As this market grows, the question of what vaporizer to buy becomes more and more difficult to answer. Vaporizers come in different types, sizes and price ranges. There are different heating methods such as conduction or convection, integrated or replaceable batteries, different size chambers. It is easy to get lost in all this.
In this article we will try to answer what kind of dried vaporizer to choose. We will not discuss here vaporizers for liquid, it’s a completely different category and requires a separate treatise.
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- 1 Heating method
- 2 Conduction vaporizers
- 3 Convection vaporizers
- 4 Hybrid
- 5 Type of material supported
- 6 Operation
- 7 Power supply
- 8 Quality of construction
- 9 Price range
- 10 Which portable vaporizer to choose up to $100?
- 11 Which vaporizer to choose up to $200?
- 12 Which vaporizer should I choose for more than 1000 PLN?
The first division of vaporizers, appears due to the method of heating that the manufacturer has chosen. It will dictate how you should grind the dry, and what effects you can expect. When we are wondering which vaporizer to choose, this is one of the first questions.
Conduction vaporizers heat the dry herb through direct contact with the walls of the heating chamber. The manufacturer’s challenge is to evenly heat the material away from the chamber walls to release the substances in the material. Not all manufacturers pass this test with a 5+. Mixing the dry in the chamber, however, solves situations and allows all of the product to vaporize effectively. One concern is the possibility of ignition of the dried material coming into direct contact with the heating chamber.
Convection vaporizers heat the dry powder by passing air through the material. In this type of vaporizer, the dried product never comes into direct contact with the heat source. There is also no risk of combustion, because the heater is away from the chamber. The main advantage is that the dry powder is heated evenly during inhalation. For this reason, convection vaporizers are considered to be better and more efficient. Unfortunately, they are usually more expensive than convection vaporizers. An additional advantage is the so-called on-demand feature. This means that you only use the dried vapor when you are actually inhaling. Because of this, you can make one inhale and put the vaporizer away without worrying about wasting the dry powder. This can be a valuable value when you want to micro-dose.
Hybrid vaporizers have a combination of conduction and convection heating. They combine the advantages while eliminating the disadvantages. A great example using this method, the German vaporizers Crafty or Mighty.
Type of material supported
The vaporizer will not always handle every material. A lot depends on the design of the manufacturer. Most will vaporize dried, but not all will be able to handle resins or liquid. When considering what vaporizer to choose, it’s worth thinking about what we will expect from our vaporizer. Often manufacturers add different types of inserts for example, on the liquid or resins, which expands the possibilities.
Here we should pay attention to the features depending on what we expect from the target device. One of the basic features is the temperature control. One dimension is the range of temperature regulation, the standard one is 180-220 degrees, although everything depends on the vaping temperature of the substance you want. If you need a little more freedom in this area, look for models that allow for a wide range of temperatures, and gradual regulation, preferably in one degree increments. Additionally, if we want to connect to our phone, it is an additional option that more expensive models have.
Accessories are starting to become an increasingly important aspect that can help, improve or refine the vaporization experience to our needs. Very often you ask about accessories that will soften or cool the vapor when you want to, for example, encourage your loved ones to vaporize. We pay attention to this, especially if you or your loved ones have never smoked before. Then it may be worth getting a device that has a water filter adapter, or bubbler. Fortunately, most devices have accessories of this type.
There are quite a few ideas for improving the vaporization process, so when considering what vaporizer to buy, think about which features you want to pay for and which will be important to you.
When we’re considering which vaporizer will be right for me, we need to answer the question of potential places of use. Will it be just home, or the occasional walk in the woods, or maybe just use without access to electricity.
The main divisions are:
- stationary – powered from an outlet, for home use
- portable – powered by a battery or rechargeable batteries
Here we should be guided by common sense. Devices with built-in battery, without the possibility of replacement are definitely more temporary. The battery, even of the highest quality, will lose its properties over time, and the usefulness of our device will go with it. It is worth taking this into account.
