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Portable Vaporizers and Desktop Vaporizers, Which are Better?

Saturday, July 4th, 2020

As vaping is now mainstream it is no surprise that new products are coming onto the market. Research and development in the vaping industry is accelerating quickly, and more efficient products are being introduced all the time. It’s no surprise that much of the development has been in the area of vaping mods and pens. The desktop vaporizer, for example, is a relatively new addition to the range of products, but what is its purpose and is one better than a portable vaporizer?

The answer to that depends upon where you will be using your vaping device. A portable vaporizer is great for on the move and is also small and discreet. But there are advantages to desktop vaporizers which we will have a look at in moment. Let’s talk in the first instance about each variety, what it’s for, and why you might want one, and we’ll start with the portable vaporizer.

About Portable vaporizer

The portable vaporizer is the most likely example of a vaping device you will have seen. Small, thin, and resembling a pen, these are clever devices that are powered by a tiny battery. This heats up the vaporizer which in turn atomizes the substance which can be an oil or you may be using a wax pen also known as dab pen for any number of substances. The advantages of this type of vaporizer are as follows:

  • Cheap and easy to find
  • Small and compact
  • Discreet and simple
  • Can be used anywhere
  • Fast action
  • Plenty of choices in design

As perhaps the most popular of all types of device, the pen models are the most numerous. They do, however, have their pitfalls, and the disadvantages of the vape pen may be as follows:

  • Some are not refillable
  • Battery needs recharging after a while
  • Easy to lose as they are small
  • Limited in variable temperatures

That’s not to say that a portable vaporizer is problematic – far from it as they are reliable and simple to use – but that there are some disadvantages involved. A refillable pen will be a very useful device, with the only real problem being the need to recharge the battery once in while after you’ve used it several times. Many people carry a spare battery just in case, which is a good idea as they are far from expensive. Now, what about the desktop vaporizer?

About Desktop Vaporizers

As the name suggests, the desktop vaporizer is a non-portable vaping device designed for placing on a desk or table. These are well-made devices that have become very popular lately, especially with people who are into vaporizing dry herbs – which can also be done with the wax pen mentioned above.

Dry herb vaporizer has become something of a specialist pastime – most people choose to vape e-Liquids or cannabis oils – but is fast growing in popularity, and these desktop vape device are among the most effective way of enjoying your vaping this way.

How do they differ from a portable vaporizer? Well, for start they are much bigger, and are not intended for portability. You won’t want to carry one around in your pocket for long! They are, however, much more powerful than portable one as they are mains powered – you need to plug it into an electric socket for it to work – and they come with far greater adjustability in terms of temperature and so forth. These are devices that are usually used in the home, and the advantages may be as follows:

  • Powerful and easy to use
  • Fully adjustable temperature ranges
  • Plug into the mains, no battery to recharge
  • Well-made and sturdy
  • Useful for the home

However, there are some potential problems with a desktop device, including the fact they can be very expensive. The usual price for one will be around $100, but the very best and most highly rated models can be as much as $600. Here’s a few disadvantages:

  • Large and non-portable
  • Expensive in comparison
  • Need to plug in

So there we have brief descriptions of each type, the portable vaporizer and the desktop example. Now to find out which one is best!


The two devices described above are suitably different that they are clearly for different purposes and occasions. The desktop vaporizer, for example, is a great device for those who like to vaporize dry herbs at home and who want the best results, while the portable vaporizer is best for people who are on the move and may want a smoke when they are on a lunch break or away from home. The choice is yours, so check them out further and choose the right one for you.

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