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Buying a carefully crafted bottle of quality vape juice (aka e-juice or e-liquid) can make your vaping experience much more enjoyable. The opposite can be also be said for a bottle of cheap, imported e-juice.
Think of vape juice like you would a pack of smokes. You probably didn’t buy the cheapest pack of smokes, simply because it doesn’t taste the same as your regular brand. Picking the best vape juice to suit your taste is probably the most crucial decision you will make when it comes to switching to e-cigs, or sticking to using them and not going back to tobacco.
The e-juice world is growing at a massive rate, and it helps to have a helping hand to guide you through it. Whether it’s sifting through the 1000’s of popular flavor options, deciding on which nicotine strength to choose, or fine tuning your PG/VG ratio – we have you covered.
You will probably spend more time searching for the perfect flavored e-liquid than you will spend looking for your next (or first) vaping device because there are many more choices of e-juice than there are e-cig devices. Some people need more vapor, and some require more flavorings. This is up to you on what you want.
I have my personal preferences on how I like my vape juice to taste and you will also. The wide range of e-juice flavors is another one of the many benefits of e-cigs. You can choose any type of flavor imaginable from a rich tobacco to sweet candy flavors. The best flavor for you is the one that satisfies you the most.
To help you find the best e-juice flavors on the market, we have done all the legwork and narrowed down the 100’s of vendors out there to an easier to navigate list of options.
One of the first things you need to decide is if you like a sweeter taste, like a fruit flavor, or a real tobacco taste. At first, many smokers prefer an e-juice with a tobacco taste, but many will gradually shift into sweeter flavors like apple or strawberry. If you need more vapor, get some e-juice with a higher ratio of vegetable glycerin (VG) in it.
The liquids that produce a ton of vapor usually contain a higher VG blend to bring out the vapor and reduce the sweetness. As a rule of thumb, the more VG, the more vapor and less taste. On the other side, the more PG in the e-juice, the more you taste the flavors, but the less vapor production you will have. I like my e-liquid mixed with 70% VG and 30% PG, but this is a personal preference. This blend is more suited to high wattage subohm vaping. But even more beneficial is to make sure the nicotine liquid you buy is made of quality ingredients and under strictly controlled conditions.
If you buy the cheapest e-juice… you will get the cheapest e-juice. Even the highest quality e-juice is usually much cheaper than smoking, so don’t buy e-juice based on cost! Most reputable nicotine liquid suppliers will explain what is in their nicotine liquid and what conditions their e-juice is mixed under. As a rule of thumb, I always look for a mid-grade juice from a well-know vendor.
With so many factors to keep in mind when generating a “top vendors” section, it can be overwhelming on what exactly to look for. One simple rule we follow – USA MADE ONLY. Quality control is vital and American e-juice facilities have the highest standards. Taste, of course, has to be top-notch and a justifiable price tag.
Choosing your nicotine liquid can be the make-or-break moment for many vapers. If you can find a flavor you like, you will find yourself smoking less and vaping more. So take your time and try some of the thousands of different flavors till you find a few you like. I recommend buying 3-9 flavors to try at first and then just keep experimenting till you narrow it down to what works best for you. It may take some time and a few bottles of e-juice, but in the end it will be worth it!
This list of America’s best e-juice on this page shows some of the highest quality e-liquids at more than reasonable prices, they also take exceptional pride crafting these awesome concoctions. They also represent the highest standards that I personally think necessary when it comes to producing the highest quality e-liquids.
If you are looking for a good deal on quality e-juice, check out our e-cig deals page to see if you favorite vendor is having a sale. Try a few of the flavors that you might like and don’t be afraid to mix some different flavors up!
Update May 2018: All the rage now are salt nicotine based juices specially designed for pod or portable type vape systems. To check out more about this flavor packing juices check out our new guide here.
When e-cigs first hit the market, there were few options to choose from and flavors were limited. What we call “cig-a-likes”, or disposables, were pretty much your only choices, and they were/are the most basic e-cig you can buy. This was great for some, but most felt they needed more power/vapor and simply a better overall experience to keep them from going back to their traditional smokes. Thankfully the vape pen ( or “e-go”) was born a few years later and what it did was only change the vaping world forever.
