One of the biggest reasons many smokers offer when asked why they haven’t switched to vaping is the perceived high cost associated with the lifestyle. While many are willing to acknowledge that the ongoing costs for the average vaper are much less than those endured by smokers, the initial equipment cost for some of the more advanced devices can seem a little off-putting. To be fair, the price involved in some mod setups is enough to keep all but the more serious vapers reliant on cheaper clearomizer products to satisfy their vaping desires.
The good news is that you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars getting set up for the vaping life. While mod use was formerly something that only serious hobbyists engaged in, manufacturers have spent the last few years developing products that are much more accessible to casual vapers. So, whether you are a beginning vaper who has wanted to try something more advanced, or a smoker looking to switch, it is important to understand that there are plenty of great vape mods available for less than $100. Here are some of the best.
This is a perfect mod for beginning and intermediate vapers, as it maintains that pen-style that most newcomers prefer due to their familiarity with cigarettes and cigars. The internal 1600 mAh battery is built for all-day use, and the design is compatible with most eGo-type atomizers. You can also opt to use the included tank that comes with the kit. You can read more about it in our VaporFi review. That tank offers five extra coils, and adjustable air flow capabilities. While it may not be the best option for serious sub-ohm vaping enthusiasts, the Rocket is an ideal choice for newcomers and those who want to step up from simpler cartomizer and clearomizer options. Best of all, it sells for less than $90.
The Triton is considered to be one of the best devices for new vapers who want to jump right to the mod experience but without the complexity that many of the more advanced units create. It’s an eGo-style device that offers a couple of different battery options: the 400 mAh or 650 mAh power units. The kit comes with a tank, mouthpiece, and charging equipment so that set-up is as easy as the most basic clearomizers on the market today. The question asked; is it ever going to be considered to be one of those cutting-edge technological wonders that so many hobbyists rave about? Probably not. It will, however, get you the vaping pleasure you need at just under $50. That makes it a perfect way to get a taste for advanced vaping without the cost or learning curve!
If you see the name Eleaf and don’t automatically think “wow” then chances are you haven’t used their products yet. The iStick line is one of the best-known vaping product lines around, and for good reason. This 75 W version is considered to be one of the most affordable high-quality products in the industry today, and sells for just under $40! For that price, you get 75 watts of power which is more than you’ll need to fire those coils are resistances as low as 0.5 ohms. Take a look at all it’s features in our iStick Pico review. Depending on which tank you choose to use with it, the device should have no problem securing that sub-ohm experience you’re craving.
The XCube II uses two 18650 batteries to provide 160 watts of power. All that power enables you to fire coils down to a low as 0.08 ohms for a superior sub-ohm vaping experience that will leave your home or office filled with rich clouds of luscious vapor.
The XCube also provides superior temp controls, offering you choices between a range of 200 to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition to the clear OLED screen used for monitoring output and other features, the device also comes with Bluetooth capabilities so that you can control settings using an app.
It is a little on the large size, especially if you compare their Smok Micro One, but that’s not an issue with us! While that is probably not something that most vapers will even find themselves needing, it is still an impressive feature. You can get your Smok for slightly less than $70.
Joyetech always seems to come with the hits, and this one is no different. The latest incarnation of the beloved AIO offers sub-ohm capacity and powerful battery upgrades without sacrificing the functionality and user-friendliness that has made the line so popular in the past. For batteries, it comes complete with a 1500mAh built in battery, providing tremendous flexibility and compatibility with most of the top atomizers sold today. You can read about the Joyetech AIO in our full review. There are also a variety of protective systems in place, including safeguards to protect against short circuits. In fact, there are too many features to include them all here! You can choose you color and all this for under $20.
Kanger hits the price sweet spot with this wonderful little box mod that offers 60W of sub-ohm vaping power. Like many other top-line products, it relies on that old workhorse, the 18650, for all its batter power needs. Along with that power, the device provides the type of control most vapers want once they get past the beginning stages of their vaping experience. There’s a display screen that allows you to track your output as you adjust wattage and coil resistance to achieve just the type of draw you’re looking for. Along with the Drip tank you get a reservoir that you pinch to feed the coil with e-liquid, you also get dual airflow support, and the perfect vaping experienced for just under $35.
This is another one of those fantastic-looking vaping devices that will offer surprising power and functionality. Its 3300 mAh battery can provide power at 80 watts. Combined with its coil setup, it can enable vaping at resistances as low as 0.1 ohms, offering users with a wide range of draw experiences for their vaping pleasure.
For added, non-vaping measure, the unit even comes equipped with an output port that will enable you to use it to charge other devices if the need arises. All of these wonderful features come in a device that sells at less than $50.
The Plato is a sleek little 50-watt box mod unit that offers plenty of features for vaping enthusiasts. Its titanium and nickel coils provide temperature control between 200 and 600 degrees Fahrenheit, and resistance as low as 0.1 ohms in standard wattage mode. Using the temp controls, you can take that resistance down to as low as 0.1 ohms for your favorite sub-ohm experience. Read our full Aspire Plato review to learn more. The device contains a separate Aspire 2500mAh 18650 battery to power all its features, and comes at a price less than $55.
With all of these choices, it can be difficult to decide which is right for your needs. Even though these prices are eminently affordable for vapers and would-be vapers alike, you will obviously still want to shop around before you invest in any kit. Even so, the mere existence of so many great mods at these kinds of prices serves as further evidence that vaping has truly come into its own in recent years. That makes this perfect time for smokers to turn from tobacco to vaping, and for beginners to take the next step in their vaping evolution.