TOP PICKS: Best E-Cig / Vape Mods for Beginners

by · April 1, 2018

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Best E-Cig / Vape Mods for Beginners

If you’re shopping for your first e-cigarette or vape mod, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the huge assortment of product choices. There are literally hundreds of different vaping suppliers, each with their own unique brands of e-cigs in various shapes and sizes. Which option is right for you? How do you select the best e-cig for your needs? Let us eliminate some of the confusion by sharing our picks of the best vapes for beginners.

Choosing Your First Vape Mod

Before we move forward with some suggestions, it’s important for you to evaluate your personal needs and understand why you’re considering vaping in the first place. The majority of beginners are trying to quit smoking, so if you fall into this category then your goal should be to find an effective, satisfying e-cigarette or vape mod that will help you kick your nicotine habit for good.

Others pick up vaping as a hobby or to provide an occasional nicotine fix. If this is the case, your needs will be much different than a dedicated smoker.

Ultimately, its up to you to determine the best vape mod to meet your personal requirements. Here are the main types of e-cigarettes you can consider:

  • Mini E-Cigs (AKA: Cig-A-Likes) – The most compact and easy-to-use type of e-cigarette, “cig-a-likes” are shaped just like the real thing and are an ideal transition product. Unfortunately, they’re unlikely to satisfy heavier smokers, so we only recommend them to light or casual tobacco users.
  • Mid-Size E-Cigs (AKA: Vape Pens) – Slightly larger than a mini (about the size of a cigar), vape pens are probably the most popular type of e-cig for beginners and newbies. They operate with a simple press of a button and provide a much more satisfying experience than a mini. They produce more vapor, plus they last 2-3 times longer before needing a recharge.
  • Pod-Based Systems – The newest type of e-cig on the market, vape pods work much like a cig-a-like and are often inhale activated (no button), but they use a new type of salt-based nicotine that makes them much more satisfying. Simple, compact and affordable, pods systems are an awesome type of vape for beginners! Learn more about pod systems here.
  • Variable Wattage Mods – The largest and most complicated option, variable wattage vape mods are typically reserved for experience users. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they require significantly more knowledge to operate and maintain. There are a few exceptions (listed below), but we normally don’t recommend VW vape mods to beginners.

Top E-Cigs for Casual / Light Smokers

Mini e-cigs (discussed above) are nice option for light or casual smokers. They’re super compact, feel just like a regular cigarette and produce a limited amount of vapor; perfect for occasional cravings. These are our top picks:

Halo G6 Starter Kit

Halo G6 E-Cigarette Kit
Our Rating:
$37.99
Retail Price:
280mAh
Battery Capacity:
1ml
Liquid Capacity:
Blank or Prefilled
Cartomizer Type:
Automatic
Activation:

PROS:

  • Excellent performance for a mini
  • Blank or prefilled cartomizers
  • Outstanding menthol and tobacco flavors
  • Various attractive colors

CONS:

  • No fruit or dessert flavors
  • Limited vapor and battery life

A long-time favorite in the mini space, the Halo G6 is one of the best mini e-cigarettes of all time. 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. It comes with two automatic, inhale activated batteries and you can select from over 20 handcrafted e-juice flavors. Halo is widely-known for their award-winning tobacco and menthol varieties.

The kit comes with a 5-pack of pre-filled cartomizers, or choose blanks and fill them yourself. A solid performer, despite its size. Our review →

V2 Cigs Classic Starter Kit

V2 Cigs Beginners Kit
Our Rating:
$39.99
Retail Price:
250 or 380mAh
Battery Capacity:
1ml
Liquid Capacity:
Blank or Prefilled
Cartomizer Type:
Manual or Auto
Activation:

PROS:

  • Numerous upgrade options
  • Blank or prefilled cartomizers
  • Wide variety of flavors
  • Automatic or manual batteries

CONS:

  • Options may be confusing
  • Limited vapor and battery life

V2 is an industry leader in the small, mini e-cigarette space and the V2 Cigs Classic Kit is their most basic, entry level product.  It’s comparable to the Halo G6 in most aspects and costs about the same. Between the two, the choice really boils down to aesthetics, but if you’d like a slightly better performing mini e-cig then you might consider V2 EX series. The EX series offers more battery life and longer lasting cartridges with a sleek, stainless steel design.

