Vaporizing dry herbs without combustion is a delicate process, which is why a high quality vaporizer is a must. The best dry herb vaporizers get hot enough to vaporize while also keeping temperature control precise and consistent, which is the ultimate key to producing high quality vapour.
A good dry herb vaporizer should be made of clean, high quality materials and have some form of temperature regulation to avoid combustion and keep the chamber at a consistent temperature. Since the boom in the popularity of vaping, the market has been flooded with countless different vaporizers and cheap knock-offs of popular units. With all those options, choosing a quality unit can feel like a daunting task. That's why we've compiled a list of the top 5 dry herb vaporizers from across the range to help you get started!
If you're looking for the best possible vapour quality and are planning to vaporize mostly at home, you can't go wrong with a Volcano vaporizer. One of the most famous vaporizers around, the Volcano has been on the market for over 10 years and is still considered the top of the line must-have vaporizer.
The Volcano is a desktop vaporizer, meaning it needs to be plugged into the wall in order to work, so it is best for at-home use. It is a balloon vaporizer and uses an internal air pump to fill a bag with vapour that you can inhale. The bag method of vaporizing has proven to be a popular choice among all kinds of vapers, as it is convenient, easy and produces very smooth and tasty vapour.
The Volcano is manufactured in Germany by Storz & Bickel and utilises a patented Aluminium heat exchanger that responds fast to temperature fluctuations. This keeps the temperature inside the heat chamber at a very consistent level, providing even and ultra efficient vaporization. Thanks to this technology, Storz & Bickel estimate the Volcano is up to 75% more effective than traditional combustion methods.
The Volcano is available in a digital or analogue “Classic” model and has two different balloon systems to choose from. The Easy Valve set comes pre-assembled with bags and mouthpieces already attached, and is available in two different sizes. The Solid Valve requires user-assembly but allows you to fit any size bag you like.
Also made by Storz & Bickel, the Mighty is a high-powered portable vaporizer that produces exceptional vapour. Powered by two Lithium-Ion batteries, the Mighty utilises the same Aluminium heat exchanger and precise digital temperature control for efficient and consistent vaporization.
The Mighty has a digital display similar to the Volcano Digit, which shows both the set and actual temperatures and is controlled by two simple + and - buttons. Intuitive and designed for ease of use, the Mighty combines cutting edge technology with simple operation that anyone can figure out. 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. The Mighty also has an auto shut-off function that conserves battery power when it's idle. One full charge should provide around 90 minutes of continuous use, but the Mighty also features pass-through capability, so you can plug it in and continue to vape when the battery runs flat.
So that vapour is always smooth and enjoyable, the Mighty incorporates a cooling unit that regulates temperature as you draw. Situated between the herb chamber and the mouthpiece, this cooling unit draws vapour through a series of channels so it has time to cool before it reaches your mouth. Even on higher temperature settings, draws from the Mighty stay pleasant and comfortable with no harsh or dry hits.
The Mighty is large for a portable, measuring 14cm high and 8cm wide, so is not the most pocket-friendly device.
Very popular among the vaping community, the Arizer Solo is a high quality mid-priced portable vaporizer that produces very nice vapour. Made in Canada, the Solo is an analogue vaporizer with seven pre-set temperature levels between 50°C and 210°C. With a high quality ceramic element and glass draw stem, the Solo heats evenly and consistently to produce clean, potent vapour with great taste.
The newest version of the Arizer Solo can be used while charging and features improved airflow to the herb chamber for optimized vapour production. It is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery and will provide around 1-2 hours of continuous use per charge. It also features an auto-shutoff to preserve battery life while sitting idle.
The Arizer Solo base unit is durable, with a rock solid outer shell that protects against scratches and general wear and tear. Internally, there is a solid foundation surrounding the ceramic element to keep it well protected and functioning efficiently. Although the base unit is durable, the separate glass stem can be an issue for those wanting to take their Solo out and about. While the Solo can be taken out of the house, extra care has to be taken to keep this stem protected while on the go.
The Solo measures 11.4cm high and 4cm wide (not including draw stem) but the newest version, the Arizer Air, is around half the size and provides the same high quality extraction in a smaller unit.
Once again, the makers of the Volcano make a top 5 list with their analogue desktop unit the Plenty. It looks like a power tool, and it certainly is powerful in its own right, providing smooth, cool, and potent vapour hits.
The Plenty is a plugin hand-held unit. It utilises analogue temperature control shown by a thermometer on its face. This thermometer measures the temperature right at the heating chamber itself, so you always know you're getting an accurate readout. The Plenty's temperature ranges from 130°C - 202°C, which may not be suitable for users who like to vape in the higher temperature ranges.
The Plenty uses Storz & Bickel's patented Aluminium heat exchanger to regulate temperature and provide very consistent heating. It has a very large, flat herb chamber, which increases the total surface area of your botanicals for the ultimate in efficient extraction. The Plenty works best with a full chamber, but comes with a Liquid Pad that can be used to fill in extra space when vaporizing a smaller amount of herb.
The Plenty's unique spiral mouthpiece performs a very important function. As you draw, the stainless steel cooling spiral regulates the temperature of your vapour before it reaches your mouth, so hits from the Plenty are always cool and comfortable.
While the Plenty does perform exceptionally well, its hand-held design can make it awkward to use. While this is not an issue for some users, it can be inconvenient for others. However, it is a great option if you want a vaporizer to pass around with friends, as it's very easy to pass the Plenty around a small group of people.
The PAX 2 is one of the smallest dry herb vaporizers on the market and is extremely stealthy and pocket-friendly. A big hit among users looking for an ultra-discreet portable, the PAX 2 heats fast and features four pre-set temperatures ranging from 180°C - 210°C and operates using just one button.
Simple in appearance and design, the PAX 2 also incorporates some impressive technology. It has lip and motion sensing technologies that allow it to adjust to the way you use it. When you take a draw, the PAX 2 responds by bumping up the temperature in the chamber to make up for any cooling caused by airflow. This keeps conditions steady and yields more efficient vapour extraction.
The PAX 2 also uses motion sensors to respond to gestures, such as shaking the device to check battery levels. When the PAX is sitting idle, it will respond by activating the battery-saving “standby mode” and will re-engage heat when you pick it up again. There are also has hidden games and a secret “party mode” for you to discover.
The PAX 2 is sleek, with a durable anodized aluminium exterior. It measures just 98mm high and 31mm wide and has four petal-shaped LED indicators on the front. The PAX communicates with colour-coded LED notifications to signal its charging, idle and heating status as well as heat settings.
While its small size and intuitive operation are a plus, the PAX 2's small stature does affect its performance as a vaporizer. Because it heats so fast and to a high temperature range, it can get hot to hold and draw from with use, and can also produce harsh vapour hits at higher settings. It is also difficult to maintain, as the small air path gets clogged easily and regular cleaning is required to keep it functioning properly. All in all, it's a good choice for vapers looking for a stealthy dry herb vaporizer that's easy to use.