Frequently Asked Questions About Dab Pens and Dab Straws

Dip Devices Answers Some Frequently Asked Questions About Dab Pens and Dab Straws 

Lately we’ve been getting into the weeds (pun intended!) on a few of our posts. We have been digging into the technical aspects of cannabis concentrate and the differences between all the Dip Devices dab straws and dab pens. We’ve talked about  CBD shatter and discussed its possible effects. We’ve gone over the differences between  Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid cannabis. We’ve even dug into  cleaning your  Lunar, Little Dipper, EVRI, or  Dipper wax pen or dab straw so that you can always get the cleanest taste from your cannabis concentrates. So we are changing up the pace and answering some of the questions we frequently hear when we talk to people across the country about the  Lunar wax pen, the  Little Dipper electric nectar collector, the  EVRI multi-function electric dab straw / electric honey straw / cartridge vaporizer, and finally the  Dipper, the ultimate combo electric dab straw and electric dab pen.  


What Is A Dab Pen?

Our definition of a dab pen or wax pen is an electronic device that uses a chamber, often called a “bucket” (ours is called the Quartz Crystal Atomizer), to heat cannabis concentrate into vapor. When the user inhales, air passes into the electric dab pen, mixing with the vaporized cannabis concentrate. These are often called dab pens simply because they look like pens. Even our dedicated wax pen, the Lunar, squeezes cutting-edge technology and precise engineering in a pen-sized package. Dab pens are a great way to introduce yourself to cannabis concentrates, simply because the Dip Devices Lunar is under $30, and at that price point it’s worth “dipping” your toe in the water (last pun, we promise).


Are There Any Advantages to Dab Pens Over Cartridges?

Dip devices carries the EVRI, a triple-function wax pen / electric dab straw / cart vape, so we believe in cartridge technology, so long as quality control is maintained. But a lot of our customers enjoy getting their cannabis concentrate straight from the jar. We don’t think there’s a huge advantage to one over the other. But we must admit, vaporizing your concentrate straight from the jar, no water filtration, gives an amazing taste and potency. 


Are Dab Pens and Dab Straws As Strong As Dabs?

Of course! No matter what you pick, the Dip Devices  Lunar, Little Dipper, EVRI, or  Dipper, you’ll be getting 100% of the potency of a dab from a traditional rig. We have a little theory that you get even more taste and potency since you’re taking a “direct dab” and you aren’t losing any THC through water filtration. When it comes to our dab pens, you can load up the Quartz Crystal Atomizer of the  Lunar, EVRI (with attachment), or  Dipper with more than enough cannabis concentrate to blow some serious clouds. Just try not to put more than 0.3g in there- which should be pretty easy to do since cannabis concentrate is so potent! With the Dip Devices dab straws, the  Little Dipper, EVRI (configured as a honey straw), or  Dipper (in nectar collector configuration) is great for on-demand cannabis concentrate vaping. You simply dip the Vaporizer Tip in your concentrate, and inhale slowly in order to get a nice rip. The great thing is that you’re in control of how much you want to inhale, so the honey straw is a great way to both conserve AND take as big a rip as possible! No matter how you slice it, both Dip Devices dab pens and dab straws are just as potent as dabs from a traditional rig. 


When to Clean a Dab Pen or Dab Straw

The Dip Devices  Lunar, Little Dipper, EVRI, or  Dipper wax pen or electric nectar collector should be cleaned once any residue starts to build up. Don’t wait until your wax pen is all sticky and gooey before you clean it! Make sure you check our  blog post all about cleaning your Dip Devices dab pen or nectar collector. That post will cover everything you need to know about cleaning your Dip Devices dab straw or wax pen.

Are Dab Pen Highs Different

Not at all! The subtle differences in the effects of cannabis products largely depends on the strain or extraction method. This means the subtle differences depend on the terpenes and also cannabinoids other than THC and CBD. That means the strain, the extraction method, etc. can all affect the terpene and cannabinoid profile of cannabis concentrates. That results in a different high. Consuming cannabis concentrate from a dab pen, opposed to a traditional rig, makes no difference whatsoever. 

Edibles on the other hand… Whew, those hit differently! We stay away from those unless it’s time for a hardcore nap. 

Why Is My Dab Pen Blinking Red

For the Dip Devices  Lunar, Little Dipper, EVRI, or  Dipper electric honey straw and wax pens, a blinking red light means that you’re running out of battery. A quick charge will do the trick and you’ll be puffing on your favorite cannabis concentrate in no time! 

