So you’ve decided the time is right to purchase a portable vaporizer — great! Now comes the tricky part of figuring out exactly which unit is best suited for your wants/needs. Factors such as build quality, performance, portability, design/appearance, and overall value are all things you’ll want to take into consideration when choosing the vape that’s right for you.
For those new to vaporization, sifting through the seemingly endless amount of portables that are out there can be a bit overwhelming. Heck, even if you’ve been vaping for years, it’s tough to stay current with all the latest releases and technological advancements in the industry.
To help take some of the stress and confusion out of the purchasing process, we’ve compiled a list (in no particular order) of seven of the highest ranking portable vaporizers on the market today. Each of these handhelds are widely considered to be the best of the best, the crème de la crème, and the top of the pops by vapor enthusiasts around the globe.
Highly recommended for novices and vape veterans alike — each of the following portables combine first-class functionality with state-of-the-art technology — ensuring the highest level of vapor quality with minimal combustion.
Vapir Prima – $259.99
Vapir is one of the most recognizable and most trusted names in the industry. They’ve been on the forefront of vaporizer technology and innovation for over 15 years, and their latest offering — the Prima — is nothing short of a masterpiece.
Through a combination of convection and conduction, the Prima produces tons of tasty vapor from the very first ‘sip’, with sustained cloud production throughout the entire session. Featuring a modern, stylish design that’s highlighted by a brushed aluminum body, the Prima is as visually stunning as it is functional.
Four optimized heat settings (ranging from 350°- 400°F) allow you to easily toggle between temperatures for a finely tailored vaporization experience. The Prima’s removable/replaceable 3200mAh Lithium-ion battery gives you the option of keeping a backup charged and ready to go at a moment’s notice. An available Power Kit adds even more versatility — letting you vape at home by plugging the Prima into a standard wall outlet — without having to worry about battery life.
Perhaps the biggest ‘draw’ of the Prima is its ability to perform with both herbs and wax concentrates at a seriously ‘high’ level. While most portables specialize in flower vaporization, the Prima’s enhanced functionality allows you to enjoy leisurely paced dab sessions without exposing your material to hot coils (which can compromise flavor).
Retailing for just under $260, the Prima is a solid investment that will last for years to come.
Magic Flight Launch Box – $119.00
Boasting a look and design unequivocally its own, the Launch Box features an eye-catching aesthetic that is unlike any other portable vaporizer on the market. Its trademark wooden body is available in three distinct finishes (maple, walnut, cherry), and is handcrafted right here in the USA.
Unlike most other portable units that are powered by an integrated internal battery, the MFLB’s unique design utilizes a single rechargeable NiMH battery – which his inserted into the unit in order to activate the heating element. Once the desired amount of vapor is produced, simply cease applying pressure to the battery, and your herbs will stop heating. There are few other units that offer this type of user-controlled functionality.
As far as enhanced portability is concerned, you won’t find another vaporizer that is as compact and easy to transport as the Magic Flight Launch Box. Measuring it at just 2.5” x 1.25” x 0.9”, the MFLB fits discretely in the palm of your hand, and takes up very little space in your pocket – allowing you to bring it with you anywhere for on-the-go vape sessions.
For added customization, Magic Flight also offers laser etched lid designs, as well as a plethora of available accessories and add-on’s that will increase the visual appeal of the Launch Box, as well as add enhanced versatility.
Starting at just $119, the Magic Flight Launch Box is a phenomenal unit at an affordable price.
Crafty Vaporizer – $339.00
Considered by most to be the ‘Rolls Royce’ of portable vaporizers, it should come as no surprise that the the Crafty comes to us by way of Storz & Bickel — the same company that introduced the world to (arguably) the most popular desktop vaporizer of all-time — the Volcano.
The Crafty’s overwhelming success can be attributed to a few key factors. First and foremost — vapor production. This little guy/gal effortlessly produces tasty vapor clouds at a furious pace through a combination of convection and conduction. Like the Prima, the Crafty is another “sipper” style vape, meaning you don’t have to draw hard at all to experience that milky goodness.
Boasting a unique, tactical-like design, the Crafty gets extremely high marks for build quality, and is easily one of the most durable portables out there. Constructed from a state-of-the-art temperature resistant plastic polymer that holds up just as well against accidental drops and daily wear and tear as it does against heat, the Crafty is ideal for vape life on-the-go.
Further equipped with features with haptic feedback (a fancy way of saying vibration notification) to let you know when the desired heat setting has been reached, as well as Bluetooth integration which allows you to sync the unit to your smartphone and gain access to advanced temperature control options — it’s easy to see why the Crafty’s fanfare remains unrivaled.
