What Makes Weed Vaporizers the Best?
The best dry herb vaporizers are for people who want to try something different. Smoking weed still has its fans, but vaping materials puts a new spin on things. The best weed vaporizer can apply the right amount of heat to extract all the active substance from herbs. The vapor the device creates is pure. It is not smoke. The vapor does not have the same harmful chemicals that combustion produces. Temperature is crucial to dry herb vaping. Too much heat causes burning. Too little heat does not vape at all.
The best devices allow users to control heat settings. This control can come in two ways:
- Preset settings
- User-controlled settings
Mid-range vaporizers have preset settings with one-button controls. The range is usually between 220F and 420F, some might go above even 420F. The settings number between three to four/five distinct temperatures. A vaporizer with presets settings is easier to use still, many users prefer having control over their heat. Despite a little higher cost, they are popular as they allow users to set their favorite temperature down to a degree. Temperature affects the vapor, which is why temp control is such an important feature. Low to mid-range heat gives off smoother, less harsh vapor. More heat gives off bigger vapor clouds that might be too much for some vapers.
Vaping marijuana at temperatures between 350°F and 420°F are below the temperature that begins the combustion process which avoids the toxins present in marijuana smoke. No smoke means no carbon monoxide or benzene, and besides, as I just mentioned it tastes a whole lot better.
The way the best weed vaporizers vape is one more thing to think about. Devices either use a heating element that comes in contact with the material and heats it that way. This style is conduction heating. In convection heating hot-air is used to create vapor. With a hot-air oven, all the material gets heated. There is no waste. The vapor is thicker and tastes better, and material lasts longer with hot-air heating.
The two vaporizing styles have their good and bad sides. A heating element device uses less power. Which prolongs battery life. One bad thing about this style of heating is that not all the material gets vaped. If the heating element is at the bottom, the material at the top does not heat up. What most users do to prevent this waste is stop mid-session, open the chamber and stir the material.
A good portable vaporizer uses one of two materials in its heating chamber:
Neither of these two materials reacts to heat. So they do not melt, or burn, at least at the temperatures that most vapes can reach. This is important since no chemicals or toxins get inhaled by the user. All-steel chambers are usually heavy, they cost a little more, but they heat-up fast and are easy to clean. All-ceramic ovens are lighter, less expensive, but they take time to heat up and are hard to clean.
Loose-leaf vaporizing devices started as desktop units first. These big machines cost a lot, but their tech was cutting-edge and opened a path to the portable units we see today.
Best portable vaporizers use a lot of the same elements as their big brothers. Elements like convection/conduction heating, clear vapor paths, and temperature control. Before, if someone wanted to vape marijuana they had to use a special rig, use fire and butane torches. These rigs were also not portable. Current vaporizes are small, discrete and most important, portable.