If you’re thinking of buying a vape pen, there’s a lot to consider. Build quality, vapor production, and ease-of-use obviously take top priority, but there’s more to a vape pen than its vapor. You want a device built for your specific needs, that fits your budget but also gets the job done.
Here are 5 essential questions to ask when buying a vape pen that will ensure you bring home the right device.
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Is the Vape Pen Design Ideal for your Lifestyle?
If you’re buying a vape pen for portable use, the device needs to be stealthy enough to use discreetly in public. This comes down to design and size.
Vape pens like the R2 Series by #ThisThingRips actually feature a pen cap, disguising your vaporizer as an office pen. There are plenty of similarly disguised vape pens out there.
You also want a compact vape pen that’s easy to hide and won’t burden your pocket. Discreet vape pens like the KandyPens Slim are narrower and shorter, making them easier to carry around, as well as conceal in your hand and pass off as an e-cigarette rather than a wax vape pen.
In general, most vape pens are compact and discreet, but if you know you’re going to be vaping in public, we recommend seeking out especially slender, stealthily designed vape pens. If you want a vape pen for home use, larger vape pens generally feature more advanced heating systems, which tend to vaporize waxy oils, liquids, and dry herb more efficiently.
Is the Vape Pen Protected by Warranty?
As a rule, the length of a vape pen’s warranty is a testament to the device’s quality. The longer the warranty, the more trust the manufacturer has that their vape pens will stand the test of time without a ton of replacements. Do your research and find a vape pen with at least a 1 year warranty, bearing in mind that a lifetime warranty is ideal.
Some vape pen warranties protect the entire device, while some only protect the battery. Make sure to read the fine print or contact the manufacturer for all the warranty details about each vape pen.
In order to redeem your vape pen warranty, you’ll likely need a receipt from your purchase, so keep a copy. If you buy through a retailer, there’s a chance they’ll process the manufacturer warranty for you, although some retailers may ask you to go directly through the manufacturer.
No matter the build quality of a vape pen, mistakes happen. Just consider the effects these device’s can have on our motor skills. Vape pens can break when dropped or sat on, so finding a unit with a great warranty is the best bet.
Is the Vape Pen Price Right?
The average vape pen costs between $30 and $100. But you can find more affordable or expensive vape pens depending on your needs.
It’s safe to say that with most vape pens, you get what you pay for. That means most affordable vape pens aren’t going to excel in performance, ease of use, vapor production, and more like a pricier vape pen might. If you can’t afford a more expensive vaporizer pen, you can find something mid-range that has great reviews and basically performs like a pricey vape.
If you’re a beginner looking for your first vape, we recommend finding a more affordable vaporizer in case you don’t end up enjoying the experience. If you’re a more seasoned vaporist, saving up for a higher end vaporizer will absolutely pay off.
What Do You Want to Vape?
Vape pens are usually compatible with one type of material, either liquid, wax concentrates, or dry herb. Most vape pens are for waxy oils or eliquids. While there are vape pens for weed available, portable vaporizers, which are larger and feature chambers that are more ideal for dry herb, are recommended for vaping loose leaf cannabis.
Make sure that the vape pen you buy is compatible with whatever vape material you prefer. Bear in mind that some vape pens are hybrids, capable of vaping two or more materials. Some vape pens also have interchangeable attachments that handle different materials.
If you’re looking for a wax pen, remember that wax pens are usually compatible with a few different types of atomizers (heating chambers with an element that vaporizes wax). Each type of wax atomizer creates a fairly specific vapor profile. If you like big hits, a dual rod atomizer is ideal. If you prefer smaller, tastier hits, or you prioritize efficient vaporization that doesn’t waste any of your waxy oil, a coilless atomizer will do.
Quartz rod atomizers are best for extracting the essential flavors and aromas of waxy oils, with ceramic at a close second. And if you want to vape long sessions, or not have to refill as often, you can seek out a vape pen with a deep dish atomizer that holds more wax concentrates.
Is the Vape Pen Battery Strong Enough?
The strength of your vape pen plays an integral role in functionality. For one thing, the stronger the battery, the longer it will last so you don’t have to charge in the middle of your day. But the vape pen battery power also decides how quickly the device can heat up. A vape pen with a rapid heat up time is ideal for vaping on-the-go. If you have a short window in which to take a hit, such as a smoke break, you can press the button and take a hit in just seconds. For a longer period of continuous vaping, and a faster heat up time, go with a vape pen that has a battery of at least 1100mAh.
With so many devices on the market, buying a vape pen can be a challenge. But focusing on the essential questions can narrow down your choices to the vape pen that best fits your lifestyle and tastes.
This post was originally published on April 26, 2017, it was updated on October 5, 2017.