KandyPens Icon Review

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KandyPens Icon is a 510 attachment, available with or w/o a box mod from KandyPens


9.3 Total Score
KandyPens ICON Review bottom line

The KandyPens ICON e-nail is 510 compatible and will work with most vape mods. A two piece water filtration glass tube ensures top-notch vapor quality. KandyPens includes three different Nails in the box so you can experiment and decide which is your favorite. The ICON is one of the best e-nails of this year, and one of the most powerful e-rigs I tested to date. Great product for in-house use.

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KandyPens Icon Review-

KandyPens has been making some of the best vaporizers and vape pens I ever tested this year, and they just came out with their first e-nail style vaporizer- the KandyPens Icon 510 Kit. The Icon is a Concentrate compatible portable e-nail (although I doubt you’ll ever get it out of the house), with a water filtration attachment.

KAndyPens Icon ceramic base and water filtration attachment

KandyPens Icon ceramic base and water filtration attachment

The Icon is available as a stand-alone 510 attachment ($119 from KandyPens) or as a kit that includes the Wismec Reuleaux RX2/3 and 3 batteries ($199 from KandyPens). If you buy the standalone version, of course, you will have to use your own box mod to power it. KandyPens recommends using a 25w-50w mod without the temperature control option turned on. Important: Do not go over 50w as you may damage your heating element. 

KandyPens Icon Kit Includes:

  • Icon e-nail 510 base
  • Titanium e-nail
  • Quartz e-nail
  • Ceramic e-nial
  • Glass Attachment
  • Carb Cap
  • Instruction manual.

So the KandyPens Icon comes with 3 nails- titanium, quartz, and ceramic. That’s actually great that they give you all three in the kit and then you can reorder your favorite one. For me it was the quartz but more about that later on.

kandypens icon e-rig review

The Icon Kit comes with 3 nails. From left to right:
Titanium, Ceramic, and Quartz

Prepare for use

To Prepare the KandyPens Icon for use, attach the 510 base to your vape mod, and install one of the 3 included nails. Next, fill up the water attachment. The water attachment is made of 2 pieces. Remove the top piece and fill the bottom glass piece with water. Be careful not to overfill.

The water should fill about a third of the bottom glass piece. Do not fill the water when the glass unit is connected to the base or the vape mod. You always want to keep the water away from the heating element and the nail.

Using the KandyPens Icon

I got the best results when pre-heating the Icon for 5-10 seconds before using it. Especially when using the Quartz or Ceramic nails. I used the Icon with the Reuleaux RX2/3 box mod, as supplied from KandyPens, and it performed outstanding.

I’ve tested many e-nails previously but the Icon is the most powerful and aggressive of them all. The KandyPens Icon heat up quickly, and I could feel the heat of the nail even from a few inches away. The water filter attachment did an amazing job of cooling down the vapor and giving it that distinct pure flavor that you can only get from water filtration.

Using the KandyPens Icon with Concentrate

Using the KandyPens Icon with Concentrate

The glass water attachment has a unique design, as it is made of 2 pieces. This design proved to be without the 2 problems I always had with e-nails- the water touching my lips, and filling them up was a bitch. With this 2 piece water attachment, the water stay at the bottom part and therefore will never touch your lips. The 2 piece design also made it easy to fill and clean the attachment. 

Bottom Line

The KandyPens Icon is outstanding. After about a week of using it, it performed well in all categories. The Icon impressed me every time and I was looking forward to my next sessions. The vapor was crisp and cool, and the flavor was top notch.

The price is a bit steep ($119 / $199 from KandyPens) but just as with all of KandyPens products- this is a premium vape. It is not here to compete with the cheaper units. KandyPens also has a lifetime warranty of their products.

If you are looking for a powerful, high-end e-rig system, the Icon is it.

Where to buy the KandyPens Icon?

Buying directly from KandyPens is the safest option and will ensure that you get the lifetime warranty.

KandyPens ICON 510 e-Nail Vaporizer

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$119.95

KandyPens Icon with the Quartz nail. This was my favorite out of the three.

KandyPens Icon with the Quartz nail. This was my favorite out of the three.

 

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15 Comments
  1. Reply
    Des October 24, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Having hard time deciding between the Kandypens Icon 510 attachment, and the Source Vapes 510 attachment. Which of the two would you recommend? I see that based on your ratings, the Kandypens Icon is higher rated and was wondering why?

