Oil/Wax Vape Pen Comparison (Omicron, AtmosRx, micro G-Pen)

Pen Vapes This video is an overview of four popular styles of vaporizer pens including the Omicron, micro G pen, and Atmos Rx.

Update: I have some new reviews up now for other pens, I’ll show a couple on this page but for the rest check out the links in the top navigation menu.

This one is the standard G Pen with G Coil atomizer for wax concentrates:

This one’s the Atmos R2 which is basically the new version of the AtmosRAW I show in the first video:

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-Bud

Video transcription:

Hello there. In this video I’m going to show you these four pen vaporizers. So if you follow my reviews you know that I mainly cover herbal vaporizers but these vapes that you see here, these are really designed for use with oils and waxes. So I just want to say now before I get started that I do not claim to be an expert with concentrates, or oil or wax pens. So this vape on the left here, this is called the Omicron, and this one’s made by a company called W9 Tech or Delta 9 and this one’s pretty cool. This one is the largest of the bunch here as you can tell. This one’s mainly made for use with oils.

Basically the way this type of vape works is it comes apart into a bunch of different pieces so, for instance, you can unscrew the bottom cap here and then you’re going to have the battery that comes out. This is a rechargeable battery and then you could also unscrew the battery compartment. Then you could unscrew the chamber from here and then you could actually take off the mouthpiece also. And this part is the cartridge of the vape and this is where your material’s going to go. So they sell packs of these cartridges unfilled or, depending on where you live, you might be able to buy these pre-filled. And if you are filling it yourself it comes with this filling tool. And this thing sort of fits right on top of the cartridge like that. And then you put your concentrates in here and then you heat up the outside and they sort of melt down into the cartridge.

Now as far as the strength of the cartridges, there’s a couple of different ones. The one it comes with is a 2.4 ohm cartridge which will give you light to medium vapor. It’s basically what’s recommended for most people, especially for beginners. And then they also make a lower ohm cartridge I guess, a 1.5 ohm, and that one’s going to give you a stronger draw and produce more vapor. But that one is kind of recommended for more advanced users. So once you have your oil in the cartridge you would just put all the pieces back together like that. And when you first put it together you might go to push the button and wonder why it’s not turning on. This vape, as well as a bunch of other ones, it has sort of like a locking thing built in so that you don’t inadvertently push the button in your pocket.

So to first unlock it and to start using it you hit the button five times in a row like that. And it’ll blink to indicate that now it’s on. And then any time you push the button it’ll engage the heater. And basically the way you use a vape like this is very similar to most other vapes. You’re just going to hit the button and take a nice, slow, kind of long draw for five to ten seconds and then adjust your technique as you see fit. So I like this one, I thought it was pretty cool, and I would say that out of the bunch this is probably the one that feels the highest quality. So next I have the Atmos Raw which now goes by Atmos Rx. So I already have a couple of old review videos for this one because this one did come out in the beginning of last year, of 2012. The reason I originally bought it is because it is marketed as an herbal vaporizer but the deal with pens like this, or what ended up happening, what I figured out about it is that these are really just like a hot coil inside that when you push it in it heats up.

And I’m trying to show you here, maybe you can see it start to glow… Let me heat it up a second time. Alright, so you can’t really see it glowing because of, you know, that shit coming out, but whatever. There’s a coil at the bottom, it heats up and basically just combusts whatever you put in there. So it’s really like an e-pipe or something like that. It’s a convenient way to combust. A combustion pen might be a good term for it. I know they do make little glass pieces to put in the chamber that they say lets you actually vaporize dried herbs in here and I tried that when I originally got this, but I didn’t really get great results so I sort of stopped using it like that. But as more people started contacting me about this one, I started to realize that most people, I think, use it for concentrates and they don’t try to really vape dried herbs in here.

So I tested that out myself for awhile and sure enough it works pretty well like that, it actually produces pretty big draws. So I think it’s pretty cool for using it like that. Now something else that I want to talk about briefly is the deal with basically this thing being everywhere under a dozen different brand names. So the thing with these pen vapes, aside from the Omicron which is kind of a little different, with a pen vape like this, basically the same product with slight variations it is sold under multiple brand names. So some of them might look slightly different. I know some of them have like a little LCD read out on the bottom here, and the button might look a little different, but generally they pretty much all work in the same way.

Now I have received sort of a lot of complaints I guess as far as reliability goes, so this might not be the most reliable product out there. Some people tell me that their heating chamber dies after awhile. You know, it’ll stop heating up when you push the button so you might have to get a new one. Now they do sell all the parts separately and stuff if you ever need any replacements but it could definitely get annoying if it stops working over and over again. Oh, and in case you’ve never seen one of these before, there’s also like a little ceramic piece in the mouthpiece thing here.

