Get more from your vaporizer. Here's how to get the best vapor production from your portable vaporizer for better performance.
Vaporizers have become incredibly popular, and for good reason: vaping is healthier than smoking and more efficient than combusting. However, to get the best results from your vaporizer, you need to follow a few important steps.
Whether you're using a high-end, true portable vaporizer or a less expensive vape pen, here's what you need to do to get the best vapor production from your vaporizer:
This one is very important. These devices are commonly called "dry herb vaporizers" for a reason, after all. You will get much more vapor production if your herbs are completely dried before you begin vaping.
In general, you want to buy herbs that are properly cured and dried to begin with for various reasons. However, if your herbs are not already dried, you can do so by following the steps below. While there are other methods and shortcuts you can take, the more time you take to properly dry your herbs, the more the herbs will retain their smoothness, flavor and aroma, and potency.
Depending on how wet your herbs are, you may need to perform one of these methods for several hours, overnight, or 1-2 days.
1. Glass Jar Method
Place your herbs inside a glass jar with the lid off. Place tissue both below and on top of the herbs. The tissues and glass jar will help prevent mold from forming (since the herbs are wet).
2. Paper or Plastic?
Both, actually. Start by placing your herbs in a brown paper bag for 6-8 hours. Then, remove the herbs and place them in a plastic bag for 5-7 hours. Alternate between these two while also lessening how much time you place the herbs in each bag. Alternating bags helps keep the moisture even throughout the plant (so that the outside doesn't dry faster than the center). Repeat as necessary.
3. Rice Method
Rice is commonly known to absorb moisture. Luckily, the same applies to your herbs. Place your wet herbs in a container with rice until all the moisture is absorbed--just be sure to pick off any remaining rice before use.
4. Oven Method (faster, but not preferred)
If you really need to dry your herbs in a pinch, you can get the job done using your oven. Spread the plants out evenly on a cookie sheet and tray and place them in the oven between 100 and 150 degrees Fahrenheit (no higher, or you may lose potency). Let them heat for about 10 minutes, then remove. If your herbs are still a little moist, turn them over and repeat for another 10 minutes.
If you have any other tips for drying your herbs, let us know if the comments!
Grinding herbs helps heat transfer between them more efficiently and effectively. This helps provide more even heating of your herbs and tobacco, and can help with producing thicker clouds of vapor.
You may have many sharp tools and appliances laying around your kitchen that can help with grinding your herbs, but finding a nice herb grinder is probably the best way to go.
This one sounds a little confusing at first, but bear with us. First and foremost, vapor is coming from the herbs. So, naturally, the more you pack, the more vapor your device will yield. However, different vaporizers have different designs--some of which require that you not over-pack the chamber. If you have a portable vaporizer where the airflow through the device could potentially be blocked by overpacking the chamber, then you want to be mindful of the delicate balance between packing tightly, but not overpacking.
Overpacking is more likely to be an issue if the heating chamber for your device is right below the mouthhpiece. This type of design usually means that you're breathing all the vapor directly from the chamber, and the airflow from the chamber to the mouthpiece could get blocked by herbs. If the airflow is blocked, then the vapor is blocked, and you will not get the best hits you could be getting. Devices where the heating chamber is at the bottom of the device (and the mouthpiece is at the top) tend to not suffer from this problem.
So, as long as you are not physically blocking airflow from the mouthpiece, then continue to pack and pack tightly. If your vaporizer has a mouthpiece that sits directly above the herbs, then just leave a bit of breathing room so that you can still inhale the vapor.
Speaking of inhaling, you want to make sure to inhale lightly and slowly. Going back to Tip 3, if your device's mouthpiece is directly above the herbs, then inhaling too forcefully will suck the herbs up to the filter and block airflow, preventing you from getting the most vapor from each hit.
But aside from airflow, inhaling slowly also keeps the heating chamber and herbs at the desired temperature. If you inhale too rapidly and too frequently, you may cool the chamber off, limiting how much vapor you get from each hit.
Finally, you have to remember that it takes time for the vapor to cook up. If you are constantly taking huge puffs, then you're getting a bit of vapor (that's been produced), and then a lot of excess air. A device can only produce so much vapor per second, and if you're taking in a lot of air, then you're not giving your vaporizer enough time to do it's job. You will constantly be outpacing your vaporizer, and it will always be playing catch-up.
It's best to give the chamber time to heat up before you start taking hits, and pace the hits out appropriate if you're not getting enough vapor. While you could wait an even longer period of time in between hits and still take forceful, deep inhales, you're likely to get overwhelmed from breathing in too much vapor at once. It's definitely best to take small, slow, and steady puffs.
Finally, if you're using a vape pen (one of the many vaporizer pens on the market that have exposed heating coils inside the chamber), you absolutely must use something to prevent direct contact between the heating coil and your herbs. Glass screens are the most popular method to do the trick. Glass will not alter the flavor of your vapor and, most importantly, does not conduct electricity--so the glass screen won't run the risk of creating a short-circuit with the battery (something mesh filters have been known to do).
You can see our detailed tutorial on using glass screen filters here.
And you can purchase glass screen filters for your vape pens here.
So try these tips and techniques out and see if you get more vapor or better vapor from your portable vaporizers and vape pens. And if you have any tips of your own, please leave them in the comments.
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