Best Vape Starter Kits 2017

This is a look at the best vape starter kits currently on the market. Are you new to vaping and confused by the 100s of different vape kits available? The vaping market can be a daunting place for beginners. We aim to demystify the vaping market for beginners with the following list which provides you with the only starter kits you should be considering for your first vape. Vape kits come in many different shapes and sizes and the best vape for you depends on what you are looking for. We have broken this best vaping starter kit page into a few different categories: cig-a-likes, vape pens, vape mods and pod/cartridge vape kits. For more information on each category, scroll to the bottom of the list for the full description of why each type of vape kit could be for you.

The below recommendations are aimed at vapers or smokers looking for their first vaping starter kit. These vape kits are all extremely user friendly and can be purchased from reputable sellers that provide strong customer service and warranties. To find the best vaping setup for you, browse our “best of” list below. Don’t forget to make use of our custom coupon codes to help you save money on your purchase.

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Best Cig-A-Likes

  • Small cigarette-like size
  • Good vapor for size
  • Unique battery indicator
  • Efficient battery
  • Good nicotine options
  • Cons
  • A bit larger than a cig
  • Specifications

    • 2 V2 EX Batteries (280mAh)
    • 2 V2 Platinum E-Liquid 25 ml Bottles
    • 1 Pack of EX Blanks (3 Blanks per Pack)
    • 1 Wall Adapter
    • 1 Express Charger
    • 1 V2 User's Manual

    The V2 EX Series is one of the most advanced cig-a-like type vape kits on the market. We highly recommend getting the e-liquid kit, as it comes with mini clearomizers that produce great amounts of vapor for such a small vape kit. There are also the cartomizer kits to choose from which are a perfect solution for starters not wanting to refill any tanks/clearomizers. The Ex Series comes with a battery indicator and a long battery life for a cig-a-like. This is a great starter kit for smokers or beginner vapers looking for a vape kit that has the form factor of a cigarette.

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  • 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

    • 1 Standard Express Battery (180mAh)
    • 1 High-Capacity Express Battery (280mAh)
    • 1 Wall Charging Adapter
    • 1 USB Charger
    • 3 Mini-Clear Clearomizer Tanks (0.9ml)
    • 1 Express Carrying Case
    • 1 30ml Bottle of Your Custom Blend
    • 1 VaporFi Membership Card
    • 1 User Manual

    The Vaporfi Express starter bundle, is a cig-a-like kit suited to those vapers looking for a stealthy, flavorful vape. The e-cig 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 tanks, also known 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 an e-cig starter kit that has good flavor and comes with all you need to get started, then the Express kit is a fantastic buy!

  • Close to size of a cigarette
  • Magnetic snap tech
  • Good vapor & throat hit
  • Portable charge case
  • Great flavored carts
  • Cons
  • Battery life
  • Specifications

    • New SNAPS Magnetic Activation and Screwless Design
    • High Rate Discharge - 120mAh
    • Extended Lifespan
    • 400 charge cycles
    • New SNAPS Magnetic Screwless Design
    • Increased cartridge capacity by 20% - 1 cartridge equals approximately 300 puffs.
    • Direct air-intake for smoother draw and silent operation
    • Fresh atomizer in each cartridge
    • Individually Wrapped and Sealed

    The Epuffer Magnum Snaps cig-a-like starter kit is one of the smallest cig-a-likes on the market. However, despite its diminutive size, it still packs a punch. The magnetic snaps technology also makes it one of the easiest to use starter kits on the market. The cartomizers snap easily into place allowing you to start vaping immediately. The cartomizers mean no need to fill any tanks or priming any coils. The Epuffer Magnum Snaps also comes with a well-designed portable charging case that can recharge your batteries 3-4 times whilst on the go. If you are looking for a starter vape kit that closely resembles a cigarette in size and looks then be sure to get yourself an Epuffer Magnum Snaps.

