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What’s the Best Portable Vaporizer?

best portable vaporizerLet’s face it – You’re a “vaper” that’s on-the-go.

You’d rather be outside showing folks what being awesome is all about instead of being stuck inside watching reruns of Gilligan’s Island or Growing Pains.

You care about your style, but need to keep that wallet nice and plump for when the weekend rolls around. All you want to do is just grab your favorite vape and get the hell out the door as fast as you can.

Obviously, for the jet-setter, going “portable” is the only way to roll, however trying to find the best portable vaporizer can be a pain in the butt if you don’t know what you’re looking for.

Luckily, I’ve made a website that’ll help guide you through the maze and give you as much information as possible so that when you finally settle on your favorite vape, you can get the best experience possible.

While there isn’t that one “magical” portable vaporizer that scores off the charts, I’ve done some of the heavy lifting for you and have narrowed it down quite a bit.

Here’s a detailed list I put together of some of the best portable vaporizers on the market.

Check it out.

The Definitive Guide to Portable Vaporizers Chart

I put together an interactive table below of some of top vapes on the market at the moment.

All you have to do just click on the column and it will sort out the information for you to make it easy.

Vape Comparison Chart Breakdown
Vaporizer Make/Model
This is manufacturer and the name of the actual vape.
This is the average rating/score that I gave it after review.
The approximate current price of each vape.
  • $ – under $120
  • $$ – $120 to $200
  • $$$ – $200 to $419
  • $$$$ – $420+
Vaporizer ModelRatingPrice
The Crafty5$$$
Arizer Air5$$$
Pax 24.9$$$
The Firefly4.75$$
Pinnacle Pro5$$$
Davinci Ascent4.5$$
Arizer Solo4.75$$$
Vapir 24.5$$
Magic Flight (MFLB)4.5$$
Wispr 24$$
Palm 23$

What is a Portable Vaporizer?

Portable vaporizers are the cutting edge of enjoyment of tobacco and herb products. Instead of lighting up your material/herbs, vaporizers use either heated elements or heated air to boil the essential oils from the surface of your material that creates a vapor which has the same active ingredients that you would get from burning the same herbs which is awesome.

The way vaporizers do this is by employing a heating element that’s in contact with your herbs to heat it up instead of combusting it, or they heat up air and run it over your tobacco or herb in order to turn the oils into vapor that can then be inhaled.

Basically, instead of combusting your material, it gets zapped and becomes a vapor.

They are convenient, easy to use, and often portable so you can enjoy whatever you’ve chosen to pack it with when you’re on the go. Portable vaporizers come with a variety of heating sources ranging from electricity to even butane, and have a wide span of price ranges to fit your budget as well as your lifestyle.

Advantages of Using a Portable Vaporizer

The benefits of using a vaporizer are multi-fold.

  • It’s healthier. The first and most obvious is that by not burning your herbs/material has a number of health benefits, as it leaves behind a lot of the bad chemicals that occur during the vaporization process. It also cuts down on the smell that others may complain about from combustible smoking methods and can generally be done inside without any lingering effects. Personally, I smoked cigarettes for over 10 years and switching over to a portable vaporizer has really changed my life. For me, one of the best advantages is not smelling like crap when I get close to people.
  • It’s on the hush-hush. Another advantage of finding the best portable vaporizer for you is that they are more discrete than a pipe or even hand rolled cigarettes which is great when you’re out and about. You just take it out when you need to take a draw, do your thing, and put it away when you’re done.
  • It friggin’ tastes better. Best of all, though, the right portable vaporizer will give you more flavor than lighting up whatever you want to smoke which cuts out the acidic taste that comes with burning in most cases. Vapes with glass pathways will usually give you the best taste overall.

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How Do You Find the Best Portable Vaporizer?

Finding the best portable vaporizer can be tricky if you aren’t sure what to look for. The price ranges vary, the quality from each manufacturer is different, and the vapor production can be all across the board as well, so it’s super important to narrow it down based on the criteria that you are looking for.

