After doing some extensive research on vaporizers I have come to the following conclusions: Pros: -No smoke = No tar/carcinagens = Better health -Get more "bang for you buck" by using less herb to achieve the same high. -Possibly get a better, "cleaner" high -Less smell Cons: -Price -Seemingly complicated (especially to the new user) -Less convinient -Questionable materials used. By this I mean that a lot of vaporizers use metal and other materials (such as plastics) that when heated may release harmful chemicals in themselves. Which kind of defeats the purpose of using a vap for health. -Difficult to clean and set correct temperature? These are the main Pros vs. Cons I can think of. I still plan on getting a vaporizer, however NONE out there fit my picture of an ideal vap which would be: -Portable (I really like the idea of the balloons that come with the Volcano) -All areas that come in contact with heat and the user are made of safe materials (i.e. not metals, plastics) The tube is ok as long as it's a food-grade plastic. -Is a WHOLE unit and does not require a heat gun -Has an electric temperature reader so one can set the vap to the temp. they desire. -And it will beep when that temperature is met I know there are a lot of threads about vaporizers here, but I feel this helps simplify a lot of information that I spent a couple hours reading about and studying by what forum members here said and info I gathered from other sites. *note: I was almost sold on the Vaporbrothers Vaps, but read that it has metals that come in contact with the heat that is inhaled... I'm not sure if any of the users of this particular vap are concerned about this, but thought I'd give a heads up. I couldn't get any info concerning this on the Volcano, but it appears that it does as well, however the "plastic" balloon the vapor goes into *IS* completely safe.