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The 10 Best Dry Herb Vaporizers of 2017

By admin / September 25, 2017

  • Product   
  • Rating   
  • Material   
  • Battery Life   
  • Charge Time   
  • Time To Heat   
  • Portability   
  • Durability   
  • Heating Style   
  • Temperature Settings   
  • Temperature Range   
  • Flavor   
  • Vapor Quality   
  • Draw Resistance   
  • Chamber Size   
  • Warranty   
  • Other Notes   
  • Overall Grade   
  • Price   


  • A


  • Dry Herb
  • 45 minutes
  • 2 hours pass-through
  • 90 seconds
  • 7
  • 10
  • Conduction/Convection
  • Unlimited
  • 104–410°F
  • Excellent
  • Excellent
  • Low
  • 0.2g dry herb
  • 2 years - defects
  • Comes with a smartphone app which allows you to set temperatures
  • A


  • A


  • Dry Herb, Wax, Oils
  • 2 Batteries, 50-60 min each
  • 3 hours
  • 50-60 seconds
  • 10
  • 10
  • Conduction/Convection
  • 4
  • 365-415°F
  • Excellent
  • Excellent
  • Low
  • 0.2g
  • 10 years - defects
  • Dual Chambers
  • A


  • A-


  • Dry Herb
  • 90 minutes
  • 2 hours pass-through
  • 1 minute
  • 6
  • 10
  • Conduction/Convection
  • Unlimited
  • 104–410°F
  • Excellent
  • Excellent
  • Low
  • 0.2g dried herb
  • 2 years - parts
  • Unique cooling mechanism & A/C Charging
  • A-


  • A-


  • Dry Herb, Wax
  • 45-60 minutes
  • 45 minutes
  • 6 seconds
  • 9
  • 10
  • Convection
  • Dynamic
  • Up to 400°F
  • Excellent
  • Excellent
  • Medium
  • 0.15g dried herb
  • 5 years - defects
  • Removeable Battery
  • A-


  • B+


  • Dry Herb
  • 90 minutes
  • 2-3 hours
  • 1 minute
  • 10
  • 10
  • Conduction
  • 4
  • 360-420°F
  • Excellent
  • Very Good
  • Medium
  • 0.3g dried herb
  • 10 years - defects
  • Has cool easter eggs
  • B+

  • Product   
  • Rating   
  • Material   
  • Battery Life   
  • Charge Time   
  • Time To Heat   
  • Portability   
  • Durability   
  • Heating Style   
  • Temperature Settings   
  • Temperature Range   
  • Flavor   
  • Vapor Quality   
  • Draw Resistance   
  • Chamber Size   
  • Warranty   
  • Other Notes   
  • Overall Grade   
  • Price   


  • A-


  • Dry Herb
  • 60-90 minutes
  • 3.5-4 hours pass-through
  • 1 minute
  • 10
  • 8
  • Conduction
  • 5
  • 374-446°F
  • Excellent
  • Excellent
  • Medium
  • 0.3g dry herb
  • 2 years - defects
  • Middle heating pin allows efficient heating
  • A
  • $199


  • B+


  • Dry Herb
  • 3 hours
  • 4 hours pass-through
  • 50 seconds
  • 8
  • 8
  • Semi Convection
  • Unlimited
  • Up to 430°F
  • Very Good
  • Very Good
  • Low
  • 0.3g
  • 2 years - defects

  • B+
  • $199


  • B+


  • Dry Herb
  • 1 hour
  • 1 hour
  • 45 seconds
  • 10
  • 7
  • Conduction
  • 8
  • 320-446°F
  • Good
  • Good
  • Low
  • 0.2g
  • 1 year - defects

  • B+
  • $149


  • B+


  • Dry Herb
  • 1 hour
  • 2.5 hours
  • 2 minutes
  • 8
  • 8
  • Conduction/Convection
  • 5
  • 338-410°F
  • Excellent
  • Excellent
  • Medium
  • 0.2g
  • 2 years - defects

  • B+
  • $229


  • B


  • Dry Herb
  • 3-4 hours
  • 4 hours
  • 1.5-3 min
  • 5
  • 6
  • Convection
  • 7
  • 122-410°F
  • Excellent
  • Excellent
  • Medium
  • 0.2g
  • 2 years - parts
  • Ceramic heating element
  • B
  • $199

Here’s our list of top 10 recommended dry herb vaporizers of 2017. To make the best choice for your personal preferences, take into account the cost, features & design/portability aspects of each device.

