Switching from smoking and entering the world of vaping should be the start of a positive journey in your life. With the right product choices and armed with the right clinical advice, vaping can be the perfect way for you to free yourself from a hard to escape cigarette and nicotine addiction. More importantly, switching to vaping and gradually reducing your intake over time until you have stopped, can help make significant improvements to your longer term health.
Knowing where to start with smoking cessation can be daunting since there are so many options on the market, all of them with their own different methods, features and technologies. Without a little knowledge it can be difficult, confusing and a little expensive to find the product that is right for you.
This guide is all about disposable vapes as part of that journey, and assumes you have already read our ‘stop smoking’ and ‘new vapers’ guides and decided that disposable vapes look like the right device option for you. If you have not done so, please take the time to read these guides as they provide useful information about other smoking cessation options and the health implications of giving up smoking. There are also links to useful online medical guidance such as that provided by the NHS.
At Vapoutlets we focus mainly on disposable vapes and vape pod systems. Disposable vapes are convenient, affordable, and uncomplicated - ideal for vaping newcomers - and based on our years of experience in the vape industry we believe they are currently the best choice for the wide majority of vapers due to their many plus points.
To help you better understand disposable vapes, we have broken down this guide into a series of smaller topics including an explanation of what disposable vapes are, what you need to look for when choosing a disposable vape, as well as giving an overview of the features, function and effects of a disable vape device. We have also taken a look at some of the most popular brands and products in the disposable vaping world right now, and highlighted why some of these could be the right product for you.
A disposable vape, sometimes referred to as an e-cigarette, is a device that allows the user to inhale a vapour containing nicotine and flavours, similar to how you would inhale smoke from a cigarette.
This modern device, like the traditional vape devices that came before it, are designed to be an alternative to smoking traditional tobacco filled cigarettes, which are considered to be more harmful for your health, and can be a useful tool to help you quit smoking.
The device is battery powered and contains a pre-added amount of eliquid within. When the eliquid or battery charge has been used up, you simply dispose or recycle the device and purchase a new one.
Disposable vapes are different to other vaping devices because are they designed for short term use instead of long term use - hence the name ‘disposable vapes’. There are pro’s and con’s to both types of device, however, to understand these better we first need to understand how a vaping device works.
The Anatomy of a Vape Device
1. An E-liquid Pod
Sometimes known as the cartridge, the pod stores the e-liquid, which is the liquid mix that contains the nicotine and flavours.
2. An Atomiser
The heating element within the vaping device, known as the atomiser. This heats up the e-liquid to high temperature to create the vapour that you inhale.
3. A Battery
Every vaping device needs a power source to power the atomiser, this being provided by a battery.
4. A Mouthpiece
This is the end piece of the vaping device that you inhale from. They can vary in design, and some products mimic the texture and feel of a cigarette.
Each of these components play an important role in the overall vaping experience, affecting things like the vape cloud effect, duration, intensity, and flavour.
How Are Disposable Vapes Different?
In traditional vaping devices each component is maintained individually and this requires a bit of time and a degree of knowledge, whereas in disposable vape devices the components are pre-combined for you and provided as an easy to use all-in-one device with no requirement for ongoing maintenance.
Traditional vaping devices (often referred to as a mod or open pod systems) require you to refill the pod with e-liquid (sometimes mixing the e-liquids yourself) or replace the pod when empty. The atomiser/ coil will need to be cleaned and replaced occasionally, and you need to know how to replace used coils and the wick. On some of these devices the batteries will need to be replaced when they no long function effectively, whereas on others the battery will need to be recharged. The mouthpiece can normally be detached and replaced too.
When starting out with your first mod or pod system, you typically purchase a kit and continue to purchase e-liquids, replacement coils and wick material for its upkeep. For vaping fanatics this is somewhat of a hobby, and many relish the opportunity to create their own unique vape experience, customising their devices to blow huge clouds of vapour or ‘smoke’ rings, or adjusting the heating and vaporising settings in pursuit if their perfect vape taste experience. But for newcomers or people who value convenience, this level of maintenance can be too much. It can be challenging to navigate your way through all of the do’s and don’ts of a traditional vaping device, which is why disposable vapes have become so popular.
A disposable vape houses all of the components in a single self-contained unit. Once the e-liquid or battery has been used up, you simply dispose of the device and start using a new one. There is no need to worry about recharging your device, replacing the battery, or replacing the e-liquid in the pod. You won’t have to worry about adjusting any settings either as the device is already configured to the optimum settings, and you certainly won’t have to worry about cleaning or replacing the atomiser. Simply open a new disposable vape, and start vaping!
How To Use A Disposable Vape Device
If you are unsure on how to use a disposable vape, don’t panic, it really is super easy!
