Finding The Best E-Cig For 2019 (Vaping Advice and Rankings)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Hi! I’m Nicholas King, the founder, and Chief Editor at SmokeTastic. As an ex-smoker and now vaping enthusiast for over 13 years myself, I understand the transition between smoking and vaping. My aim is to share useful information about all the different vape and e-cig products on the market, self-help tips, and detailed reviews.

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Vapes for 2018
The Number 1 Choice
E-Cig kit from Mig Vapor

1st Place – Clear Fusion

The crown for the best e-cigarette goes to Mig Vapor, with their Clear Fusion Kit.

This e-cigarette is really easy to use with some great flavors available, plus the kit has a great battery life. Ideal for any smoker wishing to quit cigarettes. The vapor quality is also really good, with smooth, yet flavorful clouds and a realistic interpretation of actual smoking.

Vape Score

9.4

Based on build, reliability and quality of vape.

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Runner Up

2nd Place – VaporFi Express Kit

The VaporFi Express Starter Kit

Vape Score

9.2

Based on build, reliability and quality of vape.

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2nd Runner Up

3rd Place – Vapor4Life Zeus Kit

Vapor 4 Life Zeus E Cigarette Kit

Vape Score

8.5

Based on build, reliability and quality of vape.

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SmokeTastic is a team of vaping experts who advise vapers and smokers on the top e-cig products on the market.

 

 

Who Are E-Cigarettes For?

 
The humble e-cigarette has changed a lot over the past few years, so there is a lot to learn. You also need to be aware of the health issues relating to e-cigs, to fully understand what vaping represents. The FDA has also been busy studying e-cigs, to make sure the devices available to consumers are of the highest quality.

After reading these resources, you will note, that there is little known about the long-term effects of using electronic cigarettes, it is therefore critical that you learn as much about them as possible before starting. Another good resource to use is the Surgeon General site, where they give you an overview of the e-cig, and health impacts.

The purpose of these e-cigarette products is simple, it is to be used as an alternative to smoking, and as such, should only be used by adults who want to replace their smoking of cigarettes with an alternative, and arguably, a healthier option. Many people who turn to these devices are in fact successful in quitting smoking altogether, many have simply cut down but some also have tried and failed. So using e-cigs is not, necessarily, going to be the solution to quit smoking for all. The FDA also has strict guidelines on how e-cigarettes are to be marketed, including restrictions on labeling them as a quit smoking aid.

Recommended Users:

E-Cigs should only be used by either, a smoker who is looking to cut down or quit their cigarette consumption, a smoker who wants to avoid the harsh smell of stale cigarette smoke or the ex-smoker who is tempted back to cigarettes.

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 addictive.

So, if you are a smoker or ex-smoker, how do you know which type of electronic cigarette to choose from, and which is the most suited 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 advice that we can give, start simple. Either a cheap Cig-a-like e-cigarette, 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:

Which Type of E-Cig Will Suit You?

 

The Cig-a-like E-Cig

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The Cig-a-like is the oldest type of e-cig, that many vapers start with. Suited for people who smoke but want an easy to use e-cigarette to help cut down with.

The Vape Pod

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

Vape Pens

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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.

Box Mods

Box Mod types

Called so because of their box shapes. More powerful that vape pens and often with extra features such as wattage/temperature control. More for an intermediate/experienced vaper.

* 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 Cig-a-likes and pod e-cigarettes 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-cigarette 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.

 


The Best E Cig In Each Category.

We are now going to learn which are the best e-cigarette starter kits in each category. By now, you should have a pretty good idea of which will suit you the most. There are of course many brands and styles available, so this is only a small selection of the choice you have. We have reviewed many of the most popular e-cigs, you can find the individual reviews within our site, but feel free to search for the particular model in our search bar at the top of this page, it’s most likely that we have reviewed it!

Top Cig-a-like

The Clear Fusion E-cig Starter kit

Mig Vapor Clear Fusion E-Cig Kit. The Clear Fusion is a vape pen and cig-a-like e-cig wrapped into one. With the advantage of using any e-liquid you like, the beautiful vape it produces, and the simplicity that any new vaper will appreciate.

 

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Top Pod
Aspire Breeze 2 Pod

Breeze 2. One of the top known e-cigarette brands in the industry today have produced an excellent vape pod known as Breeze 2 with the advantage of having refillable pods expanding your choice of flavor and strengths.

 

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Top Vape Pen
The FreeMax Twister

FreeMax Twister. The new FreeMax Twister starter kit comes with variable wattage and a built in 2300mAh battery coupled with a tank that uses mesh coils to maximize the flavor from your e-liquid. Simply the best vape pen on the market right now.

