Dab Pens & Wax Vape Pens
Dab Pens & Wax Vape Pens
What is a Dab & Wax Vape Pen?
A Wax Vape Pen is similar to a dry herb vape pen. It uses similar technology, but instead of vaporizing dry herbs, wax pens vaporize concentrates. Wax vape pens use a heating chamber instead of a dry herbs chamber. Wax vape pens are more suited for vaping flower concentrates than CBD oil and herbs. The main components of a wax vape pen include the following:
The mouthpiece of a wax vape pen is designed to be comfortable to put your mouth on and to ensure that every drag gives you the best experience. The tip is available in many different sizes to provide airflow and temperature balance.
The vaporizing takes place in the chamber where the heating coil heats the wax. Wax is poured into the chamber using a dab tool on the top of the heating coil. There are a lot of different types of heating coils. The function of the coils is to heat and vaporize waxes and concentrates.
Similarly to dry herb vape pens and other CBD vaporizers available on the market, the battery or mod on Dab pens features a 510 threaded connection. This makes selecting the right mod for your pen easy. With some of the more sophisticated wax mods you can control the temperature of the coil. Always check the heating range of your coil before using a non-default setting.
How Do Dab & Wax Vape Pens Work?
To load the vape, put the wax or concentrate into the chamber. When the power transfers from the battery, the heating chamber will begin heating up the wick – the wick is also available in many styles and fabrics. A wax vape pen can heat to very high temperatures which means very little material is left behind when vaping.
Basic Instructions for use
- Ensure the coil is operational
Before loading any materials into your vape, make sure the coil is functioning correctly. Testing it before loading ensures that you do not need to scrape out any excess if the device is not working.
- Put your desired vaping material into the heating coil chamber
Once you have checked that the coil is fully operational, the device is ready to have your material placed into the heating chamber.
- Choose a temperature
Once the chamber is loaded, it's time to choose a temperature setting. The setting you choose will depend on what material you are vaping and how intense you want your hit to be. Low temperatures are better for hits with a lot of flavor while high temperatures are best for thick clouds.
- Press the fire button then inhale
Once the desired temperature setting is selected, press the fire button and inhale to enjoy the delicious vape flavor.
Different Types of Wax Vape Heating Coils
A wax vape pen coil is usually made of quartz, ceramic or titanium. There are advantages and disadvantages to all three, but it boils down to personal preference as to which is most suitable.
Ceramic coils are generally good because they have a high temperature tolerance. This resistance is good because it means it will not burn off toxic materials and will not crack. It is also good for waxes of a high viscosity. Ceramic coils are also very safe since they do not have any silica or metal elements. They are well known for an intense flavor when vaping at a lower temperature. Ceramic coils do not give off such large vapor clouds but it provides a better taste.
Titanium is can sometimes have a strange flavor but as long as it's quality titanium, this will not be the case. Titanium can sometimes turn brittle after 20 or 30 uses, but if it is good quality, this is unlikely to happen.
Quartz is also highly temperature resistant. Similarly to ceramic coils, it does not burn any toxins. Quartz does not absorb much wax.
For low viscosity and thin concentrate oils – almost liquid in nature – a wick atomizer is recommended. These thinner oils absorb easily into the wick as it is being heated which makes second or third hits easy because there is no need to re-load the atomizer chamber. A silica wick will generally be wrapped onto a titanium coil, such is the case with the popular Glass Globe Vaporizer.
How to Choose a Dab & Wax Pen?
The wax vapes industry is even larger than the dry herb vaping industry. The limitless vape pen models and all of the possible attachments available would make any vape enthusiast's head spin. The decisions you need to focus on when choosing which is the best dab or wax vape pen for you are as follows:
- Wax Coil attachment
There are four main types of wax vape pen coils available (already discussed above). The place where the wax is vaporized, heated and loaded is the coil. The coil is the component of a vape that usually needs replacing most often. Coils burn out over a period of usage, therefore it is important to replace them when it's needed. The different styles of coil include rod, donut, wick and pancake. Ceramic and quartz dual and quad rod coils are available. Preference and budget are the most important factors when making these decisions.
- Glass Globe Atomizers
Glass globe atomizers can significantly enhance the overall vaping experience when replacing the standard wax coils from a vape pen. A wick coil can easily be upgraded by a ceramic or quartz coil, but a glass globe atomizer or bubbler can push it one step further. A glass globe atomizer gives bigger, smoother and tastier drags from a vape pen.
Most wax vapes can easily outlast the day. Different sizes of battery impact the portability and life of a vape pen. Many newer vape models come with auto heating functions and variable heat options. There are also many simple and standard ones available. Many also give full control over the functionality which allows you to fully control and tune the settings to deliver the best experience.
How to Clean a Dab & Wax Vape Pen?
With proper maintenance, a dab pen does not require much cleaning past the mouthpiece and proper coil maintenance. What follows below is a quick guide to cleaning a wax vape.
As vapor particles make their way through the vape and towards the mouth piece, the path can get clogged. If you are experiencing trouble inhaling the vapor, this could be the problem. To resolve the issue, scrape all excess wax that has built up out of the mouthpiece. To properly clean the mouthpiece, soak it in rubbing alcohol or cleaning disinfectant. Then, leave it to sit for five to ten minutes. While still being soaked, get some cotton swabs or a rag to remove any wax resin build-up. Be sure to rinse with warm water after soaking.