Simply remove the vaping device from it’s packaging, remove any caps or seals and the device automatically activates when you begin to draw. It comes fully charged and has a full capacity of e-liquid, pre-filled with the flavour of your choice, and usually a salt based nicotine. Ensure you read any safety advice shown on the packaging then you are good to go!
If you have never vaped before, please consult our ‘new vapers’ guide so that you know what to do and what to expect when you inhale the vapour and how it compares to smoking a cigarette.
Who Are Disposable Vapes Suitable For?
Disposable Vapes are suitable for any smoker or vaper who is looking for a more convenient, more compact and less obtrusive smoking device. Disposable vapes are also a suitable for smokers looking to give up smoking cigarettes.
Disposable vapes are small, lightweight, and easily fit into a pocket, purse or handbag. They come in a variety of funky, stylish or discreet devices styles, and are available in a wide variety of flavours.
Popular flavour profiles include traditional tobacco’s which are suited to ex-smokers who prefer an experience more like a cigarette, and there are a vast array of menthols, fruits, sweets, drinks, and ‘cooling ice’ types for those looking to move to something more flavoursome and pleasant smelling.
If you are a social smoker and want to giving vaping a try, disposable vapes are the ideal first step into the world of vaping. Disposable vapes offer new vapers a compact device that is affordable, easy to use and delivers a first class vaping experience. There are many brands and flavours you can try at the beginning without having to commit to purchasing an expensive vaping kit. The look and feel of a vaping device will vary, depending on the brand, but the main features which will dictate your decision, for example, nicotine content or battery life, are easy to differentiate between.
Experienced vapers take their vaping experience and all that goes with it seriously. Maintaining a vaping device takes dedication, and trying new flavours is a sophisticated process for some. Therefore it’s important to note that disposable vapes are not designed to replace your typical vaping device, but instead offer a compact and convenient alternative that will add value to your overall vaping experience. Disposable vapes are the perfect back up device to avoid carrying around a heavier and chunkier mod or pod device. If you travel a lot, or want a compact device on a night out, then disposable vapes are a veterans obvious choice.
Disposable vapes are a satisfying alternative to smoking cigarettes. You can choose a disposable vape based on its nicotine content, which will allow you to have a similar nicotine experience but without the harmful chemicals of cigarette. Disposable vapes are purposefully designed to deliver a comparable experience to smoking, for example, when you draw on a vape, its airflow will mimic the experience of pulling on a cigarette.
In addition to this, disposable vapes have the advantage of being more affordable than cigarettes. The average cost of a cigarette pack in the UK is £9.91, with a pack of 20 delivering on average 140 puffs, whereas a disposable vape is usually half the price and delivers nearly twice as many puffs - much better value for money than cigarettes.
*Prices correct at time of publication
Disposable vapes offer a variety of options, but without the complexity of traditional vaping devices. These options are mostly stylistic or flavour related, rather than anything more complicated to do with the function or maintenance of the device.
Whilst the specifications for most disposable vape devices are largely similar, they do vary a little from brand to brand. To make it easy for you to understand the specifications of their devices, all of the leading disposable vape manufacturers list the specifications of their devices on their product packaging, and the best retailers will show this information to you clearly so that you can make a properly informed choice.
Once you understand a few basics it is very easy to understand these specifications and go on to choose the brand and product that will best suit your needs.
Features and Specifications of a Disposable Vape
The battery life of a disposable vape is measured in mAh (milliamps per hour) and is a measure of the energy capacity of the battery. The higher the mAh, the longer a battery will last.
Puffs per Stick
The amount of vapour puffs your device should deliver in its lifetime. This is directly related to the amount of e-liquid contained in the device and is usually related to the battery life quoted.
The quoted e-liquid capacity is important, because the more e-liquid you have in your device, the longer your disposable vape should last. Despite their compact design, disposable vapes can store enough e-liquid that will typically provide the user with between 300-650 puffs per device dependant on the battery mAh and eliquid content. A typical disposable vape with 2ml of e liquid a 380mAh battery is the equivalent of 2 packs of cigarettes and will last the average smoker who smokes 20 cigarettes per day up to 2 days of use.
Measured in milligrams (mg), it is important to observe the nicotine level of your vape, particularly if you are a transitioning smoker. In the UK, disposable vapes can legally contain nicotine up to a level of 20mg, although there are some unscrupulous retailers who will illegally sell devices that are above the legal threshold with no concern for their customer’s welfare. Within the permitted regulations, users with strong cravings can opt for higher nicotine content, whereas transitioning smokers or more casual users may opt for lower a nicotine content, and zero nicotine options are available from many brands.
