The product that eventually became known as the THC vape pen were first produced as an electronic cigarette to help tobacco smokers quit. It wasn’t long, though, before canny cannabis consumers recognized that these little devices could be used with marijuana as well. And when they started modifying their electronic cigarettes to handle THC liquid, wax, and bud, they saw that the process of vaporizing was a great addition the process of smoking joints or blunts.
Vaporizing is better than smoking because vaporizing reduces the temperature at which cannabinoids change from solid or liquid into gas. This reduction in temperature preserves many of the active ingredients in marijuana—the stuff that gets you high and makes you feel good—that would otherwise have been destroyed when the cannabis was burned.
Think of it this way: a flame is pretty much only one temperature. It’s hot enough to burn your bud and turn it into smoke, which, for marijuana occurs at around 450℉. But—and here’s the kicker—cannabinoids can be changed into a gas at much lower temperatures (around 284℉). All that extra heat is just destroying a large portion of the cannabinoids you’re trying to get into your system.
That’s where the THC vape pens come in. They operate at much lower temperatures than your common, everyday flame. Rather than producing smoke (through burning), they produce vapor (through vaporization). As a result, you get more “bang for your buck”, or perhaps “cannabinoids for your cash”, because the THC, CBD, CBG, CBN, and others, don’t get burned away.
All this occurs in a sleek and indiscreet package that doesn’t require bulky bongs or a plethora of extra tools. All you need is a THC vape pen and your favorite liquid, wax, or bud. But which vaporizer should you choose? Here are the 13 best THC vape pens to help you decide.
The Dr. Dabber Aurora doesn’t have a lot of flash. It’s sleek matte-black finish is very indiscreet and low key. But what it lacks in looks, it more than makes up for in features. The Aurora includes multiple atomizers—the component that vaporizes your cannabis—including dual ceramic rods and a ceramic heater. You can change these components out based on the differences in the liquid, wax, or bud you’re going to use.
2. The Executive
There’s nothing more discreet than a THC vape pen that looks like an actual pen. Watch out for The Executive by Dank Fung Extracts. At $180, it’s the most expensive on the list. But for that price, you get a 24-karat-gold-plated surface, durable design, easy-to-use features, and an excellent atomizer. It may not be for everyone, but the truly discriminating tastes will appreciate this visually appealing THC vape pen.
The DL in DL1 stands for “down low” and that’s exactly what this THC vape pen offers. It’s low price (just $50) and easy-to-use design make it the ideal choice for a “go-anywhere, smoke-anywhere” vape pen. In addition to these features, the DL1’s atomizer is a dual quartz coil surrounded by a ceramic cup. This combination produces strong hits that will have you flying in no time.
The PuffCo+ is PuffCo’s improvement on the PuffCo Pro. The PuffCo+ houses a coilless ceramic atomizer oven that works to preserve your favorite strain’s terpene flavor profile while producing the best cloud of vapor possible. The PuffCo+ even offers a dab dart under the mouthpiece for those times when you’re without your dabbing tools. A lot of thought has gone into the PuffCo+ so that you can reach the point where you don’t have to think at all.
Dr. Dabber offers another THC vape pen known simply as the Light. This one is smaller than Dr. Dabber’s other entry on this list and fits nicely in your pocket. It’s an excellent choice for travel or other public venues. And it’s low price (just $49.95) makes it a great way to get started in the world of vaping without breaking the bank.
6. Micro Vaped V3
The Micro Vaped V3 by Nectar Collector is perhaps the most attractive entry on our list. It’s not the stealthiest THC vape pen ever created, and probably isn’t the best choice for public use. But you’ll certainly get style points for breaking out this bong-like vape pen. The Micro Vaped V3 isn’t just something to look at. It also produces powerful hits that get you where you want to go in no time flat. That said, the Micro Vaped V3 is one of the more expensive entries on the list at $130. Because of that, it’s probably not the entry-level vape pen for most consumers. But those with more experience will likely recognize that the Micro Vaped V3’s benefits outweigh its high price tag.
7. Source Orb 3
The Source Orb 3 by Source Vapes is truly the Swiss Army Knife of the THC vape pen world. It offers seven different atomizers so you’re prepared for whatever cannabis situation presents itself. You’ll be ready to pair just the right atomizer with just the right marijuana. Because you can mix and match, the Source Orb 3 produces some truly potent hits. Oh, and let’s not forget about appearance. The Source Orb 3’s sweeping lines and bulbous mouthpiece are reminiscent of a hookah and remind you that you can get high and look good at the same time.
It may not be much to look at, but the Donuts THC vape pen by KandyPens gets the job done just the same. Yes, the design is simple, but why do you need something super fancy to get your fix? The Donuts offers three different temperature settings so you can customize your vaping experience. The ceramic chamber produces a dense cloud of vapor for some truly righteous hits. And the Donuts even has a fancy 10-second automatic shut-off so the atomizer doesn’t get too hot. It’s about middle of the road in terms of price ($99), but it does what it’s supposed to do without a lot of unnecessary flash.
The Sirius by Pulsar Vaporizers is thicker than most entries on this list but, perhaps because it’s so thick, can heat up to 842℉ with just the click of a button. Those high temps in combination with the Sirius’ ceramic atomizer can make for some seriously wonderful vape hits. The low price ($49) makes it another great choice for those looking to take their first tentative steps in the world of THC vape pens without spending too much dough. Start here, see if you like it, and then consider dropping a bit more coin on a high-end model.
The FogPen by Myster is another entry that looks more like a pen than it does a vaporizer. That makes it a go-to choice for those concerned about getting their fix without standing out. The FogPen’s double-quartz atomizer is housed in a clear chamber that allows you to see the vapor forming. That’s a nice little addition to a subtle design. When not in use, the FogPen can be covered by its cap which transforms it from a vape pen to a regular pen for easy concealment and carrying.
11. Eleven Pen
The Eleven Pen by Vapor Brothers is a standard THC vape pen—no fancy features or artistic presentation—that gets the job done and gets it done well. It’s not going to win any awards for design but it will get you high when it’s supposed to. The Eleven Pen comes with three choices of coil: a ceramic dual, a ceramic single, and a quartz single. You can mix and match depending on what form of cannabis liquid or wax you’re using. The Eleven Pen also offers the ability to charge using any mini-USB cable so you don’t have to lug around a bulky charger. Perhaps best of all, the Eleven Pen can be used while it’s charging. Additionally, the Eleven Pen has a built-in air hole that allows for improved air flow.
12. Hypnos Zero
The Hypnos Zero by Linx combines a glass mouthpiece, a ceramic atomizer chamber, and an airflow hole for improved carburetion. The combination of these elements, plus the relatively low price ($78), makes it ideal for first-time users or those concerned with size and portability. Some users call this one of the “best tasting” THC vape pens on the market. Others use this vape pen as their constant travel companion when they’re on the road because of its solid construction.
13. Oozi Pen
The Oozi pen by Clout is a THC vape pen with a bit of artistic flair. The glass globe looks and feels like a bong, and watching it fill up with vapor can be just as pleasurable as inhaling. The Oozi Pen is probably not for those on the go or who are worried about discretion. The glass globe and the swirling vapor inside make this a spectacle no matter how hard you try to conceal it. Perhaps reserve this one for your home vaping needs.