The best vaporizers in Canada for 2020 run a wide range. The vaporizers on this list go from being portable and pocket-friendly vapes to high-powered and stationary vaporizers. These devices share similar configurations, upon close review, like all-ceramic, or all-quartz chambers, adjustable heat settings, and dual-use (herbs and concentrates) capability. Their price is different, depending on the unit’s abilities, and maker.
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The Mig Vapor DRAY
10/10 Review score
Precision temperature control is good for new vapers
Easy-to-clean and maintain
Portable and protected
The Mig Vapor DRAY is an herb vaporizer with an internal 1800mAh battery that comes in at a reasonable price. Despite its big battery, th...
There are little differences between vaporizers though that any review would reveal, in appearance, build quality, type of vapor path, and of course, price. The ten units that made this list are a good snapshot of all that weed vaporizers can do in 2020. These vaporizers are not difficult to use like the 2020 versions of the PAX and DaVinci vapes, they feature quality materials like glass and stainless steel, they are portable and most important, they make great vapor.
The Mig Vapor DRAY is an herb vaporizer with an internal 1800mAh battery that comes in at a reasonable price. Despite its big battery, the device is very portable, and its price is very reasonable. The DRAY also features a front-facing OLED display for easy temperature review and adjusting.
There is a three-button control interface alongside the device’s exterior. The DRAY’s exterior design features a rubberized, tire-tread pattern that makes it easy to hold. The range of the DRAY runs between 385F and 430F. Users can use the controls to input their preferred temperature or change the reading from Celsius to Fahrenheit.
The screen also allows vapers to review the battery life of the DRAY. This portable unit features a vibrating motor that lets the user know when the heat-up process is complete. The OLED also displays the remaining battery life.
The quartz-lined oven lies under the DRAY’s top, removable mouthpiece. Users have to remove the magnetic mouthpiece to access the vape chamber, as with most other vaporizers. The DRAY uses a ceramic heating element to vape materials. There is a USB charging port located on the device for users to recharge.
Innovative LED grid display instead of traditional readout
Precision temperature control
Removable battery, batteries included
No wax or concentrate insert
Long charging time when charging a battery in the device
The Davinci IQ is a 2020 herb vaporizer with a 51 LED light display, a removable 18650 battery, and a ceramic zirconia air/vapor path that only a close review of the device can reveal. The IQ has two distinct temperature controls. Users can input their preferred vape setting via the three-button controls, along the side of the unit.
The highest temperature is 430F, and its lowest is 250F. The Davinci IQ, like the rest of Davinci’s vaporizers, uses Smart Path technology. Users select any one of the four heating ranges that they like, and the device stays within that range for the duration of the session.
The Davinci device is Bluetooth compatible, like the PAX 3 so users can download an app for their phone, and control precisely the parameters of their vape. The bottom-loading chamber of the Davinci IQ is all-ceramic zirconia. There is a dedicated air vapor path, also ceramic zirconia, that runs from the oven to the top mouthpiece. The device comes with two styles: a flat leveled one and an extended mouthpiece.
The G-Pen Nova is a slim, dual-use portable vaporizer with a removable, 510-threaded atomizer that came out in 2020. The Nova has a built-in 300mAh battery that users can adjust, but there are no air vents to control the airflow. The battery allows for variable voltage settings, three of them that the LED ring around the button will show.
Users can use the center firing switch to change the device from either a 3.2V (blue light), a 3.5V (green light) or a 3.9V (red light) setting. The silicone mouthpiece of the Nova is removable, and users need to pry it off to load the chamber. The vape chamber itself is a quartz bowl that uses an internal ceramic heater element.
The mouthpiece features a tiny ceramic loading tool underneath. Users can load their concentrates, with the tool, and use their fingers to load flower material. Apart from the three voltage settings, users can also enable the Extended Draw mode of the Nova. This vape mode heats the chamber for fifteen seconds before turning off automatically.
The Mig Vapor Herb-E is a compact, ultra-portable device for dry herb vaping. The vape holds an internal 1200mAh battery – one of the largest capacity batteries for such a small herb vape pen.
The Herb-E even though it is billed as a tiny unit, stands just above 103mm (4.2 inches). It weighs around 68g or 2.2 ounces, so it is very lightweight and portable. The build materials also have a part to play in making the Herb-E pocket-friendly. It has an internal aluminum chamber for vaping dry herbs. The oven is right underneath the magnetic mouthpiece that users have to remove to access or load.
The exterior is metal and wrapped in carbon fiber to prevent heat transfer to users’ hands. There are two LED “eyes” on the front of the Herb-E that show the vaporizer’s preset temperature settings. The yellow, or “happy” setting is the lowest, while red or “angry” represents the highest temperature.
