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Desktop Herbal Vaporizers
How To Choose The Best Herbal Vaporizers in 2016
Herbal Vaporizers are an excellent choice for both recreational and medicinal uses of essential oils and loose leaf herbs. As the name states, these use dry leaf material and not e-liquids. When properly used, they deliver less tar and carcinogens than traditional smoking techniques.
Herbal vaporizers and essential oil vaporizers come in very different styles ranging from large desktop styles to small portable styles.
These modern vaporizers are an elegant blend of science and aesthetics that, when combined, offer medicinal and aromatherapy benefits beyond the typical combustion delivery method. Many of the vaporizers that are on the market today have the ability to use either dry herbs or essential oils.
Many people use loose leaf herbs or tobacco in them to allow a cleaner delivery of the medicinal characteristics within the leafs, and essential oils are very popular due to their health benefits and aromatic smells.
The two main categories of dry herb and oil vaporizers are Desktop Vaporizers and Portable Vaporizers. Each has it's own characteristics and advantages.
The amount of power needed to heat the heating element to temp is the biggest design issue with portable herbal vaporizers. Desktop units offer the ability to use AC power for at home use and also provide a more powerful delivery of vapor.
These machines are best for people who want to use their vaporizer at home frequently and without making a mess. Usually, a desktop vaporizer uses either a "whip" (plastic tube), a direct draw mouthpiece, or a balloon to deliver the vapor.
The advantages of using a whip is that you can inhale the vapor at a distance from the machine. Placing your device on the coffee table and sitting on the couch is a prime example. The direct draw is not as common but is used by placing your mouth on, or close too, the device when using.
The balloon method is great for enjoying your vapor at a distance without having to run your vaporizer continually. Many people fill these balloons up and are able to inhale the vapor at their convenience 10-20 minutes after the vapor was created. Both the whip and balloon method also allow the vapor to cool and thus do not irritate the throat or lungs as much as hot vapor.
Portable Vaporizers, AKA Vape Pens
These smaller devices are manufactured with the “on the go” vaper in mind. These are hand held units that do not require to be plugged in and run on rechargeable batteries.
They often look like electronic cigarettes (some electronic cigarettes can vaporize e-liquid, herbs, and oils. See V2 Pro Series 3) which make them great for discreet vaping.
Portable vaporizers are also more affordable when compared to desktop styles.
Due to the heat required to vaporize loose leaf herbs and/or essential oils, portable units will usually have smaller capacity heating chambers vs the desktop variety. This makes them useful for short sessions for one or two people, but this requires them to be refilled often.
For those looking for a quality vaporizer that is available to take anywhere and that is also discrete, portable herbal vaporizers may be your best choice.
Herbal Vaporizers 101
The herbal vaporizer - thanks to recent marijuana laws being passed - are quickly becoming a lot more popular and come in many different styles. These easy to use vaping devices have revolutionized on how dry herbs are "smoked", and I personally think that using an herbal vaporizer just makes the whole experience an easier and cleaner one.
One of the primary benefits with these vaporizers is the efficiency that is obtained by "vaping" instead of burning. Your dry herb will go much farther compared to typical stand-by ways of the past, which ultimately should save you money in the long run. The herbal vape pen (or portable herb vape) is the smaller, more compact version in the herbal vaporizer lineup. They range in size of 3" to 8" long and come in many different shapes and are usually easy to conceal. Unlike its bigger predecessor, the desktop vaporizer, the pen style is built more for travel and being more discreet. Most herbal pens run between $20 to $120 and are the easiest to use out of all the herbal devices.
So how do they work exactly? The pen is very similar to that of an e-juice vaporizer as the components have closely resembled each other. Most herbal pens will have a built-in battery (charged via USB), a tank or holding area, and a trigger or fire button. The big difference from your typical vape pen is that the atomizer is made up of the coil(s) that surrounds the dry herb (instead of cotton wicks) and heats up with the push of a button - some devices only heat up when you take a drag. "On demand", or "manual heating" options will typically only come with devices that hold small, personal size amounts of herb.
More advanced portable vaporizers will be turned on and will heat up after a few minutes; this allows for a consistent pull when you actually click the button for each hit. When dealing with maintenance for your herbal vape, the "screen" or flat metal plate in most devices, has to be cleaned regularly to get the most out of each "session". Thankfully most herbal vape kits will provide you with a cleaning tool of some type. A "grinder" is highly recommended to have on hand as space within most vapes comes at a premium. The finer the better when trying to obtain the best experience out of each use.
The atomizer will go out over time (the coils simply burn out) but depending on what device you are using, of course, the replacement will vary in price. In most cases the atomizer replacements for herbal pens run between $20-$35 and typically last for a few months between replacements. With a screen inserted the actual vaping of the dry herbs will be intensified, and this can make the throat-hit less noticeable. Most prefer to actually "feel" the pull, and if the pen lets you to not have to have a screen, this may be something worth experimenting with. This will obviously vary with different devices.
Desktop Vaporizers Just as the name describes, these types of vaporizers are much larger and are used in a more tabletop, or "desktop" setting. The majority of desktop vapes are built to reach temperatures of 200 to 500 degrees (F) in a small time frame and is primarily built for more of group session than a solo or personal session.
These devices are for the highest level of enthusiasts who enjoy dry herb and aromatherapy styles of vaping. Basically, what these devices are designed for is pretty straightforward, a device that's primarily used for vaping dry herbs and oils. The variety of botanicals to vape is always growing but the more popular items consists of:
- Cannabis (no details needed)
- Passiflora or Passion Flower extract (sedation)
- St John's Wort (antidepressant - mood enhancer)
- Damiana Leaf (aphrodisiac)
- Aromatics (mint extract - eucalyptus - chamomile)
Desktop vaporizers typically come in at around $200 to $800 and obviously the features and options will increase with price. These are not cheap but thankfully most vendors offer a long warranty and most desktops are solidly built and stand us well vs the test of time.