A new year has come and gone, and all kinds of dry herb vaporizers continue to emerge in the cannabis industry. There are devices aiming to be the best vaporizer for travel, flavor, and even vapor quantity. With such a crowded market, it can be hard to determine what the best dry herb vaporizer is, in this article we’ll look to evaluate a variety of options and what the best dry herb vaporizer of 2022 is.
We've researched our favorite devices that we think will make a big splash in 2022. Whether you're looking for a great portable device, vapes with amazing battery life, or even cool options that deserve your attention, you'll find the best of the best here.
Choosing the Best Vape: Know Your Needs First!
Even though we love the devices that are ranked in this article, that doesn't necessarily mean that you will love them. Choosing the best vape actually means choosing the best vape for you. To make the best choice, you'll want to know how to vape with devices that offer varying features. Consider some of the points below to jumpstart your brainstorming.
Portable and Travel-Friendly
Do you want a petite vape with battery life that can last through the day, or are you planning on vaping at home with a more power-hungry device? This is important to consider, and dry herb vapes will rarely offer both.
Not all vapes offer degree-by-degree heating. You’ll need to consider what kind of heating you want your device to have.
Are you dedicated to dry herb vaping, or do you think you might want to branch into concentrates? Many dry herb vapes are designed to handle more than just bud, so you may want to brush up on how to use a vape pen before you start seriously shopping.
Best Dry Herb Vaporizer: Portable & Desktop Dry Herbs Vaporizers (2022 Picks)
Without further ado, let's take a look at our picks for the best dry herb vaporizer. Let's look at the different types of vapes that made our list.
Best Overall Vape: Firefly 2+
You can call us biased, but we genuinely believe that we offer the best overall vape on the market. The Firefly 2+ uses dynamic convection heating to provide delicious vapor, it sports a modern, aluminum design that travels well and is easy to hold, and it offers precision heating with a range of 200 - 500F (93 - 260C).
Figure 1 Black Firefly 2+ Vape.
The Firefly 2+ heats to your set temperature in as few as three seconds, which is easily the fastest of the devices on this list. The on-demand vaping makes it easy to take a small puff and quickly put the device away, which is a great feature if you are trying to stealth vape.
The battery life is good for around four to five vaping sessions (depending on how hot you vape), but the Firefly 2+ uses removable batteries to easily double vaping sessions without needing to charge. It comes standard with a rechargeable battery, which is great news for vapers looking to vape while they're away from an outlet.
Cleanup with the Firefly 2+ is as simple as popping off the aluminum facing and wiping down the interior heating chamber. The all-glass vapor path is also easy to clear and clean, all you need is a few strong puffs to clear out any clogs that may have snuck in (which are rare).
The cleaning process for convection vapes is different from making sure you have clean coils like on a box mod or conduction vape. The Firefly 2+ excels in easy cleaning, while other models are more difficult and labor-intensive.
Overall, between the quality of the vapor taste, the speed of vapor production, and the sleek look and feel of the device, the Firefly 2+ is our pick for the best dry herb vaporizer in 2022.
DaVinci IQ2 - Best Vapor Quality
The Firefly 2+ isn't the only device on the market that can make vapor with amazing flavor. It uses conduction heating to make vapor, which means your dry herb will need to make contact with a hot plate as opposed to being heated only by air. While other conduction vapes are notorious for poor-tasting vapor, the DaVinci IQ2 is a notable exception.
Figure 2 Davinci IQ 2
When the dry herb is brought to your desired temperature, the vapor will travel along an all-zirconia ceramic vapor path (including the mouthpiece), which helps to keep the flavor crisp and authentic to your dry herb. Temperature can be controlled with a companion smartphone app, but different Smart Paths can be changed on the device to target different temperature ranges.
Heat up time on the DaVinci IQ2 is around 30 seconds, and the 18650 batteries will last around six to eight sessions, depending on how hot you vape your dry herbs. The battery is removable, and since it uses a common vape battery, it's easy to make sure you have uninterrupted vaping time.
