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Vaping at Altitude

Discussion in 'Vaporization Discussion' started by started@52, Jul 30, 2019.

  1. started@52

    started@52 Well-Known Member

    I live around 5500 feet above sea level and wonder if that’s why I seam to generally vape and get clouds at lower temps then many others. Water boils about 9-10° lower here around 202-203° So I’m assuming other things vape at lower temps too?

    I will be going down to about 3000’ soon and doubt I’ll notice a big difference, but what if I vaped at sea level? I haven’t been vaping very long and have not vaped much if at all at higher or lower altitudes.
  2. OldNewbie

    OldNewbie Well-Known Member

    Yes, the less pressure, the easier it is to change liquids to a gaseous state. You can boil water at standard temperature if you put it in hard enough of a vacuum.

    For water, the temps work out to: (https://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/water-evacuation-pressure-temperature-d_1686.html)


    As pressure goes up, the temperature required to boil (State of changing liquid to gas) goes up as well. This is going to be true on changing the dab/oil to a vapor as well. I wouldn't be surprised if the chart showing temps at altitude for cannabis is going to look much the same. (With the reference points shifted to reflect the difference between cannabis concentrate and water.)
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  3. Baron23

    Baron23 Well-Known Member

    Yes, at lower pressure you get boiling point depression and some small degree of freezing point elevation.

    This is THE reason we use carb caps on dab rigs (and in my case, my FP SH)....to wit, to reduce the pressure and get it to boil off at a lower temp than otherwise.

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  4. started@52

    started@52 Well-Known Member

    I wonder what it’s like vaping at 14k, wait I can go find out!

    Or should I?
  5. VaporWare

    VaporWare Well-Known Member

    I would! Just don’t rely on a lighter because it probably won’t work if you filled it at home. ;)
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  6. Verax

    Verax Well-Known Member

    I spend nights in the mountains (cascades) on a fairly regular basis during the summer, between 5,000 - 12,000 ft. I don't really notice any tangible difference at those altitudes versus my daily driving at sea level.
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  7. FireFcuk2

    FireFcuk2 New Member

    In fact under vacuum you can boil water until it freezes.
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  8. OldNewbie

    OldNewbie Well-Known Member

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  9. elmomuzz

    elmomuzz That just happened...

    I’ve vaped at over 14k. Not much different then sea level.
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  10. Ricardo

    Ricardo Well-Known Member

    An island somewhere.
    Ha! I've been spending some time at about 1,200 m (4,000 ft.) and managed to combust in the VapCaps on several occasions - never do that beachside. I thought the cap was taking way longer to click but put it down to being outdoors in colder weather.
    Air pressure, huh? Science rocks :rockon:
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  11. Vlad the Inhaler

    Vlad the Inhaler Glassblower of the scientific persuasion

    Aw man, I just got back from 11k+ ft! I was wondering about this while I was there but TSA loves me so I didn't dare bring any vapes or equipment with me even though both ends of my journey were legal.

    My guess is that it's actually easier to vape at altitude because of lower pressure=lower vaporization points.
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