How to Load Your Vape Pen

You came here to learn how to load a vape pen so let’s get down to business…

The steps below are for portable vaporizer pens designed for use with wax and oil concentrates.

Load Vape Pen Step 1) Prepare your concentrate for loading by gathering a small amount on the end of a dab tool. With most pens you’ll want to load a BB-sized amount at a time, or approximately 0.1g. Depending on the consistency of your extract and the depth of your coil you might even be able to put a little on the tip of your finger to load it.

Step 2) Gently apply your concentrate directly on top of the coil, and be extra careful not to actually touch the coil with your dab tool. Usually your wax or oil will be a little stubborn and won’t quickly come off of the tool, so it’s OK to finagle it a little bit to get it off like you see in my animation, but seriously be gentle with your coils because they’re very delicate.

Vape pens with shallower and smaller atomizers are usually easier to load since the coil is closer to the top. Deeper atomizers that have a higher capacity can sometimes be tricky to load small amounts into.

If your concentrate is not mushy or pliable (shatter-like) then your best bet is usually to break it into very small pieces and load the chamber 30-50% full with most pens. Whatever extract you decide to use needs to be very clean and it needs to fully melt to a liquid when heated.

Step 3) “Prime the wick” before you start vaping, which melts your wax down onto and around the coil which helps the pen produce better vapor and more consistent hits right from the beginning. You don’t always have to do this with every vape, but sometimes if you don’t do it you might feel like your oil is being vaped away too quickly, especially the first few draws after packing it.

Step 4) Vape it up!!

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  • Bud, I have been smoking for a long time and for the past few years I’ve been primarily using the prefilled oil carts and I have a lot of the solid metal/Pyrex carts left over with a 510 thread and auto draw batteries. I recently moved and my “dispensary” isn’t readily available anymore but I now can get wax. Is it possible to use these carts with an auto draw battery and carts I have or do I need a liquidizer or should I purchase a new rig with higher temp?

  • Please help! I’m 26 years old and feel embarrassed asking this lol. A friend recently gave me a vape pen thing. It has some sort of weed that is a light green/ yellowish and looks like gel. I wanna refill it, but I have no idea what the gel/oil stuff is called. Pleaseeee help me!

  • The pen brand new has a white little cloth that goes thru the coil . Do I touch it or just leave it alone. My last one had it I kinda pulled it I Lil. But left it. It only lasted a month.?

  • It’s way harder to work with CBD shatter, which has a waxy texture rather than sticky like these THC “dabs”. It crumbles off & falls below the coils nearly every time :(

  • Thankyou for the tutorial! Very informative and provides the vids showing what all the directions (even the manufacturers) tell but seeing it helps a lot.

  • Ok so I am new to this completely, and I have found out how hard it is to load these deep qcv coils. But how do you know when to add more? Bc it still makes a vapor but my coils are black now… Also doesn’t taste good anymore

    • Yes, but you need a wax liquidizer.
      I use was liquidizer pineapple Express.
      You put 2ml of liquidizer and one 1 gram of wax in a shot glass. Now you can use a hot water bath or the microwave for ten seconds to combine the wax and liquidizer. Next load into the chamber and vape away…..

  • I don’t get it where do you get the oil and how do you use it for dry hemp?I don’t have any was just bought this today and charged it I don’t know where to load the dry hemp or how to light it.

    • Dry hemp can’t really be vaped in a vape pen. They sell vape pens for dry herbs, but they don’t really work. They end up combusting the plant material into smoke. The Snoop Dogg G-Pen is one example of a dry herb vape pen that doesn’t work.

      You get these concentrates at a dispensary where pot & pot accessories are sold. If you live in an illegal state, you can buy CBD wax or oils with no THC.

      • The vape pen does not do the same thing as smoking the bud, when I sit in my chair or in bed I get pain that is a stabbing sharp pain and if I use the pen the pain don’t change at all, when I take a few hits of bud in a pipe the pain fades away, I think the way you are extracting the chemicals from the bud it doesn’t take everything out of the bud, it is like the Rick Simpson Oil, if you don’t make it using the same exact recipe/technic it will not work for seizures, when I tried the Rick Simpson Oil, it works except for it is not as fast acting as smoking

  • I’ve decided to try vaping. This web site has been very helpful in helping me choose my equipment and how to load it…. Happy Vaping to Meeee….

  • I bought a vape pen today with shatter tip attachment, but when i use it my tokes taste like burnt plastic almost,but when i use it in other methods with joints etc it taste fantastic. Is this because im not priming the wick?

    • Some units need to be heated prior to using to burn off oils left from production. Check you tube for a usage guide for your pen brand and model. Or look up the companies web site and look up customer support. Search for what method for cleaning prior to first usage (if needed)

  • Very well put together. New to vaping and no instruction book on how, how much etc. Your effort comes highly appreciated.

  • That is not right at all. That is burning your wax, not vaping it. You put the wax around the edges or the atomizer so it is close the coils, but not touching them. If you have it touching the coils you are overworking them and shortening their life, not to mention you are burning your wax instead of vaping it. That goes for all kinds: wax, crumble, shatter, etc.

    • Hmmm the woman at the dispensary gave m an atomizer and said drop it on coils. ( cause it’s not thinned) thinned out concentrate or nicotine goes into side tank

    • Go with a evolve yocan QDC (Quarts Dual Coil) best choice of vape I have ever made no more single coil bullshit for this guy have fun wasting your goods all you single coil vapers

    • You know nothing about coils. A dry herb coil has no wick. Wax/oil and juice could have a wick that soaks up the liquid to atomize. If you put it around the edges and not on the coil the wick doesn’t get it and doesn’t pull any. And burnt wick is the worst thing you can hit

    • This depends on specific models and types of coils. Most need the product be applied directly to the coils as the atomizer chamber does not heat up itself and you will end up wasting all your product in the chamber as it can’t be heated properly.

      • DONT use juice nor liquid man no wonder why its leaking only use crumb/wax shatter or oil cause its not a completely sealed chamber if you wanna use the liquid go buy an e-cig

      • The temperature of this device isn’t hot enough to “burn” the oil only hot enough to combust or vaporize. Put it on the coil and only a dab at a time

  • But this is the first really descriptive how to and in my case, I have the wax attachment but wasn’t sure if that was what it was used for. i know, but vap pens and attachments are new to me I like them! Going to get me some good wax

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