The death of traditional smoking methods has been long overdue since the global healthcare community finally brought awareness to the long-term consequences of these vices. Marijuana users have found alternative means to consume cannabinoids and the primary way to enjoy THC in this marijuana vaping era. New consumers may struggle to differentiate the fine details and specifications of the multitude of vaporizers promoted within the industry. This article’s purpose is to specifically aid customers in understanding nuances in heating methodology. There are currently three popular ways to heat one’s herb including convection, conduction, and hybrid technology.
Convection heating involves the indirectly heating the herb material by sending a stream of hot air that allows vaporization of the substance. It is considered the best way to heat flower, as it completely avoids potential contact between the marijuana and the oven, and therefore never causes combustion. This warming method is typically utilized in top of the line desktop units such as the Volcano. The use of convection heating always results in superior vapor quality, and cool, tasty clouds. Additionally, most users report there is better conservation of the herb with convection style heating, and this results in long-term savings since dry herb can be costly for frequent consumers. There are some portable dry herb vaporizers that utilize convection heating such as the Boundless Tera, and as a rule of thumb, these types of units are usually higher end products.
Conduction heating is the more popular method of vaporization, and it involves direct contact between the heat source and plant material. Most portable vaporizers favor this methodology since it came out first in the market and it tends to be simpler for users to operate. Conduction heating does allow for the highly exact temperature control and also is able to produce decent quality vapor. As an added benefit, many of the units utilizing this warming technology are very affordable such as the infamous Pulsar APX V2. It is usually recommended for users new to vaping to start with a simple conduction-based portable vape, and work their way up to using more complicated products (aka desktop units) such as the Arizer Extreme Q.
Lastly, there is a new wave of vaporizers arising in the industry which utilize hybrid heating. If a device is stated to use hybrid technology, it simply means that the device utilizes both convection and conduction heating elements. The purpose of using hybrid heating is to try to lessen the possibility of combustion, optimize the flavor and quality of the cloud, and to make it easier for users to handle by minimizing all the parts involved in pure convection heating. Unlike solely convection based units, hybrid models tend to have better battery life as well. Hybrid heating methods will probably continue to increase in popularity, as many consumers want the best of both worlds. Currently, one of the highest selling hybrid vaporizers is the Mighty.
In conclusion, learning all the aspects of vaping may be confusing to consumers, but it is important to at least understand heat methodologies. Convection heating is indirect contact, and allows for the purest, most delicious vapor but the units make require more user attention. Conduction is direct heating; it is the most typical warming method found in the majority of portable vaporizers, and lastly, there is hybrid technology which is a fusion of both heating processes.