The number of available vaporizers on the market is ever- increasing. New criteria, new features, new categories. In this article we want gain a good grasp on a new distinction which defines the inhalation technique. We will look at the difference between on-demand vaporizing and session vaporizing.
It is our humble opinion that this is one of the main aspects to consider in the choice of a first time vaporizer purchase. Of course ideally one could have both an on-demand and session vaporizer, however this kind of expense is not for everyone's pocket. So let's look at the different usage styles to help you narrow down which model better suits you.
The main difference between these two techniques of consuming your dry herb, lies in the efficiency and the speed of the inhalation. This aspect determines whether you tend to enjoy full intense hits or rather a slow, continuous use over the course of a longer period of time.
In general terms it is logical to associate session vaporizing with conduction heating (occasionally with hybrid vaporizers). This inhalation technique is characterized by a permanent heat emission until the herb is spent, thus the botanical material needs to be used all at once. A session cannot be interrupted half way, as the heating element takes some time to arrive to the configured temperature and then to cool down. By not continuing the inhalation cycle, one loses all the properties in the heating chamber, which continues to heat.
The dense, deep and continuous inhalation is usually compared to smoking a herbal cigarette. This similarity to smoking also associates this device to a more social, sharing session. However, these powerful hits are also attractive for medical users, who might need a substantial instant dose.
We take a quick look at the most popular and best-reviewed session vaporizers:
The PAX 3 is a small, refined premium vaporizer that's interesting for all users, from first time vape owners to expert users. The discretion of this device is outstanding, proven by many well designed features that make its look elegant yet essential. Just to name a few, its haptic feedback feature, the lip sensor and the total control of the device through an app make this session vaporizer a top-end all-time favourite.
A well elaborated high-scale vaporizer with customisable options and interesting innovations. This device is know for the incredible flavour of its vapor, which thanks to a zirconia pearl remains evenly distributed and fresh. The DaVinci IQ is configured through an app, allowing for simple use or an elaborate and expert experience through a “Smart path technology” temperature setting.
A legendary device that just got a new update, making it more powerful and with a higher capacity. Crafty comes from a long line of first class Storz & Bickel vaporizers, which have created the perfect blend of devices both apt for recreational and medical use. Thanks to the unparalleled production quality, excellent inhalation efficiency, its hybrid heating chamber and its advanced cooling system, this vaporizer will please anyone looking for a full, flavourful cloud production.
On-demand vaporizers are convection vaporizers, but not all convection heating equals to on-demand vaporizing. On-demand vaporizing is a more refined and controlled way of managing your session. Although, it should be mentioned that the inhalation technique of most on-demand vaporizers present a learning curve. The most interesting feature of these devices is that the herbs in the chamber do not continue to heat up in between hits. This means that there is no need to use all your herb at once, one bowl can be used throughout an extended period, even the whole day.
The chamber, comparatively smaller to session vapes, heats up and cools down very quickly, in the higher-end models, this occurs in under 10 seconds. This controlled heat is ideal for those who like to microdose their herb throughout the day, with small and continuous hits.
On-demand vaporizers are sophisticated and thus can be in the higher price range. However this could be compensated by the fact that all botanical material will be used in the most efficient and essential way, and all its properties will be released when you demand it. This results in no waste of your herbs.
Let's take a look at the most interesting and popular on-demand vaporizers on the market.
This is the model that has popularized and validated the on-demand hype, a true darling of the vape connoisseur. With a unique designed battery and a power distribution system, the Ghost MV1 aimes for a maximum power to evenly vape the material in the crucible. Thus its production of delicious and dense vapour will keep coming when and where you choose. This portable beast, which can handle both concentrates and dry herbs does present a learning curve, but the precision of its operation is matched by some of the most outstanding aromatic vapour produced by any portable vape.
The first popular high-end portable vaporizer, offering instant on-demand vapour. The Firefly is considered the Apple of vaporizers, for its minimalist design, its intuitive functions, sleek shape and advanced app. The aroma of its vapor is unrivaled, but it will take a few sessions before the inhalation technique is perfected.
Sticky Brick Junior:
This fully analog, flame-powered vaporizer is not only beautiful to look at and precious to hold, thank to its solid wood body and glass tubes, but it is ingeniously engineered. In fact the herb will be heated only with hot air generated from the application of a torch flame and exclusively during inhalation. The Sticky Brick Junior is not only pretty and well built, and it offers some of the most aromatic and pure clouds of vapour yet seen.
So that is our take on session and on-demand vaporizing. Two different styles, for different needs and uses. We hope to have helped you better make more informed choices, there is no absolute best vaporizer, there is just the best one for you, and we are here to help you find it.