A lot of us have been spending time at home recently, there’s no shame in that! Well, seeing as you’re going to be at home a lot, why not invest in a new desktop vaporizer?
Portable vapes are great, but they make a lot of sacrifices in the name of portability. The true vape aficionado looks to desktop units when they want to enjoy a truly next level vape experience. So, to help you with this decision, we’ve pulled together a comprehensive list of some of our favourite desktop vaporizers.
We’re all hoping that this year, we’ll be out and about a bit more. However, if we aren’t. Then at least with these, we’ll be prepared.
The Best Desktop Vaporizers in 2023
#1 - Volcano Hybrid
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Some things are practically preordained. The Sun will rise, the tide comes in, and Storz & Bickel will dominate every single ‘best of’ list. These German vape giants are world famous in the vape industry, and with good reason; they set the bar that every other vape in the world is measured against. The Volcano Hybrid is the long anticipated update to Storz & Bickel’s flagship vape. Improving upon perfection is an imposing task, but the German vape pioneers were more than up to the job. The result is a vape that looks very similar to the original at first glance, but has a lot of new tech hidden under the hood. While the Volcano is a timeless vape, the updates in the Hybrid ensure that the Storz & Bickel reputation is thoroughly future-proofed.
Brand New Whip Attachment
One of the most obvious changes present in the Volcano Hybrid is the new addition of a fantastic whip attachment. Previously, the main delivery method for the Volcano was a system of easy valve bags. These worked incredibly well, but they were somewhat unwieldy for certain users. Now, this specially designed whip attachment makes using the Volcano Hybrid simple. It features a comfortable level of drag resistance and you can even activate the internal fan for an assistant hit. The whip is designed to swivel, making it easy to share, and the silicone tubing is resilient and not prone to kinking.
Updated Heating System
The Classic Volcano built its reputation on the power and quality of its heating system. It is one of the most advanced and consistent in the entire vape industry, fusing the best aspects of both conduction and convection vaping. Storz & Bickel managed to do the impossible and improve on this legendary piece of vape engineering. The Volcano hybrid features a new heat exchanger that manages to be quicker and more efficient than the original. It features an improved heat up time, and even more consistent conduction heating, leading to even purer and more potent vapor.
Smartphone apps have gone from niche add-on to a widely adopted feature in the vaporizer market, so it makes sense that the Volcano Hybrid would incorporate this tech into its design. The Hybrid features bluetooth connectivity, allowing it to connect to the Storz & Bickel smartphone app. This app allows you to adjust the auto shutoff timer, the display brightness, and set up a system of alerts. It also features a system of preset vape experiences called ‘Workflows’ that allow you to choose the vape experience of your dreams.
Checkout: - Volcano Hybrid Review
#2 - Volcano Classic
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This is one of the foundational devices of the vape scene, and now, nearly two decades later, it remains one of the most in-demand vapes on the market. The Volcano Classic’s distinctive cone design is a true vape icon. It is known across the industry as an incredible piece of engineering that epitomises vape design. Its hybrid heating system, next-level design, and ease of use make it the gold standard for desktop vaporizer design. This is a true luxury vaporizer, and an absolute must have for vape aficionados.
Hybrid Heating System
There are two main types of heating systems in the vape industry. The first, conduction, works by applying heat directly to the surface area of your herb. Think of it like a kitchen stove. The other method is convection. This heats the air surrounding your herb, gradually baking out a thick and potent vapor. Think of this like an oven. The Volcano uses both of these techniques in harmony with each other, creating dense, tasty and powerful vapor. There are few vapes on the market that can boast the sheer power of the Volcano. With a temperature spectrum that ranges from 350° F to 446° F, there’s a lot of scope for different vape experience.
The Volcano’s distinctive silver cone conceals a host of incredible and reliable engineering decisions that are rarely seen in any consumer electronics, never mind vaporizers! It is so well designed that the only control scheme you need to get the most out of it is a simple analogue dial. With a little practice this is quick and intuitive to use. Some vape fans swear by this control system, claiming that it's even better than digital and smartphone controls!
Easy Valve System
The Volcano Classic features a famous easy-valve bag system. This means that you can enjoy each session by filling a specialized bag, or ‘balloon’, with vapor before detaching it from the rest of the device to be used at your leisure. This means that you’re not tied to the large Volcano body during your vape sessions, and a balloon is far easier to share. The valve is simple and intuitive to use, and doesn’t leak. Best of all, the bags can hold your vapor for up to eight hours!
