The Best Dab Pens of 2019
It's hard to find a great dry herb vape pen at an affordable price. There are lots of good dab pens on the market, but they each come with different benefits and downsides. Depending on whether you want ease of use, big draws, strong flavors or long battery life, the best dab pen for you could be vastly different from the best dab pen for your friends. Here is a quick look at some of our favorites on the market today.
Grizzly Originals Honey Dab Pen
The Grizzly Originals Honey Dab Pen is a powerful, compact and sleek-looking vaporizer that is intended to be used with concentrates. This vape is a complete package which comes with a ceramic donut atomizer and dual quartz coil atomizers. The manufacturer has spared no expense, too, and the box includes a tool to help you work with the wax.
This is an affordable pen that offers good airflow and good performance too. It comes as five pieces that thread together, the battery, atomizer, mouthpiece, a base, and a splash-guard cap. This is unusual since most pens are just three-piece, but once you get used to the five-piece setup you will come to appreciate the design since it does help to improve the performance of the vape pen.
The base goes into the battery, and the atomizer cap goes in front of the mouthpiece. This helps to slow the flow of air so that the air cools slightly before it reaches your mouth.
Using the vape is quite intuitive. There are several temperature settings, so you can control the temperature and find the sweet spot for different types of concentrate. The vapor quality is good considering the price of the pen, as is the build quality. This is not a standout in any one particular category, but it is a low-cost vape that gets the job done in all respects, and that is something that makes it worth celebrating. If you're looking for a dab pen that you can use on holiday, for example, this is one you won't be scared to lose, but that won't let you down either.
On balance, this is a great pen, and something that will please most people, offering a good balance of convenience, price, taste and overall features.
Yocan Evolve Wax Pen
The Yocan Evolve Wax Pen is an affordable vape from the Yocan Evolve line. It is easy to use, with minimal prep time, and it's a sleek and discreet vape. It looks a lot like a pen, and it has a hassle-free, single-button mode of operation. It boasts dual quartz coils and offers a clean, pure and flavorful experience.
If you're looking for a cool-looking, practical pen, this is it. The vapor gets quite hot, but the coil design allows it to cool off before it reaches your lips. The pen comes with two atomizers, too, so you have a spare just in case you run into any issues.
This wax pen is perfect for people who like to stealth vape. It's small enough that you can quite easily conceal it in your hand if you need to, but it packs a decent punch like a bigger vape. It boasts good build quality, and a decent battery too. You will probably find that you need to recharge the battery daily if you do a lot of vaping, but it does last the day. The only frustrating thing is that the battery needs to be detached from the pen to charge it, so you cannot use the pen at all while it is charging.
Puffco Plus Vaporizer
The Puffco Plus is a nice little vape pen from Puffco, with a ceramic cup atomizer, and a simple mouthpiece. The pen is well made and it has an interesting aesthetic, but the design is one that has received mixed reviews from the community. Some people love the look and feel, but others hate the mouthpiece.
The Puffco Plus has an integrated dab tool, and it produces great vape quality. The design is definitely a subjective issue, but in terms of tech it offers fast charging times and it has a 'sesh mode' which makes long vaping sessions possible even on the small battery. The silicone grip feels good, and it comes with a fast USB charger and a set of cotton cleaning swabs.
Unfortunately, the battery life isn't great, and there's just one coil in the box, so if you need other types of coil you will need to pay extra. By default, the puffco can be used with shatter, wax, crumble, budder and other solid types of extract.
The dab tool is built into the mouthpiece, which means there is one less tool for you to have to carry around. This is a nice addition, and it works well with thick extracts; think of it as a 'sticking' tool rather than a 'scooping' tool.
It's fair to say that the Puffco plus is good at what it does, but it is limited in terms of the extracts you can use it with, and if you want something that is more versatile you may be better off with some of the other dab pens on this list.
Dr. Dabber Aurora Vaporizer Pen
The Dr. Dabber Aurora Vaporizer Pen is one of the best dab pens for people who want something that is stylish and user-friendly. It is a three-piece pen, but the pieces are held together magnetically, instead of by screws. This means that it's easy to put together and disassemble, and there's no worry of the parts getting damaged and the threads wearing out.
If you haven't used this type of pen before then you might worry that the dab pen might come apart in your pocket, but that isn't likely to happen. The pieces are strong, and as long as you store the pen sensibly, there will be no issues. Just keep the connections clean and oil free, wiping them down with alcohol every now and then. You would have to do that with threaded pens too, and if anything it's easier to do with this because the surface is flat.
The pen has a magnetic connection, which is held in place with a rubber o-ring. The charging dock attaches to the battery with a magnet, making it super-easy to charge. In addition, since the atomizer can snap open so quickly, it means that you can check our coil between hits without issue.
The kit does a great job, but if you're used to top-tier pens you might feel like the coils behave slightly oddly. There are a few different types of the atomizer to choose from, including the wire style and the ceramic disc. The atomizers tend to heat the concentrate at lower than average temperatures, which means that the flavors produced are stronger. This can be a good thing if you are using the best. However, if you are using "less than high-grade" concentrate then you might not want to preserve the whole of the flavor. There are some occasions where you will want to compromise.
What you're giving up for the great taste, though, is draw duration. This is most definitely a long draw pen, where if you want a satisfying hit you're going to need to inhale for a long time. If you pull for just a few seconds you might be disappointed in what you get.
Dr. Dabber Ghost Vaporizer
The Dr. Dabber Ghost vaporizer is another popular vape pen from Dr. Dabber. The company has put a lot of time and effort into making pens to suit all tastes, and this is one of the most stylish dab pens for sale. It's a great dry herb product and it offers a good user experience and generally good value for money.
This is an oil and wax pen that serves as a nice starter kit for beginners, and that performs very well. It is ideal for people who want something lightweight and portable and it is very easy to use as well. Everything about it is promising. The pen is a portable device that is easy to carry with you, and it comes in a well-presented box with plenty of accessories, including a wax storage container, a dab tool, and a USB charger.
The tool is easy to use. Just load the wax onto the heating coil, press the fire button, and enjoy. There's no wait time, no fussing with temperature settings, and no fans. Just dab and go.
Some people dislike the plastic mouthpiece, saying that they feel as if it taints the taste. While that's hard to prove or quantify, subjectively, it does feel cheap and a metal mouthpiece would be a nice addition. If you can accept the plastic mouthpiece, however, then this is a good choice and the low cost and ease of use, combined with the rapid performance, does mean that this is a nice starter pen for people who are looking to experiment with vaping.