How to Use an Extract Vaporizer
So now you know why vaping your wax is better than smoking it, now you need to know how to use it. No need to worry, this isn’t rocket science, in fact, oil and wax vaporizers are among the easiest vaporizers to use. However, the ease of use depends on a few factors unique to each type of vaporizer.
For vape pens, ceramic coils are slightly easier to use than quartz coils. For oil vapes, the types that use pre-filled cartridges are easier to use than the types that use refillable cartridges. No matter what you choose, you’ll be vaping in no time, especially with this guide as your, um, guide. Remember that these are just general guidelines, when you buy a vaporizer, carefully read the manual for more specific instructions.
So, without further ado, let’s get started.
In the case of wax vapes, those with ceramic coils are slightly easier to load than the ones with quartz coils but we’ll get to that. Here’s how you get started.
First Time Use
Before you get started, you should read the manual and make sure that your device is fully charged. You should also make sure that all the connections are secure and that everything is clean. Of course, if your wax vape is brand new then, chances are it’s clean and you’ll be good to go.
You can never be sure of course so you should check and wipe everything down if you’re not 100% certain that everything is sanitary. Once it’s completely juiced up, it’s time to move on to the next step.
Preparing the Vaporizer
It’s time to prepare the vaporizer for the loading procedure. You need to reveal the coils so that you can dab your wax onto them. To do this you should unscrew the mouthpiece from the atomizer so that the coils are exposed and you’re ready to dab. Pretty simple so far, right? Now we’re getting down to business.
Preparing the Wax
To start with you should have your tools ready, namely your dab tool for scooping up the wax and a storage container where you keep your supply. Most wax vape kits come with a dab tool and a few even include storage containers. However, if you’re ever in need of either, you can check out Amazon to get a premium set of dab tools and/or storage containers.
An airtight silicone or glass storage container is preferred because they won’t affect the flavor of the wax and they’re both non-stick surfaces. So scooping up the last bit of wax won’t be like trying to pry dried bubblegum from the bottom of a school desk.
Whatever container you choose, it should be stored in a cool, dark place since the manufacturing procedure of wax makes it vulnerable to changes in the light, air, and temperature. They will lower the quality of your wax so keep it protected. At least until you’re ready to use it. Which is now, so put your wax container in your prep area and remove the lid so that you’re ready to go.
Loading the Chamber
- Use the dab tool to scoop up a small amount of wax, about the size of a rice grain.
- Carefully place, aka dab, that wax onto the atomizer’s coil.
- Screw the mouthpiece back onto the atomizer and make sure that each connection is tight and secure.
That’s it! Dabbing the wax onto a ceramic coil like the one in the HoneyStick Stinger is a little easier than dabbing it onto a quartz coil because the ceramic coil is essentially a shallow dish. Dabbing onto quartz coils is a little trickier because they have a smaller surface area but it’s a small learning curve.
Whatever kind of atomizer you have, do not overload it with more wax than it can hold. An overloaded chamber can start to leak, dripping down onto the threads, and causing a bad connection between the battery and the atomizer. This might cause your brand new vaporizer to malfunction and you don’t want that.
Selecting the Right Temperature
Many wax vaporizers have a fixed, pre-selected temperature, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing since it’s likely that the manufacturer carefully chose that temperature because they believe it provides the optimum vaping experience.
Of course, I know many of you like to have a choice and lots of wax vapes provide temperature or voltage selection. You will usually have the choice of a few preset temperature or voltage settings instead of full granular control. Again, that’s okay since vape pens are supposed to be easy to use and you don’t really need that much precision anyway.
If your wax vape does have temperature/voltage selection then you should start out on the lowest or medium setting. The vapor produced on those settings isn’t as intense as the vapor produced on higher temperature settings so it’s better for beginning users.
General Maintenance of Your Wax Vaporizer
You should make sure to keep your vaporizer clean and make sure that it’s fully charged before you use it. You should make sure every part of it is clean, however you should pay particular attention to the mouthpiece and the coil.
The mouthpiece is obvious, you vape from there! So you’ll want to keep it sanitary even if you’re the only one using it. As for the atomizer, a dirty one will severely impact the performance of the vaporizer and the flavor of the wax. All atomizers need to be replaced eventually but regular cleaning can make them last longer.
When to Clean your Wax Vaporizer
Ceramic coils are easier to clean than quartz coils but cleaning is a must regardless of which coil you have. If you need advice then check out the article that provides tips for vaporizer cleaning. As for when you need to clean or replace your atomizer, here are some signs you should be looking out for:
- A burnt flavor from the wax – this can be caused by hot spots on the coil that heat up the wax unevenly.
- Leaking from the atomizer – as stated earlier, a leaking atomizer can cause a bad connection between the atomizer and the battery, resulting in a vaporizer malfunction.
- Harsh hits no matter the temperature – you would expect harsher hits from higher temperatures but if you experience harshness at all temperatures then it’s time for a coil change.
- Black residue build-up on the coil – if the coil is not cleaned regularly, a residue builds up that can affect the flavor of the wax and restrict the vaporizer’s airflow, resulting in a lowered draw resistance.
