Find the Best Vaporizer for Weed – How Do You Choose?

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Trying to find the best vaporizer for weed (er, medicinal marijuana) can sometimes be difficult with all the mixed reviews and scattered information online. It’s really important to know how your herbs can be vaped in an efficient way so you’re not stuck wasting a whole lot of your material.

What we did was break down the top 3 vaporizers that we think are the best of the best, show you what they’re made of, how they work, and what to look out for.

Check it out.

Volcano Vaporizer (Digital or Classic Style)

volcano digital vaporizer

The Volcano is just flat out the Rolls Royce of vaping in every sense. This product is made by Storz & Bickel, a German company, and these guys have been on top of their game since early 2000.

In my personal opinion, this is the best vaporizer for weed (or any other legal herbs you want to vape) in the market place. One thing to remember is that this isn’t portable, so don’t expect to put this puppy in your pocket and head out.

The way the Volcano works is through a vacuum system that pumps in forced filtered air that is heated to just the right temperature that’s needed for a good vape session. That hot air passes over your herbs to create a vapor into a Volcano balloon.

Here’s what you do to get going:

  1. Turn the Volcano on
  2. Wait for it to heat up for about 2-3 minutes
  3. Put in your herbs into the valve unit (I use the Easy Valve)
  4. Lay the valve unit on top of the Volcano
  5. Snap the balloon on top of it
  6. Turn on the fan and then wait for the balloon to fill up

Be careful because you have to keep an eye out to make sure the balloon doesn’t pop. Once your balloon is filled with vapor, take it off an you’re ready to do your thing.

Here’s what I like about the Volcano:

  • It’s really ease to use. All you do is mess with 3 parts (base unit, valve, balloon) and you’re ready to go.
  • The build quality is phenomenal. It’s German built. Do I really need to say more?
  • Cleaning is effortless. In all honesty, this is worth the price of admission alone. Cleaning some vaporizers can be a pain in the…
  • It produces awesome flavor and vapor density. This is very important when picking the best vaporizer for weed; just try not to let the vapor sit in the bag for more than 10 minutes.

There are two models for the Volcano, Digital and Classic. I think the Classic one works great and is the best vaporizer for weed, but if you want to take it up a notch and have a little bit more control over the temperature, then expect to spend a little bit extra. If you have a little patience, you can mess with the dial on the Classic model as you use it and you can fine tune it to what you like and save a few bucks. Ideally from what I’ve experienced, you can set the dial between 6-7 and it should work great.

In terms of any negatives, I really don’t have any other than the price on it. It’s not the cheapest by any means, but if you want quality, you can’t get any better.


The Plenty Vaporizerplenty vaporizer

I crack up every time I pick up the Plenty.

It feels like I’m about to drill a hole in my face in the middle of my draw. Other than the comical aspect of the design, Storz & Bickel get the last laugh though because this thing is straight up dripping with awesome sauce.

If you don’t want to dish out all the money for the Volcano Vaporizer, this is by far the next best vaporizer for weed and herbs money can buy.

The way the Plenty works is through a new thermodynamic feature called a  “double helix heat exchanger” that heats up in less time while keeping the same temperature while you take draws. It’s genius and I definitely think you will see some copycats trying to follow suit. At the end of the day though, quality far surpasses price, so be on the look-out for any cheap knock-offs.

Here’s what you do to get going:

  1. Pack your herbs inside the herb chamber. You want to fill the chamber all the way if you’re in a group. If not, you need to use the liquid pad that comes with it.
  2. Connect the coil/herb chamber (top part).
  3. Pick up the unit (bottom part) and screw it into the coil/herb chamber (top part).
  4. Set the temperature that you want to vape on. There is a dial on the side of the unit and also a temperature gauge that is highlighted in green to help out. You’re going to have to experiment with what works for you, but I always start it at the highest setting.
  5. Turn on the power switch. This turns on the heater. Wait about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Wait for the light to turn off. Start taking draws.

Here’s what I like about it:

  • Size of the herb chamber. The more surface area the chamber has, the more vapor you get and the better quality it can be.
  • Stainless steel whip. This helps cool down the vapor before it reaches your mouth so you don’t have to worry about burning yourself.

All in all, I didn’t really have any bad things to say about the unit. I really like it and I think it’s worth every penny if you are on the lookout for the best vaporizer for weed.

A final tip on the Plenty Vaporizer is if you are using it just by yourself. One of the things that you’ll find in the box is a liquid pad. What you want to do is as your loading the herb chamber with your material, you need to lay that liquid pad right above it before you screw it back on so that it presses down your herbs nice and tightly. Again, this is only if you’re vaping by yourself.

 

Silver Surfer Vaporizer

silver surfer vaporizer

The Silver Surfer Vaporizer (SSV) is made in the USA by a company called 7th Floor and is known for the type of vapor it produces.

One thing you have to keep an eye out for on this is that even though the quality (it’s made out of thick anodized aluminum) is very durable, it has one minor pitfall in that it has glass components so you have to be a little careful when using it. You have to understand that not every vaporizer is going to be 100% perfect, however, what you are getting out of the SSV even though it has a ceramic heating element and uses glass parts is a really clean and pure tasting vape. The payoff is worth it in my opinion, especially is you are wanting to buy the best vaporizer for weed. The bright side of this though that there is a 3 year warranty that’s offered through 7th floor, but only on the electrical components.

So the way the SSV works is neat. It has a reverse 90° angle design so that it prevents all your blends from falling out of your wands, which is how you connect it when you’re ready to vape.

Here’s what you do to get going:

  1. Plug it in and turn it all the way up to the max heat setting. Make sure to let it warm up for around 15-20 minutes. After that runs it course, you want to set the temperature dial down a little to a vaping temperature that you feel comfortable with, and honestly, you are going to have to experiment and see what works for you. I’d suggest setting the dial so that it points up (north), but that’s just me.
  2. Pick the wand/connection you want. It comes with standard and the ground glass (hands free). The standard is like doing a beer bong in that you have to hold one end to your mouth and the other end connected to the base of the SSV.
  3. Pack your herbs. It’s recommended that you only fill the base of the wand to around 25% of the space that’s given.
  4. Take your draws. If you have the standard wand, rotate it around so that your material burns evenly. When you’re done taking your draws, take it out, and just set the wand down.

Here’s what I like about it:

  • Really good quality. 7th Floor didn’t skimp out on making this thing. It’s really good quality, but just be careful on the glass parts.
  • Great vapor quality. While the glass parts are a weakness, it gives the SSV a strength in terms of vapor quality and flavor.

Here’s what I’m not too thrilled about:

  • Cleaning it. While it’s not a huge negative, the SSV wands need to be cleaned pretty regularly in order to wash out any residue.
  • Glass parts. As long as you’re not passing the wand around like a maniac and you’re careful with it, you should be fine.

 

Final Thoughts and PV-Pro Tips

In the end, it’s honestly going to be up to your personal preference on which one you want to get your vape on with. Personally, I love the Volcano and have had one for about 3 years, and let me tell you, that things is “magical”!

Keep in mind The Plenty is the only “semi-portable” one on my list of the top 3 I’ve listed here. There are tons of other portable vaporizers that can be considered the best vaporizer for weed as well, and I’ve written in-depth reviews of each one so you should check them out as well.

You can slide most in your pocket and be off to your happy place in seconds.

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