Best Portable Vaporizer Guide 2019: Find the Best Vaporizer for you
- Best overall portable
- Best flavor
- Best everyday carry vape
- Best vaporizer for discreet use
- Best battery life
- Best vape under $100
- Best vape under $200
- Easiest to use
- Most efficient vaporizer
- Smoothest vapor
- Biggest clouds
- Best vaporizer for microdosing
- Best vaporizer for large amounts
- Best dual use vaporizer
- Best for home use
- Best medical vaporizer
Here at Planet of the Vapes, we believe there’s no one best portable vaporizer for everyone. Instead, we think there’s a perfect vaporizer for each person, and we want to help you find yours. For some people, that might mean a super compact vape for quick hits while you’re out and about. For others, it might mean a bigger vaporizer for home use that you and your friends can use to take down full ovens. Everyone is different, and your vaporizer should reflect that.
With that in mind, we’ve created a number of categories for specific needs, price ranges, and specific focuses, to help you navigate our small, curated selection of portable dry herb vaporizers. Each category has a main pick that we feel best fits the criteria, as well as an alternate pick that brings something else to the table.
That means that whether you’re looking for big clouds, big batteries, or just want to spend less than $200, we have specific picks for every person and situation.
Best overall portable vaporizer
These are our absolute favorite, all-around picks. Regardless of price, these portable vapes represent what we believe is the very best vaporizer experience possible. They’re widely praised not just by members of the Planet of the Vapes staff, but also by customers and reviewers for their consistency, ease of use, and of course, impressive vapor.
Our pick Storz & Bickel Mighty - Undeniably reliable
While some of the decisions in our guide took some debating, this pick was as easy as using the Mighty. There are no special techniques to learn or moving pieces to keep track of, it just works, pumping out smooth vapor that lives up to its name. It may feel a little on the large side at first, but with its amazing battery life and great sharing potential, it won’t be long until you’re finding room in your bag for the Storz & Bickel Mighty.
Storz & Bickel also makes sure that you’re ready to go right out of the box, with a grinder that perfectly shreds your herbs to the right consistency, and a loading tool that makes scooping it into the oven a little easier. It’s even charged to 80% when it comes out of the factory. It’s the little touches that make a vaporizer special, and the Mighty really nails it.
Runner-up PAX 3 - A stylish alternative
While the Mighty’s dressed down appearance is perfect for some, we wouldn’t blame you for wanting something more stylish. The PAX 3 has a sleek outer shell that comes in a variety of elegant and eye-catching finishes. There’s still a lot of power under the hood, and the PAX is happy to puff out consistently potent vapor. It’s easy to slip in your pocket with a loaded oven, fits in right alongside your phone and keys, and doesn’t sacrifice when it comes to vapor.
All of the vaporizers we sell boast great flavor, but there are certainly options that stand out above the rest. These vapes take extra steps to preserve and present your herbs’ full flavor, with extra cooling, carefully selected materials, and controls that let you dial in the experience to your personal preference.
Our pick Firefly 2+ - Premium flavor
When it comes to flavor, the Firefly 2+ goes to great lengths to stand out. It uses convective heat that reaches vaping temperature in just seconds, so you don’t have to wait around long for your session. It also has a stylish, pocketable look that’s sure to catch the attention of owners with more mundane vaporizers.
Unlike our other flavorful pick, the Firefly 2+ travels easily, fitting into any pocket or bag. If you’re looking to fine-tune your settings, the connected Bluetooth app can help you get completely dialed in.
Our Pick Arizer Solo 2, stems save the flavor
The Arizer Solo 2’s most noticeable feature -- the glass stem -- is also the most important when it comes to flavor. The heat passes into your herbs at the end of the stem, and from there on out, it stays in the glass, resulting in vapor that’s clean and flavorful. You can load up several stems ahead of time, and the Solo 2’s impressive battery is happy to keep chugging along.
Best everyday carry vape
If you want a vape that you can always have by your side, it has to be durable, compact, and consistent. It needs to be tough enough to slide in and out of your pocket or bag throughout the day without worrying about occasional drops or scratches, small enough that it doesn’t weigh you down, and provide a great experience every time, without having to tinker with settings or adjust any finicky parts.
