Best Wax, Dab, Oil Vape Pen
By Lindsay Fox Posted February 22, 2018
If you’re looking to vape marijuana but don’t want a portable dry herb unit, finding the best wax, dab or oil pen is one of the most convenient and effective ways to do it. While many dry herb vape pens don’t get the job done very well, a quality wax or concentrate vape pen allows you to get the medical or recreational benefits of marijuana on-the-go and with a relatively simple yet effective device.
But if you’re new to marijuana vaping, deciding on the best wax pen for your needs can seem difficult. Although checking out individual wax pen reviews is the most effective way to get all the details on a specific device, this list of our top 5 picks for the best wax pen gives you some awesome devices to consider.
Top 5 Best Dab Pens, Wax Pens and Oils Pens
5 – KandyPens Galaxy
The KandyPens Galaxy is widely-regarded as one of the best dab pens on the market, thanks to its great performance and beginner-friendly design. It has a simple, vape pen like design which makes it very portable, and it comes in a wide selection of colors.
The KandyPens Galaxy has three temperature settings available for vaping – 350, 390 and 430 °F (177, 199 and 221 °C) – which gives you plenty of control over the performance you get from the vape pen. The Galaxy uses a dual titanium coil with quartz crystal rods for clean heating that doesn’t impact the flavor of your concentrates. It has excellent battery life and hits hard, giving great performance across all temperature settings and regardless of whether you’re vaping waxes or oils. It also comes with a dab tool for loading your material, and the more recent versions have an improved airflow system too.
The Galaxy costs $99.95, and comes with the vape pen, atomizer and mouthpiece, the dab tool, a charger, a travel case and a USB charger.
4 – Atmos Kiln RA
The Atmos Kiln RA combines a sizable battery with a dual-post replaceable atomizer (hence the “RA” in the name) to take your concentrates vaping experience to the next level. It’s one of the best wax pen style devices on the market thanks to its excellent flavor and efficient performance.
The device comes with a 950 mAh internal battery, which is higher in capacity than many of the other contenders for the title of best dab pen, but achieves it without impacting portability too much. Despite the capacity, the Atmos Kiln is less than four and a half inches long, and although it’s a little fatter than some devices, this makes it a good choice for portability and stealth.
The Kiln RA has a ceramic chamber, which both offers great heat-resistance and doesn’t impact the flavor of your concentrate. The actual atomizer is a ceramic disc, but unlike on the standard Kiln, you can replace it easily when it runs out. This is a huge benefit because on other devices you’d have to replace the whole heating chamber when the old atomizer died. Throw in the high-quality build, the improved airflow and the efficient vaporization and it’s easy to see why the Kiln RA is considered one of the best concentrate vape pens on the market.
You can pick up the Kiln RA with plenty of extras and tools for $84.95.
3 – Dr. Dabber Aurora
The Dr. Dabber Aurora finds its way onto many lists of the best quality dab pen devices thanks to its simplicity of design and the fact you get a choice of three different heat settings rather than being stuck with one. It looks just like an ordinary vape pen, but features three different coil types – dual ceramic heating rods, dual quartz heating rods and a ceramic halo heater – and works with pretty much any type of concentrate you’ll find.
The Aurora is a particularly easy-to-use device thanks to the magnetic connections for both the atomizer and the charger. The upside to this is that you don’t have to worry about threading and screwing or unscrewing components, but it does also mean that there isn’t cross-compatibility with other devices. However, if it’s your first device or you’re happy to stick with it, this all makes the Aurora really user-friendly. It’s a solid performer, too, with a nice airy draw to complement the three settings and great flavor.
The Aurora is available for $99.95, and although this is a little more than some other devices, it’s well worth it if you’re looking for one of the best wax pen devices on the market.
2 – Pax Era
The Pax Era is a close contender for the title of best oil pen, but it’s a bit of an unconventional offering. While the Pax 3 offers dry herb vaping alongside an attachment for vaping concentrates or wax, the Era is designed specifically for concentrates, and looks a lot more like the JUUL than most other marijuana or wax vaporizer pens.
