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SmokeTastic is a team of vaping experts who advise vapers and smokers on the best E-Cigs and vaping products on the market.

We are going to be looking at the best e-cigs and vape products available, but as there are many types and designs on the market, it can be a bit daunting of where to start.

To make things simpler we have broken it down into a number of sections:

Section 1: The Overall Best Starter Kit Per Type

Section 2: The Top 3 E-Cigs By Category For 2018

Section 3: The Best Cigalikes

Section 4: Best Vape Pods

Section 5: Best Vape Pens

Section 6: Best Box Mods

Section 7: Choose The Right Type Of E-Cig

Section 8: FAQs New Vapers Generally Ask

Section 9: Other Resources To Use

Section 10: Our Latest Reviews

About SmokeTastic

E-Cig and Vaping Reviews

SmokeTastic has been reviewing all types of E-Cigs and vaping products since back in 2012. Producing reviews, whilst educating our readers about the possible risks associated with vaping. This research will help our readers determine if E-Cigs is the right choice and if so, which e-cig is best to suit. Learn more about us.

If you're looking for the best e-cig to suit you, then you're in the right place!

The Best Starter Kit By Type:

Last Updated: September 19th, 2018.

The best electronic cigarette for 2018

Here we are rounding up the best e-cig by type. They cannot be compared side by side as their use and performance is completely different.

If you want to get a better idea of which type of e-cig would suit you then check out the Choosing an e-cig Section.

Put simply though, typically a Cigalike e-cig is used as an alternative to smoking, Vape Pods have a little more power and flavor choice, Vape Pens are a step up and used to help quit smoking, whilst box mods are for vapers wanting more depth of flavor and a stronger hit.

So, here are the best e-cigs per type:

Best Cigalike

V2 Cigs cigalike e cig
V2 Cigs. Designed to look like a cigarette and generally used by new users to quit cigarettes. The V2 Classic is easy to use and offers a good selection of flavors. V2 is one of the oldest brands in the business and one of the most trusted. Read more about V2.
V2 Scores:
  • V2 Vapor & Taste60%
  • V2 Simplicity100%

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Best Pod

Best e cig from Juul
Juul. One of the best known e-cig brands in the industry today, with a lot of media attention thanks to the modern design and choice of flavors. The Juul e-cig offers a good battery life along with a smooth vape, the most popular for new users. Read more about Juul.
Juul Scores:
  • Juul Vapor & Taste70%
  • Juul Simplicity100%

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Best Vape Pen

Vape pen eleaf ijust 3
Eleaf iJust 3. With a huge 3000mAh internal battery producing up to 80W and the introduction of Eleaf’s new mesh coils make the flavor and vapor quality on the iJust 3 one of the best on the market. More suited to users who have vaped before. Read more about the iJust 3
IJust 3 Scores:
  • IJust Vapor & Taste80%
  • IJust Simplicity75%

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Best Box mod

Best Box mod - Wotofo Flux Mod With Flow Pro Tank
Wotofo Flux Kit. One of the best looking, easy to use vape mods on the market, but not only that, it delivers an awesome flavor thanks to the Flow Pro Tank with mesh coils. Has adjustable wattage and a selection of vape modes. Read more about the Wotofo Flux.
Flux Scores:
  • Flux Vapor & Taste90%
  • Flux Simplicity70%

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The Top 3 E-Cigs By Category For 2018


Just looking at the top, doesn't give you many choices.

There are of course many others on the market, so feel free to check out all the reviews by type, you should see the link below each of the rankings.

So, here are the top 3 e-cigarettes from each type:

(Note: We take a lot of time completing our e-cigarette reviews. Work includes testing for at least a week (usually longer), followed up with customer research. We then meet to discuss the change in the rankings. These rankings do change from time to time. Depending on our reader's feedback, customer support issues and new releases).


The Best Cigalikes

Best Cigalike e cigs

Cigalikes, sometime known as minis are electronic cigarettes that resemble the look of a traditional cigarette and best for complete beginners.

They come in both disposable and rechargeable kits, with everything you need to start vaping, choice of flavors and options are relatively limited with this type. The below list happen to be all rechargeable Cigalikes, due to slightly better performance.

