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How to Get The Most Out of Your Vape Pen and Cartridges

Whether you are new to cannabis use or have been a cannabis enthusiast for years, it is likely that you have seen an increase in the popularity of vape pens in recent years. While this may seem strange to an outside observer, users have discovered the many benefits that THC and CBD vape pens provide over traditional consumption methods.

The fact is that vape pens are not only extremely easy to use, but they are also portable, discreet, and oil cartridges produce less odor than smoking flower. However, one thing every vape user knows is that CBD and THC oil cartridges are expensive; which can make it frustrating if they seem to be running out faster than they should.

Luckily, there are simple steps that you can take to make cartridges last longer. Here is a look at a few simple things you can do to ensure you are getting the most out of your vape pen and cartridges.

Read The Instructions

In order to ensure that you are using your vape pen properly, and you are pairing it with the right cartridges, it is critical that you read your vape pen’s owner’s manual. While we have all been guilty of using products we buy without reading the owner’s manual, reading the manual for your vape pen could save you money in the long-run. Doing so will ensure that you are using the right products, and it can help to ensure you are using the right techniques to enhance efficiency. Furthermore, knowing how your equipment works, and how to handle it properly, reduces the risk that you will cause costly damage to it.

Make Sure to Store Your Cartridges Properly

Where and how you store your vape pen and cartridges matters if you want to get the most out of them. Cartridges tend to evaporate passively in hot environments, so it is important that you keep them in a cool dry place when not in use. This makes it critical that you do not leave it in a hot car or on a windowsill. When cartridges are subjected to evaporation, they tend to evaporate through the top of the cartridge. Storing your cartridges vertically with the mouthpiece facing down can then help reduce evaporation.

It is also important that you store your device in the manufacturer case that it came in, as this can be critical in protecting your vape pen and cartridges from damage. This is particularly critical when you are on the go, as keeping a vape pen in a purse or pocket unprotected could cause it to shatter.

Perhaps the most important thing that you can do to extend the life of your vape pen when storing it is to unscrew the pen from the cartridge when it is not in use. Doing so can help to prevent oil from being unnecessarily heated, which could lead to waste, and it reduces the risk of leaks and breakage.

Consider The Altitude

One cause of poor performance in vape pens that many users are unaware of is high altitude. When you travel to high altitudes, this causes an increase in air pressure, which can force air into your device. This can ultimately lead to leaks and poor performance.

Fortunately, there are higher quality tanks available that are made to better adapt to changes in altitude. If you live at a high altitude, or you plan on traveling to a high altitude destination with your vape pen, you may want to consider investing in one that can handle these conditions. You will be surprised by how much longer your cartridges last with the proper equipment.

Use The Right Equipment

Speaking of equipment, it is critical that you always use the right equipment for your vape pen. Different pens and oil cartridges have different features, designs, coils, and power levels. This means that not every vape pen and cartridge will work well together. Even if a cartridge that is not designed for your vape pen seems like it fits and works, you may be unknowingly wasting product. For instance, too much power could burn the oil, which could lead to you using too much product, and it could result in a burnt product with an unpleasant taste. In order to ensure that you get the most out of your cartridges, it is critical that you only use those that are specifically made to work with your vape pen.

Check for Leaks

If it seems as though you are suddenly going through a lot more oil than normal, you should consider checking your cartridges and vape pen for leaks, as this could explain a sudden loss of oil. If you notice a leak in your cartridges or pen, you may be able to return it to the manufacturer, or the dispensary where you purchased it, for a replacement. If a cartridge was the source of the leak, make sure that you clean your vape pen thoroughly. The oil could dry on your pen and cause severe damage to its components if you wait too long.

Check if Cartridges are Really Empty

If you do not seem to be getting as much use out of your cartridges as you think you should, then you should take the time to make sure that they are truly empty. Even if a cartridge looks empty, there may be more oil trapped in there that you can’t see, or there may even be oil that has hardened at the bottom or along the sides of the cartridge. Fortunately, you may be able to get this residual oil out.

If it is possible to do so, unscrew or carefully pry open the top of your empty cartridges. If there seems to be residual liquid inside, turn it upside down over a shot glass and allow it to pour out. If there seems to be hardened oil along the bottom or sides of the cartridges, you may be able to use a toothpick to get it out. Whatever you recover from your empty cartridges can then be dabbed into a pipe or onto a blunt paper. This can help to ensure that you get your money’s worth out of each cartridge.

Making sure that you properly care for, store, and use your oil cartridges and vape pens can help to extend the life of your cartridges, helping to save you money in the long run. Feel free to contact us to learn more about steps that you can take to get the most out of your vape pen and cartridges.

This content is not intended as medical advice. The information provided is meant to encourage cannabis education, not replace direct patient-healthcare professional relationships. Always consult your primary care physician or other healthcare provider prior to using cannabis products for treatment of a medical condition. Any statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products referenced are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Products are only available where the consumption of cannabis is legal.