The average person would not spend $80 to $100 on a product without researching that product first. A hundred dollars is a lot of money; even more than you think if a device costs a lot to maintain or to run. It stands to reason that one would not purchase a vaping pen without first learning some facts about various brands. Vape pens form a varied market, one growing more so with every month that passes. As with all technology, vaping devices are becoming as small as their loads will permit.
Some Thoughts on the Selection Process
The best vape pen for an individual is the one that works best for him. It must meet all of his criteria, criteria that differ between consumers. Generally, the base is a rechargeable battery. It does not come out but is connected to a USB charger. Charging the battery requires as long as 2 hours.
A 3-in-1 pen is handy for someone who vaporizes multiple materials: plants, oils, waxes, even e liquids sometimes. If it weren’t for 3-in-1 pens, he would either carry 2 or 3 different pens around or have to choose a favorite every day. He might not even be able to afford to do it all but be forced to make a choice. For one who is satisfied with just loose leaf herbs or only essential oils, 3-in-1 technology makes a device unnecessarily expensive and potentially complex to use. Replacing atomizers could become an expensive business too.
The vaper who likes a completely discrete pen will gladly sacrifice a large battery for a small profile. That is not the case with an individual growing impatient with frequent recharging and long waits between charges so he can vape again. He either has very large hands and big pockets (in which to conceal his device) or he doesn’t care who sees his vape pen. Pass-through units make life easier: if you can find a pass-through device, it can be used while charging so long as you are able to sit close to a USB port.
Build materials are an important part of your decision-making process. They can affect the taste and aroma produced by your pen (or not if you get the best type of pen). Quality materials also contribute to the longevity of a device.
A cheap pen will use as much hardened plastic as possible, so it must be well made without lead soldering or, better still, no soldering at all. Soldering could potentially melt, but even if it does not, high temperatures cause solder to give off unpleasant tasting fumes. Keeping the heating element any distance from plastic parts is impossible when your vaporizer is tiny so avoid plastic in general.
Finally, consider style. Certain manufacturers go for the sleek look. Artistic designers create items worthy of a place in modern art magazines. It’s all about personal preference and one’s pocket book.
A Look at Some of the Best
Right now there is a lot of choice, but more items are coming. Be patient, and by the time winter 2014 rolls around, product selection will be rich with variety. That’s not to say that your options right now are terrible: many devices are simply wonderful and truly worthy to be among the best vape pens in circulation. They look great and taste good.
As more selection is added to internet catalogues, however, prices for these pens will be forced to come down or manufacturers will supply more with each starter kit than they did before: samples of herbs, oil cans, or carrying cases, for example. Keep your eye out and don’t rush.
For now, here are some tested models that have performed well. These are by no means the only pens to look at in your search for the best.
The Atmos Raw brought color and performance to this market. It can be difficult to locate an Atmos Raw vape pen because they sell out rapidly. But if you can find one, be prepared to pay for it. Stay away from second-hand or eBay sellers: get the warranty and the real McCoy.
Atmos Raw vaporizers are produced in several shades. They create loads of lovely vapor for their size, which is small, as you would expect from something the size of a high-quality ballpoint pen.
It uses stainless steel and ceramic parts to create clean vapor not infused with the smell of hot plastic. Incredibly, without changing your tank, the Atmos Raw will vaporize dry herbs, oils, and waxes, drawing energy from a rechargeable battery.
Grenco Science Pens
The Grenco Science line of vaporizers contains only pen-sized or tiny portable units. Grenco Science offers stealthy black models as well as those fashioned after popular art or icons (Snoop Dogg being one such).
Unless they have something up their sleeves with a 3-in-1 vaporizer, Grenco Science sells herbal and oil vaporizers separately.
Battery life is excellent for these small units and packaging is beautiful. Each Grenco Science kit comes with a neatly-organized gift box. They are economically priced to reach a broad customer base.
V2 Cigs Pro Series 3
State-of-the-art engineering has led to the development of magnetic pens. Usually, two parts (cartridge and battery) connect via a screw thread. Some might snap together, but magnetic connections have been unheard of until now.
V2 Cigs has introduced a 3-in-1 series that works with loose leaf materials, oils, and e liquid. Separate cartridges have been developed for each one.
Late in 2014, V2 Cigs will release Series 7 and Series 9, each of which features a button control. Series 9 comes with an LCD screen showing the temperature that the customer will be able to adjust.
One of the neat things about this device is that the battery’s computer recognizes each cartridge. When it gets the signal, the battery sets a temperature suitable to the material you choose to vape. The Pro Series 3 comes in 3 colors.
This is a wax and oil vaporizer, but bigger than most pens on the market. It will feel weighty and substantial but could be difficult to hide. It can also get fairly hot, but the Omicron provides a low-cost option that looks sleek and modern.