A dry herb vape pen is a cylindrical and pocketable electronic vaporizer for cannabis flowers. Although some are bigger than your average pen, dry herb pens are about the length of a dab pen and smaller than most portable vaporizers. They house an internal and rechargeable battery, plus a self-contained oven that uses conduction heating to vaporize cannabis. Here are the best dry herb vape pens available right now.
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A minimalist’s dream come true, the PAX Mini is a dry herb vaporizer at its simplest. Its sleek, discrete design makes it ideal for an active lifestyle. It also proves that you don’t need extensive settings to enjoy flavorful vapor in seconds. The 3000 mAh battery charges quickly for two hours of active use.
Kandypens K-Vape Pro
The K-Vape Pro is the next generation of Kandypens dry herb vaporizers. It utilizes convection/conduction hybrid heating technology to provide the best of both worlds. The K-Vape Pro features four temperature settings, a half-gram ceramic heating chamber, and a lifetime warranty—so you’re set for life.
G Pen Elite II
The G Pen Elite II uses a coaxial conduction/convection heating system to provide controlled vapor with each hit. This portable dry herb pen features a high-res display for full-spectrum heat adjustments, from 200-430° F. With updatable firmware, users only need a WiFi connection to enhance their tool.
Convection vaporizers aren’t known for their compact size, but Cloudious9 shatters this mold with the Atomic9. These pocket-sized devices aren’t just easy to use; they’re a cinch to maintain. Cleaning is effortless, thanks to a residue-cleaning chamber and detachable parts. Six heat settings range from 356-428° F.
The Eden by Linx Vapor is a pocketable convection vaporizer with an all quartz chamber and a pure vapor path. It is made of the highest quality materials but it is priced under $100. The pen has a 2500 mAh battery and charges via USB. It has four temperature settings and is also suitable for herbal concentrates.
How to use a dry herb vaporizer pen
There are a few steps to using a dry herb vape pen. It’s a super simple process, but there is a sequence of steps to make the process work optimally:
- Clean your oven before the first use if using a brand-new device. Let it cycle through a few heating cycles at its highest temperature before loading your first pack.
- Grind your herb to a fine consistency.
- Lightly pack the oven’s chamber with your material, making sure the herb is evenly packed.
- Select your best temperature for weed and wait for the device to heat up.
- Take small puffs to get going once the device reaches temp.
- The hits will get more intense after the herb decarbs.
Most dry herb vaporizer pens will have automatic shut-offs for session vaping. Check your device’s specs to see the cut-off time; that is effectively your session length (typically about 5-8 minutes.) After the session, the device will cut off to retain battery power. If that session weren’t enough, you’d have to turn on the device again and wait for it to get back to temperature. This preserves battery power and keeps the herb from getting overcooked if the device isn’t turned off.
Grind consistency for dry herb pens
When grinding your herb, the consistency and how fine it’s ground will play a significant role in how well the device vaporizes the material. The key to remember is that most dry herb pens use conduction ovens which means the material needs to be in contact with a heated surface. The best way to achieve efficient vaporization is to make sure the material grind is fine and even.
How to clean a dry herb vape pen
Most dry herb vape pens come with a cleaning kit. Since they use conduction heating, the herb stays in contact with the heating element. Over time this will leave a residue build-up in the oven.
To clean your herbal vape pen, brush out the already-vaped bud with a small brush. Then use high-strength isopropyl alcohol and Q-tips to clean the oven and mouthpiece. To clean the vapor path (wherever the vapor travels to get to the mouthpiece,) an alcohol-soaked pipe cleaner is ideal — just feed it through a couple of times.
Keeping a clean dry herb pen is easy to do when you keep up with it. If left for too long between cleanings, it becomes a more intensive job. It’s recommended to clean your unit at least once every five sessions for optimal performance.