The Best Vape Pen For Wax & Oil Concentrates

These are my current top picks for best vape pen for wax and oil concentrates. If you wanna vaporize dry herb check out my list of top picks for best portable vaporizer.

» SOURCE orb 4  *Great build, A+ atomizers, excellent for light or heavy use

SOURCE orb 4

The new SOURCE orb 4 vaporizer combines top-shelf performance with an elegant feel and solid build quality.

This one has a magnetic connection now for the two mouthpiece parts, inside of which is the atomizer. This makes it more convenient to open and close during use and it’s also pretty cool how it feels.

The orb itself is made of stainless steel and the atomizers are made of Grade 1 & 2 Titanium, as well as food-grade ceramics.

Vapor quality and taste is excellent with all of the coils, and they make a variety of types including dual quartz & ceramic rods and a titanium nail.

Their $50 orb 4 attachment kit is a very good deal and they give you 4 unique atomizers with it, all of which are awesome. In my opinion this is the best wax pen for $50 that you’ll find.

Then they have a Premium kit for $100 that includes a battery and 6 coils, and also a Signature kit for $200 with an even better battery and 8 coils total.

VapeRating:  95/100 – Tier 1 Top Pick

Price:  $45+ from official SOURCEvapes store  (after using my promo code STAYUP10 for 10% off)

» KandyPens Gravity  *Nice look & feel, great performance, quartz & ceramic coils

KandyPens Gravity

The Gravity vaporizer pen is the latest and greatest from KandyPens. It comes with two fantastic atomizers (quartz rods & ceramic plate), the draw resistance is perfect (feels very natural), and you can get as little or as much vapor as you want with it.

Another great thing about the Gravity is its ability to produce a lot of vapor with a short draw (with the quartz coil), and the 4 temp settings help you dial in the perfect heating intensity.

It works with thin oils too – the atomizers are now sealed at the bottom so nothing will leak out. They put the air holes high up on the chamber walls too so you can actually put enough oil in there for a bunch of good draws.

Vapor quality is excellent with both coils and the experience is unique with each one, so it’s kinda like two pens in one.

VapeRating:  95/100 – Tier 1 Top Pick

Price:  $91 from official KandyPens store  (after using my promo code TVC30 for 30% off)

 
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-Bud


Many years ago I posted a best vape pen review video where I went over a few of the most popular models at the time. This video is very outdated now but here is the original 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!

The Hypnos Zero from Linx Vapor is one of the smallest vape pens I’ve reviewed which makes it super stealthy and discreet, and it also happens to have one of the coolest atomizers I’ve tried. Build quality, vapor production, taste and smoothness are all top shelf, and it also features industry leading battery life.

It works best when you load small amounts of wax at a time, but it’s super efficient so you’ll be surprised how many draws you get. I would consider this to be one of the best vape pens for light to medium use.

The ceramic plate atomizer is smaller than average but it’s super efficient with your concentrate, so a little bit goes a long way. Out of the four heat levels the pen has three of them are pretty low, and they barely make any vapor, but the highest setting gives you those clouds and the flavor is amazing at any temperature.

I really like the look and feel of the outer shell too, it’s stainless steel and even though it’s small it feels pretty solid in your hand.

186 comments

  • The best one I’ve tried so far is Quanta stick or Quanta cannabis, not sure their “tag” name but it’s called Quanta lol. Probably the most consistent high ever and it doesn’t give you red eye or munchies. No throat pinch or any of that crap. I’m on my 3rd one so far. “highly recommended”

  • Source Orb 4 is bullshit. Half of them they make don’t even work right. And the Kandypen Gravity is probably the best for flavor if you pack a minimal amount. It wont burn the concentrate if you put more than .4 of shatter in it.
    Puff pro 2 and even the Puffco Plus destroys both those pens, yes I’ve tried all 4. ( I work in the industry)

    Vape critic you used to be good at this before you sold out. Now you promote who pays. sad

  • I have been looking for a Vape pen that gives me strong hits and doesn’t have a complicated atomizer to insert my CBD oil into. Im currently using the Yocan Hive and have trouble getting good hits out of them/ getting my oil into the atomizer due to the metal rod in the middle. Any suggestions?

