July 22nd, 2015

Last updated on August 6th, 2017 at 06:36 pm

It seems like a huge feat trying to look through the entirety of vaporizers on the market nowadays. Instead of confusing yourself or getting in over your head, check out this list we’ve compiled to help you figure out where to start in your hunt for the perfect vape pen.

  • What do you want to vaporize?

The first step in finding the perfect pen for you is to figure out what exactly you’re trying to vaporize. Today’s vapes can heat concentrates and wax, oils, dry herbs and essential oils. Some are capable of vaporizing anything and some can only vape one type of product. Once you’ve decided what content you’d prefer your vape to have, finding the right one for you will be much easier.

I wouldn’t recommend a wax vape for a beginner vaporizer unless you have made up your mind that you only want a wax vape pen. Dry herb vaporizers are the best way to go. For patients looking to replace dry herbs for a with heavy pain relief, wax may be the best option for you.

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  • Conduction or Convection?

This is more of a lesson than anything, convection is generally what you’re going to want. Conduction heats the herbs that the product is in in order to heat it, and ultimately creates smoke. Convection heats the air and passes the heated air through the product to properly vaporize the wax, oil or flower. The true method of vaporizing is the convection process which really vaporizes the active ingredients and does not burn anything.

The only way to properly vaporize is through convection, conduction simply bakes your herbs. It’s not only unsatisfying but it simply wastes your flower. Go with a conduction style if you absolutely have to but if you can, grab convection for the best use of your product. Conductions tends to be a bit cheaper in price.

  • How important is portability?

arizer solo 2 blackThere are some amazing options for vapes, and they’re separated by table desktop at-home vapes and portable pieces. Desktop vaporizers are great for the vaper at home, someone who only wants to use their vape while they’re in the comfort of their living room. Generally they plug directly into the wall and have either a whip/tube to inhale your vapor out of or a balloon bag attachment that fills with vapor.


Portable vaporizers are wonderful for the vaper that wants to travel with their piece. Usually they will charge about 1-3 hours and then have a full battery that can get you sometimes up to 15 vape sessions before it needs to be recharged. There are a few vapes like the Arizer Solo 2 that is actually portable but can also be used while plugged in. Deciding which of these options works best with your vaporization lifestyle will allow to you to narrow your search for the perfect vaporizer.


  • Don’t forget about customization!

Almost all vapor pens, portable vaporizers, and desktop vaporizers have hefty customization options. Find out which bells and whistles fit your needs, don’t bother with pieces that have customized options that aren’t necessary to you. Some things that are definitely worthwhile are temperature settings since different cannabinoids burn at different temperatures. Having the ability to set and change the vapor temperature allows you to get the most out of your product. LED light indicators, auto shut-off and definitely a good warranty are all the customization that a beginner would need.

  • Warranty

Warranty is saved for last because its the best reason to choose a vape. If it has a long time warranty, you know the manufacturer is not worried because they stand behind their products. This also gives you a peace of mind knowing if anything was to happen to your vape pen you will be fine. Obviously most companies will not honor problems that occurred from your end like dropping and breaking the vape pen or using it too roughly. It mainly covers manufacturers defects.