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What Are The Best Portable Vaporizers If Money Isn’t A Concern?


marijuana cannabis vaporizerThere’s a good amount of articles out there on the best portable vaporizers under a certain amount of money, but what if you want to say “screw the money” and just want the best of the best? If that’s you, then get your material, grind it up, and put it in your current sub-par vape; because after reading this article, you will be enjoying that vaporizer for the last time.

The portable vaporizers in this list are, in our opinion, currently the best ones on the market. This is not only based on our own personal experiences with them, but also on reviews and feedback from the vaporizer community as a whole. Yes it’s subjective, and we realize you may have a favorite that isn’t on this list, but we feel strongly that the majority of the vape community would agree with these. I also want to mention that this article deals with more traditional portables meant for dry herb; not pen vapes. Yes pens are technically portable as well, but we feel they have their own category and deserve a separate article of their own.

In the meantime, if you’re more interested in a pen for your concentrates, we highly recommend checking out SOURCE Vapes. Their new Orb V3 is amazing. Anyway, let’s get into the portables!

1. The Crafty Vaporizer by Storz & Bickel

Everyone knows who Storz & Bickel is. They are the company behind the Volcano, arguably one of the most popular desktop vaporizers still to this day. Well, they recently decided to get into the portable vaporizer market, and the same quality and workmanship that they put into the Volcano went into their new portable called ‘The Crafty’.

The Crafty produces some of the best vapor out of any portable currently on the market; it even rivals some desktop units, which are known for their punch. The build quality is excellent, and it feels really sturdy in your hands, so you don’t have to worry about it breaking unless you’re super clumsy with it. Even if something does break, the Crafty comes with a 2-year warranty, so you’re covered.

Now one of the coolest things about the Crafty is that you can control the temperature and other features of the device right from your phone with their mobile app. You don’t need the app to control the temperature; it does come with 2 preset temps, but the app gives you more fine-tuning, allows you to change your preset temps, and access other cool features. The temperature on the Crafty ranges from 104 – 410 degrees Fahrenheit. As far as battery life goes, you will get about 45 minutes of total battery life with the Crafty, and it fully recharges in about 2 hours. Overall, we feel the Crafty is the best portable you can buy right now if you are looking for a portable that can be taken out of the house. Awesome vapor quality, a solid warranty, and just a well-built unit all around.

The current price is $339, but if you have the cash, it’s worth every penny. However, this leads me to #2 on this list, which is the Mighty, or the big brother to the Crafty.

2. The Mighty by Storz & Bickel

Notice how at the end of the Crafty section above I said that the Crafty is the best if you want a portable that you can take with you when you leave the house? Well the Mighty is the best portable you can buy if you want something that packs the same punch as most desktop units, but that you can carry around your house without being tied to a cord like you are with desktops.

You could travel with it, no doubt, but it’s slightly bigger than the Crafty is, making it a little less portable and harder to just stick in your pocket. For comparison, check out the image below so you can see how they both look in the hand:

crafty mighty vaporizer

The Mighty is made with the same quality as the Crafty, being that they are both made by Storz & Bickel. The main difference is the Mighty is bigger and has a little more power than the Crafty does. You will also get longer battery life, since the Mighty comes with 2 lithium-ion batteries, and the Crafty comes with just 1. There’s also no phone app to control the Mighty – everything is done right on the front of the unit. Some people prefer this over having to mess around with a phone app just to change the temperature, and I can totally see that point.

The downside is you will pay a little more for the Mighty, but hey, this article is all about buying the best of the best, right? The Mighty currently retails for $399 from most merchants.

3. The Arizer Air

Arizer, like Storz & Bickel, is another very reputable name in the vaporizer industry. They are the same company behind the Solo, arguably the most popular portable since it came out, and the Extreme Q, the equally popular desktop unit. While the Solo was and still is a phenomenal portable vaporizer, Arizer stepped their game up and released the Air not too long ago. As great as the Solo is, the one knock on it was the fact that it could have been more portable. It’s slightly big for a portable unit, and when you add the stem, it increases the overall size even more.

