Expensive vaporizers aren’t always better than more affordable devices
The price of a portable dry herb vaporizer like the Boundless CF or desktop vaporizer like the Arizer Extreme Q should not be your first indicator of quality. It should be your last.
There are many different factors that determine the quality of any given device. Things like materials that were used in the manufacturing of the device. The stainless steel that is used in the 2020 Vapcap M is a lot cheaper than the titanium heating element in the OmniVap.
Have you considered the use of a display? Having a display on your device may help you dial in the temperature settings, but it also drives up the price. Maybe a particular vaporizer has many added functions, like stealth mode or boost mode. All these added features, or lack of them, should help you decide which device is best for your needs. The price, on the other hand, should only factor-in at the end of your decision-making process.
Convection vs conduction
The way a device heats up is an important factor too. In the first place, it determines the vapour production and vapour quality, but it also has an impact on prices.
Convection vaporizers like the Volcano Hybrid tend to be a bit more expensive than conduction vaporizers. This is mainly due to the fact that convection is technically harder to do right. This is especially true when we are talking about portable vaporizers. The convective heat may produce better vapour, but it also requires more components in a smaller area.
Battery life determines the price as well
Batteries can make a big difference regarding the selling price. For a manufacturer, a dedicated or non-replaceable battery makes for a better performing device, but it does impact their costs.
Even between replaceable units, the difference in price can be huge. If it is a custom made power source instead of a standard 18650 battery, this will be reflected in the price.
Custom made power sources are usually more efficient. They last longer and tend to perform better because they are completely integrated into the design process, from start to finish.
Software plays a part too
Most people don’t even realise, but even software makes a significant difference when we look at price distinctions between devices. In this case, the software acts as the brain centre of the device. It controls how efficient the battery functions. But, it also determines how precise the temperature control setting will be. In the end, this also plays a role in determining the final price.