Last updated on Oct 8th, 2021
If you're looking for the best portable dry herb vaporizer, you're in the right place! We've tested hundreds of different portable vaporizers and whittled them down to 10.
We are now almost mid-way through 2021. Wow, time flies! Since our first release of this list in 2021 we have added a couple new additions below. There are some exciting releases coming out in the near future so keep an eye on this list.
Best Portable Vaporizers
- Arizer Solo 2
- Pax 3
- VapCap M + Induction Heater
- Firefly 2+
- Healthy Rips Rogue
- Davinci IQC
- Arizer ArGo
Top 10 Portable Dry Herb Vaporizers for 2021
Although the Mighty has been available for almost four years now it still reigns as the best portable dry herb vaporizer. Its vapor quality is on par with high end desktop vaporizers which is really saying something. The pulls are smooth and flavourful which is exactly what you're looking for in a good portable vaporizer.
Not only is the vapor quality amazing, but it's super easy to use. There's a screen on the unit with easy up and down controls for the temperature. It also has a built-in safety feature which automatically turns it off in case you forget.
The Mighty uses a mix of both conduction and convection heating techniques which is patented by Storz & Bickel, the maker of the Volcano and Mighty. They also built in grating on the side which cools down the vapor (which is important since it's in your hand).
The Mighty already had one of the best battery lives of any portable but it was updated in 2018 with 20% more battery life. That means you can use it for almost two hours without plugging in (depending on temperature used) which can last you a weekend or longer. It also features pass through charging which means you can use it while it's plugged in. That comes in handy when you.
Coming soon: Announced in their keynote in September, the vaporizer giant Storz & Bickel had revealed anticipated new improvements on some of their desktop & portable vaporizer units. Already being in a league of its own, the “Mighty+ “now sets the bar even higher with new features that are breathtaking.
Still not compromising when it comes to size & design, the Mighty+ is back with the same amazing quality flavour that now reaches temperature in only 60 seconds for a rapid vaping experience. In addition, the Mighty+ now has a temperature boost function that will increase the temperature to its max which is super ideal for the end of sessions.
It uses its same patented combination of convection and conduction heating technology that cools the vapor on delivery - which has already been proven by its success.
The Mighty+ now only takes 40 mins to reach 80% capacity with its updated USB-C charging socket. Users are now only required to carry a USB cable, instead of the traditional a/c power adapter having access to super-fast charging on the go, with less to carry.
As most consumers know, this unit it's perfect for almost every occasion. Despite the higher price point, you exactly what you’re getting when it comes to a Storz & Bickel unit – quality. The Mighty+ will continue to be an investment that will pay off in the long run.
See our full Mighty review if you want more info on it. Our Mighty+ review is coming soon.
2. Arizer Solo 2
The Arizer Solo 2 is the follow up to the mega popular Solo. Arizer is a world renowned brand for a reason: they make stellar dry herb vaporizers that work well for a fair price.
The main reason the Solo 2 comes in second is because of its impressive battery life. When fully charged it runs for almost three hours non stop without needing a charge. That's probably the longest battery life of any portable vaporizer you can find in 2021.
Not only is the battery life stellar, but the vapor quality is fantastic. It features a hybrid ceramic/stainless steel heating system which delivers delicious and thick vapor. The vapor itself stays cool due to the long glass air path.
Don't worry if you're in a rush too! The Arizer Solo 2 heats up in around 20 seconds which means you can go from dry herb to vapor in no time. The digital controls are sleek and simple to use.
Just like the Mighty, the Arizer Solo 2 isn't quite pocketable since it has a glass tube that you pull from, but the battery life and vapor quality more than make up for it. If you're looking for an awesome portable vaporizer at a fair price, definitely consider the Solo 2.
Also we didn't include the Arizer Air 2 in this list but it deserves a mention. It's essentially a smaller version of the Solo 2 with a worse battery life.
See our full Solo 2 review if you want more info on it.
3. Pax 3
Along with Volcano, Pax has been the face of vaporizers for a little while ago. The original rendition had a unique, sleek design that really helped it stand out from the crowd. The Pax 3 looks even better with new matte colours and has some big improvements to boot.
