It would probably be impossible to go to any college campus across the country and not find someone using a vaporizer pen. These little devices have become extremely popular with our generation.
Not only is vaping healthier than traditional smoking, it also tastes better and gives a much better overall experience as well. Most people who try vaping never go back to the traditional way of smoking.
However, there are just so many different vape pens out there that how are you supposed to even know where to start if you want to purchase one?
If you’ve been wanting to buy a vaporizer pen but have been stuck with this same dilemma, this article is exactly what you have been looking for.
We have personally tested a large amount of pens ourselves, some good and others not so much, so this is an area we feel very comfortable talking about. Our unique experience allows us to compare all of the pens against each other and narrow down what the top units are.
And since you guys are in college and we understand money can be tight, all of the vape pens on this list are under $100.
Please also note that these are NOT e-cigarettes. The pens on this list are for those who enjoy smoking herbs and concentrates (waxes, oils, etc.)
1. The Source Orb 3 Premium Kit - $79.95
Source has quickly made a name for themselves as one of the best vaporizer companies in the industry. Their Source Orb 2 came on the scene a couple years ago and provided a very unique experience due to the fact that it came with 7 different atomizers.
This allowed vapers to dial in the perfect vaping experience and find the atomizer that best suits them.
We were (and still are) huge fans of the Orb 2, but Source stepped up their game even more and just launched the Orb 3 a few months ago.
Like the Orb 2, the Orb 3 comes with 7 atomizers, but they replaced some of the old ones with brand new quartz bowl atomizers, providing a flavor unlike any other unit on the market.
With a variable voltage battery and 7 atomizers including 2 made of quartz, the Orb 3 gives you the most customizable vaping experience out there.
The Premium Kit goes for only $79.95 on Source’s official website, and if you use the coupon code ‘PaintTheMoon’ you can get an extra 10% off your order.
Note: Since the release of the Orb 3, the Orb 2 has dropped way down in price to $59.99. If you’re looking for something a little cheaper, this is a great option. The Orb 2 is still an awesome unit, but the Orb 3 is worth the extra money if you have it.
If you’re the person that likes to customize your vaping experience, or perhaps you’re new and not sure what types of atomizers you like, either of the Orbs are the perfect choice.
2. The Gentleman’s Brand Ambassador Kit V4 - $79.95
Gentleman’s Brand is another very reputable name in the vaporizer pen industry. They have been in the game for many years now and always produce quality units.
Their Ambassador Kit V4 was released earlier this year and is our second favorite pen on the market at this time.
It comes with a variable voltage battery (like all good pens should have) that ranges from 3.2-4.8 volts.
The main draw to the Ambassador Kit V4 is that it comes with 2 concentrate cartridges, one of them being the “Mega” concentrate cart. The Mega holds over a full gram of material, which means you can load it in the morning and have it last you for a good chunk of the day without refilling. Also, since you have the second cartridge (the standard size one), you can have that filled up as well to use as a backup.
At only $79.95, the Gentleman’s Ambassador Kit V4 is an awesome choice. If you’re the type that’s always on the go and doesn’t want to constantly be refilling your carts, this is the pen for you. You can grab it from Gentleman’s website here.
3. The Dr. Dabber Ghost - $84.95
Third on the list we have the Dr. Dabber Ghost. The Ghost is a solid pen as well, coming with titanium coils that provide a very nice, smooth flavor.
What’s different about the Ghost from other pens is the slower heat up time. What this does is ensures a more even rate of vaporization as well as that crisp, fresh flavor.
Pens that heat up too quickly sometimes give a less than pleasant taste, and the Ghost avoids this completely.
However, if you’re one of the more impatient types that just wants to do a quick session and be done, just know ahead of time that you will be waiting a little longer with the Ghost than with some other pens.
At $84.95 at the time of writing this, the Ghost is slightly more expensive than the first 2 units on the list, but not by much. If you’re interested in buying the Dr. Dabber Ghost, you can pick it up at Vapor Nation here (use the coupon code ‘MOON’ for 10% off).
4. The V2 Pro Series 3 - $84.99 w/ the loose leaf cart. $59.99 without it.
Finally we come to the V2 Pro Series 3. Let me first say that I don’t necessarily think this pen is in 4th place next to the others. Rather, it’s in a different category since it’s the only pen on the list that can properly vape dry herbs as well as concentrates.
A lot of other pens claim they can vape dry herb, but in reality they exceed the proper temperature and end up burning them instead.
So if you want a pen that can truly do both dry herbs and concentrates, this is the only one on the list that you will want to buy.
With that being said, the V2 Pro Series 3 is one of those “jack of all trades, master of none” units.
The previous 3 all do a better job at vaping concentrates than the Series 3 does. And there are other vaporizers out there that do a better job at vaping herbs. However, there are no pens that can do both (a lot of portables can do both, but that’s a whole different category of vaporizers).
And for only $85 total when you throw in the loose leaf cartridge, you’re getting a pen that is multi-functional for a very good price.
If you like the idea of being able to vape dry herbs and concentrates all with 1 unit, the V2 Pro Series 3 is the way to go. You can grab it from V2’s website here.
We hope you found this guide informative and that it helped you at least narrow down your choices on which vaporizer pen to buy. If you want to read our full buyer’s guide complete with video demonstrations of all the units and individual, detailed reviews of each one, you can check it out here: Paint the Moon’s Pen Vaporizer Buyer’s Guide