A collection of the best vapes for beginners and smokers

The Best Vapes for Beginners and Smokers in 2019

Our top-rated picks for beginners or for quitting smoking
By Vaping360 Team
Last Updated: Mar 21, 2019

Would you like to quit smoking? Maybe you’re simply looking to cut back. Or maybe it’s something else. Whatever your reason, this page of best vapes and starter kits is here to help. You won’t be bombarded with a long list of complicated products. And you won’t need to know any vape lingo to understand. We kept it simple. The starter products on this page can have you vaping seconds after opening the package.

Why vaping?

Vaping looks and feels like smoking. It should! Vaporizers, originally called e-cigarettes and then vape mods, were designed as an alternative to smoking cigarettes. Vaping offers you a familiar way of getting nicotine — which gives it the edge over other nicotine replacement therapies. Other benefits of vape kits include the ability to control your nicotine intake, the absence of toxic odors and second-hand smoke, and, because there’s no tobacco on fire, carbon monoxide and tar are absent too.

The Vaping360 team thoroughly testing a collection of different vape starter kits
A Vaping360 team member testing a simple pod beginner vape
The Vaping360 team testing beginner vapes recommended for smokers to quit smoking
An assortment of pre-filled vaping systems intended for those new to vaping, being evaluated
Our Research and Product Testing

Vaping360 product recommendations come from first-hand usage and comparisons to similar starter kits on the market. Products are tested and evaluated for a minimum of 14 days. Our team of testers is made up of seven experienced vapers with over 30 years total experience.

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30 products considered
500+ hours of testing
7 expert testers
The Kilo 1k as featured on Vaping360\

Kilo 1k

BY KILO E-LIQUIDS
Highlights
  • Over a dozen flavors
  • Warm vapor
  • Low odor
  • Discreet size

The Kilo 1k is a skinny and lightweight device made from a popular e-liquid vape brand. This vape has more flavor options than any other on this page. If you’re the type that likes to try more new flavors, the Kilo 1k is your pick.

Check out the Kilo 1k

The Kilo 1K is a well-built vape. It weighs only 26 grams, but it feels like it has some substance to it. The finish on the Kilo 1K is a black rubberized coating over zinc alloy that feels secure in the hand while also being pleasant to grip.

The various Kilo flavors come with 4.5% nicotine in a 1.5 mL pod. The Kilo 1k battery and pods are sold separately, so make sure to buy a pack of pods with it. The pods are sold in packs of four of a single flavor and cost $16.95. The battery device costs $19.95.

Features
Liquid capacity
1.5 mL
Nic strength
4.5%
Pods per pack
4
Battery capacity
350 mAh
Use while charging
No
Vapor production
Low
Weight
26 g

Our testers all agree, the Kilo 1k has the best variety of flavors. Each flavor has a noticeable hit of nicotine, and it’s smooth. With over a dozen flavors to choose from, it’s almost a given to find something you’re interested in. Everything from desserts to tobaccos to mentholated fruit flavors. One of our favorites of the whole line is a flavor called Nutty. It’s a classic dessert flavor of vanilla and almond.

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Using the Kilo is convenient and simple. Just place a magnetized pod into the battery and puff on the ergonomic mouthpiece. A battery charge can last almost all day, but it takes a little over an hour to charge. Unfortunately, the Kilo 1k can’t be used while charging.

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The Apollo Brez as featured on Vaping360\

Apollo Brez

BY APOLLO E-CIGS
Highlights
  • 8 flavors
  • Multi-flavor pack in kit
  • Low odor
  • Two nicotine levels

The Apollo Brez is minimal in design and big on flavor. It’s a slender and pocketable vape made for ease of use. The Apollo Brez is the only vape on our list with an option for a multi-flavor pack and a lower option for nicotine. This is a huge advantage if you want to sample flavors and strengths but don’t want to buy several packs!

Check out the Apollo Brez

The Brez pods come in 2.5% and 5.0% nicotine strength, and they each contain 1 mL of liquid. Although that’s lowest amount on our list, the pod packs contain 4 replacements.

The Brez Deluxe Kit ($39.95) comes with a battery device, a proprietary USB charger, and 5 flavors plus your choice of nicotine strength. The flavors are Berry Blend, Melon, Tobacco, Breeze (menthol), and RY4 (tobacco, caramel, and vanilla). Each flavor can be purchased separately ($19.95).

