Need a Discreet Vape Break? Check Out The Best Portable Vaporizers

Portable vaporizers may not be as potent as desktop units, but they’ve come a long way in recent years. Thanks to the rapid rise of vaping culture, more manufacturers are releasing top-shelf portable vaporizers that offer fantastic vapor production. If you’re someone who lives an active lifestyle, you will want to invest in one of these portable vaporizers.

Zeus Arc GT Vaporizer

5/5

Storz & Bickel Mighty Vaporizer

4.25/5

Pax 3 Vaporizer

4/5

Firefly 2 Vaporizer

4/5

DaVinci MIQRO Vaporizer

4/5

Ghost Mv1 Vaporizer

4/5

Arizer Solo 2

4/5

Crafty+ Vaporizer

3/5

Air Vape X

3/5

Pax Era Vaporizer

3/5

#1 Zeus Arc GT Vaporizer

Zeus Arc GT Vaporizer

Heat Up Time: 45 seconds
Compatibility: Dry Herb
Heating Style: Conduction
Warranty: 3 years
Temperature Settings: 401-437°F
Battery Type: 3500mAh battery
5/5
Expert Review

Pros & Cons

Pros:
  • Gold-plated airpath helps keep vapor cool
  • Elegant & discreet design
  • 90-minute battery life
  • Intuitive one-button control
  • Magnetic cleaning tool attached to the bottom
Cons:
  • Metal filter in the mouthpiece could get clogged
  • Non-removable battery

The Zeus Arc GT may be a newcomer to the vaping industry, but boy has it made a big first impression. With its elegant design, potent vapor production, and many sick features, it’s no wonder this unit has quickly become one of the hottest selling portable vaporizers.

Perhaps the most distinctive feature of this German-engineered unit is its gold-plated interior. Not only does the gold make the Zeus Arc GT look incredible but it also cools your vapor as it travels through the vape path.

At a weight of four ounces, the Zeus Arc GT is easy to travel with, but that doesn’t mean it’s just for micro-dosing. Indeed, with a bowl capacity of 0.3 grams and a battery life of 90 minutes, this device is great for heavy users.

Add in an intuitive one-button control, haptic feedback, and a magnetic cleaning tool, and you can understand why many vapers consider this unit the new gold standard.

#2 Storz & Bickel Mighty Vaporizer

Storz & Bickel Mighty Vaporizer

Heat Up Time: 1-2 minutes
Compatibility: Dry Herb
Heating Style: Convection & Conduction
Warranty: 2 years
Temperature Settings: 104-410°F
Battery Type: Lithium ion batteries
4.25/5
Expert Review

Pros & Cons

Pros:
  • Powerful vapor production
  • Easy temperature control on LED screen
  • Generous 0.3g bowl capacity
  • 90-minute battery life
Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Bulky design isn’t discreet or easily portable
  • Plastic exterior feels a little cheap

Storz & Bickel is a German vaporizer manufacturer best known for its high-quality designs and superb vapor quality. Of the company’s two portable vaporizers, the Mighty is the clear winner in terms of vapor production. In fact, many vapers claim the Mighty’s vapor quality is on-par with desktop units like the Plenty. Plus, unlike Storz & Bickel’s Crafty+ vaporizer, the Mighty has a clear LED screen so you can easily customize your vaping experience.

The biggest drawback to buying the Mighty is its size. While this vaporizer’s large size means it has a good battery life and high vapor quality, it also means you can’t fit it in your pocket. If you’re most concerned with discretion, this vaporizer isn’t a great choice. However, if you’re a heavy user who wants superior vapor quality, you can’t go wrong with the Mighty.

#3 Pax 3 Vaporizer

Pax 3 Vaporizer

Heat Up Time: ~20 seconds
Compatibility: Dry Herb & Concentrates
Heating Style: Conduction
Warranty: 10 years
Temperature Settings: 360-420°F
Battery Type: 3500mAh lithium-ion battery
4/5
Expert Review

Pros & Cons

Pros:
  • Sleek, discreet & pocket-friendly design
  • Easy to use & charge
  • Lip-sensing technology helps adjust vape heat
  • Generous ten-year warranty
Cons:
  • Polished finish could get scratched easily
  • Vapor quality is not high-end

When it comes to portable vaporizers, Pax is always at the top of the pack. Once a part of JUUL, Pax Labs released some of the world’s most recognizable portable vaporizers, and the Pax 3 is the company’s latest and greatest iteration.

At 3.8” x 1.2” x 0.85”, this sleek device is pocket-friendly and very easy to conceal. Other pros of the Pax 3 include its intuitive design, fast heat-up time, and generous ten-year warranty.