So next I’ll move onto this one. Now this one that I have here is actually unbranded. So you’ll see vapes like this for sale under a variety of brand names just like the situation with this one. They might have slight variations in the cartridge piece up here, it might look a little different on each one, but the deal with a pen like this is that it uses a standard eGo battery type thing. And this part here is where you put your oils and this type of vape or this type of cartridge really only works with oils, thin oils. And in some circumstances depending on what material you’re actually using you could even like dilute your concentrate in here. You’ll also see a lot of e-cigs out there on the market, if you’re into that, that look exactly like this because that’s basically what this is. It’s pretty much like e-cig parts that were very slightly modified or sometimes even not modified at all.

But nonetheless it did work fairly well. I didn’t use it for awhile; I only had a little bit of stuff to put in there, but it was pretty cool I guess, it’s kind of like a lighter type of thing. Oh, and in case you never saw one of these before, this black mouthpiece at the top here, it actually unscrews. And like I said there’s a lot of different variations of this, there’s a lot of models, but they all sort of work in a similar way. So then your oil would then be like injected into the side and then it would go down in there. And then when it’s full, you would just screw this back on, and there you go. And just like with this guy over here, with the Atmos or this type of pen, you know the quality is kind of like all over the place. It’s kind of hit or miss with the reliability too so it’s not uncommon for parts of these to go out, like for batteries to sometimes stop working or for cartridges or chambers to stop working. It’s pretty common especially when you’re dealing with concentrates.

Alright? So I’m moving onto this guy here. So this one is a micro G-pen or a microG, but again just like these two you will see pretty much the exact same thing sold under at least a dozen brand names, maybe more. And again, there is slight variations mostly in the atomizer or the coil piece in the middle. So the way these work these are basically like a mini-version of a normal vape pen. These will work with wax and oils but they’re really for wax and stuff, you don’t really want to put anything too runny or thin into this. It’ll work with it but you’ll have to keep it straight up because, as you can see here, this is the coil or the atomizer. So what I noticed is that if I put anything in there that was too thin or liquidy and then I left the vape on its side for a little while, the stuff would just leak out. So this is mainly considered a wax vape.

Now I’m going to show you what the action is like. So I have some stuff left in there so you might not be able to totally make out the coil but there’s basically just a wire coil in there wrapped around a little wick and when you engage the heater the coil just heats up and basically just combusts your concentrates. All right, I’ll show you again, I’ll show you closer. Alright and this piece here is just the cap, there’s nothing in here, it’s hollow, it’s just a little shell. And the atomizer of the coil piece it actually just pulls right off of the battery. Okay, this is the battery or the base piece. This is the part that you’ll plug in to charge up. And this coil piece is really the piece that might vary slightly from brand to brand, but generally they all kind of work in a similar way where they have some kind of coil in there or some kind of wick. And then when you push the button it just heats up and, you know, roasts whatever you’ve got in there. So this piece itself, it’s not really designed to last that long. Even the manufacturer of this one says on their website somewhere that it’s estimated that each one will last you roughly a month, and then they sell the replacements obviously.

And also you do sort of need to be careful with this one especially when you’re loading it because if you stick like your poker or anything metal in there and you touch the coil you don’t want to like mess it up and you definitely don’t want to be poking it around with metal stuff while you’re pushing the button and engaging it because you’ll just like short the thing out. So yeah. And then this piece when you want to put it back on, it just sort of snaps in like that. And then the mouthpiece then goes on like that. Sometimes it won’t stay like this in your pocket. Like the last time I tried to bring this somewhere and I put it in my pocket when I pulled it out of my pocket it was like this so it came apart where the battery connects to the coil. And like the other one, this one also has the locking feature on the button so that when you put it in your pocket it doesn’t engage itself.

All right so I didn’t take clips of myself using all of these but I do have this one clip of the Omicron. And the other ones you know don’t look much different when you’re using them, you pretty much could get the same amount of vapor and you take roughly the same type of draw, like the same duration. All right so that’s going to wrap it up. If you want to see some reviews about some herbal vaporizers definitely check out my website at VapeCritic.com. Thanks for taking the time to watch and stay up!