The best thing about the Pax 3 is probably it's size. There are smaller vaporizers available, but Pax has really nailed it with the perfect size for activities. It's awesome for hikes, skateboarding, snowboarding or anything else outdoors. It weighs only 3.28 ounces which is pretty insane for all of the technology they pack in to it.
The Pax 3 also heats up quickly in around 15-20 seconds. It uses lip sensing technology to tell when you're using it, so it can heat up the chamber which is super dope. The vapor you pull from the unit is surprisingly good too! It does run on a conduction oven which won't deliver the subtle flavours of a convection vaporizer, but that won't matter for the majority of people.
They've also improved the battery life with the Pax 3. You can use it for around an hour an a half before having to recharge. Even charging is cool with the Pax 3 with the innovative charging dock. You can tell that a lot of engineering went in to it.
See our full Pax 3 review if you want more info on it.
4. DynaVap VapCap M + Induction Heater
We feel strongly that the DynaVap VapCap M used with an induction heater is one of the best vaporizing experiences available right now. DynaVap now offers induction heaters available that have built-in batteries like the Apollo 2 Rover, which are game changers. While they are quite a bit more expensive than the VapCap M itself, we feel that it's worth it.
One of the main reasons why we feel that the induction heater makes a big difference compared to a jet lighter is due to consistency. It's foolproof: just push your VapCap down in to the heater and wait until you hear a click, then you're ready to vape your dry herb. Want to have another go? It's as simple as pressing the VapCap down again.
Another thing that the VapCap M and induction heater combo does so well is flavour. Every draw from the vaporizer is tasty and comes in two different waves. The first couple draws allow you to taste bright notes of the herb. The next wave tastes toasty and nutty. It's always so flavourful and different in a good way.
Induction heating also seems to be quite efficient in terms of power too. The Apollo 2 Rover allows for 100+ draws from a single battery charge. Worst comes to worst, you can keep a jet lighter around to heat up your VapCap M even if the battery runs dry.
Lately the VapCap M and Apollo 2 Rover combo has been our go-to combo. It's a different experience from other portable vaporizers but we really enjoy it.
5. Firefly 2+
When the original Firefly hit the market it blew a lot of people's minds. It's a convection herb vaporizer that heats up in a couple seconds that has cool, thick vapor. There were a few complaints around the size, lack of temperature control and battery life though.
They fixed that up in the second version. The Firefly 2 is over 30% smaller, 50% lighter, with advanced temperature controls and has a much improved battery life. You can now pick from six temperature settings between 338° and 437° Fahrenheit which let's you get the perfect vapor density. Just make sure you have a smart phone because that's all controlled by the Firefly app!
They then released an even bigger improvement on that Firefly 2 with the new Firefly 2+ (Plus). The most notable improvement is the charging and battery life. You can now charge to 80% in 20 minutes, which lets you get up and running quick. The dock makes it easy to remember to leave to charge too. Although the battery is small, they've expanded the life span through tech innovations and you can also replace it on the go.
Because it uses a convection heating system it delivers some of the best vapor quality out of any of the portable vaporizers on this list. While you need to learn how to take a slower draw to use it properly, it's not that difficult to pick up and learn. The Firefly 2+ also heats up almost instantly—no waiting around for it to heat up.
Due to its design the Firefly 2+ is also super easy to clean and maintain. It not only looks good, but it's functional. That's smart design!
Update 2021: we moved the Firefly 2+ down a few rankings because of its difficulty to use and small battery life. Although the flavour is amazing, we think the Pax 3 is currently a more user-friendly vaporizer.
See our full Firefly 2+ review if you want more info on it.
6. Healthy Rips Rogue
Healthy Rips has earned their place in the marketplace by delivering on mandates they once promised when they entered the arena. As of May of 2021, they‘ve returned with another portable vaporizer unit that supersedes their previous model – that is the Rogue.
The most notable part of Health Rips Units is that it delivers (mostly) convection in a small package. Until this point if you wanted a portable vaporizer that fits in your pocket, you were most likely using conduction. While there's nothing wrong with conduction, convection is generally more efficient and delivers better flavour.
