Top 5 Flame-Powered Vaporizers
Powered by a flame and nothing else, explore our list of the 5 best flame-powered vaporizers on the market. For those seeking pure flavour, ease, discretion, portability, and style, there’s a device on this list that’s perfect for you!
If you want to keep things simple, pure, and unadulterated, then you’ve come to the right article! Flame vaporizers offer something their electrical counterparts can never contend with—the primal experience of flame meeting herb. We’ll explore how flame vaporizers work, their advantages, and several great examples for you to try.
What Is A Flame-Powered Vaporizer?
Flame-powered vaporizers, as the name implies, rely on the heat generated by a flame to vaporize marijuana. The vapor is inhaled in precisely the same way as with a modern equivalent, only this time there is no need for batteries to convert energy into heat. Flame-powered vaporizers aren’t merely a fancy alternative to joints or blunts, though—they have one crucial difference: they don’t burn plant material
Instead, hot air is pulled through the herb by heating the unit, rather than burning the weed. This method of convection heating is exactly what you experience with an electric vaporizer, with a few additional benefits.
The Advantages Of A Flame-Powered Vaporizer
The most immediate benefit of a flame-powered vaporizer is that they are usable whenever and wherever you want. That is, of course, as long as you have a lighter. There is no need to carry spare batteries around or make sure your vaporizer is fully charged before use.
There is also the price to consider. Flame-powered vaporizers cost a fraction of their electrical counterparts. Plastics, electronics, and metals are replaced with glass, wood, or ceramic for a more organic and natural experience. In some cases, flame-powered vaporizers are so cheap that they make the perfect disposable option when travelling or visiting friends.
It isn’t possible to control the temperature at which herb is vaporized when relying on flame power, but that doesn’t mean the vapor produced should be written off. Instead, with the right technique and a conventional lighter, an incredibly tasty and pure vapor is possible. There are no plastics or electronics to taint the flavour of your weed—just how nature intended.
The Best Flame-Powered Vaporizers
With the benefits of flame-powered vaporizers clear to see, it’s time to jump into our pick of the best. You can rest assured that each selection delivers a vapor unlike any electrical vaporizer out there.
Dynavap Vapcap M 2019
Newly updated for 2019, the DynaVap VapCap M offers flame-powered enthusiasts the pinnacle of functional design. Don’t panic if you already own the 2018 edition, as the modular design ensures parts are interchangeable. So, what exactly can you expect from this flame-powered vape pen?
An exclusive serpentine groove pattern on the tip of the vape pen improves airflow over older models. The carb hole has also been re-bored and re-grooved to fit instinctively between your fingers. Total length is a touch under 10cm, making the unit incredibly portable. When you’re ready to blaze the day away, remove the metal cap and load the VapCap M with either dried herb or resin—the choice is yours.
Sticky Brick Hydrobrick Maxx
Truly a work of art, the HydroBrick Maxx produces exquisite vapor, rivalled only by the chic walnut finish. The included torch lighter allows the unit to deliver flavoursome vapor in as little as 10 seconds. Although the HydroBrick Maxx may not be the most portable flame-powered vaporizer on offer, it is discreet. The entire unit appears unassuming as a wooden box, before being assembled into a sturdy, well-designed vape.
Even though everything you need to get started is included, Sticky Brick went one step further. The HydroBrick Maxx consists of a whip and 18mm male connector for vape lovers who relish in water cooling. The sophisticated foldable design, premium glass components, and lightning-fast heat-up time make the HydroBrick Maxx a small unit with huge potential.
DynaVap’s second appearance on our best flame-powered vaporizer list offers the same premium quality you’ve come to expect. The wooden midsection is the perfect homage to the organic character of flame-powered vaping. The combination of natural wood and titanium ensures the OmniVong not only looks fantastic, but vapes well too. A simple twist of the mouthpiece allows the flow rate to be adjusted—who said flame-powered vaporizers weren’t at the cutting edge of innovation?
Compatible with dried herb, resins, and concentrates, the OmniVong is easily slipped in and out of your pocket for vaping on the go that doesn’t disappoint. All you need to do is heat the cap until you hear a click—simple!
Sticky Brick Runt
If you loved the wood-finished and sleek design of the HydroBrick Maxx, but need a vape unit that is more portable—look no further. The talented minds at Sticky Brick have shrunk their classic design and premium glass components to fit easily into your pocket. Fortunately, the Runt uses two strong magnets to hold the entire unit together, while a sliding mechanism provides improved stability.
