Guide to Vaporizer Pens

What Is A Vape Pen?

We’re going to start with an in-depth breakdown of the basics; First and foremost you need to understand proper safety precautions and battery usage. Next, we’ll learn about each component of a vaporizer pen, from the connections to the charging port. Then finally we’ll discuss the various types of vaporizer pens available and help you to decide which one is best for you. There are several distinct styles of vape pens including ones optimized for traditional e-liquid, THC concentrates, and even dry herbs. This sort of versatility is one of the primary reasons why vape pens are consistently popular with so many different types of people.

Vapor Pens are one of the most popular choices for a simple and discreet vaporizer. The tube design houses the atomizer, tank, and power source all in a sleek package. An internal battery usually powers them as opposed to rechargeable external batteries, but some modern pens regularly use externally charged batteries.

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They got their name due to the similarity in appearance to actual pens. Although a simpler alternative to Mods, pens do not lack versatility. They come in many different sizes and function with many types of mediums. Modern pens are getting more and more powerful without sacrificing the manageable sizes that made them such a popular the choice in the first place.

While the name comes from looking like an ordinary pen, modern vape pens are much more elegant and intuitive than the simple name suggests. Manufacturers have implemented magnetic cartridges to make switching on the fly an absolute breeze. They’ve even taken this idea and applied it to the charging cable, substantially reducing the chance of any accidental breakages.

In this guide, you will find lots of detail on how to pick the right vape pen for you. That will include what the different types are and how to tell the difference between them. We’ve already discussed how the primary purpose of most vape pens is to be extremely portable, now let’s get started on the rest.

What is mAh and why does it matter?

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The standard unit of measurement for vape pen batteries is mAh which stands for milliamp hours. This number indicates how long the battery will last before needing to be charged again. Depending on the pen and the company, batteries usually rate at 650-2200 mAh. The higher the number, the longer it will last. But that doesn’t mean you should just jump for the highest mAh you can find. First, there are a few simple safety rules you must follow to ensure the safety of yourself and anyone you share your pen with for vaping. It’s critical you follow Ohms Law.

Ohms Law is Amps = Voltage/Resistance and simply put, you have to make sure your atomizer isn’t pulling more amps from the battery than it can handle. If you overdraw your battery by exceeding the amps, it can leak or much worse, explode. Although it sounds complicated, it’s very simple to figure out. Just divide your voltage level by the coil resistance (ohms) and compare with the discharge rate (amps) of your battery. If you buy a device with a built-in battery, you won’t need to worry as the manufacturer has already taken this into account.

Connections on vape pens

The next most fundamental thing to understand about vaporizer pens is the different kinds of thread connectors used for batteries and cartridges.

510

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The most common type of connection in vape pens is known as the 510 thread. Since it’s the most commonly used thread pattern, pens with 510 threads have an enormous amount of flexibility with various attachments. Another term you may hear is “eGo” batteries. Unlike some of the other alternate connectors, eGo and 510 are intimately related. In fact, all eGo’s can connect with both eGo and 510 devices.

That is because the inside of an eGo connector is a 510 thread while the outside is the eGo thread. It is even possible to connect 510 threads to eGo devices through the use of adapters. But this is usually done with mods instead of pens. It is also imperative to make sure it can handle the eGo’s clearomizer before attempting.

Others (808,601,710)

There are other, non-standard, kinds of threading including the 808s, 601s, and 710s. The 808s have put their focus on steady and smoking-like airflow while the 510s became a versatile standard. 601 and 710 threading are both used almost exclusively by the company Atmos. Although there are those who swear by their Atmos products, this type of threading gives users the smallest amount of variability in the products they can use. While the 808s do have a few additional small advantages over 510s, such as being more durable and less likely to leak, overall none of these alternative connectors are preferable over the standard 510. Unless you are extremely serious about your airflow, going with 808 threading will trap you with a small selection of alternate parts. Bottom line, the 510 thread gives you the greatest amount of flexibility no matter what kind of vape you want that day.

Anatomy of a Vape Pen

Battery

As the power source for the pen, the battery heats up the atomizer coils to turn e-liquid, wax, oils, or dry herbs into an aerosol water vapor.

Atomizer

The atomizer is the piece that houses whatever type of coils you’re currently using alongside the wick. The purpose of the atomizer is to heat up the coil to create vapor when the trigger is engaged.

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Coil

A piece of wrapped up wire used to vaporize e-liquid or concentrates. It is usually placed in the same atomizer package as wicking material to prevent leaks.

Wick

The wick is the substance used inside the atomizer to hold e-liquid and concentrates. That dramatically increases the efficiency of the materials. E-liquid is usually absorbed by cotton or silica, while concentrate wicks are made using ceramic or even quartz.

Power Button

Also known as the fire button, this is the primary way to activate the atomizer and produce vapor. On most models, it’s used to turn the device on and off by pressing it five times. Some even can adjust the voltage by pressing the power button three times.

Mouthpiece

Simply enough, this is the piece where you put your mouth and inhale the vapor produced. They are often mistakenly called drip tips, even if they are not a drip tip.

Fill Port

In the case that your vaporizer pens is not a drip tip, it will likely have a fill port. That is where you can load you e-liquid into the tank. That prevents you from having to disassemble the whole thing to refill the tank.

Charging Port

Most pens use a USB charging port. Nowadays this often has a pass-through technology, allowing you to vape while it is plugged in.

Airflow Control

Many pens have what is known as an AFC ring. This simple to use piece lets you adjust the type of airflow you want on the fly. That is typically for Mouth-to-Lung or Direct-Lung vaping but can have a substantial impact the amount of vapor produced.

