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Vaporizer Information Guide : Questions and Answers

Vaporizer information on frequently asked questions and answers on how to buy one, use and take care of a vaporiser

We know that the world of vaping can be somewhat confusing for those who are just beginning to exploring these exciting products. We've created this introductory guide in order to provide helpful answers to some of the most common questions. Targeting dry herb vaporizers, e-liquid juice vapes, and other wax and oil aromatherapy vaporizers.

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  • What is a vaporizer?

  • Vaporizer Accessories explanation

  • Vape Issues Troubleshooting

  • Vaping Basics Information

  • Vaporizer Care Guides

  • What is a vaporizer?

    A vaporizer is a device which is used to generate vapor by heating a variety of herbs, such as tobacco.

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    Will vaping help me quit smoking?

    Although there's no concrete answer to this question, some studies have shown that vaping with e-liquids that contain nicotine levels comparable to traditional cigarettes may help you calm your cravings. A study conducted by Krlikoba E., et al, revealed that smokers who switched to electronic cigarettes (also referred to as e-cigs) were 60% more likely to quit smoking. If you're new to vaping and have been curious how to quit smoking, it's best to start with electronic cigarettes. Due to the fact that these products closely resemble traditional cigarettes, they may offer some psychological comfort for those who are going through the symptoms of withdrawal.

    Keep in mind, however, that vaporizers and e-cigarettes have yet to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration! Because of this, there has yet to be any "finalized" information related to how these products help individuals curb their smoking habits!

    Is using a vaporizer healthier than smoking cigarettes?

    Unlike a traditional cigarette, which is designed to combust the herbal products inside of it, a vaporizer relies upon two different heat transfer methods, convection and conduction. While research is still being undertaken regarding the health benefits of e-cigs, it is currently believed that vaporizers can significantly reduce the number of toxins inhaled by users, thereby reducing the likelihood of disease.

    Are there any side effects to vaping?

    Currently, there are no documented instances of health-related side effects from vaporizer usage. However, some individuals have reported experiencing allergic reactions to specific herbs they have used. Because vaping is only now beginning to gain popularity, it will take some time before enough information has been gathered to accurately assess what the long-term effects of vaporizer usage are. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that they release their findings on vaporizers by the end of 2014.

    Two Main Types of Heating - Conduction vs Convection

    What's the difference between conduction and convection vaporizers?

    When using a conduction vaporizer, the e-liquid or dry herbal blend is placed directly on the heat source to produce vapor. Convection models do not involve direct heat transfer. Instead, hot air is circulated through your preferred herbal substance.

    Is a vaporizer the same thing as a bong?

    No. A bong relies upon combustion, which may result in the release of harmful toxins in similar fashion to cigarettes.

    Does vaping produce a smell?

    E-cigs and vaporizers release a very faint odor that is often compared to slightly burned popcorn. The smell of e-cigs is much less prominent than traditional cigarettes.

    Are vaporizers noisy?

    Don't worry, even the "noisiest" vaporizers won't wake up your neighborhood! The highest quality dry herb vaporizers sold at vape shops around the world are virtually silent. More affordable forced-air vaporizers generate sound at the level of a fan's gentle hum.

    Desktop Vaporizer Types

    How is a forced air vaporizer different than other models?

    Forced air vaporizers use a built-in fan to blow warm air onto your preferred herb blend. As a result, vapor steam from the herb can be inhaled using a whip or captured in a bag. This system offers a steady heat source and poses little risk of combustion.

    Do vaporizers come with a warranty?

    Nearly all premier vaporizers found in vape shops come included with a manufacturer's warranty. Most of these warranties last for, at minimum, one year, while some provide a lifetime guarantee. You can browse our individual product pages for additional information.

    Is it legal to buy and own a vaporizer?

    Yes, vaporizers are legal to sell, purchase, and own as long as the substances being vaped are legal. These include dry herbal blends, as well as tobacco. If you're unsure about the legality of a particular substance, consult your local and state laws. In some areas, vaping in public may be prohibited, in similar fashion to smoking cigarettes.