Vibrating feedback indicates when the device is ready
High-quality build materials
Not so lightweight
The Mighty is a top-of-the-line dry herb vaporizer from well-known vape makers Storz & Bickel. It uses a hybrid-style of heating, both convection and conduction to vape herbs, as well as liquid and solid concentrates. Despite the vape’s size and shape, it is a portable device.
The unit uses two internal 2668mAh batteries, which gives it close to two hours of continuous usage, on a full charge. Not only that, users can enable pass-through charging whenever the batteries run out. The internal cells use a special wall adapter for charging, and there is a charging port on the side of the device.
The Mighty stands at just over 5.5 inches and weighs in at around half a pound (230g). There is a small LED readout on the front of the device for vapers to review the temperature, and a set of up/down buttons for precision heat control. The Mighty has a temperature range of 104F – 410F.
The Arizer Solo II is a portable, dry herb vaporizer with a front-facing LED digital display for vapers to review their temperature and battery life. The Solo II uses a dedicated borosilicate glass mouthpiece/vapor path to ensure excellent flavor quality.
Users can customize their vape temperature using the Solo II’s circular keypad and LED screen. The Solo II has a hybrid heating style, a mix between convection and conduction, which a lot of vaporizers nowadays also have. The glass part fits above the bowl and carries vapor with the airflow jets built underneath the chamber.
The Solo II is an update to the original Solo device. The new version features better airflow, as well as longer battery life. It also has a range of 122F and 428F. A fully charged Solo II battery can last for around three hours. The internal oven uses a ceramic element, and users can program session length using the controls up front. Users can also adjust the screen’s brightness and the volume of the device’s audio notification pings.
Bluetooth-compatible over the App (iOS and Android)
Backed by a ten-year (limited) warranty
The PAX 3 is a dual-use, herbs and concentrates, portable vaporizer with single-button control. The anodized aluminum exterior of the device looks clean and straightforward, with the central power switch located on the front, and the LED pedals surrounding it like previous PAX devices.
Underneath, the device has a stainless steel oven, which combines with a ceramic heating element. The concentrates lid (comes in the “full” PAX 3 kit, which has a higher price than the device-only kit) that vapers can use to vape solid or liquid concentrates is aluminum. Previous PAX vapes were not compatible with concentrates, which is a new feature of the 2020 PAX 3.
The device uses an internal, 3500mAh battery, 500 more than the PAX 2. The new PAX has four preset heat settings, 360F, 380F, 400F, and 420F. It also features several different modes to customize the vape further. The PAX 3 has Bluetooth connectivity, and a downloadable app lets users control the temperature with precision.
Both tank and mod are 510-threaded for easy compatibility
Sub-ohm coil means large, tasty clouds
Vapes both herbs and concentrates
The tank has adjustable airflow
Well-made from quality materials
Mod can combust material
Glass part very fragile
The Sub-Herb/Target mini vaporizer is a portable mod/tank combo for vaping dry herbs as well as concentrates. The Sub-Herb has a gold-plated, 510-thread for compatibility with many different mods.
The atomizer has a Pyrex glass dome over its ceramic heating plate. The vape tank features a stainless steel mouthpiece and the wire baked into the dish is also stainless steel. The coil has a resistance of 0.5ohms, and it vapes best between 19-27W. The Target mod has an internal 1400mAh battery.
It has an OLED display for precision power control and also lets vapers review other important settings. There is a four-button control panel on the face of the mod, which has carbon fiber inlays and is quite small. The Target uses USB charging, and there is a port on the back. The mod has a very ergonomic shape and grip.
Can easily burn up dry herb, unless you are careful
The Dr. Dabber Switch is a 2020 desktop unit for vaping dry herb and concentrates, with an induction heating-style that features a glass heating chamber surrounded by metal coils. The unit has a svelte, ergonomic middle for a comfortable grip and increased portability. It is quite tall, though standing at near 12 inches with the glass attachment, which is included in the price of the vape.
The Switch features two heating modes that cater to different experience levels and vape materials. It has five preset temperatures loaded onto its board, but it can also switch to Pro Mode, which increases the amount of presets to twenty-five. There is a three-button control panel on the front of the device that lets users turn the machine on, choose the material they’re vaping, and start the heating process.
Users choose the material they want to vape first and load them into the metal, ceramic-lined, induction cups that come in the kit. An LED array along the front of the unit, displays both heat-up time, battery life, and one of the different modes. Heat-up time is less than ten seconds.
Rankings Explained: The Reasons the Best are the Best
Best Overall Vaporizer of 2020
The DRAY is at the top because it priced under $150, making it much more affordable than high-tech, and hard-hitting weed vapes like the PAX 3 or the Mighty. With a high-capacity battery inside, an easy-to-use display for precision temperature control, and the quality vapor production, it could have cost a lot more than other similar portable vaporizers. Luckily for dry herb vapers everywhere, it does not.
