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Desktop vaporizers eschew the portability of pocket vapes in favor of bigger chambers and more potent heating systems. These are devices designed for more discerning vapers, who want to get more out of their sessions. They demand space, prep time, and a power outlet, but in exchange, you get a truly powerful vape experience. 

What to look for in Desktop Vaporizers

Desktop vaporizers aren't intended to be portable, so they tend to be much larger than pocket vapes. However, there is still storage to consider. A very large vaporizer like the Volcano is fantastic, but if you don't have anywhere to safely store it, you can expect it to dominate your living room. If this is a concern, make sure you check out a smaller unit like the Extreme Q

Another thing to keep an eye on is the way you take hits from the vape. Many desktop vapes use whips, which are essentially very long mouthpieces. However, the Volcano makes use of more unusual methods like its balloon system. Another thing to consider is the type of control system the vaporizer has. While many use digital controls, analog and presets are both common sights. Make sure you choose what works best for you. 

Affordable options for Desktop Vaporizers

Arizer V Tower

The Arizer V Tower is the ultimate beginner desktop vaporizer. This should be any newcomer's first port of call when they start exploring the world of desktop devices. At its core, the Arizer V Tower is a slightly simplified version of the Arizer Extreme Q (more on that below). It removes some features to emphasize its fundamentals and ease of use. However, it is by no means an inferior vape, there have been no compromises made when it comes to vapor production or quality.

It gets its name from its shape, it is a striking silver tower. Its tall chrome body is built with a broad, round base. On the front of the device is its simple and straightforward control system, including a digital display. 

This is the ideal beginner desktop vaporizer thanks to its price and ease of use. 

Arizer Extreme Q

The Arizer Extreme Q is a more advanced version of the V tower. It is also unique among desktop vapes thanks to its remote control heating system. This allows users to control every aspect of the device from the comfort of their couch. Everything from activation to heat settings can be altered with the remote. 

The Extreme Q uses an advanced glass and ceramic convection chamber to create thick, flavorful, and cool hits. It has a variety of glass components to help preserve the authentic taste of your herb. 

It has a whip attachment that makes taking hits from the device incredibly easy and intuitive, and with a heat-up time of only two minutes, you won't have to wait for your session to start.

When you're done, the automatic shut-off will kick in to preserve your herb and your electricity bill.

Plenty Vaporizer

The Plenty is one of the more unusual vapes from German vape icons, Storz & Bickel. It stands apart from the Volcano range thanks to its unusual design. Rather than sitting on a desk and passively generating vapor, this vape is intended to be picked up and held while in use. Its interesting design is industrial even by Storz & Bickel standards, resembling some kind of power tool. Well, it's certainly got power. The Plenty uses hybrid heating to generate incredible levels of vapor quality and amazing hits. The unusual helix airpath cools your hits easily and thoroughly.

Its analog thermometer gauge allows you to easily and accurately judge the internal temperature of your chamber, making adjusting to your requirements a breeze.

This is a truly unique vaporizer that is ideal for vape aficionados who want Storz & Bickel quality but at a lower price point. Once you get used to its quirks you'll find that it's one of the best vapes on the market right now. 

Top picks of Desktop Vaporizers

The Volcano

The Volcano is the undisputed king of the vaporizers. This is the flagship of the Storz & Bickel and possibly the best desktop vaporizer ever released. It comes in three varieties, the Classic, the Digit, and the Hybrid. These all have their unique features, but the broad strokes are held in common by all. 

All share the iconic conical shape of the Volcano. This is a big vape so make sure you have room to store it and somewhere stable to place it! Inside the device is an advanced hybrid heating system that combines the best of both conduction and convection heating. This hybrid heating system works in tandem with the superior airflow of the Volcano to produce incredibly potent and powerful vapor. 

All variants also work with the easy valve balloon system. This is essentially a fitting that allows you to place a plastic bag on top of the herb chamber. The fan in the device then gradually fills the balloon with vapor. Once it is fully topped up it can be detached and connected to a mouthpiece for easy use. Vapor should last in this state for up to eight hours. 

