The world of vaporization is truly gargantuan. With the popularity explosion of vapes taking the world by storm, different vaping modalities have cropped up leading the way for newer and much better advancements in vaporization technology. With so many different styles to choose from, it is only a matter of time before vapes came to be known as unique, versatile, and truly convenient when it came down to being able to enjoy your favorite dry herb, wax, e-juice or oil concentrates.
Though vaporizers are relatively new when compared to smoking, they have been around long enough to make strides towards improving their functionality and perfecting their purposes. Despite any similarities, no two styles of vapes will function the same when considering the habits of routine maintenance, vape session length, and quality of the materials being vaped.
While there are so many differences to be considered, below we break down the most important points for you here to give you a better understanding about them.
Depending on your habits, there are many choices to pick from if you happen to be transitioning from the smoking realm to the vaping world. Some people prefer the heaviness that a wax, e-juice, or oil vape can provide with thick clouds, while others want a more natural approach and start off with something light like a dry herb vaporizer.
The differences are many, with dry herb vapes being the most power-consuming, while providing the lightest vapors. Wax vapes are great for anyone experienced with dab rigs and wish to take their sessions on the go with a more portable option. Oil vapes are perfect for both the beginner and advanced user, as they can be great for transitioning, as well as providing the experience that vape connoisseurs are after.
Even with a 3 in 1 vape, which is capable of vaping all these materials with just the flip of a dial and a switch of an atomizer, the differences will be profound enough to consider as one cannot vape wax or oil out of a dry herb atomizer for example, and vice versa.
Depending on the type of vape you have with adjustable temperature or wattage, both options are more or less just power going to a chamber or atomizer. Whether your material happens to be dry herb, wax, or oil, the temperature has always been important in terms of vape functionality, as the best temperatures will differ from substance to substance.
While dry herb vapes are quite customizable and sometimes feature a few tailored settings, others have full temperature control and can change up or down by a single degree, providing an experience suited for every unique individual. E-liquid vape tanks typically require and can take more watts, which is how they get the big vapor cloud production.
With the pre-filled skinny oil cartridges, however, although they work on box mods, you will have to use lower watts (4-6), as too much power on any atomizer can burn it out completely, requiring an immediate replacement. Most other vapes, like the AGO Vaporizer, have a preset temperature control to simplify the process.
Most dry herb convection vapes on the market have on average about 2,000+ mAh, which is simply the power storage capacity of the battery. The higher the mAh, the longer it lasts. All convection vapes will have some sort of variable temperature control, whether it is just a few settings, or complete precision control. The E-CLIPSE, Titan 1, and Titan 2 are great examples of this.
Wax vape batteries are commonly seen as being more versatile in comparison to dry herb vapes. While wax vapes do not use as much power as a dry herb vape, and normally are under 1,000 mAh, variable wattage and temperature control is coming up more and more in the world of wax vaporization.
Oil vapes are the same in this respect, and while box mods have a lot of mAh, typically because consistent with e-juice users, the battery on these units tend to use significantly lower amounts of power due to the simple nature of heating up oils. Now popular with wax atomizer attachments as well, plus the skinny 510 cartridges, these tend to work on box mods.
The best feature for the modern-day vape is its convenience and versatility. Obviously, models will differ from one to another between size, weight, function, etc., and while most are portable, there are also desktop vapes that are even more powerful than their portable counterparts.
Dry herbs differ in this respect as they are much more efficient when vaped in a desktop unit, given how they use more electrical power as plug in devices. Most convection vapes have a chamber that is constructed of either ceramic or metal, though combinations of the two are also common, as is quartz. Wax vape coils will need to be replaced after some usage, as with oil atomizers.
Dry herb vapes are considered to be fixed units in terms of battery and chamber features, as they are usually just one nondetachable unit. Wax and oil vapes are different, as box mods are more or less just a battery that will require its own atomizers as needed. 3 in 1 vapes utilize this option and can also accommodate the use of dry herbs in its own detachable atomizer.
You may often hear the term 510 threading, which is the most popular threading available for any reputable vaporizer. While some other threads out there are specific to a particular model, they are less common and can come with a host of issues such as ill-fitting resulting in inconsistencies and falling off.
The universal battery threading is the 510, which comes with a vast assortment of accessories that can accommodate many different devices on the market. Please note that if a particular model does not feature the 510 threading, you will have a much harder time acquiring the necessary parts to maintain the integrity of your unit, making that brand essential to the life of your unit.
This may or may not be a good thing when considering loyalty to any particular brand, but just know that this is mainly for the gains of the brand, and not the consumer. While many good vaporizers on the market do not use the standard 510 threading, they are few and far in between.
The outcome of vapor production is highly correlated with the temperature being used on the unit, especially with dry herbs. Lower temperature settings predictably lead to much lighter vapors, whereas a higher setting will increase the vapor cloud visibility, though caution must be taken not to burn out the coils in a variable wattage unit.
Dry herb vapes do not produce heavy clouds and tend to dissipate rather quickly, whereas vapor from a wax or oil vape is similar, though slightly more pronounced. E-liquid vapes and box mods is where the huge vapor clouds come from, because the units are designed to give more power to a substance that has a variable heating rate, unlike dry herbs which tend to be more static.
Wax and oils move dynamically within their atomizers, and this can affect the rate at which vapor is produced. No matter what you end up vaping, it is advisable to always start out at the lowest setting tolerable and slowly work your way up to a heat setting that can accommodate your particular preferences for vapor production.
Dry herb convection vapes in specific are typically one complete product, meaning the battery and chamber are all in one, and are usually non detachable. The only replacement parts you will ever really need are the mouthpiece, appropriate screens, and perhaps a spare charger.
With wax vape heating chambers, the battery and mouthpiece are also routinely replaced, though you will expect to change out coils and atomizers more frequently over time. Oil vapes are similar to wax atomizers unless you are using a pre-filled cartridge, in which case typically when the oil is gone, the atomizer goes into the trash.
These cartridges are either refillable or disposable, depending on the model of vape, though refillable atomizers can utilize both e-liquids and oil concentrates. Here at Darkside Vapes, we advise you to purchase any replacement parts before your unit actually needs them. This will ensure you have your unit ready to go without having to wait on them being shipped to you.
Written By: Anthony E.
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