Threading

As discussed earlier, the thread type is what connects most batteries and atomizers to the body of the pen. The industry standard is the 510/eGo threading. Magnetic connectors are becoming increasingly popular for their relative ease.

Types of Vape Pens

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Vape Pens for E-Liquids

The first and most common variety of vape pens are for use with e-liquids. This kind of vape pen evolved from the early cig-a-likes, which allowed for discreet vaping. E-liquid pens are still the choice of many nicotine vapers who are looking for something they can carry with them and use wherever they go.

Vape Pens For Dry Herb

Some of the earliest vaporizers on the market were designed to vaporize loose dry herbs, like cannabis. These have vastly improved over the years, and now many come in the easy to use and portable design of vape pens instead of hookahs and bags of vapor. Not only is vaping your marijuana better for you, but it’s also more potent that way. Dry herb vape pens are also great for use with a variety of herbs known to help with relaxation and meditation, such as lavender and chamomile.

Vape Pens for Concentrates

The savviest THC enthusiasts have sworn by concentrates for many years now. Some of the earliest concentrate vaporizers were pens. Due to their discreet package and increased efficiency, they remain the most popular type for this purpose. They come in two main varieties, oil pens and wax pens. Oil pens are for users who want to be uber-cautious as they emit very little smell. Wax pens are primarily for use with concentrated THC. Instead of using a traditional silica or cotton wick with coils, the wax gets placed on a ceramic heater inside the pen. These are also known as dab pens.

3-in-1 Vape Pens

The latest in vape technology gives you the ability to vape multiple materials with one pen. Some, such as the V2 Series 3, even combine all three into an unholy union of vaping glory. These new pens utilize magnetic cartridge technology to make switching between mediums a breeze. There are many combinations you can purchase online but usually concentrates and dry herbs go together, as will e-liquids and oils. Modern 2-in-1 and 3-in-1 devices tend to have good battery and power for their size and versatility.

Choosing the right Vape Pen for you

Is battery life important?

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The latest in vape technology gives you the ability to vape multiple materials with one pen. Some, such as the V2 Series 3, even combine all three into an unholy union of vaping glory. These new pens utilize magnetic cartridge technology to make switching between mediums a breeze. There are many combinations you can purchase online but usually concentrates and dry herbs go together, as will e-liquids and oils. Modern 2-in-1 and 3-in-1 devices tend to have good battery and power for their size and versatility.

What mediums will you use? (wax /dry herb/ oils)

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It should go without saying that the mediums you use most often should dictate which type of pen you purchase. If you want a multipurpose pen, you should make sure that it efficiently vaporizes your most commonly used medium. Especially when compared to other pens specialized for that type alone, as the added variety might not be a trade-off you’re willing to make. There are many combinations out there, so it’s vital that you know what kind of vaping you want to do most when buying. If you’re new to vaping and not sure what you like best, you should opt for something with the most versatility like the V2 Pro Series 7 pens. That way you can try it all before deciding what is best for you and giving yourself the option to use all three mediums should you change your mind later. So you ever need to buy a new device to try something new.

What Charging method do you want?

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Most pens charge via micro USB, but not all. It’s important to make sure you know what you’re receiving in with your pen. Will it be a micro USB with wall and car adapter, or is it a proprietary charger you’ll need to keep with you? The beauty of micro USB is that most people already have several lying around. It is vital to know if you get a wall charger or not and if that is a requirement for you.

Capacity of chambers

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How much do you plan on vaping? That is the primary question in regards to the size of the oven you’ll need. A large oven is obviously going to give you a longer vape time, but this is usually going to cause the pen itself to have to increase in size. Another tradeoff you must make with the size of your pen.

Price

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Regardless of the style of pen you decide, the quality and features will determine which pen to go for and how much money you should spend. If you want a more durable vape pen that will survive whatever life throws at it, you’ll likely want to spend a bit more than you usually would to ensure quality parts and assembly. If you’re looking for lots of versatility or power, it’s naturally going to be more expensive to construct the device. After all, you get what you pay for, and vaping isn’t any different. If your working with a smaller budget you may have to make sacrifices, in either quality or features, to find the device that doesn’t break the bank.

Does it have good reviews online?

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Finally, before you buy, it’s always a great idea to check around online for reviews on the pen you’re considering. That will likely prove to be your best tool in helping you determine whether the vaporizer pen is worth the asking price. It’s a good idea to check expert reviews, like the ones we provide on ChurnMag, as well as opinions from consumers to get an excellent idea of what it’s like to own the pen. If you’re going to spend money on something, you should always take the extra time to make sure you’re it’s going to meet your expectations,

Conclusion

As we’ve discussed, there are many things to consider when deciding which vape pen is suitable for you. Our experts put together this guide to help get you started on the path to a better future with vaping. No single pen, even the 3-in-1 monsters, can be perfect for everyone. Always keep that in mind when doing research and reading reviews, the most important thing is what you want and how you feel.

No single pen, even the 3-in-1 monsters, can be perfect for everyone. Always keep that in mind when doing research and reading reviews, the most important thing is what you want and how you feel.

We outlined our choices for the top 3 devices in their respective categories. These pens are sure to fulfill your needs while lasting for years given proper maintenance. Also, we provided you with ten reviews of various vape pens adored for their specific functions. Our panel used their years of experience to craft a list we deemed suitable for being called 2018’s best vape pens of the year.

We hope that our guide will be able to answer any questions you may have. But in case you have any questions or comments you can always leave a message below or connect with our community of vapers on Facebook or Twitter. Our team is here and ready to help you with any issues you have. It’s what we love to do.

Vape on!