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HIGH TIMES 2014 Vapor Pen Buyer’s Guide Most of the products reviewed are for wax or shatter-style concentrates only, but a few canaccommodate flowers or even oil. Some standard and short pens boast a new development -- a glass globe that attaches to the battery, rather than a standard tank. These globes seem to allow more smoke to collect, allowing for bigger hits, with the added cool effect of getting to watch the vape process. The downside, of course, is that they’re less stealthy. The pros and cons listed are taken directly from testers’ comments; the ratings are on a scale from 0 to 20, with 20 being perfect (none were). Rather than award first, second and third places, we decided to bestow several honors based on different criteria. This way, you can choose the best pen for you depending on what you value most. For instance, while stealth may be paramount to you at a concert, or in a region with strict cannabis laws, medical cardholders or those in a legal state might care less about hiding their usage and more about getting the biggest, smoothest hit they can. Standard We define a “standard” pen as the battery/base unit with screw-on tank attachments that has been the predominant style in the industry. Many of these are even interchangeable with other standard units from different brands. 1. The Dabbler by Vapor Brothers Kit includes: Battery unit, metal heating unit, metal tank, plastic mouthpiece, glass dabber, folding USB charger, cigarette-style carrying case, user guide Options: Black and silver; filigree Use with: Wax Distinguishing characteristics: Unique animal-print design; no plastics or toxins in or around the heater—no toxic off-gassing of chromium; Vapor Brothers’ warranty and customer service: replacement at no cost, no registration required Pros: Stylish leopard-print base; nice design; really easy to pack; nice material -- feels super reliable; pulls well, overall nice to use; delivers a solid hit; you can barely even tell you’re smoking it; doesn’t get really hot Cons: A little big and flashy, heavy, conspicuous; not great for stealth Rating: 16.38 Price: $119 (see website for other pricing) Website: vape-pen.com; vaporbrothers.com 2. Budy Pen 3-in-1 by Vaporite Kit includes: Battery unit, metal flower tank with metal screen chamber, rubber mouthpiece with ceramic filter, glass oil tank with plastic mouthpiece, glass wax tank with rubber lid, metal sheath, plastic mouthpiece, USB charger, small metal dabber, cleaning brush, user guide Options: Pro (flowers only, glass screens); 3-in-1 (flowers, wax, liquid) Use with: Flowers, wax, liquid Distinguishing characteristics: N/A Pros: Good flower smoke; sturdy, feels like it would be difficult to break Cons: A bit too big, bulky; stopper inside is a pain to get out of chamber; have to hold down for a second or two before you can get a hit Rating: 13.25 Price: $54.99 (Pro-$79.99, 3-in-1-$139.99) Website: vaporitevapes.com 3. V.I.P. P-Dab Kit includes: Battery unit, metal tank with plastic mouthpiece, replacement tank with metal mouthpiece, small metal dabber, USB charger, user guide Use with: Wax Distinguishing characteristics: One-year warranty on batteries and charger; new Essence Atomizer replaceable heating element Pros: Target-style design; hits well, hard; feels durable Cons: Kind of difficult to load -- chamber is too deep, heating mechanism is too far away from opening of pen; hard to get material onto the atomizer; not great for stealth Rating: 13.62 Price: $110 (two-battery kit: $140) Website: vipvape.com 4. Trippy Stix 2.0 Kit includes: Battery unit, metal tank, plastic “trippy tip” mouthpiece (option: metal mouthpiece), USB charger, optional glass liquid tank, user guide Use with: Wax, liquid (additional option) Distinguishing characteristics: Unique, patented glass chamber; huge variety of custom and limited edition designs (see website for various styles) Pros: Colors are cool; works well with shatter; hits really well Cons: Not the easiest to load -- deep chamber, hard to fill; can’t get wax onto the heat source easily Rating: 15.33 Price: $120 