Best Portable Dry Herb Vaporizers - 2020 Edition

Best Portable Dry Herb Vaporizers - 2020 Edition

Posted by Vaporizer Chief on 10th Feb 2020

Our Top Picks

Best Overall Portable: Davinci IQ 2 Vaporizer

Best Under $100: X-max Starry V3

Best Under $150: DaVinci MIQRO Vaporizer

Best Under $200: Boundless Tera V3 Vaporizer

Best Cheap & Discreet: Airvape Xs Go

Best Overall Desktop: Volcano Vaporizer

There has never been a better time to buy a  dry herb vaporizer than 2020. Recreational and medicinal cannabis is currently legalized in many US states and Canada, opening up the market to a wide array of alternative, healthier consumption options. Dry herb vaporizers offer users the chance to enjoy their favorite strain, without getting smoke into their lungs. As the new decade dawns, you will find dry herb vapes for every budget, in all shapes and sizes. Therefore, shopping for one can be challenging, if you don’t know what you want. But don’t fret! We have tested the ten best dry herb vaporizers for 2020 to help you make an informed decision.

Best Portable Dry Herb Vaporizers

Portable dry herb vaporizers are perfect for people who are constantly on the go. As they are made for traveling, we will emphasize more on portability, battery life, and vapor quality.

Airvape XS GO

With a design right out of a Star Trek episode, Airvape XS GO by Apollo is an ultra-portable device for the budget-conscious toker. Let’s see what it has to offer.

Usability: The curvy grips on the sides of the device makes it very easy to handle. Every function of the XS GO is controlled with one button, placed conveniently in the middle. To turn the device on and off, you’ll need to press the button three times. To switch between the preset temperatures, you’ll have to hold the button.

You can see the current temperature of the vape by checking the five light indicators. At this point, it is useful to add that there is no haptic feedback, but then again, at this price point, that is probably a lot to ask for. The lights are also showing battery levels when you switch the device on and off.

To load the XS GO, simply remove the magnetic mouthpiece and add your herb in the heating chamber. One nice detail is that the entrance point is curved to minimize losses when adding the herb by hand (super useful for portable herbal vapes). Besides, there is a packing tool (poker) on the back of the device, should you need it.

Heating and Vapor Quality: The device takes less than 30 seconds to heat up (zero-to-max), which is more than reasonable, considering it’s a dry herb vape. The temperature presets are: 355°F, 375°F, 390°F, 405°F, 420°F.

Vapor quality is not the best but is decent for the price. The plastic taste of the mouthpiece quickly wears off, but the XS GO won’t impress you with its flavors (especially on lower and higher settings). Aim for the middle, and you’ll be rewarded with some dense clouds and better flavor. The battery lasts for about 45-60 minutes, and the device turns off automatically after three.

Build Quality: The AirVape XS GO is mainly made out of plastic, with a rubbery coating to reinforce grip. Despite that, it feels surprisingly solid and robust. The mouthpiece is made from a more polished type of plastic and connects to the rest of the device with a weak magnet, which can potentially create problems.

Portability: Stealth is the middle name of AirVape XS GO! The device can easily fit in your hand and pocket.

Maintenance: The ceramic heating chamber is quite large, so you can give it a good scrubbing. The meshes at the bottom of the heating chamber and the mouthpiece are removable and can be easily cleaned with isopropyl alcohol.

Verdict: One of the best portable dry herb vaporizers for less than $70!

At a Glance

Specs:
  • Size: 3.8” x 1” x 1.3”
  • Weight: 2 oz.
  • Battery: 1200mAh (non-removable)
  • Heating System: Convection/conduction
  • Heat-Up Time: 20 seconds
  • Design Materials: Plastic
  • Vapor Path Materials: Ceramic, Plastic
Pros:
  • Very affordable
  • Well-made
  • Stealthy
Cons:
  • Vapor quality is not the best
  • Flimsy magnet

Xmax Starry

The X MAX Starry offers users many of the luxuries found in high-end vaporizers for a deep discount. Keep reading to find out whether this budget-friendly play is really pocket-sized perfection.