 

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Top Box mod
SMOK Species Mod e-cigarette Kit

SMOK Species Kit. The Species kit comes with a newly designed tank and coils producing a great and smooth vape. Super easy user interface with a bunch of options that even your mother could understand! A great kit at a great price!

 

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The Top 3 E-Cigarette Vape Kits In Each Category

 

Just looking at the best e-cigarette in each category, 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 kits from each type:

(Note: We take a lot of time completing our 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).


Cig-a-Likes E Cigs

favorite Cigalike

Cig-a-likes, sometimes known as minis are e-cigarettes that resemble the look of a traditional cigarette and this is the best e cig 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 Cig-a-likes, due to slightly better performance.

  • The Best Cig-a-like Starter Kit
    Mig Vapors e-cigarette starter kit

    1st: Clear Fusion E-Cig.

    Mig Vapor is one of the oldest E-Cig brands on the market, but one thing they do well, and better than their competitors, is the flavor of their e-cigs. Cig-a-likes all perform to a similar level, but the Clear Fusion seems to have the edge. One huge advantage is, you can use any e-liquid you like, from any store selling e-liquid.

     

    Vape Score

    9.4

    Based on build, reliability, and quality of vape.

     

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  • The Runner Up

    2nd: Express ECig Kit

    The VaporFi Express E cig
     

    Vape Score

    9.2

    Based on build, reliability, and quality of vape.
     

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  • 2nd Runner Up

    3rd: V4L Zeus E-Cig Kit

    Vapor 4 Life Zeus E Cigarette Kit
     

    Vape Score

    8.5

    Based on build, reliability, and quality of vape.
     

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Vape Pod E Cigs

Pod vapes

Vape Pods are e-cigarettes that have become all the rage in the last few years. Thanks to their simplicity and great performance, taking over the Cig-a-like type market.

Pod vapes do come in a whole host of designs, 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 pick 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. Again ideally suited for complete beginners

  • The Best Vape Pod
    The Aspire Breeze 2 Pod System

    1st: Aspire Breeze 2.

    Aspire have been in the vaping industry for a long time, and produce some of the finest models on the market. The Breeze 2 is no exception. It’s simple to use and delivers a really good vape, thanks to the refillable pods. Ideal for the mouth to lung vaper, that replicates traditional smoking, yet with a smooth and flavorful vape.

    Vape Score

    9.4

    Based on build, reliability, and quality of vape.

     

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  • The Runner Up

    2nd: AVP AIO

    The Aspire AVP AIO Pod Kit

    Vape Score

    9.2

    Based on build, reliability, and quality of vape.
     

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    3rd: Bo Vape

    The Bo pod system

    Vape Score

    8.9

    Based on build, reliability, and quality of vape.
     

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The Vape Pen E Cigs

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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 is up to you to provide your own e-liquid.

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

Below 1-ohm atomizers are meant for direct lung inhales, which produce much higher amounts of vapor.

  • The Best Vape Pen
    The FreeMax Twister AIO Vape Pen

    1st: FreeMax Twister Starter Kit

    The newly released FreeMax Twister 80W vape pen comes with an impressive built-in 2300mAh battery and a great variable wattage feature. So you can adjust the power to suit your taste. In addition this vape pen utilizes mesh coils to maximize flavor and cloud production.

    Vape Score

    9.6

    Based on build, reliability, and quality of vape.

     

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  • The Runner Up

    2nd: SMOK Stick V8

    The Smok Stick V8 vape pen

    Vape Score

    9.2

    Based on build, reliability, and quality of vape.
     

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  • 2nd Runner Up

    3rd: VaporFi VAIO GO

    The VaporFi VAIO GO Evod vape pen

    Vape Score

    8.9

    Based on build, reliability, and quality of vape.
     

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The Box Mod E Cigs

favorite Box mods

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 our list of the top regulated mods for the money.

  • The Best Box Mod
    The SMOK Species box mod kit

    1st: SMOK Species.

    SMOK produce the largest amount of box mods to the market, and one of their latest models, the Species, uses all their experience to deliver a superb box mod kit. Comes complete with the TFV8 Baby V2 Tank, which produces a real smooth vape, but really designed for the direct lung inhale vapers. You do have to buy separate 18650 batteries and e-liquid, as with all box mods, but this kit is hard to beat.

    Vape Score

    9.7

    Based on build, reliability, and quality of vape.

     

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  • The Runner Up

    2nd: Wotofo Flux

    The Wotofo Flux box mod kit

    Vape Score

    9.3

    Based on build, reliability, and quality of vape.
     

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  • 2nd Runner Up

    3rd: Innokin Proton

    The Innokin Proton Starter Kit

    Vape Score

    9.1

    Based on build, reliability, and quality of vape.
     