Just like with the JUUL, the Pax Era has “pods” that contain extract for you to vape. You can buy these from various places, but Bloom Farms has them available and has a store finder you can use to find a seller near you. Of course, this depends on where marijuana is legal to use either medically or recreationally, and this does limit the number of people that can get the most out of the Pax Era. The Pax 3 may be a better choice for recreational users in other places.
That said, there are some huge benefits to vaping with the Era. It’s so simple to use – since the pods are ready-made you don’t need to fill anything, you just drop it in place and you’re ready to vape. If you’ve ever used the JUUL, you’ll feel immediately at home, and the design takes some clear cues from it too. The battery is small – just 240 mAh – but it recharges in 45 minutes and still has brilliant battery life for such a tiny weed oil pen.
It might be simple to use, but that doesn’t take away from what it can do. There are four settings on the Era, and with the addition of the app, you can adjust the specific temperatures they represent. It may have no buttons, but by shaking the device with a pod in place (which shows the remaining battery) and then removing the pod, you start the device cycling through the available settings. Just reinsert the pod when it’s on the setting you want.
The Era is the JUUL of the marijuana oil pen world, and is arguably the best vape pen for oil altogether. It costs $19.99 for the actual device, but most of the cost comes from the pods.
1 – V2 Pro Series 3X
The competition for the title of best wax pen is pretty fierce, but the V2 Pro Series 3X is our pick. The big selling-point of this device is that it’s a 3-in-1 vaporizer pen, capable of supporting wax/concentrate, e-liquid and dry herb vaping thanks to its changeable magnetic cartridge system. The kit comes with two e-liquid atomizers as standard, but you can add a dry herb cartridge and/or a concentrate cartridge if that’s what you’re looking for. Whatever you’re vaping, you just drop the relevant cartridge into the cavity at the top of the device and the vape pen recognizes it automatically and behaves appropriately.
The Pro Series 3X has a vape pen like design and it’s a similar size, so it’s great for on-the-go use. The battery is slightly longer than on most vape pens, but in return you get a 750 mAh capacity that can either keep you going for around a day of vaping e-juice or for many sessions as a dab pen. Even if the battery runs out, the 3X lets you vape while you charge too.
The concentrates cartridge has a wickless stovetop-style coil to vaporize your concentrates, and can be set to three different voltages (from 1.8 to 3.3 V) to give you some control over your experience. The coil and the small metallic cup surrounding it can hold plenty of material for a session, and it’s really easy to open up and load. It’s simple but it works really well and the flavor is excellent.
The 3X in particular is a great vape pen for e-liquid too, with a sub ohm coil included in the kit as standard and better airflow than the previous version. Finally, the dry herb cartridge works surprisingly well for a vape pen – it’s one of the only options on the market that can actually vape herbs effectively.
All of this combined is why the Pro Series 3X is the best wax pen: it does wax excellently, but it manages to keep everything really user-friendly and is capable of so much more.
The kit costs $99.95, which comes with everything you need for e-liquid vaping, and you can add the concentrates cartridge for $24.95.
An Introduction to Wax Vape Pens
The five devices above include some of the very best concentrate vape pen devices on the market, but if you’re new to the world of vaping wax, concentrates, oils and dabs, you might have a lot of questions about what it is, how it works and how to choose the best wax pen for your needs. Although we can’t cover everything here, the remainder of the post addresses some key issues ranging from the very basics – like “what is a dab pen?” – through to more complicated questions like “are dabs bad for you?”
What is a Dab?
Dabs are basically concentrated forms of marijuana, where cannabinoids like THC and CBD are extracted into a wax, oil, or “shatter” – which is a concentrated extract that is glass-like when cool. These extracts tend to be quite potent in terms of THC content. Because of this, they're often used by people wanting efficient delivery for their medication or for recreational purposes. Most extractions either use butane, propane or carbon dioxide for the extraction process, but then the solvent is evaporated away and you’re left with a high-potency extract that can be consumed in many ways.
What is Dabbing Weed?
But the terminology is a little muddied because “dabbing” is also used as a verb, to describe the process of consuming dabs. If you’re wondering “what is dabbing weed?” then the answer is basically heating a concentrate up using a hot surface and then inhaling it through a bong-like “dab rig.” There are many “e-rigs” or dab vape pens with an electric heating mechanism, but traditional dabbing rigs require a blowtorch to use.
