It is commonly understood in the New Zealand vape scene that not all vaporizers are created equal. When you are choosing a new vape to buy there are myriad perks and trade-offs you have to consider. These options can be collected under several headings, so we’ve collected these together. This guide can help you figure out what your priorities are when you buy a vaporizer.
One of the main factors that makes your portable vape portable is the battery. You can hardly enjoy your vape while out and about if you’re constantly on the hunt for an AC outlet. When you’re in the market for a new vape pay special attention to the battery life of your vaporizer. The longer the better ( bit of a no brainer).
Bear in mind that something like a 3 hour battery life is actually very good, as that translates in to three hours of continuous use! Other features like a removable battery, as seen in the Da Vinci IQ, means that you can get even more milage out in the field by carrying spares. Many vapes are USB chargeable, and some can even be used when charging. It’s important to check the specs of your devices battery before you buy so you get the right power for you.
Convection or conduction
Vaporizers work by taking advantage of the boiling points of the active ingredients in your herb; heating them til they vaporize thus releasing them without combustion. There are two principle ways to do this, conduction and convection. Conduction heating elements work in direct contact with the dry herb, heating it directly. Conduction is the quickest and most common form of heating found in portable vaporizers, it generally suffices, but it does have some downsides. Conduction can sometimes lead to hot spots if used incorrectly and this can cause combustion!
Convection vaporizers circulate hot air around the heating chamber, gradually and evenly extracting vapor from your herb. Convection often takes a little longer than conduction but the quality of the vapor is much higher and the wastage of your herb is much lower! Combustion is also ruled out, no matter how careless you are with it. To ensure even more even heating from your convection vape be sure to grind your herb, it increases the surface area that is exposed to the hot air.
Over time herb gradually and naturally releases resin, this resin can build up and clot on vital components in the heating chamber and air way of your vape. This can lead to a whole host of problems, from increased risk of combustion to blocked air ways and can even ruin the flavour of your vapor. When you’re choosing a vape be sure to chose one, like the Storz & Bickel crafty, that is easy to clean. Cleaning a vaporizer is easy, all you need to do is open it up and carefully use cleaning solution or rubbing alcohol to wipe away the resin build up. If you come across a particularly congealed lump carefully loosen it with a brush and wipe it away.
Dry herb, concentrate, or e-liquid?
The majority of portable vaporizers on the New Zealand market work with dry herb.They use their heating elements to exploit the boiling points of the active ingredients in your herb. This allows you to enjoy your herb free from the toxins released by combustion. Some vaporizers, such as those made by Linx, work with concentrates much in the same way as dabbing kits. They eschew the normal heating element in favor of an atomiser that can reach the requisite temperatures to vaporise concentrate. Finally there are vapes that work with e-liquids, these are the most common and are generally referred to as vape pens.
Certain vaporizers, like the Grizzly Guru, can use all three materials! So you don’t have to choose!
The size of your vape is generally defined by the amount of features you need from it. If you want a feature heavy, super adaptable vape you may have to endure a slightly larger unit. If you want something you can just switch on and use, then you can make do with a sleek compact vaporizer.
Some smaller vapes offer you slightly less control, as there simply isn't enough room for more than one or two buttons. Units like the Da Vinci IQ may install bluetooth compatibility to mitigate this; offering you a huge amount of control on your iPhone while remaining small and compact.
As with many things in life, buying a vape is a series of compromises. However, if you keep your specific needs and wants in mind then you should be able to choose the right vaporizer for you. For a huge range of premium vaporizer check out our New Zealand Online Headshop!