The 10 Most Asked Questions About Dynavap Vaporizers
Here are the 10 most asked questions about DynaVap vaporizers:
1. How does the DynaVap work?
The DynaVap is a unique dry herb vaporizer that uses a metal tip and cap to efficiently heat your dry herb material without the need for batteries or electronics. Here's a quick overview of how it works:
- The main body of the DynaVap is a tube made from medical-grade stainless steel, titanium, or wood. At the end is a removable tip made from titanium or stainless steel
- Inside the tip is a stainless steel screen where you load your dry herb material.
- To heat the DynaVap, you use an external heat source like a torch lighter or induction heater. You heat the tip until it makes an audible click sound. This indicates it has reached the proper vaporization temperature.
- Once heated, you can inhale from the mouthpiece to draw in vapor. The hot air passes through the herb in the chamber and extracts the active compounds.
- After your hit, you can heat it again for subsequent hits. You'll hear another click when it's ready again.
- The vapcap cools and condenses the vapor, providing a smooth, pure flavor experience.
- Since there's no battery, the DynaVap is extremely portable and reliable. As long as you have a heat source, you can use it anywhere.
- Various models like the M, Omni, and HydraVonG provide different heating methods, materials, and aesthetics. But the core function remains the same.
- Overall, the DynaVap provides an efficient and customizable session without electronics. It's an elegant and effective example of using basic physics for vaporization.
2. What are the different types of DynaVap models?
DynaVap offers several different models that vary in terms of materials, aesthetics, and functionality:
- The "M" - The standard DynaVap. Made from stainless steel construction. Includes the essential components for vaporization. Is updated every year or so.
- Omni - An enhanced model made from lightweight titanium instead of stainless steel. Includes improved airflow adjustment and longer body for cooling.
- The "B" - A introductory priced DynaVap with a silicone body that allow you to use it with a water rig.
- VonG - DynaVap's premium all-titanium offering with improved airflow and the highest durability.
- Special Editions - Unique collaborations with other artisan creators in the space.
- Helix Tip - A new DynaVap tip that offers amazing airflow.
While performance is generally consistent across models, the different materials, sizes, and designs provide options in terms of aesthetics, cooling, airflow, and customization.
3. How efficient is the DynaVap compared to other vaporizers?
The DynaVap is widely regarded as one of the most efficient dry herb vaporizers available. Here are some key reasons why:
- Because it is heated manually, you can control the temperature precisely to avoid combustion and waste. No electricity is converted unnecessarily to heat.
- The all-metal pathway and glass models provide excellent thermal conductivity for quick, convection heating.
- Small pack sizes between 0.05g to 0.1g work excellently. You use much less material compared to session vapes.
- The airport on the tip provides user control over airflow and vapor density. You can adjust it to suit your preference.
- Convection heating and minimal conduction through the tip avoids cooking your material between hits. Most of the THC and CBD get vaporized.
- Ability to heat until the click allows extracting every last bit of vapor with minimal residual wasted.
- Faster heat up and cool down enables quick hits on demand without wasting heat energy.
- Heating only what you need means very little vapor or cannabinoids are wasted between sessions.
Independent lab tests show the DynaVap can convert around 45% of the loaded cannabinoids into vapor. This is generally higher efficiency than most electronic options.
Micro-dosing: For those looking to conserve material and avoid waste, the frugal herb usage and precise temperature control of the DynaVap makes it a top choice.
4. How long does the DynaVap battery last?
The DynaVap does not actually contain a battery. It is powered manually using an external heat source like a torch lighter or induction heater. This means there is no battery life to consider with the DynaVap itself.
The lack of a battery is one of the key advantages of the DynaVap. It means you don't need to worry about replacing or recharging batteries. The DynaVap will work indefinitely as long as you have a way to heat it.
If you are using an induction heater, then you will need to recharge the induction heater's battery periodically. But the heater is separate from the DynaVap itself.
Induction heater batteries typically last for 30-60 heating cycles depending on model. So you should get multiple sessions before needing to recharge. Standalone heaters like the The Wand by Ispire offer replaceable batteries for quick swaps. We love The Wand.
The other heating option is a simple butane torch lighter. These work indefinitely as long as you refill the butane tank periodically. A quality torch with a large tank can last for weeks of typical use before emptying.
So in summary, the DynaVap has no internal battery of its own. It's powered by manual heating, avoiding the need to recharge or replace batteries. Just make sure you refuel your torch or recharge your heater as needed between sessions.
5. What are the main accessories and mods people use with the DynaVap?
The DynaVap has a thriving enthusiast community that has developed many aftermarket accessories and modifications. Here are some of the most popular:
- Induction heaters - Electronic devices that heat the DynaVap tip electronically. Easy to use and saves the need to purchase butane.
- Water pieces - Bubblers or bongs to which you can connect a DynaVap for cooler, smoother hits.
- Wood or exotic stems - Custom stems made from various stabilized woods and materials for improved aesthetics.
- Spinning mouthpieces - Mouthpieces that easily spin to adjust airflow on models like the Omni.
- Portable cases - Protective plastic tubes or hard cases made of wood to carry your DynaVap safely.
- Intercoolers - Metal or glass beads to fill the body for improved cooling and smoothness.
With simple parts and operation, the DynaVap is highly mod-friendly. A vibrant third-party market exists offering virtually any accessory you could want to enhance the experience.
