Dab pens are awesome, that is why Herbalize Store sells so many of them. If you are taking the time to read this, you are probably wanting to know more about them. Maybe you would like to buy your first dab pen? Or want an upgrade? Maybe your trusty wax vaporizer has just died and you need to replace it? Or one for each occasion, why not? Whatever your reasons, welcome! This guide is meant to provide you with lots of information about how to make the best choice of dab pen.
The name ‘dab pen’ refers to a small vaporizer that is made especially for vaping concentrates. They are typically small and very portable, exactly like the usual vape pens, except they’re only compatible with different kinds of concentrates. These include:
In general, concentrate dab pens come with the perfect heat settings for dabbing or vaping concentrates. Since dabs usually require a much higher temperature to vaporize than dry herbs, dab pens run much hotter than regular vaporizers, making the entire experience pleasant and very efficient.
The difference between dab pens and regular vaporizers is that they’re usually much smaller than most vaporizers because the whole point of a dab pen is to be small, portable, and very discreet.
There are many vaporizers that are compatible with both dry herb and concentrates or dabs, but a vast majority of them are either good to use with dry herb or with concentrates, and very rarely do you find a vaporizer that can seamlessly do both well.
That’s why a dab pen is the best option for those of you looking to vape concentrates and dabs and still have an amazing experience.
One of the best things about a dab pen is that they produce the tastiest vapour of all vaporizers. Why? Concentrates or dabs are usually tastier than regular dry herbs because they have a higher concentration of terpenes and goodies, and that reflects in the vapour.
Using a dab pen is pretty simple across the board, but it can change from pen to pen. So the basics are:
Of course, some dab pens get a little fancier than that when it comes to mechanics, but the overall basic steps that you’ll have to take are in the list above. However, since there are different ways to use dab pens, you should always read up on the user manual that comes with your dab pen unit.
Choosing a dab pen is quite simple. Look for one that meets all your needs and preferences. Yes, it sounds way too straightforward, but it really is that simple. However, we do have a lot of experience with vaporizers, so here are a couple of pointers we keep in mind when choosing a dab pen:
To show you the differences, we are going to take a few dab pens available on the Herbalize Store and make a comparison. Each of these pens features unique aspects that appeal to different users, so make sure you investigate thoroughly.
For under $50, you can pick one of these mini marvels up from the Herbalize Store. It is a remarkable invention. It is not much wider than a real pen and about the length of a chopstick. Even though it is feather-light and supermodel thin, it packs a serious punch.
With this device, you get a titanium heating chamber for your dab. Pop a little in there with the provided dab tool, set your desired temperature from a range of presets, suck back a lungful and enjoy. It really is that simple. You can pre-load it for sly use on the go or load it up at home whenever you want to blast off.
The really cool thing about this tiny Dr Dabber is that the quality of the vape is very high. Often small dab pens sacrifice quality for size: not so here. It is something to do with their titanium construction, it lets the device get up to the proper temperature in the chamber without heating the rest of the pen up to finger burning temperatures. This means you get a great hit that previously only a larger dab pen could have delivered while staying safe and discreet.
This is an even cheaper wax vaporizer pen but it has some remarkable technology in it. For under $40, you can pick up the Yocan Evolve with a dual quartz coil atomizer, secret compartment for your dab, and a quality vape.
It is bigger than the Dr Dabber Light but it features a powerful 1100mAh battery, USB charging, and a larger vaping chamber. Discreet enough to be seen as just another ecig but powerful enough to give you a few sessions when you are out of the house, it is a fantastic compromise between price, capability, and power.
At the top range of the price range at the Herbalize Store, the Boundless CF-710 has all the features you would expect from a device of this price. It has an interchangeable ceramic coil or quartz coil heating chamber to give you exactly the vaping experience you want. The difference between a quartz coil and a ceramic coil can make or break a dab pen for some users: it tastes and feels different. The choice is yours.
It is super discreet (you can turn off all the lights for night time vaping), and the brilliant option of being able to dip the heating element into your concentrate while you inhale is a really great way of getting a quick and easy hit.
If you have taken a good look around the Herbalize Store, you will probably have noticed “variable voltage” as a selling point. Heating elements are powered by electricity being pushed through them. When you change the voltage, you change how much electricity is being pushed through, so if you turn it up, you get a hotter heating chamber.
Although manufacturers could just refer to it as a temperature control, it is a nice relic of the early dab rigs that you had to adjust the voltage on and try correlate it to a temperature or effect. Dab rigs and pens get much hotter than dry herb vapes, so it makes sense to have a different scale.
You might see this term on a lot of different dab pens, but what does it mean? In short, it means there are 10 threads that are 0.5mm apart that make up the screw on the battery in your vape. It is just a commonly used standard for batteries and tanks in vaporizers. There is nothing special about it, no matter what they tell you!
There are a few significant differences between dab rigs and dab pens, but the most notable difference is that most dab rigs aren’t ‘vaporizers’, as they do require the need of flame such as a torch or a high power lighter.
They’re usually quite similar to bongs, except they’re equipped with special features that make dabbing much easier than it would be with a traditional bong. Not to mention, dab rigs are typically much larger than most vaporizers, and basically the opposite of a dab pen in that sense.
However, there are dab rigs that are vaporizers, such as the Puffco Peak, which are also designed to be used with concentrates. These are fully electronic, and don’t require the use of a torch or a lighter because their heat source is the electricity.
Which is better? Well, they’re both strong for different reasons. The dab pen is much easier to use, transport, and is made to be used on-the-go. The dab rig is big, powerful, and made to cool down the dabs before they reach your lungs.
A dab pen for home would be nice. A dab pen for going out with your pals would be just as nice. A dab pen for all occasions would be better. Thankfully, the choice at the Herbalize Store gives you all the options you need with the added benefit of environmental responsibility thrown in there.
Enjoying your wax vape pens in the way you want is important. If you are going to get the best experience you can from your portable vaporizers, you have got to check out all the competition! Look for all the features we have discussed, compare the prices, jot down your notes, choose the ones you want for your collection, and enjoy!