If you are in the market to buy a vape pen, things can get confusing due to the amount of options to choose from. This article is here to simplify vaporizer pens and help you decide which one suits your needs best.
Vape Pens That Can Vaporize Dry Herb:
One thing you must know before proceeding is that most vaporizer pens only work with full melt concentrates as of now and will not vaporize dry herb. No matter what the manufacturer claims, the majority of dry herb pens exceed the vaporization point of 455 degrees Fahrenheit.
However, there are a few exceptions to this.
The V2 Pro Series 3 is one of these exceptions, and it was the first pen that could actually vape dry herbs. We have been using this pen for our dry herbs ever since its release, and we are super excited about this product. It actually does what it promises, unlike all the others that say they can do herbs but really can’t.
If you want a legit vape pen that can do your herbs as well as e-liquids and concentrates, I highly encourage you to check out our review of the V2 Pro Series 3 here and see if it fits what you’re looking for (or, click here if you want to buy it and you will be taken to V2’s website where you can pick it up).
Otherwise, if you’re interested in a pen unit for your wax/oils, keep reading to learn all about them and find out which unit is best for you.
Vaporizer Pen Breakdown:
Almost every single vape pen consists of three main parts:
- The atomizer
- The battery
- And the mouthpiece
The battery is the long part that’s at the end. Some batteries light up in different places or colors, but what really matters is the size, which is explained in milliamp hours (mAh).
The atomizer is what heats your concentrates. The two main types of atomizers are ones that use wicks and ones that are wickless.
The mouthpiece is self explanatory, but most prefer metal mouthpieces to plastic.
You have 2 options when it comes to buying a vaporizer pen:
- You can buy a pre-built pen that comes with all the necessary parts (easiest, but usually costs a little more)
- Or you can build one yourself by buying all of the individual parts (this is usually cheaper, but requires a little bit of knowledge so you know what to buy.)
In this guide, we will cover both. For those that want a pre-built model, we have several great recommendations. And for those who want to build their own vape pen, we have a section for that too.
First, we will cover the pre-built options since this is what most people prefer as it’s the easiest and most convenient.
After that, we’re going to do a breakdown of the individual parts that make up a vaporizer pen for those who are new and need a run down. We will then go into our favorite “build-your-own” setups and list the cheapest places to buy the parts.
Full Packaged Vape Pens:
Some people don’t want to deal with the hassle of building their own pen and instead would prefer to just buy a model that is already put together for them. In some cases, you will pay more for a pre-built pen, but the convenience factor is worth it for most people (it’s at most maybe $20-$25 more to buy a pre-built pen with all the parts.)
Some of the most popular companies to buy a pre-built model from are: G-Pen, Atmos, and TrippyStix, but after using these extensively, I have concluded that these are some of the worst pens on the market. I’m honestly not sure why they are so popular, but from someone who has used a ton of pens extensively, they aren’t very good at all.
G-pen and most others, like the TrippyStix, use a wicked design that relies on fiberglass to absorb the oil or full melt concentrate. This takes away from the whole experience and mainly the flavor of your concentrates.
Most Atmos models use a wickless design that is similar to a car cigarette lighter, which performs very poorly to say the least. On top of that, these brands outsource their production to China and with that comes low build quality and poor reliability. I would never recommend any of those models.
However, there are some pre-built models that perform exceptionally well, and we will discuss those below.
At the moment, there are 2 pens on the market that stand head and shoulders above the rest. We used to have a longer list, but as of right now, these 2 are our absolute favorites, and we recommend either one very highly.
Our favorite pre-built vaporizer pens are:
1. The Brand New SOURCE Orb V3 Vape Pen – $79.95 or $129.95 from Source’s official website* (use coupon code ‘moon’ and get 10% off)
*Depending on if you go with the Premium Kit or the Signature Kit (more info on these below)
The SOURCE Orb V2 was an amazing vaporizer pen and used to be our #1 ranked unit, but Source stepped it up even further and just released their new V3 model, which we love even more.
It’s by far the best vaporizer pen on the market right now for concentrates.
The main difference with the Source Orb V3 compared to the V2 are the new Quartz atomizers, which deliver the best flavor of any atomizer on the market.
