Looking to pick up a great vape for your nearest and dearest this Christmas? Or maybe you’ve just worn out your own and now you’re just looking to invest in a new device for yourself. Either way, we’ve got you covered with our definitive list of the best portable vaporizers of 2018.
Mighty & Crafty - Storz & Bickel
Mighty by name, mighty by nature - since it’s release in 2014, the Storz & Bickel Mighty has continually topped Best Vapes lists across the community, and it’s come out on top again.
With this device you’ll get some of the best pulls possible from a portable device, from its stainless steel interior and clean convection-dominant hybrid technology - the Mighty has really pushed the standard of portable vapor quality.
But we get it - the Mighty is called the Mighty for a reason. It’s definitely one of the less stealthy portable devices available on the market, and it’s certainly less portable than the Crafty or the DaVinci IQ. This is largely due to the fact that it needs to accommodate two lithium-ion batteries which provide you with up to 90 minutes of continuous use (and only 2 hours to reach battery capacity), so it’s a little give and a little take. With it’s easy to use interface, sturdy industrial exterior and handy USB charging port for powering up on the go, this vape is built for life.
And if the Mighty is just too big, check out the Crafty! Storz & Bickel released this condensed version of the Mighty at the same time in 2014, and it is constructed with identical technology and the exact same aesthetic - just with one less battery for a more compact design. While you will be trading in some battery life (approximately 45 minutes of continuous use) you’ll still get the same great quality vapor and thick cloud production that S&B is famous for. While the Crafty does not have full spectrum heat control like the Mighty, the additional Bluetooth app makes up for this by allowing you full control of your heat settings. And just like the Mighty, this device is USB powered, so you can easily charge it on the go.
Pax 3 Vaporizer
If something like the Mighty is just a little too chunky for you, don’t worry - the Pax 3 is a perfect, compact alternative that still packs a punch. With a sleek and stylish anodized aluminum finish, the Pax 3 easily slips discreetly into any pocket or handbag. It’s even pretty inconspicuous nestled in the palm of your hand, for stealthy vaping on the go with just 15 seconds to reach optimal temperature. The Pax 3 is designed to handle both dry herb and concentrates, with it’s a high-tech heating system that gives you great tasty vapor even with conduction heat.
Our favorite element of this device, however, has to be the add-on Bluetooth app that allows you to precisely control your heat settings (compatible with both iOS and Android phones). Combined with the fact that the battery life of the Pax 3 has considerably improved since the earlier Pax 2 model, the Pax 3 is one of the best little devices on the market right now.
DaVinci IQ & MIQRO
DaVinci has become a household name in the community over the last few years, for releasing reliable devices with great performance. Even though they rely on conduction heat, DaVinci models are constructed out of high-quality ceramic zirconium which is one of the best materials at efficiently conducting heat, giving you great tasting vapor and smooth draws.
One of our favorite features of the IQ is the Smart paths feature, which offers 4 pre-set temperature levels that gradually increase in temperature over a space of 10 minutes, giving you a perfectly timed little session that maximizes the performance of your herb.
The MIQRO measures in at about 33% smaller than the original IQ, and while it doesn’t feature the Bluetooth app with Smartpaths technology, you still get a great temperature range that will cater to all tastes.