Best Starter Kits 2017

Here is our look at the best vape starter kits currently on the market. If you are new to vaping, it can be an overwhelming place to be for beginners; it’s easy to get confused by the thousands of different vape kits available.

Here we aim to demystify the vaping market for beginners with our best vape starter kit list which provides you with the top kits you should be considering for your first vape. Vape kits can come in many different shapes and sizes, so it does depend on exactly what you are looking for to find the best vape for you. To make it easier we have categorized the best vaping starter kit page into the following: cig-a-likes, vape pens, vape pod mods, and vape box mods kits. For more information on each device read our full description of why each type of vape kit could be the right fit for you.

All the below recommendations are aimed at new vapers or smokers looking for their first vaping starter kit. The vape kits we have chosen are all extremely user-friendly. To find the best vaping starter kit for you, browse through our “best vapes” list below.

Best Cigalike Starter Kit

1. Vapour2 EX Series - Sampler Pack

Vapour2 EX Series Sampler Kit

The V2 EX Series is one of the best cig-a-like type vape kits on the market today. If you looking at purchasing a full kit, we recommend getting the e-liquid kit, because it comes with a mini clearomizers which can produce good amounts of vapor for such a small tank.

There are also the cartomizer kits, which are a perfect solution for ew vapers that do not want the hassle of refilling tanks/clearomizers. The Ex Series comes with a battery indicator and has a long battery life for a cig-a-like style vape kit. For anybody smoker looking to quit and move to vaping, this is a great kit as it has the form factor of a cigarette.

1. Vapour2 EX Series - Sampler Pack

The V2 EX Series is one of the best cig-a-like type vape kits on the market today. If you looking at purchasing a full kit, we recommend getting the e-liquid kit, because it comes with a mini clearomizers which can produce good amounts of vapor for such a small tank.

There are also the cartomizer kits, which are a perfect solution for ew vapers that do not want the hassle of refilling tanks/clearomizers.

The Ex Series comes with a battery indicator and has a long battery life for a cig-a-like style vape kit. For anybody smoker looking to quit and move to vaping, this is a great kit as it has the form factor of a cigarette.

Key Specs

  • 2 V2 EX Batteries (280mAh)
  • 2 V2 Platinum E-Liquid 25 ml Bottles
  • 1 Pack of EX Blanks (3 Blanks per Pack)
  • 1 Wall Adapter
  • 1 Express Charger
  • 1 V2 User’s Manual

Pros

  • Small cigarette-like size
  • Good vapor for size
  • Unique battery indicator
  • Efficient battery
  • Good nicotine level options

Cons

  • A bit larger than a standard cigarette

2. JAC Vapour V3i kit

JAC Vapour V3i kit

The Jacvapour V3i e-cig kit is a great starter kit for new vapers making the switch from smoking.

The V3i starter kit comes in two available options, the Basic or the Social kit. We would recommend going for the Basic starter kit, as it includes two batteries.

Whichever kit you go for, you can’t really go wrong both are excellent. The V3i e-cigs produce a good MTL vape for cig-a-likes, you also have the ability to refill the cartomizers. We were also impressed by the range of Jacvapour flavors and accessories.

2. JAC Vapour V3i kit

The Jacvapour V3i e-cig kit is a great starter kit for new vapers making the switch from smoking.

The V3i starter kit comes in two available options, the Basic or the Social kit. We would recommend going for the Basic starter kit, as it includes two batteries.

Whichever kit you go for, you can’t really go wrong both are excellent.

JAC Vapour V3i kit

The V3i e-cigs produce a good MTL vape for cig-a-likes, you also have the ability to refill the cartomizers. We were also impressed by the range of Jacvapour flavors and accessories.

