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10 Best Weed Vaporizers to Buy in 2019
These are the best—and best looking—marijuana vapes you can get to give your lungs a break.
BY ESQUIRE EDITORS
MAY 11, 2019
Do you even vape? Now you do. All the cool kids are doing it—and it doesn’t rip up your throat with every hit—so you might as well get on board.
Before you do, keep this in mind: Vapes get cannabis bud hot enough to release those good compounds that get you sailing, but not so hot the cannabis burns up into smoke. Going the smoke-free route with a vaporizer is generally healthier for your body than smoking cannabis, because smoke itself is bad for your lungs. While smoking marijuana isn’t conclusively linked to lung cancer like smoking tobacco is, it’s still irritating. If you vape, you’ll avoid putting smoke into your body at all. The vapor you do ingest has “virtually no” smoke toxins, according to one study.
Besides the relative respiratory ease, vaping marijuana is subtle—unless you make a spectacle of yourself, Leonardo DiCaprio-style—and tastier. Many people say the effect is more pleasing. A recent study also found the high was much more powerful than that from smoking marijuana for people who don’t regularly partake.
But really, the jury’s still out on whether or not there are significant risks associated with vaping marijuana. It’s hard for scientists to put vaping to the test when the federal government still considers marijuana a highly dangerous drug and the possession of it a criminal offense. Right now, 33 states have medical marijuana laws on the books, and 10 states plus Washington, D.C., have gone right ahead and legalized the stuff for recreational use. Senators in the capitol are tacking their names onto a bill that would limit federal intervention in states with progressive weed laws. Another bill takes an even stronger stance, calling for the full legalization of marijuana throughout the country as well as righting many of the wrongs wrought by the War on Drugs in marginalized communities. The country is slowly, surely catching up to the people.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. You just want to vape. So here are the 10 best—and best-looking—weed vaporizers you can buy right now. Pair one with quality flower and vape away
The Rubi is an excellent oil vape that looks strikingly similar to a Juul. It won’t leak or lose a charge too quickly, and the airflow design ensures pure vapor quality. Consider it for a day out where you require stealth, considering its compact design. (Takes: e-liquid, wax)
G Pen Nova LXE
We added the best pen we know here, so you have another option for minimal use. Though small, you can adjust it to your ideal settings—there are three voltages to choose from, as well as extended draw mode. It doesn’t cheap out on the heating method either, boasting a ceramic atomizer for even heat. It doesn’t have a screen, but LED lights tell you what’s up. (Takes: wax)
BEST BUDGET VAPE
APX Vape (v2)
Pulsar’s APX vape is great for money-conscious users or newbies still on the fence. It takes 30 seconds to heat up, and its battery lasts up to two hours. The vapor quality won’t blow you away, but it’ll more than get the job done. If wax is more your speed, the APX comes in a wax version, too. (Takes: dry herb)
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The new X-max Starry V3 is a great sub-$100 vaporizer. It isn’t too complicated to use, and recent improvements to the oven, battery, and mouthpiece make it a quality option. Its digital screen is very small, but it’s better than nothing. (Takes: dry herb)
If shiny and metallic isn’t your vibe, go for Magic Flight’s handcrafted wooden vaporizer. It heats up very quickly and quietly, and it won’t break the bank, but it does take some practice to get the right burn. (Takes: dry herb)
MOST POPULAR VAPE
Pax has the most name recognition among weed vapes, and for good reason: Its devices are user-friendly, high-tech, and aesthetically pleasing. It’s the iPhone of vapes. Pax 3 heats up in 15 seconds, lasts for an hour and a half, and is easy to hide away. Or to show off. (Takes: dry herb, wax)
The Arizer Solo II ditches the understated mouthpiece of most vapes and opts for a more distinctive look. Where it excels is customization: It comes with two tube sizes for different vapor paths, and has impressive temperature range. The digital screen can be adjusted for brightness and gives you all the info you’ll need about temperature, session length, and more. It also heats quickly. (Takes: dry herb)
OUR FAVORITE VAPE
This sleek device has easy-to-use LED settings and an accompanying smart phone app controlled via Bluetooth for optimal customization. It also boasts a zirconia pathway that preserves the pure flavor of the vapor—a.k.a. the “flavor chamber”—so it doesn’t get trapped in the device. The IQ’s small size makes it easy to cart around, and ultra sneaky. (Takes: dry herb)
The FireFly is the “coolest” cool kid of vapes; you’ll probably see it on the streets of Soho or Burning Man. It’s a piece of machinery meant for the luxe life, with dynamic heating that gives every single inhale its own heating and cooling cycle. That’s a hyper specific draw. It’s big—not a vape meant to be hidden—but still smaller than the first FireFly. (Takes: dry herb, wax)
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The Mighty is the Cadillac of vaporizers. With a powerful dual conduction and convection system, it instantly produces a strong, flavorful vapor whose quality lasts as long as the battery—at least an hour and a half. You can thank German design for its reliability, simplicity, and durability. But again, you’re here for the top-notch vapor quality. (Takes: dry herb, wax)