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A guide to herbal vaporizer pens
As most of you will be aware, vaping is on the rise. Everyday more people discover its advantages and join the legions of converts worldwide. Not only are people being converted from traditional smoking methods, numerous others are introduced to dry herb for the first time through vaping. If you’re new to vaping, a vaporizer pen is a great way to get started; they’re relatively affordable, easy to use, highly portable and discreet.
What is a dry herb vaporizer pen?
This is pretty self explanatory but for those of you don’t know, a dry herb vaporizer pen is a small pen-shaped electronic device used to vaporize dry herb. You should already be aware that vaping does not involve combustion and there are, therefore, important differences between it and traditional smoking methods. You can find a detailed explanation of the differences here.
Although a vape pen for weed is similar in appearance to an electronic cigarette, an electronic cigarette vaporizes a liquid solution rather than dry materials and so requires a more complex delivery system.
Some vape pens are designed to be used with cannabis or other types of dry herb and others are multi-purpose devices that can also be used with herbal concentrates such as oil and waxes as well. Obviously, if you plan on only using your vape for dry herb, your money will be better spent on a device that is specifically intended for that purpose.
How do they work?
Most vaporizer pens consist of 3 main components, these are: mouthpiece, heating chamber, and battery. The batteries used in these devices are lithium-ion cells similar to those used in most other rechargeable electronics such as laptops and cell phones. After placing your material in the heating chamber the heating coil is activated and the active ingredients and various other chemicals begin to vaporize. The temperature is precisely controlled so it is hot enough to produce vaporization but below the temperature at which combustion occurs. Steel mesh and glass screens are often used to prevent combustion by acting as a barrier between your herb and heating element so they do not come into direct contact.
Tips for using your vape pen
In order to get the most out of your vaporizer pen it’s important to prepare your herb properly. First of all, ensure your dry herb is actually dry. Excessive moisture will adversely affect vaporization by limiting the amount and quality of the vapor. Next, start grinding. How fine a grind you need will depend on what type or brand of vaporizer you have but generally speaking, the finer the better. The purpose of grinding is to expose more of the herb’s surface area, thereby promoting more thorough vaporization. It’s also advisable not to pack your vape pen’s herb chamber too tightly (two-thirds full is a about the optimal amount). This can impede airflow which will increase draw resistance and you run the risk of damaging the coil. For the sake of consistency, take care not to inhale too fast or take too many draws within a short space of time. Doing so will lower the temperature of the heating chamber and disrupt vapor production.
Regular cleaning will extend the life of your device and help you get more out of your vape sessions. Over time, a buildup of residue in the heating chamber and elsewhere can compromise performance and even create health issues.
What’s the best vape pen for dry herb?
As you would expect, any attempt to answer this question in definitive terms is likely to be highy contentious. There are, in fact, numerous contenders for the title of best dry herb vaporizer pen, but it is beyond the scope of this article to go into a detailed discussion of the pros and cons of each of them. Some of devices that have received favorable reviews in recent months include the Atmos Raw or Atmos R2, and Snoop Dogg G Pen. A few others you might want to consider are the K-Vape Micro-DX from Kandypens, Cloud V Phantom, and the Source Orb vaporizer.
Buying a herbal vaporizer pen
There are numerous online retailers and also a number of affiliate websites such as this one where you can find some good deals on vaporizer pens. Prices vary widely between different models and brands. A cheap vape pen such as the Atmos bullet costs less than $30 while the most expensive models sell for well over $200.
The vaporizer market displays a high degree of dynamism with new products and players entering all the time. Inevitably, some of these devices are of questionable quality and the companies representing them of dubious reputation. By choosing a dry herb vaporizer pen from an established brand, with a proven track record as regards the quality of their products, you can buy with confidence. Also, you should check the details of the warranty so you are fully aware of what protection it offers you.