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.
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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here is our tutorial for using glass screen filters to produce vapor from your vape pen instead of combusted smoke.