While most of us are familiar with vaping, in Europe, dabbing is still relatively new, but interest is picking up speed as the use of vaping CBD rises.
When it comes to dabbing, purists like me will always favour broad-spectrum CBD concentrates.
The problem is, CBD concentrates don’t work with traditional vape tanks, and even if you’re already a user of CBD e-liquids, you’ll need a device to dab a concentrate.
When looking for the best dab pen it can quickly become difficult to figure out which one has the best performance within a specific price point.
Luckily for you, I’ve been dabbing CBD for years and finding the right device has taken some time (I’ve used over 20 different ones, so you don’t have to!) but I have some favourites depending on your budget and experience.
Let’s dive in and disccuss you the best dab pens in 2020 for CBD concentrates!
Overall, I have two favourites:
If you’re looking for something to rival a dab rig but on the go, get the Utilian 5.
Interested in a premium finish without any exposed coils? Go for the Linx blaze!
The Utilian 5 is my current daily driver and by far the most heavy-duty concentrate pen on this list. It produces HUGE clouds!
With a rugged exterior and a 1500 mAh battery, the it’s a workhorse which delivers every time.
Apart from the large battery, the wax pen comes with two types of coils (triple titanium ceramic and twisted kanthal) which can dab any CBD concentrate you throw at them. The black ceramic rods in the triple coil is porous, for superior wicking – meaning the concentrate absorbs quickly into the coil and doesn’t leak.
Having tried both coils with CBD wax, crumble and Isolate all with excellent results!
The twisted kanthal especially shines when taking quick dabs on your own with a small amount of concentrate, while the triple ceramic coil works best with larger amounts of concentrate for HUGE vapour production.
Making it the perfect wax pen for when hanging out with friends who also like to dab!
The Utilian 5 also has a splash guard to ensure any hit you take is clean. Along with the ability to switch between 4 temperature settings (2.2v > 2.8v) making cloud chasing easy.
Its ability to engage at high temperatures produces plumes of vapour which rival some dab rigs. If you prefer flavour over clouds, the Utilian performs exceptionally at a lower temperature while optimising for taste.
Personally, I enjoy tasting the flavour and using the twisted kanthal at a lower temp has produced flavour which easily rivals other ceramic atomizer based dab pens on this list.
Linx is a US brand which is fast establishing itself for producing high-quality hardware which lasts.
The Blaze is their latest coilless device, and it has a stainless steel finish which appeals to even the most design-conscious dabbers out there!
It comes with two types of atomizers which are both excellent and don’t directly touch the concentrate.
The quartz bucket coil is heavy-duty and aids in producing discreet vapour while preserving flavour. The ceramic plate atomizer heats up super fast and is great if you’re having quick solo dab.
With variable temperature settings, even the hardest CBD concentrate can easily melt and transform into vapour in a matter of seconds.
Given there isn’t an exposed coil at play, the cloud chasers will probably prefer the Utilian, but if you know you want a ceramic bowl with a lighter hit, there isn’t much better than the Blaze out there.
If you’re new to dabbing and looking for a cheap but effective dab pen to use CBD wax or crumble, this one’s for you!
The grizzly is super slim, portable and quick at getting to work. In the box, you get both a ceramic doughnut ring and a dual quartz atomiser.
For the price, the grizzly is an excellent buy. It gets the job done and produces sufficient vapour for cloud chasers too.
On the flip side, being a cheaper device means the coil doesn’t last nearly as long, and it’s much smaller than others on this site. As a result, the device needs cleaning more often (soak in isopropanol for a quick clean), and the battery doesn’t last more than a few days if you’re using it daily.
Kandypens is a US brand which was one of the first manufacturers to make dab pens. The K-stick is slim but can deliver discreet hits at an attractive price point.
With three heat settings and a quartz atomiser, this device is great for a beginner who prefers a sleek design but wants to dab.
However, it only has a 280 mAh battery which needs recharging frequently, and there is only one type of coil available.
If you’ve been dabbing for a while, I’m certain you’ve heard of Puffco. Known to produce apple-esque devices to dab cannabis concentrates, they have a loyal fan base.
The plus is Puffcos take on premium hardware and design device. Unlike other pens on this list, it comes exclusively with a ceramic bowl in an attempt to appeal to vapers chasing flavour over clouds.
