Weed pens are vapes for cannabis, whether dry herb or concentrate, offer users convenience, quality, and style. These weed vape pens are easy-to-load, but some require regular cleaning and maintenance. Weed vape pens also vary in their heating style. It can be convection (hot air) or conduction (direct contact). Temperature control is also an important feature to look at when deciding on a weed vape pen.
Thanush PoulsenUpdated: May 15, 2023
Four power levels
The KandyPens Crystal Black is a concentrates-only pen. The device features an all-stainless steel exterior and holds an internal 900mAh ...
The best weed vape pens of 2023 run from heavy-hitting and high-powered to small, discrete, and portable. The units listed here have adjustable heat settings, while others have presets. The top-of-the-line units even have downloadable apps for more customization. They are versatile, as many can vape herbs and liquid concentrate. Most have 510 connections, so they are compatible with pre-filled oil cartridges. But some also feature refillable pods and vape tanks.
The KandyPens Crystal Black is a concentrates-only pen. The device features an all-stainless steel exterior and holds an internal 900mAh battery. Also, the weed pen uses a coil-less, all-quartz atomizer and convection heating.
The Crystal Black has a glass mouthpiece that attaches to the stainless steel top cap. The top cap is threaded, so users can easily remove it to access the oven underneath. The unit consists of three main pieces: the top cap, the atomizer, and the battery.
Airflow vents line the exterior of the atomizer, providing excellent vapor quality. The Crystal Black also has four power settings, indicated by the LEDs down the front of the unit. The power levels run from 2.6V to 4.2V.
The four LEDs on the front also show battery life. Users must click the button five times to activate it and press it three times to change the power setting. The black also comes with a Sesh Mode that powers the atomizer for ten seconds.
Excellent build quality (stainless steel, quartz) for safe vaping
Four different power levels produce great controlled vapor production
A Portable, Dry-Herb Vape With Temperature Control
The Mig Vapor Khan is a discreet-looking dry herb device with precision temperature control. The Khan has a low-profile design that makes it portable. Still, it is pretty durable. It has an internal 2500mAh battery that gives you the power you need to create excellent vapor. The device uses an all-ceramic chamber that can house up to ½ gram of material. It uses a sturdy Pyrex glass mouthpiece as an isolated airpath to improve vapor flavor and quality.
It has good battery life (2500mAh battery) and uses good, quality materials (aluminum build, ceramic chamber)
LED for precision temperature control
It is compatible with a separate bubbler attachment
The Kandypens Special-K is a refillable vaporizer with a 1 ml tank that is powered by a 650 mAh battery that can last several days. Monitoring the level of the oil is easy thanks to the concentrate viewing window on the side. It has three voltage settings: 3.2, 3.7, and 4.2 volts. Use the firing button to cycle through the voltage settings; click it three times to change the voltage. The pen takes three seconds to reach the desired voltage. A top cap that looks like the cap of an ink pen sits atop the ergonomically designed mouthpiece, making the vape pen discreet and easy to carry around in a shirt pocket. The Kandypens Special-K is compatible with THC and CBD oils.
The Kandypens Special-K is just available in black and white, and it comes with a carrying case that is great for when the device in stored in a suitcase or backpack.
Long-lasting battery that is fast charging for longer satisfying vaping
Comfortable and portable design that perfectly lay in hand
Three voltage settings for great vapor production
Low e-juice capacity, so be prepared to refill it often
The G Pen Elite II is an update to the original Elite THC pen. Many long-time weed vapers will know it as their first electronic vaping device. Also, the Elite had a slim, svelte exterior with curves and recessed OLED to give the device precision temperature control. But the new Elite has an updated internal heating chamber with all-ceramic walls. The new device keeps the LED for precision temperature control. But adds a powerful internal battery and an oversized material chamber.
The low-profile design of the Elite II makes it perfect for an on-the-go weed vaporizer
The vapor quality is on point thanks to the ceramic chamber and short vapor path
This small and portable device should not have precision temperature control, but this one does, which is a godsend
The device has a fast recharging time and takes a little over an hour to charge
The short vapor path means that vapor can get hot when used at higher temperatures
The Mig Vapor Sol E-Nectar Collector features two different atomizer styles. It allows vapers to use it as a regular pen or an e-straw. The device uses a standard flat-disc ceramic atomizer for its pen design and a quartz-tipped heating element as a nectar collector. The internal 400mAh battery also comes with three different voltage settings controlled by a single operating button.
