Temperature settings are a great area to fuss and muss about for vaping enthusiasts, due to how much potential control you get from your experience. As opposed to combustion, which releases all of the effects at once, controlling your vaporization temperature will help you get the most flavor and effect from your herbs at varying degrees. We’ve talked before about how to get the best temperature results from specific vape models, but overall it’s really fun experimenting with different heat settings to get the best vaping temperatures for your session, so let’s take a look at how to best go about it:

The Vaporization Process

The aim of vaporization is to evenly cook the herbs in order to release their vapors; this is done by heating the herbs at a low enough temperature to avoid combustion. Every herb will have a different point of combustion due to varying moisture content. All terpenes evaporate at around 157°C and 220°C; combustion will generally occur at around 400°C. Overall recommended vaping temperature is usually between 190°C and 235°C (374°F – 455°F).

One of the key advantages of vaporization is how the compounds of the botanicals can be released in a controlled manner. You’ll want to keep in mind how vaporization starts to occur generally before the set heat is finally reached. Vaporization heating occurs as a process and not an instantaneous action; the temperature settings on the device are merely indicators of the temperature inside the heating chamber, and not necessarily the heat of the herbs themselves as they are cooking.

The denser the vapor is, the more effective it will generally be. Whether or not you’re vaping at full temperature, you’ll start to lose vapor after a few draws either way. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just something to keep in mind; keeping your temperature low will maintain a thinner vapor for the duration of the session, while you’ll be able to get a bit more effect from pushing the heat up in increments. We’ll go into this process later in this piece.

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Know Your Gear

There are many different vaporizers available out there with a wide range of temperature control (or lack thereof). Some units are set at one fixed temperature to vaporize at, usually around 190°C – 200°C, while others give precise temperature control from a wide range of heat (this can go from 120°C to, well, uh, temperatures unknown). Generally, vaporizers with precise temperature control will have their maximum temperature set far below the point of combustion to spare your herbs the risk.

Then there are other vaporizers, like the Pax models, which use their own unique temperature control system without even letting the consumer know which heat it’s at (you’ll have to use the LED “petals” to feel this out). As you can imagine, the more exact the temperature control is, the better you’ll be able to customize your vaping experience. However, as long as you’re familiar with your gear, even a single temperature on-demand heat can get you a good vapor if you know how to handle it.

Temperature Settings

Best Vaping Temperatures - Vaping Shocking

Different levels of temperatures will release differing amounts of vapor. Visible vapor is often preferable, so people can get more of an idea of what kind of production they’re getting. On the other hand, you don’t need much in the way of visible vapor to get a rich flavor profile from your herbs. With this in mind, here’s a few of our most notable ways to get a good vapor going:

Vapor Shocking: This is best for getting thick vapor right off the bat; just crank your temperature up to the highest heat setting you have, vape until ye cannae vape no more, reset your bowl, and keep on truckin’. This is not necessarily the best for getting the full flavor range, but it’s great for big clouds and immediate effectiveness.

Vapor Tasting: Vapor tasting is a great way to get the full flavor from your vapor while keeping the actual visible vapor more low-key. If you’re more conscious of how the vapor hits your throat and don’t really care about generating clouds, this is the approach for you. Starting at a lower temperature and then gradually increasing in increments of 5°C to 15°C will slowly give you thin, wispy draws of vapor at its most flavorful. Once you’ve put the heat up fully, just keep pulling until the vapor fades; you will have then made a full vapor tasting! If your vape has limited temperature settings (like the Zeus Smite), just keep the device on the lower settings while you cycle through and see what kinds of flavors you get

Vapor Stepping: Vapor stepping will help you run the gamut of heats and textures by combining the approaches of both vapor shocking and vapor tasting. Start at a slightly lower temperature than usual (for us, 200°C is a good place to start), and use this temperature until the vapor starts thinning out a bit.  Once at the highest temperature, just keep vapin’ until there’s nothing left, and you’ll know you’ve achieved the most amount of activity from your herbs. It’s generally recommended by health professionals not to put the temperature past this point, as you’ll be risking throat irritation.

Best Vaping Temperatures - Vapor Tasting


As long as you’re getting some flavor, there’s really no wrong way to vaporize. It’s a learning curve for pretty much anyone using almost any kind of device, so the more devices you use (and how often you use them) will all help to inform your vaping practices. Also, be sure to do a little research on the differences between convection (hot air oven style) and conduction (skillet style) heating, as this will effect how you approach vaping (where to start your temperatures, how long to leave temperatures for, etc.).

In his own temperature guide, The Vape Critic also vouches for a lower temperature as his ideal, settling between 180°C and 190°C. It is also important to note how temperature settings will generally fluctuate with portable vape models, dependent on what kind of technology is being used. Setting your temperature a few degrees higher or lower won’t make as much of a difference as developing an overall vaping technique will. So take your time, get to know your vape’s temperature control (or lack thereof), and have fun with how different heating approaches will get you the most from your herbs.

Do you have any additional temperature tips to contribute? We love to keep learning, so let us know in the comments below!

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