The Essential Vaporizer / Vape Pen Buyers Guide

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A vaporizer pen can be a great way to enjoy smoking without having to roll a joint or pack a bowl and it’s a good option for those who either can’t or don’t want to breathe in smoke. Vape pens are still fairly new, and there is plenty that most people don’t know about them. A vaporizer pen definitely is a great investment. It’s reusable, and it’s certainly healthier than smoking tobacco or marijuana the old fashioned way, but how do you know you’re making a good purchase? How do you know what pen vaporizer is right for you?

Basic Vaporizer Pen Information

The first step in knowing what kind of vape pen to buy is learning exactly what a vaporizer pen is. Simply put, a vape pen vaporizes a substance that is then inhaled. It’s similar to smoking and carries many of the same benefits, but the substance that is being “smoked” isn’t being scorched or burned. What is being inhaled is mostly water vapor, and it is still free of most of the harmful chemicals that are inhaled when one smokes. There are many different kinds of vaporizer pens on the market. Most of these are reusable and use a rechargeable battery, although there are disposable models available. True to their name, many pen vaporizers resemble actual pens, so they are discreet and portable as well as useful.

Cartridge-Based Vape Pens

Many of the vape pens on the market are cartridge-based. This means that the substance that is “smoked” is stored in a cartridge. The cartridge is loaded into the vaporizer pen, and the substance inside is vaporized by the pen’s heating element. There are some definite advantages to using cartridge-based vape pens. Everything that you need to enjoy using your vape pen can be bought in small, convenient cartridges that are easily loaded into the pen itself. This is especially useful for those with dexterity issues who use their pen vaporizer for medicinal purposes, but it’s nice to have something that is preloaded and ready to use quickly without a lot of work.

Self Packing Pen Vaporizers

As useful as cartridge-based pen vaporizers are, there are still plenty of purists who would rather use the kinds of vape pens that need to be loaded manually. The liquid used in vaporizer pen cartridges are cut with polyethylene glycol. Polyethylene glycol doesn’t pose a health risk in vape pen cartridges, but some say that it does affect the product’s flavor. The best vaporizer pens on the market are said to be those that can be used with a number of different substances. Purists like to pack their vape pens with their own substances because it is not cut with other substances, it tastes better and is healthier overall.  Additionally if you pack your own vape pen you get to decide the quality of the product you put in it.  If you are a discerning smoker this is a huge advantage when choosing a smoking device.

Finding the Right Vaporizer Pen for You

Like anything else, it comes down to personal preference. If you like the idea of being able to use a vaporizer pen without a lot of extra work, a cartridge-based vape pen will be just fine for you. If you are a purist who is looking for an alternative and convenience to a traditional pipe but want to use your own product, you probably won’t mind putting in a little extra work to make your pen vaporizer experience a little more enjoyable. As always, shop around for the vape pen that works best for you and your needs, and choose wisely.


You knew it was coming, the text in this article is informational only and not intended to be legal or medical advice or recommendations in any way. Use this information as you will with your own discretion.

The bottom line is be safe, follow the rules, and enjoy some Mary Jane while you are in the Bicentennial State for your Rocky Mountain High!