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The first thing you need when making the switch to vaping is a vape kit (sometimes known as an e-cigarette starter kit). At the Electric Tobacconist, we stock a wide range of vape starter kits from the top vaping brands so you can be sure you’ll find something for you!
When you first look into switching to a vape kit, you may not know exactly what you’re looking for (particularly with so many different options available), so read on to find out more about the different types of e-cigarette starter kit and how to decide which one to go for.
Vape kits have changed a lot over the last few years. Disposable e-cigs have largely been replaced by rechargeable kits, which are much better value for money, but there are still several different types available. The main types of vape kit are:
Cigalikes (or cigarette-style) vape kits are designed to resemble a traditional cigarette as closely as possible. Cigalikes are very straightforward to use and generally use pre-filled cartridges called cartomizers.
Cigarette-style kits normally come in two parts: the above-mentioned cartomizer and a battery. Screw the battery to the cartomizer and you’re ready to vape! Cartomizers tend to be replaceable, so when you’ve finished one, you can just switch it out for another.
If you’re looking for a vape kit that’s as convenient as can be, a cigalike might be a great starting point. However, if you’re looking for a wider range of flavor options or nicotine strengths, you might prefer to look at a vape pen.
The term “vape pen” generally refers to a refillable e-cigarette starter kit made up of a vape tank and a battery. Rather than using refill cartridges, vape pens can be filled with vape juice from any brand, giving you access to a huge range of flavors and nicotine strengths. If you’re looking for more flavor, more versatility or more control over your nicotine intake, a vape pen might be the kit for you.
Vape pens tend to be better value for money than cigalikes, as buying vape juice and coils often works out as cheaper than buying cartomizers. Vape pens with replaceable coils will need a new coil every 1-3 weeks, depending on usage.
Pod mod vape kits give you the best of both worlds. Offering more flavor options than cigalikes but still using refill cartridges in place of a tank, pod mods are super convenient without compromising on flavor or performance. Pod mods are available in two varieties: closed-system and open-system. Closed-system pod mods like the JUUL take pre-filled pods, while open-system devices, such as those offered by Suorin (eg the Suorin Air) and SMOK (eg the SMOK Nord AIO Pod System), can be filled with your own vape juice. For closed pod systems, we recommended using smooth and satisfying nicotine salts.
Vape kits started out as a rechargeable version of the formerly popular disposable electronic cigarette, but have evolved into something that completely surpasses the original blueprint. E-cigarette starter kits are a cost effective way to start vaping, since they can be recharged and refilled with cartridge refills (also known as cartomizers), pods or vape juice once they have run out. Vape kits give you far more options than disposables in terms of flavor, nicotine strengths available and performance.
We don’t recommend that beginners to electronic cigarettes start out with a vape mod. Vape mods are advanced devices that come with a range of high-tech features and can output a huge amount of power. Using a vape mod requires knowledge of battery safety and Ohm’s Law, so make sure to do your reading before moving on to one.
The vape kit is the perfect way to get into vaping, as it helps give you an idea of what you’re looking for flavor- and strength-wise. Once you’re happy with how vape kits work, and you’ve read up on how sub-ohm vaping works, you can always move to a more powerful box mod kit.
Or if you're looking for a closed system that's ready-to-go right out of the box check out our disposables page.
We have a huge range of vape kits to choose from at the Electric Tobacconist. Take your time reading about each one to make an informed decision, safe in the knowledge that we have sourced all the best brands available in America. We even have a nicotine free vape department, which contains the perfect electronic cigarette starter kits for zero-nic vaping.
If you're based in the UK, you can also shop our vape kits on Electric Tobacconist UK!