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Portable Vaporizer Reviews and Guide (Handheld & Pocket Vapes)

Portable vaporizers are the most popular form of vaporizer in 2016. They are small, compact and powerful as technology advances. Today we're going to go over our Top 10 Portable Vaporizers. We take into account quality, price, convenience and performance in our rankings, as well as user reviews and feedback on other sites. Without further ado, let's jump into it.

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$150 to $170 Range (Best Quality-Price Ratio)

$170-$250 Range

$100 to $150 Range

If You Have $275+ to Spend

Top 4 Portable Vaporizers in $150-$170 Range

Unfortunately, all of the high-quality vaporizers are going to be in this price range. If you go under $150, you are probably going to be looking at something that lacks in vapor quality/production, sturdiness, and just generally isn't going to match the ones in this category. There are good options that we'll go over below, but if you are investing in an expensive vape, you're probably better putting another $100 in to get something great.

#1 
V2Pro Series 7 Vaporizer

$169 Now Only 129.99!

Best Value for MoneyDry Herb, Waxes/Oils, E-LiquidsTop-Rated

V2 Pro Series 7 3-in-1 VapeTaking up the #1 spot on our top portable vaporizer list is the V2 Pro Series 7 Vaporizer. A versatile device, the Pro Series 7 lets users vape on dry herb, oils, or wax concentrates with ease.

Despite its portable size, the Series 7 is packed with features that are even better than its predecessors. Power, versatility, convenience, and performance are what the Series 7 offers. With an 1800mah battery that works with a 2.4ml tank, this device is set to run for hours and hours of continuous vaping.

This mini vape should never be underrated as it is capable of producing a decent amount of flavorful vapor. Its diminutive size makes for a remarkable portable vape for whenever you are on-the-go. It is compact in build and feels resilient to the touch. The button is neatly placed without any rattle, and the mouthpiece is just right in size and feel.

Vapor production ranks among the best, plus its size and usability make it perfect for both beginners and advanced users. It costs a bit more than The Matrix,  but the difference in price is worth it if you need an all-in-one device that does not compromise performance for its versatility.

The V2Pro Series 7 is our #1 rated portable vaporizer for 2016.

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#2 
The Matrix Vaporizer

$149

Great for Dry Herb

MigVapor Matrix VaporizerThe Matrix Vaporizer takes the #2 spot on our list by offering the good value with great performance at an affordable price. Vapor from the dry herb is smooth and clean, and users can even swap out the chamber for one that accepts oil concentrates. A paragon of simplicity in operation and maintenance and a great overall vape makes The Matrix the vaporizer to beat in this price range. If you are on the lookout for an affordable vaporizer that produces far more than its price suggests, The Matrix just might be the ‘one’.


#3 
G Pen Elite Vaporizer

$153.99 Works With: Dry Herb

G Pen Elite

Although not as versatile as the V2Pro Series 7, the G Pen Elite Vaporizer by Grenco Science is definitely worth a look thanks to its elegantly futuristic design, high power, and ease of use.

We were blown away by the beautiful water bottle-like box it comes in. Moreover, it’s accompanied by some handy accessories such as the chamber tool and the G card. The tool makes cleaning the herb chamber easy, and allows you fill it up neatly, while the G card looks like a regular debit/credit card which you can keep in your wallet, and, when the time comes, use it to grind your herbs.

The exquisite design of G Pen is complemented by an LCD screen that shows important info such as the current temperature and remaining battery juice. As for performance, the vaporizer works between 200F and 428, and can reach up to 375F in mere 30 seconds. Using the pen is very easy: charge the battery, fill the chamber, turn it on by pressing the power button five times and enjoy. According to our experience, the Pen works best between the range of 325F and 375F, and especially when you take slow, long puffs. The best thing is that it didn’t get hot even after a prolonged use.

G Pen Elite vaporizer gets full marks in terms of design, performance and vapor quality. The only thing that we would like to change is its size, and that’s the only reason it’s at the fourth spot.

Top 3 Portable Vaporizers in $170-$250 Range

#1 

Pax 2

$270 $199.99

Best Vaporizer in This Price RangeDry Herbs

Pax 2 Vaporizer
The Pax 2 was JUST released and it's really taken the vaporizer world by storm. It's getting rave reviews from everyone all over the web. We received one. We tried it. It lives up to the hype. It's super compact, the vapor production is huge, the vapor taste is great and it's extremely easy to use and clean. Plus it holds a TON of herb and is great for group vaping. The original Pax was good, but the Pax 2 makes it look like an antique.

You'll pay maybe $20-30 more than some of the other option in our list, but it's easily worth it.

#2 

Alfa Vaporizer

$199

Alfa Portable VapeTaking portability to the next level with its pocket-friendly size and 2-hour battery life, Alfa Vaporizer by Goboof is another good choice for those who like aromatic blends. It comes with three manual and two automatic heat settings. The rotary dial makes switching between temperatures very easy. You also get a USB power cord plus an A/C wall adapter, and the best thing is that you can vape even while Alfa is on charging. Another impressive feature of Alfa vaporizer is that its oven has a sensitive heating-pin that makes sure that your blends are evenly vaporized to give you the best possible flavor. On the flip side, it takes quite a while to heat up, and cleaning it is a pain in the butt, even though they have included an entire cleaning kit.

