Extract Vaporizer Buying Guide
Now that you know how to use an extract vaporizer, it’s time to buy one. This isn’t a decision to be taken lightly, your first vaporizer is a big investment and you want to make sure that you’re getting the one that suits your preferences. Your first choice is whether you’ll be vaping oil, wax, or both.
That’s just the beginning, you also have to think about the price, ease of use, and more. One big factor is the availability of the substance you plan to use. Wax and pre-filled oil cartridges aren’t legally available in every state and you don’t want to buy a vaporizer that you can’t use. No matter your set of preferences, there’s an extract vaporizer out there for you. Now let’s take a closer look at some of the factors you need to consider when buying your first concentrate vaporizer.
No matter the price of a vape pen, it will always be more cost-effective to vape your wax rather than smoke it. That is one of the reasons why vape pens are one of the best way to use extracts. Continue reading for the rest.
Inexpensive Vape Pens
Vape pens can cost $30 – $60 on the lower end of the pricing spectrum. At this price point you can expect fairly basic features like:
- No coil selection
- Smaller batteries
- No temperature or voltage selection
Despite the lack of options, these cheaper vape pens are a good choice for beginners because of their simplicity. An inexpensive vape pen like the KandyPens K Stick Supreme can serve as a good introduction to extract vaping and they can be a stepping stone to more advanced vape pens in the higher price ranges.
High End Vape Pens
The higher end vape pens can cost between $70 and $150. In this price range you can expect the following features:
- Both ceramic and quartz coils included in the package
- Better build materials, aluminum or steel rather than plastic
- Voltage or temperature selection
- Larger, more powerful batteries
- Extra accessories like carrying cases
Vape pens in this price range give users more options. A vape pen like the KandyPens Prism allows users to choose which type of coil they want to use and the temperature at which they want to use it. This allows users to customize their vaping experience, which is great for seasoned vapers but can be a little overwhelming for beginners. The higher quality build materials mean that these vape pens are meant to last a long time, so they are usually a safe investment.
Quality and Durability
Regardless of the cost of your vaporizer, you’ll want to make sure that it is well made, and more importantly, safe. For example you should find out if the vaporizer has any leaking problems or not. If melted wax leaks out of the chamber, it can cause connection problems between the battery and the atomizer. Sometimes this can be caused by improper care but it can also be caused by shoddy construction.
You should also look out for the presence of dyes or glue in the vaporizer’s construction, especially if they are near the heating element. The reason is that the heat can interact with the dyes or glue and create fumes that cause an unpleasant taste at best or be very harmful to your health at worst. Make certain to check if the vaporizer you are considering has had any such problems.
Portability and Discreetness
If you plan on taking your vaporizer out with you then you want to make sure that it’s convenient and portable. There might be some places you go where vaping is accepted or ignored but when you need to be discreet you should consider the following features:
- Portability – all vape pens are portable, however some can easily slip into a pocket while others are a better fit for backpacks or purses.
- Color – bright colors or slick metallic finishes look great but they can stand out and attract attention
- Vapor production – find out from reviews and forum posts whether the vape pen in which you’re interested produces dense vapor or not. Vape pens with temperature control are a good choice since the lower settings will produce less vapor
If you’re a vaping beginner then you should choose a vaporizer that isn’t too harsh or intense for first time users. A vaporizer that produces hot, harsh vapor can be off-putting to new users. A vaporizer that allows you to select different temperatures is a good choice for first timers because they allow you to choose the level of the intensity.
If you believe that you might eventually want to ramp up the intensity level of your vaping then you might consider a vaporizer that includes both quartz and ceramic atomizers. Ceramic atomizers tend to produce a smoother vaping experience while quartz atomizers tend to be more intense. So a vaporizer that offers temperature and atomizer selection is a good choice for vaping newcomers who will eventually become vaping veterans.
