Desktop vapes were some of the first vaporizers ever developed. Originally designed as an alternative to smoking weed, they’re essentially special ovens that bake dry herb at specific temperatures to produce vapor. The vapor is then inhaled using a tube, referred to as a whip, or using traditional vaporizer bags.
Dry herb desktop vapes typically plug into the wall and run on A/C power. Today there are also many portable dry herb vaporizers that use rechargeable batteries. Vaping weed or even legal high CBD strains provide a different experience from smoking, with more pronounced flavor with less odor. Here are the best desktop vapes currently on the market.
The new Volcano Hybrid has a classic balloon and whip system with hybrid convection/conduction heating between 104° F – 446° F; operated by a digital display or through an Android app. The herb chamber holds 0.5 grams and heats in as little as 1 minute, making it the fastest and most user-friendly Volcano to date.
The Dr. Dabber Switch combines dry herb vaping with dabbing. It’s a fully functional dab rig that has an option for flower. It utilizes induction heating for blazing quick heat up times and it has 25 different presets to choose from. The Switch has a powerful internal battery that provides hours of vaping time.
The Extreme Q has everything you need. It’s compatible with a whip, bag or bubbler and a ceramic heating element. it uses convection heating and has a quiet fan with multiple settings. It also comes with a remote control, something you don’t see often on vaporizers. It’s packed with features, and is very affordable.
The Plenty is a more compact version of the Volcano. It looks very different but compares in performance. The Plenty produces dense vapor, but its triple helix design keeps it cool. It has seven heat settings and is ready to rock in less than three minutes. It now also vaporizes concentrates with included liquid pads.
The V Tower by Arizer is a convection-based desktop vaporizer. It has a simple and functional design, with features like an LCD screen and two different whip options. The V Tower uses the cyclone bowl system for consistent vaporization of your herb. It holds about a half gram of bud and heats up in under two minutes.
Da Buddha is strong and dependable. It features a ceramic convection heating element and a durable outer shell. There are no complicated parts or features, it simply works. Da Buddha also features a hands-free system that holds the whip in place while you vape. It has an adjustable dial to achieve your desired effects.
The Hybrid adds extra versatility and speed to the classic Volcano. Featuring a 100-watt heater capable of 40 second heat-up times, which is 10 x faster than the original. Other features include an LED display, integrated touch buttons, precision temp control and Bluetooth compatibility. It also The Hybrid utilizes a combination of conduction/convection heating and provides smooth flavorful draws.
Bowl size: 0.75 grams
Heat up time: 40 seconds
Power/temp settings: 104 – 446°F
Material compatibility: dry herb and concentrates
Power: wall plug
Build quality: stainless steel
Type of heat: conduction/convection
Vapor path: stainless steel
Ease of cleaning: easy
The Hybrid utilizes a similar herb chamber to the classic Volcano. It stays relatively clean and is very easy to maintain. All you need to do is soak the heating chamber and give it a scrub once in a while. This vaporizer is perfect for home use and group sessions with friends. There are concentrate pods available so you can also use the Volcano with wax and oil.
The Dr. Dabber Switch is a truly unique device. It’s essentially a cross between a desktop herb vaporizer and a dab rig. Using the Switch, you can vape both concentrates and dry herb, while utilizing its range of 25 different heat presets. It has a poweful internal battery that provides hours of vaping time.
The heating element uses a new type of heating system called induction. This allows it to heat up way faster than any other unit. In as little as 10 seconds, you can get your session underway. The vapor passes through a bubbler, which purifies each hit and allows you to consume more at a time.
The Extreme Q is the best desktop vape in its price range. It’s compatible with a whip, bag or bubbler and utilizes convection heating using a ceramic heating element and ultra-quiet fan. Other features include fully adjustable temperature control, LED screen, multiple ceramic heating cups and it comes with a remote control! The EQ also has a built-in sleep timer and three different fan settings.
Arizer has a good track record, especially for dry herb vaporizers. The Extreme Q has been around for a few years now and is the go-to device for vapers on a budget who still want top performing features and a diverse range of options.
The Plenty comes from the makers of the Volcano. It produces thick dense vapor, that gets very close to simulating smoke. It uses a hybrid of convection and conduction heating and a triple helix whip design to keep it cool. The device looks like a mad science experiment, but at the same time is a nice conversation piece.
The Plenty is German-engineered and built to last. It uses food safe materials and has an extremely efficient design. There are seven different heat settings ranging from cooler vapor to super thick clouds. The Plenty was designed for dry herb but can now handle concentrates using proprietary liquid pads.
The V Tower is an affordable alternative to vaporizers like the Volcano. It utilizes convection heating and its chamber holds a lot of bud. The device comes with two different whips, a shorter one and an extended one for higher temperatures.
The V Tower does fully adjustable temp control and features the cyclone bowl design for even heat distribution. It has an LCD screen that displays your preset and the actual temperature in real time. It also features an auto shut off timer.
You can’t go wrong with Da Buddha. From the makers of the popular Silver Surfer vaporizer, Da Buddha is a classic and dependable tabletop device. It has an adjustable temperature knob to adjust your desired heat setting. There are no complicated digital displays or flashy lights, but it sure gets the job done.
Da Buddha utilizes a hands-free design, it holds the whip in place, unlike many older desktop units. It heats up in under three minutes, and although it doesn’t have precise temperature monitoring, it allows you to lower and raise the heat. The vaporizer utilizes a ceramic heating element and convection heating.