Top 10 Convection Vaporizers for 2020!
Convection herb vapes are significantly different than conduction vapes, and 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.
To make it simple, we’ve compiled a quick list of the best convection herb vapes for 2020! This list isn’t in any particular order since it’s almost impossible to choose a winner and they all vary. Check out the differences of a convection, conduction, and hybrid heating and how convection heating works at the bottom of this article!
Not all convection vapes need to be expensive, and the Utillian 722 is a great entry at a lower cost than others. A powerful convection heater, strong battery life, and improved airflow over the Utillian 721, the Utillian 722 is definitely a solid pick up!
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
- Alright temperature control
- Non-removable battery
Storz & Bickel Crafty+ and Mighty
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 draw 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 herb very well.
- Mediocre battery life
- Learning curve
RastaBuddhaTao Splinter (Mistvape Imp, Stempod)
The RBT Splinter was remarkable since it delivered 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 tinkering and some advanced steps to get working best
- Requires separate box mod to even use
A true powerhouse and a tank, the Ghost MV1 is as good as it is strange. A super powerful heater, great cooling system, and unique form factor makes it a fun unit to use. While it’s not the best for being ultraportable, it hits like a tank and has top notch vapor quality.
The MV1 definitely has a bit of a learning curve and the grind/pack consistency needs to be played with. The reward for carrying this large powerhouse is smooth and delicious vapor which hits hard and is at the top of the spectrum.
The battery is large, it’s a bit tricky to use, and it looks like it was beamed down from a space-ship. Maybe this is what the aliens are using to get blasted? We’re not sure, but check out our Ghost MV1 review for more info!
- Great flavor and power
- Excellent cooling unit
- Space-age design
- Large size makes it less portable
Sticky Bricks (Sticky Brick OG, Junior, Runt, Flip Brick, etc)
The Sticky Brick line-up doesn’t use batteries. In fact, it uses a butane torch lighter to heat up your herbs. Using a Stick Brick is like driving a manual car – the flame position and intensity is the gas pedal, and the draw technique is the clutch.
The benefit the Sticky Bricks are 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 full manual!
- Heavy, hard hits with great flavor
- Fun to use
- Doesn’t use batteries, uses fuel
- Not so portable
- 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.
Thought 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.
- Super powerful convection heater
- 2 removable 18650 batteries
- Incredibly good with a water pipe.
- Bulky size makes it less portable
- 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. 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. Checkout 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.
NewVape FlowerPot + WeedEater
The McLaren of the vape world, the NewVape FlowerPot is hands down the best convection herb vaporizer on the market. It’s able to do wax extremely well and can be used as an e-rig for dabs too. What’s the catch? It costs a couple pretty pennies. Considered the holy grail of herb vaporizers, it’s hard to beat in terms of performance!
Designed for use exclusively with a bubbler, the FlowerPot with WeedEater attachment is insanely powerful and really suited best for those who take heavy hits or want nothing but the best. Stack dry herb and dabs in the same hit to really rock your world. Be warned!
This device is definitely best for the hardcore enthusiasts with its very unique design and power. Imagine strapping a 1000hp motor to a Smart Car, and that’s the power the FlowerPot has. Make sure to opt for the WeedEater attachment to use dry herb!
- The most powerful dry herb vape on the market
- Able to stack dabs and dry herb in one hit
- Luxurious like a Ferrari.
- Very expensive
- Better suited to expert-style use
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,
What is a convection herb vaporizer?
A convection herb vaporizer uses convective heating to warm up you herb and deliver you the cannabinoids you so desire! Think of a convection oven, where hot air is surrounding the food. Conduction is akin to how a frying pan works – the food is in direct contact with the hot surface.
While convection isn’t necessarily better, most people seem to prefer it over conduction heating. Another heating style is hybrid heating, which is seen as the best of both worlds of convection and conduction. The entire Storz & Bickel lineup uses hybrid heating, like the Storz & Bickel Crafty.
Differences of convection vs conduction vaping.
People seemingly prefer convection vaping since it gives much better flavor, bigger hits, and often a quicker heat-up time. Most convection devices heat-up very quickly (less than 10 seconds), while conduction typically takes longer (~1 minute) to warm up. Convection devices are usually more expensive than conduction units. Units like the DaVinci IQ or Zeus Arc GT are examples of conduction vaporizers.
- Convection has hot air pass through the herb
- Convection typically has quicker heat-up times and preserves flavor better
- Convection can often vaporize herbs quicker and in bigger hits.
- Convection usually costs more.
- Conduction applies heat directly with a stainless steel, ceramic, or quartz chamber.
- Conduction usually uses less battery but takes longer to heat up.
- Conduction often requires more stirring and takes longer to vaporizer your herbs.
- Conduction is usually cheaper and seen in budget dry herb vapes.
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