Understanding the Different Types of Oil Cartridges
Cartridges pre-loaded with cannabis oil are quickly becoming the authoritative way to consume cannabis, and for good reason. They’re super discreet, ultra-portable, extremely efficient and becoming easier to use by the day. There is however one slight hiccup in that there is a seemingly ever-increasing number of oil cartridge manufacturers, many of whom are bringing to market many different types of cartridges each with their owns pros and cons.
510 Thread Oil Vape Cartridges
The most common type of oil cartridge you’ll find (and probably what comes to mind when you hear the words “oil cartridge”) are called 510 thread cartridges which connect to any 510 thread vape battery (keep in mind that power output/voltage will vary from device to device). They utilize a threaded base (like a screw) to simply twist the cartridge on or off the battery for mixing and matching.
Those usually look something like this:
510 thread oil vape cartridges are popular for a number of reasons. One being that they’re extremely cross compatible with a massive selection of vape batteries, so they’re a one size fits all kind of cartridge. They work great, they’re reliable, and they’re easy to use, even for a beginner. Additionally, a lot of established brands, like Heavy Hitters, use this type of cartridge, making them extremely accessible. You’ll have no shortage of strain/flavor options when shopping for this type of cartridge.
Proprietary Oil Vape Cartridges
Now, let’s talk about all those proprietary cartridges we see being introduced, seemingly by the dozen. Proprietary technologies are nothing new; just take a look at Apple who is notorious for making patented charging and data ports that won’t work with their competitors products. In the vaping space, there are brands like PAX (with their PAX Era device) who manufacture vape pens only compatible with their own brand of pods.
These proprietary devices bring with them quite a few benefits, but they’re not immune to their own unique issues. The main selling point of having a proprietary device like the Era is that your device is guaranteed to work with the appropriate pod which eliminates any concerns over compatibility. Brands like PAX also work with reputable farms to produce a wide array of strains, some exclusive to their pods, each lab tested to ensure quality.
One of the biggest drawbacks to devices like these is, well, compatibility. Although they’re compatible with their own version of pod, that’s all that they’re compatible with. So if a specific strain comes to market that you want to try, you’ll have to wait until that company collaborates with a brand like PAX or GoFire before it will work with your device. Additionally, you’ll need to buy a new device for each proprietary brand, which can quickly take a hit on your wallet.
E-Cig Style/Enthusiast Grade Tanks
Vaping for nicotine consumption has been around for a long time, and there’s practically and endless number of batteries, tanks, pods and more that are specifically designed for nicotine containing e-liquids rather than CBD/THC oil. However, there is a lot of customization and personalization that can be achieved with some of the more advanced options.
This means that while they may not be specifically designed for use with oil, they can be set up to use just about any type of 510 cartridge, proprietary pod and more. Nicotine vapes are typically used in the form of a sub-ohm (less than 1.0 ohm coil resistance) tank that’s attached to a battery. Some advanced enthusiasts even use what’s called an RDA (Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer) to hand make their own coils for even more control over the end result.
While we generally advise against using an advanced setup of this type unless you’re knowledgeable about how they work, there are some relatively simple setups that you can put together for use with oil. Customization is both the biggest benefit and simultaneously the biggest drawback of these devices; if you know what you’re doing, you can have a great result. If you don’t, you risk burning your cartridge/coil and potentially wasting your oil.
With the wide variety of products on the market, and more being released on an ongoing basis, it can be difficult to navigate all your options. As a wholesaler of cartridges, packaging and more, we can help to remove the guesswork from purchasing wholesale vape cartridges. This means you can spend more time running your business and less time scratching your head.
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For the average user, a simple 510 thread vape pen setup is likely going to be the best option. They require little to no setup, and they get the job done without any complications. If you’re more of an enthusiast, a proprietary device may be a good solution for you, however, we recommend owning a standard 510 thread vape pen in addition to your proprietary device in the event you can't find that specific type of pod.
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