5 Best Dry Herb Vaporizer Reviews
If you love to vaporize dry herb material, then you’ll want the very best dry herb vaporizer. It can be hard to know where to begin looking, though, with the myriad options available on the market. To help you narrow down the field when making your purchasing decision, this article outlines the features of five popular dry herb vaporizers. This guide includes the main features of each vape, as well as information about their design, battery life, and pricing.
What’s a dry herb vaporizer?
Dry herb vaporizers are electronic devices that heat dry herb material, such as cannabis flower, to its boiling point. Most dry herb vaporizers employ conduction heating, a method of vaporizing material by direct content between the herbs and the heating element, or convection heating, an indirect method that uses the flow of hot air for vaporization. Either way, a dry herb vaporizer makes your sessions easy: after grinding your cannabis material, simply load it into your vaporizer’s chamber or oven, select your temperature setting, wait for it to heat, and you’re ready to begin vaping.
Each of the dry herb vaporizers in this review are compact and portable, though some are more discreet than others. Some of these vaporizers also accept concentrates, like waxes and oils, in addition to dry herb material. Others only work with dry herbs, so it’s important to decide whether you’ll use a vape exclusively for dry herb or if you’ll want the ability to vape concentrates.
1. PAX 2
The PAX 2 is a dry herb-only portable vaporizer that stands 4″ tall and 1.25″ wide. Made from anodized aluminum, the device becomes pleasantly warm to the touch, never overheating while in use. Its vapor path is made of surgical-grade stainless steel. The PAX 2’s oven can hold up to 0.35 grams of dry herb. A half-pack oven lid, which reduces the size of the oven by 50%, is available for purchase online. This lid makes the PAX 2 ideal for shorter sessions and solo usage.
The portable vaporizer features a temperature range of 360°F – 420°F, broken up into four temperature settings separated by 20°F increments. The device employs conduction heating to vaporize dry herb material. The oven surfaces heat throughout the entire session, consistently vaporizing the material and making for dense vapor production.
The PAX 2 uses an internal 3000mAh lithium ion battery to power the unit. The battery lasts for a considerable amount of time, supporting about 90 minutes of active vaping on a single charge. It takes approximately 2 hours to charge the battery once it’s depleted.
The device comes with a 2-year limited warranty. It is available in black, silver, red, or teal. Currently, the PAX 2 is priced at $149.99, making it the most affordable dry herb vaporizer in our review.
2. PAX 3
The PAX 3 significantly expands on the functionality of the PAX 2 without greatly increasing the price. It is the same size as the PAX 2 at 4″ tall and 1.25″ wide, with the same anodized aluminum body and surgical-grade stainless steel vapor path. Like the PAX 2, the PAX 3’s oven can contain up to 0.35 grams of material.
The first major change the PAX 3 offers is the ability to vaporize both dry herb and concentrates. The PAX 3, like PAX 2, employs conduction heating. Concentrates can be used with the device by way of a special insert placed in the oven.
While it has the same temperature range as its predecessor, the temperature can be fine-tuned in one-degree increments through the PAX companion mobile app. PAX 3 also supports five predetermined modes to help fine-tune your session for efficiency, discretion, maximum flavor, and more. These settings can be accessed on the device or through the app.
PAX 3 comes with two purchasing options: the device-only kit and the complete kit. The device-only kit comes with maintenance materials and two mouthpieces. The complete kit comes with all the materials in the device-only kit, plus a half-pack oven lid for shorter sessions or solo usage, a multi-tool to help load and empty the oven, an insert for concentrates, and three oven screens.
The PAX 3 uses an internal 3500mAh lithium ion battery, which lasts for approximately 90 minutes of active vaping. The battery fully recharges in approximately 90 minutes. The device comes in black, rose gold, teal, or silver. It also comes with a 10-year limited warranty, among the longest in our review. The PAX 3 is priced at $199.99 for the device only, or $249.99 for the complete kit.
3. Firefly 2
The Firefly 2 is a slightly larger portable vaporizer standing at 5.1″ in height, with a 1.4″ width. It is made of a magnesium alloy exterior, with a borosilicate glass vapor path construction. It offers an oven capacity of 0.2 grams which can support both dry herb and concentrates.
The device has a wide temperature range of 200°F – 500°F, which can be controlled in 10°F increments through its companion mobile app. Without the mobile application, consumers can navigate through seven preset temperatures via the button on the device, which employs convection heating.
The Firefly 2 uses an internal lithium ion battery, which recharges fully in an hour and a half. Is also includes a Quickcharge adapter which halves charge time, to about 45 minutes. On each charge, the Firefly 2’s battery survives for approximately 90 minutes. The device comes in black with a 2-year limited warranty. It is currently priced at $329.95.
The Mighty by Storz and Bickel is by far the largest portable vaporizer in our review. Standing at 5.5″ tall and 3.25″ in width, it is somewhat hefty and a bit less discreet than its counterparts. However, it uses plastics in the body material and vapor path construction to keep its weight down. The body is made of high-grade plastic and the vapor path construction is composed of heat-resistant plastic. The Mighty can vaporize both dry herb and concentrate materials.
The Mighty offers a wide temperature range that starts rather low at 104°F. The temperature tops out at 410°F and can be controlled to the precise degree with the controls on the side of the device. This dry herb vaporizer is unique in our review in that it can employ both conduction and convection heating methods, depending on your preference. Its oven can hold up to 0.2 grams of material at a time.
The Mighty uses two internal lithium ion batteries and can also operate while connected to the charging cable. The batteries take about two hours to fully charge and the vaporizer can be used for about 90 minutes on each charge. The device comes in dark gray and includes a 2-year limited warranty. The Mighty is currently priced at $349.99, making it the most expensive vaporizer in our review.
Here are the main differences between Pax 3 vs Mighty.
5. DaVinci IQ
The DaVinci IQ is a thick, compact dry herb vaporizer standing at just 3.5″ tall and 1.65″ in width. It is a discrete device that can easily fit into a pocket or bag. The device is made from brushed aluminum and its vapor path construction is composed of ceramic zirconia. The DaVinci IQ only supports the use of dry herb material.
The DaVinci IQ’s temperature ranges from 250°F to a maximum of 430°F. Temperature can be adjusted in one-degree increments using the device’s companion mobile application. The portable vaporizer uses a conduction heating method to directly heat the material loaded into its chamber, which can hold up to 0.3 grams. The DaVinci IQ also includes an oven lid that reduces the size of the chamber by half.
The device includes an internal 3500mAh lithium ion battery, which is charged by way of a micro USB charging cable. The battery takes about 3 hours to fully charge and lasts for approximately 60 minutes of usage time, making it the slowest to charge and quickest to deplete out of the dry herb vaporizers in our review.
The DaVinci IQ comes in three colors: stealth, gunmetal, and dark blue. It also includes a 10-year warranty. Currently, the DaVinci IQ is priced at $274.99. Read more about the differences between a Pax 3 and DaVinci IQ.
Choosing the best dry herb vaporizer for you
If you’re in the market for a dry herb vaporizer, consider your personal needs and preferences when choosing which vape is right for you. To help simplify the decision-making process, we’ve included this handy comparison table of each device reviewed above for quick reference. No matter which vaporizer you choose, you’re in for a high-quality session.