With over 75 portable vaporizers reviewed, over a period of 5+ years, on metrics like:
- Vapor quality;
- Ease of use, and many more;
You can be sure you'll find your best portable dry herb vaporizer.
Keep reading to start with our top 3 comparison table.
Quick note: If you're looking for a powerful stationaty home-vaporizer, it might be worth it to see our best desktop vaporizer list.
If you ever plan to vape outdoors or just want to be mobile while vaping, they're the only choice you have.
And while their biggest advantage is that they're usable anywhere at any time, they actually have a few more advantages:
- Small size;
- The possibility to be quick and stealthy.
These advantages come at a price though.
Most portable vapes are not as powerful as their desktop brothers.
But there are a few portable vaporizers which rival the performance of the most powerful desktop vaporizers.
And that's exactly one of the vaporizers that takes the number 1 spot in our list of best portable vaporizers.
1. MIGHTY (Best Overall: Most Powerful & Consistent)
If there's one portable vaporizer, which blows the average desktop vaporizer out of the water in terms of:
- Big, impressive clouds, and;
- Purity of flavor,
It HAS to be the MIGHTY Vaporizer.
And even though its smaller brother the CRAFTY (#9), is just as powerful, the MIGHTY is just a more reliable device and a better long-term performer because the CRAFTY has a higher defect-rate.
The MIGHTY is the most powerful portable vaporizer you can get.
It produces such huge, dense and potent clouds that not anyone with high tolerance-levels will be impressed.
The best part?
While with some vaporizers like the MIQRO (#4) or Firefly 2 (#8) it's hard to get the same clouds every time, the MIGHTY is the most consistent portable vaporizer that you'll ever use. You just put in your herb, turn your MIGHTY on and it will create the same powerful clouds each session, plus deep into your session.
If you're a medical marijuana user, you'll be glad to know it's also the ONLY portable vaporizer with an official medical license.
But that's not the only peace of mind you get.
If you want a foolproof vape, you'll be happy to know that the MIGHTY:
- Has no learning curve, it's one of the easiest vaporizers to use;
- Has no draw resistance, you can pull clouds out of your MIGHTY effortlessly, and;
- Needs very little maintenance, no annoying and drawn-out cleaning sessions.
All these characteristics make it the perfect beginner's vape.
Within minutes, you'll be up and running, creating cloud after cloud, that will impress even vaping skeptics.
If you didn't know already:
The temperature you vape at has a large impact on the effects of your vapor.
A vaporizer with precise temperature control gives you more control over these effects.
As it turns out:
The MIGHTY has EXACTLY that.
You might be wondering:
Does this beast of a vaporizer has any downsides at all?
I would summarize the downsides in these 2 words:
- Size, and;
Even though it is a portable vaporizer, it's too big to be a true pocket-vape.
And its price is high. Also, all the plastic does give the MIGHTY a bit of a ‘cheap' feeling.
But it's one of the few portable vaporizers that I've never seen disappoint ANYONE
It simply is the perfect portable vaporizer for:
- Medical marijuana users;
- Anyone new to vaping;
- Ex-smokers or high-tolerance users who need a hard-hitting vape, and;
- Anyone looking for an easy and reliable vaping experience.
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Even though the MIGHTY's price is totally worth it, it's possible that at this particular moment, something smaller fits you better.
Next up a real pocket-vape with amazing flavor…
2. DaVinci IQ (Best-Tasting Pocket-Vape)
Does every portable vaporizer have to be as big as the MIGHTY?
Nope. You can get a device that's 2 to 3 times smaller than the MIGHTY.
The DaVinci IQ is the 2nd most compact vape in our list.
It's slightly more compact than the PAX 3 our #5 vape, but less compact than the MIQRO our #4 vape.
The DaVinci's compactness can be best visualized like this:
You can fully hide it inside the palm of your hand.
And here comes the best part:
Compared to the MIQRO (#4) and the PAX 3 (#5), it produces more impressive clouds and keeps the flavor better for a longer time.
Here's why this is so impressive:
The nature of conduction heating makes it so that the taste of your vapor gets worse after 3-4 hits (even though you're never burning your herb, conduction-heating can give ‘cooked' taste after the first few hits). And while the PAX 3 (#5 on the list) did a good job increasing the number of hits before your flavor worsens to 5-6 hits, The DaVinci IQ is even better in this regard (8-9 hits).
It's the best-tasting conduction vape that I've tested.
