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Vaping dry herb and concentrates has grown exponentially over the last decade. Especially with the surge in popularity of the portable dry herb vaporizer and the vape pen. As wonderful as vaping on the go can be, if you’re around others, it can become an issue.

Perhaps they dislike the smell, maybe they have a medical condition, or they simply don’t like the smell. Their reasons for not liking it don’t matter.

When you’re in a public place or around people in any context, you want to treat them with respect, just as you’d like to be treated. One option to deal with this issue is to vape discreetly.

If you’re wondering what in the heck we’re talking about when we say, “vape discreetly,” then you’ve come to the right place. We will discuss what stealth vaping is, how to do it, and which discreet vape pens and portable vaporizers are ideal for it.

The Guide to Stealth Vaping

There are many reasons why one would want to vape discreetly. A few of the more common reasons would be if you’re visiting family or friends who aren’t cannabis-friendly, if you’re in a casual locale that you’re unfamiliar with, or when you are in an approved smoking/vaping space but prefer to keep your vaping private.

Regardless of the reasons for your interest in vaping discreetly, you want to abide by the local laws, so you don’t run into any trouble. Even if it is legal where you reside, you may want to avoid detection. And stealth vaping is a fantastic way to do so.

A ninja jumping at you while holding a Terp Pen in each hand with speed lines.

What is Stealth Vaping?

Stealth vaping can be easy to learn but difficult for some individuals to perfect. Particularly if you’re only used to taking monster-sized rips out of your desktop vaporizer or dab rig.

To get the hang of things, you have to pull back on the reins and take things at a much slower pace. Either way, if you want to be a successful stealth vaper, you need to understand the techniques necessary to hide the vapor and not attract any unwanted attention.

Essentially, your primary goal is to vape without anyone being the wiser. And we aren’t only talking about hiding the vapor but hiding the device you’re vaping with as well.

You want to think of yourself as a “vape ninja.” When you vape discreetly, you’re creating much smaller clouds than that desktop or dab rig we just spoke of.

These considerably smaller vapor clouds typically don’t smell that much and are much less noticeable. Where you vape is just as important as your technique. You wouldn’t want to stealth vape in a grocery store, for example.

This is a surefire way to garner unwanted attention from those around you. And if you notice a “No Smoking” sign, your best bet would be to refrain from vaping.

The sign is there for a reason. What if you’re unsure of the rules at the establishment or home you’re at? Simply ask a member of the staff or household before you jump to any conclusions.

It’s preferable to play it safe than risk upsetting others or incurring a costly fine. As long as you’re empathetic to those around you and follow the rules and laws, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

A man hits a vaporizer as he rises from the darkness, only to disappear seconds later.

How to Vape Discreetly?

Now we’ve come to the meat of the article where we will discuss the proper techniques necessary to pull off a successful stealth vape. It may take some practice to perfect your technique, but don’t get discouraged if you have any trouble.

You’ll get the hang of things and be stealth vaping with the best of them. Now, let’s take a look at the steps you want to follow to vape discreetly.

Use a Small Device

First and foremost, you want to use a device that isn’t so big that it’s obvious what you’re doing. Sure, this may sound obvious, but it still needs to be said.

For instance, you wouldn’t want to stealth vape with our Tera portable vaporizer. As outstanding as the Tera is, its size is simply too big to try to hide with your hands.

Sure, if you are on the bigger side of the spectrum, you might be able to pull this off. Still, your best bet is to go with a much smaller-sized portable vaporizer that will make it much easier to hide.

Hide Any Lights or LEDs

This won’t pertain to every unit out there, but it will pertain to most portable vaporizers. The majority of portable vaporizers and vape pens currently on the market feature some sort of notification LED or light.

It can mean a variety of things, depending on the unit. With some devices, it simply lets you know when the unit is powered on or off, or it can signify it’s charging.

With others, it might change colors to signify a higher or lower temperature, or even start to blink when it’s fully charged. And quite a few portable vapes have their LEDs illuminate during every inhale.