  • Bud, I need a nice reasonable priced pen for my CBD concentrates an oils I had bought verdampfer with three different tops for dry ,wax an liquid from local store but the liquid tube broke I’m fairly new to these pens I just want one not cheaply made buy reasonable priced that’s gonna do the job an not be a waste of money I’m a single mother with anxiety an constant pain,

  • You should check out the Yocan Evolve Plus. Half the price bigger quartz titanium coil and you can get five of the replacement coils for the same price as one of the KandyPens Coils. I’ve had my Galaxy for almost two years and just replaced it with a pen that came with two coils for the price of two Galaxy coils and so far am happy with the change.

    • I wouldn’t recommend Yocan to anyone. I went through 2 coils on their magneto within 1 month. Contacted Yocan in China and they told me to contact the place I bought it from. Thankfully, they took care of me the first time. However, they said that they cant keep swapping out coils for me. So, Im sitting on a $45 paperweight.

    • I also came across the Yocan Evolve Plus and have nothing but great reviews about it. I’ve been thru about every wax pen on the market and I keep going back to the Yocan..dumb name but solid no-frills device. It beats every pen I’ve ever used in all categories that count. Galaxy coil might last a month before it needs to be replaced, Yocan in my experience can last 3-4 months easy with everyday use. Battery capacity is huge compared to Galaxy. Easy to keep clean and doesn’t get messy too quick as long as you don’t cram it to the gills. The 2ml silcon compartment on the bottom is a nice touch to make it good for a day trip. It only has one temp setting which is arguably too hot but you learn to feather the button to get huge rips. This thing chugs like one of those kids with their e-juice vaporizers blowing steam like a locomotive. You can use it while charging and it takes a standard micro usb like a galaxy s6 phone.

    • YoCan products suck. You will make up the difference when your buying coils every couple weeks or your battery shits out on you and you need a whole new pen

  • Are these pens only for wax and oils. Or can you use the Co2 catridges with these pens. * Sorry new to all this…

  • I have had a Dr.Dabber aura (now the aurora) for a couple of years and am looking to upgrade but i am in love with the magnets instead of thread. I would also like something that i can fit a little more concentrate it but i want a good rip… Any suggestions?

    • Get the source orb 4. It has a magnetic top. I have the Dr. Dabber boost and the source orb 4 with the big battery and it gives bigger rips than the boost. The problem with source is their site is out of stock alot

  • Just a quick question….I have a PAX 3 for dry herb…I was looking for a good vape for oil…just needed to confirm…I can use oil in both the KandyPens Elite AND Gravity? Please let me know….

  • I’m deciding between the 3 pens above, the puffco 2 pro, dr dabber Aurora, And the Flo. Im looking for the hardest hitting, well built, best all around piece. What do you suggest?

  • Hi Vapecritics, i need your suggestions for the best devices to smoke hash (good battery features and great vapor quality)
    Thanks

    • Check out The Vapor Brothers. The Eleven Pen runs at 650mAh/3.7V and is one of the top Pens for 60$ or The Dabbler is a less expensive version, also produced by Vapor Brothers. The threading is your normal 510/710 connections so you can use prefilled cartridges or load wax in an atomizer and coil. I have had great success with their products and they’ve been around since the ’90s, I’m 21 and still can’t believe how I know about theese awesome vapes that they produce. They also have Box Vaporizers if your looking to vape flowers. Just search Vapor Bros., peace and happy vaping !

  • Hey boss, your link for the Linx @ Vapeworld doesn’t work :( just FYI!

    Also I am trying to decide between Linx Zero & the Cloud V.. I was looking at kandypens but I hear the materials used aren’t safe? I’m looking for something fiercely discreet and fairly strong- tolerance is high and my partner doubts anything but smoking will ever work for him. Any thoughts you’ve got, I appreciate!

