This article was last updated 7th September 2023
Vaping has become increasingly popular as a healthier alternative to smoking botanical herbs WHILE saving you money in the long run. Some herbal vaporizers can cost upwards of thousands of dollars, but there are also affordable vaporizer options that can give you a satisfying experience without breaking the bank. It can be overwhelming to choose the perfect vaporizer that suits your budget and needs so we've done the research for you! From portable options to desktop devices, let's dive into the best affordable vaporizers in market.
Why choose dry herb vaporizers for beginners?
A dry herb vaporizer is a device that heats dried aromatherapy herbs and creates vapor containing elements of the plant material. Not only is this a healthier way to enjoy your herbs, it is also the most efficient and cost-effective method in the long run because you will end up using less dry herbs for the same results. As a beginner, it is understandable to be hesitant about investing too much money into your vaping experience. Affordable vaporizers offer a great starting point for those who are on a budget or are still figuring out if vaping is even for them.
Top five affordable vaporizers for beginners
Budget vaporizers come in a wide range of styles, sizes, and designs, making it easy to find one that suits your needs. They are also easy to use (well almost all of them, there is a learning curve to using the DynaVap mentioned below but we’ll get to that soon) making them perfect for beginners who may not be familiar with the more complex features of high-end vaporizers.
No fuss electronic vaporizer
The Fenix Mini is very easy to use and an ideal vaporizer for users who can do away with the complicated bells & whistles that usually come with more expensive vaporizers. It has one button to turn on and off, and two additional buttons to adjust the temperature, which can be set to within 1°C between 160°C and 221°C. There is a large OLED display at the top of the device that clearly indicates the temperature, battery charge level and time remaining before the device automatically shuts off.
Due to its size, it is a good choice for users who want a device on-the-go that is also stealthy in public. Weighing a total of 135 grams and 5cm x 8cm in size, it is small enough to be covered with one hand and durable enough to be travelling with without having to worry about parts breaking in transit. Just chuck it in your pocket and go! It also features a nifty LED-backlight that glows red when the device is heating up and glows green when it's ready to use. Despite its lower price point, it is a convection vaporizer producing thick and dense vapors. Don’t be fooled by the price and size of this device, this is definitely the best bang for your buck if you need a no-fuss, no-frills yet completely effective dry herbs vaporizer.
XMax V3 Pro Titanium Glass
Dual mode (session & on-demand) budget vaporizer
The XMax V3 Pro Titanium Glass is an upgrade to the popular XMax V3 Pro aromatherapy vaporizer. It replaces the stainless steel oven with a titanium oven for a more satisfying convection vapor thanks to the increased durability and better heat retention. The glass mouthpiece is a premium upgrade from the original edition, something that’s rarely seen on vaporizers within this price point. It is able to deliver vapor that is cooler and smoother. The mouthpiece is also magnetic with a built-in stirring/scraping tool for a fuss-free operation.
One of the best features of this aromatherapy vaporizer is the ability to switch between session or on-demand mode, so you’re really getting 2 different vaporizers in 1 device. This versatility is suitable for newbies who are still discovering their preferred consumption mode. Other than that, we also like that it has a removable battery for back-ups. The XMax V3 Pro allows for temperature controls up to 1°C intervals with a temperature range from 100 °C to 220 °C and heats up within 15 seconds upon switching on. This device is one of the most reviewed and loved in the market, and at this price point - you can’t really go wrong with the XMax V3 Pro Titanium Glass as your first dry herbs vaporizer.
Easy transition from smoking to vaping
DynaVap devices are manual battery-free vaporizers so it is somewhat similar to the combustion method of consuming aromatherapy herbs. And the best thing about the DynaVap aromatherapy vaporizers is that it does not have any electronic parts to it that can fail - so it’s virtually indestructible! The DynaVap B is specifically designed for beginner users featuring a silicone stem and a 10mm tapered mouthpiece for use with or without glass.
The single fin stainless steel tip is the key element for quick and simple extraction producing great vapor quality for a seemingly small and unassuming device. There is a learning curve when using any DynaVap vaporizers for the first time, refer to our DynaVap guide to help you get started. Using an induction heater with the DynaVap B will greatly increase the ease of vaping with this device but it will also add more $$$ to your budget. So we recommend, at the very least, to upgrade your regular lighter to a triple torch lighter which is a more affordable option. Trust us, this will considerably change your vaping experience for the better.
DynaVap M Plus
Best battery-free device with great vapor production
We know we’re being slightly cheeky by including another DynaVap in this list, but hear us out. The DynaVap B is an excellent entry price point, however if you have the extra RM180 to add-on to your budget, putting it towards the DynaVap M Plus will significantly increase your returns on investment. Made entirely in the USA from medical grade stainless steel; at only 89 mm long and weighing a mere 21 grams, you can easily hide the device away in your pocket and go undetected.
The DynaVap M Plus aromatherapy vaporizer heats the dry herbs at a lower temperature producing consistent and flavorful vapor. The latest iteration in the DynaVap line, the M Plus features a finless tip with heat induction markers where you aim your flame towards to achieve faster heat times. The Adjust-a-Bowl feature enables users to customise two different chamber sizes: 0.1 grams or 0.05 grams and with the addition of the DynaCoil accessory, you can also vape concentrates making it a dual-use vaporizer. Similar to the DynaVap B, we recommend heating up the DynaVap M Plus with an induction heater or a triple torch lighter.
