The Best Portable Vaporizers 2017 Guide
Updated February 6th, 2017
There are a vast variety of vaporizers that are available on the market. Too many in fact to research them all.
That's why we put together the complete, best portable vaporizers guide.
This list is going to help you decide what portable device could work best for your personal needs.
There are a variety of aspects that I look into when testing out dry herb vaporizers. The most important to myself include how portable the device is, the durability, and how it tastes as you use it.
#1). Our Personal Favorite Vaporizer
Davinci IQ Vaporizer
This is a very new vaporizer that has just recently hit the market from Davinci. Hands down this is the best portable vaporizer in terms of taste that I have tested so far.
It does use a conduction heating system for dry herbs. The device is able to provide fantastic taste at higher temperatures and that taste does not diminish as quickly as other conduction vaporizers as you go through your vaping session.
If you like to run your vaporizers at low temperatures you are still going to get great flavor. The mouthpiece and vapor path is made from a ceramic zirconia.
When you use this vaporizer you are going to see very thick clouds of vapor.
If you prefer a vaporizer that is going to give you a wide variety of temperatures the IQ can help you with that. You can access the a full array of temperatures with their Precision Mode.
The temperatures can range from 250 degrees to 430 degrees Fahrenheit. There is also a mode that is called Smart Paths. These paths are set to run the temperature from 350 degrees to 430 degrees Fahrenheit for a ten minute session in 20 degree increments.
The first preset Smart Path is going to start you at 350 degrees Fahrenheit and will be warmed up in 45 seconds. It will increase to 370 degrees Fahrenheit at the five minute mark and then it will maintain a 370 degree stance until the session is complete.
This device does do best at the high temperatures in terms of flavor.
Warning: Similar to other conduction vaporizers in the industry you will find the taste does start to diminish as your session continues, but it is a tad slower than other devices.
The unit's battery is replaceable which is always ideal and needed when the batteries take so long to charge. The IQ's batteries can take up to four hours to be full from a dead battery.
I would recommend buying extra batteries to keep them charged at all times, otherwise you will be waiting a long time before your next vaping session. There is also the choice of trying out a Nitecore i2 charging dock which is an inexpensive item that is able to charge two batteries at a time and will cut the charging time down to about two and a half hours.
I can usually get over an hour of use on a full battery, but that all depends on the temperature you run the device at, for how long you run it, and how many sessions you try before you charge the battery.
You will not need to be concerned about this device going out on you because it does have a ten year warranty attached.
This device is an ideal size for a portable and concealable vaporizer. While many other vaporizers on the market are portable they can still be rather large to try to palm.
The IQ does not have this issue as it is a very small device. If you prefer no one know that you are using a vaporizer the buttons that run down the side of this machine may put you off. It does give the appearance of a vaporizer more than some of the smoother designs from other companies.
This unit can be paired with an app on your phone. While some devices primarily use their apps to control their device you can actually avoid using the app at all with the IQ.
The unit is able to change its LED lights, and access the boost mods, precision mode, and the smart paths without the app. If you wish to tailor your smart paths you do need to use the app.
When in the app you can change the smart paths settings for what temperatures to run and how long your sessions will be. The app is not needed for get full use of this device, but it does run very smooth. I have not had any connection issues between my phone and the unit.
Most Durable Vaporizer
The Crafty Vaporizer
This is one of the newest components to the Storz and Bickel family. It is the counterpart of the Mighty, which is a very similar product.
This device is going to be one of the more simple to use devices on the market. You are only going to need one button to control the device typically.
If you prefer to fine turn it a little you are able to hook your phone up with an app. In this app you are going to be able to adjust the temperature of the default temperature setting.
There is a wide range to choose from varying from 104 degrees to 410 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are someone that likes to change the temperature down to the degree the app is going to be your best friend.
The device also has a boost temperature setting. While you are using the device you are able to access the app on your phone to change your vaping experience on the go.
The Crafty has a more unique heating system as it is more of a cross between a convection and conduction system.
The device does use a convection heating system for most of the heating with a mixture of a conduction system that is used when it pre-heats your bowl.
This system is going to give you draws that are cool in temperature and are more easily vaped because it is less harsh on your throat.
If you are looking strictly as portability this device is going to be a decent choice. You do not have to worry about the end product while you vape because it is always going to stay constant.
When you are loading this device it is easy to do and you can do it before you go out for the day.
Just make sure you load how much you want to use and you are set to go.
Warning: The Crafty Vaporizer is a portable device, but it is not as easily concealed as other devices on the market.
The vaporizer is easily a good choice for an on the go device. You are able to fit it into most pockets and it is just about the right size to fit in your palm.
There are other devices that are technically more portable, but this one still does the job just fine for its quality in vapor and taste.
Unfortunately this vaporizer does not have a very long battery life. The good news is that you are able to charge it with a micro USB.
While you charge it does has pass through technology, but the device has to have at least 20% of its battery charged to do so.
Even though it is more annoying to charge this device a lot, it is easy to access places that have USB charging stations even when you are on the go.
The battery in the Crafty is also not replaceable.