 

 


Storz & Bickel’s Mighty

MSRP: $399.00


 

mighty portable vape

Germany’s Storz & Bickel offer an incomparable vaporizing standard, laying a lasting foundation for future vaporizers with only two portable and two desktop models. The Mighty vaporizer is a multi-use, semi-convection vaporizer that aims to create the highest quality, mobile vapor, and sets a bar higher than any other “pocket portable vape”. In the high price range, S & B maintain excellent customer service and ergonomic design features for cleaning and maintenance. But it is the Mighty’s vapor performance that grabs most buyers, and eventually helps justify the model’s price.

Storz & Bickel basically invented the dry herb vaporizer, their Volcano reigning as both the most popular and best performing models yet. Their meticulous design, and customer service maintain the company’s reputation.

mighty vape taken apartUsage & Battery Life

Its multiple pieces and cooling unit require cleaning, a process designed to be easy yet thorough. Roughly ninety minutes of use with a two-hour charge time, and a sixty second auto-shut off, the Mighty uses two Lithium Ion batteries that are only replaceable through the manufacturer. They offer a 2 Year Warrantee at date of purchase, covering all parts.

Company support is quite good, despite taking more time than other companies. They have been known to replace models out of warranty.

There is ample online advice for Mods, as well as help filling the chambers and cleaning.

Portability & Durability

The Mighty is certainly inconspicuous, but far from stylish. The company specializes in a sort of industrial aesthetic, certainly reflected in their portable and sedentary models. Little touches bear its functional design, like the modular bowl pick/ tamper that fits in the bottom.

Rivaling even the Arizer Solo in size, The Mighty is not meant to be “pocket portable”, but it can be slipped into a large pocket. Its inability to physically stand up is a concern, but a light-weight build makes it less cumbersome.

The ergonomic design is built such that the internal hardware is protected, but potentially at the expense of cosmetic features such as chipping plastic.

mighty crafty portability

Heating & Charging

The Mighty offers a conduction/ convection hybrid, with a conductive chamber for the material, and convection used to draw vapor through the cooling chamber.

Pass-through charging available, though no USB, due to higher battery capacity.

The levels go from 104°F – 410°F. However, unlike other portables, the heat setting covers every increment in-between.

mighty heating

Flavor & Performance

The flavor is excellent, but the cooling chamber seems to cut down on the flavonoids—only slightly—in ways the Arizer and Ascent whips don’t.

There is almost no pull to the Mighty’s hybrid airflow, which amazingly produces a high volume of vapor.

The best part about the vapor is the cooling mechanism, which is unprecedented for a portable vape. The Mighty creates the strongest, most lustrous vapor of any vaporizer, portable or sedentary.


Storz & Bickel’s Crafty

MSRP: $339.00


crafty storz bickel dry herbalStorz & Bickel was so confident with their Mighty vaporizer that they released a smaller version with few adjustments. The difference between the Crafty and Mighty is akin to the difference between the Arizer Solo and Air: a smaller model with less battery power, but a more streamlined interface. The Crafty’s vapor production is astounding, coming through a more condensed design with the same Storz & Bickel quality standards. If you’re looking for the best performing portable on the market, but size is your biggest concern, the Crafty is for you.

Ever since the Volcano, Storz & Bickel have reigned supreme in vaporland. Though, in releasing the Crafty, S & B has joined the vapor fray to compete with the newer MID-HIGH portability standards.

Usage & Battery Life

Storz & Bickel portables are relatively easy to clean, despite the number of parts. With a 2 hour charge, 45 minutes of use, though charges have been known to last longer. The battery is not replaceable except through Storz & Bickel.