Website: trippystix.com 5. Cannastick Kit includes: Battery unit, atomizer, USB charger, rubber mouthpiece, standard tank, tank tip with screen, metal dabber with cleaning brush, user guide Options: Disposable, oil, original, mini, glass, dry herb Vari-Volt Use with: Flowers Distinguishing characteristics: Machine-coiled atomizers (vs. hand-wrapped coils) Pros: N/A Cons: Bulky, heavy; felt cheap; hard to hit; have to hold down the button a substantially long time before you hit it; didn’t pull well; needs improving Rating: 10.62 Price: Dry Herb Vari-Volt starter Kit - $65 Website: cannastick.com 6. Daborizer Vapor Wand Kit includes: Battery unit, steel chamber with ceramic bowl; glass globe and nail chamber, USB charger, steel double-sided dabber, replacement heating element, solar charger Options: Regular unit; longer unit with digital hit counter Use with: Wax Distinguishing characteristics: N/A Pros: Feels durable; massive hits; cool hit counter; solar charger Cons: Not practical -- too big, long, heavy; far from stealthy -- can’t fit it in a small purse or your pocket, when you hold it in your hand there’s a few inches of the pen sticking out; could only use this pen in a private place; looks like a magic wand Rating: Rating: 15.38 Price: N/A Website: daborizer.com 7. Hippy Trips Kit includes: User manual, battery unit, standard tank, heating element, two magnetic atomizers, USB charger, custom glass mouthpiece Use with: Wax Distinguishing characteristics: Magnetic atomizer; tie-dye box; interesting color schemes Pros: Cool tie-dye packaging; funky designs; well constructed; easy to use; interchangeable magnetic atomizer super easy to replace Cons: Magnetic atomizer comes loose easily, breaks connection, unreliable; too long and flashy; mouthpiece gets stuck Rating: 15.6 Price: $120 Website: hippytrips.com 8. Pulsar 7 by AFG Distribution Kit includes: Battery unit, metal flower tank, metal sheath with screen, two rubber mouth tips, USB char- ger with wall adapter, two cleaning brushes, metal 3-in-1 tool, user guide Options: Pulsar 7 (flowers), Vortex (wax); Stylus (oil); Ninja (wax) Use with: Flowers (See above for other options) Distinguishing characteristics: N/A Pros: Sleek design; hits well once it’s hot; burns clean Cons: Takes a while to heat up; have to hold forever; somewhat hard to hit; outside metal gets super-hot to the touch—can burn yourself; looks like rectal thermometer Rating: 13.29 Price: Pulsar 7 - $79.99 (see website for other models) Website: pulsarvapes.com 9. STAG by Vapor Co. Kit includes: Battery unit, atomizer, metal tank, metal mouthpiece, small metal dabber, USB charger, globe, atomizer, plastic mouthpiece Use with: Wax Distinguishing characteristics: N/A Pros: Solid pen -- feels very durable; element heats up fast; hits pretty well Cons: A bit heavy, chamber is too deep, hard to load; the way it loads makes the type of wax you can use limited, not versatile Rating: 15.54 Price: $55 Website: stagvapor.com Short A “short” pen has the same width as a standard pen but with a shorter battery unit and/or shorter screw-on tank attachments. Usually interchangeable with other standard units. 10. W-Pen by White Rhino Kit includes: Battery unit, glass tank with metal funnel/ drain, metal tank sheath, plastic mouthpiece, metal cap, USB charger with wall adapter, small metal dabber Use with: Wax Distinguishing characteristics: Unique metal funnel shape inside chamber Pros: Interesting loading mechanism; funnel shape inside the chamber collects concentrate and drips it down onto atomizer, ensuring all material gets heated; hits strong Cons: Not great for stealth; have to really make sure it’s packed in there Rating: 15.65 Price: $89.99 Website: whiterhinoproducts.com 11. V.I.P. Mini Kit includes: Battery unit, metal tank with plastic mouthpiece, replacement tank with metal mouthpiece, small metal dabber, USB charger, user guide Use with: Wax Distinguishing characteristics: N/A Pros: Great heat/hit, fast, solid; stylish psychedelic pattern Cons: Tough to load -- hard to get material onto the heat source; chamber is too big -- not really a mini; felt cheap; pretty much