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FAQs: Top Questions Answered

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

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If you're completely new to the world of vaping, it's normal to have questions about vaporizers, their parts, and how to use and maintain them. We've put together this helpful list of frequently asked questions to help you get answers.

What is a Vaporizer?

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

Can vaping help quit smoking?

Although there's no concrete answer to this question, some studies have shown that vaping with oils containing 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 were 60% more likely to quit smoking. If you're new to vaping and are looking to cut down smoking, it's better to first try with vaporizers. 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 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 vaping healthier than traditional cigarettes?

Unlike regular cigarettes, which are designed to combust the herbal products inside of it by method of fire, all vapes rely upon two different heat transfer methods, convection and conduction. You can learn about these methods, and the difference between the two below. While research is still being undertaken regarding the health benefits, it is currently believed that vaporizers can significantly reduce the number of toxins inhaled by users.

Two Main Types of Heating - Conduction vs Convection

Are there any known side effects?

Currently, there are no documented instances of health-related side effects from reasonable amounts vaping. However, some individuals have reported experiencing allergic reactions to specific herbs they have used. Because it 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 are. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently looking into the industry as a whole.

What's the difference between conduction and convection methods?

When using a conduction vaporizer, herbs are placed directly on the heat source to produce vapor. Convection models, on the other hand, do not involve direct heat transfer, but instead hot air is circulated through substance inside the heat oven.

Does it smell when vaping?

Depending on the device of course, most vaporizers release a very faint odor that can often be compared to slightly burned popcorn. So odor is much less prominent than traditional cigarettes.

Are vaporizers noisy?

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

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How are forced air models differ from others?

Using a built-in fan to blow warm air through your preferred herbal blend, is called forced air method. As a result, vapor steam from the material can be inhaled using a whip or captured in a bag. This system offers a steady low heat source and poses little to no risk of combustion.

Do vaporizers come with any warranty?

Nearly all premier brands found here on come with some sort of a manufacturer's warranty. Most of warranties offered last for, at minimum, three months to 10 years, while very few provide lifetime guarantee. You can browse our individual product pages for additional information and base your purchase on information about each specific product or brand.

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 many available herbal blends, as well as tobacco. If you're unsure about a particular substance, consult your local and state laws. In many areas now, vaping in public is prohibited, in similar fashion to smoking.

What type of vaporizer should I buy?

There are many factors to consider when comparing different types available, as selection drastically increases every year.

We understand that buying a vaporizer can be a daunting task, so we went ahead and developed our very own buying guide for you, that you can use to make an informed purchase, whether it's your first, or even 10th time.

What makes so many different models so expensive?

Higher-priced vaporizers, not always of course but mostly, tend to made of more durable materials, and today some include very advanced features, such as Bluetooth connectivity, LED displays and even phone Apps for even more control. While price can be an indicator of quality, the most expensive vaporizers are not always the best choice, as largely everything depends upon your specific interests.

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Vape Accessories Explained

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What accessories, if any, should I buy?

There are many different products available that can enhance your experience. We can advise you on which products will best complement your particular model and lifestyle. Please do not hesitate to send us an email.

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

Most models on the market today, can accommodate only specific form of vaping blend, whether its herbal, concentrates or oils. But select few can vaporize 2, and sometimes even 3 different materials. Consult your owner's manual for instructions, or contact us for additional assistance.

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What is a whip used for?

A whip is an accessory that's often used in conjunction with forced air desktop vaporizers. It consists of three parts: a wand, tubing, and a 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 usually holds only herbs, is placed at the opposite end of the mouthpiece and is attached to a heating element.

Can I just use any whip?

Some desktops will only work with a specific type of whip offered by the brand. Custom whips are generally compatible only with particular specified systems. Others may feature a universal design that is compatible with many vaporizers. Once again, if you have a question regarding whips, please contact us.

What is the best way to change the screen?

Please follow these 6 simple steps:

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  • 1. Purchase a screen that is compatible with your specific model.
  • 2. Use a paper clip, coin, or other small object to push on the old screen and remove it.
  • 3. Bend the new screen so that the center is slightly raised above the edges.
  • 4. Line up the new screen.
  • 5. Push it into place with the small object you used to remove the old one 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 Issues

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

Don't worry! Your vaporizer regardless of the model 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 your new unit isn't working, you can increase the temperature slightly, which will result in more visible, but harsher vapor.

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

Properly working vaporizers should not burn herbs, so there should never be any ash. Your herbal blends will always develop a dark wet look after every session is complete, but they should never be burnt or look like ash.

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Why isn't my vaporizer pen getting hot?

Most models 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 and turn off features. If the lock mechanism is engaged, your vape will not be getting hot. In order to unlock it, you must rapidly push the on/off button usually 3-5 times.

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

Increasing heating chamber's temperature will give you larger, thicker clouds, but we would not advise doing it, as vaping is by definition different from smoking.

The vapor tastes burnt. What's wrong?

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

Is it safe to leave my vape in the car on a hot day?

You should never allow any battery to be exposed to extreme temperatures. This could cause it to leak or break.

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Vaping Basics

Is grinding necessary?

