Never Cached Guide to Dry Herb Vaporizers

We know that purchasing a dry herb vaporizer for the first time can be a daunting task - there are many features and factors to consider when picking out the perfect piece. This guide was created to give you some knowledge about the world of dry herb vaporizers! 

Firefly 2.0 Dry Herb Vaporizer

Vaporizing has become very popular in recent years due to the many benefits associated with vaping dry herbs rather than the traditional smoking method. 

Vaporizers offer convenience, flexibility, conciseness, and effectiveness all in a small, easy to manage package. 

Several of our customers, perhaps yourself, are new to vaporizing and looking to buy a vaporizer for the first time. We also have several customers who are needing to modify or replace parts and accessories for their device. 

No matter why you are looking through our collection of vaporizers, here are some of the key items to think about when purchasing your next dry herb vaporizer.

Dry Herb vs. Other Sources

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Before getting into specific factors to consider, it’s very important that we clarify which type of material that you are going to vaporize. 

Yes, we carry several models that let you vaporize dry herb, concentrates, and oils (or a combination of these).

However, going forward in this blog post, we will only be referring to vaporizers designed to vaporize dry herb. We will be posting more on these subjects in the future. 


Portable vs. Desktop

Volcano Desktop Vaporizer
The Crafty Portable Vaporizer 
When deciding whether to buy a desktop or portable vaporizer, you need to ask four main questions:
  • Where do you plan to use it?
  • How long do you plan to use it?
  • Will you be using it by yourself or with others?
  • Do you need to be discreet?

If you prefer to vape at home and do not plan to smoke on the go, then a larger desktop vaporizer would be for you.

If you are wanting something a little more discreet while on the go or travelling with your dry herb, then a portable vaporizer (which you can still use at home if you wish) is likely going to be the best bet for you.

Next, think about how long your typical vaping session will last. 

Do you prefer a few quick hits here and there throughout the day? Or do you like to enjoy an extended, laid back session that may last a couple of hours?

If you opt for longer sessions, then you might like a desktop vaporizer that plugs directly into a wall outlet and can hold a larger amount of dry herb at one time.

Another factor to consider when deciding between the types of vaporizers is whether or not you’ll be vaping by yourself or with a group.

Desktop vapes are usually the crème de la crème in terms of technology, but they’re also perfect in a group setting because they are more powerful and can better deliver to a group. Desktop vaporizers are also larger and more convenient for a group setting.

Lastly, what is the level of discretion needed to use your vaporizer?

If being discreet is a priority, then a portable vaporizer will be the best fit for you. They tend to be lightweight, produce smaller amounts of smoke, and give you complete flexibility as to where you can use it. 

On the other hand, if you’re okay with a larger, heavier unit that produces a lot more smoke and that you can have plugged in or left out in the open, you are going to want to consider a desktop vaporizer. 

So, which one is best for you?

Portable dry herb vaporizers are popular because they are:

  • Lightweight
  • Easy to manage and carry
  • Discreet
  • Flexible use 
  • Cheaper in price
  • Designed for solo usage

On the other hand, the main benefits to using a desktop vaporizer are:

  • Advanced Technology
  • Better for groups
  • Better for longer sessions
  • More powerful 
  • Higher Potency 
  • Better Taste 
  • Bigger Clouds 

Conduction vs Convection

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As you have learned, vaporizers can come in many different shapes and sizes to be used in different situations.

Lastly, but perhaps the most important decision when purchasing a new vaporizer is its heating method: conduction or convection.

Although the words might look similar, the method of heating your dry herb is very different. 

Conduction relies on the transfer of heat through direct contact with the heating source. You can think of conduction as a motionless transfer of heat.

Just like using a frying pan over an open flame, essential oils are released from your herb as a result of being directly in contact with (or resting on) the heating chamber. You will find conduction style vaporizers typically use battery power heating chambers, butane power heating chambers, or open flame heating plates.

Now, let's talk about convection heating. Convection relies on a liquid or gas, such as steam, to move the heat to the dry herb. 

When it comes to vaporizing dry herb, convection is much more popular because it doesn’t cause combustion of your material. 

Meaning if you take your time in between pulls, you don’t have to worry about your herb continuing to burn and being wasted. A convection vaporizer will evenly heat each pull of vapor only while you inhale. 

Because of this, a small amounts of herb can go a long way using this method. It is also the best way to preserve the essential oils found in your dry herb. 

Conduction vaporizers were around first, tend to be more user-friendly and generally cost a little less than convection vaporizers. So if you’re just starting out and have never used a vaporizer before, you might decide on a less-expensive, easier-to-use conduction unit.

Convection vaporizers are more efficient and produce better vapor quality. If you prefer to enjoy the full taste of your herb, a convection vaporizer may be best. 

We hope this helps as you decide which type of dry herb vaporizer is best for you. Let us know which method is your favorite in the comments!! 

February 08, 2019 — Never Cached

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