Ask the Experts: Vape Tech: 5 Questions with Dustin Koffler

April 15, 2020

The vape industry has a responsibility to help customers understand the need to purchase vape products from licensed retailers to ensure safety and quality. Here, Greentank Technologies founder and CEO Dustin Koffler discusses how retailers can increase consumer confidence and provide them with high-quality vape products.

1. How can the cannabis vape industry bring consumers back to the space following last year’s vape scare?

In the U.S., there are no national regulatory bodies that oversee compliance within the cannabis vape sector. The onus is on vape manufacturers and oil producers to not only create safe products that have been through testing, but also to release the test and ingredient lists to the public. In Canada, stricter regulations and higher-quality manufacturing have already proven to be beneficial to consumer safety.

2. What are the disadvantages of purchasing cannabis vape hardware from direct overseas manufacturers?

More often than not, direct overseas manufacturers are more interested in selling you hardware than being your partner. Greentank has complete control over the entire supply chain as a way to guarantee that every material that goes into your hardware exceeds industry standards.

Not all manufacturers prioritize sourcing food-grade stainless-steel, high-caliber glass, and premium ceramic formulations that won’t leach heavy metals into the final product. Only those truly committed to the future of the cannabis marketplace are partners at our table.

3. What is the biggest mistake that cannabis vape manufacturers are making today?

The biggest mistake is relying on outdated technology, and those that are not leading in customization will be left behind. This is because no two concentrate formulations are exactly the same. Manufacturers need to be adapting their hardware to the needs of clients, moving past a one-size-fits-all approach. Our CTO, Pete Duckett, formally chief engineer at Dyson, is leading the way for us here at Greentank. The difference between hardware that performs on an elite level and hardware that leaves customers unsatisfied is all in the details. Adjusting heating elements, heat settings, airflow resistances, intake hole sizes or all of the above delivers a superior experience.

4. Why do a lot of cannabis vape companies utilize ceramics to heat concentrates?

Ceramic technologies provide far superior temperature control than many of the outdated vapes out there built off the back of wick-based e-cigarette technology. Generally speaking, ceramic heating leads to higher-quality vapor and elevated flavor profiles. Greentank is leading the way with several unique proprietary ceramic formulations that set us apart from the competition and deliver unprecedented taste profiles.

5. What does the future of cannabis vape technology look like?

The future of cannabis vape technology is being propelled forward by those taking the lead.

Every day, we strive to do better than yesterday as we uncover the full potential of the industry. Standardized safety measures, more accurate dose-control features and more transparency relating to ingredients and materials are game-changers. That’s why we have a new in-house, state-of-the-art device lab. As we all build toward the future, we identified the need to look at producing technologies that will take the user experience to the next level.

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