While its $339 price tag may seem a bit hefty — when considering your portable options — remember this: “Contemplation seems to be about the only luxury that costs nothing.”
Arizer Air – $259.99
Arizer is a Canadian manufacturer that has built a name for themselves over the years by offering quality vaporizers (both desktop and portable), and covering their products with industry-leading lifetime warranties. Their latest release, the Air, improves on the company’s massively popular inaugural portable offering — the Arizer Solo.
Like the Solo, the Arizer Air features multiple heat settings (356°- 410°F), which are easily be adjusted using the centrally located ▲/▼ buttons. Heat settings are indicated by different color combinations of LED lights. Much more pocket-friendly than its predecessor, the Air’s slim design lends itself well to vaping on-the-go
Also like the Solo before it, the Air utilizes a glass mouthpiece (or stem) to draw vapor from the unit. Unlike the Solo (which was powered by an integrated battery), the Air draws power from a removable/replaceable 18650 Lithium-ion battery — allowing you to easily swap out a dead battery with one that’s fully charged at a moment’s notice.
Top-notch build quality is what really sets Arizer products apart from the competition. Designed to withstand the daily grind, you can rest easy knowing that your investment is protected by an unprecedented lifetime warranty. Few other manufacturers stand by their products the way that Arizer does.
Priced around $260, the Arizer Air is on right on par with other top-tier portables in its class.
Vaporfection miVape – $259.99
While most portables rely on a combination of convection and conduction to heat dry herbs, the miVape from Vaporfection is the closest you’ll come to a truly 100% convection experience. Through a combination of quartz crystal components and a uniquely designed heating system, the miVape is a portable unit that vaporizer enthusiasts can really get excited about.
In order to produce the cleanest possible vapor with minimal combustion — the miVape utilizes specially designed spiral airway that’s constructed from pure quartz crystal. Upon inhalation, air passes through the spiral where it is heated just before reaching the herb chamber. Heated air then passes through small holes in the glass chamber, heating your dry material which is effectively suspended in the chamber.
Since your flower never comes into direct contact the heating element, and touches nothing but inert quartz crystal during its entire lifespan, you’re getting nothing but the cleanest, purest possible vapor without any of the harmful byproducts associated with combustion — resulting in one of the most satisfying vaporization experiences possible with a portable unit.
Along with its state-of-the-art heating system, the miVape also boasts a retractable swivel-head glass draw-stem, precise temperature control (up to 430°F), and a removable/replaceable Lithium-ion battery.
For around $260, the miVape is a great investment for those who place a premium on true, convection-based vaping.
KandyPens K-Vape – $99.95
The K-Vape is an affordable introductory unit, ideal for those interested in the health benefits of vaporization, but not necessarily ready to invest hundreds of dollars in a technology that is unknown to them. With that said, the K-Vape is a great “jump-off point” into the world of vaporization.
By covering the K-Vape under a lifetime warranty (the best manufacturer warranty in the business), it’s clear that KandyPens commitment to their products and customers is unwavering.
Offering 3 preset temperature options (360°, 380° and 420°F) which cover a wide spectrum, finding your preferred heat setting and level of vapor production is easy — even for beginners. Operating on the basis of convection heating, the K-Vape’s large stainless steel heating chamber allows for extended sessions and minimal maintenance.
If ease of use and affordability are at the top of your list, then look no further than the K-Vape from KandyPens.
PAX 2 – $279.99
Perhaps the most recognizable name in the vaporizer industry, the original PAX exploded onto the scene in late 2012, helping to bring portable vaporizers (and vaporizing in general) into the public eye. Earlier this year, Ploom released the latest incarnation of this modern marvel of vaporization — the PAX 2. Picking up right where its predecessor left off, the ‘2’ continues to thrust vaping into the spotlight, and is redefining the portable vaporizer status quo.
By placing just as much emphasis on ‘fashion’ as ‘function’, the PAX 2’s appeal spans far beyond traditional vaporizer circles, and has helped introduce vaporizing to a whole new generation. Sleek, sexy and smart, the PAX’s transverse brushed aluminum body exhibits true modern elegance, while maintaining a high level of durability.
Equipped with advanced lip and motion sensing technology, the PAX 2 will adjust its behavior depending on your own — automatically lowering its internal temperature if it detects a lot of time in between draws (as to not overcook your herbs).
Truly pocket-sized and portable, the ‘2’ is small and discreet enough to take anywhere. More than a vaporizer, it’s a conversation starter. Pulling the PAX 2 out for a rip in public will undoubtedly garner interest from onlookers — so be prepared to answer some questions from the adoring public.
Retailing for around $280, the PAX 2 is a little pricier than other portables in its class — but well worth cost of admission.