how to use a wax vape pen

How To Use a Wax Vaporizer

Concentrate vaping might seem like an obscure and esoteric way of consuming marijuana to those more used to vaping weed, but it’s actually not that hard to get into. And once you do get into it, you are likely to stay into it because vaping wax offers its own unique pleasures that weed can’t provide. Fortunately, getting into wax vaping is easy, and the first thing you need is a wax vaporizer. There is a wide variety of ways to vape wax and if you don’t know which one is the right method for you, then keep reading this article to find out.

Wax Vaporizers

There are two main types of Wax vaporizers- Vape Pens and E-Nails.

Vape Pens


Preparing The Wax

No matter what type of vaporizer you are using, the first step you need to take is to prepare the wax. Wax can come in many different forms; it can be brittle, it can be soft and pliable, and it can be like wax of course. Regardless of what form your wax takes, you need to take care of it in the same way. You should store your wax in an airtight glass or silicone jar because they both have non-stick surfaces, which makes removing the wax easier. They are also neutral materials, so you won’t have to worry about either of them contaminating the wax.

You should store your wax container in a cool, dark place because wax is susceptible to changes in light, temperature, and air supply, so it’s best to keep those qualities consistent. When it comes time to use the wax, you will need a dab tool to scoop it out of the container and into the vaporizer. Nearly every wax vaporizer includes a dab tool so you never really need to worry about getting one. However, you can always buy an extra one so that you never have to worry about losing the one included in the kit.

Temperature and Voltage Selection

Vape pens tend to have voltage settings rather than temperature settings, but in practice, they are roughly the same thing. That means higher voltage settings are concurrent with higher temperatures. Vape pens usually have three or four settings to choose from. Many e-nails have precise temperature selection so you can choose the exact temperature that you need. Some e-nails, like the Dr Dabber Boost (Review | Buy) have a temperature range rather than precise temperature control, but you will get precise control in most e-nails.

As for what temperature you should choose; if it’s your first time using an e-nail, then you should select a temperature in the 315°F to 450°F range. Portable dab rigs tend to have a selection of preset temperatures rather than granular temperature control. That is understandable since presets make them more accessible and easier to use, which is why people like portable rigs in the first place.

As you get acclimated to wax vaping, you can experiment with higher settings and eventually you will likely develop a preference for high or low-temperature dabbing. The main difference between the two is that low temperatures are better for flavor and high temps are better for vaping intensity and cloud production.

Loading Wax to the Coil

As stated earlier, there are three possible types of atomizers that vape pens can use. Most have one, but some include two. No matter what type of atomizer your vape pen uses, it is loaded the same way; you dab your wax onto the atomizer and then replace the mouthpiece. It should be noted that vape pens with quartz and ceramic coils are easier to load than those with quartz rod coils. So if you want to have an easier time, try a vape pen like the KandyPens Crystal (Review | Buy) that has a quartz coil.

In the case of e-nails and portable rigs, you turn on the device, select a temperature, and then dab the wax once it has reached the selected temperature.

Your dab of wax should be about the size of a rice grain, which is enough for a complete session.

With vape pens, you should always start out at the lowest voltage setting and then increase the voltage in subsequent sessions until you find the setting that is most comfortable for you. The same goes for portable dab rigs. As for e-nails, you should start out with a temperature in the 315°F to 450°F range. You can then increase the temp by about 100°F in your following sessions until you reach a temperature with which you are most comfortable. Eventually, you will learn if you have a preference for low or high temperature dabbing.

Cleaning your wax vaporizer isn’t too difficult as long as you have the right tools. The atomizer or nail are the parts that need the most regular cleaning and you can use a cotton swab or q-tip dipped in isopropyl alcohol to do so. If dried up residue is too hard to clean using that method, then you can perform a burn off by cranking the device to its highest temperature for a few minutes. With e-nails and portable rigs, the bubbler is cleaned by swishing around some iso alcohol and then rinsing it out with warm water.

They are both extracted from the marijuana plant but there are differences between them. THC extract is usually a solid or semisolid substance and tends to be more pure and more potent than THC oil. THC oil is a viscous liquid that is usually cut with other oils. That makes it a little less potent than waxy extracts and a good choice for anyone new to wax vaping.

