Valentine Special~ Limited Edition Cherry Launch Box and Wood Stem ~ $89!

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Always Choose On The Basis Of Love

As might be expected from looking at a Launch Box, we’ve done a lot of thinking on the topic of Love. We believe that Love is more enabling of choice than any other emotion. It’s an integral part of the Magic–Flight community and is infused into each product we design and make by hand.

Around this time of year, romantic love—the chocolate-and-roses kind—seems to draw the collective attention, but we want to invite you to take some time to appreciate and celebrate Love in all of the forms it takes.

Handcrafted with love in San Diego, CA, USA

Breaking News: Multiple UFO Sightings Across the US!

 

UntitledUFO invasion proves all Magic-Flight vaporizers are compatible with this handy, portable water filtration device and pairs perfectly with both the Muad-Dib Concentrate Box and Launch Box….Worldwide – have you witnessed a UFO?  Have you been abducted yourself and taken to another place?   You are not alone!

Our newest concentrate vaporizer, JaK D’Rippa, also is easily filtered with the UFO.  Cool down your vapor with any pint glass – instantly.

Magic-Flight’s UFO and San Diego ~ sightings being reported…take a look at the footage that turned us into believers.

Enjoy water-cooled vapor wherever life may take you.   Where do you go with your UFO? ~ Magic-FlightUFO Sightings Combo

Handmade With Love

When Magic-Flight was just starting out, our first move after getting the functionality locked in was to hire a few people to help build launch boxes out of our tiny residential garage. We were blessed to be able to grow organically, in such a way where all of the original employees came to the company by word of mouth, as friends of friends. As such, there has always been a particular family kind of vibe, including similar values.

We’re proud to say that our products are handmade with Love by artisans in San Diego – which is truly a rarity in the quickly-expanding vaporizer industry.  We make our products from wood because we believe in sustainability and being as eco-conscious as possible.  We offer a lifetime functional warranty on our vaporizers, and provide world-class, authentic customer service.

Lately, we have been looking back at the past decade pondering – where has the time gone…..looking at our  NY Times review from 2 years ago and thinking – that seems like last week!  Magic-Flight is ever thankful for the hardworking employees who show up everyday ready to help the world breath easier.  Coupled with our loyal vape community, Magic-Flight looks forward to the days ahead with our new products as well as the OG of them all….the Maple Launch Box.

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Meet JaK D’Rippa

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Magic-Flight’s JaK D’Rippa – No mess, no hassle, and no blowtorches. It’s fast, easy and of course, holds true to Magic-Flight design by keeping itself outside of the box of ANYTHING you have seen before.

“Traditional dab rigs–Rest In Peace”  ~ JaK D’Rippa.  4.20.17

Curious, but maybe looks complicated?  Watch  the reviews to see how easy it is to use…..did we say NO TORCH NEEDED!

For the concentrate enthusiast, our newest tool for CBD, Kava, or other oils!

JaK D’Rippa!  Plug in, dip in and let it Rip!

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Where has the time gone?

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A sampling of our Crazy Cali Crew

Magic-Flight is still Choosing On The Basis Of Love…however, we slacked a bit on blog entries! Guess what? We are still here and energized to re-engage with our lovely fans. So much has happened since we last checked in; babies born, people moved away, new products launched, and so much vaping! We are looking forward to the year ahead and our favorite date, 4/20, is soon approaching. What are we going to do to celebrate the best day of the year? You’ll have to check in with us to find out; our social media universe and website will be buzzing soon.

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Some of the wonderful women at Magic-Flight

Magic-Flight is super thankful for the amazing flight crew working hard every day to bring their best so you feel it with every trench.  With other options out there, there is something to be said for a handmade, wooden, sustainable, portable vaporizer, made by cool cats in California, and you know exactly what you are vaping!  No chemicals and no questions….maybe you even grew the contents of your trench load!

The Inside Out of Magic-Flight

Ever wondered what it was like at Magic-Flight and who invented this handy, little gadget in the first place? Check out this Behind The Scenes at Magic-Flight courtesy of Direct Cannabis Network…we love them.

