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How to Hit a Dab Pen? Step by Step Guide


Guide on how to hit a dab pen

Dab pens are popular, portable, discreet and convenient vaping devices designed for users to consume cannabis concentrates easily.

Dab pens enhance the user's overall experience, especially for beginners. However, Hitting them correctly can be a tricky thing to do.

If you are thinking of getting a dab pen, or just bought one and want to make sure you use it the right way, we are here to help.

In this article, we'll share some easy and practical steps to hit the Dab Pen. We'll also provide some useful tips for getting the most out of your dabbing experience.

What Is a Dab Pen? and How Does It Work?

different parts of a dab pen

Dab pens, aka wax vape pens or Wax Vaporizers, are handheld devices used for vaporizing cannabis concentrates (like shatter, wax, budder, live resin, crumble, etc) to allow users to inhale the resulting vapor.

In recent years, they've gained popularity for providing a stronger effect, delivering potent hits and more intense flavors than traditional dry herb or oil vape pens.

Dab pens can differ slightly in sizes and shapes, but all have four key components: a lithium battery, a mouthpiece, a chamber where you place the dabs, and an atomizer with heating coil.

The battery powe­rs the heating piece­ which warms up the extracts until they produce­ vapor without burning, then you can inhale vapor from mouthpiece.

How to Hit a Dab Pen? Step by Step Guide

How to hit a dab pen

With a few steps, you can make your cannabis experience easy, exciting, and overly rewarding.

Step 1: Charge the Battery

The first thing to do when using your dab pen is to ensure that it's fully charged and ready for use.

Most dab pens come with a USB charger or charging cable. To charge it, connect the charging cable to the device and a power source.

Step 2: Load your favorite Dabs

Dab pens have to be loaded manually, because the cannabis concentrates can be sticky or viscous.

Just remove the mouthpiece and coil cap, open the wax chamber.

Employ a metal dab tool that lets you scoop us a bit of extract and gently apply your concentrate directly on top of the coil.

After that, put the coil cap and mouthpiece back to dab pen.

Step 3: Turn On the Dab pen

Most dab pens have a fire button you need to press multiple times (usually 5 times) to turn them on.

Step 4: Adjust the Temperature

Most dab pens have adjustable temperature settings. You normally just press the button 3 times to cycle through temperature options.

Choose your preferred temperature. Lower temperatures can provide a smoother hit with better flavor, while higher temperatures produce more vapor.

Step 5: Heat Your Device

Once you select your desired temperature, press and hold the power switch to heat the unit.

The coil inside the heating chamber should vaporize everything, resulting in thick and potent clouds of cannabis concentrate.

Your dab pen's power button will flicker or glow while it is heating.

Step 6: Inhale and Enjoy

After a few moments of heating, it is all set for puffing.

At that point, inhale the vapor slow and steady from the dab pen's mouthpiece.

Remember to hold that fire push button down while you inhale. This ensures a nice and steady puff throughout.

You'll start to feel euphoric as the cannabis components enter your bloodstream.

Step 7: Turn off and Clean

When finished with your dab pen, turn it off by press the button and screw the cap back on.

You should always wipe your dab pen after each session to avoid residual to buildup.

You can scrape any remaining residue from your atomizer with a cotton swab or the metal dab tool.

It's a good idea to clean while the device is still warm: it's much easier to get all the residue out.

Five Useful Tips for Hitting the dab Pens

five useful tips for hitting the dab pens

Mastering these tips ensures not only the most enjoyable dabbing experience but also the longevity and safety of your device. Here are our expert tips on having the best possible dab pen experience:

1. Load the Concentrate Correctly

Loading dab pens properly is essential for optimal performance.

Use a dab tool to gently place a small amount of concentrate onto the coils or in the chamber, avoiding overpacking to prevent clogging.

Ensure that the device is switched off while loading to maintain safety.

2. Preheat the Device

To maximize the flavor of your concentrates, consider using the preheat function if your dab pen has one.

Preheating the device for a few seconds before taking a puff helps prime the concentrate, ensuring a smoother and more flavorsome vapor.

This technique is particularly useful for concentrates that are more challenging to vaporize due to their thickness.

3. Mind the Temperature

Since many different concentrates can be loaded into a dab pen, it's important to be able to tweak your equipment.

Dab pen's temperature control affects the potency and flavor profile of the vapor.

It's critical to avoid overheating your concentrates, which could destroy the terpenes responsible for taste and flavor, resulting in harsh and unpleasant hits.

Starting at lower temperatures will produce a smoother hit and a clearer taste.

Gradually increase the temperature to find your preferred balance between vapor density and flavor.

4. Start Slow

Concentrates are highly potent, so pay attention to how your body and lungs react to different hit Frequency and durations. Keep in mind that everyone's tolerance to cannabis varies. Tolerance has a huge effect on your body and mind's response to weed.

It's best to start with small doses and work your way up. Too much too fast never spells a good time, which may leave you coughing or with a sore throat.

5. Regularly Clean your dab pen

Cleaning dab pen components regularly is paramount for hygiene and functionality.

For a thorough cleaning, disassemble the pen and soak the components in isopropyl alcohol.

Rinse and dry the parts thoroughly before reassembling them.

How to Unclog a Dab Pen that Isn't Hitting?

how to unclog a dab pen

A dab pen usually has large airflow openings to facilitate a smooth draw. However, the airflow holes may be clogged due to the Resin residue.

If this happens, you'll have trouble hitting your dab pen. Fortunately,There are two ways to unclog your dab pen and get it working again.

1. If the clog isn't serious, you can use a dab tool or a cotton swab to scrape the residue away from the airflow holes.

There's still active material in the residue, so feel free to put it on the coil and vape it.

2. If the clog is severe, remove the coil and other parts from your dab pen and soak it in rubbing alcohol for a few hours.

Rinse away any remaining residue under running water and wait until all the parts completely dry before using your dab pen again.

Where to buy a Dab Pen?

where to buy dab pens

You can buy one from an online store or your local medical or recreational cannabis dispensary. There are thousands of devices available.

A quality dab pen can range anywhere from $30 to $100, but can vary depending on brand or style.

If you want something affordable then you can get a quality lookah python dab pen or Lookah seahorse electronic nectar collector for under $60.


Dabbing may be a suitable option for your cannabis needs, and a dab pen provides added ease, convenience, and portability.

However, they also require responsible usage to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

With our guide and tips in hand, we hope you can use your dab pen with confidence.

With some patience, you will learn how to hit a dab pen correctly and feel the strong effects of your concentrate concentrates.

Happy dabbing!