We’ve come a long way when it comes to portable vaporizers over the last decade. Much of this is because the vaporizer technology has come a long way as well. This has brought the price of portable vaporizers down, making these convenient devices available even to those on a tight budget. The primary focus of a portable vaporizer is its portability and ease-of-use.
What Makes a Vaporizer Portable?
There are commonly four major pieces that make up a portable vaporizer. First, we have the mouthpiece that allows you to inhale and pull air through the heating chamber. Sometimes these can even be detachable for easy cleaning.
Second, we have the heating chamber or oven as it’s popularly known. This is where you will put your herbs or oils, depending on the model. Some come with interchangeable components that allow you to vaporize dry herbs or oils.
Third, we have the battery that powers the device. Most of the portable vaporizers on the market today use a lithium-ion battery. This gives you the ability to recharge the battery when necessary and to heat your materials to 400° or higher.
Last, we have the temperature display so you can know what temp you’re heating to. Even though the temp display on portable vaporizers use might differ, most devices offer LED or digital displays. Some of higher priced models come outfitted with exclusive functions such as Bluetooth and haptic feedback so you know when you’re device is heated.
What Features Are You Looking For?
When you’re looking to purchase a portable vaporizer, you select a device that’s easy to use and comes with minimal features, or a more expensive, feature-rich device.
If you’re a beginner in the vape scene and want a simple vaping experience, you’ll probably want to lean towards the inexpensive models that don’t involve any tinkering. This will provide you with an easy, no fuss vaping experience.
If you prefer to have control over your quality of vapor, then a more expensive device with a lot of features, like the Mighty Vaporizer by Storz & Bickel should be your first choice.
The portability factor of portable vaporizers boils down to two things: the unit’s size, and its battery life. A good indicator of the unit’s battery life is its size. Usually, the bigger units will have a bigger battery empowering you to use the device for longer periods between charges.
With this in mind, you must weigh the importance of how small you want your portable vaporizer to be and how long do you want to go without having to charge your device. One more thing to note would be to know that some portable devices, such as the Firefly 2+ vaporizer, use removable batteries that allow you the option to have an already charged back-up battery on your person, so your device never runs out of juice.
Anytime you’re in the market to make a purchase, you need to be aware of your budget. And portable vaporizers aren’t any different. What’s the point of researching devices you can’t even afford, or are way below your price threshold? Instead, focus on your specific price range and make sure you don’t waiver.
Quality of Vapor
When speaking about vapor quality, the two most important things to think about are the taste and the temperature. If you’re looking for better tasting vapor, then you want to go with a device that uses glass as compared to plastic or silicone. The inert nature of glass offers a purer vape as compared to plastic or silicone which may alter the flavor.
If you’re someone who doesn’t like their vapor too hot, then look for a device that has an extended mouthpiece. This gives the vapor more time to cool before it gets to your mouth.
Different Types of Portable Vaporizers
Depending on whether you want to use your portable vaporizer for dry materials, or for oils and concentrates, this will help you determine which type is best for you.
Although there are some models that give you the option to use oils and/or dry herbs, most of the units currently on the market only give you one or another. Some units also have advanced temperature controls that give you the freedom to manage how cool or hot the vapor is, depending on your rate of inhalation.