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.
WHY THIS IS A GREAT PEN
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.
» 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).
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.
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.
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.
PERFORMANCE & VAPOR PRODUCTION
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).
WHERE TO BUY IT
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.
KandyPens Elite Vaporizer
VapeRating: 95/100 (Tier 1 Top Pick) by The Vape Critic