Best Portable Herb Vaporizers 2020

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Updated: Jan 2, 2020

If you want to find out what is currently the best herb vaporizer available look no further than our Best Portable Herb Vaporizer ranking. Our rankings are updated constantly to reflect all major vaporizers on the market and how all other units compare. According to survey data we published, which went viral with 742 comments, 81% of vapers preferred a portable vaporizer. Each one of the portable herb vaporizers we rate are tested thoroughly by our review team, to ensure our ranking is as acurate as possible. The ratings are refined as post purchase customer feedback comes in through reviews and emails. The rating criteria themselves have been carefully selected and refined over the years. In case you would like to see more about our performance specs rating methodology, follow the link. Also, be sure to check out the Best Oil Pen Vapes, Best Wax Pens and Desktop Herb Vaporizers if you are in the market for those devices as well.

Zeus Arc

9.6
Score

Zeus Arc

Named 'Cannabis Product of the Year' at O'Cannabiz in 2019, the Zeus Arc is one of the best portable vaporizers on the market, its small, slim and packed full of features like haptic feedback and accelerometer. The Zeus Arc has a powerful 3500mah battery that offers users 90 minutes of battery life. This high-performance vaporizer packs a punch in the vapor department, offering tons of horse power under a tiny chassis.


Mighty

9.4
Score

Mighty

The Mighty is easily one of the best vaporizers available and uses the same convection heating as the Crafty and is also manufactured by Storz & Bickel. The difference with the mighty is that it is about 30% larger and has double the battery life. There are many vapers that prefer the Mighty over the Crafty for its ease of use, and are willing to carry around the extra size and weight.


Utillian 722

9.3
Score

Utillian 722

The Utillian 722 vaporizer brings a breath of fresh air to the award-winning Utillian line, sporting a new look and great convection vapor for dry herbs and concentrates. The 722 vaporizer heats up in 30 seconds and offers refined airflow, an improved boost mode, a higher maximum temperature, and a large stainless steel chamber which results in more efficient full-spectrum vaporization. Inside the 722 vaporizer is a 2300mah internal battery providing 60 minutes of battery life and charges via USB. The 722 can also double as wax device with the include wax canister making it extremely versatile.


Arizer Solo 2

9.2
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Arizer Solo 2

The Arizer Solo 2 is the latest and greatest from Canadian vapor giants Arizer. The Solo 2 improves on the classic Arizer Solo design, increasing airflow, adding a digital display, precise temperature control, and a whole host of customization options at your fingertips. It also boasts an impressive 3 hours of battery life, making the Solo 2 an absolute workhorse and one of the best vaporizers available.


Utillian 721

9.1
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Utillian 721

Convection is no longer reserved for the high rollers, Canadian based manufacturer Utillian is bringing convection to the masses with the Utillian 721. Awarded 'Best Vaporizer' at O'Cannabiz 2019, this is the worlds most affordable convection vaporizer, featuring a large stainless steel heating chamber, easy loading magnetic mouthpiece cap, USB charging and up to 60 minutes of battery life. The Utillian 721 can also handle concentrates with the included wax canister making it an extremely versatile unit. A convection vaporizer fit for a King, but priced for a peasant.


Crafty+

9.0
Score

Crafty+

The Crafty+ is manufactured in Germany by the makers of the Volcano Vaporizer. With a high quality plastic construction and internal convection heating, Storz & Bickel defied what industry leaders percieved as rules to follow in developing an acceptable form. This device is all function and primarily geared towards the folks that care about getting the job done, the best way it can get done. The amount of vapor that the Crafty Plus can generate is just unmatched among portable vaporizers.


Utillian 620

8.9
Score

Utillian 620

The Utillian 620 vaporizer features convection heating, magnetic glass mouthpiece, digital display and removable stirring tool. The only thing this vaporizer doesn't have is the kitchen sink. The Utillian 620 provides remarkable value, offering a whole host of features for a modest price. The revolutionary convection helix design allows for the airpath to be removed for optimal cleaning, leaving your airpath clear from clogs.


