Many cannabis vaping device manufacturing companies claim to be the actual cannabis vaping hardware manufacturers. However, only a few of them are certified and own the resources to manufacture internally. Most of these self-proclaimed ‘Cannabis Vape Solution Companies‘ are only third-party companies that distribute OEM products from the other manufacturers.
Why does it matter? It is very important to diligently identify such falsified information, some purchasers or outsourcing representatives from cannabis vaporizer vendors must pay extra money for the products or services to the middlemen rather than directly working with the direct manufacturers. By eliminating the additional fees of dealing through middlemen, these purchasers can avoid paying higher costs to maximize their profitability. Furthermore, since customer safety is the priority in the cannabis vaping industry, identifying the responsible manufacturer has become a very crucial step.
CILICON® will comprehensively describe the top 5 cannabis vaporizer manufacturing companies and analyze these 5 companies from different perspectives to provide a more in-depth guide prior to finalizing purchase decision-making.
AVD (Advanced Vapor Devices) – Actual Cannabis Vaporizer Manufacturer
CCELL is a leading ceramic heating technology brand by Smoore Holdings. The company pioneered the first-generation ceramic heating coil to disrupt the traditional cotton coil domination in the past and began a new era of cannabis vaping solutions. CCELL’s ceramic heating coil significantly increases vaporization performance, especially with the high viscosity of cannabis oil. Established with grand ambition, CCELL aims to be the Intel of the cannabis industry. The most characteristic catchphrase converts “Intel Inside” into “CCELL Inside” and labels it on all product shipping packages. Indeed, CCELL is pushing the cannabis vaping standard to a higher level. CCELL has an exclusive agreement with four authorized US-based distributors including Jupiter Research, 3 Win Corp, Kush Co Supply, and Canna Brand Solutions. These four local distributors have successfully helped CCELL to establish its presence around North America.
CCELL by Smoore Holdings has cutting-edge technology, high-skilled workers, and world-class management in their manufacturing facilities.
Year of Establishment: 2016
Location: Shenzhen, China
Size of Facility: 100,000 Square Meters (Smoore)
R&D: Approximately 6% of revenue reinvested in R&D
Certifications: ISO9001; ISO13485; cGMP; GMP; etc.
1)Owns ceramic heating technology and production factory.
•CCELL is famous for its CCELL ceramic heating technology which contributes a great improvement to replace the traditional cotton coil in conventional cannabis vaping.
2)Invests 6% of Revenue in R&D
•Backed by Smoore Holdings, CCELL invests around 6% of overall revenues in R&D which increases its competitive advantages in the industry.
3)Years of experience in manufacturing cannabis vaporizers.
4)Massive production capability and scientific quality management system.
1)Lack of new product development
a)For the past five years, CCELL continues to sell its classic TH2 and M6T on the market. As the leader of the cannabis vaping industry, CCELL is not a great role model in new product development.
2)Impossible to get product exclusivity
a)CCELL is not accepting any product exclusivity deal. Due to lack of product exclusivity, product homogenization has become inevitable for purchasers who use CCELL products.
3)Less innovative product design
a)CCELL lacks innovative product design. The best evidence is that CCELL missed the initial disposable market trend and only finally catch up after 6 months.
The primary issue that CCELL faces is its obstinate product development. Nowadays, most companies can easily take away CCELL’s clients by copying almost identical products that CCELL has been producing. Furthermore, although CCELL is dominating the 510-thread cartridge market, they still lack competitive advantages in DISPOSABLE All-In-One and POD SYSTEM sectors. CCELL’s best-selling Pod is the Dart series. However, CCELL’s strategy to promote Dart as the one solution for all kinds of cannabis companies reflects its refusal in developing diverse and flexible insights through various types of vaping devices. The other brands like STIIIZY or Plug & Play would never showcase less product variety to represent their brand. The lack of product development has pinpointed CCELL’s weakness in the market.
CCELL’s 510 thread cartridges have been popular on the market in the past few years and recognized by MSOs. The secret is the superior CCELL ceramic heating technology. Reasonably, CCELL invests around 6% of overall revenue in R&D and is one of the third companies that established a ceramic coil production facility. Another point to include, CCELL has exaggerated their R&D record as they spent only 2 years developing their ceramic heating coil technology despite their claim of 4 years of development.
1) Classic Product: CCELL TH2
CCELL TH2, as one of the most popular 510 cartridges in the market, has been well-adopted by many cannabis companies.
CCELL TH2 Specification:
2) CCELL TH2 Strengths and Weaknesses:
After all, CCELL is still leading the cannabis vaping industry with superior ceramic heating technology despite the company having committed lesser investment in creating diverse product variations.
ALD Group(Exclusive Cannabis Brand: CILICON) is another significant cannabis vaporizer manufacturer in the industry. There are not many people who have heard of ALD before. However, what makes ALD standstill during the competition? First, ALD backs three leading cannabis brands to split the California market through its symbolic pod systems and dominate the disposable cannabis vape sector in the market. Unlike CCELL, ALD aims to provide diverse and innovative cannabis vaping devices to its community where small and medium cannabis companies can have product exclusivity through its cannabis solution platform. ALD focuses to increase its customer success probability rather than its in house-brand. In terms of R&D, ALD holds the second biggest research lab facility and powerful product development teams.
Year of Establishment: 2009
Location: Shenzhen, China
Size of Facility: 200,000 Square Meters
R&D: 300+ and around 8% of revenue reinvested in research.
Certifications: ISO9001; ISO13485; cGMP; GMP; CNAS; etc.
4.Classic Product: AC1003
AC1003 is a classic cartridge introduced back in 2018. There are several cannabis companies that are still using this model. As the first cotton-free 510 thread cartridge, AC1003 delivers consistent flavor reducibility and a luxury vaping experience.