Making adjusting in all areas with the Rogue, you can now enjoy up to 90 mins of vaping time with its new upgraded 3000 mAh Lithium battery. Recharge time also isn’t an issue with the unit's fast USB-C charging, between 75-90 mins and you’re golden!
The Healthy Rips Rogue still gives you a variety of attachments you can use. If you want to throw it in your pocket there's a plastic mouthpiece, or you can use a glass one while at home – the choice is yours!
Adjustable session times combined with precise temperature control that has a heat up time of 60 seconds make this portable unit a force to be reckoned with. Being one of the easiest vaporizer units to navigate as well as maintain, the Rogue checks a lot of boxes as it holds this position on our best portable vaporizers list!
See our full Rogue review if you're looking for more info.
Along with the updates announced by Storz & Bickel this fall, the Crafty+ has also been modified with improvements that are sure to blow consumers away. Living under the shadow of its sibling the Mighty+ this upgrade will spice up debates for which vaporizer takes the peak position for best portable vaporizer.
It is cheaper and smaller than the Mighty which is great, but there are a few downsides. It doesn't have a built-in display which means you need to control the temperature settings from the app connected to your smart phone (which may not be possible since Apple banned vape apps). Also the vapor it produces isn't as cool as the Mighty.
With an improved heat up time of 30%, the Crafty + has an added “Superbooster” function. This is a temperature pre-set that gives you an additional boost of power for efficiently finishing your vaping session.
If 90 mins of continuous use wasn’t good enough, Storz & Bickel have also managed to shorten the charging time of this unit by 25% by upgrading this unit with USB-C fast-charging abilities. Getting users back in the action when it comes to usage!
If you're looking for a true portable unit though you'll still want the Crafty+ over the Mighty. Backed with the same hybrid patented convection technology, this updated unit is bound to satisfy existing and new consumers alike!
8. Davinci IQC
Davinci Tech has been forging their footprint in the vaporizer market for about a decade, and in that time, they’ve managed to create a following with their notable portable conduction type vaporizers such as MIQRO vaporizer and the IQ2.
This early 2021 release from Davinci is no different – the new Davinci IQC sits right in the middle of both Davinci IQ2 and the MIQRO vaporizers when it comes to size but everything else has gotten an update.
One thing that is noticed right off the top is the IQC updated sleek, sandblasted aluminum frame & its 51 LED display grid – it's drop-dead gorgeous. Crafted to fit in almost any space, this small, multifaceted device delivers powerful, smooth, and cool vapors.
The Zirconia chamber that has replaced the previous ceramic filling chamber design, is airtight and lined with glass cooling the vapor before it hits the lips. It’s now equipped with 4 pre-set temperatures that change throughout the session (Smart Paths) as well as precise temperature control, you get the best of both worlds. In addition, the IQC has a boost feature that will boost the temperature to its Max which is perfect for the end of session to extract the most of your herb.
Davinci has removed the air flow dial at the bottom of the unit and replaced it with a zirconia pearl located on the inside lid of the filling chamber to allow for more of an even heat distribution, simply adjust the pearl to tightly pack the chamber.
As some design aspects have been changed, others have stayed the same. The Davinci IQC unit is powered by the same replaceable 18650 batteries (which is our personal favourite way to charge). With a charge time of 2 hours, throw a couple extra batteries in your bag with a charger on your trip to enjoy 60 mins of continuous usage – that is until you need to swap the battery.
There’s no doubt that this will become a fan favourite among Davinci users and others as did the previous versions of this unit. It checks a lot of boxes. There’s a reason why this IQC sits at this position on our best portable vaporizer list – definitely worth a check out!
9. Arizer ArGo
The ArGo is short for Arizer Go. It's Arizer's first truly portable vaporizer since the mouthpiece retracts back in to the unit. All of Arizer's 'portable' vaporizers have glass pieces which means you can't throw them in your pocket or bag—that's not the case with the ArGo.
It's about the size of a deck of cards and fits perfectly in your hand. Although it's small Arizer hasn't cut corners on their build quality too. This vaporizer feels sturdy and doesn't have the cheap plastic quality you get with other units.