Usability: The X MAX Starry is easy to use thanks to a bright digital display screen. Hold the power button on the side for three seconds to turn the device on or off. You can then use the smaller buttons to adjust the temperature.

In addition to your current temperature, the digital display will show the X MAX Starry’s battery life, a coffee cup icon (when heating), and session time. The X MAX Starry automatically shuts off after five minutes, but you could increase the time to ten minutes by holding both the main and + buttons.

By the way, there’s a USB charging port underneath the digital display for the Starry’s removable 18650 battery. Typically, Starry users get an hour’s worth of life from a fully charged battery. You can also safely use the X MAX Starry while it’s charging.

Heating and Vapor Quality: The X MAX Starry has a wide temperature range extending from 212°F to 464°F. If you keep your Starry below 400°F, you’re going to experience some pretty flavorful draws. Anything over this limit could get a bit harsh. Also, the X MAX Starry’s body and mouthpiece can get uncomfortably hot at higher temps.

A positive feature of the X MAX Starry is that it allows you to set your temperature with expert precision. Usually, this feature is only included in devices well above the Starry’s $100 price range.

Build Quality: Although the X MAX Starry has a mid-range price tag, you won’t find low-grade plastics in the product’s design. Indeed, the first thing you’ll notice about the X MAX Starry is its smooth anodized aluminum body. The ceramic vapor path and zirconia mouthpiece help preserve the full flavors of your strain.

To load your herb, simply pop the top and drop it into the beveled oven. You should be able to fit about 0.2 grams of finely ground herb in here.

Portability: One of the X MAX Starry’s defining features is its portable size. You could easily fit this rectangular device in your pocket for stealthy vaping sessions.

Maintenance: Cleaning isn’t that much of a chore if you brush the X MAX Starry shortly after your vaping session. You could also place your screens and mouthpiece in isopropyl alcohol for a more thorough clean.

Verdict: Value vapers who are looking for portability and easy temperature control will enjoy using the well-designed X MAX Starry.

At a Glance

Specs:
  • Size: 4.3’’ x 1.37’’ x 0.94’’
  • Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Battery: 18650 battery (removable)
  • Heating System: Conduction oven
  • Heat-Up Time: 15 – 30 seconds
  • Design Materials: Anodized aluminum
  • Vapor Path Materials: Ceramic
Pros:
  • Digital display and temperature control
  • Magnetic zirconia mouthpiece
  • Sleek, portable design
  • Removable 18650 Battery
  • Affordable price
Cons:
  • Can get hot at higher temperatures
  • About one hour of battery life
  • Not ideal for sharing

DaVinci MIQRO

The DaVinci MIQRO vaporizer is a portable version of DaVinci’s famous IQ device. While not as strong as its legendary predecessor, the MIQRO might be a worthwhile investment for microdosers who are always on the move.

Usability: Those familiar with the DaVinci IQ weed vape will notice many of the same features on the MIQRO. For instance, you have to hit the main power button five times to turn the device on or off. Immediately after you turn on your device, you should feel a vibration and see the current battery life on the LED display.

To switch between the MIQRO’s built-in Smart Path vaping sessions, move the up and down arrow underneath the power button. You’ll know your vape is ready once all of the LED lights turn solid, and the device vibrates.

Since the MIQRO’s display only has 15 LED lights, it will flash the current temp one number at a time. The MIQRO will also automatically shut off after a five-minute session.

To load the MIQRO, open the magnetic door on the bottom to reveal the ceramic conduction chamber. Befitting its name, the MIQRO can only hold a micro 0.1 grams of herb.

Heating and Vapor Quality:

The MIQRO uses a unique technology called Smart Paths. These Smart Paths are four preset vaping sessions that automatically increase by 20°F. The temperatures of these sessions are as follows:

  • 350°F – 370°F
  • 370°F – 390°F
  • 390°F – 410°F
  • 410°F – 430°F

Unlike the IQ, the MIQRO won’t sync up to your smartphone. This means you cannot customize a Smart Path to your liking. You could, however, manually adjust the temperature by hitting the power button and moving the up or down arrows. Holding the power button will also quickly ramp up the heat.

