When thinking of getting a vaporizer…
You might probably think:
Why get an expensive, large and bulky vaporizer…when you can get stealthy, slim and sleek vape pen?
Well, as it turns out:
Vape pens are a bad idea if you’re looking to vape dry herb (more about that later).
But if you’re into vaping e-liquids or concentrates (shatter, wax, oil, etc.) while you’re out and about…
Vape pens are a true blessing.
- Easy to use;
- Better suited for concentrates, and;
- Cheaper than the average portable vaporizer.
Which is why in today’s post we’ll look at the best e-liquid and oil vape pens in the following 2 sections:
After today’s post, your e-liquids and cannabis concentrates will get the best treatment and treat you with the most delicious clouds of vapor.
You’ll also learn about better alternatives if you came here hoping you would find a vape pen for dry herb:
Now let’s get started with…
The 3 Best E-liquid Vape Pens
Getting a slim and sleek vape pen that almost looks like a cigarette, looks like a great alternative to cigarettes…right?
Well, as it turns out:
Most true pen-style vape pens, also called ‘Ego battery devices’, are really out of date in terms of technology and quality.
You can easily get a budget box mod with a tank (atomizer/clearomizer) for the same price and which will:
- Produce more consistent vapor;
- Work for years without breaking a sweat;
- Have variable wattage / temperature control for full control over the effects of your vapor;
- Last you 5-10 times longer in terms of battery life;
- Have charge-through technology (use your vaporizer while charging).
There are however a few Ego battery devices which are so good at recreating the smoking-experience…and of a good enough quality that I have an easy time recommending them to anyone looking to quit smoking.
And the first one is the…
1. Innokin Endura T18 Kit
If you’re looking for the perfect beginner’s vape pen to get your nicotine hit…
Look no further.
The Innokin Endura has the best balance between simplicity and performance.
There’s no learning curve.
You won’t be messing around with different coils, different temperature or variable wattage settings.
Just get it out of the box, turn it on and start vaping it up: plug and play at it’s best.
Small and sleek vape pens don’t have the best reputation in terms of battery life…
But the Innokin endura T18 will last you a full day before it needs recharging. It’s the perfect companion while you’re out and about.
The best part about this vape?
It’s not only super-easy and convenient to use…
It produces nice warm, dense and flavorful vapor, with a consistency that can’t be found in any of the pen-style vapes.
And if you’re an ex-smoker…
You’ll be glad to know that this vape is a true mouth-to-lung device (MTL) and it will bring you the closest to a smoking experience of all the vapes in this list.
Its simplicity in design, naturally brings some limitations with it.
For example, its fixed wattage setting (14W) makes it so that the certain flavors are more emphasized than others. And the warmth of the vapor is always the same.
But here’s the thing:
When you’re just starting out with vaping…just to see if it’s something that can replace your habit of smoking, you don’t want to be messing around with variable wattage, different coils, etc. anyway.
You just want a cheap and simple powerful device…
And the Innokin Endura 18 perfectly fits the bill.
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Next up another contender for the perfect beginner’s e-liquid vape pen, the…
2. Joyetech Ego AIO
This vape pen is another great pick when just starting out.
It’s slightly cheaper and slightly smaller than the Innokin Endura.
But the quality and reliability is just not as good.
Let me explain.
This vape scores slightly worse on:
- Build-quality (overall feeling of quality and materials used), and;
- Consistency of vapor-quality (sometimes dense, sometimes a bit less dense, sometimes really flavorful, sometimes less flavorful, etc.).
And Joyetech as a company scores quite a bit lower on:
- Reliability (higher defect rates especially), and;
- Customer-support (virtually non-existent).
You can’t argue with the price though, it’s absolutely the cheapest vape pen in the list.
If you’re looking to replace your habit of smoking, pay close attention to the following:
When comparing the airflow of the Ego AIO and Innokin Endura, you’ll see that the Innokin Endura feels much closer to a cigarette.
The Ego AIO has freer airflow, which is great for light hits.
This vape pen will feel more like light cigarette.
I really wouldn’t recommend this vape if you are a heavy smoker or like heavy cigarettes. It will be too weak for you.
But if you’re a ‘light’ cigarette smoker, the Ego AIO will be perfect for you.
And that’s the only reason to take this vape pen over the Innokin Endura (you’re a very light smoker).
Yes, it’s also a bit cheaper. But both of these vape pens are extremely cheap already…so that really can’t be an argument.
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Next up we have something more advanced…
3. Eleaf iStick Pico w Aspire Nautilus 2
If you’re ready to spend a little more…
But want to make yourself future-proof for the mid- to short-term…
I highly recommend getting the best value-for-money box mod, the:
- Eleaf iStick Pico
And a separate high quality mouth-to-lung (MTL) tank like the:
- Aspire Nautilus 2 tank
You might be wondering…what does ‘future-proof’ mean anyway?
