SOURCE Orb 4 Vape Pen Review

SOURCE Orb 4 Vape Pen Review

No other concentrate vaporizer pen has gotten me excited quite like the Source Orb 4 has. The Orb 4 is undoubtedly the best vape pen on the market right now.

Whether you’re a beginner or veteran, prefer massive hits or great flavor (or a combination of both), the Orb 4 offers so much variety to its user. This pen will satisfy everyone’s needs regardless of what you prefer when vaping concentrates.

Source Orb 4 vape pen

The Orb 4 is Source’s 4th iteration of their Orb vaporizer, and you can see the changes and improvements made to this design when looking back to the previous 3 models before this one. The product we’re being offered today is well featured and fully fleshed out for either someone new to concentrates or even the concentrate connoisseur.

You will be offered a variety of atomizers depending on which kit you pick up.

The Premium Kit offers 6 atomizers, seen below:

Source Orb 4 premium kit atomizers

And the Signature Kit offers 8 atomizers:

Source Orb 4 signature kit atomizers

If you already have a battery capable of powering the Orb 4, you can also just pick up the vape pen attachment, which will include 4 atomizers.

Source Orb 4 vape pen attachment

Since Source offers so many atomizers, I will break down how each of them hits separately so you can get an idea of how they perform before purchasing the Orb 4.

Given that there is so much to cover, we’re going to break this Source Orb 4 review down into the following sections:

  • Parts and Assembly
  • Temperature Control
    • Premium Kit
    • Signature Kit
  • Vapor Quality and Efficiency
    • Single Quartz Coil Atomizer
    • Dual Quartz Coil Atomizer
    • White Ceramic Dual Coil Atomizer
    • Black Ceramic Dual Coil Atomizer
    • Quartz Plus Ceramic Coilless Atomizer
    • Gr2 Titanium Coilless Atomizer
    • Ceramic Coilless Atomizer(Signature Kit)
    • Terra 2 All-Ceramic Coilless Atomizer(Signature Kit)
  • Battery Life
    • Premium Kit
    • Signature Kit
  • Portability
  • Accessories
    • Premium Kit
    • Signature Kit

Parts and Assembly

The actual Source Orb 4 vape pen attachment comes apart in 2 separate pieces.

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For starters, the mouthpiece is magnetic and simply pops off when you pull the two pieces away from each other.

Threads on atomizers typically get gunked up with day to day use especially if you have trouble getting concentrate in the atomizer cleanly. I just find the magnet is much easier to work with in real world conditions. 

Something I would like to note is that they are using a pretty good magnet for this too. There’s a chance that you may separate the pieces in your pocket, but it hasn’t happened to me at all.

I have gone longboarding multiple times with it in my pocket, and I had no issues, so I think most people will be good here.

With the main chamber in your hand, you will then see where the various atomizers will thread into if you don’t have one installed already.

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Source Orb 4 Vape Attachment with no atomizer installed.

I would love if they could figure out a way to have the atomizers installed via magnets too since those threads will still get gummed up with oil over time. Magnets would make installing and removing atomizers even easier like they did with the mouthpiece.

There’s a little ring on the mouthpiece that has a bunch of airflow holes on it; you can slide it around to close off or open more airflow inlets.

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Exterior view of airflow inlets

Personally, I like the most restriction as possible for the Orb 4 so I can vape at the lowest temperature possible.

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Interior view of airflow inlets.

The Orb 4 top threads on a 510 threaded battery, but please note that does not mean the standard eGo style batteries will work. This vaporizer is made for sub-ohm batteries like the ones Source includes in their bundles.

If you don’t know much about batteries and vaporizers, I would save yourself the struggle and just pick up either the Premium or Signature kit to save yourself some headache.

Temperature Control on the Source Orb 4

In this section, I’m going to look at the temperature control for the batteries that are included with each respective kit.

Premium Kit

The battery bundled with the Premium kit has a dial at the base that allows you to change the voltage of the battery.

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To power on the battery, just tap the power button 5 times.

You have a range of 2.7 volts all the way up to 4.2 volts using the dial at the bottom.

If you don’t like messing around with much and are looking for something super simple, this is the best option. The dial is very easy for anyone to understand and there are no menus and complicated vape jargon to get lost in for newcomers.

All you need to know is 2.7v is very low heat, 4.2v is very high heat, and somewhere in between is probably your sweet spot.

Signature Kit

The Signature kit has a pretty cool little 40 watt Box battery which gives the end user so much flexibility and power. The actual battery has a power button, and up and down power adjustment buttons.