    Best Pod Vapes

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  • Familiar size for smoker
  • Perfect for beginners
  • Sophisticated design
  • Amazing throat hit
  • High nicotine
  • Easy & quick charge
  • Magnetic USB
  • Pods are fun to use
  • Nice vapor
  • Cons
  • Battery life (200mAh)
  • 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 without a doubt the most advanced starter kit on the market. It manages to pack the technology and capabilities of a larger device in a device half the size. The Juul uses a pod style system which is extremely simple and convenient to use. There is no messing around with e-liquids, coils or wattage settings. Just plug your pod into your Juul and you are ready to vape. Juul has 4 different flavored pods to choose from, which cost a reasonable $15.99 for a 4 pack. If you are looking for your first vape and want a starter kit that is super simple to operate and provides a fantastic vape experience in a tiny package, then the Juul is for you.

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  • Mouth-to-lung draw
  • Magnetic pod system
  • Touch screen
  • Variable voltage
  • 420-mAh battery
  • Magnetic charger
  • Battery life indicator
  • Cons
  • Firing button placement
  • Specifications

    • Nicotine options: 0|0.6|1.2|1.8 and 2.4%
    • Battery: 420mAh

    Introducing the VERTX and VERTX Plus, V2’s latest vape starter kits. The VERTX Plus is a super simple vape kit featuring pre-filled e-liquid pods that slot smoothly into place using a magnetic connection. There is no messing about with coils or e-liquid bottles making this the perfect starter vape kit for beginners who are looking for a no hassle vape. Slot the pods into place and vape away! The VERTX features a touch screen to adjust your voltage as well as a battery meter indicating when it’s time to recharge your vape. If you aren’t fussed about the touch screen you can get the standard VERTX kit which is $40 less. This is one of the most innovative pod/cartridge systems on the market and is perfectly suited for those looking to quit smoking and start their vaping journey.

    Best Box Mod Starter Kits

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  • 40 watts of power
  • Easy to use
  • Simplified functions
  • Feels good in the hand
  • Small form factor
  • Cons
  • No temperature control
  • Specifications

    • 2600 mAh Reactor Battery
    • Reactor 2 ml Tank
    • Reactor Stainless Steel Widebore Mouthpiece
    • Reactor Glass Mouthpiece
    • 0.5 ohm Dual Coils
    • USB Charging Cable
    • Wall Charger
    • User Manual
    • 30 ml Bottle of Halo V-Type High VG E-liquid of your choice

    The Halo Reactor Mini is simply one of the best variable wattage mods available for its ease of use, generous amount of power, comfortable ergonomics and long-lasting battery life. Plus, with so many of the higher-powered mods being “advanced,” the Halo Reactor gives you a lot of that power with not much more fussing than your typical low-powered starter pen (no complicated menus or modes).

    Boasting 2600 mAh hours of battery life and 40 watts of power, the Halo Reactor Mini performs amazingly well – and the user needn’t worry with having to learn any techie interface. This device is a winner for those progressing on from typical pen-style starter kits.

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  • Compact size
  • High build quality
  • Easy to navigate menu
  • Choice of 1.2ohm or 0.8ohm coils
  • 5-40W
  • Easy top fill tank
  • Cons
  • Battery life
  • Specifications

    • Sub ohm capabilities
    • Compatible with PG or VG
    • Interchangeable atomizers
    • Customizable temperature and voltage
    • Large 2 ML e-liquid capacity

    The brand new Vapor2 Trinity kit is V2’s exciting entry into the box mod market. The Vapor2 kit features a compact ergonomically designed 40W box mod coupled with a 2ml vape tank (comes with 0.8 and 1.2ohm coils). The box mod itself is one of the smallest on the market, but still feels sturdy and extremely well built. The tank can be refilled easily from the top by removing the delrin top cap. The Vapor2 is perfect for vapers looking for a compact, portable box mod and tank set-up that isn’t bulky, but still chucks clouds with huge amounts of flavor.

    Best Vape Pen Starter Kits

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  • Portable size
  • Kits comes with 2 x pens and tanks
  • Flexible draw style
  • Affordable and great value for money
  • Easy to use
  • Cons
  • No top fill
  • Specifications

    • 700mAh battery
    • 2ml tank
    • MTL and DL
    • Airflow adjustable

    The Halo Triton II is an outstanding device for beginner vapers and experienced vapers a-like. The Triton II provides everything a vaper could want from their e-liquid vape pen. This vape combines flavor with plumes of vapor, all in a small, affordable package. For $45 users receive two Triton II vape pens, 3 coil heads and two tanks, as well as chargers and a wall adapter! The airflow can also be adjusted to cater for both MTL and direct lung style draws allowing vapers to choose the right vaping style for them. Combine the Triton II with some great Halo e-liquid and you are onto a winner.