There is a 2-Year Warranty covering all parts and labor. S & B Customer support is said to be impeccable, despite shorter warrantees and some fees for replacements.

crafty-vaporizer-app

Portability & Durability

Like most portables, the Crafty is more a smaller version of its parent vaporizer, in this case, the Mighty. That said, the utilitarian black “radiator” design is inoffensive, and sleeker without the Mighty’s digital display and extra battery casing.

At 2/3 the size of the Mighty, the Crafty is nearly “pocket portable”, one of the few differences. It can also stand up on its own, unlike the Mighty. The plastic is very strong and protective, but there have been known to be cosmetic cracks in some models.

Heating & Charging

The Crafty and Mighty heating elements are the same, with a conduction-heating chamber and a convection airflow. The hybrid-heating element is slightly warmer to the touch, as it’s located to the side of the model.

It allows for both USB and pass-through charging at 30% battery power. This is another major plus for S & B’s portability.

Between 104°F – 410°F. There are technically only two levels, however a smartphone app allows users to customize the two settings.

crafty full set

Performance & Flavor

The flavor is slightly less pure than that of Arizer’s products. But don’t be mistaken: it’s still the best for portable vaporizers, even some desktop models.

With almost no resistance whatsoever and the volume per draw, particularly long ones, makes either the Crafty or the Mighty better than any other portable when it comes to draw resistance.

Density is slightly less than the Mighty, but the smoothest and thickest compared to any other brand. The vapor quality is only slightly warmer due to the Crafty’s smaller cooling coil.


DaVinci ASCENT

MSRP: $199.00


The DaVinci Ascent is a mid level, multi-use—both oils and ddavinci-ascent-vaporizerry herb—semi-convection portable vaporizer with a good reputation. Its flat face and size made it immediately appealing when it came on the market a few years back. It has numerous customizable features, a long battery life, and strong vapor quality. Given the competition, we should expect a follow up to the Ascent soon. This model is for those who appreciate flavor and vapor quality over convenience and portability.

Da Vinci Ascent has been around for several years, with each portable slightly better than the last, which was called simply the DaVinci. Older models are often replaced, but new models hold up well. The bottom grill has been known to overheat for some users. Cleaning is recommended after as little as five uses.

Usage & Battery Life

With a 3-hour lithium ion battery & 4 hours to charge the battery, a single charge should provide you with plenty of usage. The battery is only replaceable under warrantee.

You get a 2-year general product coverage and limited warrantee for battery and glass parts. They also offer replacements for glass parts in particular. Their customer support is reported to be excellent, often offering replacements.

Resembling a cell phone or electric razor, Ascent’s substantial design is still unique to the market.

Portability & Durability

In size, the Ascent is technically “pocket portable” but it isn’t recommended to carry in pockets. Its’ thin and retractable glass stems render it fragile despite its size. The models themselves are relatively durable, made of aluminum and silicone, though the glass components often have to be replaced.

Heating & Charging

This model uses semi-convection, a very small glass dish roasted with vapor from a ceramic heating element. No USB charging, but the Ascent allows for pass-through charging, making it an excellent plug-in unit. It has four separate, customizable heat settings— a rival feature of the S/B Crafty—from 0 to 430°F.

Performance & Flavor

The flavor of the Ascent is quite pure, though not quite at Arizer, Firefly, or Storz/ Bickel caliber. Its small chamber can make the vapor turn harsh faster. There is very little draw resistance to the Ascent, a little less than the SOLO. The vapor quality of the Ascent is potent, but is less likely to produce gigantic clouds.


Vapium Summit

MSRP: $149.99


vapium summit dry herb vapeThe Vapium Summit is the biggest up and comer and it largely lives up to the hype. A metal conduction unit housed in polyurethane, the Summit is whispered to perform as well as the Pax for half the price. It’s one of the smallest, most discreet dry herb vapes out there, with a quick charge and USB. It can also produce clouds, making it the perfect choice as first-timer’s conduction vape or a veteran’s portable outdoor option.

