How To Choose The Best Vape Brand
A vape is an electronic cigarette, or ‘e-cig’ for short. Vapes contain ‘vape juice’ or ‘e-juice’, which may contain nicotine derived from tobacco. This is why vapes are subject to government regulation as tobacco products. With that in mind, in both the US and Canada, laws state that you must be 19 years of age to purchase e-cigarettes and vaping supplies.
And now for a bit of history. Vapes have been around since the early 2000s, but in Canada, they exploded with the enactment of the 2018 Tobacco and Vaping Products Act (TVPA) that allowed adults to legally purchase vape products that contain nicotine.
Now we’ll let this cloud of haziness and uncertainty settle as we take you on a tour of the absolute 10 top vape brands around.
Things To Consider When Buying a Vape
If you’re already a connoisseur and know all the best vape secrets, feel free to skip down to the brands themselves. However, if you’re looking for a comprehensive sneak peek into the world of vapes and what to look for, read on, dear reader, read on.
Most vapes are made with a replaceable or refillable inhaler cartridge that contains vegetable glycerin and/or polyethylene glycol, flavoring, and – if you choose to include it – nicotine.
When you inhale through the mouthpiece, a sensor triggers a vaporizer to heat a small amount of liquid flavoring. The liquid turns into vapor, which is then drawn into your mouth and lungs.
When you modify your vape beyond a basic package, you are creating a ‘vape mod’. There are many ways to accessorize your device. For instance, you can replace tanks, coils, glasses for tanks, batteries, and more, mixing and matching for the ultimate customizable experience. Of course, when you accessorize, you have to make sure your parts are compatible with each other.
As we see with many mass-produced goods, there are excellent high-quality options, then there are cheap, unreliable options. Many people tend to believe that the more you pay, the better your vape will be, but it is easy to disguise low-quality with a high price. That’s why it is important to know the markers of a good vape pen. Before you buy, make sure that:
- The vape has a good heating tank – one that heats quickly and effectively
- The vape has modifiable temperatures – temperature changes the output
- The vape has safe, non-toxic airflow that gives you good vapor production and screens out any extra bits
- The vape has a good quality battery that quickly recharges and gives you at least 10 vape sessions before it needs to be recharged
The best vapes will include bonuses like warranties and water resistance, which will always come in handy. You need to wash your vape tank (if you buy a refillable device), so water resistance is a great feature. Warranties will cover you in case you accidentally break your tank or the device fails you shortly after purchase.
The final consideration before you buy a vape is its look. There are so many silhouettes on the market when it comes to e-cigs.
If you like something sleek and stylish, a pen might be a better option. If you don’t mind carrying a beast around with you all day, indulge in a box mod. If you want something easily pocketable, then there are mini pod systems available. Take that, lame cigarettes.
10 Best Vape Brands
With all that in mind, here are what we consider to be the 10 best vape brands on the market right now.
Our first featured brand, Vaporesso, was launched in 2015 by their parent company, SMOORE, who were themselves founded in 2006 by Chen Zhiping. Still following? Ok, good.
SMOORE is based in Shenzhen, China, where they produce devices and components for their own brands, along with those owned by other companies in the industry. Vaporesso produces a variety of vape kits, mods, tanks, coils, and accessories.
One of Vaporesso’s best-selling vapes is the Vaporesso XROS, a sleek pod system that comes in 13 colorways and features an 800mAh battery that promises long-lasting potency and a quick charging time.
This vape also touts a visible 2ml cartridge capacity and adjustable airflow for a customized, yet compact, experience. The device comes packaged with a warranty card and a type-C USB cable. Leak-proof and made of stunning stainless steel, indulge in the experience for $30.
- Products have authentic verification codes
- Reasonably priced
- Charging cord included
- Warranty card included
- Ships to many countries
- Generous 60-day return policy
Innokin founder and CEO, James Lee, launched the e-cigarette brand in 2011 with the aim of “giving people the tools and guidance to live better.” Innokin produces its CRC (child-resistant certified) and standard pod systems, vape kits, and vape tanks in their factory located in XinXinTian Industrial Park in Shenzhen, China.
One of the best Innokin vape kits is the Adept Zlide Kit, an MTL (mouth-to-lung) box mod that has a 3000mAh battery and a respectable maximum 5.5V voltage.
