When buying a vaporizer, it is important to carfully consider factors such as power, performance, efficiency, versatility, and control. Weigh up all of these factors against cost to find the model that’s right for you. There are a great many vaporizers for you to choose from in today’s market, but the quality of what’s available varies widely. Do a little research before you purchase and you should be able to find a model that offers the functionality you need at the price that you are willing to pay.
1. Portable or Desktop?
The first decision you will have to make is whether to go with a desktop or a portable model. Desktop vaporizers usually command higher prices, but they also offer the most value in terms of power and functionality. With more powerful and efficient mains-powered heating elements, desktop vaporizers are generally able to provide a wider range of temperatures and a higher degree of temperature control over portable, handheld vaporizers.
Designed to be used in a fixed position, desktop vaporizers can accommodate richer features that add greatly to the functionality of the device. Multiple mouthpieces, elaborate chambering, and intricate heating are some of the common features of desktop units. This functionality adds considerably to the vaporizing experience.
Portable vaporizers, on the other hand, enable vaporizing on-the-go, making them better suited to public or outdoor use. Portable vaporizers are handheld units, and many are designed in a pen-like shape with simple, one-press operation. Portable vaporizers typiclly provide less temperature control than their desktop counterparts, and the fact that they are generally powered by a battery (as opposed to mains power) has implications on the thickness of the smoke they can produce. Their small size and light weight, however, make them ideally suited for those who like to vape outside of the home.
2. Blends, Oils or Waxes?
Another imporant consideration to make is what substances you will be vaporizing. Some models are more geared towards a certain type of herbal matter, so make sure you pick a unit that works well for you.
Blends – There are countless vaporizers on the market today that are designed to be used with dry herbs and aromatherapy blends. Be sure to use a grinder when preparing your blends for use as it will help you to vaporize more efficiently.
Oils/Waxes – Increasingly popular by the day are units designed to vaporize concentrates, such as oils and waxes. Some of these devices make use of cartridges for loading substances into the device, whereas others use a bowl.
Dual (Blends, Oils and Herbs) – If you like having the option to use various different substances in your vaporizer, a dual model will be your best option. These devices are designed to work efficiently with both dry herbs and concentrates.
3. Mains Power, Batteries or Butane?
The third main consideration that you need to make is how you want your vaporizer to be powered. You have three options: mains power, rechargeable battery or butane gas.
Mains Power – Since desktop vaporizers are designed to be used in a single location, they are always powered by mains electricity. This provides obvious advantages in terms of power and performance, and allows much more precision control of temperature. Some portable vaporizers also have the option to be plugged into mains power as a means of preserving battery life.
Batteries – Some form of rechargeable battery comes in nearly all portable vaporizers. Although this allows the user to vape on the move, battery life is limited and it is usually necessary to recharge on a regular basis. Like with mains power, battery-powered units tend to provide the most efficient performance as it burns the herbal matter at a more consistent rate than with butane or an open flame.
Butane – Butane-powered vaporizers are ideal for use on the move. They do not require either a mains power connection or a charged battery. Instead, users can simply use butane gas to power their device. The main drawbacks with this method are that you have limited temperature control while vaping, and you must purchase new butane every time your cannister runs out.
4. Delivery Method?
Your final consideration, in the case that you have opted for a desktop vaporizer, is what delivery method the device should utilize. Your options are either a whip or balloon system. With balloon systems (as used by the Volcano), a balloon can be filled up with vapor, and then completely disconnected from the vaporizer. The user can then inhale the stored vapor at their leisure. Some vaporizers even contain the vapor for up to eight hours.
On the other hand, you could go for a whip-style vaporizer. In such devices, convection is used to heat the herbal matter, sending hot vapor through a whip (tube) and into the user’s mouth. Some whips even have ground glass joints, meaning that you can enjoy hands-free operation of the device.
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