The MIQRO’s zirconia airpath helps cool the vape before it reaches the end of the mouthpiece. However, since the MIQRO’s airpath is significantly smaller than the IQ’s, it can get pretty hot near the end of your session. Also, due to the MIQRO’s small size, it’s difficult to get heavy clouds even on the hottest setting.

Build Quality: In keeping with the DaVinci brand, the MIQRO has a high-quality look and feel. All of the magnetic lids and hinges are well-designed and easy to use. The front LED display is alluring, and the anodized aluminum body feels comfortable.

One design feature that gets negative press, however, is the replaceable 18350 battery. This super small battery only has enough juice for about 30 minutes of vaping.

Portability: Considering DaVinci made the MIQRO for portability, it’s no surprise this is one area where the device stands out. At only about 3 ounces, the DaVinci will easily fit inside your pocket, making it ideal for on-the-go microdosing sessions.

Maintenance: The magnetic lid on the top of the MIQRO has easy access to the battery, air path, and cleaning tool. While this vaporizer isn’t as challenging to clean as the IQ, there are a few extra parts that need attention (e.g., the zirconia pearl). You should place the MIQRO’s mouthpiece in isopropyl alcohol and clean the ceramic bowl shortly after vaping sessions.

Verdict: The MIQRO is a good option for customers who do a lot of traveling and want a high-quality portable vaporizer for microdosing.

At a Glance

Specs:
  • Size: 3.12’’ x 1.34’’ x 0.91’’
  • Weight: 3.7 ounces
  • Battery: 18350 Battery (replaceable)
  • Heating System: Conduction
  • Heat-Up Time: 45 seconds
  • Design Materials: Anodized aluminum body
  • Vapor Path Materials: Zirconium
Pros:
  • Easy to fit in a pocket
  • Sleek and sturdy zirconia design
  • Ideal for microdosing
Cons:
  • A fully charged battery only lasts about 30 minutes
  • Weak vapor production
  • Tends to get hot at higher temps
  • Not compatible with a smartphone app

DaVinci IQ2

While it’s certainly not a budget play, the successor to the original DaVinci IQ remains one of the most lauded premium vaporizers. Check out the specs below to see if the DaVinci IQ2 is right for you.

Usability: There’s a bit of a steeper learning curve involved in operating the IQ2 simply because it has so many features. Please consult the user’s manual for any usability issues not listed in this review.

To activate the IQ2, hit the power button on the side five times. Your vaporizer will vibrate, and the 51 LED grid display should light up. Next, you can choose from the four preset vape sessions by moving up or down. If you don’t like DaVinci’s preset sessions, then enter Precision Mode by pressing the power button and setting your temperature.

The DaVinci IQ2 also has a Boost Mode that will quickly bring the temperature to 430°F. To activate Boost Mode, hold down on the power button.

You’ll notice two magnetic latches on your IQ2, one on the bottom and the other on the top. The bottom latch opens to reveal a ceramic oven capable of holding 0.5 grams of dry herb. The top container holds the replaceable 18650 battery and flavor chamber.

Unlike the original IQ, the IQ2 is concentrate-compatible. To use concentrates, you must load the IQ2 ceramic concentrate pod with cotton and then place some concentrate on the extract disk. Attach the disk to the pod and place it at the bottom of the IQ2.

Heating and Vapor Quality: DaVinci makes it easy to customize your vape with Smart Path technology and the DaVinci mobile app. In a nutshell, Smart Paths are eight-minute vaping sessions that gradually increase in temperature. There are four Smart Paths already set in the DaVinci IQ2 that start and end at the following temps:

  • 350°F to 370°F
  • 370°F to 390°F
  • 390°F to 410°F
  • 410°F to 430°F

If you don’t like these temperature settings, then you could make a personalized Smart Path using the DaVinci mobile app.

In terms of vapor production, the DaVinci IQ delivers one of the industry’s smoothest vaping experiences. The use of zirconia in the vapor path and mouthpiece helps keep the heat produced in the ceramic oven well insulated. Plus, the optional zirconia flavor chamber insert adds extra space for the vapor to cool.

