Compare the different types of weed vaporizers and read in-depth reviews of the best & worst.
These vapes are desktop units, something that sits at home and delivers steady but excellent quality hits because the heat source is so powerful. Plug these in the wall like a toaster and turn it on when you need it and ready to use in a few minutes. Some work by inhaling through a tube. Others use a fan to inflate a bag with vapor which is more soothing for sensitive throats and lungs. Our favorite plug-ins are the Volcano and Da Buddha.
Carry these in your pocket for discreet, any-time medication. Most portables can store marijuana in the compartment when the vape is off, so you can turn it on and enjoy medicine without messing around trying to pour herb into a tiny hole in public. Our favorite portables are the Pax, Magic Flight Launch Box and the Arizer Solo.
→ Herbalizer ✗ No Longer Recommended Fastest & most-accurate temps; use bag or whip; but… serious reliability issues; requires frequent cleaning and expensive bag/whip replacement; needs improvements
→ Da Buddha ✓ Highly Recommended Durable and reliable; for regular use; stays cool; nice temperature knob and range; affordable
→ Hot Box Decent starter vape; reliable, but we’d recommend Da Buddha for adjustable temps and a better case
→ Arizer Extreme Versatile with bag or whip; strong vapor hits; remote control; not great build quality
→ Volcano Digit We favor the Volcano Classic over the Digit as there are fewer things that can go wrong with a simple knob, plus it saves a few bucks
→ G Pro ✗ Not Recommended Cheap plastic feel right out of the box, difficulty opening the lid, bad feel for the mouthpiece.
→ Firefly 2 ✓ Somewhat Recommended Much smaller and lighter than the original, quick to warm-up, comes with extra rechargeable battery (a very nice feature), iOS/Android app, much easier to clean than other portables; continues to suffer from finicky airflow, requires developing an inhale technique for best results; pickup the more powerful Crafty for the same price
→ Summit+ ✓ Recommended Very durable design, nice magnetic closing oven lid, fairly good airflow, efficient battery; LED light interface is confusing, good overall but not super powerful
→ Quickdraw 500 DLX ✗ Not Recommended too complicated of a design, bad user interface for turning on/off, too many delicate parts. Mouthpiece has decent airflow, but is easy to inhale herb particles.
→ Haze 3 ✗ Not Recommended clunky box that’s not as sleek or well-designed as similarly priced vapes, too complicated for its own good, parts easy to lose.
→ G-Pen Elite ✓ Recommended Large oven, quick-heating and stealthy in a small package, best value under $200 (as of October 2016); relatively hot vapor, also annoying on/off button pressing sequence
→ Arizer Air ✓ Somewhat Recommended Small, delivers steady clouds; good temperatures; weak battery
→ Pax 2 ✓ Highly Recommended Slow sips deliver medium-sized hits; great battery life; new mouthpiece is far easier to clean than Pax 1; a nice upgrade that’s reliable and stealthy
→ Muad-Dib Concentrate Box Recommended, but for cannabis concentrates like oils and waxes only.
→ Crafty ✓ Highly Recommended Power meets portability; a stealthy desktop replacement with a short battery life
→ Mighty ✓ Highly Recommended Hits harder than any portable around; impressive 90 minute battery; the ultimate portable at a price
→ Firefly Sleek but hefty and not stealthy; nice vapor flavor; easy to clean; weak battery; requires practice
→ Arizer Solo ✓ Highly Recommended Medium-sized, delivers steady thick clouds; 7 temperatures offer nice range; not super stealthy
→ Pax Decent hits but the mouthpiece is a major design flaw; weak battery; large herb capacity; requires cleaning often; Pax 2 is worthy upgrade
→ PUFFiT ✗ Not Recommended Looks like asthma inhaler; recharge via USB; 8 temperature settings; weak vapor production; slow to warm up
→ Thermovape ✗ Not Recommended Durable; can boil to clean resin; for oils and concentrates, not recommended for herbs
→ Magic-Flight Launch Box ✓ Highly Recommended Beautifully simple wooden box; instant warm-up; super efficient and discreet portable; requires practice
→ VaporGenie ✗ Not Recommended Hard to use and requires wasteful lighters; buy a quality rechargeable instead
→ Vapir no2 Nice digital temperature display and easy-to-use buttons; fast warm-up; full charged in 2-3 hours, lasts 2 hours of use
→ iolite Slim and easy-to-use; good air flow; sturdy; only 1 temp setting; requires gas instead of batteries