420 is coming ~ Magic-Flight

Embrace change and Escape Pods

As the saying goes, “the only constant is change.” We couldn’t think of a more apt expression for all that transpires in our neck of the woodshop. It seems like daily we’re having conversations that end with, “we’re going through a transition right now…” and that is possibly an understatement. However, the great thing about being in the midst of change and learning and growing through it all is that you’re more receptive to suggestions on how to improve everything from the way you do business to what you’re selling (and of course all the internal, personal things in between).

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When we talk about change, we like to think of you—our flight family— as our best guides through and to change. That’s why when we hear, see, or receive suggestions about how we can improve upon our products— your purchases— we take them to heart. Like our Escape Pod stash boxes!

“Hey Magic-Flight,” you said, “wouldn’t it be rad to include a partition for our ABV so we can save it but also have a spot for our pre-ground flowers?”
“Well hey now that’s an idea…” we thought.
“But how rad would it be if the Escape Pods fit the grinder?” you continued.
“Pretty rad, actually,” we agreed.

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And thusly, we present to you the new and “improved” Escape Pod design with a “wodget” partition in between the circular grinder-sized spots. You can grind directly into the circular chambers using our finishing grinder or stash the micro grinder right there. The best part is, the wodget is removable in case you would like to use the whole storage space instead of with a partition. And, with magnetic “locking” feature, the lid should be more or less secure (for extra peace of mind we do sell rubber bands to make sure your stash is safe).

We love the innovation of changing things in a way that benefits people and makes their lives easier. When we hear suggestions with such a simple solution, it’s exciting. These are the parts that help us grow into a more intelligent, collaborative community of artisans. You might not know that through the process of refining the design on the Escape Pods, it actually took a redesign and greater intimacy of skill with some of our existing machines to create the wodget and chambers. Therein lies the excitement of crafting with an openness to change: the constant expansion of technique and ability simply through holding space for transformation.

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As we continue forward with constant change, we welcome the ever-changing breadth of our community as well as the continued support from you all. We are ever constantly casting our net of like-minds and then tightening the circle that is our Flight Family. Through it all, know that we are here creating with you in mind and we hear the brilliance in your voices.

Welcome to our Store Locator

Have you ever been sitting at home after perusing the Interwebs and thought to yourself, “It is high time I go out and get myself a Magic-Flight Launch Box?!” Unless you’re some kind of patient, waiting for the postal worker can be such a bummer when you just want your vaporizer now. And who can forget the daily hunt for your spy camera—er—Launch Box?

Okay, it’s not that bad, but it could all be avoided if you only knew where to go…

Being that we thrive on instant gratification almost as much as you do, something had to be done to help our future (and current) Launch Box owners find Magic-Flight gear as efficiently as possible. From the workings of this premise, we bring you: The Store Locator!

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Yes, it’s true! The team at Magic-Flight worked hard to streamline yet another process of your in-Flight experience and humanize one more element of your vaporizing quest. By populating a map with some of your nearest and most Magic-Flight friendly retailers, you can submit your location-based query into the map and find the closest Magic-Flight retailers in your area.

It may be a long distance between you and the nearest Magic-Flight retailer even though there may be shops in your area that sell our products. With this first incarnation of the Store Locator, we have populated our map with some of the resellers that work most closely with us, carrying our full range of Magic-Flight products. By no means is this intended to leave anyone out and that’s why we’re dubbing this Store Locator a “beta” version.

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With our beta Store Locator, you can know that while you’re not interacting with Magic-Flight directly, you are interacting with someone who has agreed to share our values in helping you, the vaporizing enthusiast, find the legitimate and complete Magic-Flight experience. These locations are as much connoisseurs of our boxes as they are committed to upholding the ideals and community vision of our products.

As we refine the process of maintaining a database of over ten thousand retail locations, we thank you, the Magic-Flight community, for all your suggestions in guiding us to better ways to support you. We continue to grow from humble beginnings and Launch Tubes, into a unified community of enthusiasts, and our Locator will be updated as we continue onward and upward. We hope you appreciate our Locator as much as we appreciate you and we definitely hope you find the Magic-Flight products you were looking for.

Ready to launch? Go check out our Store Locator (it’s live now)!

