The difference between conduction and convection vapes

Published Apr 23, 2019 09:38 a.m. ET
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If you are on the market for an alternative to smoking cannabis than you have probably considered the possibility of a weed vaporizer. Vaping can be a great option that is better for your health and comes with less smell than smoking which is what makes it so appealing. It’s also a great way to consume other products like marijuana concentrates which require heating to a certain temperature to convert the THCA into the psychoactive element THC. A vape pen can do that precisely and effectively with minimal effort. The problem is that there are so many different styles, brands, and purposes for vapes that it can be challenging to select the perfect one to get the job done. Here we will focus on both conduction and convection vape pens and the differences between them.

Convection vape pens

Convection vaporizers were the very first to hit the market and are still accessible today with many swearing by their effectiveness. These vapes use a method of heating that utilizes moving fluids to transfer the heat evenly. Generally, the heat travels through steam which in turn heats up the contents of the weed vaporizer. Basically, that means your weed, concentrates, or juices won’t even come into direct contact with the coils, which is what leads to the burnt taste that sometimes happens when vape pens stop working correctly. Since everything is kept separately, there are more parts and chambers inside which means more disassembly to clean or repair when something goes wrong.

Benefits of using a convection weed vaporizer: The most significant advantage to using this type of vape pen is that it will not ever combust, so they are safer to use. The second is that it will only allow for lower temperatures which are ideal for those who seek flavor from their vapes.

Cons of using a convection weed vaporizer: The biggest disadvantage of using a convection weed vaporizer is that the temperatures are incredibly restricted, which is ironic because that’s also of benefit in the case of flavor. Unfortunately, that is not the case when you consider how much of the herb is wasted because it isn’t entirely burnt inside the chamber. The second is the price since they are double the cost of average vape pens due to their multiple parts which can also be a hassle for beginners.

Conduction vape pens


Conduction vapes do not use a medium to transfer heat, and instead use direct contact with the product being vaped and the coils. These vape pens tend to have one push button start up, and are perfect for using both dry herbs and marijuana concentrates.

Benefits of using a conduction weed vaporizer:

There are quite a few benefits to using a vape pen that uses conduction which is what makes them the most popular kind on the market today. They are cheaper than their counterparts, more widely accessible, much faster to work, and come with half as many moving parts making them perfect for anyone with less experience in vaping.

Cons of using a convection weed vaporizer:

The most significant disadvantage of using convection vape pens has quite quickly led to their decline in popularity in recent years. Since the contents of the vape come into direct contact with the medium being vaped, there is a much high risk of combustion which can be dangerous when the device is often mere inches or less from your face. The other problem is that they unevenly distribute heat, which leads some portions to be burnt, while others remain untouched.



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