Oils and concentrates are invading the vaporizer industry quickly! Connoisseurs love them because vapor draws from oils are thicker than those from regular botanical – not to mention that the flavour of a nice concentrate draw is unmatched!
Stationary Vaporizers for Oils
There are a few stationary vaporizers that can vaporize your oils and concentrates, but not all of them can. The vaporizing temperature of these botanical extracts is higher than the vaporizing temperature of regular dry botanical, so you need a unit that can achieve higher temperatures (220°C+). Beyond temperature flexibility, we rated our Top 3 Stationaries for Oils based on efficiency, and overall experience. Let’s begin!
Coming in at number three is the legendary Volcano. It certainly does a great job of vaporizing oils and concentrates, even coming with a Liquid Pad dedicated to these extracts. The Volcano can reach temperatures of up to 230 degrees Celsius, in the perfect range to vaporize concentrates. Unfortunately for the Volcano, a bag-style system is not optimal for the consumption of oils and concentrates. You can certainly fill up a balloon with concentrate vapor just as you would botanical vapor; however concentrate vapor typically has more residues. This residue sticks to the sides of the balloon, resulting in a loss of essential oils that won’t be delivered to you. This happens with botanical too; however since you usually use a small amount of concentrate in comparison to botanical, the loss of efficiency is more exaggerated.
The overall experience for the Volcano is great however, even with the loss of some efficiency. There’s nothing nicer than filling up a balloon with delicious vapor, reclining, and enjoying it at your leisure.
The Extreme Q takes the number two spot on our list. It’s a vaporizer that actually doesn’t come with a liquid pad like the Volcano, however you can still vaporize your oils and concentrates with it. You can either create a makeshift bed of botanical for your oil to sit on, or you can fit a liquid pad from the Volcano into the heating chamber.
It’s important to note that you shouldn’t use very viscous oils with the Extreme Q, just waxes and solid concentrates. The reason for this is that your oils may leak through your liquid pad and onto the EQ’s heating element, damaging it. It still earns the #2 spot because of what a great job it does with waxes and solids. (Note: the Solid Valve’s liquid pad would be the easiest to fit into the ExtremeQ’s chamber. You can squeeze it in or trim down the edges with a sharp pair of scissors to allow for an easier fit). Once you’ve prepared a surface for your concentrates to sit, the ExtremeQ does a great job of vaporizing them. It can reach temperatures up to 260 degrees Celsius, even higher than the Volcano. Although you only really need a temperature of around 220 degrees Celsius to vaporize concentrates, it’s nice to have the extra flexibility. The extra range allows for more optimal vaporization of your hard concentrates, which tend to vaporize at a slightly higher temperature than oils and waxes.
The ExtremeQ gives you the option of using a bag or whip system, but as we explained with the Volcano, the bag system is not optimal for the consumption of extracts.
The overall experience with the ExtremeQ is great. With the whip system you have a few feet of movement around your vaporizer – not as free as the balloon system, but definitely recommended to maximize efficiency. You will get great vapor draws and your ExtremeQ will earn a special concentrated spot in your heart!
The best stationary vaporizer that you can buy to vaporize your oils and concentrates is Research and Experience’s AroMed. Designed with both botanicals and concentrates in mind, this vaporizer is one of our personal favourites here. The manufacturer developed a unique liquid pad that’s made of glass. It’s not included with the AroMed, but if you plan on vaporizing oils and concentrates it’s definitely worth picking up. Glass is the most pure material to work with in a vaporizer, and these pads don’t impart any flavor to your extracts. They are easily cleaned with isopropyl alcohol or Cleaning Solution.
The AroMed can reach temperatures up to 235 degrees Celsius, the perfect range to vaporize all of your oils, waxes and concentrates. A great feature of the AroMed is its unique halogen bulb. Typically with vaporizers, the temperature of the heating chamber drops when you take a hard draw on it. The AroMed’s bulb actually intensifies with each draw that you take, counteracting this drop in temperature. This allows you to maintain the perfect temperature to vaporize your extracts.
As far as efficiency goes, the AroMed takes the cake for a few reasons. With its short whip, there is not much essential oil loss during your vapor’s travel through the unit. The biggest loss of efficiency results from the water filtration – some essential oils will be captured by the water. Not to worry though, water filtration actually increases efficiency when you weigh its benefits against the minimal efficiency loss.
The increase in efficiency is twofold: One, you can hold your vapor draws in your lungs for longer when they’ve been water filtered. They’re smoother, meaning less irritation. This results in greater absorption, leading to more efficiency. Holding in a vapor draw for an extra few seconds can have a dramatic effect on efficiency!
Secondly, the essential oils lost in water can be recovered. You can actually drink the water from your chamber at the end of your session, imbibing your essential oils. Beyond drinking the water, you can swish some vodka around your water chamber, stripping the essential oils from the glass walls of the chamber. This is a move best left for the hard core connoisseurs, and you experiment with this at your own risk. However, in theory the alcohol should absorb your oils, leaving you with a delicious and effective “Vapor Shot”!
Overall experience with the AroMed is a real treat too. The bulb’s glow that intensifies with each draw provides an entertaining lightshow when vaporizing at night. You have the option of filling your water chamber with fruit juice, infusing your vapor with flavours. And we find it’s a unit that always impresses friends and visitors. It looks neat and using one is a true vaporizing experience. You’ll love it if you need a stationary unit to vaporize your oils, waxes and concentrates.
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