Just like the HydroBrick Maxx, the Runt ships with a ton of handy accessories. Restrictor discs (for preventing the flame from combusting plant material), screens, carb corks, stir sticks, and a torch lighter are all included. If you want to keep vaping stylish and straightforward—with a vapor that delivers every time—the Runt is an ideal choice.
If you had to envisage a flame-powered vaporizer that encompasses all the advantages we outlined earlier, chances are it would look like Eagle Bill. It’s hard to imagine any other unit so eloquently combining functionality, pure vapor, and cost-effectiveness. It may seem like you’re not getting a lot for your money, but the simplistic design is worth its weight in gold.
Pack the chamber, situate a screen, and heat the underneath of the bowl—flame-powered vaping in its purest form. The all-glass construction ensures what you experience is sweet, flavoursome vapor and nothing else. Best of all, the Eagle Bill will keep going as long as you can—no batteries needed. The Eagle Bill is about as close as you can get to enjoying weed as nature intended—you, a flame, and dank herb.
There you have it! Our selection of the best flame-powered vaporizers on the market. Inexpensive yet highly effective, there is a lot to like about the collection above. Don’t take our word for it though; pick one up and experience pure, unadulterated vapor for yourself—you won’t regret it!
Written by: Luke
Luke is a part-time writer and full-time visionary. An anonymous psychonaut blending into society with his suit and tie, he works to bring evidence-based rationality to the masses.
Check out 5 incredible flame-powered vaporizers that are budget-friendly and highly effective! They offer simple, all-day-long vaping for a natural experience.
What are the best cheap UK Dry Herb Vaporizers?
September 11, 2018
We started Vape Elevate because we wanted to provide smokers with a healthier way to enjoy their herbs without charging them the world to do so – so we put our heads together and built a collection of the UK’s best dry herb vaporizers for less than £100.
Over the years we must have tested literally close to 100 different dry herb vaporizers. Rather than stocking dozens of devices, we made the decision to stock only the very best affordable vaporizers of the following categories :
- Best vaporizer under £40
- Best convection vaporizer under £50
- Best manual dry herb vaporizer
- Best multi-purpose vaporizer under £50
- Best looking vaporizer under £100
- Best multi-purpose vaporizer under £100
As a result, we have affordable vaporizers for everybody. Whether you vape herbs, concentrates or e-liquids you’ll find quality only quality devices come with full UK support and warranty!
Before we start, there are a few myths around herbal vaporizers; let’s debunk those before listing our favourite affordable vaporizers.
Myth One: Cheap means poor quality
The same features that could once only be found in an iPhone can now be found in a slew of Android phones that are available for half the price.
The vaporizer industry is not too different. Thanks to the technological advancements of the last five years, features that could only be found in vapes priced north of £150 can now be found at the fraction of the price.
Features such as ceramic chambers, convection heating, haptic feedback and full temperature control can be found at Vape Elevate for less than £100.
Myth Two: Cheap vaporizers do not have a long-lasting life
Similar to Myth one; this may have been true once upon a time but this is now no longer the case.
I purchased a Herbstick nearly 24 months ago and despite having a wide variety of vaporizers at my disposal I still go back to it because it is so durable and works almost as well as the day I purchased it.
Furthermore, any vaporizer purchased from vapeelevate.co.uk comes with warranty and technical support – so keep calm and vape on!
So, in no particular order:
Best Cheap Dry Herb Vaporizer #1: Black Mamba – Best vaporizer under £40
The Black Mamba is possibly the best recognised affordable dry herb conduction vaporizer in the UK. Its unique shape allows for a larget ceramic chamber that holds about 0.65 making it perfect for sharing and parties.
Three reasons we love the Black Mamba
1. The Black Mamba is powerful
The Black Mamba is powered by a 1600mah battery that can produce vapour from your herbs in 2 seconds and will reach maximum temperature in just over 20 seconds.
2. The Black Mamba is incredibly easy to use.
The most common problem we hear from vape virgins is the difficulty in producing sufficient clouds from a dry herb vaporizer.
Because of its sheer brute force, this is not a problem with the Black Mamba – it produces vapour easily and as such, has one of the most gentle learning curves of any affordable vaporizer.
