How does the vaporizer work?
It’s easy — simply grind your clean herbal material to a fine consistency using a regular grinder. Slide the lid to one side and sprinkle your material into the bowl. Close the lid, firmly press a freshly charged battery into the Box, and start enjoying your vapor. After each draw, withdraw the battery, and shake the Box to stir the material inside — this ensures that the Box is always fresh and ready when you need it. Repeat as needed.
The stored electrical energy in the battery is carried to a heating element in the bowl of the Box which gently warms your herbals. The Box provides just enough heat to release the active ingredients as a vapor without causing combustion to occur.
Vaporization (avoiding combustion) is good for a number of reasons:
- More medicinal qualities are available because they are not being consumed by fire — vaporization is more efficient.
- There are little to no harmful combustion byproducts (NO tar, carbon/nitrogen monoxides, free radicals, particulates/soot, etc).
- Vaporization is overall much healthier for you and a LOT easier on the lungs — no more unnecessary coughing.
- The fine qualities and taste of your herbals are fully available without being obscured by the noxious byproducts of burning.
How does the Box compare to a Water Pipe?
The Box is much smaller than a water pipe, does not require water, can be used outdoors in windy conditions, and in general is far less fragile than most water pipes. The Box is also much more stealthy.
A water pipe, by burning your herb, generates all sorts of secondary and harmful chemical byproducts which must then be filtered out using water bubbling. While water filtering does not remove all of the harmful combustion byproducts, it does remove some of the active ingredients by vapor condensation in the water. As such, a water pipe destroys some of your herbal goodness by burning and condensation losses. More medicinal qualities are available from your herbs with Box vaporization.
With a water pipe, the wide shape of the mouthpiece naturally encourages the user to take deeper draws farther into the lungs. To get the same effect out of the Box, we instruct users to take long slow deep draws. The slowness is for how the Box heats, and the longness is so you take a deeper draw fully into the more absorbent passages of the lungs. We recommend that first time Box users learn how to control the temp in the Box by controlling their draw rate, and then work to take fewer, much longer and deeper draws. In this way, you will find that the Box is far more useful, effective and efficient than any water pipe.
How does the experience of vapor compare to that of smoke?
The most obvious differences are noticed in the first three minutes and more subtle effects can be noticed the next day. Much of what a smoker experiences in the first minutes are actually the side effects of smoke, rather than being due to any medicinal qualities. The experience is the result of a ‘damage control’ response by the body. Smokers who are not already used to vaporizers often cannot tell that anything is happening at all — until about 3 minutes later! Vapor is generally described as being stronger, lighter, clearer, more thoughtful, longer lasting, and more energetic. You are much less likely to get some of the common physical aspects with a vaporizer. People generally feel better, clearer and cleaner the next day after vaporizing — without the ‘fuzzyness’ that might be experienced the day after a smoking session.
How much more efficient is vaporization than smoking?
Generally, the difference in the bio-available yield between vaping and smoking is (or should be) about 4 to 1 for any “good” reasonably well designed vaporizer. Therefore, being conservative, it is fairly safe to claim that the use of good technique with the Launch Box should be able to get at least into the 3 to 1 range, acknowledging that some sacrifices have been made towards overall utility and convenience.
Not only is vaporization much more healthy, it will save you money. For example, if you consume $100 worth of herbals via smoking in a month, then buying and using a Box consistently will pay for itself twice-over in the first month of usage.