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Apr 21, 2021 11 min read

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A vaper’s dozen – the best 10 portable vapes of 2021

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by Ben Hartman

With more options than ever for how to get high and enjoy weed, the classic joint is seeming more and more like a blast from the past. Mainly, it’s the rise in vaping that is changing the world of cannabis — and for good reason. Vaporizers produce a powerful high without any noxious smoke, and provide a more discreet, low key way to dose. But what about when you need to vape on the go? 

Luckily, there is no shortage of great portable vapes available today. 

1

The Pax 3 Vaporizer

  • 20-second heat up time
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Sleek, discrete design
2

Arizer Solo II

  • Around 15 sessions per charge
  • Great tasting vapor
  • Increased airflow
3

The DaVinci Miqro Vaporizer

  • Especially pint-sized
  • Very easy to clean
  • All ceramic airpath
4

Firefly 2+

  • 3 second heat up time
  • Charges in only 45 minutes
  • Very easy to clean
5

DynaVap VapCap

  • No charge or battery needed
  • Heats up in seconds
  • Adjust a bowl feature
6

Storz & Bickel Crafty+

  • 100% satisfaction guarantee
  • Very durable build
  • Hybrid conduction and convection heating
7

Boundless CF

  • Large capacity oven
  • 10-15 sessions per charge
  • Only 20 seconds to heat up
8

XVape Starry 3.0

  • Very durable build
  • 25 second heat up
  • Long battery life - 10 to 15 sessions per charge
9

Zeus Arc Vaporizer

  • Gold vapor path
  • Compatible with arc pods
  • 90 minutes per charge
10

Airvape X

  • Lifetime warranty
  • Very small and lightweight
  • Heats up in just 20 seconds

The Pax 3 Vaporizer

  • Battery Life: 8-10 sessions per charge 
  • Size: 4 x 1 x 1 inches (10.16 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm)
  • Warranty: 10-year limited warranty 
  • Price: $160 – $250

Specs: 

  • Conduction heating 
  • 20 seconds average heat-up time 
  • Oven size: 0.3 grams 
  • 360-420°F (182-215°C) – adjustable in single digit increments 
  • Charge time: 90 minutes 
  • Bluetooth app

What customers say:

A big yes if you are a big smoker. Although the initial price seems a lot, the amount of money I have saved smoking from this rather than actual blunts is insane.

Danielle

The pax is ok at lower temperatures but it doesn’t produce much vapour at all, but still manages to toast the herb, it always comes out dark brown.

Dhoban 

The Pax conduction vape has for years been one of the most popular vapes on the market and is a perfect example of “if the vape isn’t broken don’t fix it.” 

Nonetheless, Pax found some things to tweak and improve. The Pax 3 takes it to another level, adding a longer-lasting battery, 20-second heat up time, a bluetooth app, and a 90 minute charge time. The oven holds about one-third of a gram of herb and can be adjusted for vaping concentrates if you purchase the Complete Kit.  

And like all previous Pax vapes, it has that trademark sleek, simple and minimalistic design, with just a single button, as well as a size and shape that makes it one of the best pocket vapes anywhere. It also produces some of the smoothest vapor of any device, and has a truly discreet design that makes it perfect for sneaking a quick vape on the go.


Arizer Solo II

  • Battery Life: About 15 sessions per charge 
  • Size: 4.5 x 1.7 x 1 inches (11.4 x 4.3 x 2.5 cm)
  • Warranty: 2 years (except for glass parts)
  • Price: $165 -$200

Specs 

  • Conduction and convection heating 
  • 20-30 seconds heat-up time 
  • Oven size: 0.15 grams 
  • 122-428°F (50-220°C) – adjustable in single digit increments
  • Charge time: 3 hours

What customers say:

If i want better taste and convenience, Arizer solo 2 is the way to go. Actually i really like battery life, pass through charging, simplicity of cleaning the tubes and just changing the herbs in general.

Dainius Brazdzionis

This Vape is worth the extra cash, easy to use with good accessories & a great smoke.

B

Hop into one of the smoothest, tastiest vape clouds anywhere in as little as four seconds. That’s one of the promises of the Arizer Solo II, a palm sized, affordable vape that’s a joy to use. 