Furthermore, it is operated from just a single button. You just hold it to turn the device on and then you can cycle through the temperatures by clicking.
The 5 LEDs indicate the set temperature. When the light turns from red to green it has reached the desired temperature.
3. The Black Mamba has a food-grade airpath.
The entire air path of the Black Mamba is made of borosilicate glass which is by far the best material for conducting steam without losing flavour.
However, there is a caveat; glass is incredibly easy to break – so don’t drop it! Lucky we do sell replacements for only a couple of quid!
Best Cheap Dry Herb Vaporizer #2: Herbstick – Best convection vaporizer under £50
The Herbstick is still one of my favourite vaporizers. It’s massive 2200mah battery still lasts for over 90 minutes despite it being just over two years old.
The vape is made entirely of aluminium so is durable and also has six colour-coded temperature settings that can be controlled with just one button.
Three Reasons we love the Herbstick
1. The Herbstick is durable
Find me another vape whose body contains no plastic with a full aluminium body for less than £50….
2. The Herbstick has convection heating
Dry herb vaporizers are typically powered by either conduction or convection heating.
Conduction heaters heat the contents of an oven by direct contact – similar to cooking over an open fire. Just like cooking over an open fire, conduction vapes heat your herbs powerfully and quickly.
On the other hand, similar to cooking in an oven, convection vaporizers take a while to ‘pre-heat’ but once they do they promise to heat your herbs more evenly.
Affordable vaporizers typically have conduction heaters because it is cheaper to manufacture. The Herbstick is unique for a vaporizer priced at less than £50 as it offers convection heating; personally, this is why it gets the nod over the Black Mamba for me.
3. The Herbstick is very good at dispersing heat
A downside of may affordable vaporizers is that they tend to conduct heat to the wrong places and as such can be either hot to hold or have a really hot mouthpiece (i’m looking at you, Black Mamba!).
I’m not sure how, but the Herbstick disperses heat really well.
No matter how long your session is the body device never gets too hot to hold even at temperate north of 200c.
Also, the mouthpiece is made entirely of silicone which does not conduct any heat at all – no danger of burnt lips here!
Best Cheap Dry Herb Vaporizer #3: Dynavap M – Best manual dry herb vaporizer
I’ve never been the biggest fan of manually heated vaporizers. They’re normally quite fiddly and have a habit of burning my herbs rather than vaporizing it. However, Dynavap is a game-changer. All of their devices are easy to innovative to use and provide a great degree of control over your vaping experience. Best of all, their entry-level model the ‘Dynavap M’, can be pick up for around £70!
Three things we love about the Dynvap M
1. The Dynavap M is incredibly stealthy
I think Dynavap M is possibly the most compact vaporizer I have ever used. It is pretty similar in width and length to a cigarette. Furthermore, it is very quick to get going to. You can pull it out, apply heat, take a hit and put it away in well under a minute. It’s perfect for when you need to microdose at work for example.
2. The Dynavap M lets you know when to apply heat
The biggest problem with most manually heated vaporizes is that it can be difficult to judge when you have applied enough heat. The majority of my attempts to use a flame powered vaporizer results in either no vapour being produced or completely burning my herbs.
Dynavap vaporizers solve this with their innovative ‘Vap Cap’. When you apply heat, the cap will ‘click’ to let you know it is time to vape. After a few minutes, it’ll click again to let you know it has cooled down and that it is time to apply more heat or end your vaping session.
3. The Dynavap is indestructible
That heading is not hyperbole, the Dynavap M is quite literally indestructible. There are no wires, you don’t have to worry about getting caught out in the rain and theirs no danger of batteries overheating. Instead, its entire body is made out of stainless steel.
As a result, Dynavap M is my perfect travel companion; it’s survived hiking trips, bike rides and festivals.
After heavy use, all you need to do is drop the vaporizer in a cleaning solution for a few hours and it comes out as good as new!
Best Cheap Dry Herb Vaporizer #4: Flowermate Aura – Best dual purpose vaporizer under £60
The Flowermate Aura is a great entry-level vaporizer for anyone who wants to vape more than just dry herbs.
Further to herbs, it can also be used with liquids, oils, waxes and concentrates.
Three reasons we love the Flowermate Aura
1. The Flowermate Aura has a massive long-life battery
Depending on the edition, the Flowermate Aura is powered by either a Samsung or LG 2600mah battery which is massive for a vape priced at £50.