Portable, lightweight, and sturdy exterior design for vaping on ago
Easy-to-use, so it will be a good choice for beginners
Multiple power settings for powerful vapor production
The Pax ERA Pro is an innovative, one-of-a-kind pod device for oils and concentrates. Also, the pods are proprietary and are not refillable. Vapers must live in legal states to use the pre-filled pods.
Pax makes the pods and sends them to fillers in legal states where vapers can buy the containers. The device itself is compact and minimal. It features magnetic snap-on technology.
There are no buttons, as the device is draw-activated. There are also four preset temperatures on the device. The Era does have Bluetooth compatibility.
Vapers can install an app on their smartphone to adjust temperature precisely. The Era has USB charging and features an anodized aluminum build. The pods use double silica wicks for greater oil absorption. Charging the internal cell takes about forty-five minutes.
Rather compact and portable for easier vaping on a go
The Bug Rx oil vape pen from Mig Vapor uses a 1.2-ohm coil in a 1.2 ml tank and a huge 1100mAh battery. The ceramic coil, as well as the double-sealed ceramic mouthpiece, ensure quality vapor every time.
This simple and durable oil vape pen goes for $39.95, which makes it the most affordable weed vape online.
The battery and tank are both 510-threaded. The tank features a Pyrex glass section holding up to 1.2 ml of oil. A stainless steel coil is baked into the ceramic coil with a resistance of 1.2 ohms.
Stealth Antileak Magnetic Cap is a benefit. However, it’s not 100% hermetically safe.
The highest power output of the cell is 22W, and there are no other levels. Vapers can choose between an automatic (no buttons) and a manual (buttons) battery. The cell uses USB charging. The tank is good for up to 15-20 refills.
An easy-to-use device that will be a worthy option for vapers without much experience
Simple setup device that is good for thicker oils
The tank and battery are 510-threaded
Not hermetic cap might leak into a pocket
No adjustable settings, so it can be uncomfortable
The Stella dab and oils vaporizer from Dr. Dabber has three variable voltage settings. It has simple, one-button controls. Vapers can use the button to select from among the device’s three power settings.
The device works with waxes and has a special loading tool in a kit.
Now it’s possible to vape longer with an upgraded 600mAh built-in battery. That is capable of heating from 460℉ to 775℉. Not sure what you need?
The Stella also features a sleek, all-black, high-gloss satin exterior. While it is made of safe medical food-grade material, no combustion surprises are noted. A floating chamber grants good heating and vaporization of wax.
The device is designed to upgrade popular features of Aurora. Now it has pass-through USB-C charging for easier charging and Temperature Coefficient Resistance. So Stella controls your battery chamber after you click a single button.
Very well-made from high-quality, safe materials
600 mAh built-in battery with pass-through USB-C charging
The Pax 3 vaporizer is a dual-use device that can vape dry herbs and concentrates. The concentrates lid only comes as part of a deluxe pack, which costs more than the basic version.
The Pax has a built-in 3500mAh battery. It features four preset temperature settings. Also, it is Bluetooth-compatible. Users can download an app to enable precise temperature control for the Pax 3.
The Pax uses a conduction-heating style. Heat-up time for the device to reach its set temperature is around 15 seconds. Users will feel the device vibrate when it is ready to vape. The highest preset temperature on the Pax 3 is 420°F.
Preset and precise temperature control (with the app)
Vapes both herbs and concentrates with long-lasting production
Bluetooth app allows for more customization
High-priced because the concentrates lid costs extra
The G-Pen Dash is a Grenco Science original and is a new entry for the company whose G-Pen Pro and Elite were both early innovators in the weed pen market. The Dash is smaller than those two previous Grenco devices. But it outperforms those first-generation devices thanks to features like a stainless steel construction and three preset temperature options. Also, the internal battery allows pass-through charging. And the glass-lined chamber ensures the tastiest pulls.
The device has no screens or display, so it is very easy to use
The vapor quality is excellent thanks to the glass vapor path and air intake holes around the chamber
The pen has pass-through charging, so you can always vape it
The device has a durable but lightweight feel that makes it a joy to use
Another temperature setting would have been nice for people who like big clouds
The Mighty from Storz and Bickel is the German vape manufacturer’s answer to the question, “When will they make a portable Volcano?”. The Mighty is not precisely a portable Volcano, but it does have some unique features that only Storz and Bickel could come up with. Features like the digital keypad for precision temperature control or the grooved, heavy-duty exterior that funnels heat into the materials chamber. The Mighty also has a swivel-based mouthpiece. So you can turn it in any direction for better inhalation.