Overview:

Vapium has a slick, niche image to back up its well-researched, single product offering. The parts are generally modular, with an easy cleaning through the vapor path. Battery lasts roughly one hour, charges in one hour. Its auto-shut off at 90 seconds is a little premature, one of its more aggravating features for users. Customer support proves helpful, often quick to offer replacements

Look & Feel

The Summit resembles something between an REI flashlight and a small can of mace, easily concealable in style and size. It uses vibrations to communicate, making it more like a phone, and theoretically more discreet.

Portability & Durability

Not only is it “pocket portable” but, similar to the Pax 2, it is almost “hand portable”. Time will tell here, as the polyurethane plastic appears durable. Vapium claims extreme temperature testing on the Summit.

Heating & Charging

Metal conduction heating element is very clean for metal convection, but highest settings can get harsher. USB offered, but limited pass-through charging. This requires some patience to recharge once the hour-long battery runs out.

For a conduction vape, the temperature control is very incremental—from 320- 446°F—and comprehensive, offering eight temperatures.

Performance & Flavor

The flavor on the Summit is excellent with the first heating, and still decent after a second. However, it loses most of its flavor by the third heating, going into burnt-timber territory if the temperature is cranked.

It has a surprising draw resistance, allowing for only long, slow pulls a factor that is difficult to rectify with under-packing or longer heating. It does work well for small puffs though.

The vapor is quite strong and smooth throughout, despite producing a little less density. For a conduction model, the summit has strong vapor production, not too harsh, with decent flavor, but still substantial clouds.


The Firefly

MSRP: $329.95


UPDATE: 4/18/2016 – The Firefly 2 will be arriving late May 2016 and retailing for $329.95. If you were considering purchasing a Firefly we recommend you hold off if possible until this beauty arrives. firefly 2 vaporizerThe Firefly is a boutique portable model: stylish, substantial, and most importantly, a strong vapor producer. It has gained a reputation in the past few years as a model for connoisseurs, known best for the flavor and strength of its’ vapor. The Firefly’s unique vapor channel and ceramic convection heating cause it tofirefly dry herb portable vape smoke with this outperform more expensive desktop models.

Firefly is illusive, having come on the scene several years ago, but its single titular model is still one of the most popular around. Like the Pax, its exposure has inspired imitators.

Usage & Battery Life

The Firefly requires thorough and frequent cleaning. They offer a great deal of replacement covers, indicating the short shelf-life of magnetic parts. It has a 45 Minute battery charge and use time, however, replacement batteries are included. A 5-Year Limited Warranty is included with standard clauses such as exemption from cosmetic damage.

Owners love its customer support, and their ease in replacing models. There’s a great deal of online advice & support for modifying and maintaining the Firefly as well, given its popularity.

Look & Feel

Like the Ascent, the Firefly has a broad, flat design resembling a cell phone. Firefly however, is more streamlined, and the fact that it is used horizontally makes it unique, if more conspicuous. It’s “pocket portable” to a certain extent, as it is still relatively bulky, but it could be easily carried. It’s metal construction makes it possibly the heaviest of all the portables on the market. The Firefly’s weight has reported to equate to durability in the long run.

Heating & Battery Life

Firefly uses a metal convection-heating element, with quite a small chamber. The hot air passes through channels that form when the front cover closes.

It has a battery life of one hour, with no USB or pass-through charging.

There is only one heating level, a button on the side that heats the material up to 400° F. It’s akin to a gas pedal: the longer you hold it down, the higher the heat gets.

Performance & Flavor 

Firefly is renowned for its flavor, almost rivaling S & B products, and on par with Arizer. There is little draw resistance on the Firefly, with its vapor channels designed for a fluid airpath. Vapor strength is pretty high and of high density, due to its single mode-heating button.


Arizer Solo

MSRP: $230.00


arizer solo review smoke with thisFor a decade, Arizer has always been a mid to high tier vaporizer company. Their Arizer Solo, along with the Pax, helped breathe life to the portable vaporizer market. Despite a more clunky build, the Solo’s convection heating has made it a favorite for vapor purists and health-conscious ex-smokers. It has the longest battery life of any portable, the widest heat range, and some of the purest flavor of any vaporizer. With recent discounts on both of Arizer’s portables, the Solo is a steal.

