- Vapor quality;
- Ease of use, and many more;
You can be sure you’ll find a vape pen that perfectly matches your wants and needs.
Keep reading to get started with number one on the list.
Quick note: portable vaporizers are also pocketable and generally perform better than the average dry herb vape pen.
The Best Dry Herb Vape Pen for 2023
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Comparison of the Best Dry Herb Pens
XMAX V3 Pro Vaporizer
Dynavap Vapcap M
|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:
|XMAX V3 Pro Vaporizer
|Dynavap Vapcap M
#1. XMAX V3 Pro Vaporizer
The XMAX V3 Pro Vaporizer is one of the best portable dry herb vaporizers under $100, period.
It’s one of the few vape pens that can compete on performance with regular portable vaporizers in the same price category.
It delivers vapor of decent quality. Both the taste and smoothness are acceptable.
And while it doesn’t extract as fast as the average portable vaporizer…
Compared to other vape pens its extraction-speed is good.
It won’t blast you with in-your-face rips that leave you wondering what the hell happened. But it hits harder than most other vape pens.
It’s also one of the few vape pens with a proven isolated air path. An isolated air path eliminates the risk of heated air or vapor reacting with the electronics inside your vaporizer. This way, you won’t be inhaling contaminants and won’t risk health problems with long-term use of your vape pen.
It’s powered by removable 18650 batteries. Looking at the only ‘average’ battery-life of 30-40ish minutes, this will be a welcome feature for those who vape often or who are forgetful when it comes to charging.
The bottom line:
When it comes to battery-powered dry herb vape pens…
The XMAX V3 Pro is currently the best and most reliable you can get.
#2. VapCap M
The VapCap M is another dry herb vaporizer with a pen form factor.
I wouldn’t necessarily call this a dry herb vape pen though.
Because you need to heat with a butane torch lighter, or a with a separate induction heater.
Dry herb vape pens are some of the most discreet vaping devices. But a torch lighter or a separate induction heater isn’t very discreet.
That said, when it comes to metrics like extraction-speed and vapor quality…
The VapCap M reigns supreme among all dry herb vape pens.
This little bugger hits like a truck. In fact, it hits harder than the average portable vaporizer. This is a remarkable feat, since the average portable vaporizer hits much harder than the average vape pen.
And while the vapor can get harsh, its flavor is up there with the top scorers among all portable vaporizers.
Also when it comes to safety, you can’t get safer than this.
An off-gassing heating element is one of the biggest risks when it comes to vaporizer safety.
This vape pen has no heating element.
When there’s no heating element involved or any electronics for that matter, you already eliminate the majority of the risk.
Another potential risk-factor are the inside materials of a vaporizer.
Especially a small vape pen heats up to high temperatures in every part. The smaller the vaporizer, the closer every part to the heating element.
And this vape pen heats with a torch lighter. This means it heats up to even higher temperatures than the average vaporizer.
Well, the inside of this pen is fully stainless steel. Glass is the absolute most safe material that a vaporizer can be made of. But glass is prone to breaking. Stainless steel is durable and very safe as well. It has a small chance of corrosion after years of use. But if you maintain your VapCap M well, you won’t have to worry about this issue.
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#3. Linx Eden
The Linx Eden is one of the few true convection-style dry herb pens. It heats your dry herb by means of heated air.
Especially with this specific vaporizer, the convection heating has one huge benefit:
Technically, it’s a session vaporizer. But because of the convection heating, it’s possible to use this vaporizer on-demand.
On-demand style vaping means you can deliver a few quick on-demand hits whenever you want, without needing to completely finish the bowl.
This isn’t only more efficient, but it’s also more convenient. With a session vaporizer, if you don’t want to waste any herb, you’re forced to finish the bowl within one session.
On-demand vaping is my preferred way of vaping, but it’s very difficult to implement in small electronic vaporizers. Why? Because the heater needs to be really strong. Small size and a strong heater don’t go well together.
There’s a little technique involved if you want to use this vape on-demand, but you’ll learn quickly.
