What’s the Best Portable Vaporizer?

Portable Vapes “Hey, I’m looking for a new portable vape and I’m not sure which model to choose, what’s the BEST one in your opinion?”

My short answer is normally this:

There’s not really a single vape that I would consider the best for every person, but out of the models I’ve reviewed so far there are a few that I believe stand out among the rest. Out of these few models, each one has unique qualities that sets it apart from the others.

First and foremost, I’m talking about portable herbal vaporizers here and not pen vaporizers, which are mainly designed for use with oils and wax concentrates.

When it comes to vapes made for dry herbs these are the models I like and recommend most out of the units I’ve reviewed so far: Firefly, Pax, Solo, Ascent, Launch Box, NO2.

Firefly The Firefly (Rating: 89) is the newest of the bunch and manages to squeeze out a very high score overall.

This is not necessarily the best vape to carry around with you, although you absolutely could if you wanted to, I feel it really shines as a cordless home unit or a travel vape that can be conveniently stored and transported.

The build quality of the Firefly is impressive, it feels really solid and has a very sleek finish. It’s also efficient with your material since you don’t have to pack a lot in the herb chamber, and the vapor you can produce with it is top notch quality, very tasty and potent.

It’s not the easiest to use for beginners, there is a little bit of a learning curve involved because of the technique required to get the best performance (which I talk about in my review). However, after a little practice anybody could become an expert with it.

Pax The Ploom Pax (Rating: 88) is another one of the highest rated portables I’ve reviewed with every aspect of ownership considered.

If I was forced to choose only one portable vape to be left with, and all the others would be taken away, I’d pick this one. I’m talking about true portables for use on-the-go, because I now rate the Firefly a hair higher overall but it hasn’t surpassed the Pax as my go-to vape to carry around with me when I leave home.

What I like most about it is its sleek design, small size, and ease of use. Whenever I leave home and want to take a vape with me this is the model I choose most often.

So if you’re looking for something to comfortably carry around with you and easily use on-the-go, the Pax is what I recommend. You can also pre-pack this one before leaving home so that you don’t need to carry your material with you separately, which is very convenient.

You do have to clean your unit and apply a tiny drop of mouthpiece lubricant about every dozen sessions for best performance, so I made a cleaning tutorial for this vape recently where I show the whole procedure (it’s not too difficult).

Solo The Arizer Solo (Rating: 85) is another popular model that I think is good, and as far as how it compares to the other top models it’s fairly similar in terms of performance.

It’s easy to use and produces good quality vapor but it does have a fairly strong draw resistance to contend with, it’s the hardest to pull out of all the models I’ve reviewed.

It feels like trying to suck a really thick milkshake through a straw – some people (like myself) find this resistance a little irritating and uncomfortable, and some people don’t seem to mind it much.

As far as true portability this one doesn’t score very high in that area, it’s a bit on the large and bulky side and isn’t really meant for use on-the-go.

I usually recommend the Solo for people who plan on using it mainly inside their home, but just don’t want to deal with cords. Now that I’ve reviewed the Firefly though, that model I feel is a little better overall so that’s really my first recommendation for cordless home use, but this one is still good.

Ascent The DaVinci Ascent (Rating: 86) is the only portable I’ve reviewed aside from the Solo that has a glass vapor path, and it actually does one better by having a glass-lined ceramic herb chamber also.

The taste of the vapor it produces is nice, not blow-your-mind great but a tiny bit better than the non-glass models. However, it’s still not the most comfortable vapor, I find it to be a little on the warm side and halfway through my sessions I tend to get a little scratchiness in my throat.

The vapor is also on the lighter side, meaning it’s not very dense, but this vape still manages to provide a good experience.

It does have a fairly long battery life which is nice just keep in mind it seems to take about 4 hours to fully recharge after it dies, which is kind of a long time.

I basically consider the Ascent a more portable version of the Solo, the vapor just isn’t quite as dense or comfortable.

It also works best when the herb chamber is fully packed, and it holds a lot of material, so I would only get this one if you typically like to pack a lot at once.

Launch Box The Magic-Flight Launch Box (Rating: 85) is the least expensive of the bunch, but I think it’s a good quality product and I still use mine to this day in certain situations.

This one is very small and quick, but utilizes a fairly basic design with few moving parts.

There’s a little bit of a learning curve at first before you really dial in the best method of using it for the results you want, but if you have a little patience I think you’ll find it’s a decent performer.

The MFLB is the vape you want if you’re someone who likes to take just a few draws at a time, spread out over a longer period.

It’s strength is the fact that it works well with very small amounts of material, and it heats up/cools down very quickly.

The way I typically use mine nowadays is I pack it and set it on my desk so that throughout the day I can quickly take a draw or two whenever I feel like it, without having to wait for my vape to heat up and without the risk of wasting any material.

There are many ways and many situations in which the Launch Box can be used, but I normally recommend it to people who say they’re only looking to vape a small amount at a time.

NO2 Lastly there is the Vapir NO2 (Rating: 80), which I don’t recommend as often as the others but still feel is a decent performing vape.

This one is physically the largest of all the portables I’ve tried, so its portability is limited in that regard.

I wouldn’t normally take the NO2 anywhere with me outside the home, but if that’s not an issue for you I think it’s easy to use and it has some small advantages over the others.

It doesn’t have much draw resistance at all, it’s fairly easy to pull from this one, and that I like.

You can also use it while it’s plugged in and charging, which you can’t do with the others (unless you buy a separate power adapter for the Launch Box).