Zebrawood Launch Box – Lessons from the past and hopes for the future…

Existence is a series of footnotes to a vast, obscure, unfinished masterpiece.”  ~ Vladimir Nabokov

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While celebration of the new year is often characterized by party hats, fireworks, champagne, dancing, and singing Auld Lang Syne with loved ones, it is also a time for reflection. Many look upon their mistakes and accomplishments, losses and gains, and other significant events of the past year, and seek ways to make the year to come even better. New Year’s resolutions come to mind, and we at Magic-Flight are no exception to this annual tradition, learning from and letting go of the past, making plans for improvement, and looking forward with hope for happier, more fruitful lives.

This idea of the new year symbolizing a new beginning is common throughout many cultures around the world. Most Western cultures follow the Gregorian calendar, the first month of which being January, derived from the Roman deity Janus, the god of change and beginnings. In transitioning from one year to the next, Janus symbolized looking back on the old and ahead to the new. While the Mayan calendar is different, their celebration of the new year is quite similar, as they ritually purge old belongings, such as pottery and mats, and buy themselves new clothes and household amenities. Much like we do, Mayans hold intimate festivities with family and friends, dancing in the new year, showing gratitude for past experiences, and sharing optimism for new ones.

Even ancient cultures shared this same view toward new beginnings. Ancient, Pre-Christian Celts would celebrate their new year on Samhain, which is still celebrated by many today. This holiday, however, falls between October 31st and November 1st, and marks the end of the harvest and the beginning of winter. During this time, cattle were brought in from summer pastures, livestock were slaughtered, and preparations were made for the long winter months ahead. Believed to have cleansing and protective powers, bonfires were lit and rituals were held to commemorate the process of moving toward a safe and prosperous future. Ancient Egyptian cultures celebrated their new year in mid-July, associated with the annual flooding of the Nile River, which assured fertility for farmlands in the year to come. Their celebration was called Wepet Renpet, meaning “opening of the year”. This was a festival for rebirth and rejuvenation, featuring religious rites, lavish feasts, music, sex, dancing, and excessive amounts of alcohol. Even thousands of years later, it seems some things never change.

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In the spirit of reflecting on the past and letting go of what is lost, we at Magic-Flight are reminded of how humanity may have had a hand in such losses. While it is unhealthy to dwell on what cannot be fixed, it is still incredibly important to learn from our mistakes and make efforts toward avoiding them in the future. Thus, in this new year of new beginnings, we would like to take a moment and recognize some of the great losses nature has experienced at humanity’s hand, namely, certain species that have gone extinct. Roughly one thousand species have gone extinct in the last five hundred years, several of which have been related to human behavior, including the dodo bird, the Tasmanian tiger, the passenger pigeon, and the great auk. Each of these animals were either hunted by man for food or sport, or suffered as their habitats were destroyed by human settlements.

Even though these lost species can never be brought back, there are hundreds of other endangered species, plants and animals alike, that still have a chance at survival with humanity’s help. Thankfully, there are several organizations that strive to preserve these species. Generally, Magic-Flight is no exception. We take great care in only using sustainable materials when creating our products, and avidly avoiding the use of endangered woods. Thus is the premise of the dilemma we experienced with our new batch of Zebrawood Launch Boxes.

The story of the Zebrawood Launch Box began when a plank of beautiful exotic wood was found tucked away in our founder’s shop. It had been there for years, and naturally, the desire to create something beautiful with it was not far-fetched. Once this single batch of exquisite boxes had been produced, we were shocked and saddened to find that Zebrawood is now on the list of endangered species. What could we do? Torn between the desire to showcase this new product and our resolve to be environmentally responsible, we decided to shelve the batch until a solution could be found. Months later, diligent research led us to Eden Forest, a Vermont-based organization dedicated to preserving precious forests and wildlife, including Zebrawood trees. After careful consideration, we came to the following solution to our dilemma: a one-time-only release of this single batch of Zebrawood Launch Boxes, with a percentage of the proceeds going to Eden Forest. In addition, we ask that you to visit https://www.tpl.org/our-work/land-and-water/eden-forest to learn more about this wonderful organization.

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We can’t change the past, but we can help improve the future. We grieve losses and learn from mistakes. We take what we have learned and work toward improvement of both ourselves and our environment. Moving forward into 2015, we at Magic-Flight encourage you to do the same. Deforestation is a major environmental concern, and it is very fortunate that there are organizations such as Eden Forest to help replenish nature’s treasures. By enjoying one of our limited-edition Zebrawood Launch Boxes, you too can be part of the solution.