The DaVinci IQ2 comes with two mouthpieces: one flat and one extended. Some users might not prefer the flat mouthpiece as it tends to get pretty hot at the end of vaping sessions. On the flipside, the extended mouthpiece makes your IQ2 a lot less portable.

Build Quality: The DaVinci IQ2 earns major props in the design department. Made with a brushed aluminum exterior, this device looks refined. Even at higher temperatures, most users don’t complain about the IQ2 feeling hot to touch.

The vape path and mouthpiece are made with zirconia while the heating chamber is made with glass and ceramic. There’s also a zirconia pearl that can be placed over the loading chamber to distribute heat evenly.

Portability: The IQ2 isn’t the world’s most portable herbal vaporizer, but you carry it in your pocket with the flat mouthpiece. If you like using the extended mouthpiece, then you might have to pack the IQ2 in a bag.

Maintenance: Because the IQ2 has so many additional parts, it can be a pain to clean. Not only do you have to clean the oven and mouthpiece, but you must also include the flavor chamber and the zirconia pearl in your post-vape routine. You might also have to give the hinges on the top and bottom a good cleaning after each session.

Verdict: Connoisseurs interested in splurging on a high-end vaping experience that’s easily customizable are the best fit for the DaVinci IQ2.

At a Glance

Specs:
  • Size: 1.75’’ x 3.61’’ x 0.97’’
  • Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Battery: 18650 battery (removable)
  • Heating System: Conduction
  • Heat-Up Time: Less than one minute
  • Design Materials: Brushed aluminum
  • Vapor Path Materials: Glass and zirconia ceramic
Pros:
  • Mobile app connectivity
  • Stunning design
  • Superior vapor production
  • Handles dry herb and concentrate
Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Longer clean up

Boundless Tera

Yes, the Boundless Tera is a bit bulky, but that shouldn’t put off folks looking for a solid convective vape. Take a peek below to find out precisely what this heavy-duty vaporizer has to offer.

Usability: New users shouldn’t have any issues figuring out how to operate the Tera dry herb vaporizer. To turn your Tera on, hit the power button in the front five times. The LED screen on the top will display the Tera’s battery life as well as the desired temperature. You can change the temperature by clicking the up or down buttons on the sides. Once you’ve set your preferred temp, hold the power button for three seconds to start heating.

To load, take off the magnetic mouthpiece and add about 0.5 grams of well-ground herbs. If you’re using a concentrate, then place a smidge of product on the included mesh pad and put it inside the chamber. You can enter Concentrate Mode by hitting the power button three times.

For those interested in linking their Tera to a water pipe, switch the standard mouthpiece with the included water pipe attachment. Once the attachment fits snugly on your Tera, place it on your water pipe’s stem and power up.

Heating and Vapor Quality: A major selling point for the Boundless Tera is its strong vapor production. The stainless steel bowl and convection technology help spread heat evenly, which results in smooth vapes. For the best results, leave a bit of space between the finely ground herbs so warm air can pass through.

The Tera can reach temps between 104°F – 428°F for dry herbs and usually takes 30 seconds to heat up. In concentrate mode, the Boundless Tera will shoot up to 500°F.

Please note: the Tera will go into sleep mode after five minutes of use.

Build Quality: There’s no denying the Boundless Tera is a hefty vaporizer. The product’s heavy-duty aluminum design has huge rubber grooves on the side. While these features are drawbacks for customers who prize discretion, they do help keep the device cool.

On the plus side, the Boundless Tera’s mouthpiece is magnetic and has a swivel design. This makes it very efficient for loading, cleaning, and swapping out different attachments.

Portability: Another area where the Boundless Tera struggles is portability. Not only does this vaporizer weigh around 9 ounces, but it is also quite bulky and difficult to fit inside a pocket. Anyone traveling with the Boundless Tera must store it in a bag or backpack.

Maintenance: Thanks to the included hard-bristle cleaning brush, it’s easy to keep your Tera looking fresh. Focus on getting debris out of the mouthpiece soon after your smoking session. You could also soak the mouthpiece in isopropyl alcohol.

