You probably don’t have time or money to be buying all of these pens, vaporizers and coils. You want to know that the pen you are dropping a chunk of dough on is the best, so we got you covered! Even if you do have the money to spend on the absolute best wax/dab pens, there are so many different kinds of vape pens and accessories, you’d need an assistant to help you navigate the terrain.

That is our goal here: to assist you in making an informed decision, to help save you money, and, most importantly, we want to help save you time in your search for cannabis concentrate pens.

Here at Vaping360, we have been carefully researching and testing all of the top wax/dab pens on the market to tell you which ones are the best. If there is a wax vape pen that you do not see on this that should be, know that we our constantly testing and we will amend and update this page as we acquire more products.

Note: These Wax, Oil, and Concentrate vape pens were scrutinized to be in a “Best-of” category. Therefore, some of the cons listed, might not even seem that significant. That is because anything with major flaws will not be found on this list. Likewise, when something is average, it is still listed as a con, since this is a “Best of” article. We hope you use this as a guide to choosing your first, or next wax/dab pen!

Best Wax and Dab Pens 2016

kandypens-mini
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Pros
  • Small yet powerful (sub-ohm)
  • Micro USB pass-through charging
  • Easy access to coils
  • Good battery life
  • Nice airflow
  • Easy to clean/maintain
  • Cons
  • Pricey (Get a discount with our coupon code)
  • Specifications

    • Next Generation Ceramic Sub-Ohm Vaporizer
    • 4.45 Inches Tall
    • 950 mAh Lithium Ion Battery
    • Temperature Controlled (350° 390° 430° )
    • Advanced Ceramic Disc SloBurn™Technology
    • No Combustion (Better Aroma & Flavor)
    • Elevated Air-Flow System
    • Leakproof
    • Coilless
    • 10 Second Auto-Shutoff (Safety Feature)
    • Deep Ceramic Chamber
    • 510 Threaded
    • No Wick Glues or Dyes
    • Alcohol Wipes Included
    • Lifetime Warranty (Battery)
    • Direct Pass Through Mini-USB Charging
    • Handmade
    • Developed & Designed in the USA
    • Patent Pending
    • For Aromatherapy Purposes Only

    If you are looking for a wax vaporizer pen that is small, but packs a big punch, check out the Kandypens Mini. It takes all of the great features of the original Kandypens vape pens to the next level. The battery life has been great and finally we now have Micro USB pass-through charging on this badboy, plus you can attach it to your mods.

    If you are looking for your first wax vaporizer pen, the Mini is a great place to start. If you already own a Kandypen and you are tired of the tight airflow and eGo charging, it may be time to upgrade. Aside from the price tag, and the fact that it was based off an existing design, it’s hard finding much at fault with the Kandypens Mini. This vapor pen packs a mean punch, especially with those dual-quartz coils.

    Kandypens
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    Pros
  • Powerful hit
  • Reliable
  • Sexy
  • Good battery life
  • Three “heat settings” (aka variable voltage)
  • Kandypens Lifetime Warranty on battery
  • Cons
  • Small airflow
  • Not cheap (But you can use our coupon code to save 20% and get a free spare coil-head!)
  • Specifications

    • Temperature Controlled Battery (350°|390°|430°)
    • Satin Rubber Finish with Gold Accents
    • Quartz Crystal Chamber
    • Dual Quartz Rods
    • Titanium Coil
    • Elevated Air Flow System (No clogging or leaking)
    • 10 Second Auto-Shutoff (Safety Feature)
    • Deep Chamber
    • 510 Threaded
    • Wickless
    • No Glues
    • No Dyes
    • HardShell Carrying Case Included
    • Lifetime Warranty (Battery)
    • For Aromatherapy Purposes Only

    The titanium coils and quartz wicking provided a big and powerful hit on the highest setting, and a smoother draw on the lower settings. This is a hard hitting pen with good flavor. What separates this one from all of the cheap clones?

    Reliability. Kandypens make some serious “daily-driver” pens that just hit real well every time without getting clogged. The battery comes with a lifetime warranty. By using our code, you will not only get a discount but a free spare coil head.

