What is the Carta Smart Rig?
Focus V is home to CARTA; the world’s most stylish, advanced portable e-rig vaporizer. The CARTA smart rig redefines convenience with its temperature control app, Bluetooth functionality and battery-powered freedom. From the original model to the LED radiance of the Laser Line, CARTA remains the answer in portable dabbing.
The Focus V Carta is an e-rig that aims to reinvent the way that concentrates are consumed. It's compact, portable, sleek, and allows consumers to enjoy temperature-controlled and water filtered concentrate vapors.
Designed for dabbing on the go, the Focus V Carta, shown at left, comes with a carb cap, dab tools, a USB charger, alcohol wipes, and a carrying case. Sporting a white and dark grey body, the Focus V Carta offers a slew of tech-minded features, such as Bluetooth functionality and haptic feedback, which helps guide the user as they turn on the device or cycle through the temperature settings. The Focus V Carta is programmed with four preset temperatures:
- 500 degrees Fahrenheit (260 degrees Celsius)
- 630 degrees Fahrenheit (332 degrees Celsius)
- 770 degrees Fahrenheit (410 degrees Celsius)
- 842 degrees Fahrenheit (450 degrees Celsius)
Like the Puffco Peak, the Focus V Carta utilizes a single button to power the device and also cycle between different temperature settings settings. While the Carta is technically designed to be a hybrid vaporizer, compatible with both concentrate and flower, it seems to be better suited for dabbing. The atomizer attachment for flower must be purchased separately and costs .
The design of the Focus V Carta is quite simple and can be broken into three main parts. There's the base, which holds the rechargeable 18350 batteries and features the power button and four LED lights. The glass attachment holds the water filtration system, and can easily be attached or removed from the base. Lastly, there's the atomizer and heating chamber, which is where the dab is placed and heated up.
The atomizer and the heating chamber, one of three main parts of the Focus V Carta electronic rig, is where dabs are placed and heated.
With the Focus V Carta, users can seamlessly switch between a titanium or quartz banger, depending on their personal preference. The quartz insert is designed for flavor while the titanium chamber is better at keeping the set temperature. There's also a carb cap that can be tethered around the atomizer, making it easy to retain heat in the chamber while the dab is vaporized. Equipped with a USB-C cable, the Carta can be fully charged in just under an hour and will last around 30 hits before it needs to be recharged.
Aside from the device itself, the following accessories and parts come packaged inside of the compact travel case:
- Borosilicate carb cap and tether
- Titanium and quartz buckets
- Wax chamber
- USB charging cable
- Two-18350 Batteries
- Silicone dab container
- Dab tool
- Alcohol wipes
How Do You Use the Focus V Carta?
Using the Focus V Carta is pretty simple, so simple that the manufacturer was able to squeeze the entire instructional guide onto a small foldable pamphlet that comes in the travel case. Here's the gist of that step-by-step guide:
- Install the two 18350 batteries into the battery case located at the bottom of the Focus V Carta.
- Before you can use the Focus V Carta, the first step of the process is to charge the device using the USB-C charging cable. The Carta will take roughly two hours to fully charge. Once the device is ready for use, the LED lights will stop flashing.
- Fill the glass attachment with water until the water just about reaches the very top of the percolator. Be careful not to overfill the device with water.
- The next step is to load the bucket inside of the atomizer with your concentrate of choice. Take the dab tool that comes with the device and scoop out a dab. Gently placing it at the bottom of the chamber so that it's properly vaporized. Alternatively, if you want to take the traditional dab rig approach, you can heat up the device first and then insert the dab while taking a draw from the mouthpiece.
- Turn on the device by clicking it five times and cycle through the preset temperature settings with each subsequent click.
- Once you select the temperature, sit back for about eight to 10 seconds while the atomizer heats up. The lights will flash blue while the Focus V Carta is heating up, and turn green and start vibrating when the temperature is reached, indicating that it's time to take your dab.
- While inhaling through the mouthpiece, place the attachable carb cap over the chamber to retain heat and maximize the dab.
- The Focus V Carta makes it relatively easy to dab. An atomizer, sold separately, also allows for flower to be vaporized.
How Do you Properly Clean Your CARTA?
One important detail not included on the starting guide is how to properly clean everything after use. The travel pack comes with a handful of alcohol wipes, but there's not much information on how to properly clean and maintain the device.
After each dab, the chamber of the Focus V Carta should be given a quick clean after every dab. This can be done using a cotton swab lightly soaked in isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, which should help clear out any leftover concentrate from the most recent session.
For a deep clean, remove the atomizer and soak the rest of the parts in isopropyl alcohol. Instead of letting it air-dry, it's recommended that users utilize a fan. To clean the glass attachment, you can use the same method as you would to clean a regular glass piece. Remove the glass attachment from the base and submerge it inside of a resealable bag with isopropyl alcohol and coarse sea salt, letting it sit until the leftover residue comes off.
Why you choose the Focus V Carta?