Just like any non-waterproof electronics, a vaporizer pen for wax is no exception to this rule. To clean any vape battery or another external part of the vape, use a dampened cloth with a small amount of cleaning solution. Be careful not to impact the paints or designs on the vape, however. If you are cleaning off waxy residue, scrap it off with a dabbing too and gather together.
You can sometimes scrape excess wax from the sides or walls of the coil chamber to gather enough for another hit. Aside from removing wax build up, it is not necessary to do any other cleaning. If the heating coil base has become sticky with waxy build-up, it can be wiped clean with a damp cloth and a mild cleaning solution. Do not use soaking wet cloths etc. and avoid wetting the inside of the chamber. Never over-pack the heating chamber with material and use each pack to the point that the chamber is empty. This ensures the chamber will be as fresh and clean as it can be while reducing spillage.
Loading the vape pen
Loading the heating chamber of a Dab pen is super simple and easy. The heating coil should be correctly attached and working properly. Do not pack an already burned out coil. Make sure to test the coil and take the mouthpiece off. Using a dabbing tool, scoop a ball of wax to the center of the coil but be gentle and do not directly touch the coil. Add more if it is necessary, but do not overfill the chamber. Then, place the mouthpiece onto the coil atomizer and start vaping.
Why Use Dab & Wax Vape Pens?
- Highly portable
While travelling, bringing a dab rig with you is not feasible. A vape pen can be very handy to replace a dab rig in this case. Vape pens are very slim devices that are very easy to bring with you and carry in a purse or pocket etc. They are roughly the same size as a normal writing pen and an e-cigarette.
Vape pens are durable and hard to break and do not feature fragile glass components, a nail or a really hot torch. There is no way to hurt yourself with this kind of device short of sticking your finger into the heated chamber or deliberately burning yourself. Keeping in mind the small form factor of the chambers in many vape pens, it is pretty much impossible to put your finger into the heating chamber anyway.
- Value at a great price
Vape pens can sometimes seem like kind of an expensive investment. Buying the herbs and concentrates can become expensive however. Always try to use your herbs and concentrates efficiently to ensure you are getting good value for money. It is much cheaper to vaporize concentrates and herbs than it is to combust cannabis and cannabis extracts. This is even more relevant if they are potent. Dab pens help you get the best out of every drop.
- Fast heating
Dab pens faster to heat than dabbing rigs. In a matter of seconds, a dab pen can reach the desired temperature in a matter of just seconds, without much technical know-how at all. It's just about pressing the button. It can take longer if you are vaping a leaf material. Concentrates, however, are almost immediately ready to vape.
- Ease of Use
Using a wax or herb vape pen is very simple. Simply make sure that the batteries are charged and fill up the heating chamber with herbs or place the concentrate onto the heating element then press the button. (depending on your specific vape)
- Low Odor
A vape pen can pretty much be used anywhere without drawing any attention, unlike traditional cigarettes or marijuana products. There is no real combustion involved in vaping any material so there is no burning or smoke smell. The herb smell will be present, but it is not usually considered as undesirable or as strong cigarette smoke.
How to Load a Dab Pen with Wax?
- Ensure that yourpen was designed to be used with oils and concentrates.
Many dab pens are supposed to be used with flower concentrates instead of the actual flowers.
- Put a sliver of concentrate on your dabbing tool
Slice a tiny bit of wax or dip your dabbing tool into the concentrate (if it is particularly oily). You are able to shape it with your fingers beforehand if you need to. A small ball of wax is usually enough. Roughly 0.1g is recommended, but there is no need to weigh it. If you cannot already picture 0.1g, you will one day be able to judge it based on looks.
- Apply it onto the coil directly
The wax must be gently applied to the coil. It is usually sticky and will stick to the dabbing tool a little bit, but under no circumstances should you jab it at the coil as heating elements are very fragile.
- Break the shatter up into small pieces then place into the heating chamber
Less pliable and "shatterable" concentrates should be loaded onto a dab tool in the ways described above. If this is the case, break the material into small pieces and load the chamber about halfway (the exact quantity will depend on the vape pen you're using).
Dab & Wax Vape Pen Tips and Tricks
- Stand the pen upright
Wax can become like a fluid, particularly just after being vaped. If the pen is left on its side, the liquid wax will flow toward the mouthpiece which creates a sticky mess in the vape. Depending on your model, there can be an issue with unscrewing and removing the heating chamber or mouthpiece. This issue definitely means you'll lose a lot of wax concentrates.
- Keep concentrates in the freezer
Wax can be difficult to handle as it is very sticky. Even when using a dabbing tool, wax can be wasted by sticking to fingertips, the dab tool or other surfaces. Storing the wax concentrates in the freezer makes handling much easier. Particularly in warmer climates, you'll want to be quick to apply the wax after removing it from the freezer.
- Keep on top of coil maintenance
Never over pack the coil as it will become damaged or create a very sticky mess. Do not poke or drop the coil. The wires in the coil are very small and very delicate which makes the innards very sensitive. Most coils do not require cleaning. However, scraping any excess wax from the walls of the chamber can be scraped up and vaped later.