Arizer Air 2

8.8
Score

Arizer Air 2

The Arizer Air 2 vaporizer brings a breath of fresh “air” to a fan favorite. The Air 2 now boasts a digital display, precise temperature control, and better battery life, while maintaining the vapor quality and size we have come to expect from Arizer Air. The ability to swap batteries on the go gives the the Air 2 a ton of versatility and portability.


Focus V Tourist

8.7
Score

Focus V Tourist

Finally, a true 2 in 1 unit capable of effectively handling both dry herbs and waxes. The Focus V Tourist comes with 2 separate attachments that handle herbs and waxes separately. The herb attachment looks similar to the Focus V Original, while the wax attachment reminds us of an e-rig. Both the herb and wax attachment features its own bubbler to provide smooth, cool vapor. This is one that is hard to pass up.


Arizer Go

8.6
Score

Arizer Go

The Arizer Go or ArGo for short is the 5th edition to Canadian manufacturer Arizer’s growing line. The Arizer Go is the most portable Arizer unit to date and features a digital display, precise temperature control, and an all glass vapor path. If you are a fan of Arizer products and want that Arizer flavor on the Go, the ArGo may be the unit for you.


Airvape X

8.5
Score

Airvape X

The Airvape X is one of the thinnest dry-herb vapes we’ve ever seen and follow up to the popular Airvape XS. Featuring a magnetic mouthpiece and larger chamber which are welcome improvements over the former. There’s a great 3cm display and the responsive temperature buttons allow perfect control over density and flavor—this means you can ride low and discrete easily outside.


DaVinci IQ

8.4
Score

DaVinci IQ

The DaVinci IQ is an innovative portable vaporizer that builds upon the successes of the original DaVinci and the Ascent. The IQ replaces the ascents fragile glass vapor path with a robust ceramic zirconia that maximizes vapor production and flavor. Pair it with the Bluetooth app for an extremely customized session.


Pax 3

8.3
Score

Pax 3

The latest from Pax Labs, the Pax 3 vaporizer shows that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to offer users more functionality. It shares the same size and design as the Pax 2 but now features a Bluetooth app that will allow you to set a custom temperature and also offers unique heating profiles depending on your vapor preference.


Linx Gaia

8.1
Score

Linx Gaia

The Linx Gaia is the first unit to offer an all quartz heating chamber to provide smooth and pure vapor. While the unit does a good job at creating tasty vapor, our biggest fear with the Gaia is it’s reliability over time with the quartz chamber, as quartz does tend to be very fragile and will not be able to withstand a drop or bumps.


Firefly 2+

8.0
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Firefly 2+

The Firefly 2+ is an innovative unit that provides on-demand convection heating at the touch of the button to provide some of the smoothest and most flavorful vapor on the market. It is a huge improvement over the original Firefly 2, perfecting almost every issue with the former. You can easily control your temperature settings through the included app and even switch into “Concentrates” mode for an outstanding session with waxes and concentrates. If you are looking for a unit that gives you nearly instant vapor, the Firefly 2+ is hard to ignore.


Arizer Air

7.9
Score

Arizer Air

Arizer is the Canadian giant and fully dominated the vaporizing industy worldwide up to 2014. The Air is one of the few portable vaporizers that uses lot of glass in its construction. That of course means that the vapor produced is pure and that cleaning the mouthpiece is very convenient. The heating chamber unlike other portable vaporizers is completely seperated from the internal components and that is one of the reasons why they tend to be the most relalibale in the market. Expert Review Specs & Price


Zeus Smite

7.8
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Zeus Smite

Quality for gods, priced for mortals. ZEUS is known as the brand that provides exceptional value and to this day has not put on a sale. The Smite has been a top seller since it’s release in 2014. The unit was introduced at prices unseen before for a vaporizer featuring a ceramic heating chamber. The Smite also features the longest battery life in the market, beating units that cost 3 times as much. If you are on a budget, look no further as we have not reviewed any other portable vaporizer that gets more performance points per dollar spent as the Smite does.


