21 Jan Review: The Saber Vape Pen
I’ve enjoyed trying out the Saber Vape Pen over the last couple of months. It’s a vape pen for concentrates: wax, shatter, oil and all types of cannabis extracts with textures ranging from brittle toffee to gloopy sludge. In use, the main difference is how easy it is to get the gloop into the bowl – and sometimes it’s not easy, it quickly becomes a sticky mess!
Of course, the sort of product that this is designed for isn’t easily available in the UK, so I turned to California for a selection of the delights available there. I asked for wax but ended up with two types – the first was called shatter but it wasn’t at all brittle, in fact it’s soft and pliable. The second, which seems to be the latest thing, is known as juice. It’s a very smooth and thick oil that goes stringy when you pick it up with a dab tool and you have to twist it like spaghetti round a fork to try and poke it into the bowl. I had a selection of strains: Banana OG, Blue Sherbet, Pineapple Express, Nug Run, King Louis OG, Juliet, Starfighter – yes I was that kid in a sweet shop!
Concentrate pens are essentially very simple devices. They consist of a battery, a bowl and a mouthpiece. The bowl heats up when you press a button and usually it can be set to three different heat levels. The big difference is in the technology that the bowl uses, either dual quartz coils, literally two tiny coils at the bottom of the bowl that heat up or a ceramic bowl that is just a clean, uncluttered reservoir where the bottom of the bowl heats up. The ceramic bowl seems preferable but in practice dual quartz coils generally work a bit better but are more difficult to clean. You really have to try for yourself to see which you prefer.
The Saber comes with both types of bowl and I prefer the dual quartz coils. The unique feature of the Saber is that it holds together magnetically. The battery connects to the bowl with a magnet which in turn connects to the mouthpiece with a magnet, there’s no screw thread at all. This is convenient and it works well but where it falls down is in connecting to the charger which is also achieved with a magnet. This means that you always have to use the Saber charger and not one of the standard chargers of which I have many. This is inconvenient and if you lose or break the Saber charger you’re going to have to buy a new one.
All concentrate pens work in a very similar way and it’s difficult to differentiate between them. The type of mouthpiece, its size, the overall size of the pen, all these factors effect how each pen works and, to be honest, I think it’s just a question of getting used to each type and learning its idiosyncracies. I do like the Saber. I have tended to stick with it although I have another three or four in my drawer. I find it a handy size, it’s not too harsh as some pens can be and, with the exception of the magnet connection to the charger, I have nothing to criticise about it.
If you haven’t used a concentrate vape pen before and experienced the effect of a good quality concentrate and the wonderful flavour and intense hit, then it’s something you can really look forward to. Take it slow! It’s very easy to rip your throat out if you pull too hard and as most of these concentrates are 80% THC and more, it’s very easy to blow your brains out! Even for an experienced cannabis consumer, be careful, these are very, very powerful and you need to learn how to use them so that the experience is safe and enjoyable. When you get it right though, there’s not really anything to beat it. It’s clean, convenient, wonderful flavour and you’re inhaling far less smoke or vapour than by any other method. In my opinion, this is the best way to consume cannabis.