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  • 2300 mAh battery life
  • Great vapor production
  • Free 30 mL Halo e-juice
  • 5-30 range of watts
  • Easily adjustable
  • 4 mL tank
  • Compact pen-like form
  • 5 different colors
  • Cons
  • 30-watts max
  • Specifications

    • Thread: Stainless Steel
    • Battery Type: Manual Battery Cut-Off Time15 Seconds
    • Battery Length: 99 mm
    • Battery Width: 22 mm
    • Battery Capacity: 2300 mAh
    • Battery Lifespan: 300 cycles
    • Battery Voltage Type: Unregulated Battery
    • Actual Voltage: 2.5 - 4.2 volts
    • Warranty: 60 Days from Date of Purchase

    If you are new to vaping and are looking for big clouds from your starter vape kit, then the Halo Tracer Twist is a good choice. This compact vape pen features a 2300mAh battery and adjustable wattage from 5 – 30W. The 0.5ohm coil heads have been designed for maximum flavor and vapor production. The Tracer Twist features a 4ml vape tank to make sure you don’t have to refill every few minutes. The Tracer Twist starter kit comes in 5 different colors and all purchases receive a free 30ml bottle of great tasting high VG e-liquid from Halo. We recommend getting your e-liquid in 3mg of nicotine. If you want clouds and flavor from your vape pen, then the Halo Tracer Twist starter kit is a solid choice.

    Best Dry Herb and Wax Starter Kits

  • 3-in-1 vaping capability
  • Dry herb, Wax, e-juice
  • Magnetic charging
  • Intuitive interface
  • Magnetic charger
  • e-juice/dry herb carts
  • Cons
  • Wax carts $25 each
  • Specifications

    • Colors: Black
    • Blue and Steel
    • Length (with cartridge): 129.4mm/5.09inches
    • Weight (with empty e-liquid cartridge): 118.72g/4.18oz
    • Diameter (max): 34.5mm/1.36inches
    • E-liquid Cartridge capacity: 2.5ml
    • Loose Lead Cartridge capacity: 1300mm³
    • Battery Output Voltage: User Controlled (3.7V
    • 4.2V and 4.7V)
    • Battery Capacity: 1800mAh
    • Cutoff Time E-Liquid: 10s
    • Cutoff Time Loose Leaf (150s after green light)

    If you are a looking for starter vape kit that is versatile and can vape dry herb, wax and e-liquids, then the V2 Series 7 is the only choice (or the Series 3, if you want something more portable and smaller in size). The Series 7 is a more powerful, better performing, albeit slightly larger version of the Series 3. It does everything the Series 3 does, just better. For those new to vaping who want to experiment with different substances to work out which they prefer, then the V2 Pro Series 7 makes for a fantastic choice. The wax cartridge is a highly recommended additional purchase as well as some e-liquids from the V2 e-liquid page (Black Note is one of our top rated e-liquids).

  • Top-seller
  • Great battery life
  • Heats up quick
  • Smooth vapor
  • Great flavor
  • Intuitive interface
  • Deep oven
  • Great build quality
  • Cons
  • Pricey
  • Needs frequent cleaning
  • Specifications

    • Streamlined Profile and Simplified User Interface
    • Single Button Operation
    • As Compared to the PAX 1
    • Four Temperature Settings
    • Low to High
    • 30 to 60 Second Heating Time
    • Integrated Accelerometer
    • Quickly Check Battery Level by Gently Shaking Device
    • Deeper Oven
    • More Consistent Draw
    • 10 to 25 Draw Capacity
    • Dependent on Temperature
    • LED Feedback Display
    • Quadrant Based
    • Multi Color
    • Elegant Anodized Aluminum Surfacing
    • Multitude of Color Options
    • Comfortable to Hold
    • Ergonomically Shaped
    • Improved Lithium Ion Battery
    • Increased Efficiency
    • Intelligent Heating and Cooling Systems
    • Magnetic Charge Port
    • Included with Magnetic Charging Cradle
    • Two Mouthpiece Options
    • Flat and Raised
    • Easily Swappable
    • Easily Cleaned
    • Includes Cleaning Kit
    • 10 Year Warranty
    • Register Your Device Through PAX Vapor

    In short, the PAX 2 is the iPod of dry herb vaporizers. Whilst not strictly a starter vape kit for dry herb vaping, its superb performance and design means that it warrants a mention for anyone looking to start vaping dry herb.

