January 15th, 2015

Last updated on March 20th, 2018 at 10:31 am

Vaporizing is a fairly simple, straightforward, and enjoyable experience. But when it comes to the technicalities of the process, there are a few very important things to consider. For starters, there is a major difference between the heating processes used by different dry herb vaporizers. Your unit will either use conduction or convection to get the job done. However, there is much more than meets the eye when it comes to heating your unit. We took the aforementioned heating methods and broke them down for you in the following article. Check it out!

Difference Between Conduction vs Convection

What is Conduction Vaping?

Conduction is a simple, yet powerful process. Most of your portable e-pen, e-vape, and other such smoking or vaping devices use conduction to heat up botanicals and herbs in the unit. Conduction occurs when material (i.e. botanicals) are in direct contact with heat. Any flammable material located directly on-top of or resting on the heating chamber will be exposed to the heat and will be transformed from solid to burnt particles. Vaporizers extract botanicals and byproducts by heating up the material to a desired temperature.

There is a simple glass screen filter you put on the heating element coil for portable electronic vaporizer. You simply put it on top and place your ground up herbs on top of it. As you heat up the ceramic dry herb chamber, the coils heat should reach your herbs causing it to slowly vaporize.


What is Convection Vaping?

Convection strictly relies on the movement of air across a heating element to create the desired effect. The result is a powerful release of herbs and vapor upon contact. By pushing air up and over the heating element, the unit causes vapor to be released. Convection, therefore, avoids any direct contact with the material yet still reaches the necessary temperatures to create vapor.



What’s the Difference?

The primary and most noteworthy difference between convection and conduction is the placement of the material. With conduction vaporizing, herbs and botanicals sit directly on the heating element. With convection vaporizing botanicals and herbs sit further up and have an air vacuum underneath pushing hot air up under the materials creating vapor.

Obviously, each heating element presents its own unique challenges and also offers its own unique benefits. Let’s take a closer look at each of those.

Pros and Cons of Convection Heating

Conduction vs ConvectionConvection heating is typically seen as the end-all be-all of vaporizer heating elements. It is highly efficient, and prevents scorching of the botanicals. This obviously provides a better tasting vape and is also much smoother in overall experience. By evenly heating all of the botanicals or herbs found in the chamber, convection heating releases the power of the plant without any side-effects. The cons of convection heating would simply be overheating the herbs. There really are no additional concerns with this method.

An example of a convection heating vaporizer is the Arizer V-Tower vaporizer. It is a whip style vaporizer but is known for its accurate heating and timely fashion. The accuracy is because of its vertical cyclone bowl which is getting support from its digital display to give vapers an easy way to function it. It is a desktop vaporizer but has so many features including its auto shut off mode just in case so you don’t over burn your herbs. With a 3 year warranty from the manufacturer, this $129.99 purchase is a no-brainer.

Pros and Cons of Conduction Heating

Ago G5 3 in 1 Triple Use Vaporizer Pen KitIn contrast with convection heating, conduction heating provides a less efficient vape that causes uneven vaporizing. Vaper users will also have to stir their herbs to achieve the desired effect. Additionally, you won’t see the high quality vape that you do from convection heating, since it is a simpler form of vaping that often fails to produce high quality results.

The aGo G5 3 in 1 vaporizer is the perfect and ideal candidate for a conduction vaporizer. The heating chamber of this is a ceramic cylinder with a flat circle coil at the bottom. With a click of a button, the coil gets red hot, at temperature above vaporization. Due to the nature of the coil and area of the chamber, not all of the herb gets burnt, or vaporized if you use a glass screen filter so you must stir the herbs.

Obviously, the choice for which type of vaporizer you choose is completely yours, but do consider the heating element before making a purchase. Doing so will save yourself the unnecessary time and heartache of trying to find the right unit.