How to Select a Suitable Dab Pen?

What’s the dab pen?

A dab pen also called a wax pen, it’s an electronic device designed for vaping wax concentrate of cannabis or other substances. It is called a pen because several of the devices on the market are shaped like ink pens. Dab pens are more efficient than dry herb atomizers. They also hit much harder and can be stored away in between puffs.

Compared to a traditional dabbing rig, many dab users prefer dab pens due to their convenience, ease of use, and variety of styles. Best of all, the dab pen allows you to enjoy vaping practically anywhere.

What are the types of dab pens?

There are several types of dab pens available, each catering to different preferences and needs. Here are the common types:

  • Standard Dab Pens: These are basic dab pens with a single heating element and a mouthpiece. They are simple to use and often budget-friendly.
  • Multi-Use Dab Pens: Some dab pens can accommodate both concentrates and dry herbs. They come with interchangeable chambers or attachments, allowing users to switch between materials.
  • E-Nail Dab Pens: E-nails are electronically controlled heating elements used to dab concentrates. E-nail dab pens provide precise temperature control and are ideal for experienced users who want full control over their dabbing experience.
  • All-in-One Dab Pens: All-in-one dab pens come with everything you need in a single package, including a built-in battery, heating element, and often replaceable cartridges. They are convenient and user-friendly.
  • Dab Rigs (E-Rigs): While not traditional dab pens, e-rigs are portable electronic dab rigs that offer water filtration and precise temperature control for a more advanced and desktop-like dabbing experience.

Each type of dab pen has its unique advantages and limitations, so it’s essential to consider your preferences and needs to find the most suitable one for you.

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How old do you have to be to buy a dab pen?

The exact age to legally purchase vapor products varies from state to state.

StateAge vaping laws
California21+in 2016 the state raised the age limit to purchase any “tobacco product”(covers both conventional cigarettes, as well as e-cigarettes) to 21.
Hawaii21+sales and distribution of vaping devices are forbidden for underage people. The same with the use.
Oregon, New Jersey, and Maine21+have all followed suit by raising their age limits to 21.
Alabama, Alaska, and Utah19+Anyone over the age of 19 can legally buy and possess a vaping device or accessory, like e-liquid.
the rest 42 states18+18 is the legal purchasing age in most other states.
age to legally purchase vapor products

What are the parts of the dab pen?

Battery: The battery is the power source of the dab pen. It provides the energy needed to heat the heating element and vaporize the concentrates. Dab pen batteries are usually rechargeable and come in various capacities.

Heating Element: Also known as the atomizer or coil, the heating element is the part responsible for vaporizing the cannabis concentrate. It can be made of different materials such as ceramic, quartz, or titanium, each offering distinct heating properties.

Mouthpiece: The mouthpiece is the part of the dab pen that you inhale from. It’s usually located at the top of the pen and can be made from various materials like glass, plastic, or metal.

Chamber/Cartridge: This is the area where you place the cannabis concentrate for vaporization.

Coil/Atomizer Base: The coil or atomizer base is the platform that houses the heating element. It is attached to the battery and connects to the chamber or cartridge where the concentrate is placed.

Button/Activation Mechanism: Dab pens typically have a button or another activation mechanism that turns on the heating element. Pressing the button initiates the vaporization process.

Airflow Control: Some dab pens come with adjustable airflow, allowing users to control the amount of air intake during inhalation. Proper airflow can enhance vapor production and the overall vaping experience.

USB Charging Port: Many modern dab pens have a built-in USB charging port for easy recharging of the battery. This makes them convenient and compatible with various charging sources

RELEAFY dab pen

How to Select a Suitable Dab Pen?

Important considerations while selecting the appropriate applicator pen include the dab pen’s function, materials, battery life, heating element, design, price, cleaning, review, and warranty.

1. Function

The most important factor to consider before buying a dab pen is its functionality. There are dab pens with a super simple function: load the concentrates, put the pen cap back on, press the power button, and enjoy it. But there are also dab pens with different features like temperature control or voltage control and programmable pre-sets or vape pens that can burn all vaping materials instead of just e-liquids or only legal concentrates.

Consider what basic functionality you need, what additional functionality you need, and the price you can bear.

2. Material

The most commonly used materials used to make dab pens include glass, plastic, copper, quartz, ceramic, titanium, titanium alloys, etc. Knowing how these materials affect your vaping experience will help you make the right choice of vaping pen.

