It is a common question among users to know the best way to use concentrates with the MiniVAP vaporizer. As you know, concentrates are made from the extraction of active ingredients of plants by different methods: vibration, extraction with ice or gas, supercritical fluids, dissolution with solvents such as alcohol, etc.
The product always has a higher density and concentration of active compounds than the original plant. In addition, the texture and shape are usually compact and, in many cases, viscous or sandy.
The texture and shape of each type of extract will influence the way in which we should use the MiniVAP vaporizer. The goal when vaporizing extracts is:
“Achieve homogeneous heating and dense, on-demand steam extraction.”
It must be understood that MiniVAP cores work with heating by convection, radiation or conduction. Depending on the type of extract, but also on the MiniVAP core and accessories that we use to place the extract, we will obtain more conduction and radiation heating (which help to heat and extract a liquid much better) or more convection heat (more convenient for grind herbs) but it can also efficiently heat an accessory that contains a viscous extract, such as the liquid pad, included in the MiniVAP Starter Kit).
WARNING. Never place the extract directly inside the vaporizer or inside the basket, the hot air will melt the extract and drip inside the vaporizer, leaving traces of dirt, even clogging the vaporizer.
Here are two proposals to improve the experience with extracts and your MiniVAP:
1. If the extract is dense and viscous (honey, BHO or pressed type), we must use the liquid pad.
Remember that the liquid pad is made of thin steel wire pressed in the shape of a disk or hat. Their characteristics are:
- It allows air to pass through it when we inhale
- is made of a material that is harmless to health (AISI304 steel)
- absorbs a considerable amount of liquid (or hot extract)
To use the liquid holder, you must first insert it into the small basket, with the convex part towards the inside of the basket, and the concave part towards the outside (where we place the extract). The small basket will help you to handle the pad and to seal the vaporization chamber.
Always use the small basket and never the large basket with the liquid holder. MiniVAP’s large basket leaves empty spaces for hot air to circulate, making the extraction process less efficient.
Turn your MiniVAP green or red because an extra amount of energy is needed to heat up the liquid pad. Put a few drops of extract on the pad with the basket and install the basket on the flexicone. When you inhale, the hot air will circulate inside the pad, increasing the temperature (the steel in the pad absorbs the heat from the air and transfers it by conduction to the extract) and melting the extract, which melts inside the metal pad. The next time we inhale, the extract now distributed over the surface of the pad, begins to evaporate.
You will get a quicker and denser extraction:
- the more intense you inhale
- the higher the temperature you set in the vaporizer
- using hybrid cores: glass or Teflon-glass + the decarboxylation kit. This is because they give off more radiation heat, helping to increase the temperature of the liquid pad.
2. If the extract is like powder, crystal or granular (pollen), we can also use the liquid pad. However, the use of baskets can give us great advantages.
To use extracts inside the baskets, it’s recommended to fill the basket with ground leaves or some vegetable fiber that absorbs or retains the liquid extract when it melts.
Turn on the MiniVAP to your ideal temperature, in this case the core can be convection or hybrid. Put the extract in the basket. Using the curved end of the brush (included in the Starter Kit) or a toothpick, mix it with the vegetable matter inside. Install the basket with the mixture in the flexicone and enjoy. The vapor will insight the secrets of the extract, as the quintessential of taste and details. Due to the high concentration, the density increases greatly lot since the first inhalation.
Watch out! An excess of extract using this method will cause a lot of vapor density, with the downside of causing expectoration and dry mouth.
Check with different amounts of extract to see how you feel. It’s a good option to try connecting the MiniVAP to a bubbler to get soften sensations and enjoy a dense and refreshing vapor.
3. Finally, if the extract is pressed or its purity is not very high, you can use any of the previous methods (liquid pad or the basket filled with plant material).
Be careful with this type of extracts, melting and heat distribution is more difficult due the low purity, thereby user won’t obtain satisfactory evaporation.
For this case, perform the following experiment. Place on a filter (from the Starter Kit) an amount of extract that covers at least half of the surface of the filter. Make a sandwich with another filter. Install the two filters in the flexicone and switch on your MiniVAP to the highest temperature. After several inhalations and observing the exhaled vapor and the residue in the filters afterwards, you will see the purity of the extract or particles that stay in the filter, most of these don’t belong to active ingredients (excipients, plant material, cutting chemicals, etc.)
We hope these tips are helpful. If you have questions, suggestions or want to collaborate on the blog with your experience using MiniVAP, please write an email to info@miniVAP.com.