Your Definitive Guide to Vape Pens

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or a place where cannabis is still illegal (I know what’s the difference, right?) you’ve noticed that vape pens are everywhere now. You’re probably interested in trying one, if you haven’t already. There are so many different types though! How are you to know if you want a vape pen, a dab pen, a wax pen. Wait, I can get a disposable pen too? It can be confusing to those who are just starting out. Consider this your definitive guide to vape pens!

What is a Vape Pen?

A vape pen is a small device that is made for vaporizing dry cannabis flower or cannabis concentrates. They have become extremely popular in the last few years, with veteran smokers and greenhorns alike. We love them because they are super convenient. If I’m feeling too tired to load a bowl, I just reach for my vape pen and puff until I’ve had my fill. Perhaps one of the best things about vape pens is that they are very easy to conceal. This makes them great for walking down the street or any time when you’re out and about.

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    What are Different Types of Vape Pens?

    There a quite a few different types of vape pens. Some are for dry herb and others are for wax, oils and other concentrates. Vape pens consist of four main parts: the battery, the heating element or atomizer, which is what heats your materials to the ideal temperature for vaping. The tank, which holds your materials, the rechargeable battery, which powers the device, and of course the software that is responsible for bringing it all together!

    Disposable vape pens are similar, except most of the time they come preloaded (if you buy from a dispensary, anyway) and the battery is not rechargeable. Once the battery dies, you ditch the pen and buy a new one. Disposable pens are great for those who are new to vaping, and are not quite sure that they will like it. They’re also convenient for when you’re in a situation where you need to ditch your pen. For the cannabis connoisseur on a budget, seriously nothing beats a cheap disposable vape pen!

    How are Dab Pens Different?

    Dab pens are different from your typical vape pen because you load them with sticky waxy concentrates, which are called dabs. They’re commonly referred to as wax pens. You should not use oils such as vaping juice as they contain sugars and things that are not made to work with dab pens. Some pens are made for both, but if you plan on using primarily one or the other, then it’s best to get one that caters to the type of concentrate you plan to use.

    What About Cartridges?

    A lot of dispensaries sell preloaded cartridges, which come with the e-juice already in there. These are a favorite of many (including me) because all you have to do is screw on the cartridge and you’re ready for a good time! Cartridges are easily replaceable and disposed of after they have been used. If you get a good quality battery, you can get through many cartridges before you need to buy a new one. See the best vape brands here.

    Disposable Vape Pens

    Disposable vape pens are vape pens that do do not come with a rechargeable battery. Instead, they are tossed out after the battery has died. They’re great for stowing in a pocket or purse, and if you have to toss it out because you’re in a sticky situation, you don’t feel bad about doing so because you spent probably 20 bucks on it tops.

    How long the battery lasts, depends on how often you use it. A standard disposable vape pen lasts for 300 puffs. That can last you weeks, possibly even a month if you don’t use it all that often. If you’re like me and you suck on that pen the way others might chew on a pencil, then it will probably last you a good couple weeks.

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    Are Vape Pens Safe?

    A question that a lot of people have before they start using a vape pen is whether or not they are safe. The answer is, compared to what? If you compare vape pens to smoking the old fashioned way via a lighter and a pipe, then yes, you could say that they are safer. A lot of people are switching over to vape oils and getting away from smoking.

    They do carry some inherent risks though. For one, pretty much all vape juice you buy at the dispensary is what is called butane hash oil, aka BHO. BHO extraction is a rather difficult process that involves running butane oil over herb in order to get all of that wonderful THC. The whole process is very dangerous.

    Best Vape Pens for Noobs

    As someone who is just getting started with vape pens, what is the best vape pen for you, a noob? The answer can be a number of things. First off, you probably want a vape pen that is easy to use and does not require a lot of knowledge. If that sounds like you, then you’ll probably want a disposable pen to start off with. They require no maintenance and you simply throw them out when they’re done.

    Of course, if you’re looking to play for keeps, you’ll probably want a cartridge vape pen. Like disposable pens, cartridge pens are very simple to use, and the empty cartridge can be thrown out. They require very little maintenance, and as such are perfect for noobs. As you become more acquainted with vaping, you’ll probably want to graduate to a dab pen or a wax pen. See for example these yocan’s best pen vapes.

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