Types of Vaporizers

Types of Vaporizers

There are many types of vaporizers and here we’ll give you an overview of each to help you narrow your search down. Each type has benefits to different lifestyles,  budget and plant material types. So we recommend to get to know the basics before committing to one.

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Pen Vaporizers

Easy to use, small and discreet

Pen vaporizers (or “vape pens”) are essentially small vaporizers shaped like a pen. You can get pen vaporizers for herbs, waxes, or some models have the compatibility for both herbs and waxes. Pen vaporizers that are compatible with one material typically are the better option. They are typically discrete, easy to use, and much cheaper than more robust portable vaporizers or desktop vaporizers.

Herbal vape pens almost always utilize conduction heating (as opposed to the preferred convection heating method). Pen-style units utilize a heating method called conduction by transferring heat directly from the heating coil to your herbs. As a result of making direct contact with the heat source, combustion occurs and smoke is produced.

Pen Vaporizers Examples

Portable Vaporizers

Handheld for on the go

Portable vaporizers easily fit in the palm of a hand. Unlike pens, handhelds are typically a bit larger than pens and can be found in a multitude of shapes and designs.  If you want to vape in many different locations or travel a lot, perhaps a portable vaporizer is for you. Slightly larger than a pen vape, a portable vaporizer is any vape that can be taken on the go. Convenience is key with these vaporizers and they can easily pack up and go with you wherever you are. The majority of portable vapes are rechargeable but there are also butane and flame options.

Portable Vaporizers Examples

Desktop Vaporizers

Perfect for at home

Desktop vaporizers are generally “stay at home” vaporizers that typically need to be plugged in. Although these vaporizers aren’t portable, desktops generally deliver much higher quality vapor through a convection heating source and offer many more features. For instance, you can typically only get balloon attachments for desktop vaporizers. Also, desktops sometimes allow for group vape sessions as opposed to solo-vape sessions. They typically come equipped with larger bowls and more robust heating systems that make vaporizing a relaxing and fulfilling experience.

Desktop Vaporizer Examples

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