Conduction v. Convection Vaping
Years ago, one would grab a vaporizer off the shelf without any thought to how it heated herb or concentrate. It didn’t matter because few options existed - there were no effective travel-type convection vapes and if convenience was desired, conduction was the solution. Truly, the trend towards cannabis legalization has fueled the growth of vape technologies, and we are no longer limited to gigantic table-top convection monsters such as the gigantic rice cooker size Volcano, or dreaded hot air gun (which was originally designed to strip paint from walls and industrial applications, by the way).
Conduction and convection are the two most common methods used by vapes in heating herb or extract. Let’s examine the differences, pros, and cons of both.
According to Study.com, “conduction” is the “transfer of energy in the form of heat or electricity from one atom to another within an object by direct contact.” The key phrase here is “by direct contact.” The good news is , Puri5 research and development on conduction vaporizers are extremely effective and exceeded above and beyond in vapor production and flavor. Herbs always evenly vaped, and it taste amazing.
Conduction vaporizers have been around for quite some time, long before convection vapes were available at the retail level. As a result, there are many models to choose from, product placement is widely spread, and prices tend to not be a total gouge on the budget. Price may be enough to sway shoppers, but what other advantages do conduction vapes have over convection vapes?
Conduction Vaporizer Pros
- Heat transfer is lightning fast - limits wait time to use
- Simple design - few parts, few processes
Conduction Vaporizer Cons
- Risk of combustion - scorching vape material can yield hotter, drier, harsher vapor than with convection vapes
- Maintenance - residue in the heating chamber can require frequent cleaning
- Uneven heating - only the parts of the herb or concentrate in direct contact with heating element are vaporized
- Overheating is possible - the hotness of the vape depends on the material used in the device and the insulation
According to Study.com, “convection” is a “type of heat transfer that can only happen in liquids and gases, because it involves those liquids or gases physically moving. Convection happens when there is a difference in temperature between two parts of a liquid or gas.” The key here is that the heating happens without physical contact.
In vaping, convection refers to heating cannabis or concentrate with air blown through a heating element to extract cannabinoids. Preferred by some cannabis connoisseurs because of accurate temperature control and better rips that hold their flavor, convection vaporizers are, by design, more efficient than conduction vapes and allow for a complete vape experience.
Convection Vaporizer Pros
- No risk of combustion - no smoke means no ash, no additional chemicals
- Little maintenance or cleaning requirements - no after residues as there is no contact with heating elements
- Even, proportionate heating that allows for full vaporization
Convection Vaporizer Cons
- Tend to be more expensive than conduction vapes
- Take longer to heat up than with conduction vapes
To recap, conduction vapes are easy to use, cheap, and heat-up quickly, while convection vapes ensure even heating, strong flavor, and zero chance of combustion. No vape feature is more important than the ability to effectively and efficiently heat herb safely. For this reason alone many prefer using convection vapes.
Featuring patented Air-Hi Heating Technology and Smart Puff-Identify, the TITANIC 2 differentiates itself from the competition by offering an amazing, travel-ready, convection vape that heats instantly. While most convection vapes require a cool-down period between uses, the TITANIC 2 is good for a couple sessions before needing to rest. As always, great quality components are key to a great vape experience, and Puri5 doesn’t let us down.
The TITANIC 2 handles both herb and concentrate with equal ease. For the size of the bowl, a dry herb vape session at 410 degrees lasts about 30 seconds before all cannabinoids have been extracted. For those seeking a terpene-rich experience a lower temperature is suggested. In that regard, the TITANIC 2 provides four temperature settings - green (338 degrees), blue (356 degrees), purple (374 degrees), and red (410 degrees). Five clicks on, five clicks off, and two clicks cycles between temperatures to get the job done.
When shipped the TITANIC 2 comes with replacement screens, a separate dab chamber, other tools-of-the-trade, and a clear instruction manual. Most of the tools are for dabbing, as herb bowls require little to no maintenance with this convection vape.
Ease of use, convenient size, quick charging, and instant heat are clear advantages for the TITANIC 2.