Last updated on Mar 18th, 2022
Making a decision when it comes to choosing the best device to enjoy your dry herbs can be difficult! After testing hundreds of different variants, we’re rounded the Best Portable Dry Herb Vaporizers down to 10.
We’ve been at with it with our signature list of the 10 best handheld Dry herb vaporizers in today’s market. Now that all the anticipated releases of 2021 have been updated, take a look at what’s on the list for 2022!
Best Portable Vaporizers
- Arizer Solo 2
- Pax 3
- VapCap M + Induction Heater
- Healthy Rips Rogue
- Firefly 2+
- Davinci IQC
- Arizer ArGo
Top 10 Portable Dry Herb Vaporizers for 2021
Storz & Bickel stays atop with one of their updated release that has landed the number top spot on this list. As it's predecessor has been available for almost 4 years, the updated Mighty+ takes the bar to another level with new features that are breathtaking.
Still not compromising when it comes to size & design, the Mighty+ is back with the same amazing quality flavor that now reaches temperature in only 60 seconds for a rapid vaping experience. This updated unit uses the same patented technology combining conduction and convection heating that cools the vapor on delivery - which has already been proven by its success.
✅ Ease of Use
This is probably the easiest vaporizer on the market to figure out! You put this in the hands of anybody and they'll have this figured out easily. Using this is as simple as removing the cooling unit, putting a micro-dosing capsule in or loading herb directly in, press and hold your power button once. As this has haptic feedback, it'll vibrate once its ready!
✅ Temperature Boost
The temperature on this Mighty+ unit is stellar as it ranges from 40 degree Celsius to 210 degree Celsius. (104F-410F) But where the improvement lies is in the heat up time,In addition, the Mighty+ now has a temperature boost function that increases the temperature by 16 degrees which is super ideal for end of sessions.
✅ Battery/Fast charging
With its updated USB-C charging socket, the Mighty+ now only takes 40 mins to reach 80% capacity. Users only need to carry a USB-C cable, instead of the traditional a/c power adapter having access to super-fast charging on the go, with less to carry. Users can now enjoy a unit that has one of the best battery life on the market as well as one of the fastest charging.
Yes - this can fit into both front and back pockets, but when you're holding the unit you know that you're holding it. That said, this unit isn’t very concealable but that’s totally fine. In society today, it's not uncommon to see people vaping, but if discreteness is a deal breaker, this may not be the device for you.
❌ Cooling Chamber Complicated to Clean
Whilst the Mighty+ is very easy to load, operate and reset for a new session, it can be very annoying and complicated to clean the cooling chamber. Giving the cooling chamber a deep clean can be tasking especially when not maintained constantly but the more you do it the easier it gets!
See our full Mighty+ review if you want more info on it.
2. Arizer Solo 2
The Arizer Solo 2 is the follow up to the mega popular Solo. Arizer is a world renowned brand for a reason: they make stellar dry herb vaporizers that work well for a fair price.
The main reason the Solo 2 holds this position in second is because of its impressive battery life. When fully charged it runs for a total of three hours non stop without needing a charge. hat's probably the longest battery life of any portable vaporizer you can find on the market.
Not only is the battery life stellar, but the vapor quality is fantastic. It features a hybrid ceramic/stainless steel heating system which delivers delicious and thick vapor. The vapor itself stays cool due to the long glass air path.
The Arizer Solo 2 heats up in a record time of 20 seconds which means you can go from dry herb to vapor in no time.The digital controls are also sleek and simple to use.
✅ Glass Vapor Path
As there are little to no other portable vaporizers with an all glass vapor path, it is favourite amongst Arizers users. Even thought the unit isn’t fully convection, it really does extract tasty flavour from any the herb inserted leaving it very brown and spent after your session. Personally a glass vapor path beats a plastic one every time!
✅ Battery Life
The Arizer Solo 2 hands down has the best battery on the market, lasting a total of 3 hours of continuous usage which is extremely rare and not seem often in other vaporizers. This value driven company stays true to their word when they state that this device will last a long time. Perfect for using all day and leaving it to charge during the evening.
