As the vaping industry gets older, so does the original tech behind it all. As with anything there are the heroes of the hour and the undisputed champs, which time will not change. There are Vaping devices on the market today that have been around for years and withstood the test of time. There are also ever more new developments and new brands joining the market, making it very difficult to decide which are the best vape kits in the UK. Do you go for the tried and tested, or the shiny new device launched last week? In this article, we will look at some of the products on the market today and highlight the pros of each. We will hopefully give you some insight on which will be the best fit for your vaping style.
What helps in assessing the best vape kits, is to narrow down your criteria. Are you looking for a starter kit or a high powered mod? What’s more important – flavour or clouds? Do you need something light and compact or is battery life more of a priority?
We are also aware that the best vape kit for the beginner user will be a completely different animal than for the most experienced vapers who look to perform Vape tricks or take part in cloud chasing competitions.
So, having said that, to make this guide have value for everyone, we have laid out or comparison in the form of a table, so you can easily compare the pros and cons of each vape kit.
- How we selected the kits
- Types of vape kits explained
- Vape kits by type and suitability
- Best vape starter kits
- Best pod vape kits
How we selected the kits
When writing posts such as this, it would be very easy to list 10 of the newest vape kits highlighting their shiny new design features etc.
But we don’t think that is the best way to go about it.
Despite advances in technology, there are older vape kits that have withstood the test of time – and they’ve done so for a good reason.
The Innokin T20 is a prime example of this – although it’s been around for several years now, it retains huge popularity. That’s most likely down to the superb vape experience it gives – pretty much unmatched by any other starter kit we’ve experienced.
Instead, when we selected the kits, we’ve used a combination of our own ratings, the popularity of these devices, both in terms of sales and ‘on the scene’, as well as taking into account customer feedback. On the odd occasion we might add a newly launched kit to the list – but only if it totally blows us away in testing.
All of the products that we list in this post are manufactured to the highest standards and comply with all UK laws and regulations.
Types of vape kits explained
In this post, we will be talking about 4 categories of vaping kits, these are as follows
Pod Systems – Pod vape systems were designed to be smaller, more lightweight and easier to use than mod systems. In most cases, a pod system consists of a pod that sits into the part of the device that holds the battery. Closed pod systems refer to pods that come pre-filled with e-liquid (and can not usually be refilled), while open pods are refillable. Pods have been rapidly evolving, meaning that now, some pod devices are almost comparable to the bigger mod devices, these are sometimes referred to as “pod mod” devices
All-in-one vape devices – These devices contain everything you need to get started except the e-liquid. AIOs distinguish themselves by having no separate pod or tank, with e-liquid simply being filled into the top of the device itself.
Pen-style devices – Just as the name suggests, these devices are like a large pen and can fit easily in the hand. Think chunky marker pen as opposed to a ball point and you’ll be on the right lines. Think, the Innokin Endura T20S
Mod/tank kits – Mods are often larger, more powerful vapes, often with a box design, and come with a separate tank. Some vape mods also come with more advanced functions and modes. Occasionally you may hear of these devices being referred to as “box mod” kits
Vape kits by type and suitability
|Vaporesso XROS Mini||Pod||Easy set up & easy to use.||All levels|
|Aspire Pockex||All In One||Good throat hit||All levels|
|Smok Nord Kit||Open Pod||Good size, stylish & versatile||All levels|
|UWELL Caliburn AK2||Pod||Excellent flavour||All levels|
|Voopoo Drag S Pro||Open Pod||Powerful, stylish & easy to use||Experienced Vapers|
|Aspire Zelos 3 Kit||Mod & Tank||6 Vaping modes, Large battery||Intermediate up|
|Geekvape Aegis Legend 2||Mod & Tank||Big clouds, up to 200W||Experienced Vapers|
|Smok Morph 2||Mod & Tank||Powerful 230W output||Intermediate up|
|Eleaf iStick Power||Mod||Great MTL vape||All levels|
|Smok RPM40 ||Pod Mod||Best of both, mod with a pod||All Levels|
Best vape starter kits
The Vaporesso Xros Mini is a classic no-fuss pod device. Slim, compact and buttonless, its easy-to-use features make it a perfect fit for new vapers and anyone looking for an MTL device that requires little set-up or maintenance.
An upgrade on the original Xros thanks to its improved battery capacity, the Xros Mini comes with fixed coil pods, bypass output, auto inhale and leak proof top-filling pods that make using it really simple. To get started, all you need to do is charge the device, fill the pod and inhale.
What’s to like about it?
- Fixed coil pods
- No fuss auto output
- Little set up required
Best pod vape kits
The Voopoo Drag S/X devices use a combination of leather and metal for a device which has stunning aesthetics and is comfortable to hold. There are two versions to choose from here. The Drag S comes with a fixed 2500 mAh battery and can produce up to 60 watts of power. Meanwhile, the Drag X, which can pump out up to 80 watts, is powered by a replaceable 18650 battery (not included) which makes it great for vapers who like to swap out the battery when it runs out of power instead of attaching the device to a USB-C cable.
What’s to like about it?
- Stunning aesthetics
- Plenty of power
- Anti-scratch, antiperspirant and anti-fingerprint