Update April 2014: I recently reviewed two new vaporizers that I need to add to this page, the Herbalizer and the VapeXhale Cloud EVO. The vapes shown below still belong here, and the new ones will be added to this page shortly.
So you’re lookin for a new vape, and you just want it to blow you away. You want a lot of vapor, and you want it to be strong.
These are the vaporizers you’re looking for: Volcano, Plenty, Herbalizer and Cloud EVO. (or if you’re strictly looking for a portable vape, the Firefly)
All of these can produce a large volume of vapor that is very potent, smooth and tasty. However, they work in very different ways.
The Volcano is a balloon-style vape, where you fill bags with vapor and draw from there, instead of drawing directly from the unit itself. There are both advantages and disadvantages to this style of vaping, but I personally love it.
The coolest part about using bags is that the required draw duration is super short, it’s only around 2 seconds. This means you only need to take a two second pull to get a lot of vapor, which is way shorter than most other vapes.
The normal draw duration for most vapes is 10 to 15 seconds. So with the other two vapes I mentioned, the Plenty and the Cloud, that’s how long you need to pull for to get the same volume of vapor as a 2 second draw from the Volcano balloon.
Another awesome benefit of balloon vaping is that once a bag is full of vapor each draw you take will be the same exact density, it’s kinda like having the vapor on tap. This is different from some other vapes in that sometimes the density of the draws can vary throughout your session.
The Plenty is a whip-style vaporizer, and kind of a weird-looking one. Despite its looks, this vape is a beast.
Sometimes I feel like the vapor it produces could be even stronger than the Volcano, but for the most part I consider them about equal in the vapor quality department.
The great thing about this vape is that in addition to the vapor it produces being super strong it also manages to keep the vapor cool and comfortable, which is not something many vapes can do.
It does have a tendency to go through material at a slightly faster rate than some other models, but once you see how awesome the vapor is you won’t really care about that, it’s still more efficient than traditional methods.
This vape is significantly less expensive than the Volcano but offers a similar level of performance. I don’t personally feel that it is as convenient and efficient to use as Volcano balloons, but it’s certainly right up there in the vapor department.
The Firefly: This new portable vape got released Dec-2013 and has the capability of producing fairly large and potent vapor draws, especially for a vape powered by a rechargeable battery. The vapor it produces also has a nice clean taste, it’s just not as easy to use as some other vapes.
It doesn’t have all of the qualities I look for in a true portable vape but if you’re looking for a good ‘cordless’ unit to use around your home this one is definitely worth checking out.
It’s one of the few convection-style portables on the market and they did a great job with it, the build quality is very high and it’s a pleasure to hold and use.