How is a vaporizer so different?

The best vaporizers in the test - comparison & help + answers

The vaporizer - full speed ahead!

The vaporizer market is booming - vaping is hip and becoming increasingly popular. But if you don't know your way around here, you will quickly lose track of things.

There are now vaporizers for every imaginable situation. Whether at home or on the go, the hype about vaporizing just doesn't stop.

But not all steam is the same. While commercially available e-cigarettes only work with liquid liquids, vaporizers can usually also be filled with herbs, oils or resins.

This makes them particularly interesting for medical applications with cannabis, which have been allowed in Germany since the beginning of 2018.

But which herbal vaporizer actually suits me? Which is the best vaporizer? Are vaporizers harmful?

Find out and read on here in the test! We give you an insight into the world of the best vaporizers of 2021.

Regardless of whether it is a tabletop device or a mobile pocket version, we will help you make a choice!

The new portable vaporizers - let's go

The MIGHTY vaporizer

The MIGHTY vaporizer from Storz and Bickel plays in the absolute top league of herbal vaporizers. It is a mobile and powerful power pack with the very best vapor quality.

It vaporizes herbs and oils and, thanks to 2 powerful lithium-ion batteries, lasts longer than most portable devices. In less than 2 minutes it heats up from 0 to 210 °, so that you can get started quickly.

Nice gadgets are the display with the latest information about temperature and battery level, the easy and intuitive usability, as well as the automatic stand-by mode with which you can always feel safe, should you forget to switch off the device.

With a sporty 230g and the stately dimensions of 14 x 8 x 3 cm³, the MIGHTY vaporizer is not one of the smallest devices, but the Made in Germany product from Storz and Bickel does what it promises.

It also comes with lots of practical accessories such as a herb grinder, cleaning brush, replacement sieve, a practical filling aid and a liquid pad for using oils. For many, the best mobile vaporizer on the market.


Also included in the “mobile vaporizer test”: Fast, noble, PAX 3. The developers really went one better with the third generation of the incredibly successful PAX vaporizer.

Beautiful design, intuitive operation and quick use after just 15 seconds. It is twice as strong and powerful as its predecessor, the PAX 2, and lies well in the hand with a fantastic 3 x 2.1 x 9.8 cm3.

The PAX 3 vaporizer can be used for dried herbs and concentrated liquid extracts and provides clean, dense vapor.

It has some extremely nice features. For example, if you approach with your lips, it heats up.

If you put it away, it will cool down. It notifies you of its readiness for use by means of vibration mode and LEDs illuminate the battery charge status.

All you have to do is give it a gentle shake. You can also customize this vaporizer especially for you with the PAX Vapor app from the app or play store. Whether mild or strong, the temperature regulates it.

No cell phone at hand? No problem either, as the PAX 3 allows four basic settings on the device.

This vaporizer comes with a lot of equipment: Various mouthpieces, sieves, care set, charging accessories and multi-tools are included.

In addition to the MIGHTY, the PAX 3 is one of the best vaporizers on the market. Great quality that really leaves nothing to be desired.

Arizer Solo 2

The Arizer Solo 2 vaporizer comes from the Canadian company Arizer Tech, which has brought a really solid medium-priced handheld vaporizer onto the market.

It vaporizes herbs, oils and, with the supplied potpourri attachment, even flowers for pleasant scents. The housing is simple and modern, the operation is intuitive and really very simple.

There are only 2 buttons with which you switch the device on and control, plus an LED scale for temperature and status.

Unfortunately, the Arizer is not as fast on the move as the PAX 3 and Firefly 2. However, it still manages to heat up to its maximum temperature of 200 ° C in under 2 minutes.

The power is provided by a lithium-ion battery, which promises up to 2 hours, but then requires a relatively long charging time of up to 4 hours.

Fortunately, the vaporizer has an automatic switch-off that takes effect after 12 minutes.

Special gadget of the Arizer Solo 2: It works with glass mouthpieces for a clean, unadulterated taste.

The standard scope includes a curved and straight mouthpiece with which you also have to fill the herb chamber.

The mixture of long service life, handiness and ease of use makes this vaporizer a rock solid device. It is definitely recommended for beginners.

Those who are looking for a little more quality and comfort would prefer the PAX 3 or MIGHTY vaporizer.


The PAX 2 is the second generation of the PAX, one of the best-selling handheld devices on the vaporizer market. Compared to its predecessor, it has once again become significantly lighter and slimmer.

It combines simple design with state-of-the-art technology, packaged in a sturdy, high-quality aluminum housing.

With the exchangeable mouthpiece and the intelligent lip sensor system, it delivers the best vaping experience with dried herbs. Quality in a nutshell, you could say. But unfortunately not suitable for oils.

It has four temperature levels that allow you to individually adjust the taste and degree of hardness of the steam.

