How to Vape Concentrates with Storz & Bickel Vaporizers
You most likely are already aware of how capable Storz & Bickel vaporizers are in creating high-quality vapor with dry herbs. But what you may not know is that these vapes are also capable of vaping concentrates and oil
Why bother with concentrates?
Concentrate vaping delivers:
- More intense flavor
- A more potent vape
- A more discreet vape
Concentrates are more potent than dry herbs simply because the active ingredients are concentrated (hence the name) into a smaller amount used for vaping.
For medical marijuana users, the potency of concentrates allows users to inhale or ingest larger doses prescribed by their doctors. Concentrates are also great for recreational users who want a better hit. While there may be some purests who prefer to stick with flowers only, it is a nice alternative to be able to switch back and forth.
So how can you use concentrates with Storz & Bickel vaporizers?
We’ll cover that shortly.
First, let’s talk about the types of concentrates available.
Types of Concentrates
There are four main types of concentrates, and they each have variable degrees of potency.
Crumble is a little sticky and glass-like in appearance. It’s not quite as potent as other forms of concentrates, but it’s easy to handle.
The most potent form of concentrate, with 80% purity. This glass-like concentrate will shatter into pieces if it’s not handled carefully.
It’s easy to handle shatter concentrate. Simply break off a piece, and place it into the heating chamber.
Wax is the most popular form of concentrate, especially with newbies. It’s the most affordable and accessible option out there.
To use wax concentrate, you need a dab tool because of its slightly runny consistency and tendency to stick to everything in sight.
Wax is the weakest in terms of potency – usually around 60% purity – but what it lacks in potency it makes up for in flavor.
Budder has the consistency of peanut butter, so it’s more malleable than crumble or shatter. Because of its soft consistency, this type of concentrate needs to be handled with a special dab tool.
Budder contains more terpenes than shatter or crumble, so it has a richer flavor. But like with wax, its potency is on the low side.
Using a Drip Pad to Vape Concentrates
No matter which type of concentrate you choose, you’ll need to use a liquid pad with your Storz & Bickel vaporizer.
Here’s the good news: the Volcano, Mighty and Plenty all come with stainless steel liquid pads for concentrate vaping.
What these pads do is transform your convection vaporizer into a conduction heating device. Conduction heating is what any other dab pen uses to heat your material.
These stainless-steel liquid pads can be used to vaporize wax as well as oils, liquids and even hash.
In case you were wondering, these pads do not add residual flavor to the vapor path. So, if you’re worried about experiencing a metallic flavor, don’t be. These pads are easy to use, too. They fit directly into the heating chamber, sitting between the wall of the chamber and the mouthpiece.
While liquid pads won’t heat concentrate as well as a vape pen, low-temperature dabbing – like what you’d get with a Storz & Bickel vaporizer – will allow you to maximize your material’s terpene profile.
How Much Concentrate Should You Use?
How much is too much when using concentrates? That really depends on personal preference, but you’ll want to add a fair amount of concentrate when doing this for the first time (about 0.1 grams of material spread across the pad). The goal is to start building up resin in the pad to enhance flavor and vapor intensity over time.
The drip pads sold by Storz & Bickel can absorb up to 10 drops at once.
However, it is recommended that you use the least amount of liquid to achieve your desired level of flavor.
Once you’ve placed a decent amount of concentrate on the pad, you can add it to the heating chamber with the concentrate side facing upward.
For maximum vapor production, it’s important to set your vaporizer to the highest setting.
Concentrates behave differently than dry herb, so crank up the heat as high as it will go. The higher heat will improve the flavor and vapor intensity.
Once you give concentrates a try, you may find that you enjoy it more than dry herbs.
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