Vape experts will also appreciate the Zenith (z-coils) coils found on this bad boy along with the sturdy construction that feels at home in just about any environment. Take it easy at home or go out in the wild, this product is adept (pun intended) at being versatile.
The vape features a variety of safety protections, including over discharge, overcharge, overvoltage, short circuit and heat protection, and high-resistance/cutoff protection. With all that in mind, it’s safe to say that the brand wants you to have the best vape experience possible.
Grab this sleek and functional product in one of 6 colors for $40.
- Super powerful battery and high voltage
- Many safety precautions
- International shipping
- Durable mods
- Many colorways
- 90-180-day warranty
Joyetech was founded in 2007 by Frank Qiu. Their parent company, JWEI, is headquartered in Shenzhen, China, and has factories throughout southeastern China.
This brand is dedicated to its goal of becoming a leader in the vaping industry by producing innovative vape kits, pods, tanks, mods, and coils that cater to users looking for every kind of vaping experience. Quite the lofty goal, but how do they really shape up?
The Joyetech eGo AIO’s sleek silhouette comes in a variety of colorways, making it appealing to users looking for a more pen-like vape. Right off the bat, we love just how much information this company provides on their products in an easy-to-read format on each webpage. Their specifications are as transparent as the cartridge window on the AIO.
Ready to hear about all the specs? This dynamite product features a 1500mAh battery, an atomizer cap equipped with a child lock, a spiral structure mouthpiece for airflow and security, and applicability for various tanks ranging from 4.0mm to 5.5mm. The price is also noteworthy because you can get the standard version online for only $24.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, the brand’s product page has a host of other relevant information that we could spend pages discussing.
- Joyetech has distributors/is accessible in partner retail locations
- UL certified
- Sleek design in several colorways
- Child lock
- Adjustable airflow
- Huge 90-day warranty
4. Breeze Smoke
A little mystery isn’t always a bad thing, but we do wish we had more to say about our next brand. There isn’t a whole lot of information about Breeze Smoke online. All we could find is that the company sells disposable vapes that are designed in the US and manufactured in China.
On the store website, you can see that the company address is located in Warren, Michigan, which we take to be their headquarters.
If you thought the previous brand’s prices were great, just wait ‘til you get a load of this one. Their best vape, the Breeze Disposable Device, is priced at $13 and is available both as a standard pod system (5% nicotine salts) or a 0% nicotine version.
These disposable vapes come in a variety of preset flavors including mint, strawberry cream, banana mint, and peach soda. Each features a 650mAh battery and 3.5ml liquid capacity that allows for 800 puffs before it reaches the end of its viability. Every pen comes pre-charged and ready to use.
- Cheap e-cig option
- Offers nicotine and nicotine-free options
- Many delicious flavors to choose from
- Relatively decent battery power, given the type of vape
- Comes pre-charged
5. Vandy Vape
Stefen Zhang is the CEO and Chief Creative Designer of Vandy Vape, a manufacturer extraoirdinaire of e-cigs and accessories.
The company’s mission is to “[put] forth every effort to make our contribution to the development of the E-cig industry and providing the best service to all customers.” Vandy Vape is based in Shenzhen, China, and has been since their conception in 2016.
One of the most talked-about mods by the brand is the Jackaroo Kit, which also comes in a mini size for a more discreet and easy to carry version.
The waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof box mod comes in 12 colors and features an ergonomic design, a max 100W power chip, safety protections that’ll knock your socks off (or keep them on, rather), and a break-proof tank glass that comes in two capacity options – 3.5ml and 5ml. If you want tons of features, the Jackaroo has them and more.
- Sizeable 90-day warranty
- Vandy Vape products are stocked in most vape retail locations
- Availabe in a mini size
- A variety of cool color options to choose from
- Potent 100W Vandy chip
- Ergonomically designed
- Durable and rugged
Smok is one of the oldest and most well-known innovative companies in the vaping industry. They launched in 2010 under the guidance of their parent company, Shenzhen IVPS Technology Corporation Ltd., a Shenzhen-based manufacturer of e-cigarettes and e-cig accessories.
The brand currently sells vaporizer tanks, coils, and kits, along with vape accessories of various kinds. One of the best-selling products on the Smok site is the RPM40 Kit, a sturdy and structural-looking pod mod that comes in 16 different colors, including Tiffany blue, if that strikes your fancy.