39 comments... add yours here

  1. Hi Bud. I do not typically offer feedback in such a random way, especially when not asked for it but for some reason after watching your video I couldn’t shake the gut feeling that I should tell you how your explanation for comparison of pen vapes was perfectly presented – so much so that my walking away still not knowing what I needed to know about what sets these vapes apart seemed so very wrong I just had to tell you.. You somehow manage a transparency in character over video that tells me (and others like me) that you are trustworthy. No, I’m not a crazy stalker or weirdo internet hag but I do follow up on a gut instinct.

    In order to give you feedback I went looking for your name..I think I clicked on the site’s “about” tab and I had to laugh because there you were and written clear as day was your request for honest feedback from, well, people like me – so that you can continue to improve what you do!! Cool!!

    I’m a female in her 30′s who quit smoking tobacco a couple months back with help from a cheap (pen) vape and finally sat down to research info that will corroborate these cheap vapes aren’t really vaporizing at all and follow that up with paying the price for my un-American departure from blissful consumer ignorance by looking for the best actual vaporizing vape and purchasing it. I have observed that this new wave of nicotine-oil consumers don’t yet know to even question what kind of device is needed to create legit vapor – but it’s coming – and you can help, Bud.

    Now that I have identified myself as what I think will make up a good portion of the target audience wanting to seek out and purchase a vaporizing vape, let me offer that I watched your comparative video three times back to back – You present as knowledgeable, your language is descriptive and clear, I like that you admitted this kind of vape is not your thing right from the start. Your voice has a genuine quality that translates very well – I trusted you right away and my expectations for your review were high. BUT. I kept looking back in the video, assuming I rather than you had missed the explanation for what the actual function is that makes that the first vape the vape you would recommend over the others. Telling me it feels sturdy is helpful – I get that. Showing me how it breaks down is helpful as well. But I want to know what that freaky #1 vape does that the other vapes don’t do. Even the vape parts you showed us are completely encased and my guess is the people who are going to watch your review and who really deserve to understand how a proper vape functions are going to be folks who don’t necessarily have previous vape experience. I wonder whether you created that review with the assumption that your viewers know a few things about oil vaporizers (which at least one doesn’t) I was in highschool in the early 90′s, and vaporizer’s were just barely coming on the scene – gadget dudes with generous parents and some mechanical ability were the only ones that had them in my town – and it was rumored they used their vaporizing powers for evil trickery. Anyway, my point is I suspect you run the risk of not only relinquishing your audience power (by assuming we know what #1 does different or what makes a 1.4 whatever jiggawatt thing suitable for beginning vapist’s -) but perhaps losing the opportunity to influence a larger principal that drives your desire to help inform people of a safer mode (on so many levels) of consumption.

    *whew* This review feels somehow karmic. Good luck, I gotta feelin you’re bound for super good things – hope this helps inspire you on the path. Go get em!

  2. Hey just wanted to thank you for your reviews, I, personally, I have found others either too quick to put things together without explaining what they are used for or stating the obvious, which actually tells me nothing and I feel they are wasting my time! Have appreciated your reviews, stopped smoking tobacco 15days a go when I got the Extreme Q, hit it pretty hard the 1st 2 days with no nicotine but by day 3, it was after lunch, day 4, it was after dinner and so was day 5 & 6! Currently recovering from operation so been hitting it cause I don’t like the pain medication they gave me & I’ve got nothing else I can do just in case I tear my stitches but I love your opinion on the vapes compared to cars :-) I got the Honda with the Extreme Q but very happy with it, may get a volcano or plenty 1 day but ordered a G5 pen for on the go, thinking about what would be the best portable and what would benefit me the most from one, I will be watching all your reviews before I bye, Peace out :-)

  3. hey when you used the atmosrx with wax did you use the glass screen in it too? or put the wax straight on the metal coils?

    • I’ve heard that putting it on the glass screen works well but I lost mine a long time ago so I’ve just been putting it right on the coil, well actually onto the sides of the chamber and then it melts down onto the coil.

  4. Hello! I have a micro g pen and I’m having some issues with it and wanted to get your thoughts. Whenever I use my micro g pen, I almost always get a burning draw from it, and lately, the draws have been less potent and causes me to choke and cough. It almost feels like I’m smoking as opposed to vaping and I feel the heat in the back of my throat. I’m not sure if I’m using this wrong or what, but my lunges and throat have not been happy with this vape pen lately.

    I’m looking for a vape true vaporizer that is discreet and possibly portable and affordable. Any advice or thoughts?

    Greatly appreciated :)

    Thank you!

    • Hey sup,

      I too experience some harshness with the microG, so I don’t personally consider it one of the better models.

      For me the only way to vape comfortably with it is to take fairly short draws.

