G Pen Elite Review

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G Pen ELITE Review Video

The all-new G Pen ELITE Vaporizer for ground material is sleek and effective. This video review covers unboxing, chamber overview, interface overview, ease of use, and vapor quality. Overall Score: 9.3 / 10

9.4 Total Score
The G Pen Elite is Elegant and Powerful

Grenco has been known to manufacture extremely popular and functional vaporizers and it seems like the Elite is no exception. It is sleek and feels very well balanced. It allows precise temperature control and features a user-friendly interface. The G Pen Elite is available in various collaboration versions with companied such as Burton and Badwood.

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G Pen Elite Vaporizer Review:

Background: The new G-Pen Elite from Grenco Science is a much anticipated portable vaporizer. The Elite Vaporizer has an adjustable temperature between 200°F-428°F and will display the current Temp and battery information on a futuristic looking LCD on the side of the device. Also special in the Elite is a super dead ceramic chamber that is is able to reach 357°F in 30 seconds. Each Elite now has a unique serial number, to try and prevent counterfeit units from hitting the market.

Update 8/2/2017: G Pen just released their latest budget herb vaporizer ($99.95)- the all new G Pen Pro (See in store | Read Review). 

First Impressions:

The Elite comes in a round package, that is different and unique. Included in the box are a Charger, Chamber tool, and a G pen Grinder Card. The Metal Grinder card is kinda cool. You can take it in your wallet like a credit card and pull it out at the right moment. Good solution to traveling situations 😉

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G Pen ELITE has a sleek and modern design

The G Pen Elite is well designed and fits perfectly in your hand. Grenco is known to manufacturer fashionable devices such as the G Pro and the Elite is no different. It feels luxurious, dense and sturdy. G Pen completely changed the design over their previous generation of products, and the Elite has a super modern ergonomic design with a well thought curves and controls. The fingers fit perfectly in the curves of the device and feels natural to hold.


UPDATE- November 16th, 2016: Grenco Science just announced the release of the Phil Frost x Burton G Pen Elite, a three-way collaboration which has been in the works for over three years. The design is inspired by the original artwork of New York artist Phil Frost and is part of the limited-edition line by Burton Snowboards. The Phil Frost x Burton G Pen Elite features a unique packaging and carrying case, and comes with the all-new G Pen Elite Charging Dock and custom Phil Frost x Burton G Card.

UPDATE- December 16th 2016: Grenco Science is proud to announce their latest collaboration with Badwood, an up and coming streetwear brand by Los Angeles artist, Natalie Wood. The ‘Feels Good To Be Bad’ G Pen Elite for ground material is decorated with original yet distinct Badwood artwork. Each kit comes inside a commemorative make-up vanity box with a clutch bag featuring the now-iconic "Badwood Ski Mask" logo, customized accessories including a compact mirror, a bottle opener grinder card, miniature permanent marker, rolling tray, temporary lip tattoos, and adhesive bandages, making it the perfect kit for a girl's night out.

UPDATE- December 16th, 2016: Grenco Science announces their latest collaboration with Badwood, the Badwood x G Pen Elite, a streetwear brand by Los Angeles artist, Natalie Wood. The ‘Feels Good To Be Bad’ G Pen Elite for dry herb material is decorated with Badwood artwork. Each kit comes with makeup vanity box with a clutch bag featuring the now-iconic “Badwood Ski Mask” logo, customized accessories including a compact mirror, a bottle opener grinder card, miniature permanent marker, rolling tray, temporary lip tattoos, and adhesive bandages, making it the perfect kit for a girl’s night out.

Stassh G Pen Elite Vaporizer

UPDATE- August 23rd, 2017: Grenco Science announces their newest collaboration with the legendary New York City graffiti artist, Stash. This edition of G Pen Elite vaporizer is called Stash x G Pen Elite. It is housed in a fully customized, individually numbered “Stash Can” bearing a floral pattern created exclusively for G Pen.  The Stash x G Pen Elite Vaporizer is completed with a matching charging dock, custom grinder card, resealable smell-proof bag, as well as exclusive Stash and G Pen enamel pins.

How to use the G Pen Elite:

One of my favorite qualities of the Elite is the simplicity and ease of use. Before using the Vaporizer, G Pen recommends to register your device on their website and enter the serial number associated with your device. They also recommend charging the Elite for a minimum of 3 hours before the first use.