The DaVinci IQ2 is a solid device, especially for vapers who like a discrete design and function that focuses on overall vapor quality.
Arizer Solo 2 - Best Battery Life
One of the worst pain points of any dry herb vape is how fast they use up a battery. Whether a device uses a convection heating chamber or a conduction heating plate, it takes a lot of power to get these components to temperature and to stay heated. If you're number one concern in a dry herb vape is how long it can last on a single charge, then take a look at the Arizer Solo 2.
It has an absolutely monstrous vape time. You can vape dry herbs for up to three hours on a single charge, which is double to triple what many other dry herbs vapes offer. The Arizer Solo 2 also uses pass-through charging, so you can continue vaping while the device is plugged into a wall outlet.
Figure 3 Arizer Solo 2
The Arizer Solo 2 is more than just long battery life, too. It has a glass vapor path, a long glass stem to help vapor cool down before you inhale it, and a stainless-steel body that feels great in your hand. Temperature settings can be set degree by degree at a range between 122 - 428F (50 - 220C), helping the device to create a solid vaping experience.
This device is perfect for a vaper who wants a long, reliable vaping time without needing to exchange batteries.
Hydrology 9 Vaporizer - Best Pocket Vape
The Hydrology 9 is less a pocket vape and more a pocket electric bong, which is why we love it so much. It's the only vape on this list that has built-in water filtration to help smooth out hot hits of vapor into cool, delicious puffs. Unlike an actual bong, which makes smoke, the Hydrology 9 uses conduction heating to create authentic vapor.
Figure 4 Hydrology 9 Vape
The draw of the Hydrology 9 is its water filtration and unique design. However, it is a bit lacking in some other features. The battery life is 90 minutes, and with a three-hour charge time, that can make it easy to unexpectedly run out of juice. The heating range is more limited, too, offering heating options between 392 - 464F (200 - 220C).
For vapers looking for a vape that includes the smooth hits that water filtration provides and an eye-catch, stylish design, then the Hydrology 9 might be a great pocket vape fit for you!
Dr. Dabber Switch Vaporizer - Best Powerful Vape
Our least favorite dry herb vapes were ones that seemed to struggle to create vapor at any temperature setting. The Dr. Dabber Switch is anything but a weak vape, and it is our favorite powerful vape. It has a fantastic stand-alone body, a modern, appealing design, and plenty of heating options and features.
Figure 5 Dr. Dabber Switch
The Dr. Dabber Switch will heat up in around 30 seconds within a range between 300 - 800F (149 - 427C). You'll have to be careful not to burn your dry herbs, but the enormous temperature range makes the Dr. Dabber Switch true to its name. It handles not only dry herbs, but a wide variety of concentrates, and you just have to flick a switch to change between modes.
You’ll need to be careful not to burn your dry herbs with the conduction heating, but the Dr. Dabber offers an enticing and powerful option for at-home vaping.
Plenty Vaporizer - Best Home Vape
Not everyone needs a travel-friendly vape. Devices designed for at-home use have their own unique perks, and the Plenty Vaporizer is one of our favorites. It uses a mix of conduction and convection heating to create vapor that tastes absolutely amazing. If you're a patient vaper and want a dedicated device for your home, then the Plenty has a lot to offer.
Figure 6 Plenty Vaporizer
While the Plenty offers a unique, comfortable design that's perfect for leisurely vaping, there are some other features that were a bit lacking. It takes around three minutes to reach temperature, which is a bit long, and it only has a temperature range of 266 to 395F (130-202C).
As long as you're not looking for a lot of extra features and can wait for the device to reach your temperature setting, you'll have an incredibly flavor-filled experience using the Plenty.
Boundless Tera - Impressive Vape
The Boundless Tera didn't get a spot in any of our best of categories, but we still felt it deserved an honorable mention. It has a comfortable price range, a solid 30 second heat-up time, and features all-manual controls. Our favorite feature was the temperature range, which starts as low as 140F and as high as 500F (60 - 260C).
