My Top Picks: Best Portable Vaporizer

Below are my current top picks for best portable vaporizer for dry herb going into 2017. If you’re looking for a wax pen check out my list of top picks for best vape pen.


» DaVinci IQ  *Excellent vape overall, great performance w/ lots of cool features

DaVinci IQ

This DaVinci IQ is the newest vape to the list, but man am I impressed.

You really have to watch my video review to see everything there is to know, but it’s basically the best all-around portable, it’s very good at a lot of things.

It’s small, super portable, feels well-made and performs like a champ. It also happens to have a removable battery, Ceramic Zirconia vapor path, and custom programmable heating styles.

Check out my review page for a bullet point list of the most notable features.

Full review »

VapeRating:  Tier 1 Top Pick

Price:  $275 from official DaVinci store

» Mighty  *Super strong vapor, easy to use, great battery life


The Mighty is a very, very good vaporizer. If performance is one of your top priorities then this vape should be at the top of your list.

It shares a lot of similarities with its sibling the Crafty, which I list below as my next Top Pick, but one of the main differences is its size.

This model is larger than the other portables on this list and I consider it more of a “cordless” home vape than a true pocket portable vape, but it is still portable nonetheless and the larger size gives it some advantages over the others.

The strength and overall quality of the vapor is top shelf, it’s the most potent portable you can get. The reason this one is bigger is that is has two built-in batteries instead of one like the Crafty, so you can get 90 minutes of usage before it dies which is very impressive.

The Mighty does have an above-average defect rate just like the Crafty, but it’s not as bad with this one and this model has proven to be the more reliable of the two. Despite the defect issues I still highly recommend this vape because of its amazing performance.

Full review »

VapeRating:  Tier 1 Top Pick

Price:  $400 from VapeWorld  (recommended authorized dealer)

» Crafty  *Very strong performance & high vapor quality


The Crafty is one of the best performing portable vapes I’ve ever reviewed. Vapor production is amazing for a portable unit and the quality of the vapor is top-shelf all the way (flavor and smoothness). My favorite thing about it is the strength and potency, which is on par with some of the best desktop vapes in existence.

However, nothing in life is perfect, and neither is this Crafty. The only issue worth mentioning with this vape is the above-average defect rate, which sucks. Everything about this unit is amazing except for the fact that it can randomly break down at any time and stop working. I’m on my fourth unit right now and all of the previous ones that broke were replaced for free under warranty, which is the only silver lining here. If your unit breaks all you do is mail it back and wait about 10 days for a replacement.

The performance of this one is so good that I still highly recommend it, and even though defects are a known problem I feel confident in the manufacturer’s ability to swiftly send out replacements.

Full review »

VapeRating:  Tier 1 Top Pick

Price:  $340 from VapeWorld  (recommended authorized dealer)

» PAX 3  *The latest version of the most popular vape ever


The PAX 3 just came out at the end of 2016 and it’s pretty much an incremental upgrade from the previous version (not necessarily a bad thing).

It’s the same size and shape as the PAX 2 (see below in Tier 2 list) but the shell material and the oven electronics are different now.

The main thing I love PAX for is fast vapor production, and this new model can give you a full draw of vapor after heating up for just 20 seconds which is super quick.

Vapor quality is excellent and it’s way above average for a conduction style vaporizer. The taste and smoothness are both very good and this is one of my favorite portable vapes to carry around with me.

Full review »

VapeRating:  Tier 1 Top Pick

Price:  $275 from official PAX store

» Firefly 2  *On-demand convection portable for herb & concentrate

Firefly 2

The Firefly 2 is one of the few convection-based portable vaporizers that has good performance, really good.

One of the most noteworthy aspects of this unit is the superb flavor of the vapor it produces.

It’s also incredibly efficient and does an equally great job of vaporizing both dry herb and concentrates.

Some people have struggled a bit to fully enjoy this one because of the slight technique involved to get the best results, but I feel that once it is mastered it offers a type of experience you can’t get from other portables.

Make sure you watch the 3 video reviews I made that include the Firefly 2, they’ll really help you learn how this vape works so you can make sure it’s the right one for you.

Full review »

VapeRating:  Tier 1 Top Pick

Price:  $330 from official Firefly store


» Boundless CFV  *Convection vaporizer that is NOT complex

Boundless CFV This is the CFV which is the newest portable vaporizer from Boundless.

Their other vapes, the CF and the CFX, are both a hybrid of conduction and convection heating, so this CFV is actually pretty different in how it’s designed and how it performs.

The oven is on the smaller side with a capacity of about 0.15g, but this vape is super efficient and you’ll get 5-8 really nice draws from that amount.

Flavor is very good with the convection heating and the draw resistance is surprisingly not that bad at all, it’s pretty easy to pull from especially compared to their other models.

Full review »

VapeRating:  Tier 2 Top Pick

Price:  $220 from Planet of the Vapes  (recommended authorized dealer)

» AirVape XS  *Awesome features, super easy to use, looks great

AirVape XS This AirVape XS has a ton of features in a tiny package. The shape is unique and surprisingly comfortable, and it has a sleek, durable finish. The oven inside is ceramic with about a 0.2g capacity, which is the perfect amount for a full solo sesh.

Performance is above-average for a portable, and considering its size I’m very satisfied with the taste and vapor production. It’s also one of the few vapes that vibrates when it’s ready and also when it shuts off, which is more convenient than it sounds, trust me.

It also has a glass mouthpiece, micro-USB charging, and temperature control in 1° increments. Overall, a very nice little package.

Full review »

VapeRating:  Tier 2 Top Pick

Price:  $180 from VaporNation  (recommended authorized dealer)

» PAX 2  *Very well-rounded and extremely popular


The PAX 2 is arguably one of the sleekest and sexiest vapes made, and the performance matches its good looks. The PAX is the best-selling portable vaporizer of all time, and the fantastic reliability of the new model makes it a no-brainer if you like the style.

Flavor and smoothness is actually really good considering this a conduction-style vaporizer, and it’s a noticeable improvement over the original model. One of the cool advantages this one has is the ability to create nice satisfying clouds of vapor from short ~4 second draws, which is not an easy feat.

I feel it provides a great overall vaping experience and it’s very easy and intuitive to use, so I highly recommend it.

For 2017 they now have the PAX 3, so you might wanna check one that out too.

Full review »

VapeRating:  Tier 2 Top Pick

Price:  $200 from VapeWorld  (recommended authorized dealer)

» Boundless CFX  *Easy to use, big clouds, fast vapor production

Boundless Vapes The CFX by Boundless Vapes produces an above-average amount of vapor in a below-average amount of time, ya see what I’m sayin? Even short 4-second puffs will get you nice satisfying clouds with these, and even though the draw is not quite as free-flowing as some others I still find it very enjoyable to use.

The main difference between the two models is the CFX has that big lcd display on the front, and I’m not gonna lie it’s kinda cool and useful. Performance is basically identical and believe it or not battery life is pretty much the same too. The CF is the smaller one that I’d consider much more of a pocket vape for use on-the-go.

Full review »

VapeRating:  Tier 2 Top Pick

Price:  $170 from Planet of the Vapes  (recommended authorized dealer)

» Arizer Air  *Good build quality & performance

Arizer Air The Arizer Air is an easy to use, strong performing unit made in Canada. Build quality is great and it even has a removable, user-replaceable battery (standard 18650), which is not an extremely common feature.

I don’t consider this one “truly portable” because realistically it’s a little cumbersome to try and use on-the-go, however, I feel it is a very good cordless vape best used around your home. Arizer makes a few other vaporizers also like the Solo and the Extreme-Q, and they’re a fairly popular brand in the industry that a lot of people like.

Full review »

VapeRating:  Tier 2 Top Pick

Price:  $170 from Planet of the Vapes


» Flowermate  *Best entry-level herbal vaporizer

Flowermate The Flowermate is pretty much the cheapest vape I recommend, but the performance is still respectable and it provides a good overall vaping experience.

It’s easy to use and built fairly well, and while the taste isn’t anything to write home about it still manages to produce satisfying clouds of vapor. Battery life is actually above average with this one because of its two internal batteries (pretty cool for the price).

Full review »

VapeRating:  85/100 (Tier 3 Top Pick)

Price:  $80 from Planet of the Vapes  (includes free shipping)

This page is updated regularly so check back soon for any changes and new models!

