Vaporizer 101: Get Educated Before You Buy Vaporizers

Interested in purchasing a vaporizer? You’ve come to the right place! Vaporizers are a worthy investment for their long-term benefits, so it’s important to know where to first begin.

So…what exactly is a vaporizer? Simply put, a vaporizer is an inhalation device that’s used to extract active ingredients of plant material (i.e. tobacco and other blends).

Vaporizers Explained

The image above explains what you need to know about vaporizers and vaporization.

Vaporizers work by heating up dried plant and/or similar material to an appropriate temperature, which releases active components into an aromatic vapor. Although vapor may appear to resemble smoke, it doesn’t actually contain any of smoke’s toxic particles. This is because with a vaporizer, there is no burning, scorching or combustion that is normally associated with smoke inhalation. This is great news, when considering just how dangerous smoking is to our health.

Most of us know by now that smoke contains toxic byproducts that irritate the mouth, throat and lungs, and also give off noxious odors. With vaporization, there are no such harmful effects, and is considered to be one of the most effective methods of filtering out harmful, respiratory toxins that are often present in smoke.

There are three basic types of vaporizers: standard vaporizers, portable vaporizers, and forced air vaporizers, and always keep in mind that vaporization works in two ways.

This first, conduction, heats directly through contact with a hot surface, and usually requires a finer grind. Furthermore this method also requires the user to stir or shake the material between draws, in order to expose more surface area to heat. Conduction methods as a whole tend to be simpler, smaller and cheaper than convection alternatives.

Convection, on the other hand, is a process that heats indirectly by moving hot air through and over the load. This makes it easier to avoid combustion, and allows for hot air to easily penetrate plant material. Furthermore, convection heats easily, with easier temperature controls.

Please note that costs and other variables should always be factored in, in order to ensure your vaporizer is tailored to your individual preferences and price range — and while you’re here, don’t forget to visit our homepage at, to explore all of your vaporizer options!

Seeing as there is more than one author here at, here’s another description of the image that can be found here. This alternative description is what you will find below this paragraph. Enjoy the alternate perspective.

This is an explanation of what vaporization is, the common vaporizing applications, and the main types of vaporizers on the market today. This is in reference to what are commonly referred to as tobacco vaporizers and smoking vapes. The latter of which descriptions is an inaccurate portrayal of what a vape really is, as they actually provide an alternative to smoking (combustion) and are in fact creating vapor instead of smoke. If you’re wondering what the health benefits to vaporizing are, this image that we created should provide you with the information you’re seeking.

Vaporizer Types

While we broke the main categories of vaporizers down into three categories, we do readily admit that there could have been other categories in addition to the three we provided. The reason we chose three was to simplify the equation for the novices (those new to vaporizing). Bag vaporizers, multi-use (like the Extreme Q and Vapir Rise), and liquid vapes are some examples of other categories we could have included. We may revise this at a future date, but then again, we may not. For now, the three main categories are:

Conduction VS Convection

For those who have been wondering what convection is, we have an explanation. We also made an attempt to define conduction as it applies to vaporization. This should answer the question, “what is the difference between conduction and convection?

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