Vaporizers & Vaping

How to Use a Vape Pen: A Guide to Your Vaping Device

Gabi Antunes

Jul 22, 2019

Vape pens are among the simplest vaping devices available. They’re often long and slender, making them highly portable and inconspicuous. Every pen is a bit different, but all offer a quick and easy way to vape. Whether you’re using dry herb or concentrates, pods or cartridges, a vape pen can immediately improve your experience and simplify your sessions.

Despite their simplicity, vape pens are fascinating devices. Vape pens only have a few parts and are the easiest vaporizers to “pick up and puff.” This guide will help you understand how to use a vape pen to get the most out of your device.

How do Vape Pens Work?

Vape pens are simple in their construct and functionality. Most vape pens have four main components: the chamber or cartridge, the atomizer, sensors, and the battery. Each plays an important role in delivering vapor to the consumer. Let’s take a closer look at each element and its role in operating your vape pen:

The chamber or cartridge houses the material you want to vaporize. Vape pens with a chamber can be loaded with dry herb material, concentrates, or both, depending on the model. Vape pens can also support cartridges made to house concentrates.

The atomizer is the heating element within the vape pen that is responsible for vaporizing the material. When the vape pen is activated, the atomizer heats up, vaporizing the material housed in the chamber or cartridge.

Sensors are used to activate the vape pen. Whether your pen is activated by simply inhaling from the mouthpiece or by pushing a button, sensors are responsible for heating up the atomizer so your material can be vaporized.

The battery is used to power the vape pen’s heating element. Typically, the cartridge screws into the pen’s rechargeable battery. Charging most batteries is as simple as screwing the battery into the charger the same way you would screw it into a cartridge. The battery level, as well as temperature settings, are communicated through an LED indicator.

Even with a shared basic functionality, each vape pen you use will have slightly different settings and create different experiences.

5 Most Useful Tips When Using a Vape Pen

To make the most out of any given vape pen, you’ll want to keep a few tips in mind. Finding your favorite vape pen can take a bit of trial and error, but ultimately, it comes down to your personal preferences. Whether you’re a veteran vaper or a first-time consumer, these tips will serve you well when trying out or buying a new vape pen.

1. Make Sure Your Vape Pen is Fully Charged

The first thing to do when using a vape pen is to make sure the battery is fully charged. Your vape pen cannot work properly without sufficient power, so give it a few minutes to charge up prior to use. This will ensure the atomizer can be heated efficiently, allowing for the material to be vaporized properly. When you’re sure the battery is charged, you’re ready to screw in the cartridge or load your material into the chamber.

2. Load Your Vape Pen Correctly

Loading your vape pen properly is important. For vape pens with a chamber, don’t load your device by picking up your material with your fingers and jamming it in the chamber. If you have access to a tool for loading your vape, use that instead. If you have to load it by hand, be sure to gently guide your material into the device to avoid damaging it. If you’re using cartridges, make sure the cartridge is screwed in properly and is tightly secured. Improperly loading material, whether plant material or a cartridge, could result in a poor experience or even a damaged device. Take the time to ensure you’ve loaded your material into the vape pen in accordance with its design. If needed, consult the owner’s manual.

3. Know Your Device’s Settings

Most vape pens use similar settings. Vape pens with a button typically require a specific series of clicks to perform certain actions, such as changing the temperature setting or turning on and off. Understanding your vape pen’s settings is critical to controlling your experience. Vaping devices differ in the range of temperatures they support and the variety of settings available to you. Some vaporizers, like the PAX Era, can even connect to a mobile application, which offers additional features above and beyond what’s available on the device alone. Becoming familiar with your pen’s settings and understanding how these settings influence your ultimate experience is a key aspect to making the most out of your device.

4. Clean and Maintain Your Vape Pen

Part of owning a vaping device is cleaning and maintaining it. Vaporizers like the PAX 2, come with a cleaning kit that includes accessories like brushes and pipe cleaners. Making use of these accessories is critical to ensuring your vaporizer runs well and provides you with high-quality sessions for years to come.

For vape pens with chambers, cleaning is especially important. If you are using a dry herb vape pen, you will typically need to clean out the chamber with a brush or cotton swab. To clean an oil vaporizer pen, the process is much the same. Always consult your specific device owner’s manual for details, as some devices may differ.

When maintaining vape pens that take concentrates such as wax, it’s important to clean the residue out of the pen’s chambers. To do this, take a cotton swab and dip it in a small amount of rubbing alcohol. Then, gently rub the chamber down to clear the concentrate residue out of your device. Be especially careful not to damage the atomizer while cleaning if the heating element is exposed in your device.

5. Store Your Vape Pen Properly

Finally, it’s important to store your vape pen and cartridges properly when not in use. Don’t store your vape pen without cleaning it first. It’s recommended to place your vape pen in a case or protective covering when not in use. For cartridges, be sure to store upright in a cool, dry place to preserve potency and flavor.

Vape Pen Accessories

Once you’ve mastered the basics of using your vape pen, it’s time to accessorize! You can really make your vape pen your own and expand its functionality with a wide range of accessories. Do you have a dry herb vape pen but want to vape concentrates? Some vape pens accept concentrate inserts that make it possible. Need a better tool to assist in cleaning and maintaining your vape pen properly? No problem, you can find those accessories for sale as well. Maybe you want a different style mouthpiece, a different chamber lid, or a case for storing your vape pen. The wonderful thing about vaping devices is that many of them can be customized to suit your own unique needs.

Taking Vaporization to the Next Level

Vaping is about personal preferences, so finding the right vape pen for you with the appropriate accessories to achieve your desired session type is key. Since most basic vape pens do not support advanced functionality, you may want to consider purchasing a portable vaporizer which supports a more personalized vaporization experience. No matter which device you choose, though, it’s always fun to experiment with different models and configurations to find out which one works best for you.

Vape pens are great when you’re first starting out, but you might find in time you want something with a greater degree of functionality. When you’re ready for a more advanced portable vape, the PAX 3 is one of the best vaporizers for both dry herb and concentrate material. Not only does it offer advanced functionality in terms of setting temperature (with PAX Mobile, temperature can be set to the precise degree,) it also offers one of the best-in-class average heat-up times in 22 seconds.