Top 10 Convection Vaporizers for 2021!
Usually, convection vapes are sought out for their vapor quality and efficiency compared to conduction and hybrid vapes. They often give better flavor and won’t use your herb when not being used. If you’re in the market for a high-end vaporizer or consider yourself a bit of a connoisseur for taste, then convection may be the sort of tech you’re looking for.
We’ve compiled a quick list of the best convection herb vapes for 2021! This list isn’t in any particular order since it’s almost impossible to choose a winner and they all vary. Read on below!
Like the Storz & Bickel lineup, the Utillian 722 is quite simple and straightforward to use. While it might not completely match the Crafty+, it certainly comes close and the lower price-tag might be enough to convince you!
It’s worth checking out the Utillian 722 if you don’t want to deal with the intricacies and difficulties that some convection vapes have when it comes to getting the right performance. One of the best convection vaporizers around for sure!
- More affordable than most
- Powerful convection heater
- Simple to use
- Preset Temperature Control
- Non-removable battery
Storz & Bickel Crafty+ and Mighty
Year after year these two vapes by Storz & Bickel top the charts, and we can see why.
While the Storz & Bickel Crafty+ and Mighty both use hybrid heating, we can’t help but feel that they deserve a spot since they use a very strong convection heater in conjunction with a conduction bowl. The two have different characteristics, but we definitely suggest the new Crafty+ over the Mighty!
They’re both super easy to use, are compatible with dosing capsules, have solid battery life, great construction, and top-shelf vapor quality. On one hand, they’re quite expensive, but you get what you pay for in terms of performance.
If you want an easy, no-frills, and simple convection vaporizer which delivers top-notch performance without the need of voodoo witchcraft, the Storz & Bickel Crafty+, and Mighty should be at the top of your list.
- Top-notch vapor quality
- Good battery life
- Built very well, easy to use
- Non-removable battery
The Firefly 2+ is a slight upgrade over the original Firefly 2, which was one of the first devices to popularize convection heating. Not without its downsides though, the Firefly 2+ delivers incredible tasting vapor, works excellent with concentrates like wax or rosin, and is bundled all in an attractive form factor.
The Firefly 2+ like most other convection herb vapes requires a bit of technique and has a learning curve. The drawing technique is a bit different and may present some struggle to beginners at first. It’s also rather sensitive to the pack and grind consistency and requires stirring throughout the session to work best.
The battery is removable but small, however, it’s considered worth it due to the incredibly rich-tasting vapor it provides. One of the best herb vaporizers for the flavor chasers out there, the Firefly 2+ also does great with concentrates, so if you want a device that does as well with dabs as it does herb, then you should consider the Firefly 2+. Check out the Firefly 2+ (Plus) full review here.
- The best flavor from any portable herb vaporizer.
- Unique design and fun to use.
- Able to use concentrates and herbs very well.
- Mediocre battery life
- Learning curve
RastaBuddhaTao Splinter (Mistvape Imp, Stempod)
The RBT Splinter was remarkable since it delivered a top-notch performance in a highly-tunable and modular way. It’s only the heating part of a vape system, and a bottom battery is needed to provide power and the software. The Splinter is a 510-threaded herb vaporizer with huge power!
For those familiar with regular e-cigs, playing with resistances, settings, and different vape mods won’t be new territory, and the Splinter may be the best herb vape for them! Other 510-threaded vaporizers include the ModPodLabs Stempod and MistVape Imp, which all perform on the level of the big boys which cost twice as much.
Only certain vape mods will work best with 510 herb vapes, and it takes some tinkering to setup. The rewards are well worth it for the top-shelf performance they can dish out compared to equally priced vapes and even devices much more expensive!
- Excellent performance for the price
- Versatile and modular, great for tinkering
- Incredible vapor quality
- Needs adjustments and some advanced steps to get working best
- Requires separate box mod to use
Vivant vLeaf Go
An excellent alternative to the tiny yet powerful Grasshopper vape, the Vivant vLeaf Go offers a full-convection vaporizer in a small, affordable, and effective package.
While the battery life is nothing to write home about and the vapor is a bit harsh when used natively, the vLeaf Go is an absolute behemoth through a water pipe and with small amounts of the flower. A microdosing dream, the Vivant vLeaf Go is a great addition to the collection for its efficiency with small bits of flower and a great vapor profile.
The chamber is small though and we find ourselves drawn to bigger, beefier units that give nonstop power and a larger battery. Still, it’s a great super-portable vaporizer for one and worth keeping an eye on.
