2018 has brought with it some of the best dab pens yet. They’re smaller, stronger, and smarter. And they look better than ever.
While we can chalk up the advancement of dab pens to particularly innovative manufacturers like Source Vapes and KandyPens, it was only a matter of time before dab pens reached a high level of excellence.
The dab pen has been a fixture in vaping for nearly a decade now. Manufacturers have had plenty of mistakes to learn from and successes to build off, honing the dab pen into a well-oiled machine--portable, powerful, and convenient.
Let’s take a look at the best dab pens of 2018, based on performance, design, build quality, and ease-of-use.
Best Dab Pens Over $80
KandyPens Elite - $139.95
Each year KandyPens impresses us with a new dab pen, the latest being the KandyPens Elite. This time they upgraded their heating chamber with leak-proof bottom, and added a carb to the mouthpiece. Both additions solved a two issues commonly experienced when using a dab pen; leakage and non-adjustable airflow. No more wax leaking into your threading. And now you can control the size and richness of your rips. The KandyPens Elite dab pen also features two high grade atomizers--a ceramic coilless for efficient vaporization and a double quartz rod atomizer with a quartz chamber. Expect elite level vapor production--milky, smooth, and flavor-intense--wrapped in an elegant design. Available in a variety of Rose Gold and Ceramic color combos.
KandyPens Ice Cream Man - $109.95
2018 has been KandyPens’ year thus far. They followed up on the KandyPens Elite with a more playful dab pen, the KandyPens Ice Cream Man. This pleasantly designed dab pen comes in a variety of colors that resemble ice cream flavors, and a rubberized surface that feels comfy in your hand. Loaded with a dual quartz atomizer, the Ice Cream Man dab pen serves up milky, flavor-rich rips. Like the Elite, the Ice Cream Man features a leak proof chamber to save your waxy oils and spare you the grief of scraping wax out of your threading. KandyPens Ice Cream Man is for dabbers who want the vapor quality and look of the Elite with a more “fun” feel at a lower price.
Source Orb 4 Premium Kit - $99.95
A sturdy, sleek stainless steel 303 construction that feels like a weapon in your grip. A plethora of high grade atomizers. A powerful battery. And a design straight out of aerospace. For wax vaporization, it doesn’t get much better than the Source Orb 4 Premium Kit. The Source Orb 4 dab pen comes with 6 atomizers, including a black ceramic double coil, Terra 2 ceramic coilless, and a quartz double rod atomizer, and generates lung-busting rips with 650mAh sub-ohm variable voltage power. Source Orb 4 is a wax enthusiast’s dab pen, delivering rips for every mood or preference with an arsenal of atomizers and temperature control.
Remix Vaporizer by #ThisThingRips - $86.99
The makers of the R2 Series and Roil dab pens know a thing or two about wax vaporization. The latest release from #ThisThingRips, the Remix vaporizer, rethinks the dab pen with a few innovative upgrades. A double-walled heating chamber maximizes thermal conductivity for extra efficiency. A direct quad airflow system frees up your draws for a lung-expanding experience. All that power is packed in a discreet dab pen with a pen cap for stealthier vaping. Like the rest of the #ThisThingRips line of dab pens, the Remix vape features a see-through polycarbonate visual chamber so you watch the milky rips billow as you rip.
Best Dab Pens Under $80
Pulsar APX Wax - $59.99
The Pulsar APX W isn’t exactly a dab pen, more of a portable vaporizer for vaping wax, but we had to include it in our list of the best dab pens by virtue of its vapor production alone. The Pulsar APX Wax features an impressive pure quartz atomizer with triple quartz rods. The clouds are sizable and the inert nature of all that quartz preserves the essential flavors of the wax. A temperature controlled 1100mAh lithium ion battery lets you choose the ideal temperature, and super compact build won’t burden your pocket. Pulsar APX W is just as a compact as a dab pen, and delivers excellent vapor production on a par with even higher end wax pens.
