Portable dry herb vaporizers are small personal devices designed for vaporizing marijuana or legal CBD bud. These devices have an internal oven that heats up cannabis at precise temperatures to produce vapor. Vaping dry herb a few years back would have required a much larger desktop unit, which meant learning how to vape weed involved being stationary. These days, there are so many great pocket-sized vapes and weed pens, giving you the freedom to vaporize your dank nugs anywhere you go. There are quite a few benefits of vaping versus smoking weed.
Some of these vapes are all-in-one units that are capable of vaporizing dry herb and waxy cannabis concentrates. Finding the right one for you can be very confusing, with literally over hundreds of options to choose from. These are the best portable weed vapes we’ve tested.
The PAX quickly became the iPhone of portable weed vaporizers. Now It has more airflow, faster heat-up times and a Bluetooth app for dialing in your exact temperatures. The PAX 3 is a compact and stylish all-in-one device capable of vaporizing dry herb and herbal extracts. It’s a durable and dependable daily driver.
The Solo II has an ergonomic design that feels great in the hand. It has a bright screen, a menu system for adjusting your settings and is constructed of quality materials. The Solo heats up fast and delivers great flavor due to an all-glass vapor path. It has a durable feel and is covered under a two-year warranty.
The Firefly 2+ builds on the success of the Firefly 2. It now has a larger battery capacity, an innovative new airflow system, and its signature on-demand convection heating system. The Firefly 2+ is extremely portable, efficient and good and minimizing strong odors. Ideal for solo sessions and micro-dosing.
The IQ strikes back. It’s still easy to clean and built with regular usage in mind, features precise temperature control, and an easy to use interface—now with a 51-light grid display. Compatible with flower and wax, the IQ2 is one of the best conduction-based portables for flavor, performance and overall value.
The K-Vape Pro is the next generation of Kandypens dry herb vaporizers. It utilizes convection/conduction hybrid heating technology to provide the best of both worlds. The K-Vape Pro features four temperature settings, a half-gram ceramic heating chamber and comes with a lifetime warranty, so you’re set for life.
The Gaia is a luxurious all in one portable solution for vaporizing dry herb. It features an all quartz chamber that utilizes convection heating for effective vaporization. It heats up within 40 seconds and is made from top-quality materials. The Linx Gaia has a 2200 mAh battery and fits in the palm of your hand.
PAX Labs is responsible for bringing portable dry herb vapes to the mainstream. The PAX 3 is their most advanced and versatile PAX to date. It features five different modes for different styles of vapor: standard, boost, flavor, stealth, and efficiency. It has an all stainless-steel vapor path and a half-pack option ideal for solo sessions with smaller dosages.
Other features include Bluetooth compatibility to dial in custom temperature settings. The Pax 3 has more battery life, faster heat up times and the ability to vaporize concentrates in addition to dry herb, unlike the PAX 1 and 2. The device produces top-notch flavor and is easy to utilize and maintain, even for newbies. It looks more like an iPod than a vape, so it won’t stick out like a sore thumb.
The Solo II lives up to its name. It’s ideal for solo sessions with up to 0.2 grams of dry herb. Unlike most devices, the Solo II can vaporize ground up or solid buds. It has a ceramic heating element and includes two borosilicate mouthpieces.
Its internal battery provides hours of vaping time. The device comes with a carrying case that secures to your waist. The Solo II utilizes removable glass stems that make loading and cleaning it easy. It’s versatile and extremely portable.
The Firefly 2 heats up almost instantly. Unlike most weed vapes, it has on-demand heating. It’s always ready. Constructed of magnesium alloy, the Firefly 2 can handle a drop or two. It’s rugged and, more importantly, it gets you ripped.
The Firefly 2 produces less odor than your average vaporizer. It doesn’t ever get too hot because of its self-cooling technology. The battery is swappable, the device is firmware upgradeable and it also features six different heat settings.
The IQ2 is a compact and precise dry herb vape with an airtight ceramic zirconia air path. It utilizes Smart Path Technology, which automatically sets the best temperature for your session. It offers a few improvements over the IQ like adjustable airflow.
The IQ2 also has Bluetooth integration, so you can monitor details about your usage with the dose tracking feature. The device heats up very quick and is powered by a rechargeable 18650. It’s simple to use and now features 51 LEDs instead of the original 36.
The Airvape X is a thin frame portable that uses a conduction/convection heating and a ceramic oven. It houses a non-replaceable battery with 1300 mAh. It’s a bit low for battery life, but the Airvape X can be used while it charges and it only takes 60 minutes to be fully charged. The power setting is controlled by two buttons for adjusting temperature, and it’s read on a 1.3-inch OLED screen that displays the battery level, temperature, and automatic shutoff timer. With only a 20-second heat time, the Airvape X can get you up and vaping in no time. Loading is easy, and the vapor is as good as ceramic normally is. The oven does a fairly good job at heating the flower evenly, though you may need to occasionally stir—which is normal for a conduction oven.
The temperature ranges from 200° F to 428° F, with full adjustability. The Airvape X has an isolated vapor path to ensure all you taste is your herb vaporizing—though you’ll need to do a few burnoffs out of the package. Included in the kit are lots of extras and accessories, including an optional rubber skin that helps to keep the heat at a minimum. Although it’s optional to use, it’s highly recommended because the Airvape X can get quite warm without it. Luckily, Airvape didn’t make that accessory an additional cost.
The Linx Gaia is stated to be the first full-quartz chamber convection vaporizer. It produces clarity of flavor that’s rare in its price point. It has a non-replaceable 2200 mAh battery, OLED screen and variable temperature adjustability, and it can be used while it charges. The chamber holds about 0.3 grams comfortably that, when packed appropriately, results in even heating and consistent AVB. What makes the Gaia different from other convection portables is heated air flows in a dedicated vapor path, bypassing internal electronics which should give the user greater peace of mind in knowing they’re vaping herb, not the device itself. Users can expect to get a couple of days of heavy usage out of the battery, and maybe up to a few with moderate usage.
The Gaia body is based on a C-frame, constructed out of metal. It’s not quite as pocketable as some of the others on our list, but it feels great in the hand. It measures 50 mm x 24 mm x 80 mm, and weighs 146 g. The Gaia makes for a great travel companion device, and the overall design and execution of construction is high. Included in the kit, are a micro-USB charger cord as well as a Lightning Cable for those in the iOS family of products.