The Mighty produces smooth, flavorful hits thanks to precision heating and the clean vapor path
The device has an easy-to-use LED pad on the front so you can set your ideal temperature
The Mighty also has an extended mouthpiece, so you can comfortably sip on it
The long battery life since the device has an automatic shut-off function to conserve battery power
The Delta-8 vape pens from HealthWorx CBD offer a convenient way to ingest Delta-8 without filling tanks or charging any batteries. The pens come pre-filled and are packaged individually. They have a stainless steel exterior and use draw-activated batteries. So you do not have to worry about the power button or battery life. The device contains the brand’s proprietary blend of CBD and Delta-8 and no harmful chemicals or ingredients. The oil is made with hemp grown organically in Colorado.
Easy-to-use and has excellent vapor quality, so it is perfect for new vapers
The high-quality CBD and Delta-8 derivative is lab tested with the lab results loaded onto a QR code on the packaging
The great taste of all the different available strains like Pineapple Express and Strawnana
The long-lasting oil capacity measures 0.5ml but lasts a long time
The Elyxr Potion Blend disposable weed pen is pre-filled with a unique blend of Delta 8, Delta 10, and THC. All of which is the intoxicating elements of marijuana. These pens will get you high, in case you are wondering, and in case you are subject to regular drug testing. The Elyxr pens use the same design as many disposable e-juice pens with its integrated pod, battery, and mouthpiece. The device is ready to use immediately. And it is available in seven terpene-heavy flavors like OG Kush, Cookies, and Cereal Milk.
The device has an easy-to-use design and provides a mild, relaxing high
The flavors are fantastic no matter the strain you choose
The vapor production is good at the beginning but goes down as the battery drains
The variety of flavors available is more than other similar products
The device could last a little longer than 250 or 300 puffs
Vape pens for dry herbs and botanicals are battery-powered devices that heat leaf material to vaporization. They feature top or bottom-loading material chambers. They are usually made from either stainless steel or coated in ceramic for better heat conductivity. The dry material in an herb vape pen reaches vaporization via either:
The material comes directly with a heating element that creates vapor in conduction heating.
Convection heating, where the device blows hot air through the material to create vapor.
Conduction heating is common to portable vape pens as a heating element, battery, and chamber can all fit within a small frame, as seen in devices like the Airvape XS, DaVinci IQ, and the Magic Box.
Convection heating is found mostly on desktop or stationary devices. Convection heating needs more moving parts and equipment to vaporize correctly.
Well-known convection vaporizers include the Volcano and the Herablizer, while portable convection units include the Mighty, the Pulsar APX, and the Firefly 2. With that said, portable dry herb vapes use convection heating or a hybrid of both convection and conduction.
One other important distinction between dry herb vape pens besides their heating style is how they let a user control the temperature. Temperature control is important because different heat settings have different effects:
Low to mid-range temperatures (300F-350F) release some compounds in the material while also creating a smooth, mellow vapor
Mid-range to high temperatures (350F-420F) vaporize all the active ingredients in the botanical but also produce a stronger, more intense vapor
Basic, easy-to-use weed vape pens have no temperature control and output only direct current. While others have either:
Preset temperatures, where a device has three or four different,
Pre-programmed temperature settings that a user can switch between using a single button, like the power button
Precision temperature control, where a device comes with a control panel (LED, LCD, or OLED with up/down buttons, or a Bluetooth connection that can pair with a smartphone and downloadable app) that allows for a user to set a precise heat setting
Dab and Wax Vape Pens
Material: solid THC or CBD extracts and concentrates
Build material (exterior): zinc, aluminum alloy, stainless steel, rubberized coating
Atomizer/heating element style: single, dual, triple-coil/rod atomizer, flat-disc atomizer, induction-style atomizer
“Dab” or “wax” pens vaporize solid THC extracts, aka concentrates, in a compact, portable frame. The pens have an atomizer (separate or built-in) attached to a battery with single-button controls. The atomizers feature top-loading chambers that can have many different types of a heating elements.
The two most common types are:
A coil/rod atomizer that features single, dual, triple, or quad rods with a metallic wire wrapped around them
A flat, disc-shaped atomizer made from either ceramic or quartz
Unlike dry herb pens, dab and wax pens use only direct contact (conduction) heating. As it only comes in contact with a heating element vaporizes the material. A device like the Mig Vapor Sol nectar collector uses direct contact with a ceramic-tipped heating element. But with a straw-like inhalation style, that is yet another way to vape solid concentrates.
