If budget is not an issue, these are the best portable vapes you can buy. They are all made by reputable brands and have a great track record.
You don’t have to spend top dollars to buy a great vape. Vapes in this price range offer great value and often perform as well as more expensive vapes, but have less features such as a smartphone app.
Super fast heat up, zero maintenance, and a battery that lasts forever. If you vape at home, this is your top choice. Recent price drop (now $187) makes this unbeatable value.
Vapes in this price range compromise some quality and functionality for a cheaper price tag. If you’re a beginner that just want to give vaping a try, these will work relatively well.
Picking out the best dry herb vaporizer isn’t easy, especially with so many new vapes coming to the market. The good news for consumers is that thanks to recent technology advancements, weed vaporizers are now more affordable. Once you experience the flavor and convenience of a good portable vaporizer, it’s hard to go back to burning your weed.
Over the past few years, our staff has collectively tested hundreds of weed vaporizers. We formed this list based on our mixed opinions and experience to help you find the best dry herb vaporizers for your needs. This list is updated continuously with new vapes.
Here is what you need to look out for when you make your first—or your next—vaporizer purchase.
Do you own one of these vapes? Let us know what you think in the comments!
Not all vapes are created equal, and typically you can’t compare a $300 vape to a $60 vape. It’s important to keep in mind that vaping is an investment. Vaping is more efficient than smoking, and you may cut your herb use by half.
With all that said, you don’t need to buy a $400 vaporizer to be satisfied. There are plenty of great options under $200. One such example is the Solo 2. It retails for around $187 these days, and it’s the best herb vaporizer for home use. If you’re after value, that is one to grab.
When making a decision on which size vape to go for- if you’ll use it mostly at home, go for a bigger vape. If you are on-the-go a lot, go for a smaller vape.
Heat source / Heating method:
To keep your vape in top condition, it’ll need some cleaning and maintenance. There are two levels of cleaning sessions you’d need to do regularly:
Some vapes are designed in a way that the mouthpiece and oven are on opposite sides(examples- Pax 3, IQ). This means that when cleaning, you’d have to take it apart and clean each of the components separately. And then put it back together. It also means that you can not replace the air-path.
Other vapes are designed in a way that the air-path and mouthpiece are the same components (examples- Solo 2, Mighty/Crafty). This design is much easier to clean and maintain since you have fewer parts to clean- oven and mouthpiece. Another advantage of this design is- with the Mighty/Crafty and Solo 2, you can buy a new mouthpiece for relatively cheap- under $20. And since the mouthpiece is also the vapor-path, it will basically replace 90% of the parts that get dirty, leaving you with an almost brand new vaporizer.
Oven size used to be more of an issue but manufactures came up with innovative ways to reduce/ increase oven size. You see, when using a vaporizer, you have to use all the herb you place in the oven- in one session. You can not vape a few hits, let it go, come back an hour later, and vape a few more hits from the same oven. Well technically you could, it’ll just suck.
So current day vapes use oven inserts to reduce oven size– IQ uses glass spacers, Pax 3 uses a half-oven lid, Mighty/Crafty use an oven pad, and new Volcano Hybrid uses an oven reducer. All allow you to choose the oven size and get efficient with your herbs.
Unlike your standard joint, dry herb vaporizers are all-electric. They can come in a variety of different sizes, from the easily portable ones that can fit into a pocket to larger ones that are only suitable for home use. And unlike your standard joint, dry herb vaporizers don’t use combustion. Instead, they heat up the herb by passing hot air over it, which creates a vapor that is inhaled by the user.
That is the main reason why dry herb vaporizers are recommended over joints or bongs. The lack of combustion has quite a few benefits, and you quickly learn to appreciate the full flavor of your dry herb.
As far as the “high”, vapers describe the high you get from vaping as “cleaner” and more consistent. Vaping is super potent and the effects are even stronger and faster compared to joints.
Some dry herb vapes also allow the use of THC extracts and Concentrate (examples- Pax 3, Crafty/Mighty). I highly recommend to avoid it. You shouldn’t use extracts in your primary dry herb vape. Extracts will make everything stick and will double your cleaning needs.
You should buy a separate wax vape pen for your extracts. They are not expensive, small, and will work with concentrates better than dry herb vaporizers.
You can’t with regular session vaporizers because the oven retains heat even after it has been turned off. So, if you stop a session and then try to reheat the herb left in the oven, it will be dried out and have very little flavor, you would simply be wasting the herb if you try that. However, special on-demand vaporizers allow you to use one bowl over multiple sessions. That is because they heat up and cool down almost instantly, so the herb keeps its flavor and potency over multiple sessions.
The vapor produced by vaporizers does smell like weed, but unlike with joints, the odor dissipates very quickly and does not stick to your hair or fibers in your clothes. That means vaping is a stealthier way to consume marijuana without advertising the fact. This article explains the smell of vaporizers in more details.
Selling vaporizers and vaporizer related products violates Amazon’s terms of service. The reason is that marijuana is still banned on a federal level even though many states have legalized or decriminalized its use. Occasionally a seller will manage to sell vaporizers, but they get shut down when Amazon finds out. The same goes for any big online retailer. It would be a bad idea to buy from them anyway since there is a chance that a vape sold on Amazon is an unsafe knock-off of the real thing. If you are buying online, then only buy from authorized resellers that specialize in vaping related products. Check out our exclusive coupon codes for most major brands.
Yes, because vaporizers use weed more efficiently than joints, or other methods of weed consumption do. Since dry herb vaporizers do not burn the weed, none of it is lost to combustion, so you extract all the flavor and terpenes from the weed. Furthermore, you can even use the vaped weed for other uses if you want.
The high from vaping is stronger than the high from smoking. That is because vaping is more efficient than smoking, so more THC gets absorbed into the bloodstream, making the effects of the weed more potent. The dosage level does not matter, if you use the same amount of weed in a vaporizer and in a joint, then the vaporizer will give you a more potent high.
You should stick to the marijuana plant with vaporizers because you are meant to inhale the vapor it produces. If you use other plant material, then the vapor it produces could have no effect, or it could even be harmful. So, the only dry herb you should use with your vaporizer is marijuana.
Yes. The reason is that vaporizers use the herb more efficiently the finer it is ground up. That is because grinding increases the surface area of the herb which means that it gets heated more evenly. Even heating produces better flavor and more vapor.
You can buy vaporizers from brick and mortar smoke shops or online smoke shops. You should only buy from authorized resellers that specialize in selling vaping products and that offers buyers warranties on all of their products. You can also buy directly from the manufacturer’s website if you want to be absolutely certain of the authenticity of the product.
Using a dry herb vaporizer may be simple or involved depending on the vape. Typically, the process is-
The process is simple and straightforward, but in each step, there are things you can do to improve your experience significantly. Our how to use a vaporizer guide can help you out with the basics, and our advanced guide will show you how to get the most out of your vape.
Dry herb vaporizers usually consist of a power source (battery), a heating element (oven or coil) and a mouthpiece. The battery supplies power and the oven heats the dry herb to a set temperature (usually around 390F/190C).
While taking a hit, the air that passes through the airpath and into the mouthpiece picks up THC molecules and then inahled by the user. For more info, read our post about how dry herb vapes work.