There are many different factors that go into choosing the right vape. One of the most important features of a vaporizer is how it heats “material”. This is done via one of two heating methods: conduction or convection.

What is Conduction?

Conduction is typically used when the goal is to make a vaporizer as compact as possible. Conduction vaporizers work by putting your herb in direct contact with the heating source. Think of how bacon is prepared. It’s placed directly on top of a frying pan and when the pan gets hot it cooks thebacon.

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There are some pros and cons to choosing a conduction vaporizer:


  • The most compact vaporizers out there
  • Warms up faster than convection
  • Can get quick back-to-back hits for times you’re in a hurry
  • Far superior battery life when compared to convection heating


  • Doesn’t conserve flower due to the fact that these devices are continually heating the flower when the vaporizer is turned on
  • If you set it too hot the flower sometimes gives you a burnt taste

What is Convection?

The good thing about convection heating is the “flower” doesn’t ever come into direct contact with the heating source. To keep in line with our cooking analogy above, imagine if you will a convection oven. It uses fans to circulate air over the heat thus baking your meals more evenly.


  • The herb doesn’t get heated unless it’s being hit (making it far more efficient than conduction)
  • Hits don’t have that burnt taste you sometimes get with conduction heating
  • Far more super smoking experience than conduction


  • Much more expensive
  • Less portable options to chose from
  • Battery life doesn’t last very long

Thank you for taking the time to read our explanation between convection and conduction heating. If you would like to take a closer look at the different types of vaporizers. We’ve made a handy list below:

Conduction Vaporizers List

Convection Vaporizers List

  • Firefly 2
  • Silver Surfer
  • Da Buddha 
  • Life Saber