Dab pens also have preset temperatures, as opposed to precision temperature control, as the equipment to perform such a function would make the pens too big and difficult to handle. The coil types also produce different styles of vapor.
The coil/rod type, especially those with multiple rods, creates hard-hitting, more voluminous vapor clouds, as the heat-up time is short. An atomizer’s ceramic plate or disc style is more easygoing and produces a smoother style of vapor, as the heat-up time is gradual and comes on slower.
Dab and wax devices are not always compatible with liquid THC or CBD extracts. A device like the Dr. Dabber Aurora can vape both. But vape oil pens often have different formats, like pre-filled or fillable glass tanks that are distinct from dab and wax pens.
Vape Pen for Oils
Material: liquid THC or CBD extract, aka THC or CBD oil
Build material (exterior): zinc, or aluminum alloy, stainless steel, glass
Vape pens for oils are slim and compact devices for vaping liquid THC or CBD extracts. They have a lot in common with e-juice vape pens, as they both vaporize a liquid, and devices like the KandyPens Rubi can vape oil and e-liquid.
The basic setup of an oil vape pen features a:
A battery section
The battery may have multiple power settings loaded onto it that are accessible via the power button, but a majority do not have them. However, the PAX Era PRO has multiple power settings and Bluetooth connectivity.
Many manufacturers of both CBD and THC oil pre-load the liquid into tanks and then sell them based on the strain or potency of the juice in ready-to-vape devices. Most pre-filled tanks are 510-threaded and are compatible with any 510-threaded battery, like the Mig Vapor Canna Blast.
How to Use a Weed Pen?
A weed pen typically consists of the following:
A material chamber/heating oven
A mouthpiece/oven lid
An internal battery
These are the basics of all weed pens, but there are variations among different brands and styles. The first thing to do with a weed pen is to ensure it is charged. Many pens come with a weed pen charger. So make sure to plug it in before you start using it, even if there may be a factory charge in the battery.
Once the device is fully charged, it is time to load your chamber. Many THC pens include a loading tool or a grinder in the kits to make loading more convenient, but not all have loading tools. You should not load your material to the top but leave some room for air to pass through to create bigger clouds.
After loading the chamber, you can turn it on by pressing the firing button five times to activate the battery. Most weed pens use firing buttons to create vapor and do not work on draw activation. So you have to press the button to make vapor. Depending on the pen, you can also set your temperature or use one of the preset temperature settings.
How to Clean a Weed Pen
Cleaning a weed pen is essential since the nature of marijuana means that it creates a mess. Not only does the residue of heated THC stick to everything – chamber walls, mouthpieces, filters, screens. But if it builds up over time, the sticky tar can prevent the device from working correctly.
Luckily, almost all weed pen kits include cleaning materials in the form of either swabs, wipes, or a cleaning tool. Along with these included materials, you can clean your internal chamber and the oven walls by turning the device on, letting it heat, and then carefully scraping off all the loosened residue with a swab or metal pick.
A dab or wax pen uses the same principles as a weed pen, but they have different designs than dry herb vape pens. Some dab pens are pre-filled and use cartridges with THC oil and a separate battery. So no clean-up is required. A dab pen with an open chamber can be cleaned in the same way by using alcohol rubs or wipes and warm water to clean the chamber.
Tips to Pick the Best Dry Herb Vape Pen
How often will you carry your weed pen around? If you travel a lot, consider one of the high-end pens and use it as your full-time vape. However, if you stay home mostly, and will use the pen once in a blue moon, consider a reasonably priced vape pen plus a high-quality, full-fledged vaporizer. No matter how good a pen is, it cannot match a vaporizer. So choose your vape after weighing portability and performance and keeping your needs in mind.
Choose a pen that suits your vaping style. Vaping style does not only mean how you puff on the pen but also where and how you will use the pen. How often you will use it and how finely ground your herbs usually are.
What features do you want? Out of temperature control, digital display, speedy heat-up, and bigger chamber, which features are important?
One of the key features of any vape pen is battery life. They usually don’t have a very long life, but you must pick one depending on your vaping style. The longer battery usually also increases the size of the pen, so there’s a tradeoff. Running out of battery on the go can be a real bummer.
Keep the material of the vapor path in mind, as it can make or break the overall flavor. The glass vapor path is ideal but can make the unit fragile. Ceramic is a close second and offers good-quality vapor. A plastic path is also found in some vapes, but plastic or other cheap materials can release toxins into your vapor over time.
