We Look at the Best Vaporizers For Dry Herb Currently on the Market
Slowly but surely the use of dry herbs and concentrates is not only being accepted in the mainstream but cannabis is being legalized in many countries.
As more people enjoy the benefits both for recreation purposes and medicinally – it naturally follows the health risks of burning not heating should be met – and that’s where the vaporizers come in.
In simple terms they are similar to a vape device however instead of a tank you get a chamber which is in effect an oven.
Your fill is baked/heated at a set temperature and this releases the good stuff without the nasties you get from burning.
I know the vape world is split on whether these should even be allowed but hey I’m easy about it especially as cannabis and the like are legal in very many countries.
However, I do have to stress that in the UK for instance certain types of filling material is illegal – so bare that in mind!
What I will say is many people find vaping every day herbs such as mint can help with a variety of ailments and issues – so do bare that in mind too!
Other herbs that are legal and vapable include cat mint – lavender – lemon balm and many others – a quick search on the web will show you the apparent benefits of vaping common or garden herbs 😉
OK so I’ve been fortunate enough to review a few vaporizers and have spent some time looking at other options out there.
So these are what I consider the best of the concentrates and dry herb bunch.
Vapour2 Pro Series 3X
This is a little different to the other vaporizers on the list and is more for those that like the idea of having a device where you can vape both dry herb, wax, loose leaf tobacco and e-liquid.
It’s a very well built, highly portable vaporizer that has a number of advanced tech features such as motion activated battery indicator and magnetic cartridge and battery connections.
The performance is good with e-liquid but it is really the dry herb cartridge where it comes into it’s own providing a good bake to your herb with a lovely warm vape and a nice smooth throat hit.
The standard kit doesn’t come with the dry herb cartridge but even added as an extra the price is still very reasonable, this cartridge also includes all the tools you need for packing and cleaning.
A very easy device to use at a great price point for a dry herb vaporizer.
- Easy to use
- Excellent build quality
- Herbs – waxes and e-liquid
The Firefly 2
If you’re serious about vaping dry herb and concentrates then this is most definitely the vaporizer for you.
Not only does the Firefly 2 look fabulous – the designer is a former Apple guy – it vapes like an absolute dream thanks to its clever convection heating system.
The bowl looks small but trust me a little bit of coarsely ground herb goes a very long way and the oven heats in 3 seconds flat!
The vape experience of this is sensational and due no doubt to the ‘borosilicate glass vapor path’.
Now that sounds a bit ‘sci-fi’ but basically the vapour travels through glass keeping the taste crisp and not too hot – it’s bloody lovely truth be told.
Controls are simple with two touch sensors on the side.
By using the app you can hook this up and alter the settings on the fly choosing various baking temps etc.
It’s not cheap but you are paying for a device that is wonderfully designed feels great in the hand – can switch between herb and concentrates and vapes like a dream.
I honestly couldn’t fault it and can’t recommend it highly enough – the Firefly 2 is most definitely ‘the best vaporizer money can buy’.
Read: Firefly 2 Review
- 2 x 7 x 7 inches – 5 x 17 x 17 cms
- 140 grams
- Herbs – waxes and concentrates
- Internal 7.4v lithium-ion battery
- 55watt heater/oven
- Firefly 2 app to change settings
- 6 heat presets via Firefly 2 App [android and iOS]
Pax 3 Vaporizer
The Pax series of vaporizers has been the benchmark for all other devices since they first arrived on the scene.
Now into the third edition the Pax 3 is another dual use vaporizer switching from dry herb to concentrates simply by switching out the insert.
This is yet another convection heating style and to avoid ‘hot-spots’ the chip includes an advanced control system which technically means you will get a much better vape.
Pax Labs has also incorporated what they’re calling ‘lip sensing technology’ which basically means it heats when it touches your lips but cools down when not in use between draws!
It also vibrates when your filling is baked – which could make you giggle I guess lol.
The Pax 3 can be paired up with an app meaning you can tailor your perfect settings and the 3500mAH battery means you will be getting plenty of sessions between charges.
I have only heard good things about the Pax series of dry herb vaporizers and this is indeed one serious users should take a look at.
Read Our PAX 3 Vaporizer Review Here
- Herb and concentrates
- Haptic feedback (vibrations indicate when vapor is ready
- High-polished anodized aluminum shell
- 15-second heat up (30 seconds faster than PAX 2)
- 4 temperature settings
- Full-color LED interface indicating battery life – temperature
- Internal accelerometer saves energy and material
- 3500 mAh battery (16% larger than PAX 2)
- Double the oven power of PAX 2
- Bluetooth enabled; compatible with PAX Vapor app
- Dimensions: 98.5 (H) x 30.6 (W) x 21.4 (D) mm
- 10-year warranty
- 4 colors available (Black Gold Silver and limited edition Rose Gold)
Vaporfi Orbit Dry Herb Vaporizer
The orbit was the cheaper of the two Vapori products I reviewed and for me it was a much better vape.
This is a simple to use no frills device that heats quickly and so long as you haven’t packed to tightly you do get a good even bake.
You need to pack it then turn it on and wait until your herb reaches your perfect temperature with the Orbit operating between 360F and 420F – it takes a good 2 minutes to reach max temp.
I found the lower temperature left a muted taste whereas at the max it really kicked in giving a superb deep rich taste and a surprising amount of vapour.
I’m guessing the better flavour I was getting comes from the fact the bowl is right under the mouthpiece compared to the base of the larger more expensive VaporFi Atom – however the end result on both was the same – a nice mellow high!
This one can be vaped whilst charging with the internal 2200mAH battery you get a ton of use out of it before it needs to be re-charged.
This is a decent vaporizer that’s simple to use – well built – feels good in the hands and vapes very well indeed – decent price too.