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    Pros
  • Convenient magnetic connection/charging
  • Intuitive and beginner-friendly interface
  • Has the ability to vape dry herb and e-liquid in addition to wax
  • Cons
  • Wax atomizers sold separately
  • Specifications

    • 650mAh Battery
    • 3.2- 4.2 Voltage
    • Weight 54g (Empty tank)
    • 14cm Length

    The Series 3 is an intriguing vaporizer in which you just drop the atomizer in and it clicks together with magnets. It is super simple to use and is also the only real 3 in 1 vape pen on the market. The real question is, how does it perform up against all these other great dab pens?

    The Series 3 wax atomizer features a flat, stove top coil. Typically you would find this type of coil on the early cannabis vape pens. Reminiscent of the old car cigarette lighter, and for wax, it actually vapes very well due to the increased surface area.

    The coil head features a funnel shape so almost all of your concentrates will inevitably drip down and make contact with the stove top coil. Despite being the only device to employ this type of flat spiral coil, it is actually on par with the best wax pens we have tried.

    Note: They also make a Series 7 which includes a very similar type of atomizer except that the device itself is bigger and contains more battery life. It isn’t a pen, but worth mentioning.

    Cloud
    Pros
  • Discreet
  • Nice atomizer design
  • Vapor window on mouthpiece
  • Cool designs
  • Good airflow
  • Lifetime Warranty on battery
  • Cons
  • Not compatible with standard ellipse mouthpiece.
  • Non-Micro-USB charge port (Original Micro G Pen charging system)
  • Extra coil heads sold separately
  • Specifications

    • Slimmer Design
    • Window Mouthpiece
    • Platinum Tornado Atomizer
    • 40% Improved Heating Capacity
    • Stable Voltage
    • Lifetime Warranty

    This is another one of those ellipse-style pens, similar to the Mig Vapor Keymaker, and much like the Micro G Pen. Some of the key features that define the Platinum from the pack is the little window you have on the mouthpiece so you can watch the vapor forming.

    The coil heads are made of that shiny ceramic material and features a single titanium coil with ceramic rod wicking. They call them the “Tornado” atomizers, probably due to it’s tapered design that funnels the oil to the bottom of the atomizer, maximizing efficiency.

    Using only about .1 grams, you can get quite a few puffs before it goes completely empty. Last but not least the draw you get has a bit more airflow than your typical Micro G Pen.

    Mig
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    Pros
  • Decent airflow
  • Stylish and unique design
  • Pyrex mouthpiece
  • Variable voltage
  • Good price
  • Mig Vapor Warranty
  • Cons
  • Requires a few seconds to heat-up
  • Atomizer can get hot after continuous use
  • Average vapor production
  • Specifications

    • No Combustion
    • 500 Mah Battery
    • Ceramic Plate
    • No Exposed Coils
    • Baking Temp 400 - 455F
    • 2-3 Second Heat Up Time
    • 5 Click On/ Off Safety Feature
    • Charging Time: 1 - 2 hours
    • Green Diamond Button
    • Long Battery Life
    • Ego Thread charging Port
    • Special Control board for Full watt Output
    • Low Resistance coil inside the baking plate
    • Elegant Color

    So you thought you’ve seen it all? Then this wax pen comes along. Yabba dabba do… or don’t? If you are looking for something that compares to other ceramic-based pens such as the Kandypens Donuts or Linx Hypnos Zero, but with a lower price-tag, then you should consider this badboy.

    It features a “donut-style” atomizer that heats up nice and slow, delivering maximum flavor.
    The draw on this pen is real smooth and it has a lot more airflow than the Kandypens. The actual design is quite nice and the signature Mig Vapor green really pops out on this one. With all ceramic, coil-less atomizers, the vapor production is average but the flavor is fantastic.

    Mig
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    Pros
  • Very discreet
  • Good flavor
  • Micro-USB pass-through charging (Finally!)
  • Stylish
  • Mig Vapor Warranty
  • Compatible with any Micro-G Pen/Ellipse-style coils
  • Cons
  • Average vapor production
  • Requires some heat-up time
  • Atomizer can get very hot after continuous usage
  • Specifications

    • No Combustion
    • 360 Mah Micro Battery
    • Ceramic Plate for Herb Concentrates
    • No Exposed Coils
    • Baking Temp 400 - 455F
    • 2-3 Second Heat Up Time
    • 5 Click On/ Off Safety Feature
    • Charging Time: 1 - 2 hours
    • Easy to Feel Button
    • Long Battery Life
    • Charging Port
    • Special Control board for Full watt Output
    • Low Resistance coil inside the baking plate
    • Elegant Color

    The Keymaker is an ellipse-style dab pen similar to the first-generation Micro G-Pen or any number of devices that resemble it. One thing they all have in common is the fact that they take the same type of coils, that kinda just snap into place. The Keymaker actually makes a good connection, your coils lock in snugly and easily, and yet are easy to pop out. That is one thing you will notice with the imitations, the coil will either be too tight, or too loose: both suck. You can tell their products are machined well, which is great considering the price tag on it.