The latest incarnation of the Arizer Solo includes an LED display that shows the temperature and other options, which you can use during the quite long battery life — around 15 sessions or about 150 minutes.  

While the long glass mouthpiece does help improve the flavor of the vape, it can make it a bit harder to sneak a vape outdoors, and also means it’s not a great vape to slip into your pocket. 

Nonetheless, the Arizer Solo II has great taste and improved air flow by way of the added recessed heat jets and is really hard to beat when it comes to battery life and ease of use.


The DaVinci Miqro Vaporizer

  • Battery Life: 3-4 sessions per charge 
  • Size: 1.34 x 3.13 x 0.91 inches (3.3 x 7.95 x 2.3 cm)
  • Warranty: 5 years 
  • Price: $89 -$119

Specs

  • Zirconium airflow system 
  • 39-second heat up time
  • 122-428°F (50-220°C) – adjustable in single digit increments in precision temperature mode 
  • Charge time: 1.5-2 hours
  • All ceramic airpath 

What customers say:

I have very good experience with this brand. It’s definitely best choice in this category. The Davinci Vaporizer is a great vaporizer for light users like me. If you’re planning to buy one I suggest that you go ahead and buy the explorers collection because it has everything you need specially for outdoor hikes.

Alyut

The DaVinci Miqro is easily one of the most portable, pint size vaporizers available today, at just barely over 3 inches long and an inch thick. So much about the DaVinci Miqro says ease, convenience, and “this is not a tough decision to make” — it’s affordable, very easy to use, and heats up and charges very quickly. 

Michal

The vape provides delicious vapor and potent pulls by way of its zirconium airflow system, which users can set with precision through three distinct control options. 

The removable spare battery is a great add-on, especially for users who want to take a vape out into the great outdoors for the weekend. The vape also comes with a USB charging cable, accessory kit, extended mouthpiece, and rechargeable battery, which makes it even more of a deal at just $99. 

Also, if you’re going to be putting in a lot of miles on the Miqro, rest assured that it’s quite easy to clean, with a removable vapor path and mouthpiece.


Firefly 2+

  • Battery Life: About 15 sessions per charge 
  • Size: 5.1  x 1.4 x .95 inches (12.95 x 3.5 x 2.4 cm)
  • Warranty: 2-year limited warranty 
  • Price: $230 – $280

Specs 

  • 3 second heat up time  
  • Breath activation 
  • Increased airflow  
  • Oven size: 0.15 grams 
  • 200-500°F (93-260°C) – adjustable in single digit increments
  • Charge time: 45 minutes 

What customers say:

The vaping experience is the best I’ve experienced and the flavor of the herb you put in is fantastic. Only dropped a star because the battery doesn’t last that long especially if using for concentrates but it charges super quickly and I only use this as my at home vaporizer. Oh yah the airflow is fantastic, nice and open.

Jerry R

The vapor quality is excellent, but I did need to make some adjustments to get the vapor smoother than it was out of the box.

Ryan T

“Designed for people who love the plant,” is how Firefly describes the 2+, but there are also some things to love about the 2+ itself. 

The vape has an advertised 3-second heat up time, and it’s exceptionally easy to load and clean. It also has a very compact and sleek design, and a magnesium alloy build that looks and feels great. And according to Firefly, the new design produces 33% more airflow than the original vape. 

And when it’s time to clean the 2+, it’s a snap to pop off the magnetic lid and wipe the glass surface clean. 

The vape’s “dynamic convection” produces truly tasty vapor and also cools down very quickly between each pull. This means that each draw is something of a session of its own, which may or may not be what you’re looking for.

Users can also opt to use the vaporizer’s mobile app to quickly and easily adjust it to six separate temperature settings.


DynaVap VapCap

  • Battery Life: No battery needed 
  • Size: 3.6 inches long
  • Warranty: Refunds available in some cases 
  • Price: $60 – $90

Specs 

  • Heats up with no battery or electricity needed   
  • Low draw resistance
  • Easy to clean 
  • Heats up in only 5-10 seconds 
  • Adjustable extraction chamber
  • Usable as a one hitter with adjust-a-bowl feature 

What customers say:

So far it’s been a very cool little device and I can see why people love them. I have used it every day since I have gotten it and so far it seems easy to maintain and clean and can easily take anywhere although I generally keep it at home.

