Best Vaporizers For Weed
Ever since dry herb vaporizers have become popular, it’s almost as if a new portable vaporizer is available for purchase every single week. While it is quite exciting to have more options to choose from, selecting the right portable vaporizer for your vaping lifestyle can become a daunting task since there’s so much to choose from.
This is exactly why we at VaporizerStar.com developed this list. Our goal is to help you choose the best portable vaporizers of 2017 by providing you with updated and meaningful information on each product. Since there are many vaporizers, we organized them by different categories, such as how user-friendly it is, how strong, how portable, and overall quality based on taste, temperature, smoothness, and thickness. At VaporizerStar.com we have tried countless vaporizers and only the top rated vaporizers are listed in our various categories below.
Best Vaporizers Overall
Most Compact Vaporizer
Best Vape Quality
Top Portable Vaporizer
Best Dry Herb Vaporizer and Wax (2-in-1)
Best Dry Herb Vaporizer Pen
Best Vaporizer For Use At Home
Best Dry Herb Vaporizer Under $150
Best Portable Vaporizers Below $200
The Might vaporizer was selected for its battery life and number of sessions that you can get from a fully charged battery. It is made by the same company that makes the Crafty, a smaller version. Although it doesn’t qualify as one of the best portable vaporizers of its size it definitely has a battery life longer than all other vaporizers in the market today. It takes only 90 minutes to charge a battery fully and after that, you can use the vaporizer for a full day. On average you will be able to get between 6 and 8 sessions.
Its design isn’t bad either – it has an LED to show you heat levels and buttons on both sides that you can use to regulate temperatures, which range between 105F and 410F. The Mighty is definitely not a portable vaporizer, but its size and sturdy build make it perfect for a group vape – just keep passing it around until everyone has had their fill. This vaporizer is not for those who like to vape on the go.
I love the Mighty not just because it has such a great battery life but also because of how easy it is to use. It gives dense, flavorful vapor and it is quite a durable piece. It is also reliable – you can expect it to give you the same flavor every time.
If you are a fan of portable vaporizers then this is not the one for you as it will not fit in your pocket – you will have to carry it around in a bag or a purse. It is also heavier than other vaporizers in this category and therefore not very discreet. The other con is that the Mighty can only be charged via a wall outlet. Many people prefer vaporizers that can be charged via a USB port because it allows them to charge from anywhere.
The Crafty, brought to you by Storz and Bickel, is an easy to use vaporizer that heats via both conduction and convection. It has become a favorite of many and it has often been compared to the Pax 3 or the Grasshopper. It is easy to use because it has only one button and setting can be changed via an app. You get 2 temps – there is a default and boost which ranges from 104F to 410F which can be adjusted using the app. The vaporizer uses conduction immediately you switch it on to preheat the bowl and then after that convection takes over to vaporize herb.
The thing I like most about the Crafty is how small it is – it fits perfectly in my palm, keeping it completely concealed. I can slip it into my jeans and jacket pockets and even when I have it in a hoodie pocket no one can tell that it is there. It allows for complete discretion and I can take it with me anywhere.
That said, I must warn you that if you are frequently away from a power source this is one vaporizer that you will not like – its battery life is far from good. You can charge it on a power outlet or you can charge it using a USB slot, but do not expect the battery to last very long. One good thing however is that it allows for pass through charging which means that you can charge it while using it so long as the battery is 20% or higher.
What I like about the Crafty
As I have already mentioned this vaporizer is incredibly small and I really like it for that. You will also be happy to know that it is very easy to use, making it the perfect piece for beginners – packing it is a breeze, and once you are done switch it on and it will be ready with vapor in no time at all. The draws are also smooth, and you there are no ghost puffs or baby puffs. You also don’t have to fill the bowl for a good session. The wide temp settings allow you to choose whatever feels best for you.
The main con is the one I have already talked about – the battery life. There are some redeeming features to this however. The first is that since it can be charged via USB you can charge it through your laptop or computer. The other is that you can buy an Anker battery that lasts about 2 or 3 times longer than the battery that comes with the unit. I definitely recommend this if you don’t want to get frustrated with your unit.
