If you are new to vaping your first introduction may have been with disposable e-cigs. It is certainly a low cost way to try vaping for the first time, but there are some real problems with disposable vape devices and if you are a regular vaper then you really should consider switching to a re-usable, rechargeable and refillable pod mod or pen.
In this article we explore the real issues with disposables.
- Are You Tempted To Try a Disposable Vape?
- Why Are They Popular?
- Here’s Why Disposable Vape Pens Are a Bad Idea
- Make the Switch: Best Alternatives to Disposables
Are You Tempted To Try a Disposable Vape?
Disposable electronic cigarettes are readily available in convenience stores, drugstores and grocery stores. Their attractive packaging and bright colors make them very appealing. Maybe you already use them, and you’re wondering if there’s an alternative that is cheaper, equally convenient and easy to use.
There is! Vaping with a proper pod mod is a much better alternative.
Why Are Disposables Popular?
There are three reasons these disposable cigarettes are popular.
- Marketing: They are heavily marketed by the same companies that made analog cigarettes popular once. Many of these pens are owned by tobacco companies. These companies have the money, influence and experience to know exactly how to market their products.
- Convenience: You can’t deny the convenience of these pens. It’s their best quality. When you need one, they’re available at convenience stores, gas stations, and some grocery stores. You can pick up disposable pens and toss them in your pocket or purse. If their availability helps some people stay off regular cigarettes, we're all for it, but we do think there are even better alternatives.
- Low initial cost: Cheap disposable vape pens seem like a cheap option initially, but as we'll see below the true cost of using disposable vape pens is actually much higher than a good quality re-usable, rechargeable and refillable pod mod.
Here’s Why Disposable Vape Pens Are a Bad Idea
Overall we think disposable pens are less than ideal. They don't provide the best vape experience and they’re ultimately more expensive than regular vaping.
Sub-optimal Vape Experience
Some disposable users say they’re perfectly happy with their e-cigs. They can get really stubborn about it. They think all vape devices are complicated and expensive.
Once they try an inexpensive, easy-to-use pod mod, however, they realize what they’ve been missing. Everyone who switches from an e-cigarette to a real vape is thrilled with the change. Nobody ever goes back to disposables once they’ve had a true vape experience.
The disposables just can’t deliver on the flavor, mouth-to-lung airflow or smoothness of a vape device with a good e-juice.
Relatively Few Disposable Vape Flavors
When you use a vape pen, you are limited to the disposable vape flavors that come in pre-filled cartridges. Most of these brands only come in tobacco, menthol and a handful of other flavors.
When you use a vape device, you can choose from thousands of juice brands in every flavor imaginable. You can blend your own flavors or enjoy premium brands. There are no limits on the flavors you can enjoy.
They’re Cheaply Made
Because they’re disposable, these pens don’t last beyond a few uses. They are flimsy, their batteries are small, and their housings are cheap and lightweight. When you compare them to a vape device or a high-quality pod mod, they are not even close.
Even so-called rechargeable e-cigarettes can only be charged a few times. You end up having to replace the battery portion pretty often. That adds up in cost and inconvenience. It also makes this a very wasteful way to vape.
They Pollute More
Disposable e-cigs create a lot more trash than regular vape devices. There are several reasons for this.
After a few uses, the batteries wear out. You have to throw the whole pen away.
You can’t refill the cartridges. You have to throw the used ones away. Since you have to replace the pens, you’re constantly creating more trash from packaging and from used, worn-out devices .
They’re More Expensive
Despite popular belief, it costs more to use a disposable vape pen every day than a pod mod or other vape device.
Let’s use the Vuse as an example. A Vuse Vibe starter kit costs $20. It comes with one pre-filled cartridge. If you’re a typical smoker, you will go through at least one cartridge in a day. The cost for refill cartridges is about $18 for a package of two, which makes the Vuse Vibe almost a $10 a day habit.
The popular Fin and Blu disposable cigarettes cost around $8 for a non-rechargeable, disposable cigarette that lasts about one day.
How Do Re-Usable and Refillable Pod Mods Compare?
Compared to that, using a real vape setup is far more affordable. You can buy a high quality, brand name, pod mod for $30-50. Most juices cost under $20 for a bottle, and that bottle will last a very long time.
With replacement pods, juice and other accessories, you might spend $30 to $50 a month on a simple vape device. That’s the cost of three days’ worth of disposables. With your pod mod, you can vape all day and night with a well-made device and premium juices in your choice of flavors. It is ultimately much cheaper.
Make the Switch: Best Alternatives To Disposable Vapes
Are you ready to try something new? Maybe you know someone who’s still using a disposable vape pen. The following pod mods are inexpensive and just as easy to use as any disposable. Refillable and rechargeable Vaporesso pod mods are perfect for anyone who’s ready to make the switch.
Even entry-level, first-time users will be vaping in minutes with the easy-to-use BARR. Its sleek design, trendy colors and portable size make it the perfect companion for your pocket or purse. You just open the refillable cartridge, fill it and start vaping. The Barr is inexpensive, but it doesn’t skimp on quality or flavor.
This is another stylish, easy-to-use pod mod. Featuring Vaporesso’s patented MESH coils and a built-in drip tip, the XROS delivers outstanding flavor and smoothness. The XROS has four-way adjustable airflow, a sleek design and your choice of great colors. The XROS also comes in a child safety version.
Vaporesso LUXE PM40
The LUXE PM40 is an excellent choice for vapers with some experience using pod mods and other devices. Aside from its refillable pods, it has coils you must replace occasionally. It’s an intermediate device that’s not as complicated as a full box mod. Vapers ready for a premium vaping experience will appreciate the PM40.