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Best dry herb cannabis vaporizers for Australians

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Many long-term recreational and medicinal cannabis users alike are starting to make the switch to cannabis vaporizers. Whether trying to make the most out of the natural compounds of cannabis or just starting your journey in medicinal cannabis, choosing dry herb vaporizers can be daunting.

Dry herb vaporizers make the best of smoking and vaping, allowing you to enjoy the various flavours of cannabis flowers in a more articulated and refined experience. It is also the recommended method to consume cannabis flowers and concentrates by medical professionals.

On the downside, vaporizers can be very pricey and can be a big investment. We’ve already outlined some of the points to consider when choosing the best cannabis vaporizer for you. In this article, we will run through some of the best vaporizers available to Australians today.

What are dry herb vaporizers?

Dry herb vaporizers are designed to heat cannabis flowers at a temperature high enough to boil and release its active ingredients, without burning it, resulting in vaporization.

When smoking cannabis flowers in joints or pipes, the cannabinoids are activated (decarboxylated) through the process of combustion. This results in dangerous byproducts which can cause damage to your lungs and tissues over time.

Vaporizing cannabis is said be a better method for individuals that are looking for a smoother and healthier alternative. They are a fantastic way to reap the benefits of the whole cannabinoid profile including various therapeutic terpenes.

Why choose a dry herb vaporizer?

While vaping cannabis concentrates may be popular for recreational users, they are not as easily accessible for Australians. On the medical front, only a handful of pharmaceutical cannabis concentrate products for vaporizers are available at the moment.

So for Aussies, it is a matter of access to concentrates which may be overpriced or unavailable. Others may just prefer to enjoy the benefits of the whole plant, including all the cannabinoids and terpenes.

Some users have exclusive preferences, which is why you will find vaporizers that are only suitable for dry herbs or concentrates, but not both. If you have such a preference, it is important to clarify the materials your vaporizer is designed for when researching for a new vaporizer.

However, if you plan on vaping both concentrates and dry herbs, vaporizers that accept both forms could prove to be a better investment.

Best cannabis vaporizers available in Australia

We've scoured through some of the best cannabis vaporizers in Australia and listed our recommendations for recreational and medical users below. They may all vary in price, heating method and build quality slightly, in the hopes there will be something to suit everyone.

Mighty / Crafty Vaporizer

  • Portability: Hand-held

  • Type: Flower and concentrates

  • Cost: $$$ - Top of the range but worth the price

  • Heating: Hybrid (Convection + Conduction)

  • Temperature range: 40°C-210°C

  • Best overall performing dry herb and concentrate vaporizer

Mighty and crafty vaporizer

If you’re familiar with the world of cannabis vaporizers, then you’ve definitely come across glowing reviews of Storz & Bickels’ Mighty hand-held vaporizer.

This vape is user-friendly and very easy to clean. It also comes with unique packing accessories and has been updated with an improved battery life of 20%. As well as a built in safety feature which turns the device off automatically in case you forget.

Even if you have forgotten to charge it, this device allows you to use the device while connected to a charging source. It also doesn’t require a lot of regular maintenance and works well even if not recently cleaned.

This product is top of the class in the dry herb vaporizer category and has a patented combined conduction-convection heating method. This allows for quality vapour which is potent and flavourful but smooth with every draw.

Crafty Vaporizer

If the Mighty is a bit out of the price range, its smaller sibling the "Crafty" could be a cheaper alternative. The Crafty is smaller in size and has similar quality vape compared to the Mighty. Although the difference in price will also come with a reduced battery life, slower heat up time and will require a smartphone app for precise temperature controls.

Mighty Medic Vaporizer

The Mighty Medic is the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) approved version of the standard Mighty. They are both nearly identical in operation, except one has been built, tested and certified especially for medicinal cannabis use. In addition, the Medic also comes with extra accessaries such as dosing capsules and mouth pieces for hygiene purposes. Both the standard Mighty and the Mighty Medic can be found at similar pricing.

DaVinci IQ2 Vaporizer

  • Portability: Hand-held

  • Type: Flower and concentrates

  • Cost: $$ - Mid to top range

  • Heating: Conduction

  • Temperature range: 120°C-210°C

  • Dual vaporizer with vapour density and air-flow settings

DaVinci IQ2 Vaporizer

The DaVinci IQ2 vaporizer is a well-engineered machine that allows you to fine-tune your own vaping experience. The accompanying app includes several features such as remote and optional dosage control.

Additionally, the device itself has two heat settings:

  • Smart Path which gives you preset temperatures to choose from,

  • and a Precise Mode which allows you to choose any specific temperature up to 210°C.

The vapour produced by this vaporizer is clean, consistent and flavourful - allowing you to really taste the terpenes and flavonoids in each inhale. Its only downfall is that it takes six hours to fully charge with its accompanying mini-USB charger. Even so, the removable battery pack allows for longer use on the go.

