Does it matter what kind of heating element a vaporizer uses?

May 16, 2013

By Nathan Bil, Mary Jane's Headquarters staff writer, posted May 16, 2013

Oh, dear science, it sure does!  The two big hitters these days are metal and ceramic. Most vaporizer models that utilize a metal element are usually cheaper than their ceramic competition, and this split in price exists for a pretty logical reason.

The inherent issue with metal is that it's not strictly speaking the most consistent with long term use.  Think about an old, worn metal-coil stove you've seen in a junkyard or even your grandma's house.  Think hard enough and you'll recall that the metal elements have collected a bit of white patches throughout.  Those white patches are the result of oxidization. This oxidization accumulates due to the metal being continuously heated up and cooled down again and again and again. The more oxidization, the harder it is to heat evenly!  Sadly, all vaporizers that use a metal element will eventually run into this unavoidable problem.


Ceramic elements, however, are manufactured to deal with crazy amounts of heat for even crazier amounts of time.  There have been cases where ceramic vaporizers have been left on for days without failure!! Are they more expensive?  Slightly, yes. But for a few extra dollars, you will have a vaporizer that will outlast it's metal-using brothers and sisters by literal lifetimes!