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The 12 Best Weed Vaporizers to Buy in 2020

Give up the smoke with a vape that’s packing some serious (but subtle) tech.

Vaping weed doesn’t reek. There’s no smoke to tear up your throat. And unless you make a spectacle of it, dubbing yourself that guy, it’s subtle. Those who vape their cannabis often do so because the dosage is easier to control—chalk that up to the wonders of technology—and the effects feel less jolting than more traditional means of getting high. (Although, folks who don’t regularly partake might find vaping to be more intense than smoking, according to one study.) To be fair, you do lose that transformative experience of coughing your esophagus out over a poorly wrapped joint or getting so high off of one rip from a communal bong that the stars fall to Earth and the moon waves hello. Hey, sacrifices must be made.

Vapes make dry herb or concentrate hot enough to activate the THC that sets you sailing, but not so hot the cannabis combusts into smoke, defeating the entire purpose of vaping. To broadly summarize the tech in the least boring way possible, there are two kinds of vape heating systems used to extract high-making chemicals and flavor from cannabis: one that uses conduction heating and one that uses convection heating.

Conduction puts your weed in direct contact with the vape’s heating element—like its coils—often getting you a faster heat time. However, if your product is too close to the heating element for too long, it’ll burn. (Simply shifting it around in the vape’s chamber is an easy fix.) Convection vapes tend to be more finicky and more expensive, but oftentimes are worth it for the vapor alone, especially if you prefer using dry herb. With these, the weed product doesn’t come into direct contact with the heating element. Instead, very hot air from the heating element circulates through the vape with every pull, indirectly vaporizing the product. On one hand, your product won’t combust, and the vapor is more even and flavorful. On the other, convection vapes can take longer to fire up, so patience is a virtue. These days, vapes can stick to one type of heating system or the other, but many market themselves as neither or both.

If you’re here, reading these words, then you’re likely already sold on vaping weed in one of its forms. But we’d be negligent to not quickly run through the science of weed vaping. Going the smoke-free route with a vaporizer is considered “likely less harmful than smoking” marijuana, because smoke itself is bad for your lungs. You know, the whole Joe Camel thing. The CDC has linked lung illness and some deaths to vape products with THC—remember the vape outcry of 2019?—but the big asterisk is that the THC products to blame were for the most part acquired from bootleg, black market sources. The lesson here is don’t be an idiot about where you get your concentrate. And because, annoyingly, marijuana is still illegal under federal law, hard-hitting research about vaping it remains scarce in these early days of legalization.

Speaking of legalization, getting high continues to be something of a political act, not just in terms of fighting for legality, but in terms of fighting for social justice in the cannabis industry. Even as it booms, the industry is rife with inequality, serving the well-funded startups and venture capitalists more than it does the grassroots efforts that made cannabis legit. Buy a real nice vape for yourself, then make the effort to purchase product from dispensaries and companies that fight for incarcerated people locked up for nonviolent drug offenses, invest in the BIPOC communities that are being boxed out of the industry, or fund political initiatives to end the so-called war on drugs, which has long given police an excuse to target people of color.

We know you just want to vape, but vape smartly. Here are a dozen of the best—and best-looking—weed vaporizers you can get right now. Pair one with quality flower or concentrate (or both) and get to it.

Here are the best (and best looking) weed vaporizers and marijuana vapes you can buy online right now, and everything you need to know about vaping cannabis before you do.

What is the G Pen? Everything you need to know.

If it feels hard to imagine a time in vaporizer culture before G Pen products, that’s because the brand has had a huge hand in shaping the industry itself. Before G Pen burst onto the scene in 2012 with the first tank system specifically designed for “personal aromatherapy regimens,” the vaporizer industry (as well as the concentrate game itself) was in its fledgling stages. It was an opaque, sticky time. 710 cartridges overflowed with questionable quality distillates, and everyone was pretty confused about how this whole vaporizing thing even worked.

Flash forward to 2020. With their slew of game-changing, blockbuster products like the Elite flower vape, the Connect concentrate attachment, and the Roam (basically a fully portable dab rig), G Pen still wears the crown.

