best vape pensWhat is the best vape pen? That’s a good question! We understand how difficult the choice can be with all the options. Good news is, we have tried and tested over 100 vape pens so we have a good idea what the best performers are..

You may have seen this type of kit referred to as a stick pen and in certain circumstances vaporizers. Although the latter are generally capable of using more than just e-liquid.

Whatever you choose to call them they all work on the same principle.

What Are The Best Vape Pen Kits To Buy?

So back to the question in hand, here is our list of best vape pens for e-liquid 2020.

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Editors Choice

  • Plug and play easy to use
  • Pre-filled cartridges
  • Very good flavours
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Best Quality

  • Best quality kit available
  • Simple to use
  • Refillable (Easy Top Fill)
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Reviewers Favourite

  • Great performance for MTL and DTL Vaping
  • Refillable tank
  • Very good battery life
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Best Sub Ohm Vape Pen

  • Superb quality
  • Best in class flavour & Clouds
  • Wattage adjustable
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1. SMOKO Vape Starter Kit (Editors Choice – Best Vape Pen For Beginners)

smoko - best vape pen for prefilled cartridges
The Smoko Vape starter kit is undoubtedly the easiest vape pen for new vapers to get to grips with. Why is that? Well this device comes with pre-filled cartridges. So no messing about choosing and filling with e-liquid, no mess.

We weren’t actually expecting much from this kit when it came in for review with it appearing, on the surface, to be too basic. How wrong were we!

The build quality is excellent throughout, the battery life very good but what impressed us the most was the cartridge flavours. The tobacco/cigar and menthol flavours on offer do a superb job at replicating the real thing and the fruit flavours have been nailed.

Even the biggest smoking technophobe could have this working out of the box, crikey, you don’t even need to press a button to vape as it’s draw activated! Plus, with these flavours there is a high chance the SMOKO vape pen will keep you of the cigs.

As our reviewer said “One of the best starter kits I’ve reviewed…absolutely PERFECT for those smokers looking to quit.” Believe me when I say he’s pretty hard to please! If you are looking for the best vape pen with pre-filled cartridges/tanks at an excellent price then this is the one we recommend.


  • Super simple to use – The perfect kit for a ‘pick up and play’ vape
  • Pre-filled cartridges = No mess
  • Superb flavours
  • Cheap!
  • Draw activated – No buttons to press

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2. ePuffer Titan X (Best Quality)

ePuffer Titan X - For beginnersThe ePuffer Titan X is for vapers that want a device that is built to last. The stainless steel construction gives it an expensive feel without feeling too heavy.

Like many devices the Titan X offers both Mouth to Lung (MTL) and Direct to Lung (DTL) coils. Where this devices excels though is with it’s mouth to lung coil. The flavour is superb and the throat hit and draw it provides replicates a cigarette well.

The battery life is very good with the internal 1500mAh capacity and when it comes to filling it couldn’t be easier with it’s top fill system. Easy to refill on the go..

One of the best quality kits on the list and one to keep in mind.


  • Very good battery life – 1500 mAh Battery
  • Easy top fill tank
  • 2 X Coil heads included – 0.4ohm and 1.0Ohm
  • Superb build quality
  • Excellent kit for new vapers.

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3. Apollo OHM Go Starter Kit (Reviewers Favourite)

Apollo Ohm Go - Best Vape Pen OverallAs stick pens go, the Apollo Ohm Go starter kit is one of the most popular for new vapers. The vape pen kit combines ease of use and performance to make it a perfect for first time vapers. Not to mention it looks fantastic too!

The OHM Go vape pen gives you a 1900 mAh battery and a tank that is supplied with 0.5Ohm and 1.0Ohm coils.

If you are new to vaping the two supplied coils allow you to experience both sub ohm vaping (direct to lung) and mouth to lung vaping. The latter of which is similar to how most smoke a cigarette.

It’s super easy to use. There are no fiddly settings to use, the battery recognises the coil resistance and automatically changes the power output for the optimum vape. The tank is top fill cutting down on any mess made.

This is pretty much a plug and play device. Just add e liquid.

One thing to keep in mind is that with the mouth to lung (MTL) coil it may be a little looser than you may be used to from smoking a cigarette. We would however recommend this for those that would like the option to vape 2 ways.


  • Perfect beginner vape pen kit
  • No confusing controls
  • 1900 mAh battery that offers extended vaping time between charges
  • 1 X Apollo Portal Refill Tank (Top Fill)
  • 2 X Coils (Mouth to lung and sub ohm supplied)
  • USB & Wall charger included

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4. Freemax Twister (Best Sub Ohm Vape Pen for Clouds)

freemax twister best vape pen for cloudsWhen it comes to sub ohm vape pens there is one clear winner for us, the Freemax Twister.

Featuring the Fireluke 2 sub ohm tank, one of the best for flavour and clouds, the Twister blows many others out of the water with its performance.

