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Best Vaporizer of 2017

A complete buying guide for the best dry herb vaporizer

Last update: 5/9/2017

🔶 Finding the “Best Vaporizer” can be an overwhelming task and really depends on your personal needs and vaping style. We put together this comprehensive guide to help you find the best vape for your needs. We included coupon codes when available and links to official stores.

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In recent years, many medical marijuana users (or recreational users in legal states) are making a switch from burning their herb to vaping it. Vaping offers many advantages over combustion, and huge technology advancements have made vaporizers smaller, more efficient, and more visually appealing.

Once you’ve experienced the potency and convenience of a good portable vaporizer, it’s hard to go back to burning your weed. But opt in for a bad one, and it will leave you with (literally) bad taste in your mouth from the whole experience. Luckily, we did the research for you. Our constantly updated list for the best dry herb vaporizers is the perfect guide to ditching combustion once and for all.

Once making the decision to (completely or partially) switch to vaping your THC, there are a few things to consider. Over the past five years, our staff has tested hundreds of vapes from a variety of brands. In the following list, we share our favorite vaporizers broken down by category. These vapes are primarily for dry herb use, although some can also vape wax (and concentrate). If you are a dual user (herb + wax) I recommend separating the two and buying a vape pen for your wax. Vape pens are not as expensive as portable vapes, and it will keep your primary herbal vaporizer cleaner and running smoother for a longer period of time.

Best Weed Vaporizer of 2017

Breakdown by category
Category Vaporizer (click to quick-scroll)Best price
Best for beginnersAtmos VICOD 5G$129.95 @ Atmos
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Best overall PAX 3 $274.95 @ PAX
Smartest DaVinci IQ $274.99 @ DaVinci
Most simple to use G Pen ELITE $149.95 @ G Pen
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Best flavor Firefly 2 $329.95 @ Firefly
Best for group Mighty / Crafty $349 | $279 @ VS
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Cheap vaporizer Atmos JUMP $59.95 @ Atmos
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Outdoor friendly SUMMIT+ $149.95 @ VS
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Sleekest CloudV F17 $139.95 @ VS
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Best dry herb pen Atmos Pillar $149.95 @ Atmos
Best for dual use (herb+wax) Haze Dual V3$249.95 @ Haze
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Best for wax Atmos Kiln$84.95 @ Atmos
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NEW VAPE- Being evaluated Arizer Solo 2$250 @ VS
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NEW VAPE- Being evaluated Hydrology 9 by Cloudious$250 @ VS
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↓ Best Vaporizer of 2017 breakdown

Best vaporizer for beginners:

Atmos VICOD 5G (2nd Gen)
Atmos Vicod 5G Design

The quick why: the Atmos VICOD 5G is a simple operation  “point-and-shoot” vape that can be turned on and used quickly without any customization or mobile app connectivity. It has a perfectly sized oven (ceramic) for personal vaping, and vapor quality that is usually reserved for higher end vaporizers. The draw resistance is minimal, and it will produce a lot of vapor, even with short draws. Very simple and very effective unit for half the price of a comparable quality vaporizer makes the VICOD 5G the best beginners vaporizer.

Manufacturer: Atmos | Oven: Ceramic | Oven-capacity: .25 gr | Wax-compatible: Yes | Battery life: 4-6 sessions | Temp control: +/- 1 | Smartphone connectivity: No | Warranty: 5 years

Read full review: Atmos VICOD 5G

Other good entry level vapes

  1. Flytlab LIFT:  the Flytlab Lift is a new herbal vaporizer, inspired from the original Flytlab H2FLO Elite. The Lift has three temperature settings and features a ceramic chamber. The FlytLab Lift is a very simple to use semi-convection style vaporizer with only one button, so beginners can utilize it with ease.
    Best Deal: Buy from Vape-Smart and use coupon code TVG10 to save 10%.
  2. Boundless CFX: dry herb vape that uses a dual convection-conduction heating chamber that can load up to 1 gram of herbs and can also be used for concentrates. The CFX features two 2500mAh batteries with long battery life.
    Best Deal: Buy from Planet of the Vapes.

Smartest:

PAX 3
Best dry herb vaporizer

The quick why: The PAX 3 is a smart, sleek and well-designed dry herb vaporizer – also compatible with wax and concentrates – that is simple enough for a beginner and powerful enough to satisfy an advanced user. PAX 3 offers many high-tech features such as Bluetooth connectivity and a dedicated smartphone app, haptic feedback (vibration notifications) and innovative features such like lip-sensing technology that will increase efficiency by activating heat when bringing the device close to your lips and cooling down when removed. The PAX 3 interface is intuitive and it accurately communicates the device’s state to the user. PAX Vapor, hailed the “Apple of Vaporizers” for its aesthetic, timeless designs and unparalleled functionality, has created the Smartest Vaporizer ever in the Pax 3.

