Updated: Jan 19, 2018
If you want to find out what is currently the best vaporizer available look no further than our Best Portable Vaporizer ranking. Our rankings are updated constantly to reflect the best vaporizers on the market and how all other units compare. According to survey data we published, which went viral with 742 comments, 81% of vapers preferred a portable vaporizer. Each one of the portable vaporizers we rate are tested thoroughly by our review team, to ensure our ranking is as acurate as possible. The ratings are refined as post purchase customer feedback comes in through reviews and emails. The rating criteria themselves have been carefully selected and refined over the years. In case you would like to see more about our performance specs rating methodology, follow the link. You can also view the best Desktop Vaporizers available in the market, here.
The Mighty is easily one of the best vaporizers available and uses the same convection heating as the Crafty and is also manufactured by Storz & Bickel. The difference with the mighty is that it is about 30% larger and has double the battery life. There are many vapers that prefer the Mighty over the Crafty for its ease of use, and are willing to carry around the extra size and weight.
Arizer Solo 2
The Arizer Solo 2 is the latest and greatest from Canadian vapor giants Arizer. The Solo 2 improves on the classic Arizer Solo design, increasing airflow, adding a digital display, precise temperature control, and a whole host of customization options at your fingertips. It also boasts an impressive 3 hours of battery life, making the Solo 2 an absolute workhorse and one of the best vaporizers available.
Convection is no longer reserved for the high rollers, Canadian based manufacturer Utillian is bringing convection to the masses with the Utillian 721. This is the worlds most affordable convection vaporizer, featuring a large stainless steel heating chamber, easy loading magnetic mouthpiece cap, USB charging and up to 90 minutes of battery life. The Utillian 721 can also handle concentrates with the included wax canister making it an extremely versatile unit. A convection vaporizer fit for a King, but priced for a peasant.
The Firefly 2 is an innovative unit that provides on-demand convection heating at the touch of the button to provide some of the smoothest and most flavorful vapor on the market. It is a huge improvement over the original Firefly, perfecting almost every issue with the former. You can easily control your temperature settings through the included app and even switch into “Concentrates” mode for an outstanding session with waxes and concentrates. If you are looking for a unit that gives you nearly instant vapor, the Firefly 2 is hard to ignore.
This unit is manufactured in Germany by the makers of the Volcano Vaporizer. With a high quality plastic construction and internal convection heating, Storz & Bickel defied what industry leaders percieved as rules to follow in developing an acceptable form. This device is all function and primarily geared towards the folks that care about getting the job done, the best way it can get done. The amount of vapor that the Crafty can generate is just unmatched among portable vaporizers.
The DaVinci IQ is an innovative portable vaporizer that builds upon the successes of the original DaVinci and the Ascent. The IQ replaces the ascents fragile glass vapor path with a robust ceramic zirconia that maximizes vapor production and flavor. Pair it with the Bluetooth app for an extremely customized session.
The latest from Pax Labs, the Pax 3 vaporizer shows that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to offer users more functionality. It shares the same size and design as the Pax 2 but now features a Bluetooth app that will allow you to set a custom temperature and also offers unique heating profiles depending on your vapor preference.
Quality for gods, priced for mortals. ZEUS is known as the brand that provides exceptional value and to this day has not put on a sale. The Smite plus was released late 2015 and has been among the top sellers since. You get all the features that matter at the lowest cost possible. This unit boasts a ceramic heating chamber, digital display and the highest battery life available on the market. If you are looking to buy something that will make you happy, get the job done and have the best bang for your buck, look no further.
Finally, a true 2 in 1 unit capable of effectively handling both dry herbs and waxes. The Focusvape Tourist comes with 2 separate attachments that handle herbs and waxes separately. The herb attachment looks similar to the original Focusvape, while the wax attachment reminds us of an e-rig. Both the herb and wax attachment features its own bubbler to provide smooth, cool vapor. This is one that is hard to pass up.
Arizer Air 2
The Arizer Air 2 vaporizer brings a breath of fresh “air” to a fan favorite. The Air 2 now boasts a digital display, precise temperature control, and better battery life, while maintaining the vapor quality and size we have come to expect from Arizer Air. The ability to swap batteries on the go gives the the Air 2 a ton of versatility and portability.
The Airvape XS is one of the slimmest units available and shares a similar shape to a mobile phone. But don’t let the size full you, this unit is capable of outputting some pretty impressive vapor. The biggest drawback to this unit is the extremely short vapor path which tends to lead to hot vapor on your lips and harsh draws at higher temperatures.
The Linx Gaia is the first unit to offer an all quartz heating chamber to provide smooth and pure vapor. While the unit does a good job at creating tasty vapor, our biggest fear with the Gaia is it’s reliability over time with the quartz chamber, as quartz does tend to be very fragile and will not be able to withstand a drop or bumps.
