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Best E-Cig of 2019: Our Simple Buyer's Guide With Reviews

Cig-a-likes vs. Vape Pods vs. Vape Pens vs. Box Mods. The pros and cons of each

 

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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.

I hope you find something on SmokeTastic that helps you with your decision process.

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A beginner knows what a beginner can, picking the right e-cigarette vape product to suit you can be a tricky task. No matter how passionate you are about vaping, you need time to adjust to the community, learn about the different types of e-cigarette and then make educated decisions based on your preferences.

 

If you have asked yourself “which e-cigarette should I buy?” then read on, we will be analyzing some of the things on every vape beginner’s mind, offering you tips that will help you narrow down your search to a specific model for your needs.

 

A Brief Introduction To E-Cigarettes

Different stages of vaping

Finding the best e-cig to suit you personally can be a little daunting, considering the amount of sheer choice the buyer has these days. Way back in January 2014 according to a study on BMJ Journals there were 466 different brands of electronic cigarette, now in 2019, there’s thought to be thousands to choose from.

It was also reported recently, in the transitions in electronic cigarette use among adults study, that half of all users vaping the electronic cigarette (who were tested), discontinued their use within the first set time period. This may be due to the quality of the product, or the wrong type of e-cig (or e-liquid) being used.

So how do you go about finding the right, and more importantly, the best e-cig vape product to suit you, that you will be able to stick with?

Good question, as most advice is just based on general models, suiting either the complete beginner or an experienced vaper.

We here at SmokeTastic decided to write this guide, to help all sorts of users find the best e-cig to suit them, and form categories to suit the different type of user. Simply identify which category of vaper you fall into, and take a look at our suggestions to find the best e-cig device.

It couldn’t be simpler!

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The E Cigarette User

 

Complete Beginner

New E-Cig Vaper - No Idea

The complete beginner, has no idea about vaping or the different electronic cigarette products that are available. Wants an easy to use device which requires no real knowledge yet provides a satisfying vape.

 

Ex-Smoker

The ex-smoker who wants an e-cig

This type of user has either smoked in the past, or is a current smoker wishing to cut down or quit. They want to experience an e-cig that feels and tastes like the real thing, satisfying them in both nicotine withdrawal and taste.

 

Tried Vaping Before

Tried it before - rejected

A user who has tried e-cigs before, but really didn’t have much success with it, yet open to give it another go. With the right device to make the chances of success a lot greater.

 

The On/Off Vaper

Vaping an e-cig on and off

The type of user switches from e-cigs and traditional cigarettes, but wants to vape more and smoke less. Chances are you need a device that’s going to produce a better and smoother vape.

 

Experienced Vaper

trying different vapes

The e-cig user who enjoys vaping to a certain degree, but thinks there may be better options to improve their experience. There are luckily many, so we break down your options.

 

The Complete Beginner

If you are completely new to vaping and want a simple to use e cigarette device, you have 2 choices:

  1. Cig-a-likes – The most basic e-cigs which looks like a real cigarette, with low power and a small amount of vapor.
  2. The basic Cig-a-like design

    The Cig-a-like is a 2 piece design, featuring a battery and a cartomizer (named so because it’s a combination of an e-liquid cartridge, and an atomizer built into one).

    The battery is more often than not automatic, which means instead of pressing a button when you vape, it automatically detects airflow and activates automatically. You do have to pick carefully, as the cartomizers only come in a limited amount of flavors and strengths.

    Different Cig-a-like designs

    One other thing to be cautious of, is the low power battery and thus a low amount of vapor this type of e cig produces. Although at first, it may seem to resemble smoking in many ways. Many people often give-up with vaping the Cig-a-like pretty quickly and move onto other types of e-cigs.


  3. Vape Pods – Similar in functionality to a Cig-a-like, but with a fresh modern design.
  4. Vape pods are relatively new to the market, in comparison to Cig-a-likes, and are by far the most popular option for beginners. Thanks largely to their simplicity and modern look.

    Again they are a two-piece design, comprising a battery and a cartridge, known as a pod. This pod is where the e-liquid and atomizer are held, so using the same principles as the Cig-a-like.

    Make sure you look at the flavors, and strengths of the pods, as they can be limited. Ideally, you should choose one which is refillable, so you can use the same pod multiple times, which cuts down on cost and allows you to choose any e-liquid you like.