    Thanks

    • Reply
      Senior Editor October 24, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      Both are solid e-nails. The main reason I would go with KandyPens is the lifetime warranty. Users have been reporting some e-nails are “burning” the replacement nails quickly. With such a complex product (that involves electricity, water, hear) a lot can go wrong and it is good to be backed up.
      Also, it performs very well and comes with 3 replacement coils.

  2. Reply
    Ben October 28, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Afternoon readers,

    I just bought one of these from Kandypens and I am having one a hell of a time using it.

    Firstly, the glass attachment was broken at the neck upon arrival. I called them up, sent over a picture and a replacement was on the way that day!

    Very nice and expedient customer service. However, today, the replacement arrived and it too was broken, just the tip around the glass to glass of the male stem. Once again, Kandypen was happy to send a replacement. Maybe its a manufacturing problem with the supplier, but regardless they’re happy to fix any issue.

    Albeit broken, the glass attachment was still use able. So, eagerly I set up the rig for a small test drive using the small note they give you called ‘instructions’. The instructions that come with the Icon dont give you specifications on what temperatures to use for what nail, just a 50W warning.

    The Reuleaux RX2/3 box mod is what comes with it from Kandypen and they do not give an ideal setting for each nail on either set of instructions. The battery pack gives a TCR range for each nail, but both the ceramic and quartz ranges are not given. The Reuleaux does not have a quartz setting, but CRM1 and Ti could be used? Regardless, this was very unclear and extremely frustrating to figure out what setting might work for what nail.

    I changed the W to 42 watts and temperature to 420 deg to avoid the 50W limit. My ceramic heating element cracked and the nail after 3 heating sessions! (The first two heatings did not melt the dabbing material). I tried the Ti nail next on the Ti setting on the Reuleaux RX2/3 (42W), thinking it would provide a better experience. The box brought the Ti nail temperature super fast and auto shut off, part of the nail got hot but not fast enough to disperse the heat throughout the system. Not giving enough heat to melt the dab material.

    Another issue was the 10s time limit on heating. I found it did not get the nails hot enough in one or two heats and lead to having to reheat again and again to avoid not being hot enough to vaporize the dab. All in all it was 5x wasted dab attempts, 1x broken ceramic nail, 2x broken glass attachments from shipping, and a cracked heating element.

    They really need an instructional video on how to use this and what settings to set the Reuleaux RX2/3 to.(I did RTFM, not a layman) Until they come out with proper instructions and parameters of use, this is the worst smoking investment I’ve made and a waste of money. I’m happy with the way their customer service has handled the broken glass attachments, but the instructions on the use of their product leaves consumers in the dark and susceptible to breaking their devices. Just like I did.

    I do have a question for the writer of the article. What settings did you use to get the best results for each nail? What method was used to prepare your battery packs settings ect ect. Can you give a scientific method on how to program for each nail.

    I am happy to discuss and would love some help troubleshooting.

    This will be useful for future readers who decide to purchase one. I bought one based off the reviews from websites, particularly this one, thinking it would be an awesome, simple, portable rig. People will want to know what to program their battery packs to, in order avoid this problem and breaking their heating elements.

    • Reply
      Ryan May 4, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      Same fucking problems what a piece of shit

    • Reply
      Cass March 4, 2017 at 6:35 am

      Thank god you left this comment. It was a toss up between kandypens and CloudV. I have used the cloudv rig lots at a buddies and it works great…only problem so far is the charge base/bottom weight has become loose where it attaches to the battery but it still does its job on keeping it balanced. It can be detached from the base and charged right through the bottom which is really a smart design.

      I have only used CloudV ‘s enail but it is one o f the highest rated on the net and from experience I find it is awesome. Only thing is they need more than black as a color.

      Thanks again!

      • Reply
        Doc June 19, 2017 at 4:14 pm

        CloudV is a solid product, but it isn’t nearly as portable as some of the other eRigs.

  3. Reply
    Ben October 28, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Question to the author – what settings did you use for each nail on the Reuleaux box heat settings? How did you set it up, how many heats did it take? Detail interaction of the supplied box and the Icon is not provided and has lead to some serious issues in ease of use.

