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Convection vs Conduction Vaporizers: Comparison

Consuming cannabis isn’t only done through smoking your products. An increasing proportion of consumers are now opting for alternative methods, such as edibles and dabbing. One of the fastest-growing consumption methods, however, is vaporizing.

If you are in the market for a new purchase, you will find that some companies may try to brand their vaporizers by creating fancy names for their heating systems, but you will find that when it comes down to the nitty gritty, almost all vaporizers use either conduction or convection heating to operate. 

What’s the difference: Conduction vs Convection

The difference between the two is actually quite simple. Conduction has a direct heating element which is used to heat the cannabis product and create your vapor. In contrast, convection uses a heating element to blow hot air around your plant matter or concentrates to create its vapor. 

How does conduction affect my vaporizer?

These heating systems can, at times, provide inconsistency when it comes to your vaping experience. This is because your heating element (often referred to as a coil) functions much like a household stove — it takes time to heat up and cool down. These inconsistencies in temperature will affect the quality of vapour being produced.

Another important difference is consider is the level of maintenance required. Conduction vapes use a very fine screen to separate your product to be vaporized from its heating system. Even in the most modern conduction vaporizers, it is important to ensure that you regularly clean and replace this screen. 

Leftover plant matter, a clogged screen, an oily heating element — this is a small list of issues largely avoidable with regular cleaning. 

Another potential downside of conduction vaporizers is the required preparation of plant matter for these systems. If buds are not ground to the right consistency for that specific vaporizer, it’s possible to create an inconsistent vaping experience. 

How does convection affect my vaporizer?

Most are drawn to the concept of getting a vaporizer because they are tired of smoking their marijuana and want a more convenient method. Another key benefit, however, is that vaping allows you to avoid consuming various toxins. 

This is a mouthful, but convection stops combustion.

A vaporizer which uses a convection heating system does not require the application of any direct heat to your concentrates or plant matter. This literally means you cannot burn your product, which is very important because this is how you minimize the negative effects of traditional smoking methods. Toxins, carbon and other carcinogens come directly from the combustion of your marijuana.

Even better, these convection-style vaporizers operate digitally and can typically be controlled by the touch of a button. This easy-to-use system is able to provide you with a consistent vapor experience, regardless of whether you’re vaping flower or concentrates.

Choosing Conduction vs Convection

As you can tell by just taking a look at the spread of vaporizers available at your local headshop, both convection and conduction vaporizers do work efficiently. The choice for the consumer arises in the type of vapor experience they want and how much time they want to dedicate to cleaning and maintenance. 

One of the most well-known names in the world of vaporizers is the Volcano vaporizer, which uses convection to fill its bag with vapor. The stationary nature of a household vaporizer like this is an optimal choice for a convection heating system because it can use more sensitive and advanced components to heat the air inside the vaporizer. 

In contrast to this, a conduction vaporizer is great for use in more portable devices like vape pens. However, it’s important to consider the maintenance factor when it comes to these devices. Cleanliness is the key to achieving a consistent vaping experience.

Vapes that use a conduction system are great for the on-the-go use, but require more effort to maintain and use effectively.

If a convection-style vaporizer has caught your eye, be sure to do your research. There are a variety of styles of these vapes.  Although most do offer temperature control, the vaporizers which use convection heating systems are typically made with a specific style of cannabis product in mind to provide the ideal experience for the user.