Buyers Guide for Wax Pens, Vape Pens or E-Nails

As you probably already know, concentrates like waxes and oils have recently gained a lot of popularity. In particular, portable vaporizers, also known as vape pens, have taken the cannabis world by storm. While a part of the market will always prefer good old-fashioned flower, concentrates and extracts are here to stay. What are also here to stay are all the gadgets and devices in the wax pen world. If you’re in the market for a new wax pen but don’t know where to start, read on!

Why Wax Portable Vaporizers are so Popular

The popularity of wax pens is skyrocketing because of the higher purity, and the increased healthfulness, cost effectiveness and convenience of portable vaporizing. Gone are the days where you will need to smoke a whole joint to feel medicated. Because of the purity of the product and the increased THC of concentrates, you only need a few vape hits and you’re good. Not only does this improve the function of your lungs because you’re no longer smoking something, but it improves the financial wellbeing of your wallet – because you won’t need to buy as much bud as you used to.

Drawbacks of Desktop Concentrate Rigs

One of the unfortunate drawbacks of consuming wax and other concentrates is that you need to use a blowtorch and a glass rig to do so. Not only can this method look strange to some people, but also it’s quite dangerous – not to mention cumbersome and awkward at times. Using a blowtorch while ingesting psychoactive substances is not recommended for novices. All of the glass rig’s breakable parts also make it next to impossible to transport, so you’re confined to the couch most of the time.

Enter the Wax Pen

An easy, safe way to vape your concentrates and waxes without all of the hassle and the high-powered blowtorch. Wax pens are so popular because they address two specific market concerns. First, concentrates are made more accessible and attractive to newbies that might be interested in trying waxes. Secondly, these pens give concentrate enthusiasts the option to enjoy their waxes anywhere they choose. These are huge selling points.

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What To Look For in Your New Wax Pen:

Now that you’ve decided you want to purchase a new wax pen, you’ll need to know what to look for when you do so. The best place to start is to look at the three main parts of a wax pen. They include the battery, the heating element and the mouthpiece. Different vapes have varied heating elements, or atomizers, and each one is made of different of materials that impact the vaping experience in certain ways. We’ll touch on that as well.


Any wax pen you look at and consider purchasing will have a battery that gives life to the device. The higher you go with the temperature, the thicker your vape clouds will be – but the harsher the hit. Wax pen batteries have varying degrees of quality. Feel free to read our various reviews on portable vaporizers to find out which batteries we think are the best in the business.

Wax Pen Battery

Heating Element

Also called the atomizer, you pack your wax into the heating chamber in order to vape. While many of the designs are similar, atomizers exist in various sizes, shapes and forms. These heating elements are made to be disposable, as they inevitably deteriorate with use. A good rule of thumb is to change your atomizer every two months or so – or if you can notice an unpleasant taste when you try to vape. Wax Pen Heatcing ElementTypes of Heating Elements:

Ceramic Rods

The most widely used heating element is ceramic rods. Titanium coils are wrapped around them, causing high heat suitable for vaporization. These components are sturdy and extremely resistant to high temperatures, the combination making them a good choice for use in vaping. The drawback is that these components are tough to clean after you’ve used your vape for a while. Examples of ceramic rod heating elements are the Dr. Dabber Aurora and the Source Orb 4 Premium Kit.Wax Pen Ceramic Rod

Quartz Crystal

The second most common heating element is quartz crystal. The idea of the ceramic rod-heating element is the same with that of the crystal, only there is a rod made from quartz, rather than being ceramic. The quartz elements do improve the flavor quality of the vapor, and make cleaning the units easier. A drawback of these types of atomizers is that they are made of glass and can break easily. They also tend to deteriorate faster than the others. One of the hottest devices that use quartz right now is the AirVape OM vaporizer.Wax Pen Quartz Pad

Ceramic Pads

A relatively newer innovation in the wax pen world is ceramic pads. Some of the latest devices, such as the KendyPens Elite vaporizer, are now using ceramic pads. The idea behind this is to prevent the exposure of a coil. The lack of the coil exposure results in more evenly vaped wax, which means fuller, more pure flavor for your vaping experience.Wax Pen Ceramic Pad


Any vape pen you purchase will come with some kind of mouthpiece. Wax pen mouthpieces will either be made from ceramic, metal, glass, or plastic. There are also certain devices that you can purchase upgradeable mouthpieces to improve your vaping experience. You want to look for a mouthpiece with a wide opening so you get good airflow and help to prevent the unit from getting clogged.

Wax Pen Mouthpiece


As previously mentioned, blowtorches are dangerous and inconvenient. They can also be pricey using all that butane. For some wax lovers, the vape pens don’t offer big enough hits. This is where e-nails come in. E-nails are battery-operated, safe and self contained. They also include water filtration and typically come with a carrying case. The E-Rig we recommend is the Dr. Dabber Boost.

Dr Dabber E-Nail

Vape Pen Buying Quick Tip

  • If you’re a concentrate newbie looking to enter the world of wax, we recommend finding one you’re attracted to at an affordable price. We refer to these types of simple, user-friendly devices as ‘value units’. You can get your feet wet with wax vaping and decide if it’s for you, then maybe upgrade in the future. We recommend the AirVape OM for a value wax pen.
  • If you’ve already used wax and know your way around wax pens, perhaps you’re ready for an upgrade. Maybe you want a wax pen kit that comes with a lot of accessories. For this, we recommend the Source Orb 4 Premium Kit.
  • If you’re mainly concerned with being discreet with your vapes, we suggest purchasing a device that uses a ceramic heating element. One example is the KendyPens Elite. The lower temps of these portable vaporizers produce less smell than their counterparts, and you can hide your vape clouds easier.
  • If you’re in the market for the biggest clouds possible, you’ll want to buy a device which features temperatures that are variable and controllable. Our favorite is the Kandypens Galaxy.

If you’re looking for a high quality wax pen that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, you’ve come to the right places here at Tools420. Our team has done our due diligence and review as many devices as possible. We would never sell a device we thought was garbage. Take a look at our various product reviews and our other buyers guide to get more information before you make your final purchasing decision.

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