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We have taken a look and compared the best e-cigarette brands currently on the market in 2017. In this article we test/review rechargeable “cig-a-like” devices only and will refer to them as either e-cigarettes, e-cigs, electronic cigarettes or vapor cigarettes. For more information on e-cigarette terminology check out the terminology section at the bottom of the page.

Cig-a-like ecigs are the smallest types of vapes available and mimic the look and feel of a normal cigarette. E-cigarettes are suitable for those beginners looking for an extremely portable and easy-to-use vaping starter kit and are often the first choice for many smokers looking to quit smoking and switch to vaping.

Unlike other e-cig review websites, we have personally tested some of the best e-cigarette brands on the market to help you decide on which is the best electronic cigarette for you. The Vaping360 team has tested each e-cig kit and come up with the following award winners, along with pros and cons to help you find the right device for you and ultimately help you as a smoker, switch to e-cigarettes.

If you have any questions about any of the vapor cigarettes we have reviewed or given awards to, feel free to drop us a comment in the comments section and we will do our best to help.

E-Cigarette brands we reviewed/tested: V2 Cigs, Halo Cigs, Mig Vapor, Juul Vapor, Epuffer, Njoy, Blu Cigs, Markten, Vuse, Apollo, Eversmoke, Vaporfi, Smoketip and Bullsmoke.

Notes from the Vaping360 team: Whilst cig-a-likes are very cigarette-like in size and looks, their battery life tends to be fairly on the low side and the vapor compared to larger set-ups is fairly minimal. Whilst e-cigarettes are great for vaping whilst out and about and stealth vaping, we recommend that beginners start off with a more substantial vape pen or mod and tank set-up. For more information on larger set-ups head over to our best vape starter kits article. However, if you are 100% set on purchasing an e-cigarette then check out the best brands and e-cig starter kits above.

E-Cigarettes as a Means of Quitting Smoking and Harm Reduction

Our goal as a website is to help create a tobacco free world and we think this is possible with the help of e-cigarettes. Whilst they certainly cannot be deemed as being healthy, Public Health England has estimated that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than normal cigarettes. Recently the prestigious UK medical group the Royal College of Physicians has heralded e-cigarettes as a gateway away from smoking. The latter is a major endorsement for electronic cigarettes as a harm reduction tool for smokers and one that cannot go overlooked by those opposing vaping. Whilst e-cigs are not the perfect solution, we believe them to be a massive help for smokers looking for a less damaging alternative to smoking and nicotine. The Vaping360 team is made up of many ex-smokers who, since switching to e-cigarettes, have not touched another tobacco cigarette. However, we always recommend that you do your own research and understand that you are using these devices at your own risk.

Best E-Cigarettes 2017

JUUL
Pros
  • Massive throat hit
  • Fantastic vapor
  • Intuitive design
  • Quick charging
  • Lightweight
  • Cons
  • Lack of nicotine options
  • Specifications

    • Battery Capacity: Unknown
    • Battery Type: Automatic Lipo
    • Nicotine Choices: 59mg
    • Flavor choices: Cool Mint/Fruit Medley/Creme Brulee and Virginia Tobacco
    • Clearomizer Option: N/A
    • Portable Charging Case: N/A
    • Warranty: 1 Year

    The Juul is a very unique and innovative e-cigarette and differs in shape to the other devices on this page, although it’s roughly the same size as some of the smallest e-cigs tested! Their intuitive sophisticated Apple-like design results in a very simple and powerful e-cigarette. Some have even been calling it the iPhone of e-cigs.

    The Juul provides the biggest throat hit of all the e-cigs we tested, given its high nicotine level and vapor production. The Juul can also be quickly recharged using its magnetic USB charging adapter. The pods hold 0.7ml of e-liquid and last a surprisingly long time. It is easy to see why lots of experienced vapers choose the Juul for their stealth vape when they are out and about!

