The Ultimate Vape Pen Guide to the Best Vape Pens for Sale – Reviews and Comparison of Wax, Oil, Marijuana, Weed and How to Use a Vape Pen / Vaporizer Pen
Are you searching for a marijuana smoking mechanism that gives you a purer hit?
Look no further than the vape pen.
Are you in dire need of a truly potent high?
Stop what you’re doing and get your hands on a vape pen right away.
Do you need a way to get the most CBD out of your herb or concentrate?
Yep, you’ve guessed it, you’ve got to get yourself a vape pen.
To help inquisitive newbie smokers looking to learn more about vaping (what it is and how to do it), to help bong enthusiasts understand why vape pens are taking the 420 world by storm (Whoopie Goldberg even uses one, c’mon!) and to try and convince ardent spliff smoking stoners into trying vaping at least once, the team at Vape.net have compiled an in-depth guide which will tell anyone anything they’ll ever need to know about vape pens.
Whichever type of stoner you are, as you read on, you’ll join us on an epic journey. We’ll delve deep into the past – you’ll learn about this piece of pot paraphernalia’s history, together we’ll explore the present – why using a vape pen always guarantees that you’ll get the best smoking experience, and we’ll venture into the future – we’ll provide you with an array of tips and pieces of advice about how to purchase the perfect vape pen to meet your smoking needs. Make sure you’re comfortable, get ready to be enticed by the wonders and thrills of vaping and have a couple of pre-rolls or a bong on standby because we could be here a while. The vape pen story is a long one, but it’s very interesting and well worth the read, we promise!
Chapter One – What Are Vape Pens?
Well, a vape pen is a kind of vaporizer that looks like… Well, a pen. Okay, so now that we’ve got that cleared up, what are vaporizers? They’re devices which many people use to heat cannabis, either in its herb or concentrate form, to such high temperatures that a cool, unadulterated vapor, rich in flavor and cannabidiols is released. That vapor is then inhaled by the user, and they feel very, very good for a long time afterward. Unlike smoking a joint or taking a hit from a bong, vaporizers don’t burn their ingredients, they essentially just make them boil and sweat, kinda like how a sauna works, or how putting a drop of Vix Vapor Rub into a bowl of steaming hot water produces its decongestant mist. On the whole, getting medicated or getting high with a vape pen offers a much more pleasant, and a whole lot healthier experience than you would do from any typical marijuana smoking device.
Chapter Two – The Fascinating History of Marijuana Vape Pens
Harnessing the power of fire
In the beginning, there was Paleospliffic Man and after the Early Stoner Age, once the power of fire had been harnessed, stoners were emboldened to try and create new and interesting ways of getting high. By Ancient Egyptian times, many primeval potheads would set up beds of incredibly hot stones and place the cannabis plants on them, and they would wait for what they thought was a magical mist to engulf them. We know that mist today, as vapor. What the Ancient Egyptians had created was the first recorded history of a vaporizer.
Vaping became portable
Much, much later, after the Age Of Enlightenment, vaporizing had become portable and the device had transformed into a hookah, a tabletop water pipe which anyone could use and enjoy on their own. The original hookah, unlike its modern-day equivalent, used to heat marijuana using charcoals, so instead of smoke, stoners could consume vape. The vape was found to be faster acting, more intoxicating and lasted longer.
Modern man realizes that inhaling burnt stuff is really gross
It wasn’t until the swinging 60s when even the slightest hint of a vaporizer, the kind that we know today, appeared. Well, not so much appeared, as it just became an interesting side note in the annals of history. The first ever e-cig patent was filed in 1963 by inventor Herbert A. Gilbert. The boffin who believed that inhaling burnt stuff was actually pretty damn gross designed a device that didn’t burn its ingredients, rather, it heated them to incredibly high temperatures to release a vapor. Gilbert’s invention looked and worked in the exact same way as vape pens do nowadays. He even included flavor cartridges and heating elements. What a pity then that his invention didn’t take off.
Vaporizers for the masses? Not quite yet.
But someone who did take off in the world of vaping was Eagle Bill Amato. In 1993, this Cherokee Marijuana Medicine Man became known as the Father of Vapor after he learned from a Californian grower how much healthier and more potent vaping was, compared to smoking. The grower told Eagle Bill that they’d used a heat gun to vaporize their cannabis which meant the marijuana flavors remained unchanged, and so too the high levels of THC and CBD. To make vaporization more accessible to everyone, Eagle Bill came up with the “Shake and Vape”, a small device based on the Ancient Egyptian method of using hot stones to hold the high temperatures necessary to vaporize cannabis. But Eagle Bill’s “Shake and Vape” didn’t look or feel like the vaporizers we know today, but don’t worry, we’re getting there!
The stop smoking vaporizer gets transformed by cannaboffins
In 2003, a Chinese pharmacist named Hon Lik developed a device which could help people cut back and eventually quit smoking. This nicotine solution came in the form of a vaporizer and it gave smokers the same taste and feeling of smoking a cigarette without any of the risks. Lik’s creation is what we come to associate with the vape pens of today, but when exactly did cannabis connoisseurs get their hands on the device and change it for the bifter, we mean, better? Well, no-one really knows for sure, but we think that the idea of converting e-cigs into vape pens emerged around 2008, the Era of the 420 Reformation. Since then, vaping has spread so wildly throughout the world that the word “vape” was recently added to the Oxford English Dictionary. It was even named as their word of the year in 2014.
