Last update: 4/7/2017
🔶 Vape pens are generally straightforward devices (unlike herbal vapes) and basically made up only from two parts – the battery and the tank or Coil. With that said, some vape pens shine more in specific categories. We put together this comprehensive guide to help you find the best vape pen for your needs. We included coupon codes when available and links to official stores.
In recent years, vape pens became increasingly popular amongst medical cannabis users thanks to technology advancements that have made vape pens smaller, and more effective than ever. Dispensaries around the country (in legal states) are offering more types of THC wax and concentrates that is extremely potent, and vaping is the major way users consume them.
A few benefits of a Vape Pen vs Dry Herb Vaporizers are- they’re cheaper, faster to heat up, more portable, and overall a lot more practical. If you are lucky enough to have THC concentrates legally available, vape pens are your best bet. Once you’ve experienced the potency and convenience of a good vape pen, it’s hard to go back to burning your dabs.
Over the past five years, our staff tested and reviewed hundreds of vape pens from all manufacturers. Some performed poorly, and some blew us away. We created this guide to help users understand the options available and find the best vape pen for their needs. All vape pens on this page are compatible with CBD or THC concentrates.
If you are looking for a dry herb vape, check out this list. If you are a Concentrate user, another great (a bit more advanced) option, is to use an e-Nail. They are more powerful than vape pens but bigger less portable. Check out my list of the Best e-Nails that will make you ditch your torch in a second.
|Category||Vape Pen||Best price|
|Best overall||Atmos Kiln RA||$84.95 @ Atmos
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|Splurge-worthy||KandyPens ELITE||$139.95 @ KandyPens
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|Cheapest||G Pen Quartz||$62.95 @ G Pen
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|Best 3-in-1||V2 Pro Series 3X||$99.99 @ V2 Cigs
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|Most powerful||Atmos Q3||$74.95 @ Atmos
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|Slimmest||Dr Dabber Aurora||$99.95 @ Dr Dabber
|Best "slow-burn"||KandyPens MiNi||$89.95 @ KandyPens
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|Most attachements||Source e-nail kit||$149.95 @ Source
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|Simple design||Atmos L'or||$69.95 @ Atmos
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The quick why: the Atmos Kiln RA is a ceramic wax vaporizer with a Rebuildable Atomizer. The RA produced an amazing amount of clean, smooth, great tasting vapor. Seriously, the flavor from this thing is insane. The Kiln RA is available is an attachment or a full kit that contains a 950mAh battery.
Some other features that I liked were: very low draw resistance (meaning inhaling through the RA is easy), 510 compatible, cool colors and designs, and the relatively cheap price tag. The Kiln RA is my current go-to for wax.
Manufacturer: Atmos | Coil: Ceramic | Coil-capacity: .25 gr | Battery life: 4-6 sessions | Temp control: +/- 1 | Warranty: 5 years
Read full review: Atmos Kiln RA
The quick why: the KandyPens Elite is a luxurious and sleek vape pen for both beginners and advanced users. Everything about this pen is first-class. The Elite features a temp controlled battery, with 4 preset heat levels. Included in the kit are two atomizers- Quartz and Ceramic. Both coils work outstandingly. The Quartz produced strong and heavy vapor while the Ceramic produced softer and more flavorful vapor. It is simple to use and one of the best vape pens I’ve tested.
Manufacturer: KandyPens | Coil: 1 Ceramic, 1 Dual Quartz | Coil-capacity: .3 gr | Battery life: 3-6 sessions | Temp control: 4 Levels | Warranty: Lifetime
Read full review: KandyPens ELITE
The quick why: the G Pen Quartz is compact, discreet, and produces decent vapor. But what I like about this unit is its low price point of $62.95 (after using our coupon). The price point makes this an ideal starter wax pen and a good occasional use pen for more experienced vapor enthusiasts. The G Pen has a very nice ceramic heating chamber with a stainless steel and ceramic wick that allows it to produce large clouds and smooth flavor.
Manufacturer: G Pen | Coil: Quartz | Coil-capacity: .25 gr | Battery life: 2-3 sessions | Temp control: No | Warranty: 1 Year
Read full review: G Pen Quartz
The quick why: the all new V2 Pro Series 3X kit comes with one e-liquid tank, but for $25 you can add herb or wax tanks making the V2 Pro is very versatile vape. The new V2 3X also has magnetic “snap-to-place” design, and accessories are cross-compatible with previous versions. It performs well in all 3 categories, and if you are looking for an all-in-one solution, the V2 Pro is the Best vape pen for your needs.
Manufacturer: V2 | Battery life: 3-5 sessions | Warranty: 1 Year
Read full review: V2 Pro Series 3X
The quick why: if you plan to vape mostly at home and looking for dense and strong vapor, the Q3 is your vaporizer. It is much smaller than an e-nail but way more powerful and agile than a vape pen. It features a triple quartz rod atomizer that heats up quickly and together with the glass mouthpiece delivers rich and potent vapor. While I can’t say this is the best tasting vapor I experienced, it surely was amongst the strongest.
