What’s the best vape pen on the market today? Is it the G Pen, Pax, Dabber, or a pen you haven’t heard of?
We round up the top picks for 2015 to help you find the best pen vaporizer around. And if you’re new to vaping, we’ll explain what these “pens” are, and how much you can expect to spend on one.
The Best Vape Pen of The Year is (Updated For 2016) …
1. Kandypens Galaxy
Technically, Kandypens offers many different vaporizer pens but we are focused on their new Galaxy model specifically but we are big fans of their K-Vape and Skycloud models too.
The Galaxy is designed for dabs and waxes it sets the bar very high for any future entries into the wax pen market.
KandyPens Galaxy Preview
What made us update our rankings for 2016?
Well, we got feedback from our customers and it became obvious that our readers wanted a true value “pen style” device more than a portable vape. In fact, we factored size and portability more into our 2016 rankings. With that said, the Galaxy vaporizer was the clear choice as the top overall top vape pen for portability, quality and value.
The other thing we heard from our customers that made up move the Galaxy pen from #4 to #1 was simply the price/value ratio.
While we truly love our previous #1 choice, the Pax 2, it is quite a bit more expensive and not nearly as portable. With that in mind, for most users with a reasonable budget, the KandyPens Galaxy was the best buy. With a Quartz Crystal Chamber, wickless design, smooth vapor quality, a lifetime warranty, and it ships with a professional hardshell case you get everything you need to vape in style.
Other KandyPen Options
The K-Vape Micro DX is really designed for dry materials and tobacco use, while the Skycloud comes with three attachments, so you can use it for dry herbs, liquids and concentrates.
The Skycloud comes in a rainbow of colors, and looks more like a tube of mascara than a vaporizer. Truth be told, this vaporizer has a very feminine design, but it still offers a great vaping experience.
Aside from the three attachments, the Skycloud also comes with a titanium coil – much like the Dr. Dabber. It features the five-click power on and off, just like any other vaporizer pen. A 6mm wide chamber for dry flower and tobacco is also included.
Like the Dr. Dabber, Kandypens offers a wide range of different accessories to enhance your use. From grinders to mouthpieces, atomizers and attachments, you’ll find plenty of fun accessories to choose from. Attachments include a bubbler, percolator and a vubbler.
The Skycloud is a great pen vaporizer and worth the buy, but we’d have to rate the K-Vape just a little bit higher (even though it’s only compatible with dry herbs).
The K-Vape may be designed for dry herbs, but it’s hard to beat the quality of the vapor it produces. Unlike other vape pens, this one uses true convection technology to vaporize herbs. We all know that conduction heating basically combusts herbs – rather than vaporizing them. Convection is really the best way to truly vaporize dry herbs, but this technology is hard to find in portable, pocket-sized pens. The K-Vape changes all of this. Thanks to true convection technology, your herbs won’t combust.
With the K-Vape, you also have the option of choosing from three temperature settings: 420F, 360F and 380F. The large 0.6 gram stainless steel chamber gives you plenty of room for your herbs, too.
If you’re health conscious, you’ll be happy to hear that this vaporizer pen uses BPA-free materials.
There’s also a five-minute auto-shutoff feature, so you don’t have to worry about burning your herbs or draining the battery if you forget to shut it off.
Along with a micro USB connector (and a lifetime warranty), this vaporizer comes with extra screens, mouthpieces and a cleaning brush.
Kandypens are great for both dry herb and oil/wax fans. But this brand truly shines with the K-Vape pen that uses convection heating to vaporize your dry herbs. If you’re the type of person who likes to switch between material types, the Skycloud is the right choice for you as it lets you vaporize dry herbs, concentrates and e-liquids.
#2. Pax 2
After testing the latest release from Pax (read our full review here), we had to re-evaluate our previous best of list.
If you are serious about quality, then at this point in time, it is hands down the best pen style vape on the market.
3. G Pen
The original G Pen is the best vaporizer for concentrates, although the company also offers pens that work with ground material. Regardless of which one you choose, you’re going to enjoy a smooth hit. And they heat up so fast, you’ll be ready to vape in less than 30 seconds. Just read any G Pen review online, and you’ll find nothing but positive experiences.
The G Pen is made by Grenco Science, and they also happen to offer the much-loved Snoop Dogg G Pen, which is (as you probably guessed) designed for ground material. For the purpose of this review, we’ll talk about the original pen, which is designed for oils and waxes.
The G Pen comes with three main parts: the atomizer (coil), battery and mouthpiece. The battery is nothing to write home about. It features the same 5-click feature that most other pen vaporizers have. This means that pressing the power button down quickly five times in a row ill unlock the battery. The clicking feature is designed to prevent accidental power-ups when the pen is in your pocket or purse.
The atomizer’s coil is pretty deep, but it’s still incredibly easy to load up your wax or concentrate into the ceramic heating chamber.
Grenco includes a neat little tool that will help you load your concentrate, but you do need to be careful when you use it. The coil is pretty fragile, so you can easily damage it if you carelessly poke and prod around inside the atomizer.
The design and functionality of the G Pen is right on par with all of the other pens on the market. So, why is it rated the best on our list? Despite all of this, the G Pen produces some of the best quality around. It’s smooth, clean and just the right temperature. It’s also efficient. You can get quite a few good draws with just a little bit of concentrate. And it’s highly affordable. For all these reasons, the G Pen is the best wax pen in our book.
4. Dr. Dabber
Dr. Dabber – its name alone is enough to entice you. Its design is sleek, and its vape quality is excellent. Aside from its good looks, Dr. Dabber offers a unique atomizer with a coil that sits close to the bottom of the chamber. Now, the benefit to having such a low coil is that oily concentrates can be heated properly. With most other pen vaporizers, the concentrate just drips down and collects in the bottom. Not only does this make a mess, but it also makes it hard to clean the atomizer.
