how to use and maintain dry herb vape

Vaping 101 – Beginner’s Guide to Dry Herb Vape

Dry herb vaporizers have gained popularity as a discreet and efficient way to consume botanical materials, such as herbs and flowers, without the need for combustion. Unlike traditional smoking methods, dry herb vapes heat the material to a temperature that releases its active compounds as vapor, minimizing harmful byproducts. To make the most of your dry herb vape experience, it’s crucial to understand how to properly use and maintain the device.

Using a dry herb vaporizer is relatively straightforward. First, you need to know what type of heating element your dry herb vaporizer has. There are two types of combustion type:

  • Conduction and Convection

Conduction and convection are two different heating methods used in dry herb vaporizers. They affect how the vaporizer heats and extracts the active compounds from the herbs. Here’s the difference between convection and conduction dry herb vapes:

CONDUCTION HEATING

  1. Conduction Dry Herb Vape: Conduction heating involves direct contact between the heating element and the dry herb material. In a conduction vaporizer, the heating element (usually a metal or ceramic chamber) heats up, and the dry herb material placed directly on or inside the chamber comes into contact with the hot surface. This direct contact transfers heat to the herb, causing it to release its active compounds and produce vapor.

Pros:

  • Quick heat-up time: Conduction vaporizers tend to heat up faster compared to convection vaporizers.
  • Generally more compact and simpler in design.
  • Can be more cost-effective since they are simpler to manufacture.

Cons:

  • Uneven heating: The herbs in direct contact with the heating element might get heated more than the rest, leading to uneven vaporization.
  • Risk of combustion: If the temperature is too high or if the herb isn’t stirred frequently, there’s a higher chance of combustion (burning) rather than vaporization.
  • Potential for harsher vapor: Since some parts of the herb can get overheated, the vapor might be harsher and less flavorful.

CONVECTION HEATING

  1. Convection Dry Herb Vape: Convection heating involves heating the air around the dry herb material, which then transfers heat to the herbs. In a convection vaporizer, the heating element heats the air that flows through the herb chamber, allowing the hot air to gently vaporize the herb without direct contact.

Pros:

  • Even heating: Convection vaporizers tend to provide more even and consistent vaporization of the herb.
  • Reduced risk of combustion: Because the herbs are not in direct contact with a hot surface, there’s less risk of combustion.
  • Better flavor: Convection vaporizers often produce smoother and more flavorful vapor because the herbs are heated more gently.

Cons:

  • Longer heat-up time: Convection vaporizers usually take longer to heat up compared to conduction models.
  • Can be more complex: The design of convection vaporizers can be more intricate, potentially leading to higher manufacturing costs.

In summary, conduction vaporizers involve direct heating of the herb through contact with a heated surface, while convection vaporizers heat the air around the herb to indirectly vaporize it. Convection vaporizers often provide a more even and flavorful vaporization experience, while conduction vaporizers might be quicker to heat up but can have a higher risk of uneven heating and combustion. Your choice between the two depends on your preferences for vapor quality, ease of use, and other factors.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT PARTS OF A DRY HERB VAPE?

  • Battery: most dry herb vapes use lithium-ion batteries similar to the ones found in nicotine vapes. These batteries are rechargeable, some are internal and some are removable.
  • Oven/chamber: this is where you pack your flower material. Depending on the device you may need to grind the flower finely and pack it tight, or grind it coarsely and pack it loose, please refer to your instruction manual for your particular device for more information.
  • Buttons: various buttons can be found on these devices but are usually limited to power, up, and down (for adjusting the temperature).
  • Display: as mentioned previously this may come in the form of an LCD screen or LED lights to give the user information.
  • Mouthpiece: this is fairly self-explanatory, the mouthpiece is where you inhale from.

HOW TO SET UP YOUR DRY HERB VAPE:

  1. Read your device’s instructions manual to understand how your device works. While you’re reading, charge the device. Some vaporizers use a removable battery or batteries, and if that is the case, then there might be different charging methods used. Typically the battery can be charged separately in a charger, or while it is still inside the vaporizer. If you have a removable battery. You might also consider investing in extra batteries as well since that means you will always have a fresh battery ready when one runs out.

Begin by grinding your botanical material to a consistent texture. This enhances vaporization by increasing the surface area exposed to heat. We recommend;

  • If you are using a conduction heating vape, we recommend grinding your herb finely.
  • If you are using a convection heating vape, we recommend grinding your herbs coarsely.

2. Next, open the vaporizer’s heating chamber and fill it with the ground herb. Be mindful not to overpack, as this can restrict airflow and reduce vapor quality.

3. Once the chamber is loaded, reassemble the device. Power it on, and select your desired temperature setting. Lower temperatures (around 175°C to 190°C) offer a more flavorful experience, while higher temperatures (around 200°C to 220°C) provide thicker vapor and a stronger hit. Allow the vape to heat up, which usually takes a minute or two, and then start taking slow and longer steady draws.

4. Inhale. The length of your inhales can vary from device to device so be sure to refer to your user manual. Don’t go all out just yet, dry herb vapes are pretty efficient and you get a fair bit out of each puff so take a couple of puffs and wait for the effect to kick in before having any more.