Either way, V2 Cigs has lots of options for beginners. It may be a bit confusing trying to sort through all of the options, but you’ll have plenty of opportunities to customize and upgrade. Our review →

Vapor Fi Air 2 Starter Kit

Vapor Fi Air 2 Starter Kit
Our Rating:
$39.99
Retail Price:
350mAh
Battery Capacity:
1.4ml
Liquid Capacity:
Refillable Tank
Cartomizer Type:
Manual (Button)
Activation:

PROS:

  • Compact and easy-to-use
  • More vapor than a cig-a-like
  • Simple top-fill design

CONS:

  • Manually operated with button
  • Limited battery life

The Vapor Fi Air 2 is a bit different than the Halo and V2 products, but it’s the perfect e-cig for beginners because it’s effective, easy-to-use and performs exceptionally well considering its compact size. Although it’s manually operated with a button and slightly larger than a traditional cigarette, it puts out more vapor and will be slightly more satisfying than a “cig-a-like”.

Not only does it come with a battery, tank and two replacement coils, but you’ll also get a 30ml bottle of e-liquid. It includes everything that you’ll need to get started… and it comes with a reasonable price tag.


Best Vape Pens for Regular Smokers

Regular smokers, who will certainly vape more often, need their e-cigarette to perform well all day long. Because of this, a small, mini e-cig may not cut it due to it’s limited battery life. Plus, regular smokers will crave more vapor and a stronger “throat hit,” qualities that are only possible with larger vape pens like these:

Apollo Endeavor Vape Pen Kit

apollo-endeavor-vape-pen-kit
Our Rating:
$34.95
Retail Price:
900mah
Battery Capacity:
2ml
Liquid Capacity:
Replaceable Coil
Tank Type:
Manual (Button)
Activation:

PROS:

  • Exceptional value
  • Reliable, proven platform
  • Great vapor and battery life

CONS:

  • Coils must be replaced
  • Occasional leakage

The Apollo Endeavor Kit is one of our favorite vape kits to recommend to beginners 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 (it’s button operated and the coils need to be replaced), but it’s easy to learn and the performance is excellent. A great way for newbies to get their feet wet.

Incorporating the popular and reliable EVOD tank system, the Apollo Endeavor Vape Pen Kit is ideal for just about anyone. Just purchase a bottle of your favorite e-liquid, fill the tank and you’re ready to vape!

PAX Juul E-Cigarette

Pax Juul Beginners Vape Kit
Our Rating:
$39.99
Retail Price:
200mah
Battery Capacity:
0.7ml
Liquid Capacity:
Pre-filled Pod
Tank Type:
Automatic
Activation:

PROS:

  • Compact and easy-to-use
  • Efficient delivery of nicotine
  • Satisfaction similar to smoking
  • Low power requirements

CONS:

  • Limited flavor selection
  • Kits / pods are expensive

With it’s enormous popularity and effective delivery of nicotine, we couldn’t put together an article about the best vapes for beginners without mentioning the Juul. By looking at its specs, you’d think it would be more appropriate to include it with the mini e-cigarettes above. But the Juul is different because it uses nicotine salts to provide a more satisfying experience.

The Juul uses pre-filled pods that contain nicotine salt e-liquid, which provides a higher dose of nicotine without requiring as much power or producing as much vapor. It’s an ideal transition product for smokers because it feels like a traditional cigarette and its super easy to use.

Pod-based systems like the Juul are becoming much more popular, especially for beginners. If you’d like to see more products like the Juul, be sure to visit our complete list of the best e-cig vape pod systems here.

Vapor Fi Pro 3 Vape Pen Kit

VaporFi Pro 3 Vape Pen Kit
Our Rating:
$39.99
Retail Price:
1000mah
Battery Capacity:
2.0ml
Liquid Capacity:
Replaceable Coil
Tank Type:
Manual (Button)
Activation:

PROS:

  • Reliable and consistent
  • Great performing coil heads
  • Long-lasting 1000mAh battery
  • Variety of color choices

CONS:

  • Only one tank / battery
  • Coils must be replaced

The Vapor Fi Pro 3 Kit is very similar to the Apollo Endeavor Kit (above), but it’s a bit more expensive due to its higher quality design and more reliable, better performing coil heads. The Apollo kit includes two batteries and two clearomizers, while the Vapor Fi only includes one of each.

With that being said, the coils produce a bit more vapor, they leak less frequently and last longer before needing to be replaced. The battery has a bit more capacity as well at 1000mAh. Modeled after the highly popular Innokin Endura T18, the Vapor Fi Pro 3 Vape Pen is a great option for beginners.

V2 Pro Series 3 Vape Kit

V2 Pro Series 3 Vape Kit
Our Rating:
$49.99
Retail Price:
650mah
Battery Capacity:
1.6ml
Liquid Capacity:
Liquid, Loose Leaf or Wax
Tank Type:
Manual (Button)
Activation:

PROS:

  • Use with liquid, loose leaf or wax
  • Magnetized parts (no threading)
  • Simple to use and maintain

CONS:

  • Only one tank / battery
  • Relatively expensive

The V2 Pro Series 3 Vape Kit is a little bit different than other devices within the category. It combines a traditional vape pen with a multi-medium “vaporizer” and is the only product that we’ve recommended that will allow you to vape e-liquid, loose leaf or essential oils and waxes.