John B

As a first time dynavaper I have to say everything you read and hear is true. The flavor is phenomenal, the technique really isn’t too hard and the amount of clouds you get from .1 is crazy!

Adrian I

If you’re heading out in the great beyond (or just, to the park), then why have to worry if you charged your vape, or if you’ll be able to find an outlet anywhere?

The DynaVap VapCap is an ingenious vape that requires zero electricity and no battery whatsoever. All you do is hold a flame to the end of the vape until you hear a click and you’re ready to inhale. 

No need to set the temperature or pack the perfect bowl, just flick your lighter, wait for the click, and get ready for the VapCap’s easy, strong airflow. 

It also has an “adjust a bowl” feature that allows you to pack 0.1 or 0.05 grams if you want to stretch your weed out and still get a potent effect.  And if you’re the clumsy type, you’ll be happy to know this is an extremely difficult vape to break — even if you wanted to. 

It’s an analog vape in a hi-tech cannabis world, but that suits us just fine.


Storz & Bickel Crafty+

  • Battery Life: 40 minutes or five to six sessions 
  • Size: 4.4 x 2.3 x 1.3 inches (11.1 x 5.7 x 3.2 cm)
  • Warranty: 2 year warranty
  • Price: $223 – $279

Specs 

  • Auto shut off 
  • Haptic feedback 
  • Hybrid conduction and convection heating 
  • 266-410°F (130-210°C) – adjustable in single digit increments
  • Around 60 second heat up time 
  • Bluetooth app 
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee

What customers say:

Amazing machine. Kills it on vapor strength and taste.

Sebastian C

Amazing vape, it’s super easy to set up and use and very efficient with flower and just an all around very pleasant smoking experience.

Robert E

The Mighty by Storz & Bickel is considered a standard bearer in the portable vape world, but those who want a more compact yet still very effective option should look no further than the Crafty+. 

Think of the Crafty+ as a palm-sized version of the Mighty, that weighs just 135 grams and can fit quite easily in your pocket (the Mighty could feel like you had an 8 track in your pocket) while still providing powerful vape clouds at the touch of a single button. It has the same easy twisty top and loading method as the Mighty, and has three pre-set temperature levels. 

It heats up in about 60 seconds and when it’s time to take a pull the cooling unit gets the vapor to just the right temperature for the inhale. 

It also has a customized mobile app and the same sturdy, built-to-last design that fans of the Mighty know and love.


Boundless CF

  • Battery Life: 10-15 sessions per charge
  • Size: 3.9 x 2.4 x 1.2 inches (9.9 x 6 x 3 cm) 
  • Warranty: 3-year manufacturer warranty, 90-day warranty on the battery  
  • Price: $110 – $135

Specs 

  • 5 preset temperatures 
  • Hybrid conduction and convection 
  • 80 watts
  • Large capacity oven 
  • 355-415°F (180-212°C) in five preset temperatures 
  • Heats up in less than 20 seconds
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee

What customers say:

Good mid range dry herb vape I’ve had this vape for about six months at this point, and it’s my go-to for personal vaping.

Matt

I had an S&B Crafty for a couple of years before it died so I bought this as a replacement and it comes reasonably close for considerably less money.

Esoterick

The Boundless CF checks off a lot of the boxes that many portable vape buyers have on their list — it’s affordable, easy to use, reliable, and produces really great vapor. 

But it actually takes things a bit further with a heat-up time of around 20 seconds, five preset temperatures, and a battery that should last for around 10-15 sessions. 

The vape’s hybrid conduction and convection system performs great whether you pack a large bowl or don’t have much to toss in, and it also works great with concentrates. The company also produces a water pipe adapter, for when you get the urge to attach your vape to your bong and really make it a night to remember/forget. 

The Boundless CF is also very solidly built and comes with a 3-year manufacturer warranty.


XVape Starry 3.0

  • Battery Life: 10-15 sessions per charge
  • Size: 4.3 x 1.3 x 1.2 inches (9.9 x 6 x 3 cm) 
  • Warranty: 3-year manufacturer warranty, 90-day warranty on the battery  
  • Price: $99 – $125

Specs 

  • Haptic feedback 
  • Industrial strength zirconia magnetic ceramic mouthpiece 
  • 212-464°F (100-240°C) – adjustable in single digit increments
  • Anodized aluminum shell 
  • 25-second heat up time 
  • Full digital control 

What customers say:

Wonderful product as well as customer service!

