I understand that. The vaporizers I use all have the herb bowl much closer to the heater and a more tightly integrated heating chamber. I’ve found that having the heater and the herb closer together typically contributes to more efficient vapor and more flexibility in temperature control. Do you know why the company designed the EQ this way?
I've noticed that as well. For example, with my Nano XL, people typically move their screen further from the heater to allow for more room. Myself on the other hand keep the flower immediately under the heater, as close as possible. This gives me the best results of flavor, vapor, and control.
On the other hand, when I use my Herborizer, the flower sits a much farther distance away compared to my XL, but still closer than the XQ2. The heater is much stronger though compared to the XL and can easily take the added distance. They say this distance is what creates an effect that allows the air to heat the herb from more angles instead of directly top/down. Who knows.
I'm not entirely sure their reasoning behind the XQ2.
Maybe they like the idea of having a lot of head room for the flower to swirl around in the bowl. This is not my preference.
Maybe they wanted to avoid possible combustion with having the flower too too close, as it could possibly be a bit more sensitive to your draw, your pack, etc.
With the closer cloud bowl, if you draw a little too hard, with all of the headroom, there is herb flying around the bowl. This contradicts everything I know about convection vapes (as you mentioned as well with a "tightly integrated heating chamber"), which usually directs the heat to a concentrated area and funnels it directly through the herb with no empty space.
Despite this, even with the herb flying around in the chamber, I still get great clouds and it doesn't feel diluted with air. It goes against what I typically thought would work with a convection vape.
Still, I don't like the herb flying around in the chamber. Seems weird to me, and just doesn't seem possible to be as efficient.
This is why I opt for the flavor side of the bowl, as it's a much smaller chamber, and when packed to the appropriate height, the Screen from the Whip or the Bag prevents the herb from moving at all, it just stays put. This is more consistent with how I'd prefer to vape.
Of course though, this keeps the herb further away from the heater as a result.
I'm actually having consistently better flavor keeping the herb further away from the heater with the XQ2 using the further away Flavor side of the bowl as opposed to the closer Cloud Chasing side of the bowl. But I'll be testing with more strains.
I know you can simply drop the temp if you're close to the heater, or raise the temp if you're farther away, but it still seems to give different results even if the temp touching the herb is relatively the same.
I think the closer cloud bowl encourages a much larger pack, and that can possible effect flavor. Maybe the depth of the flower is preventing an even roast, and the closer part is darkening too quickly, leading to worse flavor.
It could just be that I need to pack less when I'm using the closer bowl, but then that's more headroom for the herb to fly around.