Last updated on November 7th, 2017 at 03:48 pm
With more talks of legalization and as humans want to better themselves while quitting smoking, dry herb vaporizers have been slowly taking over. You either see someone vaping on an herbal vape, dab pen or liquid oil vape pen. It is getting so big now that even big corporations that were once on top of the world by selling cigarettes are now seeing their business take a hit and slowly switching to vaporizers themselves. This has showed how far we have come with vaping. It has been studied and researched to be a healthier form of heating up to inhale your material. You do not get smoke into your lungs which is a major plus. The amount of vapes hitting the market means there is a lot more freedom to pick and choose one that suits your needs and style. Some are really great vaporizers while others are not the best so we have created a list that is not exactly in any specific order of the best dry herb vaporizers of 2016, but the better ones are towards the end of the list.
What’s a Dry Herb Vaporizer?
A dry herb vaporizer, marijuana vaporizer or weed vape pen is a device that is either battery, butane or electrically powered that heats up your herbs to a certain temperature. This heat is just enough to reach a boiling point where the active ingredient of your herbs are turned into vapor rather than burning the whole thing and turning it into smoke. Some herbal vapes are temperature controlled which means you have more personal power on how you want your vapor. The higher the temperature it will obviously turn into smoke. The source of power of your vape can depend if it is a stationary desktop vaporizer or a vape pen. Vape pens will be powered by battery and sometimes with butane, but it’s very rare. Desktop vaporizers are plugged into an electrical outlet.
Temperature settings are something to think about on your portable herbal vape pen. They play a big part because not all herbs heat up at the same temperature. Also sometimes you would like to use your vaporizer with concentrates or liquid if the vape allows it so you want to be able to change the temperature to accommodate that.
Benefits of an Herbal Vaporizer
Vaporizers are pretty new but already have proven to be better than smoking. Many vapers have claimed to have better breathing and lung capacity even only after a month of not smoking. Dry herb vaporizers have many benefits outweigh that of smoking and in some ways it’s not only for your health. Vaping helps your breath and clothes not smell bad. Many people understand why you don’t need much herbs to feel the effects of them. It doesn’t matter how much herbs a vaporizer holds when you can get the job done with efficient grinding and packing.
X Max V2 Pro
The X Max V2 Pro is a big favorite with us because of it’s a simple triple use vaporizer. Triple use vaporizer refers to the ability that it can vaporize dry herbs, wax and liquids or oils. It has multiple features and benefits that will be the make it or break it for the vaper. Besides the multi-use vaporizer option, it comes
with the ability to change the temperature. Temperature control settings are important especially for someone who vapes different materials and likes it to have a personal touch. It ranges from 356°F, 374°F, 392°F, 410°F and 428°F which is a pretty big range of pre-set options. With the temperatures you can choose if you want big smoke, more flavor or just the right amount of vapor with good flavor. Another neat part of this portable dry herbal vaporizer is that it has a replaceable 18650 2200mAh Lithium Ion battery. Not many feature this which is great to have an extra battery around just in case one goes out. The battery tends to have a one hour of continuous vape life, if used on the highest temperature. The X Max V2 Pro is $89.95 and comes with a 1 year warranty.
This is a very well designed and built vape. It is extremely sleek with a steel casing that is used to protect the vaper from burning their hand while vaping. The vapor quality is perfect because of the temperature adjustments you can make. For herbs, it’s generally better to be around the lower end side. For oils or wax, it’s generally better to stay on the higher end of the temperatures.
How to Use:
The X Max turns on with 5 quick clicks followed by all the LED lights representing the temperature come on. Then you select your temperature by clicking 3 times quickly. Each set of 3 clicks will toggle between the temperatures listed above. Wait about 30 – 45 seconds depending on the temperature you’re on and take a slow draw. For vaping wax or concentrates to use as a dab pen, the process is the same except you use a Nickel Net Tray instead of putting it directly into the chamber like you do for herbs.