Checkout: - Volcano Classic Review
#3 - Arizer Extreme Q
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The Canada-Based Arizer, are a long standing fixture of the vape industry, and they are renowned for the quality of their portable vapes from the Air and Solo series. However, they also have a lesser known range of desktop vaporizers. The Extreme Q is a veritable powerhouse of a desktop vape with a price tag that won’t break the bank. This opens up desktop vaping, a usually expensive pursuit, to more people than ever. Truly this is a desktop device for the masses. It comes with a huge range of unique and interesting features, all of this packed into a discreet and easy to store body.
One of the most distinctive features of the Extreme Q is its remote control. This addition was a groundbreaking advent when it hit the market. Remember, only recently has bluetooth connectivity become a standard in the vape scene. This remote allows you to activate the device, control the temperatures, control the fan speed, and much more. If you don’t want to mess about with a remote, don’t worry. The Extreme Q comes with onboard controls and a clear and easy to read screen.
At this price tag you’re probably expecting to have to make a few sacrifices. Don’t worry, the fan isn’t one of them. The Extreme Q Features a handy, nearly silent internal fan that allows you to enjoy hefty assisted hits and even make the device compatible with a bag system. Bags, or ‘balloons’ allow you to enjoy a vape experience away from the rest of the vaporizer. If this isn’t for you, then the included whip will do just fine.
Great Tasting Vapor
The combination of a ceramic heating chamber, glass tubing, and specially treated whip tube means that you’ll enjoy nothing less but the most delicious and pure vapor possible. This is further augmented by the convection heating system that gradually bakes the vapor out of your herb and delivers a consistent and potent vape experience every time.
Checkout: - Arizer Extreme Q Review
#4 - Arizer XQ2
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The Arizer XQ2 introduces several enhancements compared to its predecessor, the Extreme Q, all while retaining its recognizable design. While the dimensions and shape remain consistent, the addition of certain welcomed tools and features significantly enhances its versatility and user-friendliness. At Herbalize Store, we were fans of the Extreme Q, and the sentiment carries over to the XQ2.
We wholeheartedly recommend it as one of the top-tier desktop vaporizers presently available on the market!
Features and Specifications:
The Arizer XQ2 boasts a plethora of features, so let's delve into the prominent highlights of this desktop dry herb vaporizer:
Enhanced Airflow System and Heating Oven: The Arizer XQ2 is equipped with an upgraded airflow system, providing precise control over the fan speed for enhanced flavor extraction from your herbs. The improved air circulation ensures consistent temperature throughout the session, minimizing hot spots and uneven heating to deliver a perfect taste with every hit.
Balloon Bag System - Perfect for Sharing: A notable addition to this model is the redesigned Balloon System, capable of filling up in just 2-4 minutes based on your chosen fan speed. Simply load a balloon into the top cap and attach it to the XQ2 when you're ready for another. It's a mess-free, hassle-free way to enjoy your vapor.
The Whip Attachment System - On-Demand Quality Vapor: With the 3' Whip attachment, you can relish the convenience of on-demand vapor. The top-notch silicone tubing ensures smooth vapor delivery, and the 360° Swivel feature makes sharing easy and enjoyable.
#5 - Plenty Vaporizer
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That’s right, yet another Storz and Bickel vape! While everyone has heard of the Volcano, fewer people are aware of the Plenty. This vaporizer is the black sheep of the Storz & Bickel family. Not only that but it's an unusual vape that doesn’t quite fit into the usual conception of desktop vaporizers. However once you get over your initial impression, you’ll find that the Plenty is a potent and reliable vaporizer that delivers incredible, potent, and smooth vapor. This is a truly unique vaporizer that more than lives up to the Storz & Bickel name. It’s also a glimpse into a world of desktop vaporizers that could have been if design conventions were just a touch different.
As can be expected with any Storz and Bickel vape, the Plenty features advanced and powerful hybrid heating. It has a proportionally large heat exchanger located down in the base of the device. This generates a huge burst of convection heating at the start of a session. As the device approaches vaping temperatures, the metal ring and screens located near the herb chamber heat up too. This adds conduction heating to the equation. This results in those trademark Storz & Bickel clouds and ensures that 100% of your herb is put to use!
