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Some points to consider when buying a herbal vaporizer
Today’s vape market presents the buyer with a bewildering array of options which can make the task of selecting a suitable device a somewhat daunting prospect. The following article was written to offer guidance and provide you with the knowledge to make a more informed purchase.
Portable vs. Desktop
The first and most important step in choosing a vape is to decide whether or not you need a portable device. Those who partake only on a casual basis or who have a limited budget may find a portable device adequate for their needs regardless of any portability considerations. Of course, some of us have both desktop and portable devices to cover our bases.
All things being equal, desktop varieties are probably your best option as far as dry herb vaping is concerned. However, if you’re a newbie you might want to consider a portable vaporizer with the many starter kits now available.
As with just about anything, you tend to get what you pay for, so it is advisable to buy the best vape you can afford rather than looking to buy cheap. The good news is you can still get a pretty decent quality pen vaporizer for under $100 and a similar quality portable unit for $150 – $250. Desktop vapes will set you back more with low to mid range models starting at around $200 and high end models costing upwards of $500. Here again, all inclusive starter kits represent good value for those new to vaping as you will likely save money on a range of accessories.
Most vaporizers utilize either one of two different types of heating method to vaporize your dry herb: conduction or convection. Put simply, conduction involves the transfer of heat by direct contact between the heat source and the object being heated. Convection, on the other hand, is the process whereby heat is transferred via the surrounding air. Not particularly interesting and you didn’t come here for a science lesson but the heating method does have a direct bearing on the vaporization process. Generally speaking, when it comes to dry herb, convection is the preferred method as this means the heat is more evenly distributed and eliminates the risk of combustion. Many portable vapes, and pen vapes, in particular, use conduction but can still be used effectively to vaporize dry herb. Some of the most recent generation of portable and pen devices are, in fact, specifically designed as dry herb vaporizers and glass screens and metal mesh filters can be used to mitigate the problem of combustion.
A related point to the above consideration is temperature control. Many devices now have variable temperature control settings which can be adjusted either digitally or by way of a dial or knob. Those with digital displays offer the most precise temperature control. A number of other devices have several temperature presets for users to choose from. The ability to adjust the temperature of your device gives you more control when vaping enabling you to experiment with extracting different chemical elements from your herb as well as using your vape with a variety of different herbal blends.
Some other considerations
The above are just a few of the many factors to think about when buying a vape. Some others you might like to take into account include but are not limited to:
- herb/heating chamber capacity
- ease of operation and set up time
- power source, and in the case of battery powered devices, battery life
Take time to carry out some due diligence before buying your dry herb vape and you should be rewarded with many hours of vaping pleasure.