As a word of warning, the concentrate mesh pad could stick to the Tera if you don’t get it out soon after your session.

Verdict: Tokers looking for a strong convection vaporizer can’t do better than the Boundless Tera. Although it’s neither discreet nor affordable, the Boundless Tera offers powerful vapor production, precise temperature control, and unique add-ons like the water pipe attachment.

At a Glance

Specs:
  • Size: 4.7’’ x 1.6’’ x 1.0’’
  • Weight: 9.8 ounces
  • Battery: 2 18650 batteries (replaceable)
  • Heating System: Convection heating
  • Heat-Up Time: 20 – 30 seconds
  • Design Materials: Aluminum
  • Vapor Path Materials: Stainless steel chamber
Pros:
  • Even convection heating
  • Strong vapor production
  • Concentrate mode
  • Water pipe adapter
Cons:
  • Not discreet
  • Not pocket-friendly
  • Expensive

Arizer Solo 2

With Solo in the name and a lightsaber-like design, the Arizer Solo 2 certainly has some neat (albeit unintended) Star Wars references. The real question is, of course, whether this conduction vaporizer can send you to the stars. Keep reading to see if the Arizer Solo 2 is a sequel worth the price of admission.

Usability: The Arizer 2 is a user-friendly vaporizer with a prominent LED display screen on the front. After you hold the top and middle buttons for five seconds, you should hear a beep and see a smiley face on the screen. You will then notice a display with your device’s current battery life and temperature. To adjust the heat, hit the up or down arrows until you reach your desired temp.

To load the Arizer 2, place ground herbs in the bottom of the silicone mouthpiece and insert the stem back into the device. You can usually pack in about 0.15 grams per session.

Heating and Vapor Quality: Officially, the Arizer 2 is a conduction vaporizer, but the use of stainless steel provides a bit of convection heating. While this doesn’t make the Arizer 2 a hybrid, it does add a bit of complexity that’s not found in other conduction vaporizers.

Once the vape travels through the Arizer 2’s glass pathway, you will experience a smooth and robust sensation. The long silicone stem also helps naturally cool the vape before it reaches your lips.

The temperature range on this device goes from 122°F – 428°F, and it doesn’t take longer than 30 seconds to heat up. After 5 – 15 minutes, the Arizer 2 will shut down depending on how you preset your device. You could also shut off the Arizer 2 manually by holding the power button.

Build Quality: On the outside, the Arizer 2 has a layer of brushed aluminum that is smooth to touch, easy to grip, and highly durable. Inside, the Arizer 2 is composed of a steel heating element and a glass pathway, so you shouldn’t taste anything but your herbs. There’s no risk of getting that nasty plastic taste while vaping.

One design choice you might not like is the enclosed 18650 3400 mAh 7.2v dual battery. Since the battery is enclosed, you can’t easily replace it at home.

Portability: Discretion and portability are not Arizer 2’s strong suits. Sure, you could technically fit the Arizer 2 in a pocket, but it probably won’t feel all that comfortable. Not only is the device a tad large, it’s pretty heavy at over seven ounces.

On the plus side, the Arizer 2 has one of the longest-lasting batteries in the industry. With a full charge, this battery could last for a staggering three hours.

Maintenance: Few vaporizers are as easy to maintain as the Arizer 2. To clean this vaporizer, remove the silicone stem, dump out the herbs, and use a brush to remove any trapped debris. Honestly, it’s that simple.

Verdict: Customers who want a premium vape experience for a mid-range price won’t be disappointed with the Arizer 2. Although it’s not pocket-friendly, the Arizer 2 is one of the best weed vaporizers offering both a flavorful and easily customizable vaping experience.

At a Glance

Specs:
  • Size: 4.5’’ x 1.75’’ x 1.38’’
  • Weight: 7.4 ounces
  • Battery: 18650 dual battery
  • Heating System: Conduction
  • Heat-Up Time: 15 – 30 seconds
  • Design Materials: Aluminum and steel
  • Vapor Path Materials: Glass
Pros:
  • High-quality vapor pathway
  • Customizable temperature display
  • Long battery life
  • Easy cleanup
Cons:
  • Not pocket-friendly
  • Not discreet
  • Battery not easily replaceable

Arizer Argo

The Arizer ArGo is for people that are, you know, always on-the-go! But it’s not only ArGo’s portability that has got tokers talking. Let’s explore all the exciting features the ArGo can offer users.