Focus V Pro

7.7
Score

Focus V Pro

The Focus V Pro features a cermaic heating chamber, pyrex glass mouthpiece and precise temperature control in a large pen-style unit. The included 18650 battery can be charged with the built in micro USB or easily swapped for another charged battery.


DaVinci Miqro

7.6
Score

DaVinci Miqro

Certainly the smallest vaporizer DaVinci has made, the Miqro is geared towards single user and micro sessions. It features a removable 18350 battery that will get you around 3 sessions before needing to charge again. It also boasts a unique light grid display, very similar to its larger brother the DaVinci IQ.


Boundless Tera

7.5
Score

Boundless Tera

The Boundless Tera is a convection unit that sports two removable 18650's, features a digital display, and a large convection chamber. The Boundless Tera is able to produce some impressive convection vapor, however, due to its chunky design, it is a portable unit that is better suited for at home. The draw on the Tera requires a long sustained pull in order to get the best vapor which makes it ideal for use with a water pipe.


Flowermate V5 Nano

7.4
Score

Flowermate V5 Nano

The Flowermate V5 Nano is a decent mid-tier vaporizer that features a digital display for precise temperature control as well as ceramic chamber and glass mouthpiece for good vapor production and flavor. The V5 Nano also features a removable 18650 battery making it super simple to swap to another battery when on the go to keep you vaping all day.


G-Pen Elite

7.4
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G-Pen Elite

Grenco Science burst onto the scene with the original G-Pen and G-Pro. While the units were popular, the quality was a bit lacking. However their latest release the G-Pen Elite is a pleasant upgrade from their previous offerings. This is one of the smallest units available on the market, rivaling the PAX 2 in size and includes an LED display, precise temperature control, and a large ceramic heating chamber. Overall manufacturing and vapor quality is much improved over previous units leaving us confident to recommend as ultra portable, stealthy unit.


Utillian 421

7.3
Score

Utillian 421

The Utillian 421 follows up on the back of the popular Utillian 420, making this budget vaporizer even more well rounded. Now featuring 6 temperature settings and airflow control to give you maximum control over your session for a minimal price tag. The unit also features a digital display and glass mouthpiece, features that are hard to find in similar priced vaporizers.


Flowermate Slick

7.2
Score

Flowermate Slick

The Flowermate Slick features 3 temperature settings and a glass mouthpice for satisfying vapor, a removable 18650 from easy battery swaps on the go, and one button operation for hassle-free sessions. It features a tube shape and a magnetic cap to protect the glass mouthpiece when traveling.


Arizer Solo

7.2
Score

Arizer Solo

Arizer is the Canadian giant and fully dominated the vaporizing industy worldwide up to 2014. When the Solo came to market there were only a few other options available and those options don’t even make it into the top 30 portable vaporizers anymore. Not only has this unit made it into popular TV shows like “Hannibal”, but till today the Solo’s exceptional reliability have generated word of mouth that makes this portable vaporizer one of the most widely owned worldwide.


Focus V Original

7.1
Score

Focus V Original

The Focus V Original features a ceramic heating chamber, pyrex glass mouthpiece and 6 pre-set temperatures in a large pen-style unit. The included 18650 battery can be charged with either the built-in micro USB or with the included external charging allowing maximum flexibility if you find yourself without battery life.


Utillian 420

7.0
Score

Utillian 420

The 420 is one of the best budget vaporizers. The unit has four pre-set temperature settings, and features both a large ceramic chamber as well as a glass mouthpiece. The vaporizer is discrete and well built. The vapor quality is better than one would expect from a unit at this price point and the build quality exceeds expectations.