    The first PAX was known for its good flavor. This has been improved in the PAX 2. The battery life is also better, and the body is smaller and narrower. Vapers will get great flavor and it provides a very discrete way of using cannabis. The PAX 2 has a unique design that is based off the original PAX. It has a deeper oven that holds a decent amount of herb, and works best when it is fully packed. Cleaning and maintenance is minimal, but must be done often for the optimal vaporization of your herbs. If you are new to vaping and are looking for the best dry herb vape then the PAX 2 is the device for you.

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  • Powerful hit
  • Reliable
  • Good battery life
  • Three “heat settings”
  • Battery lifetime warranty
  • Cons
  • Not cheap
  • Small airflow
  • Specifications

    • Winner of Best Vaporizer 2nd Place 2016 Michigan High
    • Time Cannabis Cup
    • Awarded Best Vape Pen by ``The Vape Critic``
    • Temperature Controlled Battery (350°| 390°| 430° )
    • Satin Rubber Finish with Gold Accents
    • Quartz Crystal Chamber
    • Dual Quartz Rods
    • Titanium Coil
    • Elevated Air Flow System (No clogging or leaking)
    • 10 Second Auto-Shutoff (Safety Feature)
    • Deep Chamber
    • 510 Threaded
    • Wickless
    • No Glues
    • No Dyes
    • HardShell Carrying Case Included
    • Lifetime Warranty (Battery)
    • For Aromatherapy Purposes Only

    The Kandypens Galaxy is one of the most popular wax/dab vape pens on the market and is very simple to use for anyone looking to get started with wax pens. It is no fluke that this is one of the best sellers on the wax market. The titanium coils and quartz wicking provide a big and powerful hit on the highest setting, and a smoother draw on the lower settings. This is a hard hitting vape pen with great flavor that stands out from the crowd of other wax/dab pens on the market.

    Kandypens make some serious “daily-driver” pens that just hit real well every time without getting clogged. The battery also comes with a lifetime warranty, which is pretty sweet.

    Vape Starter Kits Explained

    Vape Starter Kits 101

    Beginner vapers and smokers start here:

    So you want to try vaping because you heard it was a healthier alternative to traditional smoking. But one problem: all the information online is so confusing and you don’t know where to begin! Right? Well that is why we created this page for beginners.

    Our goal is to take your hand and walk you through this process and show you that it isn’t as complicated as it may appear. We are going to break it down in a way that is not overly complex, using as little jargon as possible. I am also going to explain what some of these key terms mean in plain English.
    Oh you thought quitting smoking was gonna be easy!? It is still going to take a lot of determination and willpower. Vaping will make this process easier and hopefully replace cigarettes for you eventually.

    There is definitely some learning involved with vaping. Think about it this way, when you get a new job, a new car, or even a new kitchen appliance, there is always a learning curve. Don’t let that discourage you from trying one of the greatest inventions ever invented. Vaping has already helped tons of people quit smoking, and you can be one of them!

    What is a vape starter kit?

    Vaping can be very confusing if you are just starting out. There are too many products on the market, and it is hard to know which one you prefer, especially if you are new to vaping. A “vape mod starter kit”, also referred to as a vapor starter kit, or just plain vape starter kit, is exactly what it sounds like. Good vape starter kits will include everything you need to start vaping right away. (Well, kinda, save for the batteries and e-liquid).
    The main components of any vape kit are the battery and atomizer. An atomizer is the part of an e-cig which contains a coil that heats up the e-liquid, thus turning it into vapor. The battery is what provides power to the atomizer and coil.

    Let’s break down the various types of vaping starter kits.


    Some of the earliest designs of e-cigarettes were made to resemble a cigarette, hence the name cig-a-like. Although the technology has progressed, many smokers still enjoy these products because they simulate the physical process of smoking.

