A vaporizer works on the basic principle of heating and below the combustion temperature. This allows the cannabis compounds to vaporize but the plant matter does not burn, which would go from vapor to smoke. No matter the model of vaporizer , be it manual, electric or gas, desktop or portable, convection or conduction… they all have practically identical operation.
DESKTOP OR PORTABLE?
It is the quintessential question that arises when deciding which vaporizer to buy. The first thing to consider is mainly where we will use it. If we plan to always use it at home, it is worth investing in a desktop vaporizer, we think that due to their size they have more features than a portable one. If we are going to use it mainly outside the home, the decision is easy: a laptop.
DRIVING OR CONVECTION?
Regarding the type of heating of herbs, vaporizers can be conductive, that is, they vaporize when a hot surface comes into contact with the herb, and they are the most common. Or by convection, that the herb is vaporized thanks to a flow of hot air that passes through it. These are the minority, generally the most expensive and those that offer the best quality of steam, as is the case with the Volcano .
FOR HERBS, CONCENTRATES OR E-LIQUIDS?
A good photographer will tell you that a good camera should take good photos, not record good videos. Nowadays, and it is a personal opinion, it is worth buying a good herbal vaporizer, and another one with extracts if it is to be used regularly. It is true that there are some models that have accessories to vaporize herbs and extracts with great quality. But electric pipes or e-cigars are simpler and much cheaper than a herbal vaporizer. And they also work at more specific temperatures.
VAPORIZATION, TEMPERATURE CONTROL?
Virtually all herb vaporizers have at least 3 preset temperatures ranging from 180 to 220ºC. Others go further and have degree by degree regulation. It is still a better option, but it is not relevant. The preset temperatures offer very suitable ranges for vaporizing. Vaporizers exclusively for concentrates and e-liquids, usually have a single temperature, with some models that do have, in this case, power control since they work with a resistance.
AND WHAT ABOUT THE PRICE?
Finally, the price can be in principle what we want to adjust the most. But it often happens that the cheapest vaporizers are not what you expect, especially in terms of vapor density. The prices, which can range from 50 to 800 dollars and even something more, are not just manufacturer’s whims. Although both vaporize, the quality of components will make the experience completely different.