Among the most noteworthy trends within the vaporizer industry over the past few years is the emergence of vape pens that are as highly functional and well-crafted as their desktop and portable counterparts.
Vape pens, so named because they typically resemble a writing pen in size and shape, have evolved a great deal from the early days of being e-cigarette clones. We love vape pens for their small size, their portability and their discreetness. They are perfect for use on the go and come in very hand for use in less than private settings like concerts, hiking trips or social events.But choosing the right pen vape is confusing. First off, most pen vapes are made for a single material—either concentrates or dry herbs. The first step in deciding on which vape pen to buy is knowing which material you will be consuming. For those who want vape concentrates (be it wax, oil or extract), there are a host of great choices. But there also great vape pens out there for dry herb users as well.
To make things a bit easier we decided to put together this list of the best pen vapes of 2017 for both concentrates and for dry herbs.
Best Vape Pens For Concentrates
Dr. Dabber Aurora
A winner of the High Times Cannabis Cup and an entrant on the magazine’s list of best pen vapes for several years in a row, this is one of the best pen vapes on the market. According to High Times, “This is a vape pen to rule them all thanks to its unique magnetic parts, sleek matte-black finish, and a kit that includes multiple atomizers—from dual ceramic rods to a ceramic heater—to best handle the differences among your favorite concentrates. Big hits, along with a stealthy design and cool magnetic feature, make the Aurora a crazy-good vape pen.
Linx Hynos Zer0
According to High Times, his “sleek silver pen is easy to use and offers up a good, smooth hit. according to our expert panel. This vape draws praise for its vapor production and flavor as well as its size and portability. The Hypnos Zer0 is crafted without coils or discs. Instead the engineers utilize a plate located at the bottom of the heating chamber, ensuring a fresh and clean vaping experience every-time.
The Kandypens Galaxy was award “Best Vaporizer” by High Times in 2016, and it’s deserving of all the accolades. It set the standard for wax and concentrate vape pens, with an elevated air flow system and an upgrade mouthpiece. According to High Times, the Galaxy is a “solid, well-hitting vaporizer that comes nicely designed and delivers hits that are sure to blast you into orbit. Dual quartz rods, a titanium coil and a deep quartz-crystal chamber all make the Galaxy a dependable vape for any occasion.”
Source Orb 4 Premium Kit
With seven different atomizers to suit every dab-on-the-go situation, the Source Orb 4 hits like a champ, according to High Times, who also loved its “cool design” and a package that comes with a “ton of coils.” If you’re looking for plenty of dabbing options and the perfect combination of size, atomizer and temperature, definitely check out this Premium Kit, which gives you all of that and more.
The Puffco+ by Puffco
Proudly designed in Brooklyn, NY, the Puffco+ place is a nifty little vape pen that is essentially a pocket nail (making it perfect for dabbing on the go). Made without coils, the mouthpiece houses a removable ceramic loading tool with a convection cap. According to High Times, this is a “super-handy dab-tool that is hidden on the underside of the mouthpiece. The magazine also praised the “coilless ceramic oven that evenly distributes your dab, producing a stellar cloud of vape that also preserves the oils’ flavor profile.”
Best Vape Pens For Dry Herbs
Grenco Science G Pen Elite
The G Pen Elite is the second generation of the G Pro. It’s small, better and more advance, offering a true pen vape size with the quality of a larger handheld model. It features a large herb chamber, giving it one of the largest ovens on the market for a portable vape. The G Pen Elite features a super modern ergonomic design with a well thought curves and controls. The fingers fit perfectly in the curves of the device and feels natural to hold.
Storz & Bickel Crafty
While The Crafty by Storz & Bickel is not technically a pen vape we included it because of its superior craftsmanship and vapor production given it’s very small size. At just over 4 inches in height and 2 inches in width it’s definitely pocket sized, and will even fit into a suit jacket pocket (which is where he we keep our actual writing pens). So, for us, it passes muster. And you will not find a better, faster and more efficient dry herb vape this size on the market. The superior flavor comes from the fact that this vape offers a combination of convection and conduction heating.
Quickdraw 300 DLX
While the Quickdraw 300DLX is a pen vape that is capable of vaporizing dry herbs, concentrates and oils we find it best for loose leaf usage. As such we are including it on our list. It’s a highly functional and potent pen vape, and it heats up quickly and delivers consistently good vapor quality. And, given that it’s a true 3-in-1 vape, it offers versatility not found in most true pen-size vaporizers.
If you are looking for good, solid convention pen vape for dry herbs that is priced under $100 then the Atmos Jump is perfect. A pen vape offering convection heating is rare, and once priced this low is almost impossible to find. This is a great daily driver or first pen vape for a consumer new to vaporizing. It boasts a carbon fiber body, so it’s sturdy and will stand up to the wear and tear of travel. It’s also very easy to use and produces great vapor.