Vaping wax or oil isn’t too complicated, even for beginners, especially after reading this article on how to use wax vaporizers and oil vaporizers.

How to Use a Vape Pen for Concentrates

Cannabis concentrates rank among the fastest growing product lines at many dispensaries, as patients of all experience levels begin to appreciate the benefits of high quality extracts. These effective, flavorful, and cannabinoid-rich creations provide all the properties of quality cannabis flowers in a purer form and smaller package. The easiest way to enjoy these products is with a concentrate vaporizer and the following tips will help you get started.

Why Use a Vaporizer?

When it comes to cannabis concentrates, a little goes a long way. Just a single gram of wax, shatter, or rosin contains several doses. No one wants to waste quality medicine, and vaporizing offers the level of control you need. Heating the material at a lower temperature will activate its cannabinoid content more efficiently while improving flavor. Better yet, modern pen-style vaporizers are affordable, pocket-sized, and convenient to use.

What is a Vape Pen?

Named for their thin, cylindrical shape that often resembles an ink pen, vape pens are small personal vaporizers designed for cannabis concentrates. Many units include these basic parts:

  • Battery: This is the longest section of the pen, which provides power to the unit.
  • Heating Chamber: This section attaches to the battery and applies heat to the concentrate, which is placed inside it.
  • Mouthpiece: Vapor is inhaled through this section, which attaches to the heating coil.
  • Charger: Separate from the pen itself, this recharges the battery.
  • Dab Tool: A small metal implement used to load concentrate into the heating chamber.

How Do You Use It?

The device itself is quite simple. The patient simply loads a small amount of concentrate into the unit, presses a button to heat the material and inhales vapor through the mouthpiece. Here are the important steps in more detail:

  1. Charging the battery: Most units include a USB charger with a red light that indicates when it’s charging and a green light for when it’s ready to use.
  2. Assembling the unit: Once charged, the battery should be screwed onto the heating chamber until tightly fastened. Note that many common vape pen batteries require you to tap the button 5 times in order to activate the unit.
  3. Loading the chamber: Opposite the side that screws onto the battery, the heating chamber will have a cavity for housing your concentrate. You’ll typically see one or two small heating coils or a ceramic disk located at the bottom. Concentrate should be placed directly on the heating element. To prevent clogs, be careful not to overfill the chamber. A portion of concentrate about the size of a peppercorn is a good starting point. Using a dab tool to load the unit is recommended due to the stickiness of many concentrates.
  4. Preparing to vape: Once the unit is loaded, you’ll need to screw the mouthpiece section onto the side of the heating chamber opposite the battery. The unit is now fully assembled and ready to use.
  5. Inhalation: Press the button located on the battery and begin to inhale. You should see the button and/or battery tip light up to indicate that it is activated. As you inhale, you’ll feel vapor begin to enter your lungs. Release the button a few seconds before you’re done inhaling to clear any additional vapor in the chamber. When exhaling, you should be able to see and taste the vapor, which indicates that the unit is working properly. Hold the button down again each time you wish to inhale and remember to pace yourself to achieve the desired effect for your symptoms.

Prefilled Cartridges

The above description applies to self-loaded vape pens designed for loose concentrates. Another popular option is prefilled cartridges, which are a simple and convenient option if you’re new to concentrates. If you’ve purchased a prefilled vapor cartridge, you may simply attach it to a charged battery, hold down the button, and begin vaping.

Prefilled cartridges typically come in a standard 510 thread size, which means they’ll be compatible with most vape pen batteries. These can be purchased separately or you may use a battery from a vape pen kit as described above. Depending on the style of battery you’ve purchased, you may need to tap the button 5 times in order to activate the unit.


Cannabis concentrates offer a convenient and effective option for patients seeking fast symptom relief and vape pen technology makes the experience particularly appealing. If you’re new to concentrates and vaporization, our staff will be happy to discuss options with you and answer any questions you have. Many of our patients have enjoyed discovering this treatment option and we hope you’ll find it helpful as well.

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