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How to choose the right vape hardware 

There is no more efficient way to enjoy the beneficial properties of cannabidiol (CBD) and marijuana than vaporizing. With this method, cannabinoids are activated and absorbed rapidly, where they can start to have an effect within seconds. Smoking is the only other way that compares in terms of speed, but this comes with needless health risks. Smoke is stuffed with harmful carcinogens, that can lead to life-threatening health problems in the long run.

But finding the most suitable vape hardware can be a challenge. The vape industry has gone from strength to strength in recent times, giving vapers unprecedented choice. There are vape pods and disposable pens, refillable pens, portable vaporizers, desktop vaporizers and more. Moreover, e-liquids, dry herb and concentrates are all suitable for vaping. This is fantastic for enthusiasts, who can sample low and high doses, indicas and sativas, and indeed any vaping product that comes with a twist. But it can be a little daunting for newbies, many of whom just want a cost-effective vaping setup. 

This article will detail the advantages and disadvantages of the most common types of vaping equipment, and outline which vapers they are most suited to. We’ll be covering:

  • The quality of desktop vaporizers
  • The benefits of refillable pods/cartridges
  • Advantages of disposable devices
  • Cool vape mods
  • The effects of vaping e-liquids, concentrates and dry herb

Desktop vapes 

The best vaping experience comes undoubtedly from desktop vaporizers. These are designed to vape dry herb, and the user has full control over the type of vapor they get. A good desktop vape will allow for temperature changes at one-degree intervals, so that vapers can find a setup that meets their needs in regard to vapor viscosity and flavor. These vapes operate on mains power as opposed to batteries, so there’s never a danger of running out of power mid-session. In addition, desktop vaporizers are great for social vaping, as the device can remain switched on for long periods without needing a recharge. And with the superb tasting vapor, you and your friends will be keen to fill up bowl after bowl.

As good as desktop vapes are, they are somewhat limited compared to portable equipment. Desktop vapes, such as the famous Volcano, are heavy and difficult to carry around. These devices aren’t feasible for those who want or need to vape on the go. But those looking to enjoy fantastic vape sessions at home should consider investing in a desktop vaporizer. The effects are unparalleled.

Portable vaporizers

These are more sophisticated than your average vape pen, and gives vapers more control over their experience, in comparison to vape pens. Depending on the model, you may be able to vape two – or all three of concentrates, e-liquids and dry herbs. This makes a portable device an excellent selection for users who like to tweak their setup on a regular basis. 

Some devices are all about the experience, such as the PAX. More recent models in the PAX range even let you sync up the device to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth to adjust the settings. Some vapes prioritize discretion, and have non-assuming aesthetics. Take the Magic Flight Launch Box, for instance. This wooden vape is small and heats up very quickly, but doesn’t produce the strong aroma that some other vapes do.

High-end portable vaporizers are undeniably quite expensive, and probably won’t be what you’re looking for if you want a cheap vape starter kits. However, for those who have had good experiences with vape pods or pens, a more developed portable vaporizer is a great upgrade to improve your vapor quality when on the move. 

Refillable CBD vape pens 

Refillable vape pens are more portable than regular handheld vaporizers, and are a little more discreet. Just about every pen has a micro-USB charging feature, and will rarely take more than 30 minutes to charge from empty. 

The beauty of vaping cartridges is the standardized 510-threaded design throughout the vape market – whether you vape cannabis, CBD or nicotine. Almost any cartridge from any manufacturer can be attached securely to a rechargeable pen, without leaking. 

Refillable cartridges can be a lot of fun for serious vapers, who like to mix and match between different products, or even make their own e-liquids. Vapers may want to combine a CBD e-liquid with their favorite flavored vape juice, or maybe fuse together CBD and nicotine e-liquids for a concentration boost. 

Refillable cartridges will become worn and dirty over time, which will affect the taste. While you can clean and keep using them, empty cartridges are cheap to replace. Refillable vape pens have few downsides, although a more fully-fledged portable device may have better vapor quality. 

Disposable vape pens 

Enjoy relied on-demand with CBD oil and e-liquid products. Many users find that rapid-acting CBD products are more therapeutic than their regular medicines. This is unsurprising for disorders with acute symptoms, which can strike suddenly and intensely. Disposable vape pens offer lots of variety, with multiple flavored options, and they are designed for maximum convenience.

