Although these two products are highly synonymous and often interchangeable, they are different.
Portable VaporizersThese are portable but not nearly as small as an electronic cigarette. One of the strongest point for using the portable vaporizer is the fact that it doesn’t cycle in the way an electronic cigarette does. Cycling is when the electronic cigarette goes through the process of vaporizing the liquid nicotine. Fast smokers will often smoke at a pace faster than the electronic cigarette can cycle. This can be frustrating.
Using a portable vaporizer provides a larger variety of flavors. They have been around much longer than electronic cigarettes.
Another thing that many people like about portable vaporizers is that they vaporize oil or dry herbs including tobacco, instead of using liquid nicotine like electronic cigarettes.
One of the downsides to portable vaporizers is that the better ones are not as portable.
Electronic CigarettesElectronic cigarettes are treated more like traditional cigarettes, although they function, in many ways, like the portable vaporizers. The primary difference between electronic cigarettes is the fact that electronic cigarettes use liquid nicotine instead oils and dry herbs and portable vaporizers have a larger variety of flavors. Will the disparity between these two methods as far as flavors are concerned, diminish as the popularity of the electronic cigarette increases and the industry grows in correlation with its popularity? We'll soon find out.
The truth is there is very little difference. Which method of vaporization you choose is more left to personal preference than anything else. Is the explosion of the electronic cigarette market an indicator that e-cigs will be the most popular method of vaporization by 2017? Only time will tell.