Should I Choose a Conduction or Convection Vaporizer?

When shopping for a new personal vaporizer, one of the decisions you'll have to make is whether or to choose a conduction or convection-based heating model. These terms refer to the vaporizer's heating technology, making it an important feature to consider. If you're still scratching your head trying to determine which type is best suited for you, keep reading for a closer look at conduction and convection.


The term ‘conduction’ is defined as “the process by which heat is transmitted through a substance without movement of the material," which is exactly what happens with conduction vaporizers. The ground cannabis is placed in direct contact with the heating element; thus, releasing a mist cloud full of THC, CBD and other cannabinoids.

There are a couple of key benefits to using a conduction vaporizer, one of which is the fast heating time. With the cannabis placed directly on the heating element, conduction vaporizers tend to work in less time. And their simplistic design typically results in a less expensive device.

The downside to using a conduction vaporizer is that you’ll have to constantly stir up your cannabis to maintain an equal, thorough heating. Allowing your bowl of cannabis to remain in place will result in an uneven vape.


Now that you know a little bit about conduction vaporizers, you’re probably wondering how convection vaporizers work. Well, the key difference between the two is how the cannabis is heated. In a conduction vaporizer, the cannabis is placed directly on the heating element. In a convection vaporizer, however, hot air passes over the cannabis to heat it.

Of course, there are some key reasons why convection vaporizers have become the preferred choice by many cannabis users. For starters, convection vaporizers heat cannabis more evenly. Rather than blasting all of the heat on a particular area of your cannabis, the hot air passes directly through it to create an even vape. This is a huge advantage that results in a smoother, cleaner vape.

Convection vaporizers also offer a more accurate control of temperature. Since they rely on hot air to warm the cannabis rather than direct contact with the heating element, the temperature is more easily controlled. It’s not uncommon for some newcomers to accidentally burn their cannabis with conduction vaporizers, but thankfully this isn’t a problem with convection models.

Note: the Volcano Vaporizer pictured above is a convection vaporizer.

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