One of the more popular questions I get asked from those new to vaporizers is “whats the difference between convection and conduction vaporizers? Is one type better than the other?”. In this post, I set out to explain the differences and provide some examples of the kinds of heating element technologies used by vaporizer manufacturers.
- Conduction herbal vaporizers work by heating a surface (some common examples are metal and glass), and the surface in turn vaporizers your herb. There is a wide range of conduction vaporizers, and a lot of portable vapes use conduction. Some conduction vapes include the Ascent and the MFLB.
- Rather than heat up a surface like conduction vaporizers do, convection vapes instead heat up air which then passes over your herb, vaporizing it. Popular convection style vaporizers include the Extreme Q, Volcano, and the portable VG Classic.
- There’s also a third (and rarer) type of vaporizer out there, an infrared vape. The Oracle was an infrared vaporizer available for a limited time, but from what I’ve heard it suffered from reliability issues. Infrared heaters have the advantage of a near instantaneous warm-up but can be expensive to implement (especially since the other types of vaporizers heat up relatively fast).
Although different types of heating are used by vaporizers, there’s no real benefit to using one over the other besides a slight decrease in warm-up time. The most important thing is to choose a quality vaporizer with an accurate temperature setting. The reviews section here on Vaporblog contains a wide range of vapes and how I feel about their quality.