    Aspire-gusto-mini
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    Pros
  • Ideal for beginners/smokers
  • Compatible with most 510 drip tips
  • LED battery life indication
  • Great flavors available
  • 17 W of power
  • Wide airy draw
  • Big vapor production
  • No messy refilling required
  • 900 mAh battery life
  • Cons
  • Not suitable for MTL vaping
  • Not available in 0 mg nicotine
  • Limited flavor selection (for now)
  • Specifications

    • 17W Output
    • 1.5ohm Resistance
    • 10-Second Continuous Fire with Auto Shut-Off
    • Micro USB Charging Port
    • Compact 22mm X 47.5mm X 60mm Design
    • 900mAh Battery
    • Overheat Protection
    • Short Circuit Protection

    Vaping doesn’t have to be so complicated. Aspire put the best features from their more advanced products, into a simple and compact starter kit. Whether you’re new to vaping, or a seasoned pro, you will get pleasure from this device. It delivers more vapor and flavor than your average cigalike.

    With the Aspire Gusto Mini, no longer do you need to worry about coils, or refilling juice. Just pop in a new pod and you’re ready to vape. Pure vaping satisfaction without the mess or fuss. Excellent for transitioning from smoking due to its simplicity. Perfect for beginners who want more power from their e-cig.

    The Gusto Mini bears resemblance to the Plato, but is smaller and easier to operate. Complete with all the necessary safety features such as overcharge, discharge and short-circuit protection. Featuring a 900 mAh battery, a 4.2-mL juice capacity and 1.5 Ohm coils. Enjoying vaping has never been easier

    Kandypens-rubi
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    Pros
  • Impressive vapor production
  • Good flavor
  • Consistent performance
  • No leaking or spitback
  • Refillable pods
  • Lifetime warranty on battery
  • Suitable for MTL vaping
  • Cons
  • No pass-thru charging
  • No visible liquid monitoring
  • The RUBI is quite impressive for such a tiny device. It looks like a modern e-cig, but it puts out a bigger cloud than most. The best part is the freedom to use any e-liquid of your choice. Its 1 mL pods are refillable, so it’s an open system vape. The performance is consistent and surprisingly fantastic.

    Kandypens has a great reputation based on their wax pens. Only recently did they start making products for use with e-juice. Even so, they have managed to develop one of the best refillable pod systems, which is why it is on the top of our list. Its 280 mAh battery comes with a lifetime warranty!

    Kandypens-feather
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    Pros
  • Great for beginners/smokers
  • Pocket friendly
  • Lifetime warranty
  • No buttons to press
  • Won’t leak
  • Works well with a variety of e-liquids
  • Comfortable rubber finish
  • Refillable 2mL pods (open system)
  • Charges quickly
  • Solid vapor production
  • Cons
  • 380 mAh battery life
  • Not easy to remove filling plug
  • Specifications

    • Specifically Designed for Nic Salts
    • Ultra-Portable Compact Design (Pocket Friendly)
    • Only 80mm tall and 8mm wide
    • Air Activated
    • Rubber Black Finish
    • 2ML Refillable Tank
    • 380 mAh Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery
    • LED Battery Indicator
    • Micro-USB Charging Port
    • Handmade
    • Developed & Designed in the USA
    • Lifetime Warranty (Battery)

    The Kandypens Feather is so small, you won’t even realize it’s in your pocket. The Feather’s portable and compact design allows you to take it anywhere without sacrificing performance. It gives you a powerful blast of flavor while delivering your nicotine at the same time.

    This isn’t just your average e-cig. Designed for use with salt-based nic juice, or any e-liquid of your choice. It doesn’t require you to be a vape veteran to use it. Just fill up the pod, pop it in and vape. There are no buttons to fuss with, just put your mouth on it, and inhale. It can’t be any easier than that.

