You are probably familiar with the e-cigarettes, an electronic cigarette replacement without the harmful side effects of smoking tobacco. A vaporizer pen, or vape pen, is the latest refinement of e-cigarette technology.
Like an e-cigarette, and unlike a traditional tobacco cigarette, a pen vaporizer doesn’t actually burn anything, so no smoke or ash is created. Instead, these pens use a heating element to release smoke free, white water vapor from the concentrate being vaped. The process is similar to the Middle Eastern hookah, or shisha pipe, which produces water vapor that is drawn through a long, flexible pipe.
Traditional hookahs are bulky, but as vape pens are powered by rechargeable batteries (usually lithium ion), they are extremely small and portable. They are similar in shape and size to a fountain pen or cigar, and are available in a variety of attractive colors.
Vapor pens can be carried with ease and used almost anywhere, including some locations where cigarettes are frowned upon or banned outright. The water vapor evaporates into the air in about 3 seconds, so there is no smell or second hand smoke.
Vapor pen users can choose from a variety of different concentrates to vape. Concentrates can be classified as oils, waxes or dry herbs, and are available in a smorgasbord of enticing flavors. Ex-smokers can choose from a range of nicotine densities, and for those who just vape for relaxation or meditation there are many delicious nicotine-free concentrates available.
Our Top 5 Best Vaporizer Pens Comparison Chart
|White Rhino Trifecta||90 Days||$$$$||4.6|
|Atmos Rx Raw Portable||30 Days||$$||4.4|
|G Pen Portable Vaporizer||1 Year||$$$||4.3|
|710 Pen Portable Vaporizer||90 Days||$$$||4.3|
|Pulsar Vortex Portable Vaporizer||6 Months||$$$||4.1|
What Should You Look For In A Vapor Pen?
While there are a multitude of characteristics to look for in a good portable vaporizer pen, we have picked the top 3 factors that you should be concerned about when purchasing a pen.
1. Concentrate compatibility
The most important consideration is whether you plan to vape wax, oil (e-liquid) or dry herbs. Some vaporizers can handles all three concentrates, while others are best suited to one or two if you are undecided, keep in mind that the most popular and widely available concentrate for vaping is e-juice.
2. Quality and durability
It is possible to obtain a vaporizer for less than $100, but generally you get what you pay for. Cheaper vaporizers are notorious for heating up too slowly, burning the concentrate, and breaking just when they are needed most. We recommend investing in a reliable vaporizer from a reputable manufacturer.
3. Aesthetics and features
Vaporizers are all tube-shaped, but there are subtle differences in their outward appearance and you may find that a particular style or color appeals to you more. You may also find that a special feature like one-touch activation or temperature display catches your eye.
Pens come in a number of different styles and colors, but they are all cylindrical in shape, and all have a rechargeable lithium ion battery, a heating element, a concentrate container and a mouthpiece. They all perform the function of heating the concentrate until water vapor is formed and can be drawn from the mouthpiece.
Some use a conduction heating system, which means that the concentrate comes into direct contact with the heating element. Others use a convection heating system, where the concentrate does not come into contact with the heating element but is warmed with hot air. Convection vaporizers often incorporate a glass or metal mesh screen for this purpose.
Unfortunately, there are many cheap counterfeits of reputable branded vape pens available on the Web. Unauthorized replicas will not meet the quality standards of the originals or fall under warranty, and will lead to a substandard and disappointing vaping experience.
Your best defence is common sense. Do not purchase from eBay or Rakuten; use only an authorized reseller like Vaporizer USA or reputable manufacturers such as V2. A supposedly authentic product offered at a price that seems too good to be true should immediately raise a red flag
The Three Different Kinds Of Concentrates
Not all pens are created equal. Each pen is designed to work with different types of concentrates. Some will work with 1 or 2 concentrates, while the rare pen will work with all 3 types. If one was to use the wrong type of concentrate with their pen, it may get damaged or you will encounter a very unpleasant vaping experience. As a example, dry herbs begin to vaporize at around 360 F, which is a much lower temperature than oil or wax. If you use an incompatible pen with herbs, your herb may combust and release noxious smoke instead of clean vapor.
Herbal Or Dry Herbs
Mankind has been using herbs for meditation and relaxation for thousands of years. It’s now possible to enjoy the beneficial aromatherapy properties of certain herbs, without the mess and health hazards of rolling them with tobacco and smoking them.
The flowers and leaves of the chosen herb are dried, crushed and/or ground, and inserted into the pen cartridge or tank. The pleasant aromas and natural mood-enhancing properties can then be enjoyed in a completely pure form.
Here are just a few of the popular and well-known herbal ingredients that you may come across.
Meditative Herbs That Stimulate Your State of Mind
- Artemisia Vulgaris
- Passion Vine
- Scotch Broom Tops
- Skull Cap
Relaxing Herbs For Soothing and Calming
- Artemisia Absinthium
- Star of Bethlehem
If you are lucky enough to have green fingers and a temperate climate, you can even grow, dry and crush your own herbs for vaping.
