My Top Picks: Best Vape Pen For Wax/Oil

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.


» KandyPens Elite  *Great performance w/ elegant look & feel

KandyPens Elite

The ELITE pen is the latest and greatest from KandyPens, and it’s got everything I look for in a good vape. 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 Elite 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.

Vapor quality is excellent with both coils and the Elite also features an upgraded finish that’s more durable than previous generation pens (feels buttery smooth too). If you’d rather have a plain black color definitely check out the Gravity, it’s basically the same pen in different finishes.

Full review »

VapeRating:  Tier 1 Top Pick

Price:  $98 from official KandyPens store  (after using my promo code TVC30 for 30% off)

» Linx Hypnos Zero  *Coil-less atomizer, stainless steel body, very smooth vapor

Linx Hypnos Zero

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 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.

Full review »

VapeRating:  Tier 1 Top Pick

Price:  $78 from official Linx Vapor store

» Omicron v4  *Great pen for heavier use

Omicron The Omicron v4 is a high quality pen that’s better for heavier use than most other vape pens. I don’t have a full review of this one yet, but here’s my brief synopsis…

The materials this one is made of are top notch, both the outer shell and the inner workings of the atomizers. It comes with one atomizer that has dual ceramic rods that are wrapped in grade 2 titanium coils. The performance of it is pretty impressive – if you take a nice long draw you can get really big clouds of vapor, and it’s strong.

There are just two main things I’m not thrilled with, and neither are dealbreakers, more like minor annoyances. The first thing is that the air intake for the atomizer is through the hole in the bottom of the pin, so it’s one of those pens that can clog up if you forget to give it some cool-down draws when you’re done vaping. The second thing is the rubber o-rings that hold the mouthpiece on, they come out of place more often than I’d like and you gotta take the top o-ring off and slide it back on.

VapeRating:  Tier 1 Top Pick

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  1. Scott
    February 22, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Hello have you tried and reviewed the kanger e smart vap pen. Thank you

  2. Dab
    February 7, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Have you tried the Pulsar barbed fire or Atmos greedy?…
    It’s the next best thing to a nail and rig…

  3. Brandon
    January 28, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    When will the puff co plus review be posted?

  4. wax
    January 26, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    review r series roil

  5. DFresh
    January 26, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    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!

    • Anonymous
      January 31, 2017 at 6:08 pm

      The oil freezes when boarding and is hard to rip

      • Anonymous
        February 4, 2017 at 5:29 am

        Preheat preheat preheat

  6. Ted
    January 17, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    What’s the best pen to vape c02 cannabis oil ?

  7. Spliffsidious
    December 30, 2016 at 10:35 am

    What are thoughts on the Dr.dabber Aurora pen

  8. Alfonzo
    December 13, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    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

  9. Sandeep Manaktala
    December 8, 2016 at 6:38 am

    Hey Bud, Can you suggest the best option to vape hand rubbed hash… ?

  10. Steven
    December 2, 2016 at 1:27 am

    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.


    • Bud
      December 2, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      Hey thanks for your request, I’ll be posting that review soon!

    • Puff Jo
      February 13, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      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.

  11. Raja
    November 25, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    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!

  12. Dave P
    November 22, 2016 at 3:28 am

    Bought a KandyPens Galaxy. It hasn’t arrived yet.

    Can I use this with a threaded oil cartridge from Santa Cruz ?

  13. peaches
    November 15, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    How do you feel about the puffco or the delta 9? Those two are the ones I’m considering. thanks in advance.

  14. Sean
    November 10, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    what about the Puffco Plus? It’s easily the best pen of 2016. Why isn’t it on the list?

    • Bud
      November 11, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      I’m still not totally sure how I feel about it but I should have a review up for it very soon.

  15. nellz
    November 3, 2016 at 2:44 am

    hey. has anyopne compared the source orb xl and the brain fogger by mig?

    • brennan
      November 19, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      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.

  16. Terri Rozaieski
    October 28, 2016 at 1:44 am

    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.