The vape pen has adjustable wattage by way of a dial on the base of the battery and can offer a massive 80W output.

The 2300mAh internal battery offers good life, as long as you aren’t chain vaping at max wattage and last but not least the quality is top notch.


  • 2300mAh Battery
  • Comes with Fireluke 2 tank (Great flavour and cloud tank)
  • 2 X Mesh coils included
  • Adjustable wattage
  • Superb build quality

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5. Jacvapour Series S-17 (Best For Both MTL & DTL Vaping)

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The Jacvapour Series S vape pen is high up there in our favourite list at ecigclick.

It manages to keep a compact form while still offering plenty of battery life with it’s 900mAh battery.

The Series S17 is a plug and play type device. No variable wattage setting to be getting your knickers in a twist with. The battery recognises different resistances from your coil and sets the best output wattage accordingly.

The kit comes complete with a tank that offers very good flavour. All you need to do is add e juice.

Tip: We would recommend buying a second battery with the kit to act as a backup and use in rotation so you are never ‘vape-less’ due to charging or the battery running out suddenly.


  • 1 x 900 mah battery
  • 1 X tank
  • 2 x Atomizer Coils (Mouth-To-Lung and Sub Ohm coil)
  • 1 X USB Charger
  • Great for all levels of vaper and very easy to use

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6. Innokin Jem Pen (Best Cheap Vape Pen)

Innokin Jem Pen - Best Cheap Vape PenThe Jem Pen is one of the newer kits on the list as well as being one of the cheapest. Don’t worry though, this is still a top quality device.

When it comes to delivering a perfect vape for those coming over from cigarettes then this is up there with the best. That’s not to say it’s only for new vapers. If you vape Mouth to Lung (MTL) then this is a quality option, whether it be a backup or main device.

What surprised us most about this kit though is the flavour that it pumps out. Excellent.

It’s a very slim lined vape as well making it highly portable and easy to slip into a shirt or jean pocket.

Did we mention that the coils last an age and this has top fill making it super easy to use?


  • Good battery life
  • Great for vapers making the switch – Vapes like a cigarette
  • Slimline
  • Great value
  • Very good flavour
  • New and current MTL vapers alike will get on well with this vape pen kit.

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7. XEO Void (Best For MTL Vaping)

XEO void vape pen in handIf you are looking for something that little bit different in terms of aesthetics then the XEO Void kit could be the one.

A very well built device, designed in Germany, that offers both mouth to lung and direct to lung vaping although this really excels in the MTL vape department.

This is more of an All In One (AIO) vape pen. By this we mean there is no separate tank as you will see with other vape pen kits. The tank section is actually built into the top of the e cig.

Don’t worry if that sounds confusing! This kit is new vaper friendly. Simply pop your coil in, fill with juice and vape.

No matter which resistance coil you use the battery will automatically detect and adjust accordingly, the only thing you have to worry about is what flavour e-juice you are going to pick!


  • Good price point
  • Excellent quality
  • Everything you need to get started
  • Very good 1500 mAh battery
  • Caters to both Mouth to Lung (MTL) and Direct to Lung (DTL) vapers
  • Easy to use

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8. Innokin Endura T18II (Best Selling Vape Pen)

Innokin Endura T18 2The Endura range of e cigs has been one of the most popular for new users for the last couple of years. In this time we’ve seen a few upgrades with the latest being the Endura T18II.

Innokin have done a great job with the T18II making it not only one of the best performers but also one of the easiest e cigarettes for new vapers to pick up and use. The kit comes complete with two 1.5Ohm coils and also features vape while charging technology and a top filling tank.

The 1500mAh battery offers a good amount of vaping time and comes with three heat settings and airflow control further allowing you to tweak the vape to fit you.

This really is an e cigarette that just needs e-liquid to use right out of the box.

It’s also a great looking bit of kit available in a number of colours!


  • 1 X 1500 mAh battery
  • 1 X Top Fill Endura T18II tank
  • 2 X 1.5 ohm Coil Heads
  • 3 X power output settings
  • USB Charger
  • Good choice for new vapers or a good choice for current vapers making a step up to a longer lasting vape pen.

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9. Vapour2 Pro Series 3X (Best 3 in 1 Vape Pen)

vapour2 Pro series 3x - best 3 in 1Last but by no means last on our best e cigarette list is the Vapour2 Pros Series 3X and Series 7 kits from V2 Cigs.

This is the only vape pen on the list that offers 3 in 1 vaping. By 3 in 1 they mean you can vape with e-liquid, dry herb and wax. So this is an excellent vaporizer option for those that use more than one medium.

So you can actually use tobacco in this device heat not burn style as well as any other dry herb you may have. If you vape purely e-liquid then this may not be the best option due to the price.

The Vapour2 kits also incorporate magnetic cables for charging and easy fill cartridges that slot simply into the vape device.

