May 16, 2019

The MicroFogger Is a Fog Machine That Fits Right in Your Pocket

You now have the power of fog in the palm of your hand with this sweet little gadget.

As we all know, fog/haze/smoke/atmosphere is an essential cinematographic tool. It can help you add depth to your visuals, establish tone, as well as create many different aesthetic, technical, and stylistic effects.

But despite their vital cinematic role, these machines (like anything) could be a little more convenient and accommodating for certain applications, which is what makes the MicroFogger such an interesting item.

This thing is basically a super portable pocket-sized fog machine that has single-button operation, a rechargeable battery, and requires only a few drops of fog liquid.

And here's our favorite Weird Lens Expert, Mathieu Stern, taking it for a spin.

I know what you're thinking (because I thought it, too)...it looks like a vape mod, right? I mean, that's pretty much what it is...it's basically the same technology (only in reverse). And this tiny thing can produce bigger plumes than the best cloud chasers out there, brah. The fog liquid it uses is made of non-toxic high-quality vegetable glycerin, which is used as a base liquid for vapes and e-cigarettes and will trigger smoke alarms.

Using this thing looks super simple. There are three buttons on the unit: one to trigger and release the fog, and two to adjust the power. When it needs to be recharged, you can plug it in via USB cable.

The MicroFogger looks like a tool that would come in handy for run-and-gun filmmakers, guerrilla-style shoots, as well as whenever you're on a very tiny, cramped set. Also, I'm a very lazy person, as I've said a thousand times here, so being able to just reach inside my pocket and fog up an entire area with a handheld fogger is incredibly appealing.

A single unit goes for about $102. You can also purchase replacement coils for $19 (USD) and extra fog liquid for $7 (USD).     

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It's a vape pen.

May 16, 2019 at 3:48PM

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Pat Heine
Producer.
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Nice ingenuity... but this is nothing new.

It's 100% a vape pen & I've been using a vape for product shots and jewelry shots for the past 2 years. Works wonders.

Only difference here is you don't get any benefits after the shot is over.

May 16, 2019 at 5:06PM, Edited May 16, 5:10PM

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J.M. Anderson
Director of Photography
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Yeah this looks to me like it's exactly a vaporizer. It has the same form factor as a vaporizer. It uses the same fuel (you can use vegetable glycerin in a vaporizer - that's the base of most vape fluids), and it creates the same signature plume of smoke. If you buy a vaporizer that you never use for anything but vegetable glycerin then there shouldn't be any negative health side effects to worry about from inhaling it. It's just a vape, and so far nothing that I've read has convinced me that this is anything but exactly that. I don't even think it's "reversed"... this is just exactly what vapes do. I've seen people use vapes for costuming purposes and it looked just like this. I don't know about the adjustable power settings, though. Is that an added feature or something that already exists on the market? I'm betting it already exists.

May 17, 2019 at 3:45PM

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I don't know of any vape 'pens' that shoot smoke out of their mouthpieces. You have to suck it. (go on... I'll wait)
That said, what others are available besides this one?

May 18, 2019 at 4:24PM

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I'd like to see how that smoke hangs in a space and for how long... Basically what I want is a hazer.

May 16, 2019 at 8:08PM, Edited May 16, 8:08PM

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Stu Mannion
writer/dir/dp
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Smoke machines are meant to add density to the atmosphere.
This does nothing of the sort

May 19, 2019 at 5:12AM

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