Disposable Vapes vs Refillable Vape Kits - Which is Better in 2024?

Last Updated: Mar 8, 2024
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E-cigarettes or vapes as they are now commonly known are a popular alternative to traditional tobacco smoking. But, did you know that there are two main types of e-cigarettes, disposable vapes and refillable vape kits? If you're thinking about making the switch to e-cigarettes, you might want to consider the pros and cons of each type.

Disposable Vapes, also known as Closed System Vapes:

Disposable e-cigarettes are designed for convenience. They come pre-charged and pre-filled with e-liquid, so you can use them right out of the packaging. They're also lightweight and portable, making them a great option for the on-the-go. However, the cost of disposable vapes can add up over time. They typically retail for around £5 - £6, which may seem like a good deal initially, especially when compared to the cost of cigarettes but keep in mind that you'll need to buy a new one each time you run out of e-liquid. Previously you may have found lower quality components in a disposable compared to a traditional vape kit, but technology has continued to improve in the disposable space and you can now get higher end features features such as mesh coils in a disposable vape. The QUAQ coil system that is found in both the Elf Bar 600 V2 and also the Lost Mary BM600S is a great example of this improved technology. It is mesh coil system that delivers both enhanced flavour and longevity. It's not just the technology the coil technology that has. We have recently seen a number of innovative ways to increase the capacity and puffs of a disposable device, which has almost created a new category in it self. Big Puff disposables can offer 7000 or more puffs, whilst still being TPD compliant. The most popular of these at the start of 2024 are the IVG 2400 and the Lost Mary DM600 X2, which both offer more e-liquid than your traditional disposable and also deliver better value.

Refillable E-cigarettes, also known as Open System Vapes:

Refillable vapes allow for greater customization compared to disposable vapes. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs, so you can find the perfect one for your style. With refillable e-cigarettes, you have the ability to choose from a wide range of e-liquid flavours, and adjust the intensity, cloud size, and inhaling experience to your liking. Refillable vapes are more cost-effective in the long run too. They start at around £8.99 and e-liquid refills can cost as little as £1 for a 10ml bottle which could last you a week, so you'll save money compared to constantly buying disposable vapes. It's not just disposables that have improved in technology, there have also been some great improvements for refillable vapes. You can now find features and high end materials on vape kits that cost less than £20 which only 12 months ago would have cost you closer to £40 to match. Our current best picks for the best price to performance are the Vaporesso XROS 3 Mini and the OXVA Xlim Pro. Both of these kits get you great build quality ad features for less than £25.

The User Experience:

Using a refillable e-cigarette is simple! All you need to do is open the secure lid or plug and fill it with your desired e-liquid. Refilling is quick, clean, and easy, thanks to e-liquid bottles with nozzles. Changing the coil is also much simpler and cleaner than it used to be. In general you just take the pod or tank off from your vape device and the used coil can just be pulled out from the base and swapped with a fresh one. Some devices will even come with a whole pod you replace once the coil needs to be replaced. This makes the whole process of changing the coil effortless and takes less than 5 seconds.

If all of that sounds pretty simple, then using a disposable vape takes it to the next level. Take it out of the box, remove the seal and then inhale. When it runs out, just simply dispose of it. Disposables really do offer the simplest way to try vaping and see if it is the right way for you to switch from smoking.

Environmental Impact:

It's also worth considering the environmental impact of your e-cigarette choice. Disposable vapes contribute to plastic and battery waste, which can be harmful to the environment, although there are now some more environmentally friendly options like the VYKO Paper Bar where the outer shell is made from paper instead of plastic and the Riot Bar which uses PLA plastic, which is made from cornstarch. However, refillable vapes continue to offer a more environmentally friendly option, with only the coil needing to be replaced occasionally. You can expect most refillable vape kits to last you at least a couple of years, with the coil needing to be replaced once a week on average.

Decision Time:

So, which option is right for you? If you value convenience or are a little concerned that setting up a new vape may be difficult, then disposable vapes might be the way to go. But if you're looking for more customization options or the most cost efficient choice then refillable e-cigarettes might be a better fit. And, if you're still not sure, reach out to customer service for guidance or check out our guides.

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