[Canniseur: Although updated in mid-September, it’s not too early to start thinking about gifts for for the cannabis lover in your life. There’s some interesting vaporizers in here and note they are all FLOWER vaporizers, not oil. So all are safe to use as long as your cannabis flowers are nice and pure. I might even get a new favorite from this article.]
Published on March 29, 2018 Last updated on September 17, 2019
If you’re looking for the best portable dry herb vaporizer, you’re in the right place! We’ve tested hundreds of different portable vaporizers and whittled them down to 10.
2019 has been an an exciting year in the world of dry herb portable vaporizers so far. We’ve seen them get smaller but still manage to deliver outstanding vapor quality and pack a ton of technology inside.
Best Portable Vaporizers
Arizer Solo 2
Healthy Rips Fury Edge
XMAX Starry V3
Top 10 Portable Dry Herb Vaporizers for 2019
Although the Mighty has been available for almost four years now it still reigns as the best portable dry herb vaporizer. Its vapor quality is on par with high end desktop vaporizers which is really saying something. The pulls are smooth and flavorful which is exactly what you’re looking for in a good portable vaporizer.
Not only is the vapor quality amazing, but it’s super easy to use. There’s a screen on the unit with easy up and down controls for the temperature. It also has a built-in safety feature which automatically turns it off in case you forget.
The Mighty uses a mix of both conduction and convection heating techniques which is patented by Storz & Bickel, the maker of the Volcano and Mighty. They also built in grating on the side which cools down the vapor (which is important since it’s in your hand).
The Mighty already had one of the best battery lives of any portable but it was updated in 2018 with 20% more battery life. That means you can use it for almost two hours without plugging in which can last you a weekend or longer. It also features pass through charging which means you can use it while it’s plugged in. That comes in handy when you
While it may not be as portable as other options, it doesn’t need to be. It’s small enough to take on trips and is the perfect size for at home use. It isn’t cheap, but you really get what you pay for. The Mighty is an investment that will pay off in the long run.
2. Arizer Solo 2
The Arizer Solo 2 is the follow up to the mega popular Solo. Arizer is a world renowned brand for a reason: they make stellar dry herb vaporizers that work well for a fair price.
The main reason the Solo 2 comes in second is because of its impressive battery life. When fully charged it runs for almost three hours non stop without needing a charge. That’s probably the longest battery life of any portable vaporizer you can find in 2019.
Not only is the battery life stellar, but the vapor quality is fantastic. It features a hybrid ceramic/stainless steel heating system which delivers delicious and thick vapor. The vapor itself stays cool due to the long glass air path.
Don’t worry if you’re in a rush too! The Arizer Solo 2 heats up in around 20 seconds which means you can go from dry herb to vapor in no time. The digital controls are sleek and simple to use.
Just like the Mighty, the Arizer Solo 2 isn’t quite pocketable since it has a glass tube that you pull from, but the battery life and vapor quality more than make up for it. If you’re looking for an awesome portable vaporizer at a fair price, definitely consider the Solo 2.
Also we didn’t include the Arizer Air 2 in this list but it deserves a mention. It’s essentially a smaller version of the Solo 2 with a worse battery life.
3. Firefly 2+
When the original Firefly hit the market it blew a lot of people’s minds. It’s a convection herb vaporizer that heats up in a couple seconds that has cool, thick vapor. There were a few complaints around the size, lack of temperature control and battery life though.
They fixed that up in the second version. The Firefly 2 is over 30% smaller, 50% lighter, with advanced temperature controls and has a much improved battery life. You can now pick from six temperature settings between 338° and 437° Fahrenheit which let’s you get the perfect vapor density. Just make sure you have a smart phone because that’s all controlled by the Firefly app!
They then released an even bigger improvement on that Firefly 2 with the new Firefly 2+ (Plus). The most notable improvement is the charging and battery life. You can now charge to 80% in 20 minutes, which lets you get up and running quick. The dock makes it easy to remember to leave to charge too. Although the battery is small, they’ve expanded the life span through tech innovations and you can also replace it on the go.
Because it uses a convection heating system it delivers some of the best vapor quality out of any of the portable vaporizers on this list. While you need to learn how to take a slower draw to use it properly, it’s not that difficult to pick up and learn. The Firefly 2+ also heats up almost instantly—no waiting around for it to heat up.
Due to its design the Firefly 2+ is also super easy to clean and maintain. It not only looks good, but it’s functional. That’s smart design!
4. Ghost MV1
The Ghost MV1 is a new entry in to our rankings. Ghost came out of nowhere with a vaporizer that rivaled the best in the business. The first version of the MV1 had a few flaws but they’ve improved it since. Now with the fixes, it’s one of the best portable vaporizers you can buy.
Although the MV1 is up with the Solo 2 and Mighty, they’re not exact comparisons. The MV1 is an on-demand vaporizer, meaning you get instant heat up and instant gratification. Most others in this list (apart from the Firefly 2+) are session vaporizers, meaning you need to wait for bowl to heat up. Being on-demand is a good thing if you want short sessions.. This also allows you to micro-dose your herbs since you can have short, quick sessions with a small amount.