Some important things to ask yourself are:

  • What price range are you looking for?
  • Are there specific features that you want your vaporizer to have?
  • Are you just getting into vaping and looking for a good “starter” vaporizer or do you have lots of experience and looking for a more advanced vaporizer that has all the bells and whistles?
  • What price range are you looking for?

Here’s how to get going in the right direction.

      • Know what you want out of it. Just like with many hobbies, the more you know, the more you’ll get out of the experience. When looking to find the best portable vaporizer, you need to have an idea as to what you are looking for. You want to know what you should expect from your vape and be able to weigh the possible benefits against any drawbacks. This stuff is all across the board so it will depend on your preferences.

If your primary concern is portability, then some models are going to be more useful than others since they will be more discreet. While all models are super portable and can be taken with you wherever, you have to make a judgment call if it’s something you want to tuck away in your pocket and be off, or if you want a vape small enough that you can keep in your purse, suitcase or backpack.

If you prefer to have something with less fiddling around and is easy to use, or perhaps has easy charging options, or requires very little maintenance as possible, then you may end up with drastically different vapes.

If you’re looking for flat out awesome flavor and vapor density, then you may have another set of options to choose from.

  • Consider the best of the best. This is why I decided to test only the best (and a few not so great ones to make it fair) and give you detailed reviews with information on what you get, how to care for your vape, what sort of options you’ll have, and how best to use them all. I want you to be happy with your experience, and the best way to do that is to arm yourself with plenty of knowledge and make an informed decision when you invest in your own vaporizer. The best portable vaporizer is one that’s going to line up with what you are looking for and help you enjoy your “vape sessions” as much as I do.
  • Listen to the pros. My goal is to help you find the best portable vaporizer that’s going to do what you want it to, which means giving you as much honest, authoritative, and un-biased information as I can in order to make sure than when you buy that vaporizer, you’ll not only be super happy with it, but you’ll get your money’s worth as well. It’s healthier, efficient, and tastes better than smoking and I’m here to make sure you enjoy every minute of the switch to vapor.

All these factors will come together in order to help you get matched up with the best portable vaporizer that’s going to not only do what it’s supposed to do, but be worth the money you spend on it as well.

Here are some of the top handheld vapes on the market below (I’ll only add to this list when I come across something that I’ve tested and am super happy with).

Top 5 Portable Vaporizer Reviews for 2016

Any of these portable vaporizers would be great buys. Much of it comes down to personal preference.

Just like with any product, you can get some really, really nice vapes if you’re willing to spend a bit of cash, but there really are great products you can get without emptying your bank account as well.

Here are the top 5 portable vaporizers, in order of my favorites:


The Crafty

Crafty Vaporizer ReviewThe Crafty is freaking incredible. By no means is it the cheapest, but you definitely get what you pay for with this portable vape. Of all the vapes out there at the moment, this is my go-to. 2.

The Pax 2

pax 2 by ploom The Pax 2 is the sleeker version of their first version, the original Pax. It's really easy to use, has a sleek design, and produces some great vapor with great taste. This portable vaporizer takes just around a minute to warm up which is really fast. It has 3 different temperature settings starting at 370°F and goes all the way to 410°F. 3.

The Arizer Air

  Arizer Air vaporizer review The Arizer Air is the next generation of the popular Arizer Solo vaporizer. While the company has made several changes over their original design, there are definitely a few things that still stick out to me. 4.

The Pinnacle Pro

pinnacle pro vaporizer The Pinnacle Pro vaporizer is a boss. It has the ability to vape not only just herbs, but oils and wax concentrates as well - and at a very attractive price point may I add. It's super easy to to use and stands the test of time in my book. 5.

The Firefly

firefly vaporizer review The Firefly is one of the newest players in the game and it's getting some stares. Other than the fact that it looks like one of those old flip-phones, this little guy packs a punch. It has awesome build quality, produces some excellent flavor, and is really easy to clean since it doesn't have a lot of moving parts.