The Best Names in Dry Herb Vaporizers
Mig Vapor is a brand that usually tops best-of lists. This domination comes from the fact that they make devices for e-liquids, herbs, and concentrates. Very few companies have the same versatility as Mig Vapor.
It comes as no surprise then that Mig Vapor also dominates our list. They have three devices here, with varying degrees of ability and vapor quality. The Herb-E got some attention earlier. The other two vaporizers, the DRAY and the Pro 50 Combustor also deserve a look.
Storz and Bickel is another well-known name in the herb vaping game. They created the gold-standard in desktop vaporizers with their Volcano. But they also have other devices, both hand-held, and desktop that can match the Volcano.
Grenco Science makes an appearance here with their flagship vaporizer, the G-Pen Elite. The Elite uses precision temperature control and has a futuristic, ergonomic shape.
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Weed Vapes Explained
The best vaporizers for weed feature either one of three things:
- A conduction or convection heating method (sometimes both)
- Precision or preset temperature settings
- They are hand-held portable devices or desktop units only for home-use
The differences between conduction and convection are:
- Conduction heating occurs when the material comes in direct contact with a heat source, creating vapor
- Convection heating refers to when heated air passes through and around a substance, making vapor
In conduction vaporizers, the vapor is more voluminous and has a harder throat hit. Conduction units do not feature adjustable temperature controls, as it is hard to be precise with that style of heating.
In convection vaporizers, the vapor is smoother, better-tasting. Convection vaporizers produce smaller clouds. There is a more efficient use of material and low-risk of combustion.
Dry Herb Vaporizers: Precision vs Preset
Temperature control on a dry herb vaporizer is a much sought-after feature. Users want the ability to set the temperature according to their preferences. Smoking does not provide that accuracy, but vaping does.
All the best weed vapes feature temperature control in one of two ways:
- Preset temperature settings are levels set by the manufacturer and accessed by the user through a single button on the device
- Precision temperature control includes a user interface (LCD, LED or OLED screen, control buttons) to allow vapers to set an exact temperature for their session
Preset units appeal to beginners. They are simple and do not ask so much of the user. Vapers only need to use the vaporizer power button to access the different levels. They either long-hold the button or click it five times.
Preset vapes also have some indicator, like an LED array that changes color to show temperature and battery level. The advantages to preset models:
- Cost less
- More durable
- Limited vapor-quality range
- No customization
- Inefficient use of material
Precision control models are what experienced weed vapers prefer. The best weed vaporizers allow users this luxury.
Temperature control is essential for weed vaping for one reason: avoiding combustion.
With preset temperatures and conduction ovens, the material is at risk of burning. There is no such risk with real-time temperature control. Users can play around with each setting and find their preferred one.
Precision control machines are often paired with convection ovens, so vapers get:
- Efficient use of material
- Quality vapor
- No risk of combustion
The problems with these more advanced units are:
- They make a lot of noise (desktop vaporizers)
- They cost a lot
- They are more fragile and more prone to breaking
Herbal Vaporizers: Portable vs Desktop
Portable dry herb vaporizers were not the first machines for marijuana vaping. Desktop vaporizers pioneered the method. Table-top units like the Volcano, which came out in 2000, were the first to vape weed.
A version of the Volcano exists today, but there are many other comparable models. Because they are stationary, desktops can offer users much more than portable units.
The Volcano, to take an example from this list, comes in two versions, an analog and a digital. On the analog, users control the temperature via a knob on the front of the unit. The digital uses an LED readout for precision control.
One common feature among all stationary vaporizers is their inhalation style. Users inhale vapor from a desktop by either:
- A whip or tube made of silicone or heat-resistant plastic
- A balloon filled with vapor
These two styles are the most popular. Dry herb vaporizers feature both methods on the same unit, while others only feature one or the other. Whip-style inhalation is more for single use, where a balloon is for more than one vaper at a time.
Desktop vaporizers, aside from the inhalation-style, also differ from hand-held vapes because of all they can offer:
- Many, but not all, stationary units can vape both herbs, and essential oils or waxes
- Table-top vaporizers do not use batteries, so they never run out of power
- Stationary vapes can also provide aromatherapy by releasing vapor into the air
Like with portables, desktop units also have differences among them. Dry herb vaporizers offer accurate temperature settings. Other ones use predetermined levels, and temperature dials instead of LEDs and up/down buttons.
The top-shelf desktop units feature hybrid heating styles. They also use quality build materials like stainless steel, borosilicate glass, and quartz.
Inexpensive desktop models use one method of heating. They also feature the same all-ceramic heating elements common to portable units. Temperature control on budget desktops comes via a knob or dial.
What is a portable dry herb vaporizer main advantage over a stationary device? Hint: the answer is in the name. They are portable. They are shrunken down versions of all the things a desktop vaporizer can do that can fit in a pocket.
Where to Buy Dry Herb Devices
For the most selection, best prices, and discounts on herb vaping gear, online vendors are the way to go. Online stores will not only carry the best dry herb vape equipment but all the accessories too.
Dry flower vaping demands things like grinders, brushes, cleaning tools, containers, and other things. Online shops will have all that and more. Local vape shops tend to cater to e-liquid vapers. But it is not impossible to find decent units at brick-and-mortar vape stores. They will usually carry the most expensive, name-brand models so beware.
Of course, smoke and tobacco shops also carry specific weed vaping devices. They also have only the most top-shelf gear, but they are also good places to get accessories like grinders, filters, and water pipes.
What Does 2019 Look Like for Dry Herb Vaping?
Do you agree with our list of the best weed vapes of 2019? Were any of your favorite devices on this list? Were there any units you wanted to see on our list? Let us know your thoughts about the best weed vaporizers of 2019 in the comments section underneath.
The dry herb vaporizers on this list run the range from simple and portable, to advanced and stationary. They appeal to many different skill and experience levels.
These devices are also well-priced for the quality vapor they produce. If these devices with their quality materials, hybrid heating methods are the best of 2019, one must wonder what 2019 has in store for dry herb vapers.