As it stands today, the concentrate vape pen market is currently saturated with a lot of different options. It can get pretty chaotic sifting through the various options that every buyer is presented with before making their purchase.
What we hope to accomplish here in this guide is lay out a few of our top vape pen picks for concentrate vaporization (and one if you’re looking for a vape pen for dry herbs).
With that said, everyone’s different in their preferences in how and where they use their vapes. Some people strictly vape at home, some only vape on the go, and then there are the people who do both.
Because of this, the best vape pen for you may not be the best one for someone else.
We took that into consideration and hope to simplify the experience of buying one of these excellent vaporizer pens by laying out all the information you need know before buying.
This guide will be in a short and concise format since we are aware not everyone has the time to read a bunch of long reviews.
However, if you are looking for a full-length review of any of these products, we will have a link that will take you right to the fully detailed written review which will cover absolutely everything about the device.
Here are the different categories of pens we will cover:
- Best flavored and most versatile pen
- Best vape pen for on the go use
- Best vape pen for at home AND on the go use
- Hardest hitting and largest capacity pen
- Best vape pen for dry herb
With that being said, here are our picks for best vape pens on the market today:
Best Flavor and Most Versatile Vape Pen:
SOURCE Orb 4 – Starting at $99.95 from SOURCEVape’s Website (Use promo code ‘MOON’ for 10% off)
SOURCE Vapes has been a company that has consistently improved upon their products with each iteration. Their “SOURCE Orb” line has been in general very well received for providing their customers with vast amounts of accessories, new innovative designs, as well as having reliable function from my experience.
So what’s new with the SOURCE Orb 4 and why is it my recommendation for most versatile and flavorful vape pen?
For starters, SOURCE has introduced a pretty cool magnetic locking system instead of the traditional method of using threads to connect the different pieces of the vaporizer.
Traditional threads can get pretty gunked up with heavy usage, especially if you aren’t the most elegant dabber yourself – concentrates can get messy if don’t have a lot of experience handling sappy and goopy concentrates!
I’ve been handed a few vape pens in my time that had horrendous amounts of oil caked into the threads, but this new magnetic locking system remedies that issue entirely.
The mouthpiece simply snaps off to reveal the atomizer and snaps back into place with a very strong magnet that holds the vape together very well.
The Orb 4 also carries over a feature that was previously only available on the SOURCE XL variant. Now the Orb 4 with its last iteration is featuring SOURCE Vape’s variable airflow system to allow users to adjust the airflow to their personal liking.
This is something I love because I like a little more draw resistance personally with my vape pens, but some people may like a much more free flowing draw. It’s all preference and gives more power to the user.
Now, this package includes either six or eight atomizers (depending on if you go with the Premium or the Signature kit). Yes that’s right, 6-8 atomizers.
Two of these new atomizers are SOURCE’s new coil-less atomizers, which are perfect for getting the amazing flavor that isn’t entirely possible to achieve with a traditional coil atomizer.
The coil atomizers are ideal for vapor production and getting massive hits fast while on the go, but nothing beats a coil-less atomizer for sitting down at home and appreciating some high-quality concentrates.
Right now, the Orb 4 is one of the best bang for your buck options on the market.
There’s a little bit of something for everyone here, not to mention you’re getting a product backed by a company who only uses quality materials in their atomizers and have public certifications and test results to back their claims.
So no matter if you’re a veteran or a beginner, the Orb 4 will suit you perfectly. Whether you like pure flavor, big hits, or both, there’s an atomizer that will allow you to enjoy that experience with the Orb 4.
You really can’t go wrong with this vaporizer pen.
*Use promo code ‘MOON’ to get 10% off your order*
Best Vape Pen for On the Go Use:
Kandypens Galaxy – $99.95 or $144.95 from Kandypens* (Use promo code ‘GALAXYLOVE’ and get 20% off your purchase)
*Depending on if you go with the Tornado edition or just the standard package. The Tornado edition is the more expensive one, but the new coil and mouthpiece may make it worth the money for you.
However, if you don’t want to spend that much, the standard edition is still an awesome pen. We cover the differences down below.