While at first glance, it ticks all the boxes, but in my experience, the quality doesn’t last. The coils need replacing frequently, and I’ve had a couple of duds to return back to the retailer as they stopped working (i had two replacements before trading it in for a Utilian 5).
Overall, it can be hit and miss although when it works its a great dab pen
If you’re looking for a heavy hitter, out of all the dab pens available there isn’t anything like the Utiilian 5.
But, if you prefer a lighter and more flavourful hit go for the Linx Blaze
If you’re new to dabbing, you’re probably wondering what the difference between devices and atomizers is.
There are a lot of options out there so let’s get you clued up so you can narrow down the choices accordingly:
A dab pen is a device which vapourises cannabis concentrates. These work with all kinds of concentrates such as wax, crumble, isolate, distillate, live resin and so on.
While there are a variety of heating elements, they all do one job: to vapourise a concentrate for inhalation.
A dab pen also has a variety of pseudonyms, of which the most popular are wax pen and dabber.
The prices of devices vary significantly depending on the hardware build quality and if you’re buying a device from an established brand.
Anyone interested in using CBD concentrates should purchase a device to dab with. Dabbing is the most effective way to use concentrates and it can also be done discreetly.
Given concentrates are highly potent, you only need a puff or two in order to feel a strong set of effects.
It’s also an economical way of using CBD as concentrates are often sold a lower price per milligram when compared to CBD oils.
There are multiple different atomisers (heating elements) available, and the best dab pens often come with a couple of different types out of the box.
If you prefer flavour over clouds, then you’ll prefer a ceramic bowl atomizer.
Using a ceramic bowl, your concentrate will never directly touch a heat source (think of it as a frying pan vs chucking something straight onto a flame).
As a result, the flavour is preserved, and it just feels a little healthier too.
On the other hand, if you already vape and want to produce massive clouds, you’re going to need an exposed coil.
In this case, you directly place a concentrate onto the coil and fire it up, and the heat vapourises the substance immediately.
The larger the coil and the higher the temperature means the more clouds you can produce with each dab.
The Utilian 5 uses a black ceramic rod which is extra porous to soak up your concentrate. This type of exposed coil leads to HUGE hits while optimising your concentrate consumption.
Note, ceramic atomizers produce vapour which is lighter and more comfortable to inhale. With exposed coils, they naturally output a harsher amount of vapour per dab, although at the lower temps it’s comparable.
Devices can come in all weight and sizes.
You’ll need to weigh up if you want something which is light and easily fits in your pocket or a powerhouse with a larger battery for bigger sessions.
Dabbing requires a large amount of heat. As a result, devices with small batteries quickly deplete.
Although, if you are dabbing on lower temperatures, then the battery will naturally last longer. Ask yourself if you want a device which will need charging daily or weekly if you’re using it every day.
The Utliian 5 has the largest (1050mAh) battery we have seen on any concentrates pen!
As with anything, the more you invest then, the more bang you get for your buck. When buying a device, consider if you intend to use it daily and if so, check out the cost of replacement atomizers.
While coils can be expensive for the more heavy-duty devices, they last much longer and in parallel produce a much broader spectrum of vapour and flavour.
Depending on the price point atomisers differ significantly. The cheaper ones are smaller and need cleaning/replacement more often.
Additionally, atomizers come in a variety of materials:
Dab pens are often highly discreet, but they do produce a small amount of aroma. Depending on the exact concentrate this varies, if it contains terpenes, the scent will be more pungent.
Nonetheless, the aroma is much weaker than if the same substance is smoked, and it often disappears after a short period.
A dab pen is used for a single session, often a few puffs, and then it needs to be topped up with a concentrate. On the other hand, a vape pen contains a sufficient amount to keep going for longer.
On the whole, electronic dab pens work in the same way as vape pens, but dab pens often produce a much more potent hit.
Both are types of portable vaporizer which heats the concentrate to the temperature where it turns into a vapour.
Replacing your atomisers time to time is just part and parcel of owning a dab vapour pen. Regardless which you choose any dab pens for wax will need new parts.
The period can differ from a month to three months, depending on the exact Atomizer and the usage.
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