It’s not too difficult to choose the right dab pen based on the material you’re going to use. If you just want to use a dab pen, then you shouldn’t buy an expensive hybrid dab pen. If you’re a beginner and not sure what material to use, then you can try buying an all-in-one dab pen.

Low-quality dab pen:

They are made of plastic (terpenes can penetrate plastic, and plastic can potentially leach chemicals from the oil),

have poor-quality or ill-fitting O-rings that leak, and have pre-moistened wicks primed with glycerin or propylene glycol that can cause allergic reactions in some people.

Low-quality dab pen devices will cause a higher customer return rate and a bad experience.

High-quality dab pen:

They are made of premium materials, such as glass, metal, and ceramic;

have properly-sized O-rings, and have sealed joints that prevent contact between the air and the pen.

Choose your cartridges wisely and always examine the dab pen’s quality. 

3. Battery Life and Charging Options

A dab pen’s battery life is crucial, especially if you plan to use it on the go. Look for a dab pen with a battery that can last through multiple sessions without frequent recharging.

Additionally, consider the charging options available. Some pens have built-in USB chargers, while others require separate charging docks. Choose one that fits your lifestyle and charging preferences.

4. Consider the Heating Element:

The heating element is the heart of any dab pen, as it directly affects the vapor quality and overall experience. Dab pens generally come with either ceramic, quartz, or titanium coils. Ceramic coils offer even heating and pure flavor, while quartz coils heat up quickly, providing robust vapor production. Titanium coils are known for their durability and ability to handle higher temperatures. Choose a heating element based on your preferences for flavor, vapor production, and overall performance.

5. Design

Most of the dab pens have a stylish and cool design with an elegant look. Some dab pens look like state-of-the-art gadgets. Usually, the design of these devices doesn’t have much effect on the quality of the steam, but if they look good, they may be the envy of your friends or colleagues. Always choose the material from which it is made with care. To be sure, metal dab pens are more durable than plastic ones.

Slidr with concentrate

6. Price

Price is always an important factor to consider when shopping for a dab pen, and dab pens are available at a variety of prices, so you can choose one based on your current preferences. But you should know that paying a few dollars can get you a better device and prevent potentially bad decisions.

When you want to buy a suitable dab pen for you, you need to sum up all the features you need from this device and find out exactly what is essential to you. If you are a beginner, you will need the portability and discreteness of a new device. If you only use it at home and want state-of-the-art technology. You can consider a 2-in-1 product.

If you plan to experience the outdoors, a portable, self-contained dab pen is perfect. Those planning to use it in the comfort of their home will only care about heating temperature and power output, cloud size, or flavor. In terms of design, many people want the device to have an attractive appearance, while others are only concerned with its performance. No matter what you’re trying to achieve, you can find the best dab pens under $100 with decent performance, which can often satisfy more demanding customers.

7. Cleaning

To maintain a pleasant dab experience and good flavor, it is necessary to maintain your dab pen. No need to clean your pen after every use. It should be cleaned every few sessions or once or twice a month. This will prevent anything from building up inside the pen and eliminate the risk of clogging.

 Here are two ways to clean your dab pen method: 

1.)Completely disassemble your dab pen, remove the mouthpiece, and separate the chamber from the battery. Most of this will be done by unscrewing parts from the other. Clean them with a cotton swab or isopropyl alcohol.

2.)If you find this too cumbersome, you can also try a dab pen with a self-cleaning function


8. Reviews

You can take some time on various channels(Reddit/YouTube/IG/Facebook etc.) to find out what other buyers/users think about the dab pen you are considering. This will give you a better understanding of the pros and cons of the product. 

9. Warranty

It’s necessary to check the warranty before buying a dab pen. Some companies offer limited warranties while others cover a lifetime. Limited warranties including 3month-6month-1year.

Some companies’ warranty terms are repair only, and some companies’ warranty terms are direct replacement only, which means you can get a new pen directly.

Make sure to read the user manual or watch video reviews of the dab pen you are eyeing that tackles warranty and claims before you splash the cash.

RELEAFY provides products that have one year warranty, if there is any problem with the product, you can contact us or RELEAFY local distributors to return it directly and get a new one.


Selecting a suitable dab pen requires thoughtful consideration of various factors, including your budget, preferences, and lifestyle. Take your time to research and compare different models, and don’t be afraid to seek advice from experienced users or your local dispensary. By investing in a high-quality dab pen that aligns with your needs, you can elevate your cannabis concentrate experience to new heights of enjoyment and satisfaction.

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