It all depends on the unit you’re using since every device can have different uses for these little lights. You want to cover that LED with some tape before heading out the door, or merely use one of your fingers to hide it.

Use the Lowest Heat Setting

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Once again, this won’t apply to all portable vapes and dab pens out there, but it does apply to any unit that features variable temperature settings.

You don’t want to use the higher settings since that will only lead to bigger, more easily noticeable vape clouds. That’s the polar opposite of what we’re going for here.

If you’re a master of your vape, you may be able to get away with using a higher setting. But most people shouldn’t take that chance since it isn’t recommended.

What they recommend is to set your device to the lowest temperature it can reach. This ensures you will only take the smallest rips your device can offer.

Take Small Rips

Let’s continue where we left off in the last section and talk about how small rips can help your stealth vaping technique. You may be thinking, “My device doesn’t even feature any LEDs or lights, so the size of my rips won’t be an issue.”

As stealthy as a unit with no LEDs can be, that doesn’t mean you can rip bigger vapor clouds while still staying under the radar. You’ll more than likely get noticed sooner or later, so why would you even want to chance that?

Conversely, if you are patient and take short and small draws, you won’t be surrounded by a big ole cloud of vapor that says, “Hey everybody, look at me and what I’m doing!”

When you exhale, make a point to direct the vapor downward and away from your body. Once again, this is so you won’t be sitting in a cloud of vapor, as well as smelling like cannabis.

Don’t Look Suspicious

We’ll finish things off with something that always attracts unwanted attention, yet a lot of stealth vapers do it. It’s not intentional, but if you are constantly on the lookout, turning your head and looking everywhere with darting eyes, that looks extremely suspicious.

A man wearing a hat is peeking from behind a wall looking suspicious.

One of the primary instances someone will do this is when they are trying to hide something. Particularly over the last few years, with so many people on edge, it won’t take much for someone to speak up or call the authorities.

You should be conscious of your surroundings. Just ensure you’re nonchalant and act naturally. When done correctly, it shouldn’t garner any attention and will allow you to enjoy a nice stealth vape without issue.

Additional Tips to Vape Discreetly

Although we just went over the top techniques to vape discreetly, here are some other tips you may want to test out. We will talk about holding the vapor in for longer, exhaling through your nose, and how blowing it into your shirt can benefit your discreet vaping technique.

Hold the Vapor in For Longer

This is a trick smokers and vapers alike have been using forever to hide their smoking and vaping. Whether you’re barged in on unannounced, or in our case, you’re going for a stealth vape session, holding in your rip can be an optimal way to help conceal what you’re doing.

And despite what some may tell you, holding in your hit does not get you higher. The only reason to keep a hit in for more than a few seconds is to conceal what you’re doing.

Holding your hit in for longer enables it to condensate more in your lungs, resulting in less vapor being released.

Exhale Through Your Nose

A close-up of a man in front of a black background exhaling smoke from his nose.

Another tip you can try is to exhale through your nose to reduce the amount of vapor produced. Just as with your lungs, your sinus cavities help to condensate the vapor while forcing it downwards.

Both of these aspects lend themselves to much thinner and less visible vapor. This will probably feel weird at first if you’ve never blown smoke out your nose before. However, after a few exhales, you should get used to it and it will become second nature.

Blow Through Your Shirt

This won’t always be an option, but it can work wonders when done correctly. The last thing you want is for someone to see you shoving your mouth under your shirt.

This will look odd and may even garner that unwanted attention we’ve touched upon. If it is an option for you, your shirt will act as a filter and help to trap the vapor before it’s released into the air.

This technique, although super easy, can mean the difference between a successful vape session and an unsuccessful vape session where you upset those around you and earn yourself a fine.

What are Discreet Vapes?

Before we dive into the most discreet vape pens and portable vaporizers, we wanted to go over what makes a vape discreet in the first place. First off, size plays a big part in how stealthily you can vape with the device.

