Vaporizer Do’s and Don’ts: A First-Time User’s Guide

Vaporizer Do’s and Don’ts: A First-Time User’s Guide

In the vast and diverse world of vaporizers, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when trying to pick out the “perfect” one. There are portable vapes, desktop vapes, pen vapes, party vapes, custom-made vapes, you name it and the list goes on. So how does one figure out what to look for in a vaporizer and better yet- how do you use it?

Let’s take a look at some do’s and don’ts of selecting and using a vaporizer:

When comparing the best vapes for you…

DO: Assess whether you want portability or stationary use

You can easily narrow down the field by asking yourself whether you want a vape that is portable and easily concealable or one that is bigger, more ornate, and best suited for home use.

For portable units, you can get units that look like e-cigs, pens, inhalers, small radios, futuristic space weapons, and lunch boxes. Do you want something you can hide in your pocket, like the CloudV mini, or one that is eye-catching and sure to impress?

If you prefer the latter, perhaps a vape designed for home use is the way to go. From the infamous Arizer Extreme-Q to the Volcano, there are some incredibly cool and user-friendly vapes designed to satisfy even the most seasoned vaping veteran. If you’re looking for a cool and unique display piece, check out Da Buddha Vaporizer. With two choices of finishes (black or silver), this bad boy really showcases your inner vaping connoisseur.

The diversity of choices all boils down to what you prefer to get out of your vaping experience.

DON’T: Choose a vaporizer based on how much it costs

This is a formula for disaster. Like tattoos, a good vaporizer is not cheap and a cheap vaporizer is not good. If you’re hurting on budget and trying to save a few bucks by going with a no-name knockoff brand, don’t be surprised when the thing disintegrates in your hand after one or two uses. As the old adage goes, you get what you pay for.

Instead, spend a little more and get a quality vaporizer. Check user reviews and opt for companies with stellar customer service in case something does break or wear out. After all, would you rather purchase a slightly more expensive and better vape one time or a cheaply made piece of junk lots of times?

When you’ve found “the one”…

DO: Set the temperature to the correct range for best vaporization

A mix of science and general consensus states that the optimal temperature for vaporizing marijuana lies somewhere between 350° and 385° Fahrenheit (or 196.11°C). However, it all depends on the type of vaporizer you’re using and the herbs you’re putting in it.

The key to finding the right temperature is through lots of trial and error. No two vaporizers are alike, so don’t be afraid to play around with the temperature settings until you find the sweet spot that suits your preferences.

DO: Grind your herbs!

I’ve seen it time and time again. A newbie smoker decides he’s going to go out and get himself a fancy vaporizer to impress his friends with his technological prowess. He gets it out, pulls out his greens, and shoves a nugget the size of a marble into the chamber like a gorilla stuffing a mushroom.

This is a dead giveaway that someone has no idea how to properly use a vape. When you grind your cannabis (or other herbs) before putting it in a vaporizer you get the full benefit out of every little trichome. Breaking up your herbs is crucial in getting a good, even burning hit, compared to what you’ll see if you just mash a nug into your vape, stems and all.

So there you have it, vape aficionados. The next time you find yourself shopping for a good vape, keep these vaporizer do’s and don’ts in mind and you’ll soon be making clouds of your own that would make Cheech and Chong proud!

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