Dab pens, also known as wax pens, have gained immense popularity in recent years. While rigs continue to be the choice for juicier hits, pens have the benefit of being more convenient and portable. If you’re new to them or are simply looking to refine your technique, this handy guide on how to use a dab pen is sure to help.
What’s in a Dab?
Dabs are potent concentrates. They’re designed to get you higher than the standard herb. This means they’re definitely not for beginners, though we’re sure there’s an adventurous stoner or two who started out dabbing.
Dab rigs are basically the same as a bong or water pipe with one difference. They use a nail instead of a bowl because you dab a concentrate instead of the herb itself.
In the same vein, a dab pen is basically the lovechild of a rig and a vape.
Now we have the basics down, and you can tell a pen from a nail, let’s get dabbing.
How to Use a Dab Pen
Dabbing isn’t too complex of a process. But learning how to do it right will make sure you get the most out of your device. Once you have a general idea of how to use your pen, it’s puff central all the way.
Step 1: Charge your dab pen
The first step in using a dab pen is to ensure it is fully charged. Most dab pens come with a USB charger that can be connected to a power source such as a laptop or wall adapter.
It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for charging to avoid damaging the battery or the pen itself. Once the pen is fully charged, it’s ready for use.
Step 2: Load your dab pen
Next, you’ll want to load your dab pen with your desired concentrate.
To do so, unscrew the mouthpiece or remove the heating chamber from the battery. Using a dab tool, place a small amount of concentrate directly onto the heating element.
Be sure not to overload the chamber, as this can cause the concentrate to spill or clog the pen.
Step 3: Turn on your dab pen
Once your dab pen is loaded with concentrate, it’s time to turn it on.
Most dab pens have a button that needs to be pressed multiple times to activate the device. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for the specific number of clicks required.
Once the pen is on, it will begin to heat up, which may be indicated by a light or vibration.
Step 4: Inhale and enjoy
After the pen has heated up, it’s time to inhale and enjoy the vapors.
Place your lips around the mouthpiece and inhale slowly, holding the vapor in your lungs for a few seconds before exhaling.
Dab pens typically produce less vapor than traditional dab rigs, so you may need to take a few hits to achieve the desired effect. That said, because you are working with a concentrate, make sure you take it slow the first time so you know your limits.
Step 5: Clean your dab pen
After using your dab pen, it’s important to clean it thoroughly to ensure it continues to function properly.
Remove any remaining concentrate from the heating chamber using a dab tool or cotton swab. You can also use rubbing alcohol to clean the mouthpiece and heating chamber. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning to avoid damaging the pen.
Troubleshoot Your Dab Pen
You might run into a few issues while you dab, especially if it’s your first time. Fret not, because there are usually some pretty simple fixes to dealing with these issues.
The most important issue is, of course, not getting a flavorful, potent hit. Here’s how to fix that:
- Use high-quality concentrates: The quality of your concentrate can greatly affect the flavor and potency of your vapor. Invest in high-quality concentrates from reputable sources to ensure the best possible experience.
- Experiment with temperature settings: Most dab pens have adjustable temperature settings that can affect the potency and flavor of your vapor. Experiment with different temperature settings to find your preferred level of heat.
- Take care of your dab pen: Regular cleaning and maintenance can help prolong the lifespan of your dab pen. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for care and storage.
Keep Calm and Dab Like a Pro
Dab pens offer a convenient and portable way to enjoy concentrated cannabis extracts. By following these simple steps and tips and learning how to use a dab pen safely and effectively, you’re all set for some glorious dabbing.
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