With so many vaporizers and vaporizer companies popping up all over the place in recent months, it can be a tough decision when choosing something new for your collection. There are a couple of things to consider when it comes to finding the right vaporizer to fit your needs. Ask yourself, “how much money am I willing to spend?” “is it for flowers or concentrates?” “do I want this thing to be portable or just something to have at home?"
Whatever your needs may be, we have compiled what we consider to be the best handheld and desktop vapes.
To start it off, we have the Volcano by Storz and Bickel. This is the Lamborghini of vaporizers and has set the standard for others to follow. There are two different iterations of the Volcano, the Classic and Digital. The Classic has a bi-metallic thermostat with rotary dial for controlling the temperature and has a heat range of 266°F - 446°F; it’s also effortless to use. The Digitals’ only real differentiating trait is the large LED Display and the slightly lower minimum temperature of 104°F, but with the LED Display you do get pinpoint precision over the temperature. Overall, the Volcano is a powerhouse and delivers on the quality of vapor that it produces. Let’s not forget to mention the ease of use when you’ve got multiple friends in a session with its extremely unique Easy Valve and vapor bag delivery system that can be quickly passed around until it’s empty; then it's just as simple to fill it back up and keep the rotation going.
Another excellent desktop vape would have to be the VaporBrothers Vaporizer. With two beautiful wood finishes to choose from, this makes for a solid choice for both the beginner vaper or the vaping veteran. More of a solo session style vape, this thing produces some tasty vapor with is porcelanite heating element. VaporBrothers are the originators of the glass on glass whip-style handpiece. Something else worth noting is that VaporBrothers handcrafts each unit in California and their number one concern is the health and safety of the end user, so you can rest assured knowing that the utmost care went into the design of this product.
The last desktop vape we’re talking about is the Silver Surfer from 7th Floor Vapes. This vaporizer is super straightforward, each vape comes with a custom hand-blown glass temperature knob to ensure that no two Silver Surfers are alike, and it comes in a couple of different colors, so you know that you will be able to find something that vibes just right with your style. As an added plus, it comes with a padded carrying case. Badass right? Another cool thing about this vape is the ceramic heating element. The only real downside to this unit is that you can’t know exactly where you are setting the temperature but once you find that sweet spot you will be blowing clouds of some excellent quality vapor. The Silver Surfer is built and tested by hand in Colorado, USA. Worth considering if you are on the hunt for a new desktop vape.
In recent years, we have seen technological improvements that allow us to create extraordinarily portable and efficient vaporizers. Whether you’re looking for something for flowers, concentrates, or both, there is something to fit your needs. We will be talking about a concentrate vape, a flower vape, and a hybrid.
If you haven’t heard of the Linx Hypnos Zero, then let me introduce you to one of the best concentrate pens available. Featuring a ceramic plate atomizer for flavorful low-temp hits, four temperature settings, great air pathways, and a battery life that beats most other comparable pens on the market, this pen is hard to beat when it comes to concentrate vaporization on-the-go. There are really only two negative things that you can say about this pen: The mouthpiece can get dirty fairly quickly, and the amount of vapor produced is not as thick as standard concentrate pens with an actual coil, but the purity of flavor this pen delivers will never have that burnt dab taste. A trade-off well worth it, right?
Next, we have the DaVinci IQ. Offering up some incredibly delicious vapor from its completely ceramic oven and vapor path, this is probably the best conduction vape available. What isn’t there to like about this vape? It looks and feels great in your hands, is extremely easy to load, produces quality vapor, has replaceable 18650 batteries, an app, haptic feedback, and the list goes on. The pros heavily outweigh the cons for this piece. If I had to say something negative about the IQ is how you have to fully load the oven to get the best vapor, but DaVinci is one-step ahead of the game with a built-in spacer on the oven. The pearl is mounted on a silicone post that is threaded, and you can turn the pearl on the post to adjust and reduce the size of your bowl by 30%. They do have spacers on their site now so you can get economical with your chamber loads! Overall, a fantastic handheld flower vape.
One of the most well-known and established names in handheld vaporizers, we had to wrap things up with the PAX 3. Just recently they realized some new matte colorways, which look incredible. The PAX 2 already improved upon everything that the original PAX fell short with: simpler mouthpiece, an even more slick design, and upgraded heating and airways. In comes the PAX 3 that just improved even more on the heating element introduced concentrate compatibility, haptic feedback, and a smartphone app. The PAX 3 somehow heats up even faster than the PAX 2, going from cold to hot in about 30 seconds from a full charge, and gets back up to temperature within about 5 or so seconds between draws. While the PAX is a beautiful and well functioning piece of equipment, it has its shortcomings. The first thing would be that the polished metallic finish makes it very hard to hide any scratches or dings, although that it is a minor complaint. Another thing is the metal oven, which transfers heat a little less efficiently than some similar vapes out there. Finally, while the added concentrate accessories are a nice addition, they could be improved on to make the PAX 3 a more viable competitor in the concentrate arena.
There are, of course, so many different options that are available right now and this was just a small offering of what is out there, and we hope to have helped you achieve a clear and better understanding of what exactly it is that you are looking for in a vaporizer.