MicroG Pen: Where to Get It, How to Use It & What to Expect
Nugg Team | March 22, 2016 | 1 Comment
This post takes you behind-the-scenes for an in-depth Grenco Science MicroG Pen review. Learn everything you need to know about this vape pen so you can determine if it’s the right vape for you.
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Behind the Brand: Grenco Science
Until the advent of cannabis concentrates, choosing a marijuana vaporizer was tricky. Lower-end vaporizers were generally prone to breaking, and high-end vaporizers, while effective, were often bulky and expensive, and were often confined to a room with a spare outlet.
Once concentrates caught on with cannabis enthusiasts, demand for an easy way to smoke this potent but demanding form of marijuana was quickly met with the popularization of the vaporizer pen (or more commonly, “vape pen”).
Inspired by the sleek design of e-cigarettes, vape pens are meant to be equally discreet and effective. While vape pens have reached such a level of popularity that some have been optimized for vaporizing ground herb, they are traditionally designed exclusively for use with concentrates, most popular amongst which are oil, wax and shatter . These concentrates are often found in liquid-THC form, and packed in small cartridges, some of which are interchangeable among the different vaporizer brands.
SEE ALSO: our post on the best and worst vape cartridges currently available on the market.
And trust us, there are many brands, most of which have become successful at creating minimal and effective vape pen products. However, no company has become synonymous with the vape pen trend as much as Grenco Science. Though that name may not ring a bell to some smokers, anyone with a current knowledge of marijuana is familiar with their flagship product, the G Pen.
The G Pen has become a success due to a winning combination of great looks, brand ubiquity, and affordability (not to mention it was one of the first vape pens available). Though it has its fair share of rivals, it has more or less set a standard against which other vape pens are compared.
Since reaching this level of success, Grenco Science has released a few counterparts to the classic G Pen. One of these is the microG Pen, designed as a smaller alternative to their classic design. Those looking for a small and discreet vape pen should consider the Micro G Pen, though a number of caveats should be considered first.
The MicroG Pen: a Rundown
E ven for those unfamiliar with how the G Pen, or vape pens in general tend to work, use of the microG Pen is pretty straightforward. Of course, you have to have your own concentrates first, so if you aren’t fully-stocked, head over to Nugg’s website and order delivery from a cannabis dispensary near you that carries concentrates.
How to Load the MicroG Pen with Oil, Wax
To load the microG Pen with either oil or wax, use either the branded metal tool contained in the microG Pen kit, or your own tool with a curved metal tip, to grab a small amount of your concentrate.
Then, use the tool to place your concentrate into the metal chamber, located underneath the removable mouthpiece (which screws off). Make sure your tool is making contact with the lower portion of the chamber (on and around the coil), as that’s the part that tends to get hottest. Just be careful not to be too forceful with the coil itself, as it’s pretty delicate and can be dislodged with too much pressure.
How to Use the MicroG Pen
The microG Pen can be turned on or off by pressing the button located at its center five times. To activate the heating element located beneath the metal chamber, hold down the button for up to 15 seconds. At 15 seconds, the button will blink, deactivating the heating element, requiring a pause before it can be reheat, which prevents overheating.
By holding down the button, you activate the pen to work by drawing air through the holes located on the pen’s silver band, past the coils, and over your oil on the screen. When the oil heats up, it melts down through the screen and onto the heating coils, vaporizing it.
Hint: hold down the button for 5 to 10 seconds before taking your first inhale. It will allow your oil time to heat up, which packs a larger hit since the oil melts down onto the coil instead of sitting on the screen above it. By this token, the third and fourth hits are often best.
How to Charge the MicroG Pen
Charging is as easy as inserting the included charging cable into the microG Pen itself, and then plugging it via USB into a computer, or into a wall outlet via an included adapter. Once the red light on your microG turns off, it’s charged and ready for use.
Also included in the kit, which retails online for $69.95, are three additional metal chambers (also referred to as “tanks), five sleeves that fit over the mouthpiece to keep the pen protected while transporting it, two round glass containers, and three cotton swabs pre-loaded with isopropyl alcohol for cleaning.
The Good & the Bad
The biggest selling point of the microG Pen is its portability. Not only is it small and easy to carry in a pocket, but Grenco Science recognizes the importance of portability to buyers, and includes protective mouthpiece covers specifically to protect the pen while in your purse, pocket, backpack, or whatever other dark-space it’s hiding in.
Additionally, one of the biggest selling points of Grenco Science’s line of products, including the microG Pen, is an unrivaled aesthetic design. Though this may not be a concern at all to some, for anyone who would like their vape pen to be both portable and cool-looking, the microG Pen is a strong choice. Foregoing the metal sheen most often seen on vape pen products, the microG Pen is given a softer and easier to grip matte black finish.
Some users, however, have reported a build-up of old wax that’s very hard to clean from the metal chamber. Parts of this get vaporized with each successive use, however they only contribute to making the smoke harsher. You’re essentially smoking oil-reclaim at this point, which sounds nicer than it is.
Additionally, some users have reported that the pen has a tendency to disassemble itself when carried in a pocket. Considering that portability is one of the biggest advantages to its smaller size, this may be a detriment to those without other means to transport it.