✅ Super Easy To Clean
This thing is very low maintenance and is a breeze to clean! Simply submerge the stem into some alcohol for apron. 1 hour, then wine it with hot water. Whilst the stem is drying, brush out any spent herb left in the chamber. The more you maintain and clean it, the better the vaporizer will work and it’ll last longer.
✅ Pass-Through Charging
Even though this unit doesn’t have replaceable batteries the saving grace lies in the pass-through charging ability. This is super handy when you’re about to run out of power during your session. Plug it in for 20 minutes and you’re good to go where as other vaporizers take 2- 4 hours before they’re usable if the battery is depleted.
❌ Breakable Glass
Although all the glass vapor path really adds to session experience, they are made of glass making them fragile. As this vaporizer is portable and will be taken on the go this makes the glass stem even more prone to damage. Again glass mouthpieces aren’t for eveyone but if you can’t get enough of the quality vapor and are a bit clumsy, be sure to have a couple replacement ones on standby just in case.
See our full Solo 2 review if you want more info on it.
3. Pax 3
Along with Volcano, Pax has been the face of vaporizers for a little while ago. The original rendition had a unique, sleek design that really helped it stand out from the crowd. The Pax 3 looks even better with new matte colours and has some big improvements to boast about.
The Pax 3 heats up quickly in around 15-20 seconds. It uses lip sensing technology to tell when you're using it, so it can heat up the chamber which is super dope. The vapor you pull from the unit is surprisingly decent given it runs on a conduction oven which doesn’t deliver the subtle flavours of a convection vaporizer, but again that won't be a priority for the majority of people.
The battery life has also been improved with the Pax 3. You can use it for around an hour an a half before having to recharge. Even charging is cool with the Pax 3 with the innovative charging dock. You can tell that a lot of engineering went in to it.
✅ Perfect size
The best thing about the Pax 3 is probably it's size. Fits right in your hand and can easily fit in any pocket, bag no problem. There are smaller vaporizers available, but Pax has really nailed it with the perfect size for activities. Along with a portable charger, this unit would be great for camping!,/p>
✅ Even burn / efficient
After every session the spent herb is a nice dark brown, which means that you're getting a lot of vapor out of the herb and it's quite efficient. That also means you don't need to mix it around a lot. Unlike Firefly 2+, where you’re required to mix the bowl halfway through your session this isn’t an issue with the Pax 3, especially if you're using a - half-pack lid.
✅ Easy to use
As the Pax 3 has a big oven and easy to load, asll you have to do is pop open the bottom and load your herb in. Then press the button for it to heat up. With haptic feedback you know exactly when it’s ready to go. Individuals can easily figure this out as its very intuitive.
❌ Restricted airflow
The airflow can be a little bit restricted. This unit is not as free-flowing as another vaporizer like the Mighty+. With the Mighty, it feels like you're just breathing in air. With the Pax 3, you know you're breathing in a vaporizer. It's a little bit restricted compared to a more expensive model like the Mighty.
See our full Pax 3 review if you want more info on it.
4. DynaVap VapCap M + Induction Heater
We feel strongly that the DynaVap VapCap M used with an induction heater is one of the best vaporizing experiences available right now. DynaVap now offers induction heaters available that have built-in batteries like the Apollo Rover 2, which are game changers. While they are quite a bit more expensive than the VapCap M itself, we feel that it's worth it.
One of the main reasons why we feel that the induction heater makes a big difference compared to a jet lighter is due to consistency. It's foolproof: just push your VapCap down in to the heater and wait until you hear a click, then you're ready to vape your dry herb. It's as simple as pressing the VapCap down again to continue your session.
Another thing that the VapCap M and induction heater combo does so well is flavour. Every draw from the vaporizer is tasty and comes in two different waves. The first couple draws allow you to taste bright notes of the herb. The next wave tastes toasty and nutty. It's always so flavourful and different in a good way.
Induction heating also seems to be quite efficient in terms of power too. The Apollo 2 Rover allows for 100+ draws from a single battery charge. Worst comes to worst, you can keep a jet lighter around to heat up your VapCap M even if the battery runs dry.
Lately the VapCap M and Apollo 2 Rover combo has been our go-to combo. It's a different experience from other portable vaporizers but we really enjoy it.
