Portable vaporizers can be divided into various categories. Among others, you can group them on the basis of the power source they use and classify them as electronic or butane vaporizers. There are many differences between them and both types have their pros and cons. Find out what the good and bad sides of each type of vaporizers are.
Ever since vaporizers became popular, the majority of them were electronic models and they were powered by rechargeable batteries. However, lately, more and more butane vaporizers have come to the market. To heat the herbs in those types of vaporizers, you use hot air that’s generated in the process of butane burning. Some of the most interesting butane models are vaporizers from Sticky Brick Labs, DynaVap (VapCap series) and such models as Lotus, Vapman or Hammer Pro. As butane vaporizers are becoming more and more popular, it’s worth having a look at the most important differences between the vaporizers from this group and their electronic counterparts.
Butane vaporizers vs. electronic vaporizers: pros
The majority of butane vaporizers use an external source of heat, usually the flame of a mini jet-flame lighter. This means that if you have a jet-flame lighter, you won’t have to worry about a dead battery or about the necessity to charge it on a regular basis. What’s more, every battery wears out with time and you have to replace it with a new one. When you use a butane vaporizer, this problem doesn’t apply to your device. It’s the same case with electronic elements – butane vaporizers are fully analog and they have no electronic parts, so they are practically failure-free. They are basically more reliable. Butane vaporizers are usually ready to work within seconds. The majority of butane vaporizers are also characterized by a relatively high temperature of herbs vaporization, which translates into a more powerful vapor than in the case of electronic models. These two elements – fast heating and powerful vapor – are the main factors that allow for a quick and intense inhalation. Another advantage of butane vaporizers is their price – usually much lower than in the case of electronic vaporizers. The most expensive butane vaporizers cost around £170, while their electronic counterparts – almost twice as much. Therefore, you can get a good quality butane vaporizer for as little as £60-£80.
Electronic vaporizers are much more discreet, which is especially important when you vape outside. There’s no need to use a lighter and heat up a suspiciously-looking object. Electronic models are often mistaken for e-cigarettes and they allow for a higher level of discreteness. They also let you control the temperature better, so you can set a lower vaporization temperature and you don’t risk burning the material accidentally, even with higher temperature settings. Electronic temperature stabilization also means that the vaping session is more even and predictable. Another advantage of electronic vaporizers is their simplicity – the majority of models are easy to use, and they don’t require any complicated inhalation technique. This is very important when you want to enjoy the herbs with some friends who have never used a vaporizer before.
Butane vaporizer vs. electronic vaporizer: cons
The biggest disadvantage of butane vaporizers is the fact that it’s much harder to control the temperature than in the case of electronic devices. With a butane vaporizer, the temperature is controlled manually, and it depends on how much practice the user has. This means, unfortunately, that butane vaporizers require a good technique if you don’t want to burn the material by overheating it. As a result, butane vaporizers are not as easy to use as the electronic ones and users normally have to practice for a while before they master the technique of heating and inhaling. It’s not a good solution for those who have little patience. The necessity to use a mini-lighter or a jet-flame lighter also means that it’s best to use butane models at home. Also, the high temperature of vaporization in butane vaporizers might result in the production of vapor that is not very gentle to your throat.
Even though electronic vaporizers guarantee a better temperature control and equally good results, it’s hard for them to match the performance of butane models in terms of the vapor power. Another disadvantage of electronic models is also the fact that they are less reliable, and you have to replace the battery that is covered with the manufacturer warranty for a maximum period of one month. This means that after a few years you have to get a new battery for your vaporizer. If you also take into consideration that electronic vaporizers break much easier than their butane counterparts, yet their prices are higher, you can come to a conclusion that electronic vaporizers are not such a great value for money. However, this is the price you pay for the precise temperature control.
Butane vaporizer vs. electronic vaporizer – which one to choose?
Due to the fact that butane vaporizers don’t let you control the temperature with a high precision and that the vaping experience with their use is quite intense, they are normally recommended to those who use herbs for recreational, rather than medical purposes. The latter group will benefit more from choosing an electronic device that allows for a precise, digital temperature control. Electronic vaporizers are also easier to use so if you focus on the results of the inhalation, not on the process itself, you should pick an electronic vaporizer. You can find a wide range of models in both categories. If you have any doubts as to which vaporizer will be the best choice for you, send us a message. Our experts will be happy to help!