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For starters, you have the option of choosing between a “Temperature Control” mode and a traditional “Variable Wattage” mode.

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Variable Wattage Mode (Left) Temperature Control Mode (Right)

Personally, I preferred the Variable Wattage mode. I like using watts as my unit of power rather than temperature when using vape pens like this. I’m not worried about having exact temperature control in my vape pen.

By slowly clicking the power button 3 times you’ll open the menu interface. The first option you see should be “atomizer,” click the power button to select it. From there you’ll have two options, “Normal” and “Ni2000.”

“Normal” is the Variable Wattage mode and that’s what lets you set the Source Volt from its range of 5-40 watts.

“Ni-2000” is the Temperature Control mode and that lets you set the temperature from 200-700 Fahrenheit.

I had mixed results with the Temperature Control mode; I mostly stuck with the normal mode.

Vapor Quality and Efficiency With the Orb 4

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Vapor quality can be a pretty subjective term when reviewing a vaporizer, but we try to make it as objective as possible and break down the actual characteristics of the vapor rather than just saying “its good” or “its the best.”

So when we’re talking about “vapor quality”, we’re looking at vapor production, flavor, and smoothness. What you prefer is subjective, but after reading our breakdown you’ll have an idea of how each atomizer will hit before using it, and you may have an idea as to what you prefer right out of the gate.

Source offers a wide assortment of atomizers that are compatible with the Orb 4.

Both the Premium and Signature kits give you many atomizers to choose from and play around with. What’s great about this is that Source can show you most of what they offer depending on the kit you purchase.

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You may not like every atomizer in the kit, and you’ll find ones that you like over the others. You are essentially being offered a sample pack of their atomizers, so when it comes time to order more you know exactly what you like and prefer.

In my case, the Quartz Plus Ceramic Atomizer is my personal favorite; if I had to order atomizers right now, the quartz plus ceramic would be my choice.

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Each atomizer has pretty unique characteristics, and I have taken on the challenge of thoroughly testing them all to give you guys an idea of how much vapor they produce, how much material you can load, and some other things that I’ll go into when we talk about each particular atomizer.

I also had my batteries wattage set lower than what Source themselves recommend on their website. I found their recommended wattages for the traditional coil wrapped atomizers were a little too hot, so I recommend playing around with the heat settings yourself if you decide to purchase the Orb 4 as it is highly subjective as to what’s better for you.

Likewise, I don’t like loading a large amount of concentrate at once in my vape pens. I try to only load dabs around the size of a grain of rice or slightly larger. I don’t like having to crank up the power and creating harsh vapor just so I don’t have to load my chamber repeatedly, but your opinion may differ if you prefer convenience.

Something I would also like to point out is that Source has certifications publicly available for their titanium. Rest assured Source only uses safe materials when constructing their vaporizers.

Single Quartz Coil Atomizer

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This atomizer features quartz walls on the chamber and a single quartz rod wrapped with Gr1 Titanium wire.

Personally, I like this atomizer a lot for being one of the simplest in the whole assortment. I thought I wasn’t going to like this one based on my impressions with previous atomizers that were similar to this one,  but it ended up being a solid atomizer.

5-8 watts is my preferred power range for this atomizer.

Vapor quality is fantastic given you don’t crank up the power too much. The single coil will produce a good amount of vapor, and I’m also pretty impressed by the flavor you get at the lower power settings.

If you are not someone who likes consuming a lot of concentrates at once but still wants pretty big clouds and good vapor production, this atomizer is a fantastic option for you. You have the option of getting a very low temperature and tasty hits, and you still have the option of cranking the power up and producing very dense clouds.

Likewise, this atomizer is also a cheaper option than the dual quartz coils when it comes time to replace them if that is a concern.

If you need to load large amounts of concentrates at once, this isn’t the atomizer for you. I would lean towards the dual quartz coil atomizer if you need to vaporize large amounts of oil at once. The single quartz coil has a hard time working through large globs of concentrate unless you run the power higher.

Dual Quartz Coil Atomizer

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This atomizer features quartz walls on the chamber and dual quartz rods wrapped with Gr1 Titanium wire.

You’ll be very happy with this atomizer if you need a robust atomizer that can chew through large globs of oil. The dual quartz coils work well together whether you are cloud chasing trying to get the biggest hit possible, or kicking back and enjoying flavorful and smooth vapor.