They are super simple to use and while not the cheapest the V2 Series line up offers a lot more in terms of both advanced technology and increased vape options.


  • Also has the capability to use dry herb/loose leaf and wax as a vaping medium
  • Advanced technologies used within this device
  • 3 Different coil resistances available to suit different PG/VG e-liquid ratios
  • One of the easiest vape pens to use for new vapers

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10. Aspire Tigon (Best Aspire Vape Pen)

tigon kit coloursThe Aspire Tigon vape pen kit offers a great starting point for vapers that like a mouth to lung vape but also like the idea of trying direct to lung vaping.

It’s a high quality piece of kit, both the battery and the mod are finished beautifully.

Depending on where you are buying the Tigon kit the battery will either be 2600mAh (standard edition) or 1800mAh (TPD edition).

The kit also comes with a 1.2Ohm MTL coil and 0.4Ohm direct to lung coil.

But.. The stand out for this kit is how it vapes. It delivers great flavour in both vape styles.


  • 2600mAh Battery / 1800mAh (TPD)
  • 2 X coils included
  • Both MTL and DTL vape styles catered for.
  • Excellent build quality
  • Great option for all levels of vaper

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What Is A Vape Pen?

There are a number of names for these devices, from vape pens, vaporizer pens, e pens or even an e cig vape pen.. Now they are all the same thing apart from a vaporizer pen is commonly used to describe a device that can be used with dry herb or wax. If you are looking for this type of device then the V2 Series Pro above can be used to vape that type of stuff.

The image below shows the basic components of a vape pen.
What is a vape pen?E cig vape pens are basically made up of two main parts – the battery and the tank or clearomizer. They get their name as the first devices were of similar size to a fountain pen.

They can be refilled with any e-liquid you choose opening up a world of fantastic e-juice flavours! Although there are a handful of disposable tanks on the market that are paired with a battery. If you choose one of these you replace the whole tank rather than just the coil that sits in the tank.

All the vape pens above are available in the UK meaning they are TPD compatible.

You may have also seen cig-a-like e cigarettes that, as the name suggest, look more like cigarettes. Many smokers opt for these as their first vaping device as they provide a familiar form.

While cig-a-likes can indeed be a good springboard into vaping they can lack the battery power and flavour choice of vaping pens and this plays a big part in your success rates of staying off the fags.

What are the Different Kind of Vape Pens?

Vape Pens For E-Liquid

This type of device is what we are focusing on with our ‘best of’ list. These can be filled with standard vape juice and nicotine salts.

Vape Pens for CBD Vape Oil

CBD (Cannabidiol) is very popular and luckily you can use standard vape pens to vape CBD. You will need to check the PG/VG ratio of the CBD e-liquid as you would with standard vape juice to choose the right device. You can see our best cbd vape oil here.

Vaporizers Pens for Dry Herb

These work in a different way to standard vape pens. Vaporizers feature an oven/heating chamber that you pack your dry herb or tobacco into. This oven then takes a few minutes to heat the dry herb ready to vape.

3 in 1 Vape Pens

This is where things get interesting for vapers looking to vape dry herb, wax/oil and e-liquid. Of course, not all at the same time.

3 in 1 vaporizers, such as the V2 Pro Series 3 listed above, are available with different tank/chambers that can be used with different material.

How Does a Vape Pen Work?

This is a very basic explanation but it’s quite simple.

The battery provides electric current to the coil in the atomizer (tank). There is cotton wrapped around the coil that will be saturated in e-liquid. The coil heats up and then vapourizes the e-liquid that is soaked into the cotton. This results in the vapour that you inhale. I said it was simple right?

How Do I Use a Vape Pen?

Vape pens come in various shapes and sizes but all tend to work in a similar way. You have two main parts – a battery and a tank. The battery is the main body of the device that you hold. The tank includes a coil that, depending on what stick pen you choose, will be:

  • Replaceable coil – (when flavour drops simply replace the coil head)
  • Disposable tank – (Whole tank is replaced when coil dies)

When you take the vape pen out of the box for the first time we recommended you get acquainted with your tank before filling with vape juice. So, take it off the battery and disassemble and reassemble a few times. By doing this you will be in a better position when the time comes to replace the coil after use.

OK.. So you know your tank and how it all fits together, excellent. Now we move onto filling and vaping.

This is a general ‘how to’ and will work for most stick vapes.

