Broadly speaking, Herb Vaporizer Pen models today come in two form factors: Desktop and pen. Even to the uninitiated, the basic differences are quite clear — portable herb vaporizer pens are smaller and battery-operated where desktop vaporizers are larger and usually plug into a wall socket.
Of course, there is much more to the topic than just that. Each form factor has several advantages and disadvantages. To further complicate matters, there are well-made and badly-made vaporizers of each type. This means that a good portable can outperform a badly-made desktop vaporizer at certain aspects where desktops are generally agreed to be better.
Here are some of the things to look out for when you’re choosing between a portable or a desktop vaporizer.
Vapor qualityDesktops tend to have better vapor quality than portables due to several factors. They usually have much larger heating chambers and their ability to plug into a wall means that manufacturers can fit in more powerful, more responsive heaters. This means you’re better able to vaporize a wider variety of substances much faster than you could with a portable. This means you’re usually better able to tailor your vaping experience with a desktop vaporizer.
Portables have to rely on batteries and are limited by their size. This means they can’t generate high temperatures as fast as a desktop. And while well-constructed portables can provide an excellent experience, there are practical limits to the vapor quality you can expect.
ConvenienceWhat is convenient generally depends on your lifestyle. While portables can be taken virtually anywhere, their limited battery life can put limits on how you use it. Desktops are plugged into your house supply, which means they can keep going so long as you have electricity.
If you’re serious about vaping all day, then a desktop unit might be the way to go. If you only vape on occasion, need to be discreet or need to travel while you vape, then a nice portable might make more sense for you.
Social vapingBoth portables and desktop units can be used for vaping in a social setting. But due to the fiddly nature, limited battery life, slower heaters, and smaller heating chambers of portables, they’re not ideal for more than just one person to use.
A desktop unit, on the other hand, is usually faster and more straightforward to use, which may make it more enjoyable for group vaping sessions. The larger bowl size of desktop units also usually makes them better for longer sessions.