There is a little bit of cleaning and maintenance required to keep the NO2 fresh and working properly, but if you like the other aspects of it I wouldn’t let that hold you back.

If and when I review new portable vaporizers that I like and recommend I will come back and update this post accordingly.

Stay up!
-Bud

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  1. Money is REAL tight now and I need an “affordable” device. Have researched multiple sites, many more than once. Have narrowed it down to; Magic Flight; Palm 2.0; Pulsar 7; Dragon Lite; Buddy Pro Pen. Also having productive discussions with Matt at ADWD. Leaning toward Magic Flite. Can’t find much on Buddy Pen Pro, it’s advertised as dual purpose. Have you tried it.
    Thanks.
    Patrick Monk.RN. Noe Valley. SF. Ca.

    • Hey Patrick,

      I had to redact part of your comment to publish it, but to answer your question I think the Magic-Flight Launch Box is your best option.

      It’s the cheapest herbal vape I’ve tried that actually works fairly well, and I still use mine occasionally.

      Some people like the Palm but I personally don’t, the Dragon Lite is an inferior knock-off of the MFLB, and the other pens you mentioned don’t do a good job of truly vaporizing dried herbs, they tend to combust material and perform more like an e-pipe.

      • I adore my Magic-Flight Launch Box :-). It’s the only one for me. Im getting another next month just as a backup. Plus now they sel premium woods

    • Haven’t reviewed it yet but it’s made by the same company as the Silver Surfer and the Da Buddha, and I like those models. So, I would guess that it works fairly well, but the design seems more fragile than the others (easy to break glass stem)

  2. Hi, men, really nice site…

    What do you think about Vapir Air 2 Cordless rechearable version for 300$ (without coupon)?

    • Hey I didn’t even think they offered that model anymore but I never did get a chance to try it – it’s not widely available so I don’t think I’m going to be reviewing it but I appreciate the request.

      Have you considered their NO2 model?

    • Very belated reply I know, but just had to chime in when I saw this (for the benefit of those considering this in the future) to say don’t even go there!! Vapir Air 2 was possibly the most wasteful unit ever devised. Great tech for the time (’03-’04) in terms of design conception but woefully manufactured: it leaked all over the place. SWIM ended up with the top half junked & the heater utilised with an Extreme Q dual-cyclone bowl in a Heath Robinson monstrosity: results were inconsistent at best due to heater temp drop-offs. SWIM’s wife binned the lot in one of her moods, but all was forgiven when she gifted the good ol’ MFLB for his b’day. The carrycase makes a good mini-backpack for hiking drinks & treats though…

  3. If you want a small device go with the pax, if not, go with the solo, better vapor, the mouth piece dont get stuck, you dont have to turn urself into a clean freak, better quality, longer battery life, etc.

  4. What do you think of High Times ratings?

    It is for pens, but they claim that pens vaporize, not just combust. To be honest, I am not sure, if pure vaporization without some combustion is possible.. I own the Extreme Q and the V Tower (and the local BC Vape) and they all combust at most temps except the lowest few settings.

    Catch 22 though, if you just use the lowest few settings – you are leaving a lot of good stuff in the herb.

    I am looking to buy a portable vape since I am sick and tired sitting at home when I want to vape, since I don’t smoke, and I am torn in three directions:

    1. Atmos Raw – smallest and cheapest, but not really a vape, and I don’t smoke, so thick smoke (like from a pipe or even some bongs) irritates my throat and nose and I cough my lungs out.

    2. Arizer Solo – real vape, medium priced however, owning already Arizer Extreme Q and V-Tower, I absolutely hate the cleaning (and it gets worse with time, amalgamates), also the hard draw makes my lungs hurt for days, and I severely burned and deeply cut myself on their glass elements, so there.

    3. Ploom Pax – looks like the best vape of all, but pricey! That is more expensive than a full-fledged desktop vape like Extreme-Q and twice the price of the V-Tower! Is it really worth it if I am not going to be using it (i.e. going out and vaping outdoors) all that much?

    Your most esteemed experienced musing on the topic would be most highly appreciated and regarded :)

    • Hey man sorry for the late response!

      I’m not quite sure what to make of the High Times ratings, it seems they intermingled some herb and oil vapes on one list so it’s a little confusing.

      With pens it’s a little tricky whether or not they’re truly vaporizing. They’re all really designed for use oil and wax, and there are a bunch of differently designed heating elements out there. Some are just coils that heat up and burn your material, which is convenient and easy but not really vaping.

      I don’t know if we both have the idea of combusting though, because I think it’s fairly difficult to combust in a vape like the Extreme-Q or the V-Tower.

      The Atmos pen is decent but it burns so I only use it occasionally with concentrates now.

      The Solo is cool but not small enough to fit in your pocket or comfortably carry around, I use mine almost exclusively at home. It also does have a fairly strong draw resistance.

      I use my Pax the most out of the portables and the biggest downside is just having to clean it regularly to avoid any issues with the mouthpiece sticking. The biggest advantage it has is its portability – you really can comfortably fit it in your pocket and it’s very light and quick. If you don’t care about carrying the vape with you anywhere I would say it’s probably not the best model for you.

      Just remember though that in general portable vapes don’t produce as much vapor as desktop models, there’s a tradeoff for that portability.

  5. I currently have the Dragon Lite and its a huge POS. I’m leaning toward shelling out for the Pax, but have a quick question. I keep seeing that the benefit of the MFLB is that you can use smaller amounts. Is there something preventing one from keeping the oven full between sessions on the Pax? Seems to me you should be able to keep it full and use as needed without repricussion. Would appreciate some insight on this. Thanks, dude.

