Best Vaporizer Pen Buyer’s Guide – What Are The Best Vape Pens? 2016 Edition

Best Vape PensHow does one define the best vape pen among the sea of mods available?

Vaping is a hobby, a culture, and a lifestyle that means something different to each person.

There’s no singular pen that can satisfy everyone’s needs, but there are a variety of elite options that will cover just about every need and desire.

So let’s find that personal vaporizer you’ve been yearning for.

Today we’re going to take a deeper look into the vaping culture and why so many people have chosen to vape as an alternative to things like smoking.

Then, we’ll look at the best vape pens in 2016 and wrap things up with a look at pre-built and custom-built vaping options.

Why Vape?
A Look at the Vaping Culture

physician approved cigarettesThere was a time when smoking cigarettes was not only perceived as cool and sexy, but even healthy for you!

The public was inundated with “physician approved” information when it came to cigarette smoking.

These days we know how dangerous this so-called “cancer sticks” can be, but people still buy them and smoke pack after pack, all the while whittling down what life they have left.

When things like vape pens and e-cigs hit the market, people had an alternative. After smoking for years and years, it’s incredibly hard to quit.

I read an interesting article on an annual vaping conference called VapeBlast, and it really put into words why so many people do this, and why it’s a far better alternative to other methods.

For the uninitiated, vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling vapors that are produced by heating a variety of different liquids, oils, waxes, or herbs using a battery powered atomizer. In some cases these items are mixed with small amounts of nicotine or food-grade flavors.

For some, it’s a hobby that keeps them busy and focused.

For others, it represents a far better alternative to smoking cigarettes. Studies have shown that vaping and e-cigs

Studies have shown that vaping and e-cigs are roughly 95% less harmful than tobacco cigarettes. What’s more, they could also one day be used as an alternative to anti-smoking products.

It’s important, now, that we do away with any of the mainstream representations of vaping and vapers in general. You won’t have to go far online these days to find all kinds of negative representations, but these people are the minority in a greater culture of people just trying to find a healthier alternative or a hobby to call their own.

Sure, you’ve got the cloud-chasers other people who would be considered “douche-bags,” but if you stop to think for a second, you’ll realize that there’s people like that in any culture, hobby, or place on Earth for that matter. Schell Hammel, the president of the Smoke Free Alternative Trade Association (SFATA) Texas Chapter, speaks at various events, including VapeBlast, about this industry and the passionate people who are a part of it.

Cheech & Chong Circa 1972-minHammel lost her grandfather to lung cancer. He urged her to quit smoking herself, and it wasn’t until after he passed that she made the switch.

“I do believe that the large clouds and ‘fad’ image have been a thon in our side, but that is a very small percentage of our community,” she said at the 2015 VapeBlast conference.

She went on to describe the community in a way that I find perfect:

“This is community is about finding a harm reduction solution to a habit that was once painted as glamorous, cool, and yes, even healthy for you.

The passion you’ll find in this community is like no other, as it truly comes from the heart to help others in the same boat find the blessing they have found.

If everyone saw it from their point of view, they would applaud them, rather than judge them.”

Take it from me, this culture is filled with passionate people who just want to enjoy a hobby that acts as a healthier alternative to smoking. Whatever your reason for vaping, just know that there are plenty of people (myself included) out there vaping just like you and we’re in this together.

The 4 Elements of a Great Vape Pen


At its most basic form, a vape pen is a tiny oven that heats up various elements and funnels the vapors up and into your mouth. Despite this simple concept, these are complex devices with a lot of options. To help you find the best vaporizer for you, I’ve boiled it down to four elements that you should look for in your vape pen purchase:

1. Battery Life

Vape Pen IconVape pens run on a rechargeable battery, so you’ll need to plug them in to recharge from time to time. Since you’ll be vaping on-the-go, the strength of your chosen battery is going to be one of your top concerns.

The amount of puffs you’ll need per day will depend on your usage, but ideally you should look to get about 100 puffs from a single charge.