Vape flavours fall into 6 main flavour profiles - Tobacco, Menthol, Fruity, Desserts, Sweets, and Drinks. Some flavours, like the tobacco’s and menthols are aimed squarely at smokers looking for a similar experience, whilst others are designed to give you an altogether different experience. Whatever your preference, there is a huge choice and something for everyone. As more smokers transition to vapes and cigarette smoking declines, the disposable vapes industry is investing more and more and pushing the boundaries with the flavours they offer, and new and interesting flavour ideas are launching all of the time.
PG and VG are two ingredients in a vape e-liquid. PG Stands for Propylene Glycol and VG Stands for Vegetable Glycol. The purpose of PG is to carry the nicotine and flavour, whereas VG adds a slight sweetness to the e-liquid and is what causes the vapour. Most disposable vapes have a 50:50 ratio which offers a great vaping experience for most people. A higher PG ratio means you will have more flavour and a greater throat hit, mimicking the sensation of smoking a cigarette. Most vapers are satisfied with a 50:50 ratio, but if you really want that greater throat hit try a ratio of 60:40 or 70:30.
Design & Fit
Vaping brands invest a lot to ensure that vaping devices not only provide an excellent vaping experience, but also have on-trend design, convenience and practicality. Some are designed for users looking for a discreet, easy-to-use portable device, whereas other vapes are designed to mimic the look and feel of smoking a cigarette. As long as the device specifications are a good match for your needs, the aesthetic you choose all comes down to your own personal preference.
The Choice Is Yours
For newcomers to the world of disposable vaping, we recommend beginning with a market leading brand to begin your vaping journey. Choose a product with a good battery life and a nicotine level that matches your current intake as a starting point, and from there you can begin to try different the different styles and flavours, before deciding which brand and product is right for you.
Vaping veterans may take a different approach, and know exactly what they want from their vaping experience. There are many popular brands that cater to a variety of tastes and preferences, making it easy to find something that suits the desired vaping experience.
Transitional smokers should pay more attention to the nicotine level, and perhaps choose a product that replicates the sensation of smoking a cigarette.
Disposable vapes offer distinct advantages over other vaping products. Not only are they a quality product offering a great vaping experience, they are convenient, affordable and available in a huge range of flavours to match all tastes and preferences.
Easy To Use
You can begin using disposable vapes immediately, without worrying about the complexity of setting up a vape kit or maintaining your device. You don’t have to charge it, refill it or maintain the coil. Once the battery life or e-liquid has run out you simply start a new one. Most products have excellent battery life allowing you to get the most out of your device.
Portable & Convenient
Their compact design means they can easily fit in your pocket or hand-bag. Unlike some of the other chunkier mod and pod devices, they are super portable and much more discreet - in social situations it is very easy to to nip out to a suitable environment and take a couple of quick puffs on your disposable vape.
When you compare the cost of an average pack of cigarettes against a disposable vape that offers up to 600 puffs per device, it is clear that disposable vapes can help save money. In addition, with disposable vapes you avoid the upfront costs associated with purchasing a vape kit, as well as all of the ongoing maintenance costs.
Flexibility of Choice
When you opt for a mod or pod system, you are typically committing yourself to that vaping kit, and whilst yes, you can change the flavour, this is not always quick and easy to do. With disposable vapes, you can easily switch or alternate between different flavoured devices to fit your taste at any time you feel like it. This flexibility makes for an altogether more enjoyable vaping experience.
Disposables can help you give up Cigarettes
Disposable vapes are leading the way in helping smokers finally kick the habit. This is because they deliver a comparable volume of nicotine to a cigarette without all of the harmful chemicals, and they closely mimic the sensation of smoking a cigarette which many users find to break away from. Users are able to to gradually reduce the volume of nicotine in the products they choose, and/or introduce a nicotine free based product to help wean themselves off the nicotine.
Less harmful than cigarettes
Vaping as a whole is considered to be much less harmful than smoking cigarettes. Vapes do not produce carbon monoxide or tar, two of the most damaging by-products created by burning tobacco. Over the long term, these toxins can cause serious illness and significantly increase your risk of death. Whilst vaping is not harmless, it is much less harmful than smoking and is a good way help you cut down and quit. In the UK, the NHS now provides guidance on how vapes can be used as an aid to stop smoking along with the Department of Health who suggest after years of research that vaping is 95% safer than smoking a traditional cigarette .
Disposables don’t leave a bad smell like Cigarettes
Unlike cigarettes which leaving an unpleasant long lasting smoky smell that sticks to your clothes and permeates everything in the room, disposable vapes instead create a vapour from vaporisation of the eliquid. This vapour disperses more quickly than smoke, smells much more pleasant because of the flavourings used, and has little of a residual smell to affect your room. Vapes also have no requirement for an ashtray, another source of unpleasant smells to contend with.