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Conduction vs. convection vaporizers – a comparison

Have you been planning to buy a vaporizer for some time, but don’t know which device to choose? Before you make a decision, find out how conduction and convection vaporizers differ. This will make it easier for you to choose a vaporizer that will suit your needs well.

What will you learn from this article?

👉 How do conduction vaporizers work?

👉 What are the biggest disadvantages and advantages of conduction and convection vaporizers?

👉 What characterizes convection vaporizers?

👉 Perhaps a hybrid vaporizer will be a better choice?

Table of contents:

  1. Conduction vaporizers – most important pieces of information
  2. How to grind and pack herbs in a conduction vaporizer chamber?
  3. Convection vaporizers – what characterizes them?
  4. Convection Vaporizer – how to prepare the herb?
  5. Hybrid Vaporizers – is it worth choosing such a solution?
  6. Conduction vs. convection vaporizers – summary

Conduction vaporizers – most important pieces of information 🔥

Conduction vaporizers work by direct contact between the heat source and the herbal material. This usually happens by heating the walls of the heating chamber with a heater. The heated chamber (usually made of steel or ceramic) transfers heat to the herbs inside, which starts to vaporize due to the temperature. This technique works well in compact, portable vaporizers.

A conduction vaporizer is generally cheaper, but it may be slightly less efficient than a convection model, and the vapor produced conductionally may lose taste faster. However, there are exceptions – some top-shelf conduction models perform on par with convection models. The vast majority of conduction vaporizers are session devices, and their batteries usually allow for a large number of inhalation sessions on a single charge.

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✅ Advantages of conduction vaporizers

Conduction has several advantages. Firstly, it is not complicated technologically and does not require a significant amount of energy, making conduction vaporizers often small in size, and their prices much more affordable than convection-heated devices.

Secondly, once the vaporizer reaches the right temperature, you can start inhaling, with the first few inhalations usually being the best in terms of taste and aroma. This is a significant advantage over convection heating, where the first inhalations usually produce little or no vapor at all.

A major advantage of conduction devices is also fast heating: Conduction vaporizers heat up very quickly, making them ideal for people who need immediate effects. Additionally, these devices are often simple to use, making them a good proposition for those who are just starting their vaporization journey.

⛔️ Disadvantages of conduction vaporizers

A session, or the vaporization of the entire chamber, is usually significantly longer with conduction devices than with devices where the material is heated convectionally, which is significant for many users. The disadvantages of conduction include slightly poorer efficiency and taste compared to convection devices.

A common problem is also uneven heating. Herbs in conduction vaporizers can heat unevenly, which can lead to the burning or wasting of the herb.

How to grind and pack herbs in a conduction vaporizer chamber? 💪

In conduction vaporizers, the herb is heated by the walls of the heating chamber. In this instance the the herb should be finely ground – this ensures that it is thoroughly and completely heated, which in turn provides high-quality vapor.

If the herb is not ground finely enough, then you will not be able to fully utilize the active substances contained in it. It is better to know the recommendations of the manufacturer or distributor.

When placing ground herbs in the chamber, make sure there is just the right amount in there. The chamber should be filled to the brim, and the herb pressed down a bit harder – but do not overdo it. If the herb is pressed too tightly, the inhalation experience will be poor – the airflow will then be impeded.

If, however, the amount of herb in the chamber is too small, there is a high risk that part of it will not be heated well. Just measure the right amount of herb, for example, 0.2 g, grind it properly, and then place it in the chamber and press down. After a few inhalations, you will know if the grinding method and the amount of herb in the chamber are ideal.

Convection vaporizers – what characterizes them? 💨

Convection vaporizers use a stream of hot air that allows for quick and even heating of the herbal material in the chamber. The air is first heated and then passes through the chamber with herbs, leading to heating.

A convection vaporizer is more technologically complex and therefore usually more expensive than a conduction model. In return, it offers slightly better efficiency, taste, and overall vapor quality. It’s important to remember that most convection models require stirring in the chamber during inhalation, which makes inhalation a bit more difficult outside the home. The convection heating system also requires significantly more energy, so almost always offers shorter battery life than its conduction counterpart. Most on-demand type models are convection vaporizers.

 

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✅ Advantages of convection vaporizers

Uniform heating is undoubtedly the best advantage of these devices: Convection vaporizers heat herbs extremely evenly, leading to efficient release of active ingredients. A major advantage is also the clean taste of the vapor. Thanks to convection technology, the taste is often better than in the case of conduction vaporization.

A huge advantage of convection vaporizers is their excellent efficiency. A larger amount of active substances is extracted from the herb with less consumption of herbs. This is good news for those who care about savings while maintaining good inhalation effects.

⛔️ Disadvantages of convection vaporizers

Convection vaporizers have many advantages. What about their disadvantages? Primarily, a big downside may be slower heating. Convection vaporizers require more time to heat up, which may not suit people looking for quick effects.

Very often with convection devices, the first few inhalations do not produce overwhelming results. Only after a few breaths, when the hot air has sufficiently heated the herb, does vapor production reach its peak. The length of inhalations is also important – for most convection devices, these need to be at least 10-second inhalations.

It should also be mentioned that convection vaporizers are usually more expensive, due to the more complex technology involved. However, it is an investment – especially since these devices are surprisingly efficient.

Convection Vaporizer – how to prepare the herb? 🔍

Convection devices guarantee excellent inhalation quality, especially in terms of vapor and aroma – provided, that the whole process is carried out correctly.

In the case of convection vaporizers, the herb should not be ground too finely. Why?

If it is too fine, the stream of hot air may carry away small particles of the herb, which can clog the filter located above the chamber or penetrate through it and, for example, reach the user’s mouth. A better solution would be to grind the herb to a lesser degree, which also gives a better taste.

How to place herb in the chamber of a convection vaporizer?

This is another question that many users ask themselves. The chamber should be filled to the top, but without packing the herb too tightly – it can be lightly tapped down. It is very important to do this with a sense of proportion. Too loosely packed a chamber will make inhalation unsatisfying, as the air will pass by the herb and not heat it sufficiently.

On the other hand, packing the herb too tightly in the chamber is also not the best solution – since hot air will not be able to freely pass through the chamber, which can lead to overheating of the herb and may even cause it to ignite.

So, fill the chamber completely, and tap it down, but make sure not to use too much herb. After a few inhalations, you will certainly gain experience and will be preparing the vaporizer without much thought.

Hybrid Vaporizers – is it worth choosing such a solution? 😎

Hybrid devices combine conduction and convection heating – they draw the best from these solutions. In such vaporizers, the herb is heated both by hot air and by the walls of the heating chamber.

Hybrids provide a lot of vapor right from the first inhalation (a feature of conduction vaporizers), while active substances are extracted from the dry herb as effectively as in convection.

Very often, we are contacted by people who are unsure which vaporizer to choose. In many cases, purchasing a hybrid vaporizer is the best decision. It combines the advantages of both convection and conduction devices.

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For many users, this is an optimal compromise between the two aforementioned methods of heating the dry herb. If you’re uncertain whether to choose a conduction or convection vaporizer, a hybrid device might be the best option for you.

Conduction vs. convection vaporizers – summary

The choice between a convection and a conduction vaporizer depends on individual preferences and expectations. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages. Conduction vaporizers offer speed and ease of use, while convection vaporizers provide even heating and a cleaner taste. It’s important to make an informed choice that suits your needs. And if you’re unsure what to choose, consider purchasing a hybrid vaporizer.

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