Unfortunately, the Pax 3 doesn’t score high marks in the flavor department. Unlike the Mighty or Firefly 2, you won’t get such smooth or flavorful hits with a Pax 3. While its vapor quality isn’t bad, it isn’t top tier either.

Customers who are willing to sacrifice top-shelf vapor production for a sleek, intuitive, and pocket-friendly design are the best fit for the Pax 3.

#4 Firefly 2 Vaporizer

Firefly 2 Vaporizer

Heat Up Time: Instant
Compatibility: Dry Herb & Concentrates
Heating Style: Convection
Warranty: 2 years
Temperature Settings: 5 settings between 340-420°F for dry herb & 500°F for concentrates
Battery Type: Removable 770mAh battery
4/5
Expert Review

Pros & Cons

Pros:
  • Instant heat-up time
  • Convection heating and glass pathway preserves terpenes
  • Mobile app connectivity
  • Easy cleaning
  • Elegant and portable design
Cons:
  • One of the most expensive portable vaporizers
  • Can’t be used while charging
  • Not ideal for sharing with friends
  • You need to stir your herb

When the first Firefly came out in 2013, it created a lot of buzz in the vaping community. Although everyone raved about its flavor quality, they had a few complaints regarding its portability and ease of use. Thankfully, the company addressed many of these concerns in the elegantly designed Firefly 2.

With a glass vapor path and all convection heating, the Firefly 2 is ideal for cannaseurs who love to experience nuanced terpene profiles. The Firefly 2 is also one of the most advanced vaporizers because it relies on mouthpiece sensors.

Just bear in mind the Firefly 2 is designed for micro-dosing sessions of ~ 0.1 gram of dry herb, and you will have to stir during your session for the best results. For this reason, the Firefly 2 isn’t an excellent option for heavy users or partygoers.

#5 DaVinci MIQRO Vaporizer

DaVinci MIQRO Vaporizer

Heat Up Time: ~1 minute
Compatibility: Dry Herb
Heating Style: Conduction
Warranty: 5 years
Temperature Settings: 300-429°F
Battery Type: 18350 battery
4/5
Expert Review

Pros & Cons

Pros:
  • Perfect for discretion and portability
  • Zirconium airpath provides a smooth vaping experience
  • Can connect to a bubbler
  • ‘Smart Path’ options allow for customizability
  • Beautiful anodized aluminum exterior
Cons:
  • Short battery life
  • Not great for heavy users
  • No app connectivity

With a weight of 3.5 ounces and dimensions of 1.3” x 3.1” x 0.91”, the DaVinci MIQRO lives up to its “micro” name. Even with tiny hands, users won’t have difficulty hiding this ridiculously small unit when out on the town.

But, it’s discretion is not the only factor that sets the DaVinci MIQRO apart. Like its big brother, the IQ, DaVinci’s MIQRO comes with many exclusive features like a zirconium airflow system, anodized aluminum body, and a dazzling LED display. While there’s no app connectivity with the MIQRO, it does offer a few ‘Smart Path’ options that increase your vape temperature during a session.

The biggest downside of the DaVinci MIQRO is its short battery life of only 30 minutes. The herb chamber is also tiny at 0.15 grams. Although the MIQRO’s 18350 battery is removable, this isn’t ideal for heavy users.

Bottom line: if you’re only interested in a premium portable vaporizer for micro-dosing, the MIQRO may be the way to go.

#6 Ghost Mv1 Vaporizer

Ghost Mv1 Vaporizer

Heat Up Time: 10-20 seconds
Compatibility: Dry Herb & Concentrates
Heating Style: Convection
Warranty: 2 years
Temperature Settings: 300-470°F
Battery Type: 2 x 18650 batteries
4/5
Expert Review

Pros & Cons

Pros:
  • Flavorful vapor quality with low draw resistance
  • No need to stir
  • Durable construction and ergonomic design
  • Long battery life (~ 70 draws)
Cons:
  • Not the most straightforward unit to load
  • Clunky design isn’t great for portability or discretion
  • Takes eight hours to charge
  • Steep learning curve

The Ghost Mv1 is a convection vaporizer that offers top-shelf vapor production for a premium price. Although it only holds 0.1 grams, this unit is super efficient and will extract the maximum flavor from your dried herb. The Ghost Mv1 also has an adjustable glass mouthpiece and app connectivity to give you full control over your vaping experience.

While the vaping quality is second to none, the Ghost Mv1 is one of the least portable devices on our list. With dimensions of 5’’x 2.2” x 1.3” and a weight of about 12 ounces, the Ghost Mv1 isn’t the most comfortable unit to use on the sly.

