Buying a vaporizer for the first time is a daunting process. With so many types of vaporizers to choose from, knowing which is best for your habits isn’t always easy, especially when you consider the fact that different vapes are designed for different types of cannabis.

Thankfully, each type of vaporizer is relatively easy to understand, and once you know what features to look out for in each device it makes choosing a suitable vaporizer simple enough. It’s also important to think about how you plan to use the vape, whether mostly at home or on the go.

Here’s a rundown of the three main types of vaporizers currently available:

Desktop Vaporizer

The desktop vaporizer is one of the oldest types of cannabis vaporizers on the market. The Volcano is perhaps the best-known desktop vaporizer, but all desktop vapes tend to feature a similar design, with large vaporizer unit that is plugged into a power source.

Due to the size of the vaporizer and the need for a direct connection to a power source, they aren’t suitable for portable use and need to sit on a flat surface, hence the name desktop vaporizer.

As the biggest type of vape available, desktop vaporizers are usually the best overall quality, offering plenty of power, variable temperature settings, and many other cool features. They tend to have large heating elements that are not just powerful but can hold large quantiles of cannabis.

This results in powerful vapes that are much larger in size compared to portable vaporizer devices, so if you want to get the biggest vapes possible then desktop devices are the way to go. Desktop vapes are very popular for group sessions as they never needing recharged, can hold more cannabis, and produce large amounts of potent vapor that is ideal for sharing.

Because of their advanced technology and larger heating elements, a desktop vaporizer usually works with both cannabis flower and concentrates, although some are designed exclusively for one type of product.

Advantages of Desktop Vaporizers

  • The most powerful types of vaporizer
  • Large capacities
  • Great for vaping at home and for group sessions
  • Allow for longer vaping sessions
  • Bigger, more potent vape produced

Dry Herb Vaporizer

The dry herb vaporizer is the smartphone to the desktop vaporizer’s personal computer. They offer many of the same functions but on a much smaller scale, with their portable size limiting much of the power and efficiency of the larger desktop devices.

Of course, being much smaller also helps to keep dry herb vapes affordable, especially compared to some of the high-end desktop vaporizers.

Dry herb vaporizers have come leaps and bounds in recent years, providing quality vaping experiences in a useful hand-held device. They are typically pen-shaped in design and consist of a battery, heating chamber, and atomizer.

A dry herb vaporizer can vary in power and performance, with smaller units typically being more limited than their larger counterparts. Still, many portable dry herb vaporizers have high-quality vapes, long-lasting batteries, and utilise efficient heating systems to get the most out of the cannabis.

The biggest advantage a dry herb vaporizer offers is portability. These are designed to be used on the go, allowing for discreet vaping when out and about. This is a big attraction for many consumers that want to vape anywhere they go.

That said, a portable dry herb vaporizer is still great to use around the house too. You can wander about as you do things and still vape, which isn’t possible with desktops that need to be connected to a power source.

Plus, not everyone wants to be wiped out with a huge bag full of vape. Many prefer a mellow high to get their day started and portable dry herb vaporizer offers just that thanks to a modest sized heating chamber to hold the ground cannabis.

Most come with variable temperature settings too, making it easy to get the perfect amount of vape for every occasion.

Advantages of using a dry herb vaporizer

  • Compact and discreet
  • Can be used anywhere
  • Easier to use
  • Ideal for solo sessions

Dab Pens

Dab Pen

A dab pen is essentially a dry herb vaporizer but designed for cannabis concentrates. While many enjoy both flower and concentrates, some prefer just the latter, which is where a dab pen comes into its own.

These are portable vaporizer designed exclusively for oils, waxes, and other types of concentrates. Because concentrates require a slightly different approach to vaping, there are some differences between dab pens and dry herb vapes.

For example, the heating chambers feature a different design in dab pens. Oils and waxes have a different consistency compared to dried flower, so you need an appropriate heating chamber. Dab pens require coils to absorb the concentrate as it is vaporized, which eventually need replaced over time.

Furthermore, dab pens allow for higher temperatures when vaping, typically capable of going higher than the 400F limit in most dry herb vapes. This is because optimal vaping temperatures vary between flower and concentrates, with waxes and oils often being heated above 400F.

This produces a very potent vape that many love, with the higher THC of concentrates really kicking in when vaped at high temperatures. Of course, dab pens come with variable temperatures too, allowing users to get their preferred consistency and potency, just like with dry herb vaporizer.

If you love concentrates then a dab pen is a great investment. It allows for easy vaping on the go and is generally much easier (and safer) to use than a dab rig. The ability to control the potency of each vape is also very useful for people that still want to function for the day!

Advantages of a dab pen

  • Easy way to vape concentrates
  • Compact and discreet
  • Suitable for on the go
  • Simple to use
  • Good for solo sessions