The Best Dab Pen for CBD Wax and Concentrates in 2020 - Top 5 Picks

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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!

Quick Summary: Best Dab Pens For 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!

Top Overall Pick

Best Overall Pick
Utillian 5 Wax Pen Utillian 5 Wax Pen
£64.99

A workhorse dab pen powered by a 1050 mAh battery. 4 voltage settings and heavy duty coils deliver hits which rival a dab rig.

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Best Premium Device

Best Premium Pick
Linx Blaze Dab Pen Linx Blaze Dab Pen
£104.99

The Blaze is a premium wax pen. Using ceramic or quartz heating elements, it maintains flavour and avoids a harsh hit.


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Utilian 5

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!

Best Overall Pick
Utillian 5 Wax Pen Utillian 5 Wax Pen
£64.99

A workhorse dab pen powered by a 1050 mAh battery. 4 voltage settings and heavy duty coils deliver hits which rival a dab rig.

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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.

Pros

  • Superior vapour production
  • Adjustable temp settings
  • Huge 1050 mAh battery

Cons

  • Too heavy of a hitter for some vs a ceramic doughnut atomiser

Linx Blaze

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!

Best Premium Pick
Linx Blaze Dab Pen Linx Blaze Dab Pen
£104.99

The Blaze is a premium wax pen. Using ceramic or quartz heating elements, it maintains flavour and avoids a harsh hit.


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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.

Pros

  • Premium build quality
  • Superb flavour
  • 4 different temp settings 

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Not much in terms of vape clouds

Grizzly Honey Wax Pen

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.

Best Value Pick
Grizzly Honey Dabbing Pen Grizzly Honey Dabbing Pen
£29.99
Top budget pick
Ceramic doughnut bowl and dual quartz atomiser
Multiple temperature settings
Excellent value
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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.

Pros

  • Excellent starter dab pen
  • Great value
  • 2 atomizer options included 

Cons

  • Needs cleaning often
  • Small battery

Kandypens K-Stick Concentrates Pen

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.

Best Slim Pick
Kandypens K-Stick Supreme Kandypens K-Stick Supreme
£27.00
3 heat settings
Lightweight
Quartz atomiser
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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.

Pros

  • Established brand
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Needs recharging frequently
  • Small coil

Puffco Plus Wax Pen

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.

Established Brand
Puffco Plus Puffco Plus
£70.00
Premium design coupled with high performance
Ceramic atomizer
Discreet and portable
Designed in California
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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

Pros

  • Premium design
  • Inbuilt dabbing tool

Cons

  • Hardware can be hit or miss
  • Subject to leaking

Our Recommendation: Get the Utilian or Linx Blaze

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

Best Overall Pick
Utillian 5 Wax Pen Utillian 5 Wax Pen
£64.99

A workhorse dab pen powered by a 1050 mAh battery. 4 voltage settings and heavy duty coils deliver hits which rival a dab rig.

We receive a small commission if you decide to buy via this link at no extra cost to you.

Best Premium Pick
Linx Blaze Dab Pen Linx Blaze Dab Pen
£104.99

The Blaze is a premium wax pen. Using ceramic or quartz heating elements, it maintains flavour and avoids a harsh hit.


We earn a small commission if you click this link and make a purchase at no additional cost to you.

Dab Pen Buying Guide

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:

What Is A Dab Pen?

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.

Who Should Buy A Wax Pen

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

What to look out for when buying a wax pen

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.

Ceramic Atomiser

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. 

Quartz & Kanthal Coils

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.

Portability

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.

Battery Life

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!

Price Point

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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:

  • Ceramic Doughnut – best flavour least clouds
  • Quartz bucket – great for flavour not so much for clouds
  • Exposed coils – depends on the coil but on average less flavour but larger clouds

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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