Cleaning and maintaining your vaporizer
Recommended for: beginners / intermediate By: Alex P. Date: March 2020 Tips and tricks for cleaning...
By Alex P. Date: March 2020
I’ll be the first to admit it: VapoShop offers A LOT of vaporizers. I imagine it can be confusing at times, especially when you’re relatively new to vaping. This is where I can help out. You see, up until recently, I was very new to vaping myself. But then I started working as a content writer for VapoShop. To be fair: in comparison to some of my more seasoned colleagues, I am still pretty green (no pun intended) when it comes to vaping. Hopefully, I can use this as an advantage in helping my fellow newbies make the right decision when buying a vaporizer.
Let me start off by congratulating you for finding your way here. If you’re looking at vaporizers as a healthier alternative to smoking then you’ve already won half the battle. Whether you’re a (former) dedicated smoker looking for a better way to enjoy your herbs or a total rookie exploring ways to consume, vaping is the way to go!
So how do you find that one device that meets all your demands? I believe that the answers to the questions below should guide you to ultimately finding the perfect vaporizer for you. At VapoShop, we don’t believe in such a thing as the best vaporizer. What matters is finding the vaporizer that is best suited to your personal wishes. Let the questions below help you find your ideal device.
Perhaps the most crucial question to ask yourself: which material do I want to vape? VapoShop offers a broad selection of both herb vaporizers and concentrate vaporizers. Can’t choose between herbs and concentrates? Luckily we also have plenty of hybrid vaporizers, suited to both herbs AND concentrates. For most of you, the answer to the material question was probably already established before finding your way here. So what else should you be asking yourself?
Desktop vaporizers don’t have a size limitation, so they tend to be bigger than the portable ones. In return, they produce better vapour which hits you harder, as well as offering instant usage and longer sessions. Desktop vaporizers are also a better choice if your vaporizing experience is more socially orientated. And in certain cases, they can also function as a beautiful home decoration.
Portable vaporizers, on the other hand, allow you to toke discreetly while you’re out and about. If you want to enjoy your preferred material when you’re travelling or share your finest herbs with friends at a party, this is the category for you. However, some portable vaporizers are more stealth than others, so the look and size of the vaporizer might be something to also factor into your decision process. Furthermore, some of them have an internal heating system, while others require an external flame. Portable vaporizers definitely come in different shapes and forms, so if this is the category for you, consider the look and the heating process of the device before purchasing.
The question “how often do I want to vape?” is closely tied to a few other essential vaping questions, most of which we have already discussed earlier. If you’re looking for vaporizers that offer instant satisfaction at any given moment, you might want to consider an on-demand desktop or portable vaporizer, perhaps with an external flame. These vaporizers do not heat up your precious herbs continuously over a set period of time, but only when you activate the vaporizer, thus not heating your material in between hits. If you’re looking to microdose, these would be the vaporizers for you. There is no need to finish your bowl in one session, which is the case with - what’s in a name? - session vaporizers.
Session vaporizers are vaporizers that deliver a permanent, continuous heat emission until your herb is spent. To get the most out of your material, you have to finish your herbs in one session. As the heating element requires some time to reach the configured temperature, it isn’t wise to pause your session midway.
To start this paragraph off right, we should point out that open flame vaporizers (which are always considered on-demand vaporizers) such as the VapCap M or the Sticky Brick Junior can require some patience when you’re relatively new to vaping. They are not easy to master and you should factor in the necessary learning curve. On-demand vaporizers with an internal heating system such as the Magic Flight or Firefly 2+ are more user-friendly. This also applies to session vaporizers like the IQ2.
On-demand vaporizers tend to be a little more pricey than session vaporizers. If being able to vape at any time with the option to also stop your session at any time doesn’t factor in for you, you might feel like taking it slightly more easy on your wallet. Which brings us to our next question…
An essential question to any purchase: what’s my budget? Perhaps you’re interested in trying vaping for the first time. Understandably, you don’t want to spend big bucks right away. Thankfully good vaporizers don’t need to be expensive. As a matter of fact, we have an amazing collection of vaporizers under € 100.
If you’re big on discounts, then you might want to have a look at our sale. We also offer a pretty awesome collection of refurbished vaporizers. Yes, they have been opened and used before, but these vaporizers are in excellent condition and are also sold at a considerably lower price. On top of that, you would be making an environmental impact by bringing them back into circulation.
One of the most important things I learned when it comes to vaping, is that there are different reasons why people vape. Some of my more seasoned colleagues are all about the flavour experience, where others just want their material to hit as hard and as soon as possible. This can also be a factor when determining the best vaporizer for you. Would you consider yourself a flavour chaser or is the effect more important to you?
When it comes to taste, we are big fans of devices such as the aforementioned Firefly 2+ and DynaVap VapCap M, as well as the elegant beauty that is the Linx Eden. If you're mostly looking for strong impact, we highly recommend checking out the Mighty by Storz & Bickel or the Boundless TERA.
Some of the vaporizers we carry definitely produce bigger vapour clouds than others. The size of the vapour cloud can be an underestimated part of your vaping experience. It seems that people who have a history of smoking - and perhaps want to leave it in the past - tend to get more satisfaction out of vaporizers that produce a slightly bigger vapour cloud. While some vaporizers are more catered to flavour chasers - see above - , other vaporizers, e.g. the Crafty+ and the Boundless CFX, are better suited to the cloud crowd. So, ask yourself which one you identify with more. And find you a vaporizer that matches your personal desires.
A lot of our vaporizers come with a nice display that tells you all about battery life, temperature settings and more. The ones without a display tend to require a bit of patience and skill if you want to learn how to adjust certain settings. If you’re all about convenience, you might want to consider downloading the corresponding mobile app - if it’s available. The mobile apps for vaporizers tend to give you full control over the temperature settings, insight into battery life and more.
The questions discussed above should help you on your quest to find the one and start your vaporizer-romance. In order to further assist you on your quest, we strongly recommend playing around with our filters. We put them there for a reason: to help you find the right device. Furthermore, on our VapoShop blog, you can find several in-depth reviews as well as one-on-one comparisons between similar models. All in all, we’re hoping that with everything discussed above we’ll make it easier for you to find the best vaporizer for you.
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