Choosing the right battery for your vape pen can feel overwhelming. With so many options currently on the market, where do you even start? That’s where we come in! Whether you’re a seasoned vape veteran, or just now beginning to make the switch from flower to concentrates, this guide will help you feel confident about purchasing a safe and reliable battery.
Regardless of what kind of portable vaporizer you decide to purchase, it’s going to need a battery. Vaporizer batteries aren’t all that different from any other type of battery you may have laying around in your home or stuck in the back of your cell phone. This is because the lithium ion chemistries found in your standard laptop or vaporizer batteries offer extreme power while still remaining relatively safe. Nearly all battery powered products released in the last decade use lithium ion because it’s so efficient, and almost half of all batteries being used today are of the lithium ion variety. That being said, not all batteries are created equal. If you want a reliable, effective, and safe battery, we highly recommend buying one from a trusted brand like Ooze. Otherwise, do your homework to ensure the battery you’re buying is safe.
I’m sure you’ve heard horror stories of exploding batteries maiming young vapers, but if all these batteries are made of the same stuff, what makes vape batteries more dangerous? Well, nothing inherently. The fact is that many vaporizer devices don’t come with a manufacturer approved battery the same way your cell phone does. This puts the onus on the consumer to find the right battery for their device, and because of cheaper generic options or knockoff brands, it can be easy to end up with something unsafe on accident.
The short answer: yes of course it does! There’s a reason I’ve got oreos in my pantry right now instead of some knockoff cookie. Be very wary of any batteries that are completely unbranded, like the ones you find at your local bodega or gas station. While these are often the cheapest options, you get what you pay for. You may find that they are missing important safety features, or that they don’t work well as those from more reputable manufacturers. Also, consider the fact that a battery without a brand is a battery without any accountability. If your bodega battery malfunctions or simply stops working you won’t have any recourse, and will be forced to throw away the battery and eat the cost.
When you purchase from a credible brand you can be sure you’re getting a product that has been adequately tested and is safe to use. Not only that, but with an established manufacturer you may find you get not only a battery, but a partner in vaping. For example, Ooze offers a lifetime warranty on all their pen battery products.
As you begin your journey into the world of portable vaporizers, the first thing you’ll need to decide is whether you want to use pre-filled oil cartridges, or your own concentrates. Each option comes with it’s own pros and cons.
Oil cartridges, or oil carts as they’re sometimes referred to, are the newer of the two options. They are pre-filled with THC or CBD concentrates—usually some form of distillate, and are often combined with either PG (Propylene Glycol) or VG (Vegetable Glycerin). Oil carts are extremely popular among on-the-go smokers due to their discreteness and efficiency. Most are compatible with your standard 510 thread battery like the ones made by Ooze, and some can even be refilled by using a concentrate syringe.
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Using a wax pen is another way to vape cannabis on the go. Unlike oil carts, a wax pen does not come preloaded with concentrates, which means after purchasing the pen itself you’ll also have to purchase the concentrate separately. To use a wax pen you must physically pack a dab each time you want to use it. While this is more of a hassle then the carts, it’s perfect for those smokers who want to vape wax or shatter without breaking out a dab rig and blowtorch.
Pros of Wax Pens
Cons of Wax Pens
If you decide to go with a wax pen over the oil carts, we suggest purchasing a complete kit, like the Ooze Gusher Globe, that comes with everything you need to start vaping sans cannabis.
When selecting the battery for your vaporizer, you’re going to want to look for a few key features. One of the most important of those features is adjustable voltage.
Having a battery with adjustable voltage settings means you can alter the amount of electrical current that flows through the coil. The amount of electrical current flowing in the coil determines how hot the coil will burn. This is particularly useful when trying to find the perfect toke. If the temp is too low, you won’t get any smoke. If it’s too high, you can burn your coil making the hit taste nasty. A temp that’s too high can also end up ruining the product inside—which you definitely don’t want! Having temperature control gives you the option to adjust the heat and find the hit that is perfect for you. Look for something like the Ooze slim twist, that has an Adjustable Voltage of 3.3V – 4.8V
Another very important thing to look for when purchasing a vaporizer battery are safeguards against overheating. Cheap or counterfeit devices often will not be equipped with the necessary safety features that trusted manufacturers come with. Things like auto safety shutoff features are important not only to the safety of your herb, but to the safety of your body as well.
Established companies like Ooze invest the time and money into creating technology that not only works well, but is safe to use.