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  1. John Bridges, Chicago,IL
    February 13, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Kandypens sells crap product. I am still waiting for a replacement product for a return of a defective pen I purchased last year. No warranty and a deceptive return policy. Total liars. You must be on the payroll….

  2. Goose
    February 10, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Can you review the Vivant Alternate?

  3. Wendell
    February 4, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Sticky brick junior
    Sticky brick maxx

    U need to review lol

  4. Edu
    February 2, 2017 at 12:50 am

    Hi! Im from Argentina. I only can get one of this.
    Da vinci (first version).
    G-Pen Elite.
    Flowermate V5.os
    Zeus Smite

    Which one should I buy?

  5. Mark B.
    February 1, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    I was garnered the opportunity to purchase a Vapium summit or a fm mini v5.0s. For $85
    Which one should I buy?

  6. TronCarter
    January 25, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    At least the hate for the GH is consistent.

  7. ohio
    January 23, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    firefly 2, you really seemed to like it

  8. James
    January 7, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    I bought a flowermate v5.0s through you, I got it today and I have to say I am very disappointed. I need to return this vaporizer, it’s not even close to what I expected.

  9. James
    January 7, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Don’t buy the flowermate v5.0s it’s a tease

  10. Dana
    January 6, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Hi Bud, I also am looking into buying my first vapor device not only for me, but for my dad who is going through some amputations at the moment due to cigarette smoking. What I currently use is my little proto pipe that I’ve had for years.
    I came across an ad for the Davinci IQ, and I’m a quality type of girl, but am wondering if I should start first with a Davinci Classic?
    I don’t need all the bells & whistles… but would like something that’s good looking, easy to use.
    The Pax 2 or 3 is also a condider. I’ve only ever smoked flower as this is all I know as I’m sort of “old school.” Many thanks.
    Happy new year.

  11. Ghost
    December 28, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    I swear you had the firelfy 2 reviewed as your #1 pick now it’s not even on the list. What happened to the firefly 2 hype?

    • Ghost
      December 28, 2016 at 3:04 pm

      I read further.

  12. John arbuckle
    December 24, 2016 at 10:00 am

    I think the reason people are having trouble with ff2 is there is a method to use it I hated it now its my go to my favorite besides my crafty and I have nine different ones been using them since I first heard of a vaporizer whatever works best for you I also love the Goboof its built sturdy and can handle my clumsiness with ease happy holidays to ya all

  13. Scott
    December 20, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    This is what you do, first buy a Mighty, second,their is second your done. A++++ Vap don’t waste yer hard earned money on others.

  14. chris
    December 19, 2016 at 11:26 am

    does the flower mate raise any concerns about the safety of its materials in regards to inhaling toxins?

  15. Riik
    December 14, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    I’m surprised that the FF2 is not mentioned at all. How come it fell off grace?

    • Bud
      December 14, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      Basically the feedback I get for the Firefly 2 from end users is too mixed, some people love it but some people hate it.

      I still think it’s a good unit but not for quite as many people as I originally thought, so I removed it from my list of top picks but it’s still a Tier 1 rated vape.

      • Varun Patravali
        December 18, 2016 at 8:06 am

        Where would you place it on your list, if you were to put it back?

        • Varun Patravali
          December 18, 2016 at 8:07 am

          Based only on your input without feedback from users.

      • Eric
        January 9, 2017 at 5:33 pm

        I have a FF2 and once you figure out the best draw “speed” it’s amazing. The flavor it gives is better than anything else I have tried. It’s a great personal vape and you don’t waste any flower. The concentrate setting is fantastic. When I first started using it I didn’t have the trick to the draw down. You need to do a nice, SLOW AND EASY, draw. I usually draw for a full 15-20 seconds or until the light goes out. When you do this you will definitely start to feel it in your lungs and the amount of vapor will look like the amount that Bud demonstrates in his review video. I also found that it really works well with a fine grind, even though it has been advertised as working well with hand torn. Two negatives, both being very small: 1) when cleaning with rubbing alcohol do not touch the rubber seal on the lid, it will start to peel off 2) When I fill the bowl I usually end up turning it upside down in my hand after every 1 or 2 draws to mix it up. I know you can also pack less and shake/tap it but I was too nervous about hitting it against my palm too often. I’ve never reviewed a vape before but this is truly a great vaporizer. I highly recommend, just make sure you are patient at first. Once you have it down, you’ll never want to change.

        • Eric
          January 9, 2017 at 5:35 pm

          Clarification, when I mix the herb between draws I take the lid off, flip into my hand, stir a bit and then flip it from my palm back into the bowl and cover.

  16. Jackbequick
    December 14, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    What do you think about the wizard 4in1

    • Bud
      December 14, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      Haven’t tried that one but thank you for asking!!

  17. Tina
    December 13, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    So am I to infer that the Kandypen Miva with lifetime warranty is not a good pick? …as I don’t see reviews or thoughts on this one. Thanks

    • Bud
      December 14, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      I’m testing the Miva now and should have a review posted soon, it’s actually pretty good! The oven can hold about .3g and you need to grind fine and pack it tight for best performance, but it can produce nice vapor clouds that aren’t harsh and have a pleasant taste.

      If you use my KandyPens referral link and my promo code TVC30 you can get 30% OFF this vape which brings the price down to a way more competitive level.

  18. Questioner
    November 30, 2016 at 10:34 am

    What do you think of the curvvapor?

  19. Brian
    November 30, 2016 at 12:41 am

    The Arizer air portable is an awesome vape. Using one hard for almost 2 years…still working absolutely need to break out the other 2 in boxes yet.Paid 64 dollars Canadian for them.They are the best.(69 yr old)

  20. Christy
    November 23, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    The service end of the PAX people is slipping. I put in a service request last week because it is burning herb on the lowest heating setting, I mean black black burnt with a nasty taste and smell, and their response was the feeling heat in the device is normal, it is normal to heat your hand WTF?????? this doesn’t fix my problem, I still can’t use it and they won’t help, I’m extremely disappointed and pissed right now, I chose the PAX because of their “awesome warranty” BS

    • Christy
      November 23, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      I was going to buy a 2nd PAX 2 to have as back up for when one needs servicing, I miss it and hate not having it but not I’m lost and don’t know what to do since they won’t fix it

  21. Peter Veniot
    November 20, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Don’t forget the great warranty with PAX . Ten years … unbeatable . Service is top notch . I use my unit HARD , every day . I told them this and they Still honour the warranty , no probs . I get a new one every 2 yrs . I am on my third PAX so far . This time they also sent me a car charger and vape sleeve for FREE ! Just for being a loyal patron . PAX IS BEST !

    • Christy
      November 23, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      wish I had that type of service, I just get the run around from them, horrible horrible service, they don’t even read my issues, just sent off a generic response that does nothing to help me

      • Christy
        November 23, 2016 at 8:04 pm

        apparently burning the herb, I mean black black, on low setting and having a nasty burning taste and smell is normal, and the light stays purple, flashes green, then back to purple, now blue, all normal, I am unbelievably pissed at them right now as I’m sure you can tell

        • Christy
          December 2, 2016 at 9:59 pm

          I just wanted to add that PAX finally returned my messages and are honoring the warranty, took awhile but it is happening :)

  22. Mike
    November 18, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Have you tried the Linx Gaia? How does it compare to the DaVinci IQ or the Firefly 2?

  23. Anonymous
    November 12, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Davinci IQ or Crafty?

    I would like one that fit in jeans pocket. But mostly for use with try herb @ home. Which one is faster to heat / load? What about cleaning?

    Thanks alot for your help & Keep it up!

    • Bud
      November 15, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      -smaller size
      -faster to heat
      -removable battery

      -easier to load and clean
      -a little stronger vapor

      Stay up!

  24. Anonymous
    October 31, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Have you tried the Puri5 Deja Vu? I am looking for a vaporizer in the $150-200 range that is very good with both bud and wax. All the reviews on that one look great, but I was wondering what you would recommend. Thanks.

    • Bud
      November 11, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      I haven’t tried that one but I’m gonna keep an eye out, I’ve seen a few others recently that looked similar so there might be a few variations, thanks for asking! Unfortunately what you’re looking for doesn’t exist yet, so I do recommend getting separate vapes for bud and wax right now for the best performance and experience.