    Can I make my own vaporizer or do I have to buy one?

    While it is possible to make a vaporizer on your own, the safest choice is to purchase one, especially if you are new to vaping. If you've been vaping for an extended period of time, you may be interested in exploring the mech mods available at many vape shops. Mech mods typically only feature a power supply and have no temperature controls or additional regulators inside their casings. These e-cigs are popular choices for people who want to adjust their vaping experience to better suit their tastes and needs.

    Portable Vaporizer side by side with Desktop Vaporizer

    What type of vaporizer should I buy?

    There are many factors to consider when comparing vaporizer types.

    We understand that buying a vaporizer can be a daunting task, so we went ahead and developed our own vaporizer buying guide that you can use to make an informed purchase.

    What makes some vaporizers so expensive?

    Higher-priced vaporizers are often made of more durable materials, and some include advanced features. While price can be an indicator of quality, the most expensive vaporizers are not always the best choice for vaping enthusiasts, largely depending upon their specific interests.

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    Vaporizer Accessories

    Different Vaporizer Accessories and Part side by Side

    What kind of accessories should I buy?

    There are many different products available that can enhance your vaping experience. We can advise you on which products will best complement your particular model and lifestyle.

    Can I use any e-juice, wax, or oil in my vaporizer?

    Each vaporizer model can accommodate only specific forms of dry herb blends. Some vaporizers can be modified to vaporize other types of concentrates. Consult your owner's manual for instructions, or contact us for additional assistance.

    Desktop Vaporizer Whip and Wand

    What is a whip used for?

    A whip is a vaporizer accessory that's often used in conjunction with forced air vaporizer models. It consists of three parts: a wand, tubing, and a vaporizer mouthpiece. Typically, the whip includes two to three feet of tubing made from vinyl or silicone which is used to carry the vapor to the mouthpiece. The wand, a long glass tube that holds e-liquid or herbs, is placed at the opposite end of the whip. The opposite end of the wand is attached to a heating element.

    Can I use any whip with my vaporizer?

    Some vaporizers will only work with a specific type of whip. Custom whips are generally compatible only with a particular system. Others may feature a universal design that is compatible with all vaporizers. If you have a question regarding vaporizer whips, please contact us.

    What is the best way to change the screen?

    You can follow this simple process:

    Vaporizer Dry Herb Screens

    1. Purchase a screen that is compatible with your vaporizer model.

    2. Use a paper clip, coin, or other small object to push on the screen and remove it.

    3. Bend the screen so that the center is slightly raised above the edges.

    4. Line up the screen.

    5. Push the screen into place with the small object you used to remove it previously.

    6. Make sure the screen is flat in order to ensure that herbal blends will be properly oriented when placed onto the surface.

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    Vape Troubleshooting

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    I don't see any smoke. What's wrong?

    Don't worry! A vaporizer should be producing misty, somewhat transparent vapor, not black smoke. In many cases, it can be difficult to see the vapor when it's released. If you're concerned that the vaporizer isn't working, you can increase the temperature slightly, which will result in more visible vapor.

    My herbs aren't burning or becoming ash. What's going on?

    E-cigs and vaporizers don't burn herbs, so there should never be any ash. Your dry herbs will develop a dark wet look, but they should never be burnt or ashy.

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    Why isn't my vaporizer pen getting hot?

    Vaporizer pens are designed to make it easy to vape on the go. Due to the fact they are often carried in pockets or bags, they are equipped with special safety locks. If the lock mechanism is engaged, the vaporizer will not get hot. In order to unlock it, you must rapidly push the button on your portable vape pen several times.

    I want to see more vapor when I vape. What can I do?

    Increasing the temperature on your vaporizer will give you larger, thicker clouds of vaporizer.

    The vapor tastes smoky or burnt. What's wrong?