Most Compact Vaporizer
As the name suggests, the Davinci IQ is a portable vaporizer brought to you by Davinci, the manufacture of several other brands of vaporizers. It is made for dry herbs and retails for about $274.99. To start with, I must say that hands down I have found this to be the vaporizer that gives me the best flavor among all my other portable dry herb vaporizers.
The higher the temperature the better the taste (so long as you don’t burn your herb) and the taste will last throughout your session. The density is also very thick and those who like this kind of thing will love this vaporizer. If you want to know just how good this unit is consider this – it comes with a 10 year warranty. In addition to that you get a replaceable battery, ceramic zirconia mouthpiece and great software.
Many people today are looking for vaping units that allow them to enjoy their herb discreetly and this is one such – the Davinci IQ fits very comfortably into your pocket and in fact can be completely hidden in your palm, unlike brands like the PAX 3 which can be folded into the palm but still stick out a bit.
The temperature settings range from 250F to 430F, more than enough to give your weed a nice, even burn. In addition to that the Davinci IQ boasts a feature called Smart Paths that gives you a range of 4 different temperature controls. They all run from 350F to 430F with each path having an increment of 20F. I like to set mine to default Smart Path 1 which heats the IQ to 350F (takes 45 seconds) and continues to rise until 370F where it stays unless I choose another Smart Path.
I have tried the rest of the Smart Paths but I must say that for me 1 remains the best – at this high temp I am able to get the thickest and most flavorful vapor and I must mention that unlike other conduction vaporizers where the flavor of the vapor drops as you get into the session this one stays strong all the way up to the end.
What are the cons of the Davinci IQ Vaporizer?
There are certain things that I don’t like about the Davinci IQ. One is the draw resistance – you have to give it a good chug if you want to enjoy the full effects. The other thing I thing Davinci could improve is the battery life. A dead one will take about 4 hours to charge, quite a long time compared to many others in the market. The only way to be safe is to buy one or two more and make sure that they are always charged just in case you run out of juice. I found a way around the long charge time. I bought the Nitecore i2 for about $12 and with this I am able to get a full battery in about 2.5 hours, and I can also charge a couple of batteries at once. A fully charged unit will take you for between 50 and 80 minutes.
Although the app comes with a device you don’t really need it to enjoy a vaping session. Everything that you need – choose Smart Paths, operate the LED’s and more – you can still do directly on the device, but you need the app if you want to customize your Smart Paths. That said, it is a pretty decent app and you can use it to do a lot of cool things with your unit, including sharing your Paths with your vaping buddies. The app is also quite solid – I have never had a problem connecting to it.
In all, Davinci IQ Vaporizer will deliver value and is one of the best dry herb vaporizer.
Best Vape Quality
Firefly 2 Vaporizer
The Firefly 2, brought to you by Firefly Vapor, has been named one of the best vaporizers in the market, but when it comes to vapor quality it is simply unbeatable. This distinction is based on that taste of the vapor, its density and also what it tastes like at different temperatures.
Has 5 different heat settings and can be used for both herbs and concentrates. It is a great unit for those looking to vape on the go as it preheats in less than 10 seconds, and people love it because it requires very little maintenance, the manufacturer has included 2 rechargeable batteries to make sure that you never run out of juice.
Comes with an app that helps get settings just right. There is a variety of temperatures that you can choose from but many people say that they got the best tasting vapor at higher temps – it is smooth, potent and there are no baby or ghost puffs. It burns herb uniformly and all that is left is a uniformly golden brown residue. If you like to have your vaporizer with you wherever you go you will be happy to know that the Firefly 2 is highly portable. It can be used by 2 people – it has a big enough chamber – and the batteries will recharge fully in just 45 minutes.
I love the fact that after you charge the battery you can get 4-6 bowls out of this unit, all of which will have the perfect vapor quality.