    • Fixed thanks Jenn!!

      They all pretty much use the same materials and it’s safe under normal usage. In general, vape pens are really designed for light to medium use and shouldn’t be used excessively or as the sole method of consumption if you have a high tolerance.

      To answer your question though, I like the Linx Hypnos Zero over the Cloud V models.

      Stay up!

  • I’m looking at getting a vape that will be efficient with my concentrate but will last me and not break easily, any suggestions?

    • I try to only recommend the best vapes you can get so any of the above!

      The thing with wax pens is that their lifespan is mainly determined by how gently they’re used, most of them are designed for fairly light to medium use to remain in good condition for a long time.

  • Does anyone know if they have a vape that you can use wax and oil at the same time? I don’t like the smell of the wax and wanted to add oil also

    • Hey so you mean wax and oil in the same atomizer at the same time, correct?

      If so the KandyPens models can handle it because the have the coils with the sealed bottoms.

  • I need an inexpensive Push button 510 Vape Pen.

    I use prefill cannabis “THC, Sativa & CBD”

    Being a terminal ill person I’m on them and helps me tremendously. SSDI don’t pay enough unfortunately

  • Great reviews. I am looking to buy my first wax pen, and debating between a kandy pen and the hypnos zero. I am not a heavy user, but I like good things…

    Bud,
    The guys at Kandy Pen told me that the new improved galaxy is the same as the Elite, just a different finish. The elite is a bit gaudy for my taste. Are they the same pen? If not, what is different? How much better is the Kandy galaxy/elite than the hypnos? How much bigger is the Kandy Pen galaxy? I really love that the galaxy comes with two atamizers and a nice case… but it is also $40 more.

    Thanks
    w0den

  • It’s a video from last year but they mention VapeCritic around the 4:30 mark. //youtu.be/gpBxSSoIURY?t=4m30s
    I’ve been using mine quite a bit. I switched from the Aurora to the Linx.

  • I’m looking for a good vape pen that can be stored at various angles. I know a lot of them can’t be stored on their side because oil/wax will leak out. I store my gear in a foam lined plastic case so if it gets tossed around the things inside won’t break, but it is set down many different ways, and I don’t want any spills to happen inside the container. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!

    • Hey normally you only have to worry about leakage like that if you’re using a very thin oil that’s liquid at room temperature.

      When using wax or shatter it’ll harden back up and stay in place if you let it cool down for ~30 seconds before putting it away. To speed up the process you can also take a “cool down” draw as your last one, which is just not hitting the power button.

      As of right now there aren’t really any vape pens with atomizers that can be used/stored in any direction with thin oils (besides those sealed cartridges)

  • Hey bud,

    Appreciate your work.

    Need suggestions on a new vape. Looking for consistency , great taste that will last until it needs a replaced coil. 2nd is vapor production. Seems Quartz usually is my favorite. Looking for atomizer I can use on my sub ohm box mod.

    I got a aura and gravity. I find the gravity to be better when it works properly. I find the coils are all inconsistent. I have bought one (gravity) summer 2016. Started with 2 Quartz coils both functioned differently one had bad taste one was great. Ordered probably a total of 6 Quartz coils and none worked the same and only one lasted with good taste and vapor production. The newer ones I got in December seemed to burn out within a week with minimal use. Or short the battery. Speaking of battery the finish is almost gone. I
    Never travel with it stays in same place everyday.

    Next I tried the kandy pens pearl. It was a awful experience from flavor to vapor production across the board. Sent it back to be switched at 1st they said it was replaced and shipped backed and 2 weeks later still didn’t show up. Then they apologize and said they fixed it instead of replacing and sent the fixed unit. Still was a horrible experience. Do you have info on the pearl?

    Basically I think I’m done with kandy pens for now. When working properly the gravity was amazing but seems I can’t get any new good coils for it and don’t want to risk it anymore as those risk add up at 20$ a pop.

