(Last Updated On: May 3, 2017)

Let’s say you want to take the vaping experience outside of your home. Let’s admit that the look of the Volcano vaporizer are just too bulky for this purpose, not to mention you can’t find a power source for this device at any given location. What’s the solution for this? You have the pen vaporizers to the rescue. However, if you want to enjoy quality vapor with a beautiful design, you will be looking to buy a portable vaporizer. The best portable vaporizer you can find! 

Before buying a portable vaporizer, you should check the following: 

#1: Durability

It is always important to check for the durability of the product. Why? I’ve been using vaporizers for a while, only to find out that yes, some designs are flimsy especially for someone who uses the pen vaporizer on a day to day basis. Lucky enough, the market is now filled with great options. There are those that are practically designed to last for a couple of years.

For example, we’ve known vaping enthusiasts who have been using the same Volcano vaporizer for about five years already. Yes, Storz and Bickel, the device’s German manufacturer, did a pretty good job in creating the world’s best desktop vaporizer. The all-metal internal heating system, which includes the aluminum heating core, means nothing is burned, melted or damaged as the vape is used in the long run. The aluminum heating element also makes certain vapors are not contaminated with vaporized plastic or any toxic materials otherwise present in low-quality brands and models.

Today, even the most advanced (and pricier for best reasons) compact vaporizer pens and portables come in high-quality build and materials to make sure you get only the therapeutic compounds present in your dry botanicals or concentrates.

#2: Portability and Functionality

Yes, it is a crucial factor to look into the possibility of carrying the vaporizer anywhere you go. I don’t see the point of buying a portable vaporizer that you can’t carry around anywhere you go. For someone who is on the go, you may want to look into the measurement. Here, you may assess if it fits the pocket well or not? Why would you consider having a pen vaporizer if it is bulky in the first place? You’ll be surprised though since some portable vaporizers can be mistaken for a pen, while some mistaken for a flask, making you look more like a fan of alcohol than a full-blooded stoner.

Even so, it seems popular vape pen manufacturers such as Atmos and Grenco Science are coming up with even larger pen-style devices but because of the added or more improved features. For example, the G Pro Herbal Vaporizer from Grenco Science, although larger and heavier, sports three-level temperature settings, making it more appealing to beginners who prefer to start with the lower temperature and then just gradually progress into higher levels as tolerance sets in.

Portable vaporizers, on the other hand, generally remain unchanged in terms of size because they are already built to be bigger than pens because of the larger heating chamber and more refined features such as precise temperature controls and LED displays.

#3: Vapor Quality

There are two ways how your vaporizer can produce vapor. Conduction is the method that involves heat touching the elements in your unit.  On the other hand, you have convection method of producing a vapor that involves hot air passing through the herbs. For most of the vaporizers we are going to review, due to the limited size, we don’t usually see convection method of heating on these pen vaporizers. What is the purpose of having a vaporizer if it doesn’t taste right? Let’s admit that multiple factors would affect the taste of vapor. For instance, does the device heat the herbs sufficiently without burning it?

Surprisingly, although there is some combustion in dry herb vaporizers, mainly the vape pens, many users are happy because the intense heat gives off denser clouds of vapor and smoke, which you could alternatively get when smoking joints. However, purists and health-conscious individuals simply want pure vapors to make sure they only reap the health benefits of the active compounds found in dry herbs. Also, people with medical conditions such as asthma, emphysema, bronchitis and other respiratory-related diseases would be better off with devices that offer only true vapors.

Although issue on combustion does not really plague the portable vaporizers (the larger size makes it possible for convection, oven-type heating), smaller, more compact pen-style vaporizers resort to heating coils that directly incinerate some of the herbs because of this the most viable way to do it on smaller devices. But improvements in technology means companies are already catching up. One good example is the Atmos Boss, which sports an embedded heating element to make sure the dry material is not burnt up inside the heating chamber.

#4: Simplicity and Ease of Use

In the world of vaporizers, the simplest device is king. We’d simply want to use of portable vaporizer on the fly without too much rocket science going on. In other words, we simply want to get that ultimate high or reap therapeutic benefits of our vaping materials right here, right now. This means the most popular vaporizers always come in the simplest, easy-to-use designs to the point that user manuals should not be the main reason why we just unboxed the portable vape we just bought.

One of the most popular portable vaporizers, the Arizer Solo, is perhaps the simplest device to use in its category. All you have to do after unboxing it is the initial recharge, then filling of the chamber with your dry materials, turning the device on and choosing one of the seven preset heat levels to start vaping at your own pace and style. Other vaporizers also feature the least number of buttons (power and temperature control) for quick and easy use and maintenance.

Ok, now that you know what you should be looking after, it is now time that you check the top five pen vaporizers in the market today, here’s our list.

Top 4 Portable Vaporizers

#1: G-Pen Elite By Grenco Science 

Dubbed as a monumental leap in technology according to Grenco Science, the G Pen Elite is unlike your ordinary generic portable vaporizer made from random Chinese OEM factories. It measures around 3.4 inches tall and 1.2 inches wide and made of plastic material. This device can hold around 0.75 grams of cannabis.

