The best pens and devices for vaping 510-thread carts

Published on March 17, 2023 by David Wylie

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Looking for a way to upgrade your experience vaping 510-thread carts? An Uni Pro is pictured.

The final straw for my no-frills 510-cart battery came recently as I worried I was loosening my teeth trying to suck hits off a stubbornly clogged vape.

There had to be a better way, I figured.

For years I’ve been using featureless pen batteries to vape the ubiquitous carts. They usually work pretty well for the first few sessions out of the package. But the experience almost always becomes frustrating over time as the cart continually clogs.

There are key features that basic no name pens don’t have that elevate the experience, like preheating and a voltage range.

Ready to upgrade, I asked for your favourite vaping device.

Here some of the solid recommendations received, starting with the one I bought.

Uni Pro

Yocan’s Uni Pro is thoughtfully designed, subtle, and has important features.

It’s also budget friendly at about $35.

The device is small enough to fit nicely inside your hand. The cart is mostly hidden inside so it’s discreet.

There’s an option to preheat the cart for up to 10 seconds.

The voltage range spans from 2.0 to 4.2 (the higher the voltage, the higher the heat).

There’s an OLED display that shows battery level and voltage. It tells you to ‘take care’ when you turn it off.

They come in red, blue, brown, black, white, and grey.

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A Vessel Expedition (left) and a Starship are pictured.

Runners up


Vessel brand pens are gorgeous. From the rugged Expedition style to the sleek Craftsman, they look quality made. They have four different voltage settings, from 2.4 to 3.6. They cost $79.

There’s also a less expensive Compact design at $59.

Vessel also sells cases and sleeves to accessorize.


As the name suggests, Starship is made to take you to space. You can attach up to three carts at a time, as well as use the bong attachment to take rips.

It has three voltage settings: 3.2, 3.7, and 4.2.

They come in black or red and start at $90.

Artsy shot of generic vape batteries, also called vape 'pens.' Photo: David Wylie/the oz.
A bunch of no name vape batteries.

Word on the tweet

This is what people had to say on Twitter about their favourite devices for vaping 510 carts.

“The Uni Pro is my favourite I’ve ever had. The new 2.0 has a metal body which makes it look/feel even nicer.”


“I’m really into my starship from Hamilton Devices.”


“I run a Vessel Expedition if I’m going to do 510s. Battery life seems better than others. Also, it’s sleek, comes with changeable end caps, and the top collar comes off to accommodate larger carts.”


“I’ve had a Vessel Core for about a year and I’m really happy with it. Four temp settings, quick charging, lasts a long time, and it was under $40. Simple and it works well.”


“Vessel.  They have different price points, so you can find any from $45 to $100.  All are very good.”


“The sturdiest battery I have is a Dub Charge. Can charge it with either a mini USB or an Apple charger. Has a bit more voltage than others I’ve seen, so they also work really well with a cart converters to do dabs.”


“Dr. Dabber have been solid but Shatterizer Vape is my go to. It’s next level.”


“I use a PCKT VRTCL, which has served us really well over the last couple of years. We use it less frequently these days, but it still works without a hitch—easy temp control and sturdy AF.”