Editor's Note: This post was originally published in December 2019 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.
2019 has been, as we all expected, an amazing year for new vape technologies, new vape innovations, and fun new vape designs. We here at Herbalize Store have reviewed some of the best dry herb vaporizers (both old and new) and put them in what we thought was their strongest category.
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There are some long-standing giants on this list, with good reason. But there are also some newcomers that have rocked our world this year - and who have done a very good job of securing their spot on many ‘best of’ lists for years to come!
Below you will find a handy breakdown of what we consider to be the best of the best:
|Most Compact||DaVinci MIQRO||£112.78|
|Overall Portable||Arizer Solo 2||£141.43|
|Most Portable/Discreet||Arizer Go | ARGO||£144.45|
|Best Vapor Quality||Firefly 2+||£204.98|
|Best Battery Life||Storz & Bickel Mighty||£239.93|
|Best Cheap Dry Herb Vaporizer||Black Mamba Vaporizer||£34.99|
|Best Portable Vaporizers Under £150||Pax 2||£108.99|
|Best Portable Vaporizers Under £100||Boundless CFC 2.0||£57.99|
|Best Dry Herb Vaporizer Under £60||Black Widow||£59.00|
|Best Dry Herb Vape Pen||G pen Pro||£43.95|
|Best Vape for groups||Storz & Bickel Volcano Hybrid||£497.86|
|Best Budget Desktop Vaporizer||Arizer Extreme Q||£113.99|
The Storz & Bickel Mighty vaporizer is perhaps the most powerful of handheld portable vaporizers on the market. As such, the Mighty is the reigning champion when it comes to battery life, and we just love how long lasting this vape proves to be time and time again.
The Mighty has the best battery life because of its bulkier size over its little brothers, the Crafty and Crafty Plus. Although slightly less compact, the Mighty has double the battery life of the Crafty, with an amazing 90 minutes of continual use.
And, as an added bonus, this little powerhouse charges in 45 minutes as opposed to the Crafty’s 2 hour charging time (the Mighty uses a 6ft proprietary charger compared to the Crafty’s 2.5ft USB charger). Oh, and did we mention you can use the Mighty while it charges?
The Storz & Bickel Mighty vaporizer is designed to be durable, easy to use, well built, and reliable, making it arguably one of the most popular vapes out there. If you want a vaporizer that can survive a rough and ready outdoor lifestyle, look no further.
The Mighty is made from durable plastic without any glass, has straightforward temperature settings that are manually controlled, and can easily switch between dry herb and wax concentrate with the inclusion of a concentrate pad.
It’s easy to clean with a top that can be completely unscrewed and is overall super easy to maintain. The Mighty has perhaps the aptest name in the dry vaping universe, and for the portable vape that won’t ever let you down, look no further. Read Mighty Vape Review
Another reigning champion, and taking on its well known big brothers like the DaVinci IQ, the MIQRO is and does everything the IQ can, but does so in a super compact format.
When testing a small vape, it’s important that quality and power aren’t compromised for less space, and the MIQRO accomplishes this precarious balancing act with ease. The MIQRO vaporizer is a whopping 33% smaller than the IQ, but this certainly doesn’t mean it’s 33% less powerful!
The MIQRO is available in two different versions, the ‘Standard’ version and the ‘Explorers’ collection. The Standard version comes with the extended mouthpiece, USB cable and cleaning kit while the Explorers collection comes with all that plus a carrying case, extra 18350 battery with a carry can, and grinder card. And let’s face it, who doesn’t love extra goodies?
The DaVinci MIQRO vaporizer sports a handsome look just like the IQ with an anodized aluminum body for impeccable durability and zirconium ceramic airpath for the best vapour quality. The IQ is super strong and customizable, and the oven size is even adjustable to allow for smaller doses.
The smart path heat setting also features with four heating paths, giving you more control than even some of the bigger vapes on the market. Of course, a small size means a smaller battery life, generally lasting for 4 or 5 sessions, but the manufacturers of the MIQRO have thought of a solution to this, of course!
The Explorers collection offers a second battery, so you can simply change the battery to keep your vape going and going.
For overall portability, we just had to go with the Arizer Solo 2. A key component of measuring the ultimate portability of a vape is, of course, how easy it is to use on the go as well as its size, and the Solo 2 is one of the most user friendly vapes out there while demonstrating perfect portability, power, and durability.
The Solo 2 combines hybrid convection/conduction heating, making for excellent vapour quality without any waste. The vape essentially consists of just 2 pieces - the body and the stem - meaning you don’t have to worry about losing any small parts on the go.
Precision digital temperature control is right on the body of the unit, consisting of 2 buttons, an inside button and an outer circle. All you need to do is hold both buttons down for 4 seconds and the unit turns on, and an extra push of the up/down button will activate the heater. In about 20-30 seconds the Solo 2 is ready to go!
