There should be two things you need to ensure when you shop for a portable vaporizers: It should be portable (so you can bring it with you wherever you want) and it should vaporize (instead of burning material the way e-cigarettes do). Now, that’s pretty easy, isn’t it? So, why is it that many people find it quite difficult to find a handheld vaporizer that perfectly suits their needs? Well, that’s because there is now a wide range of options available in terms of size, vapor quality, and price. What may be perfect for others may not necessarily be perfect for you.

With this buying guide, we hope to help make the shopping process a lot easier, especially for those who are buying a portable vaporizer for the very first time. All you probably know right now is that you want a portable unit; you may not have a concrete idea as to what you should get in terms of design, functionality, and style. You may not even be aware of how much you are likely to spend when you buy a vaporizer. By the time you’re done reading, these things should no longer be a problem.


You may be confused as to which particular unit to get, as there are countless options currently available. photo by InaFrenzy

Setting a Budget

If it is your first time to ever buy a vaporizer, then it would definitely be a good idea to set a budget beforehand. You may want to try a low-priced unit to begin with, just to see if vaping is something you can see yourself doing for a long time (the rest of your life, maybe?). If you find that vaping isn’t for you, or if the first unit you try doesn’t meet all your preferences and needs, then at least you wouldn’t have spent too much on it.

For the record, portable vaporizers come in three general price ranges:

– $119 and under (entry level)
– $120 to $199 (mid-range)
– $200 and up (high-end)

Since we recommend starting with a low-priced unit, let’s take a closer look at the top entry-level handheld vaporizers currently on the market.

1. Magic Flight Launch Box
If you’ve previously done some research on portable vaporizers, then you’ve likely come across this unit, as it seems to always make it to “top vape” lists. That alone should tell you it definitely is worth a try. It is among the smallest units currently available and also among those with the simplest designs. And speaking of design, this unit’s design is perfect for those who want to be discreet.


Compared to other vaporizers, the Magic Flight Launch Box is one of the smallest currently available. photo by marc kjerland

The Magic Flight Launch Box comes in three pieces: the box holding the heating screen, the batteries, and the acrylic or glass stem (Upon buying the unit, you get to choose between glass and acrylic). Another thing that makes the unit attractive is the fact that it is easy to customize, considering that it comes in a variety of wood types and has several different patterns you can place on the acrylic shield.

The unit’s trench holds up to 0.3 grams of material and the learning curve is easy enough to master. And here’s something you may want to note: Most people who buy this unit actually keep using it for as long as they still enjoy vaping. It sells for $119.

2. The K-Vape
This is another excellent unit for beginners. It is the easiest one to use of all the units we have on this list. You simply need to hit the button five times and then wait for the LED indicator to glow. When it glows red, that means the temperature is at 360F; green is for 380F; blue is for 420F. Click the button twice to change temperature settings.

It has quite a big chamber, which can hold up to 0.6 grams of material. It also delivers excellent vapor quality, something one cannot easily find in entry level portable units. This can be the perfect unit for those who want to vape without any fancy techniques necessary. It sells for $119.

3. Vapor Genie
This is the most affordable vaporizer currently available. The main reason for its affordability is that it is simply powered by a lighter flame in the same way you light up a tobacco pipe. This unit’s chamber can hold up to 0.4 grams of material. It features a ceramic filter that regulates the temperature. You’ll have to learn how close to the filter you should hold the flame, but that shouldn’t take too much time. At $55, this unit is definitely a bargain.

As proven by these three handheld vaporizers, you don’t need to spend too much to enjoy vaping. And while you generally get what you pay for, a low price does not necessarily indicate low quality. The key is in knowing how to choose your device.

Cheap Handheld Vaporizer – A Buyer’s Guide
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