While most of us are familiar with vaping, 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 favor 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
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 discuss you the best dab pens in 2021 for THC & 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 exposed coils? Go for the Kandypens Crystal! Check out the full summary below:
Dab Pen 2021
1. Utillian 5
The Utillian 5 is my current daily driver and by far the most heavy-duty concentrate pen on this list. It produces HUGE clouds! It’s essentially the same as the Sai vape but rebadged (the Sai is one of the most popular devices in the states)!
- Superior vapour production
- Adjustable temp settings
- Huge 1050 mAh battery
- Too heavy of a hitter for some vs a ceramic doughnut atomiser
- Larger in size
With a rugged exterior and a 1500 mAh battery, the it’s a workhorse which delivers every time.
Apart from the large battery, the
Having tried both coils with CBD
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
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. Although, a quartz bucket will always provide better flavour due to the lack of direct heat.
Personally, I enjoy tasting the flavour and using the twisted kanthal at a lower temp has produced flavour which easily rivals other ceramic/quartz atomizer based dab pens on this list.
2. KandyPens Crystal
Kandypens are one of the more established hardware players when it comes to vaping and they don’t disappoint when it comes to dabbing either.
- Tasty hits everytime
- Decent battery life
- Lifetime battery warranty
- Little vapor
The use quartz as the heating element preserves flavour as no direct heat touches the concentrate.
While this does end up using more of the
With 4 heat levels, it powers through any concentrate you throw at it regardless of if its Isolate, crumble or
Backed by a lifetime battery warranty, you know your in good hands with this one. Highly recommended for flavour lovers!
3. Linx Blaze
Linx is a US brand which is fast establishing itself for producing high-quality hardware which lasts.
The Blaze one their more recent devices, and it has a stainless steel finish which appeals to even the most design-conscious dabbers out there!
- Premium build quality
- Flavor over clouds
- 4 different temp settings
- Not for cloud chasers
- Atomiser needs replacing more often than other options
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.
4. Grizzly Honey
If you’re new to dabbing and looking for a cheap but effective
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.
- Excellent starter
- Great value
- 2 atomizer options included
- Needs cleaning often
- Small battery
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.
5. 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.
- Established brand
- Needs recharging frequently
- Small coil
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.
6. Puffco Plus
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.
- Premium design
- Inbuilt dabbing tool
- Hardware can be hit or miss
- Subject to leaking
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
Our Recommendation: Get the Utilian or KandyPens Crystal
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
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
While there are a variety of heating elements, they all do one job: to vapourise a concentrate for inhalation.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between dabbing atomizers?
Depending on the price point atomizers 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
Do dab pens smell?
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.
What’s the difference between a
dab pen vs vape pen?
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.
How often do
dab pen atomizers need to be replaced?
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
The period can differ from a month to three months, depending on the exact Atomizer and the usage.