How to choose a Marijuana vaporizer for herb, wax or oil

Vaping is one of the most popular methods of Marijuana consumption, especially among novice users. If you’re interested in vaping and want to find out more about the different types of vaporizers available, as well as how to properly use them, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, we’ll try to cover everything you need to know about different vaporizer types and sizes, temperature control, vapor temperature, battery life and much, much more.

Let’s get right to it!

What Are Marijuana Vaporizers?

A cannabis vaporizer, commonly known as a vape, is a device that allows users to vaporize their herb, wax, cannabis oil or different marijuana concentrates. These devices permit users to vaporize cannabis instead of smoking it, which is a healthier and more efficient use of the herb.

As users become more aware of the health risks associated with smoking cannabis, the number of people who turn to vaping increases. Vaporizers are becoming one of the main ways of Marijuana consumption in North America and Europe and they continue to grow in popularity each year.

Since the choices can sometimes be overwhelming, we’re here to help you decide which vaporizer is right for you and your vaping needs.

Before you decide on the type of vaporizer that’s suitable for you and your needs, you’ll first need to consider the following factors: vaporizer size and type

There are several different types of vaporizers available, which can differ a lot in size and functionality.

Here’s what you can choose from:

Desktop Vaporizers

Desktop vaporizers are generally considered to last longer than the portable ones. They are available at a range of $100 up to $1000, and at a variety of sizes and designs. These types of vaporizers are heavier and bigger than the portable ones, and are intended for people who smoke at home. The best thing about these vaporizers is that they do not require any gas or batteries, which means that you’ll be able to have an uninterrupted vape session and therefore a better overall experience.

Portable Vaporizers

Portable Vaporizers are small, typically pocket sized devices that can be easily carried wherever you go. This makes them more suitable for people on the go, as well as those who want to be more discreet. These types of vaporizers cost less than the desktop models, ranging from $50 to $250+. You can even find them for prices lower than $50, but their quality will differ a lot from the more expensive models.

Portable vaporizers come in all shapes, sizes and designs. They can have a cigarette, lighter or pen shape and can be used both for medicinal and recreational purposes.

Vaping Materials Used

Once you decide on the type of vaporizer and the preferred size, the second most important thing you’ll need to check is what kind of vaping material it’s designed for. Depending on your preferences, you might want to go with a dry herb vaporizer, oil and concentrates vaporizer or even an all-in-one vaporizer that can be used for dry herb, oil and wax as well.


Vaporizers can be made using different types of materials. Some can be more delicate in design, yet not so durable, others can be more robust and long-lasting, but can lose points when it comes to discreteness and portability. If you’re on the fence about which materials are better to choose, a good rule of thumb is to go with ceramic, quartz or stainless steel vaporizers, since they are generally the preferred choice among vape users.

Temperature Control (preset temperatures vs manual temp set)

Temperature control allows users to choose their temperature manually so they can avoid burnt and dry hits, vape with consistency and prolong the battery life of their vaporizer. Although some might find this feature to be extremely helpful as it allows them to set their vaporizer to a different temperature depending on the vaping material they are using, some find it to be a bit complicated especially in the beginning.

The best way to make sure you don’t get disappointed and get the most out of your experience is to always follow the ideal temperature setting for the different effect you want to achieve.

Battery Life

Another important factor you need to consider when buying a portable vaporizer is whether they have a long or short battery life. This factor is particularly important for people on the go, who don’t have the time to constantly recharge their devices.

Some features which can make your decision making process a lot easier include whether or not the device can be operated while charging, and whether it uses a standard USB cable, which you can plug in everywhere you go, including in your car, home or office.

Heating Method

Last but not least, you’ll need to consider the type of heating method used, which can also attribute to your overall experience.

The two most common heating methods available in dry herb vaporizers are conduction and convection. Conduction is a heating method that involves heating up your vaping material directly, which can lead to wasting a part of the material due to increased combustion. Convection on the other hand is a newer heating method that doesn’t involve direct contact with the herb, and although it takes longer for the vape to heat up, you won’t waste any material as a result.