Usability: The ArGo is easy to use with its crisp LED screen and three clearly defined buttons. All you have to do is hold the menu and + buttons to activate the ArGo. Once the unit is on, you’ll hear a beep and see the current battery life and temperature displayed.

You can adjust to your preferred heat setting by clicking the up and down arrows. While the ArGo will shut off automatically after ten minutes, you could alter this time by hitting the menu button and manually adjusting the shut-off time.

To load the ArGo, take the provided glass aroma tube and gently press your ground herbs into the loading side. Next, press down on the ArGo’s push top and insert the container with the herbs facing down.

Heating and Vapor Quality: Arizer’s decision to use both convection and conduction heating results in a profoundly satisfying vape. The flavor of the vape is further enhanced by the use of cooling glass in the vapor chamber and ceramic and steel in the oven.

The entire heating range for the ArGo is between 122°F and 428°F. Usually, it takes no longer than 90 seconds to reach temps above 400°F.

Build Quality: The majority of the ArGo’s body is anodized aluminum with a plastic top and bottom. As already mentioned, the oven is made with stainless steel and ceramic while the mouthpiece is 100 percent glass.

A design feature in the ArGo that gets a lot of press is the stealthy pop-top. Users could easily protect their glass mouthpiece by extending this top when the vaporizer is not in use.

Portability: With a name like “Arizer ArGo,” it’s obvious this vaporizer is supposed to be portable. Weighing only about three ounces, ArGo is one of the most pocket-friendly and discreet vaporizers available.

Maintenance: The only thing you have to worry about cleaning in the ArGo is the glass mouthpiece. Please be sure to use the silicone stem caps when handling after a vaping session because the lid can get pretty hot.

Verdict: The ArGo is a high-quality portable vaporizer perfect for customers who want a discreet product that offers premium vapor production.

At a Glance

Specs:
  • Size: 3.27’’ x 2.05’’ x 0.94’’
  • Weight: 3.42 ounces
  • Battery: 18650 battery (removable)
  • Heating System: Hybrid conduction and convection
  • Heat-Up Time: 60 seconds
  • Design Materials: Anodized aluminum and plastic
  • Vapor Path Materials: Glass
Pros:
  • Pocket-friendly & discreet
  • Plastic-free chamber and vapor path
  • Digital temperature control
  • Removable battery
Cons:
  • The glass mouthpiece is not super durable
  • Slight draw resistance

Mighty

Created by the legendary company Storz and Bickel, Mighty is a heavy-duty handheld dry herb vaporizer. Although not the most portable device in the world, this German-made gizmo has some mighty impressive features connoisseurs will appreciate.

Usability: Figuring out how to use the Mighty shouldn’t be too difficult for newbies. After you hold the Mighty’s power button for a few seconds, you will notice a slight vibration signaling the device is on. You could now adjust your temperature on the LED screen using the up or down arrows. Once you feel the Mighty vibrate again, you’ll know your vape is ready.

Loading the Mighty is also a breeze. Just take off the cooling cap and pour your ground herbs into the chamber. For extra help, use the included filling tool to help guide the herbs. Typically, you could fit about 0.25 grams of herbs into the Mighty’s chamber.

Heating and Vapor Quality: The Mighty uses both conduction and convection heating to provide a smooth and flavorful vaping experience. As a bonus, you can use either dry herbs or concentrates in the Mighty’s chamber.

Although the Mighty is made with heavy-duty plastic, users usually don’t complain of a plastic aftertaste. Also, thanks to the product’s robust design, you won’t feel the device getting uncomfortably hot.

The full temperature range on the Mighty goes from 104° F to 410° F. With fully charged batteries, expect 90 minutes of usage from your Mighty device.

