The KandyPens ELITE Vape Pen

KandyPens Elite

The KandyPens Elite has quite a few things goin for it, and it’s currently one of my top picks for best vape pen going into 2017.

This pen isn’t for dry herb but you can pretty much use any type of wax concentrate in it, even thin oils because the bottoms of the atomizers are sealed now (no leaking).

It comes with two different coils that both happen to be excellent, and the experience with each one is unique.


KandyPens has been consistently improving their pen lineup over time and they brought together all of their best features with the ELITE, the most important of which are:

» More durable finish – It comes in a few different metal colors in addition to a white ceramic paint. The paint job on this one is thicker (3 coats) and more durable than their standard painted colors, so it won’t chip around the edges. This is also the most elegant/luxurious feeling vape pen I’ve reviewed so far, it really feels soft and smooth in your hand.

» Two top-tier atomizers – You get 2 different coils; one is ceramic-lined with a ceramic plate heater at the bottom (coil-less), and the other one is quartz-lined with dual quartz rods. They’re both really good and each has its own advantages.

Quartz Atomizer » Excellent vapor quality – The flavor and smoothness of the vapor from both atomizers is top shelf with this one, I really enjoy them both although my personal preference is that quartz!

» Elevated air holes – Both atomizers now have the air holes placed high up on the chamber walls to minimize leaking and maximize how much you can load.

» Mouthpiece air-carb – This is an extra air hole in the side of the mouthpiece that helps free up the draw to make it easy to pull from. If you want to you can also use this hole as a carb to get denser vapor. There is very little draw resistance with this pen, it feels very natural to hit it.

» Four heat settings – The temperature range is pretty good with the 4 heat levels on this one, and I’ve found that they all feel on the lower side with the ceramic coil and on the higher side with the quartz coil (light vapor vs. dense vapor).

» Excellent efficiency – With the ceramic coil a little bit of wax goes a loooong way, it’s extremely efficient with your concentrate. You’ll go through wax a little faster with the quartz atomizer but that goes hand in hand with stronger vapor and bigger clouds.

» Great battery life – When using the ceramic plate atomizer the battery life is way above average, that coil really is efficient in every way, but even with the dual-quartz coil you’ll still get a good amount of usage on a full charge because you don’t need to take long draws to get good vapor (only ~2-5 seconds).

Ceramic Plate HOW TO USE IT

The best way to use this pen is with small amounts. You want to load about 0.1g of concentrate at a time, or roughly the size of one or two BB’s.

It’ll hold more than that, maybe the amount the size of a pea, but it’ll perform best and require much less maintenance when you load just a little bit.

After you pack it you’ll want to give the power button a few quick pulses (1 sec each) to melt your wax over the atomizer – this is called “priming” and it ensures that you get great vapor right from your first draw.

» Coil-less Ceramic Atomizer – This one heats really slow and low, so I recommend you draw from it for the full 10 second power cycle until the light flashes. If you’re like me you’ll probably prefer this one on the highest heat setting (blue) to get the most vapor you can get from it. If you’re looking for extra-light draws or you want to be super discreet you can turn it on low heat and get just a wisp of vapor.

» Dual Quartz Rod Atomizer – I actually prefer and recommend the lowest heat level with this coil (purple), because it’s really not that super low so you’ll still get a lot of visible vapor from a short draw. Start slow and take short pulls with this one until you get a good feel for how strong it is and how much vapor it produces. I’d say 3 to 5 seconds is the sweet spot with this coil as far as draw duration.

With both coils it’s a good habit to continue your draw for a few seconds after you cut the power.

Atomizer Air Hole HOW TO KEEP IT CLEAN

The most important thing to remember with a pen like this is that it’s primarily designed for use with small amounts at a time.

If you don’t overload the atomizer with wax the chances of you running into any issues is slim.

After a bit of usage, depending on the purity of your concentrate, you’ll probably notice some discoloration and residue buildup on the coils, and this is perfectly normal.

The easiest way to maintain your pen and get rid of the residue is to simply do a “burn off”, which is when you hold the pen upsidedown (with the mouthpiece removed) and engage the power button in 3 second bursts.

I usually just do this over a paper towel, and after a few cycles of running the heat you should see some of the bunk oil and residue dripping out.

It’s extremely difficult, if not impossible, to get a wax pen atomizer back to 100% like-new after it’s used. However, it’s pretty easy to maximize the life of each coil by being gentle with it and maintaining it properly.