Vape Oil , E-Cig Liquid, E-Juice, Vape Juice
Vape oil, also known as e-liquid, e-juice or vape juice, is by far the most popular concentrate. It consists of food grade flavouring mixed with food grade vegetable glycerin (VG) and sometimes propylene glycol (PG) and/or polyethylene glycol (PEG400). The vegetable glycerine acts as a carrier and diluting agent for the flavouring, while the propylene glycol and polyethylene glycol enhance the richness of the vapor produced.
Nicotine is optional, with standard nicotine density ranging from 0mg/ml (milligrams per millilitre) to 21mg/ml. Higher densities are available, but should be approached with extreme caution. The nicotine used in vape oil is a pharmaceutical grade liquid concentrate.
Vape oil is sold in a bottle, usually a 10ml plastic dropper bottle or a pre-filled disposable cartridge. There are literally hundreds of tasty and enticing blends available, so you are sure to find one that suits you. Here are just a few examples.
- Standard tobacco flavor
- Fruit flavors such as Mint, Strawberry, Water Melon, Blueberry, Peach Grape, Vanilla
- Food flavors such as Chocolate (tastes delicious!), Butterscotch, Caramel
- Herbal flavors such as Valerian (excellent for relaxation) and Catuaba Bark (aphrodisiac)
Vape wax is not as hard as beeswax; it actually has the texture of a waxy oil or a gel. Waxy oils are the pure concentrated form of a particular substance, such as lavender, chamomile or nicotine. In this form, the substance is condensed and therefore “stronger”. The benefits of concentrated substance are that you can use less and get the same effect.
There are multiple varieties of nicotine “gel” that comes in a tube (rather like a small toothpaste tube) for use with waxy oils vaporizers. Simple apply 2-3 dabs of the nicotine gel and you’re good to go. As with the “juice” form, there are a variety of strengths and flavors to choose from. As with herbal preparations, please ensure that your vaporizer is designed to be compatible with vape wax before proceeding. Otherwise, you may have a bad vaping experience and may damage your device!
Is There A Difference Between A Vapor Cigarette, E-Cigarette And A Pen Vaporizer?
Vapor pens and e-cigarettes can both be considered electronic vapor cigarettes, but there are a number of differences between them.
|Looks like a plastic cigarette||Looks like a fountain pen or plastic cigar|
|First generation technology||Second generation technology|
|Patented in 2003 by Chinese inventor Hon Lik||Emerged in the U.S. around 2007|
|Uses one type of cartridge or e-liquid||Can be used with a variety of oils, waxes and herbs|
|Contains nicotine||Nicotine is optional and available in various densities|
|Smaller batteries; less potent vapor||Bigger batteries; more potent vapor|
|Intended as a cigarette substitute||Can be used as a cigarette substitute or for a relaxing aromatherapy experience|
Is Vaping Safe?
Since vaping is a relatively new pastime, studies are still being conducted. Vaping is definitely much safer than smoking cigarettes. Firstly, no burning takes place, so you are not inhaling smoke and tar, only water vapor. Secondly, none of the ingredients of e-liquid have been found to be carcinogenic, whereas cigarettes and their smoke have been proven to contain over 4000 chemicals and carcinogens. Many who have switched from smoking to vaping have reported decreased coughing, improved senses of smell and taste, and on overall feeling of vastly improved health, energy and well being.
Smoking cigarettes is much more costly than vaping, in terms of both money and health. A high quality vaporizer can be purchased for under $200, and will give you many years of vaping pleasure. Some of the components will have to be changed periodically, but the cost of vaping still works out to be about half the cost of smoking. Many products also come with a warranty, giving you added peace of mind.
How Do You Use A Vape Pen?
Once charged and loaded, the pen usually has a small button that you press while “drawing” the vapor through your mouth and into your lungs, as you would a traditional cigarette, cigar, pipe or hookah. Sometimes you need to allow a certain time for your concentrate to reach combustion point; please refer to your device’s manual.
- Check all components
- Unscrew tank from battery
- Unscrew top of tank to put liquid in
- Activate battery (device may have a safety feature where you have to press a certain number of times or for a certain duration in order to activate)
- Shake liquid – flavours can separate
- Fill tank by using dropper to pour slowly down sides (no liquid in air hole, if device has one!)
- Don’t overfill tank
- Push in mouthpiece and tighten by screwing
- Attach battery
- Press button while drawing/inhaling vapor
- Turn off when not in use
- Battery can be on or off to charge
- Screw battery into charger; plug charger into wall or computer
- Have a vape day!
Certain parts of the vaporizer are quite delicate, so be sure to handle with care and not force them, or they may be damaged.
Cleaning your vaporizer regularly will improve both the lifespan of your device and the taste of your vapes. It is recommended to clean your device 2 or 3 times a week. You will need Q tips (cotton buds), cotton swabs and some Isopropyl alcohol (Rubbing Alcohol). Many vaporizers also come with purpose-designed cleaning tools.
The most important parts to clean are the battery connection points and the edges of the atomizer. Extreme care should be used, so as not to damage any delicate components. Please refer to your product manual as to which specific areas of your device should be cleaned.
To clean a tank, leave it upside down in a tupperware for a day; the oil will run out.
Some components may need to be replaced from time to time, as they are designed to be disposable (refer to your manual).