#3
The Haze V3 Dual Vaporizer

$249

Beginners and Advanced VapersDry Herb, Oil and Wax ConcentratesHaze V3 Dual VaporizerOut of all the all-in-one vaporizers out there, the Haze V3 proved to be the second best option (right behind the Series 7) for those who are looking for quality and flexibility. A masterpiece from Haze Technologies, the Haze V3 is the very first dual chamber portable vape device that has quickly captured the hearts of many vapers all over the world.

A product of their combined efforts in improving previous models, the Haze V3 features an added canister for dry material, making it an all-in-one vape for those who want to shift between wax, liquids, oils, and dry herbs. Haze Technologies made sure that using the V3 is easy, incorporating an easy-to-remove mouthpiece, no leak concentrate can, and an easy load tool for filling ground material into the dry canister.

Just like its remarkable flexibility, the V3's vapor quality is outstanding. With a temperature regulator and maximized airflow, each draw is surely warm and full of flavor, in quantities that surpass the amount of vapor that any other all-in-one vaporizers deliver. Despite its exceptional performance, the Haze V3 is portable and easy to carry around.

With a 10-year warranty that guarantees a decade of secured and satisfying vape, it is truly the best out there in this category. Anyone who wants a portable, versatile, superior and fulfilling vaporizer that is more than worth the price should definitely go for Haze V3.

Top 3 Portable Vaporizers in $100-$150 Range

#1 

VaporFi Atom Vaporizer

$139.99

Atom Dry Herb Vaporizer by VaporFi

Taking the spotlight on our list as the number one dry herb vaporizer in $100-$150 range is the VaporFi Atom. It presents you with the most powerful and versatile way to get your regular dry weed hits.

The package comes with the vape itself, a mouthpiece (installed), an oven door (installed), a replacement screen, a pair of cleaning pipes, a packing tool, a USB cable, and an instruction manual.

The Atom packs a chic and slim body, making it look and feel pretty classy. There are three different temperatures to select (360, 410 and 464 Fahrenheit) and a LED display to indicate the temperature selected.

To start off, all you need to do is press the fire button and select the preferred temperature, which makes the Atom a very convenient and smooth vaporizer. The user-friendliness does not end just here as the vaporizer even comes with an advanced motion sensing technology to indicate the battery level. This sets the Atom apart from the regular conventional vapes. The battery itself is long lasting, and with a smart system integrated by VaporFi, this device automatically goes to sleep after 30 seconds of no usage.

The built quality, modern features and ease of use mean that the VaporFi Atom has taken the pole position in our selected price category quite dominantly. With a 90 days warranty to back Atom and a 30 days money back guarantee, it is a no-brainer to try it out and see the elite performance for yourself.

#2 

The Orbit Vaporizer

$99

The Orbit VaporizerOrbit vaporizer is the cheapest decent vaporizer now and because of this fact it's on the second spot in $100-$150 range list. Orbit is small and works only with dry herb, but despite its size, the vapor quality and durability are on the same level with the more expensive products on the market. It's also very easy to clean and maintain, and the heat up time is amazing.

If you have an extra $50, we definitely recommend you to check out our top-rated option, the Series 7, for it's versatility, or VaporFi Atom as a more durable and powerful device,  but if you're not willing to spend more than a hundred, the Orbit vaporizer is a no-brainer.

#3 
Sub-Herb Z-Stick Dry Herb Vaporizer Kit 

$119.95

MigVapor Z-Stick Portable VaporizerZ Stick Dry Herb Vaporizer is another unique product. It's a high octane dry herb vaporizer that can be be also used with the regular e-liquid tank!

It wasn't as good as the V2Pro or Pax, but it held it's own and makes up for the difference in price.

You would think that an inexpensive vaporizer like this would not have very many controls. But it actually has variable voltage (2.0V-10.0V) and wattage (5W-40W) setting that you can maneuver through with buttons and LED display. Our team took a little bit of time to get accustomed, but once they did they found it was very intuitive.

Unlike the MFLB, the product chamber (in this case it's MigVapor's famous Sub-Herb vape tank) on the Z-Stick is actually really big. Cavernous even. It's honestly bigger than our #1 selection, the Series 7. This thing can hold a lot of herb!

This product is still relatively new, but the reviews so far combined with our review teams rating show that this could be the future of very small portable vaporizers. The only problem right now is the steep price tag, but in this case I would say it's worth the price if you have the money. Very fun to use with friends and more powerful than we ever expected.


#4 
Magic Flight Launch Box

$139

MFLB vapeThe Magic Flight Launch Box (MFLB) is a very famous vape. It's unlike anything else on this list because it's handcrafted and made mostly out of wood. It's also the cheapest vape on this list. You're not going to see vapor quality like you do with any of the above vapes, but it definitely gets the job done. People really love their Magic Flight Launch Box, the only issue is their longevity. They won't last as long as most portable vapes, but it is a lot cheaper.

