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Vaporizer Buyer’s Guide

Welcome to the best independent source of product reviews for portable and tabletop vaporizers aka vapes . These tabletop and portable pen-sized selections now give users an alternative and in many cases a covert way to consume their herbs. In any situation or place, the sleek, stealthy vaporizers are now the perfect option. With all of the options on the market, users need a more efficient way to figure out which vaporizer is the best available.  Our editorial staff has reviewed each vaporizer and rated it on a scale from one to five. Each of these vaporizers represent the best of the best available today. To decide which vaporizers are the top, we look at affordability, refill capabilities, durability, versatility, strength of the high, health matters and stealth.  In this site we review both portable and tabletop vaporizers.

Which one is right for me?

The answer to this really depends on where you will be using the vaporizer.  If you plan to use the vaporizer mostly at home and you can’t imagine ever using it anywhere else then either a tabletop or portable vaporizer will be good.

Portable Vaporizers are great if you like to do your thing on the go.  Typically they are smaller and lighter than the table top vaporizers which allows you to conveniently conceal them in a pocket or purse.  Most portable vaporizers are very easy to use and are powered by either by batteries or lighter fluid of some type.   They usually come with a charger but do not need to be plugged in when used.

How do vaporizer’s work?

Wikipedia defines vapor as “ a substance in the gas phase at a temperature lower than its critical point.”

The core concept of vaporizer functionality is that they heat the material below the level of combustion but to the point where substances are released in the form of a vapor.

According to Wikipedia “The aromatic terpenoids begin to vaporize at 126.0 °C (258.8 °F),[20] but the more bio-active tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabinol (CBN) do not vaporize until near their respective boiling points: THC 157 °C (315 °F),[21] CBD 160-180°C (320°F-356°F),[21] and CBN 185 °C (365 °F)[21]

According to an article on Vaporizers.Findthebest.Com, there are two distinct methods by which vaporizers work:

  • “A convection vaporizer works by taking heated air and guiding it to flow over and through a given material. This is the method used by most modern vaporizers because it provides for a more even and efficient heating of the material.”
  • “A conduction vaporizer works by having direct contact of the material with a heated service. This method of heating is less common but still used by some manufacturers.”

 

Are Vaporizers Better Than Smoking?

According to an article by Mitch Earleywine and Sara Smucker Barnwell on Pubmed:

“Cannabis smoking can create respiratory problems. Vaporizers heat cannabis to release active cannabinoids, but remain cool enough to avoid the smoke and toxins associated with combustion. Vaporized cannabis should create fewer respiratory symptoms than smoked cannabis. We examined self-reported respiratory symptoms in participants who ranged in cigarette and cannabis use. Data from a large Internet sample revealed that the use of a vaporizer predicted fewer respiratory symptoms even when age, sex, cigarette smoking, and amount of cannabis used were taken into account. Age, sex, cigarettes, and amount of cannabis also had significant effects. The number of cigarettes smoked and amount of cannabis used interacted to create worse respiratory problems. A significant interaction revealed that the impact of a vaporizer was larger as the amount of cannabis used increased. These data suggest that the safety of cannabis can increase with the use of a vaporizer. Regular users of joints, blunts, pipes, and water pipes might decrease respiratory symptoms by switching to a vaporizer.”[1]

  1.  Earleywine M., Barnwell S.S. Decreased respiratory symptoms in cannabis users who vaporize.Harm Reduct J. 2007;4:11.