Usage & Battery Life

Arizer’s old age, as well as the continued quality of its portable Solo and desktop Extreme Q models, keep it a reputable, though less innovative company. Cleaning an Arizer makes it one of the easiest vaporizers to load and unload. The light, crunchy material can be blown from the whip. The whips themselves can be cleaned with hot water or alcohol. The solo carries the longest charge of any convection portables, offering almost three hours before battery death. However, overcharging can reduce its life.

Arizer recently added a 2-year warrantee for defects, included with their standard lifetime warranty on heating element and 1-year for battery. Arizer has improved its customer support, offering e-mail support and replacement models.

Arizer-Solo dry herb vaporizer smoke with thisPortabiliy & Durability

Resembling a sleek 1950’s Sci-fi tool, the Solo is not terribly stylish. While it’s inconspicuous, it appears maybe too utilitarian, even compared to the Mighty.

It’s certainly not “pocket portable”, but it is handheld and can be carried in to-go cups. The fact that Arizer doesn’t offer a case is often a further detractor to its portability.

The heating elements are well encased in aluminum. Cosmetic cracks near the bottom screws have been known to occur, but the Solo itself can take quite a beating.

Heating & Charging arizer solo chamber 2

The convection ceramic heating element is one of the best for portables; however, it may crack with vast temperature exposure or shifts.

Solo requires over three hours to charge, with no USB option; however pass-through power adapting is possible in recent models.

With up to eight levels (122-410℉), the Solo’s multi-control became a newly imitated feature

Performance & Flavor

The best of any portable, the Solo not only preserves the flavor, but seems to magnify it. Since Arizer products use a glass whip, the vapor is heated with convection, giving the most flavorful inhalation.

A common complaint, Arizer’s convection heating and glass whips cause some resistance. Stirring the whip while inhaling and half-packing the chamber will allow for more fluid breaths.

As far as “clean vaporizing”, Arizer is by far the purest in vapor quality. The Solo can create rich clouds with longer inhalations at higher temperatures.


Arizer Air

MSRP: $259.99


Arizer has always made the best whip vaporizers on the arizer air portable vaporizermarket that are also concentrate-compatible. They offered a cluster of mid to high tier vaporizer models that performed well and were backed by a strong warranty. With the Arizer Air, they refined their style, hardware, and convenience while maintaining tremendous vapor standards. Like the Pax 2 or the Crafty, the Air is essentially the same old Solo, in a smaller package. But their products’ long shelf life and user-friendliness keep the Air a great, small step for Arizer.

Usage & Battery Life

Arizer makes very strong products, so the Air should prove durable after a solid year on the market. Cleaning is less of an issue for the Air. However, the chamber seems to catch more flakes, which are harder to blow or fish out.

The Solo’s battery life is definitely decreased when compared to the Air, but as a result, the company offers replacements for purchase. It runs for roughly 90 minutes at a continuous, low temperature.

Air offers a lifetime warranty on its heating element, but not glass parts or batteries. Arizer’s customer support is reasonable and helpful at resolving problems.

Portability & Durability

Arizer-Air portable herbal vaporizerThe Air resembles a narrow instrument microphone, and is sleeker, having dropped the individual heating lights in favor of less buttons. Its grated encasing appears to help ventilate the heating element, maybe help airflow, but it’s likely more cosmetic. 

The Air is smaller, correcting one of the Solo’s flaws. Definitely without the stems, the Air attains pocket portability and hand portability. Arizer includes a small mag-light case to carry them.

The Air’s weight is more even and compact than the Solo’s, but it is smaller. A flexible plastic covers the heating chamber, to keep whips secure without absorbing the shock of a fall.

Heating & Charging

Air uses a metal conduction heater with glass convection whips, which is compatible with the Solo. Heat-up time is a little shorter than the Solo, with a deeper chamber nonetheless. However, Arizer Air catches more debris in its skillet, a slight vapor quality issue.

The Air allows for pass-through charging, but no USB charging. The port is on the side, rather than the Solo’s bottom port, which made the Solo difficult to stand up.