If you are concerned about charging it often you can pick up a cheaper battery pack that will allow you to more easily charge the device on the go.
Most battery packs are able to charge the device a few times before they are needing to recharge.
If the battery is something that does turn you off this device you do have the choice to try out the Mighty.
The Mighty could be the better vaporizer if you are willing to lose the portability that the Crafty offers.
The Mighty is has almost double of the battery life, is quicker to heat, and the temperature is displayed directly on the device.
You are not able to charge the Mighty with a USB and it cannot be fit into a pocket.
When using the Crafty I am able to get about three sessions before needing a charge. It doubles with the Mighty to even about eight sessions before needing a charge.
Best Vapor Quality
Firefly 2 Vaporizer
This is another installment from the maker Firefly Vapor. The Firefly 1 device worked well, but it was too large and too heavy for anyone to want to carry around with them.
The Firefly 2 has been tweaked to work better and still be about 100 grams lighter then its predecessor. This makes it much more ideal to put into your pocket and carry with you.
This system is a strictly convection vaporizer and it is portable. There are five different temperature settings that you are able to choose from.
The temperatures vary from ones used for different dry herbs to one that is reserved for concentrates.
This is easily a vaporizer that I would recommend to friends. The heating systems for this unit is desirable because of its quick heating up time.
When you get vapor from this machine it is very thick and always comes through with good flavor.
With its portability mixed with its ability to produce such great taste it is a great vaporizer to invest in.
The batteries for this device are more desirable as the device comes with two replaceable batteries that you can recharge.
The batteries are able to recharge in about forty five minutes and they must be charged in the device.
Typically I am able to get about 6 sessions before needed to recharge my battery.
Warning: The Firefly 2 is pricey. With that said, that is really the only knock on this model vape and it is comparable to the others on this list of the best portable vapes.
You are going to be able to use this device on the go with its quick ten second heating time and does not need very much maintenance to work properly.
There is a newer feature that has been added to this version of the device.
You are able to access a power tuning attribute that allows you to customize your vaping experience and have a more constant session.
It is great that you do not need to clean this machine out too often.
It works cleanly and does not take almost any work to stay maintained. The device has a decent sized chamber for the devices size. It can be used for up to two people.
Sexiest Portable Vaporizer
Pax 2 Vaporizer
The Pax 2 is sexy and includes hidden games, tricks, and a sleek design.
You are going to find that the Pax 2 has been made to weigh less, be smaller, and have a stronger battery than that of the Pax.
We know the Pax 3 vaporizer is out but the Pax 2 is $100 cheaper and damn near the same as the newer Pax 3.
It's a steal right now and makes anyone look like a boss while using it.
The quality of the vapor this device produces is much better than many of its counterparts on the market.
The design of the inner components of the Pax 2 are similar to the original, but they have designed the stainless steel oven and vapor path a little differently.
The Pax 2 is much smaller than that of the first Pax. The have changed the chamber to be more skinny but much deeper.
With this alteration you are going to get that level heating of your materials. The chamber can be a little too big if you are alone and wanting to have a vape session.
To remedy this there is a half pack chamber lid that you can purchase seperately.
With this updated heating system you are going to find that the device works a lot smoother.
It is able to detect more when it needs to heat based on how much you are drawing from the device and how much material you have packed into the chamber.
It is too easy to pack this devices chamber. You can go at it in any way you want and still be able to get an even heat.
Compared to some of the vaporizers on the market it is a slower device in terms of heating up. It can take up to about 45 seconds to get to temperature.
One of the better aspects of this device is that it is quiet and easily hidden. You are not going to struggle to find a spot for this tiny device whether it be in your pocket or your bag.
PaxVapor is confident that their product is going to last you for a long time. You get a ten year warranty with the device and people have always raved over the great customer serves that you get from the company.
If there are any issues with the device they really work with you to make sure you are happy.
The original did have major issues with needed to be constantly maintained to keep it working properly.
The Pax 2 has fixed many of these problems. There is no longer a button the device that gets dirty and stuck.
You do not need to clean it out anymore so you are able to vape without worry. The mouthpiece has been changed and it more sits even with the rest of the device.
There is not a pop out mouthpiece anymore so you will not need to clean that portion of the device as much.
If you are looking for a vaporizer that you can easily carry with you and hide in plain sight you are looking for the Grasshopper. It is a very small and light vaporizer that rivals any of its competitors in size. You are going to get convection heating that is able to get to temperature in ten seconds, which is very quick compared to some of the vaporizers on the market. It is so concealable because it looks like a large pen.
With its size and portability it is a great vaporizer to use when you are out and about. It can also be used at home with a bubbler or bong because it does pack a punch in power. If you prefer to use your vaporizer for group sessions I would avoid the Grasshopper because it tends to get hotter externally, but it can be used for single use or with one other friend.
There is a price range because there are a few different variants to choose from. There is a classic stainless steel variation, a titanium variation, and a colored titanium variation. The difference between the classic and the titanium is that you are going to have a lighter device if you get the titanium version. It is also going to withstand more of a beating without showing it through nicks or scratches and the device's external temperature does not get as high.
