New to Dabbing? How to Get Started with Dab Pens

New to Dabbing? How to Get Started with Dab Pens

If you’re tired of losing lighters and want to dip your toe into the potent, flavorful world of cannabis concentrates, the best way to do so is with a dab pen. 

At Dip Devices, we’re passionate about engineering the best ways to take dabs. Today, we’re providing a primer on how to get started dabbing the easy way — with a dab pen. 

What is a Dab Pen?

A dab pen is a small vape that you use for cannabis concentrates. It can refer to either a device you load up with wax or a pre-filled cartridge. 

Are Dab Pens Good for Beginners?

Yes! Dab pens are great for beginners, as long as you remember that wax is typically much more potent than flower. However, if you want to try concentrates, dab pens are much easier to use than dab rigs. Dab pens are also affordable, so you don’t have to make a significant investment just to try out a new form of cannabis. 

Which Dab Pens are Best for Newbies?

We recommend these three dab pens for people new to dabbing or just looking for an easy-to-use dab pen. 

  1. The EVRI: If you value versatility in your pieces, you can’t beat the EVRI. You can use it as a dab pen, cart battery, dab straw, and flower vaporizer. 
  2. The Lunar: If you want a basic dab pen that delivers incredible results, you’ll want to pick up the Lunar. It has everything you need in a dab pen — and none of the bells and whistles you don’t need. 
  3. Dip Devices 510 Battery: If you’re just looking for a battery to power a cartridge, Dip Devices has you covered there, too. Our 510-threaded batteries are powerful and compatible with all standard carts. 


Dab Pen Startup and Care

So you’ve decided on a dab pen and are ready to start dabbing. What comes first?

How to Charge a Dab Pen

Before your first sesh with your new dab pen, you’ll want to ensure it’s fully charged. Most dab pens charge via a micro USB or a specialized charging cable.

Dip Devices dab pens all use micro USB charging, so you don’t have to worry about keeping track of yet another cord. 

How to Dab With a Dab Pen

Dabbing with a dab pen is one of the easiest ways to consume cannabis. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Charge your dab pen
  2. Fill your dab pen with concentrate or attach a cannabis cartridge
  3. Turn your dab pen on to your preferred setting
  4. And you’re ready to start puffing!


With some dab pens, you need to hold down a button to take a hit. Others will turn on automatically when you inhale. Either way, we recommend taking small puffs to keep it from getting clogged. You should also start off with just one or two wee hits to judge how you’re feeling before dabbing more. 

How to Clean a Dab Pen

Though dab pens don’t get dirty as fast as bongs or dab rigs, you still need to keep them clean. Regular cleaning ensures your dab pen stays in peak working order and produces clean, flavorful vapor. 

We recommend gently cleaning your dab pen with rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab or soft cloth when it is off and cool. 

Dab Pen FAQs

Knowledge is power! Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about dab pens. 

Do Dab Pens Smell?

Contrary to what you might have heard, dab pens do smell. However, they don’t smell as strongly as combusted flower, and the scent doesn’t linger as long. You’re dealing with vapor, not smoke, and less vapor escapes when you hit a dab pen than with other methods of smoking cannabis. It’s still a good idea to open a window and light a scented candle or spritz some essential oils if you’re hitting a dab pen inside and trying to be respectful of your neighbors, though. 

Do Dab Pens Hit Instantly?

When you hit a dab pen, you can expect to feel the effects within a few minutes of your first inhale. Like smoking, you don’t feel it instantly, but it’s pretty close — and certainly much faster than edibles or tinctures. 

Are Dab Pens and Carts the Same Thing?

Many people use “dab pen” and “cartridge” interchangeably. However, they are technically different things. 

  • Dab Pens are small vaporizers that you fill with wax, shatter, or other cannabis concentrates. The tank and the battery are part of the same device. 
  • Carts are tanks that come prefilled with cannabis concentrate, typically an oil, and attach to a battery.

  • If you want a piece that can function as both a dab pen and a cart, you’re in luck! The multifunctional EVRI from Dip Devices features attachments that transform it into a dab pen, 510 battery, honey straw, and flower vaporizer. You can even attach it to a bong or dab rig to create an e-rig!

    Get the Best Selection of Dab Pens for Beginners at Dip Devices

    Hopefully, you feel more prepared to jump into the wide world of dabbing. If you’re ready to pick up a dab pen, you’re in the right place — Dip Devices has a massive selection of the best dab pens and accessories. Browse our selections, and don’t hesitate to ask us any more questions you come up with. Congratulations on ditching the torch!

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