All desktop vaporizers heat material though convection, making them the preferred units of people who use vaporizers primarily for the health benefits. Depending on the type of desktop, heated air is either drawn manually or propelled automatically from the heating element through the material being vaporized.
Desktop vaporizers come in two different styles: whip-style or forced-air. Whip-style vaporizers utilize a piece of medical grade tubing called a “whip” to inhale vapor as it’s drawn from the heating element. Forced air vaporizers are a bit more advanced, and utilize a fan that propels the heat over your herbs and fills a balloon bag or whip attachment with vapor. Some desktop vaporizers are referred to as “dual-function,” and are capable of both a forced air and whip-style delivery.
Whip-style vaporizers utilize a “whip” attachment as their means of drawing vapor. A whip is comprised of three main parts - the wand (glass piece where herb is packed), the tubing (typically medical-grade silicon) and the mouthpiece (which is usually glass). When using a whip-style unit, the user is able to pull hot air over the herbs and create a steady stream of vapor as they inhale. Whip-style devices are very popular, as they’re extremely easy to use and one of the most affordable types of vaporizers.
Most of these vaporizers utilize a hands free connection, which allows for seamless vapor consumption without having to hold the whip attachment in place. These vapes use a ground glass wand to achieve the hands free connection, and provide a more enjoyable vaporizing experience. In addition to being hands free, ground glass wands also provide airtight seals, which increases overall vapor production and efficiency. Although all units come with their own whip attachment, they can be swapped out for others that are compatible. All whips function in pretty much the same way, but tend to vary in things like size, glass thickness, design and color.
While whip-style units are sometimes viewed as an “old-school” means of vaporization, newer models boast features such as precise temperature control, LCD displays as well as cutting-edge designs. These vapes are ideal for those looking for a simple, less technical way to vaporize.
Forced-air vaporizers represent the newest and most effective wave of vaporizers. These advanced devices utilize a forced-air system, meaning an internal fan propels hot air over your herbs, heating them by way of convection heating. This process creates a perfect vapor stream that can be drawn through a whip attachment, or filled into a balloon bag - depending on the type of vaporizer. Many of these units also feature varying fan settings, allowing the user to control the speed of the hot air flow.
Desktops that utilize forced-air technology are viewed as the most effective and healthy means of vaporization. Forced-air units are able to pump out vapor on their own, whereas standard whip-style vaporizers require the user to inhale (draw) for vapor to be produced. Once herbs are warmed through convection, the units’ internal fan continues to propel the vapor either into a balloon bag or through a whip attachment, allowing for the most seamless vaporization experience possible.
While all forced-air vaporizers function somewhat similarly, things like size, heat-up time, temperature range, vapor delivery system and overall quality vary from unit to unit. Vapes that use forced-air technology tend to perform better than standard whip-style vaporizers, and are typically considered to be higher quality. While standard whip-style units offer a quick and simple means of dry herb vaporization, they can’t compete with the type of vapor production associated with forced-air units.