Dry herb vaporizers either use a conduction or convection process to heat the herbs.
Conduction is used by budget and older models. This involves directly heating the herbs as if they were in an oven. They use lower temperatures and battery life tends to be longer. This method is useful for casual vaping throughout the day. The DaVinci IQ uses this heating method.
Convection uses air to heat the herb. This results in a smoother and an overall tastier vape over the course of a session. The Firefly 2 uses this heating method.
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 that’s capable of delivering a hefty amount of power.
When preparing your vape, only use the driest and finely grounded herbs. Most devices will be able to generate a quality vape at between 325-350°C if your herb is bone dry.
If the herb is slightly moist it can still be enjoyed but your device will demand a temperature around 375-400°C. At that heat you’re 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 some recently developed dry herb vaporizers is that they come with pre-set temperatures.
In the best cases, they’ll automatically configure between cartridges such as the Prohibited In The 5th Degree (many users also use their DHV to enjoy wax, oils as well as e-liquids).
Some devices also allow users to manually set their own programs depending on how you’d like to enjoy your vape.
Whether you’re looking for mouth-to-lung vaping or deeper direct-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 easily changed and replaced. 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 3000mAh 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 you’re sharing your dry herb vaporizer in a social setting. 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.
Try and stretch your budget towards a dry herb vaporizer that can also handle waxes and 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!