Best Innovative Vaporizer
The Davinci IQ is at the #2 provides a lot of innovation into a hand-held, portable vaporizer. The designers paid so much attention to detail, from the removable vapor path that can also act as a “flavor chamber” to the build material of all of them, it is hard not to admire the effort that went into every aspect of the IQ.
Best E-Cig Vaporizer
The G-Pen Nova is a versatile, dual-use (herbs and concentrates) pen-style vape that is portable, but it has its drawbacks. It has a small-capacity battery, so it is not made for all-day vaping. But its sleek, pocketable design, and three variable voltage settings make up for the less than stellar battery life. Not bad for a unit under $40, which is way lower than other vaporizers.
Best Portable Vaporizer
The Herb-E is short but sweet. It has a tiny frame, and while not exactly a pen-style device, it remains surprisingly compact and portable. The small oven size means you can’t use as much material as with heftier vapes, but the large battery capacity and two preset settings give the Herb-E more to work with than those weak-ass pen vapes.
Best Battery Life for Herb Device
The Mighty is a double-barrelled (for the two batteries) powerhouse that lives up to its name. If someone wanted to, they could keep vaping the Mighty for a long time. They might suffer some brain damage along the way, but the Mighty will never falter. Add to that the fact that it uses a hybrid heating-style and can vape both herbs and concentrates, the Mighty seems well-worth the investment and all the rave reviews.
Best Vaporizer for Flavor
The all-glass stem sticking straight out of the short and stout Arizer Solo II makes it look like an electronic sippy cup, but the glass stem is the reason that it took the flavor award. With the pure vapor path, there is nothing to contaminate the herb’s potency or taste. The glass stem also makes for a perfect mouthpiece to inhale all that freshly-baked goodness.
The PAX 3 has only one button. ONE BUTTON!!! And it is one of the most advanced dry herb vaporizers around. Of course, users can also install the PAX 3 app onto their smartphone, like with the IQ and then perform all kinds of magic with the app (including playing games), but even without the app, and despite its high-price, just shaking or tapping the single button on the PAX 3 can make great things happen.
Best Dry Herb Vaporizer Under $100
The great thing about the Sub-Herb tank and Target Mini mod is that they are like three different vapes. The tank and mod are both interchangeable, so you can use them with different atomizers and mods. But when the two are in use together, the entire device becomes like a weed volcano (a real one, not the Volcano vaporizer) erupting clouds.
Best Desktop Vaporizer
The Switch has an attractive hour-glass figure that makes it a great centerpiece for any coffee table, and while it is taking up real estate as a centerpiece, it can also vape herbs and concentrates. It also has a huge-capacity battery so you can entertain your guests, or yourself, for a good long while. And perfect for all those lazy vapers out there, did we mention that it self-cleans?
Weed Vaporizers FAQ
What is a Vaporizer?
A vaporizer is an electronic, battery-powered device that heats a substance (dry herb, concentrates, liquid e-juice) to the point of vaporization so the resulting vapor can be inhaled.
How to Use a Vaporizer?
Every vaporizer has its unique control panel, operating instructions and user manuals that vapers should consult before using any vaporizer.
How Does a Vaporizer Work?
Herb and concentrates devices have internal or removable batteries that power heating elements within an attached or separate atomizer. Depending on the device, users can set their preferred temperature or use one of the unit’s preset temperatures. The heating element heats the material to the point of vaporization, and the user inhales the aerosol.
At What Temperature Should I Set My Vaporizer?
Most of the active ingredients in marijuana vaporize between 310F and 430F. This temperature range is also the standard for most precision controlled, as well as preset devices. Users can either select their preferred setting or choose from one of the presets if it has more than one.
How to do I clean a vaporizer?
Vaporizers, especially weed vaporizers, need regular cleaning and maintenance. A good guide to follow is if the part is removable, then it can/should be cleaned. Things vapers will need to clean a weed vaporizer:
Cleaning wipes (with or without isopropyl)
Weed vaporizers usually come with these implements included in their kits, so you should make use of them. Isopropyl alcohol is widely available so it should not be hard to find. Make sure to wipe down, or let dry, any part of the vape that has been soaked or come in contact with the alcohol before putting the pieces back.
The Best Vaporizers for Weed in Canada for 2020: Final Verdict
The best vaporizers in Canada for 2020 come in many different shapes, and sizes, while also being versatile and easy-to-use, so anyone, no matter their experience level can use them. These units have been under careful review by our team, who have found several unique features among them like the PAX’s and IQ Bluetooth compatibility, the removable batteries of the Mighty and IQ, and even a self-cleaning mode on the SWITCH.
They are all uniquely-designed and are not just copies of other devices with different brands or logos. Each of these devices brings something new to the table, whether it is the Smart Path temperature settings of the IQ or the induction heating-style of the Dr. Dabber SWITCH.
They all feature high-quality materials, near-endless customization, and they perform well-above the standards of older models, which show just how far weed vaporizers have come and how far they have yet to go.
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