While the majority of cannabis is consumed via combustion, vaporization is quickly becoming a popular alternative, due in part to the popularization of herbal vaporizers. Unlike conventional combustion methods, vaporizers heat the material to a specific temperature and allow it to transform into vapor. The vapor produced is cleaner than smoke, while also preserving the flavor of the herb and maintaining its potency.

When looking at herbal vaporizers, there are two distinct categories that buyers should look at. First up is the more traditional desktop vaporizer. This style of herbal vaporizer is meant to be used in a home environment and is ideal for group vaping sessions. They generally produce large amounts of vapor and are quite easy to share among multiple users.

On the other hand, portable vaporizers are somewhat limited in capabilities but do allow users to vaporize herbal material whenever they want. Many portable units have the same temperature control systems as larger units, ensuring they hit and maintain the desired temperature to vaporizer herbal material.

Why choose an herbal vaporizer

Anyone who is already smoking cannabis, whether it be recreationally or medicinally, should consider vaping as it provides a more efficient and cost-effective experience. This is largely due in part to the heating technology used in herbal vaporizers, which heats a specific material to the point of vaporization without causing burning. In some cases, this temperature can be adjusted by the user, but it will generally be under the temperature required for combustion.

Generally speaking, all herbal vaporizers are placed in two distinct categories; portable and desktop. As their names suggest, the two styles of vaporizers determine where they are best used. While both do share similar technology, there are some distinct differences that make the vaporizers perfect for at home or on the go vaping.

Utilian 420 Vaporizer

Utilian 420 Vaporizer

Designed by Utilian, the Utilian 420 vaporizer is a pocket friendly and compact device designed to be used while on the go. Equipped with 4 pre-set temperature settings (190C, 200C, 210C, 220C) and a large battery, the Utilian 420 is high-quality portable vaporizer that combines form with function. All of the device’s operations are controlled via a single button and a clear display on the top of the device lets users know what temperature the Utilian 420 is firing at.

Score: 8.8/10

Digital Volcano Vaporizer with Easy Valve by Storz & Bickel

Digital Volcano Vaporizer with Easy Valve by Storz & Bickel

Considered to be the most popular vaporizer, the Digital Volcano Vaporizer is often the first thing people picture when imagining a desktop vape. Designed to work with dry herbs and concentrates, this new version of the Digital Volcano Vaporizer comes with an upgraded temperature control system for greater precision. The Digital Volcano Vaporizer is also incredibly simple to use — you simply need to plug it in and choose your temperature — and produces exceptional amounts of vapor.

Score: 9/10

Arizer Extreme Q Herbal Vaporizer

Arizer Extreme Q Herbal Vaporizer

Versatility is something often desired by herbal vape enthusiasts and the Extreme Q Herbal Vaporizer offers this in a high-quality package. Equipped with a boro-silicate herb chamber and a three speed fan, the desktop vaporizer can either fill a detachable balloon with vapor, or can be drawn directly from the device using a tube whip system. 4 onboard buttons can be used to control the settings of the device, while a bright LED screen clearly shows what temperature and settings the device is currently running.

Score: 9.2/10



Pax Labs has become legendary thanks to the Pax device and this latest iteration shows that the company is still able to innovate. Highly portable and incredibly efficient, the Pax 3 Vaporizer packs a 3500mAh battery and a 15 second heat time, allowing for 5-10 vaping sessions before requiring a charge. The device itself is crafted from polished aluminum and features a single button. This button controls all the operations of the Pax 3 and can be used to scroll through 4 different preset temperatures.

Score: 10/10

Why we chose these vape mods

While the majority of herbal vaporizers contain some sort of innovative technology, the items featured on this list showcase something consumers will find immediately impactful. The features offered in each of these products elevates them to a higher level and are sure to draw in enthusiasts looking for a perfect vape.

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