Key Specs

  • 2 x JAC V3i batteries (1 X 55mm and 1x 65mm Black V3i battery supplied by default)
  • 5x Pre-Filled Cartomizers
  • 5x Mixed bungs – For marking different flavors in cartomizers
  • 1x Coloured V3i LED tip
  • 1x 5v USB charger

Pros

  • Great quality feels good in the hand
  • The option to refill the cartridges
  • Great customer service
  • Wide variety of e-liquid available

Cons

  • As with most cig-a-like’s my not be the best fit for heavy smokers

Best Vape Pen Starter Kits

1. Joyetech EGO One AIO

Joyetech eGo AIO

The Joyetech eGo AIO (All-in-One) combines an eGo battery with an integrated tank. This cheap vape pen is an excellent choice for beginners; as it strikes a good balance between cloud production and flavor. The Joyetech eGo AIO is also great as a secondary, more portable device for experienced vapers.

The device is minimalist in form and function; the sleek one piece mod is operated by a single button and is powered by a 1500mAh capacity battery.

One of the key features of the eGo AIO is the adjustable airflow (which some beginner kits don’t have). Adjusting the airflow will change the type of draw, amount of vapor produced, the flavor and the temperature of the vapor.

1. Joyetech EGO One AIO

The Joyetech eGo AIO (All-in-One) combines an eGo battery with an integrated tank. This cheap vape pen is an excellent choice for beginners; as it strikes a good balance between cloud production and flavor. The Joyetech eGo AIO is also great as a secondary, more portable device for experienced vapers.

The device is minimalist in form and function; the sleek one piece mod is operated by a single button and is powered by a 1500mAh capacity battery.

One of the key features of the eGo AIO is the adjustable airflow (which some beginner kits don’t have). Adjusting the airflow will change the type of draw, amount of vapor produced, the flavor and the temperature of the vapor.

Key Specs

  • Diameter:19mm
  • Length: 118.05mm
  • Battery capacity: 1500mAh (0.2C standard discharging)
  • Atomizer capacity: 2.0ml

Pros

  • Great value for money
  • Top Fill
  • Child lock cap
  • Adjustable airflow
  • Nice small size
  • Good battery life from 1500mAh
  • Good variety of coils heads

Cons

  • Airflow ring is a tad too loose

2. SMOK Stick One AIO

SMOK Stick One AIO

We are now seeing the new generation of AIO (All-in-one) vape pens. And the Smok Stick One AIO kit is right up with the best. It comes with everything you need and can produce great flavor and big clouds for such a stealthy vape pen. It’s incredibly easy to use, refill and recharge, which makes it perfect for new and intermediate vapers

Much like the Joyetech AIO, the pen features an all-in-one design to make things super simple. You only need to charge it, fill it up and start vaping. Only a few years ago it was inconceivable that you would be able to get such a good vape from a tiny vape pen.

2. SMOK Stick One AIO

We are now seeing the new generation of AIO (All-in-one) vape pens. And the Smok Stick One AIO kit is right up with the best. It comes with everything you need and can produce great flavor and big clouds for such a stealthy vape pen. It’s incredibly easy to use, refill and recharge, which makes it perfect for new and intermediate vapers

Much like the Joyetech AIO, the pen features an all-in-one design to make things super simple.

You only need to charge it, fill it up and start vaping. Only a few years ago it was inconceivable that you would be able to get such a good vape from a tiny vape pen.

Key Specs

  • Size: 22 x 115mm
  • Tank capacity: 2ml
  • Battery capacity: 1600mAh
  • Thread: 510

Pros

  • Simple design
  • Good cloud production
  • Great flavor
  • Top-fill
  • Durable
  • Nice direct to lung draw

Cons

  • Requires regular charging and refilling

Best Pod Mod Starter Kits

1. BO One

BO One

The Bo One for a simple pod vape has a lot of character in a short and slender package. Weighing 22 grams and standing barely four inches tall, it strikes a stark resemblance to the JUUL. However, what sets it apart is the wide range of flavors and accessories available.

The Bo One’s battery capacity is 380 mAh (approx 380 “puffs”), and you can see your battery charge while you inhale. However, you can upgrade and purchase the Bo Cable or Bo Power separately, for more flexibility.

The airflow on the Bo One is a lot looser than you might be used to from an MTL vape pen but the vapor production is comparable to a cigarette.