The vape pen opened us up to a whole new vaping experience. Thanks to the addition of a “tank” to hold your choice of e-juice and a much bigger battery, the daily vaper now had a vaping device that they could use all day. The vape pen tank is what holds the e-juice. Most vape pen tanks are very easy to take apart for re-filling and typically are built from plastic, resulting in more durability. These little changes would help bring vaping to a whole new level!
Most vapers prefer vape pens over the bigger mod style ecigs due to their simplicity, ease of use, and overall size. The majority of vape pens are rather thin and are easy to conceal, and easy to use due to the lack of buttons and power setups. These devices are pretty straight-forward when getting setup. Unscrew the tank lid, fill the tank with juice, twist it back together and screw it to the battery – and that’s it!
For those who want a little more control of their vaping experience, we have put a few of our favorite pens that give you the option to increase/decrease the voltage with a few simple clicks of a button, on our “best vape pen” list.
The best vape pen kits will supply you with everything you need to get started ( in most cases they offer at least one bottle of ejuice). At least one battery, sometimes two, an ejuice tank, and typically two chargers – one for home and one for the computer USB.
After you settle on a device – and even if they give you one bottle of eliquid – we highly recommend picking up a few different flavors. Two reasons for this are 1.) It may take a few different flavors to find one you like – if you only have one flavor, and it’s not what you expected or simply didn’t like it you’re going to be stuck with it until you buy more. And that takes us to reason number 2.) You never want to run out of ejuice! – this is the worst possible scenario when vaping, cause you know what the alternative is…. Plus you won’t know exactly how long a bottle will last you in the beginning – as this varies from person to person. For me, a 15ml bottle typically lasts for a couple days.
Another feature that some of the most modern vape pens are capable of being used with is “dry herbs”. These are becoming more and more popular recently due the increase of marijuana use thanks to it becoming more and more legal throughout the US. Vaporizers that burn dry herbs only produce vapor from the actual user, as the device only produces vapor from the tip (inhale point). Since the herbs are being, well..vaporized.. this method can be much more efficient to that of a traditional smoking session and potentially making marijuana far more potent so approach with caution.
Aromatherapists have recently been encouraging patients who burn certain herbs and flowers for therapeutic reasons to look into purchasing a vape pen of some sort to simplify the process. Regardless of what you are vaping – a vape pen will make the whole process simpler and with less mess. Waxes and oils round out the third option that a select few vape pens can vaporize. The same concept as with e-juice and dry herbs, these “ingredients” may require a designated tank for them so pay close attention to what comes in the kit that you’re possibly looking at purchasing. V2, for example, has a kit that you can add additional tanks to at the checkout.
Alright so you’ve graduated from the smaller vape pens or other starter kits, and you’re positive that vaping is the right choice for you. What you have works well, but you’re looking for an upgrade from what you have right now, maybe something a bit more powerful and more durable than your current setup. Enter Vape MODS.
When you see pictures or videos online of people boasting about incredible taste and huge over the top clouds of thick, dense vapors, they are using vape MODs or MODs for short. Now these devices are a little older in most cases than say the newer more popular box mod styles. Vape mods, “tube mods”( and in the early days “personal vaporizers”) were at one time at the top of the ecig food chain and with the overwhelming popularity of box mods, they have taken the peripheral back seat to them as of late.
Vape MODs are more geared towards intermediate and advanced vapers who want to get more out of their vaping experience. In fact, if you were still unsure whether e-cigs could be a viable replacement for your regular cigarettes, MODs will without a doubt push you over the fence towards completely switching to ecigs entirely.
The tube mod come in a typical cylinder shape and usually range from 6″ as large as 12″ depending on the size of tank you are using. It’s recommended, when purchasing your first vape mod that it is in a “kit” format to ensure you get everything you need to get started.
Vape MODs are more powerful, with longer battery life, and more durable than EGOs or Cig-a-Likes. MODs also have regulated power that is the power can be adjusted as well with safety measures to prevent over discharge and shorts from happening. They are often accompanied an LCD/LED screen to display battery life, puff count, atomizer resistance, voltage/wattage being outputted, and some even have customizable wallpapers!
