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What is a portable vaporizer?

What does vaping have to do with pot? More than you might think! You see, many people use vaporizers, or e-cigarettes as they are sometimes called, for recreational purposes. These devices can be used to inhale marijuana vapors for a desired effect. But what is a vaporizer? What does it do?

A portable vaporizer is an electronic device that heats up the material you want to smoke and converts it into a mist just like the pros do in fancy restaurants all over the world. The result of this process is natural flavors and aromas that make your leisure time more enjoyable.

But these days, most people who use a vaporizer choose to use it for medical reasons instead. Vaporizers have been found to help patients with their medical conditions, such as chronic or terminal illness. Furthermore, they can be used to reduce pain and inflammation. That’s why so many people are turning to portable vaporizers today!

If you’re new to the world of vaporizing, the basic functions of a portable vaporizer will be explained below. In addition, different types of vaporizers will also be covered in this guide.

Types of portable vaporizers

types of portable vaporizers
types of portable vaporizers

There are many types of portable vaporizers available today. It depends on you what type you’d prefer to use. For example, if you want a device with a very small size, then a pen-style vaporizer would be the right choice for you. On the other hand, if portability is not your priority and you want something that looks more like a traditional cigarette and feels natural in your hand, then go for one of the following devices: table-top vape pens, desktop vapes or desktop vapes kit with cartridges.

Vape pen

The first type of vaporizer that you may want to check out is the pen-style portable vaporizer. This kind of device has a very small size and works much like an e-cigarette or similar devices. You just need to switch it on, wait for the green light and start inhaling. These devices are best suited for those who want something easy and simple – just about anyone can use them without any problems whatsoever.

Box mods

Apart from pen-style vapes, there are also box mods which look more like a traditional e-cig but with more power and bigger capacity battery. The box mods are a little bigger than the pen types, yet they are still portable. Because of their size, these vapes are more suitable for those who like to vape in groups or in outdoor settings.

Desktop vaporizers

Then there is the third kind of portable vaporizer – desktop vapes. This type of vaporizer is very common and usually has a long battery life. They are very convenient to use because you just need to plug them into an electrical outlet to charge them, then use it when you want.

Desktop vapes kit with cartridges

The final type of vaporizers are the desktop vapes kit with cartridges. These types of vaporizers come with more advanced features like temperature control, battery life, and a bigger chamber size. You just need to screw a cartridge into the device and vape away.

Portable Vaporizer Components

dry herb portable vaporizer
dry herb portable vaporizer

When you’re shopping for a new portable vaporizer, you’ll notice that most devices have similar basic components. It is because there are only few things to consider when buying one. However, it is still important to know how each component works so that you can get the most enjoyable experience using your new device. A portable vaporizer will have a mouthpiece, heating element, and a heating chamber.


The mouthpiece is the part where you put your mouth when you inhale. This mouthpiece can be made of glass or plastic material, depending on the type of vaporizer that you’re using. In some cases, metal materials are also used to make the mouthpieces as well.

Heating Element

The heating element is basically the area where the heat is produced so that vaping can occur. It may be made of ceramic or metal, and it may come in different styles, shapes and sizes too.

Heating Chamber

The heating chamber is the portion of the vaporizer where your material is heated. It can be made of glass or metal too, depending on the type of vaporizer that you’re using.

The components work together, one after another, to deliver the right amount of heat to your material as you inhale from the device. In addition, some vapes may also have a refillable cartridge or a tank for holding extra material. You should also know how many chambers each device has so that you can get the most out of it before refilling it with more herbs or concentrates.


dry herb portable vaporizer
dry herb portable vaporizer

One aspect that all vapes have in common is their size and portability. The smaller they are, the more portable they become. Some vapes are so compact that they can fit in your pocket or purse. And if you really want a small and portable vaporizer, then a pen-style device is best for you.

But if small size is not that important to you and you want something more like a traditional cigarette, then it’s better to go for bigger vaporizers instead. They are bigger than the pen type but still portable because they can be taken with you anywhere you go without any problems at all.

Portable Vaporizer Buying Guide

If this is the first time that you’re buying a portable vaporizer, then it can be quite confusing to choose what device would suit your needs best. But don’t worry! We have prepared a list of factors that you can consider while shopping for your new vape.

The first thing that you should consider is the size and portability of your new vaporizer. You should know how big or small it will be so that you can choose the right one to fit your needs.  For example, you can’t use a pen-style portable vaporizer on a flight because there’s not enough space for it in your bag or pockets.

So, if the size is not an issue and portability is more important, then go for bigger vapes instead so that they are easier to use anywhere you go. Types – there are different types of portable vaporizers available today. If you want a device with a very small size, then a pen-style vaporizer would be the right choice for you.