    Was wondering if you could point me in the right direction for something with great taste and vapor production. Sub ohm attachment preferred but not a deal breaker.

    Thanks again for your reviews.

  • Buying a KP Gravity later today on yours (and a few others) recommendations. I wanted an affordable pen that allows me to use wax around the house, but also take snowboarding with me. If you can think of any reason why this is a bad idea, I’d love to hear it, otherwise thanks for the discount code!

    • KandyPens now includes sealed coils (leakproof bottom) with the Elite, Gravity and Galaxy pens and that’s what I’ve been pointing people towards who wanna use thin oil in a wax pen

  • Have a question have you tired the mile high vaporizer pen. That’s the one I’m using but seeing your reviews on this is making want to buy one of your top vape pens and seeing if it’s going to make any difference from the one I have

    • That’s a tough one! These pens are only meant for super clean oils with zero plant matter in them. I suggest breaking your concentrate into tiny pieces and mixing it in with some ground up herb, then vaping that mix in a good herb vape.

  • Hey, I been a fan your review. I agree with most of your opinion with the exception of kandypen. It a decent pen but it fail to mesure up to all the other on your list. I been waiting to hear about your opinion on Puffco Plus. The only reason that it have my attention was because of it credential from last year Puffco Pro. I just can’t seem to find any reliable opinion on there new coil. I was hoping that u would shine some light on this pen.

    Thanks

    • The Puffco Plus has a really nice all-ceramic chamber that heats the oil pretty evenly creating a nice smooth hit. “Taste the oil, not the coil.” It does however work best when it’s been warmed up, the first few drags aren’t usually the full cloud. I also recommend using the “sesh” setting which is activated by double-clicking the button. The sesh setting is a full heat on the current setting, produces a full vapor cloud for a full 12 seconds without needing to hold the button down the entire time. If the full 12 seconds is more than you want, pass it to a friend or click once to end the sesh. This method is a lot nicer than the traditional hold and inhale setting, which doesn’t seem to produce the same vapor clouds with this particular pen.

      The variation in heat settings is nice too; low, med, and high settings give you a range from mellow to full flavor. This makes it a nice option for those of us who vape all the time and like a stronger hit, but easily switches back to the mellow setting.

      Another nice feature is the built-in ceramic dab tool called a “dart.” It rests inside the mouth piece making it easy to load the vape chamber. Puffco also sells different style darts that vary the airflow of the pen.

      I’ve owned several other pen style vapes, this is definitely high quality and worth the investment.

  • Hey Bud, have you JD a chance to try the dry herb pen from Source Vapes, if you haven’t we’d really appreciate a review. Thanks in advance!

    • orb XL definitely tastes better. the fogger is the sainora atomizer with a different tag. i have a saionara and an xl, the nail atty on the xl is better. the fogger style isnt bad just not as good.

  • Hi Bud….I would greatly appreciate your help. I am very new to vaping (CBD), but I have found it very helpful for pain and inflammation. I have a Stok R2 pen, which I love. But I’m loving it less these days since the plastic “smoke chamber” (not the technical name, but you know what I mean) cracked just above the threads, apparently from the heat. I’ve read many others’ comments with this same complaint. The pen is only 5 weeks old and I’m a pretty light user. My question, if you please…does anyone make a glass chamber that will fit the R2 or is it just time for me to move on to another of the brands you recommend, since this seems to be a pretty common problem with the R2? I do really like the cool effect of being able to see the “smoke” forming, so I’d really like to stick with the R2 (if a glass chamber is available) or something similar. Thanks for your help. Again, your reviews are VERY informative and well written…and much appreciated.

  • Hey Bud,

    Excellent reviews on these products. I have a question:

    Which pen (510 threaded) would you recommend strictly for oil?

    Thanks!

