The Basics of Vape Pens
The pen itself, is a small and discreet metal tube that has no smell, and is easy to carry around. The tube or pen houses a rechargeable battery. You inhale from the end of the pen. A tiny light on the other end glows when you inhale, showing the pen is working, and you exhale vapor.
Vape pens are usually used in place of smoking cigarettes. Some smokers find it hard to quit smoking and vape as an alternative that can help them quit. Others just enjoy vaping because they like to smoke without all the harmful effects of cigarette smoke.
A vape pen is a power source that heats up a vape tank or cartridge to produce vapor. They’re rechargeable battery-powered devices that are pocket-sized and cylindrical – hence, the name “pen.” Vape pens first hit the e-cigarette scene around 2010 from a company called Janty, then shortly after popularized by Joyetech.
Vape pens have a variety of different functions and come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Some vaporize e-liquid, others dry herb or wax. Many vapes, also called mods, have built-in batteries while others require external batteries or even 18650 battery mods to operate.
Vape pens can make a variety of vapor types, depending on the type of tank or cartridge installed. The most common vapor type is produced by e-liquid tanks and atomizers. E-liquids are typically made up of some combination of vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG).
There are two main types of vape pens: the ones you put liquids in and the ones you put concentrate in. A liquid vaporizer usually consists of three parts: a battery, a cartridge or tank, and a heating element (also known as an atomizer). The battery creates the electrical charge that powers the heating element; the cartridge or tank stores the liquid to be heated; and the heating element uses that charge to heat up to vaporizing temperatures.
Concentrate pens work in much the same way, but use a slightly different type of heating chamber. Because concentrates have higher viscosity than e-liquids, they require a more robust heating chamber (usually one made from ceramic or quartz) that can adequately handle sticky oils. Concentrate pens often come with replaceable glass containers so you can switch between products without having to clean out your chamber.