Another unique feature of Dr. Dabber is that its coils are made of titanium. While this may not sound like a big deal, the titanium allows you to enjoy the full, rich flavor of your concentrates. The wick is made of glass fibers, so all of the materials in the vapor’s path are high quality.
The great thing about Dr. Dabber’s vape pen is that you can buy so many different accessories to enhance the vaping experience.
The glass globe attachment isn’t exactly unique, but it does let you see the vapor as it is being produced.
You can also purchase other glass water tools, like the Recycler and the Percolator. The glass water accessories allow you to enjoy vaping in a different way. Basically, these attachments allow you to vaporize your concentrates through water.
These accessories come with a special atomizer that’s designed specifically for use with the glass.
Of course, we can’t review this pen without talking about its vape quality, and Dr. Dabber is top-notch.
With a high quality coil and low heat design, you’ll enjoy smooth and flavorful hits. Even with the glass globe attachment, the vapor quality is fantastic.
Now, the glass water accessories do change the experience a little. While the water can give you even smoother hits, it can also water down the taste. The less water you use, the better.
As far as battery life goes, you’ll get about 200-300 draws in before the battery dies out. Of course, the number of draws you get will depend on how long your draws are and how often you vape.
Overall, the Dr. Dabbers produces great quality vapor and offers so many great accessories.
If you’re looking for a top-tier pen vaporizer for concentrates, Dr. Dabber is a smart choice.
5. Source Orb
Looking for a vaporizer with a double coil atomizer? Source Orb is the right pen for you. Sourcevapes, makers of the Orb, say it’s the most advanced portable vaporizer around with a multi-functional atomizers, excellent airflow and durable build.
With Orb, you get 2 double wrapped, genuine titanium coils. Titanium coils produce richer, smoother, more flavorful vapor. Combined with its unrivaled airflow, Orb’s vapor quality is hard to beat.
As far as temperature controls go, you have the option of choosing between low and high.
Temp controls weren’t as advanced as we’d hoped, but it’s better than having no temperature controls at all. The orb is 510 eGo threaded, which is very convenient.
One thing that Sourcevapes is good at is customization.
With the Orb, you can choose between seven different atomizers, including:
- Source terra: Compatible with concentrate, oil, or wax. Terra offers a rich and clean taste because wax is always vaporized – never burned.
- Double coil wickless: Compatible with oil, wax and herbs. The double coil wickless atomizer will give you huge hits, but it will burn your ground herbs. This atomizer is best suited for solid or gooey wax.
- Double coil wicked: Compatible with oils, runny waxes and herbs. Like its wickless counterpart, this atomizer produces huge hits. The wicked version is better suited for runny waxes and oils.
- Single coil wicked: Compatible with runny waxes and oils. Great for smooth hits, and won’t use as much wax.
- Single coil wickless: Compatible with oil or wax, but best suited for solid or gooey wax. This atomizer will give you smooth hits, which makes it perfect for a night out.
- Dry herb baker: Compatible with waxes and herbs. As you may have guessed, this atomizer bakes herbs. Just grind your herbs and place some on the screen. The coil will slowly cook and vaporize your herb. Baking takes about 10 seconds.
- Dry herb hitter: Compatible with waxes and herbs. The dry herb hitter is designed to burn your herbs. It’s a great pipe replacement, and you have the option to turn up the voltage for even better burns. You can also use wax in this atomizer and cook it at a low temperature.
The Orb is a fantastic pen vaporizer that gives you loads of options when it comes to atomizers. The double coil design makes it stand out from the crowd, too.
There you have it – the best pen vaporizers of 2015. If you’re looking for an affordable pen vaporizer, the G Pen is a smart choice. If performance is your top priority, go for the Dr. Dabber or Kandypens. And if you’re looking for true customization and a double coil design, Source Orb is the right choice for you.
What is a Vape Pen?
Essentially, a vape pen is a portable vaporizer. Most models really do look like pens, although there are many design variations. Ultimately, these devices are small enough to fit in your back pocket or the palm of your hand. And they’re discreet, too. Most people will think you’re carrying around, well, a pen.
These pens work in the same way larger conduction vaporizers work (you won’t find too many convection vaporizer pens out there). Herbs, wax or liquid are placed in a heating chamber that sits right on top of the heating coil. The herbs are heated directly and vaporized.
Simply put, vape pens are small, portable vaporizers that let you vape your favorite herbs or liquids on the go.
Types of Vape Pens
There are a few different types of pen vaporizers. While they all generally work the same, some are designed specifically for certain types of materials.
- Dry herb vape pen
- Wax and oil pen
There are some manufacturers that claim their pens can vaporize all three, but the results aren’t always satisfactory. The biggest issue here is that pen vaporizers are incredibly small, so most don’t allow you to adjust the temperature (aside from maybe high, medium and low settings). Dry herbs and oils/waxes vaporize at different temperature levels. While a pen may technically be able to vaporize all three, the experience may not be ideal.
The bottom line: you want to buy a vape pen that’s designed for the material you want to vape.
How Much Are Vape Pens?
Vape pen prices vary greatly. You’ll find plenty of models that are under $100 – heck, some are under $50 – but you’ll find other models that are $150 to over $200. Pens that are $200 or more generally have more features and more efficient batteries.
That being said, pens under $100 still offer excellent battery life and do a great job at vaporizing herbs or liquids.
If you’re just getting started, it’s best to go with an affordable, quality device. This way, you can give pen vaporizers a try without emptying your bank account.