There are many different types of vaporizers, which all are distinguished by their unique designs tailored to satisfy specific preferences. At times, selecting a dry herb vaporizer can prove to be a daunting task even for experienced users. In order to choose the correct unit, it’s important for consumers to familiarize themselves with the three main types of products: portable vaporizers, vape pens and desktop units. Each of these categories has pros and cons, and purchasing the best device will need to be a carefully weighed decision. The following article should aid customers in finding their vaping style and understanding each product category thoroughly.
Portable vaporizers are hand-held units which can be easily transported, as the title “portable” suggests. These devices are geared for users that travel frequently and want to vape discreetly on the go. Portable vaporizers can be compatible with dry herb, waxes or concentrates depending on which brand is purchased, and the majority of units utilize conduction heating. There are some portable high-end brands that do use convection heating, but it’s more common to utilize conduction or hybrid heating methods, as it’s easier for consumers to work with and clean. The market place is currently flooded with a huge variety of portable vapes, and users can choose their ideal device based on their budget. Some of the most notable economic units include the Pulsar APX, Atmos Jump, and CFC Lite. These cheap vaporizers produce decent clouds and feature quick heat up times. On the mid-end range, consumers may want to try one of the Boundless Vapes, or Atmos Aegis, which boast precision temperature control and digital displays. Lastly, for users that want the best of the best portable devices, some of the top sellers are the Boundless Tera, the Crafty or the Davinci IQ. All of these high-end brands have five star reviews.
Vape pens get their own specific category for two reasons: the number one reason is obvious, and it is the fact that these units resemble pens. However, the second reason is not as widely recognized, but it’s extremely important- 98% of vape pens use heating coils, which makes them distinct from both portable and desktop units. Vape pens are also typically paired with oils and concentrates, and they are not ideal for dry herb material. Therefore, consumers that choose vape pens should be primarily those interested in dabbing while on the move. The competition in the vape pen market is immense, and customers will be pleased to know most brands come in a large selection of colors and offer various perks. The most popular brand name vape pens include KandyPens, the Mig Vapor Wasp, and Halo Trinto II as of 2019.
The last type of vaporizer is the desktop unit. Desktop devices are typically big, and are used at home for the best and most powerful sessions. These bad boys almost exclusively use convection heating to create top-notch vapor quality and always allow for precision temperature control. The ideal customer for a desktop unit will be someone desiring pure, delicious clouds and that will be primarily enjoying at home. The other prerequisite for purchasing a desktop vaporizer is a large budget. There are one or two brands that sell cheap desktop units such as the Easy Digital Vape, however, the majority cost over two hundred dollars and are really for people desiring the highest quality. The Volcano Vaporizer and Da Buddha are two examples of some amazing desktop devices.
In conclusion, consumers must figure out which type of vaporizer will be best for them dependent upon their individual needs. Users looking for stealthiest, transportability, and compatibility with different plant material (herb, wax, etc) should choose a portable vaporizer. Consumers that primarily like oils and concentrates, customizable colors, and are on the run may prefer vape pens; and finally, customers that will be taking their medicine at home, and want the smoothest, most flavor-rich clouds will want to splurge and buy a desktop device for sure.
The founder of vaping is technically considered to be Joseph Robison, as he was the first person to develop and patent the idea of a butane ignition vaporizer. However, it is widely recognized that Herbert Gilbert was the one that created the true blueprint for vaporizers in 1963, and he is the one that established what would become the device standards. Vaporizers were developed more throughout the 1980’s by revolutionaries such as Phil Ray, but unfortunately, the tobacco industry had a firm foothold with the FDA at this time, and businesses would be unable to release the first “e-cigs” until the late 90’s/ early 2000’s.
The year, 2003, marked the big break-through of vaporizers into the world market place with the creation of the Ruyan (RY4) vaporizer by Chinese inventor, Hon Lik. The Beijing native, Mr. Lik was the first to suggest vaping as an alternative to smoking; it caused quite a debate when he explained that his invention was in direct response to his father’s death from lung cancer. The RY4
later rose to prominence when it was introduced in Europe in 2006, and that same year, the United States finally loosened its reigns and allowed vaporizers to finally be introduced to its citizens.
By the year 2007, portable dry herbal vaporizers, desktop units, and vape pens began to catch fire in the marketplace. The demand for these smoke-free devices led to the rise of a variety of competitors and further improved upon units. In the United States, people were growing more and more health conscious every year and this led to the piqued interest in vaporizers, and people strongly desiring to quit smoking while still reaping the health benefits of cannabis use. Sadly, the FDA continued its futile quest to stifle the growth of the vaporizer industry by seizing imported products from China in 2009 and issuing public warnings not to vape.
Luckily, the vaporizer companies hit back and were able to win at the federal court level, which upheld that the FDA could not illegally seize vaporizers and ban them from the public. From 2009 to 2011, the vaporizer industry continued to grow unchecked and researchers were able to confirm interesting findings. One such promising fact is vaping creates 450 times less toxic substances than traditional smoking, and is significantly less harmful for anyone exposed to the second hand vapor. Regardless of the benefits noted, the FDA continued to push forward with their agenda of minimizing vape usage and in 2011, they announced that vaporized would be regulated as “tobacco products”. As of 2016, they are currently actively regulating vaporizer products, but fortunately, these devices remain legal and available to the public.
In conclusion, the vaporizer industry has developed significantly since the idea first popped up in 1927. Through the years, the devices have continued to be modified and enhanced for the ultimate user experience, and for the betterment of the public’s health. Vaping is expected to continue to significantly rise in popularity over the next decades, as people make the lifestyle change from smoking to vaping, and thereby improving their health and longevity. The FDA has issued some regulations but has finally acknowledged the obvious truth that vaping is better than smoking. The world can expect to see great new devices, improved health, and cannabis user satisfaction all due to the rise of vaporizers.