According to the manufacturer is a convection vaporizer. This means that air heats up the material via the chamber. When most vaporizers, especially small portable ones make use of conduction method in heating the materials, Grenco Science claims that they have a convection device. But according to cannabis connoisseurs online, they are convinced that the G Pen Elite is a combination of both conduction and convection technology.

What exactly can you expect from this vaporizer? For starters, it heats up to 428°F in roughly half a minute. The good thing about this device is that you don’t get a plastic taste, which could indicate that it makes use of dominantly a convection vaporizer.

As for the downside, it appears that the device is designed with an airflow constrictor. Why exactly did Grenco Science design the device with an airflow restrictor? This avoids instances when you taste hot vapor in your mouth. And because of this, minimal cooling seems like a necessity for this device.

And lastly, the design of the G Pen Elite is discreet. It looks like a kitchen equipment or some music player made of plastic, rather than a cannabis paraphernalia.

#2 Magic Flight Launch Box Vaporizer

Are you looking for the vaping experience, but you also want to have a discreet version? Also known as MFLB, the Launch Box along with the Arizer Solo mimics the huge vaporizers, made for desks. Based on the size of the Magic Flight Launch Box, it can easily fit in the palm, making it a really handy tool for your day to day use. Powered by NiMH batteries, and with a very simplistic design, you’ll be surprised how this small product packs high-quality vaping experience.

In terms of looks, it has an opening that can be covered by glass, where you will place the herbs. Here, you can see the herb as you vaporize. There are also different types of wood to choose from. Within five seconds, the device can already give you a vaping experience. When using the item, you may or may not make use of the mouthpiece. When using the product, you need to only make use of grounded herbs. Also, you can’t just stick a lot of dried herbs all at once in this device.

Definitely looking like being among the high end brands in the market today, this item can be comparable to those products that go as high as $300. Fortunately, you could easily purchase the item for around $119. Construction, quality vapor, and its user-friendly features make it worth the price.

For those who are looking to experience the same quality vapor as the Extreme Q or the Volcano, then perhaps, it is a good idea that you stick with the hard setting of this device. Being able to mimic a similar vape experience says a lot about the product.

But of course, it is not a perfect device. There is always that possibility of overheating which will end up destroying the entirety of the device.

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#3: The Mighty Vaporizer

With vaporizers, there is no limit to what you can achieve in terms of vapor quality overall performance. Want something more powerful than pen-style vapes? For example, Storz and Bickel, the German company that brought you the Volcano vaporizer, now has a new powerful portable device to let you vape on the go: the Mighty Vaporizer.

The newest portable model from Storz and Bicker offers true vapors because the core is designed for convection-type heating inside the large herb chamber. And for a more customized vaping pleasure, the Mighty offers temperature control settings with LED indicators to let you choose just the right spot for your dry herbs.

Weighing 235 grams and measuring 14.0 x 8.0 x 3.0 cm, the Mighty portable vaporizer sports a more outright serious and functional appearance, doing away with fancy, unnecessary features. And inside, it’s a powerhouse made only from the best materials to give off the purest flavors without any foreign or plastic smell.

Now that’s a vaping experience you just can’t miss.

#4: Da Vinci Ascent Vaporizer

Da Vinci Ascent is a modern, and top of the line vaporizer that allows the use of dried and grounded herbs, as well as oils. It offers superb temperature control that allows you to have the vaping experience that you want to have.

In terms of looks, it can be mistaken to a walkie-talkie. Thus, we love how discreet this item is. For the antenna of your seeming walkie-talkie vaporizer, it is actually a mouthpiece. Once you unbox the item, you will have to charge it first for two to three hours.

What vape enthusiasts love about this product is that it only takes around a minute and a half to start vaping. What it does is to turn off automatically after 10 minutes. This way, you save batteries, and you also minimize wear and tear.

The unique thing about this item is the fact that it can be used as an aroma diffuser. Removing the straw, and turning the product on the low-temperature setting, you’ll already have a pleasant smelling room. So, the Da Vinci Vaporizer offers greater flexibility and functionality as compared with other portable vaporizers. Although at number 3 in our list, the Da Vinci competes closely with the Arizer because of their somewhat similar features and overall quality.

Nancy Roberts


Vape experience is not just limited to your home. Some people even purchase portable vaporizers so they could bring it to work for recreational or even for medical reasons. Given the strong demand for portable vaporizers, it is a good idea to know at least five brands that will give you a discreet but pleasant vaping experience. Of course, it is a tough call to name 5 of the best portable vaporizers in the market today. It may vary from one reviewer to the next. Our list is merely a guide for consumers, so they’ll have an idea which item is a good deal.

Share with us what your best portable vaporizer is, and we’d be glad to hear from you. Write your comments below.

Written by Nancy Roberts