It includes a single 650mAh battery and one e-liquid cartridge (loose leaf and wax cartridges are sold separately). All of the components are magnetic so there’s no twisting or threading. This 3-in-1 device is truly unique, and it will allow you to experiment with other options, if you choose.

V2 also offers a more advanced version (the Series 3X) that includes variable wattage for higher power and increased vapor output.


Ready to Jump In! Entry-Level Vape Mods

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 figure it out:

Smok Priv V8 Vape Mod Kit

Smok Priv V8 Vape Mod Kit
Our Rating:
$39.99
Retail Price:
18650 (Sold Separately)
Battery:
3.0ml
Liquid Capacity:
Replaceable Coil
Tank Type:
Manual (Button)
Activation:

PROS:

  • Compact and simple to use
  • Impressive vapor and flavor
  • Adjustable airflow
  • Sleek and attractive design

CONS:

  • Airy draw unlike smoking
  • Battery sold separately

With up to 60W of power and simple one-button operation, the Smok Priv V8 Kit is the perfect vape mod for beginners. It has a streamlined design to keep things compact and a full-length firing bar on the side. It includes the highly acclaimed TFV8 Baby Beast Tank which features adjustable airflow can be used with a wide range of coil heads to customize your experience.

Although it’s definitely simple and lacks any complicated controls, the Smok Priv V8 will produce much vapor than the products we’ve recommended so far. A single 18650 battery is required – sold separately.

Aspire Breeze AIO E-Cig Kit

Aspire Breeze AIO E-Cig Kit
Our Rating:
$31.99
Retail Price:
650mAh
Battery:
2.0ml
Liquid Capacity:
Replaceable Coil
Tank Type:
Manual or Auto
Activation:

PROS:

  • Super compact, all-in-one design
  • Automatic or manual operation
  • Great flavor and vapor
  • Can be used with nicotine salts

CONS:

  • Lacks adjustable airflow
  • Limited battery life

The Aspire Breeze is an awesome all-in-one unit that’s highly versatile and perfect for beginners. It’s not as powerful as the Smok Priv V8 (above), but it’s more compact and even easier to use. Just inhale to activate – or use the button. The tank is built right into the unit and the 0.6 ohm U-Tech Coils provide impressive flavor and a surprising amount of vapor.

Not only can the Aspire Breeze be used with standard e-liquid, but like the Juul it can be used with nicotine salts for a highly satisfying experience.

Innokin iTaste SmartBox Mod Kit

Innokin iTaste Smart Box Mod Kit
Our Rating:
$34.99
Retail Price:
18650 (Sold Separately)
Battery:
2.0ml
Liquid Capacity:
Replaceable Coil
Tank Type:
Manual (Button)
Activation:

PROS:

  • Auto wattage adjustment
  • Impressive vapor and flavor
  • One button operation

CONS:

  • Battery sold separately
  • Separate charger required

The Innokin iTaste SmartBox Mod Kit is another simple and easy-to-use vape mod for beginners. Like the Smok Priv V8 Mod (above), there are no complicated display screens or settings to worry about, and the built-in coil sensing technology automatically dials in the proper wattage for you (based upon on the coil resistance) – up to 45W total.

It includes the iSub V Series Tank with several different coil heads for different styles of vaping. Single 18650 battery required – sold separately.

Smok Stick V8 Starter Kit

Smok Stick V8 Starter Kit
Our Rating:
$45.99
Retail Price:
3000mAh
Battery:
5.0ml
Liquid Capacity:
Replaceable Coil
Tank Type:
Manual (Button)
Activation:

PROS:

  • Traditional tub-shape design
  • Simple one-button operation
  • Huge 30000mAh battery
  • Impressive vapor and flavor

CONS:

  • Airy draw unlike smoking
  • Much larger than cigarette

If you’re not a fan of the box-shaped form factor of most vape mods, the Smok Stick V8 could be right up your alley. This type of e-cigarette is way bigger than a traditional vape pen, but it still maintains a tube-shaped design and includes a long-lasting 3000mAh battery for tons of battery life. Like the Smok Priv V8 (above), it comes with an adjustable airflow TFV8 Big Baby Beast Tank and produces significant amounts of vapor and flavor.

If you’re ready to jump into sub-ohm vaping and don’t need the restrictive draw of most vapes for beginners, the Smok Stick V8 won’t disappoint.

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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? There are a variety of types of e-cigarettes and vape mods for beginners, but ultimately the choice is yours to make…

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