Most of your tube vaporizers will use an external rechargeable battery normally an IMR 18650 battery. Since the lower power MODs have a lower amp limit, searching for a battery with a high amp limit is not necessary. Instead, something with the larger battery (higher mah rating) is suggested instead. For the most part, a single charge could last two to three days without needing another charge. Your MOD will let you know when the battery needs charging; in fact, the device will not fire if your battery gets too low as a safety precaution. In addition to higher power and longer battery life, you’ll also find the MOD style to be more durable in nature.
Often MODs will have a metallic housing normally stainless steel or aluminum. The metallic casing makes the unit heavier and larger than what you are used to, but it also means it can withstand drops and wear and tear without any issues.
What makes MODs truly stand out is the built in screen. At times I’ve often forgotten to charge my vape pen battery or if I have 2 pens, and forgot which one is charged and which one isn’t. With the built-in screen, my MOD lets me know exactly how much of a charge I have left so I’ll never be with a dead e-cig in the middle of the day! The ability to set a wattage or voltage is a great feature as well. Depending on what atomizer I have, some perform better at different levels of power.
With the built-in screen, I can adjust accordingly and depending on which atomizer I am using that day, I can quickly and accurately adjust to the power setting I enjoy with a touch of a button.
If you just can’t get used to the feel of using a box type device, well technology has finally caught up as newer devices now have the DNA chip or the SX350 chips built in the form of a tube-like device! With the capability of reaching such enormous levels of power, many users have abandoned clearomizers and have instead opted for rebuildable atomizers. As nice as clearomizers and cartomizers are, the stock coils are not capable of reaching these high powered devices fullest potential. Often when using a clearomizer with a high powered device, when the user adjusts to a higher setting, the power will burn out the internal coils of the atomizer.
MODs will completely change your outlook on e-cigs entirely. If you are used to a warmer more intense feel similar to a regular cigarette that the EGOs and Cig-a-Likes could not provide, vape MODs can not only match it, it will surpass it. If you are looking for a better vapor production, MODs will not only meet your expectations, it will exceed them. Personally, there have been times that the vapor production has been too much! Don’t worry about buyer’s remorse, I assure you MODs are a great investment and worth the upgrade.
When searching for your next best e-cigarette, you will eventually come across box mods. Box mods seem to have what many vapers are looking for. They are extremely popular as a second or third device thanks to their many features, their size, and their increasingly simplistic use. A majority of faithful vapers have moved into this category, and rarely do they fall out of it.
The box mod gives vapers everything you want, from power to size to allowing full control of your settings – or the ease of a simple “turn it on and go”, the right box mod will fit the bill when looking for a great vaporizer.
When referencing the box mod, I will be generalizing features and what they offer. Grant it, there are exotic boxes out there that will be “on an island” so to speak, whether it’s from their need for a specific battery or a proprietary tank, etc., etc. But the majority of these devices all fall under the same style categories, and certain aspects can be mixed and matched. One of the most important factors among box mods is that almost all of the latest devices come equipped with a 510 connection, this allows the user to choose from a plethora of tank styles.
Since 510 threading is pretty much industry standard, manufacturers now give us tons of options to choose from for our tank, from the color and size, your personal preference in tips, and even the amount of airflow that comes through. The right tank can make all the difference for a good vaping experience, and the box gives you the freedom to use practically any tank you want.
For most vapers, getting a new tank is a highlight and something that is highly looked forward to. The best thing about box mods is the ability to have access to all the power and customizability you want. The majority of box mods now give you greater access to dialing in that perfect vape. Here are a few of the relevant options that most mods offer, find what features and flexibility are important to you and go from there.
- Adjusting the wattage & voltage ( individual models even allow for temperature control)
- Wide variety of compatible tanks to choose from (sub ohm/ non-sub ohm – depending on amps)
- Size – from massive to miniature – you can find what appeals to you
- Screen sizes and clarity – regardless of what environment you’re in – there is a screen perfect for you.
