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Friday April 5, 2019

By Nicholas Demski

420 Culture

Imagine you have a few friends over and you decide to bring out your last gram of cannabis to share with everyone for the occasion. You break up your final bud, unsheathe your favorite rolling paper, and carefully scoop up the ground flower and drop it into a folded piece of hemp paper. All of a sudden, an unstoppable itch quickly generates through your throat and up into your nose, you sneeze, the hemp paper flutters, and bits of bud sail off into the air. They spread out and land in your semi shaggy carpet landscape like a bunch of gunned-down paratroopers. The occasion is over. Only a small amount of cannabis is recoverable in a situation like that. Worse, what’s recovered is coated in fine hairs, dust, and microscopic insect parts.

Luckily, you have your handheld vaporizer. You should be able to generate a toke for everyone off what you’ve recovered. Excited with your backup plan as you recover your vape from a cabinet in the next room, your hand twitches, you drop it, and it cracks open, destroying your last means of properly consuming your tiny flakes of cannabis. It’s not an ideal way to share cannabis with friends, and it could have all been avoided. If only you had bought a desktop vaporizer instead of a handheld one. This is one of the many benefits of using a desktop vaporizer, and, if you’re still not sold, here are some more.

1. Desktop Vaporizers are a Solid Investment

First things first, desktop vaporizers considerably outsize handheld vapes. This additional size, however, gives the desktop versions many benefits. Because they are larger, they are also typically made with more durable material – especially the more high-end units. The strength and density of their materials means a single drop is unlikely to do great damage. What’s more, they’re unlikely to fall because they’re built to stand strong on a table top.

Simply put, if you’re looking to put your money into a vaporizer that is going to last, you should be looking at desktop vaporizers.

Another important aspect to consider is the potential re-sale value. For example, say you’ve had your handheld vaporizer for a year and know you’re tired of it. You go online to place an ad to sell it, and when you do, no one buys it for more than the price of gas it costs to meet in the parking lot of Walmart. While this may be true of a handheld vape, the same cannot be said for desktop vaporizers. Because they are so durable and reliable, if you ever decide to re-sell your desktop vaporizer, you’re going to get a decent return on what you paid for it. The most popular tools, like the Volcano, are a good example of a desktop vaporizer that will resell at a good price. For the frugal consumer, the resale value makes desktop vaporizers a wise investment.

2. You Won’t Lose It and You Won’t Want to Sell It

It’s easy to misplace something that is handheld. Phones, keys, wallets; they all seem to have legs of their own at times. Your desktop vaporizer won’t run away on you. It’s bulky enough to be remembered and discreet enough to pretend it’s a lamp. Because you could lose your handheld vape, it’s better to invest in a desktop unit.

A desktop vaporizer is a great long-term investment for a cannabis consumer.

Since you’ll have a hard time losing a desktop vaporizer, odds are you’ll want to keep it for quite some time. The only time you’ll want to resell your desktop vaporizer is if it eventually does break or if you’re upgrading to a newer or better brand/product. By that time, you’ll have gotten more than your return on investment in vaporizing products anyway. When you buy a solid, desktop vaporizer, it’s a product you’re going to keep.

3. Operating a Desktop Vaporizer is Simple

Many desktop vaporizers offer precise temperature control, allowing for a robust vaping experience. Plus, since desktop vaporizers are larger than handheld units, the heating elements are also usually larger and more powerful as well. Some desktop vaporizers even have a digital temperature reading, which helps you know exactly what temperature your vaporizer is operating at – although it’s important to note that digital read-outs can have slight fluctuations between the displayed temperature and the actual temperature. Still, digital readouts provide consumers with piece of mind and allow complete control over your vaporization experience.

4. Desktop Vaporizers are more User-Friendly

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When in a group setting, desktop vaporizers are much more efficient than handheld units.

Remember the horrible situation we laid out earlier, when your friends were over, and your handheld vape was of no use? A desktop unit is a much better choice for a group of friends and will make it much easier to get your whole group feeling the desired effects. That’s not to say that handheld vaporizers can’t work well in a group setting, but if you have the option desktop vaporizers will speed up the process and help you consume more cannabis throughout your session. Desktops vaporizers that have the option to blow up balloons are great for vaping in a group as everyone can get a flavorful toke in with really not much effort. The bowls will also last longer and give you more time to socialize with your friends instead of packing bowls over and over.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for a better investment than buying a handheld vape, there are heaps of reasons to go with a desktop vaporizer.

Key Reasons to Buy a Desktop Vaporizer:

  • They’re undeniably stronger and sturdier than handheld vapes
  • They resell at a much better value
  • They’re incredibly reliable
  • Their maintenance requirements are remarkably low
  • They’re super easy to use, and you won’t want to get rid of it
  • They promote healthy friendships

While you might find value in a handheld unit as well, if you have to choose one or the other, the benefits of the desktop version strongly outweigh those of the handheld. The money, reliability, and community aspect of a desktop version is a winning combination over the portability and initial investment or a handheld device that might be better suited for personal use.

Do you have any experience with desktop vaporizers? If so, what’s your favorite model? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


Nicholas Demski Nicholas Demski

As a former global educator, Nicholas uses his B.S. in biology to leverage his understanding of cannabinoid science into meaningful content for readers. For several years, Nicholas has written for several blogs, including Green Flower, and provided copywriting services for CBD and cannabis companies worldwide. He's also a Staff Writer for Terpenes and Testing Magazine, CBD Health and Wellness Magazine, and Extraction Magazine.

While Nicholas is a medical cannabis patient in Michigan, he has traveled from Spain to Colombia to Cambodia to see what cannabis is like around the world. He uses his background in science, world experience, and unique writing style to help people learn more about cannabis and cannabinoids at and on Instagram @Cannabiologist. You can also connect with Nicholas on his LinkedIn profile.

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