It produces only slightly worse vapor quality (flavor and smoothness) than convection and hybrid vapes like the Firefly 2 (#8), MIGHTY (#1) and CRAFTY(#9).
Now, there's more the DaVinci IQ has going for it.
It's the most beautiful vape on the list and the vape that feels best in your hand.
Because of its ergonomic shape and aluminum shell, it's like this vape was made to ‘click' into your hand. What also helps a lot: it has the perfect balance between small size and a strong presence inside the palm of your hand (because of its weight).
The whole design of this vape:
- Its powerful heating element;
- Its ergonomic shape;
- The materials it's made of that prevent the flavor from deteriorating;
- The replaceable batteries,
is thought out very well.
Combine all these design choices with its extremely small and compact size, and you'll quickly understand why the DaVinci IQ currently is one of the highest rated pocket-vapes.
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Next up, something bigger and more powerful…
3. Arizer Solo II (Best Value)
Ask the vaporizer community for the BEST value for money vaporizer on the market…
And 90% will tell you it's the Arizer Solo.
The original Solo has had the perfect balance between quality and price for 5+ years.
In terms of vapor quality, it still blows many, more expensive vaporizers out of the water.
Producing very powerful clouds, that taste super-clean is something the original Arizer Solo does very well …until right before the end of your session.
That's where the flavor starts to deteriorate. But those first few draws are heavenly.
The best part?
It's the most reliable portable vaporizer you can get.
Don't do anything crazy with it, and it will easily last you 5+ years (this is insane for a portable vaporizer).
The even better part?
Arizer recently released version 2 of this beast of a vape: the Arizer Solo II.
And it improved literally in every area that a portable vaporizer can be rated on, but the most noteworthy improvements are:
- No flavor deterioration, tasty clouds deep into your session;
- More powerful clouds;
- Faster heat-up time;
- Better battery life (up to 20 sessions with a single charge), and;
- Precise temperature control for full control over the effects of your vapor.
It's slightly more expensive than the original Solo.
But the value of all these improvements is worth WAY more than the slight increase in price.
I highly recommend this vaporizer, it's one of my favorites and the best value for money vaporizer you can get.
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If you're looking for a true pocket-vape or just for a discreet vape, the Arizer Solo II is too big, bulky and heavy to be called that.
The next vaporizer in the list the absolute smallest you can possibly go with portable vaporizers…
4. DaVinci MIQRO (Smallest Pocket-Vape)
The MIQRO is the absolute smallest vaporizer that you'll ever hold in your hand.
It completely disappears in the palm of your hand.
Until you hold this one in your hand, you will really have a hard time imagining how small a vape can get.
In most aspects the MIQRO is similar to its bigger brother the DaVinci IQ (#2 on the list):
- It's quite powerful, especially considering its small size;
- It keeps good flavor deep into your session;
- It looks great and feels amazing in your hand (this one really ‘clicks' into your hand as well).
But there are a few major differences:
- The MIQRO has a much smaller bowl, which is great for micro-dosing or if you're a light vaper. But if you're heavy vaper or like to vape with a few people, it's quite annoying to have to refill the bowl all the time;
- Its battery life is half of the IQ's, which means you'll get around 30 minutes of continues use;
- Its performance is a bit less consistent than the IQ's. At lower temperature settings the clouds can be unimpressive, and at higher temps, the flavor sometimes deteriorates and the vapor becomes harsh.
As you can see being the smallest vape does come with a price.
But if stealth is your number 1 priority, or you love to micro-dose/vape lightly…
The MIQRO is unmatched in how much power and advanced vaping technology is packed into such a small size.
PLUS it's quite a bit cheaper than its bigger brother the DaVinci IQ! Which means this is a good value-for-money vape as well.
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Next up the most reliable and sturdy pocket vape in the list…
5. PAX 3 (Most Reliable Pocket-Vape)
While the PAX 3 is slightly less compact than the DaVinci pocket vapes, it too is a real pocket vape.
Combine this with its:
- Flat mouthpiece, and;
- Quick heat-up time (15 seconds);
And you got yourself one of the most discreet vaporizers there is.
With the PAX 3, you will be like a vaping ninja:
Quickly get in, make the kill (vape) and jump back into the shadows.
The problem with most true pocket-vapes is their reliability and consistency.
Because manufacturers cramp so much technology in such a confined space, they usually cut corners somewhere.
For example battery-life or durability.
Not so with the PAX 3!
If you're looking for one of the most sturdy, consistent and reliable pocket vapes, here's the deal:
The PAX 3 can be abused like crazy, thrown on the ground, stamped on…and it will still work like it just came out of the factory!