The second issue, related to power, is the power of the vaporizer and the usefulness of the device. The best metaphor for us is desktop and laptop technology; With time and advancements in technology, these differences have begun to blur for the home user; However, some limitations that a portable device brings with it will not be jumped in the near future; Battery, power, cooling, versus limited space and lack of access to continuous power;
I feel the same can be said for vaporizers. Stationary, powerful, larger, with better cooling, can thanks to the lack of space constraints: be used longer, more efficient and with a more powerful heater;
If you have constant access to electricity, the stationary device will definitely be more useful, especially if you want to vaporize often.
Quality of construction
The first noticeable difference between a cheap and a good quality vaporizer is what it is made of. A good quality vaporizer will be made of aluminum alloys (vaporizer Pax), glass (Solo 2), or zirconia (Davinci IQ). Cheaper will be made of plastic or silicone. What follows, the quality of workmanship will translate into a length of trouble-free use. In addition, the more attention the manufacturer has paid to the quality of workmanship, often goes hand in hand with the quality of vaporization that you will experience from the device.
Actually, this is the main consideration when considering what vaporizer to buy. However, when we begin to understand the advantages and disadvantages of various models of vaporizers, having a vision of what we want to use our model, we know from experience that the price range is sometimes moving:) Therefore, we place it at the end.
Which portable vaporizer to choose up to $100?
Below are some suggestions vaporizers to 399zł. We have listed the most important features, so that each of you can compare the important. Under the table, we will briefly discuss each of them. In this amount you can already choose an interesting vaporizer, which will successfully introduce us to the world of vaporization and aromatherapy.
Vaporizer X-MAX Starry 3.0
The second and, in our opinion, still a good option in this price range is the Starry 3.0 Vaporizer. This is the perfect model for someone entering the world of vaporization, whether medical or recreational. The build quality may not be the highest, but this device still has a huge fan base and is generally recommended.
The build quality of the Starry 3.0 is still satisfactory in this price range, but if you are looking for a vaporizer with good build quality, we recommend the Holistical One. The Starry 3.0 has a metal body, a ceramic heating chamber (up to 0.3g) and a zirconia mouthpiece.
Digital display and a very wide temperature range of 100°C – 240°C
Replaceable battery with a large capacity of 2600mAh
Nothing more, nothing less, this is a great vaporizer in this price range.
Vapcap M 2021
The Vapcap line of vaporizers from Dynavap is a representative of portable vaporizers for which you need a cigarette lighter and is not powered by a battery. This version of analog vaporizers has found a huge fan base around the world, due to the exceptional efficiency of vaporization, the taste of vapor, indestructibility, and extraordinary performance. The precision of Vapcap vaporizers, can surprise even a layman not associated with metallurgy or engineering.
Boundless CFC 2.0
The third option, which is a little cheaper than Starrego, is an American company vaporizer Boundless CFC 2.0 This is a great model, the successor to the popular CFC with a number of improvements.
Here we find:
- digital display with temperature control in the range 60-230°C
- ceramic heating chamber (0.3-0.5g)
- even better vaporization results than its older brother CFC
- long battery life (18650) on a single charge – up to 10 sessions
- free water filter adapter
- ready to use in 15 seconds
Another option, Fenix Mini. Very well known and liked in Poland for its quality to price ratio. The casing, although made of plastic, gives the impression of being carefully made, however, after a short time the coating will start to peel.
Fenix Mini vaporizer is:
- digital display and temperature control in the range of 160°C – 221°C
- quite good vapor quality
- heating chamber for 0.1 – 0.15g
- non-removable battery (1600mAh) allowing for 4-5 sessions on a single charge
- ready to use in 30 seconds
Which vaporizer to choose up to $200?
In this price range, we can already choose a vaporizer from the middle shelf, and thus, will be better made and have some additional facilities.
