In this article:
- Benefits of vaping
- Health claims of vaping
- Which vaporizer works best for you
- Atomizer vs. Cartomizer vs. Clearomizer
- Wax concentrates (dabs), oil concentrates, dry herbs
- Our top rated portable vaporizers
Vaping has slowly been building over the past few years giving people a unique way of enjoying a tasteful and safer alternative to smoking, whether it’s cigarettes, cigars or marijuana.
Why Vape? To exercise freedom of choice.
Tobacco companies have been putting nicotine and other addictive chemicals in cigarettes for decades. If you smoke cigarettes and may be considering switching over to vaping, you can have the same sensation of smoking with or without nicotine, but without all the harsh addictive and harmful chemicals found in regular cigarettes, or ‘analogue cigs’, as the vaping community likes to call them.
From the nicotine patch, nicotine gum, hypnosis to acupuncture, cigarette smokers have been trying to quit smoking for decades without much success because of the addictive nicotine and the 4,000+ chemicals found in just a single cigarette. 51 of those chemicals are cancer causing, killing over 400,000 people each and every year.
However, most vaporizers provide a non-combustible way for smokers to ‘vape’ other types of mediums such as herbs, wax concentrates, oil concentrates, and perhaps marijuana. Vaporizer technology heats marijuana to a point where cannabinoid vapors form, but below the point of combustion. Clinical trials evaluating the technology conclude that vaporization is a “safe and effective” cannabinoid delivery mode that “does not result in exposure to combustion gases.”
There is yet another sector of people who may have never smoked cigarettes, but are enjoying the legal (or illegal) benefits of smoking marijuana, either in the form of a joint, bong, pipe, or other apparatus, for recreational or medicinal purposes.
There are claims that vaporizing marijuana will get you higher than smoking it because you’re inhaling pure vapor without any of the carbon byproducts of burning or combusting it, which makes for a ‘cleaner’ high.
The science behind the negative health claims of vaping
A small number of recent studies have shown that vaporizing e-juice, which is a flavored liquid in a base of propylene glycol (PG) or vegetable glycerin (VG), contain toxic chemicals in products that were obtained from Japan. But we’re happy to put those claims to rest and shed light on the realities of these so-called studies.
The studies in question have been emerging from researchers using the vaporizers in ways that were never meant to be used, such as allowing the vaporized e-juice to exceed the recommended heat levels, which excessively burn the heating chamber and coil element, releasing nanoparticles and harmful chemicals. The e-juices that were used in the study came from Japan, which commonly contain unsafe levels of chemicals in the e-juices themselves such as formaldehyde and other toxic substances.
There are also biased negative claims by major media outlets about e-cigs or vaporizing using the same flawed studies for their news.
Media outlets receive large amounts of money from Big Tobacco, and in favor, push out negative press about this new technology, simply because it’s infringing on the profits of the tobacco industry.
Indeed, there are some e-juices sold from Japan that contain toxic levels of chemicals, but if one were to purchase vaping products such as e-juice from a reputable source in an organic form, and not from Japan, there have been no issues or studies reported having contaminants in the vapor.
From the National Institute for Health (NIH), there is a recent study which has shown that:
Surveys, clinical, chemistry and toxicology data have often been misrepresented or misinterpreted by health authorities and tobacco regulators, in such a way that the potential for harmful consequences of EC use has been largely exaggerated. It is obvious that some residual risk associated with EC use may be present, but this is probably trivial compared with the devastating consequences of smoking.” (Study link).
For those who are interested in quitting smoking, or for the hobbyist who’d like to dabble in the ‘vape craze’ that’s sweeping the nation, or for people who’d rather not ingest combustion gases, we bring you The Ultimate Guide to The Best Vaporizers For Marijuana. Mostly all of the vaporizers that we will be showcasing also allow for wax and oil concentrates, as well as dry herb.
Which vaporizer is best for you?
There are basically three types of Vaporizers, all in similar forms, yet are distinctly different from one another as you will discover below.
There is a fourth type of vaporizer called a Desktop Vaporizer, which is not very portable and can be large, so we’re leaving out this particular type of vaporizer from our guide because it is used mostly for people who would rather use a ‘leave at home’ device.
- Electronic Cigarette
- Vaporizer Pen
- Mechanical Vape Mod
What is mAh?
When you shop online for e-cigarettes or vaporizers, you’ll frequently see the term “mAh” mentioned in battery specifications. You might correctly assume that a higher mAh number must be better, but what does the term actually mean?
Vaporizer batteries come in all shapes, colors, sizes and power. mAh is short for milliamp-hour, and it’s a term that describes the total charge capacity of a battery. In other words, a battery rated at 1000 mAh can deliver one amp of power for one hour before it dies. The higher the mAh in most cases, the bigger the battery and longer battery life, as well as being more powerful than the lower mAh batteries.
