Buyer’s Guide: Choosing a Stationary Vaporizer
Stationary units tend to offer improved vapor quality (as compared to portables) for a variety of reasons. To read about the best vaporizers based on vapour quality, follow the link. Larger units also have the potential for convection heating, which offers more through vaporization. Convection is best seen in vapes like: the AroMed and Volcano. Convection requires heated air to move through your botanicals (as opposed to direct contact with a heated surface), requiring either a radiant heat source, available in the AroMed, or a fan, available the Volcano and Extreme Q. To get more information on convection vs. conduction vaporizing, follow the link.
Despite the fact that lower vaporization temperatures extract fewer of the essential oils in your botanicals, they do preserve more of the flavours in your vapour. Higher temperatures extract more of the essential oils, so they’re more efficient, but the heat does reduce the vapour flavour substantially. Many connoisseurs prefer to start at a lower temperature and work their way up. We also recommend this and you can choose between big temperature jumps (vapour stepping) or small temperature jumps (vapour tasting). For more information about the best temperature settings for vaping, follow the link. With a stationary vaporizer, there’s usually a wider temperature range available. If temperature flexibility is important to you, you’ll want to avoid a stationary where the temperature is just controlled by an unmarked or numbered dial. You might rather prefer a unit with a digital display and precise temperature control, giving you absolute control over the temperatures you want vaporize at.
Options and Reach
Units that offer more options and higher reach are ideal for vaping in groups or hosting parties. To read more about vaping in groups, follow the link. Units that offer more options include those that offer different vaporizing types: oils and dry botanicals, like the AroMed, and different vaporizing styles: whip and balloon, like the Extreme Q. For higher reach, balloon style vaporizers tend to be preferred for groups, since the bag can be passed around a room. The Extreme Q offers even more options as it also comes with a remote control for convenience and a potpourri bowl (the “stealth” option) for diffusing scent into the air after a vape session.
Ease of Use
The design of the Volcano vaporizer is very sleek and clean, and as a result it’s very popular amongst both young and old vaping connoisseurs alike. That being said, cheaper units like the EZ Vape are also very simple to use and only have one knob to control the temperature.
All vapes take a little time to heat up. On top of that, units which use balloons also take a few minutes to fill before you can start vaporizing. The heat up time is mentioned in our reviews. Larger heating elements found in units like the Volcano will allow you to fill balloons a lot faster. With variable fan speeds, you can turn the fan on high, but you’ll get much better vapour with a lower fan speed, giving them more time to heat properly. Whip style vaporizing is faster since you only have to wait for the element to heat and then you can take draws whenever you want. The stationary with the fastest heat up time for example is the Da Buddha whip-style vaporizer. For an in depth review of the Da Buddha vaporizer, follow the link.
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