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. Additionally, disposable vapes often use lower-quality components, which can result in a less satisfying vaping experience compared to a vape that has been designed to last you 2 years or more. Most disposable vapes will last the average user approximately 1 day.
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.
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.
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.
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.