Boundless CFX

6.9
Score

Boundless CFX

The Boundless CFX features a large LCD display, precise temperature control, and large heating chamber. This unit has one of the largest heating chambers and is great for those who are looking for really large draws. The only downside is that such a large heating chamber struggles to evenly cook smaller amounts because the herbs tend to move around too much which leads to thin unsatisfying vapor.


Boundless CF

6.8
Score

Boundless CF

The little brother of the Boundless CFX, the Boundless CF offers a more portable design than its big brother. However the portability comes at a cost, rather than a big LED screen and precise temperature control like on the CFX, the Boundless CF simply provides you with 5 pre-set temperatures indicated by a glowing LED light.


Cloudious 9 Hydrology 9

6.7
Score

Cloudious 9 Hydrology 9

Is a new style of vaporizer which aims to combine the functionality of both a vaporizer and water pipe. It has five temperature settings with LED indicators to let you know what setting you’re using. Its moderate price makes it a decent option.


Boundless CFC Lite

6.6
Score

Boundless CFC Lite

The Boundless CFC Lite is BoundlessTech’s smallest unit. It features a digital display and large ceramic heating chamber. While the device is compact and outputs decent vapor, the short vapor path on the CFC Lite can lead to hot draws and harsh vapor. We are also not the biggest fans of the fact that the device uses a lot of plastics in its build.


LITL 1

6.5
Score

LITL 1

The LITL 1 is geared towards the total noob, it features just a single temperature, ceramic chamber, glass mouthpiece and a small price tag to go along with its tiny size. Don't let this little guy fool you though, it is a competent stepping stone into the larger world of dry flower vaporizers.


Grasshopper

6.5
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Grasshopper

Easily one of the smallest vaporizes available, the Grasshopper has gained a lot of attention since its crowd-source funding campaign. While the Grasshopper does provide pretty impressive vapor from such a small unit, the extremely short battery life and warm vapor leaves a bit to be desired. Expert Review


Boundless CFV

6.4
Score

Boundless CFV

The Boundless CFV is Boundless Technologies first crack at making an all-convection vaporizer. While we do applaud Boundless for creating a truly convection unit, the idea is better in theory than in practice. Draws from the Boundless CFV tend to be light and wispy even at higher temperatures and takes very long draws to really get any type of decent vapor.


Vapman

6.3
Score

Vapman

Easily one of the most unique vaporizers in the market, the Vapman is a tiny tank that packs a punch. This unit requires the use of a torch lighter which means you have to worry about lighter fluid rather than battery life. It is made entirely of wood and the bowl is gold plated copper to provide smooth and flavorful vapor. The one drawback is that because you use a lighter there is no temperature control which can lead to combustion. But overall a solid choice for people looking for a very small portable unit.


Yocan Explore

6.1
Score

Yocan Explore

This multifunctional vaporizer is designed to be used with herb as well as concentrates. Unlike many multifunction units, the only thing you have to swap out is the mouth piece. This piece comes with everything you need. It’s decently constructed, with better airflow than other products Yocan has made.


Kandypens K-Vape Pro

6.0
Score

Kandypens K-Vape Pro

The Kandypens K-Vape Pro is a refresh of Kandypens entry level dry herb devices. The K-Vape Pro looks to step up from the previous K-Vape but falls slightly short due to restricted airflow, lackluster flavor and mediocre battery life.


Flowermate Swift Pro

6.0
Score

Flowermate Swift Pro

Just like Boundless with the CFV, Flowermate attempted to make a splash with the Flowermate Swift Pro by offering a unit that is full-convection. The Swift Pro and CFV share similar internals and heating chambers, but also share the same issues. Vapor production is pretty lackluster and requires a hefty draw to get any type of visible vapor. The manufacturing quality of the Swift Pro also seems to be lacking especially when it comes to the LED display which is quite faint and difficult to read in bright settings.


Pulsar APX VAPE

6.0
Score

Pulsar APX VAPE

The Pulsar APX is a perfectly portable device that offers a very small profile to easily stow and go. The device offers decent temperature flexibility through pre-set temperatures but has a fairly short battery life due to its small size.


