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Vape Pens Explained:

Vape Pens

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Vape Pen Vs. E-Cig: What's the Difference?

There is a lot of confusion in regards to how a vape pen and an e-cig are different from one another. Basically, an electronic cigarette is an oil vaporizer pen that is used for vaping fluids called e-juice or e-liquid. These fluids often contain nicotine and are used as replacements for tobacco cigarettes. A true oil vaporizer pen can be used to vape essential oils as well as e juice or e liquid.

Vaporizer pens can be used to inhale a number of different materials. Often, people call vaporizer pens by names that indicate what they are used to vape. The three main types include:


dry herbs, wax and concentrated oils for vaporizer use

- Oil vaporizer pen, which is also called an oil pen or oil vape pen. This type of vaporizer is made to hold liquid oils, such as essential oils made from botanical herbs, and electronic cigarette fluid, called e juice or e liquid. E juice oils are offered in many different flavors. Some contain nicotine and can be used in place of tobacco cigarettes.

- Wax vaporizer pen, which is also called a wax pen or a wax vape pen. This type of vaporizer is made to hold thicker oils that have a waxy consistency.

- Dry herb vaporizer pen, which is also called an herb or herbal vape pen. This type of vaporizer is made to hold dry herbs. Most often, vaporizer pens are used to vaporize herbs, but some people utilize them for vaping dry tobacco leaves, as an alternative to smoking or dry botanical herbs for aromatherapy.


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Guide to using a Vape Pen

If you're purchasing your first vaporizer pen, you're likely to have questions about how to use it, and it can be hard to know where to turn to find answers.


1. Charge Your Pen

Nearly all vaporizer pen batteries need to be charged before you can use them the first time. When you unbox your vaporizer pen, attach it to the charger provided by the manufacturer and plug it in. Most often, you'll use the USB port on your computer or a USB wall adapter if you have one to charge, but some models do come with a vape charger that plug into wall outlets. It may take a few hours for the battery to charge all the way. Be patient. You want it to be fully charged the first time you use it.

It's important that you only use the charger made for your vape pen to charge it. Some vape pen batteries will fit into chargers for pens made by other brands; however, there's no guarantee that an off-brand charger will safely charge your vape pen battery. Don't risk the life of your vape battery!


2. Read the Instructions

While you're waiting for your vaporizer pen battery to charge, read the instruction manual from cover to cover. The instructions will tell you the specific way that you should use your vape pen, and how to care for and clean it to keep it working smoothly use after use. Make sure that you look for information on how often you need to do things like replace the coils, atomizer, or cartomizer.


3. Run Your Vape Pen Dry

Before you load up your new herbal vaporizer pen, assemble it and turn the unit on using the method described by the manufacturer. If it has variable heat setting options, set it to the highest temperature. If not, just leave it on for 30 to 60 seconds. This will help to burn off any residues that were left behind during the manufacturing process to give you a purer vape.


4. Load Your Material

You'll need to consult the instruction manual to get the specific directions for how to use your vaporizer pen. Generally, though, a vaporizer for wax will require you to dab your material either onto the heating element or onto its wick, and oily concentrates will be poured into a vape tank. If you have a dry herb vaporizer, make sure you grind your herbs finely unless the manufacturer gives you other instructions. Your material will then be loaded into a chamber in most cases. Don't pack it too tightly unless otherwise instructed.


5. Use Your Vaporizer

Go ahead and draw from your vaporizer pen using the method the manufacturer recommends. You may simply need to put the mouthpiece to your lips and breathe in, or you may need to push or hold down a button. When you pull your mouth away from the mouthpiece, take in a little air with the vapor, and then hold the vapor in your lungs for a few seconds before breathing out.


6. Take Your Time

If you have a wax vaporizer, the high from vaping can be intense, so it's best to start slow. Just do one or two draws and wait for the effects before progressing. You can always go back for another draw if you need to, but you can't take back a draw!

If you have more questions about how to use a vape pen, we're here to help! Contact the customer service team here at VaporPlants.com for answers to general questions or for specific advice about a particular wax or herbal vaporizer pen.

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Hoping to move from smoking tobacco cigarettes to vaping nicotine e juice, so you can decrease your exposure to toxins and enjoy tasty flavors? You're about to be introduced to a whole new world of terminology, which can be overwhelming to many beginners. But not to worry, this guide will help you decide the best way for you to begin vaping, and introduce you to three main types of devices used for inhaling eliquid vapors.

What Is an E Cigarette?