People really love their MFLB, the only issue is their longevity. They won't last as long as most portable vapes, but it is a lot cheaper.


#5 
Summit Handheld Vaporizer 

$149.99

Vapium SummitIf you're looking for an inexpensive, portable vaporizer that has a rugged and ergonomic design, Summit by VAPIUM might be the ideal choice for you. It's perfect for outdoor folks who love to take on the harshest weather conditions around the year. It not only has a sturdy build, but also has a beautiful, well-thought-out design with a tethered magnetic lid.

The good thing is that unlike most of its competitors, it's pretty easy to clean and maintain. You can choose from eight different temperature settings ranging between 320°F to 450°F, and vape even when it's charging. It's affordable, it's powerful and it's beautiful, but it has a very short battery life – something you don't want to see in any portable gadget. It comes with an auto shut off battery saving feature that turns the vaporizer off if it's idle for 90 seconds, but still you'll hardly get a full hour of vaping. However, if you don't vape continuously for extended periods of time or don't mind charging your vaporizer frequently, this might well be the best option for you.

The Best (If You Have $275+ to Spend)
#1 
Mighty Vaporizer

$399.99

Mighty VaporizerIt's simply the best portable vape on the market. The price may be a turn-off to some people, but if you have the money you will not be disappointed. It's created by the maker of the Volcano and it delivers vapor that almost matches the most famous vaporizer on the market. It also has precise temperature controls, a super long battery life, and is just built to last. If you want huge, aromatic vapor production from a handheld device, the Mighty Vaporizer is the way to go.

#2 
Pax 3 Vaporizer

$274.99

Pax 3 dry herb and concentrates vaporizerPax 3 is a fresh addition to the line products known to be among the best in the industry for a long time.

The Pax 3 is a spectacular vaporizer and is an excellent value in the luxury category at $274.99. Its customizability through the Pax iOS/Android app and color options make for a uniquely satisfying and personalized experience. Its ease of use, value and quality makes it one of the best luxury vaporizer on the market!

Another unique feature of PAX 3 is that it works not only with your dry herbs but with concentrates too, so you don't need to buy a separate dab pen. You can find some more information about this portable vaporizer in our review or buy your PAX 3 directly using the link below.


Top 10 Portable Vaporizers Overall - Extended Information 

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THE WINNER

#1 
V2Pro Series 7 — $169.99

series-7-weed-vaporzer

With so many varieties and choices, the competition for the top portable vaporizers in the “open class” was fierce, but for the very best overall vaporizer, the V2 Pro Series 7 was a standout choice because of its peerless design, performance, versatility and affordability.

It’s hard not to fall in love with the beautiful design of the vaporizer at first sight. It looks pretty much like a modern, handheld gadget. Glossy finish, rounded edges and three exquisite colors, it’s hard to beat the V2 Pro Series 7 when it comes to a good-looking design.

Although customized specially for dry herbs, the Pro Series 7 performs really well when used with oils as well wax. It’s really amazing how the vaporizer has an extremely powerful battery and an outsized oven for loose leaf, and yet has a small overall size. It perfectly fits in pocket and feels great in hand. But don’t let the small size fool you as the Series 7 is more than capable of producing a good amount of flavor-rich vapor.

With an 1800mAh battery and a 2.4 ml tank, you can just vape for hours and hours. But to make it to the top, only good performance, good design and even good price weren’t enough, and something extraordinary was required, and the Pro Series 7 has all that and more. Firstly, it’s a 3-in-1 vaporizer and allows you to vape dry herbs, wax and oils. Secondly, although you can adjust temperature manually, but if you are not sure of the right setting, just slam in the cartridge and the smart vaporizer will automatically adjust to the optimal heat level. Last but not the least, its pass through operation gives you the freedom to keep vaping even when its charging. And yet it costs $169.99, while there are several $200+ vaporizers that don’t even perform half as good as the Series 7.

#2 
Pax 2 by Ploom Vaporizer — $199

Pax VaporizerThe Pax vaporizer by Ploom has exploded in popularity since the beginning of 2014. Now at the beginning of 2016 and with it's second generation, it's right up at top of pile when it comes to brand recognition. I know I have personally seen about 50 Pax advertisements in the past year alone.

But we all know that intense marketing doesn't mean that the product is great. But in this case, it does. The Pax makes the Top 3 of our list, ranked as the 3rd best portable vaporizer in the world.

It doesn't do anything amazingly well, but it does everything well enough to make it worth the high price tag. It's small, easily fits in your pocket, it performs consistently and it's very sleek. It doesn't hold a lot of product in the chamber, we pretty much could only get .2 g of dry herb in at a time, which was worth about 10 puffs. Not a lot, but refilling is a breeze and it's size is one of it's best features anyway.

All in all, you won't be disappointed in this personal vaporizer. It's probably the closest the vaporizer market will get to an Apple product. It performs well, looks great, is the perfect size and does everything at least well enough in every single category with no glaring weaknesses to speak of.