Our pickPlanet of the Vapes ONE, compact and versatile
The extremely pocketable Planet of the Vapes ONE would be happy to spend the day with you. This tough little vape fits easily into your pocket, and heats up super quickly, so you won’t be waiting when you have a moment for a session. When you get home, you can use the water pipe adapter or mini bubbler to settle in for the evening.
Even on the road, the ONE happily pumps out surprising clouds of vapor, considering its size. The only part that suffers a bit is battery life, but with the potency and efficiency of the ONE, we think it will carry most light to medium users through the day without any issue. Plus, at just $129 with your choice of glass attachment, it’s a great value.
Runner-up DynaVap VapCap - Unique and memorable
The DynaVap M doesn’t fit what most people expect out of a vaporizer, and that’s one of the reasons we love it. Rather than settling in for a long session, you heat the end of the VapCap for a big, bold hit, any time you like.
It’s extremely pocketable, has no batteries to recharge, and there are tons of awesome upgrades and even third-party mods. Buying a VapCap opens a whole new world of fun, and the VapCap M is a great place to start.
Best vaporizer for discreet use
Trying to fly under the radar? These are our favorite vaporizers for when you want a quick cloud without anybody asking questions. That means a vaporizer that fits in your pocket, and the palm of your hand during use, and sneaks back into your pocket when you’re done. It should heat up fast, power through an oven, and then disappear again, which also means it needs to have a great compact heater and an appropriate sized oven so you don’t have to reload often.
Our pickPAX 3, small, fast, potent
The PAX 3 does it all. It fits in your hand without drawing attention, heats up fast, and packs a lot of herb - or concentrates! The PAX 3 is small enough to travel well in any pocket, bag or purse. It only has one button, so it’s easy to turn on without looking, and vibration alerts tell you when it’s time to vape. You can sneak in a quick hit, or a full session, with its 30-second heat up time.
The smartphone app will blow your mind, with all its custom options and heating profiles to play with. Whether you chase flavor, clouds, or anything in between, the PAX 3 will fit your style. On top of all that, it comes with a ten year warranty, for long-distance peace of mind.
Runner-upPlanet of the Vapes ONE - Small but potent
When it comes to compact vaporizers, few are smaller than the Planet of the Vapes ONE. Most average sized hands should have no problem completely concealing it, and its dressed-down appearance blends in with your other belongings. But it isn’t just size that helps the ONE fly under the radar, it also heats up extremely quickly, so you can snap a few quick hits when you find the time.
Best battery life
Battery life is an important feature for a lot of people, and for good reason. Having to chase down spare batteries or an outlet can be a real chore when all you’re trying to do is settle in for a relaxing session. These vaporizers can keep running until long after you’ve tapped out, and then some.
Our pickArizer Solo II - Long-lasting flavor
The Solo II vaporizer has no equal when it comes to battery life. It’s capable of running for three hours on a single charge, without sacrificing flavor or vapor output. The glass stems help your herbs’ natural flavors shine, a luxurious touch that’s particularly nice for home use.
If you take it out with you, Arizer provides everything you need right in the box, like extra stems you can load ahead of time, caps to keep anything from falling out, and a holster to keep all your bits and pieces together. It’s not perfect, but it’s the best way to take flavor to a friend’s house, without worrying about charging up first.
Runner-upStorz & Bickel Mighty - A cloud-focused challenger
The Mighty falls short of the Solo II’s battery life, but really the difference comes down to the experience. Where the Solo II leans towards lighter, more flavorful vapor, the Mighty’s hefty cooling unit allows for chunkier, thicker clouds, without them tasting or feeling harsh. The Mighty is one of our favorite vaporizers overall, and even though it’s still fairly large, its all-in-one design makes it easier to take with you than the Arizer Solo 2 vaporizer.
Best vape under $100
Shopping on a budget doesn’t mean you have to compromise where it counts. There are plenty of great vaporizers under $100 that still pack in premium features, great versatility, and of course, awesome vapor.
X MAX Starry - Pocketable and feature-packed
One of the reasons we like the X MAX Starry so much is that it offers a lot for less than $100, while still being easy to use right out of the box. It heats up surprisingly quickly, and is almost immediately ready for a light, relaxed session. Swappable batteries keep the party rolling, and digital temperature controls let you quickly and easily tune your hit.