✅ No batteries necessary
The best thing about the VapCap is that you don't need a battery, all you need is a butane torch. Other cheap portable vaporizers have poor battery life which can be an inconvenience. If you're out of battery you need to plug it in and wait an hour or two for it to be working again. Probably by that point, you've just smoked instead of vaporizing. If you have a battery-powered vaporizer, this is a great alternative that you can also use.
✅ Cheap entry point
The VapCap M’s are actually a pretty cheap entry point into vaporizing. Although, it's not my favourite vaporizer, it gets people into vaporizing and understand what vaporizing is at reasonable price. That said, if you're looking to get into vaporizing, but you don't want to spend a fortune on something like a Mighty+, and you want to see if it's right for you, then the VapCap Mis a great way to go.
❌ Learning curve
One thing about this unit is that there is a bit of a learning curve, you need to learn how to do it and use it. That said, if you give it to someone, a friend, they might not get it right away as it's not intuitive. With a vaporizer like the Mighty+, you just take a puff and you get it. But with the DynaVap, you really do need to learn it. Not the biggest deal, but a bit of a negative compared to other vaporizers.
See our full VapCap M if you want more info on it.
5. Healthy Rips Rogue
Health Rips has earned their place in the marketplace by delivering on mandates they once promised when they entered the arena. As of May of 2021, they‘ve returned with another portable vaporizer unit that supersedes their previous model – that is the Rogue.
The most notable part of Health Rips Units is that it delivers (mostly) convection in a small package. Until this point if you wanted a portable vaporizer that fits in your pocket, you were most likely using conduction. While there's nothing wrong with conduction, convection is generally more efficient and delivers better flavour.
Making adjusting in all areas with the Rogue, you can now enjoy up to 90 mins of vaping time with its new upgraded 3000 mAh Lithium battery. Recharge time also isn’t an issue with the unit's fast USB-C charging, between 75-90 mins and you’re golden!
The Healthy Rips Rogue still gives you a variety of attachments you can use. If you want to throw it in your pocket there's a plastic mouthpiece, or you can use a glass one while at home – the choice is yours!
Adjustable session times combined with precise temperature control that has a heat up time of 60 seconds make this portable unit a force to be reckoned with. Being one of the easiest vaporizer units to navigate as well as maintain, the Rogue checks a lot of boxes as it holds this position on our best portable vaporizers list!
✅ Ease of use
The learning curve of this device of very simple, with a 3-button configuration, navigating the Rogue is a breeze. It’s easy as removing the mouthpiece load herb directly or into a dosing capsule and turn the power on. Haptic feedback will alert you once your session is ready. Reseting it is just as easy as emptying the chamber after your session and cleaning out and spent herb.
✅ CapsulesDosing capsule are available that load flush into the chamber. These are amazing and is a game changes especially when it comes to keeping your sessions clean and discrete. Other premium portable vaporizers like the Mighty+ use these and they are popular.
✅ FlavourRegardless of high or low setting, the flavor right off the bat is premium. Both mouthpieces contain a glass element so that the vapor path is cooled so that the vapor is at the right temperature when it hits your mouth.
❌ Not that smell-proof
Although healthy rips includes a protective "smell-proof" cap, it isnt exactly smell-proof. Yes - applying the cover does mask some if the smell of burnt popcorn/used herb but it doesn't eliminate it completely, especially after use.
❌ No pass through charging/ Detachable battery
Nit-picking - the Rogue doesn’t have a detachable battery or allow pass through charging. I personally like to keep batteries charged on deck for continual usage. Using dosing capsules in the Rogue already elevates the vaping experience so that it stays in your hands.
See our full Rogue review if you're looking for more info.
6. Firefly 2+
When the original Firefly hit the market it blew a lot of people's minds. It's a convection herb vaporizer that heats up in a couple seconds that has cool, thick vapor. There were a few complaints around the size, lack of temperature control and battery life though.