The real reason that the Ghost MV1 is near the top of the charts is due to the vapor production and quality that you can get out of it. It is pure convection heated bliss. The first few draws from each crucible are some of the best tasting we’ve tried from any vaporizer. It can also handle concentrates if that’s your thing.
Just like most units that top this list, the MV1 also has an accompanying bluetooth app that you can use with your Apple or Android device. This allows you to pick the exact temperature you want and edit specific settings to suit you personally.
While others have complained about the crucibles being hard to maneuver, we’ve found them pretty easy to get used to. There is a bit of a learning curve but it’s not impossible to use. We just wouldn’t recommend it to an elderly person, or someone who isn’t dexterous. Overall though, it’s an awesome portable vape and we’re having a lot of fun with it.
Healthy Rips entered the fray a few years ago with the Fury vaporizer. They promised to deliver food-grade air paths that use convection technology to heat the herb, and they’ve delivered. While their first few vaporizers were great, they’ve released a true winner in the Fury Edge.
The most notable part of the Healthy Rips Fury Edge is that it delivers (mostly) convection in a small package. Until this point if you wanted a portable vaporizer that fits in your pocket, you were most likely using conduction. While there’s nothing wrong with conduction, convection is generally more efficient and delivers better flavour.
They’ve also packed a 2300 mAh battery in to the Fury Edge which is a very decent battery. Our main complaint with the Fury 2 was that it wasn’t truly portable since the battery was so small (and not replaceable). That’s fixed and the Fury Edge runs for over an hour in use which is great. Not only that, but they’ve implemented USB-C charging. It charges quickly and USB-C doesn’t wear out like a mini USB.
Last but not least, one of the main reasons why the Fury Edge is nearing the top of our list is because of the price. Sure, the Mighty and Ghost MV1 have less draw resistance and have better flavour, but they’re double the price. If you’re looking for an affordable, portable, unit you should definitely check out the Fury Edge.
P.S. The Healthy Rips Fury Edge also gives you a variety of attachments you can use. If you want to throw it in your pocket there’s a plastic mouthpiece, or you can use a glass one while at home – totally up to you.
6. Davinci IQ/MIQRO
Davinci has been making vaporizers for over five years now. They started off with the original Davinci Vaporizer and followed it up with the solid Davinci Ascent. Their third product is certainly their best portable vaporizer yet.
Perhaps the best thing about the Davinci IQ is the design—it just looks downright sexy. It has a super sleek design with a beautiful LED grid display. It looks like it could be an Apple device if they decided to dip their toes in the vaporizer market.
Not only does it look great, but it performs great too. It delivers tasty vapor from its ceramic heating chamber which is a conduction heating system. It also includes a ‘flavour chamber’ which lets you vaporize dry herbs without having to grind them up.
If you’re looking for a true, pocketable, portable vaporizer you’re in luck. The Davinci IQ is small. It only weighs around 145 grams which is tiny compared to many other portable units. You can easily throw it in your pocket along with your phone.
The battery will only last about an hour of use though, so be wary. The batteries are replaceable so consider picking an extra one up if you’re going with the Davinci IQ. They’re easy to swap in and out!
New in 2019: Davinci released the MIQRO vaporizer, which is very similar to the IQ but has a smaller size and comes in at a lower price point. While the battery lasts a little bit less than the IQ, it’s an amazing little conduction vaporizer. If you want a small unit to throw in your pocket, you should definitely take a look at the MIQRO.
5. Pax 3
Along with Volcano, Pax has been the face of vaporizers for a little while ago. The original rendition had a unique, sleek design that really helped it stand out from the crowd. The Pax 3 looks even better with new matte colours and has some big improvements to boot.
The best thing about the Pax 3 is probably it’s size. There are smaller vaporizers available, but Pax has really nailed it with the perfect size for activities. It’s awesome for hikes, skateboarding, snowboarding or anything else outdoors. It weighs only 93 grams which is pretty insane for all of the technology they pack in to it.
The Pax 3 also heats up quickly in around 15-20 seconds. It uses lip sensing technology to tell when you’re using it, so it can heat up the chamber which is super dope. The vapor you pull from the unit is surprisingly good too! It does run on a conduction oven which won’t deliver the subtle flavors of a convection vaporizer, but that won’t matter for the majority of people.
They’ve also improved the battery life with the Pax 3. You can use it for around an hour an a half before having to recharge. Even charging is cool with the Pax 3 with the innovative charging dock. You can tell that a lot of engineering went in to it.
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The Crafty is the nimble little brother of the Mighty that’s sitting up at the #1 spot. Depending who you talk to, and what you’re looking for, the Crafty could take the top spot as the best portable vaporizer.
It is cheaper than the Mighty which is great, but there are a few downsides. The battery life lasts about half as long as the Mighty (around 45 minutes of use) and doesn’t feature a display. You need to control the temperature settings from the app connected to your smart phone.