    • Thin oils can now be used in all KandyPens vapes, they sealed off the bottoms of all their atomizers to make them leakproof (from the bottom)

  • Hey! Big fan of your reviews! I’m wondering if you’ve had a chance to try the new APX wax only vaporizer kit. Was suggested over the galaxy by my local shop and personally I think it performs like a champ. Would love to hear your opinion.

    Thanks!

    • I have had the aurora ghost and ninja and the apx by pulsar wins hands down. Only 55 dollars it was lit. The closest thing to a rig hit yet

  • I just picked up the newest version of the hercules by w9. Hasnt arrived in the mail yet. Any thoughts on the herc vs puffco, dr dabber or sourcevapes products?

  • Hey Vape Critic! I’ve been following you for years and I love how real you are with all of your reviews!!

    I just recently purchased the nexus pen by a company called Qloud Up. I met them personally at Chalice last month and tried out their pen. I’m not sure if you have a review for these guys yet or not but OMG…I personally think it’s the best wax and concentrates pen right now! Their price is super fair, it comes in super neat packaging, they provide you with 3 different types of coils all with their nexus. You definitely have to give them a shot, I’d love to hear your take on their stuff. Their price point is amazing too. As always, thanks Vape Critic!!

  • Hey man you give awesome reviews. Thanks so much for all the time you put into this. I heard source vapes just released a new coil-less vape pen for wax are you going to review it? Not sure what its called

  • Looking for deep cleaning ff2. Had to send mine in .it was clogged internally dont understand only had a few weeks. Now its going to cost me another 40bucks. To get it back. Should have gotten sfx. Its going to be a 400 $vap by time its all done and over

  • Hey Bud
    I have to say,after trying lots of these pens in the first year of vaping,most are not that great. Look at the price of Dr.Dabber. Then they charge you,I think it’s $19 for ONE atomizer. That’s crazy. The Eleaf Istick 30 watt and a micro skillet from either Ebay (skillet & 3 dual coil atomizers $14 shipped) or Matt from Divine Tribes @ (skillet and 2 Dual coil atomizers $17 shipped). About one month use per coil for me. Up to 6 weeks I’ve gotten. Same as the $19 coil from Dr. Dabber. So why would people not use the cheaper and better lasting set ups? Since I switched over to the Istick and micro skillet,my hits,flavor are great. One plus year to date. Plus I’m saving quite a bit of money by not buying from the high priced places like Dr. Dabber!

    Istick cost,about $35. Shipped. Hold charges for a couple days for me. I use it all day long with shatter/wax. Want a huge hit,turn up the vv or vw and off you go. Although the higher numbers definetly change taste! I run around 15 down to 9/10 if I want the flavor to stick out that much more. You get 4-6 hits with it low @ 9-10 and 3-4 hits set @ 15. One of my kids (adult) uses a $9.99 x6 pen style battery with a micro skillet and it works great. just the battery doesn’t last for days. But it’s cheap,works well and has3 settings.not bad for a $24 set up with extra coils.

    Did I mention I take it everywheres here in Ny. No one really knows. im sure some do,but that means they use and are not a threat for calling the law.

    Thanks for reading Bud.

    • You are the only one commenting on the Divine Tribe aka Divine Crossing which is my personal fave. I have a 2.7 and the new V3 rebuilable. I use it with a 50w Artery Nugget and can’t find anything that compares. My Puffco, Kandypens and Dr Dabber penz are collecting dust. My 2.7 coil has been going strong for over a year of daily use.

  • Hello. I was interested in the gravity. Wondering if it’s on demand vape or do you have to have a whole session with it. Thanks for your help.

  • Hey Bud. I really like your reviews and have been working my way through and figured I’d just ask for your advice. My medical dispensary just got shatter and I am looking to maximize my medicine by having the most efficient use. I’m not looking for super hard hits as it’s just me after work. Just a nice tasting very efficient way to get me there. Which do you suggest I invest in as this will be my everyday baby. Thanks for the honest in put in keeping me up hommie.