  25. paul troy
    October 31, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    What about the ALPHA from Goboof. This irish little vape works pretty good. It has better clouds than the pax 1 and the only draw back feature is the long charging time which can usually be around 3-4 hours depending on how much you use the vape. What are your thoughts? Im sure you have tried one.

    • Bud
      November 11, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      Reviewed it last year:

      It’s a good little vape, not one of my top picks which is why it’s not on this page and unfortunately if you read through some of the comments on that review page a lot of people are having issues with defects.

  26. thetentman
    October 28, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    I have 3 Flowermate V5 OS. I love them. I did have 2 malfunction and they were promptly replaced by Puffitup. Both had switch failures. Battery life is good. 2 or 3 sessions are possible with each charge. Easy to clean. Fairly rugged and compact. Solid aluminum build. 3 temp settings.Dry,wax and oil are possible. Comes with replacement screens and cleaning tools. At $80 it does it all. Have used others and liked them but I don’t see the advantage of paying more. Big drawbacks are that there is no USB charge option, uses a proprietary charger and no use while charge option. I suppose that’s why you pay more for others. Note – I have never used one for wax or oil so I can’t vouch for their performance using those substances, but with dry…whoopie!.

  27. Mystery Unraveled
    October 28, 2016 at 3:09 am

    Hey! Love your reviews! Last year I bought the Firefly 2, Pax 2, Vapexhale & Kandypen Gravity based on your recommendations. All have been exceptional “tools of the trade”, so thank you! I was surprised, watching your current reviews, that the Firefly 2 wasn’t even mentioned, but the Pax 2 was still in your top tier (especially since you previously rated the Firefly 2 higher than the Pax 2). Anything to share about that? Also, I am quite curious about the DaVinci, which I’d never heard of until watching your review. It looks really amazing! Be well & Enjoy!

  28. Anonymous
    October 25, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Ever try the atmos icod?

  29. Paula-Ann
    October 25, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Hi Bud, I am looking to buy my very first vape, but I am not to sure which is the better 1, I have been looking at both the”Snoop Dog Bush G Pro & the De Vinci” I was hoping to see a review from you on the Snoop Dog Bush, but havent found anything. So what if you had to pick between the 2 would you pick.

  30. Brittany
    October 19, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    I work at a head shop and I’m ALWAYS using you as a reference man. You have great feedback and I appreciate how you break things down…and of course your honesty. Stay up!

  31. Steve
    October 6, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Does anyone know where I can get an airvap xs shell in stock?

    • Bud
      October 18, 2016 at 6:43 pm

      Those are comin soon!

  32. Thomas DeAngelis
    October 3, 2016 at 9:53 am

    I truly respect your reviews,that said I bought a firefly 2,and now I am not certain what to think sent it back they said it was fixed and it still sucks. what do you think is going on?

    • Bud
      October 18, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      Hey you’re not alone with those feelings, I had to take the FF2 off of my top picks list because of the abnormally high number of people who aren’t enjoying it as much as they should.

  33. Rangi
    September 26, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Two questions
    Do you get a more intense/longer high with a desktop version of a vaporizer versus a portable one

    Can you recommend what’s the easiest portable vaporizer to clean?

    • Bud
      September 28, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      In general desktop vapes are stronger and perform better than portable models, but I personally feel that the Crafty & Mighty are the strongest portables and get very close to desktop performance.

      I’d say easiest to clean is Crafty, Mighty, AirVape XS and Boundless.

  34. GrassPad
    September 26, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Pax 3!

    • Bud
      September 26, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      Review comin soon ;-)

      • GrassPad
        September 27, 2016 at 9:39 pm

        What happened to the Firefly 2 on this list? What changed?

        • Bud
          September 28, 2016 at 12:17 pm

          I just removed it yesterday from my top picks due to user feedback and I added a note to the review page:

          In a nutshell, I’m getting very mixed reports from people who bought it in terms of performance, many users are having trouble getting good results from it.

          • Miro
            September 29, 2016 at 2:24 am

            Hi Bud,
            could you let me know what is wrong with FF2? It was my No.1 after a lot of hours on your videos and reviews, but now it is out of your list and I found also lot of negative in forum. I choose FF2, because i love clear taste and take only few puffs and keep the rest for later. This is something, what PAX2 (my no.2) or Crafty (no.3) cannot afford.
            Should i buy FF2 anyway or are you suggesting to not do it now?


  35. Andy
    September 23, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    So I came across a vape pen that I have been dying to see your review on. Unfortunately due to how new the product is the delay in shipment has caused me to cancel my order. I’m going to stick with vaping concentrates for now. The vape pen is called the grasshopper. This is currently only used for dry herbs. No concentrate accessory yet. Like I mentioned I cancelled my order as I have been waiting on delivery since March of this year. For now I’m sticking with my oil rig and dr dabber portable enail. Please let me know if you get your hands on the grasshopper. Everything about it looks great. Just extremely disappointed I waited this whole time receiving a once a month update just telling me about the new estimated ship date being pushed further out.

    • TronCarter
      January 25, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      He reviewed it already, and hated it. he also posted the review twice because the first cut the hate was too thick..

      its not a concentrate pen, but i have placed oils in a bowl, decent vape. worth the 15 month wait for me

  36. Lynn
    September 19, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Unfortunately, Firefly isn’t great after a period of time. First, batteries need replacement almost yearly. Then my original Firefly quit after two years. It had a five year warranty, but they no longer make the motherboard or ceramic heating element to repair it. Rather than replace it, you have to either pay an upgrade fee – which makes the original cost now more than the FF2 alone – or take store credit minus a hefty 30% restocking fee. Hopefully other makers have either better quality materials or better warranties.

  37. andy
    September 7, 2016 at 9:06 am

    pax 1 > pax imo because of the battery. your pax 1 can last you forever if you are careful,and even if it breaks itll be cheap, buy an old one off someone for 70 bucks now, buy a panasonic 18650 battery with 3400 mah. for those that dont know, generally more mah= last longer. and for vaping herbals the voltage needn’t be very high. on ecig batteries you tend to see way higher voltage and less mah, basically for everything you add you must lose something else, equal exchange kinda shiet. (original pax had like 2600 mah or 2800. pax 2 only has 3000 mah) for 8 bucks, same one that tesla uses and diyer’s use in their electric bike battery packs, thoguh in those cases they usually break down old battery packs from laptops that contain a bunch of 18650s that might not be the best brand but when you’re making ur own u can find. if anyone has learned how to open a pax 2 i will buy one.. with the Storz and Bickel crafty you can actually change the 18650s in a very similar way ,may be even easier from what ive seen, due to pax being so goddamn small and tightly packed, actually quite impressive devices when you open them.. oven, computer,insulation around the oven and a completely sealed chamber where no vapor will touch the internal computer and a battery and that’s it. once a top tier company comes around with a better version of the arizer air (battery swappable) or a company starts up with that idea in mind and makes all their vapes like that, gets the other criteria on point (vape quality primarily,and ofc the ability to swap out high quality, high maH batteries no matter how old, and ofc an ergonomic sleek, small design), they will take portable market over. at the end of the day, as long as there are craftys and gen 1 pax, we will always have a high quality vape that you can buy used for cheaper every day and once the storz and bickel portables’ batteries start to get fucked, and they release their new product just in time for the batteries in the previous unit to start holding hardly any charge, and will just start gathering dust much like the pax 1 battery is fucked now, and you buy a 7 dollar panasonic 18650 with spot welded tabs, and swap batteries out of (if you learn how). the arizer air is the only portable with a swappable but it lacks a little bit in certain other areas, if fixed, would dominate the market, the same way people were going for their arizer air’s over pax 1s simply becuse of battery replacement reminiscent of changing a flashlight li-ion battery.easy. many dont realize , you treat your li-ion batteries right they will last a long time, treat them poorly they will die sooner but they all have a lifetime just like us.

  38. Father Abraham
    September 3, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Hey Bud,
    Thanks for all the time and care you put into your work. Your videos are a pleasure to watch.
    You’ve given Firefly 2 high marks for its efficiency and highlighted its applicability for individuals who like doing shorter sessions (1 or 2 puffs). Are there less expensive vaporizers that excel in this area?

