In the last decade, vape pens have evolved into one of the most popular smoking devices on the market. They are discreet, portable, easy to use, and provide users with a virtually odorless way to consume cannabis. With so many types of vape pens to choose from, it is easy to get overwhelmed trying to find the best vape pen to buy for you. That is where we come in. Let us answer all your burning questions so you can find the best vape pen for you and focus your energy on burning down instead!
What is a Vape Pen?
A vape pen is a pen-shaped device that provides power to your cartridge, tank, or atomizer to vaporize a substance. Over the years, it has become an umbrella term used to describe different types of pens such as dry herb vape pens, wax vape pens, and oil vape pens.
When asking for one at the store, you could be getting a single vape battery that requires an attachment, an entire vaporizer kit, or something as simple as a disposable e-cigarette. This is why it is so important to know exactly what to ask for to ensure you are buying the right pen for your specific needs.
Here are some key terms and definitions that will help guide your selection process.
510 Thread - 510 thread is a term used to describe the most popular type of connection for vape thread batteries and cartridges in the vaping industry. It is a mathematical reference to the number/size of threads, which in this case is 10 threads at 0.5 mm for each thread. In short, if a vape battery is 510 threaded, it is compatible with most standard oil cartridges.
Atomizer - A vape atomizer is responsible for creating the actual vapor that you inhale out of your pen. It is a small heating element that transforms your concentrate into an inhalable mist.
Auto Draw - Auto draw vape batteries are draw activated when inhaled much like an e-cigarette. Simply inhale without pressing any buttons for an awesome vape pull! This is also known as a touchless or draw activated battery.
Battery - A vape battery is the power source for your vape pen. We refer to the entire vape device as the vape "battery". It is not an internal component, and there is no reason to ever try to open up your vape device. We use battery as an interchangeable term for vape pen and device.
Cartridge - A vape cartridge is an attachment for your vape pen that can be pre-filled with cannabis oil, CBD extract, delta-8 concentrate, or other oils or liquids. They primarily contain a heating element or coil, a mouthpiece, and a chamber that is designed to fit a gram or a half gram of product.
Flex Temp - When a vape pen has the option to change the voltage level, we call that feature flex temp. It has a flexible temperature range that allows you to select the perfect temp for the oil cartridge or wax you are using.
Indicator Light - The indicator light on a vape battery is used to indicate several things like if your battery is fully charged, needs to be charged, or if anything is wrong with your battery. The indicator light is the vape battery's way of communicating with you!
mAh - mAh is a unit of measure for battery capacity and is used to measure power over time. It specifically means milliamp-hour capacity. The mAh does not have anything to do with voltage or how hot the device can get, it is solely related to the length of time it takes for the battery to drain. The higher your mAh battery, the longer your battery life!
Prep Mode - Clear any clogs in the cartridge airway by running a cycle of Prep Mode before your vape session. Activate this gentle heat cycle by clicking the button twice, the light will flash until the cycle completes.
Push-button - A push-button vape battery is equipped with a button that you push and hold while inhaling. This button also turns the pen on and off (usually with 5 rapid clicks).
Pulse Wave Technology - Feel a light buzz when your device turns on and off, and when it connects to your cartridge? That's the pulse wave tech speaking to you! It's a gentle vibration that helps you get more in tune with your device, and will let you know if the cartridge is not making a connection.
How does a Vape Pen Work?
One of the first questions people ask when first introduced is how does a vape pen work? The answer to this popular question varies depending on each vape pen’s intended use.
The typical vape pen contains a rechargeable battery that connects to a cartridge or coil to power and heats the liquid inside which then produces an inhalable vapor. Below we will dive into what specific features to look for in a pen depending on your specific cannabis preference to ensure the best vape experience.
What is the Best Vape Pen for Cartridges?