The only thing I don’t like about the Firefly 2 is that it isn’t very easy to use at first. That said once you get used to it it is a breeze.
Top Portable Vaporizer
PAX 3 Vaporizer
The new PAX 3 comes to us with several upgrades from the PAX 2 – while the inside mechanisms remain much the same it has an added 3 grams in weight as well as an additional chamber to burn concentrates. The battery has also changed – while the PAX 2 had a 3000aAh battery, the newer version has a 3500aMh. The preheating time is also shorter – you can get it ready with vapor in between 15 and 20 seconds. Once it is ready for you it gives you haptic feedback, which is to say that it vibrates. It is operated through an app that allows you to change temperatures, heating profiles, color themes, LED’s and you can even lock your device if you think someone else is sneaking puffs.
The outer casing in the new PAX 3 is now made of brushed aluminum and although it is much shinier looking a common criticism has been that it is now a lot easier to get scratches on it – some people feel that the manufacturer should have retained the outer casing of the PAX 3.
The new concentrates insert is a nice feature to have and it works pretty well, burning through concentrate to give a nice, flavorful vapor, but it is not nearly as good as the Dab Rig or the e-nail because the temperatures don’t go nearly as high.
The battery is pretty good – I get on average about 100 minutes each time a charge the battery, which, coincidentally, takes about just as long to charge.
As for portability, the PAX 3 is very highly portable when you take into account the battery life, size, weight, discreetness as well as how easy it is to use. It comes with a Half Pack lid which makes it just perfect for single person use. The concentrates insert is also a nice touch for those who want some variety.
I highly recommend the PAX 3 for anyone who doesn’t already own the PAX 2. Upon the release of the PAX 3 the manufacturer dropped the price of the PAX 2 to $199 from $279 so this still remains a good option for many people. If you choose to go this way keep in mind that you cannot use this old PAX for concentrates, has a slower pre-heat time, doesn’t use an app and is bigger and therefore less portable. To fix all these things may require that you buy accessories, money which you can use towards the PAX 3.
If you own a PAX 2 and are thinking of upgrading you should wait and see what else the manufacturer will do with the PAX 3 – it is quite likely that they will improve the concentrates insert and they may also add some other features.
Best Dry Herb Vaporizer and Wax (2-in-1)
Haze V3 Dual Bowl Vaporizer
The Haze V3 dual bowl vaporizer was selected based on the fact that it vapes all materials: herb, concentrate and e-liquids very well. As far as vaporizers go, this one was the first to hit the market with 2 bowls. Whatever your preference you can be sure that you will get thick, great tasting vapor. The temperature is carefully controlled through a patented heat exchange mechanism. The two bowls make cleaning a bit of a challenge but that is okay when you consider the benefits of this vaping unit.
You get 4 different heat selections but I prefer the first 3 for herbs and the 4th only for concentrates. Of course I’m not saying that this is the best setting for everybody – best try out for yourself and decide which temp settings are best.
The fact that this vaporizer is able to so perfectly vape herb, wax and e-liquids is obviously the first pro. As someone who wants to enjoy the full vaping experience, you will definitely not go wrong with the HAZE V3. The other thing I like about the Haze V3 is the fact that it comes with a lot of accessories – 2 conduction screens, 2 convection screens, 2 e-liquid pads and 2 all-purpose cans. You can use the cans to mix all 3 materials and vape them in the first of the dual bowls.
The great thing about this unit is that the manufacturer continues to improve it based on customer feedback. There are new features added all the time, and although some of them are small they can have a significant impact of user satisfaction.
It is also quite easy to use and you can see your heat levels through an LED display. You get a 10 year warranty on your Haze V3.
Now that we know the pros it is only fair to look into the cons. For me, there is only one drawback – the fact that once you switch it off you cannot take a draw. I have found a way around this though – instead of switching off I simply pull out the battery and I can continue to puff away while your vaporizer is hot.