Arizer is the Canadian giant and fully dominated the vaporizing industy worldwide up to 2014. The Air is one of the few portable vaporizers that uses lot of glass in its construction. That of course means that the vapor produced is pure and that cleaning the mouthpiece is very convenient. The heating chamber unlike other portable vaporizers is completely seperated from the internal components and that is one of the reasons why they tend to be the most relalibale in the market.
The Arizer Go or ArGo for short is the 5th edition to Canadian manufacturer Arizer’s growing line. The Arizer Go is the most portable Arizer unit to date and features a digital display, precise temperature control, and an all glass vapor path. If you are a fan of Arizer products and want that Arizer flavor on the Go, the ArGo may be the unit for you.
Quality for gods, priced for mortals. ZEUS is known as the brand that provides exceptional value and to this day has not put on a sale. The Smite has been a top seller since it’s release in 2014. The unit was introduced at prices unseen before for a vaporizer featuring a ceramic heating chamber. The Smite also features the longest battery life in the market, beating units that cost 3 times as much. If you are on a budget, look no further as we have not reviewed any other portable vaporizer that gets more performance points per dollar spent as the Smite does.
DaVinci is a US based company that was sold out many times after launching the Ascent. The unit has a glass vapor path, ceramic heater and a digital display with customizable cycles. The programmable vapor cycles are the most iconic feature of this vaporizer. This allows you to set timeframes within which the temperature increases to increase the density of the vapor during your session without you having to press or think about anything
Grenco Science burst onto the scene with the original G-Pen and G-Pro. While the units were popular, the quality was a bit lacking. However their latest release the G-Pen Elite is a pleasant upgrade from their previous offerings. This is one of the smallest units available on the market, rivaling the PAX 2 in size and includes an LED display, precise temperature control, and a large ceramic heating chamber. Overall manufacturing and vapor quality is much improved over previous units leaving us confident to recommend as ultra portable, stealthy unit.
V2 Pro Series 7
V2 Pro is a huge company in the ecig/vape industry and has just recently made some advancement towards the vaporizing industry. The 7 Series is quite unique in that it comes with one herb and one e-juices compatible heating chamber that are both removable. This means that maintenance over time is less of a hassle as one can just buy a new heating chamber after a few months. Also, one can purchase different heating chambers for wax, e-juice or herbs, load them and take them on the go.
Arizer is the Canadian giant and fully dominated the vaporizing industy worldwide up to 2014. When the Solo came to market there were only a few other options available and those options don’t even make it into the top 30 portable vaporizers anymore. Not only has this unit made it into popular TV shows like “Hannibal”, but till today the Solo’s exceptional reliability have generated word of mouth that makes this portable vaporizer one of the most widely owned worldwide.
The Focusvape features a cermaic heating chamber, pyrex glass mouthpiece and 6 pre-set temperatures in a large pen-style unit. The included 18650 battery can be charged with either the built in micro USB or with the included external charging allowing maximum flexibility if you find yourself without battery life.
The 420 is one of the best budget vaporizers. The unit has four pre-set temperature settings, and features both a large ceramic chamber as well as a glass mouthpiece. The vaporizer is discrete and well built. The vapor quality is better than one would expect from a unit at this price point and the build quality exceeds expectations.
Haze features a dual heating chamber that allows the user to vaporize through two batches before having to reload the unit making it a handy unit for those who are always on the go. This unit is extremely versatile and can handle herbs, concentrates and liquids making it a well rounded and approachable vaporizer.
The Boundless CFX features a large LCD display, precise temperature control, and large heating chamber. This unit has one of the largest heating chambers and is great for those who are looking for really large draws. The only downside is that such a large heating chamber struggles to evenly cook smaller amounts because the herbs tend to move around too much which leads to thin unsatisfying vapor.
Flowermate Pure Hit V1
This piece can handle dry herbs as well as concentrates and e-fluid. It has a built in water filtration tank which allows it to function as both a vape and a bubbler. This three in one piece can also be used with e-liquid and herb at the same time in order to increase discretion.
The little brother of the Boundless CFX, the Boundless CF offers a more portable design than its big brother. However the portability comes at a cost, rather than a big LED screen and precise temperature control like on the CFX, the Boundless CF simply provides you with 5 pre-set temperatures indicated by a glowing LED light.
Cloudious 9 Hydrology 9
Is a new style of vaporizer which aims to combine the functionality of both a vaporizer and water pipe. It has five temperature settings with LED indicators to let you know what setting you’re using. Its moderate price makes it a decent option.
The Adventurer by iFocus is one of the first vaporizers to offer a built in water filter for smooth draws each time. While this is impressive to say the least we do fear what happens if the water ever leaked in the device and effected the electronics.
