As the year comes to an end, we sit and reminisce about the year that just passed. We think of the happy times, some sad (unfortunately) and the uncontrollable laughs we had. One thing that probably came to your mind was what was the best dry herb vape pen of 2016 under $100? Well you probably couldn’t have come to a better place than this. As the years go on, vaporizers become a bigger market than the year before. Just in 2016, vaporizers passed $2 billion in global sales and it’s only getting bigger. With that in mind, there will be more and more dry herb vaporizers coming out in all shapes. From portable to desktop vaporizers, from conduction or convection vaporizers. More factors will speed up the outcome of this like the legalization of marijuana in certain states.
What’s a Dry Herb Vape Pen?
If you are new to dry herb vaporizers or vaporizers in general then no worries. A dry herb vape is a vaporizer which is specifically made for solid herbs. It consists of a battery or butane device, a chamber and some form of heating method. They generally tend to be battery powered and turn on by a power button. You fill the herbal chamber up with herbs about a quarter of the way usually. Make sure your herbs are ground up well before you vaporize them so you can get an even heat distribution.
There are different features vaporizers can have from changing the temperature at which the chamber heats up at to an auto shut off switch. The quality can also vary from different vaporizers since they have different coils and the chambers are made up of different materials from titanium to ceramic. The way your grind your herbs can make a difference also. You want to make sure your herbs are ground up well to get an even heat distribution. If not, you will have a clump of herbs that have not been heated up while the other side is nicely vaped.
Vaping vs. Smoking
Vaping and smoking have a lot of differences. The act of vaporizing your herbs is where you heat the chamber enough that only the active ingredient gets warm enough and turns into vapor particles. This means that no smoke is created whereas smoking is made by combusting the materials. This can combustion creates smoke which contains toxins and carcinogens.
Benefits of Vaping
The benefits of vaping far outweigh smoking. First of all as we mentioned, no smoke is created from a vaporizer. The vaporizer puts out just enough heat to vaporize your material and release the active ingredient. This can result into healthier and improved lungs. Many ex-smokers who have turned to vapes have express how much cleaner they feel with mucous build up and less out of breathe.
Vaporizing is a way more discreet option for those who want to stay low-key. Contrary to popular belief, a vape pen will definitely still smell once you vape but the difference in how strong the smell is almost night and day. Vapor does not smell as strong, does not stink up your clothes and doesn’t make your breathe smell bad. It can also save up on herbs. A vaporizer only vaporizes and does not char your herbs like smoking does. It also helps with the fact that it is a slow process so one chamber can last a few rounds.
The Ago G5 is one of the simplest yet reliable dry herb vape pens. The reason for this is for it is almost exactly in the shape and size of a pen but something so little is very powerful at getting its job done. Being really small can aid in its discreetness when you are out and about. It also has a 510 thread connector which simply means it’s almost universal to many other herbal chambers out there.
The quality of the Ago G5 is pretty good. It is a durable and reliable vape pen that is small enough to fit just about any pocket or purse. The battery is 900mAh which can last about 7 continuous hours on a 2-4 hour full charge. These new updated Ago G5 batteries come with a LCD screen that shows how much battery is left and how many hits you have taken. Using the honeycomb glass screen you can improve the vapor by placing it on the coil in the chamber. When filling up the chamber, your herbs sits on the screen rather than the coil.
Pros and Cons
Pros: The Ago G5 is a great herbal vape pen. Right out of the box, it performs wonderful. With an easy start and learning curve, you can take it out the box and be confident in using it without the instruction manual. It is pretty small and fits just about anywhere on you. It is fairly quick to load up. Just unscrew the mouthpiece, pack your ground herbs, and screw the mouthpiece and vape away.
Cons: Every vaporizer is going to have something bad about them and the Ago G5’s bad part is that the coil is damage proof. The coil can be damaged if you clean too hard or if you pack too much. Putting a lot of stress on the coil can damage it. Another bad part is that the herbs sit directly on the coil however that be easily solved by the glass screen we mentioned.
How to Use
Click the power button 5 times quick which will turn the Ago G5 on. The screen will read on then show you the battery life and 000 which is how many times you’ve taken a puff from it. Unscrew the mouthpiece, ground your herbs and pack about a quarter of it in. Screw the mouthpiece in, hold your finger on the button for about 5 seconds then take a slow hit while your finger is still on the button.
Snoop Dogg Herbal G Pen
Snoop Dogg is no stranger to the herbal world, especially with weed which is why he came out with his own portable weed vaporizer. The Snoop Dogg Herbal G Pen is very unique and different. In a world where creativity can put you above the game, Snoop Dogg knew exactly this. From the chamber style to the vape pen outer shell. This is another vape pen that can easily be concealed but be careful for the glass chamber when putting it in your pocket. The design is very nice as it has the outline of the streets of Long Beach where Snoop Dogg was raised.
The Snoop Dogg G Pen has wonderful quality from its battery life to its chamber. The battery is a 900mAh which lasts for about 3 continuous hours on a 2 hour charge. The exterior casing is steel which allows the body to stay cool while vaping. The G Pens herbal tank is surrounded by glass with a ceramic base on the bottom on which it sits on.
Pros and Cons
Pros: It has a creative and detailed design to it that is probably the nicest dry herb vape pen and most aesthetically pleasing out of all of them listed in this article. You can also lift the mouthpiece up just before you finish vaping so you can draw air in for a better hit. Some people call this carbing.