    The Kandypens Feather comes in a comfortable rubber black finish with a form factor that’s unique and great for small pockets. It also has LED battery life indication, so you know when it’s time to charge. Its 380 mAh rechargeable battery has a lifetime warranty and the pods are easily replaceable.

    ePuffer
    Pros
  • Amazing flavors
  • Various nicotine options
  • Many flavors options
  • Auto or manual batts
  • Cons
  • No portable charging case
  • Specifications

    • Battery Capacity: 180mAh
    • 280mAh or 380mAh (3.7V)
    • Battery Type: Choice of manual or automatic in 9 different colors
    • Nicotine Choices: 0/1.5/3/6/12/18/24mg (Halo e-liquid lines)
    • Flavor choices: You can purchase blank carts meaning you can choose from all of Halo’s e-liquid lines
    • Clearomizer Option: G6 Mini tanks can be purchased separately
    • Portable Charging Case: Not available
    • Warranty: 30 day return policy

    Halo Cigs are renowned for making some of the best vape juice on the market and this definitely comes through in their G6 starter kit. The G6 kit is a great all round kit that allows you to choose from a range of different batteries, cartridges and colors. You can also choose blanks or the mini clearomizers (G6 mini tanks under the e-cigarette section) and treat yourself to some of Halo’s delightful e-liquids. Tribeca, Belgian Cocoa and Malibu are must try flavors!

    If you are a flavor connoisseur then we recommend the Halo the G6 kit. Definitely get the G6 mini tanks and some extra e-liquids to make the most of the delicious e-liquid flavors from Halo.

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    Pros
  • Great smooth draw
  • Great vapor
  • Good battery life
  • Unique battery indicator
  • Great flavors
  • Cons
  • Slightly larger than a cig
  • Specifications

    • Battery Capacity: 280mAh
    • Battery Type: Automatic (5 different colors)
    • Nicotine Choices: 0/6/12/18/24mg
    • Flavor choices: V2 Red/Sahara/Congress/Menthol/Peppermint and Green Tea Menthol (V2 standard carts will also work with the Ex Series)
    • Clearomizer Option: Ex-blanks clearomizers come with the kit
    • Portable Charging Case: Can be purchased separately (XL Case highly recommended)
    • Warranty: Lifetime on Batteries (does not apply to e-liquid carts or disposables)

    From our testing we concluded that the V2 Ex Series E-Liquid Kit is the best all round e-cigarette kit on the market. A combination of great battery life, battery life monitoring, vapor smoke production, good accessories and high quality e-liquid flavors make the ex-series the most advanced e-cigarette on the market and it wins our award for the best overall e-cigarette kit!

    This kit comes with mini clearomizers, which are superior in terms of flavor and vapor compared to cartomizers. Cartomizers can be purchased separately or come with the Ex Series standard kit. The V2 Ex Series battery is one of the best on the market in terms of capacity (280mAh). It also features a battery life meter unique to the V2 Ex Series range of e-cigs, allowing you to closely monitor how much battery life you have left.

    We recommend smokers opt for 1.8% nicotine and we enjoyed the Green Tea Menthol, Congress Tobacco and Coffee e-liquid flavors.

    ePuffer
    Pros
  • Small size
  • Vapor amount like cig
  • Delicious flavors
  • Portable charging case
  • Blank carts available
  • Cons
  • Battery life
  • Only three nicotine options
  • Specifications

    • Battery Capacity: 120mAh
    • Battery Type: Automatic
    • Nicotine Choices: 0/12/24mg
    • Flavor choices: Sweet or Tobacco (more carts available separately or blank carts to use with e-liquids)
    • Clearomizer Option: N/A
    • Portable Charging Case: Comes with kit (540mAh)
    • Warranty: 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
    • 60 Day Warranty on Batteries and PCCs and 1 Year on USB Chargers and Wall Adapters

    The Epuffer Magnum Snaps are one of the smallest e-cigarette options on the market and feature unique magnetic “snaps” technology.

    The majority of e-cig carts have to be screwed on, but not the Magnum Snaps. These carts click simply into place with the snap of a magnet. The Magnum Snaps e-cigarette kit also comes with a really nice portable charging case and can recharge the e-cig batteries 3-4 times whilst storing a spare cart and battery.

    The flavors on the Magnum Snaps were terrific and we recommend taking a look at their wide range of flavors in their cartridges section. Midnight Pleasure and Lux Tobacco are must tries!