Chapter Three – Vape Pens, Their Design, Styles, and Materials
In today’s market, there’s a whole variety of different vape pens on offer, and they look, feel and operate slightly differently depending on what it is you want to heat up, whether that’s dry herb; cannabis concentrates, waxes or shatter. You can even get vape pens now that run on cannabidiol infused e-Liquid cartridges. When it comes to buying a vaporizer pen, you have two options. You can either buy a pre-built one, which is the easiest but can cost a bit more, or you can build one yourself, as most pieces are individual parts that are interchangeable.
So, let’s start with the basic anatomy of a vape pen.
First off, you have the mouthpiece or drip tip, this is the part you put your lips around in order to inhale the wonderful weed vapor. The drip tip also stops any ingredient or e-liquid from entering your mouth in an un-vaped state. Because this section of a vape pen is interchangeable it means you can swap and change drip tips until you find a particularly funky looking one that’s also incredibly comfortable to use. They come in a whole host of different materials including glass, plastic, stainless steel, copper and pyrex, and carbon fiber.
Next, we have the filter. Made from ceramic or glass, this portion of the vape pen is designed to cool the warm air rising up from the atomizer.
The atomizer is the essential part of any vaporizer as this segment of a vape pen is what heats up and vaporizes whatever ingredients are placed in it. Atomizers come in a range of styles, each offering their own different pros and cons.
Atomizers have a limited capacity, but they’re great for using vials of e-Liquid in them with no mess. There’s the Coiled Wick atomizer, which is made from cotton and is commonly used in vape pens that use e-liquids or oil cartridges.
Pro-tip: Even though these types of atomizers have now been modified so that users can choose to vape dry herbs or concentrates instead, we suggest you pass on the idea, a coiled wick is not as effective or durable as other coil types.
Then you have the Ceramic Wickless Coil which retains heat well, long after the power has been turned off. Then there’s the Pancake Coil which sits at the bottom of the atomizer and essentially works like an electric stove, it heats the ingredients from underneath. The Donut Coil is actually a ceramic disc that works in the same way as the pancake coil, and because it’s made of ceramic, this atomizer is the most durable and it also produces incredibly high long-lasting temperatures. Finally, there’s the True Vape Atomizer which works like an oven. It eliminates the need for a coil element and is the best type of atomizer to use to maintain high levels of terpenes and cannabidiols. All atomizers are housed in one of two materials, steel, which is considered the more affordable, and ceramic, which offers better heat regulation and durability.
Cartomizers, or carts, have a larger capacity to house ingredients in but were designed to hold e-Liquid. They last for a long time but be warned, they’re very delicate. They’re a combination of disposable cartridges and atomizers. A cart is typically made of polyfill surrounded by gauze, then wrapped around an atomizer coil, centered in a plastic tube.
Clearomizers are a transparent version of a cart. Because they’ve been designed to show users how much e-Liquid is left in their vape pen, they’re made from thin plastic which is easy to crack.
Underneath the ‘mizer sits the battery pack which is the heat source of your vape pen.
Pro-tip: Knowing the proper voltage capacity of your battery will help increase the efficiency of the pen and reduce functional issues. That’s because many contemporary vaporizers have a range of temperatures to choose from to get the most out of your ingredients.
Last but by no means least, you have the almighty power button. Most vape pens require you to click the button five times to turn it on, and then five more times to turn it off. This reduces accidental usage and potential wastage or damage.
Pro-tip: If your vape pen turns your ingredients to ash, take it back and get a refund, that is not a vaporizer. Your ingredients should turn a lovely shade of brown, not get obliterated and turned into ash or charred bits of cannabis.
Our top list of the best vape pens designed specifically for each ingredient
When you’re looking at buying a vape pen, most headshops will highlight which ingredient works best in what device. Here’s a handy table showing you the top five vape pens which work well for each ingredient.
|Marijuana Bud||1. Snoop Dog G Pen
2. Pulsar 7
4. Pax 2
5. The Crafty
|Cannabis concentrates (i.e. wax, oil, shatter)||1. Micro G
5. PuffCo Pro
|e-Liquids||1. VaporFi Pro II
4. The Inferno
Our advice, if you can afford it, investing in a vape pen that has a ceramic atomizer with a true vape or donut coil and a mouthpiece that’s made of carbon fiber is going to last you for years to come, and it will guarantee you many a pleasant smoking sessions. On the opposite scale, if your budget doesn’t allow the top of the end range vape pen, one that is encased in steel and uses a ceramic wickless coil and has a mouthpiece made of glass will also do the trick quite nicely. We also recommend that wickless atomizers are better because most wicks in vape pens are made from fiberglass which can be dangerous when inhaled. These types of wick can also leave your concentrates tasting a little like plastic. To combat that from happening, any vape pen that offers a digital temperature control is a big bonus.
