Vaporizers & Vaping

Vape Devices 2019: Best Products Review

Gabi Antunes

Aug 8, 2019

A lot of research and review-reading goes into your portable vape purchasing decision. You’re sure to look for a long-lasting battery, portability, vapor production and quality, ease of use, and a suite of advanced features that can support the exact vaping experience you want to create.

If you’re in the market for a new vaporizer, you’ll want to choose from the best of the best. These devices offer some of the most sought-after features and optimal performance of any vape on the market today. In this review, we’ll cover some of the best portable vaporizers, vape pens, and desktop vaporizers available to you.

What’s new in vape technology in 2019?

Vaporizers have seen many exciting developments throughout the past two decades, and luckily these developments show no signs of slowing down. In 2019, we’ve seen the emergence of several highly-promising innovations in the vaping.

Every device is “smart” these days, or so it seems, so why should your vape be any different? Vaporizers that can connect to your mobile device to unlock added functionality – such as more control over temperature setting – are on the cutting edge. Using Bluetooth® connectivity, many vaporizers are making the jump into the digital space, including the PAX 3, Firefly 2 Plus, and DaVinci IQ. The tendency to leverage tech to improve device features is a natural progression that allows vapers to personalize their devices, control temperature, set custom modes, and monitor their session length and material consumption. As the trend toward mobile-compatible vaping continues, look for more devices to make use of connectivity for data-driven insights and enhanced consumer control.

Another major development underway is the release of induction heating, available now on the Dr. Dabber SWITCH. The portable vaporizer is compatible with dry herb material and concentrates like many other vaporizers currently on the market. There’s just one big difference: it uses an electric current to rapidly heat your chosen cannabis material. Not only is induction heating lightning fast (no pun intended), it can be used to clean your vaporizer with a high energy heat cycle that removes any residue that remains inside the device after use.

These developments continue to push the vaping industry forward even as it has already made some impressive strides.

Portable vaporizers

Portable vaporizers are compact devices ideal for mobility that don’t skimp on functionality. Many of these devices offer the full vaping experience, including vast temperature control, compatibility with multiple material types, mobile application connectivity, and more.

1. PAX 3

The PAX 3 is possibly the best portable vaporizer on the market in 2019. Whether you want to vaporize dry herb material or concentrates such as wax, the PAX 3 is still a classic go-to for cannabis consumption. It is extremely compact at just 4″ tall and 1″ wide, making it a great mobile companion that can easily fit in a pocket, bag, or in the palm of your hand. The device’s surgical-grade stainless steel vapor path is housed in a highly durable anodized aluminum housing, making it tough as nails. It also disperses heat from the heating element, preventing the device from ever becoming too hot to the touch.

The PAX 3’s stainless-steel oven is strategically located on the bottom of the device, well away from the mouthpiece. This conduction vaporizer evenly heats the material in the chamber, which boasts a capacity of 0.35 grams. The device boasts 60 temperature settings across a range of 360°F to 420°F, which can be further augmented with the use of five Dynamic Modes, ideal for boosting vapor production, enhancing flavor, or maintaining a low profile. It heats to your selected temperature in a rapid average of 22 seconds. The device also includes a state-of-the-art lip sensing technology, which causes the chamber to automatically cool when not in use and then rapidly heat back up when you raise the mouthpiece to your lips for another puff. For use with dry herb material, simply pack your ground herbs into the chamber and replace the oven lid. To use concentrates with the PAX 3, use the concentrate inserts included with the complete kit.

The PAX 3 comes in four colors: black, rose gold, teal, and silver. The device comes with a 10-year limited warranty and currently retails at $199.99 for the device alone, or $249.99 for the complete kit, which includes cleaning and maintenance tools, concentrate inserts, charging cable, the standard and half-pack oven lids, and both the flat and raised mouthpieces.

2. Grasshopper

The Grasshopper is a discreet dry herb vaporizer that looks like a common pen, plunger and all. It is slightly larger than the writing tool, however, standing at 5.5″ tall with a diameter of 0.55″. At that size, the Grasshopper is easily portable and can be put in a pocket with no trouble. The device employs convection heating to pull hot air over the dry herb material packed in its chamber, vaporizing it on the way through the mouthpiece. It features a lightning fast heat-up time of jus 5 seconds, making it perfect for quick sips.

The Grasshopper has a wide temperature range of 266°F to 410°F, which is accessible across four predetermined settings. Its oven can hold up to ¼ teaspoon of ground dry herb material at any given time. The device comes in four different models for vapers of different preferences, ranging in price from $225 to $350. Each device comes in five colors: dark grey, bronze, purple, blue, or green. The Grasshopper also comes with a lifetime warranty.

3. PAX Era

The PAX Era is a unique portable vaporizer in that it employs pods rather than a manually packed chamber or oven. The SimpleClick™pods can be swapped in and out, allowing you to quickly and cleanly vaporize your chosen cannabis oil with ease. The dual-wick pods are designed to capture every last drop of your material so that none is wasted. Pods are available from more than 50 extract partners. Currently, there are more than 250 different strains of cannabis oil available for use with the PAX Era.

Designed with simplicity in mind, the Era is a buttonless vaporizer that responds to a series of shakes and taps to change temperature settings and check battery life. Like the other PAX products, it is designed for discretion and portability, standing at just 3.3″ tall and 0.72″ wide. It is also durable like its siblings, made of a slate-colored, bead-blasted anodized aluminum. The PAX Era offers a significant temperature range of 520°F to 790°F across four preset temperatures. It can also connect via Bluetooth® to the PAX Mobile smartphone application, which allows you to see additional information about your session in real-time, tailor temperature down to the precise degree, and access the five Dynamic Modes. It also includes a Session Control function and usage monitoring, which helps you keep tabs on your sessions and conserve material accordingly.

Currently, the PAX Era retails for $29.99. Pods are sold separately and the device comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

4. Mig Vapor WASP Wax Air

The Mig Vapor WASP Wax Air is a vape pen designed for use with wax concentrate material. Despite its simplistic and compact design, the Mig Vapor WASP Wax Air includes a wide range of desirable features, including a rapid charging time of 1 to 2 hours, special control board for temperature settings, and a 400°F to 455°F temperature range. Its rapid 3-second heat-up time is a huge win for any vaper when using the highly mobile device.

The Mig Vapor WASP Wax Air is made of four simple components that screw together seamlessly. It includes Carborundrum coils housed in 316 stainless wire, making it an efficient wax vape that can easily heat your wax materials quickly. The device features a one-button functionality, which can be used to power the device on and off, as well as change temperature settings on the fly.

The Mig Vapor WASP Wax Air is available in black or silver and currently retails at $59.95.