Vaporizers & Vaping

How to Use a Vape Pen for the First Time in 4 Steps

Gabi Antunes

Jul 16, 2019

Vape pens are among the simplest vaporization devices on the market, often with one-button operation and a one-step prefilled cartridge installation process. It’s an excellent option for adult consumers who are interested in the simplicity, cleanliness, and ease of use offered by a vape pen.

Despite their basic design, vape pens are not restrictive; you can choose from a wide array of styles, colors, functionalities, and special features that work together to create the best vaporization experience possible. This guide will take you through how they work, how to choose a model that’s right for you, and the five essential steps you need to learn before using your vape pen.

How do vape pens work?

Vape pens are simple in their construct and straightforward in functionality. While there is design and shape variety from pen to pen, the essential operation is generally the same.

A long and slender rechargeable battery makes up the bulk of the device, lending many to simply refer to a vape pen as a “battery.” This battery delivers power to a heating element, which vaporizes your chosen cannabis material as it warms. From there, you simply inhale through the device’s mouthpiece to take in the vapor.

Vape pens typically have one button on the device, which is used for cycle through temperature settings when available or simply to activate the device. They also usually feature an LED indicator somewhere on the device, used to show which setting is selected, battery life, and whether you are drawing from the device.

How to choose a vape pen

The type of vape pen you choose has as much to do with personal preference as it does basic functionality. Compatibility, affordability, convenience and available features all come into the decision-making process.

First, you can choose from a disposable or reusable device. Disposable vape pens are less expensive but tend to give you less features. Reusable vape pens include batteries that can be recharged and offer consumers a wider variety of cannabis options.

You should also look into the temperature settings available on the vape you are choosing. Many vape pens only offer a handful of temperature settings, if they offer any at all. If you’re looking for an experience that you can tailor to the precise degree, consider upgrading to a portable vaporizer, like the PAX 3.

Finally, you should consider cannabis material compatibility. Cartridge vape pens support the use of screw-in cartridges that are pre-filled with concentrate material, such as cannabis oil. There are refillable options available as well. If you’re looking for a vape pen that can be used with dry herb material, you’ll need a model that has a built-in oven or chamber.

4 Steps to using a vape pen

Once you’ve selected your vape pen, you’re ready to use it. When getting ready for your session, bear in mind these five tips to ensure you make the most of your vape experience.

Step 1: Charge the battery

A vape pen will only work if its battery is charged, so take the time to fully charge your battery before your first use. Battery life varies, from about 30 minutes to a few hours of cumulative use. The exact time is dependent on how long your sessions last, at what temperature you are vaping your cannabis material and the battery’s capacity. Bringing your battery to full charge prior to use enables you to maximize the length of your session and enjoy the vape pen battery’s best performance.

Step 2: Load your material

Before using your vape pen, you need to load your chosen cannabis material. For cartridge vape pens, this means screwing in the cartridge so that it fits snug comfortably with the battery. Once your cartridge is attached, the battery can power the heating element contained within the cartridge, vaporizing the concentrate material inside.

For vape pens with a chamber or oven, pack your dry herb or concentrate material in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, which can usually be found in the device owner’s manual that comes with your vape pen. Replace any oven lid or chamber cover that came with your device prior to activating your vape pen.

Step 3: Select your temperature setting

If your vape pen offers multiple temperature settings, select your desired temperature now. Temperature impacts your vaping experience so be sure to choose the right setting. The setting you choose will depend on the type of experience you’d like to have. The temperature can influence flavor and the amount of vapor you produce.

Step 4: Activate your vape pen

Now, you’re ready to activate your vape pen. For models with a button, press and hold the button to activate the vape and heat your material. For models that do not have a button, activating your vape is as easy as taking a long, slow draw on the mouthpiece.

When inhaling vapor, especially during your session, it’s important not to take quick, hard puffs on your vape pen. Instead, opt for long, slow, and gentle draws that pull in vapor as the device warms your material. For one-button vape pens, release the button when you’re done. For inhalation-activated vape pens, all you need to do is release your lips from the mouthpiece until you are ready to activate your vape again.

Vape pens offer an easy way to start vaping without the learning curve required to master more comprehensive models. They also excel at mobility and discretion, without calling attention.