    • Hey Donnie,

      You could totally pack the oven of the Pax full and get multiple short sessions out of it, but it is most efficient and effective when vaped in one shot.

      There’s a couple of reasons for this as I see it…

      One is that even though it heats and cools down fairly quickly it’s not ideal for max efficiency to heat up and cool down the same material multiple times. It’ll work, you just might end up losing a few draws out of it when all is said and done.

      And also for whatever reason I’ve just found that you generally get more vapor the first time your material is roasted, it just seems to get into a good groove when it’s first heated up and seems a little more enjoyable to vape it all.

      Something I haven’t really talked about, mostly because I learned it recently but also because I’m not 100% sure it’s worth it, is that you can use the Pax with the oven only about half full if you tightly pack it down and then place a screen in the remaining space in the chamber.

      Basically you can take a regular round screen and bend up the edges to put it in a U shape, then place that on top of your herbs in the oven.

      It cuts down how much you need to pack, but the downsides are that the vapor isn’t really as dense and you only get about half as many draws as a full chamber.

      I still consider the Pax the best portable overall as of today, but I do also like the MFLB for vaping small amounts.

      Hope this helps!

  6. Was wondering if you had a chance to review the Tristick portable vaporizer complete set as well as there new Tristick DX2. You seem to have tried all the rest you’d probably have the best insight in comparing to the many different vapes available. I understand for dry materials it has partial combustion but I’m more interested in regards to concentrates.

    • Hey what’s up I haven’t tried that exact model before but it looks similar to many others on the market, thanks for your request!

  7. I am looking at a couple pen style portables, do you have any experience with the g pen or cloud penz? They are more in my price range. Thanks!

    • Hey I actually bought a microG very recently and have tested it a few times – it’s pretty decent for small draws, big ones tend to be a bit harsh, I’m just not sure how long it’s gonna last until I need a new coil

  8. hi Bud. Im wondering if you have tried out the Palm 2.0.
    I saw your comparison between the original Palm and the MFLB,but I have read plenty of good reviews about the new Palm 2.0 and I am trying to decide whether to purchase the MFLB or the Palm 2.0.
    From most reviews it seems the two are very simliar in terms of effectiveness,but the Palm 2.0 is said to give better flavor,and some consider it easier to be discreet with when vaping.
    I hope you’re doing good.

    • Hey Thomas,

      I haven’t personally tried version 2.0 yet and I’m not really excited to based on what I thought about the original model.

      My opinion is to go with the MFLB cus that’s the original real deal, but if people are saying the palm works then it’s really up to you.

      Stay up!

  9. Hi,

    Great reviews just wanted to ask if you have tried any of the cheaper knock offs of the MFLB (Flite, Da Kube) some are half the price of the MFLB and I can’t understand how such a simple device could be that different.

    Thanks.

    • Hey I haven’t tried any of the knock-offs but just by looking at them I can tell they’re not the same quality.

      I really recommend going with the original Launch Box over the imitations. They’re not going to be made with the same quality parts, and they won’t be put together as well.

  10. Hey Bud, thanks for the thorough research. I’m curious about odor-discretion with the portables. Say you pack your material before leaving — while you’re out and about, are any models better than others at sealing off the odor of the fresh grind? I’m leaning strongly towards the Pax, would appreciate any specific input you have on that model (in case you don’t have much to say about the relative attributes of all the different models). Thanks!

    • Hey Sharon,

      Good question.

      The first important thing to consider is that only some vapes can be pre-packed before taking it with you, with others you’ll have to bring your material separately and pack before use.

      That being said, I mainly use my Pax when I’m on-the-go and I always pre-pack it before leaving. It’s very good at keeping any odor at bay, I typically keep it in my pocket or glove box and there’s never any lingering smell.

      During use a slight odor may emit from the oven, and the vapor itself will have some smell, but about 30 seconds after shutting it off the unit becomes odorless again.

  11. I have the pax ploom and I just got the wiz vape. I got the wiz vape because I want a portable vape that will work with oil. I’m not happy with the wiz. Do you have any suggestions on what the best oil/herb portable vape is?

    • Hey unfortunately I haven’t tried any portables yet that work really well with both oil and herb. Since you have a Pax already for herb I would consider something like the Omicron or AtmosRx for oils, have you tried either of those yet?

      • Have you tried the Budy Pen Pro that supposedly vapes both herbs and waxy oils… I’ve been thinking about buying this but there are so little reviews but the reviews that I do find are always positive. I’d like to hear what you think.

        • Hey that vape is basically the same thing as the AtmosRaw, it most likely does not vaporize well and is really meant for concentrates only.

  12. have you heard of Vaped (brand) and if so what do you think? and Im also interested in knowing what your thoughts are on their glass globe attachment. Also, have you had any success in finding a portable device that is effective for both herb and oil?

    • Yes but I haven’t tried them personally so I’m not sure of the quality.

      Unfortunately I haven’t yet tried a portable that really works well with both :\

  13. Hi you have kinda answered this, but for £100 what would you buy, my situation is I’m new to vaping, I’ve smoked for over ten years, I’m nervous of buying an expensive vape only to think it’s shit, but also I know buying a cheap nasty vape will not work and will turn me off vaping altogether, I like the da Vinci mainly because of the storage compartment, but have read reviews of a plasticy taste to your vapour, what about the i-dragon

    • Hey man the Launch Box is pretty cheap but I like it and think it works fairly well.

      The DaVinci is ok and some people like it but I’m personally not a huge fan, the vapor quality isn’t the greatest in my opinion (a bit hot and harsh).

