Mardi Gras 2016

Mardi Gras 2016

Mardi Gras is February 9th, 2016.  Seems a bit early. But I am sure like most of you, been there done that.   Copious amounts of people, libations, and beads…and other things…Creole food and King cakes of course!  That said, have you ever wondered about the history of it all?music legends park nola

Mardi Gras Origins

The origins of Mardi Gras are traced back to medieval Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries.  Flowing from Rome and Venice eventually to the French House of Bourbons.  French explorer Pierre le Moyne, Sieur d’lberville, when arriving around 60 miles south of the future La Nouvelle Orleans, named his site Pointe du Mardi Gras, as it was March 3rd, 1699, Marty Gras day.  Did you know that Mardi Gras literally translates to “Fat Tuesday”? Now you know.

Mardi Gras Colors

The majestic colors you see, the purple, green and gold started in 1872 by a group of businessmen honoring the visitation of Russian Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff who funded a daytime parade call creole pasta final“Rex”, or Latin for King.  They used his family colors as the official colors of the Carnival parade.  Purple represented justice; gold signified power; and green meant faith.

The next year, after Alex left, the day parade continued, and the song that was played , “If Ever I Cease to Love” the year before, became the Mardi Gras anthem.  Rex, became the theme and not only the King of Carnival but the Monarch of Merriment who’s motto is Pro Bono public, “For the common good”.  Don’t they always say something like that?

Fat Tuesdy, Des Rois 

From Bourbon to Frenchman Street, from the Three Muses to Mr. B’s Bistro, there is so much to do and  see  when you go down to visit New Orleans.   What’s great is that I just returned from a weekend stay there lodging at the hotel Monte Leone, right in the heart of the French Quarter.

The rooms were great and the hotel is renown for their rotating Carousel bar, and a sometime frequent ghostly appearance form it’s former inhabitants.

Either way, in celebration of this century old pagan holiday, Vape Royally will offer a 10% discount code on all items including portable vaporizers, desktops vaporizers, pen style vaporizers and more in our store through Fat Tuesday.  Just enter the code  “Mardi 2016” and your on the way to Vape Royally.  Like Rex, the King of Marty Gras!!!

Vape Royally Marty Gras Logo Final 2016

Vaporizer Options

Vaporizer Options

There are a few different kinds of vaporizer options to choose from, and many vaporizers within each category, but these are usually at very good prices for the technology you’re getting. You can consider if a portable vaporizer, vaporizer pen or desk top vaporizer would be the ideal choice for you. volcano digital

Vapor Delivery Systems

When you think about the variety of vapor delivery systems available, temperature regulation, and fan assisted hits, there are some great deals around on these units. The $150-500 price range has plenty of vaporizer options, including the Vapir Prima Vaporizer at around $250. This is a really neat portable vaporizer, with simple operation and really nice quality results. With a good battery life too, the Vapir Prima is really worth considering. For a similar price, the desk top vaporizer Arizer Extreme Q includes features such as multiple vaping options and the ability to use it with bags and whips.

Portable Vaporizers

Again, it depends on what you’re looking for, as the desk top vaporizers are far less portable. Portable vaporizers such as the Vapir Prima Vaporizer are small, compact and powerful. They come in all different shapes, sizes and styles. They fit in vapir prima allyour pocket and will efficiently vaporize dry herb. The ability to work with wax or oils can be an extra bonus, and not all of them will do this. Standard portable vaporizers typically have a base and a straw, they don’t usually have whips or bags like some of the popular desktop vaporizers.


Desk Top Vaporizers

If you want to spend more on a desk top vaporizer, for around $600 you can find The Herbalizer, which can also vape wax and oil concentrates. This unit can also fill your room with vapor, and also allows you to vape via balloon or whip. There are easy squeeze valves in the balloons to prevent leaks. The Volcano, again at around $500-600 is one of the classic desktop units on the market. The Volcano itself, a piece that holds the herb, and the bag are herbalizer 6all you need to operate the Volcano – it’s extremely easy to use. The bag mouthpiece is the best of any vaporizer, just press in with your lips and inhale. The bags are high quality and offer about 5 hits when full. If you care about efficiency in your vaporizer and making your herb last then there is no doubt about it, Volcano is one of the best. For many people, however, the ease of use and affordability of the small portable vaporizer format such as the Vapir Prima will make it an ideal choice.