  17. Rob
    October 26, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Hey Bud,

    Excellent reviews on these products. I have a question:

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


  18. Andrew Fleming
    October 25, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Hey does anyone know if these pens would work for shatter? Thank you in advance.

    • Bud
      October 26, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Yes sir!

  19. maryetta heimann
    October 5, 2016 at 1:59 am

    Invaluable analysis . I was fascinated by the points . Does anyone know if I would be able to get a template MA Substitute W-9 copy to work with ?

  20. chris
    September 23, 2016 at 8:42 am

    question , i would like to buy a wax pen

    witch 1 is better :

    gravity of Linx

    kind regards

    • chris
      September 26, 2016 at 3:01 am

      can somebody help me ??

  21. Daniel
    September 22, 2016 at 10:08 am

    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.


    • Anonymous
      February 7, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      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

  22. Mike Brennan
    September 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    What do you think about the lotus jellyfish mod

  23. Andrea
    September 8, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Do you know of any vaporizers that work well with dry herb,waxes & shatters?

  24. New vapor
    September 1, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    What do you think about the evolve pen, duel quartz coils

  25. New vapor
    September 1, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    What do you think about the evolve pen, duel quartz coil

  26. 2 brew
    August 29, 2016 at 7:51 am

    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?

  27. Garrett
    August 16, 2016 at 9:57 am

    have you done a review on the puff co?

  28. Rachel Audet
    August 2, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    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!!

  29. miket
    July 30, 2016 at 4:10 am

    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

  30. Jerry Zilinski
    July 20, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    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

  31. TheRube
    July 15, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Great reviews!!! I’ll definitely be utilizing one of your discount codes! Happy healing…

  32. Rich
    July 8, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    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.

  33. JP
    June 20, 2016 at 8:11 am

    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.

  34. Eric
    June 12, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    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.

    • natalie
      August 17, 2016 at 2:38 am

      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.

  35. Duva
    June 8, 2016 at 5:27 am

    Sick af

  36. Kyle
    May 18, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Have you used the aromatic atomizer for the kandy pen’s black edition? If so how is it?

  37. Ashley
    May 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    “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.

    • Bud
      May 4, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      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!

    • Oblong
      January 17, 2017 at 11:55 am

      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!

  38. Brett
    April 10, 2016 at 4:58 am

    I have a shop opening soon and I was curious your opinion at the present time if have a moment.
    Thank you bud!

  39. Cody
    March 29, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Can you please do a review of the OGFour2.0 or R-series 2.0 vape pen from ThisThingRips.

  40. Jim
    March 22, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    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…

  41. Manny
    March 19, 2016 at 5:04 am

    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?

    • Rich
      July 8, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      Istick 30 watt and micro skillet. It’s vv and vw.

  42. Patric McMenamin
    March 16, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    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.

  43. lance
    March 15, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    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

  44. warwik
    January 25, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Hey what the best vaporizer pen for smoking herb and not oil ? thx

    • Anonymous
      April 19, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      PAX 2

  45. IronCheFFro
    January 14, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    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?

  46. RC
    October 25, 2015 at 11:18 am

    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 a pen that fits best with the Honey Vape cartidge? Thanks!

  47. Jane
    September 1, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    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!

  48. Ramanuj Paul
    June 30, 2015 at 3:09 am

    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.

  49. tresdefonce
    May 9, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    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 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!

  50. NR
    April 5, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    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

  51. Brian Baller
    March 13, 2015 at 1:47 am

    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.

  52. Jane
    March 2, 2015 at 11:56 am

    So first off thanks for the review, I’m looking to buy my boyfriend a vape pen for his 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.

    • Jane
      March 2, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      I’m currently between the Dr. Dabber and KandyPens SkyCloud vaporizer because those are the two that seem to get the best reviews.

      • Bud
        March 11, 2015 at 8:47 pm

        Go with the Dabber!

    • Bud
      March 11, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      Hey Jane yes the Dr Dabber pen is a great one, I definitely recommend it, and the store’s I link to are 100% fully legit selling new genuine vapes so don’t worry!

