4 Things You Should Never do with a Vaporizer
Vaporizers have become increasingly popular in recent years, with analysts predicting the market will grow to a whopping $50 billion by 2025. There's no denying the fact that vaping is a safer and smarter way to consume oil and herb. However, you'll want to avoid making the following mistakes with your vaporizer.
Using Oil in a Dry-Herb Vaporizer or Vise-Versa
There are two primary types of vaporizers: oil and dry herb. Oil vaporizers, as the name suggests, are intended for use with liquid oils, such as peppermint oil, tobacco oil, spearmint, etc. You simply place a couple drops onto the atomizer, at which point the heating element will warm it to create breathable vapor. Dry herb vaporizers, on the other hand, are intended for use with dry herb.
Regardless of which one you choose, make sure you only use the ingredient for which it was designed. Using oil in a dry-herb vaporizer or vise-versa may damage the device.
Not Cleaning it
Try to get into the habit of cleaning your vaporizer on a regular basis. When vaporizers go uncleaned for a prolonged length of time, resin will build up inside the atomizer and surrounding components, restricting the flow of air. This not only reduces the efficiency of your vaporizer, but it can completely block the flow of air. The good news is that you can easily clean a vaporizer using nothing more than some running alcohol and paper towels.
Too Much Heat
Among the most common mistakes that newcomers make with their vaporizers is heating herb or oil too high. If you are used to smoking, you may instinctively heat your herb to the point where it creates smoke. In doing so, however, you negate all of the positive benefits associated with vaping. Furthermore, excess heat will stress the heating element and components of a vaporizer, increasing the risk of damage.
A good rule of thumb is to maintain a heat of 350 to 385°F when vaping dry herb.
Using a Non-Approved Battery
Do not attempt to use a non-approved battery in your portable vaporizer. Most portable vaporizers on the marker are powered by lithium polymer (LiPo) batteries, which feature lithium ion technology in a small pouch-like package. Unfortunately, some people assume that all LiPo batteries are the same, so they'll replace the original factory battery of their vaporizer with a different LiPo battery. In some cases nothing will happen. In other cases, however, the new battery will overheat, increasing the risk of a fire or explosion.