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There are three major types of vaporizers. Each offers their own advantages and capabilities depending on the user’s preferences. With each type, the same benefits of vaporizing over smoking will be achieved. Standard Vaporizers make up what is normally thought of as a vaporizer. These types are the most popular and common styles around. Forced-air Vaporizers, which borrow a lot of functionality and styling from standard vaporizers, are a newer type that works by integrating an internal fan propelling hot air over your herbs. Portable Vaporizers are usually smaller units which use a method of heating that is capable of being transportable.


Portable Vaporizers


We have seen an explosion in popularity and use over the recent years with portable vaporizers. This can be due to their functionality aspects, as most of these units can be found at an affordable price. Portable Vaporizers come in all shapes and compact sizes, but the main distinguishing feature common to all of them is their ability to be used while on the go. There are some that use batteries as a method of heating and a couple that use butane canisters. Being battery operational, it will require recharging and with butane it will need to be re-filled depending on usage. These portable style vaporizers can be seen in all sorts of designs and appearances including “pen-style” which resembles similar non-vaporization products. Pen-style vaporizers are made up of different cartridges for heating and loading substances. Operating portable vaporizers is accomplished typically by utilizing a button activation system.


Forced-Air Vaporizers


These are the most powerful and performance-orientated vaporizers available. The forced-air method of vaporization is the latest technological advancement in the vaporizer industry. Forced-air vaporizers work by pushing air using a fan through a heat source, heating the substances that are loaded. This ensures optimal heating and effectiveness. The Volcano Vaporizer popularized this method of vaporization and has now been used by multiple manufactures.  For inhalation, these forced-air types employ either tubing or a balloon bag system. The use of digital temperature controls have been introduced because of the advances of these vaporizers.


Standard Vaporizers


Also called whip-style vaporizers, standard vaporizers make up the majority of vaporizers in the market. Users looking for a reliable and efficient vaporizer will likely be attracted to standard vaporizers. As far as designs, a lot of these types come in a styled design that resembles a box or other rectangular objects. Designs are usually simple and accessible as possible for easy home use. Functionality for many of the standard vaporizers is usually straightforward and simple. By using a whip or tubing system the user controls the vapor flow when it is connected to the unit. Breath control regulates the amount and intensity of air that is pulled over the loose leaves, activating the ingredients in the material.




Vaporizers come in all different styles and types. There are three categories of vaporizers: standard, forced-air, and portables. These variations all offer their own delivery styles as well. The delivery method of vaporizers is important since this is how you ingest the vapor from the unit. Just as there are three distinct types of vaporizer, there are also three distinct delivery methods employed by vaporizers: Direct draw, Whip/Tubing, and Balloon Bag Systems. Each of these methods provides their own advantages and appeal for a variety of user needs.



The Whip/Tubing method of using a vaporizer is the most common delivery application for the majority of vaporizers available today. Standard vaporizers or whip-style vaporizers mostly use a long silicone tube called a “whip” for delivering vapor to the user. This works by connecting the tube to a “wand” or glass piece which is attached to the vaporizer’s ceramic heating element. On the other end you will find a mouthpiece where you just inhale from. Many standard vaporizers and certain forced-air models use just tubing attached to the unit directly without any other components. The main advantage of whip/tubing delivery is the user can control the steady flow of vapor by inhaling at different rates depending on the amount of vapor extraction desired.


Examples of Whip/Tubing Vaporizers: VaporBrothers Vaporizer, Silver Surfer Vaporizer, Easy Vape 5


Balloon Bag:

A popular method of delivering vapor is suing a balloon bag system. Borrowed from the idea of heating food for chefs, using a balloon bag system for vaporizers provide users with the most vapor production possible at a given session. These bag systems work by using an internal forced air system which propels vapor from fan into a valve, filing the bag with vapor. Balloon bags are great for group usage, as you can share a lot of vapor at once but it can also be enjoyed for personal usage. Bag systems are a easy and efficient method for the vaporization process.


Examples of Balloon Bag Vaporizers: Volcano Vaporizer, VapirRise, Arizer Extreme Q      


Direct Draw:

With the ever increasing demand and manufactures that are producing portable vaporizers, direct draws delivery methods are now more common than ever. Direct draw vaporizers offer ease of use and accessibility. Many of the pen-style units incorporate an attached mouthpiece which is sometimes replaceable enabling direct draw. These vaporizers heat up substances and directly flow into either an opening or a mouthpiece which is part of the unit. Certain vaporizers include an opening where a stem can be attached to direct the flow of vapor. This is different than whip-styles as vapor will flow straight through the draw stem or mouthpiece as it gets heated.


Examples of Direct Draw Vaporizers:  Magic Flight Launch Box, Arizer Solo