Let me show you the best cannabis vaporizers for your needs—and which ones to avoid. There are more choices than ever, and I've written detailed reviews on each vape to help you decide which is the best vaporizer to buy in 2018.
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Crafty is one of many new vaporizers on the market to offer app controls over your phone, via Bluetooth. After installing an app you can control temperature, check battery life and usage, among other features. Remember: this uses extra battery life!
Portables typically trade power for size, so if you want a powerful vaporizer capable of large vapor production then you'll want a larger vape with a big battery, otherwise you will be recharging it frequently.
Da Buddha is a great starter vape.
Both of these desktop units are fool-proof. Da Buddha is the best entry-level vape for people just getting started with vaporizing at home. It's slow to warm-up, but besides that it's perfect in terms of temperature control, ease of use, maintenance and reliability.
Volcano remains the best, 17 years later.
The Volcano is built like a German tank; they are built to last, with durable parts from a company that has been making the same consistent and high-quality device for 17 years. Cannabis shops in San Francisco all have Volcano vaporizers because they take years of customer abuse and still keep on filling huge bags with delicious vapor. Besides quality, Volcano controls are easy to use with a nice adjustable knob, and the bags fill quickly compared to other balloon-style vapes due to the robust air-pump. Once you enjoy a Volcano bag, it's difficult to enjoy other vaporizers. Volcano will set the bar for your vape experience.
I usually recommend medical patients have a vaporizer that's quick to warm-up. Many people I know want fast relief, which is why they prefer vaporizing to eating edibles. Vaping offers them quick relief from sudden back pain, nausea and stomach cramps, or feelings of anxiety, depending on the strain and person.
A long-lasting battery means you're spending less time charging, less time worrying about how much time you have left, and generally signals a stronger hitting vaporizer, capable of greater vapor production.
Unlike smoking from pipes or joints, not all vaporizers produce big hits of vapor, but some do! Generally you have to spend more to get a quality heating element combined with a battery powerful enough to provide the necessary sustained current. Mighty and Arizer Solo II are two portables that deliver on this promise, but might not fit in your pocket.
Skip all of them, save your money! Be prepared to spend at least $150 for the class of vaporizers that won't get thrown in the garbage after a few months. Invest in a tool that will perform one job and one job well, getting you medicated consistently and with ease.
I don't like to medicate with concentrates: the feeling is much different than with flowers/dry herbs. I find controling my dose much easier with dry herbs as well, so I just prefer the more natural, less processed route of vaporizing cannabis. Especially in Berkeley, California which has the highest standards for quality control and health & safety regulations in the United States.
I hope you enjoyed my detailed 2018 Vaporizer Guide, a buyers how-to guide for choosing the best vape for your needs and budget.
First published: January 31, 2018