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Conduction vs Convection

Conduction vs Convection

What is Conduction vs Convection heating?  How does it work?  How does this even apply to vaporizers?  Portable, desktop, and Pen-style vapes the like. You may be saying…I thought an e-cig was an e-cig, and a vaporizer, well…I don’t know. I give up.  That’s why we are here.  For those of you reading this that have years of vaporizing experience, this may seem trivial.  Go back to your tasty vaping, as will I as I write this.  But for those who are seeking knowledge, please read on.

Conduction vs Convection Made Simple

Let start with a simple diagram, for those visual learners out there. As you can see, here is conduction vs convection heating in an easy to understand diagram:

As the above diagram illustrates, conduction heating is where the botanicals in the heating chamber are heated from a source that is directly touching the botanical chamber.  In convection heating, the heat source is distance apart from the chamber and hot air is passed over the chamber to achieve heating of the herb, either by a forced air fan, or by manually pulling the air through the chamber via a whip or similar device.

Pro and Cons of Conduction vs Convection

Which is the best?  Well, like in life there are pro’s and con’s to both. See with conduction heating, it is a  simpler, and more energy efficient process becuase literary there is less space between the heating element and the herb chamber. What’s more, is that  based upon current battery technology, its affords for longer vape sessions to occur on one battery charge.  On average, this equates to about an hour of continuous use.

Some of the con’s of conduction heating are that  the botanical can sometimes not heat evenly, with the necessity to stir the botanical chamber during a session to achieve even heating of the plant material.  It also means that with direct contact of the heat source, there can be a greater probability of combusting the herb, which is what we are trying to avoid. This probability however is lowered with more accurate temperature control in higher end devices like the Arizer Air, The Vapir Prima, and The Vapium Summit, and others. See, the difference in heating distance from heat source to botancial chamger directly correlates to the difference in vapor production, vapor quality and overall taste. But please note, these differences that we speak of are noticeable, but not so huge to the extent that it is night and day.  That said, there will always be those who may differ to agree.

Now on to Convection heating, where the heating source is apart from the botanical chamber.  Hot air is now passed over and through the heating chamber it to achieve the temperate rise without combustion, releasing the desired active compounds.  With this method, the botanical is heated more evenly, which, as stated earlier,  some say produce a better vapor quality and taste. A few portable desktop vapes worth mentioning that were recently released are the Crafty Vaporizer, and the Mighty Vaporizer from Volcano.  Both use the convection heating style, but differ not only in size but also battery life.  The Mighty has an additional built in batter for longer vaporization use on one charge.  From our experience, yes there is a difference in taste and vapor production in these portable vapes, but it is minimal.  One of the biggest cons of this convection process is that is extremely energy intensive, which why you see it mostly implemented in desk top vaporizers where you have access to a continuous power source…until of course the huge Coronal Mass Ejection hits wiping out the power grid. Ha Ha! J.k. That’s for another blog post.

Like we mentioned, the technology of conduction heating is primarily used in  portable vapes due the the current limitations of lithium ion battery technology.  Yet there are leaders at the fore front, like Storz and Bickel, with the Mighty vaporizer and Crafty vaporizer from volcano, that use the convection process and do provide good battery life. As we move into the future though, we will see these battery use times go up for use on one charge with the development of Nano technology and the discovery of Graphene.

Which One Should I Choose?

Some things to think about here when your are making a decision on what portable vaporizer (either conduction or convection)  to buy are: How quickly does the vaporizer charge and discharge with normal use? Can you use the device while it’s charging? How quickly does the vaporizer reach the desired vaping temperature? How much control do you have over the temperature settings?

Currently, most rechargeable battery vaporizers need anywhere from 1-3 minutes of warm up time to reach your desired vaporization temperature.

Some of the newest portable vaporizers, for example, the Vapir Prima (conduction heating), released in September of 2015, can reach desired vaping temp in a minute or less.  We have tested the Vapir Prima, which uses lithium ion technology, and confirmed that  when set to its highest temperature setting, it takes 52 seconds to warm up from a completely cold start  in an ambient environment temperature of 67 degrees fahrenheit.  Clearly in colder temperatures, this will take more time and use more power.

For more information check out the vaporizer forums, retailer website reviews, or even the manufactures website regarding heating style and battery life.  Or contact us here!


We are excited here at Vape Royally to be part of this expanding business of vaporization.  And we want to share information about these devices so as to lower the misconceptions that exist because of a lack of knowledge, or access to said knowledge. So that you have more information to make a better informed decision. Is that not what it is all about?

Either way, we hope you learned something.  Let us know what you think.  Can you tell a difference from the two heating styles convection vs conduction?  Which vaporizer do you like best in each category?  We want to know.  Cheers!