What Makes Great Vapor Quality?

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Vaporizing has some great benefits over traditional combustion methods, one of which is you can have a less irritating and more flavorful experience. Some people who are coming from the world of combustion might want a thicker, more robust experience while those who are more athletic and/or health conscientious might want a lighter more flavorful experience. Whatever the case may be, vapor quality is a huge part of the experience and finding a unit that delivers quality vapor is very important. To help those of you who feel they can’t sacrifice quality, we’ve used all our knowledge and experience to tell exactly what makes good vapor quality!

Great Vapor Quality Guide

Vapor Quality Guide

Air PathwayAir Pathway

The materials used in the air pathway can make a big difference in the quality of the vapor that reaches your mouth.
  • Plastic – Plastic is obviously the least desirable of all the materials one could use in the air pathway. Plastic has a tendency to lend its flavor to the vapor which alters the flavor you get from botanical and gives it a hot plastic taste. Yuck.
  • Stainless Steel – Stainless steel is pretty inert, meaning it doesn’t add any flavor to your vapor. That being said, it does conduct heat really well, and more often than not, the vapor isn’t cooled much by the steel and can be quite warm and sometimes irritating.
  • Glass – Glass, like what you’d find in the Arizer Solo‘s air pathway, is the best choice when it comes to the air pathway. It may be a bit more fragile, but glass doesn’t alter the flavor of the vapor and even manages to cool it as it passes through the glass pathway.  This means what you breathe in will be cooler and tastes like your botanical and nothing else!

Heating ChamberHeating Chamber

The building materials used for the heating chamber also play a big part in how high the quality is in the end.
  • Plastic – Plastic, of course, is undesirable as per the usual. It simply doesn’t handle heat as well as other materials and more often than not causes more problems than it solves when it comes to taste, efficiency and durability over time. 
  • Stainless Steel – Stainless steel is a great alternative as it conducts heat well and is easy to keep clean.
  • Glass – Glass heating chambers, as see in the Ascent, are also a great material to use as it is easy to clean and ensures a smooth experience.
  • Ceramic – It’s possible to have a heating chamber that features a mostly ceramic heating chamber, and it does do a good job conducting heat, but it takes longer to heat up and because the material is porous, it can get dirty rather quickly and can be a bit more challenging to clean. Ceramic can also be damaged over time from over cleaning and exposure to heat, so this it’s usually not featured as a main component in heating chambers.

Temperature FlexibilityTemperature Flexibility

This is pretty cut and dry – if you have a unit that has limited temperature flexibility, you’ll have a harder time making the experience perfect for you. The unit you choose should be able to produce vapor that varies between thin and flavorful and thick and satisfying to give you options for your experience. Temperature flexibility also helps to efficiently extract all the essential oils in your botanical, allowing you to pick and choose what kind of experience you get from your botanical. For more information on how to make the best of a unit with great temperature flexibility, check out our post to learn what the best temperatures settings are !
Heating Method

Heating Method

The way the unit heats your botanical will also affect the quality produced by your unit. Units can either heat via conduction or convection.  You can learn more about these two types of heating in our conduction vs convection post. Units that use conduction often need to be stirred in the middle of your session to make sure your botanical is evenly heated.  This is not the case with convection as convection forces hot air through and around your botanical for a more even and efficient end result. That way you end up with an easier and more satisfying experience. Portablevaporizers.net agreed in our logic in their infographic that compared convection and conduction.
Using these points as evaluation criteria can help you find the perfect vaporizer for you, and once you have it in your hands you’ll be able to enjoy each and every session to the fullest!
So what do you think, fellow connoisseurs? Which vape do you think has the best vapor quality?
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Thanks for reading and as always, keep vapin’! ;)

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