- No Direct Combustion or Fire
- Uses indirect heat to Vaporize herbs instead of burning them
- Vaporizing essentially boils the active ingredient out of the herbs without burning the plant
- User inhales only vapor, no burnt smoke
- Vaporizers release fewer carcinogens and tars over traditional smoking
- Uses less herbs than smoking; requires on average 20-40% less plant matter or tobacco
- Available in a variety of sizes and uses
*Finding the right vaporizer depends upon factors such as electric vs butane and portable vs permanent location as well as size and cost.
How Do Vaporizers Work?
During the heating process (usually around 350-370 degrees Fahrenheit), the resin that sits on top of the leaves/tobacco boils then evaporates into a collection container. This evaporated resin is then breathed in by the user, resulting in a much safer and effective dose. Since the vaporizer does not burn the material, there is no smoke created; only vapor. This aspect of the vaporizer makes it both healthier than traditional smoking and ideal for those that enjoy stealth and privacy when dosing. With smoke eliminated, the level of harmful carcinogens – the material believed to cause lung cancer and other health hazards – is nearly nonexistent.
- Cartridge: Holding cell for herbs, oil, etc.
- Whip: The plastic tubing through which vapor passes.
- Charger: Device for electric pieces that repowers the battery.
- Bag: Usually used with standard vaporizers, bags provide a place for vapor to build up and is then inhaled through a valve.
- Batteries: Power source for electric vaporizers.
- Heating Chamber: The main source of heat which heats up oils and flowers in order to produce vapor.
- Filter: Pretty self explanatory – the filter provides an added cleanser for your vapor.
- Dome: Provides a place in which the vapor accumulates in order to get a larger hit.
Differences Between Vaporizers
Also known as a bag system, the vaporizer has a fan which literally forces and pushes the heated vapor out of the machine. Usually the forced air vapor fills a plastic bag which the user can then take their time inhaling. Fan systems deliver the vaporized materials without the need of your own breath to extract them. Examples include the Volcano, Air One, and Iolite.
This is the opposite of forced air. Your breath and inhalation is what forces out the vapor; nothing will leave the vaporizer until you inhale it. The suction of your breath is what pulls the vapors out, so no herbal vapor is wasted. Examples include the NO2, Vapor Genie, and Easy Vape.
Powered by electricity either by plugging into a wall or using a battery pack. This is the preferred power source for a vaporizer. Examples Include the Volcano, NO2, Air One, and Vapormatic.
Powered by the same butane fuel as lighters. Ideal for travel and camping. Since most consumers don’t like buying and filling the butane, electric is preferred unless a person needs a portable vaporizer where electricity is not an option. Examples include the Iolite and Vapor Genie.