While old-school dab enthusiasts might prefer the customary method involving a blow torch and dab rig, the Focus V Carta offers a more accessible and less intimidating way for others to enjoy these highly potent products. Unlike the timely traditional dab process, which requires users to heat up the banger and wait for it to cool to the desired temperature, the Focus V Carta reaches its preset temperature settings in just 5 to 8 seconds, allowing users to dab efficiently in a fraction of time.
Compared to the Puffco Peak, the Focus V Carta is slightly more compact, it heats up faster, and also allows users to swap out batteries when the device loses its charge, making it slightly more enticing to those who want to travel with their e-rig without having to worry about keeping it charged.
It should be noted that there are some concerns regarding how the Focus V Carta is designed. Several members of the FuckCombustion forum complained about the atomizers burning out after only a couple of uses and requiring replacement. "Last night while browsing and still seeing all of the constant warranty posts by people here and other places, I figured I had better check it and good thing I did, it is borked and I will need ANOTHER warranty [atomizer]," wrote one member.
"For those of you burning through atomizers much faster then most of our customers," an account associated with the Focus V responded in the forum. "I can assure you this is not some widespread issue (although some would love to believe that) we have over 10k units on the market now and less then a 5% warranty rate on all atomizers on the market. [A]lthough I would like to get that down to 1% or less with the new everlast."
Priced at $250, the Carta is also significantly less expensive than the $380 Puffco Peak, so more frugally minded stoners may find the discounted cost to be the main appeal. There are some advantages that may make the Puffco Peak a more preferable option, but most of them are strictly aesthetic. While Puffco arguably has a sleeker design and more elegant feel, the $130 difference in price may not be worth the slightly more luxurious appearance.
CARTA Smart Rig F.A.Q
Confused by your CARTA Smart Rig? While it’s a fairly user-friendly portable dab rig, especially when compared to some of the other products on the market, it also introduces new technology that can leave rookie users baffled. Fear not, because we have all the answers to your hottest CARTA questions. We’ll start with the big one.
1) Why Won't My CARTA V2 Smart Rig Turn On?
Whether you’re experiencing this problem right out of the box or you’ve puffed on your CARTA rig a few times and now you’re getting dead air, it’s most likely an issue related to the batteries. If you just got your CARTA, pop the battery compartment open and make sure to remove the caps from your batteries. These caps are put in place by our manufacturer to make sure the juice from those batteries isn’t accidentally depleted before CARTA gets to you. If the caps are off and you’re still experiencing issues, make sure to give the connection a good visual inspection for any dust, debris or signs of damage. You also need to charge your CARTA Smart Rig when you first get it; a process that takes about 2 hours if you’re using the charging device included with your CARTA. Your CARTA will be sure to let you know what it’s up to by vibrating softly and blinking its LED lights. When it first starts up, you’ll see the white LEDs blink. If your battery is low, the lights will blink red. Also, you can gauge your remaining battery power by the number of LEDs that are blinking (with 4 LEDs being maximum charge and 1 LED signifying 25% capacity).
2) Why Won't My CARTA V2 Heat Up?
So, your CARTA turning on without a hitch but it’s just not heating up? Sounds like an atomizer problem. But don’t worry, CARTA is one of the best portable dabbing options for easily fixing atomizer issues. First, check those LEDs to make sure everything seems copacetic. When your CARTA is in the process of heating up, its LEDs blink blue. A solid green LED means it’s ready. If you’re still experiencing heating issues, make sure that the wire from your CARTA atomizer is properly in contact with the metallic part of your atomizer. This sometimes requires you to loosen up your atomizer a bit. We’ve found screwing your atomizer into place too tightly can result in connectivity issues (and, therefore, heating issues). If it’s not a connection problem, give your atomizer a visual inspection for dirt and debris that may be hindering its performance.
4) How Do I Connect My CARTA V2 to the App?
One of the coolest features of CARTA is its app which you can use to adjust temperature within a single degree. To connect your CARTA Smart Rig to the app, you need to make sure your rig is powered on, then open the app on your phone. Don’t have the app? You can download the Focus V CARTA App here. When you open the app, you’ll be greeted by a prompt asking you to connect. Choose your CARTA Smart Rig from the dropdown list that populates with all of the Bluetooth-enabled devices in the vicinity.
5) How Do I Get the Best Hit from My CARTA?
CARTA Smart Rig may be your first experience with a portable dab rig and, as you probably know, different rigs hit differently. So how can you make sure that you’re getting the best hit off it? This will definitely be influenced by personal preference, but in our experience, the first thing that you’d do is pop in a quartz insert. Use the app to set the CARTA Smart Rig temperature to somewhere in the 700° to 720° range. With a small (or medium at the very most) dab loaded, take a long, slow pull. Since the CARTA has a smaller heating element, you want to be careful not to overload it or performance will suffer, and cleaning will be a much more painful experience. We prefer the slow, smooth pull since it keeps the outstanding flavors we love while also packing plenty of potency.