What is a Dab Pen?
A dab vape pen is a vape pen you can for “dabs.” This can include e-rigs like the Dr. Dabber Boost, which work more like a traditional dab rig just with an electronic heating source, or something more like a traditional vape pen that can be used for vaping dabs.
How to Smoke Wax Without a Rig
If you don’t have a dab rig or a vape pen for dabbing, you can still enjoy your wax or concentrate with the use of a wax vape pen. Many of these work a lot like ordinary e-cigarettes – having a coil wrapped around a “wick” (usually made from quartz or something similar) that heats up when you activate the device – but are designed to vape concentrates rather than e-liquid.
If you’re wondering how to vape wax, this is the simplest method, and even if you wanted to know how to smoke wax, vaping it is preferable for many reasons, so it’s worth trying out.
To use a wax vapor pen, you simply open up the cartridge to reveal the coil or coils, and apply a small amount of your concentrate (0.1 g usually is about right – which is around the size of a BB pellet) directly to the coils. You need to be careful to avoid misshaping or otherwise damaging the coils when you add your concentrate, but it can be hard to get the concentrate off the tool, so it’s hard to avoid making contact at all. When you’ve loaded up your wax vape pen, you re-attach the mouthpiece and use it like you would any other vape pen: just press the button and inhale from the tip.
Types of Concentrate Atomizers
With many different types of concentrate – ranging from quite runny oils to near-solid shatter – there are several different types of atomizers used for vaping concentrates, and finding out the basics helps you make the right choice for the best wax vape pen for you.
The three basic types of concentrate atomizers are wicked, wickless and flat/donut style. All of these have a chamber for you to add your material, but they’re really intended for different uses.
Wicked Atomizers for Weed Oil Pen Devices
Wicked concentrate atomizers have a wick a lot like an ordinary vape pen, made from silica or cotton, and this means they can only be used with low-viscosity concentrates like oils or slightly waxy oils.
Wickless Atomizers for Wax Vape Pen Devices
Wickless atomizers have a rod (usually ceramic or quartz) in place of the cotton or silica wick, and are mainly used for thicker waxes and shatter. They’re especially good for higher-temperature or higher-power concentrate vaping.
Like e-liquid atomizers, you can get wax vape pens with single, dual or triple coils, with more coils generally creating a thicker vapor.
Flat Ceramic Dish Atomizers for Concentrate Vape Pen Devices
The final type of atomizer uses a flat, ceramic, donut-shaped dish that you add your material to without making direct contact with the coil itself. In fact, these designs have no exposed coil or wick at all. This is great for flavor, but these types of atomizer only really allow lower-temperature vaping.
Threading and Cross-Compatibility With E-Liquid Vape Pens
Most of the atomizers used in the best wax vaporizer pens have 510 threading, and this means they’re compatible with most ordinary e-liquid vape pens on the market, and can be used with mods (though sometimes you’ll need an adapter to get it connected).
Ordinarily, you’ll buy a wax vape pen with everything you need – both the battery and the atomizer – but in some cases you might pick up a wax atomizer or a dab tank separately to use with a device you already have. Separately-bought wax atomizers often have exposed coils (either wickless or wicked) and are surrounded by a glass tank that bulges in the middle, but some look a lot like sub ohm tanks used for e-liquid.
Are Dabs Bad for You?
The dangers of dabs mainly depend on the production process rather than consuming it. The chemicals used in the extraction can remain in the finished product, and if the levels are too high then dabbing could pose risks. However, this is only really a risk with very cheap or home-made concentrates, and states with legal sale of concentrates set safety standards to ensure customers don’t buy dangerous products. There are also other extraction methods (such as CO2 extraction) which don’t involve potentially dangerous chemicals at all.
If you’re wondering “are dabs bad for you?” then the basic answer is: as long as you buy from licensed suppliers, the answer is no.