Best Dry Herb Vaporizer Pen
Apart from being the best dry herb vape pen, the Grasshopper vaporizer can easily qualify as one of the smallest and most portable vaporizers available today. It uses pure convection to burn herb and it heats up pretty fast – it will be ready to go in less than 10 seconds. In case you are wondering, it looks very much like one of those bigger pens, somewhat like a stylus.
Because it heats up so fast it is a great vaping unit for people who want to vape on the go. It is also sturdy enough to use with bongs or bubblers. Unfortunately, because of its size it is only best for use by one or two people so if you want a bigger party you will have to find another vaping unit.
The Grasshopper vaporizer is available in steel, titanium and colored titanium. The titanium version is lighter by about 10 grams, making it even more portable. It also doesn’t scratch so if you want a vaping unit that will keep its looks then this one is perfect for you. All Grasshopper units get a lifetime warranty, which tells you that the manufacturer has gone out of their way to create a unit that lasts.
I love my grasshopper vaporizer for several reasons. The first is the size – I can wear it in my shirt pocket like a pen and no one will be any wiser. Also, it heats up fast and the vapor quality is great.
The only problem with this unit is that you may not get one when you order it because of production issues. The other problem is that prolonged use causes it to heat up. That said, the Grasshopper is a vaporizer that is definitely worth waiting for.
Best Vaporizer For Use At Home
The inexpensive portable vaporizer manufactured by the Arizer Company easily fits into the pocket even though it needs a deeper one. However, the unit is not very portable especially when it is connected with the glass mouthpiece, which has to be tagged along. The Air comes with a variety of accessories and options to use with the glass at home. The air vape features an amazing heating combination with 5 pre-set temperature settings ranging from 356F-410F. The system uses a replaceable 18650 internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Save for the glass stem, the Air is durable and absolutely reliable. So if you are looking for a good portable vaporizer, then Arizer is the right one for you and will not dent your pockets.
Best Dry Herb Vaporizer Under $150
There are several options available for portable vaporizers under $150. In fact, the following are some top products at cost-affordable rates. These items also continue to receive stellar industry ratings and user reviews across the board.
The Boundless CF is a great option for customers in the below $150 range. This convenient unit has the same heating time as the CFX vape. However, there is no LED display and only 5 pre-set temperatures with the CF model. This product is incredible easy to use, and is lightweight and mobile. It also works well with multiple load sizes, as well as grinding types.
The CF feels almost like the Crafty vape unit. It is also features an extended battery, which can easily be charged via USB. The product also has a two year manufacturer’s warranty, and is simply a great vaporizer for new and existing users.
Next on the list is the popular Flowermate vape series. This unit is considered one of the best budget vapes on the market today. In fact, you can pick up this brand at around $100. While there are other units that offer better vapor quality and batteries – this unit is still reliable and designed to meet all your needs.
Within this Flowermate series is the V5s unit. This product is priced around $80.00 and is perfect for vapers on strict budgets. I especially recommend this model for first-time customers that want to save money on quality vaporizers.
There is also the V5s Pro Mini unit, which features a bright LED display and full temperature range. With visible and easy to use buttons, this vape features optimal control but does tend to lose battery life quicker. While it is smaller than the standard V5s, it does cost a bit more than other units within this series as well.
You can also find a number of other vapes in this price range. However, I strongly recommend the items listed above for first time or existing vapers. Again, these products offer quality vapors at cost-effective prices. They also continue to receive great reviews online and at leading vaping supply stores.
Best Portable Vaporizers Below $200
So are you looking for good portable vaporizer without having to spend a fortune? Well, we rounded a few recommendations for you of the best below $200 vaporizers.
For its vapor production, portable size, and ease of use, the V2 Pro Series 7 has earned the number one spot on the list of our portable vapes, as well as for its versatility. This vaporizer allows for multiple vaping: dry herbs, oils, and/or wax concentrates.
The Series 7 is very small which makes it super easy to carry around. However small it may be, the Series 7 delivers a powerful vaping experience that is totally supported by a 2.4 ml tank, with an 1800 mah battery. With such a foundation, you can be sure to get many hours of nonstop vaping.