The Premium Wood Flight Essentials Bundle Has Arrived!

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At Magic-Flight, we do training a little differently. Rather than focusing solely on levels of productivity, we dedicate a significant amount of time to training our artisans to stop and pay attention to each piece of wood, looking for unique characteristics in woodgrain or burl to be showcased by the act of cutting, sanding, and shaping our products. This process of really tuning in to the unique Figure of each piece of wood takes a little bit longer, but allows the wood to reveal to us its natural beauty. In this way, each and every product we make is unique.

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We decided to switch to beeswax for this product because of it’s known safety, being used to protect butcher blocks and wooden cutting boards. Rather than becoming dull from water exposure over time, the beeswax finish actually evolves slowly, creating richer hues and bringing out the beauty we encounter in the grain of the wood. See some of our our favorite examples of these above, including Flame Maple, Birdseye Maple, and Spalted Maple.

Having found a more enduring way to naturally enhance the patterns that so captivate us, we thought it was high time we introduced our Orbiter and Power Adapter Flight Essentials in premium cherry and walnut wood choices, to match our premium wood vaporizers.  These have been produced in limited quantities for the true connoisseur. It is our pleasure to announce that while supplies last, we will be offering these Power Adapters and Orbiters at a discounted rate when purchased together as a bundle.  Order any of these select premium wood accessories at a stand alone rate, or bundle a PA and Orbiter together (with matching wood or as a mix-and-match set) to receive up to $40 in savings! Discounted bundle rate available while supplies last. Visit our Web Shop to view the full details of this special offer, just another way for us to wish you a Happy Holiday!

The Tempest Voltaic Launch Box

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“Small, incremental changes, occurring everywhere at once are always more conducive to creative expression than any suddenly realized grand sweeping events.” – Forrest Landry

In addition to artisan woodworkers coming to Magic-Flight from the worlds of carpentry and furniture making, we also have craftsmen and women who honed their skills in the worlds of metal fabrication and jewelry making, having mastered many of the same tools, but using a different medium. One such artisan saw one too many otherwise functional Launch Boxes with small cosmetic blemishes piling up around the shop and became inspired. What if a small lid scratch or chip in the wood could be transformed into a beautiful, unique design feature with a little creativity?

magicflightartisancollection2At night, she began experimenting with some of her own art materials, burning designs into the wood and setting gemstones in key places to accent the design or even perform necessary functions, such as replacing a loose cover lock. After building up a collection of these and showing them to the CEO, he too saw both the creativity and the sustainability evidenced in the pieces, and allocated a laser to help produce more consistent designs in the wood than hand burning could offer. A laser artisan was added to the team, who promptly set to work designing jigs to fit inside the laser beds that would hold the boxes steady while they received their artwork. And with that, a new department (the Industrial Design Department) was born. Among the many other functions Industrial Design performs, its artist roots are ever present.  Transforming Launch Boxes into art, in addition to using our tools and materials to create limited edition accessories is still a favorite operation. The problem solving skills honed in these fun, short-term projects go right back into our production process, ensuring innovative solutions to our engineering process, and also assuring that we are always engaging in the most beneficial possible balance of work and play.

tempestvoltaicWe began by introducing our Sacred Geometry laser lid line. Since we are always refining and improving our process, we quickly moved on to  creating our own signature style of art, a specific blend of mathematics, organic forms, and function. This was followed by designs with gemstone accents. Our Thrive Launch Box was our first release of a box that was based on our original experiments. By combining what we have learned on all the more simple boxes along the way, we are finally able to achieve the level of detail that we originally envisioned at an elevated level of craftsmanship.  A combination of lasered wood and lid design, multiple stones, and functional lid cut outs, the Thrive box was one of our best-selling boxes to date. This inspired us to continue evolving the complexity and precious quality of our Artisan Collection designs. This week we bring you the Tempest Voltaic Launch Box. Inspired by thunderstorms and evidencing a large genuine Blue Apatite and Opal gemstones, it is one of our most ambitious Launch Box designs to date. Visit the Artisan Collection to learn more and get yours while they last!