I own 40 - 50 vapes. For a portable, I suggest The Edge by Healthy Rips.
The VapCap sucks. I use an induction heater with my VapCap and it's way better than a torch but I never take it outside. Too much like smoking crack in an illegal state. That entire 'torch' thing is a joke.
For a desktop, it's hard to beat a log vape. I use the E-Nano from Epic Vape. Very versatile.
Here's a link to the Edge. Use the discount code PUFFEDUP for 15% off.
I have 2 or 3 other vapes I rotate through but 90% of them sit on the shelf.
I still smoke about 10 joints a day and I agree that there is something about the high that is more 'intense' than vaping. I can only assume that it's the asphyxiation from the smoke.
As for taste, a joint will never hold a candle to a vape. I used to love the taste of smoking a joint (especially, like you said, the first hit). But the flavor you get from a vape just kicks the shit out of the taste of a joint. Even the first hit.
Here's a tip about vaping. The THC and the CBD are the last things to vape since the vaping temp is generally much higher on those 2 cannabinoids than it is on most of the terps. That's why a vape hit is often "all flavor" and no vapor. I set my vapes at 420F and they work great.
Vaping is not like smoking. There is a learning curve with every vape.