Sunday Goods Effect Pens Rank Among the Best Vape Pens We’ve Ever Tried
Taste the rainbow and then stare at it for a while.
Flavor was never my first priority.
In high school, the idiom that beggars can’t be choosers played out again and again as we dedicated long afternoons to securing rather unappetizing grams hidden in the shoes and closets of our friendly, neighborhood dealers. As regulated cannabis has come of age, however, my ability to be more picky about taste has drastically increased.
In the world of vaporizers — especially disposable ones — flavor has been a tricky issue. Putting aside devices intended for flower, the range of oils created for use in a vape pen runs the gamut from decent to the Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Bean that tastes like earwax. Some pens can’t get around the metallic taste that comes from inferior combustions. Some simply don’t understand the balance required to produce an oil that is neither Blade Runner bleak nor rich with Starburst artifice.
Of all the disposable vape pens I’ve tried, the four just released by Sunday Goods rank among the best. Designed to conjure specific effects — Delight, Spark, Soothe, and Rest — this collection checks every box.
For starters, the design is light and simplistic. Buttonless vaping is a standard for many disposable models, but Sunday Goods is no exception. As I often note, the compact unit makes it ideal for stowing away in your pocket while away from home. I brought mine with me to concerts, business meetings, and drives in my car and never smelled it once.
The next point of appreciation is durability. Competitors that promise a certain number of puffs often fail to deliver, but the pens from Sunday Goods actually allow you to get out all the oil there is to get before fulfilling their purpose. Nothing is more frustrating than a disposable battery dying while there’s still good oil left, so thankfully Sunday Goods has ensured such dilemmas never befall their customers.
Above all else, it is the flavor of these pens that set them apart. The citrus notes in the Spark pen — a 1:3 THC to CBD ratio designed to encourage creativity and focus — are seriously delicious. I confess I was a little skeptical when I saw the flavor profile for Delight (10:1 THC to CBD) listed as “sweet floral vanilla.” Perhaps it’s my own issue, but I will forever associate that description with the kind of aerosol you can usually find sitting above the toilet. Fortunately, my judgment was faulty, as Delight’s taste manages to avoid the minefield of artificial additives and deliver something downright natural.
In essence, that’s really the story of Sunday Goods Effect Pens. With so many companies playing mad scientist at the moment — tossing in ingredients at will in hopes of landing on the perfect formula — Sunday Goods has instead opted for transparency.
Just check out the packaging: each pen arrives in a box with a drawing of the device that details exactly what’s inside. For Rest (10:5:1 THC to CBD to CBN), one is given a helpful breakdown showing what percentage of the pen represents THC and other cannabinoids, which part features terpenes, and so on. It even gives an explainer on the terminology, which is definitely a nice touch.
Forced to choose, I’d have to give Spark the honors as my favorite of the lot. That said, the blend of peppermint and chamomile in Soothe is a close second. In terms of potency, there’s no way to generalize how you’ll feel across all four pens, but Delight hits hard and the rest are unlikely to knock you on your butt without excessive consumption.
The other notes on the pen are fairly standard stuff: it uses LED lights to let you know when you’re actively inhaling, incorporates a medical grade coil and wick, and runs off a 300 mAh Li-ion battery. What sets Sunday Goods apart is the flavor. Once you’ve had good oil, it’s quite difficult to go back to the cheap grab-and-go options. It may cost more, but your tastebuds will thank you.
Potency: The potency varies between pens but is as advertised, with Delight packing the strongest punch (10:1 THC to CBD) and Spark offering the most subtle experience (1:3 THC to CBD).
Appearance: Impressive! These metal pens appear to be leak-proof and look quite elegant. You wish they could be refilled instead of being a one-use disposable.
Medical Application: Tailor which pen you pick to the terpene profiles and cannabinoid ratios you find work best. Soothe is excellent for those who use peppermint as a health supplement, while Rest is imbued with a light lavender aroma.
Effect: Ideal. These pens let you take as much (or as little) as you’d like with each puff, are consistent from purchase to purchase, and taste amazing. You could easily imagine doing a little field testing and then sticking with your favorite effect for a long time to come.
Sunday Goods Effect Pens; $60 each; available at select Bay Area dispensaries.