    These actually feel like you are holding and pulling from a cigarette, except that there is no smoke. These vapor starter kits will include either a disposable cig-a-like, or a rechargeable battery which attaches to e-liquid cartridges.

    Vape Pen and eGo Starter Kits

    This was the natural evolution of the vape starter kit. The battery is a bit thicker and there is usually some kind of tank that you refill, versus buying prefilled cartridges. The advantages to eGo pen vape kits over cig-a-likes are better battery life, increased vapor production and in some cases, better flavor. Many people start with eGo’s or eventually upgrade to it from their cig-a-likes. These beginner vape kits are relatively inexpensive.

    Box Mods

    Ok, so you probably want to know what these big boxes are that people are puffing on. Those are called box mods, sometimes referred to as vape mods, and although they look nothing like eGo pens, they both create vapor. However, box mods are capable of putting out a lot more power. A vape mod starter kit will usually come with some type of tank.

    Although it looks and feels nothing like a cigarette, the boxy feel might be reminiscent of holding a pack of smokes. A regulated box mod means that the mod will regulate the power based on your preference using a computer chip.
    Note: There are unregulated box mods which don’t have this chip, however these are highly unrecommended for beginners, therefore you will probably never see them included in a starter kit geared towards smokers.

    Think of these box mods as the power source, while your tank is what actually holds and vaporizes the e-liquid. The tank has a threaded pin that screws on to the mod. Most box mods will use what is called a standard 510 connection.

    Vape Tanks

    There are many different types of vape tanks but fortunately they can all be broken down into two main categories: mouth-to-lung and direct-lung. This refers to the type of draw you can take off them.

    A mouth-to-lung tank resembles the type of pull that you would get off a cig-a-like or an actual cigarette. A mouth-to-lung, or MTL draw typically involves two steps: taking a pull, and inhaling, just like you would with a traditional “analog” cigarette.

    A direct-lung inhale is when you inhale directly into your lungs in one motion. Direct-lung tanks usually have bigger air holes known as air flow, which creates that looser draw.

    Many tanks have adjustable airflow, however it is hard to make a tank that satisfies both the MTL and DL vapers. For this reason, most of the tanks are marketed to either one or the other. Which type of inhale technique do you prefer?


    AIO refers to a vape starter kit that comes with everything you need built in. It can be said that many cig-a-likes are AIO’s, especially the disposable ones. The main feature of an AIO device that makes it unique is that you can’t separate the battery from the tank.

    These are good for people who want a vape mod starter kit but don’t really know where to begin. There are literally endless possibilities with all of the different tanks and mods that exist. AIO starter kits are for people who like to say, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”

    Pod Mods

    A pod mod is an evolved version of the cig-a-like, crossed with a box mod. Although it looks nothing like a cigarette, it shares similar features such as pre-filled pods and a tighter, mouth-to-lung draw. These are geared towards smokers who feel that vaping is too complicated for them, or they just don’t have time to learn right now.

    Pod mods make things a little bit simpler for the novice. Many advanced vapers despise these devices because they don’t like the idea of a limited juice selection and proprietary components. The irony is that these products are not even made for them!

    Note: Sometimes people who have been vaping for a while forget what it was like when they started. It is almost like when a celebrity forgets about where they came from. We assume that everybody wants to be a rockstar and blow clouds bigger than Wiz Khalifa and Willie Nelson combined, but some people just wanna quit their smoking habit.

    Mechanical Mods (Not for beginners)

    Mechanical mods, often referred to as mech mods, or simply mechs, are not for beginners! Unlike the previous types of mods listed above, these do not have any type of microchips or wires inside. They are literally a mechanical tube which pulls power from a battery and sends it to your atomizer. Think of it like a flashlight, except instead of powering a lightbulb it has an atomizer with coils on top.

    At one point these were the most powerful mods that you could get. Now there are regulated box mods that can do even more than mechanical mods but there is something special about mech mods. I often use the analogy of a vinyl record. Even though the technology is outdated, there is nothing quite like the fat sound of a classic turntable.

    If you are just starting out, I would NOT recommend one of these AT ALL. They can be very dangerous if you are not well-versed in Ohm’s Law. At this point, mech mods are mainly for collectors and people who vape “competitively.” Although most mechanical mods were traditional tube-shaped, many of them can also be shaped like box mods too.

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