When purchasing a vaporizer, you will notice the types of heating elements vary, depending on the make and model you choose. The heating element is a very important part of any vaporizer, as it regulates the air temperature of the ingredients as it creates the vapor. You want to ensure the heating element is accurate and precise so it heats at the exact temperature that is set.
In the balloon-style vaporizer, air passes over the heating element using a pump, and in other models air circulates using one's own breath to directly inhale the vapor. Other styles use both of these types of air vaporization. All makes and models require an accurate heating element to create an effective and safe vaporizer; they are the heart of the vapor device.
There are 3 different types of heating elements used in vaporizers. These are either ceramic, aluminum, or glass heating elements and they each have benefits and vary in price and quality.
The ceramic heating element is most frequently used in vaporizers and is a very clean and healthy option. This element can withstand very high heats, up to 3000 degrees F, before the material turns to a gas. However, some will argue that due to the higher boiling point of ceramic, these heating elements may be less healthy and not as clean as other types. Although this argument may be true, the temperatures used in a vaporizer are below the point required for boiling.
Another factor to research when considering a ceramic heating element is the quality of the unit. The term "ceramic" simply means that ceramic is used in the design of the heating element, and the air may touch other materials as well. The quality of materials used in the heating element will vary by manufacturer. If you purchase a lower priced vaporizer, there is a greater probability that it has a low quality of wiring and soldering that can release toxins when heated. The only way to determine the quality of materials used is to take the element apart, although most manufacturers can answer your questions when you research their products.
A high quality, well-designed ceramic heating unit is very effective, precise, and clean. The accuracy of the heating unit is determined by the computer chip technology within the element. Some examples of good vaporizers that use ceramic heating elements can be found online through some simple research.
The next type of heating element is made from aluminum, and it is very precise as it reacts quickly to changes in temperatures and can maintain exact temperature control. This factor is very important in vaporization, as the temperature controls the density of the vapor and adjustments can be made for changes in air pressure and air flow over the vaporized materials.
Some critics of aluminum heating elements argue that exposure to aluminum has increased health risks, such as Alzheimer's disease. However, the temperatures reached in a vaporizer are well below the levels to emit aluminum alloys and cause health issues. The more popular brand named vaporizers are examples of quality built vaporizers that use aluminum heating elements.
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