  39. imad
    August 30, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    thanks for the info. very helpful.

  40. Frazer
    August 27, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Which vape has the cooler vape production? I am using the XMAX but its so harsh, although I did lower the temp but still I want to get the least harsh I can.

  41. Jackie
    August 26, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Hey Bud, have you tried the Curv by Tao Electronics?
    It retails for approx 245 and I have the opportunity to purchase it for $55

  42. Gonzalo Veliz
    August 18, 2016 at 2:32 am

    Gonzalo From Chile! i liked a lot your reviews!!!

    Can be possible for you to make a review for “fenix” vaporizer from weecke ? I saw some reviews but your reviews are the law! :D


  43. Pedro matoso
    August 5, 2016 at 6:49 am

    Hello what happen to the alfa from goboof?

  44. Kimberly Dewey
    August 4, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Is the kandypen gravity capable of using a tube of oil like the ecig

    • Flipz
      August 8, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      I don’t suggest it that type of oil in the gravity. I’d go with the linx zero personally but anything similar would do.

  45. Michelle
    August 4, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Looking for the hybrid oil and bud vape. What would u recommend?

  46. Jeremy
    August 4, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Hey I have the volcano so I know that’s really all I have to compare anything to. But I was wondering I just bought the firefly 2 it was between that and the crafty and I went w firefly cause of the issues crafty is having I was disappointed w the firefly and I just sold it. Now it wasn’t the worst thing in the word but for $300 I had higher expectations. What would you say would be the best vapor quality, thick clouds portable dry herb vape out there for under $200. I’ve been eyeing up the magic flight lunch box but wanted to see what you thought about that or if you have heard or tried the atmos boss idk I’m looking for a really good one under $200

    • Flipz
      August 8, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      I think you’d actually really like the boundless CF or CFX vape. There both way under $200 and are basically very similar looking to the crafty/mighty. The vapor taste isn’t as good compared to a crafty but the boundless still taste real good. I’d def check them out at least. He has a video review of both here somewhere on the site lol.

  47. Anonymous
    July 31, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Can you make a review on the Micro Vaped FOB Car Remote Vaporizer?

  48. August
    July 28, 2016 at 1:16 am

    Flowermate, G – Pen or Summit It will be my first vaporizer. I have read one review after the next but still unsure. I will need to medicate every day. I can get the Pax2 or firefly if it makes that big of a difference. I’m use to a bowl. Give me you recommendation based off how I’ll be using it please. I need someone to help me make my mind up. I like the purple haze too but I really do need something I can travel with discreetly and user friendly

  49. Anthony
    July 27, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Can you review the titanic 2 it is suposed to be 90 percent convection and there are not any good reviews out yet for it also called the fenix

  50. Anonymous
    July 27, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Can you review the titanic 2 it is suposed to be 90 percent convection and there are not any good reviews out yet for it also called the fenix

  51. Sean
    July 21, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Thoughts on the davinci accent? I want a session portable vape. Im talking about more than 15 minute sessions

  52. Mike
    July 16, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Hey, I am on the cusp of my purchase decision to upgrade from my old Magic-Flight Launch Box, of which I was an early adopter quite a few years ago. Crafty or Firefly 2? What to do? Here’s my question: after all my research, and even though I fell in love early with the idea of the Crafty, I’m thinking FF 2. It seems to win on my most important criteria, however your reviews, as well as almost everyone else’s seem to put a little extra emphasis on just how freakin’ amazing the vape quality is from the Crafty. Is it better than the FF 2 and the FF 2 simply wins out on other factors, or would you consider them equal on that point? Be carfeul how you answer. I may buy both!! (One for me-time, one for sessions.)

  53. Jimmy
    July 13, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Very helpful info for a novice like me. Thanks for the post.

  54. John
    June 9, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    How do you return a vape for warranty?

    • STaX420
      June 16, 2016 at 11:52 am

      I have the original Iolite vaporizer for nearly 3 years. I like the portability and performance, strong vapor (but it’s harsh and too hot sometimes, so my gf doesn’t like it so much). It gets me baked AF every time. The main problem is the hissing, man. It’s really annoying, the session isn’t as discreet as I wish it would be.
      So I was thinking about an upgrade.

      I don’t care about concentrates (don’t know where to get them and too complicated to make it myself).

      First I got my eyes on Pax2, it looks sexy. But the smelly part is a no for me.

      I guess the Crafty is simillar (but way better) experince as the Iolite. I’m not happy about the defect rate, but I live next to Germany so the shipping wouldn’t take so long when getting repaired.

      After a while I decided for Firefly 2. I was more inclined to bowls than j’s (a j is often too much for me). So the thing that I can take a few draws and then leave it for a while when I’m good is appealing to me. I like discreetness, so short sessions and lack of smell is a big plus.
      But man, it isn’t available in Europe. Yet. And it will be probabably more expensive than in US. Should I wait or get a Crafty?

      Or I just can keep the Iolite for portable use and get a Volcano :D (I will probablly get it next year anyway when I finish my degree and get a job).

      • STaX420
        June 16, 2016 at 11:53 am

        (sorry, should be new comment -_-)

      • Lynn
        September 19, 2016 at 5:00 pm

        Hold off on the Firefly. My original broke and they don’t have parts to repair it under their warranty. Now I have to pay an ‘upgrade’ fee or get store credit minus a 30% restocking fee and buy something else. Not worth the amount of money you have to pay to begin with.

  55. KS
    June 3, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Hi Bud!
    Thanks so much for your hard work! You are my goto source when shopping.

    I have a 1st gen Pax, and had to give it up after 6/8 months use, since the mouthpiece’s spring mechanism stopped working properly. I couldn’t return it, since it was a store demo (I got a good price). I’ve read that this was actually a fairly common issue with the 1st gen.

    Now that you’ve been using the Pax2 for a while, how is the spring holding up? Have you heard any comments as to whether this has been improved?

    Other than that, I did love my 1st gen & would consider upgrading.

    Thanks again for all you do!

  56. Matthew
    June 1, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Hey Bud,
    I’ve been rocking an xmax v2 pro, (storm in the uk) and i love it. I’ve noticed you have not given out a review yet. I feel it is superior to the flowermate at its price point solely for the removable 18650 battery, and i haven’t had complaints on the taste front either. Share your thoughts with the community?

    • pol
      September 13, 2016 at 3:34 pm


  57. Patrick
    May 31, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    I wanna buy a portable herb vape with precise temperature control (most important to me), which is decent to nice looking, made out of metal and glass or ceramic at around 150, what is my best option?
    Will mainly and rarely use it for herbs. The oil and wax stuff would be a nice addition, but is no necessity.
    Davinci?, Flowermate v5 pro?
    What is your professionl tip for the best smoke quality.
    Oh yea I don#t want any leakage into the smoke from the inside of the vape of course, so pure smoke.

  58. Nikos
    May 4, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Hello. I use the pax2 for two months , Please inform me if it’s normal to getting yellow- brown the steel inside the place we put the staff , I often clean it with alcohol but is getting brown because off the heating , I thought that the material is stainless steel good for the health and never goes brown…I use others vaporizers with stainless steel material and is ok . Thank you so much

  59. Heidye
    May 4, 2016 at 12:37 am

    Great information about lower cost vapes, very well written and executed. Thanks so much, I look forward to your 2016 reviews

  60. Missy
    April 26, 2016 at 1:15 am

    Hi Bud,

    I love your reviews and have a few questions. Here’s my situation: I am a medical marijuana patient, daily user & have a relatively high tolerance. I need to find a portable vaporizer for use at home. Must be Under $200. My first and last use of the day is heavier, but then I take a few hits several times throughout the day to maintain. I feel using 0.3g each time I load the chamber to be too much for just me and wasteful. I am on a budget and have to watch the $$$ spent on cannabis.

    Stealth does not matter. Previously I had a Flowermate until it nearly caught fire.

    What vaporizer would you recommend for someone like me who mostly vapes smaller quantities throughout the day, plus a couple of larger pull sessions? Does just turning it off once I’ve taken a few hits work or will it continue to use up the bud anyway?

    I’m so confused. Which one do you think will best suit my situation? I hate smoking. I really appreciate your help.

    Thank you!