Budget desktop vaporizer
If portability is not a priority for you. If you’re only using your vaporizer indoors or at-home. If you usually find yourself hosting sessions at your house with friends & family. You need an electric desktop vaporizer in yo life. Most desktop vaporizers such as the iconic Volcano by Storz & Bickel can cost a pretty penny but the Arizer V-Tower, which has a fairly simple set-up, is an incredible desktop vaporizer at an unbelievable price that does not compromise on performance.
There is a digital display for temperature control ranging from 50°C to 260°C and the exterior is made of stainless steel disguising it to look like an obscure kitchen appliance. The device comes with a silicone whip which is best used to puff-puff-pass it to your friends around your coffee table. Additionally, it also comes with a glass aromatherapy dish that can be used to diffuse relaxing & calming fragrances of aromatherapy herbs like lavender or eucalyptus .
The Arizer V-Tower boasts a handy auto shut-off timer specifically designed to keep you and your vaporizer safe at all times. The automatic timer can be set to either a 2 or 4-hour setting and if the time is reached it will automatically shut itself off. Desktop vaporizers are a category of their own, but depending on your usage habits, this could be the best value and cost effective solution for you.
Comparison of the top 5 vaporizers
Dry herb vaporizers today have come a long way in terms of quality, usability, and temperature control which is the key differing factor between smoking versus vaporizing dry herbs.
How to Choose the Best Affordable Vaporizer for Your Needs
When choosing an affordable vaporizer, there are a few factors to consider. First, consider where and how you will be using the aromatherapy device. If you plan on using it on-the-go, a more compact and portable option may be best for you. If you’re most likely going to be using it at home only, then getting a desktop vaporizer is a much better bet because you’ll get better performance with the $$$ you’re paying by trading in the portability.
Next, consider the oven size and battery capacity. A larger oven and battery will generally provide a longer vaping experience, while a smaller tank and battery may be more portable and discreet. The Arizer V-Tower has a 0.70g oven chamber which is considerably larger but expected from a desktop vaporizer that’s designed for more prolonged use. For portable vaporizers, you’re more likely to find much smaller oven sizes, ranging from 0.05g to 0.30g.
You should also consider the features and customization options of the vaporizer. Some vaporizers may offer adjustable airflow and temperature controls allowing you to tailor your vaping experience to your preferences. Additionally, consider whether you prefer a session device (where you are vaping over 10-15 mins) or if you’re more of a “toker” (inhaling 2-3 times per bowl with higher vapor density). Some devices are more suited to one instead of the other, while some vaporizers such as the XMax V3 Pro Titanium Glass allows you to set the device to change modes between the two.
Maintenance and Cleaning of Affordable Vaporizers
To ensure that your affordable vaporizer lasts as long as possible, it is important to clean and maintain it regularly. Generally, all aromatherapy vaporizers have a similar maintenance routine. First, disassemble the vaporizer by taking apart the removable components. Wipe the oven and mouthpiece with warm soapy water. You can also use a cotton swab or toothbrush to remove tougher residues.
For some vaporizer materials, it is advised to do a deep clean with isopropyl alcohol by soaking it in for 30 min to 1 hour to get the herbs buildup out. Be careful with this! Not all vaporizers can be cleaned this way, so refer to our cleaning guides for more detailed instructions. When in doubt, drop us a message on Whatsapp or Instagram and we’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.
Common Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Affordable Vaporizers
When purchasing an affordable vaporizer, there are a few common mistakes to avoid. First, avoid purchasing a vaporizer with a very low price point, as these may be of poor quality and may break easily. If the price of a familiar vaporizer looks too good to be true, you might be looking at a counterfeit product - proceed with caution! Rest assure that all devices at Pocket Ovens are quality devices and 100% guaranteed authentic.
While these budget vaporizers that we’ve recommended in this article are of great quality, it certainly cannot be compared directly with some household brands that are a favourite amongst vaporizer enthusiasts. With a premium price tag, top-shelf vaporizers like the PAX Plus and Arizer XQ2 or the Mighty+ and Volcano from Storz & Bickel, bring years of experience and refinement with them. These vapes have withstood the test of time and represent some of the very best the market has to offer.
Frequently Asked Questions about Affordable Vaporizers
Are affordable vaporizers safe to use?
Yes, affordable vaporizers are safe to use as long as they are used properly and maintained regularly.
How long do affordable vaporizers last?
The lifespan of an affordable vaporizer can vary depending on the brand, usage, and maintenance. However, with proper maintenance, an affordable vaporizer can last for years.
Can I use my affordable vaporizer with any dry herbs and concentrates?
Most affordable vaporizers are compatible with both dry herbs and concentrates. The XMax V3 Pro Titanium Glass comes with a wax cup for concentrates while the DynaVap devices can be used with the DynaCoil (to be purchased separately) which is a concentrate adapter. Before you proceed to vape concentrates with your aromatherapy vaporizer, it is important to read the manufacturer's instructions and recommendations to ensure the proper methods are being used.
Choosing a budget vaporizer for beginners can be a daunting task, but with the right research and considerations, you can find a great option that suits your needs and budget. Remember to consider factors such as device dimensions, oven size and battery capacity when choosing an affordable vaporizer. Additionally, consider your consumption habits and any safety features when reviewing the best vaporizer for yourself. With these tips in mind, you can enjoy a satisfying vaping experience without breaking the bank.
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