Vape Recommendation For The Complete Beginner

Kit from Mig Vapor

Clear Fusion

The Clear Fusion kit from Mig Vapor is the perfect beginner electronic cigarette device. A Couple of huge advantages of this e-cig is the battery life, in comparison to other cig-a-like, and the vape pod, but also the ability to use any e-liquid you like. Saving you money, and opening your choice to the whole e-liquid market.

READ OUR FULL CLEAR FUSION REVIEW

 

The Ex-Smoker

You are looking for an e cigarette that has all the same properties of smoking cigarettes, which includes the pull resistance, taste, and nicotine content. With the idea of slowly reducing your nicotine intake over time.

In this case, you need to look for e-cigs that have a coil, (often referred to as an atomizer) of greater than 1-ohm. This type of coil is specifically designed for a mouth to lung vape and has a similar resistance to smoking a real cigarette. The vapor production on these types of devices is also similar to the amount of smoke produced with traditional cigarettes.

All Cig-a-like and Pod Vapes are of this nature, so the same principles apply here.

Important:

The most important thing to consider, is to choose an e-cig that allows you to refill with any e-liquid. This gives you the option to try multiple different tobacco, and regular flavors than the sealed units. It also allows you to choose the strength of nicotine.

If you are coming off cigarettes, then it’s best to start at a reasonably high level. That level depends on how often you plan to vape. For example, if you enjoy smoking, and just want an alternative then it’s a good choice to pick between 6-12mg strength. If however, you just want a strong hit to get you through the day, then choosing a higher nicotine content will help, but not be as enjoyable.


Vape Recommendation For The Ex-Smoker

Kit from Mig Vapor

Clear Fusion

The Clear Fusion kit, from Mig Vapor is also a pretty good pick for ex-smokers. Try a combination of tobacco e-liquids to start, but try to pick up some fruity flavors as well, you might just surprise yourself, and enjoy vaping that bit more!

READ OUR FULL CLEAR FUSION REVIEW

 

The Return Vaper

You may have tried vaping before and it just didn’t sit right for you. This may have been for a number of reasons. We’ll explore a few to give you a better chance of sticking with it and more importantly, enjoying it!

There are many reasons why users don’t stick with vaping, here are a few, and the things you should try next:

  • The e-cig has a harsh feel on the throat – This is a too often heard about complaint you hear from ex-vapers and one that happens from a misunderstanding in advice.
  • The harsh feel on the throat comes from using too high of a nicotine level in the e-liquid. It’s often thought that if you’re a heavy smoker, you need a stronger nicotine level, but this is completely wrong.

    Think about it a little differently, if you enjoyed smoking and want to enjoy vaping, then to vape a 3mg e-liquid twice as much as a 6mg e-liquid, will give you the same amount of nicotine and satisfy your cravings. The lower the nicotine level the smoother the vape.

  • Problems with the feel of the draw from the e-cigarette – There are 2 types of vaping, one where you pull to your mouth, then into your lungs known as ‘mouth to lung’ and the other where you pull directly to the lungs known as ‘direct lung inhales’.
  • The difference between the 2 is controlled by the resistance of the coil, where mouth to lung users use a resistance above 1-ohm, and the direct lung inhale users use a resistance below 1-ohm, known as sub-ohm vaping.

    Chances are, you were using the wrong type of coil to suit your preferred type of vaping. Most smokers moving onto vaping, start with mouth to lung and move onto direct lung inhales over time.

  • The e-cigarette taste wasn’t right – There are so many e-liquids to try and all have a different blend, even if you just look at the tobacco flavor.
  • Try using an e-cig that allows you to refill, this way you have access to thousands more of flavors, and can even blend your own.

    When you switch over to e-cigs, there is going to be a time where you need to get used to it. Many new vapers consider the experience like changing a brand of cigarette, to help them mentally get over that change.

Top Tip:

A top tip from us is to try the different fruit or menthol flavors, instead of trying to find an exact match of your current brand of cigarette. Often a complete change is better than a subtle one.


E-Cig Recommendation For The Return Vaper

Smok Stick V8

The Smok Stick V8 vape pen, is a great choice for the return vaper, simple to use with no wattage or temperature settings. Simple to experiment with different e-liquids, and play around with airflow to suit your needs.

READ OUR FULL SMOK STICK V8 REVIEW

 

E-Cigs For The On and Off Vaper

If your the type of user who finds they keep jumping back and forth from vaping, then there’s a good chance you haven’t found the exact product that suits your type of vaping.