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Best Pod Pens

Best Pod E-Cigs

Vape Pods are electronic cigarettes that have become all the rage in the last few years. Thanks to their simplicity and great performance, taking over the Cigalike type market.

Ideal for smokers who want to switch to vaping with real ease.

Pod vapes do come in a whole host of designs now but they all have a self contained pod which holds both e-liquid and a coil.

Once it’s empty, you just replace the pod.

Most are non refillable, you just choose the flavor and strength when you choose your kit.

You can of course buy replacement pods. The refillable pod versions however, generally do not come with any e-liquid, so you would have to buy that separately.

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Best Vape Pens

best vape pen e-cigarettes

Vape pens are the most common e cig used by beginner and intermediate vapers.

They have a small tank to add your own e-liquid along with a rechargeable battery.

All vape pens are sold as starter kits and consist of the main vape pen, recharge cable and a spare coil or atomizer.

Again, as they are refillable, it it up to your to provide your own e-liquid.

Vape Pens can be used similar to smoking with mouth to lung inhales. With this option you should look at atomizers over 1-ohm.

Below 1-ohm atomizers are mean’t for direct lung inhales, which produce much higher amounts of vapor.

Check Out All The Best Vape Pens. Where we rank and review them to make your job as easy as possible to choose! Check them out now!


Best Box Mods

Best box mod e-cigarettes

Box mods are being used by vapers moving on from vape pens and want a little more vapor and power.

Often used with sub ohm coils to create thick clouds of vaper.

Box mods are often sold as starter kits which includes a tank and a couple of atomizer coils (you can also buy replacement coils).

These tanks are refillable, so you do need your own e-liquid.

You can pay a lot for mods with certain high-quality chipsets, but here, we list the best-regulated mods for the money.

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How To Choose The Right Type Of E-Cig


It's difficult to pick the right e-cig with so many types and brands on the market. It seems that all we see in the media these days are negative stories related to vaping. With the FDA categorizing e-cigs in 2016 as tobacco products. They restricted advertising, stopping vaping companies from voicing their message. Both Facebook and Google followed suit by banning E-Cig adverts.

We're in agreement that adverts should not target children. Cambridge University reported adverts for candy-flavored e-cigs could encourage children into vaping. That's the last thing we want. But with these one-sided stories, it's hard to find advice about vaping and which to try!

We strongly advise only vape as an alternative to smoking, if you do not smoke DO NOT START VAPING! The vast majority of e-liquids within e-cigs contain nicotine and nicotine is a highly addictive drug.

So, if you are a smoker or ex-smoker, how do you know which type of e-cig to choose from, and which is the best e-cig starter kit? You don’t want to waste your money on an expensive vape only to realize that it’s for a more experienced vaper. The best advice that we can give, start simple. Either a cheap Cigalike e-cig or a more expensive pod type vape or vape pen. The box mod type vapes and the Squonk mods are for the more experienced vapers who want more of a vape hit. Take a look at our quick explanation of each type:


The Cigalike

The oldest type of e-cig that many old-school vapers started with. Best for people who smoke but want an easy to use e-cig to help cut down with.

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The Pod E-Cig

Pod Vapes
Also known as pod vapes or just pods, they are sealed easy to use e-cigs with more power and flavor than Cigalikes. Again popular with new vapers and ex-smokers.

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Vape Pen

Vape Pens
Slightly larger than pods, but you get more power and a stronger vape. *Suits both mouth to lung and direct lung inhale vapers giving a heavier hit. Suits both new and experienced vapers.

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Box Mods

Box Mods
Called so because of their box shapes, but some call them vape mods. A lot more powerful that vape pens and often with extra features such as wattage and temperature control. More for an intermediate/experienced vaper.

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Learn More About the Types of E-Cigarette

* There are two types of vaping, mouth to lung (using an atomizer/coil above 1-ohm). This is where you suck the vaper in your mouth then into your lungs. The second is direct lung inhales (with atomizers below 1-ohm, known as sub-ohm vaping). This is where you take the vape directly to your lungs. All Cigalikes and pods mainly support mouth to lung vaping where vape pens and box mods offer both styles.

