Practical Vaporizer Temperature Settings

Updated: February 2nd , 2016
This post is more about a practical aproach to the temperature settings of a vaporizer. If you rather read a more advanced post on the best temperature settings for vaporizing, follow the link and you will find out about 3 Vaporizing Techniques you should know!
Probably the first question people ask once they’ve bought a Portable Vaporizer, is what temperature to set it at. Although there is a range of heating settings that can be used, each unit is different, so the same temperature when compared between different units may yield different results. That being said, we have the most stringent testing-team in the industry, so to make sure that you know the “sweet-spot” for each unit, we’ve compiled all the important temperature information below, so that you can determine what best meets your needs.

Vaporizing Temps



Temperature Settings for Portable Vaporizer


When manufactures allocate temperature control settings and indicate the set temperature, it is a measured display of the internal temperature of the unit, rather than the temperature of your botanicals. Charts, graphs and images with temperature advice, wether online or in manufacture instructions, are designed to give a general guide to vaporization temperatures and are meant to relate to the boiling point of the botanicals in which their compounds will be fully vaporized and converted to gas. Vaporization and heating occurs as a process and is not a  fixed entity occurring only at one specific temperature. Just like when a pizza in an oven will start to cook before the oven has reached the recommended baking temperature, compounds in botanicals are heated and turn into gas before the technical boiling point for vaporization is reached.

Lets go through some basics on temperature control:

  1. The recommended temperature is generally between 190 – 235°C (374 to 455°F)
  2. Rule of thumb is that the higher the temperature the denser the vapor.
  3. The denser the vapor, the more effective the vapor.
  4. Vapor will eventually run out after a few draws, so kick up the temperature to keep getting vapour.
  5. Vapor isn’t as harsh, even at higher temperatures.

Note: The heating chamber design and heating element tremendously impact VaporQuality, so every vaporizer is a bit different even though you might run them at the same temperature. Poorly built vaporizers will give you poor vapor quality regardless of temperature. This is the reason why we do not carry every vaporizer in the market.

Temperature Settings

Zeus Smite temperature settings

ZEUS Smite

The Smite Vaporizer has 3 temperature settings. The unit works with one single button making operation very simple and efficient. The LED around the power button indicates the temperature – blue is 196 Celsius, purple is 204 Celsius, and red is 221 Celsius. With the smite, the temperatures seem to be fairly accurate. I would recommend starting off on the lowest heat setting and gradually working yourself up as the vapor production declines during the session. Alternatively and if you enjoy vaporshocking (getting super dense vapor from the start), you can just set the unit up at the high setting and start from there.

Arizer Solo TemperatureArizer Solo

The Solo has 7 temperature settings ranging from 180-210°C. One way to use this unit would be the famous “VaporStepping” technique. One would start at 190°C (Setting 3), vaporize until the vapor thickness falls below the desired level. Then you increase the temperature from setting 3 to 5. Enjoy till the vapor thins out again, and then jack it up to setting 7. Once you reach level 7 and no more vapor shows up upon exhaling, you know you’re done. The one setting we all liked best was level 5 or 200°C (392°F). Lower levels (1-4) have really crisp flavor but higher temperatures (6 &7) produce thick vapour.

DaVinci TemperatureDaVinci

The DaVinci 2.0 is capable of vaporizing up to 207°C and has a great digital display. This vape works really nicely in the lower temperature ranges, but we all agreed that the sweet-spot is 195°C. So jack it up to that level utilizing “VaporTasting“. Basically start at 190°C and after every two drags (make sure you drag very very slowly), push it up 3-5°C . This ensures that the vapor is not too dense and hot at the same time. If you want the vapor on this unit to be nicer and crisper, we would definitely recommend buying the snorkel as it improves vapor quality, by enabling it to cool down. Don’t forget that the DaVinci can be used to vape oils at the highest temperature settings.

PAX Vaporizer Temperature SettingsPAX

The PAX is very easy to work with because it only comes with three settings: High, Medium and Low. Although some people might find 3 settings a little vague we found it to be useful and fool-proof. The medium setting is especially nice as the vapor is definitely thick, while still offering a crisp botanical flavor. The higher temperature is good for “VaporShocking“, as it extracts the most essential oils and relatively quickly. The draws on the highest setting will give you super thick vapour. If you want to get more out of your blend, we would recommend staying in the low to medium range, since the chamber design of the PAX combined with the high temperature, does foster some inefficiency.

VapirNO2 TemperatureVapir NO2

The Vapir NO2is capable of vaporizing up to 205°C. Just like the DaVinci this unit has the advantage of a digital display allowing you to set your temperature to the nearest degree. Our testing team found this unit to work better at lower temperatures, just like the DaVinci. When cranking the unit all the way up the vapor got a bit harsh and lost its smoothness. Therefore we definitely recommend staying under 200°C (392°F). The sweet-spot temperature we would all agree on was 195°C (383°F) as it gave us the best combination of flavour and vapour density.


Volcano and Extreme Q

So the general idea behind temperature settings on a vaporizer are the same. Thick Vapor is possible at higher temperatures, but one looses flavor. There is no best way, but there is the best way for you and depending on what you prefer. So keep experimenting. And if you didnt find the portable vaporizer’s temperature settings that you have, just search this vaporizer review site for the unit you are looking for and skim through the review of that unit!
Thank you for reading today’s Temperature Settings post, we hope these tips will improve your next vaping session(s) ;) Do you have any temperature control ideas or suggestions for improving your vaporizing experience? If so, leave them in the comments section below for us and other connoisseurs to consider. Check out some of our product reviews to see what vaporizer is right for you.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to be updated on vape news and for a chance to win great prizes!

Take care for now connoisseurs and as always, keep vapin':

T. Vape

About Author

Milad is a gadget collector and master crafter extraordinaire. He loves taking things apart, marvel comics and 'Iron Man.'


  1. I have an Arizer V-Tower, and I like 200c myself. After I lose the vapour a bit, I’ll then step it up to 205 and 210 and cook out the rest of the goodness.

  2. Have to say found this article very helpful. And user comments great. So I thought I’d pipe in with what I like, the Wulf Vape SX. portable, discreet at low temps (355). I find for one chamber two sessions at 355, then two at 384 and two at 402 really gets the job done. Each session is about 5 minutes.

Leave your comment! You can do so anonymously :)

All opinions are that of the writer and in no shape or form to be misinterpreted as fact.
Copyright © 2016 TorontoVaporizer.