If the vaporizer is empty after approx. 1 hour, it is recharged via the USB interface. A shake tells you the current charge level, which is displayed on an LED bar.

With its small dimensions of 9.8 x 3.1 x 2.2 cm3 With a net weight of just 90g, the PAX 2 vaporizer really fits in every pocket and becomes a loyal companion.

But it is better to take a power bank with you and you can enjoy your outdoor use for longer.

Conclusion: Can be bought with a clear conscience. Vaping even longer, with improved quality, is possible with the successor PAX 3.

Flowermate V5.0

The Flowermate V5.0 fits easily in the hand and is 6 x 2 x 10 cm in size2 quite a compact device.

At less than € 100 it is one of the cheaper models in the vaporizer scene, although it really doesn't have to hide in terms of price-performance.

This makes it ideal for beginners who want to try vaping with a cheaper entry-level model.

With a battery life of up to 2 hours, it delivers relatively long pleasure. The subsequent charging time then takes about 3 hours.

Should you forget it while vaping, no problem. This vaporizer switches itself off automatically, which gives the battery level additional protection.

It has 3 temperature levels of 196 ° C, 204 ° C, 214 ° C, which are completely sufficient for the first enjoyment.

This even gives the herbs a dark brown color, but this is not a matter of taste for everyone. Vaping is done with a glass mouthpiece, which you can quickly and easily hide in the Flowermate.

It then looks more like an inconspicuous charger and is incredibly discreet in mobile use.

If you are not sure whether you want to buy a vaporizer, you can't go wrong with the Flowermate V5.0.

Professionals, for whom freedom of choice about steam temperatures and quality is sacred, should stay away from it.

You should prefer the high-priced models such as the MIGHTY or PAX 3.

Focusvape Pro

The elegant, slim and black Focusvape Pro from iFocus Technology is a new and promising vaporizer on the market of current vaporizer devices.

It is suitable for dried herbs that can be easily filled into the ceramic heating chamber. This guarantees tasty and harmless steam.

The Focusvape Pro enables a continuously variable temperature setting from 80 ° C to 240 ° C, which can be easily and intuitively regulated on the device at the touch of a button.

It is therefore particularly interesting for people who would like to make their own settings. It has reached its maximum temperature in less than a minute.

An OLED display shows the latest values ​​of the vaporizer. Once the device is empty, it can be charged with a USB cable or with an external battery charger, because the Focusvape Pro is one of the few vaporizers whose battery can be removed and changed independently.

The standard scope of delivery also includes a cleaning set, sieves and two high-quality glass mouthpieces.

In combination with the “iFocus Bubbler” it enables even purer water filtration.

Anyone who likes high-quality and harmless materials is well advised with the Focusvape Pro. A good vaporizer with a clean price-performance ratio.

G-Pen Elite

The G-Pen Elite is only suitable for herbs (Dry Herb) and has a new 360 ° C ceramic heating element for fast, efficient steam.

The vaporizer has a black, elegant housing and the G-Pen brand from the American manufacturer Grenco Science has already cast a spell over a number of celebrities. If you can't avoid it, you'd better take it right away.

Its LED display tells you the current temperature and the battery charge level. At the push of a button, the temperature can even be set continuously between 93 ° C and 220 ° C and adapted to your individual needs and the herbs used.

The overall impression is of high quality, the workmanship is very good. The heating time is even less than half a minute.

However, due to the construction of the G-Pen, the herbs get into hotter air currents due to the relatively short steam path to the combustion chamber.

That is why he is sometimes said to use the word “conduction”, so to speak the partial burning of the herbs, instead of the often desired “convection”, the principle of clean steam.

But if that doesn't irritate and bother you, it should be said that the elite otherwise do their job very well.

The average good ratings and the adequate price speak for him. But the quality is better with the MIGHTY or PAX 3 vaporizer.

FireFly2 Vaporizer

Wow, with well over 300 € one of the most expensive vaporizers on the vaporizer market. Does he keep what he promises?

The Firefly 2 makes it lighter, smaller and significantly longer. Not only thanks to the 2 batteries included.

The stylish, well thought-out housing is made of heat-resistant high-quality material and a window made of glass shows you what is steaming. By the way, these can be herbs or oils that you pack in the chamber.

The taste is clean and extremely decent. You are ready to go within 3-5 seconds.

With the touch sensors you can control the temperature directly on the device with a little practice and thus regulate the steam strength individually.

Optionally, this can also be done via the smartphone app, which you can use with iOs or Android. Compared to the PAX 3 app, there isn't so much going on here.

Included with the purchase: liquid pad for concentrates, cleaning utensils, extra battery, charging station and USB 3.0 cable. The latter makes charging via any USB port even more convenient.