The Bo One pod vape is a solid competitor to the Juul, offering an intense flavor experience. It’s perfect for the smoker who is transitioning to vaping. And for its flexibility, we think it just pips the Juul.

1. BO One

The Bo One for a simple pod vape has a lot of character in a short and slender package. Weighing 22 grams and standing barely four inches tall, it strikes a stark resemblance to the JUUL. However, what sets it apart is the wide range of flavors and accessories available.

The Bo One’s battery capacity is 380 mAh (approx 380 “puffs”), and you can see your battery charge while you inhale. However, you can upgrade and purchase the Bo Cable or Bo Power separately, for more flexibility.

The airflow on the Bo One is a lot looser than you might be used to from an MTL vape pen but the vapor production is comparable to a cigarette.

The Bo One pod vape is a solid competitor to the Juul, offering an intense flavor experience. It’s perfect for the smoker who is transitioning to vaping. And for its flexibility, we think it just pips the Juul.

Key Specs

  • Leak proof ‘Closed System Device’ design
  • 100mm x 15mm x 8mm dimensions
  • Weighs only 22 grams
  • Supplied with two BO Caps
  • Caps contain 1.5ml of French made e-liquid
  • Caps available in 8mg and 16mg nicotine strengths
  • 12 different flavours available at present
  • Certified Diacetyl and Acetyl Propionyl free
  • 380 mAh battery
  • LED Battery Indicator display
  • Ceramic coating on the body of the BO One
  • Wireless charging
  • Certified by ANFOR for safety
  • Range of different accessories available for purchase separately
  • BO One TC version available with dry hit protection built in
  • BO Power 1500 mAh portable charging case available separately, will recharge up to four times and also holds a spare Cap

Pros

  • Simple to use
  • Practical form factor
  • Manufactured well
  • Flavors are rich and intense
  • No break-in time for coils
  • No wicking problems
  • Pods can be hacked and refilled
  • Pod system allows for instant change of flavor without any residue
  • Perfect for stealth or on-the-go vaping
  • Pass-through vaping is possible with all three charging options

Cons

  • A little hard to see remaining liquid levels
  • Chain vaping will require frequent charging

2. Juul Vapor

Juul Vapor

The JUUL is a pod style vape pen and is without a doubt one of the most advanced starter kits on the market. If Apple made a vape pen it wouldn’t be far of this; as it manages to pack all the technology and capabilities of larger devices in a device half the size. The Juul uses a pod style system (prefilled cartridges that just slot in), which is remarkably simple and convenient to use, especially if you don’t want the hassle of separate coils and filling tanks.

The JUUL is also one of the smallest vape pens on our list, roughly resembling the same size of a USB stick. It can only be vaped MTL  which is why it’s well suited to smokers looking to switch to vaping.

The JUUL vape pen is game-changing for anybody previously put off by the complexity of other vaping devices.

2. Juul Vapor

The JUUL is a pod style vape pen and is without a doubt one of the most advanced starter kits on the market. If Apple made a vape pen it wouldn’t be far of this; as it manages to pack all the technology and capabilities of larger devices in a device half the size. The Juul uses a pod style system (prefilled cartridges that just slot in), which is remarkably simple and convenient to use, especially if you don’t want the hassle of separate coils and filling tanks.

The JUUL is also one of the smallest vape pens on our list, roughly resembling the same size of a USB stick. It can only be vaped MTL  which is why it’s well suited to smokers looking to switch to vaping.

The JUUL vape pen is game-changing for anybody previously put off by the complexity of other vaping devices.

