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Wax vaporizers usually consist of a battery, atomizer and mouthpiece. This construct is adopted throughout the vape pen industry, allowing for a wider compatibility between brands and wax pen models. The atomizer is the element which heats your vaping material for vaporization. Wax atomizers can be made from a variety of materials and optimized for dry herb, wax and oil concentrates, even e-juice. These concentrate atomizers are wax pen optimized and thus not recommended for dry herb. Most wax atomizers are 510 threaded, making them universally compatible with standard wax pens.
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Simply put, vaporization is the process of heating materials to release their essential ingredients without combusting the materials. This is achieved through the use of atomizers, or heating elements. Older vape pen models featured wicks, which absorbed wax or oily concentrates for vaporization. The process of current wax pen units is far more advanced, featuring more inert materials and faster heat up times.
Atomizers utilized in modern wax pens break down into one of two categories: Coiled, and coilless. Coiled atomizers incorporate rods, which are wrapped with titanium wire. Titanium is preferred as it is completely safe at high temperatures, posing no added risk of inhalation of fumes or any other toxic byproducts. It’s also a highly resilient material which will readily withstand many cycles of rapid heating and cooling. Coiless atomizers do not feature any exposed wires, which instead heat in a bucket or cup, which allows for lower temperatures to be used while heating for greater release of flavor.
One of the most important aspects of an atomizer is the material used in its construction. Different materials offer various benefits as well as different flavors and experiences when used in a wax atomizer. Ceramic and quartz are the main materials used in atomizer construction, however lately companies such as the innovative Source Vapes, have begun to experiment with stainless steel atomizers. These wax vape tanks offer the distinct benefit of being easier to clean than previous atomizers as well as being extremely durable.
With the ubiquity of ceramic and quartz dominating the wax atomizer market, there is great debate between vape pen enthusiasts as to which is the superior material. The short answer is both, while each material has its benefits in certain scenarios and situations they are both very capable, high-quality options for wax atomizers.
Ceramic has been used in wax atomizers since the introduction of the modern wax atomizer with rods and titanium wire. Ceramic is less inert than quartz, meaning that it has a more porous surface, which will absorb more concentrate material. This allows for the flavor of your concentrates to more thoroughly permeate your wax atomizer, for fuller flavor. For this reason, ceramic is generally preferred by low-temp dabbers and wax pen users hoping to get the fullest flavors from their waxy oils and concentrates. This makes ceramic atomizers a perfect complement to lower-temperature setups such as single coil 510 atomizers as well as coilless atomizers.
The use of quartz in wax atomizers is a relatively new practice. Quartz is a premium material which is featured in high-quality vape pens and wax atomizers; it has a look and feel similar to that of glass. Quartz has the benefit of being much more inert than ceramic. Remember how we said that Ceramic is porous and soaks up a small amount of concentrate material into your wax tank? Quartz is the opposite, with a much less porous surface, when it reaches temperature, it will burn the wax without absorbing. For this reason, quartz rod atomizers are favored by dabbers and those looking for above-average clouds.
While quartz is capable of producing large clouds, this does mean that your concentrates will be vaporized much more quickly. This causes more of your waxy oils or concentrates to be consumed with each hit. For its cloud-producing capabilities, quartz is generally used in dual rod-type wax atomizers. This allows for greater surface area to quickly heat the concentrate material. For the most extreme hits of all, there are an emerging number of wax atomizers which feature a triple rod quartz atomizer. Triple coil quartz rod atomizers are recommended experienced dabbers due to the high output of vapor they provide.