Arizer Extreme Q
In this price range, a very interesting proposal will be a desktop vaporizer Extreme Arizer Q. In the kit, we get a convection vaporizer with a fan, a hose, balloons and some interesting additions. In our opinion, the most worth recommending is the connection of the vaporizer with the balloon, this is something you do not get in any portable vaporizer and it is invaluable feature. Vaporization becomes extremely easy, because the balloon is filled with the contents of the dried fruit that you put into the chamber, blown by the fan – after a few minutes you have a ready-made ‘product’ with the contents in the balloon. Another plus is that the vapour will be milder, due to the fact that we don’t just take the vapour from the device. In the balloon it is mixed with air, and also has time to cool down.
In this price range, and even at its lower end, we have a very interesting proposal for a fully convection vaporizer. The Linx Eden is a beautiful and extremely well made device. Thanks to the quartz air path we have, in addition, great taste. All this at a price of $130.
Among the portable vaporizers, at the top of our list in this price range, we recommend vaporizer American company Boundless. Hybrid heating in the CFX, gives very uniform effects. In addition, we have the ability to vaporize concentrates. Boundless CFX although placed in the middle of the price range, is a quality product that actually competes with the higher price range.
The Boundless CFX is:
- an interesting display with a wide temperature range of 38°C-221°C
- two powerful 2500mAh batteries, allowing up to 15 sessions on a single charge
- 80W heater and only 20s to start work
Davinci Miqro is an updated, smaller version of the Davinci IQ vaporizer. Their common features include a fully zirconium airway. The Miqro generates vapor that is gentle to the respiratory tract, and has an easy to clean heating channel.
The Davinci Miqro features:
- anodized aluminum housing
- replaceable battery 18350
- temperature control range 175°C-220°C
- heating chamber up to 0.25 g
The second product from Linx – Gaia – is quite an interesting proposition in this price range. It is distinguished by a very elegant and minimalist design. The manufacturer really pays attention to this detail. The housing is made of polished aluminum. On the side we find a digital display and buttons for temperature control.
What distinguishes Linx Gaia is a quartz heating chamber. Normally, the heating chamber is made of ceramic or stainless steel. At the time of writing this article, this is the only manufacturer offering this. The Linx Gaia has a hybrid heating, with a higher proportion leaning towards quartz chamber wall conduction.
The second vaporizer from Boundless – CFV, is a great option for someone looking for something moderately priced, small, with fully convection heating. The temperature can be adjusted 60-230°C. If you are looking for a portable od-demand vaporizer, this is a great option at this price. Plus, we have a 3-year warranty from Boundless.
Which portable vaporizer to buy for $300+?
The Tera is a piece of equipment. The vaporizer is solid and fits well in the hand, not the lightest. A fully convective device, we fell in love with it from the first contact. The operation is extremely intuitive and hassle free. Wide temperature range for different types of herbs, solid battery.
The only downside that might bother you is the mouthpiece getting quite hot. For this we have a workaround for you, in the form of longer mouthpieces from the Arizer Solo 2. We like the long, curved and glass ones best, which solves the problem and makes the Tera one of our favorite vaporizers.
The Ghost is quite an innovative device, especially in terms of design. The ability to connect and operate from your phone is also an interesting option. Unfortunately, the device is not too easy to use, we do not always manage to generate beautiful clouds. We read that this vaporizer requires learning. Perhaps. For someone who has little time, Ghost will not be the best choice. For someone who likes challenges, Ghost will be an interesting option. Unfortunately, in 2020. Ghost went out of business.
Which vaporizer should I choose for more than 1000 PLN?
The Mighty portable vaporizer from German company Storz & Bickel is a legend. Vaporizer a few years ago set the way for portable vaporizers. When someone asks which vaporizer to buy, for most users, the first answer is the Mighty. This is the device recommended by the vast majority. Very fast effects, no special inhalation training needed. You just put the dry powder in and it works. For this we all love the Mighty.
The downside is the battery, which can only be replaced at an authorized Storz & Bickel service center. Fortunately, our store also helps in this matter after the warranty.