You get a lot of flexibility with this atomizer if you have a battery that has variable power settings like the ones included with the Premium and Signature Kits.

6.5-12 watts was my preferred settings when using this atomizer.

You’ll get very tasty vapor with this atomizer at the lower power settings, and you’ll still produce a lot of vapor too, but this atomizer also can deliver dense vapor if you turn the power up high – which some people are into.

In general, I prefer coilless atomizers, but these quartz atomizers are the best option in my opinion if you are primarily concerned about getting large clouds. You do have the option of vaporizing at lower temperatures if you have a battery that has variable voltage and wattage, but I think there are better options if all you are worried about is pure vapor quality.

White Ceramic Dual Coil Atomizer

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This atomizer features an all ceramic cup, with two ceramic rods wrapped with Gr1 Titanium wire.

This is for all intents and purposes the “budget” dual quartz coil atomizer. It’s a little cheaper than the quartz coil atomizers, so this may make more sense for you personally when it comes time to buy new atomizers.

I found the whole experience with this atomizer to be pretty identical to the dual quartz coil atomizer. However, I did notice a bit of a difference as I used the two.

6.5-12 watts was my preferred settings when using this atomizer similar to the quartz atomizer.

In general, the quartz seems to stay cleaner over time, and I generally prefer the flavor with the dual quartz coil atomizer.

With that said, however, this is the atomizer for you if the only thing you are worried about is vapor production. The atomizer has no issue of vaporizing large amounts of concentrates, and is great for someone that’s looking for something that’s cheap and hard hitting.

Black Ceramic Dual Coil Atomizer

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This atomizer features an all ceramic cup, with two porous black ceramic rods wrapped with Gr1 Titanium wire.

This happens to be my personal second favorite atomizer. You can really savor flavor with this atomizer, and at the same time you can also produce very large clouds.

The porous ceramic they are using allows the oil to absorb into the rods so that the coils can effectively vaporize the oil without the need to crank up the wattage super high. The oil usually melts to the bottom of the cup if you drop a large amount of oil on a typical atomizer that doesn’t have porous rods. What this means is that you have to turn the wattage up higher to vaporize this oil, resulting in hotter and harsher vapor. But this atomizer avoids all of that.

I typically vape at 5-12 watts on this atomizer, but I typically stick around 6.5 watts for most of a session to savor the flavor and low-temperature vapor.

Even after loading this atomizer multiple times, I can still only taste the material I put in it. I was worried initially that the rods would get caked with old residue that would mess with the flavor big time, but this isn’t the case!

I would only vaporize a small amount at a time with this one for the best experience.

I like to heat up the rods 1-2 heat cycles with no concentrate on them; this will get the black ceramic rods hot. I then like to take a small dab and just drop it right between the two rods, and in seconds the concentrate will melt into the porous rods. I like doing it this way so I don’t have to inhale vapor produced by the oil being in direct contact with a red-hot coil.

When I’m out and about, this is my preferred atomizer. I get tasty hits and potent vapor, without having to wait for a ceramic coilless atomizer to heat up.

Quartz Plus Ceramic Coilless Atomizer

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This atomizer features an all quartz cup, with a ceramic plate at the bottom of the atomizer.

This would be my favorite atomizer out of the whole lot. It offers truly flavorful vapor that is an actual representation of the concentrate you put in it. There is no burnt or hot flavor; you only taste the delicious terpenes.

I like the fact only the plate on the bottom is ceramic, while the rest of the cup is quartz. Quartz is a better material for the whole cup as it doesn’t stain over time, the oil slides down it easier than ceramic, and it’s also easier to clean up after than ceramic due to the quartz not being porous at all.

While the atomizer is still warm, you can easily stick a q-tip in the atomizer and clean the walls to get fresh flavor whenever you deem it necessary. But I didn’t find that necessary, the oil for the most slides down the walls resulting in a clean atomizer over time.

The ceramic plate does seem to discolor a bit with usage, but it hasn’t affected flavor from my experience.

I typically use this atomizer in the 7-10 watt range.

Great for small dabs, I didn’t like overloading this one.

This is the best coilless atomizer that I have ever used in my opinion. It produces a lot of vapor, and the flavor is outstanding. I typically don’t use vape pens at home, but I found myself reaching for my Orb 4 and Quartz Plus Ceramic atomizer a lot over the past few weeks instead of my oils rigs in my spare time.

Gr2 Titanium Coilless Atomizer

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This atomizer features an all-titanium cup that is heated from the bottom of the bucket via a ceramic donut style heater.