All portable vaporizers have a battery which can be a non-removable enclosed rechargeable battery, or a separate battery that can be screwed onto a ‘tank’ which is called an Atomizer, Cartomizer, or Clearomizer. We’ll briefly explain the three different types of tanks that can be used in the next section below.
What is an Atomizer vs. Cartomizer vs. Clearomizer?
Below are the three major type of tanks on the market today. An Atomizer, Cartomizer, and a Clearomizer, are devices that you screw onto a battery. One of the three tanks that you can use, which we give an overview of three different types below, you simply insert a wax concentrate, e-juice, dry herb or oil concentrate to deliver vapor through the mouthpiece. All three type of devices work on the same principle of heating e-juice to a temperature of vaporization.
It is important to note that there is no clear winner between Atomizer, Cartomizer, and Clearomizer. All three deliver vapor, and while they can range in price, style, size and weight, they all basically function similar to each other. Take a look below to get a better understanding of each.
Types of marijuana than can be used
Vaporizers have changed a lot since the development of concentrates in wax and oil form. Now that THC and CBD from marijuana comes in concentrated oil and wax forms, vaporizers don’t have to be big and bulky as they once were to do their job. Vaporizer pens are pretty much the go-to vaporizer for any type of concentrate. But the classic dry herb vaporizer technology has improved quite a bit as well. Let’s find out which medium of product is best for you. It’s totally your preference as to what medium you choose to vaporize.
Marijuana Wax Concentrate
Under the umbrella of marijuana concentrates falls any product procured through an extraction process. Solvents such as butane, CO2, or ethanol strip compounds from the cannabis plant, leave behind a product with cannabinoids packed in every dose. Some types of concentrates test as high as 80% in THC, while others rich in non-psychoactive compounds like CBD deliver an altogether “high-less” experience. If you prefer wax concentrate to dry herb, then you have many vaporizer options to choose from.
Oil “Concentrates” are becoming an ambiguous word in the cannabis industry. It could refer to the wax you vaporize, the tincture under your tongue, or the orally administered THC-free high CBD (cannabidiol) cannabis oil that’s changing attitudes toward cannabis everywhere. The future of cannabis is steering toward these potent concentrated forms, especially as the therapeutic potential of non-smoking methods is realized by the public. Though oil concentrates from cannabis can be vaporized as well.
Dry herb is still the most popular form of vaporization. Simply vaporizing the original product is much easier than getting it into wax or liquid form, or paying more for it to be produced. Because there is such a wide range of dry herb vaporizers, it mostly comes down to your budget.
We’ll start out with the least expensive vaporizers. Mind you, the least expensive on our list doesn’t mean that they’re cheap or poorly made. These are our best picks from personal use and reviews from various sources.
Our Best Rated Portable Vaporizers
Atmos Bullet-2-Go PLUS
Meet the world’s smallest and most affordable pen-style vaporizer. If you’re just starting out wanting to know what vaping feels like, this compact and inexpensive unit makes it easy to start vaping. It features a wickless ceramic heating chamber, with three different heating chambers for efficient vaporization of your favorite dry herbs, wax or oil concentrates. Each chamber included is specifically designed to vaporize your different materials with maximum efficiency. This ensures that your heating chambers stay clean and provide reliable vapor production.
The Pros: Very portable and heavy duty design. Allows for any kind of vape medium such as oil, wax, e-juice and dry herb.
The Cons: Small battery which may not last as long as other high- end vaporizers; the tank/chamber is on the smaller side.
The Cloutank M3 complete starter kit offers an all in one new advanced easy to use system to vaporize your favorite dry herbal or wax products all from one vaporizer setup. The M3’s Premium built design and simple to use and clean system makes it one of the very best dry herb vapor solutions available to date.
Self Cleaning is a one-push operation allowing you to clean the chamber easily without any tool set or removing the chamber also allowing you to “re-mix” your herbs inside the chamber with just a simple push.
The Pros: Three different tanks included for dry herb, wax and e-juice. One push cleaning.
The Cons: Can be cumbersome having to switch out tanks.
Kanger EMOW Mega Variable Voltage Kit
The new Kangertech emow Starter Kit is a top of the line electronic cigarette that is a perfect choice for those who want the very best quality that money can buy. The battery has 1600mAh of power, which means the charge will last all day. It is also equipped with a variable voltage feature. Simply turn the dial on the bottom of the battery to control your desired hit intensity.
This high quality electronic cigarette starter kit also comes with the new emow clearomizer, Kanger’s latest bottom dual-coil clearomizer technology.
