Best Vape Pens

By Lindsay Fox Posted May 18, 2019

Best Vape Pen Vaporizers for E-Liquid


For a smoker first making the switch to vaping, or for a vaper who wants to keep things as simple as possible, finding the best vape pen brands on the market is a big priority. Offering vast improvements in performance in comparison to cigalike devices and being considerably more compact and simple than the vape mods many long-term vapers gravitate towards, vape pens are the perfect middle-ground for the vaper who wants solid performance without a lot of unnecessary bells and whistles.


Traditionally, vaporizer pens were basically eGo-style devices, with 650 to 1000 mAh batteries and fairly small, high-ohm coil clearomizers, but the best vape pens for 2018 extend beyond these traditional boundaries, with many devices sporting bigger – almost mod-like – batteries and supporting sub-ohm resistances. This might blur the boundaries between vape pens and mods, but it’s added some excellent performers to the class.


So here’s our list of the best vaporizer pens for e-liquid currently on the market, ranging from the more basic, traditional styles through to the modern, sub-ohm capable beasts that push the category to breaking point.


Best Vape Pens for E-Liquid



10 – Aspire CF-VV+


Aspire CF VV Battery - Best Vape Pen


The Aspire CF-VV+ battery is a bigger device than some of the more basic vape pens, but with substantial battery life and the ability to adjust the power you send to your atomizer, it easily ranks among the top vapes on the market today. The device has a carbon fiber exterior and a single, flat fire button on the front. The voltage can be adjusted from 3.3 to 4.8 V using the dial on the bottom of the device, which allows you to tailor the power output to suit the atomizer you’re using, and the battery has a 1000 mAh capacity. This should last most vapers through a day of use. It also features a spring-loaded 510 connector so it works effectively with a wide range of atomizers and tanks.


The CF-VV+ comes in a kit with the Aspire Nautilus for under $80, offering a 2 ml capacity tank with five spare 1.8 ohm vertical coils, a USB charging cable and wall adapter. Overall, it’s a great deal, and even though it’s a fairly old device, the excellent performance and variable voltage functionality keeps it in the running as one of the best options on the market.


Aspire CF-VV Vaporizer Pen for E-Liquid


9 – Kanger K-Pin Mini All-in-One


Kanger K Pin - Best eGo E-Cig



The K-Pin Mini from Kanger is a compact, all-in-one style vape pen, incorporating a tank into the design of the device and putting ease of use above all else. This makes it a great option for new vapers, because if you pick the vape pen up, all you need is some e-juice and you’re ready to start vaping. The K-Pin Mini has an in-built 1,500 mAh battery as standard, and the on-board tank has a top-filling design and a 2 ml capacity. You get a 0.5 ohm coil with the kit, making this one of the most beginner-friendly sub ohm vape pens on the market. The performance is excellent, and design features ranging from the leak-proof design to the simple one-button operation make it a great option for newer vapers in particular. You can pick up the device, a coil and the USB charging cable for $22.95.


Kanger K-Pin Mini AIO


8 – Innokin Endura T18


Innokin Endura - Best Vape Pens 2016


Innokin might be best-known for their MVP series of box mods, but the Endura T18 sees them venturing into the field of entry-level devices, and it’s one of the best vaporizer pens on the market today. The device might be a bit lower in battery capacity and power output than some of the options on this list, but the vape pen still has a lot to offer, with a simple one-button operation, top-filling tank and a sleek, appealing design.


The Endura T18 features a 1000 mAh battery and a 14 watt output when paired with a 1.5 ohm coil, putting the battery as less capable than many bigger devices but still providing more than enough vapor and a long enough battery life for less intensive vapers. It comes with a USB charger, and allows vaping while charging, meaning you never have to go without something to vape. The device is paired with the Prism tank, which has a 2.5 ml juice capacity and uses organic cotton coils for superior flavor. The tank is top-filling, with the top twisting open and revealing ample space to refill. The setup is designed for the mouth-to-lung hits smokers are accustomed to, so it’s a stand-out option for anybody new to vaping.


