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Best E-Cigarettes for Beginners

by · January 31, 2014

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Best E-Cigarettes for Beginners

If you’re shopping for your first electronic cigarette it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the wide range of vaping products available to consumers. There are literally hundreds of suppliers, each with numerous brands of e-cigs in various shapes and sizes. Which option is right for you? How do you pick the best electronic cigarette? Let us eliminate the confusion and share some of the best e-cigarettes for beginners:

Choosing Your First E-Cigarette

Unfortunately, it’s impossible to recommend an e-cigarette without first evaluating your smoking habits and personal preferences. E-cigarettes can be broken down in to three major categories and each is designed with different types of users in mind. For you to determine which type of electronic cigarette is right for you, you need to ask yourself a few important questions:

  • How often do you smoke?
    Evaluating how frequently you smoke will help you determine how big of a battery you need.
  • What type of cigarettes do you prefer?
    If you prefer stronger, full-flavored cigarettes, you’ll probably need more power to satisfy your cravings. If you’re a light smoker, the extra power may not be necessary.
  • Are you OK with stepping outside of your comfort zone?
    Does your setup have to look and feel like a regular cigarette for you to fully commit, or can you adapt to a larger, more satisfying setup right away?
  • How important is convenience?
    Do you mind swapping / recharging your battery every few hours, or do you want a longer-lasting option? Does it have to be small and discreet, or is something slightly larger OK?

All of these factors play an important role in helping you determine the best electronic cigarette for your needs, but beginners typically fall into two distinct categories: casual or light smokers looking for a healthier alternative, and moderate to heavy smokers who are serious about kicking the habit. Here are our top product recommendations for beginners in both categories:

Casual / Light Smokers (Top 3 Products)

Since casual and light smokers tend to light up less frequently, extended battery life and top-of-the-line performance may not be necessary. In addition, anyone that smokes light-flavored cigarettes may not require “thick vapor” and a “strong throat hit” to satisfy their cravings. For these type of users, a small “mini” e-cigarette should do the trick. Here are our top picks for casual, first-time users:

#1 – Halo Cigs G6 Starter Kit

Halo G6 Starter KitThe Halo G6 is one of our favorite mini e-cigarettes. Sleek, compact and extremely well-designed, it comes in faux white and a variety of edgy anodized finishes – blue, green, red, purple, pink and more. Select automatic or manual batteries and choose from over 20 handcrafted, U.S. made flavors. The kit comes with two batteries, a charger and a 5-pack of prefilled cartomizers. Or, choose blanks and fill them with e-liquid yourself. Our review →

#2 – Green Smoke Express Kit

Green Smoke Starter Kit

For first-time users trying to make the switch, Green Smoke offers one of the most natural and easy-to-use transition products available. They’re simple, straight-forward… and work great! Green Smoke’s e-cigs are some of the most authentic and natural feeling products on the market – with a “tight draw” (just like a real cigarette) that perform exceptionally well. If you’d like to keep things simple, they’re an excellent choice. Our review →

#3 – V2 Cigs Beginners Kit

V2 Cigs Beginners Kit

The V2 Beginners Kit doesn’t include as much as stuff as the Green Smoke Express or Halo G6 kits, but it does provide a nice into into electronic cigarettes – at an affordable price. V2 is an industry leader in the small, mini e-cigarette space and they’re definitely a top performer.  When it comes to these 3 companies, it really boils down to aesthetics. V2 also offers a “Standard Kit” – comparable to the Green Smoke and Halo kits if you prefer V2. Our review →


Moderate / Heavy Smokers (Top 3 Products)

Heavier users who smoke more often need their electronic cigarette to perform well all day long. Because of this, a small, mini e-cigarette may not cut it due to it’s limited battery life. Plus, heavier smokers will crave more vapor and a stronger “throat hit,” qualities that are only possible with larger, more powerful devices. For heavy smokers new to the vaping world, these are our top picks:

#1 – Apollo Superior Ego Kit

Apollo Superior Ego KitThe Apollo Superior Ego Kit is one of our favorite products to recommend because of it’s outstanding performance and exceptional value. It’s powerful enough to satisfy almost every type of user, yet it’s relatively small – about the size of a cigar. It’s a bit more complex than a mini e-cigarette (it’s manually operated and the tanks need to be refilled), but it’s easy to learn and the performance is excellent. Ideal for just about anyone! Our review →

