Vaporizer Buying Guide
For most beginner vaporists purchasing a vaporizer may be a difficult task. Finding the right vaporizer can be filled with technical jargon, confusing features and a multitude of options. Vaporizers can be quite different and it is not uncommon for new beginners to find themselves purchasing the wrong vaporiser and becoming disappointed in the process.
To help vaporists, this guide offers a simple resource for explaining what every novice needs to know when buying their new vaporizer. To make things easier, we’ve made it into 3 easy steps for anyone to follow. If you follow these steps you’ll be vaping away in no time!
STEP 1: Deciding between a Home Unit and a Portable Unit
Most vaporizers nowadays are very efficient at extracting the active ingredients from your herbs. On average you will save at least twice as much herb vaporizing than older traditional methods involving combustion. Due to this most vaporizers pay for themselves in a very quick amount of time.
If you think you will be using your vaporizer every day, especially at home, then we would recommend getting a home vaporizer. Stylish and designed with safety in mind, a home vaporiser will give you years of use and will generally require less maintenance than a portable vaporizer.
If you are looking for a vaporizer that you can use anywhere then portable units are the way to go. Designed to be used while out and about, whether it be camping, at the beach or while travelling, these units are ergonomically designed for portability and are powered by either battery (most common and most reliable), gas (butaine) or flame (from a lighter / hemp wick). This is worth considering when choosing a portable vaporizer as using for an extended period of time will require recharging or refilling.
Best Vaporizer Advice: Why not both? Having a home vaporizer AND a portable vaporizer will increase the lifespan of both units. Most portable vaporizers aren't built to withstand extremely frequent, long-term usage so it's best to share the load.
STEP 2: Deciding on a Vapor Delivery Method - Balloon, Whip (Direct Inhalation)?
Each method of inhalation has its own benefits. Obviously if you are looking at a portable unit then direct inhalation is the only option. However, if you are looking at getting a home vaporizer, it is best to decide which method will suit your individual preferences.
Whip / Direct Inhalation Vaporizers: For the individual person or for a couple, whip vaporizers are going to give you more control over how much you vape per session, as well as eliminating any waste that you may encounter by filling a balloon too much then not being able to finish it. With a whip vaporizer, you simply draw as many hits as you would like then remove the bowl for later use. Whip vaporizers often come with a couple of “whips,” which are food-grade, malleable plastic tubes through which the user inhales.
Balloon / Bag Vaporizers: If you like the convenience of being able to move around or will be vaporizing often in a group, balloons or bags are fun to use and ensure that each smoker will get a great hit. Nothing could be more fun to have at a party than a vapor-filled bag that you can pass around, especially when it is filled with the essence of one of your favorite herbs like blue lotus or damiana! The Volcano is the most advanced and easy-to-use balloon-style vaporizer on the market.
Multifunction Vaporizers: If you still can't decide which vapour delivery method is right for you we then have a range of multi-fuction vaporizers that can deliver via both methods. The Extreme Q is a great example; it can inflate balloons using a built-in fan or offer direct inhallation via a length of tubing (whip). Despite being more versatile, these vaporizers tend to be a little more difficult to use / maintain.
STEP 3: Make a decision based on your budget
The last step in the process is deciding how much you would like to spend. Our advice is to pick the vaporizer that meets not just your budget but also your specific needs and usage-patterns. In most cases, opting for a more expensive unit will ensure that you get the most from your purchase. There's no point in buying something that isn't going to stand up to long-term use, if that's what your usage demands.
If you are still unsure, here are our recommendations based on performance, reliability, aesthetics and overall value-for-money.
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Note: This article is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.