    A burnt taste indicates that your dry herb blend has combusted rather than vaporized. Make sure your vaporizer is thoroughly clean, as debris and residue could contribute to this problem. If you have a temperature controlled vaporizer, lower the heat and see if the problem persists. If it does, contact the manufacturer, as there may be a problem with the temperature regulator. For vaporizers without temperature controls, consult your owner's guide. 

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    Vaping Basics

    Red and Black Dry Herb Grinders

    Is grinding necessary?

    If you want to get the best results from vaping, we recommend that you grind your herbal blend. When using herb grinders, they produce smaller particles which, ultimately, increases the surface area of the dry herb. As a result, the warm air in a convection vaporizer passes through the blend more easily. Similarly, smaller particles heat up more evenly and quickly in a conduction vaporizer.

    Optimal Temperature Vaporization Guide

    What is the best temperature for my vaporizer?

    As each vaporizer is a little different, there is no single ideal temperature. Generally, vaporizers perform best when set between 335 to 385 degrees Fahrenheit. You may want to experiment with vaping at different temperatures to get desirable results.

    How long will it take for my vaporizer to get hot?

    While the average length of time for most vaporizers to heat up falls between three to four minutes, prep time may vary depending on the model. The fastest models usually take 10 seconds to warm up, while slower models may take between 30 – 45 minutes.

    What Can You Vape? Dry Herbs, Waxy Oils and Liquids

    How do I get wax or oil into my pen vaporizer?

    Droppers and dabbers are the best way to add these substances to a pen vaporizer. These small metal tools will allow you to dispense a small amount of liquid into the cartridge or atomizer. If they are properly cleaned after each use, droppers and dabbers can be reused indefinitely.

    How full should the heating chamber be?

    Most vaporizers will perform optimally if you refrain from over-packing the vaporizer heating chamber. We recommend that you fill the chamber up to three-quarters full and refill as necessary.

    How do I know when my herbal blend is done?

    Your dry herbal blend is fully vaporized when the substance turns a dark brown/black.

    How do I inhale the vapor?

    Different vaporizers have optimal inhalation methods. Most models, however, require the user to inhale the vapor slowly.

    Oil Liquid Bottle next to some Dry Herbs

    Can I leave my vaporizer on all day?

    Some non-portable dry herb vaporizers can be left on all day without any safety hazards. We strongly recommend that you consult your owner's manual, before leaving your vaporizer on for an extended period of time.

    Can I use my vaporizer for aromatherapy?

    Depending on the particular model of your vaporizer, you may be able to use the device for aromatherapy. Consult with your owner's manual, or speak with a vape shop representative, to determine whether your device works with oils and extracts.

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    Vaporizer Care

    Arizer Solo Portable Vaporizer with Accessories and Parts

    My vaporizer came with batteries. Do I need to charge them prior to use?

    For best results, you should fully charge the vaporizer batteries, even when included in your purchase.

    What parts on my vaporizer need to be replaced? How often do I need to do it?

    The maintenance instructions for vaporizers and electronic cigarettes vary widely from model to model. Consult your owner's manual for instructions, or contact us for assistance with your specific model.

    Arizer Extreme Vaporizer with Balloon

    Do I need to replace the balloon or whip on my forced air vaporizer?

    The mouthpiece and wand typically don't need to be replaced if they are cleaned after use and stored appropriately. If the tubing wears out, however, you will need to replace it. Vaporizer Balloons should be thrown away and replaced every 75 to 100 uses, due to the fact that their is no way to effectively clean them.

    What is the best way to clean a dry herb vaporizer?

    Glass parts should be cleaned with a vaporizer cleaner or using the methods recommended in your owner's manual. You can use a cotton swab or a toothbrush to reach tight areas. Remember to be gentle, as cleaning with too much pressure may damage your device. Keep in mind that some parts of the vaporizer, such as balloons, shouldn't be cleaned. Check your owner's manual for further cleaning instructions!

    Let us help you find the perfect dry herb vaporizer that fits your lifestyle and budget! Our customer service representatives will work with you to ensure that you find the vaporizer you've been looking for! Contact Us!

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