It has some of the vapor production of all the tiny vaporizers (Pax, Starry). They've utilized their conduction/convection heating technology from their Solo 2 and Air 2, and put it in a smaller package. It has a pretty fast heat up time that will get you vaporizing in just under a minute.
Somehow Arizer also fit a full OLED display on to this small vaporizer too. You can see battery life and temperature right on the ArGo, no need to download a separate app or anything like that. We much prefer vaporizers that have screens since apps can be a bit gimmicky (and also Apple has currently banned vape related apps).
The best part of the ArGo has to be the swappable batteries. You can buy extras and throw them in your pocket on the go. Swappable batteries also extends the life of your vaporizer since you don't need to just toss it when the batteries weaken over time. That's a big bonus!
The minute we laid eyes on the dotLeaf, we knew they had something neat going on. It's the first vaporizer that is completely modular, you can swap: the oven, the battery and even the mouthpiece. There are magnetic doors that snap on the side to hide everything behind a very cool looking boxy vaporizer.
We love when vaporizers have swappable batteries and hope it becomes the standard. Most issues with vaporizers have to do with the battery, so being able to swap it is a huge bonus. It also allows you to get some extra 18650 batteries to keep it running for a long time. Just grab a charger that allows you to charge multiple batteries at once.
Not only are the batteries swappable, but so are the ovens. This is a pretty unique feature that very few other vaporizers currently offer. It's nice to be able to pack some extra ovens to use as you finish up the last one. Swappable ovens also makes the dotLeaf super easy to clean since you mainly just need to clean the oven that pop right out.
It's also one of the smallest vaporizers currently on the market. The dotLeaf is actually smaller than a credit card which is impressive. It can be compared to the MIQRO or possibly the XMAX Starry in terms of size. It's a great little vaporizer to put in your pocket.
Don't be fooled by the small size though, the dotLeaf hits hard. Once you learn how to pack the oven and turn it on, you can get some big clouds from this device. It blows some bigger units out of the water to be completely honest. The flavour is a bit lackluster compared to some other vaporizers, but amazing flavour isn't necessary to do the job.
The dotLeaf also includes some cool accessories in the box as well. 14mm and 18mm adapters come free and allow you to connect your dotLeaf to a water pipe if you'd like. These usually cost extra so it's nice to see them included.
Honorable Mention: XMAX Starry V3
The XMAX Starry is the cheapest vaporizer on this list, but it doesn't perform like the cheapest. It's an awesome little vaporizer that is perfect for beginners looking for a starter, or veterans looking for a super portable unit.
The XMAX Starry is the perfect size to be taken out of the house on an adventure. It weighs around 120 grams which is at the smaller end of any portable vaporizers you find. It's easy to throw in your pocket and fits perfectly in the grip of your hand. Just be careful because the mouthpiece can get hot after prolonged use.
It heats up pretty quickly in around 20-30 seconds. The XMAX Starry offers a full spectrum of temperatures to pick from the OLED display. You can play around and find the best setting. It is a conduction vaporizer though, so don't expect incredible flavour.
The V3 has an improved battery life which lets you use it for around 80 minutes of use. The batteries are also replaceable, so you can keep extras with you for longer excursions. They've also added a bigger bowl and new mouth piece which are definitely nice to have too!
Honorable Mention: Boundless CF/CFX
Boundless has released a couple cheap products that have taken the dry herb vaporizer world by storm. The CF/CFX are essentially a poor man's Crafty/Mighty: they are hybrid convection, they look similar and they have similar sizes. Considering they're half the price of their Volcano counterparts—the CF/CFX are pretty impressive.
The Boundless CF is the smaller of the two. It's a relatively small size and features five different temperature settings. The battery is non-replaceable and will last you around 50 minutes of use.
The Boundless CFX is the big brother. It's bulkier, but features a nice OLED display which lets you pick your exact temperature. Like the CF, the batteries are non-replaceable and will last you around 60 minutes of use.
What really sets these two vaporizers apart from the crowd is their vapor quality. They have the best vapor of any cheap vaporizer available right now. It's not quite on par with the best, but it's definitely better than most. If you're just starting out with vaporizing, or can't afford a more expensive unit, you won't be disappointed with either the Boundless CF or CFX.
See our full Boundless CFX review if you want more info on it.
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