When looking for the best vape pen for oil there are several key features to consider. First, make sure you choose the best 510 thread vape pen battery so it is compatible with any 510 thread oil cartridge filled with thc or cbd oil. Key features include:
- Auto shut-off
- Battery mAh capacity
- Prep Mode
- Style and shape
- Flex temp
- Charging method
Finding the right temperature for your battery is crucial to getting the cleanest vape hit possible. We suggest looking for a vape battery with flex temp settings like the Ooze Twist Slim Pen, so you can control the temperature settings and find what works best for you. Check out the article What Temperature Should I Set My Vape Pen To? to learn more about finding the perfect temp for your pen!
The Ooze Quad is a similar style to the Slim Twist, but it has a square shape that parks it right where you set it down on a table. The flat sides keep it from rolling off the edge, protecting your cartridge. This product line has recently been expanded with 3 new glossy colors with a pearl finish: Ice Pink, Arctic Blue, and Mary Jade.
If you prefer a pen with maximum battery capacity (and therefore super long battery life), we suggest checking out the 1100 Twist Battery. This pen is sleek with a long battery life, making it perfect for vaping on the go!
Are you a clumsy stoner? We suggest looking for a vape battery with an added layer of protection for your oil cartridge like the Ooze Novex. It features a comfortable palm-style design that provides more protection than the typical vaporizer because the cartridge sits inside the chamber.
If you smoke heavy like us, the Ooze Vault is a dope option because it can store a backup cartridge right in your battery! With a hidden storage compartment located next to the voltage dial, this pen makes it simple to keep your next cartridge handy for future you!
What is the Best Vape Pen for Wax?
The term wax pen is often used interchangeably with vape pen which is not always accurate. To learn more about their specific differences, check out the article Vape Pen vs. Wax Pen - What's the Difference?
Unlike a vape pen for oil carts, wax pens contain a coil and require the user to load their dab into the tank themselves. They are a great option for someone who loves the process of packing in their product. An excellent starter kit is the Slim Twist Pro Kit, a great pick for anyone who is just getting into concentrates. It features the Slim Twist battery, a wax atomizer, dabber tool, and 3 dual quartz wax tanks!
If you are not sure what you like, we suggest trying out one of the best vape pens for dabs, the Ooze Fusion. This stylish wax pen set comes with a ceramic donut quartz coil, a single ceramic coil, and a dual quartz coil to test out all your options!
If you already have a vape battery and are just looking to try out some fire wax, we suggest getting a Glass Globe attachment that screws on just like a cartridge. These pieces are the perfect choice to expand your horizons without breaking the bank, and are compatible with any 510 thread pen style battery you already own!
Are you looking for a vape that does it all? We suggest checking out the Ooze Duplex. This kit is the most convenient way to smoke all your favorite products, with cartridge and coil capability. Plus, it was voted High Times best vape pen at the Michigan Cannabis Cup!
What is the Best Vape Pen for Dry Herb?
While vape pens are awesome for smoking concentrates and cartridges, they are not all compatible with dry herb. While most vape pens vaporize wax and oil, dry herb vaporizers specifically vaporize the cannabinoids in your flower by using air heat technology. This makes for a clean hit and a mild smell compared to smoking your bud out of a pipe. Just remember, dry herb vaporizer pens will not give you the huge vapor production cloud you may be used to since its so clean. Dry herb vaporizers are a fire investment for someone who wants a portable and discreet way to smoke their fire stash!
If you are looking for the best dry herb vape pen, look no further than the Ooze Drought Dry Herb Vaporizer. This handheld device is the best vape pen for weed because it is compact, easy to use, has a long battery life, and is super portable at only 4” tall.
Vape pens have gained a lot of popularity and it is easy to see why. Now that you have found the best vape pen for you, it is important to take diligent care of it so you two can have a long life together!
One of the most important things to do so your Ooze vape pen lasts for many smoke sessions is to only use Ooze brand battery chargers to charge your pen. This protects the pens heating elements and so much more. To learn more about why this is so important, check out the article Using the Ooze Smart Charger Protects You and Your Battery.
Another key thing to remember is to turn off your vape battery when not in use. This will preserve your battery life and prevent accidents (like hotboxing your pocket).
Finding the best vape pen for you can be tricky. With so many pens on the market, it is super easy to get overwhelmed. Luckily, we have been here since the beginning, offering high quality vape pens all backed by the Ooze Warranty Program!