Here’s the spec rundown: it features a 4.3ml e-liquid capacity, a 1500mAh battery capacity, a 1W-40W adjustable power range, and an advanced internal IQ-R chip design. You can also treat yourself to a wide mouthpiece for even more sweet, sweet, airflow. You can tell they’ve put a lot of effort into this one.
Their best vape kit sells on the Smok site for $26, on sale from its regular price of $32.
- Tried-and-true brand
- Many color options to choose from
- 4.3ml liquid capacity
- Powerful 1500mAh battery capacity
- Adjustable power range
- Wider mouthpiece
- International shipping available
Aspire is one of the leading vape brands in the industry thanks to its innovative and beloved products. The Chinese brand was among the first to incorporate sub ohm tanks and BVC coils, which are useful for adjusting airflow. Aspire was launched in 2013, and has since been selling high-quality tanks, mods, kits, and accessories of all kinds.
The Aspire Speeder Box Mod is the perfect example of the brand’s dedication to fusing together technology and vaping to create novel, functional, effective, and luxurious products.
The sleek mod features a 200W output, an auto-rotating 0.96 inch OLED screen, and multiple TC/VV/VW/TCR and CPS(Customizable Power Setting) options. You might just forget to vape when playing around with the host of settings this product offers.
You can purchase this best vape mod in three finishes: black, silver with grey, and gold with white. Given that it is sold as just the vape mod, you can pair it with your favorite aspire tanks for a customizable, unique vaping experience. Buy it in a standard or a TPD package for $55.
- 200W output
- Auto-rotating screen
- International shipping
- 3-month warranty
8. Vape Horizon
Coming to you live from the great white north, Vape Horizon got their start in Edmonton, Canada back in 2014. From there, the brand ships their extensive stock of electronic cigarette vaporisers, eliquids, vape mods, atomizers, and a veritable host of other vape accessories across Canada.
A notable item from the Vape Horizon catalog is the Vladdin Starter Kit. Its sleek design, durability, and convenience make this vape the perfect portable starter kit for vape newbies. It features a baby 350mAh battery, maximum output wattage of 12W, a universal micro USB charger, and a ceramic coil.
The Vladdin is available in six metallic colors, including rainbow, titanium, black, and gold. You can find it on the Vape Horizon site for the price of $21.
- 6 colorways to choose from
- Good pricing
- Refillable cartridges available
- Sleek and stylish designs across the board
- Very (new) user friendly
- Free expedited shipping on orders $100+
- A respectable 30-day return policy
Vaporfi is a wholly-owned subsidiary of International Vapor Group Inc., a leading manufacturer of vaporizers and eliquids. Nick Molina is the current CEO of the Miami-based International Vapor Group, which he joined in early 2010.
On their site, Vaporfi sells products such as eliquids, kits, mods, and accessories. They also carry a wide variety of CBD goods, such as oils and juices. In their own words, their products are for anyone, “from those curious about ditching tobacco to those advanced techy vapers who are the true hobbyists.”
Unlike the other brands that sell their own patented products, Vaporfi stocks all of the massive brands in the industry, including Smok, Voopoo, and GeekVape. If you browse through their catalog, you can see that vape pens range between $20-$50, pod mods cost between $17-$50, and box mods cost $40-$60, all depending on the brand and specs.
The most highly-reviewed vape on the site is the Smok Nord 2 Vape Pod Starter Kit, which features a 1500mAh rechargeable battery, 1-40W wattage output range, and a 0.5V-4.0V voltage output range. You can find this product in Vaporfi’s online store in a variety of colors for $28, on sale from its regular price of $40.
- Not limited to the brand’s own products on the site – they stock many big name vapes and accessories
- Reasonably priced devices
- Powerful 1500mAh battery in the featured product
- Adjustable 1-40W wattage output range
- Adjustable 0.5-4.0V voltage output range
- Generous 90-day warranty
Voopoo have made their mark in the industry as one of the best vape brands with their iconic gene chip technology in all of their mods. Voopoo was established in 2014 by ICCPP, which then went on to acquire Woody Vapes – an American vape brand – in 2016.
This brand started making waves in 2017 and onwards with their line of mods, accessories, and coils.