Build Quality: As already mentioned, the Mighty is a very durable product with a grooved exterior. The Mighty has plastic throughout its design, but keep in mind this product is certified for medical use.

As you’d expect from a German-engineered device, the Mighty is highly efficient. Not only is it easy to get the screw top on and off, but there’s also a swivel mouthpiece for extra convenience.

Portability: Customers interested in stealth and portability won’t jive with the Mighty’s design. This vaporizer is quite bulky and uncomfortable to carry in a pocket. If you’re traveling around, then you’ll need to place the Mighty in a backpack.

Maintenance: Storz and Bickel include a brush with the Mighty vaporizer that you could use to clean the herb chamber and top screen easily. You could also easily take the top piece apart for more intensive cleaning and then reassemble later.

Verdict: The Mighty isn’t as portable as Storz and Bickel’s Crafty, but it offers users a premium vaping experience with easy temp control, long battery life, and compatibility with dry herbs and concentrates.

At a Glance

Specs:
  • Size: 3.2” x 5.5” x 1.2”
  • Weight: 8.1 ounces
  • Battery: Dual lithium-ion
  • Heating System: Hybrid conduction and convection
  • Heat-Up Time: 90 seconds
  • Design Materials: Plastic
  • Vapor Path Materials: Plastic
Pros:
  • Smooth hybrid vaping experience
  • Easily customizable temperatures
  • Medical-grade & durable design
  • Compatible with dry herbs and concentrates
Cons:
  • Not pocket-friendly
  • Not stealthy
  • Non-removable batteries

Best Desktop Dry Herb Weed Vaporizers

Arizer Extreme Q

Tokers who want a budget-friendly desktop vaporizer should consider purchasing the Arizer Extreme Q. Although not as famous as the Volcano, the Arizer Extreme Q has a few features well worth a closer look.

Usability: There are two ways you could operate your Arizer Extreme Q: with a remote control or with the four buttons around the device’s LED screen. It might take a bit of time to sort through all of the Extreme Q’s customizable features, but the basic operation isn’t all that difficult.

To turn on the Extreme Q, press the power button on the bottom left of the LED screen. You should notice the display light up with the device’s current and desired temps. You can adjust your desired temp by using the up or down arrows on the right.

The button on the top left corner helps you control other aspects of your Extreme Q like volume, default temperature, and sleep timer. You also have three fan settings to choose from, ranging from one (the lowest) and three (the highest).

With the Arizer Extreme Q, you load your ground herb in the provided glass cyclone bowl. When you’re ready, insert the cyclone bowl with the glass side down into the central heating element. Typically, you could fit about 0.5 grams of ground herb inside the bowl.

Lastly, you have to choose between the balloon or whip option and attach either to the cyclone bowl. Note: there’s no internal valve system on the balloon’s mouthpiece, so you will inevitably lose a bit of vapor before plugging it with your thumb.

Heating and Vapor Quality: A big positive for the Arizer Extreme Q is the range of customization available to the user. In addition to choosing between a balloon or whip, the Extreme Q has a huge temperature range (122°F – 500°F) and allows you to choose different fan speeds to adjust vape density.

The vapor quality itself is very flavorful thanks to the Extreme Q’s ceramic heating element and glass cyclone bowl. Those who desire a dense vape session, however, should use the balloon option at the lowest fan setting.

Build Quality: With its black, cylindrical design, the Extreme Q is surprisingly discreet. Interestingly, the Arizer Extreme Q looks a lot like Amazon’s Alexa Echo. You won’t have any trouble hiding this device from prying eyes—even if it’s in plain sight.

The primary materials used in the Extreme Q are food-grade plastic, glass, and ceramic. Since the vapor path is plastic-free, nobody reports any plastic aftertaste during vaping sessions.

One design feature that’s not so hot (or, rather, too hot) is the cyclone bowl. Although this piece has silicone padding on the top, it doesn’t keep the glass piece cool enough to handle safely with bare hands. Typically, vapers have to leave their cyclone bowl in the Extreme Q for the whole session or carefully take it out with a pair of tongs.

