Vaporizers, which are also known as evaporators, have become quite popular in recent years. They’re popularity began with those who use cannabis (marijuana) for medical purposes. Because of research that proved smoking carries with it a lot of health risks brought about by the process of combustion (burning), medical marijuana users began seeking a healthier alternative so as not to defeat the purpose of medicating with cannabis in the first place. The solution they found was the use of vaporizers, which releases the active ingredients of marijuana without releasing the harmful toxins commonly associated with smoking.
These days, the use of vaporizers is popular not only with those who medicate with cannabis, but also among those who want to quit the smoking habit without necessarily doing away with the social aspect of the practice or the experience in general. For this reason, various types of vaporizers are now being sold, and more and more vaporizers are seen in coffee shops, available for use by customers. Even the needs of those who lead active lifestyles have been taken into consideration, as there is now a wide variety of portable vaporizers being sold all over the world.
Desktop or Portable?
The first vaporizers to be invented and sold were a bit bulky and ideal only for home use. But as mentioned earlier, more and more portable units are now being sold to cater to individuals who are always on the go. When you choose to buy a vaporizer of your own, therefore, one of the first decisions you’ll have to make is whether to get a desktop or portable unit. Each type of vaporizing device comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages, which you’ll have to carefully weigh in order to arrive at a decision you will not regret.
Its portability, of course, is the biggest advantage of handheld vaporizer units. You can just pop them into your bag or purse and use them whenever you need to and wherever you want. There are even units that can easily be slipped into your pocket. There are also portable units that come with a car charger, maximizing the “on-the-go” feature. These devices are also very easy to operate and usually do not require any cords or wires. They also come in very discreet designs to help remove the stigma associated with marijuana use. Handheld vaporizing units definitely offer a lot when it comes to convenience.
Desktop vaporizers, on the other hand, have the advantage of excellent control. They enable you to make very precise adjustments to the temperature, which has an impact on the aromatic consistency and the flavor of the vapor produced. These devices also allow you to enjoy a vaping session with friends, as many models come with a bag where the vapor is stored that you can pass around. Of course, the biggest drawback of a desktop vaporizer is that it’s a bit of a hassle to transport if you want to use it somewhere else. It is also generally more expensive than a portable unit.
How to Buy a Portable Vaporizer
So, let’s say you’ve chosen to buy a portable vaporizer to begin with and leave the purchase of a desktop unit for later, if you enjoy the experience so much that you want to have regular vaping sessions at home to unwind after a busy day. The next step would then be for you to learn about the things you need to take into consideration when you go shopping for your first vaporizer. The kind of experience you get from the device depends a lot on choosing the one that perfectly meets your preferences and needs.
Vaporizers use either conduction or convection to heat up your chosen herb or oil. Conduction involves the transfer of heat where the heating element and the substance to be heated are in direct contact with each other. Convection, on the other hand, involves the transfer of heat where the heating element does not touch the substance to be heated. Rather, heated air travels through the material in order to produce vapor. Convection is generally preferred because it does not carry the risk of combustion, since the heating element is not in contact with the material being heated.
Some portable vaporizers are heated using a lighter (with butane as fuel) whereas others are powered by batteries. Most vaporizers are powered by batteries because they’re seen as more convenient, reliable, safe, and clean. Perhaps their only drawback is that you constantly need to recharge them just like you would a mobile phone. The few butane-powered units that are currently available are targeted towards those who are fond of going on camping trips and want to enjoy vaping sessions even in locations where there is no access to electricity.
If you choose to go for a battery-operated portable vaporizing unit, bear in mind that not all batteries are created equal. There are those that have a longer life than others. When you shop for a vaporizer, therefore, it is best to check the specifications for battery life. The longer the battery life, the more cost-effective a unit as you won’t have to keep charging the battery, which means you are able to save on electricity. It may also be a good idea to do some research on which batteries are more durable so you won’t have to replace the battery too often.
There are vaporizers that come with internal temperature control, which means that the device itself will adjust the temperature based on the material you load; you don’t get to control the temperature setting. There are also some units that come with an adjustable knob. This gives you some control over the temperature. And then there are vaporizing units that come with digital temperature control, which is generally lauded for providing users with the ultimate temperature control scheme. It is understandable, of course, that digitally-controlled units are generally more expensive than units that do not offer the feature.
Vaporizers that have internal temperature control work well enough, but if you plan to use a variety of herbs and/or oils in your vaping sessions, then a unit that allows you to control the temperature settings may be a better option. Traditional temperature control knobs may be a bit less precise than digital controls, but they are said to be more reliable, which is why a lot of manufacturers still prefer them. Your decision as to what type of temperature control to choose will depend largely on what you value more—precision or reliability—and how much you are willing to spend.
It is advisable for you to set a budget range before you start shopping for a portable vaporizing device. There is now a wide range of options available when it comes to vaporizers, and setting a limit on how much you’re willing to spend effectively narrows down your options significantly. Setting a budget also helps you ensure that regardless of the experience you get from your first vaporizer, you won’t regret the purchase (or at least not so much) because you’ll know you didn’t spend too much on it.
Where to Buy a Vaporizer
You can choose to buy your portable vaporizer from an online seller, as there are now many online shops selling this kind of merchandise. However, you need to really do your homework if you choose to go this route because there are so many scammers out there; you wouldn’t want to fall victim to any of them, of course. If you really want the convenience offered by an online transaction, then it may be better to shop directly on the manufacturer’s website so you’ll know you’re dealing with a reliable seller. This is also more advantageous in case you have issues about the unit you bought, as the manufacturer will naturally be able to resolve the issue a lot more quickly than a third-party seller.
Another option is for you to find a brick-and-mortar store that sells vaporizers in your area. The advantage of this is that you get to personally inspect the unit before making a purchase. There may even be some shops that allow you to give the unit a try so you can decide whether you like the way it operates or not. If you have enough time on your hands, then this would definitely be the ideal way to shop for a portable vaporizer, as it allows you to choose the unit that gives you the most value for your money.
If you’re still engaged in traditional smoking, then this might be the best time for you to switch to the healthier alternative—vaping. The vaping industry has grown such that there are now more options for you and vaporizing units designed to meet the needs of different kinds of individuals as well as different lifestyles. No matter what kind of experience you expect to get from a vaporizer, there’s sure to be a unit that’s perfect for you.