The latest versions of the Crafty feature a 20% better battery life though, which means you get around an hour of use without having to plug it in. And it also features pass-through charging so you can use it while it’s plugged in.
If you’re looking for a true portable unit though you’ll want the Crafty over the Mighty. It weighs in at just around 135g which makes it discreet and can easily fit in your pocket. The Crafty is built tough too which means you don’t really have to worry about it rattling around a bit.
Just like all Volcano products, it has amazing vapor quality. It has a hybrid convection heating system which is impressive for a vaporizer of this size.
9. XMAX Starry V3
The XMAX Starry is the cheapest vaporizer on this list, but it doesn’t perform like the cheapest. It’s an awesome little vaporizer that is perfect for beginners looking for a starter, or veterans looking for a super portable unit.
The XMAX Starry is the perfect size to be taken out of the house on an adventure. It weighs around 120 grams which is at the smaller end of any portable vaporizers you find. It’s easy to throw in your pocket and fits perfectly in the grip of your hand. Just be careful because the mouthpiece can get hot after prolonged use.
It heats up pretty quickly in around 20-30 seconds. The XMAX Starry offers a full spectrum of temperatures to pick from the OLED display. You can play around and find the best setting. It is a conduction vaporizer though, so don’t expect incredible flavor.
The V3 has an improved battery life which lets you use it for around 80 minutes of use. The batteries are also replaceable, so you can keep extras with you for longer excursions. They’ve also added a bigger bowl and new mouth piece which are definitely nice to have too!
10. Boundless CF/CFX
Boundless has released a couple cheap products that have taken the dry herb vaporizer world by storm. The CF/CFX are essentially a poor man’s Crafty/Mighty: they are hybrid convection, they look similar and they have similar sizes. Considering they’re half the price of their Volcano counterparts—the CF/CFX are pretty impressive.
The Boundless CF is the smaller of the two. It’s a relatively small size and features five different temperature settings. The battery is non-replaceable and will last you around 50 minutes of use.
The Boundless CFX is the big brother. It’s bulkier, but features a nice OLED display which lets you pick your exact temperature. Like the CF, the batteries are non-replaceable and will last you around 60 minutes of use.
What really sets these two vaporizers apart from the crowd is their vapor quality. They have the best vapor of any cheap vaporizer available right now. It’s not quite on par with the best, but it’s definitely better than most. If you’re just starting out with vaporizing, or can’t afford a more expensive unit, you won’t be disappointed with either the Boundless CF or CFX.
[Canniseur: I still love Blue Dream and Red-Headed Stranger. These trending strains are this year’s best sellers. Have you tried any of them? What do you think? Let us know!]
These are the cannabis varieties you need to know now.
As cannabis breeding evolves, so do the tastes of its consumers. Aside from a few staple strains, you can expect to see a mostly new set of names on the menus of dispensaries and delivery services every year. In fact, you may have noticed the strains you cherished just a couple of years ago are nowhere to be found today. The classics of their time—like Sour Diesel, OG Kush, and Blue Dream—have survived, but they’re not as sought after as they once were. After analyzing data on the strains you searched for, requested and/or contacted us about, we compiled a list of the top 20 varieties that have you talking. These are the top trending strains of the year.
Do-Si-Dos is another child of the original Cookies strain. It’s a cross of Girl Scout Cookies and Face Off OG. The strain has picked up in popularity since the Archive Seed Bank bred it in 2016. Do-Si-Dos is an indica-dominant hybrid that tastes like its parent Cookies strain with hints of pine and citrus from the Face Off OG lineage.
Bred by Symbiotic Genetics before making the rounds into other popular cultivars, Cherry Punch is a cross of Cherry AK-47 and Purple Punch F2. It’s great for an uplifting and fruit-flavored smoke.
Garlic Cookies a.k.a. GMO
Despite having “Cookies” in its name, Garlic Cookies, or GMO, is one of the only strains on this list without a sweet aroma. This strain reeks of garlic and gas. Its presence here is proof that the once-popular loud, gassy strains have not been entirely left in the past. SkunkMasterFlex of Skunkhouse Genetics created the strain with a seed, labeled “Chem D x GSC,” bred by Mamiko Seeds. According to SkunkMasterFlex, the name “GMO” came after the revelation that GMOs were used in the cookies from the Girl Scouts of America. It also hints at how the strain grows as if it were genetically modified.
Apple Fritter is a cross between Sour Apple (Sour Diesel x Cinderella 99) and Animal Cookies (GSC x Fire OG) bred by Lumpy Seeds. While it made our list of the Strongest Strains of 2016 and scored high in flavor and aroma with our judges at the 2016 Northern California Cannabis Cup, searches for this strain only began to peak late last year. THC percentages on Apple Fritter reach well over 20 percent, and the strain features a prominent and enjoyable flavor profile.
Biscotti is a cross of Gelato #25 and South Florida OG (a.k.a. Triangle Kush). This strain is one of the many original varieties brought to us by Cookie Family Genetics. Like most strains from the Cookie Fam, Biscotti is an indica-dominant strain. This tasty variety is named after the Italian almond biscuits with the same appellation.
