Editors note: This article is still relevant but make sure to read our more recent guide as well: The Best Dry Herb Vaporizers 2019.
Christmas is coming! Whether you buy into the religious side of things or not, you cannot escape the relentless commercial pressures of this time of year. It is easy to denounce the present buying, the waste, the torture of having to spend time with the in-laws, but when it comes down to it, it’s wonderful to give and receive presents.
Soon it will be cold and dark and you need to buy a present for that person you know is so difficult to buy for. Or maybe you are that person: that irritating individual who has everything they need and doesn’t want for much either.
Are you concerned about your health? Trying to quit smoking this Christmas, or making it a New Year’s resolution? Or maybe someone you know is trying to make healthier choices?
There are so many reasons to buy dry herb vaporizers this festive season. Maybe you just want a new toy? That’s cool, the Herbalize Store has loads to choose from. Worried about the horrible diseases smoking can give you? Dry herb vaporizers are much, much safer (not to mention tastier too!). Need a thoughtful present that will make your friend or loved one happy for years to come? Want to enjoy that present with them? You guessed it: dry herb vaporizers!
How to Choose the Herbal Vaporizer
First of all, make sure that the person you’re buying for wants one. There are other options, like wax and dab rigs, that they might prefer. No worries, there are lots available at the Herbalize Store.
Do you want one? Obviously! Why would you be reading this otherwise?
How much are you willing to spend? This is the best dry herb vaporizers list, so most of them are quite expensive. However, the extra money gets you extra quality and extra durability, so think of it like a long-term investment. £40 will get you a decent device, £200 will blow your mind again and again.
Next up is capability. Do you want all the bells and whistles or are you happy with a basic device that will deliver the goods and not much more? Are you a practiced connoisseur of the vape, requiring individual degree temperature control? A big chamber for getting all your friends faded with you or just a little bowl for the occasional medicinal toot? The choices are yours.
Portable or not portable, that is the question. Do you want something you can slip out of your pocket in a crowded place or would you like a permanent installation in your front room that will churn out the very best vape in the world? It’s all possible, just not in the same device. So make your choice, or choices if you want both this Christmas!
The following 8 vapes are all fantastic in their own way. There is no particular order to them, it is difficult to compare a desktop vaporizer to a portable one in any meaningful way. This list is just to point you in the direction of the 8 best dry herb vapes you can get. Of course, once you’re done with this list, check out the Herbalize Store for more options.
8) Vap Cap M
No, this does not deliver the best vapour quality. It does not have individual temperature settings. It does not bleep, vibrate, or sing. It does not even have a battery. So why is it in the best 8 dry herb vaporizers list?
Because it is an amazing vape pen. Made from 4 precision engineered bits of medical grade stainless steel, the Vap Cap m is as simple a vaporizer pen gets. You can pack it and have it producing clouds of vapour in less than 30 seconds.
The secret? It uses an external heat source. Blast it with your cigarette lighter or have a go with a hot coal from a barbecue. When it gets to the right temperature, it clicks to let you know. It takes about 3 seconds. Inhale, enjoy. Repeat.
The simplicity of this device is beguiling. It is easy to pack, unpack, clean, and hit. You can slip it up a sleeve if you need to, and nobody is going to think you’re doing anything illicit if you just look like you are smoking a shiny cigarette.
For discretion, ease, and simplicity, it is unbeatable. It is also basically indestructible. For the clumsy amongst us who cannot have nice things because they break or sit on them, this is a nice thing for you.
7) Magic Flight Launch Box
The Magic Flight Launch Box has been around for a long time. It was one of the first successful vaporizers for dry herbs to have a good battery life and high quality vape from a compact body.
Handmade mostly from wood in the USA, it comes with a lifetime warranty you probably will never need. It is tiny, incredibly well designed and built, and is very tough. People have been blasting away on these for years, they just don’t break.
There is a dinky plastic cover that shows you the heating element and chamber when you’re using it, which is very simple. Put the herbs in, press the button, wait a few seconds, and inhale.
For simplicity’s sake, it only uses AA batteries (get rechargeable ones!). There are no cords to forget and no connectors to break, it just works.
You’ll have to buy one to see the cool quote from Forrest Landry on the box.
6) Boundless CFX
Taking obvious inspiration from the Mighty (see below), the Boundless CFX is a mighty vaping beast. It is not cheap but you do not get this quality vapour production for nothing.
The most immediate feature is the enormous screen on the side. It tells you what temperature you’re currently at, what your target temperature is, the battery status, and you can change the units too. This makes it incredibly clear, even when you’re a bit past it, what is going on.
Individual temperature control, rapid heating, a big ceramic chamber, and incredible vapour quality make this one a Christmas present to remember.
The Mighty needs little introduction. It has been making mighty waves for about 10 years, and with the recent update, has only got better. A big battery that gives about 1 hour of pure vaping time, ultra-fast charging, a big clear display, a conduction / convection heating system and the best portable dry herb vaporizer quality on the planet make it a brilliant choice for any serious vaper.
Too big? Try the Storz and Bickel Crafty, the Mighty’s little brother. It is also one of the only conduction / convection vaporizers out there.
4) Pax 3
The Pax 3 is a deceptively simple looking device. Under that plain exterior is a vape that can blast waxand different types of dry herbs. You control it via the streamlined app for IoS and Android, and it gives you individual degree temperature control and a lot of cool stats.
The quality of the vape from the Pax 3 is unbelievable: it is as good as any portable vaporizer on the market. Plus, it looks awesome and has a 10 year warranty.
3) Arizer Air II
The Arizer Air II is one of dry herb vaporizers that packs an enormous amount into a small package. It has a temperature range of between 40 and 220 degrees Celsius, can heat up in about 10 seconds, lasts for 6 or 7 sessions, and is rugged and powerful. Placed right in the mid-range of price, it would make a great present for someone who wants quality, flavour, and a long battery life. It tastes fantastic.
2) G Pen Elite
A relative newcomer, Grenco have been impressing everyone with their vaporizers for a few years. Their G Pen Elite is a rapid heating, compact, cool looking and long-lasting vaping device.
The chamber is huge, fitting a full 0.75 grams of ground herbs in there for you and your friends to attempt to finish. The chamber itself is made of ceramic and produces very fine, thick and tasty vapour that stands up to anything else in its price range.
You can control the temperature by individual degree and it heats up super-fast.
1) Storz and Bickel Volcano Digital
The undisputed master of all it surveys, the Volcano Digital has been blowing braincells in the best possible way for nearly 10 years now. Storz and Bickel got it right with the Volcano Classic, then they got it righter with the Digit.
Offering incredibly precise and accurate temperature controls over a huge range that shows bright and clear on the big digital display, it lets you tailor your vaping experiences to exactly what you want it to be. Convection vapes like the Digital do not burn your herbs, they get all the goodness out with warm air.
Toke on a whip (the tube) or do what the Digital was born to do: fill a bag with delicious vapour. Just attach the adaptor to a bag (provided), stick it on the top of the Volcano, and press the button. It will fill with the creamiest, tastiest vapour possible. Then you push it into your face and enjoy. Or leave it for up to 8 hours.
The Volcano Digit is expensive, but it is awesome. There is a 3 year warranty but the German engineering is so good you will probably never need it. For value, it is unbeatable.