The Endura T18 comes in a kit with the battery, tank, a replacement coil, USB charger and a unique vape stand, all for $27.95.


Innokin Endura T18 Vaporizer Pen


7 – Apollo Ohm Go


Apollo Ohm Go - Best Vape Pens for 2016


Apollo has been in the e-cigarette industry for a long time, and they’ve kept pace with the developments in the industry by expanding from basic cigalikes to vapor pens and even box mods. Their Valiant kit is still a great option, but their entry into this list of the top vape pens on the market comes in the form of the Ohm Go kit. The device the kit takes its name from puts out a substantial amount of power – up to 50 W when paired with the right type of coil – and is actually self-adjusting, making it a near-unbeatable option for new vapers unsure about appropriate settings and just looking for a simple experience.


The battery has a substantial 1900 mAh capacity, and comes with a USB charging cable, as well as working in passthrough mode so you can vape while you’re charging. All of this makes it a fantastic option for beginners looking to get their first serious device, and the included Portal tank only makes this better. It’s a 3 ml capacity sub-ohm tank, coming with two atomizer heads – one 0.5 ohm and one 1.0 ohm – and designed with ease-of-use in mind. The kit costs $19.95 at time of writing.


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6 – Eleaf iJust 3 Acrylic


iJust 3 Acrylic by Eleaf



The iJust series from Eleaf brings performance you’d expect from a box mod into a vape pen package, balancing simplicity against performance to keep everyone happy, from new switchers to long-term vapers. The original iJust 3 was realistically just as good, but the acrylic version offers exactly the same hardware in a much cooler-looking package.


The iJust puts out up to 80 W of power, with a 2,300 mAh internal battery to keep you vaping through the day even at higher powers. There is only one button on the iJust 3, so all you need to do is fill up and press the button to vape. It also has a four-color LED so you can see your remaining battery life at a glance. The device comes with the Duro Ello tank, which bows out to allow for a huge 6.5 ml juice capacity. It has a simple top-fill design and dual bottom adjustable airflow. The tank comes with two coils: a 0.2 ohm option and a 0.15 ohm option that works best at slightly higher powers.


The performance from the device is hard to fault, and with a sizable internal battery and a user-friendly design, it’s an excellent pen-style vaping device. You can pick it up for $52.95.



Eleaf iJust 3 Vape Pen Starter Kit


5 – Kanger Subvod


Subvod by Kanger - Best Vape Pens


The Subvod sees Kanger putting out one of the top vape pens for e-liquid users today, with a compact-yet-capable battery that supports sub-ohm vaping and a simple, user-friendly design. The Subvod battery has a 1300 mAh capacity, which is lower than some of the options on the list but allows them to keep the size down to 3 ½ inches tall by ¾ of an inch in diameter. It supports resistances down to 0.4 ohms, meaning it’s capable of powering most of the sub-ohm tanks on the market today, and can be charged up via the included USB cable.


The Subvod kit comes with the battery and the Toptank Nano, a 3.2 ml capacity sub-ohm tank featuring adjustable airflow, a glass tank and a top or bottom filling design. The tank comes with a 0.5 ohm stainless steel organic cotton coil, so all you have to get to start vaping is some e-juice. The combination of simple filling on the tank and the one-button operation of the battery makes this a stand-out option for new vapers, and the performance with both of them together is hard to fault.


The kit costs $38.95, making it a fantastic deal for anyone looking for a modern, more powerful vaporizer pen in a slightly less chunky package.