Forbidden Fruit is a mix of two classic fruit-flavored strains: Tangie, by DNA Genetics, and Cherry Pie, by the Cookie Fam. The smell of musky oranges dominates the aroma of Forbidden Fruit with hints of sweet cherry in the mix. Forbidden Fruit can also be quite visually pleasing. Many batches display more purple coloring than green and contain plenty of frost.
Miracle Alien Cookies (MAC)
Miracle Alien Cookies is the result of several years of breeding from the popular breeder Capulator. He crossed Alien Cookies F2 #7 and Miracle 15. Alien Cookies F2 was bred by JAWS Genetics, and Miracle 15 is a cross between Colombian seeds and the Starfighter strain bred by Alien Genetics. Despite being around for years, searches for the strain are still trending, and people are waiting in line for hours at cannabis events to purchase the latest MAC crosses directly from Capulator.
Ice Cream Cake
Ice Cream Cake is one of the latest dessert-themed strains to gain hype status. There are multiple strains going by this name, but the one generating the most buzz is the Wedding Cake x Gelato #33 cross bred by Seed Junky Genetics. The strain grows a frosty coat of trichomes and has a creamy vanilla aroma and flavor when smoked.
London Pound Cake
London Pound Cake is one of the latest hits from Cookie Family Genetics’ roster of original pastry-themed strains. It is said to be a cross between Nip OG and Cookie Fam’s Sunset Sherbet. The early success of London Pound Cake has already led breeders to cross it with other popular Cookies strains. In fact, a new cross between London Pound Cake and Gelato named Candy Rain is already trending in its own right.
Slurricane is a cross between Do-Si-Dos and Purple Punch bred by In House Genetics. A berry aroma dominates from the Purple Punch lineage with notes of something earthier from the Do-Si-Dos parent. The strain is popular thanks to its high THC levels and fruity flavor.
Mimosa is a sativa-dominant hybrid with one of the tangiest orange flavors you can find in a cannabis plant. The citrus strain would complement brunch better than any alcoholic beverage. Since last year, the child of Clementine and Purple Punch bred by Symbiotic Genetics has been exploding in popularity with famed cultivators like the Jungle Boys bringing it into full production.
Purple Punch is a delicious cross of Grand-daddy Purple and Larry OG bred by Supernova Gardens. It’s considered by some to be the new Blue Dream. This is in reference to the hype Blue Dream has generated since it rose to prominence nearly half a decade ago. Since 2014, Blue Dream has been one of the best-selling strains in most states with legal marijuana, according to BDS Analytics.
Runtz is at the top of all recent strain searches. It’s a cross between Zkittlez and Gelato—two strains that have been trending over the last year or so. Runtz was made popular by rapper and co-owner of the Runtz cannabis brand Yung LB. The strain got its name from the colorful buds and sweet candy-like flavor users have reported. There is a White Runtz phenotype that has also been highly searched for.
Melonade has been skyrocketing in popularity since Alien Labs used it to take home the trophy for first place sativa at the last Central Valley Cannabis Cup. The strain was originally bred by Midwest Best before Alien Labs germinated dozens of the Watermelon Zkittlez x Lemon Tree #11 seeds to find a watermelon-dominant phenotype.
Sundae Driver is a hit strain bred by Cannarado Genetics, produced by crossing Fruity Pebbles and Grape Pie. The Jungle Boys were one of the first to bring the strain into full production. They settled on Sundae Driver #12 after popping and testing 500 different phenotypes of the strain.
Watermelon Zkittlez is one of several new crosses of the popular Zkittlez strain. The Watermelon variety is a refreshing twist on the already fruit-flavored Zkittlez. The original was brought to us by the award-winning breeders at Terp Hogz, and its Watermelon cross was bred by Dying Breed Seeds.
Gushers was bred by Kush4Breakfast using the Gelato #41 strain, from Cookie Family Genetics, and Triangle Kush, which was bred in Florida. This fruity, flavorful strain packs a surprising punch.
Wedding Cake (or Birthday Cake) is a cross of two popular Cookies strains: the original Cookies and Cherry Pie. The Cherry Pie adds sweet and creamy undertones to the earthy floral aroma from the original Cookies parent. The indica-dominant cross, bred by Seed Junky Genetics, won first place indica flower at the last High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam. Now the strain is being crossed to make new flavors that are just as popular.
Smarties is another candy-themed original bred by Kush4Breakfast. It was made by crossing Blue City Diesel into the original Cookies strain. Smarties is covered in a blanket of trichomes and, like the candy, it’s multicolored.
Zookies was originally bred by Alien Labs and pheno-hunted by Cannaman 707/Golden State Cultivators. This is one of the rare strains with a Z in the name that contains zero Zkittlez in the lineage. The key to understanding the moniker lies in the “Zoo”—its parents are Gorilla Glue #4 and Animal Cookies.
