The Mechanics of a Vaporizer & How They Work


Many people around the world use vaporizers socially, and for a variety of reasons. Vaporizers are typically convenient and offer a customizable experience for the vaper by offering many flavors and different devices they can use, from traditional vape pens to dry herb vaporizers.

If you are considering using one, or have been using one for a while, you are likely to be curious to find out how they work. Luckily, this doesn’t need any deep scientific knowledge, as the process is quite a simple one.

How a Vaporizer Works

At the heart of your vaporizer is a battery-powered heating element that is most typically made from ceramic. This arrangement allows a high temperature to be reached very quickly, making it quick and easy for the user to get a puff of their preferred herb or concentrate. This is usually encased in a glass, ceramic, or stainless-steel chamber.

Built-In or Removable Battery?

The battery is key to the whole process here, and this can be either built-in or removable. Built-in is typically more convenient, as you don’t have to detach the battery to charge it. With a removable battery, you also have the chance of leaving it behind when you go out.

Conduction and Convection Vaporizers

Based on that principle, there are three different types of vaporizers

  • Conduction – Here the herb or concentrate is in direct contact with the element to produce the vapor that is inhaled.
  • Convection – The difference here is that there is no contact between the element and the herb or concentrate, and the hot air created by the element goes through or around it, to create the vapor.
  • Hybrid – This is often seen as a ‘best of both worlds’ solution that combines both these techniques.

All of these choices can be seen as positive, but often, too much choice can mean that you have trouble making the right decision or end up not deciding at all.

What Makes a Good Vaporizer?

This will be entirely subjective depending on what you want from it. You might want one that is “made in the USA”, in which case you have plenty of choices. You might even want one at an entry-level price to try out any anecdotal benefits for yourself.

As conduction vaporizers tend to be cheaper than convention, (and both are cheaper than hybrid) you might want to start there, but going to a reliable quality supplier, like, will give you a much fuller picture of what is available, and the prices you might expect to pay.

To Wrap Everything Up

Many people around the world use vaporizers every day, but not all of them know how they work. The principle is simple, and this principle is used by manufacturers to create different ways for users to inhale their preferred herb or concentrate. This has created a lot of options for vapers, so they can look both online and in brick-and-mortar stores for the perfect solution for them.