      I think the NO2 is pretty good and for a little more $$ I also like the Solo.

      The i-dragon is a knock-off Launch Box and I would avoid it, it’s not made as well as the real one and doesn’t perform as well either.

  14. Any thoughts or a possible review on the Thermovape T1 or other Thermovape models? Haven’t found much about them and they’ve been around a couple years. Thanks!

    • Hey the T1 is their old model and has been discontinued, I have the Cera on my list of future possibilities but it straight up looks like a vibrator to me so it’s not a high priority, but I do appreciate your request!

    • Hey I wasn’t really planning on reviewing that model because the other two vapes I reviewed made by that same company weren’t that great in my opinion (the Pinnacle and the Palm).

      I do keep it on my list of future possibilities though and I definitely appreciate your request!

  15. I need your help to choose my first vape.
    I’ve read your reviews and I’ve read some informations on other forums.

    I need a vape with all these features:
    1) Portable (without butan).
    2) Making cold vapor, not hot (it’s the most important thing for me).
    3) Usable with a small amount of material (0.20 g)
    4) Easy to draw vapor.
    5) Easy to clean.

    So, from all the things I’ve read about vaporizers easy to buy in Europe (where I live), I’ve selected 4 vaporizers: Pax, DaVinci, Arizer Solo, Vapir NO2.

    I really would to buy a Pax (I’ve read your great tip to use it with a small amount of material) but I’m very very scared from hot vapor (but it’s really so hot ?). Do you know a tip to cooling Pax vapor ?

    I could buy a DaVinci (the classic, because the Ascent is impossible to order), naturally with 20 cm snorkel to cool the vapor, but I’ve read that DaVinci chamber is very difficult to clean (and difficult to insert herbs).

    About Arizer Solo, I’ve read that the vapor is very difficult to draw (and sometimes draw herbs mixed to vapor).

    About VapirNO2 I’ve read a lot of opposing opinions, but your review is good (and I read how to cancel plastic smell from vapor), so I need to know from you if the Vapir NO2 have all the features I need (especially cold vapor).

    In your opinion, one of these vaporizers could be good for me or are there other portable vaporizers to suggest me ?

    • Hey Antony,

      Thanks for posting. Your wish list is perfectly logical but it’s actually hard to find all those features in any single portable unit – nonetheless I can provide some insight.

      Right away I would eliminate the DaVinci and the NO2; in my opinion both of those produce vapor that is on the warmer side, and even if you’re able to find a way around that they both have a few other quirks that are not ideal.

      The Pax and the Solo are fairly similar in how they perform… I consider the vapor quality good from both units but it’s not exactly ‘cold’, that is hard to find in portable vapes. Put it this way, they produce the most comfortable vapor out of the portable models I’ve reviewed.

      You can use both with small amounts of material but with the Pax you would have to half-pack the oven, no big deal just make sure you follow the steps I outline in this post.

      Now they both have some draw resistance but it’s more pronounced with the Solo, the Pax is a little easier to pull from.

      And lastly the Pax will require more cleaning, once every dozen sessions or so, but it scores way higher in the portability and stealth department, whereas the Solo I rarely leave my house with.

  16. I currently own a Solo thanks to your great review, but I’m looking into investing in a more discreet portable pen like Vaporizer. Have you tested the Power Pen? It claims to be able to vape herbs, oil, and wax. I like the price but I’m weary of the old saying “you get what you pay for!” I’ll probably save up for the Pax unless you have high praise for the Power Pen. Thanks in advance.

    • Hey what’s up,

      That pen is just like most of the others out there in that it’s really designed for use with concentrates and will usually burn dried herbs or produce very little vapor.

      For vaping herbs the Pax is still the portable model I think works the best.

  17. Have you heard of the iPuff Vape Pen? New company here in Denver offering a device that claims to do all 3, herb, oil, and liquid. Have you heard of them? They also claim to have a “TRUE” warranty that can honor returns because their in CO?!?

    • Hey haven’t heard of it but just searched it and it looks very similar to some other vapes on the market that work with oils and concentrates but not so much with dried herbs, so I would be skeptical.

  18. Dear Bud,

    My comment is long overdue
    I’m writing to say thanks to you
    Your site is fantastic your vids are superb
    I appreciate all that you do

    You helped me to learn many facts
    Your advice led me straight to the Pax
    It’s great on-the-go as you very well know
    And at home when I’m spinning some wax

    No longer the bowl I will scrape
    No longer my lungs I will rape
    You gave me a clue, so my thanks to you
    I’m so glad I bought this vape

    Sincerely,
    Sid Vithmad

  19. Hey Bud, thank you for the site & reviews. My comments are also long overdue. I have the large 4 piece Space Case grinder and 2 Magic Flight Launch Boxes & love them all. I have several sets of four AA batteries in plastic cases as well as two smart chargers all bought from Batteries Plus. I buy the Powerex 2700mAh AA batteries and strip the plastic covers off them. I also just recently purchased 2 Magic Flight power adaptors with 120 volt house power transformers & 12 volt car power plugs. Use of these power adaptors has taken my vapeing experience to a whole new level. I may never need my batteries again unless I’m out camping or hiking. Anyway, thanks again!

