G Pen Nova Review
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The Good: Sleek design | Integrated dab tool | Low draw resistance | Very affordable | Works with oil carts
The Bad: Small coil | Doesn’t work well with dry herb
The Bottom Line: I liked a lot of things about the G Pen Nova, from the nice flavor to the built in dab tool to the cool design. What I didn’t like was the dry herb performance. This is a good choice for beginners, looking for a wax vape that’s compatible with 510 oil carts.
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G Pen Nova LXE Update
The G Pen Nova LXE is an updated version of the original Nova. The biggest change is that the LXE is now a concentrates only vaporizer instead of a dual use one. That’s a good thing since the dry herb performance of the original Nova was lacking. It’s unlikely that the performance of the G Pen Nova LXE will be lacking since it has a ceramic bowl. Those types of bowls always produce smooth, flavorful vapor.
The Nova LXE also has a much larger battery that’s over twice the capacity of the original. That’s not all, G Pen added higher preset voltages and increased the airflow, a combination that results in much bigger cloud production. They didn’t forget about the small details either because the dab tool integrated into the mouthpiece is now made of stainless steel instead of silicon, and is also detachable.
The G Pen Noval LXE is looking like a great upgrade to the Nova. In fact it is looking like what the Nova should have been in the first place. The G Pen Nova LXE is available directly from G Pen for $59.95 and I’ll have more details on it very soon.
Design and Features
Background: The Nova is technically a dual use vaporizer that’s compatible with dry herbs and wax, but it’s really meant more for concentrates. G Pen is typically known mostly for their dry herb vaporizers, so this is something of a departure for them.
The Nova is 510 threaded so it can be used as a battery for pre-filled CBD or THC cartridges as well, making it a pretty versatile device. As with a lot of these batteries, the kit is pretty basic, consisting of just the Nova and a USB charging cable.
General Design: The Nova looks like a cross between a common vape pen and G Pen’s signature design. It has the general look of a vape pen, but with the charcoal grey color scheme and mouthpiece design of G Pen vapes, like the Pro. It does have the interesting feature of a dab tool integrated into the mouthpiece, so you never have to worry about misplacing it or forgetting to take it with you.
Portability: The Nova is about four inches tall and has a very slim profile, so you can take it with you pretty much anywhere. And since the dab tool is built in, you don’t need to worry about taking any accessories with you.
Cleaning and Maintenance
You clean the chamber by gently wiping it down with a cotton swab, or q-tip, soaked in isopropyl alcohol. It’s better to clean the Nova after each session otherwise reclaim from your wax can build up and create a gap between the mouthpiece and the battery when they’re attached to each other.
How to Use
- Remove the mouthpiece and use the integrated tool to dab some wax into the chamber, and then replace the mouthpiece.
- Press the power button five times to turn on the device.
- Press the power button three times to select one of the three voltage settings.
- Once heating is complete, inhale from the mouthpiece.
Voltage Settings: 3.2V | 3.5V | 3.9V
Performance and Vapor Quality
Battery Performance: Heat up times are a little slow compared to other vape pens, which is most likely because of the smaller battery. Draw resistance is low and the mouthpiece doesn’t get hot during use, so the vaping experience feels smooth and comfortable.
Vapor Quality: Hits from the Nova are smooth and tasty regardless of which voltage setting you choose, though I liked the middle setting the best. If you’re looking for big clouds, then you’re likely to be disappointed since the vapor is thin and wispy no matter the voltage setting. That is good if you want to engage in some covert vaping, so it has an upside and a downside. The chamber does tend to get very messy very quickly, so regular cleaning is a must if you don’t want it to get clogged up.
Battery Duration: The battery has a capacity of 300 mAh, which is a little smaller than many other vape pens. You can still get a full day of vaping without a recharge, and a full recharge only takes about an hour. Plus pass-through charging is available, so you don’t have to put the vaping on pause while you wait.
G Pen Nova vs Cloud V Flash Vaporizer vs Puffco Plus
The Nova is the most inexpensive of these three vapes, and considering that it has many similar features, that’s pretty impressive. However, it has the smallest battery capacity here, while the Plus has the biggest. The Plus also has an integrated dab tool in the mouthpiece, proving that great minds think alike. The Flash has a large ceramic coil surrounded by a glass tube, which gives it a unique look and makes it easier to load.
|G Pen Nova||Cloud V Flash Vaporizer||Puffco Plus|
|Compatible with||Wax extracts + dry herb||Wax extracts||Wax extracts|
|Atomizer Type||Ceramic coil||Ceramic coil||Ceramic coil|
|Battery Capacity||300 mAh||420 mAh||520 mAh|
|Price||$34.95 directly from G Pen||$59.99 from Vape-Smart||$89 from Vape-Active|
The G Pen Nova is a dual use vape pen that’s better used with wax than with dry herb. It produces nice tasting vapor that goes down smooth, and it has an integrated dab tool that makes loading really easy. The relatively weak battery is the main downside, but overall this is a solid, inexpensive vape pen that’s great for beginners.
Who is it for: Vaping beginners looking for a low cost concentrate pen with good features.
Who is it NOT for: Experienced vapers may prefer a vape with more voltage settings. Anyone who doesn’t like cleaning their vape pen too frequently.
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