- Overall look & design – with all the different shapes and sizes finding that awesome box won’t be hard
- Getting the most out of each charge – batteries are lasting longer than ever
- Upgradeable via USB (certain models)
These attributes are just a few reasons why the box mod has quickly taken over the top spot when dealing with the best vaporizers. The once reigning “mech mod” is rapidly becoming obsolete thanks to the box mod. The ability to now find an e-cig that hits upon all the features and personalization that you want is easier than ever.
With new box mods coming out regularly it’s almost impossible not to find something that is right up your alley. With the advancement of box mod technology the ease of adjusting your settings and targeting in that perfect vape have never been easier. With all the options in this category to choose from, how do you know what’s right for you? Here are few rules of thumb when looking for that first box mod:
- More watts isn’t always the way to go – 50w is typically plenty – especially for new users – 30w should be your minimum allowing you to grow without having to buy a new device.
- Battery Options – More and more of the newer models come with a built-in non-removeable battery. Reviews are important to check out to see if others have had issues with the model you are looking at. Keep in mind if the model you are looking at buying has a removable battery you may have to purchase one separately. This option allows for more freedom by not having to be connected to a cord but the demand on the battery door will be high and can eventually cause problems with constantly taking it on and off.
- Price -Don’t let price dictate anything when searching for a box mod. Some of the best boxes we’ve used have been under $50. Of course, our list will show you a few that fall into this category that we fell in love with but if your search takes you elsewhere keep an eye out for more expensive mods gettings better reviews than cheaper ones as there may be a hidden agenda for your dollar.
- Kit vs. Device Only -This is an issue I personally came across with my first purchase of a box. Make sure when buying your first mod that you get a “kit” instead of the “device only”. A kit should give you a battery, a tank, and, at least, one charger to get you going. With your 2nd box down the road, you can save a couple of bucks on because you will probably only need the device itself.
Once people started customizing e-cigarettes, it was clear that an option beyond selling starter kits needed to be addressed. In order for a vaper to customize their experience and get exactly the vapor they were looking for, manufacturers began offering tanks on their own, giving the vapor a new level of control over their ultimate vapor production.
While there are a few e-cigarette methods that do not employ tanks, most all of the e-cigarettes you see out in the world have some sort of tank element—even if you are using a disposable model.
The varieties of tanks that are out there range in sizes, construction, style, indeed every aspect of customizable tanks that you can think of, but where does one start.
No matter what tank you purchase, there will be an atomizer element to it. In fact, when you break it down the e-cigarettes only has three parts: a tank, a battery and an atomizer. The atomizer is, as they say, where the magic happens. It is the heating element that warms your e-juice up to a vapor, allowing for the entire vaping process to take place. That is why virtually all of the tanks on the market are also atomizers.
Atomizer contain a coil that when connected to a battery heats up to create the vaporization, or e-cigarette aerosol that is the “vapor” that you inhale.
Clearomizers Vs. Cartomizers
There are two basic kinds of tanks out there: Clearomizers and Cartomizers. Depending on your vaping style and preferences, you may easily gravitate more toward one than the other.
Clearomizers are the more common tank these days. They are easily refillable, easily interchangeable between different batteries, and come in a variety of sizes and styles to fit all different kinds of vapers. Clearomizer generally use a wick to deliver the e-juice to the coil for vaping.
When choosing a clearomizer you should consider these factors:
• Capacity – Tanks come in all difference sizes. A pack of smokes is roughly equivalent to 2 mL of e-liquid, so if you are a pack a day smoker, you will probably want a tank with at least 2 mL in capacity.
• Top Coil – A top coil tank produces a warmer vapor.
• Bottom Coil – Bottom coil produces a cooler vapor.
• Dual Coil – Uses more battery power, but provides a cool, even vapor.
• Top Fill or Bottom Fill – Top fill tanks are easier to fill with e-juice, but bottom fill tanks have better wick absorption.
• Airflow Control – Some tanks may come with airflow control valves to help facilitate a larger vapor if desired.