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#3 
MigVapor Matrix  $149.95

Matrix Vaporizer

A new entrant shows up in our top three, and it deserves to be there.

With an intensity to match your personality, the Matrix Vape easily topples a variety of other options in its class. The sensation and flavor that it has to offer are clearly out of this world. The impeccable design and experience start the user with a fully customizable temperature to allow you control the most suitable temperature for you. The vape also features different color finishes to let you pick the one that is most appealing to you, a wall charger complete with a USB adapter and a unique and very artistic carry box.

An identifiable feature that will give the user impressive clouds and durability is the ceramic chamber that not only boasts of quality but also quantity given its impressive size. Unlike other chambers, it ensures smooth, consistent taste instead of the burnt taste commonly associated with dry herb vapes. The entire device is an impressive work of art and engineering that promises nothing but the best experience to the user.

However, with all the options that marijuana vaporizers offer, it might prove to be somewhat of a handful of new users. The heating time is also rather lengthy even though once this has been done; the pen can be used for a longer time. On the upside, the ability to remember your last setting is a great addition that allows you to simply pull out this vaporizer without having to go through all the setting again.

Considering the build and performance, it justifies the seemingly higher price.


#4 
The FireFly 2 — $329.95

The Firefly 2The FireFly 2 is another up and comer like the Pax, it has gotten very popular recently and has become the go-to portable vaporizer for many people.

Like the DaVinci Ascent, it uses an all glass heating and delivery system, which ensures you aren't having any vaporized plastic or metal shot into your lungs. After testing all of these vaporizers, we thought that the glass heating chamber produced the best flavor overall.

The glass heating chamber isn't the only quality that is well-made on the FireFly, it just feels sturdy and built to last, unlike some of the other vapes on our list. It is a little bit heavy but it's built so solidly that the extra weight isn't a big worry.

In terms of performance, it vaporizes with the best of them. The heating mechanism gets to work almost instantly once you start her up, and the taste and cloud volume is really fantastic. For each load of the chamber with dry herb, you get about 10 really satisfying puffs of great tasting vapor. That's not a lot of puffs but it is built in a way that makes it extremely easy to clean out and refill. Probably the best out of all 10 when it comes to maintenance and refilling.

Overall, the FireFly 2 is the highest priced personal vape on this list, but we thought it was worth the price tag due to its high-quality build and great performance.


#5 
Haze V3 — $249

Haze V3 Weed Vape

Within no time after Haze Technologies introduced their Haze V3 dual chamber vaporizer, it became the top favorite of many vaping enthusiasts around the globe because of its flexibility and high quality. Although it’s not the prettiest or smallest of the vaporizers, the manufacturer has made sure it’s one of the easiest to use and one of the best performers.

The design got major improvements over its predecessors i.e. the V2 and V2.5 in terms of an easy-to-remove mouthpiece, refilling tool and the leak-proof concentrate can.  The biggest selling point of the V3 is, however, its dual chamber that allows you to vape multiple materials including dry herbs, waxes and oils, in one sitting, even without having to swap the cartridges.

The maximized airflow and the ability to choose from four different temperature levels ensure that every single draw you take on your Haze Dual V3 will be perfectly flavored and pleasantly warm. The vaporizer has a great battery life, and can last up to 35% longer than the competitors, thanks to the 3200mAh lithium ion battery. Also, you can get additional cans, which you may prefill and keep with you for prolonged vaping sessions. Despite slightly bigger size, it still fits nicely in the pocket, making it an ideal portable vaporizer for extended vaping sessions. Considering the versatility, portability and performance, out verdict is that the V3 surely is worth every single penny.


#6 
Magic Flight Launch Box - $119.99

MFLBThe Magic Flight Launch Box (MFLB for short) is one of the most interested products on the vaping market. It's incredibly small, made out of nothing but some wood, clips and a screwed on lid that covers the heating chamber. And yet it continues to be one of the most popular portable vaporizers on the market today!

The MFLB is known as one of the top budget vaporizer options. Though some could say it's a bit overpriced at $119, it IS handcrafted in the USA and not made overseas. I would rather pay the extra $30-40 to know it's made here and not outsourced and made in questionable factories.

In terms of performance, our testers really loved the Magic Flight Launch Box. It heats up within 5-10 seconds and is ready to go. Our reviewers found that it worked best when they either took a very slow inhale, or took 4 or 5 short "sips" quickly in a row. They also found that you could get a little bit bigger inhales if you didn't use the glass straw and just puffed straight from the box.

It can't hold a lot of dry herb at once, but it is incredibly efficient. It's also not that big of a deal to dump out the existing herb and put more in, it's very user-friendly and not a hassle at all. It also doesn't produce as much smell as you might think, the aroma after use is pretty much like somebody just popped popcorn in the room.

All in all, this vaporizer is famous for a reason. It's a high quality, unique product at a very good price.


#7 
DaVinci Ascent — $194.79

DaVinci-AscentThe DaVinci Ascent is the first of our higher end portable vaporizers. You can really tell the different between the low $100 price point and the low $200 price point. The portable vaporizers that are over $200 tend to be sturdier, more powerful and generally better overall than the more budget-friendly ones. There's nothing wrong with the last items on our list, but the items at the top are just on another level.