The slim Starry offers a lot of great features, which makes it a great starter vape with room to grow into. It’s also sturdy enough to take with you, and compact enough to slide into your pocket or bag without taking up too much room.
Runner-upVapCap M (by DynaVap)
If you’re looking for something unique, the VapCap M is a great place to start. Instead of warming up for a long session, you heat one end of the VapCap, then take a thick draw off the other end.
It has a strong community of tinkerers and modders who swear by it, and the VapCap M is a great place to start, without spending very much.
Best vape under $200
With $200 to spend on a new vaporizer, you have your pick of a ton of great options, and only a few of our best-selling vaporizers will cost you any more than that. Our favorites are easy to use, consistent, and a great value.
Our pickPlanet of the Vapes ONE - Way less than $200
If you only have $200 to spend, the Planet of the Vapes ONE will leave you well equipped, with some cash left to spend. It’s extremely compact, and heats up super fast, so you can bring it with you and sit down for a session wherever you might be. It’s built on an already popular vaporizer, with our special accessory attachment that lets you settle in for home sessions.
It’s also a great starting point if you’re new to vaporizing. It comes with everything you need to get up and running, and we include your choice of extra mouthpiece for the accessory attachment, like a tiny bubbler for well-cooled hits, or a water pipe adapter for your existing glass.
Runner-upArizer Solo II - Flavor and value
If it doesn’t have to be quite so compact, the Arizer Solo II has a lot to offer. The glass stems are awesome for flavor and efficiency, and Arizer sends you everything you need to get started right in the box.
It’s easy to use for personal sessions, or share with friends, and the huge battery means you won’t have to worry about charging it often.
Easiest to use
Sometimes the most important factor when buying a vaporizer is how easy it is to get up and running. Fortunately, we have some vaporizers that require little to no instructions to take you from vaporizer novice to session master, without sacrificing important features. These vapes are ready to go right out of the box, and are among our top-rated vaporizers.
Our pickStorz & Bickel Mighty - No fuss vaping
Beginning to end, the Mighty is the easiest vape around to use. It turns on with a single press of the clearly marked power button, has a large, easy to read screen with direct temperature control, and the adjustment buttons are up front and bright orange. It even comes out of the box with an 80% charge, so it’s ready to go immediately.
But it isn’t just the controls and simple setup, the Mighty is also easy to hit. You can draw as fast or as slow as you like, and the Mighty will happily produce flavorful, potent vapor. It’s easy to pass around and share with friends, without having to teach them how to use it. Everyone has a good time, and no one has to teach any lessons on how to vape.
Runner-upBoundless CFX - The big screen
The medium-size, yet pocketable Boundless CFX boasts a big screen, clearly marked buttons, and a spacious oven for easy loading. It doesn’t need any special instructions, so you can hit it right away or hand it off to your friends for a quick session. Boundless is known for chunkier clouds, which makes it easy to see how much you’re taking in.
Most efficient vaporizer
To us, efficiency means squeezing every last bit out of each bit of herb you load into the oven. We want full extraction not just in terms of flavor, but in terms of the herb’s practical effects too. Our preference is for vaporizers that provide mostly convection heat at the beginning of the session, with more conduction heat as the oven itself heats up around the herbs.
Our pickStorz & Bickel Mighty - Works every time
Storz & Bickel has plenty of practice dialing in their vapor, and it really shows. The Mighty’s blend of convection and conduction ensures every oven gets fully roasted, with no stirring required. Whether you like to take little sips, or long draws, you’ll see impressive results and smooth vapor. Plus, with some of the best battery life of any vaporizer we sell, it’s great for a long weekend.
The Mighty’s digital controls aren’t just convenient, they also help with efficiency. You can slowly turn up the temperature over the course of a session or oven, or turn it down if you find you want some more flavor. With plenty of battery life, and support for the Storz & Bickel dosing capsules, you can run some easy side-by-side tests and see what you prefer, while getting the most out of every bit.
Runner-upArizer Solo II - Hybrid heating
Like the Mighty, the Solo II’s efficiency comes from the balance of convection and conduction heat. The glass stems keep the herb chamber cooler between hits, reducing waste and preserving flavor.
With a small bowl and gentle heating when you’re not hitting it, the Solo 2 can be dialed in to really stretch your herbs.