The Pros: High quality build, long lasting battery life, variable voltage.
The Cons: Doesn’t come with a carrying case.
Aspire Premium Starter Kit
This starter kit comes with an attractively powerful Aspire CF Variable Voltage 1000mAh battery and a Nautilus Mini Clearomizer tank. The CF VV+ battery features stainless steel endpoints, a metal button, and a carbon fiber coated tube. The Aspire battery contains a revolutionary floating spring connector. This unique technology ensures that there will always be a strong connection between the battery and e-cigarette tank. To adjust the voltage, rotate the rotary knob at the bottom of the battery.
The Pros: Arguably one of the best all inclusive vape kits on the market with many features.
The Cons: The LED display can be hard to read in poor light.
Original microG Vaporizer
The original microG by Grenco Science may be micro in size, but delivers large clouds of vapor at the push of a button. Designed to vaporize solid concentrates quickly and efficiently, the microG easily fits in your pocket for on-the-go use. Simple loading and simple operation makes the microG one of the most user-friendly portable vaporizers available.
At 4” in length, the microG is sleek, stealthy, fits in the palm of your hand, and is one of the smallest solid concentrate vaporizers available. Even when you are out and about, you’ll always have access to high-quality vapor.
The Pros: Fits in the Palm of Your Hand, 5-Click Battery Lock.
The Cons: Very small and can get lost easily, small battery life.
G Pro Vaporizer
One button operation for simple on-the-go vaporization. Deep, easy to load chamber for long lasting vapor. Three variable temperature settings enable a unique and precise vaping experience.
Internal structure is comprised of a heavy duty, stainless steel heating chamber. Pocket friendly portability allows vaping anywhere.
The Pros: Pocket Friendly Design, One Button Operation, 5-Click Battery Lock.
The Cons: Mouthpiece can get warm.
VapeDynamics HERA offers a real vaping experience with multiple temperature vaporizer featuring combustion-free burning via using the advanced technology. Multiple Temperature Control ensures perfect function and purest vaporization process possible, no combustion.
Medical grade stainless steel wide and easy to clean heating chamber.
The Pros: Digital display, medical grade stainless steel, very ergonomic and good compact size.
The Cons: Mouthpiece can get warm at higher temperatures.
Summit Vaporizer by Vapium
The Summit Vaporizer is a rugged portable vaporizer that is as powerful as it is easy to use. Ergonomic textured easy-grip design with tethered, magnetic lid is a snap-together assembly. The Summit refines industry standards of both utility and style.
This much less expensive, simple, lightweight device beats the ceramic perfection of many top of the line vaporizers. It is perfect right out of the box.
The Pros: Easy maintenance, magnetic snap-together assembly, durable, high-strength exterior.
The Cons: More bulky than vape pens, not as slim as other vaporizers.
VapeDynamics Laguna v2.0S
This pen-style vaporizer works with dry herb, oil, wax and other solids all on the go with no exposed heating coil.
The original VapeDynamics V1.0 dry herb vaporizer has been changed and improved in nearly every aspect of the product. With this new and improved version, it gives you a portable and sleek design combined with simple instructions to enhance your vaporizing experience. It’s a capable of producing true vapor with absolutely no combustion.
The Pros: All-in-one box and mouthpiece design, digital display, good size heating chamber, fairly stealthy, good battery life, and great design.
The Cons: The mouthpiece is made of plastic, like many vaporizers are, but this one can be knocked off easily.
VapeDynamics Duo (V2.0)
We’re stepping it up a notch with the VapeDynamics Duo Vaporizer! It’s the world’s first Dual Mode Vaporizer. It allows you to seamlessly switch between Herbal Mode with a reinforced ceramic oven and Liquid/Wax Mode with 510 threading that works with any atomizer. You have great choices to vape any way you want with a smart, reliable, high-precision digital vaporizer that delivers unrivaled performance for dry herb, e-liquid and wax concentrate.
The Pros: This device can vape dry herb, wax and e-liquid. The device is made of high quality material and the design is very easy to use and understand the settings.
The Cons: Not as small or portable as other units. The wax tank is sold separately.
The PAX 2 model has a small and lightweight design, and has revolutionary features. PAX is easily taken out and about and heats in under a minute. Its refined design is sleek, stylish, and durable. The PAX 2 features 3 temperature presets for optimal vaporization, and utilizes a Lithium-ion rechargeable internal battery that charges in under 2 hours and lasts for up to 2 hours of continuous use.
The Pros: The most sleek and portable vaporizers on the market, and fits nice and flat in pocket; high amount of vapor produced, stylish and very inconspicuous. The features that this unit boasts is uncomparable in the category of vaporizers.
The Cons: No cons to speak of at this time of publishing.
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