Which Vaporizers Produce The Most/Strongest Vapor?

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.

Volcano 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.

Plenty 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.

Firefly 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.

Share Your Thoughts!

  1. Rafael Benitez says:

    Hey mate,

    I have about £200 to spend and am looking for a vaporiser that produces a large amount of vapour in order to re-create the feeling of smoke hitting the back of your throat.

    With a £200 budget which vaporiser would you recommend. It can be portable or a table top unit..

    Your help would be greatly appreciated!!

  2. Steve says:

    Hey Bud!

    Trying to choose a vaporizer and I’ve narrowed it down to the Plenty and Silver Surfer. (Vapexhale cloudevo looks great but I can only find the original in Aus.)

    Anyway my concerns with the Plenty are – u seem to have to do it all at once with no breaks. Also the large chamber, even with a pad seems like it would use too much.
    Also eventhough I’m after something hard-hitting to make the transition from smoking many people report coughing and it seems like it’s all or nothing with this one.

    My concerns on the SSV are – glass parts that may break, less convenient to use and most importantly – will it hit hard enough?

    Would be mostly vaping alone so no concerns there. Is 1 “healthier” than the other (on lungs,throat etc.)? Is the Plenty THAT much stronger or would the SSV be up there?

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  4. Kevin says:

    Would love to see log vaporizer reviews like the underdog!

  5. Cat says:

    I just bought the Pad Bloom vaporizer and I’m unhappy…it’s my first time vaporizing . I researched and one friend said to go wit the Atmos RX for dry herbs. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. My herb won’t burn and I have to pull really hard with no effect. Have gone back to my old method. I am a quadriplegic with working arms and functional hands. I love how you load it magneticaly. Can you please help? Suggestions? Another vape? I’d like a pen. I don’t know if I can handle a balloon. Is a whip better?

    • Bud Bud says:

      Hey Cat, sorry to hear you’re disappointed, maybe I can provide some tips to help.

      First, AtmosRx is definitely not good for truly vaporizing dry herbs, it will combust them or produce very little vapor if any. Unfortunately all of the pens on the market that I know of all work this way.

      With the Pax you need to make sure you grind your material up SUPER fine, I personally use the Magic-Flight Finishing grinder to get it fine enough (after first grinding in my space case).

      Start out by packing the oven completely full to a medium-tightness, once you get the hang of it there’s a way to use it only half-packed which I describe in detail here.

      Then set it on medium heat (default), let it heat up until the light is green, and take slow, long draws about 10 seconds each.

      It should work well like this, but it’s really important to use finely ground up material, and it’s better if it’s kinda dry and not moist.

      Let me know how you make out!

  6. wallowort says:

    Dude you’re way out in front—definitely the go to guy for vape reviews. I’m a 66 y.o. displaced person from the good old days who really appreciates your help in getting up to speed and all squared away on this whole thing. Your videos are easy to watch, intelligent and articulate, concise and reliable. Too say nothing of your photogenic attributes. Keep up the good work!

    Just one thing though…loose the shades. (You know you’re going to have to sooner or later :)

  7. wendy says:

    Hi Vape Critic, I just love what you’re doing, thank you. And you’re cute.

    I’m considering The Plenty, but prefer to take small breaks between draws. Would this damage/overheat the herb? If so, how long would you recommend waiting between draws (max)? This is the one concern I have about The Plenty over a vape like the Silver Surfer.

    • Bud Bud says:

      Thanks Wendy ;)

      The Plenty is an excellent vape but if you prefer to take breaks between draws the Silver Surfer may be a better option.

      I would say that the longest you should wait between draws with the Plenty is about 30 seconds to minimize any wasted vapor.

      That’s basically one of it’s few weaknesses, that you get the most out of it if you vape it all at a fairly moderate pace, but the vapor quality and strength is top notch.

      The Silver Surfer isn’t very far behind in terms of vapor quality but it does allow for longer pauses between draws without wasting any material, even more so with the standard glass wand like I have.

      Hope this helps!

  8. Happy bud girl says:


    I love your videos and your blog. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge. I’d love your advice on how to help my husband make the transition from combustion to vape.

    I prefer to vape and have been using the Airizer Extreme Q (whip only). I like to elbow pack it, and when that is almost done I dump it in the “bowl” (where it really belongs), and then elbow pack more new product. I seem to get good results and it eliminates any fears of “I hope I’m not throwing away any good herbs”. “How do I know when I’m done,” is probably the biggest question any vape newbie would have. Anyways this’d this does seem to take a while for me to feel the effect, but it lasts longer than combusting. I notice I save a lot more product.

    My husband has gotten used to the feeling of vaping and does like it. What he doesn’t have is the patience for it to take effect. He doesn’t like that it seems to take 15-20 minutes with a vape to get the same effect 5 minutes of combustion could.

    Would he be better off with a balloon for a more intense immediate effect? And if so, is the balloon with our Arizer good enough? Or do we really need to invest in the Volcano for the best experience?


    • Bud Bud says:

      Hey thanks for posting,

      Vaping is definitely a slightly slower process than combusting, but as you mentioned using a balloon style vape is one way of cutting that time down.

      The bag system with the Extreme-Q is ok to see if you like that style of vaporizing, but the Volcano system is much higher quality and way more enjoyable to use (also simpler).

      So I’d say try it with the EQ and if it seems like he enjoys it more the Volcano is probably a good investment for a better experience overall.

  9. Antt says:

    I ve have a few of those … But does all vape taste the same??.I put diffrent herbs in diffrent vapes still same flavor..

    • Bud Bud says:

      Hmm well generally the same herb in different vapes will taste the same, but I’ve noticed a taste difference between various herbs

  10. Richi says:

    would be really interested in your opinion of the aromed vape.

  11. ender says:

    hey man why did you get the easy over the solid valve?? What are the benefits and drawbacks of each??

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