This is a robust option if you’re looking for a coilless atomizer that won’t be fragile, and is easily cleanable for day to day use.

This atomizer is also pretty powerful too; it can instantly sublimate oil in a few seconds if you have the power turned up very high, but this atomizer can also slowly boil away your oil which delivers large amounts of flavorful vapor when used with more practical power settings.

Fantastic for small and large dabs, it handles full chambers very well at the higher power settings.

I preferred to vape around 16-20 watts, and something to consider is that this atomizer does take a little bit to heat up from a cold start. It won’t produce vapor instantly like a dual quartz coil atomizer would for example.

Ceramic Coilless Atomizer (Signature Kit)

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This atomizer features an all ceramic cup, which is heated by a ceramic donut underneath the cup.

If you’re looking for one of the best tasting coilless atomizers on the market, this may be what you’re looking for.

You need a powerful battery to power this atomizer, which is why its only included in the signature kit. I typically run this atomizer at 30 watts, which is pretty high but needed to power this atomizer.

This atomizer will take a few seconds to heat up; it will slowly boil your concentrate into vapor.

Personally, this was the atomizer I used the least because I found the Terra 2 atomizer to be a better option for the Orb 4 in my opinion.

Terra 2 All-Ceramic Coilless Atomizer (Signature Kit)

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This atomizer features an all ceramic cup with internal wiring that heats up every part of the ceramic cup.

This atomizer was the one that intrigued me the most initially when I got my Orb 4. It’s a cool design and it functions great.

The ceramic cup requires a lot of power, so it is only being shipped with the Signature kit. I use my Terra 2 atomizer in the 28-33 watt range.

I found the Terra 2 and the Quartz Plus Ceramic were the best compromise between efficient hits and flavor. The problem with some ceramic atomizers is that they simply don’t vaporize all your material due to insufficient power. What this means is that yeah you get great tasting hits, but it leaves much to be desired regarding potency and vapor production.

This isn’t an issue with Source atomizers and a powerful enough battery like the ones included with the kits though, so you don’t have to worry about that.

At 28 watts you’ll get delicious vapor, and I found I got superb vapor production at 33 watts. You may be able to bring it up a little higher in wattage, but I found 33 watts to be my maximum.

There’s a good balance in between at 30 watts. You can load small and large amounts, but I got the best results with a small amount about the size of a grain of rice.

Battery Life With the Source Orb 4

Given that there are two options for batteries, we’ll be looking at each battery separately to give you an idea of long they will last and how long they take to charge.

Battery With the Premium Kit

The Premium Kit includes a 650mAh sub-ohm battery.

I found this battery takes about 2-3 hours to fully recharge from a dead battery depending on your power source. The battery’s charger simply screws on to the top like similar devices, and is powered via a standard USB port.

I typically have my Orb 4 in the 2.7v-3.2v range when I’m using it all day; I find I get about a day and a half worth of usage off a battery.

Battery With the Signature Kit

The signature kit includes a 2200mAh sub-ohm box battery.

It took this battery about 3 hours to fully recharge from a dead battery. Unlike the battery included with the Premium kit, this battery is charged via micro USB which I prefer to the screw on charger due to sheer availability.

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I typically find myself using the Quartz Plus Ceramic atomizer and the Porous Ceramic atomizer, and I get about 2-3 days of usage while in the 5-12 watt range on average.

Portability

From a portability perspective, both kits are about equal, but I found the signature kit did fit in my pocket a lot better.

I also like the ergonomics of the box better than the cylindrical battery, but that is purely subjective and just my preference.

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The magnet is strong enough to keep the Orb 4 together in your pocket under normal use conditions, but always be mindful to not do anything too crazy when doing any kind of activity that may separate the pieces, especially if you have other stuff in your pocket.

Accessories With the Source Orb 4

Dollar for dollar, you get your money’s worth with Source products when compared to the competitors. Source includes all the accessories that everyone else does with their kits but with the exception of including a wide assortment of atomizers for you to try out and use.

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Most kits only offer 1-2 atomizers, while each Source kit respectively includes 6 and 8 atomizers.

In this part of the review, I’m going to show what’s included with each kit, and give my thoughts on the accessories included with the kits.

The Premium Kit is a great starter kit that is, in my opinion, the most competitive option on the market in terms of vape pen kits. You get a lot more for your money with the Premium Kit than you do with other similarly priced vaporizers. This is somewhere other companies need to catch up on!