The AirVape XS Vaporizer has a nice and new design that is refreshing to the vaporizer industry. It has a very thin build that almost looks like a thin and
small cellphone. It’s extremely light and fits perfectly into the palm of your hand. The glass mouthpiece is a huge plus along with the temperature control
option which ranges from 200°F to 428°F. Once you set it to your desired temperature, the AirVape XS vibrates to alert you it’s ready to go. It takes about 20-30 seconds to fully heat up depending on your temperature. It even has an auto shut off feature to conserve battery which is from 3 to 5 minutes, which can be adjusted. There is a 1.3” screen that displays battery life, automatic timer and your temperature you’re currently on. The AirVape XS is $179.00 and has a lifetime warranty.
One of the sleekest vaporizers due to its design. It is almost one body mold instead of multiple slapped onto each other. It is made from aluminum alloy and only weighs 3.2 oz. The vapor quality is right on point because of its temperature setting and unique chamber which works by combining conduction and convection heating which is called a hybrid vape. It even has an isolated air path to help with this along with safety issues. The glass mouthpiece helps with the good taste because you know you’re not burning anything else including toxins. It has a 1200mAh lithium ion battery which charges in an hour and can go a few hours of continuous usage.
How to Use:
Pull the mouthpiece of the AirVape XS to open it. Grind up your herbs and fill it up while packing it down softly. Put the mouthpiece back on. Turn it on by pressing the power button and set it to your desired temperature. It is a short learning curve to find out what temperature is right for your herbs. Once your temperature is selected, wait about 20 seconds then take a slow hit from your vape.
Boundless CFX Vaporizer
The CFX is a vaporizer that has pushed many of its competitors to actually try to compete in this market. The Boundless CFX is one of the best vaporizers
and is also a triple use all in one portable vape. It comes with a screen, perfect shape to fit snug in your hand, temperature controls and more. With a nice design that is pretty discreet and the CFX stands at 5 inches by 2.5 inches by 1 inch width. It doesn’t weigh much so no worries about weighing you down in your pockets or purse. The chamber is just a perfect size where it fits about 0.1 grams to 0.25 grams of herbs. When you want to use it with concentrates or wax, you can use the converter which is placed into the herbal chamber. Its younger brother the Boundless CF is the better one if you’re more mobile since it’s smaller but it is not a triple use vaporizer. The Boundless CFV is the big brother of the CF with better heating methods. The Boundless CFX vaporizer is $169.95 with a 2 year warranty.
The exterior casing is a high grade premium plastic. It is a hybrid vaporizer which means that it goes through a convection and conduction heating method. If you set it too high of temperature, your herbs will burn and turn into smoke rather than vapor. The temperature option ranges from 130°F – 430°F. The inside has an isolated air path to keep the vapor from interfering with the electricals and to keep the wires dry.
How to Use:
Press the power button fives quickly to turn it on. The digital screen will turn on which means you can take off the mouthpiece. This is done by rotating it clockwise. Then you can add the screen to prevent the herbs from clogging and helps it stay clean so you don’t remove unnecessary residue. Change the temperature by the two button. Wait about 20-25 seconds and slowly take a draw. If you want to use it with wax, make sure to use the concentrate pad for that.
Arizer Extreme Q Vaporizer
Some vaporizers are so good, they keep everything the same but add some upgrades and come out with the updated version. Well the Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer is exactly that. It is definitely not a new desktop herbal vaporizer but it has come out with a new updated 2016 model which has improved performance. The forced air fan is 77% quieter, more accurate temperature control and better energy efficiency. The Arizer Extreme Q is great because it gives you the option to use balloon bag or whip attachment. Balloon bag attachments give you the option to collect the vapor in the bag and walk around the house doing chores. Whip attachments require to be by the station desktop vape. The Arizer Extreme Q 4.0 updated model is $199.95 with a 3 year warranty.
The quality and build of a desktop vape is generally different. It is better built and contains higher quality items. The tube is food grade tubing and is too far from the heating chamber to burn or give off taste. The heating chamber is made of ceramic and all the glass items in the vape are inert nontoxic.
