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Conduction vs. Convection: Which is Best for Dry Herb Vaping

With the rising popularity of vaping, more and more individuals are discovering that not only are there a number of different flavors, like Vape Organics’ Caffè Latte, and products to vaporize, but there are also a number of different vaporizing methods.  Individuals who enjoy dry herb vaping often wonder whether conduction or convection[1] is the better method for heating dry herbs.  In actual fact, what an individual chooses should be based upon their own personal preferences.  It is, therefore, important to understand the main differences between conduction and convection.

Conduction vs. Convection

Originally, the only way to vape dry herbs was through conduction.  In this method, the heat source comes into direct contact with the dry herbs, radiating heat and causing a conversion into vapor.  This is the easiest and simplest way to heat things.  The benefits of using conduction heating vaporizers for dry herb vaping is shorter heating times and less expensive vaping products.  However, conduction heating vaporizers do come with the risk of accidental combustion, so there is a need to shake the dry herb before heating it (before each draw on the vaporizer is best) and a need to learn how to master the dry herb vaping process.

In the convection heating method, a ceramic or stainless steel heating element radiates heat into the dry herb without coming into direct contact with the dry herb.  The benefits of convection heating vaporizers for dry herb vaping is more even heating, more accurate temperature control and less risk of accidental combustion.  However, convection does mean longer heating times and more expensive vaping products.

The Best Choice

Individuals may discover that there is a flavor difference between conduction and convection heating for dry herb vaping, as convection heating vaporizers usually produce a vapor that is stronger and more tasteful, though some users have noted that their vaporizers can get quite hot.  This type of vaporizer may require that dry herbs be ground very finely in order to assist in more even-heating.  It is often recommended that individuals who are entirely new to vaping stick with conduction heating vaporizers as they are less expensive, easier to use and control and easier to clean.  After an individual has become an experienced vapor may find that they prefer convection heating vaporizers as they provide better taste experiences.  At the end of the day, each user will have to make his own choice.


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