Convection Vaporizers ? The Best Way to Vape?

Vaping is, in principle, a simple thing. Heat up your herb/aromatic, inhale the result. That principle contains a lot of complexity, including the convection/conduction argument. Recent advances in technology have changed the way people vape around the world, just look at the rise of e-cigarettes, one of these advances has been the huge improvements in convection technology.

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What is Convection?

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In scientific terms, convection is a movement in a liquid or gas that is caused by hotter (less dense) material rising and denser material falling. This causes heat to be transferred and eventually spread out from the heat source.

A convection vaporizer uses this principle to force hot air towards your herbs, extracts, waxes, whatever, in the chamber and heat them up to the desired temperature.

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Why is Convection so Good?

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Convection vaporization is preferable to many because it ensures a very even vaporization. With a conduction vaporizer, the material in contact with the heating element gets heated first and fastest, whereas the stuff furthest away from the heat source might not even reach the correct temperature. This makes the material vaporize unevenly, resulting in harsh vape, lower yields and wasted materials.

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When hot air is passed through a finely ground herb or evenly spread concentrate, the high surface area means that far more of the material gets heated up at the same rate. Convection vaping is generally smoother, tastier and able to get greater consistency for longer. With a dedicated airflow system, the drag resistance of a convection vape is usually much lower than a conduction vape, making for easier and more pleasurable vaping.

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A conduction vape starts heating up and brings the material through every temperature up to your desired one, meaning a lot of chemistry you might not desire has taken place. In a convection device, the materials stay the same temperature until they are blasted with the precise temperature air you want, giving you a much more consistent hit. When an extract or herb is left in a hot chamber that has not been drawn on for a while, it will continue to vaporize, resulting in a dramatic drop in quality towards the end of your session. Convection vapes usually make every hit very similar, even to the end of your material?s useful life.

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Why Isn?t Everything Convection?

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The debates have raged for years, and the best conduction vaporizers are very good, but with the miniaturization of efficient convection circuits and the reduction in price, convection is starting to gain the upper hand. The main reason for conduction dominating the portable vaporizer market is that it is difficult, and therefore expensive, to make convection systems that will sit in the pocket.

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Why Vape?

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The appeal of a vaporizer is that it is far healthier than smoking, more discreet and much easier (and less expensive in the long run). A good convection vape gets the user the highest yield possible, making sessions more enjoyable and long lasting.

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The Price Difference

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The difference in price between a good conduction and a good convection vape is about $150 in a portable (they are still quite rare) and a bit more in desktop vapes. The best vaporizer is a subjective choice, but the winners of awards are generally convection vapes or a convection/conduction hybrid, which is a serious contender for the best ever design.

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What they can Vape

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It depends on what the manufacturer has designed the device to be able to do, but many convection vaporizers boast the ability to vape solids, herbs and oils. Herbs get the best treatment from convection vaporizers, the high surface area is perfect for the hot airflow; oils and waxes are excellent too, usually getting a more even result than conduction.

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Portable Convection Vaporizers

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To buy the best convection vapes on the portable market, you will have to shell out about $250-$300. Portable convection vapes are still rare and bulky, often only handling dry herbs as well. The addition of an airflow system makes these devices necessarily larger than small, discreet conduction vapes. They are also more complicated and more likely to break down. That said, with a good one, you can get thick, terpene-laden vapour on the go that is unlike any conduction vape on the market.

It is a compromise between price, portability, discretion and vape quality, but if you have the money and are looking for a portable vape, check to make sure it is a convection or convection/conduction hybrid, it will almost certainly yield better results. Just bear in mind that small conduction vaporizers look a lot like e-cigarettes, whereas a portable convection vape looks much less conspicuous. For countries where cannabis remains prohibited and discretion is needed, a convection vape might be a risky bet. The technology continues to improve, however, and good quality, small and cheap convection vaporizers are just around the corner.

Given the relative lack of choice with portable convection vaporizers, it is still worth looking for a range of temperature controls (single degree is the best, at least 4 adjustable presets is acceptable) and a digital interface (app controlled ones are ideal for many).

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Desktop Convection Vaporizers

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Convection vapes for the serious medicator, the desktop vape is the way to get the very best vapour quality. This is where the airflow channels and bulkier heating system of a convection vape comes into its own. The pushed air flow into the chamber not only heats the material consistently and evenly with great precision, it also pushes the vapour through the rest of the machine, up the whip and into your mouth. This means that the vapour has very little drag resistance and is often cooler, as it has been forced through a cooling chamber or system.

When you are looking for a good desktop convection vaporizer, bear in mind that they can cost quite a lot, as much as $800 for one of the best. That said, some cost as little as $130 and give excellent results. The best convection vapes are all desktop vapes, producing thick, tasty and extremely consistent vapour quality.

A good convection vape will give extremely precise control over the temperature, so when your materials start to get tired, you can adjust the temp and ensure that the quality and taste of your vapour stays as good as possible. This is one of the major advantages of a convection vaporizer.

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Conduction/Convection

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A combination of a heated chamber and a hot forced airflow can give the best of both worlds. The most expensive desktop herbal vaporizer on the market uses this technology, but it is fairly rare and very expensive. It is certainly worth looking for in your vaporizer shopping.

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Personal Preference

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Vape is a subjective thing, so don?t be partisan: if it works for you, that is OK! Many people prefer convection technology, many don?t, so experiment and try for yourself to find the way of vaping you like best.

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