  20. Do you know the expected date when the DaVinci Ascent will be released by chance? I heard it was in customs still and that is why we cant get it yet. I will always wait for your reviews since I found you before I purchase anything now. Wish I found you before I got that stupid Atmos.
    You led me straight to the Pax and its by far the best portable hands down. I love the NO2 as well, but discreetness is the only issue I have with that one.
    I really cant wait to see what you have to say about the Ascent, cause it seems pretty cool being all glass inside. I know its not as discreet as the Pax, that will be hard to accomplish. Also hope its as durable as the Pax, drop it all the time and still works like a champ.
    Look forward to your reply VC. You have been a great wealth of knowledge for us. Especially your advice on the Pax and how to clean it. Love that thing!
    Thank you!
    Cameron

    • Hey Cameron,

      From what I’ve read and been told DaVinci had a bunch of issues with the initial batches of Ascent units, like with things breaking or not working properly.

      It was supposed to come out in the spring but has been delayed many times, supposedly they’re working on improving the reliability before it’s fully released.

      I’m not sure when that’s gonna be, but as soon as it’s fully available I plan on buying one to check it out.

      Really glad to hear you’re diggin the Pax, stay up!

  21. Hey Bud, I was just wondering if you’d tried the new “e-cig vaporizer” made by 7th floor, which makes the silver surfer vap. Their new VIP 1.3 vaporizer can come with a “DRY HERB HEATING CHAMBER” but I know these pens combust, not vaporize. I’m torn because I want the Pax but its a bit pricey, I know its good from your vid and I do eventually want to buy it. However, I would like the pen type “vape” if there is an actual one out there, and I was hoping this could be “the one” lol it is at a mid level price range too which make me curious. I’d love some input.
    Thanks and love the videos!
    Colin

    • Hey Colin I haven’t tried that exact model but it does look very similar to the other pens on the market, and my educated guess would be that it’s not a great performer with dry herbs.

      As of now I haven’t come across any pen vapes that work well with herbs and truly vaporize, the MFLB would be the least expensive portable herbal vape I’ve reviewed so far that works well.

  22. Hey Bud,

    I’ve recently been watching and reading many of your reviews as im looking forward to buying my first vape. I use my friends vape often and prefer vaping than smoking. Ive decided on the pax or the solo and i wanted to hear your input. I definitely like the stealth and portability that the pax has to offer but its many faults ive been reading about (such as temp light and mouth piece issues) as well as the hefty price have made me think about getting an arizer solo. Do you think the solo is better than the pax considering the price, easy maintenance, and better vapor quality or does the stealth and simplicity of the pax outweigh the solo?
    P.S. I wont be needing massive draws as i am not a super heavy user and would most likely be using the pax on low mainly and switching to medium when needed.

    Thanks again!

    • Hey Moe,

      I think the Solo is pretty good as a cordless vape for home use, but I’ve never really brought mine outside of my house, it’s not a vape to use on-the-go in my opinion.

      When I’m at home though I usually prefer one of my favorite desktop units like the Volcano, Plenty or SSV, so my Solo doesn’t end up getting used that much, but lots of other people like it and it is a good vape.

      The Pax is great for carrying around and using while you’re doing other things, and it’s smaller and weighs less. More maintenance required with this one though, you need to clean every 6-12 sessions to keep it operating smoothly.

      As far as vapor quality and production I consider them fairly similar.

      I’ve currently testing the Firefly and it’s pretty impressive, you might find it interesting if you wanna wait, I should have my review posted within a week or so.

  23. Hey, I’ve been looking at some of the white rhino vapes/vape pens. Which you dont have any reviews for. I was wondering if you know anything about them. From what I’ve found the reviews are mixed on them. Mostly i’m talking about the dv2 and dube, by white rhino. My other question is, you’ve said most vape pens dont actually vape herbs, just conbust them. Is this going to be the case for these two products? as I was looking for a vape that can handle dry herbs and oils, if theres a good one out there. I’m trying to find a good portable vape under 100$
    Thanks so much

    • Hey Kyle yes those models work like the other pens I have tried and will either produce very little true vapor or they will combust.

      The cheapest portable vape for herbs that I recommend is the Launch Box at $119

  24. Hi Bud! I have read your reviews as well as other many reviews accross the net. Many of them agree in the superiority of the Ploom Pax. Unfourtunately, I’m not able to afford such a price. Do you know where I can find it at a lower price?

    If you don’t, would you be able to recommend me a pen similar to the Pax in what matters to style but that not combust the dried herbs (as the Atmos Raw does)? The thing is that I want to use it in places where discretion is required and de magic box and the davinci aren’t discrete enough…

    Thank you very much for your reviews and time.

    Ralph ;)

  25. Dear Bud,

    When you say, “From my experience up until now, pen vapes that claim to vaporize herbs really just combust them in a convenient way, meaning it’s still smoke – not vapor” does that mean that in the past herbal vapes haven’t been able to vaporize herb without combustion and now these NEW pens do? or are you saying that companies have yet to create a vaporizing pen for herbs that will only emit vapor even to this very day..

    Thanks again,
    Pete

    • Hey Pete I was trying to say that no one has been able to create a satisfactory pen-style vape for dry herbs yet, all of the models I’ve tried and heard about perform in a very similar way and either produce very little true vapor or they combust your material, sorry for the confusion!

      Pen vapes = No good for herbs

  26. Hey man. First off, I truly appreciate all the info! Lot of choices out there.

    I was leaning toward the pax until I came across the AtmosRX. My question is, is the Atmos a true vapor or does combustion come into play? If it is true vapor, would you recommend it over the pax?

    What I’m looking for is something to vape with at home and on the go. Combustion is killing my lungs.

    Thanks for your time.

    • Hey Steve don’t get the Atmos! Not a true vape, basically an electronic pipe.

      The Pax is a good choice and performs well as long as you maintain it and give it a cleaning every dozen sessions or so.

