Vaporizers are rapidly becoming one of the most popular ways to enjoy herb, they spare your lungs harsh smoke, they’re easy to use, they’re discreet, easy to use and come in a whole range of units to suit any need. But just what goes on inside a vaporizer? What mysteries do the sleek casings hold? Let’s take a look.
Vaporizers come in many types to suit any need, here are the three basic categories.
Pen vaporizers are the cheapest variety. Often they are designed to work with oils and concentrates. Discrete and easy to use but unfortunately lack the precision of more complicated models. For an example check out the Puffco Plus Vaporiser.
Portable vaporizers can work with dry herb and can deliver a much more controled vape experience than a pen vape. They often come with digital temperature controls and convection heating chambers, however some units have hybrid convection/conduction chambers. For an example check out the Da Vinchi IQ.
Typically the most expensive variety, desk top vaporizers are intended for users who prefer a more stationary experience or sharing with friends. They often come with the options to use a whip or balloon or even an external exhaust for aromatherapy. For an example check out the Volcano Digit Vaporiser.
The chamber is the part of the vaporizer you load your dry herb into. It’s recommended that you grind your herb first to increase the surface area and allow for more efficient vaporization.
Vaporizers have two ways to heat your herb: Conduction, where the cannabis comes into direct contact with a heating element, or through convection, which exposes it to hot air. Convection offers mre even exposure and reduces the risk of combustion as the risk of ‘hot spots’ as seen in some conduction vapes is eliminated.
Temperature control allows you to adjust the heat levels of the heating element. Some units come with digital controls built in while others have bluetooth connectivity to allow control through a compatible app. Some controls have full LCD or LED displays which allow you to see the exact temperature in degrees, others don’t have this so it’s advisable to familiarise yourself with the setting to avoid trial-and-error guesswork. The importance of temperature control is related to the qualities of the various cannabinoids in the herb. Different chemicals activate at different temperatures, allowing you to fine tune your vaping experience.
Bags or Balloons
Some vaporizers, especially non-portable varieties contain a food-grade plastic bag attached to the heating chamber which gradually fills with vapour thanks to a built-in fan. Sometimes the vapors inside the balloon can be a bit thin, this is easily remedied by switching to a slower setting on the fan.
Another method is a ‘whip’ essentially a long medical-grade plastic tube. Found in both portable and stationary units, the whip allows for more instant enjoyment of your vape, as you don’t have to wait for a bag to fill. If you’re struggling to choose between a balloon and a whip fear not, as several units feature both!
Obviously your vape needs power to heat your herb. Depending on whether your unit is portable or stationary the power source can either be a rechargeable battery or a plug outlet. Some portable models will allow you to operate from the mains also, allowing you to enjoy your vape as it charges.
Power Saving Settings
Portable vaporizers have a finite battery life, often between two and three hours of continuous use. To preserve power many have battery saving technology. The most basic power saving measure is a automatic shutoff that turns off the heating element after a few minutes. A more advance method seen in some models includes a sensor in the mouthpiece which senses when the unit is being put to a user's mouth, causing a boost of heat in the chamber. This means that you can rest easy and enjoy your vape without the fear of running out of power.
With such a wide range of vaporizers out there it’s no surprise that there’s all manner of additional features unique to certain units. Vibrating alerts that let you know your vape is ready, bluetooth connectivity so your vape can interact with a smartphone app, and even boost buttons for extra-strong hits!
So there we have it, a comprehensive glossary of the anatomy of a vape. So now you can peruse our range without the risk of getting lost in the jargon. You’ll also know what features you want exactly so you can find the vaporizer unit that’s right for you!