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What is a Vaporizer?

New to vaping? Not sure where to start? What to get to know the different types of Vaporizers available? Why do people vape weed instead of smoking it?

First of all, what is a vaporizer?

A vaporizer is a device that heats up substances at a low temperature and releases a "vapor" as opposed to combustion in which fire is used to burn the substance at a higher temperature. Due to the lower, non-combustion nature of vaping it minimizing the exposure of tar, carbon monoxide and many other carcinogens (cancer causing ingredients).

Vaporizers have been used in the field of medicine for quite some time. Doctors have used them to get the instant effects of medicine and to administer anesthesia to patients. However, vaporizers have found themselves to be used for all aspects of daily life. Uses of Vaporizers include health and recreational use, and you could find an assortment of vaporizers on the market today!

The main two types of vaporizers

1. Dry herb and plant material.

2.e-Liquid and vape juice.

1. Dry Herb and Plant Material

Dry herb vaporizers can further be segregated into these types

Portable vs Desktop Vapes, While the portable ones come with an inline battery, the desktop variety is bigger in size and can be only used with an external power source. The portable variety (including vape pens) is small in size, easy to use and can be carried in the pocket of your pants. However, if your looking for a more sturdy device that gives you a lot of options  in terms of functionality and performance, the desktop variety provide a more powerful vaping experience. 


Dry Herbs vs Wax / Concentrate Vapes, Herbal vaporizers are often compatible with either Dry Herb Material  or Concentrated Wax or Oils. Some vaporizers in the category can do both, sometimes with the use of extra tanks/ chambers/ coils.

Conduction vs Convection

Conduction Vaporizers: This is the method of heating the herb or plant by bringing it in contact with something that is already hot. In this process, the essential elements are released in the form of vapor which the user can inhale. However, there are certain drawbacks of this process that does not make it an efficient vaping technique. It only vaporizes the essential oils of the materiel that comes in direct contact with the hot object leaving the rest of the material unused.  If the heat is increased to vaporize the untouched material, it may lead to combustion thereby defeating the whole purpose of using a vaporizer. 

Convection Vaporizers: Convection is a more sophisticated and efficient vaping method in which hot air is blown over the matter. This process, heats up the whole plant matter equally and evenly thereby releasing the essential elements more consistently in the form of vapor. Additionally, the plant matter is used more efficiently. However, vaporizers that use this technique are a bit on the pricey side since it takes an advanced technology to maintain air temperature.


e-Liquid / Vape Juice Vaporizers

The second type of vaporizers is what previously was refereed to as "electronic cigarettes". What started as a small but heavy device that looks like a cigarette and is used as a alternate nicotine delivery method, has developed into a huge variety of vaporizers that can vape oil and various liquids aka as vape juice / e-liquid / e-juice.

The liquid is made of a formula that contains various amounts of PG (propylene glycol), VG (vegetable glycerin) and flavorings. E-Juice comes with or without nicotine, of with different levels of nicotine strength ( between 3 or 24mg).

Types of vaporizers in this category are

Vaporizer Pens vs Vaporizer Mods, Vape pens are exactly what they are - a pen shaped device, with a liquid tank on top. Box mods are more advanced typically provide more power, and much more professional vaping sessions. If you are looking for more huge clouds of vapor, vape mods are the way to go. Mods are usually bigger and have replaceable batteries and rebuildable tanks for a more robust session. 

More information about Portable vs Desktop Vaporizers

Portable electronic vaporizer: as the name implies, portable vaporizers can be used on the go and have an internal battery source. It is small in size, easy to carry and is made up of glass. It has an inbuilt heating system that is powered by a battery and usually does not require any skill to operate; the battery and intelligent system of the vaporizer do it for you. Simply ignite and enjoy aromatic vapor vapor anywhere, anytime!

Electronic desktop vaporizer: Desktop vaporizers are usually much bigger than their portable counterparts and offer a bunch more in terms of functionality and durability. They require to be plugged in to an electrical outlet in order to operate. You can choose a number of features in them including different forms of vapor dispersion, fast heating, temperature control and the ability to use for longer durations. Desktop vaporizers are often compatible with whip kits, water attachments and balloon bags. Also in most cases you have to shell out more money for these devices. But it might be worth spending more money for the sophistication, comfort and rich experience these vaporizers offer. If you only need a home vaporizer and portability is not a concern for you, desktop vaporizers are the way to go.

Final Words

These are some of the salient features that you can expect from the vaporizer available in the marketplace. Some manufactures also cater to your individual tastes and requirements and offer highly customized devices. All this information notwithstanding, you must consider one fact before buying a vaporizer -- quality comes at a price. This is relatively new technology and is fast evolving. So, when buying a product never compromise on the quality of the material used. If it is a glass product, make use that the glass used is of approved standard. The plastics and electronics used in the device should be of high standard. Your safety is pivotal to the whole functionality of the vaporizer; so make sure that your device conforms to the most stringent norms in user safety. 

Go for the best, high quality vaporizer and don't settle for less. It will all be worth it in the long run!