The units here have dual-use functioning as they can vape herbs and solid or liquid concentrates. The models here also feature either preset temperatures or precise temperature control via their either digital or analog controls.
What Is a Desktop Vaporizer?
A desktop vaporizer is a large, advanced and powerful device with an internal heating chamber that vaporizes several types of materials. These vaping mediums include, but are not limited to, dry herbs, and solid or liquid extracts.
Desktop or stationary vaporizers have a convection heating style, or sometimes a hybrid of both convection and conduction. They apply the right amount of heat to release the active ingredients in plant or solid concentrate materials. Convection is more common to desktops though, as portable vaporizers mostly use only conduction because of their smaller size.
Inhalation methods vary between devices, with many models adopting a whip-style or a balloon-style that makes uses of bags that capture the vapor so it can then be inhaled.
The Top Picks for Desktop Vaporizers in 2019
How Do Desktop Vaporizers Work?
Desktop vaporizers use convection heating to pass hot air through a plant or extract material in a chamber or oven that then produces vapor with all the active ingredients within those materials. As tabletop dry herb vaporizers use an AC power supply, vapers can use them endlessly without having to recharge batteries. Vapers can inhale the vapor from a desktop unit via two methods:
Whip-style, which consists of silicone, vinyl or plastic tubes that let users inhale the vapor from the chamber; a unit can have several “whips” for use with multiple users
Balloon-style is another form of inhalation, wherein uses attach a heat-resistant balloon over the chamber, where it fills with the vapor so vapers can then inhale directly from the balloon.
What to Look for in Best Desktop Vaporizer
There are many things to look at before choosing a non-portable vaporizer. As many modern desktop devices vape both plant material as well as extracts, what kind of material a vaper uses does not matter as much. There are exceptions, however. A vaporizer like Da Buddha or the Silver Surfer only works with plants.
Things like battery life, performance, vapor production, and portability are also things that do not apply to desktops. They have a limitless power source, create incredible vapor, and are not built to be portable, so those considerations are moot.
One important thing to look at when thinking about buying a desktop is price. Desktop vaporizers are much more sophisticated than simple, hand-held devices and therefore more expensive. Budget vaporizers can range anywhere between $100 and $200.
They employ simple, analog controls to adjust the temperature, and typically use whip-style inhalation or glass, water-bubbler attachments. Expensive, high-end vapes are larger, as they use a forced-air system that requires more hardware (motors, fans, etc.) and electronics to perform a wide variety of functions.
Different Styles of Tabletop Vaporizers
The difference between budget, affordable desktops and the high-end, more expensive ones is not only expressed in their price but their inhalation styles as well. The reason that models with a whip-style of inhalation cost less is because they do not have as many moving parts and engineering as balloon-style or “forced-air” devices.
With whip-style vapes, vapers load material into a chamber and then attach it to the base vaporizing unit. The hot air from the unit blows through the material in the chamber, and when the user inhales, vapor comes out through the “whip” or “tube.” This function does not require a lot of moving parts or heavy-duty technology as the airflow is user-created when they inhale from the mouthpiece.
Forced-air devices are much more advanced because of the internal fans, and motors that propel the vapor out at a steady, consistent pace. The vapor from these devices collects in the appropriate vessel, like a balloon or other capture device without the user having to inhale or draw air from the chamber. With forced air machines, users need only load their material, turn on the vaporizer, and let it heat up. When the vaporizer is ready, vapor will start coming out.
Not all tabletop models use only one or the other, in terms of inhalation style. Some units feature both ways to inhale, just as they can vape both herbs and concentrates.
How Does Temperature Control Work on Desktop Vapes
Portable vaporizers have one of two temperature control options: preset or precise. The preset devices have two, three, or four settings loaded onto the vaporizer that users can select. Precise temperature control requires an LED or LCD and adjustment buttons so users can choose their preferred setting.
Desktop vapes divide along different lines when it comes to temperature control. They do not have presets and precision necessarily because few tabletop vaporizers have preset settings. They offer precision temperature control but via one of two styles: analog or digital.
Analog means that the vaporizer has a switch, knob, or dial on its build. Users can then set the temperature higher or lower like one would with a volume knob for a stereo. The exact temperature they set it at is unknown but falls within the working capacity of the vaporizer.
Digital temperature controls offer the opposite. A user can set their temperature via the LCD or LED and the control buttons on the device’s exterior, or, as in some fancier models, via a smartphone and a unit’s Bluetooth connection. This way, users know the exact temperature of the vaporizer while they are using it.
The Best Desktop Vaporizers of 2019: The Final Word
Top desktop vaporizers offer a higher-quality vaping experience for herbs and extracts than portable vaporizers. They are on a different level from portable vapes. They never run out of battery power; they create more flavorful and more bountiful clouds and can be used by many people at the same time. Desktop vaporizers are not cheap, though. Even budget devices start at around $100 (similar to portable vapes) and go up from there, so it is a big purchase. But the vapor quality speaks for itself.