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Buying a Vape Battery: What You Need to Know

In recent years, vaping has become one of the most popular methods of consuming cannabis. With its ease of use, convenience and portability, vaping is a great way to consume cannabis on the go. And while many have taken to the trend, you may be new to vaping THC and eager to get started. 

You’ve come to the right place! Foundational to vaping and many vape oil products is the battery. Is there a best vape pen battery? And what’s the best way to safely use and store a vaporizer battery?

Keep reading to uncover everything you need to know before making your next vape battery purchase.

What Is a Vape Battery, and Why Do I Need One?

While smoking fresh cannabis flower requires nothing more than a pipe or bong—or an ultra-convenient pre-rolled joint—the vape battery is the essential tool for using cannabis vape cartridges. Why?

Cannabis vape pen with battery next to cannabis flower nugs

Cannabis vapes heat either cannabis concentrate or finely ground flower to the point at which the cannabinoids and terpenes vaporize (but before any plant matter is burned). And for this you need a powerful, compact, and reliable source of energy. Enter the vape battery.

Fortunately for us, vaporizer batteries are exceedingly simple to operate, as most of them only require the push of a button to begin charging the heating element.

Is there truly a best vape pen battery? While vape batteries can come in varying sizes, colors, and capabilities, many of the models you encounter for sale at a trusted dispensary will be similar in their ease of operation, so rest assured that differences between batteries are not huge. That said, let’s explore some important distinguishing characteristics that can affect your vaping experience.

Things to Consider When Buying a Vape Battery

The most important aspect of selecting a vape battery is its power. The best vape batteries have power settings that can be easily adjusted and offer a range of options for users to customize their experience to their preference.

Cannabis Vaping Oil in cartridge on table

On most vapes, power can be modulated through repeated clicks of the control button, but higher-end models offer display screens that highlight the current power mode or even apps to customize settings and adjust temperature. This is important because different cannabis concentrates and their active ingredients (cannabinoids and terpenes) vaporize at slightly different temperatures. Setting the precise heat point not only leads to a more pleasurable vaping experience, but a more efficient one that stretches your cannabis dollar further.

While even low-powered batteries can produce satisfactory results when vaping a cannabis oil or distillate, more capable batteries are better at producing fuller, richer, and more effective vape clouds. Having the option to adjust to the setting you desire is always preferable, but not strictly necessary.

Likewise, the ability of your vape battery to hold its charge is also a factor to consider. Some batteries charge quickly and can maintain their level of power for dozens of uses before losing their charge. Other batteries take a long time to charge and then die quickly. When in doubt, we recommend you read product reviews (and ask a budtender!) before making a purchase.

The Vape Pen Battery

One of the more popular vape battery styles are the “pen” style batteries. These batteries are long and slim, hence the name. Vape pens are compatible with vape cartridges (also often simply called vape carts) that are filled with cannabis concentrate. The pen battery is threaded, like a lightbulb, for easy and secure attachment of the cartridge. 

Hand holding Cannabis Vape Pen in front of marijuana plant

Typically, the cartridge will be marked with the type of thread it’s compatible with. Many cartridges, for instance, are compatible with what’s known as “510 thread” batteries. So, when using a vape pen, make sure the thread on the battery is compatible with the thread on the cartridge.

Other Types of Vape Batteries

The vape pen may be ubiquitous, but there are other cannabis vaporizers that can be loaded up with flower or concentrates, too. 

Flower vaporizers range from fancy tabletop models to miniature devices for vaping on the go, and the better ones offer a wide range of temperature settings and other options for you to fine-tune your experience.

There are also vape units that are designed for use with concentrates like wax, budder and more. These types of vapes are often simply referred to as dab or wax pens. While they could functionally be described as vape pens, they’re somewhat different in that they permit users to inhale vaporized cannabis concentrate, or a “dab.” Because this is a fast-acting and extremely potent form of cannabis consumption, we recommend this option for more experienced cannabis users.

Finally, there are vape battery units that are made for and compatible with only specific brands of cartridge. Some concentrate companies, such as PAX or Stiiizy for example, produce vape batteries that can only be used with their own proprietary cartridges and concentrates. These vape batteries will often have differentiators in functionality or product offerings that may attract someone to choose it over other options such as the threaded vape pen, which can be used with any brand that produces a compatible cartridge.

Vape Battery: Safety and Storage

While vaporizer batteries are designed for long service, there are things you can do to help them stay in tip-top shape. As with all electronic devices, be sure to keep them away from excessive heat or moisture. If you’re leaving a vape pen battery in your car on a sunny day, remember that temperatures can reach 116 degrees after only an hour. 

Similarly, keep your vape battery out of harm’s way by storing it away from any place liquids could easily get spilled. Kept out of extreme temperature zones and dry, your battery will reward you with a long, reliable, and safe life.

How to Use a Vape Pen

If you’re new to the world of vapes, you might be wondering how to actually use one after you’ve purchased your battery and concentrate of choice. Here’s a quick guide to get you started:

  • When you inhale, imagine you are sipping hot tea. Small, gentle puffs on a vaporizer allow for a fuller vaporization of the cannabis oil or ground flower.
  • Be sure to keep your vape clean. If it’s a refillable model, make sure you clean the chamber regularly by disassembling the unit and cleaning it with a cotton swab moistened with rubbing alcohol.
  • Make sure your battery is charged and in good condition. There are few things as disappointing as getting to a remote destination before finding out your battery is out of juice!

Explore Vape Batteries and Concentrates with Green Goods

We hope today’s post answers your burning questions about how to find the best vape pen battery for your specific needs and goals. And if you’re ready to try one out for yourself, click here to find your nearest Green Goods location. We offer a variety of vape cartridges filled with potent and quality concentrates such as distillate, rosin, live resin and more.

Have other questions about using a vape battery? Just ask! We’re always here to help.

Please note that qualifying conditions vary by state, and the information relating to qualifying conditions may not apply to cannabis patients in all states. Product availability also varies based on state program restrictions and rules, so the products discussed may not be available in all states. Be sure to check with your local Green Goods location about the products available in your state.