      I’ve only reviewed the four models I show in my video but out of those I like the Omicron and Atmos the best.

      Omicron is the smoothest but you need to put a good amount in the cartridge and it works best with oils on the thin side.

      The AtmosRx works with oils, waxes and solids and produces fairly smooth vapor, but with concentrates the heating chambers don’t last too long before burning out.

      The microG and the Atmos are closer to skillets and the Omicron is probably closest to true vaping.

  5. Hi, I’m totally new to the vape scene but ran across it while looking to lose the burning in my throat. For a beginner what would you recommend?

    Thanks!

    • Hey I’m assuming you’re looking for an herbal vape right? Do you want it to be portable or is a desktop unit that plugs into the wall ok?

      If you want portable I would recommend the Pax, Solo or Launch Box.

      For stronger, more comfortable vapor I recommend these home units: Volcano, Plenty, Silver Surfer, Extreme-Q, Da Buddha, and Hot Box.

  6. Which pen is the best for nicotine and propylene glycol? This is all I want it for. Say as a substitute for blu electronic cigarettes. I am not experienced when it comes to concentrates etc. but I would like an alternative to cigarettes. I have some liquid nicotine to use which is rather runny. Which would be the best for that in your opinion?

    -Z

    • The 3rd vape I show in this video is the type you’re looking for, they’re generally just an eGo style battery with a “tank” attached, and the one I show is called a Clearomizer.

  7. Thanks to an old roommate I’ve recently got into vapes. However I’m kinda wanting to jump into the concentrate lot and not sure where to start. I’m in love with your reviews and advice and honestly thinking about getting the omicron, but like I said I’m new to this dept and wonder if u have any tips or other need-to-know advice.

    Thanks Bud

    • Hey what’s up, I’m not currently as well-versed with concentrate pens as I am with herbal vapes but for the most part all of the tips and advice I have about these is mentioned in this review video.

      First decide which type of concentrate to get and then you can figure out which type of vape will work best.

      Overall out of the models I tried I consider the Omicron the highest quality, but it only works with certain types of material so just make sure you think about that beforehand.

      • Hey Bud,

        WHat material works best in it? Omicron looks interesting but I wanted to mention about a product called the FogPen. It sucks. When the unit is all in one piece the airholes block each other. My mile high friend did not realize this before he loaded it up and tried to use it, now he is stuck with essentially an expensive paperweight. Ah well at least he is legit, unlike other people who have owed me $ for years despite having steady jobs, but I digress. Stay puft.

  8. I know you wrote on more than once that you have not reviewed oil vaps. I am looking for the best oil vap to be used with concentrated h oil as well as bubble. Any suggestion would be helpful.

    If I understand correctly, AtmosRaw is good for oil but not sure about how long the heating unit would last. I like to be able to not spend more $ ordering new units every 3 months.

    I also like to know the best herbal vap, looking for portability for both.

    Regards,

    • Hey as far as I know, and from my limited experience, most pen vapes work and perform in a very similar way, and most don’t last very long when used with oils and concentrates.

      Out of what I’ve tried I’d say something like the Omicron is best oils and something like the Atmos or microG is best for solids, but there’s a hundred different brands on the market and they’re all basically the same thing.

      As far as the best herbal vapes I rate the Pax and the Firefly the highest, followed by the Ascent, Solo and Launch Box.

  9. Hey Bud,

    Im been pretty interested in the AtmosRx pen. But Ive seen in multiple places that it works with concentrates and others that say it only works with herbs. Which one is right?

    Many thanks,

    Claire

    • Hey Claire it’s marketed as an herbal vaporizer (as are many other pens) but the truth is it doesn’t perform very well with dried herbs, it will most likely either produce very little vapor or it will combust your material, so what most people do who get it is they use it with concentrates, since it seems to be more convenient for that and performs better.

  10. Can you please review the dabbler by the vapor brothers? It is pretty cheap and looks extremely convincing… but i rely on you before i make the purchases.. so far i got the ssv, volcano, and arizer bt not a big fan of fans nemore… tooo intense

  11. Hi man

    Tried the Atmos RX with ceramic honeycomb screens (placed bottom & top of load, no spring) and with stop-start technique (button press 3/4 secs x 2/3 times) with a medium draw, it doesn’t actually combust flowers. Small load and not exactly an intuitive technique I realise, but this might help those disillusioned with the combustion experience. Tried the glass screens in vain but give ceramic a try for all the pennies they cost.