  61. soll
    April 22, 2016 at 12:46 am

    also interested if you’re going to do a review on the g elite… it seems to be getting some rad reviews so would love to see how it stacks up against the FF2 and if the $200 difference is worth it!

    • Anonymous
      May 17, 2016 at 10:48 am

      Bought a GPen Elite a few months ago. The BEST vape I have. Great mechanics, easy to use, and does smoke!

  62. Dave Klein
    April 6, 2016 at 2:18 pm


    I have the firefly vape and have tried different techniques to get a smooth draw. I’ve used your instructions where I pre heat for 30 seconds and found it too harsh hardly any flavor I’ve tried less and still harsh and hardly any flavor. The material is excellent and works well for me but I’m not really getting the results I want. Even though the material is top quality, is it possible that some materials are more harsh than others? Thanks. Dave

  63. John C.
    April 5, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Hi Bud, Have you got a chance to try out the new SideKick by 7th floor vaporizers?

  64. Steve Kelnhofer
    April 5, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Hi there, I make the SSV, DBV and we are now releasing the SideKick portable. What can we do to get you one for testing, I believe we will have our next batch ready in about 2-3 weeks.



  65. Scott
    March 30, 2016 at 12:09 am

    Hey Bud. Just discovered your site … congrats! I noticed you don’t seem to recommend or even mention any vape PENS for dry herb. Are there any worth considering? What do you think of the G-Slim (Ground Material)? I’d really like something stealth to carry around – ideally that looks like an eCig.

    I’m also curious to hear what you have to say once you’ve spent time with the Grasshopper. Looks/sounds great except for the comments from people about the hot tip – kind of lame to need that rubber cover, which quickly becomes yellow.

    Lastly, curious to hear if you have any thoughts on Absolute Xtracts concentrates. I had a chance to try them and didn’t love the taste, but super convenient and great looking with the G-Slim battery.

    Thanks man!

  66. Mike Saperstein
    March 27, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Hey VC:
    Will you be reviewing the new G Pen Elite anytime soon?
    Love your reviews, and stay up!
    Mike S

  67. 420vapefever
    March 25, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Hi vapecritic,
    I’m looking for a portable vape that can VAPE hash, not combust it. I don’t mean hash-oil but the ‘solid’ kind.
    Got any suggestions?

  68. eli
    March 9, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Hey do u know if the trippy stix vapor is good? Which would you recommend choosing between the trippy stix or k vape ?

  69. Lando
    February 28, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Have you tried the Zeus smite plus? Just wondering your thoughts

  70. surfdawg
    February 27, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Always great info. Thanks Bud.

  71. Roxanne
    February 24, 2016 at 6:48 am

    Buyer Beware. I’ve had the KandyPens Micro DX for 2 months. I am on my 8th mouthpiece. First it cracks up one side then the other as the interior crumbles like eggshells. Body of unit is now orange peeling & bubbling (from heat). Customer Service is dissapointing and I’m trying to be nice. Every time I heat this up I’m reminded of my $200 POS… Really disappointed, constant emailing to KandyPens is totally unproductive and frustrating… No help there. Please people, read ‘user’ comments on Review sites. Looks like I’m not alone. Oh well, in search of a new Vape…. 2 months later… So sad.

  72. Queen B
    February 20, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    I’m New to vaping dry herb and was wondering what do you suggest is the best that for me to use that is smooth? I don’t want anything that is harsh in my throat. Thank you so much!

  73. ASB
    February 19, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Hello: Thanks for your great reviews.
    I’ve bought and returned (but yet to ever open and use) several vape pens/vaporizers because I’m just not sure what I need.
    The main idea was to use ecigarettes to quits smoking, and now that I was just (in the last 3 weeks) diagnosed with PAD and have 3 totally blocked arteries in my legs, I HAVE to quit smoking (2+ pks per day). I also want to try the CBD Oil to help with Medullary Thyroid Cancer. I was diagnosed back in 1997 and have been through oral chemo twice but neither reduced my mets on liver, lungs and extensive bone tumors; nor did it help with bone pain (for which I have to take potent Opiod Rx), or pain from spinal mets; nor help with chronic digestive issues (for which I have to take another potent opiod Rx, anxiety (yet another Rx), depression, etc.
    First I bought the Volcano Inferno Pen to aid in stopping smoking. It came with Pure Tobacco eVape at 24mg and I bought also the 16mg vape Pure Tobacco Vape eLiquid for when I taper down. Then I bought a vaporizer pen set and CBD Citrus Vape oil from TastyHempoil.

    However, both these Pure Tobacco eLiquids and the CBD Vape Oil from TastyVapeOil all contain Propylene Glycol , which has been shown to be a harmful chemialc.
    Furthermore, I just received an email with yet another warning. It seems that “…a recent study that showed a potentially harmful chemical called Diacetyl was present in more than 75 percent of flavored e-cigarettes and refill liquids. OSHA has issued a warning about the dangers of diacetyl and how it can lead to severe respiratory diseases such as ‘Popcorn lung’”

    My questions for you are:
    1) Have you ever reviewed the Volcano Inferno with it’s 900 mAh Pass-through INFERNO Battery (allows you to continue vaping while charging)

    2) If so, how does it compare to the Dr. Dabber Ghost and Aura?

    3) One website stated… “These [CBD]oils should not be used in simple e cigarettes. You’ll need a vape pen, and it’s best to choose a specialized oil vape pen that takes mainly oils and creates as little combustion as possible.”
    I’m not sure whether this is entirely true or the seller is just trying to get consumers to purchase their Vape Pens.
    Do I really have to buy a special pen for vaping flavored or non-flavored CBD Oil as opposed to eliquids or can I use CBD Oil vape liquids in the DR. Dabber Ghost or Aura Vape Pens?

    4) If I must buy a special vape pen for CBD Oil Vape liquids, have you reviewed any of those type vape pens and which do you recommend?

    Supposedly, the CBD Oil derived from cannabis is better for medicinal therapeutic use due to its high THC concentration. Unfortunately, because of the its THC concentration, I cannot legally buy cannabis-derived CBD Oil here in the NC bible belt (cannot even buy for medical use here in NC). Otherwise, I’d invest in the volcano desktop vape that you so expertly reviewed.

    I’d like to start CBD Oil therapy as soon as possible.

    Since I’m limited to using only hemp-derived CBD Oil, (and may also want to use the regular tobacco flavored eliquids to help stop smoking – if I can find a brand that doesn’t contain PG or Diacetyl) I really would appreciate your help in deciding whether I need more than one type of vape pen and which is/are best suited for each use.

    Thanks A Million!

  74. Skoobydew
    February 18, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Have you tried the new Flosstradamus by source vapes? It has the triple Quartz coils but I can’t find a review for it anywhere.

  75. Dave
    February 16, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Hey man,
    Your reviews are helpful. I started with a Firefly and found it has battery dependability issues, plus it draws hard. I really liked the Crafty, but the battery became squirrelly after just 11 months and they want $90 to tune it up. This is such a racket. The Storz guy in Oakland implied I might not need a new battery. I’m getting the alternating red-yellow green light when I try to turn the Crafty on. Can I do my own internal maintenance and how do I go about that?

    How do the PAX 2 and Summit compare on battery life and other reliability issues to my issues w/ Firefly and Crafty? If I don’t need portability, how about a Plenty?

    In your review, you mentioned “2 replacements under warranty” with the Crafty. How did you arrange that, and what were the warrantable issues? I just filled out their RMA form. Thanks.

  76. Elroy
    January 28, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Out of curiosity, why did the Alfa Goboof not make your short list? Do you consider it inferior to the Vapium Summit, and if so why?

    • Bud
      February 6, 2016 at 9:33 am

      I actually do prefer the Summit and I’m considering updating my Alfa rating again, it’s not that it’s bad I’ve just received more defect complaints than I’d like and the performance isn’t really better than the Vapium which is less expensive

  77. julie
    January 26, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Hi Bud
    I have just started vaping and l have just a basic kanger tech EVOD pen with tank is this ok to vape CBD oil please

    • Bud
      February 6, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Hey Julie I’m very sorry I do not have enough experience with that tank or with cbd oil to comment accurately! :(

  78. Anonymous
    January 11, 2016 at 8:45 am

    I am very sensitive to the effects of smoking, so I need very little. Is there one that might fit my need for small quantity knowing I sacrifice vapour quality a little. I don’t want to have waste.

