What Is A Vape Pen?
A 'vape pen' is a vaporizer that is made of eCigarette components. There is a massive variety of styles, features, and prices available. Vape pens can be used for vaping cannabis concentrates, as well as eliquids. They are also referred to as oil vaporizers or wax pens.
A vape pen is composed of a battery at the bottom, an atomizer (or cartridge) in the middle, and a mouthpiece at the top. There is usually a small button on the side of the unit, which turns on the battery. The battery then heats the atomizer component and the concentrates are vaporized. The vapor is then inhaled.
When vaping, the perfect temperature should result in the concentrates releasing chemicals in the form of vapor. The heat should not be enough to burn materials. There is no combustion involved with vaping.
Types of Vape Pen
Pen-style vapes are usually long and slender, and look much like a pen (hence the name). Using a vape pen is a discreet and portable way to smoke on the go. Using a vape pen is easier (and less dangerous) than using a Dab Rig. Vape pens come in all strengths and sizes, and have different capabilities.
There are three main types of vape pens:
- Cartridge Pens: This type of pen requires almost no effort whatsoever. They are used with disposable cartridges which are pre-loaded with hash oil. Cartridge pens are low-maintenance, affordable and usually very slender. Simply screw your cartridge onto the battery, press the button and enjoy. However, with cartridges you have no control over what you're inhaling.
- Concentrate Pens: Used by wax lovers. Concentrate pens are similar to cartridge pens, but more advanced. Instead of inserting a cartridge, an atomizer is used. Concentrates are placed into the atomizer, heated by the battery, and vaporized. A concentrate vape pen is more advanced. This is a good option for those who want to choose their own wax, temperature and dosage.
- Dry Herb Vaporizers: This type of vape pen is less common than concentrate ones. As they can only vaporize dry flower, they are often bigger and can be more expensive. The temperature must be well controlled as to avoid burning your flower, and airflow can be an issue.
A 'Nectar Collector' style vape pen is an inverted version of a concentrate pen. Instead of depositing the concentrates inside an atomizer type heating element, a nectar collector places the heating element at the very bottom of the unit. The user then directly touches the heat to the concentrated material, and sucks the vapor through the tube.
Price Range and Differences
The price of a vape pen can range between $10 - $250! This depends completely on how advanced you want the product to be. A vape pen will be priced higher if it has multiple features, uses high-quality materials, or comes with extra atomizers or accessories.
Two vape pen examples at opposite ends of the spectrum are the This Thing Rips OG Four 2.0 ($74.20), and the Omicron V5 ($76.99). At right around the same price, you may assume they were the same quality. You would be wrong.
The OG Four 2.0 is a cheap, bad tasting vape pen that uses plastic and only comes with 2 single coil atomizers. The Omicron V5 however, is made with stainless steel and includes a glass globe and 3 advanced atomizers: a quartz double coil atomizer, a ceramic double coil atomizer, and a unique black ceramic cylinder atomizer. For similar prices, you are getting totally different products.
Therefore the price of a vape pen does not necessarily indicate high-quality, and research should be done before purchasing. Check out Dab Connection vape pen reviews here!