The Scoop on Convection Vaporizers and How They Work
Vaporizers have become increasingly popular in the past few years, and for good reason: they allow users to enjoy herbs and essential aromatherapy oils without exposing themselves to cancer-causing toxins. If you are thinking about jumping aboard the bandwagon, however, you'll need to decide which type of vaporizer is right for you.
While there are literally dozens, if not hundreds, of different vaporizers available on the market, nearly all of them can be broken down into one of two different categories: convection and conduction. These terms are essentially used to describe the method in which a vaporizer heats the herb or oil, and subsequently, it plays a key role in its overall function. Today, we're going to talk about convection vaporizers, revealing how they work and why they are such a popular choice.
Convection vaporizers work in a similar manner as a convection oven. They contain a heating element that passes hot air through the herb or oil, warming it just enough to create a light plume of mist-like vapor. As the warm air passes through the herb, it causes the herb to release its active ingredients into the air, at which point the user can inhale to enjoy his or her vaporizer. It's a simple yet highly effective method for heating herb and oil, which is why many users prefer convection.
So, what's the difference between a convection and conduction vaporizer? While convection vaporizers heat herb by passing hot air through it, conduction vaporizers heat herb and oil by exposing them directly to the heating element. The herb is typically placed directly on top of the heating element, at which point it gradually warms until the vapor is produced. Because the herb comes into contact with the heating element, however, conduction vaporizers don't always produce the same even vape as its convection counterpart.
The only real downside to convection heating is that its not as energy-efficient as conduction. However, when it involves a small handheld vaporizer (or even a larger model for that matter), the increased energy usage is minimal at best. Hopefully, this will give you a better understanding of convection vaporizers and how they work. Just remember that conduction vaporizers heat herb and oil by exposing them directly to the heating element, whereas convection vaporizers work by passing hot air through the herb.