6. How long does the DynaVap take to heat up and cool down?
One of the DynaVap's biggest advantages is its rapid heat up and cool down times. Here's an overview:
- Heat up time - The tip can reach optimal vaporization temperature in as little as 5-10 seconds when using a jet flame torch. With slower heat sources like Bics or induction heaters, expect 15-30 seconds.
- First hit time - The first click indicating readiness for your hit usually happens around 10-20 seconds. So your first vapor hit can happen in under 30 seconds total.
- Cool down time - After hitting, the DynaVap cools back down to handling temperature in about 10-15 seconds due to the minimal mass. You will hear the cool down click.
- Second hit - If reheating immediately after the cooldown, the second click happens faster within 5-10 seconds. So you can often take another hit within 20 seconds.
- Full cycle - With a jet torch, the full heat up, hit, cool down, reheat, second hit cycle can happen in under 60 seconds total. Slower heat sources take 90-120 seconds.
- Efficiency - Minimizing wasted heat and rapid cycling enables efficient extraction with no wasting between hits.
So while actual heat and cool times vary based on technique and heating method, the DynaVap is engineered for quick, efficient cycling without the need for extended continuous heating. This makes it ideal for on demand vaping.
7. Does the DynaVap have replaceable parts?
Yes, one advantage of the DynaVap's modular design is that many parts are replaceable if needed. Here are the main replaceable components:
- Tips - The titanium or stainless steel tip that holds the screen can be replaced if damaged or wanted in a different material.
- Cap - The outer cap with the clip can wear over time and can be replaced.
- O-rings - DynaVap uses food-safe silicone o-rings to hold parts together which can be replaced.
- Screens - The basket screen where you load material can be swapped out for a fresh one.
- Condensor - The inner condenser tube is removable and replaceable on most models.
- Mouthpiece - Mouthpieces on the Omni models can be removed and replaced as needed.
- Full assemblies - You can purchase entire tip, cap, and stem assemblies as replacements or spares.
So while the DynaVap itself is durable, having the ability to replace small parts extends its lifespan almost indefinitely. O-rings, screens, and mouthpieces experience the most wear over time.
Aftermarket companies also offer many upgraded replacement parts like spun titanium tips, wood stems, and custom engraved caps too.
8. How do you clean the DynaVap?
Cleaning the DynaVap regularly is recommended for optimal performance. Here are some tips:
- Use isopropyl alcohol over 90% strength and coarse kosher salt as a scrubbing agent.
- Take the DynaVap fully apart into separate stems, tips, caps, and o-rings for thorough cleaning access.
- For tips and stems, drop them into a small jar filled with alcohol and salt. Shake vigorously to scrub.
- Use cotton swabs dipped in alcohol to scrub inside the tip, cap, and condenser holes.
- Soak o-rings in alcohol to sanitize but avoid excessive rubbing which can damage them.
- Rinse all parts thoroughly with clean water after the alcohol soak to remove residue.
- After cleaning, assemble parts and perform a burn-off cycle by heating the cap empty to burn away any remaining traces.
- Clean the exterior with a microfiber cloth and iso alcohol as needed between deep cleanings.
- Glass and wood bodies can be wiped with a damp cloth but avoid submerging them in alcohol.
- Clean after heavy use sessions for best results, or weekly maintenance cleanings for lighter users.
Proper cleaning removes residue buildup for the best performance. The modular design makes deep cleaning simple by providing full access to all parts and surfaces.
9. How fine should the grind consistency be for a DynaVap?
An evenly ground, medium-fine consistency is recommended for the best performance with the DynaVap. Here are some tips:
- Use a quality dry herb grinder for uniform grinding.
- Aim for around the same consistency as sea salt or table sugar grains.
- Too coarse will result in uneven vaping and hot/cold spots.
- Too fine and powdery can restrict airflow and cause side effects or combustion.
- The stock DynaVap screen holes are roughly .075" or 1.9mm in diameter on most models.
- Shoot for about 80% of your material being around .075" particle size for optimal packing density and airflow.
- A medium grind exposes lots of surface area but maintains just enough "fluff" for airflow between particles.
- You can stir/tamp between hits to reorient material and promote even heating.
Experiment to find your perfect grind, but starting with a consistent medium texture is recommended as a baseline for most DynaVap models and preferences.
10. What are some tips for getting big rips from the DynaVap?
Here are some handy tips for getting large, satisfying hits with your DynaVap:
- Use a jet torch lighter to heat near the base of the cap for the fastest heat up time. This enables faster extraction.
- Spin the DynaVap while heating for an even heat distribution over the tip. Avoid hotspots.
- Pack the load tightly but not too tight so airflow can still pass through the material.
- Preheat your material with a pulse or two of heat before the actual hit. This prepares the load and enables faster extraction.
- Cover the airport fully during the hit then release to clear the vapor - this stacks vapor density.
- Use a coarse grind for greater airflow and surface area exposure.
- Heat just past the click by 1-2 seconds if you prefer hotter, denser hits.
- Take slower, longer draws for 10+ seconds to get full extraction.
- Use a bubbler or water piece to cool the vapor for comfort with big rips.
- Higher quality torches (more BTUs) and triple flame tips heat faster for bigger hits.
- Keep the flame aimed low on the cap, closer to the tip, for maximum heat transfer.
- Use the Armored Cap for huge one-hit-extractions.
It takes some practice, but once mastered you can produce impressively large, satisfying hits rivaling most other huge hitting portables. Experiment to find your perfect technique.