2016 has come and gone and that year certainly had a boom in many vaporizer companies jumping in to the world of the vape biz and introducing their own version of concentrate pen. The year before all these vape companies had their minds set on creating the winning dry herb vaporizer, the portable unit being the standard preference of choice. At the start of last year I didn't even have one concentrate pen on my store for sale, now I have a lucky number of 13.
The simple law of supply and demand comes to mind, with many avid vaporizer users looking for a way to use oils and waxes with their vape. Most dry herb vaporizers are not specifically designed with concentrates in mind the heating chambers are not properly designed to hold oils as well as the extra heat also needed to vaporize the concentrate of choice efficiently.
This is very much down to preference, what are you looking for in a vaporizer? There are portable hybrid vaporizers available and this is ideal for someone that likes to vape both dry herb and concentrates. Portable Vapes also tend to have a longer lifespan and warranty at the expense of being bigger and able to be designed a little more rugged. But you get what you pay for and the price of a hybrid vaporizer is expensive compared to a concentrate pen that will do a good job of vaping your concentrates for little money.
Well let’s start by breaking it down, the standard for a concentrate pen is to strip down into 3 pieces comprising of:
These fit together to become one complete vaporizer unit by usually threading together or sometimes clicking and staying together via magnets. So once you acquainted yourself with your new concentrate pen, you can move to the next phase and load the heating chamber with your concentrate of choice, for this most of these vapes are supplied with a dab tool, a tiny stainless steel type spoon to help you load you wax / oil easily. Once you have finished filling the chamber you can reattach the mouthpiece turn the unit on and start vaping by holding the power button down to heat while you draw on the unit.
At present there are three different types of atomizers used for the concentrate pen. The wicked, the wickless and the Donut.
Wicked - A wicked atomizer means that the heating element is wrapped around a piece of absorbent fiber that is Ideal for runny liquids such as low viscosity oils.
Wickless - A wickless atomizer means that the heating element is wrapped around a piece of quartz or ceramic, this is better for thicker concentrates like wax.
Donut - This is the newest of atomizer styles for the concentrate pen and probably one of the best in my opinion. This is a flat dish style with no exposed heating element.
Some pens have one simple heat setting while other come with more or are even adjustable so you can find the perfect sweet spot for your dabs.
Something to keep an eye out for when purchasing your concentrate pen if you intend to use it a lot. Most vapes now use a lithium-ion battery the higher the mh, the more charge your battery holds in theory.
Rods - The rod is what the coils wraps itself around if your vape pen is wicked the rod will be made out of some kind of absorbent material and wickless rods are either ceramic or more recently quartz. Quartz is supposedly better than ceramic as it’s completely inert and doesn't contaminate the taste what so ever.
Coils - The coil is essentially your heating element, the heart of your concentrate pen vaporizer. The most recent advance is titanium coils the reason being they have a higher resistance to burning out and are able to maintain better temperatures to get the best out you concentrate of choices flavors. Also worth mentioning is the amount of coils you may have. some wax pens only have one and other have as many as three, the more coils you have generally the faster the heat up is and the quicker you will nail your oils and waxes!
Well that is the end to this article and I hope I haven't missed anything out feel free to comment below, feedback is always welcome.