  53. Ted
    February 28, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    have you reviewed the VapeDynamics Laguna pen yet?
    It looks pretty interesting but I would appreciate your opinion.

    • Bud
      March 11, 2015 at 6:58 pm

      I have not but I’ll look into it thanx for askin!

  54. Carlos
    February 25, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    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.


    • Bud
      March 2, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      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!

      • Anonymous
        March 3, 2015 at 12:21 pm

        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,

        • Bud
          March 13, 2015 at 9:56 am

          Awesome man stay up!!

          • Carlos
            March 27, 2015 at 2:17 pm

            Hey Bud,

            I went with the Dr. Dabber Ghost and I couldn’t be happier with it. Love how discreet it is and how well it hits.

            Thanks again,

  55. Jason
    February 17, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Can you let me know if this is still the best vape on the market in your opinon?

  56. Kaylyn
    January 24, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Do u kno anything about micro gpens ?

    • Bud
      January 28, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      Yes they’re pretty good, my atomizer burnt out a little fast but I still like it.

  57. Oskar
    January 12, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    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?

    • Bud
      January 15, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      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

  58. Rich
    December 10, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    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.

    • Bud
      December 12, 2014 at 10:55 am

      Yes I have one and think it’s poo poo :\

  59. Colin
    November 28, 2014 at 1:35 am

    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

  60. rico
    November 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    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?

  61. Tiffany
    September 30, 2014 at 12:04 am


    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.

  62. Mario Zamora
    September 25, 2014 at 11:59 am

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

  63. mike
    August 26, 2014 at 12:57 am

    do you have glass globe wax vaporizer?

  64. Anonymous
    August 7, 2014 at 9:47 am

    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?

  65. sam
    July 1, 2014 at 3:58 am

    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

  66. swistopher
    March 22, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    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]?

    • Bud
      March 24, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      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.

      • Dwayneinstain
        August 15, 2014 at 1:59 pm

        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!

  67. Kassy
    March 4, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    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 ?

    • qatmaster
      March 28, 2014 at 4:04 am

      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.

    • Anonymous
      February 26, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      atmos sucks…sorry

  68. Samy
    February 17, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    I’ve bought a oil wax vaporizer and some e liquid with it do it works with the liquid besides the wax?

  69. OG 299
    February 17, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    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 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 ?

  70. GenYHippie
    February 4, 2014 at 4:49 am

    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.

  71. Devonellah
    January 24, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    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?


  72. Jay
    January 21, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    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.

    • qatmaster
      March 28, 2014 at 3:56 am

      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)…

  73. Lo
    January 18, 2014 at 4:03 am

    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

  74. Claire
    December 23, 2013 at 1:19 am

    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,


    • Bud
      January 16, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      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.

  75. Riaz
    November 29, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    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.


    • Bud
      December 18, 2013 at 10:03 am

      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.

  76. lalinotlolly
    September 20, 2013 at 12:19 am

    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

    • Bud
      October 2, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      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.

      • GoWest&LoseTheSTress
        November 15, 2013 at 11:03 am

        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.

        • Bud
          November 25, 2013 at 8:28 am

          Hey as long as the material fully melts when heated and does not contain any residual plant matter it’ll work

  77. ZREDD
    September 2, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    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?


    • Bud
      September 8, 2013 at 11:25 am

      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.

  78. Artchick
    August 31, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    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?


    • Bud
      September 3, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      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.

  79. Bluedream8
    August 27, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    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!

    • Bud
      September 3, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      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.

    • Anonymous
      July 29, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      Get a airzer solo .

  80. Shannon
    August 10, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    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!

    • Bud
      August 12, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      Hey Shannon,

      Thank you very much for your feedback, it is greatly appreciated, and I will certainly keep it in mind when creating future reviews of vape pens.

      Kind regards,

    • Anonymous
      April 8, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      I wanna sleep with you

  81. justin
    August 8, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    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?

    • Bud
      August 13, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      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.

  82. Rellie
    August 1, 2013 at 8:11 am

    ha ha buy – the extreme Q gets the job done lol

  83. Rellie
    August 1, 2013 at 8:10 am

    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 :-)

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