Kanger Subvod Vaporizer Kit for E-Liquid Vaping


4 – VaporFi Rocket



VaporFi Rocket Vape Pen


VaporFi has a wide range of devices on offer, ranging from cigalikes right through to high-powered, temperature control box mods, but their mid-size range includes some of the most popular vaporizer pens on the market. Although the VaporFi Edge offers bigger vapor production and a higher-power vaping experience, as a beginner-friendly vaporizer pen starter kit, the VaporFi Rocket is their best offering. The device features a 1600 mAh battery, and supports variable voltage from 3.2 to 4.8 volts, allowing you to adjust your vaping experience to suit your preferences and the specific juice you have loaded up. The voltage setting is controlled by a ring on the bottom of the battery.


The VaporFi Rocket vaporizer comes with a purpose-built tank, which holds 2.5 ml of juice and comes with one 1.8 ohm atomizer head installed and five more spare. The tank has an airflow control system much like that on the Kanger Aerotank, allowing for fine control over your draw and supporting both mouth-to-lung and straight-to-lung inhalation styles. The VaporFi Rocket tank has a bottom-filling design but both refilling and changing coils are very straightforward, making it a solid option for new vapers.


The VaporFi Rocket comes in a kit with a vape tank, five spare coils, USB charger, wall adapter and user manual for $89.99. This is the most expensive vaporizer on the list, but the build quality is excellent and VaporFi has a stand-out US-based customer support team – a big deal for newer vapers.


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3 – Joyetech eGo One


eGo One - Best Vape Pen


The eGo from Joyetech is basically the original vaporizer pen, so it’s no surprise that Joyetech has one of the best vape pens on the market. Like many manufacturers, although they still put out standard-style vapor pens, Joyetech has progressed to larger, higher-power designs while still keeping operation as simple as possible. The eGo One brings the classic device into the modern era of vaping, supporting resistances down to 0.5 ohms and featuring a 2200 mAh battery (with a 1100 mAh version also available), and being paired with a 2.5 ml tank with different atomizer heads to suit either mouth-to-lung or straight-to-lung inhalation styles.


The core functionality of the eGo One is as simple as the older eGo devices, with a single button for firing and little else to contend with, but the huge battery capacity and low-resistance atomizers puts the performance well beyond that offered by previous versions. The tank is also straightforward, with coil-changing and refilling being simple processes, and the adjustable airflow working through a basic control ring. The upshot is that you can’t do much better than the eGo one if you’re a new vaper, or even an experienced vaper looking for a straightforward device.


The eGo One also comes in two sizes, with the 2200 mAh version being the best choice in terms of battery life, and being priced at $47.99 at the time of writing. It comes with a battery, atomizer, two coils, two mouthpieces, USB charger and wall adapter. There’s also an 850 mAh Mini option if you want something more compact, priced at $39.95.


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2 – Smok Resa Stick



ResaStick Vape Pen for E-Juice


The Resa Stick from Smok takes a high spot on this best vape pen list because it brings the power and punch of higher-end mods into the form of a vape pen. The device looks cool – a cobra resin design adorning it’s stainless steel construction – without cluttering itself up with superfluous controls or dials, and it can really hit hard for such a simple device. From the huge tank to the sizable battery, this is the vape pen for anybody who wants to blow huge clouds but doesn’t want to take the leap into the world of mods.


The full Resa Stick setup is a combination of the Resa Stick battery and the Resa Baby sub ohm tank, and they work together exceptionally well. The battery has a huge 2,000 mAh capacity, which is more than enough to keep you vaping through the day. The output is effectively like a mechanical mod (so your power is determined by the remaining battery life), but they call it “smart” mechanical output, because it comes with important safety features like low resistance protection and an 8-second cutoff to protect against accidentally pressing the fire button. It charges via USB and you can vape while you charge, too.


The tank is a monster, too, with a stainless steel and resin construction, and coming with two sub ohm coils. The big selling-point for the tank is the spare glass piece that comes with it as standard: extending the tank capacity from 2 ml to a huge 7.5 ml, through a clever design that bulges out like a bulb in the middle. Combined with the 0.15 ohm mesh coil and the 0.25 ohm dual coil atomizer head that comes with the kit, as well as the dual adjustable airflow slots, the performance is hard to beat, but the locking top-fill system makes it really easy to use too.