the same thing as the regular V.I.P. model Rating: 14.88 Price: $85 ($110 for two-pen kit) Website: vipvape.com 12. G-Box / G-Coil by Grenco Science Kit includes: Battery unit, small metal tank, plastic mouthpiece with two metal screens, two concentrate jars, two USB chargers with wall adapter, “G-Tips” cleaning cotton swabs, small metal “G” dabber, user guide Options: G-Coil, Herbal Vaporizer, Essential Oil Tank Use with: Wax (see above for other options) Distinguishing characteristics: Artist Series -- collaborations with Action Bronson, The Game, Snoop Dogg, HUF Worldwide; Charity Series -- portion of net proceeds donated to nonprofit organizations; one-year warranty Pros: Hits well and is durable; nice solid pen Cons: Slow to heat; kind of big; filling process could be improved -- refill spot is too deep; outer case moves too much -- didn’t feel secure when closed after refill Rating: 15.62 Price: $69.95 - $99.99 Website: grencoscience.com; gpen.com 13. Micro Vaped V2 Kit includes: Battery unit, metal tank, metal mouthpiece, two atomizers, info card, slip-on clip with lanyard, plastic mouthpiece, USB charger with wall adapter Use with: Wax Distinguishing characteristics: Cannabis Cup winner -- 3rd place best product Pros: Cool titanium mouthpiece and coil mechanism; charge slot right in bottom; great hit; durable; performed admirably; overall solid pen Cons: Needs to be easier to refill; hole is too deep Rating: 16.08 Price: $79.99-$99.99 Website: ruvaped.com 14. Dabz Kit includes: Battery unit, standard metal tank, metal mouthpiece, short metal tank, slip on clip with lan- yard, USB charger, metal dabber, instruction card Options: Teapot globe (sold separately) Use with: Wax Distinguishing characteristics: Teapot globe Pros: Great package, carrying case; nothing too flashy; small design -- decently stealthy; easy to load; solid hits; nice tools, accessories; overall solid pen; teapot globe is cool and delivers big hit Cons: A little heavy; bad packing/filling mechanism Rating: 17.12 Price: $89.99 (Large kit-$139.99) Website: dabzpv.com 15. Dabstix Kit includes: Vape unit, USB charger, standard tank/atomizer, globe with nail atomizer (with op- tional colored LED lights inside), slide-on clip with lanyard, plastic mouthpiece, metal mouthpiece, (colored glass mouthpieces also available) Use with: Wax Distinguishing characteristics: Colored lights inside globe Pros: Nice attachments for stealth use and small configurations; rave pen -- lanyard, colored lights, easy to fill up, hits well; overall nice pen; stylish, customizable mouthpieces; lights are cool, has some pretty cool alternative mix and match pieces Cons: Too many lights; draws attention, not stealthy; didn’t like the screen over the atomizer; not as big a hit as similar pens, took longer for the dome to fill Rating: 16.54 Price: $45 (Herb Pen-$55) Website: dabstix.com 16. Dab OTG Kit includes: Battery unit, atomizer, two screw-in atomizers, glass dome, USB charger, Use with: Wax Distinguishing characteristics: Unique slim globe, four heat settings Pros: Easy to use, refill; unique design; awesome, monster hit; you get to see how much smoke you’re inhaling; four levels of heat -- ability to change temperatures is useful; you can pack it with fat dabs and it has a really good pull; replace- able ceramic heating element/bowl makes it easy to fly with; very solid Cons: Only real downside is the lack of stealth Rating: 18.46 Price: $60 Website: dabotg.com 17. Baby Trippy Stix Kit includes: Battery unit, small atomizer, small metal sheath, two metal mouthpieces, USB charger, user guide Use with: Wax Distinguishing characteristics: N/A Pros: Small and discreet -- can be easily hidden and hit in public; easy pull, produces a solid hit; easier to pack than the standard Trippy Stix Cons: Isn’t very small for a mini -- not much smaller than the standard Trippy Stix; mouthpiece is too wide; chamber could be easier to pack Rating: 16.08 Price: $100 Website: trippystix.com 18. Vape Ape Kit includes: Battery unit, glass globe, atomizer with ceramic bowl, plastic mouthpiece, USB charger, small metal dabber Use with: Wax Distinguishing characteristics: Custom globes available Pros: Cool design; stealthy, smallest “micro- dome”; great rips, great pen Cons: N/A Rating: 18.08 Price: $79 Website: vapeapeusa.com Mini We define “minis” as the flatter, shorter style pens that are characteristic of the second generation of pens. Most pens in this class are nearly indistinguishable from one another except for color and a few small details. 