Conclusion: Quite expensive but worth every penny. If you don't like the price, it is better to use the MIGHTY vaporizer or PAX 3.

Table top vaporizers - welcome home

Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer

There are actually still good vaporizers as table-top devices for the somewhat narrower Taler. With the Extreme Q from the Canadian manufacturer Arizer, the popular predecessor has been pimped up again.

This vaporizer creates fresh and dried herbs and oils with a freely selectable temperature range from 50 ° C to 260 ° C.

Here, 3 temperature sensors ensure that the settings are always the same and that the vaping is of the same good quality.

The previously often criticized noises during vaporizing have been removed so that it runs much quieter. By the way, you can operate it with two different modes.

If you want the inhalation via the balloon, no problem. Put on the balloon attachment and off you go. If you prefer direct contact, like with a shisha, you can use the hose attachment.

Nice gadget on top, the Extreme Q also comes with a potpourri attachment that will conjure up the finest scents in your home.

Do you want more? No problem, because the powerful ceramic heating element is predicted to have a long service life, which the manufacturer confirms with a lifelong guarantee.

The rest of the device has 3 years and the Extreme Q's automatic switch-off provides additional security.

If you can't and don't want to spend more than a table vaporizer, the Arizer Extreme Q is very good advice. Make it easy! Remote control included.

Plenty vaporizers

It looks a bit strange from the Plenty, with its analog temperature display and the curved stainless steel hose.

But that should not spoil the view of the inner values ​​of the Plenty Vaporizer from Storz and Bickel.

Because the makers of the fantastic Volcano have come back to their basics with this vaporizer.

Back to the roots - so to speak. No unnecessary functions, flashing LEDs or buttons. With the Plenty vaporizer, the focus is on performance and it is really very neat.

It tastes clean, tasty and unadulterated, regardless of whether you use dried herbs or oils. The curved hoses made of stainless steel provide additional cooling, which is easy on your respiratory tract. So please don't bend it.

Thanks to Storz and Bickel, the technology of the device is of course very high quality, efficient and safe. The latter is additionally supported by the integrated automatic switch-off of the vaporizer.

The Plenty vaporizer is suitable for everyone who is just starting to vape, who likes it simple and simple or who are afraid of doing something wrong.

Because that's really not possible. However, if you are looking for more functionality, you should invest in its big brother, the Volcano.

Volcano Digital

Like its partner Volcano Classic, the Volcano Digital has the same very best design. Sturz and Bickel have outdone themselves here and built an extremely solid and high-quality family of devices.

Made in Germany is also very important to the Volcano Digital. Best functionality, practical and high-quality design, as well as full functions.

Compared to the Classic, the Digit offers a large LED display that keeps you up to date on the current temperatures. You can also use the + and - buttons to freely set the temperature you want in the range between 40 ° C and 230 ° C.

The temperature stability of the device is enormous and ensures constant steam quality.

With the Volcano Digital you can steam herbs or oils. Here, too, the vaporizer is ready to go within a few minutes and delivers excellent vapor quality, which you collect with a balloon so that you can then inhale it relaxed.

It is also a bit safer because the Digit has an automatic switch-off function compared to the Classic, which switches it off if you should forget it.

Conclusion: If you have the necessary change, you should definitely buy the Volcano Digital! It is not for nothing that the Volcano model is one of the best on the market and at the forefront in the vaporizer test.

If that's too much for you and if you don't need the LED display, your colleague Volcano Classic is a little cheaper.

Volcano Classic

Big, bigger, Volcano! The Volcano Classic vaporizer from Sturz und Bickel is probably one of the best known, most popular and the best table top vaporizer that the vaporizer market has to offer.

It is suitable for the evaporation of herbs, spices, oils and is therefore also often used in aromatherapy.

A real powerhouse all made in Germany and free of cheap parts from the Far East. The materials are heat-resistant, high-quality and do not adulterate the taste.

The patented heating system ensures gentle heating and prevents your herbs from being burned.

That delivers delicious, clean steam, with 3-4x higher efficiency compared to other devices.

The operation of the Volcano vaporizer is also really very simple. Simply switch it on, let it heat up for 2-5 minutes, pack the herbs in the filling chamber, put on the balloon and off you go.

If you like, you can also let the steam cool down in the balloon for a while and enjoy it later.

When it comes to the price, please close your eyes. It's really not cheap. But quality costs its price and whoever wants to have fun in the long term should invest in it.

Vaporizer FAQ

What is a vaporizer?

A vaporizer, also known as a vaporiser or evaporator, is a technical device for vaporizing a wide variety of active ingredients such as herbs, oils or wax.

Usually only certain temperatures are used to heat the substances in order to avoid combustion and to obtain clear, clean steam without the harmful combustion substances.

How do vaporizers work?

