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Vaping has fast become one of the most popular alternatives to smoking cannabis. Rather than requiring combustion, which leads to the inhalation of carcinogens and burnt plant material, the vape pen vaporizes your flower or oil. You inhale vapor rather than smoke to bring the cannabinoids into your lungs and, ultimately, your bloodstream. To vape, your pen needs power. Understanding a little more about the vape pen battery will help to ensure that you have a great experience.

What Is a Vape Pen Battery?

The vape pen battery is technically the body of your pen. It contains the batteries that provide power for the device, allowing the coil in the atomizer to heat up and vaporize the cannabis (oil or flower) inside the cartridge.

Rechargeable Batteries Vs. Disposable Vape Pens

When looking for a vape pen, you’ll notice that there are rechargeable options, as well as disposable ones. Disposable pens are pre-charged devices that come ready to use right out of the box. Once you finish the oil inside, you throw the pen away and get a new one.

A rechargeable pen, while a bit more expensive than a disposable one, is one that you can plug into a USB cable and charge over and over. An indicator light will blink to let you know the batteries are low. The same light also tells you when your pen has a full charge.

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How the Battery Works

You activate a vape pen battery in one of two ways. The first way is by pushing a button, which you need to hold down while inhaling. The second way is by taking a draw from the pen. These types of pens have sensors that detect when you’re taking a hit. They activate the battery automatically, telling it to heat up the coil and vaporize the material in the cartridge.

Features of a Vape Pen Battery to Know

While most vape pen batteries function similarly to one another, there are a few key differences to note. Knowing these differences can help you find a vape pen that best suits your needs.


Many batteries have a 510 threading, which means you can use any vape cartridges that also have the same threading. 510 is one of the most common threadings on vape pens, making the batteries compatible with a wide range of different cartridges. Other batteries have specific threading, so you’re limited to cartridges with the same number.

Temperature Settings

The voltage of your battery determines the temperature of the coil. The higher the voltage, the higher the temperature. Some batteries have variable voltages, meaning they support different temperature settings.

How Long to Charge

Different batteries require different times to go from dead to fully charged. The last thing you want when you want to take a hit is to have to wait an hour or so for your device to reach full. Knowing how long it takes allows you to plan accordingly.

How Long the Battery Lasts

Battery life is generally expressed in milliamp hours. The higher the milliamp hours, the longer your battery is likely to last. Again, knowing this information is beneficial for planning your sessions.

Is There a Warranty?

Many rechargeable vape pens come with a warranty, although different companies offer different ones. Most warranties will cover your device if it needs repairs or replacement within a certain timeframe.

Understanding the vape pen battery is crucial to helping you find a pen that works best for you and provides you with the experience you’re looking for. In some cases, you may even end up having an experience better than you ever expected!