  27. Hi Bud,

    Really enjoy your insight, gotto say you’ve saved me from wasting a lot of money, and just wanna say thanks.

    So I’ve narrowed my options down, but wanted to know your thoughts about Vaporblunt 2.0 and the Sonic vaporizer since I couldn’t find any review pieces about them here.

    Have you tried either of them? If not do you plan to review either of them in the near future? I’ve read good things about them elsewhere, but you’re opinion on these 2 would be super helpful.

    Thanks!

    • Hey Nick thanks for posting!

      My thoughts are this, I’ve heard ok things about the Vaporblunt 2.0 but I’ve reviewed two other vapes from that company (Palm and Pinnacle) and wasn’t impressed with either, so buying the VB got pushed down the priority list and I just never got to it.

      The Sonic looks way too similar to the original DaVinci vape that I already reviewed so I decided not to bother with that one, my guess would be it performs similarly as well.

      I appreciate your requests!

  28. Is there a chance the launch box or maybe the NO2 are available at local shops? I haven’t really seen any, only pen “vapes” and some of the lesser quality vapes you’ve reviewed.

    By the way, I’m a fan, this website is extremely helpful! Thanks for doing it!

    • Hey it varies based on where you live but if you find them in a local shop make sure the vapes are genuine and they’re an authorized dealer so that your warranty is valid

  29. Bud,

    I’ve been doing my research and haven’t found a good portable vaporizer. I might buy the Pax but recently came across the “T-Vape”. Have you heard of this vaporizer? If so, what are your thoughts on it? Thanks.

    • Yes I’ve heard of it and I’m almost certain it doesn’t perform well as a true vaporizer, it’s just like every other pen on the market that combusts dried herbs or produces so little vapor it’s not worth it.

      I would go with the Pax, Firefly, Ascent, Solo, MFLB…

  30. Hey bud,

    Was wondering whether i should go with firefly or pax? I like everything about pax but the high maintenance really has me not liking it. I like everything about the firefly but the low pack size and low battery are downsides as well. So do u think that the pax is worth maintenance or should i go with firefly?

    • Hey overall they’re both great vapes, IMO what it comes down to is how and where you plan on using it most… get the Pax if you want to carry it around with you and use it on-the-go, get the Firefly if you plan on using it mainly at home and want a cordless unit.

  31. Hey love ur reviews! I’m looking for a pen for my boyfriend, and my friend has a pen from Gentleman Vapes that I really like…but the firefly looks good too! Do you have any thoughts on their pens? Thnx, looking to make a final choice this week!

    • Hey thanks I’m not really into pens at the moment but from my limited experience with them they all perform very similarly, haven’t tried that specific brand though. Pens are really just for concentrates and a vape like the Firefly is for dried herbs, and it works very well.

  32. Hey Bud – Have you ever tried the vhit boom? I just saw it in a local shop and wondered how it compared to the Pax and the Solo.
    Thanks for the great reviews!

  33. My friend has both the Pax and The MFLB and he said I could choose which one I wanted and he would keep the other (he owes me money). In the past I have owned a Da Vinci but the straw broke first, and then it would not turn on all together. My worry with the Pax is that with all the moving parts and innovative technology it breaks fairly easily and on the other hand the Magic Flight seems unbreakable and is backed with a great warranty. I would be using both on the go and know they are both very good vaporizers I just would like to know if you think long term the Pax would be reliable and the breaking a non-issue or if I am worried about it just get the Magic Flight. Thanks for your help and I found your reviews very helpful in the past.

    • Both are very cool in their own unique ways and both actually have awesome warranties, so I wouldn’t worry about reliability cus if anything breaks they’ll fix it!

  34. Hi Bud. Thanks for all the info on your site. It’s been an incredible help to me. I’m very new to all of this. Because of your reviews I’m leaning heavily to the MFLB. I’m mainly interested in using it at home in small amounts. BUT, I’ve seen the Red Eye Alivi8 vape pen & wanted to know if you’ve tried it or know anything about it. Or do you think that it really isn’t a true vaporizer because of its size?

    • Hey the MFLB sounds perfect for what you’re looking to do, but I’m not familiar with that pen sorry!! (it’s probably not a true vape)

  35. Hey man, do you think the grasshopper might work as well as advertised.. or even make it to market? Thanks for all you’ve done here!

  36. Hey man. Super reviews. What about the plenty vs lsv ? Which one hits harder. Which one conserves the best. Which one is best. Thanks. Ps surprised you haven’t don’t that comparison yet. From all my research all wind up with these two as the best option for portable handheld plugin?? Thanks again.

    • Hey sup I never got around to reviewing the LSV but I believe it utilizes the same heating element as the SSV and Da Buddha so I’m pretty sure the performance is similar.

      I would probably rate the performance and vapor quality of the Plenty a little higher overall but I would imagine the LSV is a very decent vape, as long as you’re cool with the stem being glass which you have to be more delicate with and may require more frequent cleaning.

  37. Hey. I gotta say I am fascinated by your reviews. I will definitely recommend this site to anyone looking for vapes. I just recently lost my box-style vape that I had for six years (my brother lost it while I was out of the country). I always loved it and always prefer vaping over smoking. Now that my vape is gone, I figured I would invest a little more money in something portable so that I can vape wherever I am.

    Now, I was completely sold on the Pax, until I saw some negative comments about metal and plastic pathways. On the one hand, I agree that glass on glass must be the best, if not health-wise then at least taste-wise. On the other hand, I also feel that maybe it is a little paranoid to think that it is that bad to vape through stainless steel or titanium, when we cook and survive off of these materials every day. This issue has now got me thinking about getting the DaVinci Ascent, because I really like the fact that it is glass on glass.

