Choosing the Right Portable Vaporizer
Portable vaporizes are manufactured in various types, sizes, and levels of functionality. If you’re thinking of buying one of these tools, you need to understand their differences in order to end up with the right choice.
Conduction vs. Convection
Conduction vaporizers work by moving heat from one object to another. The herbs come in direct contact with the sides of the vape’s chamber in conduction vaping. The problem with this is that only herbs on the outer side may be heated, while those inside may remain green. That’s why vapers have to stir the herbs so they can vaporize efficiently. In convection vaping, on the other hand, it’s hot air particles passing through the chamber that heats the herbs. In short, the herbs are heated only by hot air as you inhale, and not directly by the heat source.
Internal vs. External Rechargeable Batteries
This really depends on your particular situation. Obviously, when you use internal batteries, you don’t have to worry about how long you can vape without having to charge again. At the same time, internal battery vapes can now be charged in many different ways, including using battery packs and car adapters.
Materials You Vape
Of course, what you actually vape is going to affect the type of portable vaporizer that’s right for you.
For herbs, you want a heating chamber that’s made of pure ceramic and stainless steel, and has no exposed heating elements. There should be no exposed heating parts because you don’t want the herbs to ignite and produce smoke instead of vapor. Must you use a vape whose heating element is exposed (for example, a vape pen), be sure to separate the herbs with the use of a glass screen.
Wax and Concentrates
Great for wax and concentrates are vapes with heating chambers whose coils are exposed. As the coil melts the wax into oil, vapor is produced. To keep you from over-saturating the chamber, just use a tiny amount of the concentrate every time. Devices that come with cotton wicks help to suck in the excess oil. If you’re fine with smoke instead of vapor, such devices can also come in handy for burning herbs. Or use a glass or mesh screen to prevent the herbs from touching the coil, as well as to produce vapor. These devices though are still the best when used for concentrates.
Liquids and Oils
Lastly, if you’d rather vape liquids, choose a device whose heating chamber includes a liquid container connected to an atomizer. This is something many 3-in-1 options can’t beat. While they can vape liquid with a separate container for oils, you can only put in a tiny amount at once. And they don’t even make enough vapor as fast as a vape pen actually made for that purpose can.