As we previously discussed, you wouldn’t want to try to pull off a stealth vape with a portable vaporizer on the larger side of the spectrum. Unless you’re Shaq and have giant hands, this is not a viable option.

Ultimately, you want a device that is small enough to easily conceal in your hand. This will allow you to cover the unit’s LED with minimal effort. Speaking of LEDs, you can purchase a vape that doesn’t feature any, to eliminate the process.

The design and color/s of your device play a big part in how discreet it can be as well. You’ll want to stay away from any bright or neon-colored units since they’ll stick out like a sore thumb.

An all-black option is preferred, but any dark color will suffice. If your vape features a digital display, use its dimmer setting to lower the brightness or cover it with your hand.

It’s also important that your portable vape features a fast heat-up time with instant being preferred. If you are forced to wait for your unit to heat up, that’s precious time that’s being wasted. And time is always of the essence when you’re looking to vape discreetly.

The Best Discreet Vape Pens

Four Terp Pens dropping from above onto a wooden table before 
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There is a plethora of vape pens (aka dab pens) currently available for you to choose from. But not all dab pens are created equally.

Amongst the legitimate units that perform as they should, there is a slew of vape pens that not only offer a subpar experience but can be dangerous. The companies behind these brands are purely in it to make a quick buck and couldn’t care less about your health or if any harm comes to you.

Therefore, before you make any purchase, it’s recommended that you research any brands you’re contemplating buying from. Or, if you’d like to eliminate all guesswork, you could pick up our Terp Pen, which just so happens to be a 2022 WEEDCon Cup winner!

It’s the same size as a standard pen or pencil, making it super easy to hide. Simply load up your concentrates before you head out the door and whenever you want a puff, it will instantly heat up and provide awesome full-flavored rips. We also offer a larger version, the Terp Pen XL, for anyone who prefers larger loads.

Top Stealth Portable Vaporizers

If you’re someone who prefers dry flower over concentrates, then a vape pen won’t work for you. You’ll need a dry herb portable vaporizer to get the job done.

And similar to all the bad actors in the vape pen industry, there are just as many, if not more, in the portable vaporizer industry with more popping up all the time. Hence, research is key to ensure you don’t end up with a device that barely works, or in some cases, is unsafe to use.

Luckily, amongst these awful portable vapes are some top-notch devices that do work as advertised and won’t offer a subpar experience or harm you in any way. And there will be some distinctions between the different models that set them apart from one another.

Some will feature a display for your session information, while others will boast multiple temperature settings to accommodate every type of vaper out there. It ultimately boils down to what you want out of your portable vaporizer.

CFX + and Vexil Portable Vaporizers

In our case, we’re looking for discreet portable vaporizer options. We recently released the CFX+, which is the predecessor to our popular portable vape, the CFX.

It’s not as small as a pen vape, but it has some outstanding features to help with a stealth vape session. Unlike most portable dry herb vaporizers, this model doesn’t feature a protruding mouthpiece.

A Vexil vaporizer floating in front of a neon purple frame and water with Vexil and Boundless Technology text.

This will cut down on suspicious looks since you’ll place your lips on the upper corner of the vape instead of a mouthpiece that jets out the top of the vaporizer.

It also boasts an easy-to-read display that shows different session settings. And, specifically designed for this purpose, the display features a dimmer setting to lower the brightness of the screen when you’re looking to be discreet.

If you’re in the market for a more budget-conscious device, then our inexpensive Vexil vaporizer is a fantastic option. It’s almost half the price of the CFX+ and it’s also small enough to effortlessly hide with one of your hands. To top it off, it even features a stealth mode you can utilize to turn off all the lights while in use.

Wrapping Things Up

Now that you’re armed with the appropriate information on how to stealth vape and which units are the best to use, you’ll be vaping discreetly in no time. As long as you keep at it, with some practice, you’ll become a stealth vaping pro before you know it.

Also, if you have any questions about anything we discussed or any of the products we covered, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be delighted to help you in any way we can.

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