Grenco Science offers a customer service line for product owners experiencing issues with their pen, however some users have reported a failure by Grenco Science to follow through on shipping the new parts they promised. Some have reported needing to get in touch with Grenco’s customer support up to 12 times before their issue was finally addressed, which is unacceptable in today’s age of customer-comes-first mentality.
Its battery life is also less than ideal. For most habitual users, the battery will last between one and three days. It then takes about an hour and a half to charge. While charging is as easy as plugging it into a computer or wall outlet, this may not be feasible in a public place where discreteness is also a factor, so be wary of short battery life if you’re someone who travels often, since it could get in the way of an otherwise good experience.
Hint: reduce battery-life pains by keeping your two batteries on alternating charge schedules.
“For the stealthy and ease of use it is nice, but I will be honest, if you pack it up big a couple times it gets clogged, but in general nice vape pen.” —Beth K.
“The coil in it breaks after a couple weeks and needs to be replaced.” The site admin replied: “I have not had this issue before. I have owned my Micro G Pen for over 6 months now. My coil has lasted. I think it’s all how you clean your vape pen. I just use alcohol and let it sit for 5 mins and it’s as good as new.” —Dave
“Great Pen, very sleek and satisfying. Small and it packs just what’s needed, easy to use! What more can any of us ask for. Sincerely, a very satisfied Micro G Pen customer… I am giving it 8-9 out of 10.” —Anonymous
What to Know Before Buying a MicroG Pen
- Beware of counterfeit merchandise! Due to its recognizable brand, and scarcer information available on medical marijuana-related products, some scammers sell knock-off Grenco Science products for prices that are too good to be true. If you’re buying from a website, make sure you know it’s reputable.
- The coil in the microG Pen will last, on average, six to eight weeks. Replacements will cost $15
- The microG Pen is NOT intended for use with thicker concentrates. Though it may work, the lifespan of the coil may be impacted if used to vaporize thicker waxes.
- If the light on the pen flashes three times, there’s a problem in communication between the battery and the coil. This may indicate a problem with one of these two components.
Should I Buy the MicroG Pen?
Those looking for a pen that’s easy to transport that looks great should consider the microG Pen. While users have had mixed results with Grenco Science’s customer service and functionality itself, parts are under warranty, and can be replaced.
However, small and well-reviewed vape pens that may be easier to use at both higher and lower price points are also on the market, so prospective buyers should do some research first to find the vape pen that’s right for them.
Where to Buy the MicroG Pen
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About Nugg Team
I first purchased a G pen Pro upon the advice of some friends, sounded great, get results w/o smell or bad taste, who doesn’t want that? Well I tried it many times (wasted a lot of very expense tobacco) to find it proved useless, no matter what I did I never felt like I was getting any results, because I wasn’t. I figured I got a bad unit, I then purchased the G pen Elite with it you can vary the temp and have more control over the process. After wasting that much more herb, I determined, at least for my wife and I that even though this is a great idea it actually doesn’t work at all . I even went so far as to remove the so called spent herb and put it in a pipe and guess what the pipe actually worked something I already knew but just wanted to see if it was just in my mind. All I can say if you are having good results bravo I’m glad some of you are getting results, my question is are your results just the placebo effect in action. Totally worthless product that is for those that have so much herb they don’t mind wasting it in order to look cool. I don’t care how I look I just want the pain to go away.
This in-depth Grenco Science MicroG Pen review offer instructions how to use it, how to load it, how to charge it, where to buy it, and more.
The Grenco Science microG Pen Vaporizer
- Released: November 2012
- Manufactured By: Grenco Science
- Manufactured In: China
- Designed In: California
- Designed For:
- Dry Herb (sold sep.)
- Liquid (sold sep.)
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I own the original Original G-Pen which I was pleased with, so I had high expectations for the newest member of their portable vaporizer line. While high expectations typically lead to giant disappointments, this pen did not leave me completely let down. Although, it did make it blatantly obvious that there needs to be way more improvements in this industry. Grenco Science describes the microG as, “Micro in size, yet monumental in capability,” but I tend to think that statement is a bit far-fetched.
Made for concentrate use only (wax, crumble, oil, etc…)
The microG package is sold on the Grenco Science website for $99.95, which seems like an incredible value. Each package contains 2 microG rechargeable batteries, 2 microG tanks, 2 micro G mouthpieces, 5 microG mouth sleeves, two glass G containers for essential oils, 1 micro packing too, and a wall charging unit with USB cord.
“Simplicity of design, ease of use, and concentrate conservation are the stand-out features on the microG portable vaporizer.”
The simple design of the microG makes it easier to fill up with extracts, and overall operation is cut down compared to their original G Pen. Since the entire pen breaks down into three basic parts, it makes them relatively cheap & easy to replace anything if need be (and chances are something will need to be replaced…).
Replacement coils and mouthpieces are available from Grenco Science, however replacement batteries are not. To charge the microG, plug the charger into the top of the pen and plug it into the wall, or directly into your laptop with the USB wire. From my experience, the battery takes about an hour and a half to charge, and lasts about one day for frequent users.
