Types of Oil Vaporizers

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For many, oil vaporizers are a healthy way to ingest some much-needed medicine. Whether a user decides to vaporize essential oils, such as rosemary or peppermint, or other types of food and medical grade oils, the oil vaporizer will essentially heat the oils enough to produce vapor for the user to inhale. Most oil vaporizers work the same, but there are a few different types to be aware of before you decide which is best for you.


The cig-a-likes/e-cigarettes were the first prototypes for vaporizers, but you can still find them today. They are designed to look just like a regular cigarette for easy concealment. However, their smaller body carries several limitations. First, the battery doesn’t last as long, which can be a problem if you can’t charge it again before your next session. Next, most e-cigarettes are designed to work with either cartridge that contain additives such as propylene glycol or with thicker wax. Many don’t have the capacity to handle different kinds of substances.

Portable Oil Vaporizers

Portable vaporizers are larger than the cig-a-likes, so they are able to vape more product at a time and usually have a longer battery life. You can also usually find a portable vaporizer that can handle multiple types of products, as well as allow for preset temperature settings. Some vaporize thin oils as well as waxy oils, while others can vaporize oils and dry herb. Depending on your product of choice, multifunctionality may be an important characteristic to look for in a device. The chambers on a portable vaporizer are usually easy to fill and clean, so they can be just as user-friendly as the e-cigs. Portable vaporizers are a great option for on-the-go vapers who need a simple and discreet option.

Desktop Oil Vaporizers

Considerably larger than pens or e-cigs, desktop vaporizers are usually for multi-user experiences. These devices can produce large quantities of vapor at a time and are often compatible with multiple products. For vapor inhalation, the desktop vaporizers come with either a balloon or whip attachment. Users will find more temperature options on a desktop vaporizer, and some models are only slightly more expensive than a portable vaporizer. Although they aren’t very portable, desktop vaporizers offer custom, smooth, and quality experiences not found in other devices.

Before using a product in any vaporizer, remember to start out with a small amount, and then adjust as needed. You may find that vaporizers have a much stronger effect than regular combustion methods, so practice conservatism with your product. Always check temperature suggestions for a product before using. High temperatures can burn the product, which is what you’re trying to avoid in the first place with a vaporizer. There are optimal ranges for each type of product, and you may discover the perfect temperature for you by experimenting in these ranges. Again, start low and work your way up. Lastly, remember to change the coils after every few sessions. Even after you clean the device each time, the coils will eventually degrade. You can tell when they need changing when the vapor starts to taste funky. The world of vape seems overwhelming at first, but the designs have improved considerably over the years to provide users with a simple and effective experience. It’s really not as scary as it looks!

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