Ease of Use
Vape pens may be easier to use than the other kinds of wax vaporizers but when it comes to your vape pen, you should consider the following factors:
- Operation – this refers to how easy it is to use any of the vape pens included functions like temperature selection. Also, how easy it is to monitor the battery level and how long it takes to recharge the device
- Loading – how easy it is to load your wax onto the coil
- Maintenance – how easy it is to clean the vape pen, this includes every part of the device, the mouthpiece, the battery, and especially the coils
- Draw resistance – how hard you have to inhale from the device. Lower is better, some vaporizers give you the option of adjusting the airflow
If you’re worried about loading the wax into your vape pen then you should think about getting one with a ceramic coil since they’re easier to load than quartz coils. Ceramic coils are also easier to clean and maintain. Considering those attributes and the smoother vaping experience, ceramic coils are the better choice for vaping beginners.
Things to Consider When Buying an Oil Vaporizer
Your first decision should be whether you want to have an oil vaporizer that uses pre-filled or refillable cartridges. If the vaporizer you choose is 510 threaded then it can use pre-filled or refillable cartridges as long as they are 510 compatible. Once you have made that initial decision then you can consider the other following factors.
Oil vaporizers that use pre-filled cartridges, also known as closed system pod vaporizers, cost between $20 and $40, an example is the G Pen Gio. Very affordable but it is important to note that the cartridges used in these devices can cost between $30 and $60. Something to think about before you make your purchase.
The price of vaporizers that use refillable cartridges, called open system pod vaporizers, varies but many of them, such as the HoneyStick Elf, are quite affordable. On the low end, they can cost as little as $15 – $30, at this price point, the oil vaporizers are basically just batteries that power the oil cartridges. As such, they’re usually 510 threaded so they can accommodate a variety of different, compatible cartridges.
The price of the more expensive oil vaporizers ranges from $40 to $130. Many of the vaporizers in this bracket have some kind of dual use functionality, meaning that they can vape both wax and oil. A useful option for anyone who enjoys both substances.
These are some of the things you need to consider when purchasing an oil vaporizer:
- Vaporizer build materials – lower end oil vapes tend to be made of plastic while higher end models are usually made from metal
- Cartridge materials – the cartridges of oil vaporizers are made from glass but the mouthpiece can be made from plastic to ceramic to metal. Choose one that’s durable and that doesn’t get too hot during use
Whether you’re interested in a closed or open system oil pod vaporizer, you should make sure that the manufacturer of the device has a good reputation for quality. You don’t want to worry about replacing parts, or the entire unit, after you’ve bought it.
Closed system oil vaporizers are as small as e-cigarettes and are just as simple to use. That close resemblance makes them some of the most discreet and portable vaporizers around.
Open system pod vaporizers are also very discreet and portable and many are small enough to fit on a key ring. Some of them are even designed to resemble nondescript, everyday objects like key fobs or cigarette lighters.
Oil vaporizers are not as intense as wax vaporizers because oil is not as intense as wax. The reason is that the extraction process leaves oil with less potency than wax. So the intensity level of oil is not much of a concern. That is, unless you want a more intense experience, in which case you should try a wax vaporizer instead.
Closed system oil vaporizers are some of the easiest vaporizers to use, you just insert the pod into the device then inhale from the mouthpiece and that’s it. With open system oil vaporizers, you should consider the following factors:
- Operation – how easy it is to operate the device, check the battery level, and monitor the oil level
- Loading – find out how easy it is to fill the cartridge and whether you need to use any special devices like a syringe
- Maintenance – how easy it is to clean the tank, mouthpiece, and all vital parts of the vaporizer
- Draw resistance – this is how hard you need to inhale from the mouthpiece. A lower draw resistance is better for most users
Extract Vaporizer Buying Guide: The Conclusion
Your choice of vaporizer is an important investment and as with any investment you should carefully consider how much it costs and how long it lasts. You should also consider whether the substance you plan on using is legally available in your state.
Another consideration is whether the vaporizer you buy is a long term purchase or the stepping stone to a more advanced device. Ultimately, you need to choose a device that suits your preferences, and trust me, there’s one out there for you.