Convection Vs. Conduction Heating in Herbal Vaporizers
One of the first questions we get from people buying herbal vaporizers is, “Which is better for dry herb vaping: convection or conduction?” Each method of heating dry herb, concentrates, or wax has its benefits and drawbacks. What you choose is entirely up to your personal preference, but we wanted to help give you a headstart on your journey. This blog gives you a little history about both methods and explains the main pros and cons of convection vs. conduction in dry herb vaporizers.
When dry herb vaporizers first appeared on the market more than 40 years ago, conduction was the big way everyone used to heat their herbal blends. The basic properties of the conduction method can be understood by cracking open a dusty old science textbook. For our purposes, it’s important to understand how dry herb converts to vapor when you use conduction heating.
Conduction heats dry herb or wax by coming into direct contact with the substance you are vaping. A heat source radiates directly onto the dry herb, causing it to convert to vapor. Here are a few of the benefits of conduction heating in herbal vaporizers.
- Shorter heating times
- Products are easier to make and less expensive
As with any system, there are some drawbacks to vaping herb with a conduction heating system.
- Risk of accidental combustion
- Need to shake the dry herb before heating to avoid combustion
- Difficult for newer users to master
Over time, engineers discovered that you can vape dry herb and wax via convection, which radiates heat from ceramic or stainless steel and transfers it around and through your dry herb or wax. In convection vaping, the heat source does not contact the dry herb directly. There are a few noticeable benefits to this method, which has become increasingly popular in recent years.
- Herbal blend heats more evenly
- Temperature control is more accurate
- Less risk of accidental combustion.
Convection has become a preferred method of herbal vaping, but it’s not perfect. Here are a few things to consider.
- Longer heating times
- Dry herb vaporizers can be more expensive
There’s a lot to consider with convection vs. conduction heating in your herbal vaporizer. Luckily, Vapor4Life sells herbal vaporizers that use either conduction or convection heating, and you have your pick of the best vape pens on the market. If you still have questions, let us know in the comments. We’re happy to help!