- Great flavor and power
- Very affordable
- Completely convection
- Small bowl & battery
Sticky Bricks (Sticky Brick OG, Junior, Runt, Flip Brick, etc)
The Sticky Brick lineup doesn’t use batteries. In fact, it uses a butane torch lighter to heat up your herbs. Using a Sticky Brick is like driving a manual car – the flame position and intensity is the gas pedal, and the drawing technique is the clutch.
The benefit of the Sticky Bricks is that they don’t use batteries (still uses fuel), they hit hard like a truck, they’re attractive, and fun to use! While not exactly portable for outside use, they’re awesome at-home portables.
There is definitely a learning curve and not the easiest to use, but a little bit of practice will get you the hits you desire! Unless your friends are enthusiasts and willing to learn, the Sticky Brick is a bit more of a personal vaporizer. With that being said, the vapor quality is essentially second to none and very unique. Definitely worth considering if you like the idea of a full manual!
- Heavy, hard hits with great flavor
- Fun to use
- Doesn’t use batteries, uses fuel
- Not so portable
- The learning curve can be difficult for some
The Grasshopper vape has had a rocky reputation over the last few years, however, the newest models seem to have really changed things up. The Grasshopper is a super-portable herb vaporizer in the shape & size of a large pen or marker.
While the vapor that comes out is rather hot and harsh due to the short vapor-path, it’s incredibly flavorful and extremely potent. Without a doubt one of the most powerful herb vapes around, it is deceptively strong for its size.
Though its battery life is short and using it without a bubbler can be uncomfortable at times due to heat, the super-fast extraction and heavy hits that the Grasshopper can provide makes it a solid device. Let’s not forget that it’s basically the best stealthy herb vape on the market today!
- The most stealthy herb vape
- Huge power for small size
- Removable proprietary battery
- Vapor can be hot and harsh
- Reliability may be an issue
The Boundless Tera is one of the most powerful portable herb vapes on the market. Using 2 removable 18650 batteries to feed the powerful convection heater, the Boundless Tera pumps out heavy clouds of potent vapor with ease. For those wanting a true powerhouse which is easy to use, the Boundless Tera is a wise choice.
Used in conjunction with a water pipe is where the Boundless Tera really shines. While it’s fine to use with the normal mouthpiece, the vapor can be a bit hot and harsh. With a bubbler though, it can easily knock you out in one large hit. It also does great with concentrates!
It’s a bit thicker than most portable herb vapes and doesn’t fit in the pocket so well, but the extra bump to performance and battery life might be worth it to you. While the materials used aren’t quite the best and there have been reliability issues over the years, the Tera still holds up quite well today. Check out the Boundless Tera Review here.
- A super-powerful convection heater
- 2 removable 18650 batteries
- Incredibly good with a water pipe.
- Bulkier size decreases portability
- Occasional reliability issues
Arizer Extreme Q
Probably the best bang for buck herb vape on the market, the Arizer Extreme Q is a terrific desktop choice if most of your use is at home. The best budget dry herb vape without sacrificing top-tier performance, the Arizer Extreme Q uses a full convection heater to deliver excellent vapor quality.
With the versatility to use with a whip (like seen on a tobacco hookah), through balloons or direct draw, the Arizer Extreme Q has gained a large following and plenty of love for a good reason. With pure flavor, great power, and an awesome price, the Arizer EQ is a solid pick up.
Do keep in mind it’s a desktop only-unit and requires the use of a plug to use properly. This trade-off allows you immense power without worrying about dead batteries. For group sessions and sharing with friends at home, the Extreme Q is an excellent choice. Check out the Extreme Q Review here.
- Excellent vapor quality
- Tons of versatility (whip, bags, direct draw)
- Great price
- Needs a wall socket to use
- Bags are finicky
Art of Vapor – VapBong
Aesthetically strange but an absolute monster, the VapBong by Art of Vapor is a functional work of art with vapor quality at the top of the spectrum.
An enormous and powerful convection heater that directs the flow of energy into the large bowl, the VapBong is an example of a convection vape in its truest form.
On the other hand, it is expensive and handmade in Europe, so getting your hands on one is a little hard. Still, we couldn’t forget about it and it handily deserves a place on our list. Check out our full Art of Vapor VapBong review here!
- The most powerful dry herb vape on the market
- Huge, powerful heater and a gigantic bowl
- Handmade out of ceramic
- A higher price point
- Unusual form factor
While they don’t quite make the cut or qualify as pure convection vaporizers, we can heartily recommend the Storz & Bickel Plenty and Volcano vaporizers, an assortment of log vaporizers (like the eNano log vape, Underdog, and Eds TnT WoodScents), and some other units like the Tubo Evic.
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