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Have you been thinking about switching to vape pens or changing brands?
Or maybe you don’t know exactly what vapes are or how to use them, but you’ve seen your pal puffing on what looks to be an “armored pen” like its oxygen.
If you're curious about the current vapes on the market, this article's for you.
What is a "Vape Pen?"
Vaporizers are portable electronic batteries that heat cartridges of marijuana oil to a temperature just shy of combustion, emitting a smokeless “mist” without the tars, toxins and carbon produced and ingested when setting your herb aflame.
Vaporizers make ingesting cannabis easy, discreet, and honestly quite a lot of fun. Just don’t confuse cannabis vaporizers with e-cigarette vaporizer pens that function the same but use nicotine instead of THC.
What to Look for in a Vape Pen
After seeing celebs like rapper/weed icon Snoop Dogg, comedian Sarah Silverman, fighter Nate Diaz and others publicly sport their favorite pens, you’re probably tempted to try one for yourself.
But what you might not realize is that the vape pens themselves aren’t the key. Yes, each comes with its own design, price, quality, durability, and “wow factor”; but in reality it’s the THC and/or CBD vape oil (also commonly referred to as cannabis e-juice or liquid concentrate) inside the detachable cartridge that produces the relaxing, therapeutic effects.
Which brings us to the point of this article…
What are the best (and worst) vape cartridges available in 2020?
Our first piece of advice for medical marijuana users—don’t listen to what the budtenders tell you.
They’re job is to push products. They’re not pharmacists. Most of them don’t care about your medical needs and the cannabis industry just doesn’t have standards to make sure the people behind the counter know what they’re talking about.
In fact, most of us are frequently shocked how little they actually know. “This one’s the best” usually means “this is the one nobody’s buying and we really need to get rid of it.”
And you often can’t trust pricing as an indicator of quality; you may think expensive carts trump the rest in quality and potency, but they’re most likely only pricey because of fancy packaging and branding.
In this 2020 breakdown, we’ll try to refrain from talking about qualities that are mainly subjective like smell and taste. They all smell and taste differently, but we know what you care about most are the THC concentration, vapor production, and ultimately the effects of the high, so we’ll mainly address these issues.
This one will last you a long time, but the great battery length comes at a cost. The use of a wicked atomizer in this pen is a bit of an outdated build. The wick has a tendency to burn when hit too hard and then in turn, it often causes headaches due to the burnt wick. The G Pen Gio has the ability to produce strong, long-lasting hits, but the truth is that you’ll probably prefer taking lighter hits with this pen due to the burnt taste from the wick. Standardly priced at around $70 for per cartridge, you’ll definitely be paying a premium price for a lot of cons.
Along with the battery life and quality, the portable, discreet form is probably one of the biggest appeals to this pen.
G Pen Gio cartridges = not worth the premium price for an outdated build that causes headaches and forces you take lighter hits
Korova does not mess around when it comes to quality. Once a humble edible company in California, these cannabis oil cartridges have killed the pre-filled vape cartridge game. Between the high-quality, eye catching packaging and high potency distillate with the latest in CCELL tech, you’re set up for a great experience.
For the high-quality and reputation delivered, they’re set at a decent price point of $35-$40 for half a gram.
Perhaps one of the most impressive qualities of these cartridges are their ability to hit not only in the flavor department but also strong, long-lasting potency. Losing flavor at the bottom of the cartridge will never be an issue with Korova. Because this is a distillate and not CO2 oil its flavor keeps on all the way down to the very last hit.
Our one con with this cartridge is that it can have a tendency to be rough on the throat due to it being a distillate. But it’s also worth noting that with its high THC content, you’re more likely to take fewer hits with this pen anyways.
Korova cartridges = great price point for high-quality product and reliable experience
The best and biggest draw factors of Rove carts lie in their quality and strength. The design of the carts is truly made for hard hits. These are the kind of cartridges that will give you those large vape clouds so many are after.
Rove’s contain some of the strongest Co2 oil you will find in a prefilled cartridge. But the best part is that the taste of the cannabis oil when vaped is still pleasant and long-lasting.
The price begins to trend towards the pricier side at $45 for half a gram and up. But the truth is that you’re paying for some top quality oil when you choose Rove. The one caveat with this product is the tendency for some users to have issues with stuck oil. This is a quick fix if you just heat the oil prior to taking a hit, but still can be an inconvenience for regular users.
Rove vape cartridges = great quality oil, big clouds, and little to no issues with the design at a decent price.
ABX is a consistently high ranking cartridge product line, and for many good reasons! Seeing as they’ve made it this high on our list, there are a lot of things to admire about this cartridge.
Reports of ABX cartridge issues are very rare. It’s a well-done design made with the comfort and goals of the cannabis user in mind. It’s metal tube wick, metal mouth piece, and extremely durable plastic body ensure it will be a long-lasting cartridge and easy experience for its users.
All of their cartridges are filled with 100% cannabis oil concentrate at 70% THC. They have their oil formulations down to a science with a highly tested and refined technique. And the best part? Their oil is the perfect consistency. Never too thin or thick; so it always burns just right.
ABX Vape cartridges can be found for anywhere between $35-$65. Their price can sometimes vary based on the strain held within.
These embody everything you want in your weed oil cartridges: the intensely flavored strains taste awesome and hit smoothly while getting you high as a kite, and provide a reliable, consistent experience, all at a good price.
ABX Live cartridges = currently one of the best vape cartridges on the market, hands down.
Stiiizy is an award-winning innovative California-based cannabis brand. It’s deemed as one of the world’s most treasured cannabis brands; and rightfully so.
The efficiency and design/build of the cartridge is unparalleled to most brands right now. In this review, we speak specifically to their latest line of live resin pods now available on the market. Their pods are known for their ease of replacement and the pen’s micro USB charger. It truly is an innovative design.
The strength of Stiiizy’s THC oil is consistently strong with THC levels testing at 85%. And with the live resin pods, these are significantly more potent than Stiiizy’s regular pods. The oil provides a great flavor profile as well. Stiiizy’s oil is sourced directly from freshly harvested, flash frozen cannabis plants, which is why the flavor profile is so authentic and clean.
The Live Resin pods are on the expensive end, with 1g cartridges costing around $75 a piece.
Stiiizy Cartridges = What these pods lack in affordability they make up for in convenience and quality. Worth the splurge.
Mostly known for their dried flower vapes, Pax has become a leading vape cartridge producer in 2017 due in part to their super sleek and stylish concentrates pen, the Pax Era. The pen’s thin, rectangular shape is unlike any other, making their cartridges, called “pods,” a high quality specialty item.
Their legacy has stuck as Pax Era is still in 2020 deemed a near perfect vape pen and cartridge. The bar is set high with its high performance, innovative design, and unexpected features/options, like Bluetooth connectivity.
Pax pods only fit with Pax products. There is definitely an exclusivity associated with this brand and product line.
This vape pen is great at not wasting any extracted cannabis oil. It uses wicks to heat the oil, and it does it an extremely smooth and satisfactory way. As for the oil itself, Pax Era pod contain oil by a variety of companies. They surprisingly do not produce their own cannabis oil.
In addition to the pods’ lasting unexpectedly long, the pen itself heats to a perfect temperature so you’ll never have another harsh hit filled with burnt flavor. The accompanying app will allow you to track your consumption and alter the temperature as needed.
Pax Era = Futuristic and beyond convenient design, with long-lasting efficiency and plenty of options.
So there you have it. The best and worst vape cartridges of 2020.
We’ll update this page regularly with new cartridge additions, so visit us again to learn about new cartridge brands & products.