Features
Liquid capacity
1.0 mL
Nic strength
5.0%, 2.5%
Pods per pack
4
Battery capacity
320 mAh
Use while charging
No
Vapor production
Low
Weight
17 g

The Brez delivers some of the best flavor on our list. It doesn’t have as many choices as the Kilo 1k, but the flavors of the Brez are more pronounced. Our testers were unanimous in voting the RY4 (tobacco, caramel, and vanilla) flavor as the favorite of the lot. All the other flavors got positive comments for accuracy of taste, but the flavor to beat is the RY4.

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The vapor from the Brez is moderately warm and it has a soft hit and pleasant hit. The draw is like a cigarette but a little looser, which makes it much easier to drag on than the Vuse Alto. Even at 5.0% nicotine strength, it doesn’t feel much stronger than the Vuse Vibe which is 3.0%. If you want to get more nicotine without the hit feeling too strong, the Brez won’t disappoint.

The battery life of the Brez is a bit lower than some of our other recommendations. And you can’t vape the Brez while it charges like you can with the Alto. If you use the Brez moderately, you can get close to a full day on a charge and still have many puffs left in the pod. If you use it a lot, you’ll likely use one pod per day and have to charge it twice per day. So for this style of vape, we find the better value to be the Kilo 1k, but the Brez slightly edged a win in flavor (mainly because of that RY4!).

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The Logic Pro as featured on Vaping360\

Logic Pro

BY LOGIC VAPES
Highlights
  • Warm vapor
  • Medium nicotine hit
  • Low odor
  • Classic vape pen style

The Logic Pro is a quality starter kit for beginners. Designed like a classic vape pen, the Logic is dependable and secure. It vapes quietly and it’s leak free. Plus, it’s slender and pocketable size make it handy and easy to carry. It takes prefilled flavor cartridges that hold 1.5 mL of liquid, and they come in two nicotine strengths: either 1.8% or 2.0% nicotine.

Check out the Logic Pro

The Logic Pro is sold in a kit with the 7 different flavor cartridges (called capsules) separately. You’ll need the Logic Pro Vaporizer kit, which comes with a proprietary charger and an instruction manual for $24.99. Your choice of liquid flavor capsules come in packs of two, and they retail for $7.99 per pack. This is one of the most economical starter kits on this page.

Features
Liquid capacity
1.5 mL
Nic strength
1.8%, 2.0%
Pods per pack
2
Battery capacity
650 mAh
Use while charging
No
Vapor production
Low
Weight
40 g

The Logic Pro flavors taste authentic and yet subtle enough to not over-power your taste buds. The vapor is on warm and it has an easy draw that’s not tight like others on this page. This device makes about as much vapor as a cigarette makes smoke. With low vapor production, you won’t have to worry about drawing unwanted attention to yourself.

Users new to vapes will have no problems getting used to the Logic. The Logic Pro uses a button-activation so the user can control the power of the device, which makes it safer for travel. The included instruction manual lays out everything simply and clearly. With just a quick read, you can use the device within little to no time after opening the package.

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Side effects of vaping

The potential side effects of using a vape with nicotine is similar to that of using a nicotine inhaler.

  • Dry mouth
  • Sore throat
  • Coughing
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness or headrush
  • Nausea
  • Tightness in chest

If you are experiencing these issues, or if you just have concerns or questions, consult with your doctor. Nicotine is considered a drug no matter the source you get it from.

Vaping vs. Smoking: is vaping safer?

There is a growing debate about the absolute safety of vaping, but there’s little question about its safety in comparison to smoking. For instance, Public Health England (PHE) says e-cigarettes are 95% safer than tobacco. PHE is a branch of the Department of Health and Social Care in the United Kingdom.

As a part of their effort to reduce cigarette smoking, PHE produced a short YouTube video of an experiment to demonstrate the visible differences in residue from cigarette smoke vs e-cigarette vapor. It’s a stark contrast! The experiment was conducted by Dr. Lion Shahab, a leading smoking cessation academic from University College London, and Dr. Rosemary Leonard, a journalist and general practitioner.

