Digital vaporizers provide the most precise temperature regulation and offer greater control over your vaporization experience. Unlike many analogue vaporizers, which come with specific pre-set temperatures, digital vaporizers allow you to control your temperature down to the degree. They also include a digital display that shows the temperature readout, heating status and battery level of your device, and often come with extra features such as automatic shutoff functions.
Digital vaporizers are a great choice for users who want to be able to vaporize at very specific temperatures or who simply want full control over every aspect of their experience. If you're looking for a digital vaporizer, there are many good options to choose from. Here are our top 5 picks from across the range!
The Volcano Digit is the ultimate digital vaporizer. Extremely efficient, the Volcano uses a high efficiency heat exchanger to perfectly regulate temperature inside the herb chamber for consistent and precise heating. Manufactured by Storz & Bickel in Germany, the Volcano has been the top-of-the-line vaporizer for over 10 years.
The Volcano Digit incorporates full digital control with a simple LED display that shows both set and actual temperature so you always know if your Volcano is performing well. Not only does the Digit heat via Storz & Bickel's patented Aluminium heat exchanger, but it works in harmony with an internal CPU to respond quickly to temperature fluctuations. It's estimated that this high efficiency makes the Volcano up to 75% more effective at extracting active ingredients from botanicals than traditional combustion methods!
The Volcano Digit has a wide temperature range between 130°C and 230°C and uses an internal air pump to push heated air through herbal materials and collect active ingredients. Rather than using a whip or direct inhalation, the Volcano uses its internal fan to fill a balloon bag with potent vapour. This bag can be detached from the unit when it's full and inhaled from at your own pace, which makes it a convenient and relaxing option for a wide variety of users.
The Volcano's bag system comes in two different sets - the Easy Valve set which comes pre-assembled and the Solid Valve set which requires user assembly but allows you to fit any kind of bag you wish. Designed to be as rugged and durable as possible, the Volcano is made of high quality and sturdy materials and comes complete with a three-year warranty.
Storz & Bickel's newest creation, the Mighty, is the ultimate portable vaporizer. Combining high efficiency operation and digital control with the convenience of a portable, the Mighty is the portable vaporizer for those who don't want to sacrifice on quality.
The Mighty uses a digital display, similar to the Volcano Digit, that shows both set and actual temperatures controlled by two + and - buttons. It uses Storz & Bickels' patented aluminum heat exchanger for super efficient vapour extraction and precise heating. Coupled with digital temperature control and a precise CPU, the Mighty provides very accurate and stable heating to produce very high quality vapour.
The Mighty also features a cooling unit between the heating chamber and mouthpiece that regulates vapour temperature as you draw. This cooling unit filters vapour through a series of channels before it reaches your mouth, effectively lengthening the vapour path without adding any size to the unit itself. Thanks to the cooling unit, hits from the Mighty are always cool and comfortable even on higher temperature settings.
The Mighty is powered by dual Lithium-Ion batteries and can be used while charging. It has a temperature range between 130°C and 230°C and uses soft vibration alarms to tell you when it's ready to use. It also features an automatic shut off function that conserves battery power. It is large for a portable, measuring around 14cm high and 8cm wide, which is likely too large for those looking for a vaporizer they can put in their pockets. Unlike its little sibling the Crafty, the Mighty can be used while connected to power on completely flat batteries, so you can still continue your session if it runs flat. One full charge should provide approximately 90 minutes of continuous use.
The DaVinci Ascent is the first true glass-on-glass portable vaporizer and comes complete with full digital temperature control and smart user features. The Ascent can reach a maximum temperature of 220°C and can vaporize dry herbs as well as oils and concentrates. It looks like a million bucks, but its stealthy sleek appearance also makes The Ascent a discreet option for those looking for a premium digital portable.
The Ascent's slim LED display shows temperature settings, heating status and battery life, and is operated by two simple + and - buttons. It also incorporates an automatic shutoff function that conserves battery life when the machine is idle. The Ascent's digital functionality doesn't stop there; it also gives users the ability to create their own custom vaporizing "programs" for effortless vaporizing sessions perfectly tailored to their preferences. For example, you can program the Ascent to start vaporizing at 180°C for three minutes and then automatically increase to 190°C for another five minutes before finishing off at 210°C. This is perfect for people who like to vaporize at different temperature settings to experience the full range of flavours and effects. The Ascent allows you to do this without having to lift a finger!
The Ascent produces ultra clean vapour with a glass-lined ceramic heating chamber and all-glass vapour path. It is the first true glass-on-glass portable vaporizer and produces pure clean draws. The Ascent's herb chamber is located at the bottom of the device and swings out at a 180° angle for filling. The glass draw stem is situated inside the unit and can be pulled out when in use, or you can choose to draw from the top of the Ascent with the mouthpiece tucked away for extra discretion.
The entire glass vapour path can be removed from the unit for effortless cleaning, but while these parts are well insulated inside the unit they do tend to be fragile when removed. The Ascent comes with an extra glass set, but extra care should be taken when handling.
The Extreme Q is a very popular choice for those who want a mid-priced desktop vaporizer with a range of inhalation options. The Extreme Q is a multifunction vaporizer, meaning it can be used with a whip and can also fill balloons. If you want a balloon vaporizer but can't afford a Volcano, the Extreme Q is a popular alternative.
The Extreme Q provides full digital control and is made from durable stainless steel. It is very lightweight and whisper quiet, which makes it a great option for those looking for a more discreet desktop unit.
The Extreme Q uses a ceramic heating element and glass-on-glass vaporization for the ultimate purity and is the "jack of all trades" of the vaporizer world. It can produce medium-thick vapour with a whip or light, fragrant vapour with a bag, and also accommodates a glass aroma bowl for scenting the room when you're finished a session.
The Extreme Q is extremely good value for money. For a modest price, you get a vaporizer that provides a wealth of choice and is made from good quality materials. The Extreme Q offers digital temperature control ranging from 50°C - 250°C and is the only vaporizer that comes with a remote control. The multi-speed fan makes it possible to control the vapour density and the auto-shutoff function will save your machine and your herbs if you forget to turn off your Extreme Q. The glass parts have been known to be fragile, but should last a long time with proper care.
The Mighty's smaller sibling, the Crafty, is somewhere in between an analogue and a digital vaporizer. The device itself is operated via just one button with LED and vibration notifications, but the temperature settings and other functions can be adjusted through a free smartphone application for Android and the iPhone.
The Crafty comes with two pre-set temperatures, a default temperature of 180°C and a “booster” temperature of 195°C but both of these can be adjusted to your preferences using the app. The app also allows you to change the Crafty's notification settings and auto-shutoff time.
While it doesn't provide the luxury of a digital display, the Crafty is a great choice for those who want a digital portable that's also small in size. Other digital portables like the Mighty and the Ascent are on the large side, but the Crafty measures just 11cm high and 5cm wide, making it not much larger than the PAX with a lot more sophistication.
The Crafty is one of the smallest portables on the market, but also manages to provide some of the best quality vapour. Commonly, small portables sacrifice vapour quality substantially, but the Crafty's high efficiency aluminum heat exchanger regulates temperature perfectly to provide thick and potent vapour.
The Crafty also features the same cooling unit found on the Mighty to cool vapour as you draw. This allows perfectly smooth and comfortable vapour hits even on higher temperature settings and compensates for the Crafty's short vapour path.
The Crafty is known for its impressive performance, but also its short battery life. It does accommodate convenient micro-USB charging and can be used when attached to power, providing it has at least 20% battery capacity left. However, it is not a true pass-through device, as battery continues to deplete at a slower rate.