Dry Herb

There are some clear winners when it comes to dry herb vaporizers, some losers, and a lot of middling options. If money was not an object, you probably already know which one you would buy. Most people have to set a budget, however, and that makes choosing the best dry herb vaporizer a littler trickier.

Pen Vapes

As tempting as they are, pen vapes pose several problems. There is little room between the heating chamber and coil. That cannot be helped. Being small and inexpensive adds to their convenience and popularity, but with so little space, herbs are going to burn.

When herbs burn, you get the same problems you had when you smoked. If you are going to buy a pen vape, conduct a lot of research and don’t take the manufacturer’s word for their quality. Find out what reviewers have to say.

The other problem with a pen-style vaporizer is that owing to their tiny chambers, consumers refill herbs almost constantly. Then there is the battery size which, by necessity, is also fairly small. They can be surprising, however, and sometimes powerful enough to last half the day.

If you can find a pen vape with adjustable temperature settings, that will possibly solve the problem of overheating vapor. A variable voltage battery like the iTaste VV V3.0 comes into its own in this respect. Consumers can get started with a pen vape and atomizer for under $100.

Portable Vapes

A portable vaporizer, not a pen-style variety, is small yet manages to convey heat around herbs (convection) instead of using conduction to heat them. That little bit of extra space makes a big difference to the flavor of your materials. Select a model which allows you to set the temperature and offers greater control over the experience. You find that a good item, using a ceramic heater and glass-on-glass is more expensive than its competitors. Ceramics and glass are clean, although steel is durable.

Atmos makes a popular pen vape and has also launched a portable vaporizer known as the Transporter. It resembles an anodized flask but its soft rubber mouthpiece is far more comfortable than the mouth of a bottle. This looks lovely, interesting, and easy to use with its one-button temperature control. Time will tell if it works as well as it looks.

The Firefly, however, has justly earned its place among the best handheld vaporizers. Captivating aesthetics give way to a practical design on the inside. The Firefly’s lid is magnetic so it comes right off for complete access to the entire vapor pathway and chamber for thorough cleaning.

Heat your herbs to as much as 400F in 10 seconds just by pressing a button. Its rechargeable battery can be removed, so when it finally runs out of charge cycles, only the battery needs to be replaced, not the entire Firefly for $249.99.

For the Table

If you could spend any money you wanted on a vaporizer and you were not concerned about portability, the first device that comes to mind would probably be the Volcano Digit. This is the yardstick; the pinnacle. Every other vaporizer is measured against this device, particularly forced-air units.

The Volcano is quiet, sleek, and efficient, achieving temperatures of between 104F and 446F in a short time. The balloon inflates with vapor so consumers can inhale without effort. Just one purchase will probably last a consumer his entire life: that’s German engineering for you.

The Digit (rather than the Classic analog Volcano) sets a precise temperature for herbs and also oils. Air is sucked in, filtered, and pumped up into the balloon. The Volcano’s base will cost between $400 and $550 (analogs are cheaper than digital vaporizers) but valves and balloons can be replaced.

Most people cannot afford $500 for a vaporizer, even if the overall cost is reduced by never having to buy a new one. For the average person, a Silver Surfer or Arizer Extreme Q would make an excellent compromise: great engineering and attractive devices that plug into a wall socket. Although mains power limits users to their sofas or kitchen tables, with a tabletop device you have the luxury of choosing whip or forced air inhalation and a device providing constant power.