Vaping 101


What Are Vaporizers?

A vaporizer is a device that heats materials at temperatures hot enough to extract the desired flavors, smells, and other components, without reaching temperatures hot enough to burn or combust the material. Vaping, and vape pens in generally, have become extremely popular for use with dry herbs and wax consistency products for this reason. Since the release of the Atmos’ original Dry Herb Kit, the vaporizer industry has continued to grow, becoming more mainstream, more advanced, and more accessible to anyone interested in vaping.

What Kind Of Vaporizers Are There?

There are a wide variety of different vaporizers types. Originally, the only kind of vape you could buy was a heavy desktop-style vaporizer. These were clunky models that took up shelf space and couldn’t travel with users. Overtime, products like Atmos’ original Dry Herb Kit, the Jump, and the Boss, have made the portable vaporizer a much more popular concept. These are vaporizers that still provide pure, flavorful vapor, but can fit into your pocket, going with you to concerts, on trips, etc. While desktop vaporizers can cost a pretty sizable amount of money, portable vaporizers have only gotten less and less expensive as the technology continues to evolve.

How Do Vaporizers Work?

As we mentioned earlier, the purpose of a vaporizer is to heat your dry herbs, wax consistency products, or e-liquids just enough to extract the desired materials, without getting so hot that it burns, or combusts, the product. This can be done using a number of different heating elements, chambers, atomizers, and other types of heating tools. However, the vast majority of portable vaporizers and vape pens use one of two methods: convection and conduction heating.

What is Conduction Heating?

Conduction heating is a method of vaporizing dry herbs and wax consistency products in an extremely fast manner. While this method may seem less efficient than other, slower, methods, conduction is extremely popular for its ability to provide instant gratification. Because of its fast acting nature, conduction heating is used in the majority of portable vape pens on the market. However, it should be noted that most conduction heating vaporizers do cause a slight amount of combustion, which is why they are seen as less efficient than convection heating vaporizers.

What is Convection Heating?

Convection heating is a method of vaporizing dry herbs through the use of hot air. Unlike conductive heating, which uses hot surface materials to vaporize dry herbs and wax consistency products, convection heating instead forces hot air through an air path into the chamber where your dry herbs are placed. This method of vaporization is a favorite of users looking for the purest vapor possible, and it’s one of the reasons that products, like the Aegis, which use convection heating are so popular.

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Atmos prides itself on its wide selection of high quality, portable vape pens. Whether you’re buying your portable vaporizer in-store, or on our official website, we offer numerous different products, each with their own unique features and functions. For example: for many, a simple device than you can turn on and heat is more than enough to satisfy them. For these customers, we offer a number of simple devices that go above and beyond in getting the job done. These portable vape pens include products like the Jump, and the Boss. However, for many, things like precision temperature controls and a certain level of personalization are crucial for their vaporizer to fit their needs. These portable vapes include products like the Vicod 5G, the RUVA, and the Aegis. For any other needs, we have a wide selection of heating chambers, batteries, and accessories that can be combined to fit your liking. While this is a little more hands-on than buying a vaporizer and getting started, products like the Greedy M2 and the Studio Rig are proof that these accessories can become immensely powerful vaporizers.

What to Look For When Buying a Portable Vape Pen

There are a lot of different features, functions, and small details to keep in mind when you’re buying your first portable vaporizer. While it may seem obvious, the first task on your list should be figuring out what you plan on vaping. While there are a number of different Multi-purpose vaporizers on the market, the vast majority of vape pens are specially designed to vape one type of material better than others. For example, the Vicod 5G 2nd Generation is a multi-purpose vaporizer, as it can vaporize wax consistency products and dry herbs. However, its primary purpose is vaporizing dry herb materials, and while it vaporizes wax consistency products well, it would not be recommended to someone who mainly wants to vape wax consistency products.

Once you know what type of portable vape you’re interested in, your next focus should be on heating method. What kind of heating method matches your interests? While this question is mainly directed at those interested in dry herb vape pens, it’s still an important question to keep in mind, as conduction and convection both offer very different experiences for the user.

Once you’ve made up your mind in regards to the heating method of your portable vaporizer, it is important to consider the specific features and functions of each individual vape pen. This includes smaller details like the heating chamber, the battery, and additional functions.

Heating chamber materials can play a major role in the flavor and vapor production of your portable vaporizer. For instance, Atmos’ patented hard anodized heating chambers provide a durable material that produces a significant amount of vapor. Those are the key strengths of this materials. In contrast, a material like ceramic has very different strengths, as it is primarily known for the purity and flavor of the vapor produced. Long story short, if you are really craving strong flavors, ceramic may be what you need, but if you’re looking for easy maintenance, then a hard anodized chamber or a stainless steel chamber may be better for you.

Lastly, many of the portable vape pens available today come equipped with a variety of different features.  Temperature controls is by far the most popular of these features, as it gives users the ability to hone in on specific temperatures that cater to their preferences. Other features to keep an eye on are things like: adjustable airflow, setting memory functions, behavioral controls, vibration notifications, OLED screens, etc.

If you have any questions about buying a portable vape pen or if you are having issues operating your current vaporizer feel free to contact our customer service team with any questions you may have. Our customer service team can be reached at (855) 633-3244.

Something to Remember When You Own a Vaporizer

Like any product that is regularly used, it’s extremely important to give your portable vaporizer the proper maintenance needed to keep it running well over time. Like a car needs an oil change, your vape pen needs to be cleaned regularly. This can extend the life of your vaporizer for a significant amount of time, giving you less problems and issues over time. If proper cleaning isn’t consistently performed, resin from vaporized material can form small chunks, building up and hardening overtime to cause a decrease in your device’s performance.