In many cases, the best vaporizers will charge within an hour or so, but keep this in mind as you choose one that fits into your routine.

2. The Heating Element

Coil iconWhen vaping with oils, waxes, and especially herbs, the heating element’s quality is paramount.

It needs to get hot extremely fast for the best possible taste and quality.

If it’s a slow burn, it won’t result in a high quality vapor and it will drain your battery.

3. Durability and Usability

AtomizerI group these together because they go hand-in-hand. Your vape pen will be chilling in your pocket or purse throughout the day, so it can’t break on you.

On top of that, you should be able to refill it easily and quickly.

If you need a pair of tweezers or some kind of complicated tool to refill it, then it needs a pass.

4. The Airway

E-Cig AirwayOnce the vapor has been produced, it travels through the airway to your mouth. If the airway is made of something like aluminum or PVC, it can give the vapor a metallic or plastic taste.

Instead, make sure that the airway is made from a material like glass or steel.


The Best Vape Pens For E-Liquids

Before we dive in, it’s worth noting that these new vape pen models for 2016 have done away with the problematic leaking that some of the original ego style pens had. You can vape with these without worry.

1. Eleaf IJust 2 Full Starter Kit

eleaf-ijust-2Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re a sub-ohm vaper, the Eleaf iJust 2 is the perfect kit to get your vaping fast. Here’s what comes in this DIY starter kit:

  • 0.3ohm EC Coil (support for 30W-80W)
  • 0.5ohm EC Coil (support for 30W-100W)
  • 2600mAh iJust Battery
  • Prex glass tank
  • Stainless steel drip tip

The stainless steel structure gives this pen a sturdy feel. You know this thing isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. It also features an adjustable airflow that gives you ultimate control over the amount of vapor produced and thus the amount of flavor.


2. The Galaxy by Kandypens

galaxy-by-kandypensThe Galaxy is the best vaping option from Kandypens and has earned plenty of love from other enthusiasts like myself. What makes this one so special? Actually, it’s a couple of things:

  • Multiple voltage settings for the battery
  • Wire and Quartz for the atomizer
  • Small and portable

Those are the top points for this pen, but the biggest benefits come from the quartz atomizer. You haven’t tasted perfect, clean vapor until you’ve tasted something burned off on a quartz atomizer. It’s like the Fiji water of atomizers.

You haven’t vaped until you’ve vaped with a pen like this, so go on, I’ll even give you a free discount on the house.


3. The VaporFi Rocket

vaporfi-rocketThis beauty is perfect for someone who wants to jump into the vaping scene, but they’re not sure what they want. The Vaporfi Rocket has a 1600mAh variable voltage battery with a 2.5 ml tank and air flow options to boot!

This single pen can offer multiple vaping options for you by changing the voltage or the air flow on the fly. Since this one uses e-liquids, you’ll have a ton of options for different flavors and levels of nicotine if you’re trying to kick the cigarette habit.

Me personally, I like rocking some classy flavors like watermelon, peach berry tea, and really just anything with an authentic sweet flavor to the vapor. Out of the box, the Rocket also comes with five replacement coils and a USB/wall charger.

If you’re on the fence, don’t be. The Rocket comes with a 30-day money back guarantee and a 90-day warranty. Try it out!


4. The Endura T22

endura-t22This model of the Endura is for those looking for lung draw. This is a mouth to lung type of pen that is meant to simulate the same draw you would get from a cigarette. This model features an epic coil design that gives you warm and flavorful vapes with every draw.

Both this model and the T18 have 1.5 ohm coils running 14 W regulated to give you this awesome experience.

It comes with a 2000mAh battery and the Prism 22 tank with a 4.5ml e-liquid capacity. The end result of these factors is long lung draws and plenty of battery life.

For those trying to quit, this pen gives you the feel of smoking without any of the side effects in the long run. If you want to quit smoking and switch to vaping, look no further!