Read: Vaporfi Orbit Review
- Battery Capacity: 2200 mAh
- 135mm x 20mm
- Heating chamber capacity: 1.7 ML
- Colors: Select between Black or Red
Vaporfi Atom Dry Herb Vaporizer
This was the first dry herb vaporizer I tried and whilst it gave a decent vape it certainly wasn’t the best of the three I’ve reviewed.
However that is probably down to the mouthpiece included in my review pack – I received the tighter curved one that really did give a restricted inhale.
So not only was I getting a natural high from the herb – the sheer amount of puffing I had to do to get a hit had my head spinning!
So if this one is on your shopping list – make sure you add a looser mouthpiece to your cart!
OK so this is Vaporfi’s flagship vaporizer and is slightly more expensive than the Orbit.
It’s powered by a very respectable 3000mAH battery – more power than you’ll ever need if I’m honest – but hey you’ll get plenty of sessions between re-charges.
This one is a bottom fill with quite a large bowl that on the higher temp of 464F bakes evenly and gives a decent flavour but not as good IMHO as the Orbit.
I have a feeling being so far away from the mouthpiece [the Atom is much longer] means the vapour loses a little once it reaches your lips.
A nifty little trick with this one is the motion sensing technology to check battery level.
You basically give it a shake to wake it up as after 30 seconds of no use it goes into sleep mode – handy if you’re feeling shall we say a little floaty!
Overall this is a decent vaporizer and I’m sure judging by customer reviews if you get the right mouthpiece it’s a great device so bare that in mind!
Read: Vaporfi Atom Review
- Battery Capacity: 3000mAH
- LED Temperature Indicator
- Temperature Range: 360°F-464°F
- Output Voltage: 3.3-4.2V
- Output Wattage: 15 Watts
- Max Operating Current: 4A
- Circuit, Over Voltage and Overload Protection
- Motion Sensing Technology
- Single-Click Activation
- Streamlined Mode Navigation
- 30 Second Standby Shut-Off
- Heat Ramp LED Display
- Charged Via USB
- 100% Food Grade Mouthpiece
Black Mamba Vaporizer
Now this is a sweet little dry herb vaporizer for those of you not wanting to splash out too much hard earned cash.
This is a convection style heater which basically means your filling sits directly on the heat source within the ceramic chamber – meaning a super-fast bake of 2 seconds!
You can expect the flavour to be crisp too as like the Firefly 2 the Black mamba features a glass vapour path and a glass mouthpiece which those in the know swear by.
This is indeed a funky looking piece of kit that judging by the customer reviews I’ve seen is well worth the reasonably low price.
- Size: 145*46*26.5mm
- Heating Time: 20-30 seconds
- Battery: 1600 mAh built-in battery
- Working Time: 1 hour
- Working voltage: 3.3-4.2 V
- Charging input: 5 V 1 A
- Charging time: 2 hours
G Pen Elite
Now this is a very cool vaporizer that’s bristling with new technology.
It’s got a very cool design that looks as if it will fit nicely in the hand and also features one of the largest ceramic baking chambers you’re likely to see in a portable vaporizer.
The heating comes from 360 degrees suggesting you’ll get an extremely even bake with temps between 200° – 428°F (93° – 220°C).
The designers say the G Pen Elite takes 30 seconds to fully heat up your fill and the LED display shows the heater in action as well as the battery life.
This is not a device I’ve used but once again and judging by the extremely positive customer comments – this is a solid vaporizer to say the least.
- Quick bake time
- LED display
- Temp range: 200° – 428°F
- Large capacity
Volcano Digit Vaporizer
The Volcano Digit Vaporizer is most definitely not one you can pop into your pocket – this is more your desktop device!
It takes oils and dry herb with your filling inflating a balloon through a special valve.
Once the balloon is filled you can remove it from the device and enjoy inhaling directly from it – about as clean a vape as you can possibly get!
The Digit features a fully customized digital temperature LED display system with operating temps of between 104 and 446F.
This is a serious piece of kit and German engineering at its finest and the Volcano family of vaporizers are definitely for the really serious users 😉
- Large Digital LED Display
- Advanced Air Temp Control System
- Food Safe Aluminum Heating Block
- High performance Heating Cartridge
- Strong Diaphragm Pump
- Advanced German Technology
- Temperature between 266° & 446°F
- Electromechanical Design
- Automatic Shut-Off Feature
- 3 Year Warranty
A Vaporizer for all Tastes and Budgets
As I said in the intro to this piece the use of dry herb and concentrates is fast becoming accepted and legalized around the world.
I have no doubt whatsoever that in a few years the UK will go down the legalization route in much the same way most states in the US has.
But here’s the disclaimer – IF the use of the sort of dry herb and concentrates were talking about is illegal in your country then we are definitely NOT advising you to buy one of these devices.
OK the prices of these types of vaporizers are relatively high compared to your typical vape device but the cost is coming down – slowly for sure – but definitely coming down.
Of the ones I’ve used the Firefly 2 stands out by an absolute mile but at a lower price the Black Mamba does look like an ideal starter kit along with the Vapour2 Pro Series 3X for it’s flexibility and performance.
So in much the same way as vaping devices there is something for all tastes – requirements and of course budget!
If you are considering what the best dry herb vaporizer is to buy then I hope we’ve helped you make a decision based on the few we’ve picked out as worthy of your hard earned cash!
Peace man and happy toking without the smoking!
2018’s Best Dry Herb Vaporizers / Top 6 Vaporizers
- Firefly 2
- Pax 3
- Vapour2 Pro Series 3X
- Vaporfi Orbit Dry Herb Vaporizer
- Black Mamba
- G Pen Elite