Portable Vaporizer vs Vape Pen-Which one should I buy?

Portable Vaporizer vs Vape Pen-Which one should I buy?

Shopping for a new vaporizer brings with it a host of different options. There are hundreds of portable vaporizers and vape pens on the market, which means you need to decide what works best for you. Each device has its own pros and cons, so it really comes down to your personal choice. There really is no wrong answer, as long as your vaporizer or vape pen delivers on your requirements.


Do keep in mind though the quality of your purchase goes a long way in determining whether or not you bought the right item at your nearest Vape Store.


vape pen is exactly as it sounds. The device is typically a sleep cylinder, right along the same size as a pen.

Vape Pen

This way, it fits anywhere you need it. The vape pen slides easily in your pocket, looks right at home with other writing utensils and won’t be as bulky in your pocket.

There are some slight variations in size and thickness, but for the most part, it looks and feels like a pen.

A portable vaporizer is much larger. While still handheld, the device is going to be significantly thicker. The overall dimensions of the vaporizer do vary, but whatever the item, it will take up more space.

If you’ve already maxed out pocket space with your keys, wallet and cell phone, you may want to consider a vape pen, or just use the portable vaporizer at home where you don’t need to pocket it.

Size does come down to a personal preference, but keep in mind the amount of room you have available.

Tank Size

The tank size on your portable vaporizer will almost always be larger than your vape pen.

Tank Size

You simply have more real estate to work with. While the actual size of the portable vaporizer will have an effect on tank size, the larger the tank size the more you can pack into it.

Vape pens are best used for e-liquids. Some are able to handle herbs such as tobacco or marijuana (or marijuana oil), just know it burns through faster than the e-liquid.

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Vaporizer pens are great for going out to locations such as bars or concerts where you want to enjoy an herb but smoking is not allowed, you just won’t have as much of a stash as a portable vaporizer.

If you intend on sharing the device with friends, you’ll likely want to go with the larger portable vaporizer over a pen.


This is one of the great features regarding a vape pen. While you generally purchase one unit, you are almost always able to upgrade different parts of the vape pen.

If you want to switch to a larger battery, you can do this. If you want to include a larger tank, you can do this as well (as long as the different customization fit).

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This makes it a great experimental device. If you’re just getting into the world of vaporizers and don’t want to spend a ton of money, you may want to consider going with a device you can upgrade and customize later.

This way, you can build it more towards your specifications.

Regarding portable vaporizers, what you see usually is what you get. You generally can’t purchase a larger battery or bigger tank. Unlike the pen it doesn’t come in an assortment of screw-in pieces.

Portable Vaporizer Review

Everything fits in nicely. This often makes the portable vaporizer more rugged so it will not sustain damage as often, but upgrade and customization options are significantly limited.


If price is a major concern to you, the vape pen is likely the way to go. Vaporizer pens, due to the smaller size, are usually less expensive. A quality vape pen may cost a quarter of what a quality portable vaporizer costs.

Naturally, you do have some performance trade offs, but if you want to enter the world of vaporizers without breaking the bank, a vape pen is probably the way to go.

Heating and Control Features

Different consumed products require different temperatures to perform. Some tobacco leaves may burn better at a different temperature than marijuana or e-liquids.

Heating Standards

A quality vape pen will give you more control over the temperature than an entry level vape pen.

However, portable vaporizers, on average, provide far more heating and temperature controls. Many of the top models allow you to set customized heating standards.

This way, if you switch between an e-liquid and marijuana plants on a regular basis, you don’t need to go into the controls settings and constantly switch the temp. You can simply push one of the preset buttons.

Charging and Battery Life

You want a vaporizer that is ready on the fly and can go with you. Almost all vape pens you find use a micro USB cable connection. This allows you to use a standard USB cable and charge the battery through any USB enabled device.

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This feature is a bit less common on portable vaporizers. Some use the standard USB cable.

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Others require you to use a special USB adapter. This means unless you have the one adapter cable with you, you won’t be able to charge the device.

Portable vaporizers have more real estate, which allows for larger batteries. This is a nice feature when burning herbs. Just make sure to see if you can remove the battery for a replacement. On vape pens you usually can.


There are plenty of different vaporizer options out there. You just need to determine what works best for you and your personal needs.

vape pen is a great launching point into the world of vaporizers. These devices are usually less expensive and give you nice customization features.

On the other hand, portable vaporizers often give you a larger tank, more heating options and accept a wider range of herbs and liquids.

There is no wrong decision here, because as long as you go with a quality product, you’ll enjoy it.