    • Bud
      February 6, 2016 at 9:38 am

      Yes you can actually use as little as ~0.15g with most of my top picks

      With the Crafty and the PAX 2 you would pack the chamber half full and then use an oven spacer, because they normally hold around ~0.3g

      The Firefly and the Magic-Flight Launch Box are two of the best for vaping very small amounts at a time, and the Firefly 2 is actually being released in about a month, it’s a good one, you can see my preview of it here:

  79. Kev
    January 8, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Hey love your site, I’m new to vapes so I was just wondering about this new TAO curv, have you heard of it? I haven’t found much on the web about it, can you review it give me your thoughts? thanks and stay up my friend

    • Bud
      February 6, 2016 at 9:39 am

      Hey I haven’t seen it or heard about it but I’ll def look into it thanks for your request!!

  80. Oscar
    January 6, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Hi I was wondering I’m new to smoking and thinking of buying the dr dabbler ghost but do you think the kandy pen is much better

    • Bud
      January 7, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      yes i rate it higher overall, it has a better atomizer than the ghost

  81. Mark
    December 16, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Making the move to vapoizers for dry herb. I was looking at2 different vapes and wanted some feedback on them, which one I should go with. Looking at the Vapium Summit and the V2 Pro series7. Any thoughts on both?

    • Bud
      February 6, 2016 at 9:40 am

      Definitely the Summit!

      • Derek
        October 12, 2016 at 6:09 pm

        Hi. Did you try the V2 series 7? Just wondering why not that one. I have the series 7 and like it.

  82. Timothy Jordan
    December 11, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Any reviews for zigzag vaporizer 3 in 1?

    • Bud
      February 6, 2016 at 9:40 am

      Haven’t tried it but thanks for asking I’ll look into it

  83. Cassie
    November 23, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Hey, thanks for making this video! And thanks for writing out a transcription, I know it’s probably a real pain typing it out, but it really helped me quickly search whether you addressed certain vaporisers without having to impatiently sit through the whole video to find out.

    Thanks again!

    • Bud
      February 6, 2016 at 9:46 am

      I’m extremely glad you found it helpful :-)

  84. Green
    November 2, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    I’m new to portable vaporizers and I have found your reviews very helpful. Which of these vaporizers Would be best for a mmj patient, haze v3, go buff, Zeus smite plus, arizer air, generally I don’t want one that won’t last long since I might be using this medicine for many years and don’t want to keep buying a new vaporizer. I’d really like to go for the crafty or the mighty right now but those are not in my budget. Any help would be greatly appreciated

  85. fox
    October 28, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Hello, I’ve. Been seeking information on new capes that are in the process of being released. Are you aware of these or know of a site that announces upcoming releases?

  86. Florian Benkel
    October 23, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Hey how are you?

    Iam highly interested in the herbalizer as well as the aromed. Since i live in asia we use 220.voltage. herbalizer currently run 110 ( us/ canada). I.was thinking to.get an transformator for the herbalizer. Prob is the warranty will be voided if you use the transformer/ other current. Aromed really.much too.but never tried it same as berbalizer. Now i am a bit.under.pressure. what do you think would be a better option herbalizer plus transformator or aromed 4.0

    I hope you can making a decision of give me some tips

    Thanks a lott


  87. jujiza
    October 16, 2015 at 9:18 am

    hi Bud,
    about micro dx, after few days,just my feeling. never pack fully load, around 390,all long 5 minutes short and long draw. after 10 years whit desktop vap it’s another world
    ;) really!
    p.s. whit “original mouthpiece replacement” it’s possible to take a better breathe ;)

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    October 15, 2015 at 11:42 am

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  89. jujiza
    October 13, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    start Yesterday vape whit kandypens micro dx, work good but it’s little bit difficult to suck up, in some old desktop vaporizer i just drill a little hole, for enhance air in flow, someone find same problem? maybe know a best solution?

  90. Bryan Scott
    October 8, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    I appreciate your reviews. A couple of years ago, I bought the Arizer Solo and Extreme Q based on your recommendations. Now the Solo is starting to malfunction now and again, so I’m interested in another portable. I’d like one that does a good job with just a pinch or two of material. I store the material in a CVAULT with the 62% Boveda packs, and grind with the medium Space Case 4 piece grinder. What would you recommend as my ideal portable in this case? Also, does the Space Case grind finely enough? Should it be dryer than 62% for vaping?

  91. Rocket Jay
    September 29, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    The K-Vape is garbage. Do Not Buy or you’ll be a sorry sucker.
    Mine failed right out of the box. Sent it back. Got another POS that did the exact same thing. Sent it back again. Asked customer service to please check that it worked. That one failed too.
    Customer service is a shill, spouting BS about the number they’ve sold, but not working on fixing a well documented problem.
    Once again, boys and girls, you get what you pay for.

  92. Charles Cherry
    September 27, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    The E-liquid works grate but for as the loose leaf doesn’t work at all. Batter doesn’t hold a charge very long cople hits the batter need to be recharged. I am not happy wit this unit at all. The unit is a V2 PRO

    • Derek
      October 12, 2016 at 6:14 pm

      I have the V2 series 7 and it works great for me. I use it for dry herbs but it can also do liquid and wax. Battery lasts all day with multiple uses. Solidly built with handy cartridge system.

  93. Marco Of the north
    September 5, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    My experience with the crafty hasn’t been good. I’ve gone through 2 of them in 8 months the first one caked after 50 hrs of use and the second one is starting to cake after 30 hrs of use. The battery is terrible,after 20 hrs of use the battery starts to lose its strength. A good draw when new would drop the temp by no more than 10 degrees. After 20 hrs of use a good draw is dropping the temp by 30 degrees. Spend to much time waiting for the temp to rise. I’ve owned a N02 since they came out and it’s been bullet proof. I’m waiting for the PRIMA from Vapir to be released this month and then I’m sending my crafty back to be repaired again then I’m selling it. This product needs a major battery issue resolved. I suggest waiting on this product until they resolve the problem

    • al-Fali
      September 24, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      I am also extremely interested in the Prima. Right now, it’s a tossup between the Grasshopper, Prima and the Crafty vs Ascent (in that order of interest). I’ve had success with Vapir in the past as well so I want to see what the Prima can do.

      The grasshopper jumping to the top of the list because its heat is on demand.

  94. Whisper
    August 25, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Have you tried the Micro Vaped Titan Vaporizer?

    I only vape flowers and have used a Solo for years – love the flavor – just looking for a newer, smaller, more portable vape but want best vapor quality.

    Thanks! :-)

  95. VapeNewbee
    August 25, 2015 at 8:30 am


    I bought a Near Dark Saturn Vape and I found the instructions for dry herb were completely lacking. I’ve packed small amounts and large amounts into the dry chamber and it just doesn’t seem to burn. I am a newbie in vape pens so I’m sure I must be doing something wrong.

    Please could you or any of your contributors help.



  96. PinkBunny
    August 24, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Looking at the v2 pro series 3

    I need something very discreet, camping, hiking with the family, just small little hits. I would also like to use oil in this unit as well.

    I can get an oil from someone, but is comes in a cartridge already… it is dark and kinda tar looking. is that considered a liquid? and to be used in the liquid cartridge with the wicks on the v2 pro series 3?.

    I am an old school smoker and new to all of this technology…

    please advise

  97. Matt G.
    August 20, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Hey Man, Thanks for all the great reviews. I always tell people who ask about vapes to check out your youtube channel for good reviews. Anyway, I was wondering if you were going to do a Source Orb review? I see it on your top vape pens but no link for a review. Unless it was in the 2015 full review and I just forgot? I was checking out the Dr. Dabber but I just feel like with all the options that the Source Orb has that it would make it a better option. I like the convenience of pre-filled carts, but i dont feel like i get the full affect from those as I would from a pen that I would fill the atomizer myself. What are you thoughts on the pre-filled carts?

  98. Mark Wolin
    August 7, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Someone recently recommended to me The Kind Pen-Truva. Currently on sale @ 40% off
    Any thoughts?