5. The Linx Hypnos

This pen makes the list for quality, but also for its incredible stealth factor. This thing is only 10cm long! If you need to vape quick and fast, this is the vape pen James Bond would use, seriously! It has a nice stainless steel shell on the exterior and a glass mouthpiece.

The atomizer is unique in that it combines a ceramic-lined heating chamber with a ceramic rod wrapped in titanium coils. There are also air holes placed at various points on the heating chamber to help reduce draw resistance and increase airflow for quick and thick hits.


The atomizer has four different heat settings, but they’re all pretty low. This comes with its own benefits, though, because the low temp offers more flavor and cleaner vapor. It also keeps your ceramic rod from staining after repeated use.

As a result of the low temperatures, you’ll need to take longer hits to get a big vape cloud, but that can also depend on the consistency and type of concentrate you’re using. Some turn to vapor faster or at lower temperatures than others.

If you’re looking for an affordable option that doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb, then the Hypnos is practically calling your name.


The Best Vape Pens For Herbs

1. VaporFi Orbit Vaporizer 

vaporfi-orbit-vaporizerWhile this is the first attempt by VaporFi to make a dry herb pen, I have to say, beginner’s luck was on their side this time around. This gives you the quality you would expect from a vaporizer, with the portability of a vape pen.

In terms of design, it’s simple and sleek without anything getting in the way of you and your vaping. It can vaporize herbs at several different temperatures and holds up extremely well to extended use, unlike others on the market that just can’t, wait for it, take the heat. I’ll show myself out.

Did you battery die while you were passing this pen around with friends? Not to worry, because you can also use it while charging. Now, a lot of people will prefer herbs over waxes or oils, which makes this the perfect pen for that group.

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2. The Crafty by Stortz and Bickel

This is an incredible device. If you’re familiar with this company’s other full-size vaporizer, the Volcano, then you’ll know these guys have a knack for this kind of stuff.

The Crafty is meant to be a smaller version of the Volcano, so I know I’ve got your attention now. This device isn’t as slim or sleek as others on the market, but it’s sturdy and it comes with a two-year warranty.


You can use a mobile app to control the temperature settings or leave them at the standard 180 degrees. This one is expensive, but it has a incredible performance among dry herb vaporizers. If you’re an herb only kind of person and you need something portable, you should just stop reading now and buy this incredible vaporizer.


 3. CloudV Phantom

cloud-v-phantom-vape-penThe Cloud V Phantom is a solid dry herb pen with a sturdy build and a simple, intuitive design. It has one heat setting and a few basic parts. It may not be dressed up with bells and whistles, but it gets the job done for sure.

This pen can hold between .2 and .3 grams of dry herbs. For the best performance, you’ll want to pack the herbs tight and grind them into a fine texture. To turn it on, you’ll press the power button three times and the LED will turn blue when it reaches a 420 degree Fahrenheit temperature.


4. PAX 2

pax-2The Pax 2 brings several major improvements over the original:

  • 20% deeper oven
  • 25% smaller body
  • 10% lighter
  • improved battery life

This pen for dry herbs offers four temperature settings ranging from 360 to 420 degrees Fahrenheit. It requires a lot less maintenance than the original as well, which cuts down on time between sessions. Top this off with a 10-year warranty and we’re in business!


5. Haze Dual V3

The Haze Dual V3 is a dual chamber vaporizer with options for both conduction and convection heating. This rockstar has a solid build and plenty of ventilation to keep things from getting too hot. Despite the look, it comes in a compact size that you can easily carry around in your pocket.


The average use time per sessions is about 90 minutes, but this can change depending on what level of heat you’re using. Level 4, for example, will drain the battery faster.


For Those About to Vape…

There you have it folks, the top picks for 2016’s best vape pen. I gotta say, it’s hard to choose just one pen, but any of these would do right by you. Be sure to let me know which ones you picked up in the comments and for those about vape, I salute you!

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