But here's the truth:
A dry herb vaporizer doesn't have to cost more than $100. You can even get started with just $60.
Today you're getting the best affordable dry herb vaporizers with a price tag of around $100 or lower.
We rated these vaporizers on the following metrics:
- vapor quality,
- reliability, and a few other metrics with a bit less weight;
Let's get to it.
The Best Cheap Dry Herb Vaporizers for 2022
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Comparison of the Best Affordable Vaporizers
Dynavap Vapcap M
XMAX V3 Pro Vaporizer
XMAX Starry V3
|ExtractionHow fast the vaporizer extracts the cannabinoids and terpenes from your dry herb. Fast extraction leads to hard-hitting clouds.:|
|FlavorThis includes flavor, plus smoothness of the vapor, also at higher temperature settings:|
|SafetyThis includes materials of the heating element, bowl, vapor path, whether the air-path is separated from the electronics and whether there's risk of combustion:|
|ReliabilityHas the vaporizer been around for at least a few years and proven its long-term reliability, or does it come from a brand that has proven to produce long-term reliable vaporizers:|
|Read Review||POTV ONE||Dynavap Vapcap M||XMAX V3 Pro Vaporizer||Flowermate V5s||XMAX Starry V3|
#1. Planet of the Vapes ONE
After reviewing hundreds of vaporizers, including many cheap ones, we've come to the following conclusion:
The POTV ONE is the best vaporizer under $100.
When it comes to rating vaporizers, at Herbonaut, we most value:
- vapor quality,
- reliability, and a few other metrics with a bit less weight.
On all four of these metrics, the POTV ONE scores high.
But especially when it comes to extraction speed and vapor quality, this vaporizer is as good as mid-range vaporizers costing around $200.
Yes, the POTV ONE extracts fast and hits hard. Not only is this remarkable because of its modest price tag…
But it's also remarkable because of its size. The POTV ONE is a true pocket-vape. It easily fits inside your pocket without it feeling like a burden. Added benefit of its small size: it's a discreet vape.
One downside of most hard-hitting small vaporizers is that the vapor gets harsh very fast, which makes the vapor quality suffer.
But the POTV ONE keeps the vapor acceptably cool in the low- to mid-range temperature settings. Only once you set the temperature above 392°F(200°C).
And for those high temperature settings there's an easy solution:
Just get the mini-bubbler that's specifically designed for this vape, for a measly $10.
Using this bubbler, you'll be able to crank up the temperature to the highest settings, without inhaling harsh vapor.
Aside from the persistent manufacturing smells when you just start using this vape, it's also a safe vaporizer.
It's made from high-quality materials:
- stainless steel heating element,
- aluminium bowl,
- glass mouthpiece with a little plastic.
Also the air-path is isolated from the electronics.
And the persistent manufacturing smells come from the plastic part in the mouthpiece. This smell can be undone by cleaning it well and do a few proper burn offs before you use your POTV ONE.
The only other downside worth mentioning is that the battery life isn't great (30 minutes). And it isn't replaceable. This can lead to issues if you use the ONE for longer periods, while you're away from an electrical outlet.
If you can live with this though, this is the best electronic vaporizer under $100.
#2. VapCap M
If you're alright with using a butane torch lighter or a separate induction heater…
You can't get a better vaporizer under $100 than the VapCap M.
The problem is that many people don't enjoy using butane torch lighters. And the problem with the separate induction heater is that it takes away from the portability of the VapCap M.
That said, using a butane torch lighter isn't all that bad.
A lot of VapCap M users, including me, come to enjoy the whole ritual of torching their VapCap M. It's almost like lighting up a joint (but without the smoke).
What do you get if you're OK with the VapCap M's heating mechanism?
You get one of the hardest hitting portable vaporizers, period.
This small little vape hits even harder than portable vaporizers with a price tag of $200+.
It can extract a full bowl of 0.1 grams herb, with less than 10 good rips. That's how fast it extracts.
And the best part?
The vapor is smooth and packed with flavor. Only if you heat past the midpoint of the tip, near the open end of the cap, does the vapor get harsh.
One huge safety-related benefit of this vaporizer is that it has no heating element.
All of the VapCap M is stainless steel.
Your torch heats the stainless steel bowl, and the bowl heats the herb.
There's no battery-powered heating element involved.
This means there's no chance of any heating element off-gassing micro-particles. This doesn't mean that vaporizers with heating elements off-gas micro-particles, but theoretically they could.
With the VapCap M, there's no such risk.
One downside of this vape is that the temperature control isn't precise at all. It's based on where exactly you put the torch. But you don't really know what temperature you're vaping at.
In practice, this isn't that big of a deal.
And if you're not bothered by the idea of using a torch lighter or a separate induction heater…
The VapCap M is the best affordable dry herb vaporizer you can get.
- US – (PlanetOfTheVapes / PuffItUp– 20% off coupon code “HERBONAUT20“)
- Canada – (PlanetOfTheVapes)
- Europe – (VapoShop)
#3. XMAX V3 Pro Vaporizer
If there's one affordable vaporizer under $100 that can compete with the POTV ONE on every performance-related metric…
It's the XMAX V3 Pro Vaporizer.
It's extraction-speed is a bit lower. It doesn't hit as hard as the POTV ONE.
