Which Type of Dry Herb Vaporizer Is Best?

Dry herb vaporizers come in many different shapes and sizes. When it comes down to it, they all do the same thing which is vaping weed. This doesn’t exactly mean any vape will be a good purchase, you do need to do some research, but don’t worry, we did it for you. There is a few important things to take into account when choosing a weed vape that suits your needs such as design, battery, power, simplicity, specs, and finally, price. Keep reading further to learn about all the different types of dry herb vaporizers.

Session VS On-Demand

Session Vapes

Session Vaporizers are the most common type of dry herb vaporizers on the market and usually the most user friendly. With these vapes you load the chamber, select your desired temperature, power it on and inhale until all of the THC and cannabinoids are vaporized. Session, as in the name, isn’t meant to take a small hit here and there, rather, it’s meant for a full on smoking session. Considering the amount of power it takes to vaporize an entire oven of herb, the heat up times on these devices are typically pretty long. The heat up time can range anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes or more. However, if you don’t mind spending extra money, some high end devices allow for instant heating. It’s pretty similar to preparing a joint, and the duration of which you smoke it. If you enjoy smoking a joint, you should love session vapes.

On-Demand Vaporizers

These dry herb vapes are meant to be hit whenever you want oppose to smoking the entire bowl in one go like a session vape. On-demand vapes allow you to micro dose your weed and hit it throughout the day without having to refill it. The main selling point of an on-demand vaporizer is that they heat up and cool down relatively quickly allowing for an instant hit. The chambers on these devices typically do not hold more than .5 of a gram, so it’s important to factor that in when deciding which device is for you.

Handheld VS Desktop


When you think about a dry herb vaporizer, a handheld is most likely the first thing that comes to mind. That is because it’s the most common and affordable version of these devices. Handheld vapes come in many shapes and sizes and will almost always fit in your pocket. These devices are made with portability and discreetness in mind. If you are someone who would like to vape on the go, this option is for you.


Based on just the name alone of these devices, you can safely assume that these bad boys aren’t meant for portability, rather, pure power. Desktop vaporizers are usually quite a bit larger than a handheld vape. This allows room for much more power, larger and longer lasting batteries, and more potent vapor which comes at an expense. One of the most popular and powerful desktop vapes is the Volcano Classic and happens to be our favorite. The Classic can run you up to almost $500, however it does everything a handheld device does, and more, it’s worth it. Most desktop devices are on the expensive end, but if you’re looking for a device to replace a bong and can afford it, than these are for you.

Convection VS Conduction

All dry herb vapes that heat flower to produce vapor use a specific method of heating. These methods are known as conduction and convection heating. It’s important to be able to spot the differences, let get into the break down.

Convection Heating

This method of heating makes the herb never touch the heating element. Rather, hot air heats up the herb similar to an air fryer which creates vapor. This is one of the better heating methods because it helps you avoid burning your herb. Nobody likes when their vape tastes like burnt popcorn, and this is your solution. You usually will not find this heating type in session vapes as it’s more popular in on-demand vapes. However this is definitely something to consider when making your first purchase.

Conduction Heating

Conduction heating is when the dry herb does touch the heating element. This is usually the most common heating method, and most session vapes utilize this. There is nothing more reliable than conduction heating because there’s less room for error. The element directly heats up your herb resulting in a rich vapor. The only downside to this is that it’s possible to burn your weed which can lead to an odd taste which is always avoidable by refilling the chamber.

Final Thoughts

Out of the hundreds of different vaporizers out in todays market, it can be hard to pick the right one for you. Most vapes offer niche features to many specific audiences and it’s important to find which is best for you. On-demand vaporizers are great for users who can spend a bit of extra money to get a vape they can use whenever they want. Session vapes are great because they come in a wide range of price points ranging from low to high and are sold everywhere. They are very easy to clean, and can be used almost anywhere. These are a great option for any beginner when it comes to vaping dry herb. Lastly, we have desktop vaporizers. While desktop vapes are more expensive, they almost always beat handheld vapes in every aspect besides portability. These devices are mostly for experienced smokers who want the greatest technology, and the best high.

All in all, if you’re new to vaping dry herb, we recommend picking up a session vape simply because it’s easy to use, low entry barrier, and inexpensive compared to other options. If you’re someone who has a bit of experience using these vapes and wants to be able to take a small hit on the go, on-demand is for you. If you’re an expert or just somebody who doesn’t care about being able to vape on the go, and willing to spend a few extra dollars for power, desktop vapes are for you. They are the most powerful, durable and long lasting devices.

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