Vaping weed doesn’t stink. It doesn’t tear up your throat. And besides the relative respiratory ease, vaping is subtle—unless you make a spectacle of it, crowning yourself that guy. A lot of folks say the effect is more pleasing, more controlled than smoking marijuana. (People who don’t regularly partake might find vaping to be much more intense than smoking, .) Although you do lose that vitally transformative experience of coughing over a joint or ripping a bong. Hey, sacrifices must be made.
Vapes get cannabis bud or concentrate hot enough to release those good compounds that get you sailing, but not so hot the cannabis burns up into the smoke that vape users are trying to avoid. To broadly summarize in the least boring way possible, there are two kinds of weed vapes: ones that use conduction heating and ones that use convection heating to extract high-making chemicals and flavor from cannabis product. Conduction vapes put your product in direct contact with the heating element, often getting you a faster heat time. However, if your product is too close to the heating element for too long, it’ll overheat and combust, completely defeating the purpose of the vape. (Simply moving the product around in the chamber is an easy fix.) Some conduction vapes give you minute control over the temperature, which is great for micromanagers.
2020欧洲杯积分Convection vapes are usually more high maintenance (sorry) and more expensive, but oftentimes they lead to better results. The product doesn’t come into direct contact with the heating element—instead, the heating element circulates heat through the device evenly for every pull. On one hand, your product won’t combust, and the vapor is more flavorful. On the other, convection vapes can heat up slowly, so patience is a virtue. These days, vapes can stick to one type of heating system or the other, but many market themselves as neither or both or borrow technology from the other. Regardless, it's nice background info to have.
If you’re here, reading these words, then you’re likely already sold on vaping weed in one of its forms. But we’d be moronic to not do our due diligence, especially because as you might have noticed, vapes are something of a hot-button topic (albeit with nicotine vapes like Juuls). So here’s a quick rundown on the state of weed vaping. Going the smoke-free route with a vaporizer is considered marijuana for your body, because smoke itself is bad for your lungs. You know, the whole Joe Camel thing. The CDC has linked lung illness and some deaths2020欧洲杯积分 to vape products that contain THC. But the big asterisk is that the THC products to blame were for the most part acquired from bootleg, black market sources and contained other chemicals like pesticides mixed in with the THC. The lesson here is don’t be an idiot about where you get your THC product from.
Annoyingly, marijuana is still illegal under federal law, so hard-hitting research about vaping it remains scarce in these early days of legalization, where only 11 states let you use marijuana recreationally2020欧洲杯积分. Much will be learned in years to come, and hopefully, it won’t be all bad. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. You just want to vape. So here are the 11 best—and best-looking—weed vaporizers you can get right now. Pair one with quality flower or concentrate (or both) and vape away.
The Rubi is an open-tank oil vape that looks strikingly similar to a nicotine vape like Juul's, if that's your vibe. It won’t leak or lose a charge too quickly, and the airflow design ensures immediate vapor quality with each draw, although there are no temperature settings. Consider it for a day out where you require stealth. (Takes: e-liquid, wax)
This is an all-around great pen. Though small, you can adjust the G Pen Nova to your ideal settings—there are three voltages to choose from, as well as an extended draw mode. It doesn’t cheap out on the heating method either, boasting a ceramic atomizer for even heat. There's no screen, but LED lights tell you what’s up. (Takes: wax)
Pulsar's APX vape is great for money-conscious users or newbies still on the fence. It takes 30 seconds to heat up the bud in its convection chamber, its battery lasts up to two hours, and it has five intensity settings. The vapor quality won't blow you away, but it'll more than get the job done. If concentrate is more your speed, the APX comes in a wax version, too. (Takes: dry herb)
It seems like Pax Labs took stock of the ever-growing confusion around vaping and did its best to address it with the Pax Era Pro. This diminutive pen is all things Pax—streamlined designed back by solid technology—but now with a smart sensor that reads the proprietary oil pod you insert and gives you the rundown on it via a Pax Android app: who made it, what strain it is, and what tests have been done on it. Beyond that, it has multiple temperature settings and an immediate draw time. (Takes: oil)
The X-max Starry V3 is a great sub-$100 vaporizer with fast-working conduction oven. It isn’t too complicated to use, and improvements to the heating chamber, battery, and mouthpiece make it a quality option. Its digital screen is very small, but it’s better than nothing. (Takes: dry herb)
If shiny and metallic isn't your vibe, go for Magic Flight's handcrafted wooden vaporizer. It's straight-up old-school. And there's benefit to that: It heats up very quickly and quietly, it's dead simple to operate, and it won't break the bank. But it does take some practice to get the right burn. (Takes: dry herb)
Pax Labs has the most name recognition among weed vapes, and for good reason: Its popular, conduction-based device is user-friendly, high-tech, and aesthetically pleasing. It's the iPhone of vapes. The Pax 3 heats up in 15 seconds, lasts for an hour and a half, and is easy to hide away. Or to show off. Swing for the full Pax 3 kit, which is $250, if you want to extra accessories like a concentrate insert. (Takes: dry herb)
The Arizer Solo II ditches the understated mouthpiece of most vapes and opts for a more distinctive look. Where it excels is customization: It comes with two tube sizes for different vapor paths, and has impressive temperature range. The digital screen can be adjusted for brightness and gives you all the info you’ll need about temperature, session length, and more. It also heats quickly and evenly, thanks to a hybrid system. (Takes: dry herb)
This sleek conduction vape has easy-to-use LED settings and an accompanying smart phone app controlled via Bluetooth for optimal customization. It also boasts a zirconia pathway that preserves the pure flavor of the vapor—a.k.a. the "flavor chamber"—so it doesn’t get trapped in the device. The IQ's smaller pocket size makes it easy to cart around. Plus, it just looks really, really good. (Takes: dry herb)
The FireFly is the “coolest” cool kid of vapes; you’ll probably see it on the sands of Burning Man or a Cali surf bar. It’s a piece of machinery meant for the luxe life, with convection heating that gives every single inhale its own heating and cooling cycle. That’s a hyper specific draw. And even though it is convection-based, it only takes three seconds to heat up. It’s big though—not a vape meant to be hidden. (Takes: dry herb, wax)
The Mighty is the Cadillac of vaporizers. With a powerful dual conduction and convection system, it instantly produces a strong, flavorful vapor whose quality lasts as long as the battery—at least an hour and a half. You can thank German design for its reliability and durability. It's chunky, but again, you're here for the top-notch vapor quality. (Takes: dry herb, wax)