Well, the Pico box mod provides:
- Temperature control for different strengths/flavors (future-proof for advanced tanks and coils);
- Variable wattage for different strengths/flavors (future-proof for advanced tanks and coils);
- Space for 18350 swappable batteries for up-time no vape pen can provide.
And although this isn’t really a vape pen, it is one of the most smallest and pocket-friendly box mods currently on the market.
Don’t let its size fool you.
This box mod has the capacity to power some very demanding sub-ohm tanks and can produce huge clouds if you would want it.
That’s not all…
It includes temperature control capabilities, which you’ll absolutely need if you’re the type of vaper that likes to taste subtle differences in the taste that e-juice can provide and care about safety (with a temp limit you can prevent the production of certain toxins while vaping).
When just starting out with vaping, I highly recommend you start out with mouth-to-lung (MTL) vaping.
MTL vaping best re-creates the smoking experience, because it works the same as a cigarette: inhale from the vape into your mouth and then into your lungs.
It might seem trivial, but when quitting smoking for the first time, such a small thing can actually make or break your attempt to quit.
This is exactly where the Aspire Nautilus 2 tank comes in.
This tank is the perfect tool to re-create the smoking experience.
- It has adjustable air-flow settings so you can really find your perfect draw-setting for tight or more airy draws;
- It produces top-quality flavor that will make you forget your smoking habit very quickly.
In contrast, direct-to-lung (DTL) vaping is the type of vaping where you directly take big hits straight from your vaporizer into your lungs.
You can create huge clouds with DTL vaping and it will create a stronger sensation in your lungs than MTL vaping.
Eventually…you might want to check out the world of DTL vaping.
And when that time comes…
You’ll be glad you got an Eleaf iStick Pico with an Aspire Nautilus 2 tank.
This box mod packs enough power to power a quality sub-ohm tank like the Aspire Nautilus 2. Yes, the Aspire Nautilus 2 can both be used as a above ohm MTL-tank and a sub-ohm DTL-tank, depending on the coil you decide to use.
What’s the bottom line?
Although the first 2 vape pens are great starter kits…
If you know you’re the type of person that likes to upgrade his/her equipment quickly and go for new technology…
You should just immediately go for the Eleaf iStick Pico with the Nautilus 2 tank.
Yes, you will pay quite a bit more…
But the flexibility and quality you get with this kit is well worth it!
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Note: Some suppliers will give you a Melo 3 Tank with your Eleaf iStick Pico purchase. This is a sub-ohm tank and could be enough for you. But if you want proper MTL-vaping (best to recreate the smoking experience), I highly recommend you purchase a Aspire Nautilus 2 tank separately.
These were our 3 best e-liquid vape pens.
If you’re looking to take a step up and venture into world of box mods, take a look at our best of post:
If you’re looking for a guide on e-liquids and their safety, please check out our guide on how to quit smoking. There’s a full section exactly about this topic.
Next up we have…
The 5 Best Oil (and Wax, Splatter, Rosin) Vape Pens
I want you to know the truth:
Getting a vape pen from an unknown, nontransparent source is dangerous for your health.
The majority of oil vape pens have questionable materials in them, used in extremely irresponsible ways…and oil vape pen manufacturers just aren’t transparent about their materials in general.
There are only a few oil vape pen manufacturers, that will provide full transparency on the types and origins of the materials used in their vape pens.
The MOST transparent, responsible and safe manufacturer of vape pens and atomizers has to be W9…
And their latest vape pen takes the number 1 spot in our list, the…
1. Omicron V5 Vape Pen
This vape pen is the result of close to 10 years of R&D, continues improvements and customer feedback.
W9, the manufacturer of this pen, has built such a stellar reputation over the years…
That if you would ask the vaporizer community for the TOP brand in vape pens, most will tell you it’s W9…
…and the Omicron V5 is their latest vape pen model.
It’s one of those vape pens that can be used in many different ways:
- You get 3 different coils. You can use the double coil for extremely powerful rips that will take your medication-level to uncharted territories…or the black ceramic donut coil for sitting back and slowly taking small sips with extremely flavorful hits.
- You could easily add water filtration with the Nibbler AC, to really smooth out your vapor and reduce harshness.
While the saying ‘you get what you pay for’, holds true for most vaporizers…
With the Omicron V5 you get what you pay for, PLUS some, and THEN some.
Let me explain.
The price of the Omicron V5 is below the well marketed and well-advertised vape pens like the G-Pen or Kandypens…
But the quality of this vape pen actually is BETTER.
You get the best of both worlds:
- Modest price, and;
- Top quality.
I hear you thinking…
What does ‘top quality’ mean anyway…?
Well, the clouds coming out of your Omicron V5 will be so tasty and potent, 90% of vape pens will pale in comparison.
