If you’re new to vaping, trying to choose an electronic cigarette starter kit can be a daunting task. With products ranging from “cigalikes” (the ecigs which look like real cigarettes) to the sub-ohm monsters which look like 90s mobile phones, it can be hard to know how to choose a vape kit which will suit your needs.
The current boom in the vape market is fantastic, but it does mean that there are many poor quality vape pens and ecigarettes being sold in unscrupulous online stores and corner shops. At VapeHut we’ve come across no end of people who have been turned off vaping thanks to a crap device and so we have put together this list to make sure that you can make an informed purchase and find an ecigarette which is perfect for you.
We’ve short listed 5 devices to suit every taste and budget and listed the pros and cons of each item.
5. The One Kit
In at number 4 is the The One Kit from UKEcigstore. Costing under £20, it is by far the cheapest kit on this list and is perfect for anybody who wants to give vaping a try, but doesn’t want to drop too much cash right away.
Obviously there’s a limit to how good an ecigarette can be for this price and there are some limitations. The tank has a maximum capacity of just 1.8ml, which means you’ll have to refill often, and the battery life leaves a lot to be desired. The atomizers last well, meaning that you won’t need to replace them more than once every fortnight or so, and the vapour production is admirable for a ecig in this price range.
Despite being a very basic kit, when compared to similarly priced starter kits and the sort of models sold in corner shops, the One Kit gives users a good vape and is very reliable. Simply put, you won’t find a better model at this price and it is the perfect kit for a complete beginner who simply wants to see what all the fuss is about.
- Easy to maintain
- Poor battery life
- Small tank
- Mediocre vapour production
4. Aspire K1 Starter Kit
Aspire make some of the best vaping products on the market, and this competitively priced starter kit is no exception. Its sleek design is perfect for those who don’t go in for the whole “sci-fi weapon” box mods but still want great vapour production. It comes with the CF Power battery which pumps out 4.7volts – more than enough for any casual vaper.
Aspire products are renowned for their build quality and reliability. This kit will give you a consistently good vape with a battery which will last for hours of use.
The tank is on the small side, with a 1.6ml capacity, but uses the new BVC coils which deliver great vapour production and have eliminated the quality issues and dry hits which were a problem with the older atomizers.
Costing £39.99, the Aspire K1 kit is great value for money and is our recommended purchase for anyone looking for a good quality pen style device.
- Good build quality
- Good vapour production and taste
- Looks sleek and stylish
- Lacks variable voltage
- Battery life low compared to box mods
- Small tank
3. Innokin iTaste MVP 2.0 Kit
Innokin is another respected name in the vape world, and with products like this its easy to see why.
A great introduction to box mods, the iTaste MVP boasts a fantastic battery alongside the iClear 30 tank, for just £39.99.
The battery offers variable voltage, an ohm meter, a puff counter and a charge measure, so you will always know how much battery you have left. The variable voltage, ranging from 3.3v to 5v allows you to change the power output to suit your vaping tastes, and it should last even the lungriest (lunger = lung hunger) vaper all day.
The iClear tank has a 3ml capacity, a choice of different ohm resistances and a polycarbonate build. It delivers great, consistent vapour production, clean taste and a sturdy build quality.
- A fantastic box mod for the price
- Good battery
- iClear tank has some leaking issues
2. The Aspire Nautilus with the Innokin Cool Fire IV
For #2 we haven’t chosen a kit per se, but instead have taken a great mid range tank and battery and put them together.
The Aspire Nautilus is, in our opinion, the best mid range mouth-to-lung tank on the market. It is one of the most popular tanks amongst vapers thanks to its 5ml capacity, variable airflow with 4 increments, solid glass and metal build and steel drip tip.
It gives incredible vapour production, flavour and is consistently good. The replacement BVC coils are cheap, widely available and reliable. With 1.6 and 1.8 ohm options, it is a versatile tank which works well with pretty much any compatible battery.
The Innokin Cool Fire IV is a fantastic mid-range battery, with an adjustable voltage (3-7.5v) and variable wattage (6-40w). It has a 2000mAh battery and boasts a great deal of power. It is compact and lightweight, which makes it a great alternative to many of the bulkier batteries which give a similar performance.
It is stylish, quick to charge and has an OLED display which displays the voltage/wattage you’re vaping at as well as remaining battery charge.
- Both mid-range market leaders
- Very few for the price
1. The Kanger Subox Mini
We couldn’t sing the praises of this kit loud enough in our full Kanger Subox review, so we had to go and crown it the best starter kit on the market.
Priced at £54.99, it is the priciest model on this list, but with that price comes almost unrivalled performance. The build quality on the Subox is fantastic; sturdy, easy to use, with consistent great performance. Similarly, it produces thick, full clouds of vapour which taste fantastic.
The atomizer coils last for a long time and are affordable to replace (costing around £1.50 per coil) and the coil build is equally fantastic, with huge juice holes which provide the wick with constant saturation, meaning that dry tokes are extremely rare.
When paired with a good quality, high mAh battery, the Subox mod will last days of normal usage.
However, the reason we’ve picked this kit for our top spot, is because of its versatility. As vapers become more experienced and learn more about ecigarettes, a large percentage choose to switch to sub-ohm vaping, which produces much more vapour, better taste and is generally more satisfying.
The Kanger Subox works with both normal ohm coils, like the rest of the ecigarettes on this list, and sub-ohm coils, which means that even if you do choose to move on to sub-ohm vaping, you won’t need to buy a new machine.
- Fantastic vapour production
- Fantastic taste
- Great battery life
- Performs excellently as a mouth-to-lung and sub ohm ecig
- Great build quality for the price
- Older models do have a tendency to leak