ALD AC1003 Specification:
Tank Volume: 1.0mL /0.5mL
Standard 510 thread
Cotton-free ceramic heating coil
ALD AC1003 Strengths:
ALD AC1003 Weaknesses:
Babyton is one of the cannabis vaporizer manufacturers in China in providing OEM and ODM services to cannabis companies. Babyton claims on its official website that its production capacity is still far off from the biggest player in the market. Unlike other cannabis vaporizer manufacturers, BBTANK was initially a trading company supplying many types of accessories through Alibaba with its specialty in supply chain resources. Similar to CCELL, BBTANK is also promoting BBGEAR as one of its technology brands.
Location: Dongguan, Guangdong, China
Size of Facility: 6,000 Square Meters
R&D Talents: 20+
Production Capacity: 22 lines
1)Does not own ceramic heating coil production
•BBTANK does not have an independent ceramic heating coil production factory. Therefore, they must rely on the other manufacturer to source their component. This could be a big problem in the case of a global material shortage.
•BBTANK has been caught in several false advertising cases. BBTANK’s marketing team has released several inexistent product marketing materials to the public.
•Babyton does not follow Good Manufacturing Practice standards. Proof shows their workers don’t wear medical gloves during production.
Flagship Product: BBTANK X
BBTANK X is the first-generation full glass 510 thread cartridge with a ceramic heating coil.
BBTANK X Specification:
Tank Capacity: 0.5mL/1mL
Oil Intake Hole Size: 1.1mm (Customizable)
1)Crystal clear oil tank design to showcase a healthy and transparent cannabis vaping experience.
2)Efficient terpene evaporation due to the glass material which can retain the heat within the oil tank.
1)Extremely Fragile due to its full glass design.
2)Entails harmful substances from its bottom silicon ring.
3)Increased cost of filling due to its design with oil inlet at the bottom. It increases the possibility of leakage.
AVD (Advanced Vapor Devices) is a cannabis vaporizer company based in Seattle, Washington, United States. Many clients notice AVD resemblances to AMD (The world-leading microchip company). As the company aims to be a cross-industry leader, AVD sets its goal to be the AMD in the cannabis vaping industry. However, unlike its ambition, AVD’s behavior has proven failure in achieving its goal.
The infamous news about AVD was their product confiscation case by China customs due to its infringement case of unhealthy competition through imitating CCELL products. AVD could be fined and banned by GACC if they ship their product to China. Two of AVD’s founders, Alex and Jonathan are currently in the dispute process for the AVD trademark as the company believes that the ban was unfair.
AVD worked with a Chinese e-cigarette manufacturer, VAPORLAX. After the scandal, AVD changed its manufacturer. As a result, AVD is thriving and dominating the imitation product market. AVD’s facility does not comply with laboratory standards of safety and reliability tests. They are deemed as the king of copycats in China vape market.
AVD’s First manufacturer supplier: Vaporlax
AVD’s Second manufacturer supplier: Naixing Technology
AVD Manufacturing Details:
AVD changes its vendors frequently. Therefore, there is not much information available to the public.
AVD Cartridge C1 Polyresin Product Specification:
Reservoir Volume: 0.5mL/1mL
Aperture inlet size: 2mm
Thread Connection: 510 Thread
AVD Cartridge Product Strengths:
AVD Cartridge C1 Polyresin Product Weaknesses:
Greentank Technologies is dominating the Canadian cannabis vaporizer market. After signing the exclusive agreement with DeepUnion, Greentank exclusively distributes DeepUnion’s cannabis vaporizers across the whole Canadian market. Greentank operation typically begins by receiving pre-order from the local cannabis vaporizer vendors and they reach out to DeepUnion for the OEM process. Unlike AVD, Greentank has a great Color, Materials, Finish (CMF) design and improves several features of existing CCELL products through DeepUnion. Through innovative CMF design, Greentank manages to exhibit various product appearances while providing diverse product options to cannabis vaporizer vendors.
Greentank Technologies has DeepUnion appointed as its products OEM.
Green Tank Strengths:
1)Product Appearance Design
•Greentank is strong at product CMF suitable for younger audiences.
2)Local Door to Door Service
•Located in Canada, Greentank ensures their clients have more accessibility for their products in the market.
3)Diverse Customization Option
•Through Greentank , cannabis vaporizer vendors can have localized and customized appearances as compared to other cannabis vaporizer brands. It has helped many vendors to stand out from the crowd.
Green Tank Weaknesses:
1)Lack of R&D capacity.
2)Potential lawsuit risk due to its nature as the ‘copycat’ of CCELL product could cause discontinuation
3)Unstable supply chain resources in the manufacturing sector as it relies to DeepUnion heavily
Product Name: Greentank M7
Tank Volume: 0.3mL/0.5mL
Standard 510 thread
Ceramic Material Mouthpiece
1)Discreet design can easily be kept in the pocket
2)Using the Great CCELL’s version 2.0 ceramic heating coil.
1)Greentank M7 is essentially an anodized aluminum housing without a mouthpiece. It increases the potential of heavy metal contamination for users.
2)Due to its thin battery design, M7 is often bent inside the users’ pocket. It is not designed for long-term durability.
The four dimensions analysis was done from the perspective of Strength and Capacity in R&D to generate Product Safety, Innovation, and Technical Advantages; Product Supply Chain; Quality Control Process; and Brand Service (Maintenance and Potential Benefit/Risks from Partnership). This comprehensive report is written to help customers to form a clear perception of the Chinese market for cannabis vaping device manufacturers. Furthermore, this report also allows vendors to have a more comprehensive and rigorous judgment upon the selection of their trusted partner.
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