    • I have the X-MAX and love it for after-work relaxation – BUT! I don’t like the filter in the mouthpiece. It gets clogged up with herb after the first hit and I wind up wasting half of my sesh time cleaning it for the next one. I replaced it with an old skool pipe screen and all is fine and it works much better. do not throw out the OEM mouthpiece filter you need it for concentrates in that “don’t cook bacon naked” kind of way. Atmos Astra is the same thing if you can’t find the x-max. Also get two extra batteries.

  • “These are currently my 2016 top picks for best vaporizer pens designed for use with wax and oil concentrates”

    …. so by this statement I thought that this meant these would be ideal for using my oil. No. I spent $130 on Kandy’s Galaxy and Waxxy vapes (on their site they say they are great for concentrates which is what I thought my oil was) just to find out they are not actually for oil. I have to buy more attachments to use my oil. Pretty frustrating. Maybe I don’t know enough about how to classify these different mediums, but I 100% feel like I’ve wasted my money on a Kandy pen.

    • I’m very sorry Ashley!!!

      You CAN use the Galaxy battery all you need to do is get a different cartridge for your oil, they’re cheap and some oil even comes in pre-filled carts!

    • I agree, I’m having an EXTREMELY hard time navigating the scene because every recommendation for “oil” seems to be all all about wax and how to make the biggest clouds. I’ve been searching on and off for weeks and can’t even find simple information about oil, tanks, how to fill, whether to buy pre-filled, the advantages of having a higher-end heating element on a nicer pen vs a cheapo, etc. Unfortunately, the manufacturers shy away from being explicit for obvious reasons, and the scene seems to assume you already know everything there is to know!

  • What’s the best for oil cartridge? I really enjoy the taste too…please advise…I forget the thread size…but the screw in oil cartridge…

  • Hey I’m stuck between the kandy galaxy and the orb 3 I want the best quality pen and best flavor but mostly quality and biggest smooth vapor clouds which would you recommend?

  • Please take a look at the new Yocan Evolve pen – quartz dual coil at approx $50. Many here in Portland, Oregon extremely pleased quality throughout.

    • You can get an evolve on ebay for $20. Imo…you get what you pay for. Way to hot, nasty tasting hits compared to higher qualit devices like puffco, kandypens, Dr dabber etc

  • I’ve been disappointed with everything that I bought so I have not tried your product I am reluctant I’ve heard use dual coils for concentrates but I don’t even know where to begin

  • Hey Bud! I’m a pretty experienced vaper and have been using the launch box for a little more than a year. I love it. It has saved me tons of money since I’ve had it. However, my “guy” is starting to make the move from dried to wax and I would like to be able to transition with him because lately his selection has been very limited as he is taking his best strains and making wax. I wanted to get your opinion on a good, smaller pen. I don’t mind spending a little more for quality and smooth vapor. What do you think?

  • Thanks Bud for the best reviews I’ve come across. As a longtime analog Volcano user (I’m that old), I’m just getting into pre filled oil cartridges such as Honey Vape, Absolute Xtracts, Bhang Black…this 510 threading thing has me a bit confused because the Honey Vape cartridge is a “big 510” as opposed to the “regular” 510 that most other cartridges easily screw onto. Can you help me find the best vape pen for a Honey Vape cartidge? Thanks!

  • I can’t get any herb pen to work comfortably…they’re all hot and harsh and make me cough like crazy. I can’t get beyond one hit. But…concentrate pens…easy peasy, mostly because one hit’ll do ya! They heat up instantly, do a quick hit and run! Works every time. Then when you’re weary of it all…buy a Classic Volcano. Thanks for your good reviews!

  • Hi I bought a atmos jr vaporizer. But after having for a couple of times i am unable to use it. The battery is getting charged and the led is consistently lit but when i connect the heating chamber with stuff loaded it is blinking and not getting heated up.

    Am i doing something wrong?

    thanks in advance.

  • Hey Bud!