    • Frank
      December 22, 2016 at 11:36 am

      A friend is Very disappointed in truva pen-leaves much material not vaporized and with minimal effect-Web site does not accept orders sb be warning of problems and ineffective pen

  99. Gary
    July 27, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Have you reviewed the Vapium “All Weather” Vaporizer? Trying to compare to Airizer and Pax. You seem to like Pax better but would like to know where Vapium rates?

    Thank you,

  100. Brian
    July 24, 2015 at 12:53 am

    Are you going to review the grasshopper? Really wondering what its overall rating is. Thanks.

  101. Mike
    July 22, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Hey man I have been watch all your videos and really like your reviews. I have a Extreme Q and love it but am looking to get a portable vape. I am desiding between the Alfa and Crafty. Cost isnt that big of a deal. I love the look of the Alfa but am interested in the Crafty. How much better is the vapor quality. Since I already have a EQ I am solely interested in on the go vaping. I also usually partake with 2 or 3 people.

    • bill
      July 27, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      I was wondering the same thing. I too have the EQ and am looking to pick up a portable,

  102. Carlos
    July 3, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Hey , nice reviews,a lot to know, but still im not sure about which one is the best multi pen, for wax/oil and dry herbs, very interested in a multi pen
    Thanks for your time

  103. Andy
    June 24, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    I was wondering which of these vapes would be the best for on the go, preferably under $200 and with low maintenance. Any ideas?

  104. Edgar
    June 16, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Great info dude, really useful and detailed. Thanks a lot!

    • Bud
      July 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm

      Glad you found it helpful!

  105. Steve
    June 13, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Hey Bud,
    I am vaporizing for Medical Benefits (Pain Relief) and find that I get best results using my new Volcano Classic (used your link) set at 4 (331 F). However, I am Very sensitive to heat and can’t even drink coffee. My throat gets torn up at a setting starting at 5 (352 F+)

    Other than the Crafty/Mighty, what other Portable vaporizer would you recommend that has a Low Temp Setting? After pulling the trigger on the Volcano, I was hoping to not spend another $300+

    • Steve
      June 13, 2015 at 10:57 pm

      I also have the Firefly, but have a hard time controlling the temperature and end up getting too hot.

    • Bud
      July 1, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      Hey Steve thanks for posting!

      That’s a little bit of a tricky problem you have there, the Volcano actually produces some of the coolest and smoothest vapor you can get :\

      Maybe you’re grinding your herbs too fine? or packing too much?

      Even at ~365°F the vapor should be comfortable, but you do have to draw all of it out of the bag within a few minutes for the best vapor quality.

      As for portables the Firefly is a good one and wouldn’t be a bad option for you because of the manual heating, if you get your technique down you can gently heat your stuff and get a light vapor that should be smoother.

  106. Anonymous
    June 3, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Hey. First off. Thank you for your videos and reviews. They are incredibly helpful.
    I am deciding between the crafty and the mighty. The size of the vape is not an attribute I really care about. I would be fine with either size.
    The only thing is that i’m thinking the mighty may produce more / better quality vapor because of its size? Or is that false?
    Why did you give the crafty 97 and the mighty 96? Was it simply based on portability? Or did you find that the crafty produced by vapor (more dense, better tasting, and more potent)?

    Which vaporizer do you believe produces the best quality vapor (most dense, best tasting, and most potent)?

    • Bud
      July 1, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      Hey to me the Crafty & Mighty are basically the same unit except for the size.

      Performance is the same, as is vapor quality, the main difference to consider besides how big it is would be the battery life (45 mins versus 90 mins).

      I rate the Crafty a tiny bit higher because I think the smaller size is a real advantage and I find myself taking it with me every time I leave home :P

  107. Johnny
    June 1, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Any thoughts on the iBlissBlazer?

    • Bud
      July 1, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      Haven’t tried it but I’ll look into it!

  108. Brian.N
    May 31, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Summit vs Alfa?!. I’m an experienced vaper. Currently have the g pro, the pax, the no2. Like them all a little. But I really like the reviews you did on both summit and alfa and they are both in my price range. What one would you ultimately suggest personally between the two. If you had to recommend a friend.

    • Bud
      July 1, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      Damn tough call but I’d say go with the Alfa if you have a choice between the two, I rate it a little higher overall for a few different reasons but mainly that it’s an even smaller unit with above average performance and slightly higher build quality.

  109. Mike
    May 29, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Hey Bud,
    What’s your thoughts now on the Haze? I bought one last December and love it! Especially the can use for the flower. Load up a few, pop one out, another in, and keep on keeping on! Amazing how little product you use with this and the results are amazing. I only use the lowest heat setting and it is more than enough to do it’s thing. Almost zilch to clean, about a minute. I don’t know about the oils and axes, honestly, I didn’t buy it for those. Can’t say enough about the Haze, perfect for my uses. Your thoughts?

    • Bud
      July 1, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      Hey Mike I’m really glad you’re diggin it man!

      I like it too, I hope in the future versions they’re able to address the mouthpiece issue and have it produce more comfortable vapor because those are the only real downsides. Other the design is cool and definitely unique.

  110. Valor
    May 28, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Just bought a G pro, kinda rushed my decision and regretting it a bit. Planning on using the vape for everyday use, would you recommend the G pro for that? or would i be better off returning it and going with the pax 1? im mostly concerned with the vapor quality and taste, discrete, and a fairly large oven for around $200

    Any other suggestions would be appreciated


    • Bud
      July 1, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      Damn yea the G Pro is decent but not exactly in the area of the vapor quality, unfortunately.

      The performance of the Pax is definitely better but not exactly top tier, a little above average.

      The Alfa wouldn’t be bad option either, also the Summit.

      I’m gonna be posting some reviews of more inexpensive portables real soon too.

  111. The Dude
    May 17, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Are you going to do a video on the micro dx from kandypens? Would love to see the production on it.

    • Bud
      July 1, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      Definitely considering it, I’ve found that it’s best for smaller, lighter sessions where you’re looking to be discreet and don’t want a lot of visible vapor. It works better at lower temps and the vapor is tastier and more comfortable.

  112. BarnBuster
    May 14, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    You are my goto source for vape reviews!! Haven’t seen one for the new version Hebe Titan 2. Any thoughts?

    • Bud
      July 1, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      Hey I haven’t tried it yet but thank you for asking!!

  113. Sparks0021
    May 13, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Hey bud, really appreciate all u do, I decided to get the dr dabber a couple of weeks after hearing your full review on it and it’s by far the best pen I’ve used! Good looks! I just had one minor question for u, do u find that when taking a drag the mouthpiece whistles? No big shakes, just curious cause mine does lol. Again good looks on everything u do!

  114. Steven J
    May 13, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    After doing weeks of research – including your great reviews, I’m ready to get a portable vape. But I still cannot decide if I should get the Crafty or the Pax 2…?
    I was initially going for the Pax 2, because of the long battery life, small size & more. Then I saw that the Crafty didn’t cost too much more, so it’s in my price range too.

    I mainly will be using it at home, but also ‘on the go’ when needed, so I think the Mighty is a bit too big, at least that’s what I’ve gotten the impression of (plus with the Crafty I can always buy an ext. battery for usage if needed).

    Long story shortened a bit:
    I mainly am worried that if I get the Pax 2, that there’ll be too much draw resistance, which I see online a lot for users, not sure if it is just that they didn’t clean it enough or that there is a flaw in the design (I have an old VaporBros home unit (no fan in it or anything) & it makes u suck fairly hard to get anything from it) – And I’d like this new vape to be much better.
    Is this a “real” major issue with the Pax 2? Because I like the form factor of it better I think (smaller, longer battery…) than the Crafty, BUT….

    I plan on using it, a LOT. Pretty much every day & throughout each day multiple times. My tolerance is on the higher side, If that matters (perhaps in regards to explain how *I* vape…not really sure if I’m a ‘sipper’ or um…’super-sipper’).

    I just don’t know how to decide. And I’m unable to try either unit, I don’t know anyone with either. If anyone has time to reply about anything I’ve mentioned, that’d be awesome :)

    Sorry for a long post, it’s just a lot of $ for me & I want to get it right. If anyone can help with the following questions as well – I beg for your help:
    – Since the Crafty uses (I think) convection, does it make any loud fan noise or anything like that?
    – I also would like the least-smelly one’ especially when it’s loaded with flower & is just sitting around turned off (my roommates hate that pot smell). Which is truly better in that dept. (now that the Pax 2 & Crafty are in widespread use)?
    – As for the Pax 2, I’ve read tons of reports that it gets too hot on your lips, and even almost too hot to hold I some cases…Is this accurate & happen every time basically?
    – However, I’ve seen SO many reports from Crafty users that have had their unit stop working, break, etc. It honestly looks like a real problem, OR, have they fixed it with the newer 2015 model I hear about (which I’d hopefully get, somehow, hopefully) – Is this a major problem?