Electronic cigarette, vape pens and Mechanical Mods are next to each other showing their sizes

"Electronic cigarette" or "ecig" is one of the most confusing terms in the world of vaping. Many places that advertise vapes for sale refer to any device used for vaping e liquids as electronic cigarettes, so technically you can call vape pens and authentic mechanical mods ecigarettes as well.

Still, the term ecigarette more correctly refers to a type of disposable alternative to tobacco cigarettes. True e cigarettes come pre-filled with liquid and are simple, longone-piece cylinders. When you take a draw, the battery turns on, heating up the e liquid inside and producing vapor for you to inhale. When the liquid inside is fully vaporized, you throw the electronic cigarette away and use a new one.

Electronic cigarette digram showing how an ecig works and which part does what

Who ecigs are best for: Electronic cigarettes are a good way for beginners to try vaping for the first time. They're a fraction of the price of the best vape mods and vaporizer pens, so they don't require a big investment upfront. A small number of experienced vapor enthusiasts may choose to use ecigs over vape pens and vape mods because they do not require maintenance and can make vaping cheaper.

- Benefits of an e cig: The main benefit of an ecig is that it doesn't cost much to purchase. They never need to be filled, charged, or cleaned. The compact size of electronic cigarettes makes them the most discreet option.

- Drawbacks of an e cig: As you'll see from reading e cigarette reviews, electronic cigarettes produce low quality vapor and usually only give you small vapor clouds. You're limited in terms of flavor options, and ecigs produce a lot of waste. They also may end up being more expensive in the long run as you must buy a new one frequently.

Video: Modern E-Cigarettes

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What Is a Vape Pen?

As the name suggests, the device is long and slender like a pen. There are many different types of vaporizer pens, including the dry herb vape pen, which is used with tobacco, and dried botanical herbs; the wax vape pen, which is used with herbal waxy concentrates; and the oil vape pen, which is used for essential oils and e juice. A vaporizer pen, vape pen, or vapor pen is a device that consists of three pieces: a rechargeable battery, a tank for holding e liquid, and a mouthpiece. The vape pen heats up the liquid when you push the button to turn the battery on, and the vapor then flows through the mouthpiece for you to inhale. Vaporizer pens are reusable, but you will need to replace portions of the heating element or the entire tank on a regular basis.

An oild vape pen for e liquid guide on how it works and how the inside looks, showing which part does what

Who vape pens are best for: Vaporizer pens are ideal for people who are ready to commit to vaping and want to enjoy good quality vapor, yet still want a simple-to-use vaping solution.

- Benefits of a vape pen: Vaporizer pens are like a happy medium compared to a mod vape< and an ecig. They produce higher quality vapor and produce less waste than electronic cigarettes. You can fill them with e juice to suit your tastes, and they don't require any fuss for operation.

- Drawbacks of a vape pen: A vaporizer pen will cost you more upfront than an electronic cigarette. You also are limited in how much you can control your vaping experience when you use a vaping pen.


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What Is a Mechanical Mod?

A mechanical mod, mech mod, or mods vape is a vaping device that has advanced features. Most allow you to set the voltage of the battery, which makes it possible to adjust the temperature of the heating element to produce more or less vapor. The batteries on vaping mods are usually larger and more powerful than what's found on other vapes for ejuice.

Mechanical Mods guide showing how mech mods work and which part does what, atomizer, soil, battery, drip tip and case

Who are mech mods best for: E cig mods or custom vape mods are best for experienced vaping enthusiasts who already know how vaporizer pens work, and are ready to improve their vaping experience with a more powerful, customizable unit.

- Benefits of mechanical mods: You truly can't beat the quality of the vapor produced with the best vape mod devices. Because vape pen mods are so customizable, you can better tailor your vaping experience to your exact needs, adjusting the temperature, thickness, flavor, and smoothness of the vapor by altering the voltage. The best vape mods typically offer longer battery lives than standard vaporizer pens, meaning you can vape for longer periods of time without recharging vape battery mods than you can a vaporizer pen.

- Drawbacks of mechanical mods: Ecig mods are the most expensive types of vaporizer pens and electronic cigarettes because they have more advanced features. A mechanical mod vape can also be complicated, as you need to learn about how the voltage affects the performance to set vaporizer mods optimally and get the best results.  Another drawback is that a mech mod is usually larger than other devices, making it less discreet.


Still not sure whether an e-cigarette, a vape pen, or a vape mod is right for you? We'll be glad to help you decide. Here at VaporPlants.com, we have electronic cigarettes, vaporizer pens, and vape mods for sale and can help you choose the best e vape to meet your needs. Contact us for help selecting ecig, vaporizer pen, and vape mod kits.


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Top Questions with Answers

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Why Do People Use Vape Pens?

