If you’ve been in the market for a vaporizer and you’ve been looking up all of the models you’ve probably seen one common link between them all. They’re almost all digital. It’s true that that’s where the market has been leading lately since more and more of the digital models are coming out with full temperature control and smartphone apps, but there’s an older form of heat creation that goes all the way back to the creator of the vaporizer, Bill Eagle.
The Butane Vaporizer fits a niche and fulfills a need that common, modern electrical models can’t fill. No matter how long the battery lasts, they’re dependent on electricity and most models will run out before they need to be plugged in again. It’s as simple as that. You could go for the model with the smartphone apps and the fancy LED displays, but when you’re a couple of miles from the nearest source of electricity, they’re not going to do you much good.
No Need For Electricity
The defining advantage Butane Vaporizers have over other, digital models is the fact that they don’t require power. Butane vapes work entirely on butane liquid which can be bought at any hardware store or smoking store and as long as you keep the supply flowing, you’ll never run out of vape power. This makes the power supply theoretically infinite as long as you keep buying the butane. Yeah, electricity would be easier, but if there’s no electricity around then your stylish, modern, newly release model won’t be much good.
Butane Vaporizers work best when you’re planning on going to a festival or camping. Power is often an issue with vaporizers and even the higher end models can barely go a day before they finally power down, making butane a great choice for a weekend away somewhere remote. Just bring a couple of bottles of butane with you and you can be confident you’ll be good to go the entire trip.
Butane vapes also have the luxury of being manual control. They have to be since they’re heated by the flame created by the butane which needs to be altered by the vaper if needs be. Manual control is well loved by vapers with a busy and outgoing lifestyle but what they love is the technique involved. Using the functions on the vape and by controlling your breath, you can control how much heat is in your herbs and how dense your draw is. Perfecting the technique requires a bit of a learning curve, but once people put in the time, they rarely go back. Imagine not leaving your perfect vape up to a bunch of circuitry that can never get it just right, but instead relying on just yourself.
Because the butane market is relatively thin, since most manufacturers make digital models, there’s a lot of room for a truly well made butane model to rise up through the ranks. There’s already quite a few models who’ve made a name for themselves based on their abilities and build quality alone.
Iolite Wispr 2
The Wispr 2 by Iolite is one of the most aesthetic and intelligent butane vaporizers ever built. The round squared, cross hatch design looks beautiful and the strong plastic that makes its body incredibly durable. Very good quality plastics. The look alone is enough to draw people in, but really this vaporizer is effective enough. Inside the Iolite Wispr 2 we’re talking about a stainless steel chamber as well as a flexible rubber for the mouthpiece and stem. Most people prefer glass in their mouthpieces, but since we’re talking about a durable, take anywhere sort of model, plastics almost seem necessary. At least their of a very good quality.
The magic of this vape isn’t just in its build but it also creates some very fine vapor. Despite not having as much control over the temperature as the other models on this small list, it still produces quite a good, dense vapor.
Coming in what seems like a strange egg shaped container, the VapMan portable is many people’s first choice vaporizer for long camping trips. Coming with its own, brand name lighter, the VapMan simply needs to be lit from the bottom before it begins to vaporize almost instantly. There’s a bit of a learning curve to the VapMan Portable. The trick to getting the vapor density you require is repeating a process of heating the bottom section of the vape for 2 - 3 seconds and inhaling to figure out if it’s right for you.
The VapMan is so simple to use. It’s just holding a light up to a metal base but the real secrets to this vape lie within the simplicity but well thought design. The build materials are an exceptionally high quality with the wood being shaped to grip comfortable while you light the vape, but the wood also doesn’t burn during use thanks to an insulated mineral coating. Everything about this unit depends on you, with the flexibility in the vapor of this vape being dependent on your skill.
The NimbinVap, now on its 4.2 edition, is a handy portable vaporizer that’s so small it fits like a wooden pebble in your hand. Despite its size, the NimbinVap is hailed as an incredibly versatile, 7 in 1 vaporizer, and by 7 in 1, we mean it technically doesn’t have to be used as a vaporizer. It can be used as a vaporizer, bong, hookah, joint holder, hitter, hookah and pipe. All this in such a small package. In terms of vapor production, the vape performs very well. The taste isn’t exactly high-end but because of the flame assisted heating element you end up with a great amount of efficiency and cloud density. These thick clouds will knock you right on your backside if you’re not careful so prepare for those massive, lung filling, heady hits. It’s so small but has a decent chamber and can actually vape your material very well. I’m not sure what else you could hope for from a model that doesn’t depend on electricity.