the years to come. If you liked the Storz&Bickel Dosing Capsules Filling Set, then you’re sure to love this patent. Fill multiple preloaded Arc Pods with you on the go, and then sit back and relax with easy multiple sessions.
ArcPods / GTS Hub benefits
The patented Zeus ArcPods are a single-serve and easy on-the-go solution that controls dosing for a perfectly consistent vaporization experience. The Arc’s single-serve system is the 3rd Generation of dry herb vaporizing. It is far less harmful than smoking, and according to Zeus Arsenal, will save 34% of your dry herb, produces minimal odor, and drastically minimizing the chore of packing and cleaning in comparison to traditional smoking. Simply, drop your pod and let the Arc effortlessly roast it to your dry herb to perfection!
How does the Zeus Arc GTS work?
The Zeus Arc GTS is a well manufactured dry herb vape with an engineering design from Germany. With high portability and one of the best-in-class vapor quality levels, there is a reason that the Zeus GT series has become so popular. The gold chamber, as one of the best conductive technologies on the market, heats your product evenly to ensure an amazing ABV hue after sessions. With the patented gold sink technology, the heat will also be well distributed before it reaches the mouthpiece. This effect will be great for all heat ranges as flavor profiles will never be lost due to overheating elements. There are a ton of features that are packed into this portable vape that makes it able to compete with the best. Underneath the sleek matte black and gloss, gold is a movement detector, haptic feedback, built-in multi-tool, three pre-set temperature settings, USB charging, and updatable firmware so that your device stays up to date with the latest upgrades.
Who should buy the Zeus Arc GTS?
If you’ve been looking for an upgrade to the traditional loading of dry herb vape chambers, then this is the right choice. Similar to the Storz&Bickel filling aid, the hub will make sure that the process is mess-free. For connoisseurs looking to make their sessions as painless as possible, then the arc pods and Xtruder will make a great combo. The hub is the one-stop-shop and housing for the GTS and its accessories. When you’d like to begin a session from scratch, simply open the hub and quickly begin the process. It will have all of your accessories in one tidy and well-designed box to make loading and unloading arc pods a breeze. With the new 24 karats multi-purpose gold-flaked tool on the GTS, you’ll also be able to remove ArcPod and mouthpiece lids easily and in style.
How does the Xtruder grinder work?
The Xtruder works in conjunction with ArcPods to perfectly fill them to 0.3g before releasing. For ultimate reliability and ease of use, the GTS makes the whole vaporizing of dry herb incredibly seamless and clean from start to finish. Working similar to a salt shaker, all the user will have to do is select their dry herb product and place it into the grinder. From there simply have your ArcPod loaded and begin grinding. With its weighted release technology, it will automatically let itself loose when full.
In simple terms, the Xtruder works very much like a pepper shaker. The top part is magnetized and can be popped off with a gentle pull. From there, you’ll be able to see into the inner works. It has a blender-style spiral design that gradually becomes narrower and sharper as the bud moves down the Xtruder. At the bottom, the last blades are significantly sharp and will feed the bud through a narrow chamber to load into your Arc Pods. As mentioned, this will release after the 0.3 g threshold is hit. The body of the plastic grinder is semi-clear as well, so you’ll be able to see the process in front of your eyes. Overall, a thoughtful and well-designed experience that makes ‘Xtruding’ a satisfying process.
Improved Zeus Arc GTS mouthpiece
The new mouthpiece is designed to limit the surface area exposed to the vapor path so that the vapor quality is pure and not at all diminished. With this engineering design, vape connoisseurs will find flavor profiles of their dry herb to be slightly better than older models. Another benefit of this silicone mouthpiece is that there is an improved heat reduction so that only the vapor remains warm, not your lips. For those that like to crank their heat to get the most of their herb, this means sessions will never become uncomfortable.
The Zeus Arc GTS is as easy as holding the power button. Single presses will alternate between the three heat settings. With haptic feedback, the vape will shake when it’s ready to be hit. With the three temperature settings of 205, 215, 225 C, you can easily have good sessions out of the box. If you want to change these temperatures, the application will let you change these to your unique preferences. With a well-designed conduction oven, the heat-up time is around eighty seconds before haptic feedback will let you know your hit is ready.
How is the Zeus Arc GTS battery life?
With the included power saver mode, the Zeus Arc GTS will power itself down after ten minutes. This works great for social or party sessions with pre-loaded arc pods that will help to keep the party going. In short, it will take away any hassle of making sure anyone will forget to turn the vape off. With a 3500mAh battery and the newly upgraded airpath in the chamber, you can expect up to ninety minutes of use time before needing a recharge.
How to clean the Zeus Arc GTS?
The Zeus arc GTS works very similarly to the ARC GT in the way that the lid can be removed with the multipurpose tool to expose the chamber. From there cleaning sticks and cleaning wipes will eliminate any surface-level gunk and grime. For a deep clean, you may choose to submerge the heat sink and flow sink screens in isopropyl alcohol with a light scrub of a brush. From there, you’ll have access to the airway which you can get with cleaning sticks.
Modernizing Cannabis Vaporizing
As the third-generation device from Zeus, they are looking to take the portable dry herb vaporizers community to the future. Between the Arc Pods and the Xtruder loading grinder, sessions feel like they are truly foolproof. Especially for frequent or medicinal users that want to eliminate any of the mess or effort associated with vape chambers. One of the interesting things about Arc Pods is the fact that they are reusable. As each one fits .3 gram of dry herb product, you’ll be able to take multiple sessions with you on the go for convenient loading. Plus, the GTS is only a third of the size of the Mighty+ Vaporizer If you’re coming from a traditional smoking background, the ease of use will be unrivaled compared to anything that you’re used to.