It should be noted that England is much more supportive of vaping than in other parts of the world. But even in the US, the American Cancer Society says, “Based on currently available evidence, using current generation e-cigarettes is less harmful than smoking cigarettes, but the health effects of long-term use are not known.”

And that’s the thing to remember. Vaping is safer than smoking, but vaping carries its own risks that may not be immediately evident. E-cigarette vaping has only been around for a little more than a decade. The jury will be out for some time until vaping has been around long enough to study true long-term effects. The longest-term information we have on the health of vapers was conducted over a 3.5-year time.

A team of researchers from University of Catania (Italy) and the University of California Los Angeles, led by Dr. Riccardo Polosa, carefully monitored the participants coronary, circulatory, and pulmonary vital signs over the course of 3.5 years.

The scientists measured participants’:

  • Blood pressure
  • Heart rate
  • Body weight
  • Lung function
  • Respiratory symptoms
  • Exhaled breath nitric oxide
  • Exhaled carbon monoxide
  • High-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) of the lungs

The study concluded that the e-cigarette users had no negative health outcomes based on what was measured, and actually showed results that were virtually indistinguishable from those of the non-users. “Even in the heaviest e-cigarette users (i.e. those with the highest e-liquid consumption and longest vaping history), there was no indication of emerging lung injury as reflected in these physiological, clinical, radiological and inflammatory measures.” And the unique aspect of this study was that the participants had never smoked. If they had been smokers, there would’ve been no way to isolate the causes and effects.

Does this mean vapes are 100% safe? No. Adults choosing to vape should be clear that those types of health claims can’t be made. There are still things to study. Health is a complicated matter and it may take decades of research to fully understand the ramifications of vaping, if there are any. The simple truth is the safest and most healthy thing to breathe is unpolluted air.

Will these products help you to quit smoking?

We can’t promise you that these vapes on this page will help you quit smoking. Having an addiction to cigarette smoking is a complicated matter. That said, many of the testers on our team had success with products like these that helped them quit. Our recommendations involve first hand-experience with these products, and from our own knowledge of what can benefit a smoker. Most of us have been where you are.

How do these products work?

All the starter kits on this page are built on a plug-in-play system. All the vape starter kits presented on this page come with:

  1. A battery device
  2. Prefilled cartridges (w/flavored nicotine vape liquid)
  3. Charge cord

A vape works as a complete system, but lots of vape products are bought component by component. That can give you a lot of freedom, but it can also give a beginner a headache. Mixing and matching vape parts is fun to do after you learn the basics, but not when you’re beginning. That’s why we advise beginners to stick to pre-packaged vape kits with everything included to ensure an easy introduction.

With these vapes, you don’t have to handle the vape liquid (called e-juice, vape juice, or e-liquid). All the guesswork is taken out of the equation. A single purchase of one of these vape starter kits will provide you with everything you need to begin vaping immediately.

How to vape and inhale

How you inhale a vape is important! If you inhale it wrong, it may end up making you cough. Or, you may even get an unwanted rush of nicotine. Either way, it wouldn’t be a good way to begin.

The best way to inhale a vape is pre-determined by the type of vape it is. There are basically two types: mouth-to-lung vapes which feel like a cigarette draw, and direct-lung vapes which are like taking a deep breath and blowing it out.

Mouth-to-lung vapes

Often these are smaller vapes with high nicotine, like the Vuse Alto and Vibe. When you draw on the device, the airflow will feel restricted — similar to that of a coffee straw. This is designed to mimic the feeling of pulling on a cigarette.

  1. Slowly draw vapor into your mouth for a few seconds
  2. Hold the vapor in your closed mouth for a second
  3. Open mouth and breathe in the vapor to your lungs
  4. Exhale

Direct-lung vapes

Vapes with this type of draw are often larger kits with low nicotine. When you draw on these devices, the airflow you take in will like it’s coming from a milkshake straw. These are devices made for making larger clouds of vapor, which is why the nicotine is low.

  1. Inhale the vape deeply to the lungs
  2. Exhale

Cigar puff

One technique some vapers employ is the cigar puff. This takes out a lot of concerns about the lungs. And since nicotine can be absorbed through the mucus membranes, it truly is a viable option. The cigar puff is also a versatile inhale technique. This type of puff can be used with small mouth-to-lung vapes or even direct-lung vapes.