Key Specs

  • Battery Capacity: 200mAh
  • Battery Type: Automatic Lipo
  • Nicotine Choices: 59mg
  • Flavor choices: Cool Mint, Fruit Medley, Creme Brulee and Virginia Tobacco
  • Warranty: 1 Year

Pros

  • Familiar size for smoker
  • Perfect for beginners
  • Sophisticated design
  • Amazing throat hit
  • Nice vapor
  • Easy & quick charge
  • Magnetic USB
  • Pods are easy to use

Cons

  • Small Battery life (200mAh)

Best Box Mod Starter Kits

1. Aspire Zelos 50W Kit

Aspire Zelos

The Aspire Zelos is probably the best kit on the market right now for simplicity and power in a portable package. It features a built-in 2500 mAh battery and can power up to 50 watts, which is surprising considering its slim profile. The Zelos comes with the Nautilus 2 tank, which is the perfect match for new vapers, but it can also work great with many sub-ohm tanks.

The Aspire Zelos also features a 0.69-inch self-rotating display, 1 Amp micro USB pass-thru charging, and a spring-loaded 510 connection. The Aspire Zelos is discreet and pocketable, which is ideal for new and casual vapers, and it even has enough power to get into cloud chasing.

1. Aspire Zelos 50W Kit

The Aspire Zelos is probably the best kit on the market right now for simplicity and power in a portable package. It features a built-in 2500 mAh battery and can power up to 50 watts, which is surprising considering its slim profile. The Zelos comes with the Nautilus 2 tank, which is the perfect match for new vapers, but it can also work great with many sub-ohm tanks.

The Aspire Zelos also features a 0.69-inch self-rotating display, 1 Amp micro USB pass-thru charging, and a spring-loaded 510 connection.

The Aspire Zelos is discreet and pocketable, which is ideal for new and casual vapers, and it even has enough power to get into cloud chasing.

Key Specs

  • Wattage range: 1 – 50W
  • TC range: 300 – 600 Deg.F
  • Built-in 2500mAh battery
  • Atomizer resistance range: 0.1 – 3 ohm
  • Charge time: 2 hours
  • Material: zinc alloy and aluminum alloy

Pros

  • Comfortable in the hand
  • Slim and lightweight
  • Nautilus 2 is great for MTL
  • Fires up to 50 watts
  • Four power modes
  • Internal 2500 mAh battery

Cons

  • Slight overhang with 24mm+ atomizers
  • Battery indication not the greatest

2. Eleaf iStick Pico 25

Eleaf iStick Pico 25

The Pico was on one of the smallest single 18650 mods ever made, and now it’s back and able to fit any 25mm atomizers on top. Eleaf’s starter kit includes the new ELLO tank, which makes refilling a breeze with its convenient top fill method.

The Pico 25 features a three piece style design, with colorful acrylic panels. It can power up to 85 watts and has full TC abilities, with upgradeable firmware. The Pico was a great choice for a small box mod device; now the Pico 25 combined with the ELLO tank make a versatile, excellent kit for new and advanced vapers looking for a pocketable vape.

2. Eleaf iStick Pico 25

The Pico was on one of the smallest single 18650 mods ever made, and now it’s back and able to fit any 25mm atomizers on top. Eleaf’s starter kit includes the new ELLO tank, which makes refilling a breeze with its convenient top fill method.

The Pico 25 features a three piece style design, with colorful acrylic panels. It can power up to 85 watts and has full TC abilities, with upgradeable firmware.

The Pico was a great choice for a small box mod device; now the Pico 25 combined with the ELLO tank make a versatile, excellent kit for new and advanced vapers looking for a pocketable vape.

Key Specs

  • Dimensions: 2-3/4“ x 1-7/8“ x 15/16“
  • 510 Threaded
  • Wattage Output: 1.0W – 85W
  • Temperature Control: Ni200 | Titanium | SS 316 | TCR Modes
  • Temperature Control: 100-315C / 220-600F
  • Bypass Mode
  • Preheat & Stealth Functionality
  • 0.91“ OLED Display Screen
  • Side Micro USB Charging Port
  • Firmware Upgradeable
  • Dual Circuit Protection
  • Requires 1 x 18650 High Drain Battery

Pros

  • Supports 25mm atomizers
  • Colorful design choices
  • Easy to fill tank
  • 85W of power

Cons

  • Acrylic panels can look cheap

Best Dry Herb & Wax Starter Kits

1. V2 Pro Series 7

V2 Pro Series 7

If you’re searching for a starter vape kit that is extremely versatile so you can vape dry herb, wax, or e-liquids, then the V2 Series 7 is your best choice (or the Series 3, if you want something smaller and more portable).