The Galaxy is a vape pen that has been on the market for awhile and has been put through its paces at this point. This is actually the only concentrate vaporizer pen I brought with me to my vacation to Colorado, and for good reason!
The Galaxy standard edition comes with a dual quartz coil atomizer, which is fantastic for providing large concentrate hits quickly and effectively while on the go.
You can pull a giant cloud with this vape pen with a mere 4-6 second draw, which is great when you’re walking around and you found a break when no one’s around to quickly take a puff.
The coils are also really reliable from my extensive experience. The quartz coils have no issue vaporizing oil like BHO, and it also will chew through full melt bubble hash or dry sift.
The Galaxy has a variable voltage battery, coming with three settings that you can change between for hotter or cooler hits. I personally stick with the lowest setting most of the time as I find it effectively vaporizes the concentrate and also provides better flavor than the latter settings.
If you like hotter and denser vapor, you have that option, but personally, I think most people will be happy on the lowest setting!
Kandypens has also recently done a “refresh” on the kit that’s included with the Galaxy, which we will get into now. This is the Tornado edition we mentioned earlier.
The new kit includes a brand new mouthpiece as well as a brand new atomizer along with the standard mouthpiece and atomizer, so you’re able to choose from both.
Now the new mouthpiece has a carb hole which is great for clearing the vapor out of the chamber after a hit, or to mix a little fresh air in when you’re taking a very large draw.
Likewise, they’re also using a new “tornado atomizer.” This one allows you to set how much airflow you want there to be through the atomizer with a simple dial that restricts the airflow to your liking.
This is great because the standard Galaxy atomizer has a lot of draw resistance. I personally like more resistance when I’m drawing from a device like a vape pen, but not everyone does, and it’s great that those who don’t like draw resistance have an option of altering the airflow with the new atomizers.
So if you’re one who likes to vape on the go a lot, and you also want the ability to adjust your airflow, the Galaxy will suit you perfectly.
Just keep in mind that if you do want to be able to adjust the airflow, you have to go with the Tornado edition. If you don’t care about that though and just want a solid vaporizer pen that delivers nice, big hits with very little heat up time, the standard edition will suit you just fine.
*Use promo code ‘GALAXYLOVE’ to get the 20% discount*
Best Vape Pen for on the Go and Home Use:
Kandypens Gravity – $129.95 from Kandypens (Use promo code ‘GRAVITY25’ and get 25% off your purchase)
So what makes the Gravity perfect for on the go and home use? I’ll tell you exactly what; it’s two vastly different atomizers.
The Gravity is sporting both a quartz coil atomizer and a ceramic coil-less atomizer. Each one offers a very distinct experience that are both ideal for different use scenarios.
The Gravity is using a quartz coil atomizer similar to the one in the Galaxy.
The Gravity’s dual quartz coil atomizer is fantastic for getting very large draws while on the go. Its vapor production comes on fast and is great when you only have a little bit of time to take a puff or two.
While the quartz coils are great for getting large hits very quickly, I find they aren’t the best for getting smooth and flavorful draws. The ceramic atomizers slowly boil off the concentrate instead of vaporizing the oil rapidly with a red hot coil, which gives the coil-less ceramic atomizer with this kit a much better flavor.
I like the coil-less ceramic atomizer for just sitting around home. You can actually appreciate the nuanced flavors of your concentrates that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to with a quartz coil atomizer.
Vapor production isn’t as good as the quartz coils, but I find the vapor with the ceramic atomizer to be more enjoyable altogether, however.
Similar to the Galaxy, you’re also getting a battery that has variable voltages.
The Gravity offers four different temperature settings. I really like the lowest setting on this vape with quartz coils. Vapor production is still great on the low setting, and I find it makes the vape more enjoyable for on the go use.
So if you’re someone who likes to vape both at home and on the go, and you want the option to do either big, quick hits or slow and more flavorful draws, the Kandypens Gravity is the vape pen for you.
*Use promo code ‘GRAVITY25’ to get the 25% discount*
Hardest Hitting Vaporizer Pen and Largest Chamber:
Source Orb XL – $89.95 or $119.95 from SOURCE’s website* (Use promo code ‘MOON’ for 10% off)
*Depending on if you choose the standard XL kit or the Flosstradamus kit
This has been the vape pen that I have recommended over and over again to my friends who vape excessive amounts of concentrates.
