What Is A Vaporizers?
A cannabis vaporizer is an electronic device that turns your lovely herb into vapor that you can inhale, get high and medicate with. Vaporizers don’t actually burn your weed, instead they heat your herb using an atomizer.
There are many different styles of vapes and there are different ways in which your herb could be heated. So let’s have a look below on the different types of awesome vaporizers that are sale available right now.
Dry Herb Vaporizers
Dry herb vaporizers is a broad term that covers many types of vaporizers, essentially any vape that can use dry herb is a dry herb vaporizer, it’s that simple! There are many vapes that can take liquid and wet ingredients, so this is why the distinction is made.
Dry herb vapes heat your herb up in a ceramic or quartz heating chamber. This can be either using convection of conduction.
There are many different styles of dry herb vaporizers. The most commons ones are desktop vaporizers, portable vapes and vape pens. Below we take a look at these in more detail.
Desktop (or table top) vaporizers are large vaporizers that can be plugged into a power source. If you are the type of person who only likes to indulge at home or you want something permanent for your home space to use, then your best option is a desktop vaporizer.
Desktop vaporizers generally have a bag that fills with vapour or a hose-like mouthpiece like a hookah has. This lets you inhale at your own pace and is a great piece to use when sharing with friends.
Desktop vaporizers also tend to be much more expensive than other vaporizers on the market. This is because they offer a lot more. Some models offer temperature controls so you can dial in to a temperature that will help you gain the effects from different terpenes and cannabinoids in your weed that require varying temperatures to be vaporised effectively.
These types of vaporizers either use convection or conduction to heat your herb. Convection types are thought to have more even heating and are more accurately controlled temperature wise. Convection desktop vaporizers tend to have fans that push heated air around to heat the weed.
The biggest issue with conduction types is burning your herb rather than vaporizing it. Conduction is usually the method with portables, but if you are going to buy a desktop one you may as well go for convection for its benefits over conduction.
Despite all they have to offer, the table-top vaporizer does have its downsides. If you are looking for something portable or want a quick hit, then you are better looking at other styles of vaporizers on offer.
Concentrate vaporizers are also know as wax vapes. Although they are also known as wax vapes, you can use other concentrates like oil inside them too. Usuaully the concnetrate vape you buy will have information to let you know what you can and can’t use with it.
Concentrate vapes, as the name implies, offer strong hits. You can pack more active ingredients into a smaller package that is required to be heated. This allows you to have a quick discreet hit of your vape.
This type of vaporizer tends to be low in price and cost less than dry herb vapes which tend to be pricier overall because you need more room to fit the herb in. If you are on a budget then this is a good style to contemplate buying.
A portable vaporizer is a vaporizer that is portable. Fairly simple. They are small in size and easy to carry around ni your pocket or bag. Portable vapes can use dry and wet ingredients including concentrates, oils and wax.
Portable vaporizers are composed of 4 major components:
- Tank: – This is where you put your wax/oil or herb. In here is the heating element which is typically a coil.
- Mouthpiece: – This is pretty self explanatory – it is where you breathe in the vape from the tank. For warmer vapor use a smaller mouth piece and for a cooler vapor use a larger mouthpiece.
- Atomizer: – This part is responsible for heating up the coil which heats your ingredients.
- Battery: – Portable vaporizers have a battery which powers the atomizer.
The most popular style of portable vaporizer is the vape pen.
Vape pens are an extremely popular choice for those on the go. Thet usually run off batteries and can be recharged via usb.
There are a couple different types of vape pens – oil based and wax based.
Oil based vape pens require cannabis oil. This type of pen is going to give you a big hit of THC so is suitable for more regular users of weed.
A dab pen is a vaporizer that is specifically designed for concentrates. Dab pens are also referred to wax based pens and come in a range of different shapes and sizes.
Dab pens or wax based vape pens use cannabis wax or a dab. Dabs are a brittle substance that looks like hardened honey. This type of vape pen works in the same way as if you were to use dry herb, but wax is more concentrated. The wax is placed on a hot plate which heats it up. These usually have a very high THC level and again is a good choice for a regular user.
Wax is considered one of the purest methods for vaping, but you should proceed with caution for this very reason. If you are a beginner you should figure out yoru tolerance level before trying something so strong.
Some people find wax or dabs are easier to use than oil, so this is the better option of vape pen.
Conduction vs Convection
Some vaporizers will heat your weed using conduction and some use convection. Conduction works by placing dry herb onto a heated surface which directly heats it up. This surface is heated to an temperature that is ideal for vaporization. Conduction tends to be the most common way of heating herb and tends to use a lower temperature which produces a consistent stream of vapour. However because it is in direct contact with your herb, you will need to remember to move it around to avoid it burning. Most novice users will end up doing this without even knowing it because the use of a vape implies a send of simply fill and use.
Convection, on the other hand, circulates air around and through the herb. The heat source is isolated and therefore does not make contact with your herb. When the heat source has reached the ideal temperature it then gets circulated.
Convection vapes are much more complicated to create and therefore tend to be more expensive. They also take longer to heat up, however the payoff is you that you will find you get a stronger more flavourful hit. You also do not need to worry about burning your herb.
It is often said that convection vapes are better as you get a much more even burn and strong flavour. However modern technology makes both good choices depending on the circumstances in which you want to use them. Both styles have their pros and cons.
A new user may want to start our with a conduction style vaporizers as they are easier to use and easier to control. They also require less cleaning and messing about with overall.
Wet vs Dry Ingredients
Some vaporizers take dry ingredients only, like dry herb, while others take wet ingredients. Depending on whether you are using dry herb or a cannabis oil, you will need to factor this in when buying your vaporizer.