The Series 7 was built to be firm, strong, and highly durable, which it is. Nevertheless, when you hold it in your hand, you immediately feel the smoothness of the material it was build with. The “on” button is easily located without hassles and the mouthpiece is clear and direct, and designed to the perfect size for vaping.
While the Series 7 is more expensive than The Matrix, rest assured that the price change makes up for the amazing features on the Series 7. If you are looking for an all-in-one vaporizer that allows you to be versatile while still delivering quality performance, the Series 7 is the one. This vaporizer is made as your vape-match in heaven on Earth.
The Boundless CFX is a powerful spectrum with features and performance of high end brands going for only a fraction of the price. Fitted with a beautiful OLED display, the vaporizer delivers hits up to 400F in less than 25 seconds, which is extremely fast for a portable vaporizer. The unit also comes with two powerful 2500mAh batteries that are rechargeable. The heat of these two batteries has allowed the CFX to rank with the likes of G Pen Elite, the only other vaporizer that has the ability to heat that fast.
CFX vs. Mighty
If you are looking for absolutely the best vaporizer, then you need to go for the Mighty for faster heat up in as little as 20 seconds, reduced draw resistance, proven durability track, and superior vapor quality. However, in the same way the Mighty is superior in several features, it also costs a whopping $339. So if you feel that the Mighty is better than the CFX and worth breaking a bank for, then surely go for it. The Mighty is exceptional in the whole vaping categories. However, save for the many features that the Mighty has over the Boundless, I feel that the Boundless still works perfectly and a whole $170 less. Besides the category is very popular with vapers and seems like they are keen on pushing out the expensive vaporizers and settle for the less costly ones.
Best Vaporizer Categories Explained:
Best Vaporizers Overall – This section focuses on the best portable vaporizers based on easiness of use, consistent quality, maintenance and cleaning, and the durability of the product. When it comes to top vaporizers, in this section you will find the best of the best, and any vaporizer you select here will be a great overall choice. These portable vapes are a great fit for those who are new to vaping as well as those who are experienced vapers.
Best Vape Quality – I’ve heard many people talk about “vapor quality” and they seldom define it. Vapor quality can mean different things to different people but overall when speaking of vapor quality, I am referring to the very best in taste, temperature, density, and production of the vapor. The vapes listed in this section have proven to produce the vapor of the highest quality. These products are a great choice for beginners as they’ll be well pleased with their vaping experience, and experienced vaporizers will be pleasantly surprised, wondering how they could have gone so long without this vape.
Top Portable Vaporizer – This section features the vapes that are most portable, meaning they provide absolute discretion and portability to those who want to have a product that is easy to carry around without having to settle on certain features such as the life of the battery or the quality of the vapor. These vapes are usually small, easy to fit into your pocket, and ready to be used at any moment, fast and simple. These vapes are great for those who consider themselves homebodies; however, if you’re an outdoor type of person, you will enjoy the ease of these vaporizers. Their size, efficiency, and productivity makes them excellent for all day activities.
Best Dry Herb Vaporizer Pen – In the beginning, there was only one product available but I’m glad to report that there is more than one choice now. The vapes in this section are designed and manufactured to have the appearance of an actual pen. And when it’s in your hand, you do feel like you’re holding a pen. These vape pens are very easy to hide, they fit in the smallest areas. Despite their small size, they have excellent productivity and heat up really fast. Another great thing I love about them, is that they are able to vaporizer your all of your herbs with no combustion.
Best Vaporizer For Dry Herbs, Wax, and Oil (3-in-1) – This section is reserved for vaporizers that allow you to vape all three vaping products: e-liquids, waxes, and dry herbs. These vapes are portable, efficient, and durable.
Best Battery Life – This section is self-explanatory. Here I list the best portable vape that has been proven to have the best lasting battery life when it is completely charged.