The trending strains of today could be forgotten tomorrow. Fortunately, many classics return in the form of new crosses. In fact, one strain that had a strong influence on this list is the original Cookies (GSC). It plays a part in the lineage of about half of the top 20 trending strains of today. Years ago, gassy strains like OG Kush and Sour Diesel were the most sought after. Today’s cannabis consumers appear to prefer sweeter strains or crosses that blend gas and fruit.
This feature was published in the May, 2019 issue of High Times magazine.
[Canniseur: This book is not just for newbies, but it’s also for those who are fairly experienced. There’s a plethora of information in the book as well as it being fun to look at. Enjoy.]
A lot of people labor under the impression that when something is cute, that thing is not worthy of serious regard. Terming art, literature or even people ‘cute’ can be a roundabout form of dismissal, a qualifier meant to soften some later blow: “Yes, it’s cute, but…”
Michelle Lhooq’s non-fiction book, titled “Weed: Everything You Want to Know But Are Always Too Stoned To Ask,” is undeniably cute. Its kelly green cover, decorated with pink and white doodles by illustrator Thu Tran, is a reliable indicator of the book’s tone and content in the best way possible. But just because Lhooq’s debut book is cute doesn’t mean it lacks substance. In fact, it’s veritably overflowing with information.
“Weed: Everything You Want to Know…” is divided into six sections: How It Works, How to Smoke, How to Make, How to Grow, How to Be and How to Score. Each of these sections contains a variety of inserts and asides, from straight how-tos like recipes and joint-rolling instructions to dispensary reviews, jokey illustrated lists and annotated diagrams explaining things like the inner workings of pipes and bongs.
Lhooq is a seasoned party journalist (yes, it’s a thing, and yes, it’s as cool as it sounds) who’s hosted “weed raves” on both coasts, and her bona fides as a writer and as a genuine head shine through in all 159 pages of this book. She’s a sharp, entertaining writer who manages to avoid condescending to her pool of presumably greener potheads-to-be. Although I found myself skimming some of the more basic sections, like the earlier ones describing various terpenes and cannabinoids, I found this book very readable — even as someone with an above-average cannabis knowledge base.
One of the things that really sets this book apart from potential peers is the steady stream of interviews — with figures both central and tangential to the modern world of weed — peppered throughout its various sections. Lhooq is a skillful interviewer and selected interesting people from all over the cannabis industry, from a recent Oaksterdam graduate to a “cannasexual” sex educator to a weed sommelier. These additional voices add depth and dimension to the book’s overall arch and neatly illustrate one of its primary theses: Enjoying cannabis should be a collective and collaborative experience.
While I wouldn’t necessarily give this book to a seasoned weed smoker or everyday dabber, I think it would make a great gift, especially for a friend who is looking to gain a hearty background on the modern weed scene but who’s less interested in the nitty gritty of cannabis, especially when it comes to global and national cannabis policy or the inner workings of cannabusiness. Not that those subjects feel like omissions — instead, they’d probably make the book feel flimsy and, soon, dated.
Instead, it’s got an “of-the-moment” vibe and a Cool Older Sister voice, both of which make it the kind of book I would have devoured as a teenager — right alongside other Urban-Outfitters-approved guides to fashion and pop culture. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
[Canniseur: I love the new Volcano Hybrid device. The first time I saw a Volcano was in Amsterdam many years ago. This seems like a terrific update and refinement of the original. I also love the idea of the … well, read it and find out all the features the new version has.]
Many of our readers are likely familiar with the Volcano vaporizer. It has been around for several years now and is considered by many to be the gold standard when it comes to desktop vaporizers. But, just as everything else in the cannabis world is evolving, so too is the Volcano.
The Volcano Hybrid is the latest Volcano to hit the market and it encompasses all that advanced technology has to offer. You can vaporize with the Volcano via either the familiar balloon or a new tube attachment – for those who don’t want to wait for the balloon. And, you can also use the Storz & Bickel app on your smartphone to control all the same settings as the buttons and even set up advanced workflows with different temperatures and automatic pumping at your own timed intervals after you have connected your phone to the Volcano via Bluetooth.
The new rotatable tube system allows you to decide precisely how much vapor you wish to take in, providing ultimate flexibility and control over your experience. Or, if you’re an “old school” Volcano aficionado, the traditional Easy Valve balloon system may be your preferred method of inhalation.
Another improvement over previous Volcano models is the double helix heat exchanger that can preheat to your preferred temperature even faster, in less than 40 seconds. Featuring a sleek, luxurious design, the Volcano Hybrid is manufactured in Germany using the highest quality materials available.
The S & B app works on Android and iOS devices; as long as you have Bluetooth enabled, you can connect to your device.
In many ways, the evolution of the Volcano is indicative of the overall evolution the cannabis community has undergone over the last ten years. It shows how fast things are moving and how much legalization laws can contribute to advancements in technology. Companies like S & B are catering to the demands of cannabis consumers and many of them no longer have to hide those demands.