    Great reviews. Recently bought a Firefly based in large part on your review and found it to be a fantastic vape for flower; very easy to clean, great taste. I did find the battery life to be seriously limiting, and the way the whole top comes off does keep it from being too discreet (although I found the nokia phone looking shape to make it unobtrusive). But what really got me is that the device seems to be designed firstly as a flower vape. I found the concentrate vaping (with use of the pads) to be potent and tasty, but not a real substitute for dabbing. You definitely don’t get the thick white clouds and intense flavor.

    The way vape pens for wax are marketed, it seems like you should be able to get thick, white, dab-like hits from them, but I’m not clear on which, if any, offer that. I’m particularly curious about this Dr Dabber Ghost, which you seem to recommend highly. You say that it has a low temp focus. I suspected (perhaps mistakenly) that the Firefly’s 400 degree cap is what prevented it from producing those thick hits. Is that accurate? Is the same to be said for the Dr Dabber? Any pens you recommend as the optimal dabbing rig alternative?

    Thanks in advance! Keep up the awesome work!

  • quick question buddy, watched both of your reviews. Which Would you recommend i want one of the minis should i go with one of the micro g pens original or the v2 or would i be better off getting the cloud Vape? Very Much appreciated

  • I can’t see how Dr. Dabber is a top pick. Have your tried anything from w9tech or source? All of it is far better. The Dr. Dabber isn’t even a high grade titanium.

  • So first off thanks for the review, I’m looking to buy my boyfriend the best vape pen for wax for his birthday. I think that by all the information above you would suggest the Dr.Dabber for him right? I’ve been looking all over and reading many reviews but I just want to make sure I buy a good one, buying pieces online kinda sketches me out because you never know what condition they can come in.

  • Hello again!!

    Have you had a chance to compare the Dr. Dabber Ghost against the Source Vape’s Orb v2?
    I was about to place an order for the Dr. Dabber, but found the Orb in my last pre-purchase R&D and it has a double coil system that looks enticing, specially being at the same price point.

    Thanks!!
    Carlos

    • Hey Carlos I haven’t tried to the Source Orb yet but one of the nice things about the Ghost pen is that it heats slower than others which helps the vapor be smooth, sometimes when the coil is quick to light up (like the double coils?) it can be different. Can’t say any more till I try it but thanks for your request!

      • Thanks, Bud…

        A friend of mine has the Dr. Dabber, so I’ve gotten a chance to try it before purchasing. Definitely enjoyed the experience. And I hear you about the heat. I’m still tying to find the sweet spot for me on the Cloud EVO for concentrates. The highest setting can be a bit harsh.

        Thanks again,
        Carlos

  • Hi Bud. Great reviews. Thanks for your attention to detail! I’m trying to get my head around how to compare the Dr. Dabber for example and the S&B Mighty. I realize that they are at entirely different price points but if you had to live with only one of these which would you select? I just purchased an Mighty but haven’t opened the box and might consider returning it. Why not get a pen like this one and save money? Do vapes which take flower deliver the same effects as those with concentrate?

    • Hey Oskar, pen vapes for concentrates and an herbal vape like the Mighty are two completely different animals, and they provide two completely unique experiences

      I would consider them more as complimentary products (i.e. get both) versus choosing one over the other

  • Curious if you have any experience with mCig. They have several low-end models around $15. Just curious if you have any feedback, as I’ve found them to be one of the better disposable models on the market.

  • Hey bud. I was hoping if you could tell me about the cannacig or their cumulus. I heard their cotton material makes it bad. Do you know if they still use that or if you can point me in the direction where to purchase an ecig looking vape pen for herb dry and oil

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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 ?

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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 pen for wax 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)…

  • 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

  • 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.

  • I know you wrote on more than once that you have not reviewed oil vaps. I am looking for the best oil vape pen 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 vape pen for oil 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.

  • 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.

  • Which is the best vape pen 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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 wax pen and what would benefit me the most from one, I will be watching all your reviews before I bye, Peace out :-)

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