And it’s not just the first hit that tastes well like with most vapes…
Every hit you take out of your Omicron will be like an orgasm for your taste buds.
But the best part about ANY W9 product…
Is the transparency this company provides regarding the materials used in their products.
They provide lab analysis and FULL disclosure on the origin and types of their materials.
This is extremely rare in the vape pen world…
But providing full transparency doesn’t mean anything if the materials used aren’t actually high quality and especially: safe for your health.
Well, you’ll be glad to know the materials used in the Omicron V5 are extremely well suited and safe for use in vaporizers:
- Food-safe type 304 stainless steel;
- Grade 2 titanium, and;
Does this thing have any cons at all…?
Yes, it needs some time cooling off between hits and doesn’t take more than a few, rice-grain-sized pinches of oil at a time (max. 0,1 grams). So it’s not the best vape pen to be used in a group…
And if you got very high levels of tolerance, it’s also better you check out the next vape pen in the list…unless you don’t mind reloading all the time.
So no, it’s not perfect…but damn close.
What’s the bottom line?
The Omicron V5 is not only the best value for money vape pen currently on the market…
It actually is one of the highest quality vape pens you can get.
It’s easy to use, versatile, safe and produces clouds of potency and taste that will impress even skeptics.
Note: I highly recommend getting one of the bigger batteries. It’s just a small price increase for a great increase in convenience.
Next up is another W9 powerhouse…
2. Hercules 510
When you’re thinking of the ‘Bentley of vape pens’…
The Hercules is the ONLY vape pen which can truly call itself that.
(technically it’s not a vape pen because you don’t get a power source with your purchase, but calling to Hercules an ‘atomizer’ would do it no right either…this is an extremely sophisticated piece of machinery)
This is another W9 POWERHOUSE and is specifically designed to:
- Last you a long time, and;
- Be used with insane quantities of oil.
Here’s what I mean:
While periodically replacing the coils and cartridges is standard procedure for 95% of vape pens and atomizers…
The Hercules defies this rule.
Both the coils and cartridge are built in a way to handle hundreds of grams of oil without having to be replaced.
Another insane perk of this powerhouse, is that its oil cartridge can hold 1 gram of oil.
This is WAY above the average vape pen which only holds a few pinches of oil.
No constant refilling with the Hercules.
But what I like most about this beast of a vape pen…
It hits as hard as a stationary dab rig and keeps flavor superb all throughout your vaping session until the very end…even with a full cartridge.
Now, such power does bring downsides with it.
For example, it’s not the most pocketable or stealthy vape pen because of its big size.
Then there’s the learning curve…
With assembling and cleaning the unit, but also with optimizing its performance (especially cooling down your oil between hits to prevent leaks and your drawing pattern in relation to the watts/temperature you vape at).
But once you’ve found your sweet spot…
You got yourself a crazy powerful vape pen which will produce super tasty clouds, and will last you for years.
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Do realize that the Hercules is an (atomizer) attachment and needs a box mod that can hit sub-ohm ranges to power it.
Next up is another top-quality ‘load-as-you-go’ atomizer…
3. Saionara Atomizer
If you’re looking for a heavy hitter…
But don’t necessarily want a heavy duty vape pen like the Hercules…
The Saionara Atomizer has got you covered.
This beast of an atomizer hits almost as hard as the Hercules, but is more pocketable, and…a bit easier to use.
Compared to the Omicron V5, you can also pack more oil, which means more hits before reloading and convenience in group-settings.
The downside is that the flavor is a bit worse than any of the W9 atomizers/vape pens like the Omicron V5 or Hercules.
But it’s still miles above any of the overhyped vape pens like the G-Pen or Dr. Dabber.
The materials used in the Saionara Atomizer are safe and well equipped to handle high temperatures and you can actually choose between different types of material for your coils:
- Ceramic coil with stainless steel heating wires (Miracle A, B & S coils);
- Black ceramic coil with stainless steel heating wires;
- Quartz coil with Kanthal heating wires (Original Wax Coil).
While the Miracle coils are mainly for flavorful hits produced at low watts (7-15w), the black ceramic coil (10-18w) and quartz coil (15-28w) operate at a higher watt range, which means big and powerful clouds ready to take on anyone with a high tolerance.
Personally, I like the Miracle coils best, because they don’t splatter and I’m a flavor-Nazi.
Another great benefit of this vape is the adjustable airflow, which really helps in controlling flavorful vs big hits.
The bottom line is:
The Saionara is the most versatile atomizer in this list. Plus the hardest hitting load-as-you-go atomizer / vape pen.
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Keep in mind that you’re only getting the atomizer and you will need an additional temperature control box mod (TC Box Mod) to power the Saionara atomizer.
Next up, another TOP quality atomizer, which is the atomizer that introduced ceramic donut coils…
4. Divine Crossing V3 Atomizer
If you’re looking for the King of Flavor in load-as-you-go atomizers / vape pens…
There currently is no better choice than the Divine Crossing V3.
