Dry herb vaporizers have essentially taken the world by storm in the last number of years. It seems as if you can’t turn a corner without someone vaping away. If you’re new to the proverbial scene then you might feel a little intimidated about what to go for. We’ve put together a small list of things to look out for when getting your new dry herb vaporizer.
Dry Herb or Concentrate
The first question you have to ask yourself is what you’re going to be vaping. For many, making the transition from regular smoking is hard enough so getting a dry herb vaporizer is the most sensible choice. Concentrates, while powerful, can be a bit of a learning curve so sticking with a dry herb vaporizer at the beginning is a good choice.
Portable or Desktop
There are two main choices for vaporizer, desktop and portable. Desktop vapes are intended mainly for use at home while portable vapes are intended to more for those who prefer convenience over power.
Many desktop vaporizers have a component called a balloon, or bag. This is slowly filled with vapor by a fan and can be detached and vaped from for a little added portability. Naturally they’re not suitable to longer journeys but it’s not impossible either. Just make sure it’s worth the effort.
Portable vapes are, generally speaking, the most popular type on the market. They’re much more compact and sleek. They generally operate off of a battery and tend to have short glass or plastic mouth pieces. Many of these are built so that they can slip right inside of your pocket or a backpack.
Convection or Conduction
There are two ways to heat your materials. Conduction heating has been the longest used one. This is where the herb comes into direct contact with the heating element. Convection on the other hand blows hot air across the herb. This avoids combustion, which is when herbs are burnt and produce carcinogens that can cause severe damage to your lungs. Generally, convection is considered the safer method of vaporizing herb in this respect.
Convection vapes are generally desktop models, but an increasing number of portable models are hitting the market all the time. Convection leads to a smoother, more even vapor but can take some time to reach the required temperature. Convection is also much faster and more cost efficient than conduction.
Vibrating Alerts: Some portable vaporizers come with a handy vibrating alert function that lets you know that it has reached vaping temperature. This saves you on constantly checking the display or disappointing test hits.
Bluetooth Connectivity: Smaller vapes may not have enough room to have an adequate set of temperature controls or a display. They make up for this by connecting to a smartphone app that gives you a huge level of control over your vaporizers settings.
Balloon/Bag: This component is usually found on desktop vapes. It is essentially a bag of medical grade plastic that is filled with herb vapor by a small fan. Once it is filled to your desired level you can detach it for a more portable and comfortable vaping experience.
Automatic Cut Off: This is a feature on portable vapes that helps them preserve their batteries. Usually it’s some manner of timer that starts counting down when the vape is not being actively used. When it reaches a pre-set time limit it powers the unit down, preserving batteries. Some more advanced models use sensors that detect when the unit is being pressed to a user's mouth. When it senses this, only then does it activate the heating chamber.