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Vaporizer Draw Resistance and Efficiency

Posted on Jul 04, 2016

Hi guys! This is Kory from Namaste Vapes and thanks for checking out today's post where we're going to talk about vaporizer efficiency and draw resistance. These two factors play in to the overall performance of any vaporizer.

What is an efficient Vaporizer

Vaporizer draw resisitance

So when we talk about vaporizer efficiency and draw resistance we need to separate two categories of vaporizers - conduction and convection. Both can be herbal vaporizers as we've discussed this before but to summarize the difference, conduction vaporizers work by heating your aromatherapy blends in an oven when they come in to direct contact with the heating element itself. The most popular of conduction vapes is the Pax 2 Vaporizer. When it comes to efficiency with a conduction vape like pax there are two key components. The first important thing to remember when using a conduction vaporizer is that you need to pack the chamber full! This may not be the most economical solution but to get the best performance pack that chamber full but not so much that it will block airflow through the unit! With a fully packed chamber and using a conduction vape like the Pax 2 Vaporizer, you'll find the best results when you take light puffs or 'sips' from the unit. As we say with the Pax to "Pack tightly and Puff lightly". If you don't pack enough material in the chamber then the heat will not distribute properly which will result in a lack of vapor production and also you may notice an uncomfortably hot feeling of the air coming through the mouthpiece.

Other Good Vaporizers 

So in terms of draw resistance and efficiency with convection vaporizers we don't need to fully pack the chamber but the performance and vapor production more depend on your draw speed. Take for example a really famous convection vape which uses hot air to extract the vapor, the Volcano Digit. This amazing vape is really a high-tech hot air gun. The heating element reaches set temperature and then a fan turns on and forces the air through the herbs which creates the vapor and fills a balloon. That is convection heating. Then we have a unit like the Arizer Extreme Q, the most popular desktop vape that features variable fan speeds. So same idea but here if you were to reduce the fan speed it would mean that the incoming fresh air has more time over the heater and therefore will produce more vapor as it flows through your material. So convection vapes at low temps will require a slower draw but at higher temps you could change your draw speed to avoid combustion. Most Desktop vapes are convection based units while we've seen a tremendous push in the portables market towards convection based units like the Firefly 2, Grasshopper and Crafty. Other vapes that have heating chambers like Haze Dual V3 also have optional 'convection' screens which keep the materials away from the heating surfaces. This results in a lighter vapor with more flavor. 

In terms of overall efficiency typically convection vaporizers are the most efficient, especially desktop units like the Volcano. The main reason for this is that you don't need to fully pack the chamber and since the chamber is not heating when in use (just the air is) then you can turn it off at any time and come back to it without affecting the flavor of your material!

Hope you found this informative and if you have any questions please hit us up!

Peace and Blessings


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