Best Cheap Portable Vaporizer – This section is list the best vaporizers that are cheap. To be clear, cheap does not mean these products are bad. The vapes listed here will give you great quality at a reasonable price.
Best Portable Vaporizers Under $200 – In simple terms, this is where I list the vaporizers that are of great quality and efficiency and cost less than $200.
Now let’s be clear. Selecting the best vaporizer is not easy because no two vaporizers are exactly the same, unless they are the same brand and model. Also, one person’s idea of the best vaporizer may be someone else idea of a low-quality vaporizer. Therefore, it’s important to clarify what makes a great vaporizer to your and your vaping lifestyle? And only you can answer this question. But here are some guidelines:
What’s your preference: dry herb, concentrates, or both?
How often do you vape?
How do you like your vape clouds and flavor: thick, sleek, strong, or faint?
Do you like simple do it yourself vaporizers?
Or do you prefer advanced features like temperature control?
What’s your budget?
What’s Your Vaping Budget?
As someone who is thinking about starting to vape you may probably be thinking that it is way beyond your budget – many vaporizers go for more than $100 and the best ones often go for $200 and even more than $300. The good news is that if you shop carefully you will find that there are excellent vaporizers that go for between $50 and $100. We have reviewed some of the best ones here for you to compare and see which one suits you best.
It is important to mention that for those who want to vape a combination of dry herbs, waxes and e-liquids you have plenty of options especially when it comes to vaporizer pens (check our best vaporizer pens). Some of them are excellent for working with dry herb but if you want to vape herb only you will do better looking into some of the best portable vaporizers – there are several that fall within this price range that are excellent for just that.
You may find this category a bit tricky because while there are several good vaporizers that retail in this range, the best vaporizers are a bit more expensive, selling for between $200 and $250. It is worth your while to wait until you can raise the extra $50 – it will make a big difference in your vaping experience. If you cannot, however, we have some good portable vaporizers that sell for between $100 and $200 on our Best Portable Vaporizers page and we particularly recommend the 3-in-1 vaporizer V2 Pro Series 7 Vaporizer which sells for $129 or MigVapor Matrix Vaporizer for $139.95.
If you can come up with this kind of cash for a vaporizer you are lucky because you have lots of options in this range. We have compiled reviews of the Top 10 Portable Vaporizers which covers some of our best vaporizers ever except the Herbilizer and Volcano which retail for more. These reviews look into all aspects of all vaporizers including portability, taste of the vapor, battery life, appearance, quality and so on.
The one that you choose will be determined by the kind of vaping experience that you are looking for. If, for instance, you prefer a portable vapour that you can keep out of sight we can recommend a couple of options in the $200 to $300 category – compare the Pax 3 Vaporizer ($274.99), DaVinci IQ ($274.99). While the Pax 3 is smaller and easier to keep out of sight, both vaporizers are excellent at burning her, easy to use and most who have tried them describe them as fun.
If, however, you are looking to do most of your vaping at home there are excellent desktop vaporizers that fall in this price range that you can find on our Desktop Options page. Each one has unique features but one thing that they seem to have in quality is the taste of vapour – they burn herb and concentrate quite evenly into smooth vapour, but what will help you choose between them is things like ease of use, battery life and so on.
If you have this kind of money to splurge there is one vaporizer that comes highly recommended – the Volcano. This is a premium vaporizer and with good reason – there is hardly another one in the market that can compare. You can buy the Volcano Desktop Vaporizer for $480, the Digital Volcano for $580 but if you want to take it a step further, why not indulge in the Herbalizer which sells for $599? Sure, this might look like a hefty price tag, but if you have more than $300 to spend on a vaporizer, why not spend it on the absolute best? Based on reviews, this vaping unit seems to be a winner with everyone who has tried it, and they all swear that it is worth every dime that they spent on it.
If, however, you are confined to the $300, you should buy the second edition of the Firefly 2 vaporizer for $329.95. While it doesn’t reach the perfection of the Volcano, it is excellent value for money for a smaller, portable vaporizer.
How will you be getting your THC hit?