Yocan Pandon - $74.99
The Yocan Pandon may be the only dab pen to feature dual chambers, each with dual quartz rods, that can be used separately or together. This gives users the dab rig experience of dabbing wax with four quartz rods, or standard dual rod vaporization. And switching between both modes is very simple. Considering how muscular this dab pen is in the atomizer department, the Pandon vape is surprisingly compact at just under 6 inches. The Yocan Pandon features an above average 1300mAh battery that really rips. With the Yocan Pandon, dab enthusiasts will enjoy having dab-like rips from a unit that fits in the palm of your hand.
Dr. Dabber Ghost - $69.95
We included the Dr Dabber Ghost dab pen because it’s one of the most solid dab pens in its price range. It features a high resistance titanium coil in each atomizer that helps you keep the temperature lower for consistent lengths of time, resulting in even vaporization and very smooth rips. The slow and low style of the Dr Dabber Ghost is rare among vape pens, and helps preserve the natural flavors of waxy oils with no charring or burning. Dr. Dabber makes glass attachments for the Ghost, such as a water pipe tool that moisture conditions vapor for smooth, cool hits. The Dr Dabber Ghost dab pen scores high in vapor quality, as well as versatility in terms of compatibility with glassware, setting it apart from the average dab pen.
Best Affordable Dab Pens
R2 Series by #ThisThingRips - $49.99
The R2 Series by #ThisThingRips is one of the best dab pens under $50. The dual ceramic atomizer features a state-of-the-art low resistance coil, vaporizing waxy oils slower and lower than similarly priced dab pens. Your wax won’t burn up, saving you money and ensuring the vapor is pure tasting with no smokiness. The mouthpiece is designed for maximum airflow. In other words, the R2 Series really does rip. Like the Remix vaporizer, the R2 Series dab pen features a pen cap for added discretion, which you can remove to reveal a visually stimulating transparent chamber that shows you the vapor clouds forming.
Cora Vaporizer - $39.99
The best affordable dab pen for liquid concentrates is the Cora Vaporizer, a super slender and compact vape that uses refillable Cora pods that hold up to 1.0 ml of oil concentrates. The Cora pod is very easy to refill using a syringe, an advantage over other dab pens in this price range. And you won’t have to keep buying disposable cartridges. For a dab pen under $40, the Cora vaporizer produces big, tasty clouds with a 1.4ohm resistance battery. The ceramic coil in the Cora pod heats liquid concentrates slow and low with no combustion for clean tasting rips. The Cora dab pen is insanely lightweight. At just 0.40 lbs, you won’t even feel it in your pocket as you go about your day.
Honey Stick Bee Keeper - $29.99
If you’re a beginner vaper or you’re on a budget, it might be best to opt for a cheap dab pen that uses pre-filled oil tanks. This year, the best dab pen for oil tanks is the Honey Stick Bee Keeper. Its ample 20 watt battery give you better vapor production than the standard affordable dab pen. The vapor production is comparable to pricier units. And the Honey Stick is especially stealthy thanks to its unique design, which sits the tank in a port next to the battery, rather than above the battery in a pen style. The Honey Stick Bee Keeper dab pen hides easily in your palm, making for an exceptionally discreet vaping experience.
Other Dab Pen Tips
When it comes to dab pens, you generally get what you pay for. Investing more in a pricier dab pen usually results in a better vaping experience. That said, the affordable dab pens listed above defy the expectations of their price ranges.
Bear in mind, dab pens are for waxy or oil concentrates only. If you prefer dry herb, consider a portable dry herb vaporizer.
If you like bigger clouds, buy a dab pen with more coils.
If you prefer smaller, flavor-rich hits, buy a dab pen with a single coil, preferably quartz rod.
If you want to be able to change vapor profiles, a dab pen with multiple atomizers like the Source Orb 4 will do.
Still looking for the best dab pen for you? You can shop dab pens based on price, brand, and atomizer type at our dab pen page.