Kimberly S

Easy to use, easy to clean just what I was looking for.

Kevin G

For vaping both dry herb and concentrate, there are few vaporizers that are as affordable, easy to use, or compact as the XVape Starry 3.0. 

This conduction vape sells for less than $100 and is solidly built with a sleek black, anodized aluminium shell and an industrial strength zirconia magnetic ceramic mouthpiece. It feels a lot more sturdy and serious than small vapes in its price range. 

Other features include haptic feedback, a swappable battery, and a handy magnetic mouthpiece. Also, the STarry has a bowl that can hold up to 0.3 grams of flower and heats up in just 25 seconds and gets to its maximum heat of 464°F (240°C) in just 35 seconds. 

The Starry has a very intuitive, easy-to-use interface, and you should be able to get 6-9 sessions out of every 1-2 hour charge. 


Zeus Arc Vaporizer

  • Battery Life: 90 minutes per charge
  • Size: 3.4 x 1.6 x .9 inches (8.6 x 4 x 6 x 2.2 cm) 
  • Warranty: 3-year manufacturer warranty 
  • Price: $199 – $250

Specs 

  • Motion sensor 
  • Gold vapor path
  • Haptic feedback 
  • 401-437°F (205-225°C) temperature is adjustable to three preset levels (205, 215,225°C)
  • Compatible with arc pods 
  • Auto shutoff 

What customers say:

Works great and the quality is outstanding…hits closest to a joint among all the vaporizers i have bought on here.

OG

All in all recommend it. the german engineering ads a unique quality touch and I would definitely recommend this unit.

Cory

A portable marijuana vaporizer built for Mt. Olympus, or just anyone interested in an award-winning, high-performance hand-held vape that is brilliantly-engineered to produce dynamite vape clouds. 

The Zeus Arc is a small, exceptionally sleek vaporizer that was named the O’Cannabiz 2019 cannabis accessory of the year. 

The vape heats up in about 45 seconds and can easily be adjusted through three pre-set heating cycles. It also has a built in accelerometer that will shut off the device if no movement is detected for 30 seconds. 

Part of why the Zeus heats up so quick is the gold plating in the air pathway, chamber, and heat sink, which is great for conducting heat, but may also be a part of why this is not the cheapest portable vape out there. 

But for that price you get a top-of-the-line vaporizer with a highly-sophisticated build that will consistently put out great vapor for about 90 minutes per charge.


Airvape X

  • Battery Life: 5-7 sessions per charge  
  • Size: 4.1 x 1.85 x .48 inches (10.4 x 4.7 x 1.2 cm)
  • Warranty: Lifetime limited warranty (battery under warranty for only six months) 
  • Price: $139 – $179

Specs 

  • Charge while using
  • 1 hour charge time
  • Weighs only 3.2 ounces 
  • 200-428 F (93-220 C)  – adjustable in single digit increments
  • Heats up in just 20 seconds
  • Less than 0.5 inches thick

What customers say:

Good so far. Larger chamber than others. Fast charge. Price is OK. Works for organic tobacco or other dried herbs. Better flavor experience than competition.

David R

I am X-tremely pleased with this vaporizer 🙂 I appreciate how much this brand pays attention to detail and has truly exceeded my expectations, really great features and super easy to use and to clean.

Doctor S

The Airvape X may be just about the thinnest vape available, at less than a half inch thick. 

But it offers a lot more than it’s ultra-thin dimensions. The Airvape X heats up to the ideal temperature for vaping dry herb and concentrates in only 20 seconds and has a very simple and straightforward digital display and two-button control. 

The magnetic lid snaps off easily for packing bowls and cleaning, and the newly-designed mouthpiece provides very effective airflow. 

The sturdy steel body also contains an adjustable auto-shutoff and haptic feedback, as well as a ceramic chamber that can hold 25% more herb than its predecessor. In addition, the AirVape X can be charged while you’re using it, and takes only an hour to charge fully.

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