Vape pens are a great way for beginner’s to start vaping. They are easy to use, convenient to carry and are priced so everyone can afford one.
And with hundreds of thousands of Australians now vaping, it’s probably the most popular style of device used in the country.
The best vape pens should be user-friendly and durable while offering enough performance to keep new vapers satisfied. Vape pens are not only for newcomers, as most experienced users will have a vape pen in their collection.
The popularity of vape pens means there is a huge range of designs and features on offer, such as adjustable temperature or voltage, so narrowing it down to one can be difficult.
As a team we use and test vape pen’s everyday and have put together a guide of the best vape pens in 2020 (so far). For more information on vape pens and how to use them, see our guide below.
#1 Vaporesso - Sky Solo Plus Kit
- Good deal of coil options
- Simple to fill
- Allows pass through vaping
- Good battery life
- Excellent build quality
- 8mL tank capacity is huge!
- Can’t adjust air flow
- Drip tip isn’t replaceable
The newest vape pen from Vaporesso, the Sky Solo Plus is about as good as you can get with an AIO type of device.
Like most other vape pens, the Solo only utilises a single button for operation and is quite simple to run.
As is the norm with current generation vape pens, this particular pen uses a colour coded battery level indicator to show how much juice is left. That being said, there are a few other quality of life features that makes this device shine out over many others.
The first is the 3000mAh battery. While it’s going to take a little over two hours to fully charge, you’ll get a respectable amount of usage before needing to do so. Vaping moderately, this device easily got me through a few days without getting down into the red.
The second thing I like about this vape pen are the multitude of coil options available. It’s compatible with everything in the Vaporesso NRG GT and QF coil lines, and there are plenty to pick from to get your preferred experience.
Lastly, this particular device is designed for pass through vaping. To briefly explain, this type of vaping basically means you can use the Sky Solo while it’s plugged into the charger.
Sure, this isn’t anything overly special, but the convenience factor is one of the most important when it comes to new vapers.
One thing to note however, the stock coil this kit comes with isn’t the greatest. I love mesh coils and all, but I’d replace your stock coils with something meant for lower wattages, otherwise you’re going to find yourself running out of battery charge real quick.
#2 Innokin - Zlide Tube Kit
- Great taste & throat hit
- Sturdy build quality
- Strong Battery Performance
- Easy to use & set-up
- No variable wattage
Highly recommended for a newcomer to vaping the Innokin Zlide is very easy to use, with it’s single button operation and it’s tight draw which makes it feel closer to a cigarette.
The Zlide doesn’t complicate things with adjustable temperature, but it does produce great flavour.
The MTL hit from the Z- coils is top-notch and will appeal to anyone who has recently switched over from cigarettes.
The 3000mAh built-in battery will last most users a a few days on a single charge (plus has a decent recharge time of 2 hours).
The large battery capacity doesn’t effect the feel of the Zlides, which is comfortable to hold and the whole device feels well balanced. While not small enough to be consider a stealth device it will fit comfortably in your pocket or purse.
Each kit includes one Zlide Tube Mod, a zlide Tank with z-coil(1.2ohm – Pre-installed), a spare 0.8ohm Z-Coil, one spare drip tip, a USB charging cable, and a user manual.
#3 VaporFi - VAIO GO Kit
- Solid Build Quality
- Good Vapour Production
- Includes Custom E-Liquid
- No Airflow Control
Don’t let the ‘beginner’ tag fool you. The VaporFi VAIO GO Vape Pen Starter Kit is anything but.
If anything, the ‘beginner’ tag is there to introduce you to a whole new world of advanced vaping. Coming in strong with a powerful 2000mAh battery and built-in tank that allows you to refill it with your favourite e-liquid, this Vape Pen allows you to customise your vape just like the pros do.
While it does not have variable voltage capabilities, this device gives you an experience more akin to mechanical mod users wherein you work with the direct output of the battery and customize accordingly using various coil resistances and different e-juices.
Robust, beautiful, and worth every penny, the VaporFi VAIO GO Vape Pen opens up a new world for you, especially if you are coming from cig-a-likes. Once you move up the vaping ladder, it’s hard to look back.
Each Bundle includes one all-in-one device and 2 atomisers, one USB charging cable, a wall charging adapter, a user manual, 2 drip tips (MTL, DTL), and a 30ml custom lend bottle of your preferred e-liquid flavour.
#4 Vaper Empire - V-Twist Series Kit
- Extra Control with Variable Voltage
- Great Vapour Production
- Strong Battery Performance
- No E-Liquid included with standard kit
One of the downsides of cig-a-likes is the lack of power from it. With the Vaper Empire V-Twist, users not only get more power, they can also adjust it to their liking.
