Dab pens are far more convenient than dab rigs, making it easy for you to take a dab whether you don’t feel like getting your rig out or if you’re at someone else’s house and they don’t have a rig. However, for most enthusiasts, getting a new device means navigating its use and trying to figure out how to get the most out of it. Have you recently purchased a dab pen? If so, here’s a comprehensive guide on how to use a dab pen.
How to Use a Dab Pen
Dab pens are relatively simple products to use. The most important things you need to know how to do include:
Turning it On
When it comes to most vape pens, brands will typically require you to press your “on” button five times in rapid succession (sometimes three, although this is traditionally reserved for changing between temperatures or variable voltages) in order to activate your device. The most important takeaway here is to always read the directions in your packaging as this will tell you everything you need to know about your specific product. Additionally, you should read whether or not your device needs to be charged first so that you avoid doing damage to your battery right off the bat.
Pack Your Atomizer
Using a dab pen is not the same as using a dab rig where you can apply your concentrates to an exposed nail and take an immediate hit. Like a dry herb vape, you can unscrew the mouthpiece to reveal the atomizer, scoop a bit of your wax concentrates out of your container and into the coils using a dab tool, and screw your mouthpiece back on. Now, you’re ready to take a hit of your concentrates!
Atomizers are the heating elements in wax vape pens which elevate the temperature of the wax enough to vaporize it. The main types of materials used in almost all atomizers of wax vape pens are ceramic, titanium, and quartz, or some combination of the three.
Ceramic dish atomizers are preferred by many, the chance of lost product is minimal because the concentrate is heated from the bottom as well as the sides. Atomizers with quartz rods or titanium coils also work well, but sometimes the concentrate can drip beneath these heating elements as wax melts. Whichever atomizer a pen utilizes, those three materials are considered the most medically safe. Quartz and ceramic also have the advantage of not altering the taste of the concentrate. Infrequently titanium atomizers add a metallic taste if the product is heated too high, so when using titanium atomizers, it is imperative to pay attention to the temperature settings of the device to ensure clean, tasteless smoke.
The size of the atomizer will determine the amount of product which can be loaded into the chamber, the bigger the chamber, the less often it need be refilled between hits. Consider larger atomizers when the pen will be passed to friends over the course of a session. Fortunately, there is a diverse selection of Wax Vaporizer Pens on the Mile High Glass site to suit such occasions.
Different Types of Waxes to Vape
Concentrates seem relatively straightforward, but there are actually multiple types of waxes that you may encounter at your local dispensary. Some of the waxes that you should know include:
Crumble is both fun to say and used. During the process of making this concentrate, the oil is vacuumed and whipped to create the light, crumbly body that you get with crumble. It’s important to know that the state the wax is in doesn’t actually have an impact on your dab sessions (in comparison to the quality of the wax and the amount of THC contained in it). Rather, crumble may be the best fit for those who want to be able to break down their concentrates easily so that they can get decently sized chunks for their dab pen.
When you’re smoking bud, you’re getting everything that the cannabis flower has to offer. After all, the cannabis flower has been trimmed off the tree and hasn’t been altered in any way in order to get the finished product to you. However, the same can’t be said about things like concentrates and other products that are designed to extract THC and help you get more from your hits. By the time you get your finished wax, a lot of the natural parts of the cannabis plant have been completely eliminated along the way.
This is why many cannabis enthusiasts turn to live resin. Unlike other cannabis concentrates, live resin is created from frozen cannabis that has been preserved immediately after it was harvested. This extraction process then gives you a final product that’s packed with terpenes and other goodies from your cannabis. This type of concentrate also doesn’t rely on a host of solvents and other chemicals to get the final product. What you end up with is a tasty dab packed with all the best parts of the hemp plant. If you want to enjoy concentrates without having to give up the most essential parts of the hemp plant, you should go with live resin.
Aptly named, shatter is a type of concentrate that breaks apart easily and looks almost like glass. This makes it a great type of concentrate if you’re looking to scoop up your wax without having to worry about having to carefully break it away and end up smearing your concentrates everywhere. Additionally, shatter is known for being much more potent and of a higher quality than some of the other concentrates on this list.
Are you someone who just wants to get going and take a dab? You may be more of an oil person yourself. Oil typically comes in a syringe so that you can easily inject it right onto your atomizer for a seamless dabbing process. Some people may not like oil for its taste, but it’s a lot more convenient to use than the storage and application process needed to enjoy other concentrates.
Can I Use Wax Vape Pens for Dry Herbs?
Some people who invest in vapes may wonder why they can’t just put another type of substance in there and reap the same benefits. Put simply, it’s not a good idea to mix different substances because it can damage your device. For example, if you were to put dry herbs into your dab pen, you could easily end up burning your herbs, leaving residue over your coils and the insides of your device, and potentially clogging it. Likewise, you wouldn’t put wax in your dry herb vape as this could essentially do the same, making your vape practically unusable. Only use the substances designed for your vape or get a vape with more than one functionality.
Using a dab pen is simple, even if you’re not accustomed to vaporizer technology for any of the substances that you enjoy. If you plan on purchasing your own wax pen or you have a dab pen that you don’t know how to use, the guide above will give you all the support you need to start using your new device and provide you with further guidance on what types of concentrates you can use in your dab pen.