How Vaporizers Work

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So have you ever wondered how your vaporizer actually works? Or are you about to embark on the journey of vaping but want to know how it ‘ticks’ before investing in this new activity?

Well it’s actually fascinating to look at the science of vaping and how the process actually works. In this article you are going to be taken behind the scenes of how vaping works… enjoy!

The Science Behind the Heating: Conduction vs. Convection

 Firstly, there are two main ways a vaporizer will heat your oils or dry herbs, through…

Conduction or Convection

You would have been taught about this in high school but for some of us that were a long time ago, so lets recap!

So what is the difference between the two?

Conduction heat transfer the heat of energy through direct contact like a kettle to stove.

Convection heating is the moment of hot air in and around the desired material, much like how your blow dryer works.

Different vaporizers use different methods so it’s worth knowing which does what and what you would prefer.

Convection and Conduction the Pros & Cons of both

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While there are pros and cons to both the vast consciences is conduction vaporizers are less efficient. This because any material heated through conduction will be unevenly vaped, so requires stirring or shaking between draws and are at higher risk of combustion. Since conduction was the first type originally offered the plus side to them is they’re inexpensive and usually have faster heating abilities.

However, most vape enthusiasts will agree the only con to convection heating is the initial expense and the slightly slower warm up times, but it more than pays for itself after the first use with amazing pros like more accurate temperature control, even heating of the materials (dry herbs or oils), and much lower risk of combustion.

What signs to look for when looking for a conduction vaporizer?

The three main signs it’s most likely a conduction vaporizer are:

  1. Battery powered heating chamber

  2. Open flame heating plates

  3. Butane powered heating chambers.

What signs to look for when looking for a convection vaporizer?

Convection vaporizers will usually have an,

  1. Internal fan also known as forced air

  2. Fan assist function

What happens when I draw, is the inhale different?

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Vaporizing is different to smoking say a cigarette. When vaping it’s important to take longer, slower draws or inhales. While some users inhale to the lungs others find the effects work simply by holding the vapors in their mouth for a few minutes, similar to the way one smokes a cigar.

The draw or inhale is all about your personal preference while some devices may offer suggestions or guides on the best way to vape with their device.


How does your body consume the vapor so you feel its effects?

Vapor is a form of gas, thus cause a reaction instantly. The body’s ability to use this vapor medicinally/therapeutically works fast because the lungs inhale it and then it’s in your bloodstream right away. It’s the vapor of the essential oil or herb, so there is no digestive work that goes into using the medicinal effects, the vapor stores those compounds and the results are fast acting. 

Vapor Therapy is essentially the vapor (steam or gas) that you inhale in order to receive the plant or oil benefits. A neti pot, steam shower or inhaling steam by any form is technically vapor therapy.  

Does vaporizing smell?

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Vaporizing is barely noticeable compared to other methods such as traditional smoking. Usually a window open will completely rid your area of the smell within a few mins. However, with a good quality device and if you are using it properly you should barely notice any smell.

There are products you can buy to help combat smells or second vapors such as smoke buddy.

Does vaporizing cause smoke?

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The actual burning of the material, whether it’s oils or dry herbs, is usually contained in some sort of glass bubble. All the vapors that accumulate will be either in the whip tubing or balloon bag of your device. Once you have inhaled or taken your draw the amount of vapors expelled from your mouth is very minimal and dissipates within a few second to minutes.

And that’s it for your Science lesson today!

We hope that you are now more informed on the mechanics and science of vaporizing and that it will make your experience more enjoyable.

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