XVAPE Fog

5.9
Score

XVAPE Fog

The XVAPE Fog is a hybrid conduction convection device from Chinese manufacturer XVAPE. It features pre-set heat temperatures, a stainless steel heating chamber, removable battery and a ceramic mouthpiece. The biggest downfall of the XVAPE Fog is how hot the unit gets during operation and the rather warm vapor it can produce.


Lotus

5.9
Score

Lotus

The Lotus is a torch based vaporizer made in the USA and offers convection vapor through the use of a torch lighter and the unique metal heating cap. There is a bit of a learning curve with the Lotus in order to achieve decent vapor production and may be frustrating for some who are looking for an easy to use unit.


Vivant Alternate

5.8
Score

Vivant Alternate

The Vivant Alternate caught our eye when we first saw it, we liked the idea of a hybrid heating unit with a removable battery. However we found the vapor quality severely lacking and a subtle taste of plastic that just would not go away, so unfortunately for this reason we can’t recommend the Alternate.


GoBoof Alfa

5.8
Score

GoBoof Alfa

The GoBoof Alfa used to be a beloved starter unit offering users a compact portable vaporizer than provided users with pre-set temperatures and 2 unique heating modes. The device unfortunately has not aged well and seems like a bit of a dinosaur when compared to newer units and we can see it quickly become a fossil as the vaporizer community marches forward.


Vapium Summit Plus

5.7
Score

Vapium Summit Plus

This unit is actually an upgrade of the original Summit. This unit has better battery life, a chamber cap which is more secure and a removable stir tool. The vape has 8 preset temperatures, allowing for greater flexibility than one often finds on preset units. It also has an app which allows you to adjust temperature by individual degrees. The vapor quality is high though tastes are muted.


XMAX Starry

6.7
Score

XMAX Starry

The Starry is a low priced dry vaporizer with a ceramic chamber. It has incredible flexibility with temperature adjustment in one degree increments. It has more temperature range than one would expect from a vape in this price range with good vapor quality. The manufacturing quality is better than one would expect from the price tag, as is the battery life.


XMax V2 Pro

5.5
Score

XMax V2 Pro

This vape is a fairly basic pen-style herb vape. The unit has a single button to control all variable features. There are five preset temperatures, but the unit tends to heat beyond the chosen temperature. This tends to lead to poor taste and vapor quality. Neither the battery life nor the manufacturing quality are enough to set it apart from other similar options.


Atmos JumpAtmos Jump

5.4
Score

Atmos JumpAtmos Jump

The jump is a pen-style vaporizer built for dry herb. It has a single button and a single temperature setting. It is easy to load and easy to use. The vapor quality is acceptable for a single temperature unit, but it is nothing exceptional. The unit is attractive and well built, though it doesn’t seem particularly durable.


Magic Flight Launch Box

5.4
Score

Magic Flight Launch Box

The small wooden Magic Flight Launch Box has been a staple of the vaporizer industry for some time now. While its a great introductory unit into the world of vaporizers, the multiple parts, lack of temperature control and use of rechargeable “AA” batteries make this unit really show its age. There is a slight learning curve when starting to use the Launch Box and the unit is prone to causing combustion when the heating element is engaged for too long. Still a noteworthy unit for its one of a kind design, but lacking features modern vapers look for.


Black Mamba

5.3
Score

Black Mamba

When you see a vaporizer that looks good with a price of $25 then you might be led to think there’s a catch. Well, with the Black Mamba you’d be right. This unit might look pretty cool with its glass stem but ultimately the materials are not impressive and it doesn’t feel great. It’s reasonably portable but not particularly discreet so that defeats the purpose entirely. The vapor is O.K. but notably not the full flavor.


