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This is a huge difference when it comes to the dry herb vape world, very important to know the difference. The average vaporizer for herb uses convection and these are the vapes touted as the healthier way to smoke or super discreet with no smell - the herbs are heated by hot air. Combustion vapes on the other hand heat the flowers via a hot coil just like a flame - the intense heat combusts the flowers and creates smoke - this type of herbal vaporizer is more about the convenience of smoking on the go without a lighter or bowl.
Many may not even know what a desktop vaporizer is - they are the larger, stay at home vapes such as the Volcano that has been around forever. The Desktop vape is usually great quality, gets the job done and will last for a long time - you can plug them into the wall for power but a backpack is needed for transport and they are not to be whipped out on the street corner. Portable vaporizers however can be traveled with anywhere plus they can be used at home. They are much smaller and highly favored over the old desktop predeccessor. They are also less expensive and many great deals can easily be had under $100.
The point of vaping is to have a smooth experience that gets the job done but is not too hot. Different flowers and herbs will bake differently and user preferences widely vary from heavy vapor to very light - so it is important to adjust temperature settings accordingly. On this front, the options are to choose a vaporizer pen that has pre-set temperature settings to choose from, or a vape that allows the adjustment of the temperature by a single degree. Both options are great, but if you really like to fine tune the vaping experience, make sure to have full temperature control.
A dry herb vaporizer is the new, healthier way to consume dry herbs. This type of vaporizer heats the herb without introducing it to a flame or any other intense heat. The herbs are instead heated by hot air inside the heating chamber, and they slowly breakdown to produce vapor instead of smoke. Convection vapes are the new, smokeless, healthier way to consume herbs. However, you can also find herbal combustion vapes that allow you to smoke as usual, but via a convenient, electronic vaporizer device.
Dry herb combustion vapes are not the same as convection vapes. Instead of the circulating, hot air heating the herbs, they are heated via the direct contact of a hot coil which eventually turns them to ash. These vaporizers are more of an easier way to smoke rather than a healthier way, no lighter needed here.
Herbal convection vaporizers gently heat the herbs with hot air, creating smooth vapors. Vapors are much lighter than smoke and even a somewhat-thick puff will dissipate quickly into the air. Smoke on the other hand is thick and will linger and smell much more than vapor. Smoke also contains more carcinogens, leaving vapors as a healthier alternative.
Vapor is not a scentless odor, there is a smell to it. Vapor does not smell the same as smoke, it is not nearly as powerful, but it has a scent. Vapors do not have the same properties as smoke and the vapor along with the smell, will dissipate into the air quickly. The thicker the vapor, the more the smell and it is possible to bake out a room with no circulation.
Even with a glass pipe, using a grinder is typically a good idea - it is fast, easy, and leaves the fingertips sticky-free. But grinding up the nugs will create more pieces and increase the surface for an even burn and smooth vaporization - use fingers with a pipe if you choose, but ALWAYS grind when it comes to vape pens. Vaping involves heating the herbs via hot air, so the air needs space to travel through the chamber and will be blocked by dense nugs, plus the exterior bud will heat while the inside stays untouched.
Among the herbal vapes the battery capacity typically hovers around 2200mah although you can find some with more or less, especially if we're talking box mods. Digital display screens are becoming the norm and even touch screens are available. More importantly, how quickly the heating chamber heats up will vary, and even the chamber material can be different - usually metal or ceramic. If you want to go above and beyond, try a vape pen with blue tooth and other cool functions.
The screen is usually located within the vape mouthpiece, within the vapor pathway, and it is designed to blog any flower particles that may get sucked up. Over time, if you feel it difficult to take a pull of vapor, then it's time for a new screen or a screen cleaning. Simply soak it in a 420 cleaning solution or rubbing alcohol for a few minutes and bat it around a bit to help loosen the particles. In no time it should be clear, just rinse under warm water, dry, and then place back into the mouthpiece.
Frankly, if you empty the contents of after use, no cleaning is necessary, and even if you have a knack for leaving packs inside for long periods, after the vape session there usually is no need to clean - just clear away with a cleaning brush or scraping dabber tool. If you do not like what you see, just dry heat the chamber, aka heat it with nothing inside to burn off some unwanted residue. But if you feel obliged, before cleaning, make sure the chamber has cooled off and is not scorching hot - then, with a q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol or 420 solution, you can swab the chamber walls - WRING OUT the q tip so nothing drips while swabbing, and dry heat the chamber for a few minutes after swabbing, NEVER use water!
Some need to be cleaned more than others, depends on the design. But the mouthpiece can be cleaned in a similar manner to the filter screens. Or simply use a soft cotton cloth or cotton swab to wipe away any residue build up - in this case you may still want to use a cleaning solution to help clean.