This could be due to a number of factors which include:

  • The hit on your throat isn’t as good as smoking. This could be due to the amount of nicotine in your e-liquid. Try switching to a 3mg juice temporarily, to see if that helps. Also, try switching to direct lung inhales, using a coil less than 0.5-ohms, this improves flavor and gives you the hit faster.
  • The taste of the vape doesn’t really hit the mark. Make sure you buy a device that is refillable and buy some test e-liquid sets, just smelling the juice in a shop, doesn’t really give you an idea if it’s going to be an ‘all day vape’ or not.
  • The vape airflow isn’t right. This really depends on the type of coil and vaping you are doing. If your doing ‘mouth to lung’, then buy a device that allows you to experiment with direct lung inhales. Also, get a device that has a good airflow control within it, allowing you to adjust the airflow to suit your needs.
  • Too much of a pain to set it up. There are many devices on the market, some are incredibly tedious to set up, whilst there are some that are incredibly easy yet still produce a good vape.

E-Cig Recommendation For The On and Off Vaper

SMOK Species

The SMOK Species kit, is an ideal vape mod for those who want to really give vaping a good try. It has excellent airflow, and a huge choice of different coils to experience different pull strengths, and flavor enhancements. Top tip, try using the mesh coils to get the most out of your e-liquid. The SMOK Species also has great airflow control, and allows you to adjust the power to get an incredible custom vape, yet is relatively easy to use.

READ OUR FULL SMOK SPECIES REVIEW

 

E-Cigs For The Experienced Vaper

This type of user may be experienced with vaping, and enjoys it to a certain effect, but want to get more from their vaping experience.

Luckily there are many additional choices, where you can experiment and try different setups, these include:

  • Wattage and Temperature Control. – This is where you buy a vape mod that has both wattage and temperature control. With wattage control, you control the power going to the control, best around 50-100W. With temperature control, you control the temperature of the coil so you never experience a dry hit, you can also set the wattage in temperature control mode with some mods, so the wattage will drop as soon as the temperature of the coil gets too hot.
  • RDA and RTA setups. – This is where you can build your own coils and screw them into your ‘deck’. With RDA tanks you drip the e-liquid manually on the coils and vape. With RTA’s you fill a tank above the coils like a regular tank. Check out the difference between RDA and RTAs for more information.
  • Squonk Mods. – If you love the taste coming from an RDA, but don’t like the idea of carrying a bottle around with you to ‘drip’ onto the coils, then a Squonk mod should be considered. It has a squeezable bottle built into the mod which you squeeze to drip e-liquid on your deck.

E-Cig Recommendation For The Experienced Vaper

Voopoo Drag 2

The Voopoo Drag 2, is the perfect mod for the more experienced vaper with both wattage and temperature control. The original was one of the best selling mods of all time, and the Drag 2 is an improvement on that. It comes with a mesh coil tank, but you can use RDA and RTA tanks on it if you wish.

READ OUR FULL VOOPOO DRAG 2 REVIEW

 

Need More Help?

If you are still struggling with finding the best e-cig product to suit your needs, well panic not! We have plenty of more guides to help you. Our first recommendation is to visit the list of best e-cigarettes we have compiled, alternatively, feel free to contact us, and we will do our best to help and advise you.


Important Things About Vaping To Remember!

You have to remember that everyone is different with different preferences, and tastes. If everyone was the same, they would all be smoking the same brand of cigarettes, and that clearly is not the case. So when trying an e-cigarette, you have to give it some time, it takes some getting use too like trying a different brand, but eventually, you do get used to it. This is where the hardship of switching to e-cigarette comes, it takes some time finding the right product, the right e-liquid and strength, and the right flavor, as well as getting used to the switch.


Last Bit Of Advice!

The best advice we can give is to make the switch a slow one, don't just quit on day one, take a little time choosing the right product by not only using our guides but asking friends and family who may have made the switch. Then when you're ready to buy, choose an e-cig that you can try different e-liquids with, and buy a variety of different strengths and flavors. When you find one you like, slowly vape more and more, reducing your cigarette smoking gradually until you have made a complete switch.


TL;DR

It’s important to remember that vaping an electronic cigarette is a very personal thing. There is not one model that will suit all. Have a think about what type of smoker you are, then try to match and e cig that you will be most suited too. Many people start with the Cig-a-like type, and give up after a few tries, due to the lack of performance they give. We suggest starting on a slightly stronger type of device, like a small vape pen or vape pod.

If you still feel this is underwhelming, try moving onto the stronger vape pens, and make sure you get one where you can try your own e-liquids. E-liquid selection is almost as important as choosing the best e-cigarette.

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