It’s a hard hitter with a stupidly large atomizer that lets you load about a half gram of melty concentrate if you’re crazy like that.
I have a lot of experience with the Source XL double and triple quartz coil atomizers, and I personally prefer the double quartz coils over the latter configuration.
If you like to load the chamber full every time, the triple coils are perfect for that, but I think the double coils are ideal for the average user who only loads a maximum of .2-.3 grams of concentrate.
The battery has a variable voltage and has eight steps of voltage adjustment.
You also should factor in the size of this vaporizer pen; it is comparatively very large to the other offerings on this list.
This pen isn’t the best for on the go use, but it is doable. You just have to factor in that larger than average size.
Something awesome that SOURCE does is include plenty of extra atomizers and other items, which is somewhere I think a lot of their competitors can improve on!
Starting at only around $89.95, this vape pen is priced very competitively when compared to the other pens on the market, and it provides lots of extras too (check out SOURCE’s site for all the extras).
There is also the Flosstradamus edition, which comes with a variable voltage box battery. This gives you a much more fine-tuned temperature adjustment.
Some people just like the box form factor more. The Flosstradamus version offers everything the Source Orb XL does, but with an upgraded battery implementation.
If you’re the type that wants the hardest hitting pen on the market and one that has a crazy high capacity, look no further than the SOURCE Orb XL.
*Use promo code ‘MOON’ for 10% off your order*
Best Vape Pen for Dry Herb:
V2 Pro Series 3 – $84.98 (with the loose-leaf cartridge) from V2
If you’re looking for a vape pen that can do dry herb, the V2 Pro Series 3 is the best option on the market right now.
While almost every pen out there claims it can do dry herb, the truth is, most of them just combust your material instead of vaping it. The Series 3 is one of the few that actually does what it says and vaporizes your herb.
The Series 3 can also do concentrates and e-liquids, but to be honest, it doesn’t deliver quite as well in those departments compared to other options out there.
The main reason I would recommend this pen is if you want to be able to do your dry herb with a pen form factor. It does a great job with herbs, but if you are more of a concentrate user, go with one of the other pens on the list.
Using the Series 3 is just like most other vaporizer pens, so I won’t get too much into it right now. If you want more details check out the link to our full review here.
As far as battery life goes, you can get around 3-4 sessions from every charge, and the battery recharges in about 90 minutes.
This unit also has pass-through charging, so you can have it plugged in while you’re vaping.
Due to the fact that the Series 3 is an actual pen, it’s very discrete for public use since most people will just think it’s a regular e-cig.
If you want to be able to enjoy your dry herb in public with a pen form factor, this is the unit you want.
Conclusion – Which Vape Pen is Best For You?
Overall, I have been extremely satisfied with every offering on this list. Each pen excels in the usage scenarios that I felt they were specifically ideal for.
If you came here looking for the definitive “best” vape pen, you’re asking the wrong question because you’ll get something that isn’t the best for YOU.
So ask yourself:
- Am I only vaping on the go?
- Am I only vaping at home?
- Am I going to be doing a little bit of both?
- Am I primarily concerned about significant vapor production?
- Do I care mostly for flavor and efficiency?
Sit down, and think about how you consume before investing in a device that may not be ideal for the way you want to vape your concentrates.
There isn’t a best all around device for absolutely everything, but here is a basic summary:
For the overall most versatile, best bang for your buck, and amazing flavor, go with the SOURCE Orb 4.
If you primarily vape on the go, we like the Kandypens Galaxy or the Gravity due to the rapid heat-up times.
If you’re mostly a home user, you can technically go with any on this list, but first you need to decide whether you want big hits, more flavor/efficiency, or a little of both.
For the biggest hits and largest capacity, nothing beats the SOURCE Orb XL.
And for a nice combination of flavor and big hits, the Kandypens Gravity won’t steer you wrong.
Lastly, if you want a vaporizer pen for dry herb, go with the V2 Pro Series 3.
We hope this vape pen buyer’s guide helped you out in making your final decision! If you have any questions at all or are still unsure which pen to go with, hit us up in the comments and we would be happy to help!