In the past, we were limited to herb as a method of THC. Today, however, evolving technology in vaporizers allows you to get your medical marijuana in different forms – you can take it as herb, wax concentrate or oil concentrate. In fact, herb vaporizers are not large and bulky any more – they are now available in portable sizes that you can safely hide in the pockets of your pants or jacket for around $200. Because of all the changes it is important that you think about the kind of medical marijuana you will be using before you buy a vaporizer.
If this is your medical marijuana of choice you will be happy to know that you have plenty of options and they are mostly affordable. There are quality wax vaping units that are cheaper than herb vaping devices. You can see them all on our Top Wax Vaporizer Pens page. They have 2 main advantages – they cost less than herb vaporizers (both portable and desktop) and they are also a lot more portable because they are smaller and can fit into small spaces. We do, however, have one wax vape pen that we highly recommend: the V2 Pro Series 7 vaporizer. It retails for the very affordable price of $129 and based on numerous reviews, you can see that it has lots of loyal fans all who say that it burns wax in a way that produces great tasting, smooth vapour.
Most people think of e-cigarettes and nicotine when they think of this category, but advancements have allowed vape pens are now being used to vape marijuana oil concentrate. People who use medical marijuana can now use vape pens to burn oil concentrates for the same kind of smooth vapour that you would get burning herb or wax. You only need to replace the nicotine-laced oil with THC-laced oil and you are good to go. Many people choose to go this way because it offers them discretion – these pens are very small and discreet and you can take your medicine around with you wherever you go without anyone else knowing about it. If you are an out-and-about kind of person you should look at our Best Vape Pens page and choose a vape pen that meets your needs.
Most vapers still prefer to take in their hit through dry herb for 2 reasons – it is an easy and uncomplicated way to vape, and it costs less to vape this way because you don’t have to pay someone to convert herb into oil or wax. There is another reason – most people who have used herb, wax and oil will tell you that you get the best taste from burning herb straight without having it turned into another form of THC. As you can imagine, there is a wide range of vaporizers that you can choose from if you want to vape herb, and whichever one you choose will be based on how much you are willing to spend. We already covered this in the Top Portable Vaporizers section, but you can take another look at the list and see if there is any vaporizer that you think would work for you. As you choose take into account the unique features of each – it can make a big difference in how much you enjoy your vaping sessions. While some vaporizers are easy to use others take a bit of practice and there are even some that use apps,
allowing you to control them through your phone.
Frequently Asked Questions about Vaporizers
What is a vaporizer?
Portable vaporizers (aka vapes) are handheld devices with small ovens (aka chambers) that are used to heat a substance (dry herb or concentrates) to a boiling temperature, releasing active cannabinoids in the form of vapor. The vapor can be inhaled to enjoy the full benefits of any medicinal herb or extract. A vaporizer will not burn your herb, thus not releasing combustion related concierges.
Vaporizers use the small “oven” to heat the herb and then pull the potent vapor through the mouthpiece. Most portables are powered by an internal, rechargeable battery.
How does it work?
Vaporizers have several components. Each has a chamber to hold the wax, herb or oil, and the chamber is connected to an element that is powered through battery. Once turned on the battery heats the element, the heat is transferred to the chamber where it burns the marijuana and turns it into vapour that you can inhale. It is important to note that vaporizers do not produce smoke – they are used to produce vapour because it is a much safer option of ingesting marijuana than smoking it. One who inhales vapor in this way can be called a vaper, while the act itself is called vaping.
Are vaporizers legal?
They are in most countries so long as they are used to vaporize the right materials including tobacco and a few other chemicals. However, in the United States they are considered illegal because they are drug paraphernalia and marijuana is classified as a drug in most states. You may not get into trouble in states where marijuana is legal. But vendors and users in states where it is not go around this by advertising vaporizers as paraphernalia used with tobacco. You should however keep in mind that it is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to buy or use vaporizers.
How difficult is it to use a vaping device?