    What is your opinion on the taste and safety issues regarding glass vs. metal? Also, how good is the DaVinci at vaping oils?

    Finally, my last issue is that I tend to vape smaller quantities. With my box vape, I would pack larger amounts, and just vape the same bowl 2 or 3 times. I don’t really have a problem in doing this if the vaporizer works more efficiently this way. How are the Pax and the Ascent in terms of partially vaping bowls and going back to them later? Should this sway me in the direction of the Firefly, which you say is better at vaping smaller quantities?

    Portability is one of the main goals here, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be the stealthiest thing ever.

    • Hey Scott,

      My opinion after reviewing a wide variety of vapes is that quality is what you should look for, and that exists both in glass and stainless steel forms.

      I do not strongly feel that either is more advantageous than the other, it really comes down to how well the entire unit is designed and manufactured.

      We’ve been cooking our food at high heat in stainless steel pots and pans for ages, so I’m not particularly concerned in that regard.

      As for how the Ascent performs with oils, unfortunately I wasn’t able to test that so I can’t comment personally. But when using this vape with dried herbs it seems to perform best when fully packed, and it has a fairly large chamber.

      With both the Pax and the Ascent you can fully pack them and vape the same material more than once, but it’ll always taste the best the first time and produce the most vapor.

      If you’re looking to vape just a handful of draws at a time (2-6 draws) I would probably lean towards a unit like the Firefly, but then you also have to consider that it’s not as convenient to carry around and use on-the-go, and the battery life is shorter.

      • Hey man!
        I’ve already ordered the Inhalater XP. It produced unfilled very strong chemical smells. The combustion chamber is made of Polyiamid, a heat resistant synthetic resin, I guess it’s the same or similar to the isolation used in electrical transformers, motors and generators for the winding. The smell is the same. For me it was to strange and I am really unsure if this could be unhealthy. So I returned it immediately. The design would be nice and stealthy.
        Hope this feedback is welcome here.
        cheers

  38. Hey, you ABSOLUTLY need to take a look at the sublimator and the ThermoVape Cera !!! It really worth to take a look !
    In particulary the Sublimator ! If you decide to review it, I know you won’t ever regret it ! I can garante you that the Sublimator will be in your top Vaporizer and probably beat the volcano as I tried both and enjoyed more the Sublimator from far ! I know it’s hard to belive since the Volcano is know to be THE BEST vaporizer ever made, but the sublimator is simply a lot more efficiant if you want to take the most benifict of you herbs !

    Also, don’t forget to take a look at the ThermoVape Cera, I never tried this one but I heard a lot of really positive comment about it and it is a really unique vaporizer that I stronglly belive that may interrest you.

    Sorry for my bad english, I normally speak french

  39. Bud~

    Any chance we might get a review of one any of the butane powered vaporizers? I would love to hear your thoughts on units like the Lotus or the Hammer, and to see how you measure them up against your previously reviewed vaporizers.

    For those of us that go off the grid, it is not always possible to have power and butane offers one solution. I would also enjoy learning other ways of vaping without electric power.

    • Hey I’ll definitely consider reviewing some more butane-powered models, as of now I’ve reviewed the iolite and the Wispr which have some reliability issues but I’m always on the lookout for better units, thanks for your requests!

  40. am living in the UK i was wondering which one will the best to buy in the UK i cant find anywhere that sells them do you know where i could get some

  41. hey dude i just started vaping and i watched every single one of your vape reviews and you are spot on. i got the pax based on your review and loving it, saving up for that volcano yo. Anyway i like what you do, and turns out i like checking out all these vapes so you da man. thx

  42. Hi Bud,
    In your opinion, what would be the best portable vape for camping trips? I’ve got a Vapor Genie pipe that works well enough for me, but I’d like to upgrade. If the Iolites didn’t have such constant breakage problems, I would consider them, since the butane method removes the battery life conundrum for longer camping trips. I’m thinking on the order of one or two week trips. The places I like to go don’t have electric outlets, but I may be able to rig up an outlet in my vehicle … Suggestions?

    • Hey that’s a really tough one, as you said the iolite and the Wispr both have some reliability problems so it’s hard to recommend buying those, and I know a few other butane vapes exist but I haven’t personally tried them yet and I’m a little skeptical of their performance.

      Maybe a vape like the Solo? It’s battery powered but it can hold a charge strong enough for about 6 average sessions before it has to be recharged, so I guess it would depend on how often you could access an outlet.

      Let me know what you end up going with!

  43. Hey. I commented a while back on whether to go with the Pax, Ascent, or Firefly. I just wanted to report that I went with the Firefly and it was an excellent choice. Although it is bigger and heavier, it is still portable enough to fit in your pocket. The vapor quality is excellent, very tasty and smooth; maybe even the best tasting vapor I have ever had. I tried my friends Pax and the Firefly produces much smoother and tastier vapor. Also, if you are like me and enjoy taking a few draws and then going back to it later, or just taking your time with the session, it is extremely efficient for this purpose. Finally, it must be the easiest to clean vape I have ever seen. All you have to do is wipe it down with alcohol. It does have a small bowl, so it really works best for 1 or 2 people. It probably wouldn’t be a good choice if you regularly vape with lots of people. However, this is not a problem for me personally.

  44. Hey Bud,
    I’m looking at getting into vaporizers and was looking at the pinnacle pro, as you have great and detailed reviews I’d like to know your thoughts on it. Is there much of a difference between the pinnacle pro at the original pinnacle which you previously reviewed?

