Smokazon 2014 Pen Vaporizer Buyer's Guide
(Last Updated On: July 9, 2015)

Remember that moment when vape pens suddenly became a hit (no pun intended) that ruled the vaporizing world? That caught us by surprise — and still does — when almost all who seek our products always looked for vape pens.

Sure, portables and tabletops promise stronger, crisper and purer flavors because of their bigger capacity to hold botanicals, but there’s just something about vape pens that makes them our all-time bestsellers. This year, we again talk about pen vaporizers to keep you guided when choosing the right one for you. We’ve reaped some of the most essential how-tos and more tips to help you choose one you can use anytime, anywhere.

First Things First: It’s the Portability That You’re Getting Above All Else

That said, we admit vape pens do not produce the strongest punches for obvious reasons: their slimmer sizes. So, why are pen vaporizers still highly coveted? Well, we just can’t beat what they offer us. Their lightweight body means we can carry them anywhere without even noticing they’re in our bag or pocket. Also, their sleek designs make them the most discreet vaporizers as they could simply pass for a plus-sized pen. Talk about stealth!

How about vapor strength and quality?

Let’s not underestimate their performance as pen vaporizers can still deliver great results when you get used to your own rhythm of pressing the power button and how long you hold it, the speed at which you draw the vapor (faster draws have lesser flavors), and the amount of herbs you place inside the chamber. The hotter the coil gets, the denser the vapors that come out of your materials. But make sure not to overheat the heating element to avoid combustion temperatures.

How Pen Vaporizers Work

Because of their limited size, most pen vaporizers usually use the conduction method to heat up the materials. A heating coil or a wick is usually located at the center inside the chamber to ensure that the herbs around equally come in contact with the heating element. The downside, however, is that herbs can reach combustion temperatures. So, a filter is usually included to set a distance between the heating coil and the botanicals.

Portable and desktop vaporizers, on the other hand, generally use the convection principle, in which superheated air (but not hot enough to burn) flows through a cartridge or tank to vaporize the active ingredients from the inside.

All vape pens we know are powered by Lithium-ion batteries that’s rechargeable and can last up to three hours of continuous use.

Simplicity and Ease of Use

While portable and tabletop vaporizers command higher price tags because they offer more features like multiple heat settings, bigger chambers for botanicals and even a fancy balloon for some forced-air models, the humble vape pens come in cheaper because there isn’t much tweaking to do. To use the vape pen, just screw the three pieces (heating chamber, battery and mouthpiece) together, get a dab or a pinch of your material and light it up by pressing the button, which, by the way, is the only way to powering up the heating element, which draws its energy from the Lithium-ion battery inside.

One setback with too much simplicity is that it takes some sort of learning curve to get the right timing and draw. So, for beginners, getting your first vapor may be quite a bit frustrating. There are no temperature settings to experiment on. So, to find your own pace, you can play around on how long you press the button and the amount of materials you pack. It may take a little time to master, but once you find that perfect spot, you’d love your vaporizer to the core.

When it comes to cleaning a vape pen, all it takes is to unscrew it to expose the inside parts that need much cleaning. Depending on the type you have, you can use a Q-tip or a swab of cotton drenched in rubbing alcohol to wipe off the residue from the chamber. Just make sure not to touch the coil to avoid damage.

How to Choose a Vape Pen

Different vaping needs call for different pen vaporizers. Are you the herb fanatic? Or, do you experiment with essential oils or concentrates as well? The G Pen, for example, best delivers with oils, while the ThermoVape T1, Stok and Cloud Pen vaporizers support both oils and waxes.

If you want something that gives you three benefits — dry herbs, oils and waxes — in one, go for the Snoop Dogg G Pen instead. As for our ever-popular Atmos Raw, you need to order a separate oil attachment for your liquids.

Many of our customers go for the Atmos Raw Vaporizer because it’s the iPhone of vape pens in terms of form and build. It simply sports an irresistible high-quality body that stands out from the rest. And standout it is, as the Atmos Rx is by far our bestseller by a wide margin.

Beyond functionality comes the design, which adds either a boost or a blow to the vape’s appeal. While many vape pens now come with glass globes for denser vapors, others maintain a more discreet appearance. So, would you compromise vapor quality for a good, low profile design, or choose a more noticeable, larger vape but with a more powerful punch? The choice is yours.

At this point, we’re sure you’d want to get to know more about some of the most popular pen vaporizers we have for you. From the bestselling Atmos Raw to the latest SToK vaporizers, you’ll get all the information here:

The 6 Ultimate Pen Vaporizers and why you should start using them

For Oil: G Pen

For Wax: Atmos Junior Cloud Pen

For Oil and Wax: SToKG Pen 

For Dry Herbs, Oil and Wax: Snoop Dogg G Pen, Atmos Raw

Bonus Tip: How to Use Atmos With Dry Herbs

At this point, vaping enthusiasts and probably newbies who’ve read Atmos vape reviews already know the real score when using Atmos. During its first release, many users complained about it’s heating element touching the herbs, and in turn burning it. So Atmos released a glass filter to keep the herbs from directly heating the ground materials. When using your Atmos Raw, use the glass filter to get to lower temperatures to avoid burning your ground botanicals.

Also, when using the power button to light up the vape, it would be best to avoid pressing it for more than 15 seconds to avoid overheating the coils.

Buy it here: Atmos Raw Vaporizer

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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.