Weed pens let you toke without smoke. Used with various kinds of cannabis oil from marijuana to CBD, weed pens have become the most popular choice for vaping cannabis oil.
These battery powered devices allow the user to have a simplified and clean experience—no more weed crumbs in your lap! Plus, since you’re not incinerating your material, the taste is great and the smell more easily dissipates from the room. What more could you ask for?
The eight best weed oil pens you’ll see in this list have been selected for their build quality, design, reliability and performance with a variety of pre-filled THC oil and distillate cartridges. If you’re a new to all this, make sure to read the guide below, even if you know how to use a vape pen. It explains exactly what a THC vape pen is, and provides some useful tips for using one.
The Kandypens Special-K Black is a swanky and stealthy take on the classic weed pen design. It works as good as it looks, and it comes with two 1 mL tanks, temperature control battery with three heat settings, and several handy accessories. With a lifetime warranty on the battery, the Special-K Black is the pen to get!
Vessel Slate Walnut
The Slate Wood series combines real wood and anodized aluminum into one of the most luxurious and unique pens you can get. It runs on a 300 mAh battery and has four voltage settings, from 2.4-3.6 volts. The Slate Wood utilizes a magnetic charging cable and is compatible with the Vessel charging dock and Rover cases.
The VRTCL is a robust and stylish weed pen. Featuring five power modes and a 380 mAh high capacity lithium-ion battery. It provides smooth and consistent hits, and won’t burn out your coil. It works perfectly with SPRK cartridges and most popular 510 threaded oil carts. It performs like the PCKT but it’s slimmer.
The Wi-Pod is a pod system designed for vaporizing thick oils. It runs on refillable cartridges that utilize ceramic wicking and 1.25 ohm coils. It’s lightweight, pocketable and produces big clouds for such a tiny weed vape. The Wi-Pod is also draw activated and features a 350 mAh internal battery.
Vessel Expedition Series
The Expedition isn’t just elegant. It’s the most robust version of the Vessel, designed for an active lifestyle. The Vessel is compatible with 510 oil cartridges and features a 300 mAh battery with four power settings. It also utilizes a magnetic USB charging cable or an optional charging dock sold separately.
Linx Hermes 3
The Hermes 3 is an advanced weed pen for oil from Linx Vapor. It’s compatible with thick and thin oils and produces large tasty clouds with great efficiency. The tank features a cottonless ceramic heating element and a vapor path constructed of medical grade components. It holds 0.5 mL of oil and has a 290 mAh battery.
Kandypens Slim Kit
The Kandypens Slim Kit is a super stealthy little oil pen. Its 0.5 mL tank is powered by a 180 mAh battery sure to get you through a few sessions. The small size will make it barely noticeable when it’s in your pocket. The device has gotten numerous positive reviews for its good performance with thick oils.
Kandypens C-Box Pro
The Kandypens C-Box Pro is designed for 510 oil tanks. It utilizes magnetic adapters so you can just drop your tank in. The device stands at only 3 inches tall and is lightweight, despite its powerful 390 mAh battery. The C-Box Pro has four adjustable voltage settings up to 4.0 volts, charges via micro USB.
What is a THC oil vape pen?
A weed pen, or THC oil pen is a relatively simple, two-part electronic device used to vaporize THC oil, delta 8 THC carts and other cannabis distillates. An evolution of early vape pens, weed vape pens are most often shaped like writing pens—hence the name. Sometimes they are referred to as a cartridge battery. That’s because every weed pen houses a small battery that heats your oil in an atomizer cartridge containing a wick and a heating coil. This heating process turns concentrates into THC-filled vapor.
Voila! With the press of a button and a drag on the mouthpiece, high times are on demand. The odor is faint and dissipates quickly, so THC pens are the most convenient way to fly high while cruising under the radar. Keep reading to find out how to use a pen with your own THC oils and cartridges.
Warning: Keep in mind that the type of “THC oil” used in weed pens is formulated for vaping, unlike cannabis oil tinctures which are not. THC and CBD oil tinctures are typically oil-based, which makes them unsuitable for inhalation.
Tips for getting started
The first thing you’ll need is a THC pen and some THC oil or distillate. Cannabis oil is generally sold in prefilled cartridges, but can be made or purchased separately for refilling your own carts—which is more cost-effective but requires a bit more work. Ideally, you want THC oil that comes preloaded into a syringe.
There are two ways to use a marijuana vape pen. If you have a prefilled cartridge, you simply screw it onto the pen and press the button. If you buy a kit that includes an empty cart, you’ll want to fill it with your oil or distillate—more on that later. Here are a few key pointers for getting started with your THC oil pen:
- Oil vape pens are designed for cannabis oil and distillate cartridges.
- To avoid having your session interrupted, charge before use.
- The higher the milliamp rating (more mAh), the more battery life the vape pen has.
- If the device has adjustable power, turn it down to its lowest setting and adjust up from there.
- Replace the cartridge as soon as the flavor and performance drop off to avoid wasting your oil. (Scroll down to learn how to fill and extract THC oil.)
How to clean a THC oil vape pen
Since THC vape pens are two-part designs, with the cartridge being disposable, there’s not much cleaning necessary. The most important thing to keep clean is the connection. Typically, cannabis pens have a 510-connection— that’s the threading that connects to the cartridge that contains the oil. That connection should remain relatively clean to keep the current flowing. THC oil is thick, but a little seepage can find its way in the connection. Left uncleaned, the device may stop working.
Cleaning the vape pen’s 510 connection is simple: just use a Q-tip and high-strength isopropyl, and wipe until clean. Cleaning the thread will not make a noticeable difference in the vape experience, but it will help prolong the lifespan of the device. While you are at it, make sure you clean the mouthpiece and 510 threads of your oil cartridge too.
How to fill a weed pen
To fill your THC oil pen, all you’ll need is a syringe containing cannabis oil and an empty THC oil cart. Go slow. Let each layer settle before adding more oil, you don’t want to risk losing any of it! Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind.
- Slowly inject the oil while making a circular motion with the syringe.
- Never inject oil down the central chimney of the cartridge.
- Fill the cartridge enough to cover the wicking holes located on the outside of the coil housing.
- Let the cartridge sit at least 30 minutes after filling. The high viscosity of the oil needs a fair amount of time to soak into the wick.
How to remove THC oil from cartridge
To extract the oil from your cannabis pen, you will need an empty oil cart and a filling syringe with a blunt tip that fits inside your oil cartridge. You may need to slightly warm up the cartridge, to allow the oil to flow better when extracting it.
- Remove the cartridge from the battery to prevent oil from leaking into the battery section.
- Detach the mouthpiece—some are threaded and some will just pop off.
- For very thick oils and distillates, you may want to gently warm the cartridge up to make the oil easier to transfer, but do not overheat it!
- Make sure you have a syringe with a tip that you can fit inside the cartridge. Different style carts may require different sized tips.
When should you remove THC oil from your cartridge?
Sometimes weed vape pens can fail, usually when the coil becomes the weakest link. Fortunately, you can transfer the oil to another device. Here are some of the most common reasons you may need to extract the oil from your cartridge.
- Defective cartridge, usually due to a bad coil, leaking, or clogging.
- Not enough oil in cartridge to reach the wick.
- Transferring oil to a different cartridge.
- Using THC oil for dabbing or with another device.
Other types of cannabis vape pens
THC vape pens are just one of the many ways to vaporize weed and concentrates. Whether you are looking for weed pens, pre-filled carts for oil, or vaporizers for weed and dabs, here are the top products in each category based on our testing.