The Arizer Air takes everything that was great about the Solo, but made it much more portable, solving the one issue people had. Here’s a really good image (I believe from the Vape Critic), where you can see the two units side by side. You can also see the Air being held in his hand, and on the left is a top view of it:

arizer air vaporizer

For reference, the Air is about as thick as a pill bottle, just to give you an idea of how easy it is to hold. The vapor quality on the Air is amazing, it has 5 different temperature settings, and the battery life is very good as well. Not only that, but it has replaceable batteries, so you can always have backups on you just in case the ones you’re using die.

The price on the Air is very reasonable too. Normally it retails for $269.99, but I’ve seen it on sale for $169 from PuffItUp.com, which is a fantastic deal. At the time of this writing, the promo is still going on, but I don’t know how long it will last. If you want the Air, right now is the time to buy it.

4. The Pax 2

If having a high tech, stealthy unit is what you’re looking for, there’s nothing better than the Pax 2. Most vapers are familiar with the original Pax, which was a very popular unit. However, it did have some drawbacks that irritated a lot of people. For one, it was a pain to clean due to the mouthpiece design. The original Pax also didn’t have that great of a capacity, and the battery life could have been a little

Pax took all of this into consideration and fixed these issues with their new Pax 2. The Pax 2 has a 20% deeper oven, giving you more capacity. It’s also even smaller and lighter than the original, making it more portable. They completely changed the mouthpiece design, so cleaning it is no longer a problem. Lastly, they made the battery life better, and now you can get around 7-8 sessions on one charge instead of ~5 like in the original.

Overall, they fixed everything they needed to and produced a very solid unit. At $279.99 the Pax 2 is up there in price, but again, we feel the money is well spent. If portability, stealthiness, and having a high tech looking vaporizer sound like your style, grab the Pax 2. You won’t be disappointed. We hope you found this guide useful and that it helped you decide on which unit is perfect for you, or at least helped you narrow down your choices.

Just to sum up:

If you want the absolute best portable vaporizer for carrying around with you out of the house, go with the Crafty. If you want something that packs the punch of a desktop unit, but without being tied to a cord, and you don’t mind it being slightly less portable, the Mighty is the vape you want.

Looking for great vapor quality, a very portable unit, awesome battery life, but don’t quite want to splurge $339 for the Crafty? The Arizer Air is a very close second place, and you will not be disappointed. Lastly, if maximum portability and stealthiness, while still producing solid vapor quality are what you’re looking for, grab the Pax 2. We have reviewed all of these units individually on our website, Paint the Moon, and even have video demonstrations of a few of them, so feel free to stop by and check them out. Questions, comments, concerns? Hit us up in the comments below.

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  1. I do agree with all of the ideas you have introduced for your post.

    They’re really convincing and can definitely work. Nonetheless,
    the posts are very brief for novices. May just you please lengthen them a little
    from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.

  2. Matthew Parker on

    Well said. God damn there were a lot of ignorant people in the comment section a few months ago.

  3. Matthew Parker on

    Lol I read this entire thing hoping it was a satire. I hope your young. Whatever you are talking about is not vaping, nor is it even efficient combustion. You are probably tasting dry cotton if your doing what I think your trying to say…

  4. I have absolutely no history of distribution. Ever. And I happily own a volcano, pax, and mighty. I use medicinal cannabis for other reasons than you apparently. It is worth the investment in a several hundred dollar machine when it produces way better results. No 40 80 or even 150 “vape” stands a chance at keeping up with a Mighty or Pax.

  5. ItsMe_IsThatYou on

    I had to return my Crafty recently..bummer. It just wouldn’t power up after about a year and a half of daily use. My other go to vape is the Haze Technologies V.3. This is a very nice dual chamber unit that does dry herb, oils, and concentrates — all three very very well. They also have a 10 year warranty. So if I had to pick which of the two vapes is the best I would…say simply go with the Haze. It’s cheaper ( I paid 229.00 with free shipping) and the taste and cloud production is on par with the Crafty. Also easier to clean. Battery life was about the same but if you buy the Haze battery upgrade for 29.00 bucks it outlasts My Crafty by about 30 percent or so I would say. Just a rough guess mind you, but it has a noticably longer session time than my Crafty. But it cost me an extra 30 bucks for the Haze XL batteries so figure that in.
    The Crafty will remain an very important member of the family as my wife just prefers the Crafty. And also, when my last Crafty went bad it was replaced within 18 days. I had only a couple months left on the 2 year warranty….phew! that was a close one.
    So as far as the build factor comparison between The Haze V.3 and the Crafty…The Crafty is a tad…and I mean…a tad better. And I am basing that completely on how it feels to hold and the fit and finish of the vape. But I will say that the Haze V.3 is stout and holds up to the daily grind of multiple sessions just lovely. And did I say…. its waaaaay easier to clean than my Crafty.
    So they both get 10/10 in my opinion but the Haze V.3 wins by a hair because of the 10 year warranty and the cheaper pricing.