  1. First, read the instructions included with your kit 🙂
  2. Charge your battery using the supplied cable
  3. If a coil is already installed you can move straight to the next step. If not insert the coil according to specific instructions for your tank.
  4. Fill the tank – This may be top fill or bottom fill. Again, follow the instructions to see what type of fill method your tank has
  5. Once filled, allw tank to stand for 10 minutes. This allows the liquid to soak into the cotton in the coils. If you do not follow this step you run the risk of burning the cotton which means you will need to replace the coil!
  6. If you have a push button vape pen ensure battery is turned on (Usually 5 quick clicks of the fire button)
  7. Press the button down and inhale
  8. You are vaping 🙂

How to Choose the Best Vape Pen

There are a few thing to look out for when choosing a vape pen. Do you want a small, lightweight device that will slip into a shirt pocket with ease? Do you want something that feels solid and built to last? Do you want the longest battery life possible? Do you want to vape mouth to lung (like smoking a cigarette) or sub ohm vape (direct to lung)? All of these questions need to be taken into account.

We have all options above.

Sub Ohm Vape Pens for Direct to Lung (DTL) Vaping

Twister Metal Edition in blue and black
These are higher powered devices that are for those that prefer a bigger, warmer clouds and fuller flavour. The big difference between these and your standard vape pen is that they are vaped direct to lung (DTL) style. They have wide mouthpieces/drip tips that allow a huge amount of vapour to be drawn. They should be used with a minimum e-liquid ratio of 70VG. The downside is that they use a lot more e-liquid due to the higher wattage used.

If you are a beginner or looking for a first vape device then these aren’t always recommended. After smoking this can be a very odd way of getting your nicotine hit as the vapour is drawn directly into your lungs rather than into the mouth first, like you would smoke a cigarette.

The Freemax Twister above is a a great example of a superb sub ohm vape pen.

Vape Pens for Mouth to Lung (MTL) Vaping

Innokin JEM Pen in handThese are generally smaller in size than the sub ohm devices above. They don’t require as much power as the coils are smaller in both size and resistance (Ohms). These are perfect starting points for new vapers making the switch from cigarettes as they are closer to the style of smoking.

For a lightweight, slim device the Innokin Jem Pen is a great choice. For an all rounder that offers great flavour and excellent build quality then the Apollo Ohm Go is recommended. If you are looking for something that is pure quality in terms of build then the ePuffer Titan is the one for us.

Automatic Vape Pen or Button Press?

When we say automatic we are talking about vaping without pressing any buttons. With an automatic firing vape pen you simply inhale and the device activates.

With a button press vape pen you need to first press the fire button and then inhale. There are benefits to both, I personally prefer a fire button as it allows me to ‘pre-heat’ the coil for a split second before I vape.

Variable Wattage

There are a number of vape pens on the market that offer variable wattage. This just allows you to control of the wattage you vape at. Maybe you have an fruit e juice that is best a lower wattages and a dessert e juice that shines at higher wattage. With this type of device you can adjust to your preferences.

The Twister by Freemax is one such device.

What E-Liquid Can You Use in a Vape Pen?

So there are two main vape pens that you will come across on your search for the best vape.

The first is the vape pen that you vape mouth to lung (like a cigarette) and will use a coil resistance above 1.0 Ohm. For this type of vape pen we recommend the following vape juice:

  • 50PG / 50VG e-liquid
  • 40PG / 60VG e-liquid
  • Nicotine salt e-liquid

The second is a sub ohm vape pen that has coils with a resistance below 1.0 Ohm. So it could be 0.15 or 0.2Ohm coils that are included with the Freemax Twister. These coils are BIG and can be used with higher VG (thicker) e-liquid! These are what we like to call ‘true sub ohm vapes’.

For these we recommend the following e-juice:

  • A minimum of 30PG / 70VG right up to 100VG.

For vape pens above that offer two types of coil (1.0 Ohm+ and a lower resistance coil under 1.0 Ohm) it is best to use the recommended coils above for mouth to lung. For the coils that are under 1.0 Ohm with these types of vape pens, while they can offer a direct to lung vape and are technically sub ohm, the coils are small so provide more of a restrictive DTL vape. We recommend the following e-liquid:

  • 40PG / 60VG
  • 30PG / 70VG

How To Charge a Vape Pen?

Your kit will include a USB charge cable. This is generally used to charge your vape pen using a laptop or PC. Plug one end of the cable into the battery and the other into your PC. There is usually a light that indicates when the charge is complete. The charge light may simply go out as well. Without sounding like a broke record, your instructions will tell you what to look out for.

A vape pen can take anywhere from 1-2 hours to charge fully. This will be dependent on the battery capacity. The larger capacity the longer it will take.

Quick note on safety: Please only use the charging cable supplied with the kit. Do not use phone chargers or any other type of charger that was not intended for e cigarette charging.

How To Clean a Vape Pen?

We would recommend cleaning your tank on each coil change. Here are a few easy steps to follow:

  1. Remove tank from battery
  2. Take tank apart and remove used coil
  3. Rinse/soak tank in warm water
  4. Ensure you clean the threading at the base of the tank
  5. Use a paper towel to dry or simply leave to air dry
  6. To clean your batter simply use a paper towel (dry) and clean the threaded section

How Much Does A Vape Pen Cost?

