The popularity of weed pens has increased over recent years. Vaping has become more popular as legalization spreads and more people are trying it for the first time. Buying a weed pen can be confusing with so many options available.
Battery life and type
Most pens come with a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery or replaceable 18650 batteries. Rechargeable pens offer the convenience of charging up via USB, while replaceable batteries allow you to simply swap out the old battery. However, replaceable batteries add extra costs over time. When looking at battery life, pens last anywhere from 50 puffs to over 500 puffs per charge. Consider your usage habits and how often you want to recharge. Also, check if the pen has passthrough charging, which allows you to vape while plugged in and charging. Pens with shorter battery lives are preferred for discretion and portability. If you’re a heavy user, look for a pen with over 350 mAh battery capacity for longer-lasting power.
Weed pens utilize three main heating methods: convection, conduction, or hybrid heating.
- Convection pens heat material by blowing hot air through the chamber, resulting in smooth and flavorful vapor. Conduction pens directly heat material by contact with an oven or coil. They heat up quicker but sometimes experience issues like combustion or uneven heating.
- Many modern weed pens use hybrid technology that combines convection and conduction for efficient and consistent heating. Try out pens with different heating methods to see which produces the vapor quality and smoothness you prefer.
Determine which weed pens are right for you based on their chamber or oven size. Smaller chambers around 0.5 grams are best for moderate solo use while larger 1-2 gram chambers allow you to vape with groups or load enough to last throughout the day. Also, consider material compatibility as some pens are designed for dry herbs, wax concentrates, or oil cartridges. Choose a pen with a chamber suited for your intended material.
The ability to control temperature settings gives you more customization over your vaping experience. Variable voltage pens allow you to adjust power output, while more advanced pens have temperature control from as low as 300°F to over 400°F. Lower temperatures produce lighter, terpene-rich vapor while higher temps create thicker, more potent vapor. If flavor and customization are important to you, look for weed pens with multiple temperature settings. If you just want an easy consistent experience, preset temperatures work fine for most people.
Mouthpiece and design
Consider the overall design and mouthpiece when selecting a weed pen. Most pens have a 510-threaded connection for oil cartridges or an oven chamber for flowers. The mouthpiece should feel comfortable when vaping and have adequate airflow. Look for pens with removable mouthpieces to keep them clean. Stealthier pens mimic the look of nicotine vapes or even everyday items to stay discreet. Bulkier tank-style pens focus more on maximizing battery life and performance. Think about your usage preferences and environment when deciding on a design.