    This particular pen features a ceramic wax atomizer that is similar to the one in the Lynx Hypnos Zero, and is made to fit a standard ellipse connection. Compared to coil-based atomizers, this one will roast your concentrates very slowly. The vape experience is very close to the Lynx only this pen is even more discreet and portable.

    Source
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    Pros
  • Great battery life and power (After all it is a box mod)
  • Triple quartz coils
  • Huge chamber
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Massive airflow (More than you will ever need - just saying)
  • Compact and sturdy carrying case included
  • Cons
  • Very heavy (the Orb itself may be heavier than the actual mod)
  • Vaporizes concentrates quickly (not great for conserving wax/dabs)
  • Specifications

    • Quartz Grade 1 Titanium Atomizers in Triple Coils
    • Genuine Grade 1 Lab Tested Titanium Coils
    • Extra Large Capacity Atomizers
    • Indestructible Body
    • Unrivaled Adjustable Airflow
    • Modern Design
    • Extra-Large Wide Atomizer Design
    • Low Temp + High Temp
    • Compatible with Source Orb XL Atomizers
    • 510 eGo Threaded

    Ok, so this is not actually a dab pen but we felt as though we had to put it on this list. Just as we saw the evolution of e-cigs go from tiny cig-a-likes to huge box mods and tanks, I think we might start to see a similar progression with wax vape pens. In fact, they may not even look like vape pens after a while. Source Vapes has been an innovator in the game, best known for the original Source Orb. This is basically the “cutting edge” in wax vaporizer technology.

    Their latest creation takes what was missing from the wax pen game, and “borrows” it from the e-cig world. The first one being airflow. The extra air allows you to inhale more vapor at a time, similar a water pipe. The result is a huge, yet smooth hit with some serious effects.

    Next, was battery life. They decided to go with a mini box mod versus your standard eGo style pen. The design is literally a clone of the Eleaf iStick 30W, but nobody seems to care about that in the wax pen game anyway. Last but not least, the coil heads are massive and feature triple quartz coils with the ability to hold literally an entire gram of wax/dabs!

    Dr.
    Pros
  • Magnetic linking/charging system is super convenient
  • Includes three different types of coil heads
  • Three “heat” settings
  • Good airflow
  • Great design and LED light colors
  • 1 Year Warranty on battery
  • Cons
  • Mouthpiece may get clogged up
  • Incompatible with any other batteries/atomizers (due to lack of threading)
  • Specifications

    • Variable Temperature Settings – Low|Medium|High
    • All Magnetic SnapTech Connections
    • No Threading – Clean Design
    • Satin Matte Finish
    • 3 Atomizers included – Dual Quartz|Ceramic Halo and Dual Ceramic Rod
    • New Ceramic Shotgun Style Mouthpiece
    • Compatible With Waxy Oil Concentrates

    The Aurora from Dr. Dabber doesn’t just come with impressive packaging. Much like the Kandypens, it is a simple, eGo-style design, but what makes this one different is the magnetic linking system. There are no threads at all, just magnets! Believe it or not, they hold up well, without falling apart in your pocket or hand. Switching atomizers and charging is super easy!

    The draw is a little bit airier than the Kandypens, but the mouthpiece can get clogged up if not cleaned regularly. They also include a variety of coil heads: quartz chamber with ceramic wicks, quartz chamber with quartz wicks and an all ceramic coil-less atomizer. Each one provides a slightly different experience and caters to the different viscosities of concentrates.

    Wax and Dab Vape Pens Explained

    What is a Dab?

    No, not the dance move that looks like you are sneezing. In the vape pen game, dabs are highly concentrated formulations of tetrahydrocannabinol, aka “THC”. This is the active compound in the cannabis plant, known for its psychotropic effects.

    Some call it wax, and some call it oil, despite its solid composition. The reason being, it melts into a liquid form when heated up, just before it is vaporized. Come to think of it, dabs go through each of the three states of matter, solid, liquid and gas, but I’m no Bill Nye…

    Why Dab?