Cannabis consumers are people too, people who aren’t harming anyone else with their use. They have money and want to spend it and there is nothing wrong with a company recognizing that and creating products they think those consumers might want.
It’s hard to imagine what may be available in just 5 years, considering how fast things are moving on the technology side of cannabis products. The sky’s the limit when it comes to what can be accomplished, as long as people are allowed to make their own choices.
Under those circumstances, a lot of people will choose a product like the Volcano Hybrid, something good for daily use or for having a large group of people over. For ease of use and speed, it’s hard to beat.
Cannabis users are entering an era where they don’t have to hide anymore. They can enjoy their recreation or their medicating without fear, which – when coupled with technology – opens up a whole new world of possibilities.
One of those possibilities is the new Volcano Hybrid.
Disclaimer: This article is intended for information and entertainment purposes only and is not intended to reflect the specific views of the publication.
[Canniseur: Perhaps it’s time to codify how various cannabis products are judged and develop real criteria. I love reading about Cannabis Cup winners and especially the names of the winners. But, how the winning entries are judged? I’ve been honored to be a judge at many wine competitions and there are some pretty strict rules about how to taste and judge wine. I can accurately taste over 50 wines per day, but I’d bet I can’t do that many cannabis variants…maybe even in a week!]
This year’s Northern California Cannabis Cup brought together cannabis enthusiasts, activists, and some stiff competition. Here are the winners of the 2019 NorCal Cannabis Cup:
1st Place:(Greenstone) Top Shelf Cannabis – Whoa-Si-Whoa 2nd Place: Sovereign – Blueberry Muffin 3rd Place: LitHouse – Dark Dosi
1st Place: Sovereign – Mothers Milk 2nd Place: Atrium Cultivation – Lemon Love 3rd Place:Team Elite Genetics – Orange Juice
1st Place:North County Pharms – Dosickeys 2nd Place: Atrium Cultivation – Juicy Gushy 3rd Place:Fig Farms – Animal Face
[Editor’s Note: Dry herb vapes have a place in the connoisseur’s selection of consumption methods. Sometimes a dry herb vape is just the thing. There’s a few missing though.]
Yes, the vaporizer for dry herbs market is saturated, but we’re here to help. Check out our top picks for the best dry herb vaporizers in 2019.
With vaping more popular than ever before, new dry herb vaporizers are hitting the market regularly. While this influx can make it hard to keep up, it also drives new innovation and technology that leads to better designs and more outstanding herbal vaping experiences.
If you’re looking for the best dry herb vaporizer available today, we’re here to help. Here we list the best dry herb vaporizers of 2019, so you can find today’s top-rated portable or tabletop dry vaporizer that works best for you.
What are Dry Herb Vaporizers?
A dry herb vaporizer is a personal inhalation device that precisely and evenly heats dry herb materials and flowers to produce a pure botanical-filled vapor that can be inhaled.
Vaporizers for dry herbs have surged in popularity over recent years, as more people look for a safer alternative to smoking. While vaporizers heat up the herbs, they never reach high enough temperatures to cause combustion, avoiding the harmful toxins and other byproducts that are created when smoking.
Instead, dry herb vaporizers use convection or conduction heating to heat materials to their respective vaporization points, producing clouds of pure, clean vapor that better prioritizes the health of your lungs.
Dry herb vaporizers come in various sizes and styles, allowing you to choose between handheld battery-powered devices for vaping while you’re out and about, and at-home units that plug into a power source and generally offer greater functionality and precision.
When trying to find the best dry herb vaporizer of 2019 for you, first ask yourself whether you intend to use your vaporizer while out and about, at home, or both.
Best Portable Dry Herb Vaporizers
Are you someone who is always on the go? These two best portable dry herb vaporizers offer portability and travel-friendly designs without sacrificing performance.
The CFX Vaporizer from Boundless allows you to enjoy the revitalizing experience of a full-fledged dry herb vaping session using a conveniently portable device. Equipped with precise heating capabilities (100°F-430°F) and an all-ceramic chamber, the Boundless CFX is built to accommodate every dry herb vaping preference.
With its powerful 2500 mAh battery, the sleek, palm-friendly Boundless CFX herb vaporizer is able to reach your chosen temperature in a rapid 20 seconds, perfect for quick, discreet draws throughout the day. Convenient up-down buttons and a large 1.77-inch HD digital display make it easy to dial in on your favorite vaping settings.
As a bonus for those who value versatility, the Boundless CFX dry herb vaporizer also works with botanical concentrates like extracts and waxy oils.
Minimalists will appreciate the sleek design and seamless performance of the DaVinci IQ Vaporizer. This innovative portable dry herb vaporizer touts both precision temperature capabilities and Smart Path Technology, allowing you to choose between fully controlling your session or selecting one of four temperature range programs for a uniquely personalized vaping experience.
If you value tasty hits, the DaVinci IQ should be on your radar. An industry-exclusive all-ceramic zirconia vapor path ensures your dry herb draws will be smooth and flavorful.