You may have seen cheap vape pens in your local gas station but we would recommend buying one that offers a bit more in terms of quality. That doesn’t mean they have to be expensive though.

You can buy good quality, cheap vape pens from £16.99/$16.95. Check out the JAC Vapour S17 and Innokin Jem Pen above.All you have to do is then add e-liquid. Even our favourite vape pen for new users comes in at less than £20, that’s with e-liquid!

Where Can I Buy Vape Pens?

If you have a local vape shop then you can pay them a visit. Any good vape shop will have samples that you can use or at the very least talk you through the different types of vaporizer pen available. Like many, I personally like to shop online as that is where I find the best prices and deals. All of the vape pens above have links to the best places to buy online.

What Are the Best Vape Pen Brands

There are many trusted brands that make vape pens. Our favourites are:

  • ePuffer
  • Apollo
  • Aspire
  • Innokin
  • For sub ohm vape pens Freemax are excellent
  • If you are looking for a UK vape pen brand then JAC Vapour are our go to.


So there we have it.. Our top picks for the best vape pens available on the market in 2020. You really can’t go too far wrong with the above products, very simple to use and great for beginners.

As always, any questions you may have on what vape pen to buy please ask in the comments below!

I've been vaping since 2010 and been cigarette free ever since. Ecigclick was started to take a closer look at the mixed bag of e cigs that were available at the time. Along with the rest of the team we have gone from a handful of reviews in 2010 to now covering a huge range of vaping gear with over 500 reviews and counting today with the help of the great review team we have here! If you need help getting started vaping or just want to say high then please feel free to get in touch. The team and I will help where we can!


  1. Hi,

    My husband bought me a Smok Stick Prince a few weeks ago. This is my first vape pen ever! From the very beginning, it leaked if it wasn’t standing perfectly upright, but it wasn’t a lot, so I didn’t really worry about it.

    I did finally get tired of it leaking, so hubby took it apart, made sure everything looked right, put it back together. It leaked worse! So I took it apart yesterday and changed out the atomizer for the extra one in the box. No leaks! Yay! However, now it has a terrible burnt smell to it every time I try to use it.

    When I changed out the atomizer, I filled the tank with a small amount of e-liquid (didn’t want to waste any more if it was going to leak), making sure that at least the bottom holes were covered. I let it sit like that for about 4 hours, coming and rotating it a bit every so often to make sure all the holes got covered. It still smells!!! I’m a newbie, so did I do something wrong??? And is this the best pen for me since I’m brand new to this???

    • Hi Kris,

      Sounds like you have burnt the cotton.. This is usually due the cotton drying out. The coil (the part that heats up) sits inside the cotton and if any point that cotton has dry spots it will burn. This, unfortunately sounds like what has happened.

      With a device like this that works at high wattage it can work through e-liquid quickly. So if you only filled it, just covering the holes, then had to rotate to try and soak the cotton it’s likely not enough e-liquid was soaking right the way through the cotton.

      To make matters worse, once you have that burnt cotton taste coming through the coil is pretty much done for, you will need to replace.

      Not a device I’d necessarily recommend to a beginner. Having said that if you enjoy it (when not leaking and burning) then that’s all good.

      For the leaking, this could have been a few things.

      E-liquids with a higher VG content are recommended as opposed to say 50PG/50VG which is a ‘thinner’ e-liquid. Although it sounds like you may have possibly had a coil issue if the leaking was rectified with the replacement..

      Just be sure to fill the tank next time around, ensure your juice is 70VG or 80VG and you should be good.

      If you need anymore help regarding other vape pens fire me an email via the contact form – At the bottom on mobile and top on desktop 🙂

  2. Very good choice of pens for vaping, of different styles and sizes each one is characterized by the other, thank you.

  3. Noticed one of the comments was after a pen mod with rta ability.

    I to wanted such a setup and have settled on an endura T20s battery with a berserker mini rta on top.

    Works perfectly with 0.8-1.2 ohm builds.

    Just Incase anyone wants to try a similar setup.

  4. Hi Johnny,

    I used to smoke and gave up three years come this February. At the time I had a great vape pen, it was the Kanger Tech Evod. I threw all of them away about a year ago, which I regret as I suffer from multiple chronic disabilities and the pain is horrific. I now need one for CBD oil (flavoured!!!) and I am stuck as there seem to be so many more!
    I have found the original Kanger vape pen, but maybe I am being spoilt here, but when I first got it, I got two in a starter pack! I also love shocking pink so that is the colour I had.
    Please could you advise me on which vape starter kit would be the best (I am also awful at understanding the coils and whatnot) for CBD oil and also just for 0% nicotine oils too?

    Many thanks and have a lovely day.


