There’s a strong idea around ‘you get what you pay for’ with most things in life. A term I often hear flying around is “buy cheap, buy it twice” and I think there is a significant misconception within the world of vaping surrounding this ideology, especially if you’re someone who is buying their first vape kit in aid of quitting smoking.
To be truthful, I completely get why people would think that; it makes sense, right? Throughout this blog i’m going to delve into why this may not be the case.
Choosing a Starter Kit
So you’ve now decided that you’re going to give vaping a go; congrats on making the switch from smoking! Choosing one can be difficult, and the simple truth is that going for the most expensive one you see probably won’t be best suited for you. Starter kits are generally smaller, less powerful and thus cheaper (there are some exceptions to the this rule which i’ll go into later) However, this doesn’t mean that the effectiveness, suitability or quality of these kits is comprised.
As someone who wants to quit smoking there is some common features that a lot of new vapers look for:
- Something discreet
- Easy to use
- Provides a cigarette-like nicotine hit
Starter kits in general can provide all of these attributes, clue’s in the name right? So if you see a kit for £25, chances are it will help you quit smoking. When it comes to choosing which vape kit is right for you, there always seems to be a primary focus on the kit itself. Although its very important, and i’d always recommend going with one you like the look of (as kits comes in many different shapes and sizes so finding one that you think will suit you will be very important), the focus should be on the E-liquid you decide to go for.
You may have heard of the terms “Nicotine Salt” or “Nic Salts” floating around when browsing; and in short Nic Salts are E-liquids that provide a closer Nicotine hit to that of a cigarette. In comparison to Freebase Nicotine, which commonly comes in 10ml Nicotine Shots that you mix with 50ml Shortfills and will feel harsher on the throat. To use Nic Salts, you’ll ideally have a coil which has a 1.0ohm or above; you’ll be able to check Coil details in every description of the kit itself.
With this being said, I think it’s important to remember if you’re browsing within the correct category; going for the cheapest option will not provide you with the easiest route to quitting smoking. At the end of the day, all vape kits are technology and the cheaper they are made the more likely they are to play up at an earlier stage in their lifespan. Avoid cheap kits you see in B&M, of course they will work to a certain extent but you can’t expect these to last you months of consistent use.
Here’s a little checklist i’ve made for all newbies looking for a fairly priced starter kit to quit smoking:
- Find something which you like the look of
- Ensure it can be used with Nic salts
- Find a Nic salt flavour you like the sound of (i’d recommend something away from Tobacco, it’s difficult to create an exact taste of Tobacco and choosing something different will help you create a dissonance to traditional cigarette smoking)
More expensive Starter kits which are worth having a look at:
The average price you can expect to pay for a starter kit is probably in the region of £20-£30; anything more than that will probably be considered to be slightly pricier than “normal”
- Innokin Coolfire Z50 – A great all rounder, the reviews speak for themselves. Doesn’t produce massive clouds, but will have a longer battery life than smaller, cheaper starter kits. Works perfectly with Nic salts too!
- Voom Pod Kit– This bad boy here is like a Juul on steroids. More reliable, better battery life (2-3 days per charge!) and nicer tasting Nic salt pods . Perfect for someone looking for a no nonsense solution.
- Smok Nord X Pod Kit – Sleek design, small in shape and easy to use. It’s worth noting it doesn’t come with 1.0+ohm coils; however these can be purchased separately.
Advanced Kits: A choice for a more seasoned Vaper
If you’re someone who likes a powerful kit, a decent cloud and great flavour then the term ‘get what you pay for’ is definitely more relevant to you. It just makes sense right, buy a good kit, with good batteries and then you’ll have an all round positive experience.
Bigger, more advanced kits are more prone knocks and drops as they carry additional weight. Therefore it’s more likely that they’ll sustain some kind of damage. Luckily over the years, brands have identified that the average joe is likely to accidentally drop their kit from time to time so have increased the durability and shockproof nature of the kits. Geekvape are one of the best for this, you can check out their kits here.
If high wattage and big clouds is what you’re primarily looking for, there are some decent options out there which are considerably cheaper than what we might consider normal. I think when buying a box mod you’d be looking at spending anywhere from £40.
The Pod Mod, who is this new character in the vaping world?
The almighty pod mod! And no, it’s not really that new. But it’s been recognised that people like the ease of a pod kit, but also like it when it can pack a punch. A great example of a well executed Pod Mod is The Scar P3 and P5. They’re fairly priced, reliable and a really solid all round kit.
A Pod Mod is a great happy medium for vapers who don’t want to be paying £80+ for a full set up, this way you can pay £30-£50 for a sleek kit which can provide 80W of power.
So, is a more expensive vape kit actually better?
To answer simply, no. More expensive doesn’t always mean you’re guaranteed to get a better quality vape kit. However, it definitely depends on what kind vaper you are. If you’re someone who like’s big clouds and vapour production, then a more expensive kit will generally mean better and more suited to your needs. But if you’re on the flip side, and you’re someone who wants something small and discreet to help you quit smoking; then i’d even go as far as saying don’t buy the most expensive kit you see.
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