Vape pens are primarily used as a cleaner alternative to smoking. When you smoke tobacco, or another material, it involves combustion, the burning of a material. The smoke given off during combustion contains the aromatic essences of whatever you're burning, but it also contains many impurities. Vaping releases vapor, not smoke, through vaporization, not combustion. Vapor is much cleaner than smoke produced from the same material. For example, when you burn herbs in the form of a cigarette, the resulting smoke is 88 percent impurities with 111 different chemical compounds present.

Vape Pen Optimal Temperature Guide

How Does a Vape Pen Work?

Each vaporizer pen has its own specific setup, but all include three components: a battery, a heating chamber or tank, and a mouthpiece. Materials are placed inside of the tank or heating chamber. When the vaporizer is turned on, the battery provides power to heat up a heating element inside of the heating chamber or tank. The heating element makes the material so hot that it reaches its point of vaporization, a key temperature at which the aromatic compounds in the material turn to gaseous vapor. When you put the mouthpiece to your lips and draw, the vapor leaves the heating chamber and travels through the mouthpiece.

Vape Pens versus Other Vaporizers

Another point of confusion for some people is how a vape pen compares to portable and desktop vaporizers. The differences are as follows:

Pinnacle Portable Vaporizer compared to Herbalizer Desktop Vaporizer

- Portable vaporizers are hand-helds that run on batteries or are powered by the heat from a flame or by butane. They can vary in size, from very large units that are nearly as powerful as desktop vaporizers, but that run on batteries, to smaller, pocket sized designs that are intended for use on the go. Typically, a vape is called a portable vaporizer if it does not run on electricity and cannot be classified as a vape pen.

- Desktop vaporizers use electricity to power their heating elements. These vapes are large in size and are intended only for home use. They are very powerful and generally the most expensive vaporizer option.

- Vaporizer pens are compact, pocket sized devices that are designed specifically for use outside of the home (although they can be enjoyed at home, too). A vaporizer pen is easily recognizable by its pen shape, and this type of vape runs on batteries. Technically, a vaporizer pen is also a portable vaporizer, but you'll most often hear a vape that fits the description of a pen categorized as a pen rather than as a portable vape or portable vaporizer.

To see our 2 simple steps guide on what to look for when choosing the right vaporizer, click here.

Things to Know Before Buying a Vape Pen

There are some distinctive benefits to buying a vaporizer pen for your vaping needs, including:

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  • Ease of Use: A vaporizer pen is very easy to use. You can typically begin using one to the fullest capacity the very first time.
  • Convenience: A vaporizer pen is easy to travel with and can be used anywhere discreetly.
  • Cost: Vaporizer pens are generally less expensive than other types of vaporizers.
  • Versatility: You can purchase pens that will allow you to vape any type of material that you wish and even enjoy different types of materials with the same pen.

Although the benefits of vape pens are many, you should know that there are a few downsides to choosing one instead of other types of vaporizers. Some of the drawbacks of vape pens include the fact that they are:

  • Less Powerful. A vaporizer pen is not as powerful as a desktop vaporizer, and often is less powerful than larger portable vapes.
  • Harder and More Expensive to Maintain. With many vaporizer pens, you must replace the heating chamber, mouthpiece, and battery periodically. In other types of vaporizers, you may only have to replace the screens.
  • Shorter Battery Life. Compared to a larger battery-powered portable vaporizer, a vape pen will usually have a shorter battery life.

If you are still not sure on what to consider when buying a vaporizer, click here.


Two Main Types of Heating Convection vs Conduction

Conduction Vaporizer pens transfer heat directly to the material. The heating chamber is set up so that the material is in contact with the heating element. A conduction vaporizer gets hot very quickly, but it can cause uneven heating. This is because the material closest to the heating element receives much more heat.

Convection Vaporizer pens work due to heated air. In the heating element in a convection pen, there is space between the heating element and the material; there is no direct contact. Instead, the air in the heating chamber gets hot and then passes through the material. A convection vaporizer can take longer to get hot, but it will typically provide a steadier stream of vapor and more even heating of material.

To read more in detail, see here; Conduction vs Convection vs Combustion

All in all, a vape pen can be a better choice of vaporizer for someone who is new to vaping, or for a more experienced vapor enthusiast who wants to be able to enjoy dry herbs, waxes, or oils anywhere with ease. If you'd like to see vaporizer buying guide, please click here. You can also check out our selection of all types of vaporizers at VaporPlants.com store or contact us for answers to specific questions.

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Infographic: Electronic cigarettes vs Vape Pens

Electronic cigarettes vs vape pens explained with differences on a info-graphic informational chart by vaporplants

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