Vaping is now less of a smoking alternative and more of an independent major industry. Now a saturated market, consumers get flooded with all kinds of information - information they may not be able to sort through properly. This article is targeted at the less experienced vape-er as an educational resource in the haze of marketing campaigns. In this article, we’ll cover the basics of vaping, especially when it comes to vaping CBD.
The hardware used in vaping are called “pens” or “mods.” Both of these devices use convection or conduction to heat contents to what is called a “vaporization point,” a point cooler than combustion but hot enough to turn liquid into an airborne vapor.
Vape Pens: Vape pens, or e-cigs, are the original vaporizers. They have batteries and refillable cartridges. Many of these devices don’t need a button to heat up; a user inhales and the devices activates to begins vaporizing.
Box Mods: Box Mods are the bulkier cousin of your more traditional vape pens. They are more powerful, have a longer battery life, and can be customized to fit a user’s preferences. A user has freedom to customize a mod by changing voltage, wattage, and temperature. This comes in handy with different VG/PG balances as they have different “vaporization” points. A mod is more flexible than a pen is, and you’ll be better able to find your “sweet spots” in cbd e juice because of this extra flexibility.
Once vaporized, a user inhales the vapor, which is free of the toxins, carcinogens, and other chemicals that are found in smoke. Like smoking however, vaping is a quick entryway into your bloodstream, and a faster way to introduce chemicals like THC and CBD into your body.
What's in a vaporizer?
While there may be visual differences in hardware, the mechanics of vaporizers are usually very similar. The internal components usually involve a tank, atomizer, sensor, and battery.
- The Tank: The oil holder is usually referred to as a tank if refillable, or a cartridge for single use. Tanks and atomizers combine to form single units. Tanks are commonly made from materials polycarbonate plastic, stainless steel, or glass.
- The Atomizer: The atomizer is the heating device within the vaporizer that converts liquid into airborne droplets - vapor.
- Software/Sensors: Some vaporizers active become active when a user inhales. Other vaporizers require the press of a button to being the vaporizer process. Sensors within the vaporizer monitor this activity.
- The Battery: Vaporizers require a lot of energy to raise temperature to the vaporization point, up to hundreds of degrees. To achieve this, your vaporizer is equipped with energy dense lithium ion batteries.
Whether you have a box mod or vape pen, you’ll find these same components in your device.
Think of this article as your vaping starter kit. While we have covered the basics of vaping in this post, we have a number of other articles on our consumer blog to help polish off your knowledge. Feel free to check them out.