An Easy Guide to Dry Herb Vaporizers

So you've seen the kids these days sucking nicotine out a USB drive and don't quite get what the hype is about. It doesn't look that inviting, so why would you ever trade your favorite pipe and herb for a vaporizer? Won't you miss the full flavor found when smoking? What about the therapeutic twisting of your favorite grinder? If you are forever committed to the rise and grind of your favorite flower but want to try a new twist on dry herb, then it's time to check out the news on dry herb vaporizers. These are the high-tech cousins to your favorite spoon pipe that allow you to appreciate your herb without sacrificing flavor, quality or ease of use.

For those who have never used a dry herb vaporizer or even a vape at all, we'll break down the key factors to look at when buying your first dry herb vape and how certain vapes are better suited for different lifestyles.

What to look for when buying a dry herb vaporizer:

1. Temperature Range & Control

2. Chamber Size & Material

3. Convection vs. Conduction Heating

4. Overall Size & Portability

Vaporizer Price

Vaporizers

One factor that you'll like the least about dry herb vapes compared to your water pipes and hand pipes: they'll likely cost a little more. But think about it: before, you were buying a glass or wooden vessel in which to store the herbs and light them up. With a vape, you're buying a mini oven with precise temperature controls and a sophisticated heating system.

While there are some great dry herb vapes available for as low as $25 (cheaper than most dry pipes), the nice options of quality vaporizers start at $100. If you want to go high tech or opt for something that's a dual use vape made for both concentrates and dry herbs, expect to shell out around $200-300.

Of course, there's way to save: DopeBoo has some awesome holiday sales you can wait for, and if you're really not sure if it's worth the money, most of the quality vapes will have a return policy within the first few weeks of purchasing the vape, so you can try it out for yourself.

Temperature Range & Control

Grenco Vape

How would you control the temperature when lighting up your pipe? Count how many seconds you burned your herb? Say hello to precision and accuracy with dry herb vapes. Most vapes either have presets to choose from depending on the preferred strength of your vapor, and some like the Grenco vape pen let you choose the precise degree Fahrenheit at which your herb is being heated.

Most vapes will have a range between 200-400 degrees Fahrenheit to choose from, and you should see this on the vape product description before buying. If you're somebody who loves a really sharp smoke, look for vapes that allow for something on the higher end of that range.

Chamber Size

Vaping

Are you into long seshes? Do you hate refilling your bowl? Take this into consideration when looking at how large the chamber is for dry herb. We like the Mighty and Crafty vapes because you can prefill chambers to have ready to go for later. Also, some chambers are easier to fill than others, like the DaVinci IQ's sloping chambers that catches any crumbs.

DaVinci IQ Vaporizer - Blue
DaVinci IQ Vaporizer - Blue
DaVinci IQ Vaporizer - Black
DaVinci IQ Vaporizer - Stealth Black
DaVinci IQ Vaporizer - Copper
DaVinci IQ Vaporizer - Bronze
DaVinci IQ Vaporizer - Mobile App
DaVinci IQ Vaporizer - Side
DaVinci IQ Vaporizer - Open
DaVinci IQ Vaporizer - Top Open
DaVinci IQ Vaporizer - Battery
DaVinci IQ Vaporizer - Adapter
DaVinci IQ Vaporizer - Mouth Piece
Davinci Pic 1
DaVinci IQ Vaporizer - Kit
DaVinci IQ Vaporizer - Boxed

DaVinci IQ Portable Vaporizer

$229.99
DaVinci Ascent Straight Water Tool Adapter
DaVinci Ascent Straight Water Tool Adapter

DaVinci Ascent Straight Water Tool Adapter

$27.99
DaVinci Vaporizer - Black
DaVinci Vaporizer - Black
DaVinci Vaporizer - Green
DaVinci Portable Vaporizer - Grey
DaVinci Vaporizer - Mouthpiece
Davinci Vaporizer - Charger
DaVinci Vaporizer - Parts
DaVinci Vaporizer - Kit

DaVinci Portable Vaporizer

$129.99

Chamber Material

Much like choosing between glass, wood or silicone, vapes have their own materials--especially the inner chamber that holds your herb. We recommend looking for pure ceramic, titanium or quartz glass. As much as you can, try to avoid vapes that contain plastic or glues, as they can release unsafe materials when heated that can be dangerous for your body. Generally, if a manufacturer doesn't identify the ingredients in their vapes, it likely is a cheaper vape made with plastics, so steer clear of those.

Heating Method

Vape pen

Here's where dry herb vapes get high tech and delicious: the main difference between a pipe and vape is that a pipe works via combustion: it burns the flower at a temperature between 700-1000 degrees Fahrenheit, creating smoke for you to inhale. A vape, however, works by heating the herb just enough to release vapor from the flower without burning it--this happens between 200-400 degrees Fahrenheit. That's why there's no smoke produced by vapes--but there sure are some sick clouds.