Note: There are also Squonk mods which are box mods with a rubber bottle contained within the mod. The bottle feeds a specially designed RDA (rebuildable dripping atomizer) tank. The other type of e-cig available is the mechanical mod. This is an unregulated and basic battery-to-coil setup with no safety features. These types of e-cigs are strictly for more advanced users.

FAQs New Vapers Generally Ask

  If you're completely new to vaping e-cigarettes then you may have a host of questions. You might not even know which questions to ask. We have summarized the most common questions new vapers ask along with the simple answer. Click on the question that's relevant and the answer should appear!
1Which E-Cig Is Best For Me?
Consider the main reason you want an e-cig or vaping device? If it's to try it to see if you get on with vaping then the Cigalike is the best and cheapest option. If you want to give it a go to quit smoking but want an easy to use device, then you may want to look at the Pod vapes. If you've tried vaping before and want to give it a real go, giving greatest flavor and vape clouds. Then your best option is to go with either the vape pens or box mod devices. To learn more check out our guide on the right type of e-cig and their advantages/disadvantages. We also have a guide giving you advice on what to look for when choosing your first e-cig.
2Which E-Liquid Strength Should I Choose?
This is a common question and has is not answered with one type of e-liquid to suit all. What we can suggest, depends on the type of e-cigarette and how much you smoked before you tried vaping. For the less powerful Cigalike and pod vapes, start by choosing a 16-32mg nicotine level. For vape pens and box mods with sub-ohm tanks, the vape cloud is a lot denser, so the levels need to be 3-6mg. If you are still craving nicotine, up the nicotine levels. Another option is using nicotine salts. Salts are higher in nicotine but give a much smoother vape. On flavors, this is a personal choice. Buying 10ml of a variety of e-liquids is ideal, try them for a day to get a good feel for what suits. No good trying one or two puffs at a vape shop, it doesn't give you an idea if it's an all day vape flavor!
3What Resistance of Coil Should I Use?
This depends on your experience with vaping. If your a completely new vaper then we going with any resistance above 1-ohm will suit. With this type of coil or atomizer, you use the same technique as smoking, ie mouth to lung. Anything below 1-ohm requires direct lung inhales. This can be hard to get used too but delivers a stronger more satisfying vape and what most regular vapers use.
4Is Vaping Bad For You?
This is a hard question to answer in its raw form. According to all the latest research, vaping is at least 95% better for you than smoking. It is the remaining 5% of doubt that causes all the headlines in the papers and online. We try to keep you informed of all the latest studies and how the media interpret them, you can read them here. The truth is that no-one knows the long-term effect that vaping has on the body. The chemicals within the vapor of e-cigarettes are safe. Studies showed toxic chemicals in some flavorings. These are now removed from the market. But it is a new form of smoking that only time will tell. Our advice is to use e-cigs to quit smoking, reducing your nicotine levels. Then reduce your vaping habit also.
5Is Vaping an effective tool for quitting smoking?
Yes! Vaping is now the number 1 tool used to help smokers quit smoking. Governments around the world have accepted this. In fact, they now promote the use of vaping to quit smoking.
6Is the nicotine dangerous?
Nicotine is an addictive drug, hence why in Europe you see the warning messages on vape products. The FDA is also pushing better labeling on vaping products. E-liquids usually hold up to 32mg per 100g of nicotine. This amount of nicotine has a similar effect to caffeine in a cup of coffee. But, it's about quantities, nicotine is not good for you. You should be concentrating on reducing your intake.
7Is vaping a gateway to smoking?
No, there has been a lot of media reports about the use of vaping is a gateway to smoking. The media misinterpret studies that state how many children have tried vaping. YouGov and Ash reported soon after, that there is no evidence from their research that e-cigs are acting as a gateway to smoking. It is important to control advertising though, to make sure that non-smokers and kids are not targeted.
8Is passive vaping dangerous?
No, again thanks to the media there have been many misleading reports. In fact, the subject was in a recent debate in the House of Lords in the UK. "The levels of toxicants in e-cigarette vapor are not considered to pose any significant passive inhalation risk. The IBVTA pointed out."

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