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By Smoke Cartel Crew on May 22, 2014

Is it magic? Is it science? A little of both.

Interested in a vaporizer, but not sure how they work? No worries, they are rather complicated devices for someone unfamiliar with the concept. Vaporizers heat substances to a specific temperature, but doesn't combust them. When smoking tobacco and dry herbs in a glass pipe, the lighter ignites them and combusts. You get smoke along with whatever chemicals are in that substance.

With vaporizers, there is no smoke, no fumes, no hot gas to burn your throat, no carbon monoxide, no ammonia and other harmful junk that are products of incomplete combustion. The vapor you exhale is a fog like vapor. Vaporizers make it is very easy to inhale, and many say it is better for your health.

A basic vaporizer is comprised of a few components

Typically, a vaporizer will contain a heating chamber (metal or ceramic), a battery or energy source (electric or butane), and a fine screen or filter. The heating element (usually a coil) heats up to a specific temperature as to vaporize chemicals in the substance, but do not combust the substance.  

As a result, you inhale the vapor and get a clean hit with exactly the chemicals you want, but not any of the tar and other substances that turn into smoke when ignited.

Check out the video below demonstrating how to take a part one of our vaporizers and explaining all of the parts and functions:


Vaporizers come in all shapes and sizes, varying in quality and functionality.  It should be noted, that because vaporization occurs at roughly half the temperature of combustion, you get a much smoother, tastier experience, without any of the “burn” you get from inhaling hot smoke.

Browse the selection of vaporizers at your favorite online headshop! 

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Smoke Cartel Crew

Written by the staff here at Smoke Cartel. Our passionate team of headshop professionals are dedicated to educating people on products in the online headshop industry, from glass, to vaporizes, and all the consumption devices and accessories in between.

We believe that knowing how your products are made, what they were originally designed for, and how to properly use them - is essential to keeping our customers happy. If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to reach out to us!

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