If you’re a smoker and are thinking about switching to vaping, we’re going to start you off with a tip that you’re likely to find extremely helpful: In order for your switch to be successful, you need to enjoy vaping. On the surface, that might sound like an intuitive statement. When you think about your history as a smoker, though, the fact is that you probably didn’t enjoy cigarettes from your very first puff. You probably enjoyed the nicotine rush – but as for the smoke itself, you merely tolerated that so you could continue enjoying the nicotine.
Vaping doesn’t have to be that way. E-cigarette vapor doesn’t taste harsh or smell bad like cigarette smoke, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy vaping from the very first puff.
There is, however, one other key difference between vaping and smoking that that you should know before you begin: Some vaping devices can be a bit complicated for first timers to use. That’s not the case with cigarettes, which are so simple that they practically do the smoking for you. A vaping device, on the other hand, may require some maintenance or configuration to give you the best possible experience. Even if you aren’t gadget averse, that still might not be the type of experience you want because a using a vaping device that requires effort on your part isn’t going to mimic the simplicity of smoking.
So, how do you ensure that your vaping experience will be as enjoyable as it can be? The trick is to find a vaping device that’s as simple as possible, so using it will feel just as easy as smoking a cigarette. Those are the types of devices that we’re going to highlight in this list of the simplest vapes for beginners.
Disposable vapes are the simplest of all vaping devices because they’re the only vapes that require no maintenance at all. They’re already charged and filled with e-liquid when you buy them, so there’s nothing to do but remove the device from the package and start vaping. The best disposable vapes provide hundreds of puffs per device, making each one the equivalent of about one or two packs of cigarettes in terms of nicotine delivery. After you’ve used a disposable vape for a while, it’ll run out of e-liquid, or the battery will die. You’ll need to replace it at that point.
The main selling point of disposable vapes is that they’re convenient and incredibly easy to use. You don’t need to worry about anything except enjoyment and satisfaction. As long as you always have an unopened disposable vape to use when your current device runs out of e-liquid or battery power, vaping will always be an enjoyable and stress-free experience for you.
Disposable vapes do have a drawback, though, in that they’re more expensive than other types of vapes. Every time you buy a disposable vape, you’re buying a ready-to-use device complete with a battery, a board and an integrated circuit. Those components cost money to produce, and those costs get passed on to you. When you use a refillable vape, you save money in the long run because you only need to buy the basic hardware once.
A pod system is a rechargeable e-cigarette with a removable e-liquid supply that comes in the form of a translucent plastic pod. You can find pod systems with pre-filled pods that you buy, use and replace, and you can also find systems with refillable pods that you can use several times before they require replacement. Systems with pre-filled pods are more convenient, but devices with refillable pods are less expensive in the long run because bottled e-liquid costs less per ml than pre-filled pods. With either type of pod system, though, you’ll save money compared to using a disposable vape due to the savings inherent in using a rechargeable device.
Pod systems are among the newest and most popular vaping devices on the market. They utilize some of the latest technologies that the vaping industry has developed, and they’re optimized to perform well with the high-strength nicotine salt e-liquids that new vapers often prefer.
The other primary benefit of pod systems is that they’re very simple to use. All that you need to do is puff on the device to vape. With a pre-filled pod system, you’ll charge the device by connecting it to your computer once or twice a day and replace the pod when it runs out of e-liquid. Replacement pods are usually sold in packs of 2-4, and you’ll want to make sure that you always have at least one extra pod on hand to prevent the possibility of running out unexpectedly. Using a refillable pod system is a bit more complicated in that you’ll need to refill your pod from a bottle when it’s empty, but the process will quickly become second nature for you.
A cigalike is a cylindrical vaping device that’s shaped like a tobacco cigarette and stores its e-liquid in twist-on cartridges that are usually sold five to a pack. Cigalikes were the earliest vaping devices, and they still exist today because they fill an important niche. They’re the only vapes that look like real cigarettes; the tip even lights up like an ember when you vape. You can hold a cigalike between two fingers as you might hold a cigarette, and some cigalikes are even so light that you can hold them between your lips. If you want vaping to look and feel so much like smoking that you forget you’re not holding a real cigarette, you’re probably going to enjoy using a cigalike.
Cigalikes are also popular because they’re typically less expensive than pod systems over the long term. Because e-cigarette manufacturers have been producing cigalikes for so many years, the process is now highly refined and automated. Packs of replacement cartridges are extremely inexpensive, and one cartridge is roughly equal to a pack of cigarettes. Cigalikes do tend to come in slightly lower nicotine strengths than pod systems and bottled nicotine salt e-liquids, but the benefit of using a cigalike is that it’s more like smoking in many ways than any other type of vaping device.