Portable vaporizers are sold in many different types, sizes and functionalities. If you’re planning to buy one of these devices, it’s best to understand their differences first so you end up with the right product.
Conduction vs. Convection
Conduction vaporizers function by transferring 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 is when only the outer herbs are heated and the inside stays green. That’s why stirring is usually needed to vaporize all the herbs. In convection vaping, on the other hand, it’s hot air particles passing through the chamber that heats the herbs. In other words, the herbs never come in contact with the heat, and are heated only by the hot air while you inhale.
Internal vs. External Rechargeable Batteries
This part will mainly depend on your particular situation. With internal batteries, you obviously need not think of charging before vaping. At the same time, internal battery vapes can now be charged in many different ways, including using battery packs and car adapters.
What You Vape
Of course, what you vape does have an impact on the type of portable vaporizer you should get.
For herbs, you want a heating chamber that’s made of pure ceramic and stainless steel, and has no exposed heating elements. You don’t want any heating part exposed because it will ignite the herbs, thereby producing smoke rather than vapor. If you must use a vape with an exposed heating element, as in a vape pen, you can use a glass screen to separate the herbs.
Wax and Concentrates
Great for wax and concentrates are vapes with heating chambers whose coils are exposed. The coil will melt the wax into oil and that’s what produces vapor. To keep you from over-saturating the chamber, just use a tiny amount of the concentrate every time. Devices made with cotton wicks help in absorbing leftover oil. If you’re okay with smoke instead of vapor, these devices may also be used to burn herbs. Or use a glass or mesh screen to prevent the herbs from touching the coil, as well as to produce vapor. However, these devices are still the best with 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 what many 3-in-1 options can’t match. They can vape liquid with the use of a separate oil container, but only a small amount can be accommodated at once. And the vapor produced won’t even be enough or won’t come as quickly as when you use a vape pen specifically created for this purpose.