Dab Pens: Planet 13 Answers All Your FAQs

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Have you noticed more and more people seem carrying around these stylus-looking pens and leaving a cloud of smoke? When you first noticed, you might not have thought much of it; but as time went on, you probably wondered why so many people aren’t carrying cigarettes but are still smoking. As it turns out, they’re not. Many are using portable vaping devices to vape with the oil of their favorite substances. This device is commonly known as a dab pen. (also sometimes called a wax pen).

What Is A Dab Pen?

The first dabs on the market were literally shaped like pens, and this is how they attracted the name “dab pen”. However, the newer, more discreet devices come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The dab pen makes it possible for its user to simply vape a wax concentrate of cannabis or nicotine on the go. These concentrates are often known as “dabs”, hence  the name “dab pen”.

What Are The Components Of A Dab Pen? 

You may now have some idea of what a dab pen looks like from the outside, but it may be less clear what goes on on the inside. Fortunately, metalinsider.net has great information on this: 

There are many different type of dab pens and wax pens but essentially, they all work the same way: You’ll find a hard outer casing, usually in metal, and there are these buttons for selecting the various controls. Usually there’s an LED operating light that sometimes has a readout screen. 

In addition, there will be a removable mouthpiece and removable reservoir for the device. All of these pieces work together to make it possible to draw from your vape easily. You will also need to pay attention to the battery life on your dab pen, and the USB charger that you can use to charge it up in the event that it starts to give out on you. This is always a possibility, and you never want to overestimate how long the battery will last and end up going somewhere that does not make it easy for you to charge the battery.

Different Types Of Dab Pens

In order to be a wise consumer of vaping and vaping accessories, you need to know what kind od setup you prefer and what you need to optimize it to your personal preference. Obviously, different people have different tastes and preferences, but you can decide for yourself based on the types of dab pens that make the most sense to you based on your preferences.

Dry Herb Vape Pen

Some people would rather skip on the oils and juices that most dab pens require. They don’t want to deal with all the extra parts and pieces, and that attracts them to the dry herb vape pens that’ve been growing in popularity. If you like to use your vape for consuming CBD or cannabis, this is the pen for you. 

The atomizer in a dry herb vape pen heats up the cannabis or other dry substance just to the point where it starts to heat and produce vapor that can be consumed, but the herb is not burned like in a traditional roll. It also results in far fewer aromas than other types of pens, despite completely being heated herb. People like this because it allows them to enjoy from their pens in more places without bothering people as much as compared to aromatic oils.

Cartridge Pens

The chamber for your pen can either be refilled or replaced depending on the kind of pen you have. If you are using a cartridge pen, the tank will be replaceable. You don’t have to measure out your e-liquid each time when using this pen because the cartridges comes with exactly the amount of liquid that you need from it each time. That will save some guesswork, and it is possible that you may want to use this classic pen if you are relatively new to the world of dabbing. 

On the downside for cartridge pens, they can be a bit more expensive than some other options because you will need to consistently purchase new cartridges for your pen to continue to use it.

Classic Dab/Wax Pens

You can always choose to go with the latest dab/wax pens on the market if you want to go with the most potent ingredients you can get. The flower that one loads into a classic dab pen is more concentrated than if you were to just roll it up and smoke it.

This type of pen is designed with all of the protections to help keep you safe from any potential waste of your product when using it. You won’t have to worry about any of your flower going to waste, so you can rest assured that you will get the most out of every single use.

Which One Should You Go With? 

When you work on selecting the dab pens that you want to use, you should make sure you think about the type of experience you want to have. Cartridge pens are what is recommended for someone who is brand-new to dabbing, but the best ones can be hard to find at times due to high demand. They are highly valued because people know that they are great for taking your vapor wherever you need to go, and you aren’t going to lose virtually any product at any point in time. 

You need to think about what you want to get from dabbing and how much you are willing to spend on it. The above information should help you see more about what goes into creating and utilizing dab pens, as well as if the pros and cons will influence your decision.

If you made it this far and would like more information about vape pens, starter accessories, which ones to get, etc., ask your budtender at Planet 13 OC or contact us so we can provide more comprehensive information. We are happy to help you learn how to elevate your experience.