Unique Control Scheme
So far it seems like a pretty normal Storz & Bickel vape, right? Well it has a totally unique control scheme that we haven’t seen replicated in any other vaporizer. At first glance, the Plenty looks a little bit like a power tool. It has a solid plastic design, and some orange control components. The power switch is on the side but it wont start heating up until you grasp the handle and press in the dead man’s switch. At this point, the plenty will begin to heat towards its target tempmeratures. On the front of the device there is a large and distinctive analogue gauge that shows the internal temperature. This is a 100% analogue vaporizer!
After the gauge and the handle, the next most distinctive feature (on a very distinctive vape) is the reticulated metal coil. This is the airpath! Not only that, but it’s the cooling system. When you take a hit, the vapori travels through this spiralling mouthpiece, getting thoroughly cooled. By the time it hits the mouthpiece the hit will be smooth and tasty. This,combined with the incredible airflow, means that each hit from the Plenty will go down easy.
Checkout: - Plenty Vaporizer Review
#6 - Dr. Dabber Switch
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The Dr. Dabber Switch is a little different from the previous vapes on this list. For one thing, it doesn’t require an external powersource to operate, and another is that it doesn’t use dry herb, it uses concentrates. These mainly come in one of three forms, oil, wax, or shatter. They’re several times more potent than their equivalent weight in herb, and they only vaporize at very high temperatures. Thankfully, the Switch can easily reach these temperatures.
Long Battery Life
If you have any familiarity with vapes than you may know that generally, the higher the temperature, the shorter the battery life. This makes sense, it takes a lot of power to push a heat setting to its highest temperature. However, the Switch is different. This vaporizer has a truly incredible battery life. Allowing you to enjoy up to 150 hits on a single charge. You can push this device as hard as you want, you won’t have to worry about a prematurely flat battery.
Hyper-Fast Heat Up Time
Ok, so its battery life can stand up to the needs of a powerful heating system, surely the trade off must be a long heat up time? Nope! The Switch is lightning fast. Within ten seconds of pressing the power button you can expect to enjoy a potent and powerful hit from this vape. This is a level of speed unheard of in many dry herb vaporizers, but it is perfect when you want to enjoy concentrates in a rush.
Compatible With Dry Herb
We may have been keeping something from you when we said that the Switch is a concentrate vape. It is actually a dual use vape. This means that it can use dry herbs too! Out of the box, the Switch comes with two ceramic coated titanium induction heater cups. A white one, for concentrates, and a black one for dry herbs. This means that you can enjoy the power of this incredible vape with your material of choice!
Checkout: - Dr. Dabber Switch Review
#7 - Aromed 4.0
For individuals prioritizing their well-being while vaping, few devices can match the potency and performance offered by the AroMed 4.0 vaporizer. Representing a pinnacle in lung-friendly vaporizers available today, this stationary device is the result of extensive research conducted by leading scientists in both the United States and Germany. Tailored specifically for medical use, the AroMed vaporizer stands in a league of its own, consistently delivering exceptional vapor quality.
While positioned at the higher end of the vaporizer price range, the AroMed 4.0's adaptability justifies its cost. It accommodates various materials, including dry herb, oils, and concentrates. With its innovative heating mechanism, users can extract the maximum dosage of 'active substances' from all medicinal plants. If you're seeking a substantial upgrade to your vaping setup, the AroMed 4.0 proves to be an enticing option.
#8 - Dr. Dabber Boost EVO
Finally, we have the Dr. Dabber Boost EVO. This imposing piece of vaping technology is known as an e-nail, another way to enjoy the potency of dry herb concentrates electronically. This is a devicel that is perfect for beginners thanks to its ease of use and preset temperatures that make it a true plug in and play device.
Super Easy To Use
A new method of consuming herb can be a little bit intimidating, there’s always a bit of a learning curve. However the Boost EVO is quick and easy to assemble. The temperature presets even take the stress out of working out what heat level works best!
While dabbing vapes operate at incredibly high temperatures, you can be sure that all of your hits are smooth and go down nicely thanks to the built in water bubbler. Every draw will pull your vapor through the reservoir, effectively cooling its surface area and making sure you get to enjoy a comfortable vape experience.
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