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The Many Types of Vape Pens

July 21, 2022

Many cannabis consumers prefer using vape pens over smoking a joint or eating an edible. How could we blame them? Vapes are mobile, discrete, easier to dose, and for those who prefer to keep their cannabis consumption on the DL, way less skunky in the odour department. 

There are about a bajillion vape pens available to consumers, and they vary quite a bit. We’re here to clear the smoke (ahem) on the different types of vape pens so you can find the one that’s right for you. Let’s dig in.

Anatomy of Cannabis Vaporizers

Most vape pens are quite similar in construction, though some have extra bells and whistles. But for the most part, cannabis vaporizers are composed of the following: 

  • Battery: to power that vape up. Many vapes come with rechargeable batteries that can be recharged with a USB charging cord.
  • Charger: most chargers are at the pen’s bottom and can be recharged with a mini USB cord.
  • Tank, a.k.a. vape cartridge: this is where the cannabis oil is stored, and tanks can be refillable or disposable.
  • Atomizer: those clouds you see from people vaping? That’s an atomizer at work — the heating element that converts cannabis oil into vapour. 
  • Mouthpiece: designed to be comfortable when you close your lips around them, the width of the opening affects a cloud’s fullness and the flavour experienced. 
  • Buttons: many vapes simply activate when you draw on your pen with your lips, while others have buttons that turn it on and off to activate the atomizer.

Types of Vape Pens

Now that we’ve got vaporizer bits and bobs out of the way, let’s take a look at the different types of vape pens.

Dry Herb Vape Pens

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For those who prefer flower over concentrates, flower vapes for dry herb are the way to go. Put your ground weed in the tank and the atomizer heats up the ground cannabis until it becomes vapour. One of the more well-known dry herb vapes on the market is Pax, though newer models come with concentrate chambers or are equipped for high temperature dabs. The Pax, however, may not be a good starter-pen for the vape-curious, prices begin at $150. An average pen will set you back between $80 to $120.

If you’re just testing out the waters of the dry herb vape, try out the Avant Dry Herb Vaporizer. It’s affordable and you can even get it delivered. 

Dab/Wax Vape Pens

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For the stoner experienced in consuming high potency cannabis, these pens come with higher capacity batteries to meet the temperature demands of dabbing. Operating much the same as a vape pen, these are way more hassle free than your standard rig and allow you to dab on the go. There are several options available to consumers that run a wide range of prices, from about $50 to $150.

Cartridge Pens

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The most entry-level of the vape types, pens come with 510 thread tanks, also known as vape cartridges that are either refillable or replaceable. Tanks are typically clear to indicate when it is time to either refill the tank or replace it. 

There is also the option of a disposable vape pen, which can be discarded when the tank runs dry. But please think about the planet before dropping it in the garbage. Check in with your favourite dispensary to see if they work with a local recycling company or can tell you the most green way to dispose of it.

The Wrap Up

For the most part, vape pens are very affordable, running the price gamut from around $15 to $150. However, if you go for the lowest price you could end up with low quality. You may want to weigh the pros and cons of buying something made poorly that has to be replaced frequently, or something a little more expensive but of higher quality. 

Now that you’ve got the skinny, this little primer should arm you well, whether you’re upgrading your pen or just getting started. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Different Types of Vape Pens?

The most common vape pens are cartridge pens, dry herb vaporizers, and dab/wax pens.

Do Vape Pen Batteries Fit All Cartridges?

Most of the basic vape pens use the same kind of battery, but it’s not standard across brands. 

How Do I Know What Vape Pen to Buy?

Tough call. You may want to consider how often you consume, whether you want to consume concentrate, dry herb, or wax, and the quality you’d like from your pen.

What are the Different Types of Cartridges?

The most common cartridge is the 510 thread, named for the 510 mm thread that connects to the battery. Other brands like Pax have cartridges specific to the device, or are disposable.