Electronic cigarettes (also called cigalikes, e-cigs, vape sticks, or e-cigarettes) are the most basic and smallest types of vapes on the market. They are also often referred to as the “first generation e-cigarettes” because vape pens, box mods and other more advanced types came to the market later when a few engineers decided that it’s time for an upgrade.

Many smokers who switch from cigarettes to vapes, usually start with cigalikes because they are made to mimic the shape and feel of ordinary cigarettes. However, when the time goes by, a vast majority of vapers switch from cigalikes to more advanced types of vapes that produce more vapor, produce stronger flavor, and feature larger batteries, tanks and more customizable options.

There are hundreds (or even thousands) of different e-cig manufacturers on the market and they all want to have their piece of the pie. Finding the right ones for your needs and budget can be a deciding factor whether you will be able to leave traditional cigarettes behind, or fail again and get stucked with smelly tobacco cigarettes for ever.

Rechargeable e-cigs

V2 EX Series starter kit4.9 Stars

v2 ex starter kitThe V2 EX Series is a starter kit that comes equipped with everything you need to switch from tobacco cigarettes to cigalikes. The batteries are easily changeable and they last for about a day of vaping. The vapor production is quite good considering the size of the device, and the flavor is excellent in combination with V2 premium e-liquids.

The kit includes two batteries with 280mah capacity (approximately 300 puffs each), ten V2 EX flavor cartridges, a wall adapter, an express charger, and user manual.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Very small size
  • Easy to use
  • Feels like a traditional cigarette
  • Personal charging case
Cons:

  • Battery life could be better
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Halo G6 E-Cig Starter Kit4.9 Stars

halo g6Halo Cigs is a company that has established its reputation with high quality cigalikes and they were among first US based manufacturers of high quality e-liquids. The G6 is one of the most popular e-cig starting kits on the market, and it has been for quite some time now.

The G6 starter kit comes with two blank and five prefilled cartridges, two batteries, USB charger, and wall adapter. We have tested it with Tribeca and Mystic flavors, and we were impressed.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Good battery life
  • Easy to use
  • American made e-liquids
Cons:

  • Above average price
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Epuffer Magnum Snaps 4.9 Stars

magnum snapsThe Epuffer Magnum Snaps is an excellent e-cig starter kit that is easy to use, and suitable for beginners who want to quit smoking. It features patent-pending “snap” magnetic technology and screw-less design. The thing we like the most about the Epuffer Magnum Snaps is the excellent flavor of e-liquids, and design itself. These e-cigs are very small and we don’t remember holding anything as similar to traditional cigarettes as the Magnum Snaps.

The kit comes with a personal charging case, two batteries, three premium tobacco sample cartridges, universal adapter (for both 110V and 240V), micro USB charging cable, car charger, and instruction manual.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Good battery life
  • Easy to use
  • Portable charging case included
Cons:

  • Only 3 nicotine options
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Mig 21 Clear Fusion Vape Pen Kit 4.9 Stars

mig cigsThe Mig 21 Clear Fusion has been designed to be easy to use and to feel like a much larger device in a smaller and more convenient kit. It looks like most e-cigs out there, but it’s quite longer because it has a larger and longer lasting 380 mah battery. There are two batteries included in the package and they are available in several attractive colors (black, white, stainless steel, and metal rainbow).

The kit comes with an attractive travel case (available in three different colors), two batteries, three Clear Fusion tanks (1.3ml), a wall and USB charger, and a user manual with care documents.

Pros:

  • Free 30ml e-liquid included
  • Great battery life
  • Great flavor
  • Easy to use
Cons:

  • Quite large for an e-cig
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Disposable e-cigs

Disposable e-cigs are even easier to use than rechargeable e-cigs. They provide a simple and convenient of vaping, and a single disposable e-cigarette is usually equivalent to up to two packs of traditional cigarettes. However, they also have their cons – they come with limited flavor and nicotine options, and they offer weaker performance compared to rechargeable e-cigs.

Epuffer ECO Series 4.9 Stars

eco seriesThe Epuffer ECO Series is widely recognized to be the best series of disposable e-cigarettes on the market. They are available in several different flavors and three nicotine levels, and they produce quite a good amount of flavor and vapor compared to other disposable cigalikes.

The thing that makes the ECO Series stand out is the battery life. While majority of disposable e-cigs are only good for about 200 puffs before they can be thrown into the trash, the ECO Series e-cigs can last for up to 500 puffs and that’s why their slightly above average price shouldn’t be an issue.

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Awesome battery life
  • Three nicotine levels
  • Several flavors to choose from
  • Eco friendly
Cons:

  • On the expensive side of disposable e-cigs
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Disposable vs. rechargeable e-cigs

Both disposable and rechargeable e-cigarettes have their pros and cons that should be taken into consideration if you decide to buy them. While disposable e-cigs are more affordable when it comes to upfront costs, you do have to replace them completely after a certain amount of puffs. Rechargeable electronic cigarettes come with higher upfront costs, but they are more affordable on the long run because it usually costs less than a couple of dollars to get them refilled.

Another big difference is the quality and flexibility. Disposables aren’t designed to last longer than certain amount of puffs, so you can’t expect them to be made of high quality materials. They also come in limited flavors and you can’t mix them together like you can mix flavors of rechargeable and refillable e-cigs.

Here are some of their most important differences.

Disposable:

  • More affordable at first
  • Very easy to use
  • Lower quality
  • Limited flavor and nicotine options
  • Higher costs on the long run
Rechargeable:

  • More affordable on the long run
  • Easy to use
  • Better performance
  • Unlimited flavor and nicotine options
  • Higher initial costs

Are e-cigs the right choice to start vaping?

Cigalikes have been losing their popularity ever since more advanced vape pens and mods came to the market. They are mostly used by former smokers who refuse to use anything larger than traditional cigarettes, but most vapers switch to vape pens or even box mods as soon as they realize that they need more vapor and more flavor.

Nowadays vape pens are getting smaller in size, so it might be the best choice to start with vape pens like the V2 Vertx Plus or Mig 21 Clear Fusion.

V2 VERTX4.9 Stars

v2If you are in the process of switching from smoking tobacco cigarettes to vaping, this might be exactly what you’re looking for. The V2 VERTX is the latest product from V2 (as of August 2016) and weren’t sure whether to rank it as the smallest vape pen, or the most advanced cigalike on the market. It’s clearly a small device that is easy to use, and kind of imitates the shape and feel of traditional tobacco cigarettes. It’s the only cigalike device with a touchscreen right now, so don’t be disappointed if you don’t find anything like it.

It’s also one of the easiest-to-use cigalikes on the market because you don’t even need to refill cartridges when you run out of e-liquid because  the VERTX comes with disposable cartridges that are prefilled with e-juice. Once you run out of it, simple pluck the cartridge out, throw it into trash, and insert a new one.

Pros:

  • A new generation cigalike
  • Excellent vapor production for its size
  • Long-lasting cartridges
  • Good battery life
Cons:

  • Above average price
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