Conduction vs Convection : Which kind of Dry Herb Vaporizer is for you?
This is very much a blog post by popular demand. Just this week alone, we’ve been asked by more than a dozen of you to help you choose between conduction or convection vaporizers.
Below I’ll explain the main differences and the pros and cons of both conduction and convection vaporizers so hopefully, you'll have a better chance at finding the right vaporizer for you.
A dry herb vaporizer with a conduction oven heats your herbs by the direct transfer of heat; similar to cooking or frying on a stove.
Conduction is very quick and useful for cooking something with more surface area than mass, for example, chicken slices rather than a whole chicken, because there is more ‘chicken’ available to be in direct contact with the frying pan.
- Because conduction ovens heat by touch they provide heat almost immediately and provide vapour in seconds. Conduction Vaporizers such as the Black Mamba and the Pax for being able to vape you herbs in under 20 seconds!
- Because conduction vaporizers provide heat so quickly they’re useful for people who vape for medical reasons such as pain and anxiety and need to microdose throughout the day.
- Conduction vaporizers are also more affordable. This is because the technology is older than convection and they do not require as many parts. From experience, they are also more reliable and easier to maintain too when compared to a convection vaporizer in the same price range.
- Because they heat by direct contact with the very hot heating element your herbs can be at risk of combustion if the temperature gets too hot - this is something most people would want to avoid, especially people vaping for health reasons.
- Vaping a large number of herbs at any one time will usually leave the herbs nearest the heating element more cooked than the herbs on the inside - as a result, you’ll typically have to pause your vaping session to give your herbs a stir in order to get the most out of your herbs.
Convection vaporizers work more like an oven. Back to my chicken analogy! : An oven may cook a slice of chicken far slower than frying it, however, it will evenly cook a whole chicken with very little risk of burnt bits!
Convection vaporizers boast ovens that work by creating an atmosphere of hot steam and air. It is the steam and/or air that then provide the temperature required to produce vapour from your herbs.
- Convection ovens are a favourite of many because there is minimal risk of combustion because none of your herbs come into contact with the heating element and as long as you do not turn the temperature up above 210c the steam and air will not be hot enough to burn any herbs.
- Convection vaporizers are great for larger sessions as they evenly heat the entire contents of your oven. This helps your herbs last longer.
- Convection vaporizers, on average also taste better too - again this is linked to the more stable temperatures inside your oven. Conduction vaporizers typically taste hotter and dryer when compared to a convection vape in the same price range.
- Convection vaporizers require a bit more patience to use; Even the best convection vaporizers require a upto a minute to reach a suitable vaping temperature.
- Convection vaporizers are typically more expensive too - this is due to the technology being more advanced and containing more parts.
- Finally, convection vaporizers have a bit of a skill curve. Customers new to vaping will require a few goes to get the hang of it. The most common faux pas is sucking too hard. When you do this you pull all the hot air out of the oven and replace it with cool air and as a result, your herbs don’t cook!
So which is better? Conduction or Convection Vaporizers?
I’m going to sit on the fence as usual but it really does depend.
Choose a conduction vaporizer if you are a vape virgin and are just dipping your toe into the world of dry herb vaporizers. They’re so easy to use that you can’t really go wrong - it’ll allow you to cheaply and quickly ascertain if vaping is right for you.
I would advise a connoisseur to choose a convection vaporizer. Whilst they are more difficult to use and slower to set up, once you get the hang of it they really do provide a smoother taste and an enjoyable experience.