First of all, it should be said that there are different models and versions of vaporizers, which also work differently.

Mobile hand-held devices, for example, are often battery or gas-operated and are therefore designed for mobile use. The larger table-top units, on the other hand, use the standard mains connection and of course have other options.

Common to all vaporisers is a fuel element, usually ceramic, which provides the appropriate temperatures for heating the substances.

Depending on the model, the substances are in direct or indirect contact with the fuel element and are vaporized according to the selected temperature.

The direct contact is mostly used in the cheaper models and is called conduction, whereby the substances are usually heated faster.

However, this direct contact means that the steam contains more harmful substances, which is often undesirable.

The more expensive models have specialized in the principle of convection, whereby the substances are heated indirectly by means of a stream of hot air.

This extraction, which is gentle on health, is particularly desirable and necessary for medical applications.

The vapor itself is then inhaled via mouthpieces and hoses, depending on the version of the vaporizer.

High-priced table-top devices also offer collection containers that, for example, collect the steam in the form of a balloon and promise party fun.

How does the vapor from a vaporizer smell?

In comparison to smoking, no such smoke odor is to be expected, since vaporizers are actually not supposed to burn.

Depending on the device used, however, it cannot be ruled out that there may be a slight aroma in the air and that of course depending on the substances used.

Since vaporizers are used in aromatherapy, this effect is sometimes even desirable.

However, you should never let your substances burn, because then there can be a smoky smoke.

In particular, cheaper vaporizers with direct contact between substance and heating element can tend to do so.

Are vaporizers legal?

The possession of a vaporizer as a "smoke" or inhalation device is not prohibited - so yes, vaporizers are legal in Germany.

The vaporizing of natural herbs such as chamomile, mint, and lavender, which are used in aromatherapy, for example, is completely legitimate.

In January 2018, the German Bundestag even decided to legalize cannabis for seriously ill people.

Cannabis is now available on prescription, so that vaporizers offer themselves as a health-friendly alternative for pain therapy.

The possession and use of cannabis in Germany remains illegal for private individuals.

Is it difficult to use a vaporizer?

The operation of a vaporizer is usually not difficult and is easy after a few uses. But here too, of course, this always depends on the model used.

Many manufacturers of high-priced models, for example, have specialized in simple and intuitive operation and, depending on the model, supply various tools and aids that, for example, make grinding the herbs or cleaning significantly easier.

In any case, care should always be taken with the heating element. There is a risk of burns if handled improperly.

Are vaporizers loud?

No not true. Certainly one or the other model will hum or bubble a bit louder, but basically the manufacturers are concerned with quiet functionality.

What is the optimal temperature?

Since every vaporizer is different, there is no one optimal temperature. In addition, this is mostly related to the active ingredient used and can vary depending on the nature.

The Volcano Classic vaporizer, for example, covers the fairly large temperature range of 130 ° C - 230 ° C.

However, many beginners often make the mistake of entering at temperatures that are too high, which in the worst case can lead to the substances being burnt. It is important to find out more in advance.

This can be done through numerous blogs and forum entries, among other things. In the meantime, however, many manufacturers also provide corresponding temperature tables.

What is temperature control for?

The temperature control or setting regulates the quality of the steam. Higher temperatures usually produce a denser vapor, but at the same time increase the risk of the substances being burned.

Lower temperatures usually make vaping more comfortable for the lungs and throat. That is why a variable temperature setting is essential for many applications.

Furthermore, the manufacturers strive for the exact execution of the target temperature for constant steam quality, especially with more expensive models, whereby they automatically readjust with a lot of control sensors.

Do herbs need to be ground?

Not necessarily, but grinding the herbs creates significantly smaller, finer particles and thus more space for the vaporization process.

The quality of the steam and its efficiency can thus be increased drastically. The steam becomes more aromatic and delicious.

Some manufacturers already supply special accessories, which greatly simplify grinding.

When is the vaporizer's filling up?

Depending on the filling quantity, this is usually decided by the taste, the steam quality or the appearance of the herbs used, which can vary depending on the user and his preferences. Some users like to steam with brown-colored substances, for example.

In any case, the vaporizer should be refilled if there is no more steam in the meantime and you don't draw anything or the steam even tastes / smells burnt.

How is a vaporizer cleaned?

That depends a lot on which model it is and how the manufacturer specifies it.

Most portable mobile devices do not require extensive cleaning and are usually tapped out. Manufacturers of the more expensive models usually supply some useful utensils that make the cleaning process easier.

However, cleaning always pays off in terms of the steam quality of your device.

Thomas Wellenbach has devoted himself completely to the vaping market for almost 5 years now. What began with a short self-experiment and a bet resulted in the greatest passion of his relatively young life. The 28-year-old now runs a comparison portal for e-cigarettes and has gathered a team of international insiders in this field.