Portable Vape Reviews & Buying Guide

Vaporizing herbs provides a healthier alternative to smoking. Dry herbs are gently heated to a temperature that releases the herb’s natural oils. The oils are evaporated and released as vapor rather than smoke. The effects are the same, but vaporization doesn’t have the same effect on your lungs as smoking does.

There are several different vaporizer devices on the market today, but portable devices are favored simply because they can be taken anywhere. They’re small enough to fit in your pocket and feature a discreet design. However, not all devices are created equal. To really maximize your experience, you need to invest in the best portable vaporizer you can afford.

Arizor Solo

Arizer Solo

The Arizer Solo is a portable diffuser, or vaporizer. It’s easy to use, lightweight and features a compact design. It’s everything you could want in a portable vaporizer. There are no cords or wires to fuss with, and the entire device is powered by a single lithium ion battery.

Small and Compact

The Solo stands just 4.5” tall and features a 1.75” diameter. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, this vaporizer is discreet and incredibly portable. The heating element is made from ceramic and the device features a glass stem.

Temperature Control

The Arizer solo uses an LED temperature control system with seven different levels ranging from 122 to 410 degrees Fahrenheit. The available temperatures and their warm-up times are as follows:

  • Level 1 – 122°F with a 15 second warm-up
  • Level 2 – 365°F with a 1 minute warm-up
  • Level 3 – 374°F with a 1 minute 10 second warm-up
  • Level 4 – 383°F with a 1 minute 30 second warm-up
  • Level 5 – 393°F with a 1 minute 50 second warm-up
  • Level 6 – 401°F with a 2 minute 10 second warm-up
  • Level 7 – 410°F with a 2 minute 30 second warm-up

Battery Life & Safety

On one single charge, the Solo offers one to two hours of continuous use. It takes approximately 4 hours to recharge the device completely.

For added safety and to conserve battery life, the Solo will automatically shut off after 12 minutes of idle time.

The Arizer Solo is considered the best portable vaporizer by many users. The precise temperature control and ease of use are just two of the many reasons why so many people love this device. If you’re looking for the absolute best vaporizing experience, the Solo is the right choice for you.

Magic Flight Launch Box

Magic Flight Launch Box

The Magic Flight Launch Box looks more like an old school radio than a vaporizer. Just like the Arizer Solo, this device is small, compact and discreet. Its unique design is really only the start of the great things this vaporizer has to offer.

Portable & Environmentally-Friendly

You can preload the Launch Box and use it outdoors with ease. It’s cordless, small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and powered by AA rechargeable batteries. The Launch Box doesn’t use butane, so it’s more environmentally-friendly than other vaporizers.

Easy to Use

One of the great things about this portable vaporizer is its simple design. It’s both easy and safe to use. Just grind up your materials, load them into the Launch Box and insert a battery. The quick warm up time means that the device starts producing vapor almost immediately. You can use your Launch Box in windy conditions, and reload several times without having to wait.

Safe to Use

The Launch Box is made from renewable wood, so you never have to worry about glass components breaking. There’s no combustion by-products, and the device produces virtually no odor.

Along with the vaporizer, you also receive 2 rechargeable NiMH batteries, a neat decorative case, a glass draw stem, an instruction manual and a cleaning brush. The Launch Box comes with a lifetime functional warranty, so your purchase is protected.

For a handcrafted vaporizer made in the USA, the Magic Flight Launch Box is the best-of-the-best.

Homemade Vaporizer Options?

A homemade vaporizer probably won’t provide you with the same experience as the two portable vaporizers listed above. However, in a pinch, it can get the job done.

You can create your own vaporizer using a light bulb. Here’s how:

  1. Cut off the metal tip of the light bulb using a serrated knife. Sand off any jagged edges.
  2. Remove the contents of the bulb using pliers.
  3. Sanitize the bulb by soaking in a solution of 90% isopropyl alcohol and Epsom salt. Soak for 10 minutes. This step is optional but highly recommended.
  4. Take a plastic cap from a 2-liter bottle of soda, and make 2 straw-sized holes into the cap. You want the two holes to be approximately half an inch apart.
  5. Insert a drinking straw in each hole. The straw is what will carry the vapor, so it needs to connect the inside of the bulb to the outside.
  6. Place your substance inside of the bulb and secure the cap onto the end. You may need to use tape to keep the cap in place.
  7. Turn the bulb so that the straws are facing upward.
  8. Use a candle or a lighter to heat the bottom of the bulb and vaporize the herb.

A homemade vaporizer is by no means the best portable vaporizer. It will work as intended, but you’re much better off purchasing a real vaporizer that’s durable and reliable like the ones listed above.


2014 has seen a lot of new vape’s hit the market, all to much fanfare and media promotion.  For us, the only one worthwhile to the throne that the Solo and Launch Box is the Haze Vaporizer.  We will have a review of our experience with it up shortly.

But for the time being, the Launch Box and the Solo are two of the best portable vaporizers on the market today in 2014.

Take them with you on the go or use them in the comfort of your own home without being restricted by cords.

It’s hard to name one the “best choice” as they both have their own unique advantages. While the Solo may have a higher price tag, it allows for more precise temperature control. The Launch Box not only produces excellent vapor, but it is also easier on the environment.

Your can not go wrong with either choice, as both make excellent gifts for the avid vaporizer user and are sure to please anyone looking for an excellent vaporization experience.  They will surely kick off your vape addiction if they are your first buy, but even after collecting 10+ mobile vape devices, these two are still our top picks.