Sidekick

5.3
Score

Sidekick

7th Floor is known for their stationary units the Silver Surfer and Da Buddha. The Sidekick is their first attempt to make the transition into the portable market. While vapor quality and manufacturing quality is good, the unit is a little too quirky and far too bulky to be seriously considered as an every day portable. If you are just using the unit at home it would serve you well but it has too many parts which makes it inconvenient to take with you. We hope that future contenders from 7th Floor will be a little more streamlined and far more portable.


G-Pen Pro

5.2
Score

G-Pen Pro

The latest offering from Grenco Science goes back to basics, updating the notorious G-Pro vaporizer, the style is similar to the G-Pen Elite in a sleeker package but unfortunately vapor quality is still a miss from the team at Grenco.


Atmos Vicod 5G

5.1
Score

Atmos Vicod 5G

This familiar looking piece is actually a clone of the Kandypends Miva. It is a portable herb vape that makes use of a ceramic chamber. The vape comes with two mouthpieces and offers precision temperature controls. The manufacturing quality is lacking, but the battery life is exceptional.


Yocan iShred

5.0
Score

Yocan iShred

The iShred has a larger ceramic chamber than one would expect from a unit of this size. It features precision temperature control via LED screen. The unit stands out for the built in grinder for which it is named. The grinder can be removed from the unit but is too small to be very efficient. The vapor quality is just okay and the build quality leaves a lot to be a desired.


Black Widow

5.5
Score

Black Widow

The Black Widow is a hardy conduction vape that can be brought along any tour or trek you have in mind. It’s quite well made for a low-end device being encased in quality aluminum – it’s also pretty light too. The one-button design allows you to turn on the device and change the temperature so it’s pretty easy to use and the vapor that this produces is not bad, but not outstanding. Not as portable as other, similarly shaped units but not obtrusive either.


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23 Comments

  1. I have a Solo & a Smite. I love both of them. The Solo is the better unit, although the Smite is far more portable.

  2. I think I would go with the Ascent mainly because of the quality of the vapor. The review described it as the thickest vapor in a portable yet…sign me up!!

  3. Favourite is the arizer air. It’s discreet, good functionality, and good vapor quality. I’d like to try the storz and bickel line though.

  4. I really like the Z smite for quick sessions but i have to go with the Arizer solo because of the quality of the Vapor!

  5. i like the “air” cause it makes a good “on the street” vape .looks like an e-cig for the most part.we may be close but discretion is still key:))

  6. Last year I purchased the Crafty Vaporizer from Torontovaporizer, I put quite a few miles on the unit and unfortunately it didn’t last long after the unit was dropped and one of the lips that help secure the mouthpiece broke off. Even after Gorilla gluing the piece back on (which made due for a short time) the battery passed away about a month later. Replacing the Crafty was not an option right away as it is an expensive unit and I was left with a device for about 6 months.

    Recently I reviewed a number of portables and I decided to purchase a ZEUS Smite Plus. Well the Smite Plus arrived and it has FAR exceeded my expectations. The Smite Plus is a unit that is able to last me all evening on a single charge… I was never able to say that about the Crafty.
    Another great feature of the Smite Plus is that it heats up within 8-10 second and there is a light inside the chamber so when you unscrew the mouth piece the bowl is lit up making it easy to fill in low lit areas. ZEUS, thanks for offering a top tier vaporizer at a very reasonable price…. I am your newest fan!

    The only regret I have was not purchasing a glass mouth piece.

  7. Purchased a Utillian 720 10 days ago. This is the vape I’ve been looking for. I’ve had 5 others over the years including a few DaVincis and an Ascent – the 720 beats them all hands down. Love it.

  8. Solid list, I like how its goes in descending order and also goes into the less desirable devices. The quick summaries that you provide gives a nice glimpse as well so the list is easy to pan through. Good job!

  9. Great list! I have the Vapour2 one and I have tried two others before that (those I can’t see on the list though). I can’t complain about the series 7. As you say in the short summary, you can have 3 different heating chambers for it and that’s probably what I like the most about it. I can vape juices as well as herbs and that is for me, former smoker, really big plus.

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