Probably the coolest thing about the DaVinci Ascent is that the entire vaporization process takes place on glass. It uses a heating process that takes place in a glass heating center, and the vapor flows out through a glass straw. It never touches plastic or metal, which is a big sticking point for us.

The next coolest thing is that you can program the temperature patterns. If you've ever used a vaporizer before, you know how hard it is to get the right temperature to maximize your herb. You usually end up overdoing it at the end and burning the last part of your herb. But with the DaVinci Ascent, you can program it to ramp up the temperature smoothly until the product runs out. For instance, you can have it heat up by 10 degrees every 2 minutes. This way once you get down to the end, it has enough heat to get the rest without human error causing the heating mechanism to burn everything.

And this portable vape is actually one of the few that allows you to use both dry herb and wax concentrates. Most people prefer dry herb but it's always nice to have that option!

#8 
IoLite WISPR 2.0 Vaporizer - $168.99

WISPR 2.0The ioLite brand has put out their 2nd vaporizer in 3 or so years. Their first one was a very popular butane fueled vaporizer that didn't require a charge or electricity. The ioLite WISPR keeps in that tradition, but has an improved heating engine that makes it even more convenient.

The butane aspect can get a little bit annoying at first, but once you get the refilling process down, it's just as annoying as having to charge it on the wall. Because it isn't electric, it takes a little longer to heat up than other vapes, about 45 seconds. It's really not long at all, their first model took about 2 minutes to get fully heated up.

Once it does get heated up, the ioLite WISPR goes to work. Our team was very impressed not only by the amount of vapor it produced, but by the great taste. Sometimes vaporizers get so hot that they burn the herb, but this setup seems to get the taste just right.

And this vape doesn't just treat your herbs right when burning them, it also helps you to conserve them. We did the math and found that compared to smoking out of traditional pipes or bongs, using the ioLite WISPR was about 1.5X more efficient. Plus, the chamber on the WISPR is much bigger than the original ioLite, which makes it much easier to share with others.

The only popular butane vaporizer continues to hold it's own on the market. It's low price point combined with excellent quality make it our number 7 pick!

#9 
SUB-Herb Z Stick Dry Herb Vaporizer — $119.95

Sub Herb Z Stick is Our #9 ranked vaporzier

SUB-Herb Z-Stick is an all-around look good and feel good vape. With excellent features, mouth-watering flavors, and natural delivery, there is nothing more you could ever ask out of a vaporizer that you will not get out of this one.

It is among the devices that go all out on the features offering you what you would find in a couple of different Mods. A hand squeeze button, transparent tank, a temperature alarm to let you know when the pen is ready for Vaping, adjustable voltage and wattage and even has an OLED display. 

There is no question that the set of features are among the most comprehensive that you will come across.  The adjustability, personality, and diversity that the pen has to offer are all pluses that every vape enthusiasts would want to have by their side.

Another good thing is that you can attach literally any other vape tank  to the battery, and you'll get a nice mod to use with your e-juice.

On the other hand, the many features can be overwhelming to new users especially with all the adjustments. The tank could be bigger, and it can only be used at or under 30 watts. That could be somewhat challenging for some users and could compromise the quality of the clouds.

 All in all, it’s a good vape for the price.


#10 
Pinnacle Pro — $199.99

Pinnacle Pro Vaporizer

The Pinnacle Pro looks like it could easily be another vaporizer pen. It has the shape and size for it. But fortunately for us, it actually does a great job vaporizing dry herb!

The size to power ratio on this vape is probably the best on the list. It checks in at a very comfortable 5" long and 1" around. Some other products on this list would take up almost all the space in your wallet. The Pinnacle Pro is the size of a large sharpie marker.

Before we start, we just wanted to point out that we do feel the Pinnacle Pro is slightly overpriced. Unlike the last 3 personal vapes which have been sturdy and strong, it is pretty obviously not made with the same robustness in mind.

However, the lack of put-togetherness doesn't seem to negatively impact the performance at all. It heats up relatively quickly, has 5 different heat settings and uses a ceramic heating chamber. It's good to know their heating mechanism is more sound than the exterior of their product!

All in all, if you want a truly portable vaporizer that gives you the most vaping power inch for inch, than the Pinnacle Pro is what you're looking for. Slip it easily into your pocket one minute, inhaling strong, fluffy clouds the next.

Our Definition of a Portable Vaporizer

Pocket vaporizers come in all different shapes, sizes and styles. We only have two rules that a vape must follow to quality as an actually portable: it must fit in your pocket and it must efficiently vaporize dry herb. The ability to work with wax or oils is simply a bonus, not necessary. A vaporizer pen doesn't fit this definition because there is really not a single pen out there that can vaporize dry herb effectively. A desktop vaporizer doesn't fit this definition because it can't fit in your pocket.