That’s what you need to know about using wax vaporizers, well vape pens anyway. They are the most beginner friendly wax vaporizers, if you want something more complex and more powerful, there are other types of wax vaporizers to choose from but it’s best to start with the basics. Now onto the oil vapes.
One thing to consider when buying an oil vape is that oil vaporizers come in two types, those that only use pre-filled cartridges, also known as closed system oil pod vaporizers, an example is the Double Barrel. There are also oil vaporizers, like the Rokin Thunder, that use refillable cartridges, known as open system vaporizers. Most oil vapes in the latter category use a 510 threaded connection between the tank and the battery.
This means that the battery can accept any tank with a 510 connection, so it’s possible for some oil vaporizers to use both refillable and pre-filled cartridges, provided they are 510 threaded. This gives 510 threaded batteries more versatility over the type of vaporizers that use proprietary oil cartridges unique to that device.
Even so, closed system oil pod vaporizers are becoming an extremely popular category because of how easy they are to use. That ease of use means that this article is mainly about refillable oil vapes because you don’t really need an article explaining how to use a closed system oil vape, you just toss the old cartridge in the trash and replace it with a new one. As for the open system oil vapes, read on.
First Time Use
Make sure that the device is charged up completely before you use it for the first time. Also make sure that it’s completely hygienic, especially the mouthpiece. Finally, make certain that all the connections are tight and secure, you don’t want the vaporizer falling apart on you while you’re using it.
Preparing the Vaporizer
Remove the oil tank or cartridge from the battery and unscrew the mouthpiece from the cartridge so that you are able to fill it up. If your tank requires a special filling tool like a dropper bottle or a syringe then get that ready too.
Preparing the Oil
First of all, your oil should be stored in a cool, dark place within an opaque, airtight container. It’s important that light, air, or heat doesn’t get into the container since they can all lower the quality of the oil. Next, get your oil ready by transferring it to the necessary filling tool if it’s not in there already.
If your oil tank needs to be refilled via a dropper bottle then make sure that the right amount of oil is placed in the bottle you’re using. A lot of oil already comes in dropper bottles so you should be okay if that’s the case. If your tank needs a syringe to fill it up then make sure you know your tank’s oil capacity and fill up the syringe with that amount.
You don’t want to be going back and forth between the oil container and the syringe since the prolonged exposure to light and air could rapidly degrade the purity of the oil. I should mention that a syringe is a good loading tool no matter the type of oil tank because it’s a precise method that creates little to no mess. Once you’ve got your oil ready, then it’s loading time.
Loading the Oil Cartridge
- Use your filling tool to carefully pour the oil into the tank, try not to waste any!
- Screw the mouthpiece back onto the cartridge, then screw the cartridge back onto the battery.
Yep, that’s it, just make sure not to fill the oil tank past its capacity, that could result in the oil leaking out and damaging the threads of the device. This could in turn cause the device to stop working properly or stop working completely.
Selecting the Right Temperature
Some oil vaporizers have preset temperature and others have a few temperatures you can choose from. If the latter is the case then choose the lowest or medium setting the first time out. The lower settings are best for new users even though THC oil is less potent than wax, so the vapor produced by oil never becomes too harsh, intense, or uncomfortable.
You won’t get precision temperature control in oil vapes, mainly because oil vapes don’t need to be adjusted down to the exact degree. A general range of preset temperatures is all that’s required, and that’s done for you.
General Maintenance of Your Oil Vaporizer
As with pretty much any vaporizer, you’ll want to clean it regularly to make sure that it keeps functioning properly. In the case of oil vaporizers, residue from the oil can build up in the tank, which can eventually restrict the airflow and result in greater draw resistance. The residue can also affect the flavor of any oil you use.
So it’s important to keep the tank clean, fortunately this is pretty easy, you just need to dip a q-tip in isopropyl alcohol and rub it around the inside surface of the cartridge. The mouthpiece should also be cleaned regularly since I’m sure you don’t want any germs entering your precious mouth.
Like I said, this guide is mainly for oil vapes with refillable cartridges. Closed system oil pod vaporizers require little in the way of preparation and maintenance, which is one of the reasons why they’re taking off right now. Still, the refillable cartridges have the edge in versatility, so they’re not going anywhere.
The Last Word on Using Your Extract Vaporizer
Whether a vape pen uses a quartz coil, a ceramic coil, or a refillable tank, there is a good chance that it’s pretty simple to use. That’s one of the reasons why this category is so great for beginners, just remember to thoroughly read the manual before starting up. Each vaporizer has its own nuances and the manual will help you to get acquainted with them.
Also, don’t push the envelope by overfilling your vaporizer no matter how badly you want to have a longer session. You could end up damaging the vaporizer, which could result in no more sessions at all. Taking good care of your vaporizer will result in it lasting longer and your not having to replace any parts—or the entire unit—as often. This will save you money and I’m sure you like that nearly as much as vaping, if not more so.
Ease of use is just one of the factors to take into consideration when buying an extract vaporizer. What are the others? You can find out in the Extract Vaporizer Buying Guide, which just happens to be the next page! Coincidence? Not really, but give it a look if you’re ready to take the next step in extract vaping, namely the vaping part.