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E-Cig FAQs


If you’re completely new to vaping then you may have a host of questions, especially if you’re looking for the best product to suit your needs. You might not even know which questions to ask. We have summarized the most common questions new vapers ask along with the simple answer.

 

What Is An E-Cig?

E-Cigarettes have various names like electronic cigarettes, e-cigs or even e-smokes and e-vapes. E-Cigarettes are one of the most popular devices to quit smoking with and are becoming more and more popular. It is important for you to understand the risks associated with them though. The traditional e-cig resembles a traditional cigarette in many ways. Some are even designed to look like them.

They are essentially beginner vape devices, which consist of a simple battery that’s activated when the user draws and uses e-liquid that saturates a piece of cotton wrapped around a coil to produce vapor.

This vapor contains trace amounts of nicotine, which the user can control by choosing a particular strength of e-liquid. E-Cigs are specifically designed for new vapers, they are easy to use and produce a similar amount of vapor as cigarettes produce smoke.

SmokeTastic has been ranking the best e-cigs for many years now, and regularly have to update these listings as new manufacturers release new and improved models.

 

How E-Cigs Work?

How E-cigs work

All e-cigs work on the same principles. They have a battery (often automatic, which turns on when you vape), a cartridge known as a cartomizer, or a pod which holds the e-liquid and coil, and that’s it! When you activate the battery, the coil heats up which is surrounded by an e-liquid saturated piece of cotton, which produces a vapor. It is this vapor that is pulled into the lungs and smoked.

Are E-Cigs Healthy?

Healthy aspects of e-cigarettes

It is recommended that all smokers quit smoking, and if they can’t do it alone then to use e-cigs as an aid. Public Health England (PHE) concluded that the use of e-cigs is 95% less harmful than smoking. But this means there is still an element of risk. So use e-cigs as a means to quit smoking, reducing your nicotine levels gradually and then slowly come off e-cigs too.

 

Are E-Cigs Dangerous?

danger of e cigarettes

There are stories around the media of fires caused by e-cigs and although this is true, in 99% of cases it is due to a modified e-cig or custom build.

The starter kits that appear on this page are low power devices and have very low levels of risk, they are easy to use and even if they developed a fault, have safety features in place to stop them working.

 

That said, there are still a number of tips, to keep you and your e-cig safe:

  1. Keep your e-cig out of hot areas and away from direct sunlight. As you would all battery devices.
  2. If your e-cig has a button, ensure it is switched off before placing in your pocket. All the e-cigs on this page are automatic, but you can get button operated.
  3. If you are refilling your pod or cartridge, then wipe away any excess e-liquid. This avoids any possibility of shorts.
  4. Always use the charger that came with the e-cig. Some chargers emit different voltage levels that may exceed your e-cigs requirements.
  5. Always keep away from children and pets.

All the above recommendations, are based on all electronic devices which hold batteries, so it just takes a little common sense!

Questions New E-Cigarette Users Generally Ask

 

1Which E-Cig Is Best For Me?
To answer which e-cig is best for you, you need to consider the main reason you want to try vaping? If it’s to try it to see if you get on, then the Cig-a-like is probably a sensible choice. If you want to give it a go to quit smoking but want an easy to use and a simple e-cigarette, 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 the greatest flavor and vape clouds. Then your options are to go with either the vape pen or the box mod devices. To learn more check out our guide on the types of e-cigs 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?
Which strength of E-Liquid to choose is a common question, and the answer varies from user to user. What we can suggest, depends on the type and how much you smoked before you tried vaping. For the less powerful Cig-a-like and pod vapes, start by choosing an 8-32mg nicotine level. We always suggest the lower amount, 8mg, if you need more of a hit then you can take another pull. The general rule is the lower the nicotine level the smoother the vape. 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. Again, we suggest a lower amount of 3mg.
Summary of Strengths:

  1. 0mg – For those vapers wishing to quit nicotine completely.
  2. 3mg – The most popular strength for mouth to lung or sub ohm vaping.
  3. 6mg – Strong for mouth to lung and can cause throat irritation. Ideal for the less powerful devices where the cloud is not as strong.
  4. 12mg – Mainly for new users who smoke a lot and using either vape pods or Cig-a-likes.
  5. 24mg – Really high nicotine levels and more suited to those who want to vape one hit to last a longer amount of time.
  6. 32mg – Use sparingly, this level of nicotine is likely to be rough on your throat if used too often.
  7. +32mg – Only suitable for nicotine salts which are a lot smoother, still recommended only for vape pods and Cig-a-likes but used very occasionally.
  8. Nicotine Salts – As stated, nicotine salts are specifically designed to produce more nicotine but have a smoother vape quality. These types of e-liquids are generally higher in nicotine.
  9. CBD – CBD e-liquids are completely different than regular e-liquids and generally do not contain any nicotine.

