pros and cons of disposable vapes

Pros and cons of disposable vapes

If you’ve been keeping up to date with the current vaping trends of late, you’ve no doubt noticed the emergence of disposable vape pens. Unheard of just a year or so ago, disposable vapes have exploded in popularity over the past 12 months with beginners and even some experienced vapers now opting for the throw-away units in favour of traditional devices.

Despite their short history, disposable vapes have already become a point of much debate, with vapers divided over this relatively new phenomenon. For some, they’re a hassle-free alternative to traditional vape kits, while others see them as nothing more than a restrictive eco-disaster waiting to happen.

So, if you’re still on the fence and you’re looking for some impartial information to help you decide whether this product is right for you, here’s a helpful list of the main pros and cons of disposable vapes.

Pros of disposable vapes

Disposable devices have become incredibly popular of late, so let’s take a look at what vapers are finding so appealing. 

Ease of use

If it’s convenience you’re looking for then disposables trump the competition, hands down. In fact, this is without a doubt the disposable vape’s best attribute and the reason it’s proven such a hit among some vapers.

Unlike traditional devices, there’s no need to replace any coils or re-fill your E-liquid – you don’t even need to charge your device. Likewise, there are no confusing buttons or complicated settings – you simply purchase the product and away you go. Once it’s empty, simply throw it away and pick up a new one. Easy-peasy!

The simplicity of disposables makes them the ideal choice for beginners or anyone who’d prefer to avoid the fiddly maintenance sometimes associated with other vaping devices.

Cheaper up-front cost

If you’re looking for something low in price just to get started, unit-for-unit disposable vapes are easily the cheapest product on the market. With that said, they’re most certainly not the most cost-effective devices, which we’ll touch on further down this article so be sure to read on!

Small and easy to conceal

Good things come in small packages, and another feature disposables benefit from is their compact size. 

If you’ve only got limited space in your pockets or bag, disposables might be a great choice as their small size means you’re sure to find room for one.

Likewise, if you’re going away for the weekend and you’d prefer not to take a chunky device with you, a pocket-friendly disposable might well be the answer to your woes!

Growing product range

Although the range of disposables started out small, the ever-expanding list of flavours is starting to offer much more choice for customers.

This means vapers can now pick up tobacco, menthol, fruit and dessert-flavoured devices, and with the range of choice growing all the time this is an exciting time to become a disposable vape enthusiast!

Cons of disposable vapes

With all that said, it’s important to understand disposable vape pens aren’t for everyone. Here are the main drawbacks.

Can’t be refilled/recharged

If you’re considering purchasing a disposable vape, be aware they’re only intended to last until the pre-filled liquid runs out. Once you’ve finished your liquid, you’ll be unable to refill your vape pen and you’ll need to buy a new one.

Likewise, you’ll also be unable to charge your disposable vape. That means if the battery goes, it’ll be useless – even if you have some vape juice left over, which can be particularly frustrating!

Environmental impact

A major drawback of disposables and one that’s putting many of our more eco-conscious vapers off is their potential environmental impact. Made from robust plastic and containing batteries that can leak chemicals into the environment, the single-use units are difficult to recycle.

As time goes on and more focus is placed on the damage disposables may do to the environment, hopefully manufacturers will look to produce their throw-away vapes using more eco-conscious materials, which should help them become greener.


As we touched on earlier, the unit cost of disposables is far less than that of traditional devices, but keep in mind these throw-aways are designed to last only a couple of days at most.

Most disposables are loaded with around 2ml of liquid, giving the user a minimum of 500-600 puffs, but while this is certainly a generous amount, you’ll need to purchase several units or buy a new device every couple of days making disposables more expensive than other devices.

If you’re in search of the most cost-effective vaping device then you should probably look elsewhere, as sadly disposables won’t offer the best value for money.

Not an effective way to quit smoking completely

If you’re serious about quitting smoking, then getting a good quality kit is the most effective method of achieving your aim. Disposables are a great stop-gap if you’ve run out of battery or liquid whilst you’re out and about, however, you’re more likely to purchase a pack of cigarettes when given the choice between traditional tobacco and a disposable at your local shop.

Fewer options

Although the list of flavours has certainly expanded since disposable vapes first hit the market, choice is still pretty limited compared to the range of options on offer when you purchase a regular vape kit.

Indeed, if variety is important then we’d recommend opting for a refillable device – with thousands of options to choose from, you can find pretty much any flavour imaginable, whereas disposables are still only available in a handful of variations, and your favourite flavour might not be in-stock at your shop when it runs out!

So there you have it. That’s a list of the main pros and cons of disposable vapes. As always, we’ve tried to be as balanced and transparent as we can to give you the best information possible – that way you can decide for yourself whether this product is right for you.

Most popular disposable vapes on the market

If you’re interested in disposable vapes, we stock the Lost Mary Disposable Pod, as well as the Elf Bar Disposable Pod and Elf Bar CR500, which are all great products in their own right.

Best rated vape kits on the market

Now you’ve read this guide to the pros and cons of disposable vapes, if you’ve decided a regular device is more suitable for you, there are a number of great kits on the market.

The Drag X Pro is one of our best-sellers – and for good reason. This device features all the mod cons and it’s also ultra-stylish, making it a great choice for serious vapers.

Those just dipping their toe in the water might want to purchase a starter kit for their first device. These are great for beginners as they’re easy to use and maintain, and you shouldn’t have any issues refilling them. 

There are many great starter kits on the market, but there’s one that ticks all the right boxes and that’s the Innokin Endura T18E Starter Kit. This device has rave reviews and is easily one of the most popular buys among beginners so you can’t go wrong with this one.

For some more information on whether disposable vapes offer good value for money, check out our ‘Disposable Vapes: Are They Worth it?’ blog post too.


disposable vapes - pros and cons