The kit comes with the battery, the tank, two coils, a USB charging cable and a user manual, and costs just $30 (usually $44.95).


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1 – Smok Nord


Nord - #1 Vape Pen



The Nord is something between a pen-style device and a pod system, but the important thing is that it performs impressively well. It’s compact, looks great and puts out enough vapor to compete with vape pens considerably bigger than it. While chunkier options like the iJust 3 and the Resa Stick might seem hard to beat, the Nord does a lot more than you’d expect from such a user-friendly and portable device.


The core of the Nord is the pod tank system. It has changeable coils – coming with a 0.6 ohm and a 1.4 ohm option, for direct-to-lung and mouth-to-lung vaping, respectively – which sets it apart from many pod devices. The pod-like tank is also refillable, accessed through a fill hole on its side, holding 3 ml of juice. For longer-term vapers, the 0.6 ohm coil offers sub ohm vaping and excellent performance in terms of both flavor and vapor. The 1.4 ohm coil is better for smokers just making the switch because of the tighter draw, but the performance is still hard to fault.


The 1,100 mAh battery might seem a little small, but for a pod-style device it’s well beyond most of the competition, and you can easily get through a day of vaping from a single charge. The device only has one button for operation, which handles switching the device on and off, checking the battery (with a multi-colored LED giving you an indication of battery life) and serving as the fire button. Overall, it’s super user friendly as well as performing excellently. We have a full review here if you want more information.


The Nord costs $29.99 new, which is a great price for such a capable device, along with the tank and two coils.


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Vape Pen Buying Guide


Vaporizer Pens Keep Getting Better


So there is a lot of choice when it comes to finding the most popular vape pen for your needs. If you’re looking for something that can vaporize more than just e-liquid, the V2 Pro Series is really the only game in town, but there are also several stand-out devices for new vapers just looking for something to replace cigarettes or for experienced vapers looking for serious, sub-ohm vapor production and huge clouds. One thing is for sure, we’ve come a long way since the days of the first eGos, and things are only going to get better.


Still confused? Here is some basic information about what vaporizer pens are, how they work, how to choose the best vapor pen for your needs and some safety and maintenance tips:


What is a Vape Pen? How Do They Work?

 How E-Cigs Work


The simplest definition of a vape pen (aka “vapor pen”, “vaporizer pen”, “e-pen”, “e-cig pen”) is that it’s a refillable e-cigarette that’s roughly the size of a pen. Really, though, they aren’t the size of regular pens; they’re more like the size of a marker pen or a cigar. They’re composed of two main parts: a long battery and a small tank which is filled with e-juice.


They work like pretty much any other e-cig on the market. The battery sends power to the “atomizer,” which is a fancy word for a coil of wire surrounding some absorbent “wick” material, and this vaporizes the e-juice in the tank and turns it into an inhalable vapor. The atomizer is really at the heart of the vapor pen (and all e-cigarettes), because the coil gets hot when electricity flows through it, and heats the e-juice soaked into the wick to produce the vapor.


Vapor pens are almost all “manually” operated, which means they have a button you have to press and hold as you vape. This button starts the flow of current, which in turn vaporizes the juice. The tank is another key component because it ensures that the coil and wick have a constant supply of e-juice. Tanks that fit e-pens are generally around 2 ml in capacity, although some are a bit bigger and some are a bit smaller.


Like many terms used in vaping, though, the definition isn’t particularly clear-cut and there are some devices which blur the boundaries between vaporizer pens and vape mods. Although pen vaporizers ordinarily just operate at a fixed voltage, some e-pens do allow you to set your own voltage, and despite the marker-pen size being a defining feature of these devices, some are bigger than this and some are smaller. In short, there really isn’t too rigid a definition, but the key features are always there.


