Anatomy of a Vape Pen
A vape pen is simple because it typically consists of just three parts:
The Mouthpiece: This is where you inhale the vapor, of course. It is usually made of the same material as the rest of the vape pen, which is generally metal or plastic. However, some vape pens have glass mouthpieces, which help to keep the vapor pure and cool. That is because glass is a neutral material that does not affect the flavor of the vapor.
The Atomizer: This is where the wax gets heated, melted, and turned into vapor. There are different types of atomizers, one of which are quartz coils. A vape pen might have just one, or up to four, coils. The more coils, the more intense the vaping experience. There are also ceramic and quartz coils, which are really bowls rather than coils, and are easier to load than quartz coils.
The Battery: This is the main body of the vape pen and is what powers the whole device. Not much to say here, except that they come in different power levels, with the stronger batteries lasting longer.
What Kind of Wax To Use?
You can use any type of wax, but the thicker, more solid types of wax are the easiest to use. That is because they are easier to scoop up and load than the softer, runnier types of wax. Really though, it’s up to you what you want to use, just choose the type you like the best.
Time to Get Loaded
When you’re ready to get started, it’s time to get that vape pen locked and loaded, here is how you get going.
- Remove the mouthpiece from the vaporizer so that the coil is exposed.
- Use a dab tool to scoop up a small amount of your wax and then place that wax on to the coil.
- Replace the mouthpiece of the vaporizer.
Be careful not to overload the chamber! Doing so can cause problems like leaks or a clogged air passage.
It’s Vaping Time!
The final, and simplest, step is turning on the vape pen. Most vape pens will have a power button that you need to press a certain number of times—usually three or five—in order to turn them on. Some vape pens also have preset temperature—or voltage—settings to choose from once they have been turned on.
Those settings will consist of a low, middle, and high setting, with the lower settings providing more flavor and the higher settings producing more clouds. Once the setting has been chosen and has finished heating, it is time for the moment you’ve been waiting for. Put the mouthpiece to your lips and inhale the wax vapor.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Yeah, no one likes this part, but it’s necessary if you want to keep your vape pen in tip-top shape.
Cleaning the Mouthpiece: Plastic and metal mouthpieces can be soaked in a bowl of isopropyl alcohol for a few hours. Glass mouthpieces are cleaned by using a cotton swab or q-tip that has been dipped in isopropyl alcohol and then running it across the inside of the mouthpiece.
Cleaning the Atomizer: First of all, ceramic and quartz atomizers are much easier to clean than quartz coils. That is because their bowl shape means that they can be cleaned using a q-tip soaked in alcohol. The quartz coils can be cleaned the same way, but it takes a little longer and is a slightly more involved process because you need to be more delicate.
If residue from the wax is too thick, then you can perform a burn-off. You do this by removing the mouthpiece and turning the vape pen to its highest setting. This melts down, and burns off, any stubborn wax residue.
Vape Pen Alternatives
One variant of the vape pen is a device called a concentrate straw, nectar straw, honey dipper, and other similar names. They are shaped similarly to vape pens but they have a heating element on one end. This element is dipped into the wax supply where it heats and vaporizes any wax with which it comes into contact.
The vapor produced by the heating element is pulled through a small opening in the heating element, through the vaporizer, and up into the mouthpiece. Just like a straw, hence the name. This type of vaporizer is very easy to use and very easy to maintain. However, it uses up more wax than vape pens, and its method of usage means that it is naturally less portable than vape pens.