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A portable vaporizer is a battery operated device that is
designed to heat up your herbs, oils and/or concentrates and turns them into vapour. Portable vaporizers can be
recharged, they are very practical as they are usually compact enough to fit in your pocket, hence the name
‘portable vaporizer’. These powerful devices hit the market over a decade ago and have since come to dominate
the vaping industry. You can just about bring a portable vaporizer around with you anywhere at any time, they
are incredibly handy.
There are different types of portable vaporizers therefore
some work differently to others, however, most of them are pretty much built the same way and work the same way.
The substance that you choose to use in the oven of the portable vaporizer will be heated to a high temperature
without the substance combusting, resulting in vapour being produced which can then be inhaled through the
mouthpiece. Portable vape pens will usually either use conduction heating or convection heating, or even a mix
of both which is known as a hybrid.
The best portable vaporizers use convection heating; these
will heat your chosen contents in the chamber with a forced stream of hot air until vapour is released.
Conduction portable vaporizers use direct heat to vaporize the material – a heated surface, but not a flame,
actually touches the herb or extract to create vapour.
The biggest difference between convection and conduction is
the placement of the material.
They certainly are. It is completely legal to purchase and
use a portable vaporizer – however, there are 2 conditions. First of all, you must be over 18 years of age in
order to purchase or use a portable vaporizer. Secondly, portable vaporizers are technically only legal for use
with legal substances.
The key thing that sets portable vaporizers aside from
other vaporizers is, of course, that they are portable. You may only know of vaporizers that seem portable
already, however, there are a huge variety of vaporizers on the market, and not all are portable! A good example
of how portable vaporizers are different to others is if you compare them to a desktop vaporizer. These are
usually much larger in size, may usually require to be plugged into the mains at all times when in use, and
therefore cannot be used anywhere other than at home. This is a good example of why portable vaporizers are so
good and also so ideal, as they are so compact and can be used anywhere, at anytime, without having to be
plugged in as they are battery powered.
Portable vaporizers usually fall into three categories.
There are dry herb
vaporizers, which are designed to be used with ground-up dry herb
material only. Then there are also concentrate vaporizers, which are
intended to be used with substances like wax, oil, shatter, e-liquid or other concentrates (please note that
some concentrate vaporizers are only compatible with solid materials,
some only with liquids, and some are compatible with both). Last but not least we have dual-use vaporizers,
(like the Nectar
Gold & Nectar
Platinum) which can usually be used with any material.
It depends on what you are using in your Portable
Vaporizer. If you are using dry herb in your portable vape you will be able to tell when your herb has reached
the end of it’s cycle as it will start to lose its flavour and the amount of vapor will decrease. If you open
the chamber of your portable vaporizer to take a look at it you will see that it is brown in colour and dry /
crunchy in texture.
If you are using concentrates or liquids in your portable
vaporizer you will know when it has reached the end of the session as the amount of vapour will decrease
significantly and the taste will also disintegrate and start to taste much less.
This will again depend on what you are using your portable
vaporizer with. If you are using herb then once your herb has reached the end of its cycle in your vaporizer,
there are a couple of ways that you can dispose of it. Since the herb has been heated up in the chamber it is
actually now activated and can be used for other purposes like edibles, this form of used herb is also known as
ABV (already vaped bud). So you can either collect all your ABV from your portable vaporizer in a jar and save
it for a batch of edibles or you can simply throw it out in your rubbish as you would with anything
As for concentrates, there usually won’t actually be
anything left to dispose of after the cycle. As most concentrates are in a more liquid than solid form, they
will literally evaporate in the portable vaporizer. This means that there won’t be anything left in the chamber
or pod or whatever you may be using for your device. However, we do recommend that you give the chamber a quick
clean after use to prevent the build up of resin.
It is important to keep your portable vaporizer clean as
this will keep it at an optimum performance level. We recommend that you regularly clean the chamber and
mouthpiece (including the filter) with a brush or a cotton bud with isopropyl alcohol (ISO) on it. The method of
cleaning can of course depend on what type of portable vaporizer you are using, so let’s start off with how to
clean dry herb vaporizers.
To clean your portable dry herb vaporizer more extensively,
which you should be doing at least a couple to several times a month depending on your usage, take your portable
dry herb vaporizer apart and soak the individual components in isopropyl alcohol. The longer that you leave the
components to soak the easier they will be to clean, that’s why we recommend that you leave the components to
soak overnight. That way the next day all you have to do is give them a rinse under water and leave them to dry
Now onto concentrate vaporizers, which are also known as wax vaporizers. Of
course all wax vaporizers are different, so if you are using one that uses pods or cartridges instead of a
chamber, then do the same thing for those components instead.
To clean your portable wax vaporizer more extensively,
which we recommend that you do at least a couple to several times a month depending on your usage, take apart
your wax vaporizer and soak the individual components in isopropyl alcohol (ISO). The components will be easier
to clean the longer you leave them soaking in the ISO, because of this we recommend that you leave the
components to soak overnight. The next day you can just give them a rinse under water and leave them to dry
Make sure not to soak or clean any electrical components
from your dry herb vaporizer as they will get damaged.
Yes, portable vaporizers are better than smoking. The best
portable vaporizers are better in a number of ways; they are not only convenient, and discreet but they’re also
much healthier than traditional smoking and you can also enjoy more potency as well as flavour when you use a
Smoking (via any method e.g. joints, bong etc) involves
combustion which exposes your lungs and throat to tar and harmful toxins which can lead to lung cancer and upper
airway cancer. On the other hand, premium portable vaporizers only release vapour as opposed to smoke, which is
much healthier for you, hence providing a great alternative. This also makes it easier on the throat as it isn’t
smoke that’s entering your lungs, but more of a mist. Many smokers who have switched to vaping have had their
vascular function improved quite significantly, just within a month.
Which accessories are compatible with a Portable Vaporizer?
We have a wide selection of accessories that you
can use with your portable vaporizer here at Nectar. One that we definitely recommend you try out is the glass
water bubbler. This will make your experience with your portable vaporizer even smoother and more
Another thing that we recommend you do is to stock up on
extra filters for your portable vaporizer as you never know when you will need a replacement. It’s always handy
to have spares. The same goes for concentrate pads, if your portable vaporizer allows you to use one of these in
it then definitely try it out as these are incredible, they allow you to vape concentrates in your portable dry
herb vaporizer too!
There are so many other accessories that are great to add
to your portable vaporizer collection so definitely check them out.
If you are someone who is looking for a vaporizer (whether
that be for herbs or concentrates) but also need something that you can use throughout the day, quickly and
easily then a portable vaporizer is definitely for you. They are so versatile and can be brought with you
literally anywhere thanks to their compact design. They also don’t discriminate so whether you are after a dry
herb vaporizer or a CBD liquid one or anything really, a portable vaporizer will be the device for you.
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