The Best Vaporizers

The vaporizer concept for smoking has been around for decades, it’s only been in the last 15 years that a majority of vaporizers have been manufactured and promoted for sale. Most smokers know and understand the benefits of vaporization and that vaporizing takes a healthier approach to smoking.

Vaporizing releases the active ingredients in the vaporizer in a gentle way providing a higher quality vapor experience.

There have been a lot of different vaporizers manufactured and all have different nuances and features. But, they all have the same two essential components and that is a heat source and a delivery system.

When smoking using a standard pipe or bowl, the plants ingredients are released through the heat, but when a combustible temperature is reached it creates several problems. The process of heating the plant to combustion destroys a significant amount of the plants special ingredients leaving behind a large amount of toxic substances. These unavoidable toxic substances when inhaled cause respiratory tract irritation and may also produce a very harsh odor.

Aside from the health benefits, vaporization is also economically beneficial. The amount of plant material left behind is much less when compared to traditional pipe smoking, which saves you money over time.

So what are Vaporizers?

A standard vaporizer consists of the following elements:

  • Heat Source: There are three (3) main ways that vaporizers are designed to heat the block (ceramic or steel) and they consist of:
    1. Condution: this places the material in direct contact with the heat source. These types of vaporizers are still used but are often a bitch to clean.
    2. Convection: this style of heating is more effective as it heats the material more evenly. Temperature control in this type of unit is also easier to adjust for the heated airflow.
    3. Radiation: Don’t get worried here – it’s just another word for “radiating heat”. This style works by transferring the heat using electromagnetic waves.
  • Heater Types: The heater types may vary depending on the unit and design. The best units will use stainless steel heaters as they heat and cool quickly without leaving residuals. The objective here is to be able to efficiently and effectively draw heat across the block to be cooled. There are also ceramic type heaters but they are slower to warm up. But, once they are hot they retain their heat and minimize the cooling process. There are some models on the market that now include both features of steel block and ceramic to better stabilize the air.
  • Power Sources: most newer vaporizers are electric while the handheld models are often butane or rechargeable battery powered. The choice is up to the user as the price will fluctuate depending on the vaporizer power source to be used.
    • Battery: these vaporizer designs are meant to be more portable and may include rechargeable batteries (NiMH and LiPo) which come out of the unit to be recharged or remain in the unit and are soldered.
      1. NiMH: Power is limited and will run out rather quickly. The only good thing about these types of rechargeable batteries is that they do not diminish in power like standard batteries. You;ll get full use until the battery has run down and needs recharging. So, if you’re going to use this type of power source be sure to have spare batteries on hand, and NEVER mix the battery types up in the unit.
      2. Li-Ion batteries aren’t supposed to be removed and often stay in the unit as they are soldered in place. These types of vaporizers are recharged using a USB cord or standard charger.
    • Electric: a typical brick style charger for use in any standard outlet. These types are mostly desktop versions like boxes or base models.
    • Butane: a butane powered vaporizer will produce quite a bit of heat and remove the need for a torch lighter by using catalytic converters. Most of these are also hand-held units.
  • Delivery System: the vaporizer deliver system needs some sort of way to transfer the vapor from the chamber to the smoker. There are two different styles of delivery systems, assisted or unassisted which I’ll describe below:
    • Assisted Vaporizers: This type of vapor delivery system uses a fan or pump to force the hot air through the medical marijuana (or other material) into a balloon (also called a “bag”). If you’ve ever used an oven roasting bag you’ve handled an assisted vaporizer balloon. It’s great for tolerating high temperatures and once you’re done with it can be easily put out for recycling. These bags are ideal as they can be transported easily and fold up in your pocket. But, you shouldn’t store vapor in the bag for any period of time. As the bag cools and condenses the material and will lose any potency you once had.
    • Unassisted Vaporizers: these types of vaporizers are quick to use up your product but they’ll also deliver a much more intense, thick vapor. These units use the “wand and whip” combination of delivery. While an intense use of the product, it also comes with some cleaning chores every once in a while. You may need to buy some specialized cleaning material to ensure your vaporizer doesn’t get harsh or funky. One other thing you want to watch out for are junk vaporizers typically made in a “box style”. We’ve seen some terrible units on eBay and Amazon which will often not work as expected or even at all. It’s best to always trust the leader in vaporizer equipment. You’ll often pay less because shipping is always free. See the links for more details.

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