Keep in mind that if this is your first time using a dry herb vape, the experience will be a lot different compared to smoking joints or using a bong. As a dry herb vape does not use direct contact with flame, less vapour is to be expected.

MAINTAINING YOUR DEVICE

Proper maintenance ensures optimal performance and prolongs the lifespan of your dry herb vaporizer. After each use, empty the heating chamber and brush away any residual material. Regular cleaning prevents residue buildup that can affect vapor quality and airflow. Use the cleaning tools provided with your device or soft brushes to clean the chamber, screen, and mouthpiece. Isopropyl alcohol can be used to clean stubborn residues—just ensure to thoroughly rinse and dry all components before using the vape again.

We recommend performing a deep clean on your device every 2 weeks or so to maintain the longevity of your device and prevent issues from happening.

HOW TO CLEAN YOUR DRY HERB VAPE:

Cleaning your dry herb vaporizer is essential to maintain its performance, extend its lifespan, and ensuring a pleasant vaping experience. Here’s a general guide on how to clean a dry herb vape:

Note: Always refer to your vaporizer’s user manual for specific cleaning instructions tailored to your device, as different vaporizers may have slightly different cleaning requirements.

Materials You’ll Need:

  1. Isopropyl alcohol (at least 90% concentration)
  2. Cotton swabs or pipe cleaners
  3. Soft brush or cleaning tool (often included with the vaporizer)
  4. Small bowl or container
  5. Paper towels

Cleaning Steps:

  1. Disassemble the Vaporizer: Make sure the vaporizer is turned off and has cooled down before starting the cleaning process. Remove the mouthpiece, chamber, screens, and any other removable parts.
  2. Empty the Chamber: Dump out any leftover herbs from the chamber. Use a brush or cleaning tool to gently remove any loose debris or residue.
  3. Clean the Mouthpiece: If your vaporizer has a removable mouthpiece, clean it separately. Soak the mouthpiece in isopropyl alcohol for about 10–20 minutes. Then, use a cotton swab or pipe cleaner soaked in alcohol to clean the inside and outside of the mouthpiece. Rinse it thoroughly with water after cleaning and let it dry completely before reattaching.
    • Please note that there are some parts that can be soaked in isopropyl alcohol for a long period of time. Parts that can be soaked in iso for a longer time:
      • Ceramic Piece
      • Metal Piece
    • Parts that can’t be soaked in iso for a long time:
      • Plastic Piece
      • Rubber Piece
      • Silicone Piece
  4. Clean the Chamber and Screens: Soak the chamber and screens (if applicable) in isopropyl alcohol for about 10–20 minutes. After soaking, use a brush or cotton swab to gently scrub away any residue. Rinse them with water and let them dry completely before reassembling.
  5. Clean the Vapor Path: Some vaporizers have a vapor path that the vapor travels through before reaching the mouthpiece. If your vaporizer has a removable vapor path, clean it with isopropyl alcohol-soaked cotton swabs or pipe cleaners. Be gentle and thorough to remove any buildup.
  6. Wipe Down the Exterior: Use a cloth or paper towel slightly dampened with isopropyl alcohol to wipe down the exterior of the vaporizer. This will remove any fingerprints, dirt, or residue.
  7. Reassemble the Vaporizer: Once all the parts are completely dry, reassemble the vaporizer. Make sure everything is properly fitted and secured.
  8. Run a Burn-Off Cycle: Some vaporizers have a “burn-off” or “cleaning” cycle that heats the device to a high temperature, burning away any remaining residue. If your vaporizer has this feature, run it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  9. Regular Maintenance: To prevent excessive buildup, clean your vaporizer regularly. Empty the chamber after each session, and give it a quick brush or wipe to remove any loose debris. This will make the deep cleaning process easier and less frequent.

Please note: There are some materials that can’t be soaked in isopropyl alcohol for a long period of time. Materials like silicone and plastic, avoid soaking them for too long. This can cause faster deterioration of the parts.

Remember, proper cleaning will not only keep your vaporizer functioning well but will also contribute to a better vaping experience and maintain the flavor of your herbs. Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and recommendations for cleaning to avoid damaging your device.

PREVENTING ISSUES

To prevent issues, it’s important to use your dry herb vaporizer correctly. Avoid overpacking the chamber, as this can lead to uneven heating and reduced vapor production. Also, make sure not to inhale too forcefully, as this might cool down the heating element too quickly or for you to inhale your material. Clean your device regularly to prevent clogs and maintain proper airflow. If your device has adjustable temperature settings, start at a lower temperature and gradually increase it until you find the balance between flavor and vapor production that suits your preferences.

IN CONCLUSION

Dry herb vaping offers a convenient and health-conscious way to enjoy botanical materials. By following proper usage and maintenance guidelines, you can ensure a satisfying vaping experience and extend the lifespan of your device.

Remember to grind your herbs consistently, avoid overpacking the chamber, and clean the device regularly to prevent any issues. With the right care, your dry herb vaporizer can provide flavorful and enjoyable vapor sessions for a long time to come.