Try to remember, your using an e-cigarette as an alternative to smoking, so you don’t want one huge hit of nicotine to last you all day. This is exactly why we suggest the lower amounts, when you fancy a cigarette, just take a draw or two on your e-cig. We know this is in contrary to what many other sites suggest, but we are going by our professional experience and having recommended many of our readers before, and most importantly, listening to their feedback.

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?
The coil resistance 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. You can learn about the different techniques of vaping here.
4Is Vaping Bad For You?
To answer the question on whether vaping is bad for you, is a hard question in its raw form. According to all the latest research, vaping an e-cig 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 an effective tool to quit smoking! 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 devices. The FDA is also pushing better labeling on all e-cig product. 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, passive vaping is not dangerous. 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. Quote: The levels of toxicants in e-cigarette vapor, are not considered to pose any significant passive inhalation risk. The IBVTA pointed out. End Quote.
9Where do you get your information from?
Our reviews are conducted by actually testing the devices. If it’s an e-cig, vape pen, pod or mod, we make sure we test it for at least 3 days prior to writing up some notes. Then after 5-7 days, we complete the review based on our honest feedback. E-liquids we tend to shorten the review time to 1-2 days. Some of our articles are based on health journals, reports, and studies conducted on e-cigarettes or related to vaping. In this case, we use the following resources to aid us:

The above is just an example and the most common resources we use, we do try to list the resources we use for each article, and that list may include additional resources not shown above.

 


 

Electronic Cigarette Reviews - The Top 5

 

Mig 21 Clear Fusion E-Cig Kit.

The Mig 21 Clear Fusion kit offers the benefit of a simple to use e-cigarette and the performance matched to the more expensive devices on the market. The kit comes complete with everything you need to start vaping, including a spare battery and 3 tanks, along with a bottle of e-liquid of your choice.

The ability to use e-liquid in this device gives the added advantage that the user can use any flavor or brand on the market, giving a huge amount of choice.

Although the power is low, the vape quality is awesome, producing really nice tasteful clouds and a smooth hit on your throat, ideal for any new vaper.

Vape Score

9.4

Based on build, reliability, and quality of vape.

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VaporFi Express E-Cig Kit.

VaporFi is a well-known brand and one of the originators of the Cig-a-like style e-cigarettes.

Their Express kits come with everything you need to start vaping and produce a subtle cloud which simulates smoking yet taste’s fresh, smooth and realistic.

Designed to mimic smoking and enable people to quit, it uses an automatic battery which is activated when the user draws on the device.

The cartridges are available in multiple flavors that include menthol, tobacco, vanilla, cherry and more, so you have plenty of choices.

VaporFi also offers a number of other and more advanced vape kits, with a great flavor selection including custom blends. Making it easy to upgrade with a supplier you can trust.

Vape Score

9.2

Based on build, reliability, and quality of vape.

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Juul E-Cig Kit.

Juul is well known in the e-cigarette community, and is currently the top selling e-cig on the market. This may be due to not only its sleek design but also the quality of vapor it produces.

Designed to mimic smoking, it uses an automatic battery which is activated when the user draws on the device.

The pods are simple to use and change over, no messing around with e-liquid as they come pre-filled, and are snapped into position with magnetic contacts. The starter kit comes with a selection of flavored pods to try, a charger and a battery. Everything you need to start vaping on day one!

Vape Score

9.0

Based on build, reliability, and quality of vape.

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Vapor4Life Zeus ECig Kit.

The Zeus kit has been designed specifically for smokers, and can come with either an automatic or manual battery, with a button to activate the e-cig.

Designed with just 2 parts, making it super easy to use and has a real strong mouth hit, thanks to its relatively powerful battery. It should satisfy all smokers.

One huge advantage with this device, is the ability to use any e-liquid you like, so you can either order a bottle from V4L, or pop to your local vape store and buy whichever you like.

Vape Score

8.5

Based on build, reliability and quality of vape.

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Halo G6 E-Cig.

Halo is another brand that has been around for a long time and have a loyal customer base.

Althought the G6 model is far from being one of the best e-cigarettes, it still produces a pretty good vape with a relatively good flavor.

The G6 is an e-cigarette that operates much like all Cig-a-like kist, with a simple automatic battery and cartridges that screw on. You can also buy blank cartridges and either use your own e-liquid, or Halos vast collection of flavors and strengths.

The G6 starter kit comes with everything you need to start vaping, including a spare battery and a set of 5 cartridges in the flavor of your choice.

The kits also come in a variety of colors.

Vape Score

7

Based on build, reliability and quality of vape.

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