Cartomizers are generally considered the more disposable kind of tanks. The originally weren’t designed to be refilled, but vapers are nothing if not ingenious, and many of these cartos can be reused. Rather than using a wick, cartomizers use poly-fil to absorb the e-liquid, much like a filter, before the coil vaporizes it.
Most cartomizers come pre-filled and for those that are looking the easiest possible e-liquid solution, they may find cartos fit the bill. They are inexpensive and if you aren’t planning on refilling, they are likely the easiest option as well.
Cartomizers have two different coil styles:
• Vertical Coil – The vertical coil runs parallel inside the tank. Wrapped in poly-fil, it provides an even heat distribution for the vaping process.
• Horizontal Coil – The horizontal coil in cartomizers uses wicks to bring the e-liquid solution to the atomizer.
Most e-cig users will experience a variety of kinds of tanks in their lifetime as a vaper. Understanding the different elements of what can go into a tank will help you hone in on the features you want and enable you to find just the right tank for your specific needs.
Sub-ohm Vaping 101
Sub-ohm vaping is either something that excites you or scares you, but either way you probably want to know more. If you are an experience vaper you may have considered trying sub-ohming, maybe you have even tried it, but if you’re new to vaping this might before the first you’re hearing about it.
In basic terms, sub-ohming means more power in your vape. While most standard vaporizers operate at a resistance level of 1 to 3 ohms, sub-ohm vaping pushes the limits by lowering the resistance level to under 1 ohm.
Less ohms mean more power to the atomizer, which mean more wattage and higher amps, providing a much more significant cloud when you use your vaporizer.
Tips with Sub-Ohming
Lower Your Nicotine Level – Since more heat is delivered to the atomizer, the e-liquid itself becomes more intense as a vapor. Many sub-ohmers lower their nicotine levels because of this, which enables them to enjoy the vapor more, even when it is in such an intense cloud.
Check Compatibility – While there are full sub-ohm kits available, if you are buying components separately you will want to ensure that they are compatible to each other. Most box mod batteries will be compatible as long as they provide at least 30 watts of power, however, you should absolutely verify if the battery is sub-ohm capable. Don’t forget to check battery connections too; most batteries and tanks use a standard 510 connection, but you should always double check that the connections are compatible too, just in case.
Advantages of Sub-Ohms
Big Clouds – The number one reason people gravitate toward sub-ohming is for the big vapor. Cloud chasers are well known for their pursuit of the biggest cloud, which is why sub-ohm devices and cloud chasers go hand in hand.
Stronger E-liquid Flavors – With sub-ohming you are vaping at a higher power level, meaning more e-liquid is vaporized than with a regular e-cig device. This gives you that larger cloud, but also a more intense flavor that many vapers crave.
Strong Throat Hit – Since the majority of e-cig users are e-smokers, it is safe to assume that many are looking for a vaping experience that in the end is comparable to their old habit of smoking. Sub-ohming, with the heavier cloud and the warmer vapor temperature feels much more like the cigarette smoke that you might be missing.
Disadvantages of Sub Ohms
Big Clouds – I know that was an advantage too, but depending on who you are the big clouds might also be a drawback. If you are looking for a more stealth-like experience, you will find the clouds from a sub-ohming device inescapable.
E-Liquid Costs – You will go through more e-liquid using a sub-ohm devices, that just goes with the territory. As a result the cost of sub-ohming vaping will always be slightly more than that of traditional vaping.
Potential Dangers with Sub-Ohming
One of the initial questions that comes to mind when you bring up sub-ohm vaping is the possible danger that could accompany it. Since sub-ohming requires more power being sent from the battery to the atomizer there is an inherent danger. More amps and more wattage means stress on the battery. This does not mean, however, that you cannot find the safest sub-ohming devices possible. Buying from reputable companies and finding batteries that have features such as air flow vents will help you stay safer when you get started in the sub-ohm world.
Sub-ohm vaping is a great example of how innovation can change the landscape of vaping for the better. Vapers were looking for more—more clouds, more flavor, more satisfaction—and they found it. With new product innovations and current safety features, sub-ohming is safer than it’s ever been—so there’s no reason to be afraid to get into sub-ohming, especially if it sounds like it might be right for you.