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Differences Between Combustion, Conduction and Convection Vaping

The process of vaporizing features two types, i.e., convection and conduction. While certain vaporizers maintain that they vape, but the truth of the matter is they burn up.

With that said, today, we will cover the topic of how combustion, conduction, and convection differ from each other.

You will come across a lot of vape pens claiming to vaporize dry herbs. However, this is not the case for all pens as they are designed differently.

The contrast in results depends on the pen heating up the dry herbs and the accessories used. Not only that, but it also relies on if the herbs get directly exposed to a heating component.

All things considered, let’s understand the process of vaporization prior to delving deep into its differences.


For vaporizing, the dry herbs need to be heated adequately so that the substances are released in the form of vapors. Having said that, you need to make sure the heating temperature is not more than necessary as it will burn the plant.

Do keep in mind the ideal temperature ranges from 350°F to 450°F. If it is too low, it will not produce vapor, and if too high, as stated earlier, the herbs will burn. The flavor of the vapor when inhaling has to do with the temperature.

Most people prefer the heating temperature close to 450°F, while some go lower.

Now without further ado, we will talk about combustion, conduction, and convection vaping and what sets them apart.

Combustion Vaping

First things first, combustion and vaporization are different from one another.

Nevertheless, many e-cigarettes claiming to be portable plant vape pens only combust the herb. It comprises some well-known tools like the Yocan pens, AGO Vaporizer pen, Atmos Raw Rx, etc.

Seeing as how such vaporizer pens work, it comes as no surprise that they adopt the process of combustion. These devices burn the plants by coming in direct exposure to the heating elements.

The heating elements, for instance, an open fire, produce a temperature over 450°F. This burns the dry herbs, similar to how typical pipes do.

For the prevention of direct exposure, you need to use glass screen filters for preventing combustion. These filters act as barriers between the plants and the heating elements.

Therefore, if you plan on purchasing a vape pen, do purchase glass screen filters along with it.

Conduction Vaping

Next up, we have vaporizing through the process of conduction. Conduction means direct exposure.

You can produce vapor with dry plants if you place the plants atop a surface. It needs to heat up at the ideal temperature for proper vaporizing, i.e., between 350°F and 450°F.

As earlier stated, a glass screen filter is a great addition that helps vaporizer pens release vapor without combusting. It makes sure the herbs do not touch the scorching heating coils.

Rather, the screen filter heats up perfectly and then warms up the plants, allowing them to produce vapor. It takes less than a minute to heat up the glass screen filter.

Do keep in mind that it also depends on the number of glass screens used as well as the temperature of the coil.

While the effects may not be satisfactory, this method is the best way for vaping rather than smoking.

While all that may be so, there exist devices that perform vaporizing through the process of conduction using no accessories. Titan 1 Dry Herb Vaporizer is a well-known product available widely.

All you need to do is put the herbs into the compartment and allow them to warm up for around 30 seconds. What’s next is you inhale the vapor. Nothing else much to it.

A redeeming quality about the Titan 1 Vaporizer that makes it stand out from the rest of its competitors is its temperature setting feature. It allows you to adjust the temperature according to your choice.

The feature comes in three settings: 380°F, 400°F, and 420°F. These are all perfect for herb vaporization.

Apart from the fact that the Titan 1 Vaporizer offers an amazing feature, it is also reasonably priced in contrast with other products. What more could you ask for?

Some other vaporizers featuring temperature settings include Yocan iShred Dry Herb Vaporizer and E-CLIPSE Dry Herb Vaporizer. You will also find Titan 2 Dry Herb Vaporizer that comes with a digital screen and optimum temperature settings.

Convection Vaping

Last but not the least, we have vaporization through the process of convection. This method takes place by using air to heat up the dry herbs perfectly rather than direct exposure.

There are vaporizers such as the AGO Vaporizer, Yocan, AtmosRx, etc., for vaping via convection. You need to suspend the dry herbs on top of the heating elements, also using metal or brass mesh screens. Then, start inhaling at a slow pace when the container heats up.

By doing so, the warm air heats up the plant and produces vapor. Heating up without inhalation is also possible. You just have to wait for around 30 seconds before inhaling the vapor.

However, some issues do arise with this process. Firstly, placing the mesh screen in the right position is quite a hassle. Second, in case the screen falls on top of the coils, it may short-circuit the vaporizer and end up damaging the battery.

More so, portable vape pens are not the most common convection vaporizers. On the contrary, non-portable vaporizers are the convection ones.

Among them is one among the most well-known devices, the Volcano.

The Volcano Vaporizer normally heats up water beneath the dry herbs and uses the moisture released to produce vapor for inhaling.

It features temperature settings that are well-specified in comparison to the Pax. It gives you the control of setting the temperature according to your choice.

However, it does have its own disadvantages. These non-portable devices are large in size and heavy, making them difficult to carry around. Adding to that, these products are quite expensive as compared to the portable ones. Nevertheless, you can be sure that they are worth the money.

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