Variable voltage allows users to dial in their preferred output, from 3.2v up to 4.8v, to suit their taste.
Cig-a-likes top out at 4.2v, and while this may be enough for some, there are those who’d like to push things up further.
Aside from variable voltage, the V-Twist also allows users to adjust the device’s airflow. From mouth-to-lung inhales to direct-lung inhales, the V-Twist caters to both styles of vaping, and everything in between.
More airflow results in more clouds, while a restricted airflow gives users a similar draw to analog cigarettes.
Combined with a 900mAh battery, the V-Twist is a vape pen capable of giving you your preferred vape, all day long.
Each V-Twist Series Starter Kit includes one variable voltage 900mAh battery, one clearomizer tank with adjustable airflow, a USB power cable, one Vaper Empire Australian USB power adapter, and a user manual.
#5 UWELL - Nunchaku 2
- Robust, quality build
- Excellent Vapour Production
- Awesome battery life with 21700 batteries
- On the heavy side
Uwell has been around for some years now and many vapers recognise the name as one of the best pod vape makers in the business.
With the Nunchaku 2, they have upgraded their popular vape pen in most departments, while keeping the simplicity and build quality.
The Nunchaku 2 now lets you use the more long lasting 20700 and 21700 batteries as well 18650. The Nunchaku 2 mod fires up to 100 watts and its chipset allows adjustments using a 6-axis motion sensor! The included Nunchaku 2 tank is 25 mm at its base and holds up to 5 mL of e-liquid.
Users who get the kit will get one Nunchaku 2 device, a pre-installed 0.6ohm coil, a replacement coil, one user manual, and a USB cord. For those looking for a great performing solution where you don’t need to buy any other separate parts and just need to add e-juice, the Nunchaku 2 is one to consider.
Vape Pen Buying Guide
What Is A Vape Pen?
A vape pen is a small e-cigarette device that’s shaped like a pen – hence the name. It has a rechargeable battery that powers up the coils in the atomiser or tank.
A step-up from cig-a-likes, vape pens offer more power than the former yet still remain as portable. Being larger than cig-a-likes, you also get more battery life out of vape pens as well as the option to swap out atomisers, cartridges, or tanks.
Why Would I Choose A Vape Pen?
If you find cig-a-likes too weak for your taste and want something more powerful and give you some degree of customisation, vape pens are a better fit.
The Different Types Of Vape Pens
Though they all look similar, there are various types of vape pens. There are some that utilise THC and CBD vape oil instead of e-juice.
There are some that can be fired by a button, while some are draw-activated (wherein you simply inhale through the mouthpiece and the device turns on).
Some have an adjustable power output, though these tend to cost more. Others have a constant voltage/wattage while some has its output depend on the charge remaining in the battery.
How Do Vape Pens Work?
Vape pens work very similarly to cig-a-likes wherein a battery is activated, whether via button or inhale, and the coil in the atomiser is heated up. This in turn turn the e-juice into vapour, which is then inhaled through the mouthpiece.
Of course, once the battery runs out of power, you’ll need to charge it and when the e-juice inside the atomiser tank or clearomiser runs out, you’ll need to refill it.
Anatomy Of A Vape Pen?
Like all e-cigarette devices, vape pens have three main components: the atomiser, the battery, and the mouthpiece.
Atomisers can take on various shapes and capacities, but its function remains the same: to vaporise e-juice into vapour.
The battery can be draw-activated or fired with a button, but its main purpose is to provide power to heat up the coil in the atomiser.
Finally, the mouthpiece, which may not seem like much, but without which you won’t be able to inhale the vapour with.
Mouthpieces come in different shapes, sizes, colors, and materials, but what it does is to act as the bridge between the device and yourself.
Frequently Asked Vape Pen Questions
When buying a vape pen, know that you are entering a much more advanced world of vaping that is slightly different from cig-a-like starter device.
With vape pens, you are able to customise your vape experience by adjusting the power, swapping out atomiser heads and refilling with your own e-liquid.
As with any new experience, there will be questions.
Lets look at some frequently asked questions about vape pens.
How Do You Refill A Vape Pen?
With cig-a-likes, once you run out of e-juice, you change the whole atomiser with a new one. With vape pens, you simple refill it and you are good to go.
However, the question remains, how do you refill?
Well, not all tanks are created equal nor refilled the same. But the general idea is you unscrew the top cap, insert the nose of your e-liquid bottle into the refill hole, and slowly fill it with e-liquid.
