What are the best types of vapes?

A comprehensive break down of the different types of common vape set ups
Like many things in life, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder". Or in this case, it is all down to the individual's preference, and what they want to get out of their vaping experience.
Some devices are small in size and produce small amounts of vapour, some fill up your entire hand and create huge plumes of clouds. As you might be able to tell; The larger the device, the more battery power it has, therefore the more vapour you can produce. But the amount of vapour isn't everything. Some vapers prefer less vapour and more nicotine in their liquid. Others prefer less nicotine, but more vapour.

There are advantages and disadvantages in both, but in this article, we will explore a few of the different types of vapes, how to vape them, and the pros and cons of each.

Pencil Vape Pens and Cig-alikes
(circa. 2003-2005)
These are usually the first port of call for new vapers. The inhale style is very similar to a cigarette (from the mouth to the lungs) They are small, discreet and usually very cheap. However, like a lot of products, you get what you pay for.

Pros :
  • Easily affordable
  • Small and discreet
  • Easy to maintain
  • Vapes, coils and e-liquids are found in most supermarkets and convenience stores

Cons :
  • Don't produce much vapour, so it is hard to get a satisfying hit
  • Unreliable and have a short lifespan
  • Lacking in flavour


Sub ohm devices and tanks (circa 2010)
These are for more intermediate vaper, and probably the most popular type of vape. The inhale style is breathing in directly to your lungs, bypassing your mouth.
Sub ohm devices usually have digital screens with adjustable power controls. The tanks run at a lower resistance, meaning the coil heats up quicker and at a higher temperature which produces more vapour, thus giving a more satisfying hit and more flavour.
Sub ohm set ups tend to be bigger than pencil style vapes. They often come with external 18650 batteries as opposed to the lower voltage internal batteries in smaller devices.
Pros : More power
  • Better flavour
  • Huge variety of devices, tanks and e-liquids to use
Cons : Bigger, less discrete
  • Battery life can be less as the tanks require more power
  • Not suitable for all vapers, as many don't like the amount of vapour that is produced
Pod Mods
These are becoming a popular alternative to sub ohm vaping and seem to be replacing vape pens. Ideal for new starters and seasoned vapers that want a good hit from a mouth to lung style inhale. They are sold in a variety of locations, like supermarkets convenience stores and vape shops. There is a wide range of flavours and nicotine strengths available. A lot of experienced vapers are using these to get back in touch with the cigarette style inhale that they miss when vaping sub ohm devices with a direct to lung inhale.

Pros : Affordable
  • Reliable
  • Delivers a satisfying nicotine hit and a good flavour
  • Easy to maintain

Cons : Not as many choices of flavour compared to sub ohm vaping
    Conclusion

    Each person has their own preferences when it comes to eating and drinking, vaping is no different.
    So, each person will have different needs. However, after looking in vape shops and online stores all over the world, Sub ohm vaping seems to be the best way to vape, if you can get used to the direct to lung inhalation. There is a better variety of products available to the consumer (e-liquid, atomizers, mods, coils and batteries).
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