Best Eight Vape Pens and Portable Vaporizers 2013

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Snoop Dogg's new G-Pen

E-cigarettes may dominate the headlines, but the medical marijuana community’s version of “e-joints” has been even more popular this year. Instead of burning weed and paper and creating a bunch of carcinogens and PAHs, portable vaporizers and even smaller vape pens use electricity to vaporize the active molecules in dried cannabis flower buds, as well as concentrated cannabis oils. Inhaled cannabinoids are a proven, fast-acting treatment for pain, nausea, and a bunch of other conditions. Smell the Truth rounds up the best eight porta-vapes and vape pens, which can be found at places like VaporNation.com

PENS

Snoop Dogg microG. $99.95. The second installment of the Double G series designed by Mr. Dogg himself for Grenco. “What’s fly about the vaporizer movement is that it’s clean and convenient,” said Snoop Dogg in a statement about his new G-Pen. For flowers only. Intricately designed roadmap of Long Beach on the pen. FDA-registered, great pull, with smooth, tasty hits.

Vaped MicroVaped V2. $79.95. Vaped's new Microvaped V2 has one of the easiest-to-load herb chambers on the market. A glass globe and a skillet handles concentrates. New version uses titanium heat coil. The full kit comes with USB and wall chargers, and lanyard, plus a one-year battery manufacturer’s warranty.

Cloud V Platinum Black. $79.99. The California designers at Cloud offer some of the most sleek, popular, award-winning vape pens in the world. The Cloud V Platinum works only with concentrates. Lifetime warranty on the rechargeable lithium ion battery.

Atmos Raw. $99.95. The Atmos Raw bested all its peers in a contest this year held by High Times magazine. The heads noted its easy pull, clear taste, and versatility. The well-built aluminum and stainless steel unit works with raw flower buds, as well as concentrates. Fast-heating ceramic element. Lithium-ion battery.

PORTABLE

Ploom Pax. $249.99. The hipster gadget of the year is a pricey, flowers-only portable vaporizer designed in San Francisco’s explosively trendy Dogptach. Insanely sleek styling. Just 4.3 inches long. Comes in purple, blue, green or black. Variable heat settings. Heats up in 30 seconds.

Storz & Bickel Plenty. $349. Zee Germans that brought us the impeccable Volcano Vaporizer have a portable vaporizer that looks like a Klingon glue gun, but the reviews on it are solid. To use: open Plenty’s chamber, load in herb, screw back on, switch on the wand, set the temp and gently inhale. Very high vapor quality that’s cool thanks to the coiled mouthpiece.

Vapir NO2. $134.99. Dubbed “Batman’s vaporizer” due to its looks, the Vapir NO2 is a portable, digital, rechargeable, flowers-only vape with a stainless steel-encased brass heating element. The digital read-out really helps you keep track of heat levels. The optimum temperature for vaping cannabinoids is 356-392 Fahrenheit. Capable of recharge while vaping. Comes with one-year warranty.

Reddit Pineapple Laser Magic-Flight Launch Box. $125. R/Trees’ favorite porta-vape shows off their favorite icon - the pineapple - and comes in maple, cherry or walnut wood finish. Two rechargeable double AA batteries power the device. Fill the box with dry ground herb, push in a battery and slowly begin drawing after three seconds. Hand-made with love in San Diego, CA. Lifetime warranty.