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What Vape Should I Buy as a Beginner?

November 21, 2023

Making the switch to vaping can be overwhelming, especially with all the options available.

That begs the question — what vape should you buy?

In this guide, we cover everything to know about vapes, including the different types and what to consider when buying them. Let's jump in!

What Are the Different Types of Vapes Available?

Browse through a vape shop, and you'll see dozens of options at your disposal. 

But once you know the different e-cigarette types available, you can better decide which one is right for you. 

Disposable Vapes 

Disposable vapes are single-use electronic cigarettes. They come pre-filled with e-liquid and are ready to use right out of the box. 

You simply puff on them like a regular cigarette, and they produce vapour you can inhale. Once the e-liquid is used up, you throw the whole device away. 

There's no need to charge a battery or refill it with e-liquid. 

Disposables are perfect for new vapers, travellers, and anyone who wants a hassle-free option. 

The best part about disposable vapes is that you can test many flavours and styles. For example, the RELX MagicGo GA600 is available in 19 flavours. 

You'll find everything from fruity options like Strawberry Ice and Triple Mango to more subtle flavours, such as Menthol Plus. Unlike other manufacturers, RELX vapes use a mesh coil so that it heats the vapour evenly for a consistent and smooth experience. 

Vape Devices

Vape devices come in a slender, pen-like shape, making them easy to carry around. They come with a built-in rechargeable battery, which is usually good enough for all-day vaping. 

On top of that, they may have refillable tanks that hold vape juice, though some also use pre-filled cartridges. 

Users can fill the tank with their choice of e-liquid flavours and nicotine strengths. 

Vape pens produce a moderate amount of vapour, which falls between the large clouds produced by advanced devices and the minimal vapour created by disposables. 

However, you'll need to remember to refill the cartridge or charge the battery for continued use, unlike disposables. 

The good news is that the RELX Artisan Device gives you a battery indicator, so you know how much juice is left before it needs recharging. 

In addition, it has a unique SmartPace feature that detects low e-liquid levels and reminds you to refill the cartridge. It'll even help you track your vaping habits by analysing the frequency of puffs taken during a set time frame to avoid getting dry hits. 

Best of all, the Artisan comes with many flavours and is compatible with refillable cartridges. 

Pod Kits

Pod systems come in a two-piece device, with one piece being a refillable pod and the other being the battery. Unlike vape pens, they come in a pod-like design that is often oval or rounded. 

These refillable pods hold the e-liquid and contain the coil that heats the liquid to create vapour. 

Some pod kits have built-in batteries, while others have removable and rechargeable batteries. You'll often need to recharge these pod kits with a USB charger. 

Since you need to refill the pods and charge the device, they're not as easy to maintain as disposables. 

Ultimately, whether you choose a pod kit or disposable vape highly depends on how often you plan on vaping. Pod kits are better for daily users, while disposables are best if you're still experimenting with vaping. 

Box Mod Kits 

Box mods are more powerful and larger vapes. The extra size generally means a longer battery life and better performance. 

Most box mods come with features and settings such as temperature control and variable wattage.

They usually can handle sub-ohm vaping. That means the coil has a low resistance level, allowing higher wattages to be used. The end result is that sub-ohm vaping produces large vapour clouds and more intense flavours. 

While box mods are highly advanced devices, they're not novice-friendly. Cloud chasers who enjoy producing large vapour clouds prefer box mods because of their higher power and sub-ohm capabilities.

What Are the Key Components of Vapes?

If you're new to vaping, you may be wondering what's actually inside your vape kit and how it all works

Vapes contain several key components that work together to produce vapour for inhalation. 

Here's a breakdown of these components:

  • Battery: The battery is the power source and provides the electrical energy needed to heat the coil. 
  • Heating element: The atomiser located in the cartridge of the vape device includes a coil and wick. The coil heats up when electricity is applied. On the flip side, the wick is made of cotton and absorbs the e-liquid to deliver it to the coil for vaporisation. 
  • Cartridge: This tank holds the vape juice, which can be pre-filled or refillable. 
  • Mouthpiece: A mouthpiece is the part of the device you inhale.

Essentially, the device works by vaporising the e-liquid to create an inhalable vapour. 

What To Consider When Choosing a Vape

In most cases, those new to vaping want to look for something simple. There are plenty of factors you want to account for when you choose your vape devices, including smoking habits, battery life, and size and portability. 

Smoking Habits 

You want the transition to vaping to be as seamless as possible. For example, if you were a heavy smoker, you might prefer a vape device with higher nicotine levels and stronger throat hits to satisfy your cravings. Light smokers may opt for lower nicotine levels.

Your choice should align with the amount of nicotine you used to consume. This can help you gradually reduce nicotine intake if that's your goal.

Or if you were used to smoking regular cigarettes, you might pick a vape device that mimics the sensation of traditional smoking, such as mouth-to-lung (MTL) devices. That means you draw the vapour into your mouth first and inhale it into your lungs, similar to smoking a cigarette. 

In that case, you may also want to opt for a menthol flavour. 

Battery Life 

Think about your daily life and how often you plan on vaping. People on the go should have a vape with long-lasting battery life to ensure it won't leave you hanging at the most inopportune times. 

For refillable vape pens, ensure they have a battery indicator so you can easily check when your device is running low on power. That can help you plan how much you can vape throughout the day. 

Ideally, you want to look for a long-lasting battery that can charge fast. The RELX Artisan Device only needs 40 minutes to get a full charge. 

Size and Portability 

You'll want a vape device that suits your lifestyle, especially if you're always on the go. 

Smaller devices such as disposables, vape pens or pod systems can easily fit into your pocket or bag. 

Also, they are discreet since they can be easily concealed without drawing attention. That's especially useful in cases where regulations may prevent you from vaping in public places. 

If you want to remain discreet, vape pens generally produce smaller vapour clouds. They usually have smaller coils and lower power output than larger, more advanced vaping devices. 


If you're used to smoking cigarettes, you may not be accustomed to the maintenance involved with vape devices. 

Disposables and closed pod systems require virtually no maintenance, making them suitable for experienced vapers and new vapers alike. 

That said, if you want to keep a device around for the long term, vape pens strike the perfect balance. They are still relatively easy to maintain compared to box mods. 

All you need to do is refill and change the tank when needed and recharge the batteries. That said, ensure not to overfill the device and store your e-liquids in a cool, dark place. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Know Which Vape To Buy?

Choose e-liquid flavours that match your taste, and consider device quality and safety features, battery life, portability and more. Disposable vapes are best for those new to vaping since they're easy to use out of the box and have a shorter learning curve. 

Final Thoughts

Vaping is becoming more prevalent around the world, including in England. This can lead to a lot of misinformation for those unfamiliar with how it works. 

If you're new to vaping, you don't want to go into a vape shop without any idea about what you're looking for. 

Instead, you want to know what features are important for you and find a reliable supplier. 

The good news is that now you have both. RELX offers reliable vape devices for all of your vaping needs. You'll find quality disposable vapes and refillable devices, along with cartridges. 

Every device is crafted with quality design, so you'll enjoy every puff from the first to the very last. Shop RELX to find the best, most affordable, and hassle-free vape devices.

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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