If the improved taste wasn’t enough, they even made the bowls 20% deeper and capable of holding twice as much material as the previous V2 atomizers.
The V3 comes in 2 different kits: Premium and Signature
The Premium kit, which goes for only $79.95 on Source’s website, comes with 7 different atomizers including 2 brand new Quartz atomizers, a variable voltage battery, a large eGo charger, dabbing tool, and several attachments.
The Signature kit, which sells for just $129.95 on Source’s website, comes with everything in the Premium kit, but adds 1 more Quartz atomizer (the terra), the Source Slim (a thinner version of the V3), a glass globe, and a cool little metal briefcase to carry everything in.
The 8 completely different atomizers allow you to customize your vape experience exactly how you want it to be, which is one of our favorite things about this pen.
The different atomizers that the V3 comes with are:
- 1x SOURCE orb 3 Quartz Single Coil atomizer
- 1x SOURCE orb 3 Quartz Double Coil atomizer
- 1x SOURCE orb 3 Ceramic Double Coil atomizer
- 1x SOURCE orb 3 Wicked Double Coil atomizer
- 1x SOURCE orb 3 Dry Herb Baker atomizer
- 1x SOURCE orb 3 Dry Herb Hitter atomizer
- 1x SOURCE terra Ceramic Donut atomizer
- 1x Quartz SOURCE terra Ceramic Donut atomizer (only available in the Signature Kit)
The Orb is dead simple to use. Basically, all you do is turn the battery on by clicking the button 5 times, then set the dial at the bottom to whatever voltage you want (higher = warmer vapor/faster vaporization, lower = cooler vapor/slower vaporization).
After that, just pick your atomizer, screw it into the orb, attach the orb to your battery, and load it up. Then, all you have to do is press the button and inhale.
Overall, this is an awesome vape pen at a very affordable price that any vaper should have.
**You can get a discount on this vape by using the coupon code ‘MOON’, which gives you 10% off your entire order!**
**Please note that these are in very high demand and have been selling out quickly, so if you’re interested, we would recommend ordering now while they are still in stock!**
2. The Galaxy Vape Pen by Kandypens- $99.99 from Kandypens (Use promo code ‘GALAXYLOVE’ and get 20% off your purchase)
The Galaxy by Kandypens may be their best product to date. It actually does what it’s made to do (and it does it very well), and with the promo code, it comes in at a very reasonable price.
The battery has three voltage settings, which you change by simply clicking the button. The atomizer itself is really high quality, utilizing quartz for the chamber and the rods in the coils as well.
This quartz design allows for really pure and clean tasting vapor, and if you’re used to more standard atomizers, the purity of the flavor you get from the Galaxy will blow you away.
The only reason this vape pen gets number two on our list is because the Source Orb kit just has more options in terms of atomizer choices and voltage settings.
If you don’t want to fiddle around with all the atomizers, and you want a smaller package than the Source Orb can offer, the Galaxy is a great choice. We’re big fans of this vaporizer pen.
*Use promo code ‘GALAXYLOVE’ to get the 20% discount*
Which Pre-Built Vape Pen is the Best?
This is a bit subjective as it depends on the user, but we have them ranked above in order of our preference. We personally love both pens, but like we mentioned above, the Orb just allows a bit more customization, which we think a lot of users will enjoy.
The Source Orb offers a ton of options for vaping concentrates, letting you control how hot you want to vape as well as which of 7 atomizers you want to use. It also uses the new Quartz atomizer design, just like the Galaxy, so you’re getting great flavor with either one.
If you want to do just concentrates and like the flexibility that comes with having 7 atomizers, go with the SOURCE Orb. The Orb is especially great for beginners since it allows you so many options to figure out how you best like to vape.
The Galaxy has the smallest size, and offers amazingly clean vapor thanks to the quartz chamber. It’s also variable voltage, and is just a great all around vape experience. If you want a simple pen with some of the purest flavor on the market, buy the Galaxy.
Building your own vape pen
Looking to build your own vape pen instead? Check out our guide here on how to make your own DIY vaporizer pen.
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