As well as temperature control, you can also change between Celsius and Fahrenheit, adjust LED brightness, adjust auto shutoff between 5-15 minutes, and adjust the time-on delay from 8-4 seconds. The battery life is impeccable for one that is fully enclosed, lasting for about 3 consecutive hours. For all of these great reasons, the Solo 2 is the perfect overall portable vape.
Checkout: Arizer Solo 2 Review
The Arizer Go, or Argo, is extremely portable and very discreet, making it the top dry herb vape for discretion two years running! Featuring an all-glass vapour path, full temperature spectrum, and a removable battery, this vaporizer is our favourite choice when constantly on the go, with portability and discretion at the heart of its design.
The Argo shares great vapour quality like the rest of its family, with an all-glass pathway for delicious vapour quality. Vape clouds from the Argo are, like the rest of the device, small and discreet for when you’re trying to be nondescript in a crowd.
The temperature flexibility of the Argo also follows suit with the latest Arizer releases, offering precise temperature control and a full temperature range of 50 - 220 degrees Celsius. The temperature buttons are super easy to use and change as well.
The glass airway sits almost entirely within the vape itself, with only the tip of the tube exposed. A folding shield ensures this is protected from damage, while fitting snugly inside your pocket.
The battery life in the Argo is very similar to the Arizer Air 2, taking about an hour and 20 minutes to charge, using a replaceable/rechargeable 3.7v 3400mah 18650 sized battery that will last for about 90 minutes consecutively. For the most discreet vape out there, the Argo won’t let you down!
The Firefly 2+ is our very favourite dry herb vape for vapour quality of 2020. Like the Firefly 2 that came before it, the Firefly 2+ has rapidly become known for outstanding vapour quality.
Whether dry herbs or concentrates, the amazing convection heating system and pure airpath lovingly and gently delivers amazing taste time and again. You’ll taste flavours in your herbs that are lacking in conduction vaporizers, and with a little practice, you can have sessions that taste great all the way through. But the Firefly 2+ has a bunch of other great features as well!
For one, once packed, you can take a full draw from a cold start in 20 seconds and then pack it away for later, without waste between hits. Equipped with a stainless steel concentrate pad, you can switch between dry herb and concentrates with ease. And the battery power is great for anyone looking to maximize their vapour quality.
The USB-C dock fully charges the battery in 45 minutes, and can charge up to 80% in just 20 minutes. If it’s completely dead, you can put it on the charger and have enough power for a bowl in as little as ten minutes, meaning you can take advantage of that excellent vapour quality in barely any time at all!
Another reigning champion, the Black Mamba vaporizer is an easy to use conduction vaporizer at a very reasonable price. The Black Mamba’s functionality is surprisingly excellent despite its great price-tag, and is as good as any other vaping experience!
If you’re new to the world of vaping and are unsure of making a big (pricey) commitment, the Black Mamba is an excellent first time vape, producing a great tasting vapour and offering an ease of use that any newcomer will welcome.
The temperature settings are very flexible for a vaporizer at this price, and also super easy to use. There's only one button to turn the vape on/off and adjust the temperature but the Black Mamba has five temperatures that offer the most common and useful rages no matter what.
It also has a lighting-fast heat up time due to its conduction heating system, around 20 - 30 seconds, so you don't have to wait long for your first draw.
The Black Mamba vaporizer is styled with a soft touch rubber material with a glass insert, and the battery has a 1600mAh capacity which will last around 1 hour of continuous use and takes 3 hours to initially charge.
Although it doesn’t offer quite the same power or longevity of some of the other vapes on our list, this is hands-down the best beginner’s vape for its price, ease of use, and durability!
This vaporizer promises you absolute peace of mind when it comes to design, look and functionality, at a great price. The power of the Pax 2 has been taken to a whole new level, the vapour quality is amazing, and the temperature and overall experience easily controlled. For the price, this vape is the most sophisticated out there.
This device incorporates a four-set temperature system, lip sensing technology, auto cooling, and many more features which all act together to enhance your vaping experience.
The Pax 2 comes equipped with two interchangeable silicone mouthpieces, and couldn’t be more simple and easy to use - all you have to do is remove the oven lid, fill the chamber with your materials, replace the lid, and then power up the PAX2.
Once done, the indicator light will turn purple to let you know that the device is heating up, and once the light turns green you’ll know that the vaporizer is ready. This slick little vape also has a motion sensing system which can tell when your vape is no longer in use, and turns off to conserve battery life as well as your dry herbs!
The Pax 2 is fully charged in roughly 3 hours and comes with a USB, AC adapter and charging kit. Overall, the Pax 2 is a cutting edge vaporizer that provides you with a vaping experience that is simply second to none. For a portable vape under £200, you can’t get better than this!
Some of the cons from user reviews are the lack of bowls per charge, around three eight minutes sessions and the unforgiving non changeable battery.
We couldn’t remove this one from the list, it’s still hands down the best portable vape for under £100. Originally designed to improve from the original Boundless CFC , the Boundless CFC 2.0 vaporizer has some great features like better ergonomics, better performance and overall increased quality over the original CFC. The CFC 2.0 continues to be a strong challenger in the budget vape arena.