The flavor of this sophisticated atomizer is absolute best in the list.
While metal coils usually have a metallic aftertaste…the ceramic donut coil of the DCv3 is as pure as it gets, no weird aftertaste.
Ceramic donut coils are the new rage in vape pen world:
- They provide best flavor;
- Last longer, and;
- Are easy to clean.
And when we’re talking about ceramic donut coils…the Divine Crossing V3 is King.
The only thing is…
If you’re looking for a load-as-you-go heavy hitter, you would be better off with the Saionara or Omicron V5.
Not that the Divine Crossing doesn’t hit hard…just not as hard as the Saionara or Omicron V5.
Also, the Divine Crossing V3 isn’t the most versatile of atomizers.
It just really does 1 thing really well: produce insanely flavorful hits with small amounts of oil on low wattages / temperatures.
The Hercules, Saionara and Omicron V5, all can be used in different ways…ranging from small flavorful hits to huge rips that hit like a truck.
But if pure flavor is your highest priority…
The Divine Crossing V3 really can’t be beat at that.
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Just like with the Saionara atomizer, the Divine Crossing V3 is just an atomizer.
This means you’ll need a proper TC Box Mod to power your atomizer:
The last vape pen in our list is the:
5. LINX Hypnos Zero
If you’re looking for the most portable and most simple vape pen in our list…
The LINX Hypnos Zero is the smallest and easiest to use vape pen.
It’s a great pick for you if portability really is your highest priority and you don’t want to be messing around with box mods, separate coils and atomizers.
You get this vape pen, and it works well just straight out of the box…no tinkering or modding needed.
That’s not all though…
This sleek little vape pen produces very flavorful clouds. And the best part is that the clouds are super smooth on the 2 lowest temperature settings.
The LINX Hypnos Zero is very well suited for low power / temperature, light but very tasty hits.
The other side of the coin is:
It absolutely sucks if you’re looking for big and powerful rips. It doesn’t take more than 0,1 grams of oil and I would really stay away from the 2 higher temperature settings (your vapor quality will deteriorate fast).
Also, you could argue the vape pen is a bit overpriced compared to the other ones in the list.
For the same price the other vape pens / atomizers with box mods in the list will provide you better quality and versatility.
But again, if you’re looking for the easiest to use, ‘plug and play ready’ and most portable vape pen, which still is of good quality…
The LINX Hypnos Zero is your best bet.
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The Best Temp Control Box Mods for Your Oil Atomizer
If you want to get the most out of your oil/wax atomizer, you’re going to need a high-quality temperature control box mod.
With a quality TC box mod, you can really control your atomizer / vape pen properly:
- Produce a wide variety of flavors with different temperatures;
- Produce mild and flavorful sips;
- Go for big and powerful rips;
- Go for higher temperatures to produce a stronger sedative effect (when vaping cannabis oil);
- Stay in the lower temperature ranges to keep a mild and clear effect (when vaping cannabis oil).
Here’s the kicker though:
When temperature control with a box mod is kind of finicky to get working properly anyway…it doesn’t really help that the majority of TC box mods have inaccurate temperature control and don’t really work all that well.
So you want to be absolutely sure that you’re getting a top quality box mod.
For this I highly recommend a TC Box Mod with a DNA or YiHi chip (these chips have the most accurate temperature control) like the:
If you’re looking for a smaller and cheaper TC Box Mod, which still is decent (but doesn’t have the chips that I recommend) I suggest you check out the:
For a battery charger, this is the one I recommend:
- Nitecore D4 Charger – (Amazon)
What About Kandypens, Dr. Dabber, G-Pen, etc…?
I do realize most of the well known vape pen brands are not included in this list.
If you’re wondering why, I’ll keep it short and simple.
Most of these vape pens are actually just cheap, low quality and re-branded vape pens, which are originally designed and manufactured in China.
Don’t get me wrong, a Chinese vape pen isn’t necessarily low quality…but these brands definitely are!
Until they up their game in transparency and quality, they’ll stay away from this page…and you should stay away from them as well.
If you came here for the…
Best Dry Herb Vape Pens
I’ve got some bad and good news for you.
The bad news:
The vape pens currently on the market, absolutely SUCK for vaping dry herb.
Coils are unfit to be used with flower.
You’ll burn parts of your herb 90% of the time and there will be extremely uneven cooking going on…which is truly bad news for flavor and efficiency.
So one more time: DON’T VAPE DRY HERB WITH A VAPE PEN!
And now the good news…
There are small and sleek portable vaporizers, with close to the same size as a vape pen, which are specifically designed and built to be used with dry herb.
Yes, dry herb should be vaped with portable or desktop DRY HERB vaporizer, not with a vape pen.
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