Some vapor pens also don’t vaporize e-juice, or vaporize e-juice as well as other things. These are still vapor pens, but they aren’t as likely to have a tank, and may operate in a different way. For instance, dry herb vaporizers need to operate at a consistent temperature (rather than periodically getting hot like e-juice vaporizers), so they use slightly different heating methods.


Types of Vaporizer Pens


There are several different types of e-pens on the market, but for the purposes of looking for a top-rated vape pen, it’s easiest to split them up based on what they’re designed to vaporize. So here’s a brief guide to the different types of vape pens with this in mind:


  • E-Liquid Vape Pens: E-juice vape pens work like we described above: they use an atomizer to vaporize e-juice, which is a mixture of some common solvents, food flavorings and usually nicotine. These vaporize whenever you press a button to start the flow of current through the coil.


  • Dry Herb Vape Pens: Dry herb vape pens are a lot different to e-juice vape pens. These have a chamber, which you fill with your chosen herb (or even tobacco), and this is brought up to a constant temperature when you switch it on. These vape pens are normally switched on and then they remain hot for a “session,” which can vary in length but is usually between 2 and 5 minutes.


  • Wax and Oil Vape Pens: These vape pens are used to vaporize concentrates and waxes, and they work in a relatively similar way to e-juice vape pens. They have coils which heat up when you press a button in the same way, but they often don’t have wicks, because there's nothing that can really soak up into them, and don't have tanks either. Instead, the concentrate is applied directly to the coil before vaping.


  • 3-in-1 Vape Pens: These are vape pens that do it all. Most have a changeable cartridge system, so one works for e-juice, one works for dry herb and one works for waxes and oils. This usually means the vaporizer itself is a little more complicated (since it has to either apply periodic heat or maintain a consistent temperature), but overall they’re a combination of the three types described above.


How to Choose the Best Vapor Pen


So what should you look out for when you’re trying to find the best vaporizer pen? The key to wading through the options and finding the right device is really thinking about what you’re looking for in a vape pen: there’s no one “best” device for everybody, so you should focus on finding the right device for you.


What Do You Want to Vape?


V2 Pro Cartridges
The e-juice and loose leaf (dry herb) cartridges from the V2 Pro Series 3.


The first thing to consider when you’re looking for a reliable vape pen is what you want to use it for. Will you only be vaping e-juice? Or are you looking specifically for a dry herb or wax vape pen? If you’re not sure or want to vape all three types, 3-in-1 vaporizer pens are the obvious choice, but otherwise you can choose something specialized to your specific purpose.


The only real problems you’ll run into are if you’re looking for a dry herb vape pen. Many vape pen sized dry herb vaporizers don’t perform very well, heating the herb unevenly and usually leaving some unvaporized. The only real option for dry herb vape pen that actually works is the V2 Pro Series 3, and while there may be other options we’ve not tried or haven’t heard of, this is the only pen-sized dry herb vaporizer we can really recommend at the moment. It’s also a 3-in-1 device, so it’s great whatever you’re hoping to vape. If you want more options for dry herb vaporizers, you’ll have to consider larger devices.


The Size and Capacity of the Battery

 Best Vape Pens - Battery Sizes


Regardless of the type of e-cig pen you’re looking for, battery life is an important factor to consider. In general, bigger batteries are better, but if portability is important, it’s worth considering some lower-capacity, smaller options.


Battery life is shown through its capacity, which is quoted as a number followed by mAh, which stands for milliamp hours. This is quite easy to interpret, too: bigger numbers mean your battery will last longer, if operating at the same power. But larger-capacity batteries are bulkier too – or, for a e-pen, usually longer – so it’s a bit of a trade-off between battery life and portability.


For example, the Endura T18 e-liquid pen has a capacity of 1000 mAh, compared to 400 mAh for the smallest Halo Triton vaporizer pen. This tells you that – all else being equal – the Endura will last about two and a half times longer between charges in comparison to the Triton.


