Best Selection of Portable Vaporizers
Portable vaporizers are every herbal enthusiast’s best friend—they’re practical, powerful, and like the same suggests, you can take them anywhere. Portable vapes hit the market over a decade ago, and since then they’ve come to dominate the world of vaping. Today, a brief internet search will reveal hundreds of different portable vaporizers designed to meet every conceivable need and preference.
Whether you’re looking to make your first foray into the world of vaping or splash out on a high-end model, doing a little research beforehand is essential to choosing the best portable vaporizer for you. That sounds obvious, but it’s a step that many people skip: it’s easy to get caught up in the hype over a hot new feature or an eye-catching design style (trust us, it happens to everyone).
At the Herbalize Store, we carry the top portable vaporizers (like the Mighty, Miqro, and Solo 2) from the most reputable brands like Arizer, DaVinci, and Storz & Bickel. Plus, we carefully inspect all our vapes to ensure they meet the highest standards of quality. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got it—here’s how you can choose between them all.
Portable Vaporizer FAQ
If you’re an advanced vaper, you can probably skip ahead to the next section. But if you’re a beginner looking for the basics on portable vaporizers, you’re likely to find this information helpful:
1. Are portable vaporizers legal?
Yes, absolutely—with two catches. First, you have to be over 18 years of age to buy or use a portable vaporizer. Second, portable vaporizers are only legal for use with legal substances. Needless to say, all the portable vaporizers sold by the Herbalize Store are intended only for legal use.
2. What can you vape with portable vaporizers?
Portable vaporizers fall into three broad categories. Dry herb vaporizers are intended to be used only with ground-up plant material. Concentrate vaporizers are designed to be used with substances like oil, e-liquid, wax, or shatter (some only work with liquid materials, some only with solids, and some with both). Dual-use vaporizers can be used with any material.
3. How do portable vaporizers work?
There are important differences between the functions of various portable vaporizers, but all of them operate on the same basic principle. A substance is heated to extremely high temperatures without combusting it (i.e. lighting it on fire). The heat is created either through a battery-powered oven, or an external source like a lighter. In any case, vapor is released from the material, which you then inhale.
4. Are portable vaporizers safe?
Well-made portable vaporizers are safe, but some cheap or counterfeit models have been known to pose certain risks. This can include battery malfunctions that lead to overheating (and all the bad things that ensue). Some poorly-made portable vaporizers have also been known to leech heavy metals into the vapor they produce. For this reason, our staff at the Herbalize Store carefully inspect the brands and models of all portable vaporizers we sell.
5. What’s the best portable vaporizer?
This is a good question, but there’s no one-size fits all answer. The best portable vaporizer for you will depend on your own needs and preferences—and we’ve got some tips for you below.
How to Choose the Perfect Portable Vaporizer For You?
You could spend all day (all month, really) researching all the characteristics of your ideal portable vaporizer. But in reality, most of us don’t have that kind of time to spend. So instead, just ask yourself these three questions to narrow down your options—and then check out our recommendations below:
1. What kind of material do I want to vape?
Some people are traditionalists—they only like vaping dry herb. Others prefer the convenience of oils and e-liquids. If you fall into one of these camps, you should opt for a portable vape that’s custom-built for those purposes. But if you like to switch things up with your materials, a dual-use vaporizer will be best.
2. How much control do I want over each session?
The temperature at which you vape has a big impact on the effects you feel. Some portable vaporizers come with precision temperature controls that let you select the heat level by individual degrees. Oftentimes, these vapes will also come with preset temperature options—whilst other vapes offer presets, but not individual controls. And still others have only a single temperature option. Depending on how picky you are about personalisation, some of these options might be better than others.
3. How much am I willing to spend?
This is the big question for many people. Some portable vaporizers can reach up to €300, whilst others go as low as €20. Those high-end models are certainly worth the cost in many cases, but you can also find great options at lower price points if you’re not ready to make that leap. In recent years, there’s been an explosion of quality portable vapes going in the €100-150 range.Here are some of our experts’ favourite vapes for different types of vapers:
- Beginners: The Flowermate V5 Nano is an affordable dual use vaporizer that’s quite user friendly.
- Casual Users: The PAX Plus is another great dual use vaporizer with one of the best designs on the market.
- Advanced Vapers: The Mighty+Vaporizer is the ultimate in portable vaping—a dual use vape with precision controls and a rugged build.
Pros and Cons of Portable Vaporizers
Portable vaporizers have a lot going for them, though in the interests of full disclosure it’s also important to point out their drawbacks. Here’s a quick rundown of what you should know about them:
Pros of Portable Vaporizers
Cons of Portable Vaporizers
Can be used anywhere
Battery life can be an issue
Compatible with many materials
Some are actually quite bulky
Easy to customise with accessories
Vapor quality can be less than desktop units
Available in huge array of designs
Small ovens make group sessions tricky
Usually cost less than desktop units
Can be confusing to operate at first
Who Are Portable Vaporizers For?
Portable vaporizers are ideal for anyone who enjoys easy, on-demand vaping. There’s no complex equipment to set up, and you can use them anywhere at a moment’s notice. They’re also great options for people who are curious about vaping but aren’t yet ready to invest in a desktop unit (which can run hundreds of pounds).