Source Orb 4 vs Kandypens Elite – Wax Pen Wars


If you’re looking for a top of the line portable concentrate vaporizer, the SOURCE orb 4 and the Kandypens ELITE are two that you’ll likely run across. They both feature slick designs and multiple atomizers, along with control over the power/temperature. While there’s a lot to like about both, we’re about to find out which one is better…

SOURCE Orb 4 vs Kandypens EliteSource Orb 4 vs Kandypens Elite

Source Orb 4 with magnetic lid offVapor Quality

The vapor quality of a concentrate pen comes down to just a few main factors. The first is the range of temperatures or power levels the base is capable of achieving. The second is how many atomizers the base is capable of working with, because different atomizer styles deliver very different vapor. The last is how well those atomizers are made.

The SOURCE orb 4 scores well on all three of those fronts. If you get the Premium kit with the pen-style base, you get 8 different power levels ranging from 3.2 volts to 4.8 volts.

This kit comes with 6 different atomizers, and there are 3 additional options that you can get separately. The atomizer styles range from single and double rods to coilless styles. The materials used in these atomizers are all the highest grade available, and they work very well.

The result is extremely good vapor. No matter what type of vapor you like, you’ll be able to get it from the SOURCE orb 4. If you want temperature control instead of voltage, you can upgrade to the signature kit which comes with a temperature control box mod base that allows you to adjust the heat in one degree increments.

The Kandypens ELITE comes with a temperature control base, but you can only choose between four presets: 300F, 350F, 390F, and 430F. It works with 3 atomizers total, 2 of which come in the box. One is a dual quartz rod and the other is coilless. While you don’t get much variability, the atomizers are well made and perform well.

The vapor quality is good from both of these, but the SOURCE orb 4 gives you much more flexibility.

Source Orb 4 with atomizersManufacturing Quality

The build quality for the SOURCE orb 4 is excellent. The metal exterior feels nice in your hand, and it even offers a magnetic connection for the mouthpiece.

The atomizers are also very well made, utilizing top of the line materials and great designs. The SOURCE nail atomizer even has a fully removable bucket. Another nice design element is the adjustable airflow.

The ELITE is also well made, though my research suggests they don’t always use as high quality metals as SOURCE does.

With that being said, the machining is well done and it definitely looks like an elegant vape. Appearances can be deceiving though, and I think the SOURCE orb 4 has the better design and construction.

Source Orb 4 Gold with Kandypens EliteEase of Use

These are both extremely easy to use. They both only have one button, and adjusting the temperature or power level is simple on either.

The magnetic connections on the SOURCE orb 4 are very convenient and save you time when you need to refill the atomizer, but I’m not sure this is enough to call it easier to use. A beginner shouldn’t have a problem figuring out either of these.

Kandypens Elite GoldPortability

This is another category where they both perform extremely well and there isn’t enough of a difference to call one better than the other. They are both slim and can be slid in a pocket very easily.I didn’t have a problem with either one leaking, and the battery life on both is almost identical. Either of these would be great options if you want to be able to carry it around with you throughout the day but the Elite is smaller.

Source Orb 4 with charger and kandypens elite with chargerBattery Life

Once again, these two vaporizers perform almost identically in this category. The battery sizes are actually exactly the same, both having a 650mAh battery.

I’m specifically comparing the ELITE to the pen-style base available with the premium kit for the SOURCe orb 4. If you upgrade to the temperature control box mod in the signature kit, you’ll be getting a 2100mAh 18650.

I’m going to call this a tie, but you technically have the flexibility to get better battery life with the SOURCE Orb 4.

Kandypens Elite Gold on WhiteDiscreetness

The ELITE has an extremely slight advantage over the the SOURCE orb 4 when it comes to being discreet. While they are both small, the actual orb on the SOURCE orb 4 is more eye catching than the thin profile of the top of the ELITE.

I’m not saying that it’s going to attract a ton of attention, just that it is slightly more noticeable than the ELITE. The difference is extremely small though, and not enough to base a decision on when choosing between these two.

Source Orb 4 voltage dialTemperature Flexibility

I’ve already mentioned the different options for these two vapes, but I’ll reiterate them now. The ELITE has four temperature levels: 300F, 350F, 390F, and 430F.

The SOURCE orb 4’s premium kit has a base that allows you to set the voltage at 8 different levels between 3.2v and 4.8v. If you opt for the signature kit, you get full temperature control. This is an easy victory for the SOURCE orb 4.

Source Orb 4 winnerSHOWDOWN

The SOURCE orb 4 is our winner!

This wasn’t much of a contest. These are extremely similar vapes in most regards, but the SOURCE orb 4 is built better and offers much more versatility thanks to the atomizer options and different bases.

The Kandypens ELITE is a good vaporizer, but everything it can do the SOURCE orb 4 does as well.

When you factor in that the SOURCE orb 4 costs less and comes with more atomizers in the box, I’d say choosing between these 2 shouldn’t be very hard at all.

If you are convinced the SOURCE Orb 4 is the right unit for you, be sure to pick one up from our store.

Still think you like the Kandypens Elite is better? Everyone has their own personal preference and if you are looking to grab one get it directly from our store.

If you’d like to see another comparison, check out our recent showdown between the Dr Dabber Boost & Focusvape Tourist and to see how these 2 units stack up against the field, be sure to check out our Wax Pen Ranking Chart.

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