Our Top Vape Pens of 2017
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:
Our #1 Ranked Vape Pen for Best Flavor and Vapor Quality and also the most versatile:
SOURCE Orb 4
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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.
The Source Orb 4 is currently our top rated vape pen based on our extensive testing with the unit. Hands down, the Orb 4 is the best overall vape pen on the market, and if you buy any from this list, the Orb 4 is what we recommend.
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!
The SOURCE Orb 4 kits offer a variety of traditional coil wrapped atomizers and coilless atomizers. Both have very unique distinctions between them in terms of vapor quality, and no one is truly better than the other. Which atomizer(s) you'll prefer is entirely subjective!
The coil atomizers are ideal for vapor production and getting massive hits quickly while on the go. Some people don't care about flavor or getting smooth vapor and just want to get the biggest hits possible.
But nothing beats a coilless atomizer for sitting down at home and appreciating some high-quality concentrates. The coilless atomizers will slowly boil off your oil into delicious vapor that is potent, smooth, and very flavorful.
What's great about buying a SOURCEVapes kit is that you don't even need to know what you prefer, they give you an assortment of atomizers to figure out what's best for YOU.
There are currently two options you can go for when purchasing a SOURCE Orb 4:
There is the Premium Kit, which retails for $99.95
And the Signature Kit, which goes for $199.95
We're going to give you a brief breakdown of the differences between the two kits here, but if you want to get the full breakdown, be sure to check out our full SOURCE Orb 4 review.
The Premium kit is great if you're looking for a versatile device that's offering premium features - at a budget oriented price point.
The 650mAh battery included with this kit will get you well over a days worth of usage and offers 7 steps of voltage adjustment so you can tune in the temperature of your atomizer.
The Premium Kit includes 6 total atomizers.
If you came to this guide for the no compromises option, I would go straight for the Signature Kit.
All around, this kit gives you more flexibility than the Premium Kit, and I feel like this kit shows you what the SOURCE Orb 4 truly has to offer.
The 2200mAh battery has lasted me multiple days of usage, which is great for someone (like me) who forgets to charge their various devices every night.
Not only do you get more battery life, but you are also able to deliver more power to your atomizers. What this means is that you have the option of using SOURCE's coilless atomizers, which offer best in class flavor and smoothness with outstanding vapor production.
The battery included with the Premium Kit simply can't power some of SOURCE's more powerful atomizers.
Also, if you dislike using watts as your means of adjusting power, fear not! The SOURCE Volt battery with the Signature Kit offers its users two modes of adjusting the temperature.
You have a temperature control mode where you can set the vape from a range of 200F-700F. Or you can put it in normal variable wattage mode.
I feel people who don't have much experience with eCigs would find the temperature control much simpler and less intimidating.
Right now, the Orb 4 is not only one of the best bang for your buck options on the market, but probably the best vape pen on the market period.
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. We recommend the Signature Kit if you want the pen with the most atomizer options and the most powerful battery, but the Premium Kit is a great option with an entry level price tag that surely won't disappoint either.
Both of them are the best all around pens on this list by far.
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*We're trying to keep this vape pen guide nice and short so we didn't expand on everything here, but our review gets into much more detail.
Best Vape Pens for Discreetness & On-The-Go Use:
The Atmos Kiln RA is the latest version of their Kiln series and one of the best wax vaporizer pens on the market today. This unit features a heating chamber that is made of pure ceramic and is capable of producing some of the tastiest hits I’ve ever experienced. In addition to the fantastic taste, it is incredibly efficient which means you’ll get the most out of your dabs while conserving your material. When a vape pen is manufactured with flavor in mind, I find that often it will lacking in power and potency. With the Kiln RA Kit, that’s definitely not the case. This device features a compact 950mAh lithium-ion battery that is capable of producing huge vapor hits while also lasting throughout a day of constant toking.
One of the best features of this latest version is the re-buildable atomizers. If you are new to the vape pen industry, you might not realize that every model utilizes an atomizer to heat up your concentrates. Over time, these atomizers will slowly wear out and eventually need to be replaced. The original Kiln heating attachment did not provide access to the atomizer and when it burned out, the entire unit needed to be replaced. With the new Kiln RA kit, that’s a problem you'll never have to worry about it. This unit is engineered with an advanced dual post system that makes changing out the coils simple as ever, saving you both money and time!
Another great aspect of the Kiln RA that is sometimes overlooked is the discreetness factor. This device is less than 4 ½ in. long and can be almost entirely concealed in the palm of your hand. From the picture above, you can see a clear difference in length between it and the Source Orb 4. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a vape pen that offers this kind of stealth and portability to go along with a super-efficient ceramic heating element. As a result I consider it to be one of the top overall units, particularly for on the go use!
Kandypens Gravity - $129.95 from Kandypens
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.
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Hardest Hitting Vaporizer Pen and Largest Chamber:
SOURCE Orb XL Flosstradamus Kit - $119.95 from Vaporizer Chief
This has been the vaporizer 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 the triple coils offered here are fantastic for the person who simply cares about getting the biggest clouds and hardest hitting vapor possible.
If you like to load the chamber full every time, the triple coils are perfect for that.
Overall, it is really convenient to simply load a large amount of oil instead of constantly reloading an atomizer. You can load a large .3 glob, and that will get a normal user well through a day of vaping.
You also should factor in the size of this vaporizer pen; it is comparatively very large to the other offerings on this list. However, that is the price you pay if you want to have the hardest hitting vape pen on the market.
Even with that said though, the SOURCE Volt battery does a great job at condensing the whole kit into a pocketable size.
Unlike a pen style battery which adds additional length, the box battery condenses everything into an easy to grip box. I personally prefer the ergonomics of a box battery as opposed to a typical pen style battery.
Selling for only $119.95, the Flosstradamus vape pen by SOURCE is priced very competitively when compared to the other pens on the market, and it gives you the option to add lots of extras too like the Orb 4 atomizers, the SOURCE nail atomizers, and more.
If you're looking for the hardest hitting vape pen on the market and one that has a crazy high capacity, buy the SOURCE Orb XL Flosstradamus edition without question.
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 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:
If you want the vape pen with the best flavor and vapor quality, and also the most versatility, you definitely want to go with the SOURCE Orb 4. We like the Signature Kit since it offers more, but the Premium is awesome too.
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 Flosstradamus Edition.
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!