The microG is light-weight, and has a high quality feel because of its matte-black exterior, which also makes the pen easy to grip. The pen is about four inches in length, and less than one inch thick, conveniently fitting in the palm of your hand.
How does the MicroG pen vape work?
Once the red light turns off on your microG, it is finished charging and ready for use. To load the pen, take the mouthpiece off and place your essential oil or concentrate on top of the screen. Replace the mouthpiece, and ensure that all pieces are fit together securely. Press the button five times to turn the pen on (the button will flash blue), and then press and hold again to engage the heating element.
The coil will remain lit for about 15 seconds (If you can inhale for that long) before automatically turning off. If you last 15 seconds and wish to continue your hit, simply press the button again while continuing to inhale. The pen works by drawing air through the sides of the pen (through holes on silver band), past the coils, and over your oil on the screen. When the oil heats up, it melts down through the screen and onto the heating coils, vaporizing it.
The MicroG pen vape is close, but no cigar.
The simplicity of the product makes it an attractive option for many vaporists on-the-go. The microG also conserves oil better than the original G Pen. This may be because the oil has nowhere to escape, and doesn’t drip down wicks into the irretrievable depths of a tank. Nevertheless, a small bit of wax goes a long way with this vaporizer. The problem is, within a few weeks this oil will build up and you will be re-heating the same oils over and over, basically smoking oil-reclaim. Kind of nasty if you ask me.
While the original G Pen will typically provide you with a larger vapor draw, I felt that the quality of vapor was slightly better from the microG — at least to start. This also may have something to do with the wicks on the G Tank, but again, I am unsure of what causes the difference in taste…
I found the micro G works best if you hold down the button for 5-10 seconds before inhaling, allowing your oil some time to heat up. This will provide you with thicker hits because the oil will melt down onto the heating element, rather than sitting on the screen above the coil. I always found the third or fourth hit to be the best, after the pen has a chance to warm up. The vapor produced by the microG seems to be cooler when you first use it, but this will slowly fade away over time.
Too many problems to make it worth it…
Like everything that exists in this world, the microG has its imperfections as well. Last night I was out to dinner, when all of a sudden the spicy smell of vapor filled my nose. I immediately recognized the scent and reached into my pocket for my microG. When I got it out, the blue button was blinking, indicating that it had been activated for the full 15 second hit while in my pocket, as I suspected. The button was jammed down, and I had to push it in and move it around a little in order to free it. However, this could have all been avoided if I had turned the pen off when I was done using it by pressing the button five times.
“The microG slips apart way too easily when in your pocket and after a few sessions the oil re-claim smell and taste is disgusting…”
I also noticed that the pen tends to come apart somewhat while traveling with it in my pocket. The pieces of the pen become loose (especially in the heat) which requires you to force all the pieces back together before vaporizing. One time I thought the battery was dead after pulling the pen from my pocket, however it was merely a matter of the battery not being fully engaged; another easy fix.
Not to mention Grenco Science seems to have pretty lousy customer service. You can call them all you want (they are very nice on the phone), but the chances of the new replacement products actually reaching your house after they agree to send them is about 25%. I had to call roughly 12 times since I first bought the G-Pen back in December. Since then, all of my g-pen cartridges or batteries have either broken or died. I have asked Grenco Science to send me replacements (because I am done using the pen), but the fact that they break so easily makes this product a very risky investment for patients looking for reliability.
In addition, if you plan on using the pen heavily, you can expect a shorter battery life. If I sit down to do work at 9AM, the pen is typically dead before 5PM. However, this is not a problem if your two batteries are kept on alternating charge schedules.
My #1 complaint about the microG pen vape…
The worst part about the MicroG pen is that it does not fully vaporize the concentrates, leaving lots of nasty oil residue to accumulate over time. After a session, the oil will be heated up and in a liquid form. When you lay it flat or put it in your pocket, the oil works its way up the pen’s mouth piece and leaks over the side of the bowl (You better hope it doesn’t come apart in your pocket). The oil that leaks into the mouthpiece is irretrievable for the most part, and the oil that stays in the bowl is continually re-heated each and every time you use the pen (because it does not vaporize completely).
That may sound great at first, because you may think you are conserving your concentrates. However, you are just vaporizing oil that has been heated time and time again. You are essentially slow cooking your oils. I wouldn’t waste your expensive wax’s on these pen’s. The leaked oil leaves one the most disgusting smells I have ever experienced after about 3 weeks of use, and you can taste it with every hit. At this point, you will want to throw your pen in the garbage.
So, where can you purchase a microG pen?
If you are still interested in purchasing a microG portable vaporizer after I shared my negative experience, Grenco Science has them for sale on their website for just $99.95. Remember, each package contains 2 microG rechargeable batteries, 2 microG tanks, 2 micro G mouthpieces, 5 microG mouth sleeves, two glass G containers for essential oils, 1 micro packing too, and a wall charging unit with USB cord.
What do you think about the microG portable vaporizer by Grenco Science?
I own the original Original G-Pen which I was pleased with, so I had high expectations for the newest member of their portable vaporizer line. While high expectations typically lead …