19. Escape Vape from Kindstack Kit includes: two battery units, two tanks, five rubber mouthpiece tips, USB charger with wall adapter, sticker Use with: Wax Distinguishing characteristics: N/A Pros: Nice and small; good stealth; delivers huge hit; reliable Cons: Cap was a bit hard to get off -- casing gets stuck; takes a minute to get going Rating: 17.15 Price: $79.99 Website: kindstack.com/shop/escapevape 20. Sleek from White Rhino Kit includes: Vape unit, small metal dabber, retractable cord charger and wall adapter Use with: Wax Distinguishing characteristics: N/A Pros: Easy to hide; great hit; unique funnel-style heating mechanism Cons: Rubber stopper in the chamber is annoying; chamber is too deep Rating: 15.71 Price: $59.99 Website: whiterhinoproducts.com 21. Power Pen Kit includes: Battery unit, USB charger with wall adapter, tank, user guide Options: Power Pen, Power Pen Package, Super Pen Package Use with: Wax Distinguishing characteristics: Two-part atomizer allows for interchangeable tips; 24-7 customer support; gold funnel tip Pros: Loved the atomizer design -- cool gold chamber, titanium tank; good heating element; easy to refill; nice pull -- really strong hits Cons: Wish the top would pop off easier; kind of difficult to separate the cap from the bottom to refill Rating: 17.17 Price: Basic Kit - $50 (see website for other pricing) Website: power-pen.com 22. Cloud Pen 2.0 Kit includes: Battery unit, tank, USB charger with wall adapter, SkilletTool, rubber mouthpiece, designer carrying case, instruction card, sticker Use with: Wax Distinguishing characteristics: 24 unique patterns and colors (some limited-edition); gold band, 1-year warranty, titanium-grade coil in atomizer Pros: Very stylish print; gold metal accents and band; funky packaging and carrying case; light, stealthy; easy to use and refill; good hit, works well; sturdy, reliable product Cons: N/A Rating: 18.5 Price: Basic kit -- $79.99, Custom patterns -- $99.99 Website: cloudpenz.com 23. Cloud V Kit includes: Battery unit, retractable cord charger with wall adapter, tank (with optional window) plastic mouthpiece, user guide Distinguishing characteristics: Lifetime warranty, three High Times Cannabis Cup awards for Best Product, 17 colors available Pros: Easy to use; nice pull -- hits super hard Cons: Kind of hard to fill -- pulling top off to refill was more difficult than other minis Rating: 18.12 Price: $69.99 (Platinum: $79.99) Website: cloudvapes.com 24. Happy Cig by OG Distribution Kit includes: Two battery units, flower tank with metal sheath, concentrate tank with metal sheath, clear plastic liquid tank with plastic mouthpiece, USB charger with wall adapter, cleaning brush, five rubber mouthpiece tips, user guide Use with: Flowers, wax, liquid Distinguishing characteristics: Three different types of chambers including unique clear tank; one-year warranty on battery Pros: New, different type of clear tank Cons: Didn’t pull well; not very easy to fill (annoying that the top is in two sections); really hard to pull -- couldn’t get a hit; sheaths are too tight against atomizer Rating: 13.38 Price: $79.99 ($24.99 for extra chambers) Website: thehappycig.com 25. Micro G by Grenco Science Kit includes: Two battery units, two tanks, two concentrate jars, charger with wall adapter, pack of “G-Tip” cotton cleaning swabs, “G” keychain dabber, five rubber mouthpiece tips, user guide Use with: Wax Distinguishing characteristics: one-year warranty Pros: Lock-on button; nice small size; pretty easy to refill; great for stealth, awesome feature of leaving it on when you press the vape button; can get really good rips Cons: N/A Rating: 17.71 Price: $69.95 - $99.99 Website: grencoscience.com, gpen.com 26. Pocket Vape from