Now that we’ve covered the general design and materials of a vape pen, let’s talk about style. Vape pens offer a lot of choices when it comes to color, you can buy vape pens which look like they’ve been designed by Steve Job’s alter ego, all crisp, black and smooth, and you can buy ones which are slim-lined and elegant, or are larger and thicker, for a more comfortable grip. Some vape pens look boxier than others and some look like whistles, but what defines a vape pen is its portability and its uncanny ability to allow the user to toke on it surreptitiously in public. For this reason, most vape pens are no taller than 14 centimeters and they tend to look ever so slightly like something else, a glasses case say, or a stop smoking aid.
Chapter Four – Vape Pens, Their Battery Life
All vape pens come with batteries, most of which are rechargeable. There are plenty of starter kits out there which come with a USB charger, but they’re also sold separately. We suggest buying a backup charger as it’s always worth having a spare one lying around, after all, the batteries are what’s needed to power your vape pen’s atomizer.
Most vape pens come with Li-Ion batteries and when fully charged they produce about four volts. When you first get your vape pen, if it’s already fully charged, make sure you drain the batteries as much as you can before recharging it, otherwise they will lose their efficiency. If the batteries aren’t fully charged, get it plugged in and wait a couple of hours. Most vape pen batteries when they reach between 3.2 and 3.4 volts will signal to you that they’re running low and will switch themselves off. That’s because most battery units in vape pens have a computer chip inside them, with a little silicone flap connected to the contacts that activate it. The computer chip will shut the battery down if you have taken a draw longer than 10 seconds or if the voltage is low and it needs recharging. Charging an empty vape pen until its full takes on average three hours and never leave the batteries on charge for longer than needed otherwise, you risk damaging them.
Getting to know your mAh
What’s really important about vape pen batteries is their capacity for mAh (milliampere hours). This refers to how many puffs you can take before the battery needs to be put on charge again. Most slender vape pens range from 90 to 280 puffs, but there are other designs with a much higher battery life and they can give you anywhere from 650 to 1100 mAh. The standard rule of thumb when it comes to vape pen toking is that a 650 mAh pen will give you about 400 puffs for each battery cycle, a 900 one will give you approximately 800 puffs, and an 1100 battery can be puffed on about 1000 times before needing to be recharged.
Pro-tip: Most batteries in a vape pen are classed as automatic. There’s a hole in the connection end so it may be possible that your ingredients or e-Juice can you find their way into the battery compartment. If your battery seems to be malfunctioning, remove the segment and give it a wipe, brush or clean. Usually, this sorts the problem out.
Our advice is to invest in a vape pen which boasts an eGo style battery as it will last much longer than any other, and they can usually be modded to get a bit more oomph out of them.
Chapter Five – Vape Pens, Temperature and Timings
The reason why temperature plays such an important role in vaping is because when the perfect thermal conditions are met and are combined with a high-quality ingredient, for example, cannabis BHO high in THC or CBD, you’re going to get the most potent high of your life. That’s because most vapor clouds from a vape pen contain up to 95 percent of the weed’s cannabinoids. Compare this to the 10 percent that you get from a doobie, it’s no wonder why vaping is considered the best way to take marijuana as a medicine or to become a space cadet. Vaping is also the most efficient way of filtering out the toxins which can be found in the ingredients, like tar or carbon monoxide. In fact, vapor only contains a trace amount of one toxin, compare this to over 100 found in joint or bong smoke and that’s an amazing reduction, so much more healthy.
Pro-tip: We highly recommend using organic cannabis when vaping because, on the flip side, the toxins which can be found in pesticides or herbicides will also concentrate in the vapor. It’s always worth asking your dispensary or grower how your bud was grown.
The cannabis plant responds to an incredibly large temperature range, so when the marijuana has been heated to a certain temperature within this scale, it releases different cannabidiols and compounds at different times. Whilst personal experimentation will only reveal which temperatures you need to get the type of high you’re looking for, here’s our quick guide, a rule of thumb if you will, to help you find the perfect temperature to vaporize your ingredients for a particular effect.
Temperature Guide For Any Ingredient
|Best For…||Temperature °C||Type of High|
|Getting the most from THC||157||Cerebral|
|Getting the most from CBD||180||Sedative Body|
|Wide range of psychoactive effects||185||Cerebral and Body|
Pro-tip: Whilst many vape pens can reach higher temperatures than those suggested above, we highly recommend that you don’t venture too far past 185 °C. This is because benzene, a common carcinogen, can still be released when users heat their ingredients above this temperature, despite marijuana having lower levels of this toxin than is found in tobacco.
How long does it take a vape pen to reach optimal temperature?
Vape pens vary in the length of time it takes to heat up to the required temperature, but on average it can take about 7 seconds. Some older models may even take 3-4 minutes. It’s well worth the wait to vape dank bud though, it’s a much healthier, tastier and intoxicating experience than lighting up a joint.
Our advice is to not be lured into buying a vape pen with a huge temperature range, and to keep your vaping experience as pure and as clean as possible, don’t heat your ingredients past 185 °C. It really is worth investing in a vape pen that has a temperature control, that way you can really explore the vast array of highs you can experience.