G Pen ELITE has a deep cermic oven that does a great job in perserving the taste and aroma of the dry herb

After charging, remove the mouthpiece with two fingers while holding the body with your other hand. Lift the mouthpiece upwards to expose the deep ceramic chamber. Fill the chamber with your favorite Dry Herb (or concentrate in the wax model but I am using the ground material version), and place the mouthpiece back on top.

Power on the Elite Vaporizer by pressing the power button 5 times and the LED will turn on and display the current temperature in the chamber. Adjust temp with the side buttons to the desired temp and Press (and HOLD for one second) the power button. The Elite will now heat up and display the temperature on the LED. When the chamber reached the desired temp (around 30 seconds), inhale and enjoy aromatherapy at it’s best.

To toggle between Celsius and Fahrenheit hold the power button together with the up button (Cel.), of with the down button (for F.) .

G Pen Elite Vapor Quality:

The Elite was able to produce flavorful, smooth vapor. I experienced the best results when using on 375F and taking slow, long draws. I was surprised that the Elite was able to stay cool to touch even after a minute or two of vaping. It did not get uncomfortably hot like some Vapes do.


G PEN ELITE display and temperature buttons are on the side of the device

I usually don’t like Vapes where the chamber is right underneath the mouthpiece as usually, this means that the vapor does not have enough time to cool before reaching the mouthpiece. But the Elite performed well in this category and produced pleasant warm vapor. The Vapor Quality was MUCH better than the previous generation G Pros.

The G Pen Elite is rated high in my Best Vaporizers of 2017 list and for a good reason. It has the looks and the power. For $134.95 (with coupon code vapeguide10 directly from G Pen) you will not find a better vape.

G Pen Elite VS Pax 2:

Seems like we got so many questions on Youtube about comparing the Elite vs Pax 2 so I added this paragraph.

In my humble opinion, the Pax 2 is over-rated. It was ground-breaking when it first came out and is definitely a good device but the mouthpiece tends to get warm, and I do not see it as the “Best Vape” as it commonly crowned.  Add this to a $280 price tag and you can see why I expect to have nothing less than perfect for this price. I think if you have the cash to spend a little more, then go for the Crafty Vaporizer. It is MUCH better than the Pax 2. Again, just my opinion.



Now, am I saying that the Elite is better than the Pax 2? No. But it sure is a VERY close match. The mouthpiece of the Elite also gets a bit warm but seems like it is more manageable than the Pax 2. Besides, if you get a warm mouthpiece, take the one that’s over $100 cheaper. They perform about the same, and the vapor quality is comparable. Cleaning the Pax 2 is a bit more work as the chamber is on the opposite side of the mouthpiece and there is an airflow tunnel in between, With the Elite, the mouthpiece is over the chamber and there is no air-flow in between.

So if I had to make the choice- Elite VS Pax, I’ll go with the Elite. I actually wrote an article about the Elite vs the Pax 2, feel free to check it out for the full comparison. Another close competitor is the Summit + (full review) which retails for $135 (with coupon code). The Summit has great performance but the Elite wins easily when it comes to Elegance and Luxury-feel. It is (the Elite) way sleeker and slimmer than the Summit Plus.

Bottom Line:

The Elite packs a significant improvement in all aspects over the pre-generation products from G Pen. It is natural to hold, and a breeze to use. I think one of the favorite features for me was the ease of use. It makes the Elite a top choice as a travel or on the go Vaporizer. It looks modern and sleek and showing it around to friends was cool as it is futuristic and impressive.

I recommend the Elite for those looking for a mid-priced portable Vape, that is super easy to use. Enjoy responsively 😉

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  1. This vape works amazing. I have been smoking a chillum for about five years because I am so cheep. Then recently I had pneumonia and read that vaping was the healthy alternative. After finishing whatever antibiotics I had, I searched for a vape. Being completely new to vapes, I bought one that screws on to an e-cig battery. It really irritated my lungs because it burnt the material rather than actually vaporizing it. After spending 70 regrettable dollars on that, I renewed my search. At a shop I found the Grenco Science Elite Vaporizer. I took the chance at about and was completely surprised. I plugged it in and it was charged after about 3 hours. It works great! Nicely vapes the material and is very efficent using all of the material evenly in the chamber. Very simple to understand how to use it. Has a pretty large range of temperatures to select from which can be a little confusing for a person inexperienced in vaping, however with some light searching online it was easy to find this website and a reccomendation for a temp. The device feels comfortable and solid to hold and the little tools they give with it feel quality. I am very happy with this purcase! Performs great and it does not hurt my lungs to use. In fact I would go as far as to say the vapor feels therapeudic haha