Known for sleek, user-friendly designs, high-quality products, and effective marketing techniques centered around celebrity collaborations, G Pen managed to maintain a reputation for putting out some of the best vaporizers in the biz.

Whether you’re looking to invest in a new vape or just curious as to what all the hype’s been about, here’s our guide to all things G Pen.

Is the G Pen good?

G Pen products showcase a winning combination of being user friendly, innovative, and on-trend. Their vapes are extremely easy to use, as they have simplified the process of vaping while providing easy-to-use temperature control much like how Apple simplified the process of computing. Products require little more than the push of a button to deliver high-quality flower and concentrate vapor in seconds.

G Pen maintains brand visibility and a handle on pop culture with constant brand and celebrity collaborations. Whether it’s recording artists like Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, or The Game, big brands like The Fader, Burton, and HUF, or street artists like Natalie Wood and Claw Money, G Pen shines in their product collaborations with the tastemakers of today.

How much is a G Pen? Is it worth the price?

At the end of the day, the most pressing question when it comes to weed tech devices is “is it worth the price?”

It depends on where you are in your experience level and weed consumption. But depending on your preferences and whether you’re looking to up your weed game, buying a G Pen device can be a wise investment.

Below, check out a little of each of the vaporizers currently available from G Pen.

The Gio Battery (Liquids)

The Gio Battery is G Pen’s answer to the pod systems hitting the market like Pax Pods and Dart Pods. Designed for exclusive interface with G Pen Gio Cartridges, which have been created in partnership with brands like Cookies, Caliva, and Humboldt Farms, the Gio Battery breaks down the concentrate vaping platform to its simplest form: insert cartridge and inhale.

Because each cartridge has been designed to burn optimally at the same temperature and voltage, there’s no need to adjust temperature control. Each hit is formulated to be a perfect — even hands-free — vaping experience.

The G Pen Pro Vaporizer (Flower)

Sleek and easy to use, the G Pen Pro is a flower vaporizer existing at the intersection of fashion and function. Single-button controls offer three temperature settings that vaporize your “ground material” in a mere 30 seconds. And at a price point below $100, it’s a feasible buy no matter how hard coronavirus hit your bank account.

The G Pen Elite (Flower)

The G Pen Elite vaporizer is like the G Pen Pro on steroids. While they both do the same thing fundamentally, which is vaporize flower, the Elite is tricked out with all the bells and whistles a future-forward stoner could want or need. Complete with an LED display with temperature control, battery life indicator, and the largest fully ceramic chamber on the market, the Elite is perfect for the health-conscious techie in all of us.

The Nova (Concentrates)

The Nova is G Pen’s easy to use concentrate vaporizer pen. Unlike many similar pens from G Pen competitors, the Nova replaced antiquated coil technology with a full-ceramic atomizer, where a patented reverse airflow and ‘check’ ball valve system generate balanced heat to the concentrate heating chamber, providing the most vapor production of any pen on the market. To put it simply, it works much better than other concentrate pens, and at a significantly lower price point than most.

The Connect (Concentrates)

The Connect is one of G Pen’s most innovative (and successful) products to date, revolutionizing the concentrate consumption market with their take on an electronic heating source for a traditional dab rig. Heating to temperature settings within five seconds of activation, a ceramic heating element fits onto any preexisting bong or dab rig, offering the same high-density vapor as a normal dab would, without the hassle and danger of a torch and exposed nail as the heating element.

The Roam (Concentrates)

Brand new and ready for summer adventures, The Roam is G Pen’s first totally portable concentrate vaporizer with a self-contained water filtration system. Basically, this device is a fully functional electronic dab rig in the form of a large, water-filled vape, and it’s compatible with any concentrate you can imagine.

The first of its kind, The Roam features a spill-proof, self-contained borosilicate glass hydrotube, a full quartz tank, and a 1300mAh lithium-ion battery that heats to temperature within seconds of activation, making for optimal temperature control and delivering perfect dab hits every time.

Where to buy G Pen products

Find G Pen products on their website, with free shipping in the US on orders over $75, or at your local dispensary. All Grenco Science electronics (chargers and batteries) are covered under a one year warranty.

Whether you’re looking to invest in a new vape or just curious as to what all the hype’s been about, here’s our guide to all things G Pen.