Herb vaping basically has two key heating styles; convection heating and conduction heating! The best way to simplify this is just to think of an oven.
Convection ovens utilize a wave of hot air to heat food to the required temp, whereas conduction vapes, on the other hand, use a heating element to directly heat the contents from within.
These days, convection ovens are a whole lot more common because they provide a even heat and are less likely to cause the contents to combust. Conduction ovens certainly use less power, but their tendency to cause 'hot spots' is a deterrent for most consumers.
When we talk about vapes, conduction vaporizers like the DaVinci IQ, Ald Amaze WOW, and the Hydrology9 heat their chambers to generate a vapor, while convection vapes like the Storz & Bickel Crafty and Volcano Digit simply heat the air that is blown through the chamber.
Check out our full video walkthrough on the difference between convection and conduction vapes below!
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So, you've got a conduction oven, it's basically just like an old-style gas oven with an element in the top, you're gonna make sure that you're keeping an eye on with inside so that it's not burning.
It helps to deliver a lot more even heating sort of output. We've had many experiences with vaporizers, so conduction vaporizers often leave sort of hot spots and can end up in combustion, so really not what people are looking for when you switch to vaping.
doing is even though if it's not radioactive, or won't cause any long-term bronchial effects for cancer or anything like that.
In the short term, it leaves you short of breath, can raise your heart rate and it's just not what we're looking for when we look at a good herb vaporizer.
It's still a good device, but it cost a lot more money to put a convection heater into a vaporizer, because then you're looking at heating all of the air that's going in, instead of just heating a single little element that's helping to generate a vapor.
If we look inside the chamber of the ALD Amaze WOW, it's got a single ceramic plate so you load your herbs onto that, an embedded heating on it, helps to heat that ceramic and so as you're taking air through and inside it will convert that into vapor, but obviously, if you have it up too high and temperature's too high, it can turn the herb on the inside black, so it's not going to combust it, but it gets very near to that space and it can definitely affect the flavour.
There's, what the remedy is to that is, they include these conduction pods which are also referred to as dosing capsules, dosing pods, whatever you'd like.
So, there's sort of a middleman, if you'd like to think of it like that, between the herb and the heating element. So, that helps to sort of, get you bit more flavours in vapor, but it's definitely not going to be as much visible vapor, as the traditional conduction vape.
There's absolutely no contact between herb and chamber and as I said the vapor
you're getting is a bit less visible but a lot more flavorsome and when we're looking at full convection vaporizers like the Flowermate Swift Pro and the Volcano Digit Desktop vaporizer, as a bit more money involved, but there's also a lot more benefits.
The heat inside that chamber, is actually so low, you can have all these interchangeable walls in there at the same time.
These ones are made of wood and now you know if wood was being heated up to 200 300 degrees obviously, didn't combust, with this, all it does is add a subtly sweet flavour to the vapor path.
Now, with the Volcano Digit Desktop vape, that runs off a full convection heating style. You can actually heat the device up to the required temperature for vaporization before you even introduce the herbs into the mix.
So, that first hit that you're taking of herb vapor is completely pure, hasn't already lost any of its initial flavonoids or anything like that and it's really the tastiest
way to consume your herb material.
With the Volcano, you just put your herb in this little chamber, have it preheated.
Let's hit the button on the front and that's just blowing the air through this generating the vapor.
Again zero contact between the chamber and the herb.
I hope I've given you a bit more of an insight into Conduction versus Convection Vaping and remember to check out the rest of the videos in our Vaping 101 Webinar Series to stay up to date with herb vaping.