A vaporizer is a device which is used to extract the active ingredients of plant materials and turn them into vapor for inhalation. The act of vaporizing releases the active ingredients in a substance into an aerosol form without burning the material so that it can be inhaled.
There are three main categories of portable vapes: conduction, convection, and diffusion-diffusion.
Most portable units use ceramic heating elements to heat up dry herbs. Some use coils to vaporize oils, while others use super-heated air.
Conduction vaporizers heat up the dry herbs using contact with the heating element. As a result, the herbs can be heated unevenly and until combustion. Furthermore, they can release harmful byproducts, forming carcinogens when their temperature reaches above 300°C.
Convection vaporizers heat up a liquid solvent that is then turned into a vapor by emitting hot air from the unit. These units are designed to have very powerful fans that force hot air over your dried herbs, keeping them at a constant temperature throughout.
By dispersing the material evenly, diffusion-diffusion vaporizers help in keeping the temperature fairly consistent throughout your unit. They are best for smoking oils as they have a more consistent temperature that is more suitable for smoking. Due to the fact that oils are a more viscous substance, they have a tendency to flow around the coils and make uneven heating, reducing vapor quality.
Diffuser filters help draw the material through the unit and balance out temperature fluctuations. They have been used with both oils and dry herbs as they tend to impart lesser harshness on your body. Though some heated metals can be used as a filler inside of filtration systems, material is best in glass and ceramic materials because it can be easily cleaned or replaced without any loss in potency. Although ceramic has been used before for this purpose, resin has been shown to do a much better job with making vaporizers efficient at vaporizing alcohols.
Although vaporizers are efficient in producing tasty clouds, materials tend to lose potency over time. This is because boiling the herbs and oils extracts much more than just the active ingredients. As a result, many manufacturers are trying to find new ways of making their products more efficient and effective.
However, apart from the portable units, here are some of the most popular types of vaporizers found out there:
Bags or balloons – these systems quickly fill a balloon with vapor that you can inhale from later on. They work by attaching a mouthpiece and drawing air through them after they have been filled with vapor, either from an herb or oil chamber attached to your device.
Bags use a one-way valve to seal the vapor in once it is extracted from the herb chamber. On the other hand, balloons are filled with vapor and sealed, and then you can attach a mouthpiece and inhale from them as you would a cigarette.
E-cigs – electronic cigarettes are very popular among those who want to reduce their addiction to tobacco while still maintaining the feeling of smoking. They work by heating up a liquid solution which is made up of water, flavorings, and nicotine. Once they have been heated, these e-liquids turn into vapors that your electronic cigarette will vaporize before feeding it to you in an inhalable form.
E-cig boxes with liquid are usually made from metal or plastic, while e-liquids are usually made from propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine. When the e-liquid is hot enough, it vaporizes into a vapor that you can inhale through your electronic cigarette. Though electronic cigarettes have been proven to be less harmful than smoking tobacco, they do come with their own set of problems.
Vaporizer pens – these devices are very similar to traditional cigarettes, but they work by using a single battery contained in a USB port instead of having an open flame or burning material that produce smoke and odors. You can charge them using a USB port on your computer or in portable chargers.
Vaporizer pens work by heating up a solution that contains water, glycerin, and flavoring agent of your choice. The device is made to vaporize the liquid solution so you can inhale and enjoy the vapor as it would be if you were smoking an actual tobacco cigarette.
Vape juices are liquids that are usually used to add flavorings to e-liquids for e-cig aficionados. However, some vegans prefer to use them instead of dairy products due to their ability to emulate actual milk flavors in vaping.
How do they work? Well, you simply select your choice of e-liquid and add it to your pen to be heated up during use. When heated properly, e-liquids are turned into vapor and inhaled through the mouthpiece.
Note: Some pens use e-juices that contain nicotine. As a result, people who have never smoked before still get addicted to the substance they are adding to their e-juices. This is why we urge you to be very careful when picking out flavored vape juices.
As of late, small, hand-held vaporizers have been becoming popular. These devices are specifically designed to vaporize dry herbs instead of liquids. As a result, they are better suited for those who smoke herbs often as it is easier to use and store.
How vaporizers work?
Vaporizers operate by using a heating element that heats up the substance of your choice while keeping the temperature consistent throughout the unit. At the end of the heating cycle, it will release vapor through the atomizer, which is a glass or stainless steel tube with sufficient holes to allow vapor to pass through.
Some vaporizers have removable containers for your herbs that you can fill during use. As a result, they work by filling a chamber with herb, attaching a mouthpiece to allow you to inhale from it while keeping the quality of your herb intact.
Vaporizers are offered in different shapes, sizes, colors and designs that can also be altered to fit your lifestyle. They are often sold as starter kits with stems, mouthpieces and tools you may need to get started.
They work by keeping the temperature regulated throughout the heating cycle so nothing is burned away, giving you a better tasting vapor. Herbs will be heated using a heating element that has been optimized to deliver good vapor quality without compromising on safety.