To put it in context, this is the same sized battery as the Pax 2 which currently sells for £129.
On a full charge, the battery in the Flowermate Aura should give you enough juice for up to 7 – 10 sessions – great for a vaporizer of this price range
2. The Flowermate Aura boasts temperature control
The Flowermate Aura also boasts precise temperature control which is great for users who want to fine-tune their vaping experience.
To change the temperature, all you need to do is use the + and – buttons. Set it to the temperature you need and then the oven will begin to heat up.
3. The Flowermate Aura can vape pretty much anything
First and foremost, the Flowermate Aura is a top quality dry herb vaporizer. However, it also puts in a solid performance when used to vape waxes, concentrates and ovens.
Inside the box are two special capsules; one for liquid and one for concentrates and waxes.
To vape liquid, you just pop some cotton in the capsule and then drop a few drops of oil onto it until it is saturated.
Then you just place your capsules into the oven and vape away!
Best cheap dry herb vaporizer #5 – Fyhit Relax – Best vaporizer under £75
You can place the Herbstick (Fyhit) Relax next to a vape twice its price and it will proudly stand its ground.
The Herbstick Relax has taken everything that was great about the original and has somehow managed to make it more compact whilst squeezing a bigger and more powerful oven, a rotating mouthpiece and full temperature control all into one of the best-looking vaporizers on the market.
It also has a hard-cast aluminium alloy body can take a good knock too – so it may be for you if you travel a lot.
Reasons we love the Herbstick (Fyhit) Relax
1. The Herbstick Relax performs like a vaporizer twice its price.
The Herbstick Relax performs absolutely great. Within seconds of turning it on the oven will begin to effortlessly produce great tasting mist and vibrate to let you know when it’s ready.
Also, the Herbstick Relax is powered by a rather large 2200mah battery that produces vapour in 20 seconds and will reach maximum temperature in a minute and a half.
2. The Herbstick Relax is a solidly engineered vaporizer.
Make no mistake, the Herbstick Relax looks absolutely great.
The entire device is sleek with no protruding parts, even the mouthpiece folds flush into its body.
Its features all the mod cons such as precise temperature control and haptic feedback.
All of this is squeezed into an adonized aluminium body that measures less than 10cm – you hardly feel it in your pocket!
Best Cheap Dry Herb Vaporizer #6: Flowermate Hybrid X – Best multi-purpose vaporizer under £100
This vaporizer is a Hybrid in name and hybrid in nature – it is literally two vaporizers in one body and it’ll vape anything you throw at it, whether it be herbs, liquid or concentrates.
On top of that if you flip it around it features a removable sub-ohm tank in case you want massive instant clouds from your liquids.
The mouthpiece is detachable too and fits into the main body making it a great vaporizer to accompany you on long days out.
Three reasons we love the Flowermate Hybrid X
1. The Flowermate Hybrid X is literally two vaporizers in one device.
The biggest problem with multi-purpose vaporizers is that they either vape herbs or liquids very well.
The Flowermate Hybrid X avoids having to sacrifice performance on any materials because it is literally two vaporizers in one device.
On one end is a high-quality dry herb vaporizer. Turn it upside down and you have a first class E-Liquid mod tank.
The Hybrid comes with a Smiss SubX tank that you screw easily into its 510 port.
Once, it’s all set up you set the wattage from a range of 5w – 60w, press the power button and instantly be exhaling big thick clouds.
2. The Flowermate Hybrid X vapes dry herbs very well.
The Hybrid X boasts Flowermate’s ever-popular ceramic oven. Over the years the Flowermate oven has been attuned to be able to quickly reach high temperatures whilst guaranteeing no combustion of your herbs.
3. The Flowermate Hybrid X has a borosilicate glass mouthpiece
Finally, the Hybrid X has a borosilicate glass mouthpiece. Though it is not the most durable material, glass is by far the most superior material for conduction great tasting clouds – the only reason it is not more widely used is because of its fragility.
When not in use the glass mouthpiece can be stored in a compartment inside the Hybrid X body so you’re unlikely to break it!
We started Vape Elevate because we wanted to provide smokers with a healthier way to enjoy their herbs without charging them the world to do so – so we put our heads together and built a collection of the UK’s best dry herb vaporizers for less than £100. Over the years we must have tested literally close to 100 differe