Best Vape Starter Kits 2016
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 demystify the vaping market for beginners and the following list provides you with the only vape 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 vape 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 vape starter kit category, scroll to the bottom of the list for the full description on 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.
V2 EX Series E-Liquid Starter Kit
- 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 perfect solution for starters not wanting to re-fill any tanks/clearomizers. The Ex Series comes with a battery indicator and one of the better battery lives 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.
Epuffer Magnum Snaps Starter Kit
- 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 re-charge your batteries 3-4 times whilst on the go. If you are a 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
- 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 vape 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 have 4 different flavored pods to choose from, which cost a reasonable $15.99 for a 4 pack. If you are a 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.
V2 VERTX Plus Starter Kit
- 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 re-charge 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 perfectly suited for those looking to quit smoking and start their vaping journey.
Best Box Mod Starter Kits
NJOY Convenience Kit
- Compact ergonomic and discreet - it fits right in your pocket!
- Easy squeeze activation so you don't have to keep button hunting
- Battery charge indicator
- Fast USB charging with a micro USB cable included
- Durable soft touch coating
- On/off switch for safe transport
- 510 thread
The NJOY Convenience proves that a satisfying experience can come from a super simple system. The NJOY Convenience kit is a 510 threaded 1150 mAh battery with available pre-filled 3 mL clearomizers in various flavors, all at 15 mg/mL nicotine.
The pre-filled clearomizers have an all-glass, one-piece tank and tip which looks very modern – and it performs as well as it looks. Producing a nice puff of flavorful vapor, all the NJOY tanks have flavors that are sure to do the trick for people looking for a healthier alternative to smoking.
With little to no effort, this kit will perform well. It’s compact and discreet and the clearomizers draw is perfect: not too tight, not too airy.
Halo Reactor Mini
- 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.
Vaporfi Vox Mini Starter Kit
- Battery Capacity: 35A 2500mAh
- Adjustable Output Power from 7 w - 40 w (in 0.1 w increments)
- Accepts Atomizer Resistance from 0.3 ohm (sub) - 3.0 ohm
- Digital OLED Screen
- 510 Threading with Spring Loaded Pin
- Output Short-Circuit Protection
- Auto Ohm Resistance Meter (Finds ideal voltage for RBA/RDA)
- Low Voltage Protection
- Device Lock Feature
- Low Resistance Protection
- USB Pass Through Charging System
- Vented Battery Casing
- Pocket Sized: 81.5mmx35mmx22mm
The pocket-sized Vox Mini from VaporFi is a slim 40-watt e-cig mod that is small enough to fit discreetly in the hand, yet powerful enough to feed some power-hungry tanks. Plus, with the ability to pump out 7-40 watts of power, the Vox Mini is a solid box mod that can work for total beginners all the way up to seasoned veterans.
The Vox Mini’s power-to-battery capacity should be able to keep you vaping most of the day–even at its highest setting–without having to recharge. But if you are not chain vaper, or you vape with less power, the Vox Mini can retain battery power for much longer. The VaporFi Vox Mini is backed by the generous VaporFi return policy of 30-day money back guarantee.
Best Vape Pen Starter Kits
Halo Tracer Twist Starter Kit
- 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 re-fill 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.
V2 Pro Series 3
- Available cartridges: wax
- loose leaf and e-liquid
- Battery capacity: 650mAh
- Length: 5.6 inches
- E-liquid cart capacity: 1.6ml
- Loose leaf cart capacity: 385mm cubed
The V2 Series 3 is the only 3-in-1 vape pen starter kit on the market. It is capable of vaping either e-liquids (mouth-to-lung vape), wax/dabs or dry herb (loose leaf). However, the wax and dry herb carts need to be purchased separately. The V2 Series 3 is the most versatile starter vape kit on the market given the variety of different ingredient it can vape. The e-liquid carts mimic the draw of a cigarette and can be vaped mouth-to-lung. We recommend a higher nicotine e-liquid and 50/50 PG/VG blend for e-liquid vaping on the Series 3. If you are new to vaping and want an incredibly portable vape that features a 3 in 1 capability then check out the Series 3. If you want larger cartridges and bigger performance, check out the Series 7 further down the page.
Vaporfi Pro 3
- 2.5mL Tank Capacity
- Battery Capacity 1000mAh
- Battery Voltage 3.5 volts
- Atomizer Resistance 2.0ohm
- Top Fill Tank Design
- USB Wall Charger Adaptor 100-240V Input
- Output 5V
The Pro 3 is Vaporfi’s custom version of the popular Innokin Endura T18. The Pro 3 vape pen is a mouth-to-lung (MTL) vaping device perfectly suited for those looking to switch from smoking to vaping. The tight draw mimics that of a cigarette and the innovative coils provide plenty of flavor. Make sure to use an e-liquid with a nicotine level of 12mg and above with this device to get a decent throat hit. The Pro 3 starter kit comes in a range of 8 stylish colors. When purchasing with Vaporfi you get a 30 day money back guarantee and US based customer service in case the Pro 3 isn’t for you or you have any issues. The Pro 3 is well suited to beginner vapers looking for a starter kit that mimics the draw of a cigarette or vapers looking for a great all day MTL vape.
Epuffer Titan Starter Kit
- Tank Capacity: 3ML ( Glass )
- Material: High Grade Stainless Steel
- Power: 50 Watts - Inteli Sense
- Ø=19mm Length: 122mm
- Weight: 93g ( with pre-filled tank )
The Epuffer Titan is a hybrid vape starter kit. This vape pen can be vaped either mouth-to-lung with the 1ohm coil or direct-lung (sub ohm) with the 0.5ohm coil head. This gives this starter vape kit great versatility when vaping e-liquids. Those coming from smoking might prefer the more restrictive draw of the 1ohm coil, whilst the flavor and cloud chasers amongst you will love the 0.5ohm coil head. The 0.5ohm coil head produces massive clouds and great flavor (just be sure to use a lower nicotine e-liquid – 6mg or below). The 3ml Titan tank can be filled from the top making re-filling a doddle. The small size of this vape pen makes it easy to put in your pocket or vape stealthily. If you are unsure what type of inhale/draw you prefer when vaping, then why not try out both on the Epuffer Titan.
Best Dry Herb and Wax Starter Kits
- 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.
V2 Pro Series 7
- 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).
- 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
- 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 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. It 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 is 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 cigalike. Although the technology has progressed, many smokers still enjoy these products because it simulates 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 cigalike, 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 pre-filled cartridges. The advantages to eGo pen vape kits over cigalikes 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 cigalikes. These beginner vape kits are relatively inexpensive.
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.
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 cigalike 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 of the two. 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 cigalikes 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”.
A pod mod is an evolved version of the cigalike, 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 some 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.