Manufacturer: Atmos | Coil: Triple Quartz | Coil-capacity: .35 gr | Battery life: 3-5 sessions | Temp control: No | Warranty: 5 years
Read full review: Atmos Q3
The quick why: the Dr. Dabber Aurora Vaporizer has innovative features like a variable voltage battery, three advanced atomizers, and a snap-to-place design. The Aurora features a magnetic connector instead of standard 510 threading (called SnapTech magnetic technology), that allows you to effortlessly separate the battery, atomizers, and the mouthpiece. The chassis is made of quality material which makes it sturdy and looks sleek. The Aurora is a user-friendly, super-slim dab vape pen.
Manufacturer: Dr Dabber | Coil: 3 coils: Ceramic, Quartz, Ceramic+Quartz | Coil-capacity: .25 gr | Battery life: 2-4 sessions | Temp control: 3 heat settings | Warranty: 1 yearRead full review: Dr Dabber Aurora
The quick why: the KandyPens MiNi it is certainly one of the best “slow-burn” Vape Pens I tested. With three temperature levels and a Deep “Disc” oven, the MiNi does an excellent job in preserving the THC Concentrate aroma and flavor. It is super easy to use and has all the advanced features you can ever want in a Vape Pen. The Mini is available with a Ceramic (better flavor) or a Quartz (more vapor) attachments.
Manufacturer: KandyPens | Coil: Ceramic / Quartz | Coil-capacity: .3 gr | Battery life: 2-4 sessions | Temp control: 3 heat settings | Warranty: Lifetime
Read full review: KandyPens Mini
The quick why: the Source Nail Premium kit comes with three atomizers: Quartz, Ceramic, and Grade 2 Titanium. The new Quartz atomizer offers simplicity. The Ceramic atomizer offers a mid-range temperature hit making it a favorite among many dabbers. Last but not the least is the USA-Tested Grade 2 Titanium atomizer that is the most aggressive and delivers the strongest hits. More atomizers available from SourceVapes.
Manufacturer: Source Vapes | Coil: 3 coils, Ceramic / Quartz | Coil-capacity: .3 gr | Battery life: 4-6 sessions | Temp control: +/- 1F | Warranty: Lifetime
Read full review: Source Nail Premium Kit
The quick why: the Atmos L’OR is specifically designed for wax concentrates and uses Dual and Single titanium quartz coil which gives more flavor to your material by heating up evenly. The Atmos L’OR uses SnapTech magnetic technology that allows you to effortlessly separate the battery, atomizers, chamber cover, and the glass mouthpiece. This means no more threading, easy to clean, and making refill process faster.
Manufacturer: Atmos | Coil: Quartz | Coil-capacity: .25 gr | Battery life: 2-4 sessions | Temp control: 3 levels | Warranty: 5 years
Read full review: Atmos L’OR
Other wax vapes we like:
The Pulsar APX Wax Vaporizer is just 3.5 inches tall, you can imagine how they can make a device so small yet big in performance. Super fast 5-sec heat time and a powerful 1100mAh battery that can be ...
The Slim 4 is a standout among Source's product line, especially when you consider what's in its price class. Style is an important element for every vape brand, but it's clearly a priority for ...
The Ice Cream Man is the smaller brother of the KandyPens ELITE. The main difference is that the ELITE includes two coils- "slow-burn" Ceramic, "aggressive" Quartz. With the Ice Cream Man, only the ...
Vape Pens are handheld devices with small ovens (aka coils) that are used to heat a substance (in this case CBD or THC concentrates) to a boiling temperature, releasing active cannabinoids in the form of vapor. The vapor can be inhaled to enjoy the full benefits of the medicinal extract. A vape pen will not burn your wax, thus not releasing combustion related concierges.
There are three main types- Dry Herb, Wax (concentrate, extracts), and E-liquid vape pens (aka electronic cigarettes).
Dry herb vape pens are used to vape the raw, dried, ground up medicinal herbs such as cannabis. These are not common dry herb requires stronger power that is hard to fit in a pen-shaped device.
Wax Vape Pens this is the most popular kind vape pens. These devices are used to vape THC/CBD concentrates and extracts that are becoming increasingly popular in US dispensaries (in legal states). The vape pens on this page are all in this category.
e-Liquid Vape Pens and eCigs are used to vape e-liquids with (or without nicotine). These are not used to consume THC in any way. They are not compatible with herb and wax. They act more like a “cigarette substitute.”
That is not a simple yes or no. Yes, it will smell but much less than smoking. While you use the vape pen and blow vapor in/out, the vapor will have a gentle scent that will dissolve quickly even in a closed environment. Unlike smoke, it will not stick to anything, and will not smell your breath. Smell-proof cases are also available for many vapes.
Some do, some don’t. Unlike dry herb vaporizers, vape pens do not have precise temp control options. Some will offer a few pre-set temp levels that you can choose from, but precise (+/- 1F) is not available in vape pens.
You will be able to tell by the flavor, the amount of vapor, and how many draws you’ve taken. There is no scientific formula, and vape pens do not tell you when it’s time to refill. After a few times, you get the hang of it and can easily tell when it’s time to reload.
By now, you should have a pretty solid opinion on what you are looking for in a wax vape pen, and what are the options available. Feel free to check our in-depth reviews for each of the products on this page. Most contain demo videos with hands-on usage. Click the links and read more info about any vape pen in the official’s store website. I hope that this guide brought you a step closer to making the switch and join the magical world of concentrate vaporizers.