The Best Wax Vaporizers
First off, the term ‘wax vaporizer' is a bit of a misnomer, though a widely used one. Wax is just one type of concentrate, so the more accurate term for these devices would be ‘concentrate vapes.' Concentrates, like the name suggests, are concentrated forms of herbs that have been distilled from plant material and purified into highly potent (and often highly sticky) materials. Some prefer to vape wax in the form of a oil cartridge using batteries with 510-threaded coils or using a oil vaporizer.
Concentrates have been around for years, but it's only recently that the tools needed to use them–i.e. concentrate vaporizers have become affordable and commonplace. Today, you don't need to own a large, bulky set of equipment to take advantage of all the benefits concentrates have to offer. All you need is a pocket-friendly concentrate vape, for an affordable price and that's cause for celebration.
There's just one big question which concentrate vape is right for you? Here at the Herbalize Store, we're proud to carry the USA's top selection of high-quality concentrate vapes, wax vape pens or batteries for 510 pre-filled cartridges. But we also know that it's hard to pick between so wide range excellent options. With that in mind, we've put together this guide to help you find the concentrate vape that best fits your needs and lifestyle.
Concentrate Vapes USA FAQ
Our team at the Herbalize Store could talk about vapes all day, but we know that you (probably some other customers) don't have time for that. So to keep things simple, here are some of the most common questions people ask us about concentrate vapes:
1. Are concentrate vapes legal?
As long as you're over 18 years of age (and you're using legal material), concentrate vaporizers are perfectly legal to buy and use in the USA. The Herbalize Store would like to make it very clear that we only sell concentrate vapes to people of legal age, and those devices are intended to be used with only legal materials.
2. What can you vape with concentrate vapes?
Generally speaking, concentrate vapes can be used with any solid concentrated form of plant material such as wax, shatter, budder, or resin. Technically speaking, it's also possible for concentrates to come in the form of oil or e-liquid, but when people use the term ‘concentrate vape' they're generally talking about solid varieties only. Some vaporizers are dual, they can be used as a dry herb vaporizer and concentrate vaporizer.
3. How do concentrate vapes work?
As with all vaporizers, concentrate vapes use a mechanism called an atomiser to heat the materialin the heating chamber to very high temperatures without burning it. Some vapes' atomisers with a ceramic coil that directly heat the material by being in direct contact with it (a heating method known as conduction heating). Others work by blasting the material with superhot air (known as convection heating). Some concentrate vapes use a combination of both heating methods. Many dual vaporizer carry pods for concentrate to cover the heating elements from the wax. There is a wide variety of advanced concentrate vaporizers but you can rest a sure we only carry the best in terms of vapor production.
4. How can you clean concentrate vapes?
Whilst concentrates have a reputation for leaving behind residue that's hard to clean, many concentrate vapes feature special ‘pods' or ‘inserts' that can be removed for easy cleaning. These can be soaked in isopropyl alcohol and scrubbed with a pipe cleaner or cotton swab. You can use the same materials to clean concentrate vapes that don't feature removable pods or inserts. It's recommended to clean regularly to keep the sweet spot of flavor and a more pleasant vaping experience.
5. Where can you buy concentrate vapes?
Concentrate vapes are no longer a novelty item, and you can find them at many vape shops and online retailers. However, a number of marketplaces are known for stocking low-quality, counterfeit products. Buying your concentrate vape from a reputable, well-established outfit like the Herbalize Store is the best way to ensure you're getting a device that's worth the money.
Now that we've covered the basics, let's look at some tips for picking your ideal concentrate vape.
6. Can you vape hash?
Hash can be vaped, but it requires a specific type of vaporizer. Traditional dry herb vaporizers are not designed to handle hash or other concentrates, as they are made to vaporize the whole herb.
If you want to vape hash, you'll need a vaporizer heating chamber that is specifically designed for concentrates. These vaporizers typically use a heating element that is optimized for heating the concentrated material, such as a the Puffco Proxy.
7. Is wax pen better than vape?
One of the main advantages of using a wax pen is the ability to vaporize concentrated forms of plant material such as wax, shatter, budder, or resin. This allows for a more potent and flavorful vaping experience compared to traditional vapes that are designed for cartridges or dry herbs.
Wax pens also offer greater portability and discretion. They are typically smaller and more compact than traditional vapes, making them easy to carry around and use on the go. Additionally, wax pens often produce stronger and more intense vapor compared to regular vapes, providing a more potent vaping experience.
How to Choose the Perfect Concentrate Vaporizer For You?
When buying a concentrate vape, the first question you should ask yourself is whether you'd prefer a concentrates-only device vs. one that's also compatible with dry herb. The former tend to be a bit easier to use with concentrates, since they're custom-built for that purpose. And if that's what you're looking for, you can narrow down your options even further by asking yourself:
1. Are you looking for a vape pen or a bigger (but still portable) vaporizer?
Vape pens have an obvious appeal for people who do a lot of surreptitious vaping. Their tiny size and inconspicuous design make them ideal for those who like to vape in public. On the other hand, larger units tend to produce more voluminous clouds of vapor, and they can also be more durable and long-lasting. On of the best portable vaporizer option would be the Proxy from Puffco.