Another potential issue is the device has a significant learning curve. Not only is the button interface non-intuitive but it will take a few tries to perfect loading and cleaning the internal crucible.

Most people only buy the Ghost Mv1 for one reason: superior vapor production. So, if you don’t mind the clunky design features and lack of portability, this highly rated unit could be for you.

#7 Arizer Solo 2

Arizer Solo 2

Heat Up Time: 20 seconds
Compatibility: Dry Herb
Heating Style: Conduction & Convection
Warranty: Lifetime warranty on heating element, limited two-year warranty on materials (excluding glass) & one-year warranty on batteries
Temperature Settings: 122-428°F
Battery Type: 18650 3400mAh 7.2v dual battery
4/5
Expert Review

Pros & Cons

Pros:
  • Affordable
  • LED screen
  • All-glass vapor path
  • No stirring required
Cons:
  • No screen so herb could enter your mouth
  • Fragile glass stems aren’t covered by warranty
  • Bowl capacity too small for group sessions

One affordable portable vaporizer that has been gaining traction recently is the Arizer Solo 2. A huge pro for the Arizer Solo 2 is that it has an all-glass vapor path and offers users two glass stem sizes. The added length of these stems helps naturally cool your vapor before it reaches your throat. As well as choosing your preferred stem length, you can also adjust your vaping experience using the LED screen.

Unfortunately, one of the downsides of using these glass stems is that they can easily break and as with many other companies, glass items aren’t covered under Arizer’s warranty. If you are going with this vaporizer, you should keep a few extra stems on standby.

#8 Crafty+ Vaporizer

Crafty+ Vaporizer

Heat Up Time: 60-70 seconds
Compatibility: Dry Herb
Heating Style: Conduction & Convection
Warranty: 2 years
Temperature Settings: 104-410°F
Battery Type: Hard-wired internal battery
3/5
Expert Review

Pros & Cons

Pros:
  • High-quality conduction and convection heating
  • Portable and easy to conceal
  • No stirring required
  • Easy one-button design and app connectivity
Cons:
  • Battery is not removable
  • Short battery life (~ 40 minutes) and long charging time (2 hours)
  • Annoying one-minute auto shutoff feature
  • Industrial-grade plasticky exterior

If you’re looking for a Mighty-like experience on a smaller scale, then you have to take a peek at the Crafty+. This pocket-sized unit is the smallest one in Storz & Bickel’s catalog at 4.3” x 2.2” x 1.3”. While still larger than the MIQRO and the Pax 3, the Crafty+ has the benefit of high-quality conduction and convection heating. It also has a smartphone app to help you customize your experience.

One downside of the Crafty+ is that it has a non-removable internal battery. So, not only does it have less battery life than the Mighty, it’s also a huge pain to replace the battery when it dies. However, keep in mind the Crafty+ is cheaper than the Mighty and much easier to transport.

Bottom line: if you want a superior-quality vape without sacrificing portability, the Crafty+ is a name worth researching.

#9 Air Vape X

Air Vape X

Heat Up Time: ~20 seconds
Compatibility: Dry Herb
Heating Style: Conduction & Convection
Warranty: Limited lifetime warranty
Temperature Settings: 210-420°F
Battery Type: 1300 mAh battery
3/5
Expert Review

Pros & Cons

Pros:
  • Slim design great for discretion
  • Precise temperature control
  • Affordable
  • Durable steel construction
  • Easy to use
Cons:
  • Could be hot to touch at higher temperatures
  • Short vapor pathway means higher draw resistance

Are you looking for a slim unit for vaping on the sly? If so, you’ve got to check out the Air Vape X. Only 0.48” flat, Apollo’s Air Vape X is undoubtedly one of the thinnest vaporizers on store shelves. You’ll have no issues concealing this affordable vaporizer as you cruise around town.

Unfortunately, since this device is so slim, it can get uncomfortably hot at high heat settings. If you’re using the Air Vape X at high temperatures, you may not like how it feels in your hands. Also, with a short pathway, it doesn’t have enough space to cool the vapor, which could lead to a harsh vape experience with poor draw resistance.

However, in terms of discretion, portability, and affordability, the Air Vape X is a solid choice for on-the-go vape sessions.

