There are some reasons why a dab pen would fail to function efficiently. It can be from a multitude of problems like battery failure, mechanical issues, or other causes. If you find that your dab pen is not working, let’s do a bit of basic troubleshooting and see which one can get it running.
Your dab pen may not be working because of a drained battery. when you get your dab pen, it comes with a micro-charge for you to test if it’s operational when you get it. It may or may not be enough for a single hit. Other than that, it’s going to sleep on you. Fully charge your pen before you use it for the first time. Some dab pens will let you know it’s time to charge like the G Pen Nova 2-in-1 Dab Pen.
Most dab pens nowadays like the those from Yocan and Dr. Dabber needs unlocking before you use them. This safety feature prevents your pen from accidental heating when it’s inside your bag or luggage. No matter how long you press the power button, as long as you don’t unlock or activate your device, it won’t work. You usually unlock a dab pen by pressing the power button 5 times in sequence.
Too much or too little concentrate will affect the function of your dab pen. A little concentrate won’t produce the right amount of vapor for a satisfying session.
Also, use too much concentrate and it will leak down the chamber, which can potentially damage the battery. Don’t put more than the recommended dab size or in the heating chamber or EJuice in your cartridge. Some cartridges have a maximum fill line indicator to let you know the capacity limit of your dab pen.
If there’s a leak, remove the atomizer from the battery and clean both the firing pin/battery as well as the bottom of your atomizer. Use a paper towel or Q-tip with alcohol and wipe away any concentrate from both surfaces. Be careful not to use too much alcohol to prevent additional problems. Also, don’t press too hard on the firing pin or you will push it down. Leave the parts to dry for at least 5-10 minutes before use.
This is especially true with coiled dab pens. You have to apply your concentrate directly on the coil(s) so the heat can vaporize it. Scraping the concentrate to the side of the heating chamber won’t heat lead to vaporization. Caution is advised when applying the concentrate. Don’t push on the coil or you will damage it.
Some dab pens like the O.penVAPE FIY dab pen comes with a refillable cartridge that you screw on top of the firing pin. Make sure that you screw on the cartridge snugly. Screwing it too tightly pushes the firing pin down, which can cause firing problems in your dab pen. A loose contact also prevents the firing pin to come in contact with your cartridge.
You have to pay close attention to how you attach the cartridge to your dab pen, especially if you’re using a cartridge that did not come with your dab pen kit. Screw the cartridge until you feel a snug fit. Don’t twist it further until it’s so tight that you have to exert effort to unscrew it.
Extreme temperatures can also affect the function of your dab pen. A hot environment such as inside the car or on a beach during hot days can potentially damage the battery of your dab pen. If you accidentally exposed it to warm weather conditions, try cooling the dab pen to room temperature before you try to turn it on. Remember that most state-of-the-art dab pens have temperature control features that automatically lock the device if it gets too hot.
If the weather is cold, your dab pen can also have problems. Heat the dab pen and cartridge first before you use it. Place it inside a Ziplock bag and remove as much air as you can before sealing it. Dip it repeatedly in a bowl of warm water for 10-30 seconds and try to turn it on.
You can also use a hairdryer at the lowest setting to gradually bring the dab pen to working temperature. If you’re using a cartridge, don’t forget to pay attention to the cartridge. The concentrate in the cartridge can thicken up and stick to the sides of the chamber. Gradually heat it up until the concentrate loosens and starts to flow smoothly.