The temperature control has only five settings, from 356-410°F, in different LED hues, similar to Pax. Arizer cut out the lower levels to streamline and quicken the Air’s heating.

Performance & Flavorarizer solo chamber

The flavor is roughly the same as the Solo, perhaps moreso due to shorter whips. Less of the flavor comes through with the second whip equipped with a mouthpiece.

There seems to be less resistance than the Solo, even using Solo’s longer whips. Whether it’s the new airflow or the depth of the chamber, the Air pulls more softly.

Due to the size of the whips, the vapor is on the warmer side. But the quality is dense, clean, and quite potent.

 


Ploom PAX

MSRP: $199.99


The original Pax jump-started portable vaporizer use and market innovation. In some ways, Pax may not have expected such prominent use of its’ product. It sold for over $200—not quite a consumer good—and had its own flaws. Mouthpieces stuck, batteries wore out, chambers clogged. But its immediate use, design, and customer support continues its reputation as the popular vape.

Ploom is the most popular dry herb vaporizer company, with research and acumen to support their impeccable marketing.pax ploom tobacco vaporizers

Usage & Battery Life

The Pax mouthpiece sticks too often, requiring more consistent cleaning. Most conduction models tend to require more maintenance for the chamber.

The Pax was remarkable for its quality batteries, which hold over an hour charge with less than an hour charging.

Pax’s 10-Year-Warranty shows a dedication to their product. And their follow through helps make them the best customer service of the American portable vaporizer companies. The company has forged a great reputation for thorough customer support. In addition, Pax modifications, bowl cleaning, or concerns charging can all be discovered online.

Portability & Durability

There’s a reason the model shows up at the Academy Awards and Comedy Central’s Broad City: it is the flawlessly designed ipod of vaporizers. The Pax is certainly pocket & purse portable.

Pax’s casing is quite strong, and has been one of the more tested vaporizers as far as durability is concerned.

Heating & Charging

Pax has a wide, shallow rectangular oven that heats herbs well, if unevenly, requiring repacking of the material.

Pax has a quick reload time of an hour, but doesn’t offer pass-through or USB charging. Users have found some difficulty charging issues with its docks.

Pax has great temperature control for a convection oven. However, it’s not uncommon to have to push down the mouth-piece to keep the unit heating.

Performance & Flavor

Pax’s flavor is decent, however there is still a slight residual plastic and toasting flavor.

Both Pax models have greater draw resistance than other, cheaper models. However, it’s guaranteed to be a better quality of air than imitators.

Pax’s vapor quality is probably some of the best for a conduction model. It’s strong and can produce large, generally smooth clouds with little puffs.


Ploom PAX 2

MSRP: $279.99


 

While it’s smaller and more streamlined, the Pax 2 offers only slight improvements over its original model. Its metal conduction heating and draw resistance have improved, but some might find at the cost of convenience. Still, Ploom’s quality research and build make either Pax model a solid investment. If portability, style, and longevity are your greatest concerns, then Pax 2 is most definitely the model for you.

Usage & Battery Lifeploom pax 2

Ploom’s 10-year, total coverage warrantee on the Pax 2 is a bold statement of the company’s confidence in its product. As the most popular vape on the market, any long-term concerns would have arisen very quickly, yet at this time there does not appear to be any.

Battery life has increased slightly from its predecessor, about 20 minutes greater battery life, at just over an hour. The lip-sensing technology is intended to conserve battery power, but it may just be a gimmick. The Pax batteries are still not replaceable.

Pax has the best customer support of any of the American vaporizer companies. Even before their no-questions-asked warrantee, Ploom was not shy to replace models of necessary.

Hidden settings, hardware peeks, water Pipe mods: online support for the Pax 2 is very strong.

Portability & Durability

There are very few changes in style, other than ergonomic qualities such as detachable mouthpieces and seamless encasing. The sipping mechanism is innovative and works well.

It really is the best performing small vaporizer on the market. Notably tiny, the Pax 2 seems to have put greatest emphasis on pocket portability. But compared to the Pax, including its mouthpiece, the 2 is nearly the same size.

The hardware is more efficiently packed into its new shell, which seems thicker by comparison.