How to Use:
Unlike the other battery operated vaporizers, desktop herbal vaporizers are plugged into an outlet. Use the remote or the buttons on the vapes LCD screen to set it to your desired temperature. Let it heat up for about 15 minutes while you grind your herbs. Put the Cyclone bowl onto the warming unit then add the herbs inside it. For the whip, attach the elbow of the whip to the bowl. For the balloon bag, connect the mini whip to the bad and the mini whip to the Cyclone bowl. Turn the fan on and wait for the bag to fill up.
Flytlab H2Flo Elite Vaporizer
One of the newest vape pens on the market, the Flytlab H2Flo Elite was truly needed for true vapers. With 3 different modes to vape your herbs, one is better than the next. It comes with a on the go mode which is made to be more discreet and shorter. The air chamber makes it longer but gives you the ability to carb it. This is by adjusting and controlling the amount of air flow into the chamber. There is also a water chamber mode which allows you to fill it up with water so it can cool the vapor and filter it. The Flytlab H2Flo Elite is $209.95 with a 10 year warranty.
The build on the Flytlab H2Flo Elite is impeccable and the vapor quality is wonderful. With each chamber, you feel a different experience. The air chamber is more extreme whereas the water chamber is mellower. The heating atomizer is ceramic so it doesn’t produce toxins. The battery life is long enough to stay vaping for 2 continuous hours.
How to Use:
Screw on the mode you want to use onto the battery. For the on-the-go mode, simply unscrew the top cap and fill the chamber up with ground herbs. Put the cap back, put the mouthpiece back on and press the button.
The air flow mode and the water chamber modes work fairly the same by attaching the chamber onto the attachment and then the mouthpiece on top.
The Volcano Vaporizer is definitely not a new one and is the old vaporizer in this category that wasn’t made in 2016. However a desktop dry herb vaporizer is a fine piece of machinery if done right. Fortunately, the Volcano Classic Vaporizer falls exactly in that category. According to the manufacturer, you will get 75% stronger vapor from this than other traditional vaporizers. It uses a balloon bag attachment which is a bag with a valve of your choice. The easy valve set is pretty easy to use with no draw resistance so you’re getting vapor right away. The other set is the solid valve set which lets you adjust the balloon size and can be used for herbs, liquids and oils. The Volcano Classic Vaporizer uses a forced air fan which blows warm air into your valve set where your herbs are sitting, this creates the vapor and pushes it into the bag where you can detach and walk around the house with to make it a bit more portable. Vapor stays in the bag for up to 8 hours ready to be used. The unit itself weighs 3.5 pounds and is also temperature adjustable. It goes in dials so dial number 1 is 266°F, 2 is 288°F, 3 is 309°F, 4 is 331°F, 5 is 352°F, 6 is 374°F, 396°F, 8 is 417°F and 9 is 439°F. The Volcano Classic Vaporizer is $479.95 with either valve and has a 3 year warranty.
One of the oldest herbal vaporizers that came out in the early 2000’s yet it still holds it down for its quality and German engineering. The Volcano Classic Vaporizer really shines when it is being used with group vaping. Many vapes can’t be used often without turning it off due to it losing quality in vapor or getting too hot. This can withstand hours of vaping. The build is also amazing with a lot of vapers claiming to have owned it for longer than 5 years so it definitely pays for itself over time.
How to Use:
Open up the filling chamber then add your ground up blends of herbs in it. Close it up and screw onto the cap of the valve bag. Lock it in place of the Volcano Vaporizer. Pick your temperature and press the air button and allow the warm forced air to push vapor into the bag. Once done filling up, turn off the air and unscrew the valve from the balloon. Add the mouthpiece to the valve and you’re ready to go.
G Pen Elite
G Pen were one of the first vape pens to get a big recognition and branding behind it. Ever since then, G Pen was known for its dab pens. The G Pen Elite vaporizer does not fall into that category since it is specifically for ground herbs. It is very handy, portable and a unique sleek curvy design. The bowl to pack your dried herbs is pretty big and is located right under the mouthpiece so no need to flip the vape over to load it. It of course comes with temperature setting option that is displayed on its beautiful LED screen along with battery life. It fully heats up within 20-30 seconds depending on your temperature setting. The temperature range is from 200°F-428°F and can be changes from Fahrenheit to Celsius or vice versa by pressing the up and down buttons at the same time. The G Pro Herbal Vaporizer and the Snoop Dogg G Pen are the dry herb vaporizer from Grenco Science previous to the G Pen Elite. They used all the feedback they could from that portable vape to help make the Elite even better. The Elite vaporizer has an auto shut off too that will activate and turn the unit off after five minutes of inactivity. The company has finally started putting serial numbers on each G pen Elite to keep from fake and counterfeit g pens entering the market. The G Pen Elite is $164.95 and has a 1 year warranty.