The Series 7 is a more powerful, and better performing device than the Series 3. It has all the same features, is larger but can do everything just a little bit better. So for new vapers that are uncertain or who want to experiment with different substances to find out which they prefer, then the V2 Pro Series 7 is an excellent choice.

1. V2 Pro Series 7

If you’re searching for a starter vape kit that is extremely versatile so you can vape dry herb, wax, or e-liquids, then the V2 Series 7 is your best choice (or the Series 3, if you want something smaller and more portable).

The Series 7 is a more powerful, and better performing device than the Series 3. It has all the same features, is larger but can do everything just a little bit better.

So for new vapers that are uncertain or who want to experiment with different substances to find out which they prefer, then the V2 Pro Series 7 is an excellent choice.

Key Specs

  • Length (with cartridge): 129.4mm/5.09inches
  • Weight (with empty e-liquid cartridge): 118.72g/4.18oz
  • Diameter (max): 34.5mm/1.36inches
  • E-liquid Cartridge capacity: 2.5ml
  • Loose Lead Cartridge capacity: 1300mm³
  • Battery Output Voltage: User Controlled (3.7V, 4.2V and 4.7V)
  • Battery Capacity: 1800mAh
  • Cutoff Time E-Liquid: 10s
  • Cutoff Time Loose Leaf (150s after green light)
  • Colors: Black, Blue and Steel

Pros

  • 3-in-1 vaping capability
  • Dry herb, Wax, e-juice
  • Magnetic charging
  • Intuitive interface

Cons

  • Wax cartridges are expensive

2. Pax 2

Pax 2

If Apple made dry herb vaporizers, then the PAX 2 would be it. While it’s not strictly a starter vape kit for dry herb vaping, its excellent performance and sleek design means it can’t go unmentioned for anyone looking to start dry herb vaping.

The PAX 2 has a unique design which is based off the original PAX. Vapers can expect the same great flavor, in a very discrete device. It also has a deeper oven than the original, holding a decent amount of herb and it works best when it is fully packed. Cleaning and maintenance is minimal but has to be done regularly for optimal vaporization of your herbs.

If you are looking for the best dry herb vape, and money isn’t a concern, then the PAX 2 is the best device for you.

2. Pax 2

If Apple made dry herb vaporizers, then the PAX 2 would be it. While it’s not strictly a starter vape kit for dry herb vaping, its excellent performance and sleek design means it can’t go unmentioned for anyone looking to start dry herb vaping.

The PAX 2 has a unique design which is based off the original PAX. Vapers can expect the same great flavor, in a very discrete device. It also has a deeper oven than the original, holding a decent amount of herb and it works best when it is fully packed.

Cleaning and maintenance is minimal but has to be done regularly for optimal vaporization of your herbs. If you are looking for the best dry herb vape, and money isn’t a concern, then the PAX 2 is the best device for you.

Key Specs

  • Single Button Operation
  • Four Temperature Settings
  • 30 to 60 Second Heating Time
  • Quickly Check Battery Level by Gently Shaking Device
  • Intelligent Heating and Cooling Systems
  • Magnetic Charge Port & Magnetic Charging Cradle
  • Two Mouthpiece Options
  • Includes Cleaning Kit

Pros

  • Smooth vapor
  • Great flavor
  • Heats up quickly
  • Great battery life
  • Intuitive interface
  • Deep oven
  • Excellent build quality

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Needs cleaning frequently

What is a vape starter kit?

If you are just starting out, Vaping can be very confusing. There are so many products on the market, making difficult to know which one is best for you. A vape mod starter kit or vape starter kit is exactly what it sounds like, a complete starter kit with everything included to start vaping right away. (Except for the e-liquid and in some cases batteries).