  45. hey bud,

    first of all i really like your posts and video they helped me a lot getting information about vaporizer its not that easy to find review in europe. thank you for that.

    I’m looking for a portable vap and i really like the pens but i wanna use them with dry herbs. i got three things which are important for me for my first vap.

    1) it should vaporize the herbs and not combust.
    2) should not have a fancy design.
    3) not that expensive:)

    i found three pens which i like but i don’t know if there good. maybe you know them and you could give me a quick feedback to them.

    [links removed]

    thanks for your help.

    phil

    • Hey Phil thanks for posting,

      Unfortunately I still haven’t reviewed, seen, or heard of any pen vapes that truly vaporize dried herbs sufficiently.

      If you really don’t want to spend a lot I would look into the Magic-Flight Launch Box more.

      Stay up!

    • It’s not easily done but if you hold the heater button in for a long time and take a very long draw you could possibly combust your material, similar to the Launch Box.

  46. I’m curious if you are going to get your hands on the miVape from Vaporfection. I have watched everyone one of your reviews and trust your opinion. I still have not bought my first yet as I am thinking this miVape will be fairly groundbreaking. Do you know anything about other than what I was able to pull from the website. I know the reviews from their in home unit were fairly solid. Let me know your thoughts.

    • Yes I have it on my list of future possibilities I’m just a little sketched out that it’s still not available, they’ve been talking about it coming out for well over a year now, but I’ll keep my eye out and I appreciate your request!

  47. Hey, I’m in the UK and looking to get a portable vape so that I can stop smoking completely. I’m wondering if you can advise.

    I want something that I will actually use instead of giving in and sharing a [smoke] with my friends! We mostly smoke either in a house, or a park, or walking somewhere quiet. Ideally I want something that doesn’t look too abnormal to be holding in a place where other people are walking by. I’d also like to be able to pass it around (to maybe one or two other people) to spread the non-smoking vibe amongst my friends. I’m not a heavy user and I don’t really enjoy getting totally off my head, would just like something to get me [where I want to be].

    I am currently looking at the solo, the ascent and the pinnacle pro. Pax and firefly are not available in the UK and I have written off the launch box as although I hear it is good it is probably a bit too fiddly for me to actually bother using it and not so good for sharing. The solo looks good but not a good choice for going out and about as it is fairly large. The ascent looks good but a bit big maybe and also is more expensive than the others. I would have to be convinced it is the absolute best and good investment. The pinnacle pro looks really discrete, easy to use and clean and is not too expensive. However, I have heard some criticisms about the quality of the vapour. Since I am just looking for a replacement for smoking, I guess this may not be a big issue for me, but I am still not sure.

    I just want something easy and reasonably durable to take out with me so that I don’t end up smoking, I am not necessarily looking for the absolute best vape in the world – just something that meets my requirements. Although I’d rather not spend too much, I would much prefer to spend more and get it right the first time than go for something cheap and end up not using it Any recs?

    • Hey Jay based on what you’re looking for I would say the Ascent is your best bet. I like the performance of the Firefly and Pax a little more, but the Ascent is well-rounded and gets the job done.

      In my personal testing I’ve gotten the best results when packing the chamber full and fairly tight, and since it’s large it can hold a lot of material (~0.5g). As long as you’re cool with that you will probably like how it performs.

  48. I’m wondering how you feel about the new Snoop Dogg G Pen. It claims to be great, and the High Times article on it was very positive.

    Thanks!

    • I didn’t buy one to try but all of the reports I’ve heard say it performs just like other pen vapes and combusts dried herbs, I would avoid if you’re looking to truly vaporize!

  49. What up man love your reviews. Was wondering if you have gotten to try out the blunt by organicvapor. They claim to be the first no combustion pen vape in the game but I was wondering if that was true. If you get to try it out please replay to this thank you

    • Hey I haven’t tried it but I’d be very skeptical of those claims, I’ll put it on my list of possibilities thanks for your request!

  50. +1 for a review of the Cera. Love your reviews; you’re up front about getting comped samples and yet your reviews have the detailed edge of a tight-fisted smoker. Keep on keepin on.

  51. hey man, thinking you should do a review of the Genie pipe I believe its called. It uses the heat from a lighter instead of battery power which I think makes it a unique category for people not wanting the hassle of charging/buying batteries and supports the existing habits of cig smokers for example.

  52. High!!great column n advice. I’m looking to replace my g pen, rempen, n broken budda.thought of atmos rx but now considering firefly, launch, n mflb. Just vape small amt at time.the launch is good huh?thanks…

    • Hey yea the MFLB is def good for small amounts at a time, and so is the Firefly, they both work well with just 0.1g in the chamber

  53. Hey Bud thanks for all the review videos, you are a great resource while I am looking to try and make an informed purchase and your honest opinion is much appreciated. My question is about the Pax by Ploom, in my current situation keeping the aroma of the herbs to a minimum is high on my priority list. How does the Pax by Ploom do in term of keeping the smell of the herbs to a minimum in comparison to other vaporizers? Thanks again.

  54. Hey Bud – Have you ever tried the Imag 3-in-1 dry herb vaporizer from Relaxotech? I just saw it in a local shop. maybe it’s quite perfect substitute for Ploom Pax.

  55. Hey man! First off I love your site! It’s amazing and very helpful. So basically I have the No2 and love it! But I’m looking for something a little more portable and a little bit tastier when it comes to the vapor quality. So far, after watching all your reviews, I’ve narrowed my choices down to the ascent and the pax. Based on my wants( better tasting vapor then the No2 and more portability) what’s my best choice?

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