Here’s the technique:
- Start at the lowest temperature setting (there are 4 in total). 5-10 seconds after turning your Linx Eden on, you take a long 20ish second hit.
- After 20ish seconds, or when your lungs are full, turn your pen off so it can cool down.
- For your next hits, keep increasing the temperature, while using the same technique. Keep hitting until it stops producing vapor or the flavor turns really bad.
Keep in mind though, you can accidentally combust this way. As the device heats up and you take your hits, it can get too hot at the highest temperature settings.
One downside of this vape is that the mouthpiece tends to get very hot. But if you use this on-demand technique, you’ll keep the mouthpiece a bit cooler.
The inner materials of this vape are high-quality:
- The bowl is made of quartz.
- The heating element is ceramic.
Both these materials are safe for long-term use.
One downside of the quartz bowl is that it’s difficult to clean. If this starts to become a problem, you can always try to boil or torch the quartz banger. Quartz is highly durable and can withstand such treatment.
Another downside is that this pen has some draw resistance. So make sure to not pack the bowl tight and use a medium/fine grind. Don’t use a powder-fine grind.
#4. VLeaf GO
The VLeaf Go is probably the micro-doser pen on the list.
This pen works well only pinches of herb (0.05 grams).
Other than the micro-dosing aspect, two other things it has going for it:
- it can produce quick on-demand hits, and,
- it’s very cheap.
But it’s a very primitive vaping device. It has 3 temperature settings without and range attached to it. You’re not exactly sure what temperature you’re vaping at.
It has a potent heating element. One could say even a bit too potent. The vapor coming out of this vape is very hot. Too hot to my liking.
At the highest temperature setting it’s also easy to combust if you’re not careful.
It also has a very short battery-life. It will last 15-20 minutes.
That said, if you’re looking for a pen-style vaporizer to micro-dose with and enjoy quick on-demand hits.
This could be a decent option.
My opinion though:
Spend a bit more money and get a more reliable and robust device like the XMAX V3 Pro.
The VLeaf Go really has the quality of a vape pen. It scores much lower on vapor quality, reliability, and safety than the average portable vaporizer.
The XMAX V3 Pro, on the other hand, can easily compete with portable vaporizers in the same category on these metrics.
Frequently Asked Question About Dry Herb Pens
Is a Dry Herb Vape Pen Better than Smoking
If you have a safe dry herb vape pen and use the right techniques, using a dry herb pen is less harmful than smoking dry herb.
A safe dry herb pen comes from a reputable brand, is made from safe materials, and has little chance of combusting.
The right techniques mean using the right temperature settings and the right drawing techniques. Plus cleaning and maintaining your pen so the inner materials don’t erode and start leaking toxic microparticles.
That said, by using a dry herb pen, you’ll still expose yourself to some toxic by-products that release as a result of heating plant matter.
Can You Use Any Vape Pen for Dry Herb
No. Most vape pens are only suitable for one specific purpose.
In general, most vape pens are suited for vaping e-liquids. Vape pens for e-liquids aren’t suited for dry herb.
There are also a good amount of vape pens suited for concentrates like wax. But again, most of these are not suitable for dry herb.
That said, there are a few vape pens that can be used both for dry herb and concentrates.
One of those is the Linx Eden (#3 on the list).
Dry Herb Vape Pens vs Portable Vaporizers
Both dry herb vape pens and portable vaporizers are ‘portable’.
The difference is that vape pens always have pen form factor.
There are portable vaporizers just as pocketable and discreet as an average dry herb vape pen.
Most portable vaporizers score higher on every possible metric a vaporizer can be rated on, including:
- extraction speed,
- vapor quality,
- safety, and,
The only vape pens that rival non-pen-form-factor portable vaporizers on these metrics are the XMAX V3 Pro (#1 on the list) and the VapCap M (#2 on the list).
Can You Smell Vapor From a Dry Herb Pen
Yes, dry herb vaping emits a smell.
It’s less than with smoking. But it’s noticeably there.
Vapor dissipates much faster in the air and doesn’t stick on surfaces and furniture as much.
But it’s not smell-free.
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