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Dosing Capsules for Dry Herb Vaporizers | Usage, Cleaning and Recommendations


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Dosing capsules have become a popular accessory for aromatherapy vaporizers, and for good reason. These small capsules can provide a number of benefits and conveniences for vaporizing enthusiasts, especially when used with popular devices such as the PAX 3, Mighty+, Crafty+ and Davinci IQC aromatherapy vaporizers. In this article, we will take a closer look at the top dosing capsules available in the market and discuss their benefits, disadvantages, and how to clean them. Could dosing capsules be the deciding factor in choosing a Pocket Oven?

What are Dosing Capsules?

Dosing capsules are small containers that go into your vaporizer's oven. You would fill these containers with your aromatherapy material instead of directly into the oven. This provides a cleaner and more convenient way of consuming your aromatherapy herbs. Dosing capsules have gained popularity in recent years but still divide the community. Some love it, others hate 'em!

Let's take a look at the popular dosing capsules in the market.

Each portable Storz & Bickel vaporizer comes with 1 dosing capsule, pretty much making their dosing capsules the most used out there. As an upgrade a Magazine with 8 Dosing Capsules is sold separately, which includes a cleverly designed container acting as a filling aid. Refilling S&B dosing capsules can be 100% mess free! 

storz & bickel magazine dosing capsules
Storz & Bickel Magazine with 8 Dosing Capsules

The BudKups offers PAX users an entry into the dosing capsules revolution. BudKups come out of Maryland, USA by two very creative sisters who wanted to keep the PAX aromatherapy experience neat and cute. Linking their baking habit with their family's manufacturing business, they have a cult-like following now. A highlight is the genius BudKups Packing Tool which comes with the BudKit. 6 capsules loaded in a breeze! BudKups come in a 3-pack, 6-pack and as the BudKit that are compatible with the PAX 2, PAX 3 and PAX Plus

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Budkups for the PAX 3

DaVinci vaporizers did not want to be left out. They've got the sexy Dosage Pod Holder that looks similar to an actual IQ/IQC vaporizer! Uniquely, DaVinci dosage pods are also available in ceramic, meant to provide more consistent heating at higher temperatures. The dosage pods come in useful silicone covers to keep them in good condition.

davinci pod holder
DaVinci Dosage Pod Holder

Benefits of Dosing Capsules

Easy to Clean Your Device

Dosing capsules offer a number of benefits for aromatherapy vaporizer users. First and foremost, dosing capsules can help keep the vaporizer chamber clean. Ground herb can be messy and difficult to remove, but dosing capsules can contain the herb and prevent it from touching the heating element or chamber. This makes it much easier to clean and maintain the vaporizer over time.


Another major benefit is convenience. By using dosing capsules, users can easily pre-pack their material before a session, making the process of loading and unloading their vaporizer much easier. This is especially true for those who are on-the-go or who like to use their vaporizer in a discreet manner.

Dosage Control

Each dosing capsule typically holds a specific amount of material, which can make it easier to achieve consistent dosing throughout a vaping session. This can be particularly useful for medical users who require precise dosing for their condition or for those who prefer a more scientific experience.

Easily Swap Your Herbs

Lastly, dosing capsules easily allow you to switch between 2 herbs. Swap out the Sage capsule with the Eucalyptus capsule when you want a change in flavour or aroma. Simple, no more having to blow around your oven and fumble around while filling!

Mighty Dosing Capsules
Mighty Vaporizer with 8 Dosing Capsules

Cons of Dosing Capsules

While dosing capsules offer many benefits, there are also some disadvantages to consider. One potential drawback is the cost. Dosing capsules can be more expensive than simply packing the device's oven with aromatherapy herbs. Does the convenience and efficiency off set the cost? Only you can answer that.

Another disadvantage is the slightly lower oven capacity when using dosing capsules. This is because part of your vaporizer oven space is taken up by the dosing capsule's shell. If you have a PAX vaporizer, you won't be able to use the Half-Pack Oven Lid with a BudKup in there. A small number of users also have reported the potential for reduced airflow. However, this can often be remedied by adjusting the temperature or packing the capsule more loosely.

PAX 3 Plus Budkups dosing capsule
PAX 3 with BudKups Dosing Capsules

Cleaning Tips and Tricks for Dosing Capsules

Cleaning your dosing capsules is important to ensure the longevity of the capsules and the quality of the aromatherapy experience your vaporizer produces. Here's a simple guide on how to clean your dosing capsules:

  • Empty the capsule: Start by emptying the used dry herb from the capsule. You can use a toothpick or a small brush to remove any residue that may be left behind.
  • Submerge in isopropyl alcohol: Fill a small container with isopropyl alcohol like the Swish Cleaning Solution and soak the capsules in it for around 30 minutes. This will help dissolve any remaining residue and sanitize the capsules. Warm soapy water works too, but you may need to use a brush to scrub off any residue. This may scratch your dosing capsules.
Cleaning Dosing Capsules
Clean your dosing capsules regularly
  • Rinse with hot water: After soaking, rinse the capsules with hot water. Be sure to rinse thoroughly to remove any remaining alcohol residue.
  • Dry the capsules: Once the capsules are rinsed, place them on a towel or paper towel to dry. It's important to wait until they're completely dry before using them again. Perform a burn off with the empty dosing capsule in your oven for the best reset after cleaning. 

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