Within vapes, there's two primary methods of heating: conduction and convection. Think back to science class for a minute! Conduction heating relies on heating the chamber itself to warm up the herb, and convection heating warms the air around the herb. While that might not matter to you now, it will when you're sitting down enjoying your vape. While conduction heating is more common and cheaper to manufacture, there's a chance it can burn or overheat your herb slightly, resulting in less than optimum flavor. With convection heating, which you can find in the G Pen Elite from Grenco Science, there's no chance of herb burn. Flavor disaster averted!

G Pen Elite Vaporizer
G Pen Elite Vaporizer
G Pen Elite Vaporizer - Display
G Pen Elite Vaporizer - MouthPiece
G Pen Elite Vaporizer - Kit

Grenco Science G Pen Elite Portable Vaporizer

$119.99
G Pen Elite Vaporizer - Phil Frost x Burton Edition - Front
G Pen Elite Vaporizer - Phil Frost x Burton Edition - Front
G Pen Elite Vaporizer - Phil Frost x Burton Edition - Dock
G Pen Elite Vaporizer - Phil Frost x Burton Edition - Side
G Pen Elite Vaporizer - Phil Frost x Burton Edition - Side2
G Pen Elite Vaporizer - Phil Frost x Burton Edition - Case Standing
G Pen Elite Vaporizer - Phil Frost x Burton Edition - Case Side
G Pen Elite Vaporizer - Phil Frost x Burton Edition - Case & all pieces
G Pen Elite Vaporizer - Phil Frost x Burton Edition - Case Open
G Pen Elite Vaporizer - Phil Frost x Burton Edition - Grinder Card

Grenco G Pen Elite Phil Frost x Burton Edition Vape Pen

$169.99
Grenco Science G Pen Elite Mouthpiece Screen
Grenco Science G Pen Elite Mouthpiece Screen

Grenco Science G Pen Elite Mouthpiece Screen

$14.99

Size & Portability

Of course, you'll want to look at the size of the vape and consider: is this something you want to keep in your pocket for quick and portable seshes, or do you tend to enjoy a nice vape on the couch after coming home from work? For more portable sessions, consider something sweet and simple like the Tetra dry herb vape from Nucleus. For those who like to stay at home with their herb, desktop vapes are a fantastic option: there's nothing better than the classic Volcano digital desktop vape from Storz & Bickel to enjoy your flowers at home.

Fun Features

Can you connect your spoon pipe to your smartphone via Bluetooth? We didn't think so. There's a handful of dry herb vapes that have their very own app through which you can control temperature, lock the vape for security, and track battery and session length. You can even play games with the PAX 3 in case your smoking buddies have left you. For the techies out there, these apps can be a lot of fun, and they're a great way to always check that your vape is turned off and know how much battery you have left.

Aside from whether or not there's an app with your dry herb vape, make sure to check out how long the batteries last and how long it takes to charge. We love the Firefly 2 vape because it goes from zero to 100% charged in only 45 minutes using a simple USB charger. Some vapes, like the PAX 3, also come with a 10 year warranty, which is a great feature too.

Best Dry Herb Vaporizer Brands

Storz & Bickel

VWhile of course you can enjoy dry herbs any way you like, when it comes to dry herb vapes, you'll want to get a trusted name to ensure your flower is heated to perfection--now is not the time to save on money by buying a cheap vape that could burn your herbs. If quality is what you're after, you can't go wrong with any of the above vapes, or with the one and only Mighty Vape from Storz & Bickel. German construction gives you a delicious vapor that will make you never want to use a pipe again.

Acrylic 2-Piece Grinder-Clear
Acrylic 2-Piece Grinder-Clear
Acrylic 2-Piece Grinder-Green
Acrylic 2-Piece Grinder-Purple
Acrylic 2-Piece Grinder-Red
Acrylic 2-Piece Grinder-Yellow

Acrylic 2-Piece Grinder

$4.99
Acrylic 4-Piece Grinder-Clear
Acrylic 4-Piece Grinder-Clear
Acrylic 4-Piece Grinder-Green
Acrylic 4-Piece Grinder-Pink
Acrylic 4-Piece Grinder-Purple
Acrylic 4-Piece Grinder-Red
Acrylic 4-Piece Grinder-Yellow

Acrylic 4-Piece Grinder

$4.99
Cali Crusher Homegrown 2-Piece-Aquamarine
Cali Crusher Homegrown 2-Piece-Aquamarine
Cali Crusher Homegrown 2-Piece-Black
Cali Crusher Homegrown 2-Piece-Blue
Cali Crusher Homegrown 2-Piece-Green
Cali Crusher Homegrown 2-Piece-Grey
Cali Crusher Homegrown 2-Piece-Pink
Cali Crusher Homegrown 2-Piece-Brown
Cali Crusher Homegrown 2-Piece-Gold
Cali Crusher Homegrown 2-Piece-Purple
Cali Crusher Homegrown 2-Piece-Red