If you want to get the best results, we recommend that you finely grind your herbal blend every time, by using a grinder. As they help produce smaller particles which, ultimately, increases the surface area of any dry herb. Resulting, the warm air to pass through the blend more easily. Similarly, smaller particles heat up more evenly and quickly in any vaporizer.

Optimal Temperature Vaporization Guide

What is the best temperature?

As each model, even by the same brand, is a little different, there is no single ideal temperature. Generally, most 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 to get hot and ready?

While the average length of time to heat up falls between 30 seconds to three 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. Please pay attention to each model's description to learn such details.

How do I get wax or oil into the heating chamber?

Dabbers are the best way to add these substances to any wax vape. These small metal tools will allow you to dispense a small amount of thick liquid into the cartridge or atomizer. If they are properly cleaned after each use, any dabber can be reused almost indefinitely.

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

How full should the chamber be?

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

How do I know when my herbs are done?

Make sure to look at it from time to time by opening the chamber oven and stir with a toothpick in the middle of every session for better results. When fully vaporized substance will be dark brown/black. As time progresses, through personal experience of course, you will know by the taste when refill is needed.

How do I inhale the vapor?

Different vaporizers have optimal inhalation methods. Most models, however, require the user to inhale the vapor slowly. Please start slowly and see what happens and how it feels, once again through your personal experience, you will know what to do as time progresses. You can even go to YouTube and look at some videos of how to use your particular model by searching for it.

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Can I leave my vaporizer on all day?

Only some can be left on all day without any safety hazards. But we strongly recommend that you consult your owner's manual, before leaving any of your electronics on for an extended period of time.

Can I use my new vape for aromatherapy?

Depending on your particular model, you may be able to use the device for aromatherapy. But once again always consult with your owner's manual, or speak with a trained representative, to determine whether your device works with such oils and extracts.

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Vaporizer Care

Do I need to charge the battery prior to first use?

For best results, you should always fully charge all batteries, even if they are built in.

What parts need to be replaced?

Maintenance instructions vary widely from model to model. Consult your owner's manual for instructions, or contact us for assistance with your specific model.

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Do I need to replace balloons or whip on my desktop?

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. Balloons on the other hand should be thrown away and replaced about 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 herbal left overs?

All glass parts should be cleaned with a special cleaner or by using methods recommended in your owner's manual. You can use included cleaning brush, a cotton swab or an old toothbrush to reach tight areas. Remember to be gentle, as cleaning with too much pressure may damage your device. Keep in mind that some very rare parts of any vaporizer, such as balloons, shouldn't be cleaned, but rather thrown away and replaced. As always check your owner's manual for further cleaning instructions!

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

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Is Vaporizing Really Different Than Smoking

When you smoke herbs, you use fire to combust or burn it:

- Are made up primarily of impurities with more than 110 found in the smoke

- Contain six known carcinogens, substances that cause cancer

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- When you vaporize dry herbs, no combustion takes place. Instead, the material is heated to its point of vaporization. The vapor gases given off by the material:

- Contain only a small amount of one known carcinogen; the remainder of the last 5 percent of vapor is just a fragrant oil that is present in material used

The same holds true with any type of material. Vaping it will provide you with more of the active chemicals with fewer impurities and carcinogens than smoking. As a result, many doctors recommend vaping to help people quit smoking cigarettes.

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How Does a Vape Pen Heat Material?

A vaporizer pen can heat up material in one of two ways:

- Conduction: In a conduction vape pen, the heating element is positioned to come in direct contact with the material. As it gets hot, the heat travels directly to the material. This means the vape pen can start producing vapor right away; however, the material at the top of the heating chamber gets less heat than the material at the bottom. This can lead to waste.

- Convection: In a convection vape pen, the heating element is separate from the material. Instead of transferring heat directly, the heating element makes the air inside the heating chamber hot. The air then heats up the material. It takes slightly longer for a convection vape pen to begin producing vapor, but typically, the flow of vapor will be smoother and there is less risk of waste.

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- What You Want to Vape: This is the most important consideration! If you're not sure what material you're likely to use, you can purchase a multi-function pen that allows you to try different types of materials.


- Your Budget: Vaporizer pens can cost as little as $25 and as much as $200. It's a good idea to figure out how much you want to spend before you begin comparing.

- Size: While all vape pens are made to be portable, some are smaller than others. A smaller vaporizer pen will be more compact, but it also holds less material. This means you have to refill it more frequently.


- Battery Life: Vaporizer pens with more powerful batteries will allow you to vape for longer without having to charge them.

- Vapor Quality: Vapor quality refers to the amount of vapor, its potency, its taste, and its smoothness. Generally, more expensive vape pens provide higher quality vapor, but not always. The best way to learn more about the vapor quality associated with various pens is to talk to a knowledgeable customer service rep at an online or brick-and-mortar smoke shop or to read vape pen reviews online.

- Temperature Options: Some vape pens feature adjustable temperature settings. More advanced users often prefer these models because they allow for experimentation with vaping at different heat levels.

- Warranties: Vaporizer pens are usually backed by some type of warranty to protect your purchase.

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