By far, the most highly-reviewed, best-selling mod by Voopoo is the DRAG 3. The super box mod features a high burst super mode, max 177W output power, an advanced GENE.FAN 2.0 chip, and a dual 18650 battery. The mod is suitable for use with the TPP, PnP, and 510 platforms, and features an upgraded Type-C fast charge system.
If all of that has got your attention, you can purchase a DRAG 3 in one of 8 colorways for $65.
- 177W output power
- Dual 18650 battery
- Chip powered
- 8 colorways at your disposal
- Voopoo products are sold in over 200 countries worldwide
- Large tank
Why Use A Vape?
Health experts from several industries agree that someone who has never smoked before shouldn’t really start to smoke, no matter which form it takes. So, the best vape might be the one you never use.
However, if you are making the decision between picking up a cigarette, a hookah, or a vape, then there are a few reasons to choose the vape. The considerations that come into play are price, health risks, smell and taste, and customizability/variety.
When it comes to cost-effectiveness, vaping is the clear winner. Aside from the price you pay for the actual mod (somewhere between $45-$60, but we’ve seen dramatically lower prices), plus the price of a couple of bottles of vape juice (typically around $20-$30), you are good to go until your juice runs out, assuming to clean and care for your mod properly.
The average cost of a pack of cigarettes can range between $6-$9, depending on the kind and where you’re located. If you smoke a pack a week, you are paying hundreds of dollars a year, and that’s on the lower end of the spectrum.
If you smoke a pack a day, then you’re looking at thousands of dollars up in smoke. With all of that in mind, cigarettes are way more expensive than the cost of buying a vape and occasionally buying new juice.
Another important consideration when deciding what to pick up is the health risks. Hookahs are known to contain high levels of toxic compounds, including tar, carbon monoxide, heavy metals, and carcinogens.
Smoking cigarettes increases your risk of developing lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and possibly even TB. But we’ve all seen the PSAs and adverts, so pretty much everyone knows it’s not the best of habits.
Vaping is less harmful, but it is still not exactly safe. Research suggests that there are links between vaping and chronic lung disease, asthma, and even cardiovascular disease.
If you add nicotine to your vape, you also run the risk of becoming addicted to nicotine. With that being said, the data on vaping is inconclusive and still ongoing, as its an emerging phenomenon that hasn’t been around for a multitude of years like cigarettes. So far, cigarettes are agreed upon as the more harmful option.
The last reason to choose to pick up a vape instead of the other alternatives (cigarettes and hookah, in particular) is that you get more customizability and flavor options.
With many vapes, you can easily adjust the temperature, airflow, and more, which affects what you get from the juice. The juices themselves come in a variety of delicious flavors and scents, from minty, to sweet, to savory.
Can Vaping Help You to Stop Smoking Cigarettes?
If you are already a regular cigarette smoker, vapes may be able to help you wean yourself off of them.
Of course, they aren’t the optimal option, as that would be to quit the inhalation of vapors and smokes altogether, but health experts generally agree that, based on current research, it appears that vaping is much healthier than cigarette smoking. But again, the research is still ongoing.
First, vape juices contain significantly fewer chemicals and carcinogens than cigarettes do. The main liquids in vaping products are vegetable glycerine and propylene glycol, which are already used in a variety of food, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical products, so they somewhat have a seal of approval going for them.
On the other hand, aside from nicotine, cigarettes contain formaldehyde, lead, ammonia, benzene, carbon monoxide, and other malicious ingredients that are a no-brainer to stay away from if you want to be as healthy as possible.
When you smoke a cigarette, you light the end of it, which combusts the materials contained within, producing smoke that you inhale into your mouth and lungs. When you vape, you are merely transforming liquid into a vapor form. There is no burning required, so you aren’t risking the harmful effects of combustion and nasty carcinogens.
The transition to vaping from cigarette smoking is an easy one to make for two reasons: first, you are mimicking the same actions required to smoke a cigarette while vaping; second, you can customize the amount of nicotine in your vape so that, if you need to, you can start high, then eventually taper down until you are vaping 0% juice.
And there you have it, 10 of the best vape brands on the market and their specs in all their full glory. With all this information and answered FAQs under your belt, we hope you have everything you need to make your next vape purchase a great one.
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