    So glad you should ask. Using a wax vaporizer for concentrates, or “dabbing” is simply more efficient because you are only inhaling the active components of the cannabis plant.

    Also it is much safer than traditional combustion methods, since the wax is being vaporized instead of burned. Wax vaporizers provide a healthier alternative to smoking (source), so let’s get to dabbing!

    How to Dab?

    Traditionally, dabs are done using a glass piece that resembles a traditional bong except that users have a nail and a source of heat, usually a blow-torch. This is still considered the proper way to dab, but wax vape pens provide an alternative option for people who don’t want to go out and buy a ten foot bong and a blowtorch. Dab pens are a great way to dab on the go.

    Dab rigs cater to a very niche crowd at this point, kind of like mechanical mods do in the e-cig world, and dab pens are better suited for the masses. Let’s talk about the various types of wax/dab pens…

    Types of Dab/Wax Pens

    In our book, there are really two main categories of vape pens for wax. There are either ones that try to simulate a classic dab rig, containing a coil and wick that heats up relatively fast. You then have the slow-cooking ones that usually feature a coil-free chamber, typically made of ceramic.

    There are advantages to both, namely the latter will give you a more noticeable effect right away versus the former, which is a “slow-creeper”. The advantage however is that your oil will get vaporized slower and produce better flavor. Similar to using a cannabis vaporizer vs. smoking, you will get a much more mellow experience with these type of wax pens.

    They say “different tokes for different folks”.

    An example of a hard-hitting, coil-based wax pen would have to be the Kandypens Galaxy. The MigVapor Yabba Dabber on the other hand, is a coil-less “donut” style dab or wax pen that vaporizes concentrates slower and at slightly lower temperatures.

    Each one has it’s own unique advantages that we will be discussing. Some even come with an array of coil heads that are optimized for the various viscosities of concentrates.

    The thinner waxes tend do better with quartz and silica wicks, and the thicker wax/dabs seem to do well with ceramic.

    The Evolution of Wax/Dab Coils

    Since the “nail” of a dab rig is usually constructed of Titanium, it makes perfect sense that it is the most common material is used for the coils in wax atomizers. This factor also contributes to simulating that classic dab rig experience. The coils are wrapped out of relatively thin wire usually containing some type of wicking material.

    Originally silica was popular in the first Micro G Pens, much like some of the early e-cigarette models. Since then, we have noticed a major switch to using ceramic rods instead. Recently, there has been a trend of using hard glass such as quartz. This is supposed to vaporize your wax a little bit cleaner, and provide a cleaner taste.

    Fortunately, many of these companies offer more than just one atomizer option. Some of them include a variety of coil heads for the user to further customize their wax pen experience such as the Dr. Dabber Aurora.

    In addition to the wicking material, many companies have evolved from a stainless steel chamber, to a fully ceramic and now a quartz one. Having the chamber made of the same material as your wicks provides better heat distribution and flavor, instead of getting a metallic aftertaste.

    How Many Wax/Dab Coils do I Need?

    There is no right answer that question. It all comes down to finding the right balance between getting a powerful hit, and having your wax/dabs last longer. If you are trying to conserve, then go with a coil-less atomizer and it will bake your wax slowly.
    For many people, this type of hit will not be satisfying. In that case, we would suggest starting with a single coil and working your way up to a dual-coil wax atomizer. Keep in mind, the more coils you have, the faster it will vaporize your wax/concentrates. What will be the next evolution in wax atomizer technology? Triple or perhaps even quad-coils?

    Source Vapes already has a triple coil head in their new Flosstradamus wax atomizer, so this might actually be becoming a reality in the near future. (See above)

    How to Get the Most out of Your Wax/Dabs Pens

    Sometimes less is more. If you overpack, the wax is going to bubble up once it turns into oil and potentially clog the air-hole or mouthpiece of your wax pen. It may also get stuck to the sides of the chamber or even worse in the threading of the wax atomizer.

    It is recommended to pack between .1 and .2 at first to see how your pen vapes. Some work better with more or less dabs. The harder, shatter-type waxes for these type of devices because they make loading it up easier. The softer dabs are very sticky and can be more difficult to load up your wax atomizer properly.

    Cannabis concentrates are not always easy to come by, but if you do have a choice, go with the harder dabs when using most wax vape pens.

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