If you’ve just purchased your first wax pen, you’re about to enjoy a form of vaping that’s completely different from anything you’ve experienced before. Oil vaping is a user-friendly and convenient way to get elevated on the go. Wax vaping can give you an even more powerful experience – but using a wax vaporizer isn’t quite as easy as oil vaping in many ways. You need to baby your device a little bit, and there are certain things that you need to do if you want to have the best possible experience.
When you learn to use a wax vaporizer properly, you’ll enjoy a vaping experience that’s more enjoyable and more satisfying. Wax vaping is also incredible from a flavor standpoint. Even more importantly, you’ll avoid wasting your material needlessly. Wax concentrates aren’t cheap – you want to enjoy every puff to the fullest possible extent.
These are the 7 tips that every wax pen owner needs to know.
Use the Right Wax Pen for Your Needs
If you don’t own a wax pen yet, the first thing you’ll need to do is choose the device that’s right for your needs. Although many Hamilton Devices vaporizes will work with wax coils, we have two devices that are particularly well suited to wax vaping and suggest that you take a look at them before making your decision.
- Nomad: We specifically designed the Nomad to be the best wax pen on the market – and since this device includes a wax coil, it has everything that you need in order to get started. The Nomad has a glass mouthpiece for top-quality flavor. It also includes a bubbler and a quick-connect adapter that allows you to connect the device to a full-sized bong. When you’re not vaping, you can store the device and all of its glass attachments in the included padded waterproof case.
- Starship: The Starship is the first oil and wax vaporizer with the ability to use up to three cartridges or coils simultaneously. If you’ve tried other vaporizers and found them not quite intense enough for your liking, you definitely won’t have that experience with the Starship. The Starship has a long-lasting 1,450 mAh battery, and it includes three wax coils. You’re also free to use the Starship with two cartridges or coils – or just one – for a less intense experience.
When buying any wax pen, it’s important to note that wax coils are usually a bit wider than oil cartridges. For that reason, it’s not usually possible to connect a wax coil to a vape pen that has hidden or retractable threading.
Load Your Coil Very Carefully
Before your wax vaping experience can begin, you’ll need to load your device’s coil with wax. To do that, you’ll use a metal dab tool to take a bit of wax out of your storage container and place it directly on your coil. When you do this, it’s important to be very careful because you don’t want to scratch the coil. Many wax coils have exposed metal. Our Nomad wax coil has no exposed metal and uses a ceramic oven instead for increased durability. Regardless of the type of coil you’re using, though, you want to deposit the wax carefully because a scratch can affect the coil’s performance. In the case of a coil with exposed metal, damage to the coil can even potentially cause a short circuit.
Only Load Your Coil with What You Plan to Use
The easiest way to keep a wax coil clean and avoid waste is by only loading it with as much material as you plan to use during your vaping session. Overloading a wax coil can cause the air vents to become clogged, and that will hamper the quality of your experience. In addition, an overloaded coil may leak – and that can lead to waste. A rice-sized ball of wax is usually more than sufficient for a great vaping session.
Always Soften the Wax Before Inhaling Deeply
After loading your wax coil, you don’t want to just start vaping right away. You want to melt the wax first because that maximizes the physical contact between the wax and the coil’s heating surface. If the wax doesn’t cover the coil’s heating surface completely, you’ll get a harsh “dry hit” when you inhale. Before you take a deep puff, press your vaporizer’s fire button in brief pulses to gently heat and soften the wax. When the wax is fully liquified, you’re ready to start vaping.
Keep Your Wax Pen Upright Between Puffs
One of the most important things to remember about wax vaping is that a wax coil isn’t an enclosed environment in the way that an oil cartridge is. A wax coil has large holes to facilitate airflow. If you place your wax pen on its side while the wax is still warm and liquified, it’ll leak out of the holes. Always keep your wax pen upright until you’ve used all of the material. Don’t put the device away until it is completely cool.
Store Your Wax in an Airtight Silicone Container
A relatively small amount of wax can last a long time since you’ll typically only use a rice-sized portion during a vaping session. Therefore, it’s in your best interest to store your wax carefully. If you minimize your wax’s exposure to heat, light and air, you’ll maximize its flavor and potency during long-term storage. The best type of container to use for storing your wax is an airtight silicone jar. Silicone is a non-stick material that’s easy to clean and does a good job of keeping smells contained. A glass jar with a silicone or rubber gasket can also work well. If the wax that you’re using is runny and difficult to load into a wax coil, consider hardening it up a bit by storing it in your refrigerator.
Keep Your Wax Coils Clean
Every wax coil has a finite life. Eventually, a coil will fail due to heat stress, or baked-on residue will degrade the coil’s flavor quality until it reaches a point at which it’s no longer enjoyable to use. In most cases, though, you can use a coil for months before one of those things happens. The way to maximize a wax coil’s life is by keeping it clean, and that’s very easy to do by giving it a quick soak in rubbing alcohol after every few vaping sessions. The alcohol dissolves and loosens the residue that’s stuck to the coil, allowing you to rinse it away easily in your sink. Don’t use the coil again until it is completely dry.