The pen-shaped, lightweight design is perfect for regular use during the day. Since disposable pens are thrown away once they are empty, there’s no need for recharging. This is helpful as you’ll always know how many milligrams of CBD you have readily available. Disposable pens are preloaded with either a CBD-isolate or full-spectrum CBD extract. Some products are made with an MCT-rich carrier oil to increase bioavailability. Many established hemp-based CBD brands have moved into the disposable vape pen industry, giving vapers even more choice. 

A great perk of disposable pens is that they are easier to operate than other portable devices. Pens with draw-activated firing work on the sensation and pressure that’s produced when you inhale at the mouthpiece, meaning you don’t need to press a single button. No buttons to press also makes disposable pens safer, as there’s no risk of an accidental switch on. Also, as they are single-use, there’s no need to do any maintenance. 

Disposable pens deliver an optimum vaping experience, but you can expect to pay a little more for the luxury. Vapers on a budget may prefer a refillable product. However, those who favor convenience will probably deem paying a few extra bucks per pen well worth it. 

Vape pod systems 

If you are familiar with vaping culture, you’ll have definitely heard of the JUUL, a tiny device from the makers of the famous PAX which is pioneering pod vaping, which prioritizes discretion and simplicity. The JUUL, for one, looks just like a USB stick, but packs a serious punch. They also offer a good range of pods with delicious flavors, including fruity mango. 

Regular JUUL pods contain nicotine. However, other brands are now getting involved in the pod market, and introducing CBD and cannabis pods to the vape scene. As it happens, CBD pods could be good for nicotine users trying to quit. CBD products are increasingly touted as smoking cessation products. This is because the cannabinoid has anti-addictive properties. 

The JUUL was the first pod vaporizer to make an impact, but others devices have emerged of late. The OVNS is a good alternative, as is the Ki, which offers twice the battery life that the JUUL does, and uses pods twice the size. Considering vape pods hold a mere 0.8ml of e-liquid, doubling up to 1.6ml can make a big difference, reducing the time you need to spend replacing or refilling pods. 

Be aware of leaks when using pods made from a different company than the device. Vape pods are improving in quality as demand increases, but it’s important to do your research beforehand, as a leakage could leave you with a hefty dry cleaning bill. Besides that, pod vaporizers are the perfect choice for any first-time vaper seeking a reliable, good value device.

Awesome vape mods 

The 510-threaded system that has been almost universally adopted means that hardcore vapers can have a lot of fun perfecting their equipment. There are numerous vape mods out there to make a device unique, or simply to fine-tune the vapor flavor, viscosity or throat hit. We’ve picked out a few of our favorite vape and box mods to show you just what’s possible when you get creative with vaping. 

The REO Grand is a durable vape mod that is great if you vape often and outside of the house. It holds a whopping 6ml of vape juice, and has a magnetically-closing door to prevent leaks.

The Limited-Sub Herb is a mod that lets you turn your average portable vape into a device capable of heating dry herb. This limited edition model from MigVapor heats quickly and is also compatible with concentrates.

If building your own vape, you should think about getting any squonker mod. Several manufacturers are selling these nowadays. With a squonker, you can soak the coil or wick with e-liquid as you need it. Squonkers guarantee tasty hits, time after time.

Should you vape e-liquid, herb or concentrates?

E-liquids work well because there is lots of flexibility. You can easily mix different vape juices together, or even dissolve concentrates into the tank to jack up the potency of an e-liquid. They deliver consistent vapor, with a steady dosage of nicotine, CBD or THC. Dry herb vaping tends to be more inconsistent. The cannabinoids are unevenly distributed throughout the flower.

That said, dry herb offers a purer vaping experience. There’s no need to use vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol or any carrier oil combination. Just add some ground-up herb to the chamber, and vape away. You can also combine different strains easily when wanting a changeup. 

Concentrates are in a league of their own. These are much, much stronger than dry herb, and even the strongest vape juices. Crystals especially are incredibly powerful. In therapeutic terms, this means potent and effective relief from ailments. For recreational users it means a much more intense ‘high’. Not all vapers will want concentrates. But those who use them tend to love the strong effects. 

Final thoughts

Hopefully this guide has enhanced your knowledge of what’s out there in the vaping market, and helped you determine the best equipment for you. If buying for the first time, a starter kit can be a great investment. With these, you’ll get all the kit necessary to start vaping, without spending money you don’t have to on non-essential accessories. It’s often best to start small and establish what sort of vaping is most suited to you before spending the big bucks.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Nicotine, CBD and THC are not intended to treat, prevent or cure any disease or condition. Keep all vaping products out of reach of children and pets. 

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