  5. Hi Johnny, love this site loads of stuff to offer.

    I’ve converted to 100% vaping now after 17 years of smoking and I have a Tornado EX, the new pen from Totally Wicked, I have two actually but I’ve come to realise that what I actually want is a pen style but with a tank that is MTL AND RTA. I am getting through atomiser heads like they are going out of fashion, plus a lot of the e-liquids I’m using at the moment are about 70-30 or 80-20 mix which aren’t supposed to be great for disposable atomiser coils.

    So I was wondering, is there any pen style vapes out there with MTL RTA tanks that have buildable coil capability? since I know it’s cheaper to make your own coils and use cotton. I’m not fussed about chasing clouds and all that malarkey, I just want a good hit. It has to be able to fit into my pocket and be fairly sturdy/well sealed.

    • Hey Alex,

      Great to hear you’ve successfully made the switch to vaping!

      There aren’t really any vape pen style kits that offer an MTL RTA vape, or at least that come to my mind this very second. You do have the option of buying a tank/battery separately though.

      I highly recommend the Digiflavor Siren 2 MTL RTA. I’m actually using this as I type, the flavour is very good and it’s easy to pop your coils in.

      The Vandy Vape Berserker is also a good option and available in ‘mini’ version which is 22mm (see more on that below).

      As for batteries, I’d recommend getting something that has variable wattage, this way you’ll be able to have more control of the heat delivered to the coil.

      There are small mods out there that aren’t too bulky. For instance I’m using the Wismec CB-60 mod at the moment with the Siren. Nice and compact mod. One thing to keep in mind is that the Siren is 24mm in diameter, the CB-60 is 24mm so it does ‘overhang’ very slightly on the mod by 1 or 2mm.

      I’m personally not that fussed but something to keep in mind when looking at batteries.

      While I recommend having the flexibility to control the wattage there are batteries such as the Jacvapour Series S22 that don’t require wattage change, it does it for you based on the resistance of your coil.

      Hope the above makes sense.. Of course any questions please ask!

  6. Hi jonny legend for answering all the questions. do you know of the most leakproof vapepen? im using a gus mini (know not a vp) as both my aspire pockex and liked the device but did leak and were not great for the pocket leaking etc

    all the best jamie

    • Hi Jamie,

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Although some vape pens can be better than others there is always a chance of leaks unfortunately. This can be countered to a point by using the right PG/VG ratio for your device and replacing coils at the right time. Older coils or ones that have been battered by sugary sweet e-liquids clogging the coils can become sieve like after a bit of use.

      Also, try and get into the habit of closing off airflows on tanks (if they have them) when carrying around whichever device you have.

      The likes of the XEO Void and the Jacvapour Series S17 (top fill version) have been good for us in term of minimal leakage.

      Hope that helps, let us know how you get on.



  7. I tried to find best e-cigarette used for different types of smoking (herbs, eliquids etc.). Now I found Vapour2 PRO Series 7 – it’s for eliquids, dry herbs, wax, loose leaf and it’s sooo goood. I can choose temperature (and it’s really important for this type of smoking), voltage and it has super huge cartridge capacity. If you need any help in choosing your ecig. Let me know. I’ve already read so many articles and reviews.

  8. So I smoke about a pack of Marlboro 100’s a day and am very curious about vaping and have wanted to give up nasty cigarettes for quite some time and jump in and buy the vape stuff today, however I have been researching for hours and haven’t found the answers I’m looking for. What is the cheapest but best quality vape kit(with the least amount of maintenance/upkeep? With what I smoke what would be the best nicotine level to start with? And what is the best liquid?

    I have a friend that got what seemed like a awesome pen (she loves it) from a local vape shop in my area for around 50$?
    Any chance you could tell me all the need to knows and pros/cons on vaping, coils, style pens, all the technical terms for vaping(such as mtl, dtl, 1.8%flavours etc.)
    Please help!

    Many thanks,

    • Hey Kelsie,

      Thanks for getting in touch! At first glance I thought you said you smoked 100’s of Marlboro a day! ha

      Ok.. First up I recommend reading the following as your questions will be better answered there than I could write in this comment.

      Mouth to Lung (MTL) vs Direct to Lung (DTL) Guide
      Guide to PG Vs VG in e-liquid

      The above will give you a better idea of the style of vaping that is best suited to you personally. The PG/VG guide will explain why different e-liquid ratios are better for the different styles of vaping.

      Once you know whether you want to vape MTL or DTL then it will make it a lot easier to recommend a device and e-liquid. It will also help you decide a nicotine strength.

      A quick answer to what is 1.8%. This is the nicotine content of the e-liquid. 1.8% is also referred to as 18mg. E-liquids are available in a number of nicotine strengths to suit your needs. 18mg, for instance, would be a good starting point if you were using a MTL device for the amount you smoke. Confused yet?! It will make more sense if you read the above guides 🙂

      Start on the above Kelsie and we’ll do our best to help you out and answer any other questions that come up!