Elite Case If the coil isn’t clean enough to your liking after doing a burn-off you can then also soak the atomizer in isopropyl alcohol for a few minutes (while it’s still warm). Just be sure not to soak it too long and not to rub the painted finish when there’s iso on it.

An advanced cleaning method is to use Propylene Glycol (PG) first inside the atomizer, before the ISO. The PG acts more like an oil and actually mixes with the residue when you heat it up and makes it come out easier.

I’m working on a cleaning tutorial to give you a better visual of these steps, but as far as vape pens go the Elite is on the easier end of the spectrum to keep clean.


A video is worth a thousand words:

Basically, use the ceramic coil when you just want light vapor and you really wanna conserve your wax, and use the quartz coil when you want maximum vapor production and the strongest draws.

Also, just remember to pull for the full 10 seconds when using the ceramic and only pull for ~2-5 seconds with the quartz (at first).


Click here to buy one from the official KandyPens store, and make sure you use my promo code TVC30 for 30% OFF the pen.

If you’re lookin for a straight black color check out their Gravity pen, it’s basically the same pen with different finish options.

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  1. Mike
    February 4, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    I’m new to vaping and am torn between purchasing the Kandy Elite or Dr. Dabber Aurora. What are your recommendations for someone like me?

  2. Connoisseur
    February 2, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    I am ready for your instructional on cleaning the Elite. During first use, with a small amount of splatter, the draw became difficult after 10 draws. I suspect the air intakes of the (ceramic) coil piece… any ideas ?

    Also, the lights on the Elite are very bright and flash repeatedly at the end of the drawing cycle. NOT very stealthy or inconspicuous. Is there a way to control the light’s brightness or to turn off completely ?

    I put a battery end-tip cover over the light at the end of the battery barrel but the push-button light is still obnoxious.

    The instructions included with the pen, on the back of a business card, are truly incomplete and hard to read. The website uses your review as a substitute but certain questions are not answered. Topics like charging status while on the charger or when installed on the pen, cleaning, troubleshooting, choice of coils, temperatures of each of the four levels, and “dimming” the lights are not covered on the business card. If not published by KandyPens, they need to compensate more you for taking on the task of creating detailed instructions.

    Vape on !

  3. Jdawg
    January 16, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Hey Bud, love the review. I am just wanting to know if the there is a big difference between the Gravity, and the Elite when it comes to thin oils. I read in your review of the Elite that is has no leaks in the bottom of the atomizers. Is this the same for the Gravity? Or is the Elite a more all purpose Pen? Thanks bud, I would love a response on this.

    • SG
      February 24, 2017 at 8:02 pm

      Jdawg, I could be wrong, but my interpretation is that saying that the Gravity is ‘basically’ the same as the Elite might be incorrect.

      I boiled down my top three choices to The Elite, The Gravity and the Hypnos Zero. When I went to Kandypen’s site and read only three models have the upgraded sealed chamber, the Elite, The mini and one other, but it was not the Gravity. There-fore it is not basically the same thing, it is similar.

      I exclusively use oil and this review very much confused me, he should not have said its basically its the same thing. He could have stated the difference, he helped design it, so he knows exactly what the difference is. I had to search and figure out the difference, and there is a difference. His reviews are usually excellent, but that omission made me pass the gravity.

      In the end I ordered a Hypnos Zero. Down the road I’ll buy an Elite, and repaint it or put on a overmold rubber skin on it, or simply wrap it in Talongrip tape, as I’m not into Pimp colored gold or white pens, had they made a Black Elite, I would have bought that, but for my needs the Hypnos Zero was $70 shipped, and just as good as the Elite if not better (For my needs)

      • Bud
        February 25, 2017 at 12:10 pm

        The Gravity pen has the sealed atomizers now too! Can you tell me where you saw that it doesn’t?

  4. sameerah
    January 5, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    What is the best kandy pen for dry herb…preferably small and stylish???

  5. Steve
    January 5, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    You should do a review on the Exxus GO, that thing blows this pen out of the water.

    • Josh.VO
      January 6, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      The Exxus Go and Atmos Q3 (same vape, different brand) are more of a rig style hit. They do blow these things out of the water as far as vapor production but not taste or efficiency. The newest and greatest that I’ve tried is the Atmos Greedy (or the non-branded Chinese version the saionara). I’d really like to see his review on this to confirm my own first hand experience. It held a half gram of wax easy and ripped through it with no problems.

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