    If you are looking for a mini e-cigarette that is elegant, extremely simple to use and that is similar in size to a cigarette, then the Epuffer Magnum Snaps are the choice for you – among the best e-cigarette options out there!

    vaporfi-express-kit
    Pros
  • Two batteries with varying sizes
  • Create your own 30ml e-liquid
  • 3 mini tanks included
  • Great flavor
  • Sleek white finish
  • Cons
  • Slightly pricier than other kits
  • Specifications

    • Battery Capacity: 280mAh
    • Battery Type: Automatic (5 different colors)
    • Nicotine Choices: 0/6/12/18/24mg
    • Flavor choices: V2 Red/Sahara/Congress/Menthol/Peppermint and Green Tea Menthol (V2 standard carts will also work with the Ex Series)
    • Clearomizer Option: Ex-blanks clearomizers come with the kit
    • Portable Charging Case: Can be purchased separately (XL Case highly recommended)
    • Warranty: Lifetime on Batteries (does not apply to e-liquid carts or disposables)

    The Vaporfi Express starter bundle, is a cig-a-like kit suited to those vapers looking for a stealthy, flavorful vape. The kit comes with two batteries, each with a varying capacity and size; a larger one for better battery life and a smaller one for better portability. The starter kit also comes with a carry case, 3 mini tanks and best of all you can create your own blend of e-liquid (30ml bottle). The mini vape tanks, also known as clearomizers, provide good flavor and vapor for such small tanks. With Vaporfi you also get a 30 day money back guarantee, as well as top notch customer service. If you are looking for one of the best e-cigarette kits that has good flavor and comes with all you need to get started, then the Express kit is a solid buy!

    MigVapor
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    Pros
  • Good vapor
  • Good flavor
  • Slender form
  • Free 30 mL e-juice
  • Free clearomizer
  • Cons
  • Long battery
  • Clearo is too big for batt
  • Specifications

    • Battery Capacity: 380mAh (4.2V)
    • Battery Type: Choice of manual or automatic
    • Nicotine Choices: 0/1.5/3/6/12/18/24mg
    • Flavor choices: Unlimited (choose from all the Mig Vapor e-liquid lines or create your own with the Vimanna vape bar)
    • Clearomizer Option: Mig 21 kit comes clearomizers not cartomizers. Cartomizers can be purchased as part of the Mig Cig kit or separately
    • Portable Charging Case: Not available
    • Warranty: 30 day return policy

    The Mig 21 boasts the best battery of the kits we tested, at 380mAh and runs at 4.2V. The Mig 21 Fusion Kit comes with a mini clearomizer meaning you can choose the e-liquid you want to vape. Check out Mig Vapor’s large fantastic selection of e-liquids. The Fusion tank holds 1.3ml of e-liquid and provides great flavor. The Mig 21 given its powerful battery and clearomizer produces the most vapor out of the e-cigs we tested, aside from the Aspire Gusto Mini, and is one of the most satisfying vaping experiences we got from any of these kits. If vapor and battery life are what you are looking then the Mig 21 Fusion Kit is for you!

    Best Disposable E-Cig

    If you are looking for a disposable e-cigarette then we recommend only a few different brands. Disposable e-cigarettes will last around 200 – 400 puffs and will then need to be thrown away. One disposable typically costs around $5-8. The following are the best e-cigarette brands if you are looking for a disposable:

    ePuffer
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    Pros
  • Variety of tasty flavors
  • Good battery life
  • Good throat hit
  • Squishy tips
  • Great vapor production
  • Cons
  • More $$ than comp
  • The Epuffer Ecos are the only other brand of disposable e-cigarettes we recommend. They offer two great standard menthol and tobacco flavors, but their unique selling point is their variety of delicious tasting Hookah flavors and the battery life of their disposables. Their delicious hookah flavors include: caramel mocha, melon daiquiri blitz, watermelon sangria, strawberry margarita, apple appletini and mint mojito.

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