Oil/510 thread Vaping for Beginners - Anatomy of a Vape Pen & How to Use it?

August 08, 2023

In 2003, a Chinese pharmacist named Mr. Hon Lik changed the smoking scene by creating the modern e-cigarette or vape pen. He combined a high-frequency ultrasound emitter with a heating element, making a device that could produce nicotine-flavored vapor consistently. In simpler terms, a vape pen is a gadget that heats liquid to make vapor.

Vape juice, also called e-liquid, is what gets turned into vapor. It's like the fuel for vaping. This liquid usually has a mix of vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, and flavors.

Back to Mr. Hon Lik's invention – think of it like a mini fog machine. The liquid goes in, gets heated up, and turns into vapor that you can breathe in. It's a much safer alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes because it doesn't involve burning tobacco, which releases harmful chemicals. Vape pens have become popular because they offer a way to enjoy nicotine without many of the risks linked to smoking.

How to use a vape pen

Lots of people who use marijuana prefer to buy cartridges that are already filled. These cartridges have a 510 thread, which works with all 510 thread batteries. But you can also choose to get cartridges that you can fill yourself. You can use pre-filled syringes with THC extract oil to refill these cartridges.

Safely Vaping THC Oil: Start Small, Stay Mindful. Getting a satisfying amount of vapor is pretty simple when you use a liquid with nicotine. But things change when you're vaping THC oil. You have to be really careful and pay attention to how much you vape.

Here's the deal: THC oil is usually stronger than nicotine liquid. It's like the difference between a regular soda and an energy drink – you don't need as much of the energy drink to feel a buzz. The same goes for THC oil – a little bit can go a long way.

So, when you're vaping THC oil, it's smart to be cautious. Start with just a couple of small hits, then wait at least 2 minutes before taking more. This helps you see how it affects you before you go further. With time, you'll figure out how many hits work for you.

If you start to feel really high, it's a good idea to stop and take a break. Vaping THC oil slowly can prevent you from coughing too much or getting way too high. It keeps things comfortable and controlled.

Think of it like eating a tasty dessert – you don't want to devour the whole thing in one bite. Taking it slow gives you a better experience, and you'll enjoy the effects without any discomfort.

In the end, it's about having a good time while staying in control. So, remember, small hits, take breaks, and relax. You'll find your sweet spot for the perfect experience

Related article: 3 Problems with 510 Thread THC Oil Pens/Carts (and how to solve them!)

Proper Storage Tips for Your THC Oil Vape Pen: Keeping It Just Right

To keep your THC oil vape pen in the best condition, it's a good idea to store it at a normal room temperature. If you leave it in places that are too hot, it can actually harm the device. This is because very high temperatures can mess with the delicate electronics inside. On the flip side, very cold temperatures can be just as bad. Both extremes, whether too hot or too cold, can hurt the battery and might even make it leak.

When you leave your vape pen in really hot areas, like direct sunlight or a hot car, the heat can mess up the components and reduce the battery's lifespan. It's like how your phone might start acting weird if you leave it out in the sun for too long.

And when it gets too cold, the battery's performance can drop, and it might not work as well. Imagine trying to start a car in freezing weather – it can struggle. The same can happen to your vape pen's battery.

So, the key is to find a comfortable spot for your vape pen. Somewhere not too hot, not too cold – just like the Goldilocks of storage spots. This way, you'll make sure your pen stays in good shape, the battery lasts longer, and you can keep enjoying your THC oil without any surprises.

Pro tip: To stop the oil from accidentally leaking out of the cartridge or tank, it's better to keep the pen standing up in a regular room temperature. If you lay it flat, leaks can occur, and that can make a big mess. Plus, when the pen is stored on its side, it might not work well the next time you want to use it, and that can be quite frustrating.

Anatomy of a vape pen

vape pen

Vape pens come in different types, either closed or open systems. However, they generally have four main parts that are important for every vape pen:
  1. Mouthpiece: This is where you breathe in the vapor. It's like the entrance for the vapor to go into your mouth.

  2. Tank/Chamber/Clearomizer: This part holds the liquid that gets heated. If it's a closed system, this is also where the cartridge is placed, holding the pre-filled liquid.

  3. Atomizer: An atomizer has two main things: a tiny heating part called a coil and a material that soaks up liquid, called wicking material. The coil heats up the liquid, and the wicking material gets it to the coil. Inside the chamber, the liquid turns into vapor when it's heated to a certain temperature.

  4. Power Source: Most vape pens use a rechargeable battery made of lithium-ion. It's a good idea to choose a vape pen with a big battery so it doesn't need recharging often. This way, you can use it for a long time without worrying about the battery running out too soon.

So, in simple words, a vape pen has a part for breathing in, a part for holding the liquid, a part for making vapor, and a battery to make it all work.

Open System Pens (Refillable) vs Close System Vapes (dispensable)

There are two main types of vaping pens: open systems and closed systems.

  • Open systems are pens you can refill yourself. They have a tank or cartridge that you fill with THC vape juice when it runs out.

  • Closed system vaping pens use pre-filled pods or cartridges that you throw away after use. You don't need to manually refill them. Instead, when one pod or cartridge is empty, you just put in a new one. This is easier than open systems because you don't have to fill the tank yourself.

Advantages of Open System Vaping Pens

Advantages: Open system devices usually come with a stronger battery than closed systems. They also make bigger and thicker vapor clouds, which is great for those who like strong vaping.

Moreover, you get the choice to buy less expensive THC oil instead of only relying on disposable THC cartridges, which companies might sometimes raise prices for. This way, you can control the quality and amount of THC oil you use and maybe save money in the long run. Just make sure using THC oil is legal and safe where you are.

Disadvantages: Open system devices need regular cleaning to work well. They're also bigger in size. Keep in mind, if you don't know how to use an open system vaporizer correctly, it can be harsh.

Also, THC oil can be quite sticky to handle.

Conclusion: Open system devices need more maintenance and might be a bit trickier to use than closed systems.

Advantages of Close System Vaping Pens

Advantages: Closed system vape pens are simple and easy-to-use devices. They use disposable liquid cartridges, which means you don't have to fill them up yourself. They're small and convenient to carry around.

Plus, with closed systems, you don't need to worry about old flavors lingering, since each cartridge comes filled with new vape juice.

Disadvantages: One drawback of these pens is their small size, which makes them easier to misplace. The THC cartridges they use can be more expensive than simply buying THC oil and refilling your own reusable cartridge. Also, there's more waste generated because of the packaging of the disposable cartridges.

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