There are some differences between the three models, however. 

The Classic retains the original analog control system of the original Volcano. This is a tactile and intuitive way to control your vape experience.

The Digit has a full LED display and multi button control scheme, this is a much simpler and accurate way to control your vaporizer, allowing users to see everything that's going on inside their device thanks to the fact that it displays both current, and set temperatures. 

The Hybrid is the most recent and advanced version of the Volcano. It features an improved hybrid heating system as well as bluetooth connectivity, making it compatible with the Storz & Bickel phone and web app. 

The Puffco Peak

The Puffco Peak is designed for use with concentrates. These are specially processed and purified forms of dry herb that are many times more powerful than their equivalent weight in dry herb. Measuring around 7-inches tall with a 2.75-inch base, the Puffco Peak is more compact than many other desktop devices. However, this doesn't come at a sacrifice of power. This vaporizer has a super-rapid heat-up time and incredibly consistent and thorough vaporization. 

The most striking feature of the Peak is its glass cone. This is part of its water cooling system. 

This means that every one of your hits is pulled through a reservoir of water. This cools the vapor's surface area, leading to smoother hits. Best of all, this cone is part of the unique aesthetic of the Peak. LEDs built into the base light up the cone, making it a truly trippy device to use. 

The Puffco Peak is unique in that it's perfect for concentrate pros and beginners alike, offering easy, effective, reliable hits with every session. 

Dr. Dabber Switch

The Switch sits on the boundary between desktop vaporizer and e-nail. This concentrate vape is one of the best ways to enjoy dabs. It is also a true dual-use vaporizer that can be used with dry herbs too.

The Switch comes with a staggering 25 individual heat settings. These offer a truly incredible range of vape experiences and levels of vapor purity. This gives you an unprecedented level of control over its unique heating system. 

Rather than relying on convection or conduction, the Switch uses induction heating. This patent-pending technology allows the bucket to hit your target temperature in the blink of an eye. Usually, this means a wait of around four seconds. Best of all, the Switch has a battery life that is more than powerful enough to deliver up to 150 hits on a single charge. When it finally runs down it can be charged back up in less than 60 minutes!

Differences between all Desktop Vaporizers

The main distinction you'll see between desktop vaporizers is the type of material they work with. Vapes like the Puffco Peak will be specialized towards concentrates. This generally means they operate at very high temperatures and have specialized chambers that are incompatible with dry herbs. The Volcano, on the other hand, is designed for use with dry herb, however, it can be used with concentrates thanks to the careful use of an absorbent concentrate pad. 


  • Extremely Powerful
  • Large Chambers
  • No batteries to worry about


  • Non-portable
  • Can be cumbersome
  • Maintenance can be tricky.


Q1: Are Desktop Vaporizers Better Than Portable?

This is purely a matter of taste and budget. If you want to be able to enjoy your dry herb hits while you're out and about, or if you have a smaller budget then portable vaporizers would suit you better. However, if you want to get the very most out of your dry herb and you have the money to invest, a desktop unit is a must.

Q2: Do Desktop Vaporizers Smell?

Unfortunately, most forms of dry herb consumption involve some amount of smell. However, unlike combustion, the vapor from a desktop vape doesn't linger and sink into fabrics. If you vape in a well-ventilated area, you can be sure that there will be no serious amount of odor. 

Q3: What Materials Can Dry Herb Vaporizers Use?

Desktop vaporizers come in both dry herb and concentrate compatible varieties. There are even a few dual-use units that can use both. 

Q4: Are Desktop Vaporizers Safe?

Structurally, all desktop vaporizers are perfectly safe. All their materials are tested and approved as fit for use. However, it is important to put your vape through 


Desktop vaporizers are the perfect solution for vape fans who want to enjoy a potent and high quality vape session in the comfort of their own home. These devices are a considerable investment in terms of price, size, and space. However the trade off is that they enjoy much larger chambers and more powerful heating systems. If you want the best possible vapor hits, then you need a desktop vaporizer.