2. Do you want to be able to customise the temperature?
Like all vaporizers, concentrate vapes work by superheating the material instead of combusting it. The effects of that material can vary widely depending on the precise temperature used at lower heat, your concentrates will produce a more ‘mellow' feeling, while higher temperatures tend to intensify your experience. Some concentrate vapes have only a single temperature setting, while others come with a range of preset options. In some devices, you can even choose your desired temperature down to the exact degree.
3. What kind of battery life and charging options does your concentrate vape have?
Bigger vapes tend to have bigger batteries, which tend to last for longer as well (though this isn't always the case). If you're the kind of vaper who doesn't have the luxury of recharging your device on a whim, you might want to opt for a device with removable batteries, so you can swap them out on the fly. Conversely, if your main issue with charging is that it prevents you from vaping for 2-3 hours at a time, you might want to choose a small device that recharges more quickly (or one that has pass-through-charging, which lets you vape even when the device is plugged into a power source).
There is also desktop vaporizers for wax vaping pleasure at home or office. Such as the best-selling concentrate vaporizer the Puffco New PEAK Pro or the Volcano Hybrid.
4. Are you looking to vape cartridges?
If you're a fan of concentrate vaping, you've likely heard of 510 cartridge vaping. This method of vaping has gained popularity in recent years, and for good reason. Here are some of the benefits of 510 cartridge vaping:
Convenience: 510 cartridge vaping is incredibly convenient. The cartridges are small, discreet, and easy to use, making them perfect for on-the-go vaping. You can easily switch out cartridges as needed, so you can try different strains and flavors without having to invest in multiple devices.
Efficiency: 510 cartridge vaping is also very efficient. You can start your sessions in an instant by pressing the power button. The cartridges are designed to work with specific vape pen batteries, which ensures that the heating element is optimized for the material. This means that you can get the most out of your material, whether it's THC or CBD.
Safety: When you buy pre-filled 510 cartridges from official brands, you can be sure that you're getting a safe product. Reputable manufacturers test their products for quality and purity, so you can trust that you're not inhaling harmful chemicals or contaminants.
Health Benefits: Vaping 510 cartridges can also offer health benefits compared to joint smoking. When you smoke, you inhale tar and other harmful chemicals that can damage your lungs. Vaping, on the other hand, produces a vapor that is much easier on your lungs.
Customization: Finally, 510 cartridge vaping offers a lot of customization options. You can choose from a variety of strains and flavors, and some cartridges even come with added terpenes for a more authentic taste and aroma.
5. Direct via Nectar Straws
Vaporizer with Dab Straws is getting more popular due to the fact that it is a more convenient and efficient way to vape. With the popularity of wax vaporizers, the ability to take dabs on-the-go has become easier than ever before. Dab straws allow users to easily transport wax concentrates wherever they go, without having to lug around bulky wax vaporizers.
The wax straw is a small glass or metal device that looks like a straw. It is designed to be used with wax or concentrates and provides users with an easy and efficient way to vaporize their material. The concentrate straw is typically made of metal or glass, and it can range in size from just a few inches long to several feet long.We had some amazing nectar straw sessions with the Boundless XL Terp pen. What really stood out using wax straws was the balance between flavor and powerful vapor production.Once we found the sweet spot we really got some clouds of vapor hitting the XL.
Concentrate Vape Product Recommendations
Here are some of the Herbalize Store team's favourite concentrate vaporizers for vapers of all backgrounds:
Puffco New Plus is a highly affordable concentrate vape pen with a simple and intuitive packing tool design. If you like carts, it's also 510 cartridge compatible. The sleek size makes the Plus a pocket friendly and portable device. It's also one of the best looking "Pen-style" vapes on the market.
Pros and Cons of Concentrate Vaporizers
Concentrate vapes have become increasingly popular in recent years, as concentrates become more prevalent (and potent). They tend to be much more affordable than a full-blown dab rig, not to mention easier to use. At the same time, there are a number of potential drawbacks to keep in mind if you're considering buying one:
Pros of Concentrate Vapes
- More intense effects
- Many models can be charged using a universal USB charger
- Less odour
- Greater efficiency in use of materials
- Purer vapor flavour
- Can be consume with Pre-filled 510 cartridges
- Can be used with multiple substances
Cons of Concentrate Vapes
- Material is more expensive
- Can be annoying to clean
- Lack of availability of coils for replacement
- For beginners, sometimes too intense
- Sourcing material can be a challenge
Who Are Concentrate Vapes For?
In general, concentrate vapes tend to be favoured by seasoned vape pros people who like using more potent materials and experiencing the heightened effects that come with them. If you're the type of connoisseur who likes experimenting with the latest trends, concentrate vapes can be more versatile than their dry herb counterparts. Concentrate vapes can also be a good choice for infrequent vapers, since they require relatively little material to produce the desired sensations (whether that's the mellowness of a microdose or the knock-your-socks-off intensity of an extended session). If you're new to the world of vaping, these devices can be a little tricky to use, since it's easy to ‘over do' things by turning the heat too high or taking too big of a hit but if you're willing to do a bit of trial and error, the learning curve for concentrate vapes isn't too steep.
If you are looking for simplicity, perhaps starting with a vape pen battery with a cart or one of the wax vape pens would be a good start.
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