Different Types of Vapes You Need to Know | An Ultimate Guide for Beginners

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Different Types of Vapes You Need to Know
Different Types of Vapes You Need to Know

Different Types of Vapes You Need to Know

Even though there are various reasons to take on vaping, most people do because of their desire to quit smoking. With all the vapes and accessories on the market today, it can be confusing or hard to find the right device that’s suited to you. In this article we will distinguish different types of vapes and their benefits. For beginners who are trying to quit smoking cigarettes, we recommend keeping it simple. The best chance for success is if the device is simple to use.

Different Types of Vapes You Need to Know
Different Types of Vapes You Need to Know

Different Types of Vapes – 1. E-Cigarettes

E-Cigarettes or “Cigalikes” are designed to look similar to cigarettes in shape and size. Even though people refer to vapes as “E-Cigarettes” from time to time, the term is most commonly used for these small electronic cigarettes. They usually come in one or two-piece designs. One-piece designs are usually disposable, while two-piece e-cigarettes come with replaceable cartridges. These vapes are fairly easy to operate. We would recommend getting a device like this, for users that want to quit smoking.

The Anatomy Of An E-cigarette
The Anatomy Of An E-cigarette

The Pros & Cons of E-Cigarettes

Pros 

  • Small & convenient
  • Discreet
  • Affordable
  • Easy to use

Cons 

  • Shorter battery life than the bigger devices

Different Types of Vapes – 2. Pod Vapes

Some of the most practical vaping devices on the market today are pod vapes. They usually perform at a higher level than the e-cigarettes and they’re a perfect fit for nicotine salt e-liquid (making them efficient for smooth nicotine delivery). It’s a two-piece device, one being the battery and the other a replaceable cartridge or a refillable pod. They are also fairly easy to use and also work great with smokers that are trying to quit.

The Anatomy Of A Pod Vape
The Anatomy Of A Pod Vape

The Pros & Cons of Pod Vapes 

Pros 

  • Button or draw activated
  • Idea for stealth vaping
  • Easy to operate
  • Practical form factor
  • Refillable & replaceable pods

Cons

  • Again, less battery life than the big devices

Different Types of Vapes – 3. Vape Pens

Vape pens are similar to e-cigarettes in shape, but the vape pens are relatively bigger and the performance is much better than that of the cigalikes. This device comprises of two parts: the battery (internal) and the tank. Some pens are detachable, while others are an all-in-one piece.

The Anatomy Of A Vape Pen
The Anatomy Of A Vape Pen

The Pros & Cons of Vape Pens 

Pros 

  • Compact enough to fit in hand
  • Longer battery life
  • Refillable
  • Replaceable coils/cartridges
  • Better performance than e-cigarettes

Cons

  • Limited capacity due to small size

Different Types of Vapes – 4. Box Mod kits

Box mod kits are for our intermediate to advanced vape users. Once you have developed a taste for vaping and want to take it to the next level, we recommend getting one of these devices. They are large in size and this usually means they are more capable of better performance, flavour production, huge clouds, more battery life. Unlike the e-cigarettes, pens or pods, these devices come with more settings and features like variable wattage to choose from or even temperature control capabilities. The tanks can be mouth to lung clearomizers or direct lung sub-ohm tanks.

The Anatomy Of A Box Mod Kit
The Anatomy Of A Box Mod Kit

The Pros & Cons of Box Mod Kits 

Pros 

  • Many devices to choose from
  • Long-running internal or external batteries
  • Higher performance
  • Can be used with other tanks

Cons 

  • Not as compact as the e-cigarettes or pens

Different Types of Vapes – 5. High Wattage Starter Kits

This device is for our advanced users. Meaning the users understand the basics of battery safety, calculating ohm’s law etc. With the necessary knowledge, you can use this kind of device to customize your vaping experience to your liking. They are similar to the box mod starter kits, but with extra power that additional batteries are offering. In most cases, these devices are paired with tanks that take replaceable coils, but you can find them with rebuildable coils such as RDAs, RTAs, RDTAs. Most high wattage box mods take two or three batteries.

The Anatomy Of A High Wattage Starter Kit
The Anatomy Of A High Wattage Starter Kit

The Pros & Cons of High Wattage Starter Kits 

Pros 

  • Good variety in size, performance, specs etc.
  • Tanks are interchangeable
  • Great battery life
  • Great performance

Cons 

  • Again, not as compact as the e-cigarettes or pens

Different Types of Vapes – 6. Regulated Squonk Starter Kits

A typical regulated squonk starter kit comprises of a regulated squonk mod and a squonk RDA. With a squonk starter kit, you needn’t drip the e-juice on your coil every now and then, because the juice is fed from the bottom via a small squeezable bottle that is connected to the atomizer. This makes it more practical and therefore, one of the most popular and most advanced vapes on the market. Most regulated squonk kits come in single battery configuration, but dual batteries are becoming more popular.

The Anatomy Of A Squonk Kit
The Anatomy Of A Squonk Kit

The Pros & Cons of Regulated Squonk Starter Kits

Pros 

  • High-performing devices
  • Coils can be built to one’s needs
  • No need to drip juice on top anymore

Cons 

  • The greatest drawback of switching from a standard box mod to a squonk mod is that doing so means switching to a larger and heavier vaping device.

Conclusion

For smokers trying to quit smoking cigarettes, we recommend using the simple or trouble free devices such as e-cigarettes (cigalikes), pod vapes and vaping pens. If you are new to the vaping world and would like to “test the waters” first, a vaping pen or even a box mod starter kit would be the way to go. Our advanced vaping community would most likely go for high wattage box mods, paired with RDAs, RTAs or RDTAs to build and wrap their coils to their liking.

With different types of vapes available today, whether it’s convenience or performance you are looking for, there’s bound to be a device out there that suits all your needs and preferences.

Xander Cloete

Xander Cloete

I am a small business owner in South Africa. I am passionate about educating the public about the health benefits of vaping in my free-time. As a former smoker, I have personal experience about the differences between smoking cigarettes and vaping. The moment that I learnt about vaping, I became obsessed with the idea and since then I can honestly say that I’m physically healthier and socially more comfortable. The blog of Heaven Gifts has given me a platform to share my thoughts about vaping.