The most important factor when it comes to smooth vapor is cooling it down, typically by running it past a heat-absorbing material, or by slowing it down with fins or a circuitous airpath. Our picks go out of their way to cool down that hot vapor before it can make you cough, for the smoothest experience possible.
Our pickFirefly 2+ - Light and tasty
The Firefly 2+ has a unique take on cooling vapor, with a wide and shallow, mirrored channel that lets the vapor expand and cool before hitting your lips. Even on the hottest mode for concentrates, every sip is smooth and tasty. Slow draws help cool the vapor even more, making this handheld convection vaporizer a shoe-in when it comes to preventing coughs.
You can also dial in the experience to exactly how you like it with the app, so all you need to do is hold the buttons for the perfect hit. If you like to tinker and try out different settings, this vaporizer lets you get under the hood and find the sweet spot for you.
Runner-upStorz & Bickel Mighty - Old school cool
The Storz & Bickel Mighty is one of our favorite vaporizers overall, and the cooling unit up top plays a big role. It may not look like much, but the series of fins packed inside lets you take big, hefty rips off the Mighty without worrying about coughing or sputtering. It’s also extremely easy to use, which makes it a great vape for sharing with friends.
Looking for a vaporizer that produces big, chunky clouds of vapor? These picks eschew delicate flavors and tiny ovens in favor of visible vapor, and lots of it. They may not provide the smoothest hit, but you’ll definitely notice their potent effects and impressive clouds.
Our pickStorz & Bickel Mighty - Big vape = big clouds
When it comes to clouds, there are few portable vaporizers that can compete with the Mighty’s prowess. Even though it doesn’t have the largest oven, its powerful, well tuned heater produces thick, luscious hits at any draw speed. Plus, it’s sizable cooling unit means you can hit it hard, and at high temperatures, without having to worry about coughing.
And of course, when you need it to, the Mighty is a great vape for passing around or taking on a long weekend. Everyone will appreciate the ease of use, and of course, its potent effects, even at lower temperatures. When you need it to, the on-board digital controls let you bump up the heat to get the party going.
Runner-upPlanet of the Vapes ONE - Compact power
The Planet of the Vapes ONE, despite its small size, is capable of pumping out a surprising amount of vapor. Particularly when paired up with the water pipe adapter or mini bubbler, you can take down an entire oven in short order. Turn the heat up, and you’ll definitely see the results, without the coughing.
Best vaporizer for microdosing
While there are certainly vapes that let you sit down for a full session, vaporizers built for quick hits of small amounts of herb are becoming increasingly popular. Our picks let you dial in exactly how much you want, in individual hits, without the need to sit down and wait for it to heat up. That’s a valuable asset if you don’t need to have a whole oven to yourself.
Our pickDynaVap VapCap - Personalized vaping
If you just want a quick hit, the unique DynaVap vaporizers could be just the trick. You heat one end for around ten seconds, then take a pull off the other end. You can pull slowly for just a little vapor while you’re busy, or take a big draw when you’re trying to relax. The closer to the tip you point the lighter, the cooler the vapor, so you can dial in the experience both while heating, and while drawing.
All VapCap vaporizers work with just a small amount of herb, in some cases in an adjustable oven so you can dial in the perfect hit size for you. Plus, the cleverly-designed DynaCoil (available seperately) can help you get set up with concentrates and other stickier substances, without having to change any of your existing habits.
Runner-upFirefly 2+ - On-demand vapor
Another way to microdose, instead of using tiny bowls, is to use a vaporizer that lets you take a hit and come back later, without cooking the herbs between hits. The Firefly 2+ is perfect for that one-hitter style of vaporizing. With instant, on-demand heating, it lets you pack up to 0.15 grams of dry herbs, and take eight to ten hits at your own pace, even if it takes days! There are seven on-board temperature controls, with more options via the smartphone app.
Hold the buttons down, and within seconds you’ll have your perfect hit ready to go. Take as long as you want to finish the bowl, or chain your hits together for a supremely tasty session.
Best vaporizer for large amounts
Sitting down for a big session? These vapes will help you and your friends take down considerable amounts of herb in short order. Our picks have big ovens, so you don’t have to stop the session every few minutes to reload, and powerful heaters that make sure everyone gets in on the fun.