Portable vaporizers differ from desktop vaporizers in some areas and one of them is vapor quality. Desktop vaporizers tend to have more time to cool down the vapor before it reaches your throat. This is a big benefit to people using a vaporizer for medical reasons. The alluminum alloy exterior shell helps protect the vapers hands from getting burnt. The 1 inch chamber and heating element are both made from ceramic. This not only ensures good taste and quality of your herbal vaper but it makes things easier to clean. Depending on your herbs, keeping the temperature between 360°F to 390°F is the ideal temperature.
How to Use:
Before you decide to do anything, register your G Pen on their website with the serial number on your unit. Learning to use the G Pen Elite herbal vape is fairly easy. Take off the mouthpiece by pulling it up which will show the bowl or chamber. Unlike the G pro, the G Pen Elite made it easier to open the mouthpiece. Grind up your herbs and load it about half or three-quarters of the way up and pack it down. Close to mouthpiece then turn on your device by click the power button 5 times quickly. Set your temperature to what you want with the plus and minus buttons. Wait about 30 seconds then slowly take a draw.
Firefly 2 vaporizer
The Firefly 2 Vaporizer is part of a line of vaporizers that are known to be one of the best portable herbal vapes. The original Firefly Vaporizer has been around for plenty of time and the company did not produce a new one because it excelled in every aspect. With times changing, it was time for the Firefly 2 to come out and with newer technology like an app for the vape. It weighs 55% less than the first Firefly with the second one weighing at 4 ounces and it is 33% smaller. It has an aluminum shell casing with a magnesium steel build. The mouthpiece is made from BPA free FDA-food safe Triton polymer. The cover is magnetically held together which is very strong and has a glass cover over the herbal chamber. This helps you see how much of the herb has gotten an even heat distribution so you don’t need to keep opening to check. Of course the feature that we love the most, the Firefly 2 vaporizer also has a temperature control setting which is more simple than most. Since it is a dual use vape, it has its own temperature for concentrates. The temperature for dry herbs start at 340°F, 360°F, 380°F, 400°F and finishes at 420°F. The last temperature setting is 500°F which is for concentrates. The Firefly 2 vaporizer costs $329.95 with a 2 year warranty.
With a similar design but newer and better build, the Firefly 2 is automatically better than its predecessor. When you look at it from the top, one thing that sticks out is the precision drilled holes which helps with precision temperatures and to help the herbs get an even heat. This helps a lot to make sure you don’t have any wasted herbs which is another reason some people get dry herb vaporizers. The all borosilicate glass air path help not burn any toxins so you don’t get any unwanted flavors. The batteries don’t tend to last too long at just under an hour however it only takes 45 minutes to recharge.
How to Use:
The Firefly 2 couldn’t have been easier to use. It doesn’t have much going on as far as buttons. Remove the magnetic face plate. Make sure your herbs are ground up before packing in the herbal chamber. Fill it up to about ¾ of the way. Put the face plate back on. In order to change the temperature setting, you must connect to the phones app on your phone and change it manually. To begin heating the herbs, you will need to put your index finger and thumb on the sensors located on the side of the Firefly 2. This will activate the herbal chamber.
QuickDraw 500 DLX
Triple use vapes tend to be better becuase of the freedom they give from just one unit. Well the Quickdraw 500 DLX vape does just that and it even comes with a temperature control setting. The design is definitely different from the Quickdraw 300 DLX vaporizer but with that you get upgrades. Really portable and pretty discreet since it is pretty small but don’t let that fool you into thinking it is not powerful. The temperatures range from 390°F with one LED light to 415°F with two LED lights visible to 440°F with 3 visible LED lights. It has a beautiful design that is not really matched by to many other portable vaporizers. It feels just right and sturdy in your hands with its brushed steel transparent finish. The different chamber for the herbs, liquids or wax are all held in place magnetically which seems to be the new trend for vaporizer to use magnets. The USB charging is also done through the magnets too. The Quickdraw 500 DLX vaporizer is $159.95 and has a 1 year warranty.