They fixed that up in the second version. The Firefly 2 is over 30% smaller, 50% lighter, with advanced temperature controls and has a much improved battery life. You can now pick from six temperature settings between 338° and 437° Fahrenheit which let's you get the perfect vapor density. Just make sure you have an Android smart phone because that's all controlled by the Firefly app! (Apple has banned vaped applications)
They then released an even bigger improvement on that Firefly 2 with the new Firefly 2+ (Plus). The most notable improvement is the charging and battery life. You can now charge to 80% in 20 minutes, which lets you get up and running quick. The dock makes it easy to remember to leave to charge too. Although the battery is small, they've expanded the life span through tech innovations and you can also replace it on the go.
Because it uses a convection heating system it delivers some of the best vapor quality out of any of the portable vaporizers on this list. While you need to learn how to take a slower draw to use it properly, it's not that difficult to pick up and learn. The Firefly 2+ also heats up almost instantly—no waiting around for it to heat up.
Due to its design the Firefly 2+ is also super easy to clean and maintain. It not only looks good, but it's functional. That's smart design!
✅ Instant heat up
As the Firefly 2+ has instant heat up, so that means almost right away, after you click the two buttons, it starts lighting up. Then once it's lit up completely then you can just draw in. That means you can also use it for micro-dosing if you just want to take one puff at a time.
✅ Works with concentrates
Another thing that's very good about the Firefly 2+ is that it works well with concentrates. Just throw in the concentrate pad that’s included in the box and load your favourite concentrate material and enjoy in less than 1 minute.
✅ Quick charging dock
Firefly 2+ has a quick-charging dock, just like the Firefly 2. It just slides right in and then it gets to 80% battery in 20 minutes, which is very fast. You don't need to wait for hours for it to charge. Although it doesn't have pass-through charging like other vaporizers, like the Mighty+, but with charging that goes up to 80% in 20 minutes, its definitely makes up for it.
❌ Stirring bowls
You also need to stir the bowl midway through a session and it doesn't come with a stir tool. Halfway through, you just want to mix it up to make sure that you get all of the herb in the chamber, which isn't necessarily a bad thing if you have a stirring tool close by, but it's definitely not easy to use. It's not like the Ghost MV1 where you don't need to stir it at all and it heats through the bowl completely.
See our full Firefly 2+ review if you want more info on it.
Along with the updates announced by Storz & Bickel this fall, the Crafty+ has also been modified with improvements that are sure to blow consumers away. Living under the shadow of its sibling the Mighty+ this upgrade will spice up debates for which vaporizer takes the peak position for best portable vaporizer.
It is cheaper and smaller than the Mighty which is great, but there are a few downsides. It doesn't have a built-in display which means you need to control the temperature settings from the app connected to your smart phone (which may not be possible since Apple banned vape apps). Also the vapor it produces isn't as cool as the Mighty.
With an improved heat up time of 30%, the Crafty + has an added “Superbooster” function. This is a temperature pre-set that gives you an additional boost of power for efficiently finishing your vaping session.
If 90 mins of continuous use wasn’t good enough, Storz & Bickel have also managed to shorten the charging time of this unit by 25% by upgrading this unit with USB-C fast-charging abilities. Getting users back in the action when it comes to usage!
If you're looking for a true portable unit though you'll still want the Crafty+ over the Mighty. Backed with the same hybrid patented convection technology, this updated unit is bound to satisfy existing and new consumers alike!
8. Davinci IQC
Davinci Techhas been forging their footprint in the vaporizer market for about a decade, and in that time, they’ve managed to create a following with their notable portable conduction type vaporizers such as MIQRO vaporizer and the IQ2.
This early 2021 release from Davinci is no different – the new Davinci IQC sits right in the middle of both Davinci IQ2 and the MIQRO vaporizers when it comes to size but everything else has gotten an update.
One thing that is noticed right off the top is the IQC updated sleek, sandblasted aluminum frame & its 51 LED display grid – it's drop-dead gorgeous. Crafted to fit in almost any space, this small, multifaceted device delivers powerful, smooth, and cool vapors.
The Zirconia chamber that has replaced the previous ceramic filling chamber design, is airtight and lined with glass cooling the vapor before it hits the lips. It’s now equipped with 4 pre-set temperatures that change throughout the session (Smart Paths) as well as precise temperature control, you get the best of both worlds. In addition, the IQC has a boost feature that will boost the temperature to its Max which is perfect for the end of session to extract the most of your herb.
