A Beginner’s Guide to Cannabis Vape Pens

Vaporizers have become a popular option amongst cannabis enthusiasts due to their convenience and discretion. They go by many names such as vape pens, carts, Stiizys and so on. With all the different names, there are also quite a bit of differences between each term as well.

These differences may seem small at first, but with with many cannabis aficionados these small differences can mean a lot to what they are looking for in a vaporizer. Here, we’ll go into the various types of vaporizers and cartridge terms you’ll often see in the market.

Vaporizers, Vape Pens, and Batteries

Vape Pens

THC vaporizers are most commonly known and sold as vape pens. When someone is referring to a vape pen, they’re most likely talking about the vaporizer as a whole. Vaporizers can be used for anything from nicotine fluid to cannabis oil. THC and CBD Pens are often comprised of the oil cartridge and the battery used to heat the oil but there are other kinds as well.

THC Oil Vape Pens

THC Oil vape pens are one of the more common vaporizers for consuming cannabis. These pens are usually made up of an THC oil or distillate cartridge and a rechargeable battery or sold as a whole disposable pen.

There are a number of benefits to using a rechargeable battery versus a disposable pen. For one, rechargeable batteries can fit different cartridges of the same type, allowing you to interchange different flavors whenever you’d like. The upfront cost of buying a rechargeable pen and battery may be more but afterwards you won’t have to re-buy the battery and just switch out the cartridges themselves.

They’re also much less wasteful than single use disposable pens because you’re not throwing away the whole pen each time you finish. Finally, rechargeable pens are known to give better hits than rechargeable ones because you can keep the battery to high levels whenever you want.

However, there are some benefits to going with a disposable vape pen if needed. For one, the upfront cost of a disposable pen is going to be less than buying a rechargeable one for the first time. Or perhaps you’re traveling and left your rechargeable one at home. Overall, depending on your habits, either can be best for you.

Pods, Carts and Cartridges

For those opting for rechargeable pens, you’re going to want to know the different types of cartridges you can fit for your battery. A vape cart is a glass cartridge pre-filled with a gram or half-gram of cannabis oil. These are also measured in 1-ml or .5ml units.

Some of the most popular cartridges are known as 510 threaded carts. This refers to how the cart fits into the vape pens battery and are shaped in a cylindrical container like a pen. These are also referred often as CCell Carts due to the popularity of the CCell brand. However, there are also Pods that are slightly wider and shorter versions of these same containers kind of reminiscent of a storage USB.

Knowing what type of cartridge you have is important for getting a replacement cart for your battery. Obviously a Stiizy Pod wouldn’t fit into a 510 vape pen and vice versa.


Vape Pens and cartridges can be confusing at first glance. However, all it takes is a bit of experience purchasing some to get the hang of things. If you’re still not sure, we recommend asking for advice when at a dispensary and we’re sure they’ll help you out.

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