As of 2013, there were an estimated 2.5 million vapers in the United States, with numbers predicted to continue rising. If you pay attention, now you can see people using vaporizer pens everywhere, especially in states where medical marijuana or recreational marijuana are legal. If you're new to the world of vaping, and just starting to explore your vaporizer options, a vape pen is a good place to begin.
A vape pen or vaporizer pen is a device that is used to inhale the aromatic vapors of a variety of types of materials. As the name suggests, the device is long and slender like a pen. There are many different types of vaporizer pens, including the dry herb vape pen, which is used with legal marijuana, tobacco, and dried botanical herbs; the wax vape pen, which is used with legal marijuana waxes, and herbal waxy concentrates; and the oil vape pen, which is used for essential oils and e juice.
Vape pens are primarily used as a cleaner alternative to smoking. When you smoke tobacco, or another material, it involves combustion, the burning of a material. The smoke given off during combustion contains the aromatic essences of whatever you're burning, but it also contains many impurities. Vaping releases vapor, not smoke, through vaporization, not combustion. Vapor is much cleaner than smoke produced from the same material. For example, when you burn marijuana in the form of a joint, the resulting smoke is 88 percent impurities with 111 different chemical compounds present. When you vape marijuana, 95 percent of the vapor is the active cannabinoids in the cannabis, while only 5 percent of the vapor is impurities.
Here's a brief look at the history of the vaporizer pen:
- 1960s: Although vaporizer pens are only now becoming popular, the idea for a smoke-less cigarette can be traced back to an inventor named Herbert Gilbert, who patented a primitive e-cig back in the 1960s. At that time, the dangers of smoking were only beginning to become understood, so people weren't very interested in the concept.
- 2003: During the early 2000s, a Chinese pharmacist went on a mission to find a safer alternative to smoking after losing his father to lung cancer. This man, Hong Lik, invented the first modern e cig, which began to be sold in 2003 by Ruyan, a Chinese company.
- 2006: In 2006, a new e-cigarette technology called a cartomizer was invented, now allowing e cigs to produce more vapor and hold more e juice or e liquid.
- 2007: The first vaporizer pen debuted this year. The device was made in California and was an herbal vape pen used for medicinal marijuana.
- 2009: The first wax pen was made by Delta 9. At this point, vape pen designs really took off with many new brands emerging on the market. Today, there are dozens of manufacturers offering many different styles of dry herb, wax, and oil pen products.
Each vaporizer pen has its own specific setup, but all include three components: a battery, a heating chamber or tank, and a mouthpiece. Materials are placed inside of the tank or heating chamber. When the vaporizer is turned on, the battery provides power to heat up a heating element inside of the heating chamber or tank. The heating element makes the material so hot that it reaches its point of vaporization, a key temperature at which the aromatic compounds in the material turn to gaseous vapor. When you put the mouthpiece to your lips and draw, the vapor leaves the heating chamber and travels through the mouthpiece.
There is a lot of confusion in regards to how a vape pen and an e-cig are different from one another. Basically, an electronic cigarette is an oil vaporizer pen that is used for vaping fluids called e-juice or e-liquid. These fluids often contain nicotine and are used as replacements for tobacco cigarettes. A true oil vaporizer pen can be used to vape essential oils as well as e juice or e liquid.
A vape pen can also be a dry herb vaporizer pen or a wax pen vaporizer. Some models are even multifunction pens that can be used to vaporize more than one kind of material. An e-cig cannot vaporize anything except e-fluid products.
Vaporizer pens can be used to inhale a number of different materials. Often, people call vaporizer pens by names that indicate what they are used to vape. The three main types include:
- The oil vaporizer pen, which is also called an oil pen or oil vape pen. This type of vaporizer is made to hold liquid oils, such as essential oils made from botanical herbs, and electronic cigarette fluid, called e juice or e liquid. E juice oils are offered in many different flavors. Some contain nicotine and can be used in place of tobacco cigarettes.
- The wax vaporizer pen, which is also called a wax pen or a wax vape pen. This type of vaporizer is made to hold thicker oils that have a waxy consistency. Most often, wax vape pens are used to vaporize a type of marijuana resin called hashish.
- The dry herb vaporizer pen, which is also called an herb or herbal pen, or an herb or herbal vape pen. This type of vaporizer is made to hold dry herbs. Most often, dry herb vaporizer pens are used to vaporize medical or legal marijuana, but some people utilize them for vaping dry tobacco leaves, as an alternative to smoking or dry botanical herbs for aromatherapy.
Another point of confusion for some people is how a vape pen compares to portable and desktop vaporizers. The differences are as follows:
- Portable vaporizers are hand-held vaporizers that run on batteries or are powered by the heat from a flame or by butane. They can vary in size, from very large units that are nearly as powerful as desktop vaporizers, but that run on batteries, to smaller, pocket sized designs that are intended for use on the go. Typically, a vape is called a portable vaporizer if it does not run on electricity and cannot be classified as a vape pen.
- Desktop vaporizers use electricity to power their heating elements. These vapes are large in size and are intended only for home use. They are very powerful and generally the most expensive vaporizer option.
- Vaporizer pens are compact, pocket sized devices that are designed specifically for use outside of the home (although they can be enjoyed at home, too). A vaporizer pen is easily recognizable by its pen shape, and this type of vape runs on batteries. Technically, a vaporizer pen is also a portable vaporizer, but you'll most often hear a vape that fits the description of a pen categorized as a pen rather than as a portable vape or portable vaporizer.
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Conduction Vaporizer pens transfer heat directly to the material. The heating chamber is set up so that the material is in contact with the heating element. A conduction vaporizer gets hot very quickly, but it can cause uneven heating. This is because the material closest to the heating element receives much more heat.
Convection Vaporizer pens work due to heated air. In the heating element in a convection pen, there is space between the heating element and the material; there is no direct contact. Instead, the air in the heating chamber gets hot and then passes through the material. A convection vaporizer can take longer to get hot, but it will typically provide a steadier stream of vapor and more even heating of material.
To read more in detail on how dry herbs are actually vaporizered, see here; Conduction vs. Convection vs Combustion
There are some distinctive benefits to buying a vaporizer pen for your vaping needs, including:
Although the benefits of vape pens are many, you should know that there are a few downsides to choosing one instead of other types of vaporizers. Some of the drawbacks of vape pens include the fact that they are:
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All in all, a vape pen can be a better choice of vaporizer for someone who is new to vaping, or for a more experienced vapor enthusiast who wants to be able to enjoy dry herbs, waxes, or oils anywhere with ease. If you'd like to see vaporizer buying guide, please click here. You can also check out our selection of all types of vaporizers at VaporPlants.com store or contact us for answers to specific questions.
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