Posted on May 17 2013
The vaporizer review site, PortableVaporizers.net, recently posted an infographic that is a fantastic visual representation of the differences between conduction and convection style vaporizers. For those of you new to the incredible world of vaporization; conduction vaporizers require that your materials be in direct contact with a heated surface to generate vapor, while convection vaporizers operate by forcing super-heated air through said materials to create vapor. Check out the infographic below for more:
As the infographic explains, convection is usually the first choice for true vapor connoisseurs, but is often associated with higher priced products and longer warm-up times. Conduction vaporizers are usually less expensive and heat up much faster, but are less efficient and can more easily combust your materials. Although many products on the market are hybrids that use some combination of both heating methods, they are primarily classified as being either one or the other.
Most of the top plug-in vaporizers such as the Volcano, VapeXHale Cloud and Arizer EQ are convection driven, along with a few portables including the Hammer, Arizer Solo and Thermovape. A majority of other portable vaporizers on the market are primarily conduction driven, including Magic Flight Launch Box, DaVinci Vaporizer, Palm Vaporizer, PUFFiT and more.
If you liked the infographic, take a moment to stop by PortableVaporizers.net to thank them putting it together, and check out some of their vaporizer reviews and other awesome content while you're there. We are not associated with them, but we appreciate the work they do and just wanted to show a little love <3
If you still want to learn more about the differences between conduction and convection vaporizers, check out Vaporpedia's Introduction to Vaporization or head on over to FuckCombustion.com and jump into the Conduction Vs. Convection discussion thread.
Do you prefer conduction vs. convection vaporizers? Is all this sciency stuff irrelevant if a vape does what it's supposed to do? Have you ever seen a vaporizer pop popcorn? Let us know what's up in the comments.