    • Glad you liked it Dan. I was pretty impressed with it also. The G Pen Elite is my first choice for out-of-house vape 😉

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  3. Thanks for the helpful review. Have you checked out the Grasshopper yet? I’m trying to decide between the Grasshopper and the G Pen Elite. It would great to hear your comparison of the two. Thanks!

    • You might be waiting quite a while for the Grasshopper to come out. The realese date has kept getting pushed back for years and is now Aug 2016( whick will probably change yet again. If You are willing to drop $330 definetly get Firefly 2. If not then go with the G Pen Elite.

    • Hi Scott, no I have not got a chance to personally check out the Grasshopper. I’ve been using the Elite for about a month straight now and I’m happy to say it is a phenomenal vaporizer..;)

      • Thanks for the feedback! Good to know you still like it. I just find myself attracted to the super-stealthiness of the Grasshopper and the crazy fast heat-up time. However, having to worry about it getting to hot seems like a bit of a pain. How about the cleaning/maintenance of the ELITE?

        • Senior Editor April 4, 2016 at 5:26 pm

          Cleaning and Maintenance is super easy. Seems like the mouthpiece is only part that that will need replacement in the future..
          As far as heat up time, the Elite is super fast. You see the temperature going up on the screen QUICKLY. The mouthpiece gets a bit warm but when you learn that you acutely need to wrap your lips around rather than having them touch the middle part of the mouthpiece, it gets a lot more manageable.
          As I said, no experience with the grasshopper but the Elite gets the job done beautifully 😉

  4. Thanks so much for the fast reply and all the info!

  5. Back again with another question. I forgot to ask … does the ELITE work well if you don’t fill the chamber up all the way? Like if you just want a small pinch of herb for a couple of puffs? Or is it better to fill it up and just use the same batch in their for several sessions? Thanks!

  6. Yea I feel it halfway and it works perfectly 😉

    • New to vaping. How do you tell when the herb is finished??

      • Three ways:
        1. You feel that the flavor is gone
        2. You open the chamber and look at the herb. If it is brownish than it is done.
        3. You develop a six sense to it in a few days 😉

  7. Question I really don’t want to use this for smoking weed but better yet hookah Tabacco or dry pipe tobacco does this work with it .

  8. Hi. Great review. May I ask which vape is your favorite for at home use. Thanks!

  9. […] The G Pen Elite has a super modern ergonomic design with a well thought curves and controls. It feels luxurious, dense and sturdy. G Pen Elite completely changed the design over their previous generation of products like Grenco’s G Pro. On the other side, the Pax 2 was ground-breaking when it first came out and is definitely a popular and good device. An update from its predecessor, it holds the title of one of the smallest portable vaporizers on the market. With a 20% deeper oven, 25% smaller body, 10% lighter, and improved battery life, the Pax 2 improves on the original Pax in every way. […]

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  13. I agree with all the good things you have to say about the GPen Elite. But there is one big drawback…reliability. I am now waiting for my 3rd GPen (second replacement under warrantee) and it is still less than 2 months since my initial purchase. On the bright side, their customer service folks are fab and quick to authorize return and send a replacement when their device dies. On the other hand, I had the first die at 4 weeks and the second at 3, both with problems in the electronics/temp display/heating functions. Glad it has a warrantee, but I sure see why it’s only a year long. I am shopping for a more reliable device as going without for a week every month doesn’t work for me. It’s a real shame because otherwise I love this vape. Great hand feel, nice large oven, does not get too warm, pass through charging, decent battery life, very discreet when out and about. I did replace their perforated metal “screen” with an actual piece of pipe screen because theirs got clogged all the time, but with that little adjustment this thing worked great. If only one had died I would still be a very happy customer, but two in a row dying so fast is eroding my joy.

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