If you are a smoker, you have likely heard, or have probably used electronic cigarettes, which are healthy and cooler replacements for traditional tobacco cigarettes.
Vape pens are the current refinement of electronic cigarettes.
Similar to e-cigarettes, vaporizer pens do not burn anything.
Rather, they produce a smokeless vapor of concentrate through a heating element powered by a tiny battery.
Unlike e-cigarettes, they allow you to add your own wax solutions, oils or liquid nicotine. It resembles a fountain pen in size and shape, hence the name.
Nevertheless, not all vape pens are the same. Before buying one, consider these important factors:
Long lasting batteries
Most vape pens now use lithium ion batteries, which are better and last longer.
However, a few cheap brands use older battery technology. Therefore, you want to confirm that the vaporizer uses lithium ion before purchasing.
Longer battery life allows you to get your ‘fix’ anytime, anywhere, without any worries.
Compatibility of concentrate
Perhaps one of the most essential considerations is whether you intend to vape oil, dry herbs or wax.
Some vape pens are compatible with all three concentrates and work efficiently, while other vaporizers can only handle one or two concentrates.
However, when deciding which one to use, also keep in mind that e-juice or oil is the most widely accessible concentrate for vaping.
If you use the wrong concentrate on your vape pen, you will damage it and/or have a very unpleasant vaping experience.
For instance, dry herbs begin to vaporize at 360 F, which is a very low temperature compared to that of wax or oil. If you put dry herbs in an oil or wax vaping pen, they will combust and release toxic smoke rather than clean vapor.
Of course, you should decide how much you want to spend on your vape pen. The less you are willing to spend, the more limited your ideal options.
Like purchasing other things, you generally get what you pay for. If you want quality and durability, you should be willing to spend upwards of $100.
Cheap, low quality vape pens are notorious for burning the concentrate, heating up very slow, and breaking down just when you need them the most.
If you intend to spend less than $100 on your vaporizer, you should consider saving up for a better unit.
Aesthetics and other features
As aforementioned, all vape pens are tube-shaped like fountain pens. Nevertheless, many brands add various features to distinguish themselves from the rest.
For instance, some are smaller in length than others, which come in handy if you are looking for easy portability and discretion.
Other models may have a low restriction on each draw, which is a useful feature for people with a certain medical condition.
Authenticity is also very important. The internet is full of cheap imitations and counterfeits that do not meet half the quality standards of the originals.
Avoid disappointing and substandard vaping experience.