Davinci has removed the air flow dial at the bottom of the unit and replaced it with a zirconia pearl located on the inside lid of the filling chamber to allow for more of an even heat distribution, simply adjust the pearl to tightly pack the chamber.
As some design aspects have been changed, others have stayed the same. The Davinci IQC unit is powered by the same replaceable 18650 batteries (which is our personal favourite way to charge). With a charge time of 2 hours, throw a couple extra batteries in your bag with a charger on your trip to enjoy 60 mins of continuous usage – that is until you need to swap the battery.
There’s no doubt that this will become a fan favourite among Davinci users and others as did the previous versions of this unit. It checks a lot of boxes. There’s a reason why this IQC sits at this position on our best portable vaporizer list – definitely worth a check out!
When it comes to the IQC and style, I would say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree with this one. When you open both compartments where the oven is and where battery is loaded along with the flavor chamber is all consistent design wise and is done up with aluminum finish. Everything from the button placement, lines on the exterior, the area where the charging dock is located is all a beauty to look at.
✅ Ease of Use
Frankly, using this device is very simple - if you’ve used vaporizers before this will be a walk in the park and if you’re very new to the game, this shouldn't take long to figure out as this unit does only have three buttons. Once turned on, you’ll have the option of picking four of DaVinci's smart paths pre-set temperatures.
✅ Temperature Option
The IQC has two options when it comes to temperature. It has precise temperature that ranges from 121.C to 221.C as well as it offers four pre-set smart paths. These are eight-minute time sessions that the temperature increases over time based on the level that you're currently at, which leave the user with a unique vaping experience. As a new user this is a great option as it gives up multiple ranges to test out to find what works for you.
❌ Draw Resistance
Regardless of the settings that are set, the IQC tends to deliver a draw that's very clean and flavourful, but one thing I noticed while using this IQC was the draw resistance. It’s important that you take slow draws as well as wait for the unit to build vapor up before drawing. As this unit isn't a Storz & Bickel a Fury Edge or a Rogue unit, you won’t get instant vapor on demand.
See our full Davinci IQC review if you want more info on it.
The minute we laid eyes on the dotLeaf, we knew they had something neat going on. It's the first vaporizer that is completely modular, you can swap: the oven, the battery and even the mouthpiece. There are magnetic doors that snap on the side to hide everything behind a very cool looking boxy vaporizer.
We love when vaporizers have swappable batteries and hope it becomes the standard. Most issues with vaporizers have to do with the battery, so being able to swap it is a huge bonus. It also allows you to get some extra 18650 batteries to keep it running for a long time. Just grab a charger that allows you to charge multiple batteries at once.
Not only are the batteries swappable, but so are the ovens. This is a pretty unique feature that very few other vaporizers currently offer. It's nice to be able to pack some extra ovens to use as you finish up the last one. Swappable ovens also makes the dotLeaf super easy to clean since you mainly just need to clean the oven that pop right out.
It's also one of the smallest vaporizers currently on the market. The dotLeaf is actually smaller than a credit card which is impressive. It can be compared to the MIQRO or possibly the XMAX Starry in terms of size. It's a great little vaporizer to put in your pocket.
Don't be fooled by the small size though, the dotLeaf hits hard. Once you learn how to pack the oven and turn it on, you can get some big clouds from this device. It blows some bigger units out of the water to be completely honest. The flavour is a bit lackluster compared to some other vaporizers, but amazing flavour isn't necessary to do the job.
The dotLeaf also includes some cool accessories in the box as well. 14mm and 18mm adapters come free and allow you to connect your dotLeaf to a water pipe if you'd like. These usually cost extra so it's nice to see them included.
✅ Build Quality
This DotLeaf is made very well - I'm hesitant to call this the Nokia phone of vaporizers because I feel if you throw this against a wall, the wall will break, and it will not. Worst case, if things were to get damaged, this device is modular, so you would not have to replace the entire thing. In fact, warranty wise DotMod actually includes a 90 day warranty so if anything does go astray or breaks, they will replace it for you.