Manufacturer:PAX Labs | Oven:Stainless steel | Oven-capacity: .3 gr | Wax-compatible: Yes | Battery life: 4-6 sessions | Temp control: +/- 1 | Smartphone connectivity: YesWarranty: 10 years

Read full review: PAX 3

Best Overall:

DaVinci IQ
davinci-iq-review

The quick why: The DaVinci IQ introduces Smart Path technology – a novel heating profile option that allows the user to completely customize the temperature throughout sessions for optimal results and data tracking. The IQ also boasts Bluetooth connectivity and a smartphone app that provides access to advanced settings but you can control everything about the device without the app, including +/- 1 degree. The DaVinci also features a unique zirconia air path that keeps the vapor cool, pure, and deep. The IQ is a great vaporizer for beginners because it is easy to load, clean, and maintain. Additionally, the more involved features, such as the flavor chamber and the smartphone compatible features, speak to more experienced vapers while giving the newbies something to grow into.  For tech-savvy folks and gadget-geeks, there is no cooler, more sophisticated dry herb vaporizer. The IQ looks great, offers superior performance, and just overall takes the cake overall. 

Manufacturer: DaVinci | Oven: Ceramic | Oven-capacity: .3 gr | Wax-compatible: NoBattery life: 3-5 sessions | Temp control: +/- 1 | Smartphone connectivity: YesWarranty: 10 years

Read full review: DaVinci IQ

Most simple to use

G Pen ELITE
Best Dry Herb Vaporizers of 2016

The quick why: the G Pen ELITE is sleek, has an ergonomic design, and is very well balanced while holding or using. The ELITE’s simple interface allows precise temperature control with an LCD to display settings and temperature. Deep ceramic oven with 260 heat provides strong, potent vapor. The G Pen Elite is available in various collaboration versions with companies such as Burton and Badwood, and has been one of the most popular vapes in the last year.

Manufacturer: G pen | Oven: Ceramic | Oven-capacity: .3 gr | Wax-compatible: No | Battery life: 4-5 sessions | Temp control: +/- 1 | Smartphone connectivity: No | Warranty: 1 year

Read full review: G Pen ELITE

Best vapor quality:

Firefly 2
best vaporizer flavor

The quick why: the Firefly 2 is actually the winner of two categories: best “solo” vape and “best flavor”. The Firefly 2 uses a unique convection heating system, that will allow you to take as low as 1 or 2 draws and put it down saving the rest for later use- having instant-heat on demand is totally addicting. Thanks to a borosilicate glass vapor path and the special convection heating used by the FF, the flavor of the vapor out of this thing is insane. You taste every terpene of your herb. Best vapor quality by far.

Manufacturer: Firefly | Oven: Glass | Oven-capacity: .2 gr | Wax-compatible: Yes | Battery life: 6-8 sessions | Temp control: 4 levels with boostSmartphone connectivity: YesWarranty: 10 years

Read full review: Firefly 2

Best for group vaping:

Crafty & Mighty
crafty vaporizer review

The quick why: the Crafty and Mighty are two beasts. They’re impressive to carry around, get plenty of attention and they deliver performance. The Mighty has double the battery life of its little brother (the Crafty) and will allow up to 8 sessions of use. That’s around 80 minutes! The company behind them- S&B is the same German company that makes the legendary Volcano and these units will last a lifetime. If you are a “session” or a “group” user, the Mighty or the Crafty are your best options.

Manufacturer: Storz & Bickel | Oven: Stainless Steel | Oven-capacity: .3 gr | Wax-compatible: Yes | Battery life: 4-8 sessions | Temp control: +/- 1 | Smartphone connectivity: Crafty-Yes, Mighty-No | Warranty: 10 years

Read full review: Crafty Vaporizer

Best cheap vaporizer:

Atmos JUMP

The quick why: a few years Vape Pens used to cost around $200 and did not perform half as good as the JUMP. If you described this device to people only a few years back and said it was $60 then I guarantee nobody would have believed you. This type of product was virtually inconceivable then and now it is being sold at a reasonable price. The Atmos JUMP is a cheap vape that actually works. Small oven perfect for solo use, quick USB charging, one button interface make this a good vape-for-the-buck.

