A new type of vaporizer called the IQOS vaporizer has been designed that is a cross between a vaporizer and a cigarette. The IQOS vaporizes inserts that have actual dried tobacco in them which removes the need for combustion. If you are new to vaporizers you may find it helpful to read our comprehensive vaporizer guide to learn what type of device might be be suited for your needs. To learn more about the IQOS vaporizer continue reading our review article below.
What is the IQOS Vaporizer and How Does It Work
The IQOS vaporizer is an interesting concept that will definitely cater to some people more than others. It is not a 'vape' since vapes are designed to vape liquids and its not a normal vaporizer with a oven chamber that you load in your own dry herbs, tobacco, or concentrates either. The IQOS is designed to work specifically with tobacco inserts that look very similar to a normal cigarette. We can't say that the IQOS is a healthier alternative legally but without using combustion one can assume that less harmful chemicals are extracted from the material being heated.
Components and Build Quality
Looking at the build quality of the IQOS tobacco insert system it is pretty well made. The system includes the charging box, the battery and heating system, and the inserts that go into it.
To use the IQOS you take one of the cigarette style inserts and you place it into the top of the battery heating mod. The insert stick out a bit and this is the part where you place your lips on and it acts as a mouthpiece. This cigarette like insert feels like the filter does with a normal cigarette. I think this was an important feel to accomplish in the product to help people who are having difficulty quitting smoking. The more the entire process resembles a traditional smoking experience the easier and more natural it will be for some people to commit to the change and enjoy the experience.
The IQOS vaporizer is a simple easy to use device that maintains a temperature of around 350°C and automatically turns off after 6 minutes of use. You can turn it back on to continue using it if your session is not complete. You will be able to continue inhaling until the taste and vapor is no longer present.
IQOS Battery and Portability
The battery that is built into the actual mod and heating chamber is pretty small and will likely only get teh average user about 1 session, at which time you will need to place it back into the larger part of the system which will charge it back up for another session. The bigger battery box is able to recharge the smaller mod/heating chamber about 20 times before it itself needs to be recharged.
IQOS is about the same size as a pack of cigarettes and a lighter so ultimately you are carrying the same sized dimensions around with you. If you know that you will only be needing one insert than you can just carry the mod/heating chamber with you, but the insert I think should really only be put in place before use or it could get damaged.
Overall Thoughts on the IQOS Vaporizer Kit
The IQOS vaporizer is an interesting concept and one that I think will benefit some people more than others. Overall the build quality is pretty good and the draws you get are very similar to that of a traditional cigarette. Having said that, I personally am a fan of normal vaporizers since they can be used for a much longer period of time and do not require inserts nor a external battery charging system. Regular dry herb vaporizers can be used with tobacco leaf already, so this might be something worth looking into.
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