The Starry is a low priced dry vaporizer with a ceramic chamber. It has incredible flexibility with temperature adjustment in one degree increments. It has more temperature range than one would expect from a vape in this price range with good vapor quality. The manufacturing quality is better than one would expect from the price tag, as is the battery life.
The Boundless CFC is BoundlessTech’s smallest unit. It features a digital display and large ceramic heating chamber. While the device is compact and outputs decent vapor, the short vapor path on the CFC can lead to hot draws and harsh vapor. We are also not the biggest fans of the fact that the device uses a lot of plastics in its build.
Easily one of the smallest vaporizes available, the Grasshopper has gained a lot of attention since its crowd-source funding campaign. While the Grasshopper does provide pretty impressive vapor from such a small unit, the extremely short battery life and warm vapor leaves a bit to be desired.
The Ruva is a entry level vaporizer with precision temperature control. It has a ceramic chamber which allows it to truly vaporize instead of burning. The manufacturing quality is good, but not excellent, and the chamber is not as large as is ideal. The battery life leave something to be desired, as many similarly sized vapes last far longer.
The Boundless CFV is Boundless Technologies first crack at making an all-convection vaporizer. While we do applaud Boundless for creating a truly convection unit, the idea is better in theory than in practice. Draws from the Boundless CFV tend to be light and wispy even at higher temperatures and takes very long draws to really get any type of decent vapor.
Easily one of the most unique vaporizers in the market, the Vapman is a tiny tank that packs a punch. This unit requires the use of a torch lighter which means you have to worry about lighter fluid rather than battery life. It is made entirely of wood and the bowl is gold plated copper to provide smooth and flavorful vapor. The one drawback is that because you use a lighter there is no temperature control which can lead to combustion. But overall a solid choice for people looking for a very small portable unit.
Top Bond Odin
The Top Bond Odin features precise temperature control, a ceramic heating chamber and glass mouthpiece to provide free flowing vapor. It garnered attention through social media websites like Reddit and Fuck Combustion. While it is a decent portable unit providing good draws, it suffers from a slightly bulky design and a residual plastic odor.
This multifunctional vaporizer is designed to be used with herb as well as concentrates. Unlike many multifunction units, the only thing you have to swap out is the mouth piece. This piece comes with everything you need. It’s decently constructed, with better airflow than other products Yocan has made.
Flowermate Swift Pro
Just like Boundless with the CFV, Flowermate attempted to make a splash with the Flowermate Swift Pro by offering a unit that is full-convection. The Swift Pro and CFV share similar internals and heating chambers, but also share the same issues. Vapor production is pretty lackluster and requires a hefty draw to get any type of visible vapor. The manufacturing quality of the Swift Pro also seems to be lacking especially when it comes to the LED display which is quite faint and difficult to read in bright settings.
Pulsar APX Herb
The Pulsar APX is a perfectly portable device that offers a very small profile to easily stow and go. The device offers decent temperature flexibility through pre-set temperatures but has a fairly short battery life due to its small size.
The Lotus is a torch based vaporizer made in the USA and offers convection vapor through the use of a torch lighter and the unique metal heating cap. There is a bit of a learning curve with the Lotus in order to achieve decent vapor production and may be frustrating for some who are looking for an easy to use unit.
The Vivant Alternate caught our eye when we first saw it, we liked the idea of a hybrid heating unit with a removable battery. However we found the vapor quality severely lacking and a subtle taste of plastic that just would not go away, so unfortunately for this reason we can’t recommend the Alternate.
The GoBoof Alfa used to be a beloved starter unit offering users a compact portable vaporizer than provided users with pre-set temperatures and 2 unique heating modes. The device unfortunately has not aged well and seems like a bit of a dinosaur when compared to newer units and we can see it quickly become a fossil as the vaporizer community marches forward.
Vapium Summit Plus
This unit is actually an upgrade of the original Summit. This unit has better battery life, a chamber cap which is more secure and a removable stir tool. The vape has 8 preset temperatures, allowing for greater flexibility than one often finds on preset units. It also has an app which allows you to adjust temperature by individual degrees. The vapor quality is high though tastes are muted.
The Loki Touch vaporizer is one of the first units to feature a touchscreen display. Along with the touchscreen display the unit features a slim portable design and a ceramic heating chamber. Unfortunately the Loki tends to get very warm in your hands and vapor is less than impressive.
Micro Vaped Fob
The Micro Vaped Fob is a unique vaporizer designed to look like a classic car key fob. It is great for getting in extremely discreet sessions on the go. Unfortunately the short vapor path of the Microvaped Fob leads to hot and harsh vapor even at lower temperatures, leading us to believe that discreetness of this device was valued more than vapor quality.
