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The Ultimate Guide to The Best Vaporizers For Cannabis


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:

“Existing evidence indicates that EC (e-cigs) use is by far a less harmful alternative to smoking. There is no tobacco and no combustion involved in EC use; therefore, regular vapers may avoid several harmful toxic chemicals that are typically present in the smoke of tobacco cigarettes.

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.

Left: Disposable electronic Cigarette (E-cig) , Middle: Rechargeable Vaporizer Pen, Right: Mechanical Mod


The components of a majority of Vaporizer Pens

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
An electronic cigarette (e-cig or e-cigarette), personal vaporizer (PV) or electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) is a battery-powered vaporizer which produces a similar feel to tobacco smoking. Electronic cigarettes produce an aerosol, commonly called vapor, rather than cigarette smoke, which the user inhales. In general, e-cigarettes have a heating element that atomizes a liquid solution known as e-liquid. They are available as one-time use products or as reusable products. They can be disposable or non-disposable.
A vaporizer or vaporiser is a device used to vaporize the active ingredients of plant material, commonly cannabis, tobacco, or other herbs or blends for the purpose of inhalation. However, they can be used with pure chemicals when mixed with plant material (e.g. tobacco-free nicotine). Vaporizers contain various forms of extraction chambers and are made of materials such as metal or glass. The extracted vapor may be collected in an inflatable bag, or inhaled directly through a hose or pipe. With no combustion happening when used properly and cooler temperatures, a significantly better efficiency in extracting the ingredients can be obtained. Hence, the irritating and harmful effects of smoking are heavily reduced, as is secondhand smoke.
A vape mod or Mechanical Vape Mod is simply a vape pen on steroids. Its a much bigger, more powerful vape pen. It has more functionality than a vape pen and was designed to produce more vapor, increase the throat hit and increase the overall flavor of e juice. The Vape Pen Mod is armed with a much bigger, and bulkier, battery which produces the increased vapor production and overall flavor of your vape. It is a “modded” vape pen. Most vape pen mods work the same way as a vape pens, except there is more flexibility with power, usage and the overall design of the tanks (RBA’s and RDA’s). The power of mechanical mods can be self regulated with different size batteries, multiple size kanthal wires (Heating Coil) along with different wicks such as cotton, silica wick or Ekowool.

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

best wax vaporizer 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

Image result for Cannabis oilOil “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

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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

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 Price: $24.95

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.

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Cloutank M3


Price: $49.99

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.

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Kanger EMOW Mega Variable Voltage Kit

Price: $54.99

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.

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Aspire Premium Starter Kit

E cigarette Starter Kit

Price:  $59.49

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.

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Original microG Vaporizer

Price: $79.95

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.

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G Pro Vaporizer

Price: $89.95

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.

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VapeDynamics HERA


Price: $149.99

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.

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Summit Vaporizer by Vapium


Price: $149.99

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.

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VapeDynamics Laguna v2.0S

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Price: $139.99

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.

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VapeDynamics Duo (V2.0)

VapeDynamics Duo (V2.0) Vaporizer

Price: $179.99

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.

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Price: $199.99

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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  • Renee Higgins

    Thank you so much for this guide. Probably the most comprehensive breakdown of what vapes are all about online.

    So much great information on here! There’s so many vaporizers to choose online, but this really explained everything to know about vaping, and since I’m a newbie, I’ll definitely be bookmarking and coming back to this page often.

    Thanks again!

  • Rasha Kahn

    I love my Atmos Bullet-2-Go. I just started vaping and this is definitely a nice vape to start with. I can see myself going up to a different vape that will cost more, because this one has a small chamber, but it’s something I really look forward to now on almost a daily basis. Thanks for a really good article and info.

  • Tina

    IMO you have the best vaporizer but what about the best vapor juice you can make on your own? So i did my research…. here is what i have found out.

    Vapeur Extract is one of the best catalyst to make your oils into e-liquids for vapors.

    • Rshan Mancin

      I tried it out and you are right, there was no taste at all, i also ordered the blueberry flavor and it was to die for

  • Rockin Pete

    How do you load dry herb into the the aspire? I tried putting some into the vaporizer chamber (away from the liquid) but it just got wet.

  • David Foster

    Just curious as to what other parts you need to vape the actual flower…and not juice. I have the aspire, and really don’t want to have to buy a whole new kit if I can just get a small part.

    • Thanks for your comment, David. The aspire comes with four chambers. If they have a chamber without an exposed heating coil in it, you can put your dry herb in it and not get a combustible draw, though the aspire, from what we’ve read, may not be best suited for dry herb combustion, but rather, better suited for a tincture or concentrate. If you want a true herb vaporizer, we suggest one that isn’t combustible like the Summit or Pax vaporizers, which are our top picks and give you a non-combustible draw without any harshness or additives in the vapor as seen with other combustible vaporizers.

  • Thanks for your question, Pete. If you’re using the Aspire as a dry herb vaporizer and not using e-juice, you can use a non-used chamber which is combustible to get your vapor. Though we recommend using the Aspire mostly for tinctures or concentrates (dabs/wax) or e-juice. Your best bet if you want a true vape experience without the combustion and the harsh additives that come with it, is having one that gives you a true dry herb vaping experience like the Summit or Pax vaporizer. They’re both non-combustible and have adjustable heating controls. I hope that answered your question.

  • Vern

    I have the pax and i recommend it. Produces great clouds


    I have a question regarding medical cbd wax. As an epileptic medical marijuana user, which vaporizer would be best reccomended as one for on the go/emergency doses? Like while on campus or working and whatnot.

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  • Brian Keith Smith

    My Arizer Solo beats most of those shown for dry flowers. The Pax is nice. The oil pens are likely to outgas bad chemicals due to materials not designed for repeated heating.

  • ghengis

    can anyone recommend a portable vaporizer for everyday use which can deal with solids aswel as dry herb. “Airizer solo” looks the best option or maybe “Airizer air”

  • Zach

    Hello, I have a regular Oil vape, with a battery and a tank for only oil called as “Vapor Storm Box Mod KIT” Can I just buy an atmoizer tank for dry herb and enjoy?

  • winston16s

    What is the best option for THC Liquid E-Juice? I have tried many different clearomizers, but I always end up getting the burnt metal taste. I assume I need to get away from wicks and do strictly ceramic heating. Any advice? I’m still semi-new to this world. And BTW, Pax is the best for dry herb. Have had mine for years and it still works great!


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