A vaporizer and an e-cigarette are both devices used to inhale a vapor, but they have different characteristics and purposes:

  1. Usage :

    • A vaporizer is often used to vaporize a variety of materials, such as dry herbs, oils, or waxy concentrates. These are popular with people who use medical marijuana or who want an alternative to traditional smoking.
    • An e-cigarette is specifically designed for vaporizing e-liquids, which may contain nicotine and flavorings. E-cigarettes are mainly used by people who are trying to quit smoking or who want a less harmful alternative to tobacco.
  2. Design :

    • Vaporizers come in different shapes and sizes, from portable pens to larger desktop models. They often have a chamber for placing the material to be vaporized and adjustable temperature settings.
    • E-cigarettes often resemble traditional cigarettes, cigars or pens in shape. They usually consist of a battery, an atomizer and a cartridge or pod filled with e-liquid.
  3. Mechanism of action :

    • Vaporizers heat the material to a temperature high enough to vaporize the active substances, but without combustion, resulting in a vapor.
    • E-cigarettes use a heating element to vaporize the e-liquid, resulting in a vapor that the user can inhale.
  4. Temperature control :

    • Vaporizers often have extensive temperature controls, allowing users to adjust the heating depending on the type of material they are vaping.
    • E-cigarettes usually have a fixed operating temperature, although some more advanced models allow the user to adjust the heat settings.
  5. Complexity and price :

    • Vaporizers can be more complex to use and maintain and are often more expensive than e-cigarettes.
    • E-cigarettes are generally easier to use and cheaper, especially the disposable models.

In summary, vaporizers are more versatile and adjustable in terms of use and temperature, while e-cigarettes are usually simpler, cheaper and specifically aimed at vaporizing e-liquids.