The Science Behind Vaporizers and How They Work

You've seen them before, perhaps you've even used one, but do you really know how vaporizers work? Most people are familiar with the general concept of vaporizers (e.g. produce vapor from herb or oil). However, the science behind them remains largely a mystery.

Vaporizers Produce.... Vapor

When most people see a vaporizer in action for the first time, they assume it produces smoke. After all, the thick cloud created by these devices looks almost identical smoke. But in reality, it's actually not smoke at all. Instead, it's a light mist-like vapor that's produced with minimal heat. This means users can enjoy all of the benefits of their essential herb or oil without exposing themselves to the thousands of potentially toxic chemicals that are commonly found in smoke.

How Vaporizers Heat

The secret to vaporizers' ability to produce vapor and not smoke lies in their precise heating mechanism. If too much heat is produced, it will burn the herb or oil; thus, creating smoke (which is bad). On the other hand, if there's not enough heat produced, it will fail to produce neither smoke nor vapor.

Vaporizers typically fall under one of two different categories depending on their method of heating: conduction or convection. Convection vaporizers offer a more consistent temperatures, passing hot air through the oil or herb, whereas conduction vaporizers directly expose the herb or oil to the heating element.


There are dozens of different types of vaporizers on the market, each of which has its own characteristics. But how exactly do these devices receive power? Well, some vaporizers are powered via a cable that's connected to a wall outlet. Others are powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. If you plan on traveling with your vaporizer, it's recommended that you choose a model with rechargeable batteries.

Vaporizers Preserve the Active Ingredients

One of the reasons why so many people use vaporizers is because it preserves a greater concentration of the active ingredients in their oil or herb. When you burn herb or oil, it literally burns the active ingredients. Sure, some will remain, but it's a lower concentration when compared to vaping. Using a vaporizer will give you peace of mind knowing that you are consuming most, if not all, of your herb or oil.

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