You thought e-cigarettes and vape pens were the final word in smoking alternatives. Well, friend, you’re in for a lovely surprise. We here are excited to lead you into the potentially overwhelming vaporizer subculture of the ever-expanding universe that is the vaping community.
So first, what IS a vaporizer?
Vaporizers are devices, generally used as smoking alternatives, which use indirect heating to extract vapor from substances without actually burning the substance itself. Think of a cigarette. Why does it smoke? Because fire is burning the dried tobacco (and all the lovely additives and chemicals it’s coated with), which creates a toxin-laden smoke you then inhale deep into your lungs. Cancer ensues.
Commercial vaporizers, on the other hand, use either convection heating (forcing heated air through a substance), or conduction heating (the substance is placed in a container, which is then heated). In both cases, what you inhale is simply the vapor from the product being used—no smoke, no tar, no carcinogens.
So, many former cigarette smokers, and partakers of other types of smokage, consider using a vaporizer to be a safer way to “smoke.”
Now that you’re up to speed, we’ve got to match you with the right vaporizer for your needs. The market for vaporizers is vast, and can be daunting if you’re just getting started, but there are some considerations that may help you choose.
First: Size does matter… in regards to portability, anyway. If you used to smoke regularly, or even socially, you’re used to smoking on the go.
Tabletop models use forced air, via a tiny fan, to generate a continual vapor flow and a more powerful rip. The downside is, obviously, they’re not as easily portable as a handheld vaporizer. Think a tabletop model might be your thing?Warm-up time is a factor for some vapers. Who wants to sit around all day, pining for that first puff?
Keep in mind, a vaporizer uses heat to function, so its heating element will take some time to warm up—some models take longer than others. Longer warm-up times might deter busy vapers; other vapers might savor the anticipation.
Vaporizers have flooded the market in the past few years, and while some are simple to use— the push of a button—others are more complex. Simplicity of use will be easier to gauge once you’ve decided on a general type, handheld or tabletop.
Of course, if you’re going to invest in a vaporizer, you should like how it looks! There’s an enormous range of designs available no matter what category of device you end up using. So go on, pick yourself out something nice!
You’re investing your time and money in a product, so you deserve the peace of mind that a solid warranty provides. The quality of the warranty is a good factor to consider when evaluating the quality of any purchase.
Finally, we’re down to brass tacks—Price.
Look, no one’s saying you have to buy the most expensive model for your first foray into vaporizing (unless that’s how you roll—in which case, step into my office and let’s talk), but keep in mind that most of what you’ll find falls into the middle range—you’ll get to enjoy a solid product that delivers on performance, and still have money left for groceries.
Alright. You feel good? You feel ready? Let’s vape!