Cons: Unfortunately the Snoop Dogg G Pen has 601 threading connector. Not many attachments or batteries come in 601 threading which makes it hard to find other herbal attachments. The herbs sit directly on the coil of the chamber too which is why you would need a honeycomb glass screen for this vape pen to. For a higher end price, it is also only single temperature which cannot be controlled.
How to Use:
The Snoop Dogg Herbal G Pen is another fairly easy to use portable vape pen. Turn the pen on by clicking the power button 5 times quickly. Pull up the mouthpiece so it exposes the glass tank and coil. Ground up your herbs and fill your chamber up about 1/5 of the way. Close the mouthpiece and press the power button for 3-5 seconds before you take a vape hit
The Atmos Jump is another great, wonderful and very and simple to use dry herb vaporizer for its price point. It has a carbon fiber design that comes in black and gold. As you can tell from the carbon fiber design, this dry herb vape pen is really light. If you like your vaporizer feeling heavy, this is not one for you. It’s great for people who carry many things on them because you won’t even feel this in your pocket. It also has the USB port on the bottom that allows you to vape and charge at the same time.
A true dry herb vape pen under $100 that gives off good and fresh tasting vapor is hard to come by. This definitely makes the cut. The quality of its vapor is clean because it’s anodized stainless steel. This also makes it easier for cleaner with less gunk and residue sticking to it. The chamber can fill up about .4 grams of herbs. The battery is 1200mAh which gives it a good 4 hours of continuous usage before you need to fully charge it.
Pros and Cons
Pros: The design is great to begin with along with its anodized heating chamber. That itself has many benefits like good vapor quality and less residue. The long lasting battery while being lightweight is another perk. You can also vape while charging.
Cons: There aren’t many bad sides to this portable herbal vape but one thing we wish it had was a temperature control setting.
How to Use:
Turn on the Atmos Jump by clicking on the power button 5 times quickly. Once the light turns on, it will start heating up so you can start packing your ground herbs in the herbal chamber. There is no direct heat touching the herbs. Close the mouthpiece, wait about 10-15 seconds and slowly take a vape hit.
G Pro Herbal Vaporizer
The G Pro Herbal Vaporizer is a big one because of the good feedback we have received on it. Those good feedbacks are probably backed up for reasons like shape, temperature control and durability. It fits perfectly into the palm of your hand with a snug fit. We have heard that it has been dropped and neglected many times but still works well. The fact it has the ability to change temperature which is a big deal for most dry herb vapers. It has a stainless steel herbal chamber.
The stainless steel chamber on the G Pro vaporizer is why the quality of your vapor tastes good. It also helps with cleaning the chamber which is encouraged. Don’t leave any vaporizer without cleaning it after a few sessions. The middle temperature which is 380°F, shown with the color green, is the best temperature for most herbs. It takes about 90 seconds to reach full temperature at 420°F. The 3 temperature are 320°F, 380°F, to 420°F.
Pros and Cons:
Pros: The pros are exactly the feedbacks we have received. The ability to change temperature is a huge plus and upgrade from a lot of dry herb vape pens. It gives you the ability to vaporizer different herbs and be more personal. Also the fact that it can endure so much without the vaporizing not working.
Cons: The cons on this are minor and don’t apply to everyone. We have heard of some people give feedback saying the first couple times tasted like plastic but the plastic vapor taste went away. Another small downside is that this vape pen is not the best for arthritis patients as it involves a harder and longer reach click.
How to Use:
The G Pro Herbal Vaporizer is another simple to use herbal vape. Click the power button 5 times quickly. This will also turn it off when you’re down. Set it to your desired temperature by clicking 3 times to toggle between the temperature settings.. While you wait for it to reach your desired temperature, snap the mouthpiece off which can be pretty hard. It’s not stuck, it is just hard which is why we say arthritis patients might not have the best of luck with this vaporizer. Pack your herbs a quarter of the way up and snap the mouthpiece back on. Take a slow high to keep the heat still flowing.
X Max V2 Pro
The X Max V2 Pro is a newer triple use vaporizer that beats a lot of dry herb vape pens out the ball park. It can be used with dry herbs, concentrates or oils and liquids. It has a great shape that fits into your palm. It even has the ability to change temperature and it cycles from 356°F to 374°F to 392°F to 410°F to 428°F. This gives you more customization that can differ from herb to herb. It changes temperatures by leaving your finger on the button for 2 seconds. It takes about 45 seconds to get to the hottest temperature. The battery is a replaceable 18650 lithium ion which can last for one continuous hour if its vaped on the hottest temperature.
The quality build is wonderful. It is made with aluminum which is why it’s so light and it helps keep the heat away. The ceramic chamber doesn’t give off toxins or bad taste and is big enough for 0.2 grams. Changing temperature settings is fairly easy by leaving your finger on the button for 2 seconds. You can put your own battery and replace it with the stock 2200mAh 18650 li-ion battery which takes about 2 hours to charge.
Pros and Cons:
Pros: The X Max V2 Pro is wonderful because it can change through 5 different temperature levels ranging from 356°F to 428°F. It is a triple use vaporizer that can vaporize herbs, concentrates and oils. It has a removable battery to make sure you never are without a vaporizer.
Cons: We don’t have any negative downside to this 3 in 1 vape pen.
How to Use:
Turn on the X Max V2 Pro by clicking the power button 3 times quickly. The 5 LED lights representing the temperature levels. You can pack your ground herbs until it reaches to your desired temperature setting. Once you have packed it, close the mouthpiece then take a hit really slowly.