Hope for smokers has come in vapor form. Once geeky but now mainstream to warrant their very own Pinterest board featuring a melange of celebrities, electronic cigarettes are seemingly the way of the future. Though their popularity may not be enough to reinstate smoking in restaurants, bars, and office spaces — blame it on the citywide smoking bans currently sweeping New York City, Philly, and Chicago — but their odor-less qualities still render them enticing enough to warrant entire conventions while many businesses and restaurants merely look the other way when it comes to e-cigs. No longer do non-smokers have to endure the smell or an ashtray or those gnarly cigarette butts just to get their fair share of nicotine.
However, how do you decide which E Cig is best for your lifestyle? This technology is so new, with new brands and technology becoming available every week, actually finding the best e-cigarettes to buy requires hours of research, posting questions to forums, and watching YouTube reviews. Who has time for that? We do. Here are the best e-cigarettes on the market, from no-commitment disposables to pro-level mods.
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Choosing the right device
As you might expect, the best e-cig for you depends on your specific vaping needs. The casual smoker is best off with a rechargeable or disposable device given how affordable and widely-accessible they’ve become in recent years, while heavy smokers may want to consider a mods as they allow for a greater level of customization and longer battery life. We recommend testing out a few different models, if possible, so you’ll have a better idea of which type of model you like best. Additionally, everyday vapers will likely benefit from purchasing a back-up e-cigarette. It certainly doesn’t need to be top-of-the-line, but it’s never a bad idea to have an extra device to hold you over if your main e-cig ever malfunctions.
Also, note that the kits and prices listed below are mainly for your convenience. If you’re looking for the best deal, check out FastTech, which is easily the least expensive vendor out there, but has long shipping wait times due to China-based suppliers. As for e-juice, Mt. Baker Vapor is a good source for high-quality product at reasonable prices.
Thanks to low prices and widespread distribution, disposable cigarettes are nearly as ubiquitous as analogue cigarettes. Disposable options are also one of the best ways to give this whole “vaping” thing a try considering they visually resemble a regular cigarette and have an automatic battery that allows for a mirrored experience to their analogue counterpart. They’re also terrific for smoking in places that typically don’t allow smoking. The unfortunate downside to disposables is that using them as your only e-cig can cost just as much as smoking and some options may not deliver that satisfying back-of-the-throat hit. Moreover, disposable cigarettes lack any kind of modular features, posses a fixed vapor output, and only come in the same flavors as regular cigarettes (“tobacco” and “menthol”). Plus, you can’t recharge them or refill them with more e-juice (the stuff that makes the vapor and has nicotine in it). Nonetheless, they remain the best option for those just looking to dip their toes in the e-cig world without paying an exuberant price.
BluCig ($10, or $40 for four)
BluCigs are kind of like the dinosaurs of the e-cig realm. The noteworthy manufacture was one of the first to enter the scene in 2009, and though the e-cigs lack scales, they seem to be going publicly extinct nearly as quick as the dinosaurs. Prehistoric analogy aside, the cornerstone of BluCigs’ ubiquity remains the amount of vapor they produce and the reputable flavoring made by U.S. manufacturer Johnson Creek. The company, an e-juice maker with a laudable track record dating back two years, continues to be a flagship producer in the field. BlueCigs also offers rechargeable e-cig kits as well, but there are higher-quality alternatives that don’t cost nearly as much. Thankfully, we’ll address those options later.
Njoy ($9 for sample pack)
Another popular and easy-to-find brand, Njoy, has a reputation for being the most cigarette-like disposable on the market. The e-juice flavor is about as close to a “real” cigarette as you’ll get (if you’re into that kind of thing), and the soft tip and design recreates the feel and look of a tobacco smoke more than any other out there. Njoy makes a number of different models of disposables, but we’d recommend the Njoy King for the full experience. The Kings also come in two flavors, “smooth” and “bold.” We personally like bold, because it hits deep like a Malboro.
V2 ($15 for sample pack)
Widely considered one of the best e-cigarette brands out there, V2 is known for its high-quality rechargeable kits. But its disposables are the next best thing. V2’s disposables come in “rich tobacco” and “cool menthol” flavors, and you can choose between the 200-puff and 400-puff varieties. V2 also sells disposables under the Zig Zag brand, which some of you may have *cough, cough* heard of from your, um, pot-smoking “friend.”
Red Dragon ($10)
Far less known than the other brands listed here, Red Dragon’s disposables may be the absolute best on the market. They’re small, but they produce the most vapor you can find in a disposable. And they come in a wider selection of flavors, including tobacco, “Marbello,” light tobacco, menthol, cherry, and vanilla. Because of Red Dragon’s smaller distribution, you’ll probably need to pick this one up online (which can be a bit of a pain). Still, the quality makes it worth it.