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Dry Herb Vaporizer Efficiency

on Dec 01, 2015

In today's post I wanted to talk a little bit about vaporizer efficiency. Everyone likes to talk about vapor production, which of course is an important factor in considering your purchase, but another equally important factor is the efficiency of a vaporizer. When I talk about efficiency I'm referring to how well a vaporizer extracts the medicinal ingredients from your material without reaching combustion temperature. We are commonly asked how you know when you've finished a session since your materials are not burning, what you see is a color change in the materials as they dry up once the vapor has been fully extracted. The efficiency of the extraction is a critical part of the puzzle and some vaporizers are superior to others. When you dump out your chamber of materials you want to see an even coloring throughout. Poor vaporizers will leave sections of the material charred on the edges in the closest points to the heating element while the inner materials in the chamber may be left un-vaped.

Convection vaporizers are naturally more efficient in terms of material use versus conduction vaporizers. The reason for this is that with a convection based heating system, your materials are not constantly being heated. As we've discussed on several posts in the past, convection based vaporizers work by heating the air itself and not the material. The air passing through the material extracts the vapor so as long as you're not drawing from the unit, no vapor will be produced. The one down-side of this heating method is that the speed of your draw may affect vapor production. The slower you draw, the longer the air will heat and will therefore produce more vapor. Faster draws will result in less heating of the airflow and a lighter vapor. Either way, convection based vaporizers tend to be more efficient with consumption of your materials for the sole fact that they do not heat the materials when the user is not drawing from the mouthpiece. Some great examples of convection based vaporizers are the Crafty and Mighty (by Storz and Bickel) and the Firefly Vaporizer which offers amazing flavor and instant vapor production.

Vaporizer efficiency is even more important when considering a conduction based vaporizer. These units create vapor by heating your materials in a chamber where the materials are in direct contact with a heating element. It's very important that the materials near the heating source don't reach combustion temperatures. Conduction vaporizers tend to produce a thicker and more robust vapor in comparison with convection based units where the vapor might be a little bit lighter. One downside of conduction vaporizers is that in order for them to work optimally, the chamber must be fully packed. So conduction based vaporizers with larger chambers mean that you will use more material over time and longer sessions. The reason that the chamber needs to be fully packed is to ensure even distribution of the heat throughout the materials in the chamber. If the chamber is partially packed the heat will not distribute well and this will result in poor vapor production. The most popular portable vaporizer and to date our best seller is the Pax 2 which is a sleek and portable conduction based vaporizer.

Its important to always consider different factors when purchasing a vaporizer. Is this your first vaporizer? If so you want to look at getting a simple to use unit like the Pax 2 which will produce a lot of vapor but is also easy to use. Having a good quality and efficient unit will mean that you will make the most from your dried materials. Tune in for our next post where we will talk more about performance and vapor production.

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