    There’s just SO much conflicting info out there…Plus on here (vapecritic), you gave the Pax 2 a much lower score than the Crafty. AAAAWW! I’m lost & going insane lol
    …please, please help if anyone can. Thank u in advance.

    So, should I get the Pax 2 or Crafty? Any & ALL replies would be so much appreciated!
    And yes, I definitely will order (whichever I decide) using your link, to give u credit.

    Thanks for helping if u can & sorry this got so long,

    • Anonymous
      May 13, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      Another major player, at least I think is the ‘Grasshopper’. The reviews I’ve seen on other sites say some pretty good things about it, and it’s much cheaper than either the Pax 2 or Crafty…I don’t see a review on here yet, or maybe I haven’t found it but I am curious how it stacks up. I know it was a crowd funded product & think they’re probably catching up on those preorders still — not really sure. But at its lower price, I am curious if it can stand along with the other 2 I mentioned? Thank u all for any info or comparisons or whatever.

    • Anonymous
      June 5, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      Did u ever decide on what to get, can u post ur choice, I am researching myself, too. Ty

    • Anonymous
      July 24, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      Im in the same boat. Pax2 or crafty….hmmmm

  115. Jud
    May 12, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Hey Bud,
    I am just wondering if you have any plans to review the ZeusArsenal Smite? My brother in law just purchased this vape seemed very cool. I would be interested in hearing what you think off it, being Canadian I would like to see how it stacks up. Thanks for the great reviews

    • Bud
      May 12, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Hey Jud I don’t have that one on my list right now but I’ll def look into it, thanx for your request! ;)

      • David
        May 12, 2015 at 10:53 pm

        Hello Bud,

        First thanks for all good advice, i now have a mflb, plenty and mighty.

        For Zeus smite, maybe its a canadian brand, its only a rebranded Flowermate 5 from China.

        In fact Smiss vaporizer produce Flowermate 1 to 8. Smite (ZeusArsenal), Orbit and Transporter (Atmos) and much mores use rebranded cheap vape


  116. Al
    May 10, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Which one is best for wax and shatter but around $200 and not a pen. I want something for around the house to take the place of rig but without disposable carts if possible.

    • Bud
      May 11, 2015 at 8:33 am


      UPDATE: Keep an eye out for my review of the Dr Dabber Boost, it’s a mobile dab rig probably right up your alley.

  117. believelander
    May 8, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    what pens you like for oils and concentrates

  118. ShayWhiteGrow
    May 8, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Hey Bud, make sure to get the glass capsule for the INH05 before posting your full review of the unit. (Which I’m looking forward to) It turns the INH05 into a completely different vape and would like to hear your spin on it! Thanks again for the time vested bro! : – )

    • Bud
      May 8, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      Will do man thanks!!

  119. Alex
    May 8, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Bud, please give us a review of some high end Vapes.

    MiniVap review is a must from you. Thanks

    • Bud
      May 8, 2015 at 10:43 am

      You got it thanx for askin!

  120. Railroads
    May 7, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Thanks for the new roundup! As always great stuff. Hey I bit on a deal for the Flowermate 5.0 Pro that I found via a reddit forum. I’ve heard decent things; figured for barely over $100 was worth a shot. Mind adding that in for later in the year?

    • Bud
      May 8, 2015 at 10:42 am

      For sure, I got 3 different versions of the flowermate comin up soon :)

      • gonzalo
        February 29, 2016 at 6:42 pm

        Ey! I love Flowermate products! What’s your favorite?
        I love V5 series and Aura hybrid ! And expecting Ihit! :) wow!

  121. Gabby
    May 7, 2015 at 7:43 am

    My picks are firefly + concentrate pads for wax (replaced my rig), and summit for herb. Crafty is amazing but too expensive for me too recommend to my friends. Summit is so affordable and works like a champ – plus if it drops, I’m not worried about it scarring cuz I didn’t have to break the bank for it. Saving money on the vape means more cash for the stuff to put inside.

    • Bud
      May 12, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      Nice picks Gabby! Really glad to hear you like the vapes :)

  122. ShayWhiteGrow
    May 7, 2015 at 2:35 am

    Fuckin AWESOME! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!:) I’m not even gonna talk about tier 5! Haha Classic!

    • Bud
      May 12, 2015 at 3:51 pm


      • Rodrigo
        July 29, 2015 at 8:40 pm

        I have a wispr since 2 years and i’m tired of it. The butano is dificult to carry in the airplanes and the sound (ssshhhhhhh) is over to me.

  123. Chillersnov8p
    May 6, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Wow man! That’s a ton of work. How much [stuff] did it take to test all those vapes?

    • Bud
      May 8, 2015 at 10:41 am

      Wayy tooo muchh

  124. VadersLance
    May 6, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    You seem to have lost a ton of respect for the Ascent,..Anything we should know about,or are the newer models just that much better..?

    • Carlos
      May 7, 2015 at 12:08 am

      Ascent is the worst vape I’ve owned! It has broken on me once…. And it tasted like plastic, no matter what I did… The seals on it showed signs of wear after only short use, the stem breaks easily. My solo was 10x the vape and cost less. The crafty just makes the ascent look like a janky POS IMHO… (but is priced accordingly)

    • Bud
      May 8, 2015 at 10:41 am

      Ascent is good but I def like a bunch of other ones better :)

    • Bud
      February 6, 2016 at 9:45 am

      Newer models are better and I never really loved the ascent to begin with :\

  125. believeland
    May 6, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    The Pax 2 without question is arguably the best portable vape. only need small draws, packs better and cleaning is like 10 mins. Only need it on level 2 and battery life lasts a lot longer almost over an hour. and a portable usb charger. And you here the theme song to funky town when done right.

    • Bud
      May 7, 2015 at 11:38 am

      LOL and yes it’s an awesome vape, glad ur diggin it!!

      • Justin
        June 18, 2015 at 1:15 am

        Hey man huge fan of ur reviews, best ones out there, I’m stuck on a few things tho, I’m looking at a personal vape, roommates have a desktop, so I’m after one strictly for me. I keep going back and forth from the pax 1 and 2, I tried the 1 once and liked it, but 2 is only $80 more. Not a fan of the flat mouth piece in 2, but like the thick casing. I also heard that when u aren’t drawing from 1 it’s still cooking your material, which I hope isn’t true, I’m after one that really conserves my stuff, I don’t mind cleaning the vape. guess long question short, instead of having one full session with a full oven, I like fill it, do half now and half later, is that okay to do on these pax, can u leave stuff in the vapes and come back to it later. I’ve been going back in forth for days on those 2. Anyways thanks a lot man for all the reviews, I figured u would be the best person to ask this.

        • Bud
          February 6, 2016 at 9:44 am

          Hey man yea you can totally use the Pax like that, but what I actually recommend more is vaping however much you pack all in one session, you get the best experience that way (flavor, smoothness, etc)

          To use smaller amounts, like 0.15g, you’ll need an oven spacer which I describe in detail here:

    • Anonymous
      October 28, 2015 at 11:54 am

      I’m confused how to pack my epod vape I got from my licensed producer I can’t seem to work it I get nothing when I draw on it the bowl is a cylinder tube

  126. Paul
    May 6, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Bud, longest review ever?

    • Bud
      May 7, 2015 at 11:36 am

      Almost! ;)

      • Anonymous
        July 28, 2015 at 12:23 pm

        hey i was wondering if you could
        compare both the pax 2 and k vape micro dx and do a honest review on which you prefer the most. i have being trying to. choose but i need a expert opinion so i can decide whether i buy the pax 2 or the k vape micro dx.

        • Bud
          February 6, 2016 at 9:42 am

          Most definitely the PAX 2 my friend!

          I haven’t done a full review of the micro dx but I’ve tried one and didn’t feel that it met my standards

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