I found myself using the Source Volt Battery included with the Signature Kit the most. I liked being able to finely adjust the power given to my atomizer in 0.1 increments if you so desire. Likewise, you also have the ability to use more powerful atomizers like the Source Terra 2 for example.

The Signature Kit is for you if you’re looking for outstanding battery life and absolute control over the power delivered to your atomizer.

Now let’s see what’s included with each kit.

Premium Kit

Source Orb 4 premium kit

  • 1x SOURCE orb 4 attachment
  • 1x SOURCE orb 4 650mah Sub-Ohm Variable Voltage Battery
  • 6x SOURCE orb 4 atomizers
    • 1x SOURCE orb 4 Gr1 Ti Quartz Single Coil atomizer
    • 1x SOURCE orb 4 Gr1 Ti Quartz Double Coil atomizer
    • 1x SOURCE orb 4 Gr1 Ti White Ceramic Double Coil atomizer
    • 1x SOURCE orb 4 Gr1 Ti Black Ceramic Double Coil atomizer
    • 1x SOURCE orb 4 Quartz Plus Ceramic Plate coil-less atomizer
    • 1x SOURCE nail Gr2 Ti coil-less atomizer (Removable Bucket)
  • 1x Charger
  • 1x Premium Dabbing Tool
  • 1x SOURCEvapes Concentrate Container
  • 1x SOURCEvapes Cleaning Cloth
  • 1x Wall Charger

Signature Kit

Source Orb 4 signature kit

  • 1x SOURCE orb 4 attachment
  • 1x SOURCE volt 40w TC 2200mah Sub-Ohm Battery
  • 8x SOURCE orb 4 atomizers
    • 1x SOURCE orb 4 Gr1 Ti Quartz Single Coil atomizer
    • 1x SOURCE orb 4 Gr1 Ti Quartz Double Coil atomizer
    • 1x SOURCE orb 4 Gr1 Ti White Ceramic Double Coil atomizer
    • 1x SOURCE orb 4 Gr1 Ti Black Ceramic Double Coil atomizer
    • 1x SOURCE orb 4 SOURCE terra 2 All-Ceramic coil-less atomizer
    • 1x SOURCE orb 4 Quartz Plus All-Ceramic plate coil-less Atomizer
    • 1x SOURCE nail Gr2 Ti coil-less atomizer (Removable Bucket)
    • 1x SOURCE nail Ceramic coil-less atomizer (Removable Bucket)
  • 1x Charger
  • 1x Premium Dabbing Tool
  • 1x SOURCEvapes Concentrate Container
  • 1x SOURCEvapes Cleaning Cloth
  • 1x Wall Charger
  • 1x SOURCEvapes Black Metal Briefcase

Pros/Cons Breakdown

To summarize this Source Orb 4 review, we’re going to look at the pros and cons of the Source Orb 4.

Pros

  • Certifications for materials used are publicly available.
  • Offers something for everyone.
  • Great instant vapor production with traditional coil atomizers.
  • Best coilless atomizers on the market. Superior smoothness, flavor, and vapor production compared to the competition.
  • New magnetic locking system prevents mouthpiece from sticking together.
  • Variable airflow system.

Cons

  • Vape Pen attachment can separate a little bit in your pocket under some circumstances.
  • Some of the atomizers require a more powerful battery to work (Terra 2, Source Nail Ceramic, etc.), so if you want to use those, you need to buy the more pricy Signature Kit
  • Coilless atomizers can take up to 7-10 seconds to heat up.

Conclusion and Final Thoughts

In closing, when it comes time to recommend a vape pen to someone, the Orb 4 is #1 on my list after the great experience I’ve been having with it.

I have been thoroughly impressed by this vaporizer, and I can see the work that’s been put into this design over the years.

You just get a lot for your money with these kits, and it makes it an easy device for me to recommend to anyone regardless of their preference. There is something for everyone in the Premium and Signature Kits. 

Whether you’re looking for one of the hardest hitting vape pens on the market, or one of the best tasting vape pens on the market, the Orb 4 offers what you are looking for.

If you are interested in experiencing one of the best portable concentrate vaporization devices out there, look no further than the Source Orb 4!

Best Place to Buy the Source Orb 4?

Without question, you will want to buy this pen directly from SourceVapes’ official website. I always prefer buying straight from the manufacturer so that you know you’re getting the real deal with the full warranty and everything included in the kits.

Plus, if you use promo code ‘MOON’ when checking out, you will get 10% off your order!

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