The key elements of any vape kit are the battery and atomizer. An atomizer is the part of an e-cig or tank which contains a coil that will heat up the e-liquid and therefore convert it into vapor. The battery is what provides the power to heat the atomizer and coil.

So, let’s take a look at the various types of vaping starter kits on the market.

Cig-a-likes

Most of the earliest designs of e-cigarettes were made to resemble an actual cigarette, hence the name cig-a-like. Since then the technology in vaping products has progressed, however many smokers still like this style of a device because it simulates the physical process of smoking a cigarette.

When using a cig-a-like, it actually feels like you are holding and inhaling from a traditional cigarette, except instead of smoke, there is vapor. These starter kits will include a rechargeable battery which attaches to an e-liquid cartridge, or some may come in a disposable format.

Vape Pens and eGo Starter Kits

The next evolution of the vape starter kit came with eGo style batteries and vape pens. The battery is slightly thicker and usually comes with some variation of a tank that you can refill, compared to buying prefilled cartridges. The advantages to an eGo pen vape kit over a cig-a-like are; improved battery life, increased vapor production, and in many cases better flavor. Because of this, a lot of people start with eGo style vape pens or eventually upgrade to them from cig-a-likes. These beginner vape kits are also relatively inexpensive.

Box Mods & Vape Mods

So by now, you have probably noticed people on the streets holding large boxes and exhaling large clouds and wondered exactly what they are using. Well, those are called box mods, or vape mods, and although they look nothing like eGo pens, they work in the same fashion, and both create vapor. The main difference being, box mods are capable of putting out a lot more power, which can generally lead to better vapor. Most vape mod starter kits will come with some kind of tank included.

Most box mods, especially starter kit mods are regulated, which means they contain a computer chip which will regulate the power based on your preference.

Note: There are unregulated box mods. However, these are highly unrecommended for beginners, and will probably never be included in a starter kit geared towards new vapers.

So the box mod is essentially the power source, and then you have a tank which will contain and vaporize the e-liquid. All tanks have a threaded pin at the bottom which screws directly on to the vape mod. Nearly every box mod on the market will use what is called a standard 510 connection to attach a tank or atomizer.

Vape Tanks

There are so many types of vape tanks now out that even us advanced vapers can get confused. However, they can all generally be broken down into two type of draw categories; either MTL (mouth-to-lung) or DTL (direct-to-lung).

An MTL tank will allow the type of pull or draw that you usually associate with a traditional cigarette. It is typically a two step process of; taking a pull, so vapor enters the mouth and then inhaling it into the lungs – just like a normal smoker would.

A direct-to-lung or direct-lung vape is when you inhale in one motion directly into your lungs. For this style of vaping these tanks usually have larger air holes (known as airflow), which helps to create a looser airier draw

Most tanks come with adjustable airflow, which helps vapers to find the own personal airflow and inhale balance. However, it’s extremely difficult for manufacturers to make a tank that can completely satisfy both MTL and DTL vapers. Due to this, you will see most tanks being marketed directly to each type of vaper.

AIO

AIO (all-in-one) refers unsurprisingly to a vape starter kits that come with everything you need in one device. The unique feature of an AIO device is that the tank is integrated with the battery, meaning you can’t separate them.

AIO devices are great for new vapers, or people who want a vaping device but don’t know where to start and don’t want the complexities of different tanks, etc. AIO starter kits are almost like a plug & play device, they are ideal for anyone wanting a simple vaping solution, and now there are great choices available on the market for all vapers.

Pod Mods

Pod mods are like evolved versions of cig-a-likes. Although they don’t necessarily look like a cigarette, they share the same features of cig-a-likes with a mouth-to-lung type draw and pre-filled e-liquid pods. They are directed towards smokers who want a simple solution, and maybe feel that vaping is too complicated for them.

Pod mods make things so much more simplistic for novice vapers. Although these types of devices can be frowned upon by experienced vapers because of the limited juice selection and proprietary components, it’s important to remember what it’s like when you start vaping. There is no better solution for simplicity to help smokers to transition into vaping.

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