The Dotleaf is super tiny and compact. I’ve personally got huge hands so it disappears in my hands, but for any other user that's just picking this up right off the jump it feels comfortable. Users are going to love that you can just throw this in your bag, your pocket, even a purse on the go.
✅ Swappable Battery/Pass-through charging
This unit takes one swappable 18650 battery, which is great for having a bunch of other batteries on standby charging. Even if you only have one battery that has died, you can still enjoy the wonderful flavours and vapours of the DotLeaf while it is charging via its pass through charging capabilities. On a single charge you’re bound to get 10/11 sessions out of it.
❌ Mouthpiece gets hot mid-high temperatures
Though the standard plastic mouthpiece that comes with this unit is small and works well with the unit visually, it tends to transfer a lot of heat. I found using this unit on temperatures 3 and above, the mouthpiece gets too hot to enjoy. Fortunately, the unit comes with two other water pipe adapters (14mm & 18mm) that could double as another mouth piece as well as way around this problem.See our full DotLeaf review if you want more info on it.
10. Arizer ArGo
The ArGo is short for Arizer Go. It's Arizer's first truly portable vaporizer since the mouthpiece retracts back in to the unit. All of Arizer's 'portable' vaporizers have glass pieces which means you can't throw them in your pocket or bag—that's not the case with the ArGo.
It's about the size of a deck of cards and fits perfectly in your hand. Although it's small Arizer hasn't cut corners on their build quality too. This vaporizer feels sturdy and doesn't have the cheap plastic quality you get with other units.
It has some of the vapor production of all the tiny vaporizers (Pax, Starry). They've utilized their conduction/convection heating technology from their Solo 2 and Air 2, and put it in a smaller package. It has a pretty fast heat up time that will get you vaporizing in just under a minute.
Somehow Arizer also fit a full OLED display on to this small vaporizer too. You can see battery life and temperature right on the ArGo, no need to download a separate app or anything like that. We much prefer vaporizers that have screens since apps can be a bit gimmicky (and also Apple has currently banned vape related apps).
The best part of the ArGo has to be the swappable batteries. You can buy extras and throw them in your pocket on the go. Swappable batteries also extends the life of your vaporizer since you don't need to just toss it when the batteries weaken over time. That's a big bonus!
Honorable Mention: XMAX Starry V3
The XMAX Starry is the cheapest vaporizer on this list, but it doesn't perform like the cheapest. It's an awesome little vaporizer that is perfect for beginners looking for a starter, or veterans looking for a super portable unit.
The XMAX Starry is the perfect size to be taken out of the house on an adventure. It weighs around 120 grams which is at the smaller end of any portable vaporizers you find. It's easy to throw in your pocket and fits perfectly in the grip of your hand. Just be careful because the mouthpiece can get hot after prolonged use.
It heats up pretty quickly in around 20-30 seconds. The XMAX Starry offers a full spectrum of temperatures to pick from the OLED display. You can play around and find the best setting. It is a conduction vaporizer though, so don't expect incredible flavour.
The V3 has an improved battery life which lets you use it for around 80 minutes of use. The batteries are also replaceable, so you can keep extras with you for longer excursions. They've also added a bigger bowl and new mouth piece which are definitely nice to have too!
Honorable Mention: Boundless CF/CFX
Boundless has released a couple cheap products that have taken the dry herb vaporizer world by storm. The CF/CFX are essentially a poor man's Crafty/Mighty: they are hybrid convection, they look similar and they have similar sizes. Considering they're half the price of their Volcano counterparts—the CF/CFX are pretty impressive.
The Boundless CF is the smaller of the two. It's a relatively small size and features five different temperature settings. The battery is non-replaceable and will last you around 50 minutes of use.
The Boundless CFX is the big brother. It's bulkier, but features a nice OLED display which lets you pick your exact temperature. Like the CF, the batteries are non-replaceable and will last you around 60 minutes of use.
What really sets these two vaporizers apart from the crowd is their vapor quality. They have the best vapor of any cheap vaporizer available right now. It's not quite on par with the best, but it's definitely better than most. If you're just starting out with vaporizing, or can't afford a more expensive unit, you won't be disappointed with either the Boundless CF or CFX.
See our full Boundless CFX review if you want more info on it.
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