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Vape Pens, Wax Pens, and Dry Herb Vaporizers: A guide

Wax Pens, Vape pens, Dry Herb Vaporisers – these terms are often used interchangeably. But do you know that each word has a different meaning and can get you a different product altogether? 

Let’s have a look at what each of them means!

What are Vaporisers?

A device that is used to vaporize any substance for inhalation is called a vaporizer. It is colloquially known as a vape too. The plant-based substances popularly consumed using a vape are tobacco, cannabis, herbs, or blends of essential oil.

Here are some interesting features of the vaporizers

  • They are small and compact, making it easy to change or replace their parts. 
  • They are convenient to carry around, making them portable.
  • They usually depend on a simple one-button activation system, making them easy to use.

There are several types of vaporizers based on their size and functionality:

  • Handheld Portable
  • Portable vaporizers have become more advanced in terms of heating. Convection heating systems allow heating the herb with dry air instead of using hot surfaces. This feature enables the inhaling of combustion-free vapor. 

  • Battery operated
  • A battery-operated vaporizer allows the user to control the temperature of heat supplied to the herb. They can use the control function and choose the ideal temperature for their herb.  It is entirely up to the user to choose the manner in which they wish to consume the herb – whether small and flavorful hits, moderate hits, or long and mild draws. 

  • Large Desktop version
  • The desktop vaporizers are big in size and cannot be carried around everywhere. But the best part about a large desktop vaporizer is that it has a plug-in power source which makes them immensely powerful. When comparing the impact and power of a desktop vaporizer to a portable one, the desktop vaporizer is sure to win by miles. 

    Now that you know what vaporizers are let’s talk about vape pens, wax pens, and dry herb vaporizers. 

    Basics of a Vape Pen

    All vape pens comprise three main components that are: battery, heating chamber, and mouthpiece. The three components are detachable from each other for the ease of cleaning and maintenance.  Each of these components can be replaced too. 

    Vape pens are designed to be discreet and work best for smokers who love convenience and cleanliness. They are easy to use because you don’t really have to touch the actual material too. 


    Cannabis Concentrate Vaporizer/ Wax Vaporizer / Extract Vaporizers

    Wax Vaporizers are more specifically designed for melting the waxier concentrates of cannabis. The oil used in wax vaporizers is generally available in various flavors, which means you don’t have to settle for the standard taste and can experiment. 

  • Wax Pens
  • Extract or Wax vaporizers are commonly available in the market in the form of a pen, known as wax pens. If you think wax pens and vape pens are the same, there’s a catch. All wax pens are vape pens, but not all vape pens are wax pens. And then some are both!  

    Wax pens include a visible coil which the smoker has to load with the concentrate. The coil is also known as the atomizer because it turns the wax into atoms with heat. The wax pen also includes a battery to power it and a mouthpiece through which the vapor can be inhaled. 

    Wax pens require more heating power compared to normal vape pens because they are supposed to melt concentrates. Thus, most wax pens are encased in steel to protect users from the high temperature inside. 

    In a wax pen, preparation is essential. It includes an elaborate process where the user has to remove the top of the wax atomizer, load the dab on the coil, replace the lid, and heat the dab (by clicking a button) to start the vaporizing process. 

    Wax pens are best for smokers who are patient and prefer handling the concentrate all by themselves. They serve as the best option for smokers who wish to improve their vaping experiences. It also lends better vape control to the user. They are easier to clean and maintain when compared to dab pens. 

    Some drawbacks of wax pens are that they can be effectively used only by people with significant knowledge of measuring, loading, and cleaning the pen parts. They can also be a bit tough to clean and maintain as compared to basic vape pens.  Wax pens are often seen as less discreet than regular vape pens. 


    Dry Herb Vaporizer

    The device that you use to vape dry herb or flower is known as a dry herb vaporizer. Some of the dry herb vaporizers are composed of a cartridge tank system and a lithium-ion battery. 

    Dry herbal vaporizers are becoming popular and are preferred because they provide a healthier alternative to smoking. The heating device in a dry herb vapor can be either of the three: ceramic or metal heating chamber, battery, or an electric/ butane energy source.  It also has a fine screen or filter. 

     The coil heats the herb to a specific temperature that is beneath the point of combustion. This process vaporizes the herb and extracts all the flavor, aroma, and effects of the herb. It lets out very minimal smoke in the form of vapor. Since there is no combustion involved in this vaping process, the user doesn’t inhale any harmful smoke. Thus, no harmful toxins, chemicals, and carcinogenic compounds can reach the user’s lungs. This makes it a healthier alternative to smoking. What smokers get with dry herb vaporizers is a smooth and clean hit with pure and potent vapor. 

    If you’re still confused between the two types of vaporizers, let me tell you that the only significant difference between them is the temperature they need to hit.  A dry herb vaporizer cannot get hot enough to melt concentrates. Similarly, if you use your dry herb or flower in a wax vaporizer, you might have to clean up the residue. Worse, it could damage the coil of your wax vaporizer. 

    The correct battery, appropriate heat chamber, and a durable mouthpiece are the most critical parts of any vape pen. Whether you’re fond of dry herbs or concentrates, it is a wise choice to buy both kinds of vaporizers to enjoy the best experience. You can choose from a variety of vaporizers and vape pens at the MJ Wholesale website! 

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