  6. “$40 for a battery powered crack pipe, whos [sic]the one extorting people now?” Um, I have no idea what that means.

    I seem to have created a tempest in a teapot. I go way to my organic garden for a little while and log back on only to see some flame war I started.

  7. $40 for a battery powered crack pipe, whos the one extorting people now? If i was you i would knock weed on the head for a while, it seems it has started to have some negative effects on your mental capability.

  8. For the record, I don’t “work” in the industry. I run a site that reviews all the various vapes on the market, so between me and my partner we have a lot of experience with different units. Everything we publish is unbiased, and if a unit is garbage, we call it like it is.

    Are some of them overpriced and a rip-off? Yes they are. But some of them are worth every dollar and those are the only ones we recommend to people.

    And are you implying that anyone with $400 to spend is profiting by selling cannabis themselves? That’s ridiculous.

    How much did your phone cost you? I’ll almost guarantee it was more expensive than any vape on this list.

    $400 is not a lot of money these days, so it’s not completely outlandish to spend it on a vape if you enjoy smoking a good deal.

  9. The PAX 2 is a whole different animal. I LOVE the PAX 2! I also like the Arizer Air! It’ll throw some vapor now! My only problem with it is it’s not as portable as I like. You basically MUST have a case to take it anywhere because of all the little parts and glass tubes, etc…

    The PAX 2 just fits right in my pocket. They’ve improved the oven over the PAX 1. They improved the mouthpiece etc.. It’s NOT a digital temp gauge, so that’s a drawback! But I LOVE the PAX 2.

    Storz & Bickel? Does anything REALLY need to be said?

  10. Thanks for your feedback Shadar. You’re right on point – can expect nothing but quality from Storz & Bickel.

    Glad you’re liking your Crafty and Mighty.

  11. Doesn’t it seem a bit paranoid to you and others suggesting it to think that the entire vape industry is out to scam us? I mean come on….do you think that every other “expensive” item on the market is a scam as well?

    “Those damn lawn mower people…who do they think they are selling us a $500 lawn mower when I can buy a scythe for $5 and chop my grass myself?!”

    “$1,000 for a couch?!? I can sit on an empty milk crate instead and save a ton of money.”

    See how ridiculous this all sounds?

    And for the record, since I work closely with several merchants in the industry, I know the markup on most of these units isn’t as high as some people think it is. One exception is Atmos, since those are cheap, Chinese units that don’t cost anything to make and the markup is pretty big.

  12. Hey Brian,

    Sorry if it looked like that part where I said “at least someone was paying attention” was directed at you. I actually posted that in response to Toto’s comment about these being a “scam and a waste of money” but it didn’t show up until a few hours after, so it came up underneath your comment.

    And you’re right, Toto’s setup might function perfectly. If it does, that’s great for him that he figured it out for a cheap price.

    However, most people just want to buy an already assembled device that works perfectly for what they need, has the proper temperature settings, a solid warranty, etc. and that’s where the units in this article (and any portable for that matter) come into play.

  13. Good point, Sherrie. And I think it leads into a larger one: Anyone who has $400 dollars to shell out for a vaporizer or bong is making money off of cannabis prohibition one way or another. They just are. That’s a ridiculous amount of money to spend on a convection device for herb. I’ve read Jay’s, Pokey’s, and Ito’s comments but they don’t hold water. Jay almost sounds like he works in the price-gouging vape industry and is covering his interests. Toto and Dr. Lucknow are taking the ball and running with it. Toto’s DIY message just blew the lid off the entire vape industry. It’s call to action we’ve all been waiting for.

  14. “This comment is irrelevant”? You mean yours? Please explain or take an English composition class. Sheesh.

