Choosing a Portable Dry Herb Vaporizer: NZ
Updated: Aug 19
The vaporizer industry has been steadily gaining traction since it hit the scene in the 2000s. As batteries, heating elements and production facilities have improved, we have had access to stronger, more portable and harder-hitting vaporizers than ever before. That being said, it is now 2020 and the sheer range and number of vaporizers on the market has become completely daunting
If you’re here, you probably already know what a dry herb vaporizer is. However, if you don’t, a dry herb vape (also known as herbalisers) are completely different from e-cigs and don’t carry the same risks as vaping an e-liquid. A herbaliser is a little oven which gently heats your herb of choice to the point where it releases the active oils and compounds before the plant material starts to burn.
Within the category of herbalisers, there are a few different types, such as conduction, convection and hybrid. Different brands offer different build quality, battery life, features, power output, prices and general design features.
There isn’t one overall winner in any of these categories, but there are some specifications I would recommend anyone keep in mind when choosing a portable herbaliser.
Each herb has a different temperature at which it is optimal to vape at. Even within that range, you may want to fine-tune which temperature you want to use for certain herbs. I would suggest getting a device degree-by-degree control or a device with 10-degree increments at a minimum.
Heat Up Time
This feature is a function of its heating type and general quality. Either conduction or convection is fine, though convection type is generally preferred. Some devices have a heat-up time indicating how long it takes to get up to a certain temperature.
This one is super important for flavour. A ceramic or stainless chamber is always preferred. A glass, ceramic or another kind of quality mouthpiece is essential to the flavour of the vape. Cheap, plastic herbalisers really taint the flavour of the vape. I haven’t come across this often in vapes these days but keep an eye out for reviews of a ‘plastic/oily taste’.
Whether or not your vaporizer has an isolated air pathway is another feature to consider. An isolated air pathway means it isn’t pulling air through the guts of the device. This is only really an issue for a few devices (I had a G-pen that always tasted of plastic because of this).
Not all heating coils are created equal, and some herbalisers are able to put a lot more power into each hit. This will affect the density of the vapour, the sesh time and the overall flavour. In general, price plays a large role in whether or not you will find a hard-hitting device.
What Type of user are you?
If you have a vaporizer with a neutral flavour, good temperature controls and decent heating capabilities, you’re ready to get into choosing your herbs! The question is, what is most important to you? Below, I have a few recommendations for different types of users.
"I’m just getting started with herbalisers"
This user may already be smoking their herbs and looking to try a dry herb vape for health reasons or ease of use.
Has a very neutral flavour (unlike cheaper vaporizers)
Fairly low draw resistance
Good build quality
This vaporizer is a great gateway into vaporizers. Its build quality is nice, it’s reliable and makes for a great workhorse. If you are a heavy user, you may find it doesn’t have the heaviest vapour production out there and therefore the session-time runs up to get the same effect.
"I’m looking to upgrade but don’t want to spend too much"
This user has tried or maybe has a beginner vaporizer, such as a G-Pen or Viva. They liked their old vaporizer, but it’s a little outdated and lacking in “oomph”.
Released just last year they are packed with features
Odin has a convection element (generally considered better than conduction)
Great metal case
Ceramic or glass mouthpiece
These are a bit of a shift from the Airistech. They have nice metal bodies as well as interesting features. The Novae can be programmed to ramp up the temperature over the duration of the sesh and the Odin has a reasonable convection element, so either has something unique to offer.
"I need as much vapour as possible"
This user has tried other herbalisers, but they didn’t pack enough punch. This can be quite common with heavy smoking users, as they don’t get the headrush or immediate effect that smoking can give them with the lower power units.
I recommend the X-Vape Fog
Conduction + Convection Hybrid
Super powerful, can be turned up to quickly charr herbs
Great ceramic mouthpiece and metal unibody (feels great in the hand)
Replaceable 18650 battery (can be swapped out for extended sessions)
I cannot recommend this vaporizer enough if you’re ready to take the next step with your vaporizer collection or want a fully capable device that won’t break the bank. It’s my go-to now and for the foreseeable feature. It’s so beautiful and has a water bubbler mouthpiece option that I would also recommend.
"I want the best"
Money isn’t an issue for this type of buyer: they are wondering what today’s best vaporizer is. They’re looking for full vapour and flavour -- the lot.
I recommend the Mighty
2x lithium batteries for reasonable battery life
Yes, the most expensive is the best. It is not the most portable or discreet but due to its sheer effect and stopping power, the Mighty takes the cake. Made in Germany and very well thought out, this is the herbaliser for the top of the line user.
"I want to be discreet"
This is someone who wants to vaporize on the go but doesn’t want to be obvious. For this user, vapour production takes a backseat for a smaller size and ease of use.
I recommend the Fyhit Eco
Slim profile resembling an e-cig
Full aluminium body
Low visible vapour
Good battery life
The Fyhit Eco is something of an underdog on this list. It is one of the cheapest but still has great build quality and usability. What it lacks in power it makes up for in stealth as it can easily fit in a pocket and is indiscernible. It's easy to get it wherever you want it to go.
That's about all the vaporizers I have tried personally but there are a lot more out there, reviews tend to be quite indicative of the quality but in this post, I have tried to be as upfront on each product as I can.
If you want to get one of these vaporizers or get more information you can find many of them on our store page https://www.eherbalist.co.nz/vaporizers. Thanks for reading and happy herbalising :)