Cali Crusher Homegrown 2-Piece

$49.99
Cloudious9 Hydrology9 Vaporizer - Standing
Cloudious9 Hydrology9 Vaporizer - Standing
Cloudious9 Hydrology9 Vaporizer - Kit
Cloudious9 Hydrology9 Vaporizer - Pieces
Cloudious9 Hydrology9 Vaporizer - Bottom Pieces
Cloudious9 Hydrology9 Vaporizer - Table

Cloudious9 Hydrology9 Portable Vaporizer

$199.00
7th Floor Super Surfer Vaporizer
7th Floor Super Surfer Vaporizer
7th Floor Super Surfer Vaporizer - Side
7th Floor Super Surfer Vaporizer - Profile
7th Floor Super Surfer Vaporizer - Case
7th Floor Super Surfer Vaporizer - Kit

7th Floor Super Surfer Desktop Vaporizer

$499.99
Arizer Extreme Q Vaporizer - standing with remote
Arizer Extreme Q Vaporizer - standing with remote
Arizer Extreme Q Vaporizer - Kit
Arizer Extreme Q Vaporizer - Top View
Arizer Extreme Q Vaporizer - Perspective with hand
Arizer Extreme Q Vaporizer - Digital Screen
Arizer Extreme Q Vaporizer - Remote

Arizer Extreme Q Desktop Vaporizer

$159.99
Firefly 2 Plus-Jet Black
Firefly 2 Plus-Jet Black
Firefly 2 Plus-Jet Black
Firefly 2 Plus-Jet Black
Firefly 2 Plus-Jet Black
Firefly 2 Plus-Gold
Firefly 2 Plus-Black
Firefly 2 Plus-Blue
Firefly 2 Plus-Oak
Firefly 2 Plus-Zebra Wood

Firefly 2 Plus

$239.99
PAX 3 Vaporizer - Black
PAX 3 Vaporizer - Black
PAX 3 Vaporizer - Silver
PAX 3 Vaporizer - Teal
PAX 3 Vaporizer - Rose Gold
PAX 3 Vaporizer - Colors
PAX 3 Vaporizer - Teal Complete Kit
PAX 3 Vaporizer - Rose Gold Basic Kit
PAX 3 Vaporizer - Black Complete Kit
PAX 3 Vaporizer - Silver Complete Kit

PAX 3 Vaporizer

$209.99
Storz & Bickel Crafty Vaporizer
Storz & Bickel Crafty Vaporizer
Storz & Bickel Crafty Vaporizer - Parts
Storz & Bickel Crafty Vaporizer - Topview
Storz & Bickel Crafty Vaporizer - Phone
Storz & Bickel Crafty Vaporizer - Kit

Storz & Bickel Crafty Portable Vaporizer

$274.99
Storz & Bickel - Volcano Dosing Capsule Set (40 Pieces)
Storz & Bickel - Volcano Dosing Capsule Set (40 Pieces)
Dosing Capsules - Set of 40 - Mighty&Crafty

Storz & Bickel - Volcano Dosing Capsule Set (40 Pieces)

$29.99
Magazine with 8 Dosing Capsules - Mighty/Crafty
Magazine with 8 Dosing Capsules - Mighty/Crafty

Storz & Bickel Magazine w/8 Dosing Capsules For Liquids

$19.99
storz and bickell mighty vaporizer - standing angle
storz and bickell mighty vaporizer - standing angle
storz and bickell mighty vaporizer - standing front
storz and bickell mighty vaporizer - top view
storz and bickell mighty vaporizer - digital display close-up
storz and bickell mighty vaporizer - top open view
storz and bickell mighty vaporizer - top open
storz and bickell mighty vaporizer - pieces separated
storz and bickell mighty vaporizer - held in hand for perspective

Storz & Bickel Mighty Portable Vaporizer

$349.99
G Pen Elite Vaporizer
G Pen Elite Vaporizer
G Pen Elite Vaporizer - Display
G Pen Elite Vaporizer - MouthPiece
G Pen Elite Vaporizer - Kit

Grenco Science G Pen Elite Portable Vaporizer

$119.99
G Pen Elite Vaporizer - Phil Frost x Burton Edition - Front
G Pen Elite Vaporizer - Phil Frost x Burton Edition - Front
G Pen Elite Vaporizer - Phil Frost x Burton Edition - Dock
G Pen Elite Vaporizer - Phil Frost x Burton Edition - Side
G Pen Elite Vaporizer - Phil Frost x Burton Edition - Side2
G Pen Elite Vaporizer - Phil Frost x Burton Edition - Case Standing
G Pen Elite Vaporizer - Phil Frost x Burton Edition - Case Side
G Pen Elite Vaporizer - Phil Frost x Burton Edition - Case & all pieces
G Pen Elite Vaporizer - Phil Frost x Burton Edition - Case Open
G Pen Elite Vaporizer - Phil Frost x Burton Edition - Grinder Card

Grenco G Pen Elite Phil Frost x Burton Edition Vape Pen

$169.99
Grenco Science G Pen Elite Mouthpiece Screen
Grenco Science G Pen Elite Mouthpiece Screen

Grenco Science G Pen Elite Mouthpiece Screen

$14.99

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