A replaceable 18650 battery powers the DaVinci IQ, while a grid of 51 LED dots along its front serve as the display, covertly conveying temperature and settings. Available in multiple color options, the IQ dry herb vaporizer from DaVinci is equipped with Bluetooth technology, allowing those who opt for greater control to access additional setting options using the DaVinci IQ App.
Best Tabletop Dry Herb Vaporizers
For dry herb enthusiasts interested in investing invest in a premium device for at-home vaping experiences, our two best tabletop dry herb vaporizers offer unparalleled functionality, precision, and efficiency to always put flavor first.
Offering unmatched performance and functionality, the Storz & Bickel Volcano has undisputedly been the market’s top dry herb vaporizer from the time it was initially released over a decade ago. Built for dry herb vaping connoisseurs, the Volcano Classic is a forced air vaporizer that pumps clean, pure vapor into a balloon for you to savor over time or share with others.
Utilizing true convection heating, the popular Volcano dry herb vaporizer from Storz & Bickel dehydrates and heats your favorite herbal materials evenly and efficiently, producing combustion-free, flavorful clouds of vapor that are unrivaled.
While always ready for vaping dry herbs, the Storz & Bickel Volcano will also vaporize your favorite concentrates.
The extremely popular and powerful Arizer Extreme Q dry herb vaporizer delivers powerfully flavorful clouds of botanical vapor at a more accessible price. Boasting precise temperature control, pure convection heating, and a 100% ceramic heating chamber, the Extreme Q from Arizer is a great tabletop dry herb vaporizer choice for anyone interested in savoring the botanical benefits of herbs at home.
The Arizer Extreme Q Vaporizer features a powerfully dynamic forced air heating system and allows you to draw vapor from a balloon bag or whip attachment. A remote control and clear-view digital LCD display makes managing temperature settings easy.
Best Dry Herb Vaporizers Under $100
As vaping grows in popularity, manufactures have started to introduce affordable vaporizers for those considerate of price. You can find high-quality, high-performing dry herb vaporizers for under $100. Here are the two best affordable dry herb vapes we recommend:
This upgrade to the original CFC Vaporizer from Boundless offers enhanced airflow and water pipe adaptability for smooth, flavorful herbal vapor. Nearly unheard of for a dry herb vaporizer under $100, the CFC 2.0 dry herb vaporizer from Boundless touts precise temperature control and a 0.5-gram ceramic chamber, putting you in the driver’s seat of your vaping experience.
With its sleek black, ultra-durable design, the Boundless CFC 2.0 is a dry herb vaporizer that will happily accommodate you wherever life leads. Its lighting-fast 18650-capacity internal battery produces clouds of dry herb vapor in seconds, so you can take quick, discreet draws whenever the feeling arises.
The Boundless CFC 2.0 even lets you make your hits smoother and cooler with its easily-attachable water pipe adapter.
Even seasoned dry herb vaping enthusiasts will appreciate the high performance and quick-heating capabilities of the KandyPens K-Vape Vaporizer. This highly popular portable dry herb vaporizer heats in less than 30 seconds and comes with three predetermined temperature settings (360°F, 380°F, 420°F) for hassle-free vapor personalization.
The K-Vape dry herb vaporizer is the first from KandyPens to utilize true convection heating, ensuring combustion-free, respiratory-friendly vapor. Its 0.6-gram capacity stainless steel heating chamber heats a generous amount of dry herbs. The K-Vape herbal vape also makes managing power and draws easy with its single-button functionality. The KandyPens K-Vape is an ideal dry herb vaporizer for anyone hoping to get the most bang from their buck.
Best Dry Herb Vaporizer For Beginners
For consumers new to vaping botanical dry flower, we’ve identified the best dry herb vape pen that offers a simplified vaping experience.
Those new to vaping dry herbs will appreciate the straightforward simplicity and compact size of the Atmos Jump Vaporizer. The Jump herbal vaporizer from Atmos features a single optimized temperature setting, eliminating the hassle of having to find the right temperature.
Accessing the heating chamber to packing the Atmos Jump with your favorite dry herbs takes just a gentle counterclockwise twist on the mouthpiece. The Atmos Jump dry herb vaporizer features single-button functionality, simplifying use.
Available in carbon black, carbon gold, red, blue, and green color options, the Atmos Jump vaporizer has a convenient 4-minute auto shut-off feature, a highlight particularly for beginners who are still getting the hang of the vaping process. Vaping beginners will welcome how convenient, quick, and easy-to-use the Atmos Jump makes the vaping experience.
Best Dry Herb Vaporizer for Connoisseurs
True dry herb vaping maestros seeking the best of the best in flavor, precision, and efficiency will no doubt appreciate this high-caliber dry herb vaporizer.
Despite its incredibly compact 5.5-inch height, the Mighty Vaporizer from Storz & Bickel touts both high performance and efficiency. Offering patented full hot air convection with additional conduction heating and a 1.4cm3-filling chamber, the Mighty vape is an ideal vaporizer for herb vaping connoisseurs who value flavor first. This battery-powered dry herb vaporizer ensures efficient and vaporization from the very first tasty draw.