But its vapor quality is a bit better, especially on higher temperature settings. The vapor isn't as harsh. It's also easier on your throat if you like to take loooong draws. The vapor of the XMAX V3 Pro stays acceptably cool, even at the higher temperature settings.
Another benefit of this affordable vape compared to the POTV ONE is that its battery life is better. Plus, it has replaceable batteries. So the battery situation is better from two important aspects.
How long is the XMAX V3 Pro's battery life really? It's around 30-40 minutes, depending on whether you use on-demand or session mode. On-demand mode results in a slightly lower battery life.
What's the difference between on-demand and session mode?
Generally, on-demand vaping means taking anywhere between one and a few good rips. While session vaping means continuously taking hits for 5-10 minutes.
When it comes to the XMAX V3 Pro, there isn't much difference between these two modes.
In session-mode, you don't have to hold the button that activates the heating element. In on-demand mode, you manually have to activate the heating element by pressing the button.
In both cases, hot air only gets pulled over your herb when you actually draw.
That said, since this is a relatively small portable vaporizer, as long as the heating element is on, there will be some radiant and conductive heat present.
Theoretically, in session-mode, your herb will be exposed to a bit more heat than in on-demand mode. But this only holds true if you take pauses between your hits. Plus, I didn't see any difference in coloring in the herb, using both session- and on-demand vape for a continuous 10 minutes. This indicates if there's any inefficiency going in session-mode, it's not very significant.
Actually, whatever mode you use…
The XMAX V3 Pro works with only pinches of herb and is great for micro-dosing. Almost all vaporizers for micro-dosing are on-demand. But this is one of the only portable vapes that works for micro-dosing in session-mode.
The bottom line:
When it comes to affordable vaporizers, the XMAX V3 Pro belongs in the top 3. You could even argue that it's the ‘best' cheap dry herb vaporizer. Choose the XMAX V3 Pro over the POTV ONE if you value swappable batteries and a vapor quality more than extraction-speed.
#4. Flowermate V5S
The Flowermate V5s was rated as our best cheap dry herb vaporizer in 2017 and 2018.
Only after those years, did better vaporizers come out.
But that doesn't mean the Flowermate V5s is a bad vaporizer. It's still a great affordable vaporizer.
It's a bit bigger than the other vapes on the list.
But it's still really portable and looks somewhat discreet with that box mod vape look.
Of all vaporizers on the list, this one has the best battery life.
This vaporizer has the best battery life of all portable vaporizers I've ever tested.
It's very easy to use. There's no learning curve involved. It's got a large bowl, so isn't good for micro-dosing. But that makes all the better for sharing it with friends.
It's got the same ease of use and large bowl, making this vaporizer very easy to share with friends.
It also has a precise temperature control system, if you really prefer to fine-tune your temperature to exact degrees in the single digits.
A few downsides of this vaporizer:
Its vapor quality is lower than other options on the list. And because it's a pure conduction and session vaporizer, its efficiency isn't the best either.
This vaporizer will really continuously cook your herb, whether you're drawing or not.
The bottom line
On the performance-based metrics like extraction-speed and vapor quality, it doesn't score as good as the options on the list.
But the FM V5s is a good vaporizer for its price point. It's the absolute cheapest option on the list. It’s very portable, discreet has insane battery, is very easy to use and performs decently.
#5. XMAX Starry
XMAX really nailed the formula:
Designing high quality vaporizers for a low cost.
And the XMAX Starry isn't any different.
It's high-quality budget vape that excels on the following points:
- It's extremely easy to use, no learning curve involved.
- It doesn't have much draw resistance. Much less draw resistance than the XMAX V3 Pro, for example.
- It's a great session vaporizer that has great vapor production and hits hard all throughout the session.
One big downside of this vaporizer is that its vapor quality isn't up there with the other vapes on the list. Except compared to the Flowermate V5s. Its vapor quality is slightly better than of the Flowermate V5s.
Being a 100% conduction vaporizer, it's also less efficient than the other options on the list (the FM V5s excluded). It has a big bowel and needs a good amount of herb in it to produce satisfying hits. So this vape isn't suited for micro-dosing. It's great for long sessions and sharing with friends though.
If you think that cheap dry herb vaporizers are made from low quality materials…
The XMAX Starry is made from the same materials as mid- and high-tier portable vaporizers:
- ceramic chamber,
- zirconium mouthpiece,
- anodized aluminum shell.
No plastic or silicone inside this vaporizer. It also has an an air path that's isolated from the electronics.
Taking into consideration the following:
- it's a 100% conduction, so you're not directly exposed to a potentially off-gassing heating element,
- the materials it's made of, and,
- the isolated airpath,
we have to conclude that the STARRY is one of the safer options on the list. Theoretically, only the VapCap M may be safer because it has no heating element at all.
The bottom line:
If you're looking for an affordable session-based hard-hitter, and don't mind the muted flavor 100% conduction vaporizers give…
Get the XMAX Starry.
- US – (PlanetOfTheVapes / Vapor.com)
- Canada – (PlanetOfTheVapes)
- Europe – (VapoShop)
- Amazon – (UK / DE)
While these vaporizers are good, if you want more power, more reliability or better flavor, and you're ready to spend a bit more…
Dry herb vaping guides:
- What's the Best Temperature to Vape Weed?
- Are Vaporizers Safe? A Guide on How to Avoid Health Issues
- How to Use a Vaporizer: 5 Essential Tricks to Optimize the Performance of ANY Vaporizer
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