Our pickBoundless CF/CFX - The endless oven
Both the Boundless CF and CFX have massive ovens that can hold up to 0.35 grams, the most of any portable vaporizer we sell. Pair that up with Boundless’ penchant for big clouds and hefty rips, and either vape would be happy to entertain an entire party. They’re easy to pass around and share too, which is perfect, since you’ll likely need some help. The Boundless vaporizers tend to lean towards big clouds and slightly higher temperatures, which is also perfect if you’re trying to really settle in for a big session. The difference between the two vaporizers mostly comes down to size and feature set, with the CFX adding in full digital temperature controls and fast charging. Otherwise, you’ll see similarly chunky clouds and deep ovens on both sides.
Runner-upPAX 3 - Sleek and powerful
It may look sleek and gentle, but the PAX 3 vaporizer packs a serious punch with the temperature turned up, and you’d be surprised at how fast you and some friends can chew through its sizable oven.
It’s a bit more delicate with your flavors than the Boundless options, but can be picky about how you prepare it, while still being easy enough to pass around.
Best dual use vaporizer
In general, we find that vaporizers that try to work with both concentrates and herbs typically do one well, but not the other. If you often find yourself reaching for stickier substances, we recommend a concentrate-only option like the Saionara, and our full Sai guide can walk you through those options, which are surprisingly affordable. If you just want a great herbal vape that can also handle concentrates on occasion, check out our picks below.
Our pickMighty and Crafty - Power and consistency
The Crafty and Mighty are two of our favorite vaporizers for their impressive vapor output with herbs, and that power can translate to concentrates too, if you turn up the heat. Both vapes include stainless steel pads to prevent anything from dripping down into the heating element, and they’re as simple to use as they are with herbs. Just a little dab on top of the pad, and off you go.
That also makes the Mighty and Crafty more shareable and more pocketable. You can load up dosing capsules with both herb and concentrates and head off to your destination knowing you and your friends are totally set, no matter the situation.
Runner-up Firefly 2+ - Flavor first
The Firefly 2+’s concentrate mode works excellently right out of the box, with the included concentrate pad that fits perfectly into the oven. Place a small amount of concentrate on the pad, set the Firefly 2+ to the highest heat setting, and enjoy tastes you’ve missed before. The gentle, convection heat preserves your concentrates the same way it does flowers, extending the herbal taste much further into your sessions. Instead of monster dab clouds, the Firefly 2+ delivers longer sessions with your concentrates, that are gentler and tastier than high temperature dab hits, but still effective. The Firefly 2+ is a solid choice for someone who mainly vaporizers flower, and has the occasional concentrate on hand to enjoy.
Best for home use
These powerful vaporizers may ditch the cord (contrary to our selection of desktop vaporizers), but they do it in a way that won’t leave you wanting more. Great vapor, easy to use, and a slightly larger size that’s just a little too big to be pocketable all add up to a great experience that you can take with you from the living room, to the kitchen, and everywhere in between.
Our pickStorz & Bickel Mighty
The Mighty is the closest you’ll get to a desktop experience in a portable vaporizer, and consistently great to have around the house. It’s easy to load and fire up at a moment’s notice, and no special techniques or buttons means anyone who happens to stop by the house can join in on the fun. There are no hot parts or extra steps, so you can hit it as you please, and not worry about leaving it in the bedroom when you sit down to have dinner.
It’s a little on the larger size for a portable vaporizer, but still small enough to take with you in a bag or purse. The extra long battery life means you don’t need to worry about charging it, and as long as you’re at home, you can use it while plugged in. It’s convenient and reliable, which is exactly what you need when you come home and are just looking to relax.
Runner-upArizer Solo 2 - Flavor first
Glass stems may not sound groundbreaking, but Arizer’s unique system helps preserve the herb’s natural flavor, and slowly adds conductive heat to your herbs for a full, flavorful session. They aren’t the easiest to carry around, but they work perfectly at home, where you can load them up as you need them, or prepare a few before anyone comes over.
Best medical vaporizer
If you’re looking for a medically licensed vaporizer, you only have one real option.
Our pickMighty Vaporizer
Storz & Bickel is currently the only certified medical device manufacturer we carry, but unfortunately, we don’t carry the medical models. These special versions of the Mighty and Volcano vaporizer go through extra steps to ensure they meet certain standards, and aren’t available for general purchase. The closest we have is the normal consumer version of the Mighty, which is an almost identical device without the same level of certification.