Why we chose these products

Vaping should be simple for beginners. Particularly for smokers that need help. And it can be! That’s why the products considered for this page had to meet these requirements:

  1. Easy to use
  2. Prefilled
  3. Small form factor

But ask anyone that’s ever shopped for a vape; they’ll tell you that there’s no shortage of products and brands on the market. As a matter of fact, there’s an overwhelming number of products – and many of those products are designed for hobbyists.

We made this page for the person that doesn’t have the time or interest in vaping as a hobby or sport. But everyone is different. It could be that a refillable device or a more electronically complex vape would work better for you. For everyone else that wants to keep it simple, we’re confident in our recommendations.

Important for first-time buyers

These products are for adults only

E-cigarettes (vape) products are an alternative to combustible cigarettes and are legally only sold to adults. Depending on where you live, the age to vape could be 18 or 21. If buying online or at a physical location, you will be asked to verify your age.

Nicotine poses a risk for addiction

All vape products are required by law, since 2018, to include a specific label that states: “This product contains nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive chemical.” No matter the source — vaping, over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies, or tobacco — nicotine is considered highly addictive.

Product care

The vape starter kits on this page require little to no maintenance, but they do require certain care to keep them functioning properly.

  • Store and care for your vape like other electronic devices. This means avoiding contact with water, exposure to extreme temperatures for extended periods, and accidental drops.
  • Keep your vape clean and away from dust and dirt.
  • Only use accessories intended for the device.
  • In the event of damage or malfunction, only have your device serviced by authorized technicians.
  • Do not try to modify or alter your device as it could void the warranty or possibly cause harm to you or the device.

Battery safety

All the vapes on this page contain a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. As with all lithium-ion batteries contained in electronic devices, proper care is needed to keep the battery working safely and properly. Battery safety is important.

  • Only charge the device with the included charger, and according to the instruction manual provided with your starter kit.
  • Never use or store the device at extremely high or low ambient temperatures.
  • If you find that your device is getting warmer than usual, always contact customer support.
  • Do not leave the device charging overnight and/or unattended.
  • Always store your device in a cool and dry place and away from direct sunlight.

Travelling with your vape

Before flying with your vape, always make sure to check for the airline’s rules and regulations. According to TSA (Transportation Security Administration), vapes “may only be carried in the aircraft cabin (in carry-on baggage or on your person)”.

While travelling, vaping falls under the same rules as smoking. Vaping is prohibited in planes, and failure to comply with that may result in an arrest or even at an emergency landing. You may be able to vape in airports before and after your flight, but only at designated smoking areas.

Vaping in public

The FDA considers vapes to be tobacco products and regulates them accordingly. Although vaping is not smoking, the eyes of the law views them as the same. If smoking is prohibited at a certain establishment, chances are that vaping is not allowed either. Check for smoking areas, and, if you are unsure about the rules of a specific place, always ask.

Sources

  1. GOV UK, PHE Publishes Independent Expert E-Cigarettes Evidence Review, Government Website of the United Kingdom, Feb 6, 2018
  2. BMJ, Public Health England Insists E-Cigarettes are 95% Safer Than Smoking, Global Healthcare Knowledge Provider, Dec 28, 2018
  3. America Cancer Society, American Cancer Society Position Statement on Electronic Cigarettes, US Health Organization, Feb 15, 2018
  4. National Center for Biotechnology Information, Health Impact of E-Cigarettes: A Prospective 3.5-Year Study of Regular Daily Users Who Have Never Smoked, US National Library of Medicine, Nov 17, 2017
  5. U.S. Food and Drug Administration, “Covered” Tobacco Products and Roll-Your-Own/ Cigarette Tobacco Labeling and Warning Statement Requirements, Federal Agency of United States Department of Health and Human Services, Aug 13, 2018
  6. University of Washington, Lithium Battery Safety, University in the United States, Apr, 2018
  7. Transport Security Administration, Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping Devices, Federal Agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security, 2019
  8. U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Vaporizers, E-Cigarettes, and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), Federal Agency of United States Department of Health and Human Services, Mar 13, 2019