How to Choose a Vaporizer: Conduction or convection?

May 23, 2018

Conduction vs Convection Vape

In this new era of legal medical and recreational cannabis, many stoners smoking weed to treat certain medical conditions, whether it's anxiety, depression or a back pain, but also many consider consuming marijuana is part of their life style. The responsible ones, however, are always trying to find this healthy balance between their marijuana lifestyle and their love to the herb and their health and productivity in the society, turning the herb into a safer and healthy alternative to alcohol, or any medication for that matter. Vaporizers manufacturers realized that, and they've been on an on going quest to provide the best methods and technologies to accommodate this new trend in the society.

Related article: What Are the Benefits Of Vaping Weed? 7 Reasons To Vape Weed Instead Of Smoking It.

When it comes to conduction vs convection vaporizers,  there is actually not much to say. Conduction and convection are one of the main technologies vaporizers manufacturers are looking into. They're two different methods of heating your herbs (or food if we were talking here about ovens). 

Conduction Dry Herb Vaporizers

Conduction dry herb vaporizers are the most common. The dry herb, oil or wax is heated up by coming into contact with something that is already hot. This method can sometimes cause inconsistent heating through the product which can cause taste and vape quality issues. However, a quality vaporizer has a ceramic bowl (the oven), which might solve some of those quality issues.

One of the downsides about conduction vaporizers, they cook off some of your bud even while idle; after you're hitting it, the herb may keep burning, which makes the method a bit wasteful. 

On the upside, conduction vape requires less power to operate, comparing to a convection vaporizer, therefore, it's more common among portable vaporizers. To elaborate, one of every vaporizer manufacturer's goals is to make their vape units as portable and powerful as possible, and to do so, they need to scarifies either the vaporizer size (which the battery usually plays a big role in the vaporizer size), or the technology used (convection or conduction). And since conduction needs less power, many manufacturer goes with it to ensure smaller and lighter units.  

Few example of vaporizers with conduction technology: 


Convection Vaporizers

Hot air is blown over the dry herb, oil or wax; much like a convection oven. This allows all of the product to be heated more evenly and consistently

What's cool about convection vaporizers, unlike conduction vaporizers, they're "on demand" vaporizers, if you will. So basically when it heats the air you’re pulling through the dry herb, once you stop, the weed you have in the vaporizer stops cooking immediately, unlike conduction, and that can save you a lot of bud.

Also, the taste is generally a lot better. The downside, as I explained earlier, convection vaporizers use more power, which will affect negatively on the battery life. My advice, if you get a portable convection vaporizer, made sure you can vape while charging

Best convection vaporizers out there in the market are: 

Finally, convection/conduction hybrids vaporizers. They're becoming more popular. Obviously such unit have a bit of both technologies, which is a good compromise for the battery life. Many people believe that the hybrids get the best extraction or at least get an extraction that is similar to convection in terms of efficiency.The vapor can be a little harsher though.

Best hybrid vaporizer in the market:

The writers at HighTimes have written a great article comparing the different types of heating elements in convection vs conduction vape. That article can be found here if the type of heating element is particularly important to you. Keep in mind though, in addition to these two main styles, there are also others that will claim conduction or convection, when in fact is a cross between both. Trust me, it can get confusing if you don’t stay focused on the above questions regarding what you want from the product.

This is pretty much what you need to know about convection vs conduction vaporizers to make a knowledgeable decision to choose the right vaporizer for your lifestyle. 

Ayad Maher is a Cannabis Industry Entrepreneur, Blogger & Activist. eCommerce Specialist and Owner of a 420 Life Style Company; Monroe Blvd and 421Store.

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