Vaporizers are generally easy to use, but it all depends on the kind of vaporizer that you choose. There are some that are hard to maintain and also require that you fill the chamber often. There are some that have a heating element that heats the rest of the unit making it unsuitable for prolonged use. With most, however, you will get the hang of it within a few vaping sessions.
Which types of vaporizers are available?
There are three main types- Dry Herb, Wax (concentrate, extracts), and E-liquid vaporizers (aka electronic cigarettes).
Dry herb vaporizers are used to vape the raw, dried, ground up medicinal herbs such as cannabis.
Wax Vaporizers are used to vape THC/CBD concentrates and extracts that are becoming increasingly popular in US dispensaries (in legal states).
e-Liquid Vaporizers and eCigs are used to vape e-liquids (with or without nicotine). That is a huge category by itself and contains vape-mods and electronic cigarettes. The important thing to keep in mind is – these are not used to consume THC in any way. They are not compatible with herb and wax. They act more like a “cigarette substitute.”
Does a Vaporizer smell like weed after (or while) using it?
That is not a simple yes or no. Yes, it will smell but much less than smoking. While you use the vaporizer and blow vapor in/out, the vapor will have a gentle scent that will dissolve quickly even in a closed environment. Unlike smoke, it will not stick to anything, and will not smell your breath. After usage, it’s best to empty and quickly clean the oven to eliminate the smell. Smell-proof cases are also available for many vapes.
What is the difference between vaping weed and smoking it?
The main difference is in the side effects. While there are documented side effects on smoking weed, there are none to date on any negative health effects on vaping it. It may take a while for negative effects to be realized, but until then vaping remains the safest way to consume medical marijuana.
What is vaporizer vs. bong?
The difference is that a bong uses combustion, there by releasing smoke, while a vaporizer releases vapour which is much safer for your health.
Should I be worried about noise?
You shouldn’t, because even the cheapest vaporizers are very quiet. Think about the faint hum of a small fan.
What is the optimal vaping temperature?
That depends on the herb that you use. For most types of medical marijuana (dry herb) 350 -420 degrees Fahrenheit will work best. Warmer will produce harsher, more visible vapor. Lower will produce flavorful, mild vapor.
The majority of modern vaporizers have a temperature control option, allowing the user to set the exact temperature. Some even have advanced heating profiles with varying temperature throughout the session.
Should I grind my herb before vaping?
The best way to vaporize your herbs is to grind them into a fine powder – this gives them more surface area to vaporize, giving you more vapour, thicker vapour and your herb will go for longer.
How can I tell when my herb is finished/ completely vaporized?
You will be able to tell by the flavor, the amount of vapor, and many draws you taken. There is no scientific formula, and vaporizers do not tell you when it’s time for a new bowl.
Every new bowl starts very potent, aromatic and flavorful, and decreases with use. How much will you take it, is completely up to you.
Can I split an oven to multiple sessions?
I highly recommend against it. When a vaporizer reaches vaping temperature, the herb loses flavor and potency. The problem is that if you reached vaping temp and then you turn it off, it takes some time to cool down (usually a couple of mins). During this time, the herb in the oven is still “cooking.” So when you re-activate it, the herb has been hot for a good few minutes and lost much of its potency. So it’s best if you use one oven in one session. Keep in mind, if you are a “solo” or “group” vaper, choose a vape with a suitable oven size.
Convection VS Conduction:
Conduct- meaning the heating element is touching the dry herb and heating it via touch.
Convect- meaning that the heat is generated “away” from the herb, and then pulled in with a draw, passing by the herb to warm it along the way.
Convection vaporizers typically provide better flavor.
To sum it all up:
By now, you should have a pretty solid opinion on what you are looking for in a medical marijuana vaporizer, and what are the options available. Feel free to check our in-depth reviews for each of the products on this page. Most contain demo videos with hands-on usage. Click the links and read more info about any vaporizer in the official’s store website. I hope that this vaporizer guide brought you a step closer to making the switch and join the magical world of herbal vaporizers.