You will see some vaporizers on this page that are even smaller than some vape pens, but this is because they actually can work with dry herb. These vapes typically aren't shaped like a pen, and usually have a bit of an odd design. Standard portable vaporizers typically have a base and a straw, they don't usually have whips or bags like some of the popular desktop vapes out there today. If you are going to use only dabs, check out our list of the best wax pens to find the right one for you.

If you have any questions about any of the portable vaporizers listed here or if you would like to suggest another product to review — be sure to visit our comment section, we often respond to questions there.

Stay tuned and vape on!

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40 Responses to "Portable Vaporizer Reviews and Guide (Handheld & Pocket Vapes)"

  • Mike
    June 3, 2015 - 5:33 pm Reply

    Great list i love all the info you guys provided! I was just wondering about the Alfa by goboof. I’ve heard a lot of great things and was wondering what you guys thought about it.

    • Jon
      October 14, 2016 - 11:10 am Reply

      I own it and currently puffing on it as we speak. I have tried all of these on the list plus more. The taste is at best with the glass chamber and delivery system overall. Keep in mind those are not as on the go friendly neither is the mighty the crafty is because it’s the mini me. The firefly made such a hit, it studied other vapes and created a better version worth the money probably. The ascent produces good flavor. Pinnacle pro is another old crowned champion but the plastic starts to melt and you start to inhale the plastic long term, same goes for similar designed clones. Alfa is the best all around not the best flavor 8/10 but I’ve dropped it and it’s a trooper. Cleaning is a breeze unlike other people are saying. Firefly 2 is where I would put my money if I had $320 to blow on a 10/10 vaping experience because ultimate flavor profile might matter to some of us connoseurs.

  • David
    August 6, 2015 - 4:42 pm Reply

    Would love to have a very good quality vape, but can’t seem to find one in my price range that doesn’t taste like plastic or just doesn’t do a very good job at vaping.The mighty is waay too expensive(I could buy a cheap car for under $330)and it has enough metal to make 50 vaporizers.I just don’t understand why they cost soooo much, guess I’ll never own one.

    • pj
      August 23, 2015 - 7:20 am Reply

      i have one i love it. trust me its worth it nobody ever knows what im doing.!!!!

    • Jon
      August 4, 2016 - 10:09 pm Reply

      $300 car? damn thats hurtin…too much vaping methinks!

  • Marcus
    January 5, 2016 - 12:32 pm Reply

    A Vaporizer is the healthiest way for smoking weed or marijuana. Because the desired herbs are vaporized and not burned the substances are less harmful..

    My definition of a portable vaporizer is just the same, Njoy it and think before you buy because the most important thing in a vaporizer is……….

    That the heating element inside is ceramic, not metal, so the vapor tastes like vapor should. And it’s probably better for you too.

    Always buy one with a ceramic chamber!

    Just my 2 cents, Peace !

    • Rich
      January 17, 2016 - 7:12 am Reply

      Which do You recommend that has a ceramic chamber??

      • Chris
        January 26, 2016 - 12:07 am Reply

        I love my Ascent and I think it has a glass coated ceramic bowl and the flavor is really good.

    • Vikki Walton
      May 9, 2016 - 5:51 am Reply

      What is the reason for vaporizer s exploding? I do vape but am concerned now. What should I look for to prevent explody pens

  • Mb
    February 1, 2016 - 2:16 pm Reply

    I’m torn between the arizer air/solo and the crafty. Taste and vapor quality are what I value most, I like big big lung busting puffs. I have young kids so i need some stealth but not a ton, also 90% of the time I bake alone so I’d prefer a vape that hits well w a smaller amount of herb. I have a vapir no2 that I’ve been pretty happy with but it’s on its last leg and I’m ready to upgrade. If anyone has an opinion I’d love to hear it.

    • Dude
      February 6, 2016 - 2:57 pm Reply

      If you go with the Crafty you will not be disappointed. It’s a marvel of German engineering. As for being discreet, it’s a little on the bulky side. Not too bad though. I would also recommend the PAX. It doesn’t hit as well as the the Crafty but it is super stealthy.

    • Rob
      March 31, 2016 - 12:44 pm Reply

      I have both the Air and Crafty! The Crafty is amazing and the draw is light and airy but gives a lot of vapour. The Air draws a bit harder but gives as much vapour as the Crafty but the chamber only holds about 4 draws. The Crafty is good for 6-8 draws. Either one will make you a happy vaper!

    • Kbennny
      May 20, 2016 - 5:23 pm Reply

      The crafty or the pax2 is what you should get. Two different ovens though. I would disagree with the pax2 producing less vapor than the crafty though. Pax2 is a convention oven, which will produce more vapor than the convection counterpart while the convection will give you a cooler tastier hit. The crafty is the best convection you can get so vapor production between the two is very similar. I have used both at their full power and I can’t tell a difference between the vapor production. The nice thing about the pax2 is you don’t need to take 10 second draws to get a lot of vapor you can take 5 second draws and get a great hit.

    • Kbennny
      May 20, 2016 - 5:27 pm Reply

      Also, convention ovens will smell a little more than a convection, so you may want to take that into consideration as well.

