For those who love concentrates, refillable wax pens make it easy to vaporize on the go. Also called wax pens, these handheld devices merge the worlds of portable vaporizers and dab rigs into one small, concentrate-focused vaping tool.
What is a dab pen?
A dab pen is a rechargeable, refillable portable vaporizer specifically designed to work with dabs. So whether it’s sugars, waxes, budder, shatter, or resin, a dab pen will vape it all.
These popular devices have four main components:
- fillable chamber
- heating element
The best dab pens also have different temperature settings, a long-lasting battery, and come with a set of dab tools.
But, is a dab pen and wax the same thing? Yes. Wax is an all-encompassing term for several different concentrates. If you bought a wax pen, it is compatible with sugars, resins, and other forms of cannabis concentrate. Keep in mind, though, that most won’t work with a liquid or oil.
The same goes for shatter pens. Wax pens, dab pens, and shatter pens are names used interchangeably. All these devices should work with any thicker ‘dabbable’ cannabis concentrate.
Best overall: Dip Devices Dipstick Dipper Wax Vaporizer Pen
Size: 14 cm | 5.5 inches
Battery/charging: 900 mAh Battery and Micro USB Charger
- automatic shutoff feature to preserve battery life
- three distinct temperature settings
- innovative combination of a dab pen and nectar collector
The Dipper Torchless Wax Pen from Dip Devices offers the cannabis connoisseur two choices: pack and vape waxes as a traditional dab pen or dip the Vapor Tip Atomizer directly into waxes as a nectar straw.
The quartz crystal atomizer and the Vapor Tip Atomiser components are completely replaceable, and the devices come with a full one-year warranty. In addition, the Dipper comes preloaded with three different temperature settings to help personalize your next vape session.
This is a highly portable, durable, and customizable concentrate vaporizer. It’s an impressive investment piece, sure to deliver a powerful hit for years to come.
Best for under $100: Yocan Falcon 6 in 1 Vaporizer Kit
Size: 20 cm | 7.9 inches
Material: metal, glass
Battery/charging: 1000mAh battery, and USB-C charging
Colors: black, blue, purple, red, silver
- compatible with flower and concentrates
- up to six different vaporizer combinations
- preset with three different vaporizing temperatures
If you have a stash box full of vaporizers, the Yocan Falcon can replace them all. It can vaporize both flower and concentrates. It has special XTAL Coil and Touch Coil attachments, transforming it into a nectar collector. The kit also includes a glass attachment for water filtration.
These six-in-one vape pens mean you can flip between different heating elements and mouthpieces as the mood takes you. Then, when it comes time to recharge the powerful 1000mAh battery, it’s simple with the universal USB-C cable.
Between uses, the Falcon sits securely within the included base stand. Store extra concentrates in the built-in magnetized metal jar. This is truly an all-in-one option.
Best battery life: Puffco Plus Dab Pen
Size: 12.7 cm | 5 inches
Material: machine alloy
Battery/charging: rechargeable and USB super charger
- coilless ceramic bowl
- three different temperature settings
- special sesh mode for 12 seconds of continuous vaping
The Puffco Plus Dab Pen has thoughtfully incorporated several features to make your next session a great one. This pen has it all, from the fast 10-second heat-up, to the sesh mode for long pulls, to automatic shutoff to preserve battery power.
The Puffco Plus Wax Pen has a built-in loading tool, carb cap, and splash guard. In practice, this means that loading and cleaning are effortless by pressing down on the mouthpiece and extending the dart tip. It is suitable for all concentrates
What’s more, it also contains a coil-less heating element and a powerful battery. The battery lasts for 30 to 50 sessions before it needs recharging.
Best value: Yocan Evolve Plus XL Vaporizer
Size: 11.4 cm | 4.5 inches
Battery/charging: 1100mAh battery and USB Charger
Colors: black, silver
- heats up within 15 seconds flat
- hidden stash compartment for concentrates
- rapid 15 second automatic shut-off feature.
The Evolve Plus XL is yet another hard-hitting wax pen from Yocan. It’s priced affordably, and they’ve engineered with several user-friendly features, like 15-second heat-up and 15-second automatic shut-off. It also has a long-lasting 1100mAh battery, charged with a universal USB cord.
This Yocan wax pen works with all thicker concentrates, from shatter to resin. It’s simple to use, thanks to a one-control button. Plus, it heats up evenly every time with a dual quartz wax atomizer, ensuring you’ll vaporize every single drop.
Best for under $50: The Kind Pen V2, With Concentrate Vaporizer Kit
Size: 10.2 cm | 4 inches
Battery/charging: Li-Ion Battery and Micro USB Charger
Colors: green, gray, red, white, blue, orange
- comes with a lifetime warranty
- kit includes a silicone concentrate jar
- sleek retractable micro-USB charger
The Kind Pen is easily the best affordable dab pen under $50 on the market. Despite the low price, it’s got everything you’ll need, from a powerful Li-Ion battery to a universal micro-USB charger. The battery snaps into place while the charger retracts when not in use.
The Kind Pen is compatible with all waxes, sugars, resins, and other concentrates. It also comes in a range of bright colors, including green, red, and blue.
Additional features that make this a cost-effective investment is the lifetime warranty (almost unheard of for cannabis accessories), plus the handy dab tool and stick-proof silicone concentrate jar.
How much do wax pens cost?
The starting prices for wax pens are often higher than standard portable vaporizers and much more expensive than disposable vape pens.
The cheaper rechargeable dab pens start around $40, with mid-range options priced between $80 to $150. Higher-end brands may cost more than $200, but that means they also come with more features and customizations.
How to use a dab pen: step-by-step instructions
While there are no universal instructions for using a wax pen, a few simple steps should apply no matter what device you have in hand.
- Open up the concentrate chamber, and ensure it’s been cleaned out from the previous session.
- Using a dab tool, load your chosen concentrate into the chamber. Load until full, as this will ensure you have coated the entire space, for the most evaporation, and the biggest clouds.
- Position the device upright, turn it on, and allow the device to come to temperature.
- Once heated, press the button (if needed), and inhale slowly and steadily until your lungs have filled.
- Exhale slowly.
- Repeat as necessary.
Pros and cons of dab pens
- Sleek handheld and portable designs
- Come with many customizable features (mouthpiece, temperature, etc.)
- Refillable with any concentrate you love
- More affordable than a traditional dab rig
- Concentrates may be a bit messy to work with
- More expensive than disposable vape pens
- Can be annoying to clean between sessions
The best pens for wax
What qualifies the best pen for dabs? The best concentrate pens are comfortable to hold, fast to heat up, and have long-lasting batteries. In addition, they easily produce large, flavorful clouds of vapor, and have a few temperature settings, so you can hit the terpene profiles you love.
In 2022, the best refillable pens also won’t break the bank. Most established brands, like Yocan, Puffco, and Dip Devices, all have options under $100. So with a small, one-time investment, you can leave your dab rig at home and throw that much more travel-friendly dab pen in your bag.
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