Manufacturer: Atmos | Oven: Stainless steel | Oven-capacity: .25 gr | Wax-compatible: No | Battery life: 3-4 sessions | Temp control: NoSmartphone connectivity: No | Warranty: 5 years

Read full review: Atmos JUMP

Other good cheap vapes

  1. Boundless CFC:  The Boundless CFC or CF Compact is an ultra-portable conduction style vaporizer. Boundless labeled this device as one of the smallest and cheapest vapes available, that actually works like a mid-priced to premium vaporizer does.
    Best Deal: Buy from Planet of the vapes
  2. Pulsar APX: The Pulsar APX is a versatile vaporizer that gives you the ability to vape both dry herb and wax concentrates with ease. With just 4 inches tall and inexpensive price tag, the APX is one of the most compact yet gives good vapor quality and production vaporizer in its category.
    Best Deal: Buy the Pulsar APX at Vape-smart and use coupon code TVG10 to save 10%

Most outdoor friendly:

SUMMIT +

The quick why: the Summit+ by Vapium is built to perform in extreme conditions, has large “glove-friendly” buttons, vibration alarm, and a magnetic, easy to load chamber. Bike riders/ snowboarders/ campers/ off-roaders – this one is for you. The SUMMIT + is splash-proof and can operate in 0-176 degrees F. It also features a smartphone app to control temperature and device settings. Whether you’ll need it in your living room, or while at a ski lift, the SUMMIT+ can be there with you. If you are a high adrenaline adventure, this is the best vape to join the ride.

Manufacturer:  Vapium | Oven: Stainless Steel | Oven-capacity: .3 gr | Wax-compatible: NoBattery life: 4-6 sessions | Temp control: +/- 1 | Smartphone connectivity: Yes | Warranty: 2 years

Read full review: SUMMIT+

Sleekest / Slimmest:

CloudV F17
CloudV F17 LCD Display

The quick why: compact and elegance is the name of the game for the Cloud V F17 Vaporizer. This vape features LCD screen embedded directly to its power button and a strong magnetic snap-to-place parts and charging pod, and other patented technologies. A neat, premium feel with a super-slim profile yet with a fair price tag makes this a great choice for out-of-the-house use vape.

Manufacturer: CloudV | Oven: Stainless Steel | Oven-capacity: .25 gr | Wax-compatible: NoBattery life: 2-4 sessions | Temp control: +/- 1 | Smartphone connectivity: No | Warranty: 2 years

Read full review: CloudV F17

Best dry herb vape pen:

Atmos Pillar Tyga
atmos toga vaporizer

The quick why: generally, vape pens are not powerful enough to heat up for the required duration in order to vape dry herb, but the Atmos Pillar is a unique and powerful dry herb vape pen that gets it done. It has a temperature-controlled stainless steel oven and a cool and rugged look. It’s a well-designed vaporizer from Atmos, in collaboration with the rapper Tyga. Defiantly the best dry herb vape pen you’ll find today.

Manufacturer: Atmos | Oven: Stainless Steel | Oven-capacity: .25 gr | Wax-compatible: Yes | Battery life: 3-4 sessions | Temp control: 4 levelsSmartphone connectivity: No | Warranty: 5 years

Read full review: Atmos Pillar

Best for dual use (herb+wax):

Haze Dual V3
Haze Dual V3 Review

The quick why: not only the Haze Dual V3 will allow you to vape herb AND concentrates, it will let you do it in the same session! The Haze has 2 chambers, and portable chamber canisters so you can load up a whole bunch for future use. Each can be loaded with weed or wax, and the Haze can store 2 on board, which will heat up on demand. Cool vapor, easy draw, and simple interface make the haze a great vape, especially for dual users.

Manufacturer: Atmos | Oven: Stainless Steel | Oven-capacity: .25 gr | Wax-compatible: Yes | Battery life: 3-4 sessions | Temp control: 4 levelsSmartphone connectivity: No | Warranty: 5 years

Read full review: Haze Dual V3

Best for wax:

Atmos Kiln RA
Atmos Kiln RA Kit

The quick why: as I mentioned earlier if you are a dual user (Herb and Wax), I recommend NOT vaping them in the same device and checking out my best vape pens list. The Atmos Kiln RA is a ceramic wax vaporizer with a Rebuildable Atomizer ‘RA’. This means that replacing the ceramic coil is much cheaper than ever. The Kiln RA comes as a 510 attachment or as a kit with a portable 950mAh lithium-ion battery.

Manufacturer: Atmos | Coil: Ceramic | Oven-capacity: .25 gr | Herb-compatible: No | Battery life: 4-6 sessions | Temp control: 3 levels | Warranty: 5 years

Read full review: Atmos Kiln RA

PAX Labs

Has been a leading innovator in the vaporization movement with superior and technologically advanced products such as the PAX 3 and the JUUL e-cig, that are simple and fun to use.

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Here's what you need to know:

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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