Volcano Hybrid Desktop Vaporizer

  • Portability: Desktop Vaporizer

  • Type: Flower and concentrates:

  • Cost: $$$ - Top of the range

  • Heating: Convection

  • Temperature range: 40°C-230°C

  • Best digital desktop vaporizer for wax and dry herbs

volcano desktop vaporizer

The Volcano Hybrid from Storz & Bickel is the newest version of the classic Volcano Desktop Vaporizer which has been making waves in the industry since 1999. This version expands beautifully on all that the brand has achieved thus far.

Its newly-added whip attachment, with 360-degree rotating base is ideal for multiple users. Where its classic balloon bag can be removed where some portability may be required. While there are a few more moving parts compared to portable vaporizers, users should be comfortable with its operation after a few uses.

As with all Storz and Bickel products, the German-made machinery is some of the highest vaping quality you will find. Its sturdy, user friendly and accident-proof design comes at a worthwhile, albeit high cost, if you’re looking for an investment.

PAX3 Vaporizer

  • Portability: Hand-held

  • Type: Flower and concentrates

  • Cost: $$ - Mid range

  • Heating: Conduction

  • Temperature range: 182°C-215°C

  • Small enough to fit in your pocket, PAX3 is powerful enough to produce consistent and flavourful vapours

PAX3 Vaporizer

PAX3 is famous for its simple and sleek design which makes this vape look more like a portable phone charger. It will not call attention to itself unless you’re looking to show off to your fellow cannabis users.

Some of the updated features include a ten-year warranty, dual use for dry herb and concentrates, and increased heat up time. It also has an improved battery life.

The downside to this product, however, is that it is relatively difficult to clean when compared against other products such as the Mighty Vaporizer. This being said, it is still an easy enough process that will ensure your PAX3 has a long and happy life.

Arizer Solo 2 Vaporizer

  • Portability: Hand-held

  • Type: Flower

  • Cost: $$ - Mid range

  • Heating: Hybrid (Convection + Conduction)

  • Temperature range: 50°C-220°C

  • Famous glass stem maximises the flavours of the dry herbs cannabinoid profile

Arizer Solo 2 Vaporizer

Made using a stainless-steel and ceramic heating system, the Arizer Solo 2 vaporizer is famous for its stand-alone quality of flavour, owing to its signature glass stem.

This product is perfect for users who enjoy a saturated and full-flavoured experience. Its vapour is consistent in quality and flavour. And the glass stem is incredibly easy to clean making it ideal for regular users.

Although the updated versions are smaller, lighter and armed with improved battery life, its glass stem is very susceptible to getting lost or breaking. Luckily, it is easily replaceable.

XMAX Starry Vaporizer

  • Portability: Hand-held

  • Type: Flower and concentrates

  • Cost: $ - Budget friendly

  • Heating: Conduction

  • Temperature range: 100°C-240°C

  • Value for money, perfect for new users wanting a vape with basic essential features.

XMAX Starry Vaporizer

Compared to other vaporisers which deliver the same quality, the XMAX Starry Vaporizer is of far better value. It’s easy to transport, has a sleek and modern design, and is the best option in terms of value for money.

It has a ceramic conduction chamber which means a faster heating time, taking only 25 seconds to get to 199°C.

It also has a battery life of 80 minutes on a single charge, but will allows for extra removable batteries if longer use is required.

Zeus Arc GT Vaporizer

  • Portability: Hand-held

  • Type: Flower

  • Cost: $$ - Mid range

  • Heating: Conduction

  • Temperature range: 205°C-225°C

Zeus Arc GT Vaporizer

The Zeus Arc GT is another standout in the list of cannabis vaporizers. Able to take concentrates, dry herbs and waxes, this superior device is German-engineered to produce full-body clouds with an incredible flavour. Despite its small size, it performs very well and has a powerful battery which lasts for 90 minutes of use.

This device features a gold vapour path which offers superior cooling of the vapour as it travels through the device, making it incredibly smooth and pleasant

Although moderately priced, this vaporizer is a great investment for someone looking for a versatile, quality product that delivers consistent, flavourful results.

Choosing the best dry herb vaporizer

The Australian medical community continues to open itself up to the therapeutic values of cannabis and its chemical constituents. As both medical and public interest continues to grow, there will be an increasingly varied choice of products to consider.

As always, this can be intimidating at first. Especially since the level of engineering at which these products are manufactured often means that they’re not readily available to those on a budget. So in reality, choosing the right cannabis vaporizer for you will come down to how much you are willing to spend and whether some of the factors like heating method, portability and battery life might be of concern.

We hope the options outlined in the article provide a great starting point for you when considering a cannabis vaporizer. Make sure to check out our beginners guide on cannabis vaporizers to find out more on things to consider when choosing the right vaporizer for your needs.

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Jason Lu | BudHerd

Jason Lu | BudHerd

Jason is one of the lead editors and founder of BudHerd. He spends his days writing, designing, developing and researching all things cannabis. Jason is passionate about destigmatising and educating Australians on the therapeutic and recreational values of cannabis.
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