    • I use my vape pens in the daytime for energy and clarity. I use the glass screen at the bottom of the heating chamber and a small metal screen at the top just to contain bits and catch some heat, and I find this works really well. I can get 5 or 6 good taste draws (vapor’s not very thick or visible at these temps). And when I don’t get any more taste out of it, I use it as the base load for my Volcano’s big fat chamber. I can put .2 grams of abv under a small layer of [concentrates] and top it all off with another .2 or so freshly ground and lightly dried [herbs], at night, and get several nice balloons, as many as 7 or 8, at various temps (still experimenting)…

  12. If the substance is going right on top of a hot coil, it doesn’t seem to me that is really vaporizing, and I’m concerned it could actually be harmful. Is there a pen that won’t heat the substance directly yet still heat it up enough for ingestion, or is the only solution for concentrates and oils a hot coil like the Atmos brand?

    Thanks!
    Dev

  13. Hello! I am very new to all of this and very grateful to find someone who has a transcripts of their videos. I am hard of hearing and auto-captions are just a joke if they are even offered.

    Its wonderful to have the same access to video reviews as someone with normal hearing. Im sure I will be back with dozens of questions once ive read through your materials.

  14. Hey im looking to get a vape but im not sure which one to get im in love with the omicrons looks its very eye appealing … and looks to be perfect for me ..im just a little confused yu said its betyer used with thin oils and takes alot to load it up .. well i was planning on using it with wax do yu think its a good idea and where can i purchase the exact one in this video ?

  15. Hey , so I just bought the atmos rx today and its already not working it won’t heat up !!! Someone help me what do I do ?

    • my original atmos heating chamber died in under a week. Fortunately (in some ways…) I had already ordered another couple of pen sets online… They don’t all work with each other, all these batteries and heating chambers, but I keep them all, because something will always work with something else, eventually. At one point, I had my batteries and chambers numbered so I could fit them together more easily, because one battery or chamber will randomly fit (or not) on every other battery or chamber. The only way to guarantee a fit is to buy an entire pen set every time.

  16. What’s up bud, just curious about the atmos and how and where you add the oil? doesn’t appear to have a sealed cylinder and didn’t see in your review the explanation on how this one works like you did the delta. Does the oil leak out of the atmos? Also as funny as this sounds as I am just learning about these vape’s, do you or can you smell [anything]?

    • Hey what’s up, with the Atmos you basically place your material right inside the heating chamber. Some will make its way down to the coil at the bottom and some will stick to the ceramic sides.

      Most thick concentrates won’t leak out at all I just wouldn’t use anything too runny.

      There is some odor that is generated, but it smells a little different than usual and it isn’t very strong (with concentrates). I definitely wouldn’t consider it odorless, but most people would agree it’s pretty easy to control.

      • Hello,
        Got my atmos RX just like yours in the video. I have some Phoenix tears and I’m wondering which chamber to use? The kit came with a ceramic chamber and a clear chamber.
        After checking the manual it says “do not use liquids in ceramic chamber”, but is that what you recommend (maybe tears don’t count as ‘liquid’)? If that’s what yields results without damage then I’m in! But I’ve also been using a smaller simpler pen with the clear chamber and using tears in that with great results.
        I’m inclined to use the clear chamber with the atmos, but it appears difficult to get the tears into the chamber cleanly.

        Simply put: which chamber to use (ceramic/clear) with Phoenix tears? Also it seems like tears and oil are the same thing?

        Thanks for a great review video!

  17. OK I have a e.z Vale x, now the wax part inside the coil their is a peace of thred like materiel that smoks putting off a stinky smell

  18. Hi, I’m wondering if you have had a chance to try the G pen. If so, what do you think? Will you be reviewing this and other herbal pens?

  19. I really need help I have a pen , and since I.got it it would blink 5x and nothing would happen ,now it wont even turn on even when it’s fully charged.

  20. Bud,

    I have been trying to find the very best dry herb vape pen, and reviews seem to be all over the place. You have mentioned that dry herb is your area of experience. I know the market for dry herb vape pens is weak at best, so really I’m just trying to not waste my time or money. I want to avoid one that will burn the herb (obviously), but also won’t be too weak to get a decent hit. I am trying to avoid crossing over to the dark side of concentrates. Waxes and oils are too strong for me, and as a medical user I do it to increase functionality, not diminish it. However, of the reviews I have found on the best possible options that I could find, the reviewers say the combo pens’ dry herb functions are sub par and not worth the bother. Any suggestions? I am contemplating just carrying the volcano bag around at this point, hah.

  21. i bougth a few vapes and was sadly disappointed at the quality it produces. which is why i ask you what is the best portable vaporizer for oil?

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