  15. Dr. Brian Lucknow on

    Where’d my comment go?
    It seems to have been vaped out of existence! LOL.
    “Thanks for clearing that up. At least someone was paying attention :)” See my comment to Yujin Ito.
    Basically, there is no evidence one-way or another that Toto’s jury-rigged set up with e-cigs and hookah hoses LOL, burns more than it vapes. One would think that with the temperature setting features on most modern batteries one could eschew the carbonization of material altogether.

  16. Dude, if you read Jay’s comments he’s saying that people will pay for a quality vape that doesn’t burn pot, but you’re saying the whole vape industry is running a price fixing scam. Both of you can’t be right.

  17. Dr. Brian Lucknow MD on

    Read the bottom of the article where he says “Questions, comments, concerns? Hit us up in the comments below.” That means your cavil is irrelevant. Toto’s screed falls well within the topicality of the article.

  18. I’ve been a Crafty and Mighty owner since they came out. Perfection for me. All my other vapes, expensive and cheap, a whole box full of them, have gone on to new homes. Crafty/Mighty are going to carve out the same enduring space that the Volcano once did, remaining relatively unchanged for many years, with an enthusiastic and loyal following. Other vapes will come and go and morph and evolve. Some will be very good. But they won’t be classics.

  19. This is a sore point with me. I bought three portable vaporizers, and only one functions well. The first one I bought was years ago. It was the Vapir NO2. It is too big to fit in your pocket, about the size of an old, glass Coke bottle. But it is incredibly reliable and has a digital temperature control. I don’t remember the name of the second one, but it would only burn the marijuana.

    Finally, I bought a Pax 1, but the few temperature settings didn’t get it. One setting was too low to vape, and the next setting up would burn the herb.

    So back to good, old reliable NO2. I will not buy another vaporizer without a digital, or infinite dial, temperature control. It looks like none of these in this article qualify. And I wouldn’t want to have to use my phone to control a vaporizer.

    I’ve heard some good things about the DaVinci portable vaporizer. It has a digital temperature control and sells for $130. – That will likely be my next attempt to buy a good portable that will fit in my pocket.

  20. Thanks for clearing that up Yujin. At least someone was paying attention :)

    Toto: I do understand where you’re coming from, but I would disagree with the notion that you could get the same quality hits from your homemade setup as you can with something like any of the units in this article.

    Most e-cig/pen setups just burn your herb, as they exceed the proper vaporization temperature.

    Can you get big hits and clouds from your pen setup? Absolutely. But I have a feeling if you’re getting giant clouds like that, you’re running at a high temperature and combusting the herb, which defeats the purpose of vaping in the first place.

    I totally respect your opinion, and I agree the units can be pricy, but you pay for quality. It’s not like only those new to smoking are buying these things and the companies are preying on them; many veterans love these units too and happily pay the price, because they know what they are getting.

  21. Read the title of the article. The most important part is the where the
    author makes it very clear “If money isn’t a concern”. This comment is

  22. This site is completely off base when it comes to portable vapes. The companies and media hacks (You’re not doing your homework Johnny G) are taking advantage of consumer ignorance on this subject. Anyone who pays more than $40 for a vape has been taken advantage of. For a few years now I have been e-cig vaping with cannabis and hash and getting excellent full hits. The technology has gotten more efficient and the prices have gone way down—except when they are artificially inflated and hawked about on sites like this. Anyone can buy a decent battery at any e-cig store. I was in one a couple days ago and the average price for a good one was $34—not the hundreds of dollars bruited about here and elsewhere. The next step is to obtain a “clearomiser” i.e. the chamber where you put the product that contains the heating coil. I just bought two for $13 at an e-cig store. When the battery is charged the clearomiser gives a nice bright orange glow and and gives wonderful full hits of vaporized hash and cannabis. The vapor clouds are a beauty to behold! Now, to make it even more exotic get a hookah hose and insert it into the chamber. Voila! a portable cannabis hookah that gives the best hits ever! In fact, I just got rid of my beautiful blue Graffix bong a few days ago because I no longer use it. A hookah hose, battery and clearomiser (without the top) is all that is needed for this delightful device.Try it out! You’ll see the results are excellent!
    P.S. I have the feeling a Youtube video of this hookah hose/ e-cig combo for canna vaping would shake the industry scam artists to the core. THERE IS NO NEED TO PAY MORE THAN $50. IF YOU DO YOU ARE GETTING RIPPED OFF (with the exception of the Volcano Vaporizer which is really a totally different system altogether — good for parties. . . .)

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