Most portable vaporizers are powered by internal rechargeable batteries, but build quality and performance varies quite a bit between them. These units are designed for use primarily with ground up dry herbs, but some of them can also work with concentrates. The definition of a portable vape in my book is one that is small, discreet, easy to use on-the-go, and one that has the ability to be pre-packed at home before taking it with you. The models I've selected above are some of my favorites, and each one provides it's own unique experience so there's no reason why you should't get all of them :)
A great desktop vaporizer is a must for anyone's collection - these are the vapes that set the bar in terms of performance and vapor quality, and they're usually quite efficient as well. Most good desktop units work with both loose leaf and concentrate material, and they're generally a better choice than portables if multiple people will frequently be vaping together. These plug in to an outlet for power and they vary wildly in price - as low as $100 for a decent one and as high as $700+ for ultra premium models.
Vaporizer pens are the ones whose shape resembles, you guessed it, a pen. They're generally thin, light and discreet, but they do vary a bit in size and shape. These types of vapes are primarily designed for use with concentrates, more specifically very clean concentrates that fully melt to a liquid when heated. Some models are considered "3-in-1" and come with different cartridges for dry herbs, concentrates and e-liquid. A nice pen is a must-have for anyone's collection!
First think about where you want to use your vaporizer. Will you be vaping only at home or do you want one you can stick in your pocket and vape on-the-go with? If portability is what you want watch this video to get an overview of the best models. If you want a great desktop vape for home take a hard look at my top picks shown above, they're all top-shelf units. Check out my VapeFinder menu at the top of the page as well if you need help getting started with your search.
The PAX 2 was just released in April 2015 and it's a nice improvement over the original model. Other recent reviews include the Goboof Alfa and Vapium Summit portable vapes, which are both above average. Storz & Bickel lowered their prices about 10-15% across the board in April, and the vapes this company makes are already some of the best you can get (Crafty, Mighty, Plenty & Volcano). Wondering how I come up with my VapeRatings? Check out this page for a breakdown.