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How to Choose a Vaporizer

How to Choose a Vaporizer: A Simple Guide for Beginners

If you're looking into buying your very first cannabis vaporizer, the choices alone you'll find in the market can be overwhelming. Not to mention you'll first need to know what features you're looking for to be better informed on what you want. 

Since there is no answer to the best vaporizer and all vapes are different, you'll soon realize that their size, portability, heating methods, upkeep, and cost can impact your decision. We have created this blog to help you choose the right vape for your needs. In this guide, you'll learn what separates bad vapes from good vaporizers, and most importantly, how to choose a vaporizer.

Table of Contents

  1. What do you want to vape?
  2. Where do you want to vape?
  3. What heating method do you want to use?
  4. Is it high maintenance?
  5. What's your budget?
  6. Conclusion

The Things You Need To Consider

Before starting our journey into discovering the best vaporizer for you. You have to first take into consideration these five things: 

  • What do you want to vape?
  • Where do you want to vape?
  • What heating method do you want to use?
  • Is it high maintenance?
  • What's your budget?

Since this guide is for beginners, you'll probably not have the answers to these questions. They might even seem foreign. Not to worry, though; we will break down what each question means in the sections below, and offer a variety of choices for each section, so you can get closer to buying your first vaporizer. 

What do you want to vape?

What do you want to vape?

One of the first questions to consider when buying a cannabis vaporizer is what you want to vape. You have two options available: herbs, the cannabis flower, and concentrates, which can come in many forms like oils, waxes, and hash. 


If you prefer to stick with herbs, there are plenty of vaporizers that can suit you. Expect to experience a more potent high, though, than the one you're used to by merely burning flower. When the herbs or flowers are vaped, they are burned at a lower temperature which yields less wasted THC and a more substantial hit. 


With concentrates, the highs you'll experience are on another level. Since concentrates are precisely that, THC concentrated into tiny bits of oil or wax, you experience 99% THC, which can get anyone stoned with just a couple of hits. So, if you want to get high, really quick concentrates are what you're looking for.


If you can't decide between flower or concentrates, there is no need to panic. There are plenty of vaporizers that are hybrid, meaning they vaporize both herbs and concentrates. The critical thing to remember is that herb vaporizers are for a more mellow high (depending on how much you vape), and concentrates are for a more intense high. 

Where do you want to vape? 

The next question to ask yourself is, where do you want to vape? On-the-go? Or at home? If you're planning on only vaping in your home, we suggest you get a "desktop" vaporizer. But if you want to travel with your vape, we recommend you get a vape pen. Below you can find more information on each.

Desktop Vaporizer

Known for their power, desktop vaporizer units look like metal pyramids with clear plastic bags attached on the top or paired with a tube. They are bulky and hard to move, but they're perfect for social situations since they can vaporize cannabis exceptionally quickly and get a room full of people stoned. However, they are quite pricey so expect to pay more for them.

Vape Pen

Vape pens, on the other hand, are completely portable and can be used almost anywhere. Although less powerful, vape pens are also not as expensive and come in a range of prices. They are also more convenient to use if you consider that they are incredibly stealthy and less conspicuous than other devices used to get high (bongs, joints, bubblers, etc.). 

What Heating Method do you Want to Use?

What Heating Method do you Want to Use?

Another essential factor to consider when choosing your first cannabis vaporizer is the heating method the device uses. There are two heating methods used with cannabis vaporizers, conduction, and convection. Below, we talk about each's characteristics. 


Conduction was the first method used with weed vaporizers. It consists of a heating element directly heating the content, whether concentrates or herb. Because of this, heat transfer occurs quickly, and the device does not take long to start working. However, there is some risk of the user inhaling harmful chemicals. There is also uneven heating that requires the user to jiggle the content around to burn it evenly continually. 


Convection is the most recent method of heating in the cannabis vaporizer world. It consists of evaporating the vape pen's content using hot air, so there is no contact with the source of heat. There are many benefits to convection. One of them is that there is no combustion which means no ash or smoke is produced. There is also the fact that because the content is heated evenly, it creates better flavor. And finally, you get a more potent hit since no THC is wasted on ash or smoke. However, one downside to convection is that they are slower to start and slow to heat up.

Is it high maintenance?

Another question you should ask yourself is if the vape you're considering is high maintenance. While desktop vaporizers don't require any upkeep, vape pens and any portable vaporizers will need to be cleaned and taken care of at least every month. 

Dry herb vaporizers only need cleaning since herbs can get stuck in the screen filters. But perhaps the vaporizers with the highest upkeep are wax pens since it might require you to buy spare parts that can stop working after prolonged use.

What's Your Budget?

What's Your Budget?

Finally, the million-dollar question (well, actually way lower than that) What budget are you working with? Cannabis vaporizers range from $30 to $100 depending on what type of vapes they are. As expected, "desktop" and hybrid vaporizers are the most expensive, while you can find the lower tier and least expensive vaporizers in the vape pen and portable vaporizers category. 


Now that you know what to look for in a cannabis vaporizer, you can shop around for something that fits your budget and has the features you're looking for. Maybe you want a convection hybrid vape pen, or perhaps a herb desktop that heats via conduction; now that you understand the critical features of a vaporizer, you'll be ready to buy your first one. 


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Children, breastfeeding and pregnant women, persons with risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or that take medications especially for depression or asthma should not use nicotine or vaping products. Always consult a licensed physician prior to use.

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Andres Roman

Andres Roman is a content writer with 3+ years of experience, a former 3 pack a week smoker who used vaping to kick the habit, he now wants to educate the world about vaping. You can find him on Linkedin and Twitter.