    • hey, if i was smoking 20 ciggs and weed everyday for 13 years. I was sceptical about ecigs as I purchased cheap ones in the past and they didnt hit the spot. However, there is one called vapour pro series 7. Its the best one I have come across. The battery last for like 3-4 days and there is no maintenance really. Definitely the one if you want to stop

  9. Hi Jonny,

    I’ve just gone back to vaping and am happy with the pens I was using before, mainly because they don’t leak and I get the hit I want because they have an airflow system. However, they are quite big and have, in the past, ‘snapped’ because they’ve been in my bag and taken an impact!

    I’m going skiing soon and am looking for a small pen to take with me. I read your review of the Halo Tank 02 with MTL coils but cannot find either the kit or the separate parts with the correct coils on any UK site. Please can you tell me where I can find them or what is another pocket sized and ‘tough’ pen. I really don’t like cigalikes!

    I use the VIP Arcadia liquids.

    Many thanks,


    • Hey Sally,

      Thanks for letting me know on the Halo tank kit. The site that did sell them looks like they only have the battery available at the moment.

      The Jacvapour Series S-17 kit is actually the same but is now available with a top fill tank that makes things easier. You can check out our Jacvapour Series S-17 review here. It’s a great kit that has both MTL and DTL coils.

      Enjoy your skiing trip! In the meantime me know if you have anymore questions and I’ll do my best to help.



  10. Hi Jonny,
    I was after some advice, I quit smoking around 3 months ago using Champix tablets. Although I feel I have overcome nicotine cravings, I do miss smoking, I tried vaping before I quit trying out various different devices spent around £150. Would you recommend a vape pen? I would be after a device that would deliver a good hit, low Maintinance and decent battery? I am willing to spend a good amount to satisfy my need. Kindest regards, Paul

  11. what’s up Jonny,

    It’s pretty awesome how you reply to every single person who needs advise, we really appreciate that. Was hoping you might have a few suggestions for me….
    Like many other ppl on here I’m fairly new to vaping, yet I have nearly 20-25 vape pens n 2 or 3 mods, as well as over 150 e liquids from about 10+ different companys. yeah…I dove right in. my issue is that I cannot get much flavor, out of any combination of juice + pen. I’ve tried different pg/vg ratios – I kno most ppl say higher PG = higher flavor, so I’ve got the highest I could there n still, nothing significant. its definitely deterring me from vaping. Any tips or suggestions would be highly appreciated.

    u rock!
    – heather

    • Hie Heather, Thanks for stopping by!

      Sounds like you’re pretty stocked up on vape gear!

      Have you tried any sub ohm tanks? They heat at a higher temp and tend to provide a richer flavour experience than say a standard mouth to lung tank can. For instance, I’m using the Wotofo Serpent SMM tank with 70VG/30PG ‘Nasty Juice’ at the moment at around 30/35W and I’m getting some great flavour coming through. A little more advance in terms of tanks for sure but there others such as the Aspire Cleito that just require a coil change that are also good.

      What mods/tanks do you currently have?



  12. Hi, i’m not sure what strength of liquid I should use. I used to smoke 20 a day 0.6mg nicotine in each cig. What strength vape liquid should I use?

    • Hi Caroline,

      What e cigarette do you have? If yo have a normal vape pen style e cigarette that offers mouth to lung vaping then the below is recommended.

      It will be a case of trial and error but it’s recommended you start on 18mg or 12mg with a 50PG/50VG or 40PG/60VG mix e-liquid. If you can then I’d recommend buying your chosen flavour in both nicotine strengths to start with.

      At least then if one is too weak/strong then you can switch out straightaway without waiting for a delivery.



  13. Hi
    I could use some help. I’m currently using a Blu e cig bought from a local shop. Don’t feel like it’s good enough. Looking for advise for a reliable, good battery life easy to use vape pen

    • Hey Thomas,

      All of the above are highly recommended.

      The Halo Tank 02 kit, Apollo Ohm Go and the Aspire K2 are some of our favourites.

      If extended battery life is important then the Innokin T22 while slightly bigger than your standard vape pen offers more vaping time between charges.

      If you have any questions on specific devices please let me know.



  14. i want ecig like the jomo lite 40 but with a battery that can be replaced and suggestions i brought a kangertech mod but don’t really like it that much

    • Hey Kamran,

      It’s a tough one as there are very few about, just the standard eGo style vape pens that were some of the first types of e cig released. The only recent ‘automatic’ e cigs I have seen recently tend to be the cig-a-like variety.

      After that there is the Eleaf iCare that is also automatic (buttonless).



  15. Hello,, my son gave up smoking and went straight to Vivid vapours,, ever since he has had an upset stomach. Vivid withdrew the actual one he uses, but he used the newer one, he wants to use something that’s a lot higher quality,, what would you recommend please, also he likes the pen style..

    • Hi Gea,

      All the above are recommended but we really liked the Aspire K2 and the Apollo Ohm go kits.

