There are various types of vaporizers, starting from the most basic, cheaper models that are cost effective and moving up to the most advanced electronic models.
Add Mods to Change your Original Piece to a Vaporizer
To start, there are accessories to turn an ordinary water pipe into a vaporizer. The Vapo-bowl and VaporStar are two devices that be easily connected to a pipe or a glass bong. A butane lighter would be the weapon of choice to ignite the fine herb. The flame is held over the entrance of the metal pipe head, which heats up the air flowing into the device. Thus allowing the herb to vaporize.
The Vapo-bowl has a standard thread so it can be connected to all kinds of pipes and bongs. The VapoStar is designed for small glass bongs. The Vapocane fits on all 14.5 mm and 18.8 mm bongs, because of its cone shape.
Portable (Glass) Vaporizers
As step up from just conversion pieces for your bongs, we start looking at portable vaporizers that needs a flame for heat source. The Vapbong and Vapo2 are well known types of vaporizer of this category. They do require a lighter for heat source; again a butane gas lighter is preferred to avoid soot settling on the glass. The vaporizers produce good quality vapor and can also be taken anywhere.
The VaporGenie is another popular handheld vaporizer pipe. It will require a regular lighter, where the user draws the flame through the heating element. Thus allowing for the hot air to reach the herb.
Portable Electric/Butane Powered Vaporizers
The Iolite and the Vapir NO2 combines the usability of electric vaporizers with the portability of small, non-electric models. The Iolite works on butane, whereas the NO2 requires a charged battery in order to function.
The Magic Flight Launch Box operates on a single AA battery, and converts the battery power to infrared heating. It is able to warm up to a desired heat in less than one minute, which is considerably faster than most other electric vaporizers.
The Vapir Oxygen has an optional batter pack, whereas the Vapir Digital Air One can be charged and then taken wherever one wants to go.
Majority of the vaporizers available in the market will fall under this category. Electricity is used to power the heat element or gun. Some models the temperature can be adjusted digitally or an analog dial. Some models direct an air flow through the herbs which fills up a balloon, whereas others require you to inhale through a tube.
In electric vaporizers there are two ways to heating the herb: conduction or convection. With conduction, the herb is placed on a metal plate, which is heated. The direct contact between the hot metal and herbs can lead to combustion, which is why this method is seldom used in modern vaporizers. A good example of this is the BC Vaporizer.
Convection type vaporizers, a flow of hot air passes through the herb. Most vaporizers apply this principle, though the method of heating the air flow may differ. The use of a heat gun is used quite common, although some now use a halogen bulb like the AroMed 4.0, a ceramic element like Da Buddha, or an aluminum element like the Volcano.
Now if you haven’t already acquired one of these fine devices, I can only suggest you find one that best fits your needs and situation
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