This vaporizer has convection heating. There is much higher vapor quality with this unit and it has the ability to be used with many different levels of material. You do not always have to fully pack this vaporizer to get good flavor and vapor production.
A main concern with this device is that it does tend to get hot. There is a silicone mouthpiece guard for those that want to use this vaporizer for long periods of time without the uncomfortable feeling of a hot mouthpiece. With this guard you are going to be able to pair the device with 14mm glass pieces as well. The other issue with this vaporizer is that Hopper Labs does not have production running smoothly. If you do order this device I would not expect to get it quickly.
Best Battery Life
Mighty Vaporizer $399
This is the larger variation of the Crafty by Storz and Bickel. As stated previously it is a bit large to be considered a truly portable vaporizer, but it still can be carried with you while you are on the go. It does have the appeal of having fantastic battery life. You are only able to charge this vaporizer with DC, but it will last you a whole days worth of vaping. Typically I see up to eight sessions on a fully charged battery. The battery is able to charge fairly quick in about an hour and a half.
With the larger size Storz and Bickel was able to add in a small LED display to let you see your temperature and battery level easily. You have two simple buttons for your temperature control that ranges from 105 degrees to 410 degrees in which you can change the temperature by the degree for precision vaping.
The device is a little too large to comfortably fit in your pocket. The size does give you the ability to use it as a group vaporizer. It lasts for longer sessions of vaping and is durable enough to pass through many hands without missing a beat. Its design is to be simple and you will always be able to expect a good vaping experience from the device.
Best All in One Vaporizer
Haze V3 Dual Bowl Vaporizer
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This vaporizer is going to be perfect if you are looking for a good all in one vaping experience. It is unique in that it utilizes a dual bowl system and is able to vape your materials completely. When using this device you are going to have good flavor, even temperature, and a thick vapor that is produced. The main downside to this vaporizer is that it can be difficult to clean if you choose to use concentrate with it.
There are four different temperature variations to choose from. The first three temperature settings are best to be used with dry materials. If you are going to use it for waxes or concentrates the fourth setting is best. If you want the versatility to vape all materials this vaporizer is going to be a great investment.
The Haze is not going to skimp out on the accessories. When purchasing the device you get two conduction screens, two convection screens, two all purpose cans, and two e-liquid pads. The device was made to be simple to use and you are able to easily see what your settings are on its LED display. It does come with a ten year warranty so you will not need to worry about the device breaking.
Unfortunately when you turn this device off it closes its vapor path off. Which means you are not going to be able to pull anymore hits off your material. To remedy this you are able to take the battery out instead of shutting the device down and still be able to draw from the device as it cools down.
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This is a fairly portable vaporizer that is going to give you good quality vapor without a high price tag. Portability does suffer because it uses a glass stem mouthpiece that can be hard to carry with you as you move. There is a change that you will break it if you are not paying attention. You are going to get a good vape from this device especially if you are okay with vaping at home. There are five different temperature choices that range from 356 degrees to 410 degrees Fahrenheit. It does have a 18650 rechargeable lithium ion battery. The device itself is very sturdy and will last a while.
You are able to access the full range of temperatures from 100 degrees to 430 degrees Fahrenheit with the Boundless CFX. It has a LED display and there are two simple buttons for change the temperature. It is a conduction vaporizer that is able to heat up quickly in about 25 seconds. It does have a great battery life and takes two 2500 mAh rechargeable batteries.
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This is a smaller variation of the CFX which still have a quick heating time, five temperature settings, but it does lose its LED display. Even without the display it is simple to use and can work with many different packing types. It is a portable vaporizer that is easy to carry around. It does use a battery that cannot be replaced but it can be charged with a USB. This does come with a two year warranty in case it does get damaged.
The Flowermate series are decent cheap vaporizer. They do not have as high of quality vapor as others on the market, there is an modest battery life, and a average quality of taste. They are going to be good for someone that cannot spend too much on a vaporizer, but would still like to start vaping. It comes with two 260 mAh batteries.
There is a V5S Mini that is smaller that comes at a slightly higher price point of $85. It only comes with one of the 2600 mAh batteries. There is also the V5S Pro $105. This is going to give you a full range of temperatures from 104 degrees to 446 degrees Fahrenheit.
It has a LED display and simple buttons to change the temperature on the side of the device. It does not have many variations from the original, just better control of the temperature. The is also a V5S Pro Mini for $109, but the battery life is very diminished compared to the full size version.
Best Beginner Vaporizer
If you are looking for a really cheap vaporizer that will still give you quality vapor and taste you are going to want to look into the X-Max V2 Pro which can be bought for $59. There is five different temperature choices that start at 356 degrees and move up to 428 degrees Fahrenheit. The battery is a 18650 and replaceable. You heating chamber is going to be ceramic glass with this unit.
There are also the V2 Pro Series 3 which is $69 which is a good all in one vaporizer. If you want the cheapest decent vaporizer out there get the VapCap $35. It is a butane vaporizer that is going to give you decent vaping experiences at the lowest price available.
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