Variable Voltage and Variable Temperature


Best Vape Pens - Variable Voltage


Although most vaporizer pens operate at a fixed voltage or temperature, some allow you to choose a setting to suit your preferences. This is really best seen as an extra feature rather than something you necessarily need, because you can get an excellent vape on many devices without variable voltage or variable temperature.


However, some of the better vape pens – regardless of type – allow you to choose one of several settings. For e-liquid and wax pen vaporizers, this is a voltage. For example, the Evod VV has five voltage settings between 3.2 and 4.8 V, which means you can tailor your performance to suit your preference or the specific e-juice you’re using. Most dry herb vapor pens operate at a fixed temperature, but larger dry herb vaporizers give you several options for temperature settings, and again, it’s generally better to have options (even if not strictly necessary).


How Big is the Tank?


Vape Pen Tank Size


While you can always fill up again if you drain your tank, ideally you want to avoid doing it too much, so you should consider the size of the tank when you’re buying an e-liquid pen. The size of vape pens does limit this a little, because to have a flush fit you can’t have a huge 5 ml tanks (like you’ll find on many sub ohm devices), but it’s always worth checking this to ensure you aren’t buying something with a tiny tank. For pen vaporizers, a 1.5 to 2 ml capacity is about right, but in general, bigger tanks are always better.


Although dry herb pens don’t have a “tank,” the chamber size is an equally important consideration. If you can’t get much herb in the chamber, then you won’t be satisfied after a single session, so it’s worth checking this out before you may your purchase. The V2 Pro Series 3, for instance, has a 385 cubic mm chamber, which we found to be plenty of space for a single session, but if you want to vape more between refilling, you can find something bigger than this (like the Pro Series 7 from V2, even though this couldn’t really be considered a “vape pen” due to the size of the battery).


What Type of Coils Does it Use?


Most vapor pens use basic single-coil atomizers to vaporize your vape juice or wax, but some incorporate dual coils for better performance. The reason for this is simple: the more coils you have, the larger the surface area to get hot when you vape, and therefore the more you vaporize with each puff. Most wax vaporizers won’t have many options, but some (like the Source Orb V3) do offer dual coil setups too, and these generally offer better performance.


Best Vape Pens - Coil Head Options
A single coil atomizer head (left) and a dual coil one (right).


For e-liquid vaporizer pens, dual coil atomizer heads are reasonably common, and will generally boost both flavor and vapor production, but other setups like vertical coils can make a lot of difference. You can still get an excellent vape with ordinary horizontal single coils (and dual or vertical coils certainly aren’t necessary), but in general you’ll have a more satisfying experience with devices that support dual coil or vertical coil atomizer heads. This isn’t a deal-breaker, but if you’re choosing between a device that supports additional coil types and one that only has single coils, the dual or vertical coil option will probably be better.


How Does it Perform? Check Reviews!


The biggest factor to consider when you’re looking for vape pens isn’t something you can learn from the specifications or features of the device: you need to know how it performs in practice. Although you can infer a little based on the characteristics of the device, the only real way to get to the bottom of this is by reading reviews. The main focus of pretty much any review of a vape pen will be how well it vapes, so it’s always worth checking out vape pen reviews – ideally as many as you can – to see what users are saying about the device.


Finding the Best Vaporizer Pen


Vaporizer Pen for E-liquid


So if you consider all of these factors, you’ll have much more success in finding the right vape pen for your needs. Unfortunately, there’s always some trial and error when it comes to finding something to suit your preferences, but the points above should help narrow your focus onto the devices most likely to be right for you.


The Cost of Vape Pens


As with most things, you tend to get what you pay for with e-pens. There are tons of cut-price options on the market, and while some of these are solid devices, there are many more disappointing options at the lower end of the price range.


