Beginner’s Guide: Vaporizers

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Thinking about trading in that hash pipe for a vaporizer? Let Vape Genie get you set up with the type that fits your lifestyle best! Smoking marijuana and tobacco used to be no-frills. You packed your favorite cannabis strain or dry herb into your pipe, lit it up, inhaled and fought through the blaze created in your lungs. Thankfully, times have changed and electronic cigarette technology is improving the entire toking experience at a dramatic rate.

Vaporizers (vapes) are removing that burning sensation in the back of your throat by removing combustion from the toking experience all together. Vaporizing provides rich creamy vapors instead of harsh chemical smoke as your weed is heated somewhere between its boiling point and its flash point. So now that we have you excited about the process, let’s discuss the two major vaporizer designs!

  • Portable Vaporizers: Portable vapes are typically small square boxes that can be refiled and recharged by lithium ion batteries. Many models charge through USB connections making them convenient on the go. Another popular type of portable vaporizer is a pen. Vaporizer pens are aptly named for their long, thin body shapes while. Vape pens are designed to fit discreetly into purses, backpacks, and pockets making them lightweight and portable. Vaporizer pens can be used openly in public because they do not create second hand smoke or telltale scents unlike tobacco cigarettes and joints. The versatility of portable vaporizers make them the most popular way to vape.

  • Desktop Vaporizers: Much like a desktop computer compared to a tablet, desktop vaporizers give tokers more advanced vapor options but lack portability. Desktop vapes must be plugged into the wall which provides a steady stream of power leading to a steady stream of vapor. This steady stream of heat makes desktop vaporizers more efficient and potent. Some models of desktop vaporizers feature elaborate controls including touch screens and forced-air balloon bags.

So now that we have discussed the two common vaporizer designs, it’s time to put something in your new vaporizer and inhale those delicious vapors! Deciding on the type of material you want to vaporize is a personal decision. We cover what we consider to be the main three categories of vaporizer substances: dry herbs, waxes, and oils.  

  • The Dry Herb Vaporizer: The best way to vaporize dry herbs is to purchase a vaporizer that is specifically designed for dry substances. From cloves to cannabis, no one wants their stash to combust so be sure to purchase the glass inserts along with any dry herb vaporizer pen you buy. They cost about $10 and will ensure proper vapors reach your weed. Aim for a dry herb vaporizer that provides an air stream between 275- 350 degrees Fahrenheit. That vapor temperature range allows for proper vaporization without combustion.

  • The Wax Vaporizer: A personal favorite because vaporizing wax creates such a creamy rich flavor without clogging or leaking. A big suggestion is to purchase a wax vaporizer that includes a USB charger to charge directly from your smart phone or laptop. Many models of wax vapor pens offer rapid heating and wickless designs. Often wax vaporizers are compatible with a variety of extracts so going au natural and mixing your own blend is perfectly fine, if not encouraged. We like rechargeable Lithium ion batteries when using a wax vapor pen. They save money and last longer than regular disposable batteries.

  • The Oil Vaporizer: Refillable and rechargeable is exactly what we like about oil vaporizers. Depending on how portable you need your oil vaporizer to be, consider a desktop model or a vape pen with a larger refillable tank (2.0 ML+). If you are trying to fit your oil vape pen into a spall purse, you might want to choose a model with a smaller tank. Oil vaporizers are the most popular types of vaporizers because of their versatility. Everything from Cannabidoil (CBD), hemp oil and hash oil, to essential oil blends can be vaporized.

Debates rage on about whether or not dual and 3-in-1 vapes actually work equally well for each substance type. To err on the safe side, we recommend purchasing a vape designed for the specific type of material you will be vaporizing most frequently.

On to our next vaporizer decision – heat sources! While vaporizers do not combust materials, they do heat them up which calls for a fuel source. In the portable vape market you will find butane lighters and batteries as main heat sources. Desktop vaporizers plug directly into outlets (see above) but require a method for vapor to travel to the user. Common desktop vaporizer delivery methods include:

  • Whips: silicone or vinyl tubes from the vaporizer to the mouth of the user. As the user inhales, hot air moves across the herbs, marijuana, oil, or wax creating vapors which are then directed into his or her mouth.  

  • Forced-air: this vaporizer delivery method utilizes an internal fan that pushes air across the material and collects in a balloon bag. Compressing the balloon allows the user to inhale the vapors.

  • Dual: A hybrid between whips and forced-air, dual vaporizers offer both types of delivery methods in one. Dual vapes are considered the cream of the crop because they are efficient and powerful.

The vaporizer lifestyle is portable, customizable, and discreet. Whether you vape weed, dry herbs, wax, or oil the verdict is still the same - technology is changing the toking experience for the better.