The 89th Academy Awards (or “Oscars” for you young whippersnappers out there) are upon us, so we’ve got award fever! Seeing as this is not the first time vaporizers and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have collided recently, we thought it would be a great time to dish out some of our own awards for the vapes and see how the stars align. May the best vaporizer win!

Best Portable Vaporizer

Storz and Bickel Crafty Vaporizer

The Crafty

The Academy Says: Overall, you cannot beat this combination of vapor quality and portability. This is basically all the quality of a Volcano in a portable vaporizer, and  it’s one of the highest-rated vaporizers in the whole Vapesterdam scheme. Vapesterdam previously described the Crafty as “amazing in pretty much every way”, and we stand by this assessment. For a portable vaporizer, this is top of the pops, so accept no substitutes.

Best Conduction

Smite + (Plus)

The Academy Says: The Smite Plus has so many of the elements we look for in a quality vape: LED display, precise temperature control, a battery indicator, and best of all, terrific vapor production. All this for under $200 is an incredible deal, so if you’re still in the market for conduction-style vaporizers, look no further than the Smite Plus.

Best Convection

Storz and Bickel Mighty Vaporizer

The Mighty

The Academy Says: The Mighty by Storz & Bickel will give you some of the best flavor on the market, and we love how evenly the heat is distributed for herbs and concentrates. Powered by 2 lithium-ion batteries with a super-quick heat-up time, the Mighty more than lives up to its name. You may never got a more pure flavor from your extracts than when you try them with the Mighty. Even with a plastic mouthpiece, the texture and complexity of your vapor when using the Mighty is truly Oscar-worthy.

Best Value Vaporizer

Utillian 720

The Academy Says: This is meant to give you the best bang for the buck in terms of both herbs and concentrates, and it more than delivers on both fronts. The Utillian 720 is a value-priced combination unit designed to get you equally effective flavor and power from your vapor, regardless of material used.

Best Wax Pen

Source Orb Premium Kit

The Academy Says: This is pretty much the best way to get into waxes and concentrates, with a comprehensive yet simple approach to get you big clouds and even bigger flavor. The Source Orb Premium Kit provides you with everything you need for customizing your concentrate experience, from a range of quality atomizers to temperature control and wattage.

Best Accessory


Zeus Armor Hard Case

The Academy Says: This is an essential part of your vaporizer gear, as it can handle pretty much all your gear with care and safety. It’s constructed from high-quality rubber and plastic materials, and the inside is designed to effectively house a multitude of products for your vaporizing journeys.

Best E-Cig Machine


Innokin Coolfire IV 100W Starter Kit

The Academy Says: Starter kit? Man, this thing would be great for anyone, whether you’re a starter or a pro. It’s jam-packed with cool features to get you truly exceptional vapor, not to mention humongous clouds. You’ll be excited to dive in to the four different coils and experiment with different wattages and take your e-cig to the next level.

Best Flavor

Firefly 2


The Academy Says: You might think the best portable vaporizer would have the best overall flavor, but this is a more complex race than you may have thought!  Can you say “UPSET?” In all seriousness, the Firefly 2 can be a bit of a hassle to get the hang of, but once you do, the flavor (especially from concentrates) is unparalleled. Accept no envelope blunders, the taste of the Firefly 2 is the real deal.

Best Portability

Pax 3

The Academy Says: One of the smallest and sleekest vaporizers in the game, the Pax 3 keeps their portability on lock. The battery life has been much improved from the Pax 2, and the unit still keeps the super flush mouthpiece for convenience and discreetness. For keeping strong and durable performance on the go, it’s hard to argue with the lock Ploom has had on portable vaporizers with the Pax Series.

Best Stationary Vaporizer

Digital Volcano

The Academy Says: Still pretty much the Cadillac of desktop vaporizers, this is one of the best-built and highest-performing vaporizers you can get. The manufacturing is still a standard-setter, and the vapor quality is top of the pops. This makes for a great vape to have on the coffee table while you and your friends give your hot takes on the red carpet.

Best E-Rig

Dr. Dabber Boost

The Academy Says: No torch, no problem. You can get nice big flavor from vaporizing concentrates with the Boost. This is perhaps the first portable, battery-powered dab rig and it really sets the standard for electronic dabbing to come.

Best Dressed (Packaging)

Firefly 2

The Academy Says:

This is some of the spiffiest packaging we’ve seen for a vaporizer, and it got us really stoked for using the Firefly 2. Not only this, but it really delivered the goods in terms of being a vape, so we know it wasn’t just all a bunch of window dressing. The Firefly 2 is an inspiration for more vaporizer producers to give their products the packaging they deserve (or don’t deserve).

Best Design

The Grasshopper

The Academy Says:

The Grasshopper is the type of design we’ve always wanted to see in a vape pen, which is to say: it looks just like a pen! And not just any Bic either; this is like the Mont Blanc of vaporizers, and it handles as such. For a classy, timeless look, there may be no better vape around than the Grasshopper.


Like so many award shows out there, there’s sure to be some controversy over our picks. Got a beef? Did you lose your office pool? Let us know in the comments below!

About The Author

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Kevin is an everyman vaporizing aficionado who loves weird movies, noisy music, cuddling with cats, and turning people on to new and exciting developments in the vape world. He thrives on your rants and raves, so feel free to leave them both!

One Response

  1. Mark Bender

    Have you had the pleasure of vaping with the ALD Amaze Wow? I use and recommend this to all. Aliexpress for $35 or so. Use the cans! Even recommend dropping another $10-$20 for extra cans for extended sessions. Just a heads up. See what I did there 😉


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