    Long story short, I typed up a huge review about how horrible this thing has been to me, and it didn’t get submitted to this site somehow… I received 2x broken glass attachments, broke my heating element at 42W and my ceramic nail because of a lack of instructions. 42W , 420 deg. shouldn’t break either component, but a lack of help via instructions or videos, leaves consumers liable to break their own product, even on first use. The Ti nail doesnt get hot enough to melt the dabs before the 10s limit shuts you off.

    Wasted 5x dabs, 2x glass attachments, 1x ceramic nail, 1x heating element and 150$ and countless hours trying to figure out how to use this product. Replacements for the glass parts have been sent. Their customer service is awesome, but product instructions are horrible, and leads to people breaking their rigs.

    • Reply
      Tim July 15, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      So I am a very mechanical person and a bit computer savy. But it was frustrating to decide how to set the Reuleaux RX2/3 settings for this mod setup. Here is what I finally figured out. Step 1. one charged the batterys to 100% . 2. I took the batterys out and let it all cool down. 3. Updated Firmware with my computer . 4. Decided that I dont think this will work right in any Temp mode due to the way it indirectly heats the elemnt for quarts and ceramic and really no coil for the unit to read correctly ( all just a Guess . Maybe totally wrong. ) . Set mine to VW mode ( so only works based off the wattage . At least from what I can tell. I wanted to use the quartz nail so I found that most people had recommended 40 – 45 watts for quartz 40 seems perfect to me. If I find the settings again for Ti and Ceramic I will post them . That was the last step before I took an amazing rip ! ( and tiny bit goes a long way) . and felt the need to share the settings I had used. Please realize I am a complete newb to the 510 box mod . Use these settings at your own risk ( Because I maybe completly Wrong . ) this seemed to me the safe way to set it . If I am wrong would love any feed back . KandyPens Please make a User guide and video for recommended settings ! This is not Easy to setup for a Newb customer .

  4. Reply
    unzari November 16, 2016 at 4:18 am

    i have both. source vapes’ atomizers very good but kandypens is a simpler design. both do the dab thing well. SV hs some nice glass (i have the recycler – awesome)

  5. Reply
    unzaru November 16, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    actually, after comparing the two, your review is way off. the SV nail is much better; better, deeper atomizers in quartz, ceramic and type 2 titanium, and you can remove the bucket so as to soak it in iso without having to soak the whole atomizer. you do get a better mod with the kandypens but the versatility that the nail’s larger attys have is crucial for maximum exploitation. the icon’s a nice backup but not as good. as for the nail’s carb cap/dabber, yeah, you’re right: it sucks. it breaks. but it is so cheap i wouldnt use it anyway. frankly, it’s at best a niggling point.

  6. Reply
    unzari November 17, 2016 at 9:53 am

    SV on the whole is better i think. it comes down to the attys. with kandypens they are very simple and should last longer. as for the SV nail attys, they have larger reservoirs, have flat bottoms (much better to use) and their reservoirs unscrew for easy cleaning. they are more delicate, however. also, i think you really have to push the wattage with the icon i find to get vapour production comparable to the SV nail. if that’s an issue for you. the icon is solid, tho, and so far works as inended

  7. Reply
    unzari November 17, 2016 at 9:55 am

    say, what wattage/temp settings/atomizer setting do you prefer for the icon? there’s hardly any info for it on the web.

  8. Reply
    Emily law December 11, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    Why is this the only review on the Kandypen Icon? I also recently purchased it and have no clue what temperature to set it at.

    Anyone have some tips?

    • Reply
      Doc June 19, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      What type of concentrate are you using? Do you like smooth dabs or robust dabs? What nail are you using? There is no solid answer to your question. I’d experiment with temps in the 650-700 range if you’re using quartz, maybe 600-650 for Ti.

  9. Reply
    Jared April 16, 2017 at 11:14 am

    All I’m going to say to you guys is I got the new version of the sourcevapes Source nail at the end of 2016 it is definitely not for people that are rough with their equipment have to take care of it but if you keep it clean and use it correctly say you have the quartz atomizer on the source Vape use it at about 14 watts I never turn it over that my dab lasts forever and at low wattage it tastes so amazing and the other Plus at low wattage is I’m using the same atomizer for a couple of months now they don’t break near as fast you’re not putting as much wear and tear on them but anyway just go low wattage if everybody would get on the low temp dab thing everybody would be much happier with their stashes and wallets

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