You get 10 years of warranty and the highest-rated customer service in the vaporizer-industry.
What's the bottom line?
Get the PAX 3 if you're looking for:
- One of the sturdiest, consistent, and most reliable pocket vapes, with the best warranty in the industry.
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Next up the cheapest portable vaporizer in the list…
6. Flowermate V5S (Cheapest & Best Under $100)
Most beginners want to try out vaping, without having to spend hundreds of dollars on a premium vaporizer.
They're simply looking for the cheapest dry herb vaporizer there is.
Well, here's the deal:
The Flowermate V5S is the cheapest you should go.
Go cheaper, and you might end up with heavy metal poisoning from toxic vapors…
Or the quality of your vapor will be so bad that your vapor will taste like a combination of burnt popcorn and chemical fumes.
This vaporizer produces vapor of decent to good quality.
And although not the safest of vaporizers (the materials used in it aren't of the highest quality), it's safe enough that I would have an easy time recommending it to anyone but the most health-conscious users.
A beginner's/budget vape should be very easy to use.
The Flowermate V5S perfectly fits that requirement:
It has no learning curve and is easy to maintain (as long as you really ‘maintain' it by cleaning it after every few sessions).
What's the bottom line?
It's a perfect vaporizer for beginners, anyone that wants to stay under $100 or anyone looking for a reliable and cheap backup vape.
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Next up is the vaporizer that's also called the ‘budget-MIGHTY'…
7. Boundless CFX (Sick Value)
Looking at the Boundless CFX, you can't help but notice its similarity to the MIGHTY Vaporizer.
Well, it turns out:
The Boundless CFX does not only look similar to the MIGHTY…
It IS similar to the MIGHTY in every aspect.
- It's around the same size and weight.
- You'll have full control over the effects of your vapor, with the same precise temperature control.
- Just like the MIGHTY, the Boundless CFX is a true hard-hitter.
But here's the kicker:
The vapor quality (purity of flavor and smoothness of vapor) is worse than that of the MIGHTY.
Because the CFX is a conduction-vape without any flavor-preserving materials or mechanisms like the DaVinci IQ (#2) or PAX 3 (#5), the flavor deteriorates really fast after the first few hits.
The flavor is also harsher than the MIGHTY's when you get into the higher temperature ranges.
It gets better:
This vaporizer is almost as easy to use as the MIGHTY. There's no learning curve.
It does have a higher draw-resistance, which means you'll have to use more force to get those monstrous rips.
But it won't be a breaking point for the majority of vapers, only if having no draw-resistance really is one of your top priorities.
The bottom line is:
Get the Boundless CFX if you're looking for a very powerful portable vaporizer, don't need the best tasting vaporizer and only have $170 to spend (vs. $300ish for the MIGHTY).
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Next up is the King of Flavor…
8. Firefly 2 (Best Flavor, Efficiency & On-Demand Vaping)
- Best vapor quality (pure taste and smooth vapor)
- Works with pinches of herb (0.05 grams)
- Quick and easy to clean
- Learning curve and high draw-resistance
- Size and density of clouds unimpressive
If you're anything like me, flavor is one of the metrics that will make or break your experience.
And if you're looking for the King of Flavor…look no further.
The Firefly 2 will provide you with the tastiest, purest and smoothest vapor of any portable vaporizer.
When you take a good hit from the Firefly 2, you'll quickly think: THIS is how vaping herb is supposed to taste.
You know they say every strain of cannabis has its own characteristic taste?
Well, with the Firefly 2 you will be tasting every subtle little difference between the hundreds of strains.
But to get your Firefly 2 to produce proper clouds of vapor is not the easiest task. The Firefly 2 is one of the harder vaporizers to use.
It definitely has a learning curve and the draw-resistance is high.
And even when you got it working, the size and density of the clouds won't be impressive.
It actually is easy to use in one aspect though. Cleaning it is super easy and quick. This vaporizer requires no deep cleaning of any sorts.
And if you're looking to get medicated with super-small amounts of herb (0.05 grams), or just want to take a few quick hits without fully finishing your bowl (which is a bad idea with ANY of the other portable vaporizers in this list)…
This is all very possible with the Firefly 2. Here's why:
It's one of the few portable vaporizers with an on-demand heating system. On-demand heating means that your herb only gets heated while you're pressing the heating buttons.