Portability: You shouldn’t have any issues transporting your Extreme Q to a friend’s house. For a desktop vaporizer, the Extreme Q is relatively small and light, making it easy to pack and transport.

A potential portability issue, however, is that the cyclone bowls are made of glass, which makes the Arizer Extreme Q not super durable.

Maintenance: As long as you regularly brush and clean the cyclone bowl, you shouldn’t have maintenance issues with the Extreme Q. For optimal vaping, be sure to place the glass bowls and whip in isopropyl alcohol after a few sessions.

Verdict: For about $200, the Arizer Extreme Q is a fantastic budget desktop vaporizer that’s easy to customize and clean.

At a Glance

Specs:
  • Size: 7.2’’ x 5.9’’ x 5.9’’
  • Weight: 13 ounces
  • Battery: Desktop vaporizer
  • Heating System: Convection
  • Heat-Up Time: About three minutes
  • Design Materials: Plastic
  • Vapor Path Materials: Ceramic and glass
Pros:
  • Affordable price
  • LED display with customizable temps and fan speeds
  • Discreet design
  • Whip or balloon options
Cons:
  • Can’t preserve herbs because the cyclone bowl gets extremely hot
  • No valve system when using balloons
  • Glass bowls are easily breakable

Volcano

When it comes to desktop vaporizers, no name is as influential as the Volcano. Even though this Storz and Bickel staple has been out for over ten years, it remains one of the most celebrated (and expensive) in the vaping industry. Let’s find out whether the Volcano Classic is worth your hard-earned cash.

Usability: The Volcano has an incredibly simplistic user-interface. On the front, you’ll see a temperature dial, a red power button, a control light, and a green air button. The Volcano Classic’s temps range from one to nine, with 226°F at the low end and 446°F at the high end. Simply choose the temp you want and press the power button to begin pre-heating.

After you press the power button, the orange control light will turn on to indicate the Volcano is heating up. Within about 3-4 minutes, the orange light will shut off, which means it’s time to start vaping.

To load the Volcano, fill the heating chamber with ground herb (about 0.5 grams). You could also place a dab of concentrate directly in the bowl and put a liquid pad on top.

After placing your loaded heating chamber on the Volcano’s top, attach the Easy Valve balloon attachment and turn on the fan. Once the balloon is almost full, turn off the fan, remove the balloon from the heating chamber, and put the mouthpiece into the Easy Valve.

Heating and Vapor Quality: The Volcano’s vapor quality ranks as one of the strongest and smoothest in the industry. This desktop vaporizer uses convection heating, which helps naturally extract the full flavors of your chosen strain.

On the negative side, some users complain the fan in the Volcano is too loud and doesn’t have airflow options. As a tradeoff, the Volcano’s fan can fill medium bags in an astonishing 30 seconds.

Build Quality: The Volcano has all you’d expect from a German engineered product. This bad boy looks tough with a shiny steel exterior and industrial-grade feel. The Volcano’s 3.5-pound weight also helps keep it anchored when in use.

The three major components of the Volcano are ceramic, steel, and plastic. There’s no glass in the Volcano’s design, which makes it extremely durable, long-lasting, and break-proof.

Portability: Due to the Volcano’s shiny exterior and weight, it’s not easy to transport to a friend’s house. If discretion is a concern, then you should hide your Volcano out of plain sight because it will draw attention.

Maintenance: There’s virtually no maintenance involved with the Volcano. Just be sure to clean out the herb chamber and valve after your sessions. Since you toss the balloons out after use, there’s no need to clean them!

Verdict: Although the initial investment is steep, the Volcano repays mightily with its high-quality vapor production, durable build, and ease of use.

At a Glance

Specs:
  • Size: 7.9’’ x 7.9’’ x 7.1’’
  • Weight: 56 ounces
  • Battery: Desktop vaporizer
  • Heating System: Convection
  • Heat-Up Time: About three minutes
  • Design Materials: Steel, plastic, and aluminum
  • Vapor Path Materials: Aluminum
Pros:
  • Premium quality vapor production
  • Durable design that will last for years
  • Fast balloon fill-up time
  • Easy cleanup
Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Not discreet or portable
  • Not compatible with a whip