    • jeannie
      October 4, 2016 - 1:28 am Reply

      U gonna get rid of old one

  • amanda
    February 17, 2016 - 5:32 pm Reply

    I’m looking for something very portable under $150. Also, I can’t recharge openly as I have young kids. My MFLB just gave out, so would love o try something different, but the charging situation seems to limit my options. Is butane a safe option?

    • Kbennny
      May 20, 2016 - 5:35 pm Reply

      I’d say just take the extra money on the chin and go for a device $300 or more. I have had a few devices that were around $150 and after a year have been a bit compromised and the quality of the performance has suffered. Would you rather pay $150 and every 1.5-2 years have to go pay another 150 (or wait to send them your device to be fixed), or just shell out the extra 150 for a device that works far longer and the quality of performance stays the same throughout?

    • Jdrizzy
      July 29, 2016 - 1:11 am Reply

      It not like there’s drugs in them when you charge them lmfao tell email itso a battery lol won’t be lying to them

  • Robert
    February 23, 2016 - 2:26 pm Reply

    Very good article with informative break downs of price vs quality of vaporizers. Good stuff.

    Cheers!

  • Juan
    March 11, 2016 - 10:27 am Reply

    Hey I’m looking for one that holds the most weed.. But same time not bulky… Please help

    • Allen
      March 18, 2016 - 6:41 pm Reply

      If you’re not concerned about draw restriction, then a Pax 2 will hold about .3 of a gram. It’s also pretty small and (personally I find) it performs pretty well. I’ve only owned a Pax 1, but the maintenance was pretty painful with that device. I do hear they’ve improved that in the second version by quite a margin.

    • Alex
      April 11, 2016 - 2:55 pm Reply

      The pax 2 chamber is one of the biggest

  • Dee
    March 11, 2016 - 6:22 pm Reply

    I have purchased a da vinci but its too hard to suck. I have c. o. p. d. What vaporizer is best if your lungs are bad? Somthing thats not hard to suck

    • Robert
      April 14, 2016 - 11:42 pm Reply

      you might look at a desk top version like hotbox or volcano da vinci is decent but a bit low flow air wise

  • LucilleBrawl
    March 17, 2016 - 5:57 am Reply

    I am looking for a high quality product, mostly used for dry herb, though other features would be great. I live in an apartment complex that frowns upon my ” potent earthy aromas ” that and from my experience with smoking from friends volcanoes I noticed an all over more cleaner mental state and less abuse to my lungs. With that said I am looking for portability (though I mostly smoke at home) , semi stealthy ( like if I’m walked up on I can easily put it away), easy to inhale from, easy maintenence amd hopwfully not really easily broken pieces (like ive heard about problems with caps and such), a decent sized bowl, and of course bang for my buck (though i would much prefer quality over a small price tag). Any suggestions?

    • SillyGirl
      September 7, 2016 - 5:19 am Reply

      I am very happy with my MFLB with the finishing grinder. I have used volcanoes while medicating and enjoyed them but kinda felt that they were wasteful. The MFLB is great for taking a draw or two then setting it down for a while and coming back to it later allowing me to get the most bang for my buck on the herb in the bowl.

  • Allen
    March 18, 2016 - 4:45 pm Reply

    If you are looking for no draw resistance than a Crafty or a Mighty would be ideal. I also hear that the Grasshopper is also very free flowing.
    Unfortunately, there seems to be some QC issues with the Crafty. If you do a search, there seems to be an awful lot of issues, but with a 2 year warranty, it’s not a huge deal, but you will have to send in your Crafty for repair. I hear that if it’s still under warranty S&B mostly, just sends you a new one. Another thing to be aware of though is that it’s not uncommon for some users to be on their 4th or 5th Crafty within 2 years. Also the Battery time is very short. They claim it’s 45mins, but I’ve never been able to get that out of my Crafty even when new. I get more like 30mins. If stealth isn’t an issue, then pay the extra and get yourself a Mighty. It has ‘less’ issues and the battery lasts almost twice as long and from what I was able to figure out, it’s just a touch more powerful than the Crafty. Grasshopper has gotten some real rave reviews, however there seems to be a wait time for this (relatively) new device.
    Butane run Vapes seem to be just the Iolite company’s forte. I had an original Iolite, but that lasted about 5 months before it broke down. Also I’ve noticed some smells of butane coming off of both the iolite 2 and the original. Not sure that was resolved in their newest release the Whspr. However the smell was coming from the sides of the units, not the airpath or the mouthpiece area, so it should be harmless.
    I keep hearing great things about the Ascent, but never got the knack of using it. Which I found ironic since the MFLB was in my arsenal for well over a year. For some reason I was just never able to get the hang of the Ascent. Absolutely 100% user error on my part, cause when I used it last, my friend was able to get big ripping clouds off it, but I wasn’t able to really get any good hit off of it.
    Flowermate is another one you might want to look at, as well as the Air. I heard they actually improved on the Solo. I’m just not a fan of the restrictive draw from both the Solo and the Pax. Though it’s hard to argue about the taste of the Arizer portables. I still think to this day they have the best tasting vape of any portable out there.
    Sorry, this post turned out to be longer than I intended. Hope my past experiences has helped someone here. 🙂

  • Allen
    March 18, 2016 - 7:02 pm Reply

    Oh and sorry, I meant the “Firefly” not the “Ascent”. My mistake. I also hear they’ve announced the Firefly 2 is coming out soon. Also if money isn’t an issue, you might want to take a quick look at the Minivap. Expensive but got also a lot of good reviews now that the QC issues have settled down.

