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What Vape Should I Buy as a Beginner?

What Vape Should I Buy as a Beginner?

March 09, 2022

If you're one of the millions who are curious and considering switching to vaping, you probably have plenty of questions, which is perfectly normal. It is, after all, a relatively new but quickly expanding industry with brand new products appearing all of the time. 

But there's no need to feel lost. RELX is here to guide you through the many questions, queries, and doubts you might have about vaping and the equipment needed.   

How to Determine Which Vape Is Best for You

There are many factors to consider when determining which vape is best for you, the primary ones being price, e-liquid strength, types of devices, and vaping method.   


Budget is probably a good place to begin when determining which vape is best for you, and the good news is there isn't a huge price disparity between the cheapest and most expensive. Small entry-level vapes can be found for under £10 these days, while even the most sophisticated box mod kits won't set you back more than £80. 

But it's not simply the cost of the initial device purchase that you need to bear in mind. Differences in devices and e-juice refills can make the budget range widely. Disposable devices will most certainly be cheaper for an initial investment, but the expenses add up over time. Refillable devices may cost £20 upfront, but you can continue using them for more extended periods.

Vape pods or juice also differ in price. New cartridges are relatively inexpensive first but can add up over time, especially with heavy usage. Over the long run, vape juice works out cheaper than buying pods, but this difference isn't too dramatic. 

Lastly, some, but not all, vapes use what is known as a coil, usually made of cotton and wire. This component absorbs the liquid from the tank, heats it, and turns it into vapour when you press the button and inhale. It is a small bit of machinery that does plenty of work, and because of this, it often needs replacing. 

Depending on use, a typical coil lifespan is between 1 and 4 weeks, and replacements can range from as little as £1 to £15 for the top-end devices. 

It's generally believed that vaping works out cheaper than traditional cigarettes, but costs do stack up over time, and you should be fully aware of what your vape requires and how often before making a purchase.         


As we'll get to shortly, vape kits come in all shapes and sizes but generally speaking, the more powerful, the bigger, which does make sense. Larger vapes can be surprisingly bulky, though, so think carefully about whether you would want to carry something that size around all day. 

Smaller vapes are much more discreet and can slip easily into a pocket or bag without you even noticing. However, they might not provide that Direct to Lung (DTL) delivery that some users prefer — more on DTL shortly. 

One other point to consider, which might not immediately spring to mind, is travelling with vapes, particularly on aeroplanes. Size may be a factor since  you must put the vape in your carry-on baggage

E-Liquid Strength

The strength of your e-liquid is more dependent on the liquid you buy rather than the actual vape itself, but it is worth talking about here also. 

When we talk about ‘strength’, we mean the nicotine content in the e-liquid, which ranges from 0 mg to 50 mg per millilitre. Those moving over to vaping from cigarettes often choose to start high and decrease from there. 

There are, of course, numerous health benefits to lowering your nicotine intake, and nicotine-free (0 mg) is becoming a popular choice. It lets vape users replicate the act of smoking without actually consuming any nicotine, helping to support smoking cessation programmes. 

Vaping Method

While you may have always assumed vaping just means inhaling the vapour, vapes offer two slightly different methods. The one you're looking for may well determine which vape you choose. 

Mouth to Lung (MTL) vaping is similar to traditional cigarette smoking, in which the smoke is inhaled first into the mouth then down into the lungs. This method is best suited for those new to vaping and generally uses less juice, making it more cost-effective.  

Direct to Lungs (DTL), also known as ‘sub-ohm’ vaping, bypasses the mouth and delivers a usually large amount of vapour directly into the lungs — a bit like a sizeable normal breath. This direct delivery can often feel overwhelming for new vapers but is the favoured method among more advanced users and former smokers. The downside of DTL is that it uses much more juice and also requires more complex (and more expensive) coils.    

Vape Kits and the Difference Between Devices

Vape devices come in a wide range of styles. Read through the options to ensure you find the best one for your needs. 

Disposable Vapes

It probably won't come as a great surprise to hear that disposable vapes are just that — disposable. These are often entry-level devices. They are discreet and lightweight while providing an experience that is probably closest to a traditional cigarette. 

Disposable devices come with a preloaded vape juice capsule for one-time use. If you're looking to test the waters before purchasing something more long-lasting, this is probably a good place to start. 

Some people use disposable devices as a ‘second’ vape as they are small enough to carry around just in case your primary vape runs out of battery. Plus, at a lower cost, it’s less stressful if you accidentally misplace a disposable pen.     

Pod Vape Kits 

Sometimes referred to as vape starter kits, pod kits are a relatively new introduction to vaping and some of the easiest to use, making them a popular choice for first-time users.   

While pod vape kits are slightly larger than most disposables, they are still relatively small and lightweight. They usually require replaceable juice pods, some of which are refillable, while others are single-use. 

Vape Pens

Vape pens have become hugely popular in recent years and are often a favoured choice for people new to vaping. 

They come with a much higher battery life than disposables or pods, with running time ranging from a few hours to a day or more, depending on how much you use it

Pens usually come with a tank that you can refill yourself with juice bought separately, which generally works out cheaper than having to purchase pod refills.  

Box Mod Kits

More experienced vapers often use box mod kits because they allow customisation. While other vapes are limited with how much users can modify them, box mod kits usually go a few steps further. 

With mod kits, you can adjust wattage, temperature, and ventilation. They also often come with considerably more power, which can not only extend the time you can use them but provides a deeper DTL experience, with much denser vapour clouds. 

If you're looking for something small, lightweight, and discreet, these are probably not going to be for you. The downside of this increased power is that they are often quite chunky, especially compared to other options, and frequent use will see the battery life dwindle quickly. 


There are plenty of factors to consider if you are switching to vaping. Size and cost are a good place to start, and because of this, vape pens and pods are popular choices. They provide a good idea of what vaping is like, without investing in something more substantial. 

For those new to vaping, RELX is here for all your vaping needs. Consider the RELX Classic Starter Kit and get the Classic device, an e-juice pod, and charging cable, all for a reasonable price.

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