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Vaporizer Buying Guide 2020

In the ever evolving world of vaporizers there are a lot of options to choose from, based the material you want vaporize and where you plan on using it most. There are portables, desktop units, vape pens, eRigs and new vaporizers being released frequently. While there may not be one vaporizer that is universally "the best" for everyone, with a bit of knowledge you should be able to find a vape that fits your needs.

Types of Vapes

There are two types of vaporizers, desktop and portable. From those main categories, it can be broken down further into subcategories based on the material that will be vaporized. This includes eRigs or vape pens that can be used to dab concentrates or dry herb portable vaporizers that are slightly large than the slim wax pens and often feature rechargeable batteries for longer sessions while on the go. When you know exactly what you're looking for in a vaporizer, it's easier to make a decision.

Desktop Vaporizers

  • Biggest build with the largest material capacity
  • Directly plugs into a power outlet for largest output of any vaporizer type
  • Available in forced air (balloon bag) or direct draw (whip style)

Desktop or tabletop vaporizers are perfect for those who only intend to use their vape at home. Powered by direct plug-in to a wall outlet, these vaporizers are the most powerful on the market and high-end units feature full temperature control to the specific degree. Being able to precisely dial in the temp means highly efficient vaporization no matter the consistency of your herbal material. 

Portable Vaporizers

  • Most models offer multiple temp settings (some with precise control)
  • Can be used on the go with some portables utilizing removeable/rechargeable batteries
  • Generally compatible with dry herb, while some units can also vape concentrates

Generally designed for dry herb use, portable vaporizers are a great option if you prefer to consume flower while not being restricted to home use only. Some units do vaporize concentrates, just usually not as efficiently as a vape pen does. Portable vaporizers can feature removeable and rechargeable batteries (such as 18650) to ensure you've always got a charge ready to go.

Vape Pens

  • Incredibly compact, some as thin as a #2 pencil
  • Very efficient at vaporizing concentrates while most dry herb units under perform or char
  • Great vaporizer option for those frequently on the go

Due to their compact size, vape pens are often intended for dabbing or concentrate vaping and don't produce enough heat to vaporize dry herb efficiently. Early dry herb vape pens frequently charred or burned the herb instead of vaporizing, essentially making them electronic hand pipes, NOT actually vaporizers.


Some of the newer vape technology on the market, eRigs are made for efficiently dabbing wax without requiring a torch lighter to heat the nail before applying your concentrate.

How Much Do Vapes Cost?

Depending on your budget, there is a pretty wide range of vaporizer prices, but remember that you do get what you pay for.

Cheap Vaporizers

These are the low cost units, we're talking vaporizers under $100.

Mid-Range Vaporizers

This price level would be units in the $100 to $200 range.

High-End Vaporizers

We're talking about $200+ in this group, the really expensive units on the market.