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The first thing you need when you switch to vaping is a vape kit (sometimes referred to as an e-cigarette starter kit or simply an e cig). When you first start looking into buying a vape starter kit, the range available can be a bit overwhelming, but don’t worry! At the Electric Tobacconist® UK, we carry a huge variety of easy-to-use vape starter kits, so you can be sure you’ll find the perfect e cig for you. Read on to find out more about vape kits and decide which one is right for you.
Vape kits have come a long way over the last decade or so. Most vape starter kits are now rechargeable, which is much better value for money than buying disposable e-cigarettes. There are a few main types of vape kit:
As the name suggests, cigalike e-cigarettes are designed to look and feel like tobacco cigarettes. Cigarette-style vape kits are super easy to use and, rather than being refillable, take pre-filled flavour cartridges known as cartomizers.
The standard cigalike has two main parts: the cartomizer and the battery. To use it, just screw your fully charged battery onto your cartomizer and inhale on the mouthpiece. Once you’ve finished one cartomizer, simply replace it with another one! You can generally find refills in tobacco and menthol flavour (though some brands offer even more options).
If you’re looking for an vape starter kit that gives you a very similar experience to smoking a cigarette, cigalikes might be the place for you to start. Cigalikes are the classic e cig design; however, if you’re looking for a broader range of flavours and a slightly more customisable vape, you might want to consider a refillable vape pen as your vape kit of choice.
The term “vape pen” normally refers to a vape kit that is made up of a refillable tank and an e-cigarette battery. If you’ve been using a cigalike for a while and you’re looking for more flavour, more power or more control over your nicotine intake, a vape pen might be the perfect choice of e cig kit for you.
Vape pens can be refilled using e-liquid, which is available in an almost limitless range of flavours and a wide variety of nicotine levels. Using a vape pen is often better value for money than using a cigalike, as buying e-liquid tends to work out as cheaper than buying cartomizers. Vape pen starter kits heat up the e-liquid using a coil, which will need to be replaced every 1-3 weeks (depending on usage).
If you’re looking for a higher-performance e cig device than a cigalike kit, the vape pen is a great place to start.
Pod mod starter kits bring together the best parts of cigalikes and vape pens. Most pod mods take replaceable e-liquid pods containing liquid and a coil, so there’s no need to refill an e-cig tank or switch out your coil! Some pod mods are refillable, so if you’re still keen on using your own e-liquid, there’s an option for you. Some low-power refillable pod mods work particularly well with nicotine salt e-liquid, which uses the salts from the tobacco leaf for a smooth, cigarette-style hit of nicotine - perfect for ex-smokers who’ve recently made the switch to e-cigarettes!
If you’re looking for convenience but don’t want to compromise on flavour, a pod mod (such as the JUUL Starter Kit) could be the ideal vape starter kit for you.
The benefits of choosing a vape kit over traditional cigarettes have been well established. Public Health England have stated that using e-cigarettes is at least 95% less harmful than smoking; on top of that, you’ll save money, breathe easier and your clothes won’t smell of cigarettes!
The vape kit is the most cost-effective way to vape, since it can be refilled with cartomizer refills or pods (if it's a cigalike or pod mod) or e-liquid (if it's a vape pen). In comparison to disposable e-cigarette kits (the norm up until a few years ago), the vape kit gives you far more choice; hundreds of flavour options, a range of nicotine strengths and better-performing hardware are just three of the main benefits to choosing a vape kit.
When you buy a vape kit from The Electric Tobacconist®, it comes with everything you need to keep it charged (either a USB charger or a mains plug). You can also buy our vape kits with varying strengths of nicotine and in different flavours including tobacco, menthol, cherry and vanilla. We stock a huge number of vape and e cig brands, so you’re guaranteed to find the e-cigarette for you!
We recommend you use a standard vape kit (such as a cigalike or vape-pen-style e-cigarette) rather than immediately buying a box mod. Box mods are more advanced vaping devices that are capable of outputting huge amounts of power; if you’ve ever noticed someone exhaling gigantic clouds from their vape kit, they were probably using one of these! Using a box mod requires a working knowledge of battery safety and Ohm’s Law, so please make sure to do your reading before investing in one.
The vape starter kit is the perfect first choice of ecig, as you minimise your initial investment and can be confident that your outlay in a starter kit is money well spent. You can always move to more powerful devices later once you’ve got a clear idea of what you’re looking for in an vape kit!
We have a huge range of vape kits for you to choose from, whether you’re looking for a cigalike kit, a refillable vape pen or a pod mod. You can feel confident buying rechargeable vape kits and e-cigarettes from our range of popular brands, including blu, Joyetech, VIP, blu, Innokin, Vapestick, Vype and many more.
Looking for a more advanced vape kit? Why not check out our mods section? Did you know: we also have an online store selling vape starter kits in the United States if you are looking for a vape kit and you're not based in the UK or Europe.
At the Electric Tobacconist® UK, we offer vape kits and electronic cigarettes suitable for every budget and every level of vaper!