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5 Best Affordable Portable Vaporizers That Won't Break the Bank

Posted on December 29, 2014 by Vape Vet | 1 comment

Recently, there has been an explosion of vape pens and portable vaporizers, all with varying degrees of quality and price tags. It can be a bit overwhelming narrowing down the selection to the right one. While some of the greats definitely deserve their popularity and price, not every vaporizer needs to cost $250 to get the job done.


1.  Apex dry herb Vaporizer - $89.95

The Apex vaporizer was one of the first sub $100 vaporizers that truly vaporized herbs (not just combusted them) and it's still one of the best. Like the Pax by Ploom, the Apex features 3 temperature settings ranging from low (380 degrees), medium (400 degrees), and high (420 degrees) to give you a range of vapor thickness

The Apex is also extremely easy to use and clean. There is no exposed heating element, so you simply load your herbs, vape, and dump them out when you're done. No crazy cleaning, no glass screen accessories--just vape and enjoy.

Why it's recommended:
  • The Apex is light and portable, making it easy to fit it into your pocket and take your vape with you on the go.
  • Puts the least pain on your paycheck (very affordable vaporizer at less than $100)
  • Produces clouds of vapor that rival and surpass more expensive options
  • 3-in-1 temperature control options
  • It's our highest, most frequently reviewed product (over 175 reviews and counting)
Extra Tip:
  • An additional canister also allows you to vape wax concentrates and oils, including e-juice and e-liquid.

Buy the Apex true dry herb vaporizer - $89.95

Watch the Apex dry herb vaporizer Video Review


2.  Flowermate Vapormax v5.0s - $99.99

The Flowermate Vapormax v5.0s is truly a great product. It feels like a strong quality product in your hand, has the battery life to easily last all day and comes with 3 ideal temperature settings (385 degrees, 400 degrees, and 415 degrees) so that you can achieve a perfect vaping experience.

At $99.95, this is one of the best deals around!

Why it's recommended:
  • Great price for a great product ($99.99)
  • Even more portable than the bigger portable vapes, but with the same performance. 

Buy the Flowermate Vapormax V5.0s - $99.99

Watch the Flowermate V5.0S dry herb vaporizer Video Review


3.  Flowermate V5.0 Pro dry herb vape - $129.95


The V5.0 Pro inherits some much-needed updates to the user interface and experience introduced by the V8. First, there's an LCD display that gives you a better look of what's going on. It tells you the following:

  • Current temperature of the device (actual temperature)
  • Temperature you want to reach (set temperature)
  • Remaining battery life 

So at a glance, you know everything you need to. And controlling the device is much simpler. Gone are the days of holding the power button down to switch temperatures. Naturally, to achieve digital temperature settings, the V5.0 Pro needed a digital form on input. Now, there are two addition buttons, "+" and "-" to control the temperature, and the power button is only used to turn the device on and off. 

Why it's recommended:
  • The temperature setting can be adjusted by a single degree and go as high as 446 degree F.
  • The chamber heats to its max temperature in only 30 seconds
  • This vape is powered by two 2600mah batteries to keep even the heaviest vapes vaping all day

Buy the Flowermate V5.0 Pro dry herb vaporizer

Watch the Flowermate V5.0 Pro dry herb vaporizer Video Review


4.  Yocan ExGo II - $31.95 - $51.95

No list would be complete without a good option for concentrates. Herbal vaporizers are becoming increasingly innovative (and sometimes increasingly more expensive), but when it comes to concentrates, it seems that the simple, tried and true method of heating coils and wicks still works best.


So why the ExGo II if these types of vaporizers are all the same? Because the ExGo II features TWO wicks and TWO coils, and that seems to make all the difference. Doubling the amount of wicks and coils doubles the amount of heat and the amount of concentrate the vape pen can handle. And the more concenrate your vape pen can handle at once, the less risk there is of clogging the chamber and needing to replace the coils. 

So the ExGo II doubles what's possible at about half the price of other vape pens for wax concentrates.

Why it's recommended:
  • Ups the ante two-fold when it comes to vape pens
  • Much more affordable than other vape pens for concentrates


Buy the Yocan ExGo II - Starting at $31.95 (Full Kit $54.95)


5.  Yocan 94F - $39.95 - $69.95

Ok, big disclaimer first: the Yocan 94F is not a true vaporizer--it is in the category of vape pen (which have exposed heating coils and do not truly vaporizer without the use of glass screens or mesh screens). Luckily, you can get custom-fitted glass screens that cover the entire base of the 94F's large chamber. This helps produce vapor instead of combusted smoke.


But, let's back up to that large chamber. The 94F has one of the largest chamber of any vape pen out there. Period. If you're completely content with combusting, then you're in for a real treat. You can pack this bad boy to the brim and get many great hits from a single pack. The mouthpiece even pushes down and acts as a built-in packing tool to help get all your herbs closer to the coils.


And if you're not into combusting, you can still get good vapor hits thanks to the custom-fitted glass screens.

Why it's recommended:
  • Bigger is better when it comes to the 94F. 
  • If you're OK with combustion or vaping using glass screens, this is one of the most affordable options for dry herbs 

Buy the Yocan 94F - Starting at $39.95 (Full Kit $69.95)


So that's the list. There will always be a place for the Pax and Da Vinci Ascents of the world, but if you're looking for some great, affordable vaporizer options at the sub $150 (and even sub $100) price range, these are the best vaporizers you'll want to look out for.

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  • J T

    Something missing from this review is the amount of dry herb these can hold. Some pens are very limited. I am looking for an inexpensive portable/pen that can do both dry and concentrates.
    It is also great to try and introduce products without popular brand names.


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