Conduction vs Convection Weed Pens
The style of heating used in weed pens can make a world of difference regarding the vaping experience. There are two styles of heating, conduction, and convection, and each has pros and cons. If you had to consider one feature to choose a vape pen, ensure it is the heating style.
It is the traditional heating style, and although becoming less popular, it is still used in many popular brands and units. Conduction-based vape pens have a chamber that has a heating element. The herbs vaporize when they get in direct contact with the heating element. The biggest benefit of conduction heating is that it is extremely fast, and you can vape your herbs in no time. The downsides include the chance of herbs getting roasted because of combustion. Since vape pens are not too powerful, the chances of combustion are very low. Also, conduction-based heating can result in uneven vaporization, i.e., some herbs are left un-vaporized while some are getting roasted. These are ideal for people who enjoy the comparatively harsh, intense flavor.
Common materials for the heating chamber are ceramic, quartz, and stainless steel. They are all good materials for conduction, but some are better than others. All have their pros and cons. For instance, ceramic heats evenly and is easy to clean but takes longer to heat. Quartz is not as good a conductor but is much less expensive. And stainless steel is the best conductor of the three but is heavy and hard to clean.
Relatively new but becoming increasingly popular is convection heating. These units blow extremely hot through the herb to turn them into vapor. The convection heat is relatively slow and can be slower if herbs are moist. However, they offer the best possible flavor as there is no combustion. Herbs are evenly and wholly vaporized. Convection-based units are ideal for people who like rich yet mellow flavors.
When choosing a pen that will turn a liquid into a gas, convection is the better option. Convection is essentially a form of heat transfer of liquids to gas. It makes perfect sense to try this type of chamber when vaping.
Ideal Temperature Settings for Vaping Herbs
Ideal temperature settings depend on many things, including your device, the quality and moisture in the herbs, and your ideal flavor. However, generally speaking, here’s a quick guide to ideal temperature levels for vaping herbs if your pen features temperature control:
400°F and up: not recommended, can cause combustion
375-399°F: ideal for herbs with high moisture level, produces thick vapor and intense flavor
350- 374°F: ideal temperatures for fresh herbs, produces a decent amount of vapor and rich yet mellow flavor
325-349°F: ideal for extremely dry herbs, light vapor, decent flavor
Below 325°F: not recommended, doesn’t produce enough vapor of flavor
It is not just about flavor and the amount of vapor that is important when it comes to the ideal temperature. Combustion of weed results in smoke which carries a lot of toxins with it. Keeping the temperature to the ideal level will vaporize the herb instead of burning it, resulting in far fewer toxins.
How long does weed stay in your system after hitting a dab pen?
Using a dab pen means you’re inhaling THC, so it enters your body quickly. But THC, regardless of the ingestion method, can stick around in your body for at least two weeks since it bonds to fat cells.
What kind of charger does a weed pen use?
Depending on the device, weed pen chargers are often Micro USB enabled or Type-C charging for newer models. Some devices have proprietary charging methods or use an external battery as their power source.
How to hit a weed pen?
To use a weed pen, press the firing button and place your mouth on the mouthpiece. When you feel the vapor emerging, begin inhaling for as long as you want. Then, let go of the firing button to conserve battery power.
How to unclog a weed pen cartridge?
Because THC oil can sometimes harden inside a pre-filled cartridge, it can stop working. Try pulsing the firing button – consecutive short presses – to melt the hardened oil or leave the cartridge in the sun for a few hours to melt.
How to turn off the weed pen?
Depending on the weed pen, every battery-powered device should have a single firing/power button. But some pens also have an automatic shut-off, so you can leave it and not worry about it.
Dry herb vape pens are ideal for people who want to vape their herbs on the go. They might not offer the performance of a vaporizer or mod. But they take convenience and portability to a new level. They can also be a good choice for those who vape herbs occasionally and don’t want to invest in a more expensive unit.
The above list has been compiled after extensive research and based on the experience of our whole team to help you find the best dry herb vape pen. They will offer the best experience, irrespective of your vaping style. However, to get the best bang for your buck, we recommend you do some research. Read the last section of our guide, and choose the pen that seems to fit your bill closely.
Published: March 20, 2019Updated: May 15, 2023
Being a regular Sweden student, I discovered innovative ways of living healthier. And with my very first e-cigarette, I’ve got obsessed with all things digital. So vaping collided my interests in electronics, science, and health. I enjoy bringing people into the world of vaping through my reviews, guides, and best-of lists.
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