Dry herb vaporizers either use a conduction or convection process to heat the herbs.
Conduction is used by budget/older models and involves directly heating the herb as if it were in an oven. They use a lower temperature, meaning that battery life tends to be longer and is useful for casual vaping throughout the day.
Convection uses air to warm the herb and is generally accepted to produce a smoother and tastier vape over a course of a session.
The latter is preferred by most vapers but there are some all-day vapers who find conduction suits their needs better.
Using A Temperature To Suit Your Herb Is Key
Regardless of which heating method you opt for, it’s not much use without a battery capable of delivering a hefty amount of power.
When preparing your herb use as dry and finely ground as possible. Most devices will be able to generate a quality vape at between 325-350°C if bone dry.
If the herb is still slightly moist it can still be enjoyed but will demand between 375-400°C and remember that at that heat you are going to produce a heck of a lot of vapour and correspondingly get through your herb pretty quickly.
One of the really great features of top quality recently developed dry herb vaporizers is that they will come with pre-set temperatures.
In the best cases, they will automatically configure between cartridges such as the Prohibited In The 5th Degree (many users also use their DHV to enjoy wax/oils and e-liquids).
They should also allow users to manually set their own programs depending on how you’d like to enjoy your vape.
Quick mouth to lung vaping or deeper straight to lung cloud chasing? Both ought to be possible with a decently powerful battery.
Look For Premium Features As Standard
Any dry herb vaporizer worth buying is going to host plenty of extra features, and in all honesty, these ought to be considered pretty much standard essentials considering the market competition.
Any device which doesn’t offer these is likely going to be second-rate:
Fast Heating: The best recent models will be ready to go within 10 seconds. More than 30 is a no-no.
Easy Manual Adjustment: Temperatures ought to be adjustable in as little as 1° increments.
Pass-Through Vaping: Vape while your battery is charging via a USB or wall charger. You’ll miss not having this!
Multi-Use: Only consider units that handle dry herb, concentrates, CBD vape oils, e-liquids & supply suitable tanks.
Comprehensive Safety: Powerful batteries need voltage and overheating protection as standard.
Aesthetic Variety: Look for units that users have described as comfortable to hold and use.
Changeable Mouthpieces: They can get very warm and unpleasantly dirty – look for kits with spares.
Cleaning Kit Included: That handy little brush will be very useful – try not to lose it!
A Note On Battery Life
Some models allow for batteries to be changed/replaced easily and if you’re planning on doing plenty of sessions then this can be a very useful feature.
As a very rough approximation, an average battery of 3000 mAh on medium temperature will be good for about an hour and a half of steady use before running out of juice.
Spare batteries can be a godsend when socially sharing your dry herb vaporizer. It’s not such a big deal for solo vaping providing you have access to a USB device and your kit allows for pass-through vaping – just be aware of this little pitfall that inevitably catches everyone out at some time.
We’ve covered the basics of dry herb and loose leaf vaping, and what you need to look out for if you’re looking to buy one of these amazing devices.
It really is a buyer’s market at the moment and if you make a solid purchase of a newer model, there’s no reason why it won’t provide years of decent service.
Do try and stretch your budget towards a dry herb vaporizer that can also handle waxes/e-liquids (such as the Vapour2 Pro Series 3X). These more adaptable units tend to also deliver the smoothest overall vape. Enjoy being at the cutting edge of contemporary vaping!