Session vapes like every other vape in the list are different: you turn them on 1 time and they need to stay on until you finish the bowl (you could turn it off earlier, but re-vaping herb that's been in the bowl of a session-vape tastes horrible). Session vapes also cook your herb between hits, and in the process waste some vapor.
The on-demand heating system makes the Firefly 2 the most efficient portable vaporizer on our list.
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Next up is the last portable vaporizer in our list…
9. CRAFTY Vaporizer (Most Potent Pocket-Vape)
Being the smaller brother of the MIGHTY, you can expect the same performance from the CRAFTY.
Yes, the CRAFTY is small but extremely powerful as it uses the same heating element that's inside the MIGHTY.
It surprises anyone that tries this vape for the first time. The first thing they ask is:
How can such a small little thing produce these monster clouds?
I'm not sure how, but I think it has something to do with ‘German engineering‘.
Both the MIGHTY and CRAFTY are designed in Germany and have very powerful and efficient hybrid heating systems combining conduction and convection heating.
It gets worse:
When the CRAFTY just came out in 2015, ‘German engineering‘ didn't prevent the CRAFTY from being an unreliable vape.
The earlier versions of the CRAFTY (before 2017), have a defect rate that's above average and the shelf-life of these units is estimated at around 100-150 hours of use.
This is much lower than you would expect from such a pricey vaporizer.
The biggest culprit here was the battery: the average hours of use you could get out of it before it died was 100-150 hours.
The latest 2017 CRAFTY models come with a better battery. The number of complaints about CRAFTY batteries dying or complaints about defective units has significantly decreased after the 2017 model came out. If you get the CRAFTY, you have to make absolutely sure you get the latest 2017 model (our recommended dealers sell only the latest models, scroll further down to see them).
Even though the shelf-life of the CRAFTY battery has improved (some users report over 200 hours of total use), the CRAFTY's battery life in terms of how fast you need to re-charge still sucks (40-50 minutes of continues use before recharge).
What's the bottom line?
The CRAFTY is a beast of a vaporizer. It’s small, pocketable, produces vapor of an amazing quality and is easy to use.
But its battery-life isn't the best and you HAVE to make sure you get the latest 2017 model.
If it didn't have any reliability issues and the battery was better, it would've actually taken the number 1 spot.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dry Herb Vaping
Is vaping unhealthy?
Vaping is not healthy, but can be up to 95% less harmful than smoking. Some research found that up to 95% of toxins, carcinogens and irritants found in smoke are NOT present in vapor.
Does vaping weed smell?
Although much less than smoking, vaping weed does smell. The benefit of vapor is that it dissipated 10 times faster into the air than smoke. Smoke keeps lingering around for days in your clothes and furniture. The tar, which is a by-product of burnt plant material, sticks on surfaces and fabrics, and if not removed can stay there for years.
Is the high from vaping different?
The high from vaping can be different than from smoking, because you reduce 95% of toxins found in smoke. You'll get a much cleaner and clearer effect than from smoking.
Will vaping really work for me?
Vaping works for most people. But if you're looking to re-create the smoking experience with 100% exactness, it's best you give up on that thought right now.
Vaping will never be exactly the same as smoking.
There are hundreds of toxins, irritants and carcinogens present in marijuana smoke, that have an effect on how a joint/blunt makes you feel (mostly for the worse part).
All these toxins, irritants and carcinogens are exactly the reason why vaping will never feel exactly the same as smoking…
But the absence of them is also the main reason why vaping is always described as a purer/cleaner feeling.
Vaping gives you the opportunity to experience the beneficial effects of cannabinoids WITHOUT all the toxins, irritants and carcinogens that are found in marijuana smoke.
What about desktop vaporizers?
Maybe you don't need to be portable, and will always vape in the comfort of your own home.
If this is you, just go for a desktop vaporizer.
The only advantage portable vaporizers have over desktop vapes is their mobility.
In all other areas you will get more value for your money with a desktop vaporizer:
- They're more powerful
- More reliable
- They're easier to share with friends
- Easier to set up with all kinds of inhalation methods (whip, balloon, bubbler)
Even if you need a portable vaporizer, it might be a good idea to get a desktop vaporizer for when you're at home anyway.
Because they don't have to be that expensive.
For a list of our current best rated desktop vaporizers, click the link below:
If you want personalized advice for your specific situation, shoot us an email and we will give you your best options based on:
- Your budget;
- Which categories you find most important in your vaporizer (design, portability, safety, potency, flavor, efficiency, ease of use, temperature control, reliability).
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If you want to learn more about vaping check out the following vaping and vaporizer 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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