How Pen Vaporizers Work
(Last Updated On: July 2, 2015)

Pen vaporizers have never been more popular these days. In fact, they are our best sellers here at Smokazon, no less.

So at this point, the reason behind their soaring popularity has become all too obvious: They’re simply the most convenient and discreet way to satisfy your vaping needs.

In our previous posts, we featured to you the best choices of pen vaporizers. So now, we focus on the details to help you understand the inner workings of pen vaporizers and how such small size brings too much pleasure from every draw.

The Basics of Vape Pen 

Contrary to common perception, a pen vaporizer is entirely different from an electronic cigarette, but both of them function similarly in that the internal heating element heats up the material inside. Perhaps the one major difference is that with pen vaporizers, you can use oils and waxes besides ground herbs, not to mention that vaporizers can use a whole range of botanicals, not limiting the focus on tobacco alone.

So, this gives our vaporizers an edge when we talk about more alternative options to actual smoking, which is, by the way, one of the leading preventable diseases in the United States.

With the use of the ceramic heating element, a vape pen produces flavorful vapors by heating the material inside a chamber to a temperature that vaporizes the active compounds, but without getting too hot to start combustion. Thus, by not burning your herbs, you get rid of the toxins normally produced when burning, say, a tobacco in a cigarette.

Now, there are three types of pen vaporizers, each of which is categorized according to the kind of material it vaporizes. Let’s take a look at each one of them:

Dry Herb Pen

As the name obviously suggests, dry herb pens work only with, well, dry herbs. They have a special heating coil that is just a few notches away from the herb, heating it to a near-combustion temperature to release their potent flavors. Dry herb pens came after oil and wax vape pens, but have already caught up in the market, even surpassing in popularity as more users shift their attention to herbs as convenient vaping materials.

At Smokazon, our best selling herb pen is the Atmos Raw Dry Herb Vaporizer. But you can also get an oil attachment to make it possible for you to use essential oils and even waxes.

Oil Pen and Wax Pen

To make pen vaporizers support essential oils, a special cartridge is attached near the heating element to hold the oil inside and to prevent spilling during the vaping process. Atmos Raw can also serve as an Oil Pen if you purchase the oil attachment with the vape. Other popular oil pen vapes are Stok and G-Pen vaporizers.

Wax pen vaporizers, on the other hand, still use specialized cartridges specifically designed to hold the semi-fluid material. However, most pen vapes that support essential oils are also compatible with waxes. One good example for Oil Pen is the atmos with an oil attachment and for wax the g-pen vaporizer. 

Common Parts of the Pen Vaporizer

Ceramic Heating Element

One revolutionary feature of all vaporizers, including vape pens, is the ceramic material used to heat the herb, wax or oil. Usually made of borosilicate glass, this ceramic heating element does not emit any compounds as its temperature rises during the vaporizing process. So, the vapors you get are purely from the herbs or liquids.


Of course, when you do not need fire to light up your herbs, the best alternative comes from an electrical source to heat the ceramic element. Thus in almost all portable vaporizers, the lithium-ion battery is the most cost-efficient, allowing you to recharge your vaporizer multiple times without the need to buy an external battery. One exception though is the Magic-Flight Launch Box vaporizer, which uses an external battery to power up the vape.


Vaporizer filters are equally important to filter out any loose materials. For example, steel filters are usually used for dry herbs, filtering remaining particles that would have reached the mouthpiece without this part.

Then comes the ceramic filter, designed to absorb excess heat and at the same time, also functions similarly to the steel filter.

Other Parts

The spring may seem like another piece of negligible part of the vaporizer, but this too is important to keep your herbs neatly tucked and packed inside the pen vape. Without this, all the ground materials would come loose inside.

Another important part is the chamber connector, which connects the mouthpiece to the chamber and the heating element. And lastly, the mouthpiece comes at the top of the vape, and varies in length among pen vaporizers. The longer this part is, the lesser the vapor temp that comes out of it. This keeps the vapor comfortably warm without getting too hot for the user.

Now that we’ve summarized the basics of your pen vaporizers and how they work behind the scenes, remember that all the parts, no matter how seemingly miniscule they are, are very essential to keep your vape working well.

If you have more questions about pen vaporizers, let us know and we’ll gladly be here to help!

Written by The Smokazon Team
Smokazon is a group of enthusiasts, advocates and connoisseurs of the digital age. We’re here to help you achieve that ultra-lifestyle with our product reviews, feature articles and anything you need to know in the vaping world. But enough about us. Let’s talk about you. We’re here to make your vaping experience a little bit better.