Figure 7 Boundless Tera
That range is perfect if you are trying to target specific cannabinoids since different cannabinoids have different boiling points where they'll turn to vapor. However, with a stainless-steel vapor path, we weren't sold on the overall vapor flavor, and the 45-minute vape time with the two-hour charge time can make vape sessions short and irritating.
However, for what it is, the Boundless Tera is a solid dry herb vape, especially for vapers who may want a budget device or a device with a broad heating range.
G Pen Roam - Best Portable Vape
Vaping concentrates on the go can be challenging, but we found that the G Pen Roam made is as easy as it was fun! It uses an all-glass vapor path and a built-in water filtration system to make smooth, cool-tasting vapor. The G Pen Roam has a spill-proof design to prevent messes, a fast heat-up time, and a design that comes apart easily for convenient cleaning.
Figure 8 G Pen Roam
If you're looking for a dedicated device for concentrates, the G Pen Roam is our favorite option. You won't be able to enjoy dry herbs in this device, but you'll have a world-class experience with your favorite waxes.
Pax 3 - Best For Micro-Dosing
Pax is a brand that produces solid dry herb vapes, but the Pax 3 gets a special shout-out for vapers wanting to micro-dose. For the uninitiated, micro-dosing involves vaping a tiny amount of bud in order to get some of the potential health benefits of the cannabinoids and terpenes while avoiding the intoxicating effects of THC.
Figure 9 Pax 3 in-hand while being reloaded.
Dry herb vapes can make it difficult to micro-dose since most models are designed to have the heating chamber nice and packed. The Pax 3 has a unique "half-pack lid" feature, which allows vapers to make a tightly packed bowl with as little as .18 grams of dry herbs. That's about as micro as you can get with a dry herb vape!
Airvape X Vaporizer - A Cool Vape
Finally, we have another honorable mention to end our list of the best dry herb vaporizer. The Airvape X didn't quite make it into a "best" category, but it's cool enough that we felt it deserved a mention! It has a stainless-steel body that feels great in your hand, easy-to-use manual heating controls, and a large LED screen to show all of your heating settings.
Figure 10 Airvape X Vaporizer
The heating chamber is ceramic, and the vapor path is completely separate from the stainless-steel body, allowing the Airvape X to create solid tasting vapor. Offering all of this at a budget-friendly price makes it a worthwhile grab for beginners or casual vapers.
The limited battery life, bulky design, and long charge time might be a deal-breaker for some. However, for casual vapers looking for a less expensive device that still creates great-tasting vapor, the Airvape X may end up being a compelling option.
How to Choose the Best Dry Herb Vaporizer For 2022?
Even if you only look at the "best of" list, you still have quite a few options for a dry herb vape. We mentioned this earlier, but it's worth repeating: to choose the best dry herb vape for 2022, you need to make sure that you have a solid grasp of what you want and don't want out of a device.
You should ask yourself questions like:
- What's my budget?
- Do I want a travel-friendly device or an at-home device?
- Do I want to only vape dry herbs, or do I want to dabble with dabs, too?
Making sure you know what you want before you buy will help you make the best choice for you!
Save Money By Vaping
Vaping dry herbs are more cost-effective than smoking (which is why many switch to dry herb vapes, to begin with). However, there are a few more tips you can follow to help you get the best price on devices.
Sign-Up for Email Deals
Many vape brands offer new customers a discount on devices when they sign up for e-mail marketing or when they make their first purchase. Make sure you look to see if these kinds of discounts are offered before you buy!
Buy During the Holidays
It's common for vape brands to offer discounts on their premium devices around the holidays. This is especially true closer to Black Friday and through December, though certain brands may offer discounts for specific holidays throughout the year.
Should You Buy a Dry Herb Vaporizer?
Dry herb vaping offers a cost-effective way to enjoy your favorite dry herbs without the extra irritation that smoking can provide. Even though the research is still out about potential harms of vaping, early findings suggest that “vaporization is an improvement over smoking.”
We definitely believe you should buy a dry herb vape, but only you can decide if dry herb vaping fits your lifestyle. We think that, once you try it, you'll never go back.