Vaporizing is by far the healthiest way to enjoy your favourite herbs, both for you and those around you. They’re also more efficient and can often be finely-controlled to avoid burning, whilst still heating your herbs to the optimum temperature. However, until recently most of the best vaporizers needed mains power. We’ve been on the hunt to find the best festival-friendly, flame, battery and gas-powered portable vaporizers.
The highly-portable Vapbong is contained in a protective case about the shape and size of a marker pen. The vaporizer itself is only the size of a small cigar, making for a very discreet experience. It’s a relatively simple and effective design, with an inner and outer glass tube that means your herbs are cooled to a safe temperature by the time you inhale them. With a windproof lighter it’s easy and fast to use and doesn’t take long to get the hang of, though you won’t get the control of more complicated and expensive devices so it is possible to burn your herbs. The Vapbong is certainly a good first buy for anyone looking to graduate to vaporizers.
The Solo is a portable but highly advanced little vaporizer that uses a long-lasting lithium-ion battery to provide the heat via a ceramic element, rather than a gas source. It’s pocket-sized, but a little larger than some of the alternatives, weighing in a little under two pounds. The real attraction is the level of control and simplicity of use the Solo offers. Thanks to an LED readout you can set the thermostat to the perfect level and the device will heat your herbs to the required temperature in less than two minutes – meaning accidental burning should never be a problem again. Not only that but it comes with a two-year warranty, a charger and a bunch of spare parts.
EAGLE BILL – SHAKE & VAPE PIPE
Another simple glass design, the Shake & Vape looks a lot like a normal pipe but vaporizes rather than burns the herbs. Having said that, it requires a lighter to heat them, and there’s relatively little control so burning is possible. It’s about as simple a design as it’s possible to make, which brings benefits and disadvantages. It’s called Shake & Vape because you need to shake the pipe a little to release the vapour. It’s cheap and efficient, but you have to keep your wits about you (maybe easier said than done) and remove the heat when the contents start steaming. The glass can also get a little hot after prolonged use.
The i-Dragon is a relative newcomer to the vaporizer market, and another battery-powered design. It takes rechargeable batteries (charged by an adapter that has a US plug, so you’ll need a separate adapter) and is completely portable. As with other electric models, you can expect to pay more, but that’s balanced by ease of use. Not only that, but the i-Dragon has a neat extra feature: a super-bright LED attachment that you can switch with the herb chamber, turning it into a useful (and totally benign-looking) torch.
The idea is that this design can double as a vaporizer or regular pipe, allowing you to smoke or vaporize according to taste. It uses a butane reservoir and you control the intensity of the flame by means of a switch on the bottom. (This is designed to be turned by a screwdriver, though you can sometimes get away with a thumbnail.) The flame means that it produces vapour almost instantly. It’s a clever concept, and the design is clean, robust and highly portable – it was originally intended for the snowboarding market. However, in practice it’s better for oils, can be hard to get the hang of and some people have complained about the plastic taste it can lend to your herbs.
Once featured in Rolling Stone magazine, this is one of the most popular vaporizers on the market. It’s very light and portable, battery powered and rechargeable, and uses a digital temperature controller so there’s no room for inaccuracy. The Vapir mini takes about three minutes to get up to the temperature set by pressing two buttons on top; when it does so, you press another button and it starts working on your herbs. The battery gives an hour of continuous use, and additional battery packs are available if that’s not enough. 90-day warranty comes as standard.
Another simple and cheap design, the Vapolution Pocket Vaporizer is made entirely from tough glass and is used with a windproof lighter. Unlike some other designs you do not end up inhaling any butane fumes. You’ll need to heat it for a few seconds before you inhale, and periodically again once you’ve got it going. As with others like it, it can take a while to get used to and to make sure you’re getting the chamber hot enough without burning your herbs. The Vapolution Pocket Vaporizer has a couple of nice design features, such as a collar that stops the heated bowl from coming into contact with the table if you put it down, and the heat shouldn’t conduct down to the mouthpiece. Another good entry-level choice.
Those are our recommendations. For prices and further info, visit everyonedoesit.com
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