#10 Pax Era Vaporizer

Pax Era Vaporizer

Heat Up Time: 22 seconds
Compatibility: Concentrate Pods
Heating Style: Conduction
Warranty: 1 year
Temperature Settings: 520-790°F
Battery Type: 240 mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery
3/5
Expert Review

Pros & Cons

Pros:
  • Slim design great for discretion
  • Intuitive interface with app connectivity
  • No cleaning required
  • Inexpensive
Cons:
  • Refilling pods could get pricey
  • It could be challenging to find Pax pods in some states
  • No special accessories included

If you’re looking for a way to dab on the down-low, you must have a look at the Pax Era Vaporizer. This slim, affordable device is compatible with the company’s pre-filled half-gram pods. All you have to do is snap your chosen pod into the vaporizer’s top, vape, then discard when you’re finished. There’s no need to worry about complicated functions or spilling e-juice all over the place.

As a bonus, the Pax Era has a hi-tech app that helps you manage your session’s temperature. Believe it or not, this little device can reach 720°F, which offers an impressive dabbing session.

While the Pax Era is inexpensive on its own, don’t forget you will have to shell out quite a bit of cash to regularly restock those proprietary pods. Nonetheless, if you’re a dabber who’s always on the go, you might enjoy all that the Pax Era has to offer.

Buyer's Guide for Portable Vaporizers

There are dozens of delightfully discreet devices now available online. Whether you love to dab concentrates or draw dank dry herb, your perfect portable vaporizer should be listed above.

How Do Portable Vaporizers Work?

Originally, portable vaporizers were only available with one heating system: conduction. And although it’s easier nowadays to find units with convection heating, conduction is still the predominant choice in the industry.

There are a few explanations for why conduction heating is widespread, but the main reason is limited space. Since portable vaporizers are smaller than desktop units, it’s more efficient to place the heating element directly on the herbs. There isn’t usually enough room in portable units for a convection-style oven that blows hot air through the herb chamber.

Convection also requires more energy than conduction heating, so manufacturers who want to get the maximum juice out of their batteries will always opt for conduction heating elements.

Why Choose a Portable Vaporizer Over a Desktop Vaporizer?

We’ll be honest: if you’re only interested in top-tier vapor production, you shouldn’t look into portable vaporizers. While many portable vaporizers offer phenomenal vapor production, these units are limited due to their smaller size and weaker energy output. High-quality desktop vaporizers will always provide a superior vaping experience.

That’s not to say portable vaporizers don’t have their benefits. Obviously, since these devices are portable, they’re far more convenient to take with you to work, on hikes, or to a friend’s house. Wherever you go, your preferred portable vaporizer could easily tag along. And if you’re new to vaping, you might just prefer the approachability of a handheld device.

On top of portability, these handheld vaporizers are way easier to hide when in public. In fact, many of the portable vaporizers on our top ten list can fit snugly in the palm of your hand. This feature makes it simple to conceal your vaping passion from passersby. Plus, portable vaporizers won’t give off that suspicious earthy scent you get with paper joints.

Bottom line: if you’re a vaper who’s always on the move, you’ll enjoy the convenience and discretion that portable vaporizers provide. While they’re not as strong as high-quality desktop units, portable vaporizers offer decent vapor production while you’re out and about.

Portable Vaporizer FAQs

What portable vaporizer will get you super high?

If your only concern is getting ripped, it’s best to look for a vaporizer that allows you to use a water pipe adapter. The hits you’ll get with a bong will always be substantially higher than with a standard portable vaporizer. You should also find out whether your portable vaporizer is compatible with cannabis concentrates because typically, concentrates will get you higher way faster than dry herbs. Finally, keep in mind that many portable vaporizers are explicitly designed for micro-dosing, so be sure your vaporizer can carry ~ 0.25 grams of dry herb for the most potent session.

What is the best portable vaporizer for flavor chasers?

Dedicated flavor chasers should focus on buying a dry herb vaporizer with low heat settings. The only way to preserve your weed’s full terpene profile is to heat it at temperatures in the 320-428°F range. Take a few moments to research the average boiling temperature of your favorite terpenes and heat your strain at the lowest possible level. Although you should do your own research, the Firefly 2, the Crafty+, and the Mighty are all known for their superior flavor production.

What is the best pocket-friendly vaporizer?

Although you could fit every product on our list in a backpack, not all of them are pocket-friendly. Super small and pocket-friendly models include the DaVinci MIQRO, the Pax Era, and the Air Vape X.

Which vaporizer is the healthiest?

In regards to vaping health and safety, in general, dry herb vaporizers are healthier than vape pens and e-dabbers. If you’re buying manufactured concentrates, there’s always a risk of ingesting solvent residue or artificial chemicals. Dry herb vaporizers are not always the healthier option, but there’s less chance you’ll inhale questionable chemicals if you have well-cured, organic buds.

You should look up where a portable vaporizer is made (North American and European countries have the highest safety standards), the material it’s made from (glass, stainless steel, and zirconia are better than plastic), and unbiased company reviews.

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