Conduction, Convection and Hybrid Vaporizer - What's the Difference?

Vaporizers are an incredible innovation that are taking the dried product scene by storm. Thanks to their fantastic and advanced heating systems they can allow anyone to enjoy their dried product in the smoothest, tastiest, and mellow way possible. Not only that but these heating systems ensure that all of your dried product is used, and nothing goes to waste.

Of course, as with any advanced and new tech there is a bit of ambiguity surrounding the definitions and jargon pertaining to vape heating systems. Not all of us are engineers so you can be forgiven for not being wholly familiar with all this techno-gibberish. To help you out, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to pen a little explainer that will make sure that you know exactly what you’re getting into when you pick up a vaporizer.

conduction vs hybrid vs convection

Three Types of Heating

There are three main types of vaporizer heating systems. Conduction, convection, and hybrid. Each of these systems have their own pros and cons. Learning how your vaporizer works allows you to better understand your device. They break down as follows:

1. Conduction Heating

Conduction heating is one of the most common forms of vaporization. It works by putting your dried products surface area into direct contact with the heating system. It works in a similar manner to a kitchen stove, and thus, the more surface area it can get into contact with the better. This means when you’re filling your oven it’s best to ensure that your chamber is densely packed with finely ground dried product. Make sure that this is packed evenly so you don’t risk creating any hot spots!

Conduction is the fastest manner of heating, often reaching vaping temperature in a few seconds. Of course, it does have some downsides, namely the aforementioned hot spots. These are caused by pushing the temperature settings too high, or by not cleaning your vape’s chamber often enough. This can lead to combustion, rendering the entire vaporizer superfluous.

2. Convection Heating

Convection heating vaporizers are generally considered a more up market form of heating. This method works in a similar manner to a fan oven; blowing hot air across your dried product and lifting the vapor out that way. You’ll want to ensure that your oven is loosely packed and has a coarser grind to facilitate air flow.

Convection generates a flavorful, and denser vapor, but it tends to have a longer wait before it reaches vaping temperatures.

3. Hybrid Heating

Hybrid heating is just that; the best of both worlds. It takes the speed of conduction vaporizers and combines it with the power and flavor of convection; leading to a convenient and pure vaping experience.

It is the rarest form of heating, usually only found in truly high quality vapes like the Storz & Bickel Vape. For those who want to get the very best vape session possible, a hybrid vape is essential.

Final Thoughts

Choosing between the two methods is a little easier if you think of it in terms of experience. If you are just starting out, you might want to chose a less expensive, easy-to-use conduction vaporizer. However if you consider yourself a "cannasseur", maybe your more sophisticated palate will dictate choosing a convection vape. 

There you have it: conduction, convection and hybrid vaporizers - You have all the information to be able to make your decision. 

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