The Mighty herbal vaporizer is equipped with precise temperature control (104°F to 410°F), allowing you to tailor the flavor and cloud production to your personal vaping preferences. Not only is vapor quality of the Mighty on par with most tabletop dry herb vaporizers, it’s also easy to use. It features a bright digital LED screen and convenient up-and-down buttons for temperature control.
While the Storz & Bickel Mighty Vaporizer has been around since 2014, it continues to reign as the best dry herb vaporizer, particularly for those who enjoy vaping on the go. Keep in mind that it is a bit big for most pockets, but will easily fit in bags or purses.
Vessel Vape Pen, review by Canniseur team, Steve and Annie. This vape pen has captured our attention. If you’re looking for the perfect gift, this vape pen will be cherished by your favorite cannabis consumer.
The Vessel Vape Pen is Super Stylish
Designed to be sleek, stylish, and elegant, the Vessel pen speaks quality. It’s a vape pen that you’ll be proud of when you pull it out of your pocket or purse. It speaks ‘class’. It’s the perfect gift for your best weed smoking friend. The Vessel vape pen makes a great birthday or holiday gift for those with discerning taste.
The Vessel Vape Pen’s Best Features
How the Vape Pen Felt in Our Hands
We have two of the styles and both pens operated identically. They both had a great weight balance. Handling of either Vessel pens compares to holding a well-balanced tool. The weight of a well-crafted tool feels perfect. The two handsome pens looked very different from each other.
The Expedition style is mechanical looking with knurled knobs around the pen for holding it. It has a nice heft and felt good in the hand even with metal all around. The red charging tip lends an especially nice design touch to this vape pen version. The industrial design of this vape pen lends itself well for the more mechanically-minded individual. It’s a nice butch-looking vape pen. (We’re speaking in generalities, and not saying fems or gender-fluid can’t be mechanical.)
Wood Core – Slate/Walnut
The second style we tested was the Wood Core – Slate/Walnut version. It had a beautiful piece of real walnut for the barrel which gave it an extra flare. This is a vape pen one might use in a c-suite or boardroom. The Wood Core pen barrel feels great to the touch and has the same weight and heft of the Expedition.
They both feel incredibly natural in your hand. Both are a pleasure to look at. Very nicely designed indeed.
Vessel has 4 other styles and they looked equally as sophisticated.
How Well Does the Vessel Vape Pen Work?
The draw is what really separates the Vessel vape pens from others in the marketplace. Simply put, it’s fantastic. Smooth, powerful, and clean, you get a lot of vapor, with a very easy inhalation. We’re used to having to really pull in the vapor, but not with Vessel pens. And the vapor is…well, it’s just velvety smooth. This pen had the best draw of any vape pen we’ve ever used, and we’ve (collectively) used a number of them. The Vessel, stands heads & shoulders above the other pens we’ve tried.
While we don’t typically set products on a scale, the superior draw of the Vessel puts it at the top of any chart.
The Mechanics of the Vessel Vape Pen
Vessel Charging System
The charging system turns everything on its head. Instead of screwing in a small, fussy, and tiny nub on the pen, a magnetic attachment on the bottom of the pen takes care of your charging needs. What really rocks is that you don’t need to disassemble the vape pen to charge it up. How long does it take to charge? We don’t know as the Vessel Vape Pen comes ready to use and it has held the charge for the two weeks we’ve had them. So, safe to say the Vessel Vape Pen holds a charge very nicely.
The Cartridge Fit
Screwing in the cartridge is a breeze and like most other pens. However, we really like that the cartridge is mostly hidden by the vape pen’s barrel. This creates the pen’s impressive looks. There’s just enough visual to guide you as to when you’re getting low on oil.
Room for Improvement
We’re all about ease of use. The controls for both turning the Vessel on and setting the temperature are fussy. It takes 5 clicks to turn it on and 3 clicks to go through the temperatures. That’s a lot of motion and counting, and remembering… And trying to coordinate the clicks while you’re under the influence can be a bit of a challenge. Then again, if you’re unable to turn it on, perhaps you should put it down.
Vessel Vape Pen – On/Off Demo
One of us is sometimes slow on the take and has forever been partial to bongs. She likes the tactile and aromatic experience of a good bong. However, the discreet nature of vape pens is slowly winning her over. Being a bit less experienced with vape pens, she was not sure how to work the pen, and didn’t know how to check if it was pre-charged (comes at about 60%). Going to the vesselbrand.com website to look for a how to use video, turned up nothing. We would love to see a bit more instruction included in the box for the slower of us.:-) After a short while, she got the hang of it.
Some vape pens have the click system, others don’t seem to. The PAX Era for cartridges and several others have iPhone/Android apps, and far easier access to set the temperature. We recommend The Vessel add more embedded software for it’s control system.
The Final Recommendation for the Vessel Vape Pen Is…
Overall, this is a fine instrument. The draw is fine, smooth, and excellent. The aeration is superior. We heartily recommend purchasing this vape pen above all others.
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