      I’ve heard of vapers getting an upset stomach as a side effect of vaping. And looking back when I started vaping many years ago I may have also experienced this. For me it passed quickly, though it could also be due to high nicotine so maybe look at reducing that a level.

      What nicotine strength does your son use?



  16. what wattage is best for an alien 220 atm i am vaping at 170 with bigish clouds but want a decent cloud i am on 0.5 nic cannot go higher as bad lung

    • Hey Berti,

      Sounds elusive of me but there isn’t one sixe fits all for wattage when vaping. It all really depends on your personal preferences and of course the limitations of the tank you are using with it.

      There are only a handful of tanks/coils that can handle higher wattages the SMOK Alien is capable of.

      If you are simply struggling to go higher because of the e-liquid then it’s worth trying higher VG and more importantly lower nicotine strength, maybe 3mg. This way you should be able to pump up the power a little more without a heavy hit of nicotine.



  17. Thanks a lot Jonny

    Really helpful information. I went for the Innokin T22 in the end and have just started out adjusting to vaping. I’m sure the 1.8 % strength is about right.

    I think the tank benefits from not being filled more than about halfway up as I filled 2/3rds up and got a bit of bubbling / liquid effect but this was only for a short while ( slow and short draws are necessary I find as initially affected my throat / cough but I guess I will adjust over time though it could be the enhanced flavour and that maybe I need to get a mellower tobacco flavour as the one I’ve started on is American Camelish flavour with some raspberry mixed in ).

    The kit came with an alternative tip – would this be less likely to get hot as the tip that was on got hot at times even when not doing consecutive drags and with upto 1 minute gap between drags.

    Also came with 4 very thin O rings in different sizes – I wasn’t sure where these go. Really looking forward to trying out the Halo Vapour Co vape juice.

    Would 60 – 80 % PG content be a good range for this kit / coil life and if I learn that I can deal with having less throat hit, to go for the lower end of the above PG range.

    Many thanks once again

    • Hey Ali,

      Good to see your getting on OK with it. Vaping takes a little time to adjust to. And as you mention, juices can take a little time to become accustomed to as well.

      The O rings in the pack are just spares for the tank Ali so no need to worry about those at the moment. I’ve never personally had to replace any.

      Worth trying the spare mouth piece as well.

      With regards to PG range, yeah that would be great for the Endura tank coils.

      Keep us updated on how you get on!

  18. Hi Jonny

    I smoke about 15 superkings a day and would really like to stop. I did start out using JacV V1P starter kit with assorted 1.8 % flavours but found this wasn’t doing it for me. I can’t put my finger on it but I would say I am all MTL so found the JacV ecig a bit more effort to draw in attempting to get a similar feeling to cigarettes. Could do with help finding an easy vaping solution. Do more clouds mean more nicotine absorption? I have 4 or 5 bottles of JacV eliquids that I really want to be put to good use with the right product ( want to give up smoking but not nicotine at the moment ). I can see that better sized tanks and battery life are pros on some products and would be interested in something that is cost effective in terms of how often a coil is replaced ( not rebuildable ), as I’m assuming this is the main ongoing cost apart from liquid and the initial outlay. I’m assuming a box mod might be a bit of learning and maintainance too far for me at the moment. I’m wondering if I’m addicted to more than just nicotine in cigarettes and would like a product to help me stop smoking cigarettes altogether.

    Any help would be appreciated

    • Hey Ali,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Sounds like you will want to step upto a vape pen style e cig, these will give you better performance than the cig-a-like style devices. They have worked for a lot of vapers when making the switch and hopefully may work as a good alternative for you.

      More clouds doesn’t necessarily mean higher nic absorption.

      Having said that, more clouds does generally relate to e juice being heated at higher temperatures which can give you a stronger hit. So for instance, vaping a 18mg (1.8) juice with a sub ohm coil (say 0.5Ohm) at 50W will give you a lot more of a hit than vaping the same juice at 14W.

      But… The above example (1.8% at 0.5Ohm) really isn’t recommended as it will likely be way too harsh and unvapeable. When sub ohm vaping it’s recommended to drop your nicotine to around the 6mg (0.6) mark at most.

      Anyway, I digress!

      So here are a few options that should be good and they will be fine to use with 1.8 juice you have.

      The Jacvapour Series S – This will give you both options for mouth to lung and direct to lung (by using different coil types). The Series S battery detects the coil and applies the correct power accordingly, so the only learning curve is filling the tank and replacing the coil when needed. Coil changes can vary depending on how much you vape and the type of juice you use.

      It’s all simple to do though. Just be sure to practice changing coils before filling with e liquid and you will get the hang of it in no time.

      Aspire K2 kit
      Innokin Endura T18 or Endura T22. The latter has a slightly bigger battery for more vaping time.

      Al the above are good options and should help give you what you are looking for. They are also cost effective once the purchase of the kit itself is out of the way.

      Any other questions please let me know.




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