Heating & Charging

Pax 2 has a deeper, rounder bowl than the first model, offering more efficient heating. But it still requires stirring, and can cook unevenly.

No pass through or USB yet, still using the specialized Pax charging dock. A full charge may take up to two or three hours.

Pax offers four temperature settings, 360°F-420°F, and has an automatic heating feature correlating with the Pax’s lip-sensing technology. The casing is thinner, but it doesn’t seem to affect heat.

The new chamber size and mouthpieces preserve the flavor only slightly better than the Pax.

Performance & Flavor

Draw resistance seems improved, but only slightly with the new mouthpieces. Pax’s conduction heating still makes it difficult to develop the more fluid vapor paths found on convection models.

The quality is just about the same, slightly less harsh, though just as potent. The flavor is clean and pure.


 Other Considerations For Dry Herb Vaporizer Purchases

We understand the process of finding the right portable vaporizer may at times feel overwhelming, with the plethora of models, variety of features, and pros/cons of each. Therefore we’ve taken the steps to help facilitate this for you, so that you may be equipped with the information needed to make the right decision for yourself. We’ve compiled all tangible metrics a vape user would likely value, scanned through all the information available online through forums, blogs, and user videos, and organized and graded some of the top ranked ones for each budget range.

The Law

With such an accelerated breakthrough into the hands of the mass market, governing bodies have not had the capacity to keep up and decide on how they choose to regulate such devices, and so the legalities vary and fluctuate depending on where each individual lives. It is therefore the responsibility of you, the buyer, to be aware of the laws in your current area of residence. We condone only the lawful use of these devices at any given moment in time.

Investment

While a vaporizer may seem a luxury item, you’ll find yourself using a good one more often. A quality vape will cost a fair amount, so make it worth it. The 2015 market is such that established high-end brands may have to reduce prices for older models to compete with newer ones. Prices generally fall within three price categories: $100’s (LOW), $200’s (MID), $300’s (HIGH).

LOW models will function, but with less efficient vapor, requiring more cleaning, maintenance, and replacements. MID models will generally have more dynamic functioning, cleaner tasting vapor, and much more insurance from their parent companies. HIGH models should produce the cleanest vapor, have the best customer support, and be very user-friendly.

Stay Away From Flash

Taste is your own. However, vaporizers are generally best when they have a sleek, relatively simple and easily concealable design.

Not only are flashy ones conspicuous, but they often to have lower quality hardware. Greater manufacture focus on style can forgo other simple quality standards or desirable features such as battery life. As a buyer, a clean, professional image, devoid of flash or swagger is always the best bet.

Established Brands

How many other products does the vaporizer company make? One reason Pax, Storz & Bickel, and Arizer are so established is that they offer few, painstakingly designed and researched products. Consider how many portables a company makes. How long have they been around? Look for how many replacement parts a company offers. Replacement parts are a good sign of a product’s market ubiquity, though it also implies the expectation these parts will eventually break.

How often do they break? Because the best vaporizer in the world is of little use if it doesn’t turn on. This is key in making a big purchase: how much the warrantee covers. Even the lesser, cheaper products offer a 1-Year warrantee for all defects. Good customer service is the hidden value of HIGH vaporizers. Are there reports on a company’s customer service? Even industry leader Storz & Bickel has been known to have defects that require overseas shipping to replace. Consider that, for a replacement, you could be without your vaporizer for two weeks.

Portable and Durable

An early complaint for portable vaporizers, aside from the Launch Box, was that they were too large. As newer models start small, older models follow suit. Now they are as small as possible without internal heat damage, or external hardware damage. Ploom and Arizer hopped on the secondary market with their new models, focusing on “pocket portability” with the Pax 2 and the Air respectively. However, portability can also decrease battery life. The question for vaporizers this year remains: Will the smaller market standards sacrifice size for durability or performance?

The smaller a vaporizer gets, the greater attention should be paid to its’ construction and hardware. Is the model substantial, or evenly weighted? How well secured is the heating element? If you can keep it on high, will holding it burn your hand? How strong is the casing? These will be the biggest challenges with future, more-petite models: heating without overheating.

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