Once full, you simply screw back the top cap and you are good to go.
Now, some tanks might require you to remove the whole glass part and refill from the bottom, but the general idea is the same.
When And How Do I Replace The Atomiser On A Vape Pen?
Atomisers last a good while before needing a replacement. But eventually, they do wear out and you’ll need to replace it with a new one.
You’ll know when your atomiser needs replacing when the vapour starts to weaken and the flavour starts to wane. You can still use it, though the experience won’t be as satisfying.
If your atomiser stops firing at all is another sign it needs replacing.
Now how do you replace it?
After draining the tank or clearomiser of its e-juice, you can remove the tank and unscrew the atomiser head. This is usually located in the middle part of the tank.
Screw in the new atomizer, place a few drops of e-liquid on the atomiser, and replace the tank.
Fill the tank with e-juice and let it seep through the atomiser’s cotton for a few minutes. Once the new atomiser is settled with e-juice, you can start vaping again.
For more information read our full guide on when to change your atomiser.
How Long Will My Vape Pen’s Battery Last?
There are two answers to this question, one that pertains to daily use and another that means the whole life span of the battery.
When it comes to daily use, the battery can last a day or so of moderate vaping for batteries with 900mAh or more. Chain vapers might find themselves recharging at least once in the middle of the day.
Though larger mAh batteries, one with 2000mAh or more, can last you a whole day of chain vaping as long as you don’t do sub-ohm builds.
As for the whole life span of the battery, expect it to last a good year or so. After the first year, you might notice some drop-off in daily battery life, and after two years, this drop off might be too massive to make it usable.
Of course this all depends on how often you use the device. I have had batteries last me for more than three years because I cycle them with other batteries.
What Kind Of Maintenance Do I Need To Do?
With every device, maintenance is required to ensure it lasts a long time. With vape pens, a weekly clean up is ideal, though monthly will suffice.
Batteries must be kept clean and dry always. There will be times when e-liquid will spill or leak onto the battery.
When this happens, wipe it off completely. Remove the tank if possible and wipe dry the whole battery.
For the tank, dismantle it and wash it all with running water. You can soak them in vodka too if you wish to remove all traces of flavour from it.
Don’t get the atomisers wet though since they have cotton in them that loses its efficiency when wet. Unless you are using rebuildable atomisers, keep the atomizer heads away from water.
These questions all correlate to which Vape Pen model is right for you, while only you can truly answer them, let us help you by breaking it down.
Whats The Difference Between A Vape Pen And An E-Cigarette?
Vape pens have been around since forever. When vaping first burst into the scene, there were two kinds of e-cigarettes available for users – cig-a-likes and vape pens.
Cig-a-likes are considered entry level devices designed to mimic the feel and ergonomics of smoking.
As for vape pens, these were offered as a more ‘advanced’ option, providing more power and customisation at the cost of being a bit more bulky than cig-a-likes.
The size difference between cig-a-likes and vape pens are substantial, but vape pens are still portable. Thus, users looking for a more advanced cigarette than their cig-a-likes aren’t sacrificing much in terms of portability.
While cig-a-likes will always have its niche in the market, vape pens too have their fans looking for a portable, customisable, and more powerful alternative.
Below we have the best vape pens for users looking to explore the world of vaping more and upgrade from their cig-a-like starter kits.
How To Choose The Right Vape Pen
Choosing the right vape pen is always a personal thing. Whatever you hear from others don’t always match with what you want or need. That said, the best we can do is guide you through the process.
There are a ton of vape pens out there and choosing the right one for you might seem like an impossible task.
Aside from the aesthetics, you also need to consider the power you need, the amount of customisation you want, the ergonomics, and of course, your budget.
There are vape pens that cost upwards of $100, while some less than $30. Some affordable vape pens perform better than the more expensive ones, while some are worth every penny.
Vape Pen Features To Consider
If you just need something where you can refill the e-juice, there are devices for that.
If you need variable voltage, there’s a vape pen for you. If you want to go sub-ohm, you can check out the more advanced models.
There are vape pens that can do one thing well, while there are some that do all things better. Price matters of course.
If you need a vape pen that does all of the above, and then some, then be prepared to shell out more.
In a nutshell, it helps to do a little research first about the devices you are interested in.
Why pay extra for variable voltage if you won’t need it?
Why save a few bucks for a simple device when you know you’ll need more. The best advice we can give is to enjoy the journey. As long as it keeps you off cigarettes, then more power to you.