A really nice looking design that is made from all one piece, the Quickdraw 500 DLX has no creases or gaps in the molded alloy with transparent colors. The vapor flavor is perfect from start to finish. The flavor did feel to decline by a little if you kept heating and re-heating the same bowl without stirring or packing a new bowl. Packing just enough for one or two hits per bowl is ideal regardless of temperature. As far as the oven heat, it is perfect enough to not burn the herbs and turn it into vapor not smoke. The temperature is however changed depending on what you use to vape rather than it be manually changed .What this means is depending on the specific cartridge you use like the dry herb cartridge or the wax cartridge, the temperature will adjust.
How to Use:
Turn on the Quickdraw 500 DLX by pressing the button 3 times quickly. Pick the cartridge you will be using with your material. Each have there own.
For dry herbs, remove the mouthpiece off the right cartridge and pack your ground up herbs in there. Put the mouthpiece back on and put the cartridge back. Set it to your desired temperature by pressing the button twice. Toggle until you get to your temperature then leave your finger on the button for 3 seconds to activate to herbal heater. The heater will climb to your desired temperature and ocne the red light turns green you are ready to go.
Twist the mouthpiece off the liquid cartridge to remove it unscrew the metal cap tank. Fill it with liquid but don’t pass the line and make sure you don’t have it go into the center vapor path. Put the mouthpiece into the cartridge and put it back onto the vape. Press and hold the button as you draw the vapor. To change the voltage from 3.7V (one LED light), 3.2V (one LED light) to 4.7V (one LED light), press the button 2 times quickly to toggle.
Take off the mouthpiece and place your concentrates into the chamber. Press the button for 3 seconds to activate the heater and wait until the red light turns green before taking a draw. To change the voltage from 3.7V (one LED light), 3.2V (one LED light) to 4.7V (one LED light), press the button 2 times quickly to toggle.
When 2016 rolled around, not much attention was give to the DaVinci brand due to them being dormant for a couple years but they were really working on a masterpiece that we found out later that year. A very beautifully design, well crafted and overall solid portable dry herb vaporizer is the DaVinci IQ which stands at 1.65″ by 3.54″ by 0.94″. Everything we have talked about in previous portable vaporizers are included in the IQ. From temperature control settings, to a replaceable battery, great vapor quality and this even has its own app to download. The app helps you control the DaVinci IQ straight from your phone which can give you a bit more freedom to move around. It has 3 different functions, Smart Path mode, Precision mode and Boost mode which function differently. The bluetooth app gives you more control of the DaVinci. You can track your usage, temperature, function and on/off. The tempererature setting option on this portable dry herb vape is 250℉ to 430℉. The DaVinci IQ vaporizer is $274.95 and comes with a 10 year warranty.
The DaVinci IQ uses a 100% ceramic zirconia air path which shows you it only uses the highest grade material. Zirconia is the strongest ceramic and the best heat insulator. The technology going into it is also more advanced than almost all other herbal vapes. The heating chamber has a 360° conduction heating which means it gets an even heat distribution all around. The vapor density is not harsh however it is pretty dense and visible. You have the ability to also extend the mouthpiece for a cooler vapor experience. The DaVinci IQ is great for even using half a bowl and then coming back re-heating it again. The IQ is known to not lose any vapor flavor and keep the consistency regardless of how long you leave it out. It is perfect for those that like taking their time with it and don’t feel like re-packing the herbal chamber often.
How to Use:
Turn on the DaVinci IQ by pressing the main control button 5 times quickly. The vape will turn on the smart path mode by default and activate the heater. Use the up and down buttons to change the temperature along with the different functions. Switch to the Precise function by click the control button and setting the temperature. For boost mode, hold down the main control button for 3 seconds until it heats up to the maximum temperature. All this can be done through the app too.