Aardvark NYC Kit includes: battery unit, tank, USB charger Use with: Wax Distinguishing characteristics: Black-on-black design with “NYC” on button Pros: Very cool style; super-stealthy; easy to use and refill; tokes very smooth; the lightest version of the mini Cons: Hole a bit deep, hard to get wax onto element, doesn’t come with many accessories Rating: 18.3 Price: $80 Website: aardvarknyc.com Slim These units are much thinner than the mini or standard vapor pens—and closer to the width of a cigarette. While more discreet, they are often harder to load. 27. Bullet 2 Go by Atmos Kit includes: Battery unit, slim metal tank, plastic mouthpiece with spring disc, USB charger, user guide Use with: Flowers or wax Distinguishing characteristics: Gold metal design Pros: Nice sleek look; compact, stealthy, slim design -- cigarette-sized; hits great; unique heating mechanism Cons: Hard to clean, chamber is too deep (works well for shatter but would be difficult to pack with gooey material); heating chamber got very hot to the touch; pull was a little difficult, took some effort; you can basically only use shatter or fine grind/dry flowers; good for 3-5 hits only Rating: 16.33 Price: $39.99 Website: atmosrx.com 28. O.pen Vape Kit includes: User manual, slim battery unit, USB charger (cartridges sold separately) Use with: CO2 oil cartridges (flavors: Sour Diesel, Chemdawg, White Widow) Distinguishing characteristics: Proprietary cartridges Pros: Slim, solid design; durable; stealthy Cons: Have to buy cartridges from a medical marijuana dispensary -- must be in a legal/medical state to buy them; can fill on your own with the right tools, but difficult and messy Rating: 9.86 Price: $59.99 Website: o-penvape.com 29. Dube by White Rhino Kit includes: Battery unit, slim tank, USB charger with wall adapter, cleaning brush, plastic tweezers, small metal dabber Use with: Flowers or wax Distinguishing characteristics: Emergency shutoff Pros: Very nice kit -- good packaging; sleek, pretty stealthy (looks like an e-cig); hits pretty well; easy for shatters or fine grind/dry flowers Cons: Not good for wetter concentrates -- sticks to plate; messy to load -- can’t really pack it with gooey wax; refill area is too skinny and deep; can get clogged; a bit long; gets very hot; good for 3-5 hits only Rating: 14.71 Price: $49.99 Website: whiterhinoproducts.com Cigar 30. T-Vape Kit includes: Battery unit, tank, two rubber nipple mouthpieces, USB charger with wall adapter, rubber-tipped metal rod for packing and clearing chamber; bristle brush for cleaning chamber, user guide Options: Short or long e-tube Used for: Flowers Distinguishing characteristics: Bigger than all other pens, light and heat stay on Pros: Cool charger port under screw bottom; easy to fill Cons: Too large and heavy; hard to hide -- wouldn’t fit in a pocket; hard to figure out how to hit; light stays on -- confusing if it is working or not; too much waiting; takes too long to heat up, then stays really hot until you turn off Rating: 8.96 Price: $159.99 Website: t-vape.com 31. Trifecta by White Rhino Kit includes: Battery unit, oil tank with plastic mouthpiece, herb tank, sheath with screen, wax tank, metal filling funnel, small metal dabber, small cleaning brush, plastic tweezers, USB charger with wall adapter, two alcohol wipes, user guide Used with: Flowers, oil or wax Distinguishing characteristics: Larger than other pens Pros: Decent hit; feels durable; multiple smoking attachments -- major points for versatility Cons: Slightly fatter than standard pens -- too big for stealth; a little bulky; takes a minute to unscrew Rating: 16.21 Price: $159.99 Website: whiterhinoproducts.com Honors: Best Standard: The Dabbler Best Short: Vape Ape Best Mini: Cloud 2.0 Best Slim: Bullet 2 Go Best Stealth: Aardvark NYC Best Accessory: Daborizer - solar charger Best Feature: Source Globe - battery meter Best Hit: Dab OTG Most Affordable: Dabstix Most for the Money: Micro-G Most Stylish: Trippy Stix Most Unique: Dabz - Teapot globe Most Versatile: Trifecta Best Overall: Dab OTG http://www.hightimes.com/read/high-times-2014-vapor-pen-buyer%E2%80%99s-guide Trix