The CFC 2.0 has impeccable vapour quality with improved flavour, a bigger chamber allowing for heavier draws and less resistance over other Boundless vapes.
With a body and mouthpiece made from plastic, the Boundless CFC 2.0 is durable and fits nicely in the hand. The battery life is comparable, with five to seven sessions on a single charge and taking 3 hours to recharge fully.
The CFC 2.0 vaporizer is perfect for portability, can easily slide into your pocket and easily concealable in your hand. Due to its shape and size, it's also very discreet.
For its great quality and strong performance, this vape fully deserves to be the king of vapes under £150 for a second year running!
The Black Widow vaporizer is probably one of the best budget vaporizers out there and value for your money. It’s pretty straight forward without the bells and whistle but still give you a reasonable to good vapor quality. The Black Widow is conduction heating and is a optimized for dry herb but also use wax concentrates.
Vapor quality is reasonable to good for the price your paying but that can be expected. The metal mouthpiece is somewhere in the middle for flavour as it tastes better than plastic though still doesn't measure up to glass.
In terms of ease of use, the Black Widow vaporizer is fairly simple with its one button design, holding to turn on / off and pressing once to switch temperatures.
The temperature flexibility is just alright, it has five settings ranging from 180cc to 220cc, this slightly out of line with usual for dry herbs.
The battery life is quite good for the price, it has a 2200mAh built in battery which strong enough / lasts to vape both dry herb and waxes. Portability and discreteness aren't the greatest on the Black Widow, the dimensions on it area big higher than some it's designed to be portable counterparts and the burnt smell that comes off the higher temperatures can attract looks. Read Review
The G Pen Pro vaporizer is the complete package, with a smaller size and attractive price tag. For these, and many other reasons, we must once more bow down to the G Pen Pro. The ease of use, portability, and discretion of this vape pen makes it one of the best out there in our opinion, especially for a beginner.
The G Pen Pro is extremely easy to use, a newcomer to the vaping community, with one button to control everything. Simply click five times to turn it on/off and one click to change the temperature, which is shown by the changing LED lights to blue, green and red.
This little vape is super small, with dimensions at 116x25x244m, so it can easily fit into your pocket. Its aluminium shelling also makes it reasonably protected from falls when you’re on the move and this durable discretion is something we absolutely love.
The G Pen Pro vaporizer allows the user to choose between three temperature settings spanning a range from 275 and 428 degrees Fahrenheit, and The battery life runs between 30-60 minutes on continuous use and takes 2-3 hours to completely recharge. For a well-priced, durable, and easy to use vape pen with a great price-tag, look no further!
Checkout: G Pen Pro Review
The Storz and Bickel Volcano Hybrid has, with excellent reason, blown the socks off of 2019’s desktop vapes, and there’s just no way any list would be complete without this vape! Storz and Bickel consistently offer units that last for years, offer impressive performance, and are capable of offering delicious, smooth vapour. Let’s just say that the Hybrid does not disappoint.
The newest addition to the Storz and Bickel collection is the Volcano Hybrid. Despite the fact that it’s only been on the market for a short time, it has already become a cult favourite. Although there are many desktop vapes out there, the Volcano Hybrid has a few key features that make it stand out from all other desktop vapes.
The balloon feature allows users to enjoy vapour by filling balloon-like bags with delicious, perfected vapour. This also allows users to store fresh vapour for up to 8 hours, making it ideal for medical use. But wait, there’s more! With the whip feature, users can also enjoy vaping directly.
One of the factors that have made Storz and Bickel vaporizers so popular is the quality of vapour that they are capable of producing. Like those that came before it, the Hybrid produces medical grade vapour, along with being delicious!
The Hybrid is great for groups and will never let you down. A worthy investment that will continue to produce the best quality vapour the world has ever seen for years to come.
If this list appears Arizer-heavy, it’s with good reason. The Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer is a popular and top quality desktop vaporizer at a good price, where could you possibly go wrong? Made by Arizer, the Extreme Q offers what all Arizer products do, excellent quality at good prices.
The Extreme Q is known as a ‘multi purpose’ vaporizer. The user can draw from a whip system or fill a balloon with vapour which makes it better for sharing and parties, it also doubles as an aromatherapy diffuser and deodorizer.
The vapour quality is brilliant with the Extreme Q, whether from the whip or the balloon. Both methods deliver excellent vapour that is great tasting and very nicely consistent.
The Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer is also super flexible with temperature control. It comes with a digital temperature display and remote control for absolute ease of use. The temperature can be very accurately changed from the digital display or the remote control.
The Extreme Q also performs great on both lower and higher temperatures. The casting is high quality stainless steel mixed with glass parts, and just like everything else with this device, is excellent for the overall quality.
Checkout: Arizer Extreme Q Review
And there you have it, everyone! 2019 has been an impeccable year with some awesome new vapes hitting the market. As we look back at the best this year has offered, we can also start to get excited for a new year, a new decade, and even better vapes!