For e-juice pens, most of the high-quality options covered in the list above are in the range between $20 and $40, although some are a little more expensive. If you stick to this price range you’ll avoid overpaying, but sometimes it’s worth paying a little more for a wider range of features or a better quality device. For example, the 2200 mAh version of the eGo One offers excellent battery life and sub ohm vaping for $47.99, and it’s well worth paying a little more for, and VaporFi’s products tend to be quite expensive but very high quality.


For dry herb and wax/concentrate vaporizer pens, the prices tend to be a little higher. For example, High Times did a run-down of the best wax vape pens – covering 25 different vape pens – and most were priced around the $80 mark. As we mentioned earlier, the V2 Pro Series 3 is the only vape pen we’d recommend for dry herb vaping, and this is priced very competitively at $59.99 for the device and e-juice attachment, with the loose leaf and wax cartridges being optional add-ons at $24.99 each. This still puts it well within the standard range, and it has the added benefit of being a single device that can do it all.


Common Issues With Vaporizer Pens


Once you’ve picked up a good vape pen, all you need to do is learn to use it and deal with any minor issues that come up in use. Generally, the issues you’ll run into will be very minor, and are generally more common with e-juice and wax vape pens than dry herb ones, so we’ll cover some of the basics here.


E-Liquid Vape Pens: Leaking


E-Cig Leaking Problems


By far the most common problem you’ll run into with e-juice pens is leaking. There are many possible reasons for this, but the most common – and simple to solve – is the connections around the tank not being sealed or screwed down properly. Almost all e-juice vaporizer pens have a screw-on bottom section, and it almost goes without saying that if you don’t tighten this down enough you’ll leave gaps for your juice to leak out through. Make sure everything is connected up properly and you shouldn’t have issues.


However, you should avoid over-tightening the tank connections. As well as screwing into place, tanks use “O-rings” to form a tight seal. If you tighten too much, you can actually damage the O-rings and give your e-juice a route out of your tank. It’s hard to quantify how much tightening is “too much,” but in general you should screw everything down so it’s firmly attached but shouldn’t screw it on as tightly as you can. If you’re worried you’ve damaged your O-rings, disassemble your tank and inspect them for damage. If you notice a problem, most devices come with spare O-rings, so you can simply replace the one you’ve damaged.


The main other cause for a leaking vapor pen is juice making its way into the atomizer head or the central tube. If you’re getting gurgling sounds when you vape, this is probably the issue. Firstly, when you refill you should always avoid getting juice down the centre tube. Avoiding flooding can be difficult, but the best advice is to remember that inhaling more sharply or forcefully doesn’t get you more vapor – keep your inhalations gentle and slow and let the vapor come to you. If you suck too hard, you basically turn the central tube into a straw and cause flooding. If you’re still having an issue after softening your inhalations, you probably just need to replace your atomizer head.


All Vaporizer Pens: Connection and Power Issues


Regardless of the type of vapor pen you’re using, all of them need a constant supply of power and a good connection to the atomizer or coil. Problems with power are simple to solve: you probably just need to recharge your device. It could also be that your battery is locked or switched off – simply press the “fire” button five times in quick succession (depending on your device) and this should remedy the issue.


If you try to charge the device but it won’t respond, or if it seems to have power but it doesn’t produce vapor, you may have a connection problem. This is usually caused by the contact pin (where you connect the atomizer) being pushed down too far. This is a bit of a delicate procedure, but you can manually raise it up with the tip of a thin screwdriver.


You should be able to see some space around the edges of the contact point – put the tip of the screwdriver in there and gently wiggle it to raise the contact upwards. Do the same thing all the way around – being careful not to force it too much – and try connecting your atomizer or charger again. If it still doesn’t connect, repeat the process (raising the contact point just a little bit each time) until it does.


You may also run into connection problems because of e-juice built up on the contact point, and this is simply fixed by cleaning it using a Q-tip or paper towel. Of course, it could also be that your vape pen is broken, but it’s definitely worth trying these fixes (and others) before you give up on it.  The same basic advice carries over to other types of vape pen: connection problems are solved in the same way, and if you have any debris or juice on it, that could be causing the issues you’re experiencing.