There are some risks to the process of using a dab rig, since it may involve a torch and will definitely involve hot surfaces. However, as long as you take sensible precautions (like you would when cooking, for example), then there is nothing to worry about. You should also start with a small amount of concentrate to ensure you don’t take too much at first. Tips like this are covered in this article, if you want more information.
The risks of dabbing to your health over the long-term aren’t really known, but it’s undoubtedly safer than smoking marijuana. Most of the research has focused on vaping marijuana, but the similarity to dabbing means that the risks are similar. So far, the studies suggest that vaping marijuana reduces your exposure to harmful chemicals and likely reduces risk in comparison to smoking, but more evidence is needed to draw any firm conclusions, especially on less-studied methods like dabbing.
Smoking Wax Side Effects
If you’re just getting into vaping concentrates or dabbing, you might wonder what the most common smoking wax side effects are. The good news is that most of the side effects of dabbing or vaping weed are generally mild and won’t cause you any major issues.
The most common side effect of vaping weed concentrates or dabbing is simply coughing. Generally, coughing is a sign that you’ve taken too big a hit. However, you might experience coughing sometimes even if you have smaller hits. This is nothing to be concerned about, but you might find that adding some water to your dab rig (like you would in a bong) or turning the temperature down on a vaporizer helps reduce the irritation and subsequent coughing.
The coughing many people experience leads to another of the major smoking wax side effects. After a big dab, some people get lightheaded and dizzy. This is especially likely if you cough because you’re interfering with your oxygen supply. One of the most well-known side effects of dabbing is the “dab sweats.” This is what it sounds like: often-profuse sweating that happens after you have a dab. The reason for this is a little mysterious, but it’s especially common for people new to dabbing.
Although you may experience other symptoms, these are the most commonly-reported side effects of dabbing you might have to contend with.
Choosing a Wax/Dab/Oil Vape Pen
So what should you look out for when you’re trying to find the best wax vaporizer pen or the best dab vape pen? There are many things to consider, and it’s always worth checking out dab pen reviews before making a purchase. However, here are a few simple things to think about when you’re shopping around.
- What will you be vaping? The best wax pen for your needs depends on what you’ll be vaping. Although most will only handle oils, waxes or other concentrates, devices like the Pro Series 3X from V2 can handle dry herb and do a great job with e-liquid too. If you’re only looking to vape concentrates, you’ll often save money by choosing a concentrates-only vape pen, but if you need anything else, something like the 3X will be perfect for you.
- How much does it cost? Finding the best oil pen on a budget isn’t easy, and the truth is that you generally get what you pay for. Think about the most you’re willing to pay, but remember the general rule that more expensive devices tend to perform better. Checking out dab pen reviews is particularly important for more affordable pens.
- How portable is it? Although most wax e-cig pens are quite portable, some are better for taking out of the house and general stealth use than others. Think about whether you’re likely to need stealth and how much portability is important to you before making your purchase. The Pax Era is a good example of one the best concentrate vape pen devices for portability and stealth.
- How big is battery? The capacity of the battery (in mAh) gives you an idea of how long it will last between charges. Generally speaking, a higher-capacity battery is preferable to a lower-capacity one, but the truth is that this sometimes conflicts with portability. Usually, higher-capacity batteries will be bigger and therefore less portable. So one of the main things to consider is which is most important for your purposes.
- How many settings does it have? The very best vape pen for wax will likely have a range of temperature/voltage settings, regardless of your preferences. Many devices limit you to just one temperature, and while this is usually great, you can really tailor your performance if you choose a device with more than one setting. Different cannabinoids are released at different temperatures, so this is especially good for medicinal users or anybody who wants to have precise control over their experience.
These tips for getting the best wax vaporizer pen for your needs just cover the basics, but combined with the recommendations above you should be able to use them to find the right device for your needs.
Getting the best wax pen for your needs does take a bit of time and effort. As well as perusing the options available and checking out wax pen reviews, it helps to know the basics of what a wax pen does and the things you should look out for when making your purchase. The suggestions for specific devices in this post should point you in the right direction, but as always, the most important thing to do is consider your needs and how the concentrate vape pen you’re considering meets them. Just take a bit of time over the decision, follow the advice in this post and you’ll find something excellent.