  • PhatCloudz420
    March 25, 2016 - 7:33 am Reply

    I have the GoBoof Alfa and love it. Super discreet, great battery life, usb charger and it doesn’t take alot of herb to pack it, producing nice clouds for a solid 10 minutes plus! 2 year warranty and great custo service, you cant go wrong. My friend has had a Cano for years and he loves my Alfa.

  • Donna
    May 20, 2016 - 1:44 pm Reply

    I am new to vaporizers. I use a very small amount of herb at a time. Are there any vaporizers that have a small chamber that you do not have to pack? It seems like a lot of the herb is wasted otherwise.

  • Joey
    May 25, 2016 - 8:38 pm Reply

    I have the Crafty by Storz-Bickel and it is my favourite of the ones I own. I also like the V2 Pro Series 7 which is also a good Vaporizer. Both aren’t hard to draw from and produce some nice Vapor. I also have the Pax 2 which was one of my first vaporizers and hasn’t seen much use since I got my Crafty. If price isn’t of a concern to you I would definitely recommend The Crafty

  • Colorado Kid
    May 30, 2016 - 7:29 pm Reply

    The crafty is really sublime. It’s made by same company as Volcano like the Mighty. It hits smooth and thats on default settings. Draw is smooth and it does its job nicely! A lot of good recommendations on this page, and after looking for a quality dry herb vape, these would be great, and I would add the Crafty to this list.

  • Ryan
    June 25, 2016 - 7:28 am Reply

    Hi, I’m in need of a vape that has lots of draw, I need to feel the hit and cost is not an issue, just don’t want to be let down? Any suggestions?

  • blazeaglory
    July 10, 2016 - 5:10 am Reply

    Ive owned the Vapir N02 and I can say that it is an awesome vape…

    Once you get used to how it works, it cant be beat. You just “snap” the screen in, you dont cram it down inside. If you load it properly your herb will last literally forever. I would pack about 1/20th of a gram and get 5-6 good clouds. No joke. (Dont quote me on exact amount but a gram would last over a week lol)

    It doesnt last too long as far as battery goes so you will have to charge it often. Good thing though is that the temp is accurate and easy to control

  • Mike
    July 16, 2016 - 2:27 pm Reply

    Magic flight is a great vaporizer! NO SMELL at all and very dicreet. I have used it on buses, taxis and cinemas. No fancy electronics, very basic design. Lifetime garanty and awesome customer service. When mine broke, i got another within 3 days! Very easy and fast to add and remove your herbs. I have tried the ascent and iolite and magic flight launch box beats em all.

  • Bruce Wayne Clemens
    August 5, 2016 - 1:22 pm Reply

    Great article and replies. I’ve been happy with my Kandypens Vape-2. I just lost mine and need to purchase another portable vaporizer. I smoke herb. Any idea why no Kandypens made the list? They provided excellent support for an old stoner like me. Thanks.
    Bruce

  • Daniel
    August 9, 2016 - 5:36 am Reply

    Hello, I’m looking for a vape that hold’s a good amout of weed with no bulk, comes with usb charger, makes good clouds, good battery life, and 150 or under. Can someone please help me?

  • J Dawg
    September 24, 2016 - 4:45 pm Reply

    I’m new the vap-world, and need some good advice since there are SOOO many on the market. I currently use a tiny glass bowl, and can take single hits, making that one bowl last for days, as my tolerance has greatly decreased over the years of non excessive use. I usually get “loud herbs” only, so I’m not sure what all these vap terms mean, like “dry”. I don’t need something with a huge chamber, due to reaching enlightenment off of smaller amounts. What I DO need is little to no smell, and a discreet size would be preferable. I live in an apartment and always smoke outside, but a police officer now lives next door to me (opposite side of building). I am using a Smoke Buddy which does an awesome job at neutralizing my exhales, but the lingering smell of the glass piece and burnt herbs, lasts FAR too long, which makes me incredibly paranoid. I haven’t smoked in forever now, because of these factors Considering my situation, and the need for being as discreet as possible, I need the best suggestions. I am not concerned with the cost.

  • fred
    October 11, 2016 - 6:15 pm Reply

    Hi,
    I own a Mighty vaporizer, it’s a good one but, because of my desease, my lungs cannot afford such a heat.
    Do you know a portable one able to refresh the vapor before it comes to the throat?
    thank you!

    Fred

  • Wendy
    November 10, 2016 - 1:05 pm Reply

    I’m very new to this so I have no idea. I’m looking to stop smoking and I see many people use the vapor things with the flavored liquid. ..ex Mellon What type of device would I need please

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