 Wax Pens: Heating Chamber Issues


Vape Pen Troubleshooting


If you’re having problems with a wax vaporizer pen and the battery or atomizer connection doesn’t appear to be the issue, it could be due to the coil itself within the heating chamber not making contact with the pins. This can be rectified with a bit of manual adjustment with the help of a straightened paperclip or a toothpick, but you have to be very careful since this can irreparably damage the coil if you’re too firm.


First off, look into the heating chamber. The coil starts its spiral towards the middle of the chamber, but around the outside you should be able to see two pins where the ends of the coil connect. The problem is likely that your coil isn’t making contact with these, so you should push down on them (again, gently) with your paperclip or toothpick. The aim is to get the tips making contact with the pins again without distorting or damaging the coil in any way. If this doesn’t work, inserting the toothpick or paperclip in the center of coil and moving it ever so slightly can also help.


Vaporizer Pen Safety Tips


Thankfully, the best-rated vape pens generally come with in-built safety features and there is a limited amount that can go wrong and do you any harm. That said, there are a few useful safety tips you should keep in mind to make sure you don’t run into any issues.


  • Turn off your device when you carry it around: Vaporizer pens are able to be locked or switched off for a reason. When you’re carrying the device around, it could accidentally fire and either ruin your coil or stress the battery too much and cause more serious issues. Turn off or lock your battery when you’re carrying it around (usually by pressing the fire button five times quickly) to remove this danger.


  • Use the included charger: Charging problems are the biggest source of risk with vapor pens (even though it’s still not very likely), because despite manufacturer’s intentions to prevent issues, things can go wrong. The risk of charging problems is drastically reduced if you use the charger that came with your device. You could match the power rating of your old charger with a replacement, but it’s better to stick to the manufacturer’s recommended one to avoid any problems.


  • Don’t overcharge: Again, manufacturers generally try to make it so vaporizer pens can’t be overcharged, but it’s a good idea to take your device off charge when you realize it’s done. This is usually shown by an LED on the charger turning from red to green, or perhaps the light on the fire button turning off.


  • Don’t leave it charging unattended or charge overnight: Finally, to both avoid overcharging and so you’re on hand in case there are any issues, it’s better to only charge your device when you’ll be present. If there’s a problem during charging – for example, your device overheating – it’s better to be there to deal with it as soon as you notice it. If you don’t deal with any issues (or are asleep) it will likely get worse and could even cause an explosion.


  • Clean up any e-liquid spills: For those using an e-juice vapor pen, it’s important to remember that nicotine can absorb through your skin, so any e-juice spills should be cleaned up right away. Just using warm, soapy water is fine, but you can also use rubbing alcohol (which may be particularly useful for big spills). If you spill any juice on your skin or clothes it’s a good idea to clean your skin right away and change any affected clothes.


It’s worth stressing again that serious issues really aren’t very likely. You don’t need to take these steps to stay safe because your device is dangerous or anything like that; it’s simply to be prepared for the unlikely event that you do have a serious problem. For example, your battery probably won’t overheat during charging, but if you’re really unlucky, taking steps to stay safe could mean the difference between the situation getting worse and your vaporizer pen turning into a firework and you simply losing the vape pen. Of course, the best-rated vape pens have in-built safety mechanisms to prevent this from happening, but you should still take precautions.




Hopefully this guide (and our list of the best vape pens) has given you a basic introduction to vape pens, how they work, the types there are, how you find a good one and how to deal with any issues that may crop up. Of course, this really just scratches the surface, but we have plenty of additional information in our “Basics of Vaping” posts and our safety series which you can check out on our blog. Vaping can seem very complicated when you’re just getting started, but it’s really not as bad as it seems, and when you get to grips with it, your lungs will thank you.