A decent article, relatively basic and lacking any real thought of medicinal benefits of vaporizing. Good to see a reputable and tech friendly blog like Engadget getting into the vape scene!
WHY SHOULD I CARE?
Well, if you’re a smoker and tired of the aggro you get from the world around you — plus mom and dad’s special kind of grief — this gives you another avenue to get your nicotine fix. Also, the likelihood of your city/state/country already having banned tobacco use in public places is getting higher by the day, so simply finding a place to have a smoke is becoming a hassle. Next, consider the financials of smoking: yours truly was spending about $9.50 per day on smoking. Over the course of a year that shakes out to about $3,500. E-cigs are much less expensive: using various online calculators we see prices at about a third the cost per year. Prices will vary based on your habits, naturally.
If you’re a non smoker who despises smokers, there’s an added win for you, too. Consider that vaping isn’t like traditional smoking: there’s no smoke, and it really doesn’t smell bad at all. You can walk past or through a vape cloud and not smell a thing. Gone are your days as a smoker hater of having to roll your eyes and cough as you walk past smokers. Win, win, right?
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The technology is really simple and consists of: a power source, some coils that heat and vaporize the juice, and an LED light at the tip to make you feel at home. Mods are a whole other thing, though, featuring massive batteries and at times hand made coils for optimum performance. In fact, there’s a subculture within the vaping community called “cloud chasers.” These folks strive to make the biggest craziest clouds of “smoke” (vapor) possible, though this isn’t without risk. Using sub-OHM resistance setups in their atomizers can push their batteries hard enough to cause them to fail. Of course, the folks involved typically know the risks and the science behind a safe setup.
The same level of customization applies to marijuana vaporizers. Not only are vapes for weed portable and really simple to use, they’ve become downright fashionable looking. Take Ploom’s Pax vaporizer as an example: it’s made of brushed metal, has a retracting mouthpiece, a lovely glowing logo on the body and three temperature settings. Unlike the e-cigs and mods, the Pax has a small oven that is packed full and then the system heats up the pot and vaporizes the cannabinoids (THC and other active ingredients — the stuff that makes you feel high). Once its logo turns green, you’re set to puff away and, when done, pop the magnetic cover on the bottom off, empty it, then drop the Pax into its changing base for the next round.