#2 – Halo Cigs Triton Starter Kit

Halo Triton Starter Kit

The Halo Triton is very similar to Apollo’s Superior Ego Kit, with mid-size, eGo-style batteries and refillable “clearomizer” tanks that you fill with your favorite e-liquid. Unlike Apollo which offers slightly larger 900mAh batteries, the Triton features 400mAh or 650mAh batteries. You can upgrade to 900mAh or 1300mAh, but they’re sold separately. Both kits work great and feature lots of customization options. We proudly recommend either! Our review →

#3 – Vapor Fi Pro Starter Kit

Vapor Zone Pro KitThe Vapor Fi Pro Kit is a little bit different than the other products in this category, using a slightly higher-quality, more reliable “EVOD” system. The kit includes one tank and one long-lasting 650mAh battery, although 1000mAh batteries are sold separately. The Apollo and Halo kits include two batteries and two clearomizers, so if you add those items, this setup costs about $25 over the others. Still a great, high-quality buy! Our review →


Ready to Jump In! (Top 3 Products)

If you’ve already experimented with an e-cig before and are ready to jump right in, these products are a nice leap forward from the products we’ve recommended so far. They’re larger, have longer-lasting batteries and offer more power and flexibility. They’re also a bit more complex, with adjustable airflow and sub-ohm capability, but not so complex that a beginner can’t easily figure it out:

#1 – Joyetech Ego One Kit

Joyetech Ego One KitThe Joyetech Ego One is a long-lasting, easy-to-use setup ideal for beginners. It includes a high-capacity 2200mAh battery and a 2.5ml adjustable airflow tank. It comes with two types of replaceable heads (1.0 and 0.5 ohm) that are designed for different styles of vaping; perfect for experimentation. The 1.0 ohm will have a tighter draw – 0.5 ohm will be more “airy” and provide more vapor. No complicated screens or adjustments – just press the button and vape.

Also available at: Breazy.com – $44.99 w/ cigbuyer.

#2 – Innokin Cool Fire 4 / iSub Kit

Innokin Cool Fire E-Cig KitThe Innokin Cool Fire 4 is a little bit more complicated; a variable wattage box mod which includes a built-in 2000mAh battery and an OLED screen to adjust power (up to 40W). The kit comes with an 4ml Innokin iSub Tank; compatible with several different replacement heads. The Cool Fire 4 looks and performs great, with full customization at your fingertips. If you’d prefer this type of setup, be sure to see our list of the best box mods →

Also available at: Direct Vapor – $48.95 + free shipping.

#3 – Halo Tracer Mod Kit

Halo Tracer Mod KitSimilar to Joyetech Ego One (above), the Halo Tracer Mod includes a slightly larger 2600mAh battery, providing just a bit more battery life. The tank is also larger at 3.5ml, with adjustable airflow and it’s also compatible with several different replacement heads (1.2 and 0.5 ohm). Everything you need is included, it even comes with a free 30ml bottle of e-juice. It costs a bit more than the Ego One, but it will last longer before needing a refill or recharge.

Making Your Final Decision…

There are a lot of factors to consider when you’re trying to choose your first electronic cigarette. You need to evaluate your current smoking habits and consider how you’re going to incorporate e-cigarettes into your daily routine. Does it have to be small and work like a regular cigarette, or will something larger and more powerful work better? If you’re serious about making the switch and smoke often, we almost always recommend the Apollo Superior Ego or Halo Triton kits outlined above. These are excellent starter kits for almost every type of user, but ultimately the choice is yours…

More about how to choose an electronic cigarette →

2 Responses

  1. Daniel Harman says:

    I use a 510 model from prime vapors and use just a regular clearomizer or a wick less one. 2 questions, #1 what’s the best model clearomizer to use? #2 I’m looking fora regular tobacco flavored vapor to use but I’m having a hard time finding a regular tobacco flavor I like, what kind or kinds would you recommend?

  2. Jeremy Salter Jeremy Salter says:

    Personally, I’m a big fan of dual-coil EVOD clearomizers, but these are for Ego-type batteries. I’m not sure what to recommend for a 510 since I haven’t used one in several years. As far as tobacco flavored e-liquid, I would recommend trying Halo:


    They’re well-known for their excellent assortment of tobacco flavored e-liquid, and there are a few different varieties depending on your preference.

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