What Do The Dab Pen Colors Mean

For the Dip Devices  Lunar, EVRI, or  Dipper dab pens, green is the lowest heat setting, yellow is the medium heat setting, and red is the highest heat setting. You can click the wax pen three times in order to change the temperature setting. As you’ve read above, if your device is blinking red, you’re running out of battery!

How Much Are Dab Pen Chargers

Dip Devices is an environmentally-conscious company. We make electronic dab pens and dab straws, so we are committed to reducing E-waste. Our devices charge with Micro-USB. There’s a 99% chance that you’ve got a Micro-USB cable sitting around your house (maybe that junk drawer?) from another piece of electronics. We don’t want to give you another cable to add to the mess. That’s why we don’t include a charging cable with our wax pens and electric nectar collectors. And in the rare case you don’t have a Micro-USB cable, they are widely available- you can probably get one at a convenience store near you! This is one of the many little ways Dip Devices shows that we care about the world around us.


What Does A Dab Pen Taste Like

At Dip Devices, we love to brag about our patented airflow technology that gives perfectly flavored dabs without any messy water filtration. Our devices are “direct dab,” meaning the cannabis concentrate vapor goes straight to you, following the shortest route possible. In our opinion, with the correct temperature setting the taste of a Dip Devices electric dab pen or nectar collector is the best you can get. There’s as little as possible between you and your concentrate. At Dip Devices, we truly believe this method is superior to water filtration, and the taste tells the story. A Dip Devices dab pen or electric nectar collector gives you the pure taste of your concentrate, nothing else. It’s a great thing, finally tasting the entire flavor profile of your cannabis concentrates. You should try Dip Devices Lunar, Little Dipper, EVRI, or Dipper wax pen or electric nectar collector and find out for yourself.


When to Refill a Dab Pen

The one is pretty easy to answer- after several hits, you’ll realize that you aren’t exhaling much vapor at all. That’s a sign that you’ve vaporized all your cannabis concentrate and it’s time to refill. When you refill your Dip Devices Lunar, EVRI, or Dipper wax pen, be careful not to overfill the Quartz Crystal Atomizer. They can hold about a quarter of a gram of cannabis concentrate before the patented airflow mechanisms can no longer function as well as they should. If your Dip Devices electric dab pen is REALLY hard to pull, that means you’ve clogged it. Your best bet is to heat it up and inhale. The quartz crystal atomizer should heat up the concentrate enough for you to clear up any clogs. If that doesn’t work, isopropyl alcohol always works. 

Is a Dab Pen The Same As Weed

Short answer: NO! Cannabis flower and cannabis concentrate both contain THC, but they are very different in their effects. Smoking or even vaporizing cannabis flower means that you are inhaling a good bit of plant matter and that means tar. Quality cannabis concentrate removes the plant matter and leaves only cannabinoids and terpenes. That means vaporizing cannabis concentrate, like with a Dip Devices  Lunar, Little Dipper, EVRI, or  Dipper electric nectar collector or electric dab pen, doesn’t involve inhaling any plant matter. That’s the main difference. Cannabis concentrate, as its name says, is concentrated! So you need to inhale much, much less to achieve the same effect as smoking or vaporizing cannabis flower. Enjoying cannabis concentrate with a dab pen isn’t just the same as flower, it’s better.


How To Get The Most of Your Dab Pen

Whether it’s a Dab Pen or a dab straw, the Dip Devices Lunar, Little Dipper, EVRI, or Dipper requires minimal maintenance. As we mentioned earlier, we’ve got a whole post dedicated to cleaning your Dip Devices wax pen or electric dab straw. To get the most out of your dab pen, all you need to do is follow some simple maintenance guidelines. And lucky for you, we’ve got them posted right here on our site! So make sure to clean your Dip Devices wax pen or electric dab straw. That way, you can ensure that you get the cleanest, tastiest, most potent hits possible. A quick tip for Dip devices dab straw owners: before you use your dab straw, try wiping down the vapor tip with isopropyl alcohol (make sure that the tip is cold to the touch!), it’ll clean up that tip very nicely. Turn on the tip for a few moments to burn off any residue before taking a hit as well, that will make sure you get a nice fresh hit. That’ll help you get the most out of your dab straw. A good tip for the Dip Devices dab pens is to get rid of residue whenever you can- this can build up easily and lead to clogs. Sometimes a little bit of scraping is needed, but don’t go crazy!

Some Final Thoughts

We hoped you enjoyed our answers for some back-to-basics Frequently Asked Questions. We might do more of this in the future, so please shoot us a message on our site and let us know if you have any questions that you’d like the Dip Devices team to answer. We’ll be happy to help- and if any questions start coming across our desks often, we’ll be sure to post our answers here!

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