As a subgenre of e-cigarettes, vape pens are a sleek, innovative, and effective way to vape anywhere. There are disposable and reusable vape pens, each with pros and cons. How you ultimately use a vape pen is similar to both types of vape devices, although with some minor differences in how you fill them and what vape liquid you use.
A few different vape devices are unique, but a vape pen is unique. A vape pen is shaped like a pen, pocket-sized and cylindrical. They use a power source to heat a tank or cartridge to produce vapour upon inhaling. They first began to be widely popularized in 2010, referred to as e-cigarettes at first and then spun off to be their category.
Here is our deep dive into how to use different types of vape pens:
How to use a disposable vape pen
A disposable vape pen is designed for single use. They are pre-filled with liquid and are available in a wide variety of limited flavours. You have different sizes, and they are very easy to use. There’s no cleaning or refilling the cartridge.
You take the vape pen, use it, and dispose of it when the liquid’s out. It is the most basic type of vape pen available and the cheapest. If you aren’t sure whether you’re going to stick with vaping, buying a disposable single-use vape pen may be the route to start.
How to use a reusable vape pen
A reusable vape pen is for regular users. A reusable vape pen has a detachable cartridge and allows users to buy vape liquid separately. This vastly opens up the possibilities of vape liquid you can buy. You aren’t restricted by what’s available under disposable vape pens.
A reusable vape pen is more expensive than a disposable one but will save you money long as you don’t have to keep repurchasing pens. A lot of reusable vape pens have additional features, providing you with the ability to change the strength and taste of the vape.
Disposable vs reusable vape pens
What you choose to vape with is ultimately up to you. However, most people eventually go to reusable vape pens. This saves them the cost and allows them to buy vape liquids they wouldn’t otherwise have access to.
Although one must learn to clean the cartridge and fill it, a reusable vape pen provides a customized experience. It’s very appealing. That aside, the simplicity of a disposable vape pen is also advantageous, with better rating inconvenience, one-time cost, simplicity, and sometimes reliability.
How a reusable vape pen works
If you’re using a disposable vape device, there’s not much to know about how the vape pen is built. If it’s a reusable pen, though, you will want to know the different parts as you’ll eventually have to take it apart to clean and refill it. The internal battery, the cartridge, the USB charging port and charger, and the USB charging cable. A vape pen has to be charged to work.
How to vape with a vape pen
It’s an intuitive process of learning how to vape for the first time with a vape pen.
- Remove the vape pen from its packaging.
- You may see a button to press or click. An indicator light should turn on, signifying the device is active. There may not be a button. Some vape pens do not have a button and activate upon the inhale.
- Inhale through the mouthpiece. The vaporizer light should turn on if it hasn’t yet already.
- Exhale the vapour.
Why is a vape pen not working?
If you are inhaling on your vape pen and it isn’t working, it could be for several reasons. The push-button isn’t on and activated. The coil is not firing, or the battery is defective. The cartridge is not connected properly. The cartridge could be depleted, as in empty or close to.
If it’s a new cartridge, it could be an incompatible cartridge. Lastly, it could be something as simple as the vape pen not being charged. These are all things to check when your vape pen is not working as it should.
How to store a vape pen
When you aren’t using your vape pen, you want to ensure it’s stored properly, whether disposable or reusable. Ideally, you want it kept in a cool, dry place. Too much moisture can damage the equipment.
Also, keep it out of direct sunlight as extreme heat or cold can take away the battery life. If you have children, it goes without saying but keep your vape pen out of reach and out of sight.