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What type of e-cig should I choose?

The bare minimum parts of an e-cig are:

  • Battery
  • Cartridge, pod or tank to hold the e-liquid
  • An atomizer to vaporise the e-liquid

As you move up through the models though, there are more parts (some of which are replaceable) and sophisticated microprocessors.

There are a variety of e-cigs on the market, but they roughly fall into 3 categories: cigalikes, pens and mods.

Beginners guide to Vape Starter Kits - cigalike

1) Cigalikes are the most basic of e-cigs. As the name suggests, they look like conventional cigarettes but with a small cartridge of e-liquid in place of the filter. The battery and atomiser will be built into the device and won’t be replaceable.

They offer only simple functionality, you won’t be able to replace individual parts and most vapers would only use them as an emergency back-up.

Beginners guide to Vape Starter Kits - pods

2) Pens are the next step up from cigalikes. They offer greater performance and more functionality, including higher wattage and some replaceable parts.

Their sleek design, ease of use and ability to take higher strengths of nicotine make them ideal for those new to vaping or looking to use vaping to quit smoking.

The Innokin Endura T18E and SMOK Stick M17 are good choices in this category.

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The Innokin Endura T18E

Easy to use, easy to fill, easy to maintain and reliable for the ultimate hassle-free vaping experience.

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Smok Stick M17

SMOK Stick M17

The ultimate easy-to-use, all-in-one vape pen.

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Aegis Mini

3) Mods will give you the best vaping experience but are more expensive than the other two types. You’ll find digital displays showing wattage, battery life, etc., customisable functions, upgradeable firmware and replaceable tanks, coils, wicks and batteries.

The wattage of mods will also be user-adjustable and go much higher compared to cigalikes and pens. If sub ohm vaping is something that appeals to you, then mods are really the way to go.

Sub ohm vaping means using coils with a resistance of less than 1 ohm, usually combined with high wattage. The result is large plumes of vapour with enhanced flavour.

Many vapers will choose mods which support rebuildable atomisers (RBA) to install their own self-built coils and wicks.

Popular mods include the VOOPOO Drag 2 and SMOK R-Kiss.

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VOOPOO Drag 2 Platinum

We love the Drag and its successor the Drag 2 but now the Drag 2 Platinum is here boasting even better performance and a host of upgraded features.

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SMOK R-Kiss

Compact but packing a strong punch, the SMOK R-Kiss gives you a lot of bang for your buck!

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