Review: Third Generation Zeus Arc GTS Hub Manufacturing
In our Zeus Arc GTS Hub review, we went into depth dissecting the mouthpiece and vapor path changes. As mentioned, the upgraded mouthpiece, the gold-plated path has much less exposure to silicone than the GT predecessor, as well as fitting much better. The magnet and fit feel much sturdier on the vape, and there is a noticeable upgrade to the air-tightness as well. In the airpath, the older model has holes before the air chamber that reduced airflow and was then distributed to the whole mouthpiece. As the new mouthpiece is noticeably more rugged and has a narrower channel, the vapor is more unhinged. The holes have been replaced with a gold air path that has very little external interaction with anything before it hits the smaller mouthpiece channel. The result is noticeably less heat loss and a better flavor profile on terpenes. The chamber has also slightly been altered to allow for the Arc-Pods to fit tightly, so for veterans of the Zeus Arc GT, the new bigger chamber will be welcome when not using Arc Pods.
Zeus Arc GTS Hub Tray Info
The hub features an intuitive design that will allow you to store your AVP (Already Been Vaped / Already Vaped Bud) in the recessed storage tray built into the hub’s mold. When you finish a session while using ARC pods, you’ll be able to clear them into the tray.
GTS Hub tray ABV Recipe Sample:
- Have a session with several 0.3 grams arc pods
- Remove the 24 karats gold-flaked multi-tool magnetized to the bottom of your Zeus Arc GTS
- Remove the mouthpiece to expose the chamber
- Pick out the Arc Pod
- The Hub’s tray has an intuitive tower design that you can press Arc pods onto to knock out the ABV into the holding container
- Add the ABV bud to 500mL High-fat milk
- Add Sugar, cocoa powder/hot chocolate mix, or cream
- Simmer and stir until well mixed
- Strain, and enjoy!
In short, instead of having to worry about wasted ABV products on the go, you’ll be able to better maximize your dry herb. If bringing the Hub with you isn’t an issue, this is a huge plus to cannabis veterans. As we said, the Zeus arc GTS hub is a true one-stop vaping experience! For more recipe ideas, check out our Best AVB Recipes article.
Review: Zeus Arc GTS Hub Pros / Cons
The GTS uses a hard-anodized aluminum shell that will be more scratch-resistant than the medical-grade plastic or sandblast shell finishes on competitor portable vaporizers. As we’ve discussed the improved medical-grade silicone mouthpiece’s functionality, we’ll now give you some information on its use. As we did our Zeus Arc GTS Hub review, one of the things that we noticed is that although the harder silicone performs better in use, it is more prone to wear and tear. Despite being more rugged and harder than the GT, it features the same soft plastic design on the perimeter of the mouthpiece. Our first thought was that it made the mouthpiece very sleek, and adds some comfort to it when you remove it for chamber-loading or cleaning. As we got more use in though, it became clear that is slightly more prone to wear and tear. The pick can leave small scratch marks on the harder plastic mouthpiece shell, and you’ll have to be careful with the soft-rubber trim if you use your fingers to lift the mouthpiece out. These matters are just trivial though and we’re sure will be improved upon from our testing prototype.
Built-in motion sensor / accelerometer
The accelerometer has two main purposes. The auto-off shutter will detect if the GTS hasn’t been used in more than 30 seconds to power down the heating chamber to preserve battery life. The second is for shaking to give a power display after a quick shake. Although these may seem like small features, they make using the Zeus Arc GTS foolproof and are a nice one-up on competitors for the user interface.
Best Zeus Arc GTS tips and tricks
For the best vapor quality, we recommend the use of a glass bubbler or bong. The addition of a Zeus Water Pipe Adapter will allow you to take your GTS to the next level. Made for 18mm, 14mm, and 10mm water pipes, it will work with almost any bong or bubbler that you have. A 14mm curved tip bubbler will let you cool your vapor and make hits smooth as butter. For parties, a 14mm whip bubbler will make sharing a breeze. In combination with the 30-second auto-timer feature, this will be a great social combination and also improve vapor quality. For those with a bare-bones approach to bubblers, a universal 10mm bubbler can easily be filled and used for a simple, sleek addition to your GTS. Keep in mind all of these can be cleaned with a quick swish of isopropyl alcohol. For when you don’t want to use the Hub, a good herb grinder will help you achieve your best vapor quality.
We know the Hub itself can be a bit of burden for travelling unless so you have a backpack, so we recommend picking up a cannabis storage keychain, which can hold up to four pre-loaded ArcPods for easy portability.
In conclusion, the Zeus Arc GTS is a high-quality portable dry herb vaporizer that was designed in Germany to bring amazing performance at a low cost. With its patented gold technology and improved mouthpiece, vapor quality is very respectable. However, with the streamlined engineering incorporated for grinding, packing, and loading, the vaping process has never been easier. Two thumbs up from us.
There’s a lot to like about this third-generation Zeus as an all-in-one solution to dry herb vaporizing portability. From the AVB storage, high-quality grinding ease, and arc pod utility, there aren’t many knocks to be had in terms of cons. Draws will be easy and the power is more than enough to get wicked clouds compared to other vapes of similar size. As we said earlier in the review, we look forward to more brands adopting the on-the-go simplicity that the Zeus Arc GTS hub offers!