The VaporCup is a discreet vaporizer that is shaped like a run of the mill travel mug for super stealthy sessions. While the VaporCup does a decent job at producing vapor, it has a limited temperature range and is too large to be considered a truly portable vaporizer.
XMax V2 Pro
This vape is a fairly basic pen-style herb vape. The unit has a single button to control all variable features. There are five preset temperatures, but the unit tends to heat beyond the chosen temperature. This tends to lead to poor taste and vapor quality. Neither the battery life nor the manufacturing quality are enough to set it apart from other similar options.
The Vapium Summit is built with outdoor vapors in mind. It features a rugged exterior and slim design for maximum portability. Vapor quality from the Summit is decent but not spectacular. If you are looking for a device to bring camping or out for a day of rock climbing the Summit may be your best friend.
The jump is a pen-style vaporizer built for dry herb. It has a single button and a single temperature setting. It is easy to load and easy to use. The vapor quality is acceptable for a single temperature unit, but it is nothing exceptional. The unit is attractive and well built, though it doesn’t seem particularly durable.
Magic Flight Launch Box
The small wooden Magic Flight Launch Box has been a staple of the vaporizer industry for some time now. While its a great introductory unit into the world of vaporizers, the multiple parts, lack of temperature control and use of rechargeable “AA” batteries make this unit really show its age. There is a slight learning curve when starting to use the Launch Box and the unit is prone to causing combustion when the heating element is engaged for too long. Still a noteworthy unit for its one of a kind design, but lacking features modern vapers look for.
When you see a vaporizer that looks good with a price of $25 then you might be led to think there’s a catch. Well, with the Black Mamba you’d be right. This unit might look pretty cool with its glass stem but ultimately the materials are not impressive and it doesn’t feel great. It’s reasonably portable but not particularly discreet so that defeats the purpose entirely. The vapor is O.K. but notably not the full flavor.
7th Floor is known for their stationary units the Silver Surfer and Da Buddha. The Sidekick is their first attempt to make the transition into the portable market. While vapor quality and manufacturing quality is good, the unit is a little too quirky and far too bulky to be seriously considered as an every day portable. If you are just using the unit at home it would serve you well but it has too many parts which makes it inconvenient to take with you. We hope that future contenders from 7th Floor will be a little more streamlined and far more portable.
Top Bond Torch
The Top Bond Torch features a cylindrical shape similar to that of the Arizer Air. It has 6 pre-set temperature settings, a ceramic heating chamber and USB charging. We did not enjoy the vapor quality from this unit due to its short vapor pathway. Draws were hot on the lips and harsh on our throat. We hope in future iterations they address the issue with the vapor path.
The latest offering from Grenco Science goes back to basics, updating the notorious G-Pro vaporizer, the style is similar to the G-Pen Elite in a sleeker package but unfortunately vapor quality is still a miss from the team at Grenco.
Atmos Vicod 5G
This familiar looking piece is actually a clone of the Kandypends Miva. It is a portable herb vape that makes use of a ceramic chamber. The vape comes with two mouthpieces and offers precision temperature controls. The manufacturing quality is lacking, but the battery life is exceptional.
The iShred has a larger ceramic chamber than one would expect from a unit of this size. It features precision temperature control via LED screen. The unit stands out for the built in grinder for which it is named. The grinder can be removed from the unit but is too small to be very efficient. The vapor quality is just okay and the build quality leaves a lot to be a desired.
Grenco’s first attempt at a true portable vaporizer gained popularity because of a clever marketing campaign involving rapper “Snoop Dogg”, however the actual quality of the G-Pro left a lot to be desired. Vapor was very hot at higher temperatures, manufacturing quality was lacking, and battery life was far to short. We are happy to see that Grenco Science put their money where their mouth was and developed a much improved vaporizer in the G-Pen Elite, one much more worthy of your consideration.
This slim unit has precision temperature control via an LED screen. The unit has an acceptable temperature range, though nothing extremely impressive. The vapor quality is not bad, but the mouthpiece and vapor become hot on the lips are relatively low temperatures. The unit is made of plastic and the build quality leaves a lot to be desired.
An utterly unimpressive device with a confusing layout that – for a pen – hardly fits in a small handbag. We do not take off our hat to the Fez. There are too many discrepancies for us to recommend this device. Especially when you take into consideration the whopping $129 price tag, there are simply way too many better dry-herb devices for even lower prices. The only redeeming factor is its very average vapor quality.
Iolite Wispr E
This unit is designed for use with dry herbs only. It is surprisingly hard to load and the included tool does little to help. It is controlled by a single button and has an LED indicator light. There is no temperature flexibility to speak of and the vapor quality is poor. The body is all plastic and leaves much to be desired.