Vaporizer Buying Guide
Always keep in mind that the best-quality or most expensive vaporizer does not deliver good value if it does not match your needs. The offer of vaporizers is rapidly diversifying and this variety of alternatives can complicate matters for individuals who are already an experienced user, let alone for somebody who is only getting started. So, how to determine which unit to get? What are the pros and cons of different ways of vaporization? There isn't a vaporizer that’s universally the “best,” there’s simply the best one for you—the one that best meets requirements that are crucial to you personally, which are, thankfully, assessable. Here is a list of points to consider, with you being the one to further prioritise among them:
Although cost and quality tend to be linked, there are some excellent affordable vaporizers. Prices at MagicVaporizers range from £79 for the simple but reliable Magic Flight Launch Box (view) up to £349 for the Volcano Digit (view), which some think about as the Rolls Royce of vaporizers. The widest selection lies in the £100-200 cost range and includes some most popular vaporizers such as the Arizer Solo (view) and WISPR 2 (view).
There are a lot cheaper vaporizers for purchase on eBay and various other websites, but these are likely to be knockoffs or simply inexpensively made with low quality materials and treatments. They are generally not covered by guarantee, or warranty service isn’t provided whenever you require it. Brand name devices priced considerably lower than the manufacturer’s list price are frequently offered by unauthorized dealers, which can complicate warranty service, or are outright counterfeits.
Reliability is crucial if you rely on your vaporizer for therapy. Normally, easy designs are much more reliable considering there is less that can go wrong. More complicated vaporizers need high-quality structure and materials to guarantee a dependable efficiency. Check customer reviews and forums to discover more about the reliability of the vaporizers you are deciding on. A great track record suggests a top-quality unit. Lastly, if you can pay for it, consider obtaining a second vaporizer for back-up.
Regardless of how reliable your vaporizer is, there is always a possibility you will have to rely on the warranty. If you cannot afford to be without your vaporizer, you absolutely need a good warranty service. It's not sufficient to have a great warranty on paper; the service must live up to the guarantee. Again, check the costumer reviews and forums to find out what to expect.
Because vaporizers work by building up a temperature through heat, all of them have to warm up to their operating temperature. Most can achieve this in a matter of a couple of seconds, while others can take as much as 30-45 minutes. Vaporizers that use a direct flame as their heat source heat up swiftly, as do some mobile battery-powered units. On the other end of the spectrum are vaporizers using ceramic heaters that generally have an extended warm-up period; nevertheless, some of these are designed to be kept on all day, which would mean they're immediately functional as soon as they have heated up to the operating temperature.
Considering your vaporizer is a product with multiple purposes, you might not wish to be tied to a particular place when you make use of it. While many vaporizers can be moved around conveniently, some are primarily developed to be used while on the move. Portables are compact, lightweight, fit easily into a pocket or small carrying case and do not require to be plugged in to operate.
Some people believe that portables do not work swiftly enough, or in some situations are simply not as efficient as non-portable devices. Some models have a better track record than others, though, and always keep in mind that what is not sufficient for someone else could be all right for you.
Harvesting the best possible vapour from many vaporizers requires mastering the proper method. Flame-powered devices require both correct flame length and usage. Vaporizers that fill balloons, on the other hand, are easy for everyone to use.
While the learning process can be aggravating at first, you are usually compensated with excellent results. However, if you are the eager type, try to find a product that you could start using successfully right out of the box—you will find that many manufacturers made a point of making a vape that’s easy for everyone to use right away.
EASE OF USE
It is important to factor in the number of hands needed to prepare and use the vaporizer as those looking for extreme convenience or have limited use of hands should go for one of the vaporizers that can be operated with only one hand. This is applicable to preparation as well as usage, since some vaporizers require the aromatherapy blend to be finely ground, and you might not have the ability to operate a grinder comfortably. Look for customer reviews to find out how easy each vaporizer is to use.
There are two different kinds of vaporization: conduction, which heats up the material immediately through contact with a hot surface, and convection, which heats it up indirectly by transferring hot air through the material. All vaporizers possess some elements of both, some are designed to be hybrids, but they're mainly one kind or the other. Most new vaporizers utilise some kind of convection heating, but models using conduction are also still being developed.
Convection models are commonly regarded as superior seeing that it is simpler to avoid combustion as the hot air passes through the aromatherapy blend and heats it up more evenly, making temperature control considerably easier as well. Conduction models primarily heat the surface area, which is why they generally call for a finer grind and stirring or shaking the material in between uses to expose more of surface to heat. They have a tendency to be simpler, more compact, and less expensive than convection units. However, the most recent conduction models have minimised or gotten rid of the imperfections, and you don't need to rule them out just because of the heating technique.
Vapour is usually transferred straight through a whip (tubing), a tube or stem, or directly from the unit itself. These techniques are often known as unassisted delivery. Indirect delivery means filling a bag or balloon with the help of a fan or pump, often called assisted delivery.
The technique of delivery has an effect on the aroma of vapour: vapour coming directly from the vaporizer yields the best aroma, followed by tubes or stems, then whips, and subsequently balloons or bags. The last option suffer from a high vapour to air ratio, and vapour held in a bag starts to condense and diminish. Furthermore, built up vapour on the surface area of anything used to deliver vapour will sooner or later impact the aroma.
MATERIALS AND VAPOR PATH
As vaporizers are healing products, consumers are worried about the materials selected in their construction, especially materials used for the air and vapour paths. Respected manufacturers generally say whether the materials used are RoHS-compliant and exactly what is in the air path, particularly after the air has been heated.
Temperature control is crucial for two reasons: control enables you to first, avoid combustion, and second, release aromas at specific temperatures, which is the greatest benefit of vaporization. Combustion releases not just all aromas at the same time, but additionally releases toxins.
Plenty of vaporizers feature digital displays that show the temperature, but what they display is generally the heater temperature and not the vaporization temperature. The critical point here is that even though they do not show the real vaporization temperature, they are providing a means of consistently using the exact same temperature during the entire session.
Several other vaporizers just have a simple graduated control, which serves the same purpose by enabling you to pick the same setting every single time. A good number of vaporizers have fixed heat points that can be chosen, again delivering a constant experience, and some vaporizers are simply pre-set at a particular temperature.
Vaporizers that are not pre-set and do not come with a temperature control feature manage the temperature depending on your usage. This usually requires learning the correct method for your unit: too slowly results in cooling, i.e. vapour fails to generate, and too quickly may lead to overheating and combustion. Perfecting this is not as hard as it might seem, however—some exceptional vaporizers actually have no temperature controls.
Vaporizers can be powered by two sources: flame or electricity.
Flame-powered vaporizers use butane gas, usually from an external source such as a torch lighter. For that reason, some users avoid even those vaporizers that have been constructed specifically to keep butane out of the air path. In some instances the butane gas is used internally, powering a catalytic converter.
Electrically powered vaporizers are much more popular and they usually utilise some variation of a ceramic heater. They can either need to be plugged in or run on batteries. Plug-in vaporizers are naturally less portable and are often known as table-top or desktop models. Battery-powered vaporizers, on the other side, are known as portable. Some vaporizers work with detachable batteries, but generally the battery is of the internal rechargeable type. The problem with these is whether you can effortlessly change the battery yourself. Generally you are unable to, and even though manufacturers provide a replacement service at an affordable price, this calls for shipping the vaporizer and being unable to use it until it is sent back.
A handful of vaporizers are viewed as more efficient than others, but efficiency is usually accomplished by maintaining the vaporization temperature low and keeping the load small. This improves the aroma and produces much smoother vapour but might not release all the aromas you seek.