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. This is most commonly referred to as "wax" but this term encompasses a variety of types. Vape pens are great for quick, hassle-free draws any time, any place.
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 any serious enthusiast - 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.
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 check out my top picks for best portable vaporizers to get an overview of the best models. You'll see two distinct styles of vapes: portables for herbs and vape pens for concentrates. Check out my VapeFinder menu at the top of the page as well if you need help getting started with your search.
Dr Dabber just released their new Aura vaporizer and it's very impressive, it's got magnetic connections! Take a look at the new Galaxy vape pen from KandyPens too, it's now one of my top picks and personal favorites. The Firefly 2 is coming soon! The Linx Hypnos is another new pen on my top picks list and it's really nice and sleek, definitely watch that video for some cool clips. Wondering how I come up with my VapeRatings? Check out this page for a breakdown.