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The 5 Best Portables Under $300

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Portable is the future of the vaporizer industry, and with good reason. People want their vaping experience to move with them and fit into their lifestyle in ways that desktop technology just can’t achieve. Whether you need your main device to be as flexible as you are,  or you’re a desktop user who wants something smaller to take out of the house, a portable vaporizer is a welcome addition to any vaper’s life. Problem is, portables vary exponentially in price and quality, with high end units costing over $400 in some cases. With so much variety and so many cheap, low quality and unreliable portables on the market, it can be difficult to discern the good products from the duds. If you’re looking for quality portable vapour without breaking the bank, look no further than our list of the five best portables for under $300.

 

1. The Arizer Solo

Our Vapour Quality Rating: 78%

Incredibly reliable and with superb vapour quality, the Arizer Solo is a great vaporizer for a wide variety of users. One of the cheapest and best options in the mid-price portable range, the Arizer Solo is a sturdy analogue vaporizer that produces high quality vapour and will last for years. The Solo utilises a clean ceramic element and has  seven pre-set temperatures ranging from 50°C – 210°C. The Solo does sacrifice portability with its glass draw stem and slightly cumbersome cylindrical body. It won’t be ideal for vapers who want something discreet they can just throw in their pocket and go. However, for a hands-free home vaping experience, the Solo can do no wrong. Incorporating ultra simple two-button operation, passthrough charging and convenient auto-shutoff function, the Solo provides high-tech performance without the frills.

Summary:

  • High quality vapour
  • Great value for money
  • Base unit is durable and reliable
  • Simple analogue operation
  • Passthrough charging
  • Automatic shut-off
  • Glass stems and bulky shape affect portability
  • Moderate draw resistance (can be hard to pull from)

 

2. The Arizer Air

Our Vapour Quality Rating: 78%

The Solo’s little sibling, the Arizer Air, is a smaller and more lightweight version that incorporates replaceable batteries and shorter draw stems for added portability. Newer than the Arizer Solo, the Air produces the same high quality vapour results. Due to the high-powered battery and smaller size, the Air can get hot to hold after prolonged use, but a protective silicone skin is included to insulate heat and make it more comfortable to hold. The shorter draw stem also means that vapour can be hot to draw on higher heat settings, as there is less distance between the chamber and your mouth. However, the Air is still extremely efficient and effective at extracting pure active ingredients from your favourite botanicals and will produce great vapour results. It utilises a similar analogue interface to the Solo with five temperature settings ranging from 180°C – 210°C. The Air’s lithium batteries are removable and can also be charged externally, so a flat battery is not an issue when you’re on the go. You can simply swap it out with a fully charged spare. The Air can also be used while charging via the wall adapter. It has a fast heat up time of under two minutes and an added automatic shut-off function to preserve battery life. Smaller and more user-friendly, the Air is perfect for users who want the quality of the Solo in a more pocket-friendly unit.

Summary:

  • High quality vapour
  • Smaller than the Solo
  • User replaceable batteries
  • Passthrough charging
  • Automatic shut-off
  • Glass draw stems still affect portability
  • Unit can get hot to hold

3. The Vapium  Summit

Our Vapour Quality Rating: 67%

Once dubbed our vaporizer of choice in the Zombie Apocalypse, the Vapium Summit is a rugged little vaporizer designed to withstand the challenges of the outdoors. Created with adventurous types in mind, the Summit was tested in extreme conditions to make sure it could live up to the expectations of the average outdoorsman. Made from rugged, food safe materials, the Summit is an analogue vaporizer that uses silent haptic feedback notifications to signal device readiness. It has eight pre-set temperatures ranging from 160°C – 230°C to suit a wide variety of tastes. Its utility-focused design is sleek, simple and practical, with the magnetic heater cover tethered to the unit to leave no loose parts that could get lost along the way. Designed with every scenario in mind, the Summit charges via micro-USB cable or via the Spring Solar Charger (sold separately) which allows you to charge your battery even when you’re in the middle of nowhere!

Summary:

  • Durable and sturdy
  • Simple, utility-focused design
  • One-button operation
  • Stealthy vibration notifications
  • Pocket-sized
  • No loose parts
  • Automatic shut-off
  • Can charge via solar charger

 

4. The DaVinci Ascent

Our Vapour Quality Rating: 70%

The DaVinci Ascent is the first glass-on-glass portable vaporizer and boasts all the high-tech features a connoisseur could ask for with a modest price tag. With fully digital temperature control up to 220°C, the Ascent also allows users to create customisable vaping “programs” that automatically cycle through several temperatures of your choosing at intervals that you decide. This is a great feature for those who like to start their sessions at a lower temperature and gradually bump upwards. For under $300 the Ascent has more features packed into it than some of the more expensive options, but won’t necessarily compare in vapour quality. The all-glass vapour path and glass-shrouded ceramic heating chamber produce flavourful and aromatic vapour on lower temperature settings, but vapour can remain thin and become slightly harsh on higher temperature settings. However, the Ascent’s stealthy appearance is a major plus, and makes it a great choice for those looking for a discreet portable made from clean and pure materials. The Ascent looks nothing like a vaporizer and could easily pass for an electric shaver or some other obscure tech. It can also be used with the glass stem hidden inside the unit for added discretion.

Summary:

  • Full digital temperature control
  • Customisable vaping programs
  • Automatic shut-off
  • All-glass vapour path
  • Glass shrouded ceramic element
  • Lots of features
  • Vapour consistency tends to be thinner

 

5. The Magic-Flight  Launch Box

Our Vapour Quality Rating: 55%

The Magic Flight Launch Box by US company Magic-Flight comes with a lifetime warranty and a bit of a learning curve. Vapour results depend entirely on user technique, but it can produce some nice results when perfected. It heats via the use of a single NiMh AA battery, which heats the mesh trench when pushed into the battery port on the side of the unit. Herb is placed inside the box on the thin mesh screen and will need to be stirred or shaken occasionally in order to heat evenly. Initial learning curve aside, the MFLB is a sturdy and reliable vaporizer with a simple design and attractive “Earthy” aesthetic. Due to the learning curve and potential for uneven heating, vapour production cannot be expected to be as consistent as that produced by a vape with digital temperature controls. However, the MFLB is very popular among certain users and has a loyal customer base. It also makes a great introductory vape for first timers.

Summary:

  • Vapour results depend on user technique
  • Super small, around the size of a matchbox
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Replaceable batteries
  • Very portable
  • Simple design
  • Combustion risk if battery is held in too long

 

 

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