How to Use a Vape Pen: A Step-By-Step Guide
With over 9 million adults who vape in the United States alone, it’s no wonder why you’re curious as to what all the hype is about.
However, vaping is a different experience from smoking. They’re similar but in no way the same.
Whether you’re new to the vaping scene or just want to know a little more about your vape pen, we have you covered. So pull out your pen and sit back while we show you how to vape the right way.
Know Your Vape Pen
Before you start toking up, be aware of what kind of pen you’re using. Although vaping is safer than smoking, you’ll still encounter some difficulty and hazards if you do it wrong or get a pen not fit for you.
The reason for this is because each pen works differently and thus has different steps with usage. So how do you know what type of pen you’re using?
These types of pens are standard and usually most suited for people just getting into vaping. The more affordable choice for vapers has prefilled or fillable cartridges. You’ll find these made from different materials that range from plastic to glass.
Concentrate pens allow you to vape upon only extracts/wax which you can place in your tank. This is why people also refer to them as wax vaporizers. They heat up the concentrated liquid into vapor and this makes it easier to use compared to smoking from a pipe pen.
This type of pen vaporizes dry flowers and has a larger build than the other two e-cigs. Because of this, these kinds of vaporizers tend to be pricier.
You’ll need to learn how to use that specific pen type appropriately, depending on what kind of e-cig pen you have.
Using Your Pen
The next step is to learn the ins and outs of your new e-cig pen. Here are the steps you need to know and it all starts with reading the manual.
Check out Your Manual
Products come with manuals for a reason and your e-cig pen is no exception. If you recently bought you pen for vaping, chances are the manual is still in the box.
Look for special instructions or warnings. These can tell you about any health hazards or effects to look out for.
Once you’ve finished reading your manual, you should understand the different parts of your vaping pen. However, in the event you don’t have it on you, you should know that a rechargeable battery powers your pen. In order for your pen to work, you’ll have to charge it using the adapter provided with the vape pen.
Some people choose to run their vaping pens without any juice or extracts to try burning off any debris and gunk left from manufacturing. While it doesn’t totally remove the risk, it may help reduce what you don’t want to inhale. You can do this by turning on your vape pen for around 30 to 90 seconds.
Once you’ve got all this done, load your tank with what you want to vaporize. Since you’ve gotten to know the types of pens in the previous chapter, you know what kind of materials you can put into your chamber.
Unscrew your chamber off your vaping pen, place what you want to vaporize, and screw it back on. Refrain from placing anything in the chamber that your pen isn’t supposed to vaporize because this might lessen your pen’s lifespan or even break it.
Take Your Puffs
We’ve reached the part you’ve all been waiting for, grab your pen, turn it on and start puffing up. Certain pens have different ways of turning on, so you should check if your pen is automatic or button-activated before starting. Place your mouth on the mouthpiece and start breathing in and hold for a couple of seconds before exhaling.
Now that you know how to use your pen, you can puff one up whenever you want. However, you’re left with the gunk that wasn’t vaporized. How do you deal with the issue of cleaning your pen after you use it?
Maintaining Your Pen
Now that you’re done using your vape pen, you’ll have to clean all that leftover residue. You may be wondering why you have to clean your vaping pen even if it’s just dry herb.
Cleaning Your Vape Pen
First, you need to detach the mouthpiece, remove the heating chamber from your vaping pen and empty out any material left in the chamber. You need to clean the heating chamber/coil and screen depending what kind of vape pen you have.
Avoid getting liquid in the compact wirings inside your vape or in the chamber near the wick when cleaning your pen because it may break the complex components of your pen.
For cartridge pens, the heating chamber can be carefully cleaned with a dab tool or cotton bud lightly dipped in rubbing alcohol. If you have a concentrate pen, take a cotton swab with a little bit of alcohol and carefully clean off wax from the coil.
For herb vaporizers, clean the screen and heating chamber with a brush.
After you’ve removed all the unnecessary gunk, you can clean the detached mouthpiece with water or alcohol. Finally, reassemble the pieces back together and gently wipe the outside of your pen with a clean cloth.
Start Vaping Up
Throughout this guide, you learned that there are different ways of using a pen according to what type you have. You have to read the pen’s manual before using it.
After that, charge your pen’s battery, do a dry run, load it with the right material depending on the type, and start taking your puffs. Finally, after you use your pen, make sure you properly clean it to maintain its lifespan and warranty.
Do you have any additional questions about using your vape pen? Would you like to know more about how to keep your pen clean?
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