You’ve decided you’re ready. You’ve done all the beginner’s research and you want to try vaping, but which starter kit do you choose?
It’s common to have a lot of questions about all the different vape devices available today, especially when you’re just starting out. Fortunately, all these options make it easier to find the right vape device to suit your unique style and needs.
Choosing an all-inclusive vape starter kit will make your first step into the world of vaping a much smoother experience.
What’s in a Vape Starter Kit?
A vape starter kit will set you up with almost all the basic components you need to start vaping right out of the box. There are many different starter kits available now, but they all contain similar key components:
- A vape device (or power source). This could be an e-cig, a pod system, or a box mod.
- A tank, cartridge, or pod (depending on the type of device/power source)
- A coil (or two)
- A charging cable
- An instruction manual
The only thing not included with most kits is eliquid. After you’ve picked your starter kit, all you’ll need to do is choose your favorite flavors, fill that tank or pod, charge up the device (or install charged batteries), and start vaping.
Which Vape Kit is Right for Me?
The first step in choosing your first vape kit is finding one with features that fit your needs.
Maybe you need something that is small, portable, and closely mimics the sensation of smoking. Or perhaps you want something that delivers more power and customization, and size is not an issue for you. Luckily there’s a kit to match most any personality.
You’ll also want to consider what nicotine strength e-liquid you’ll be using. With low-nicotine products (10mg or 1.0% and lower) you can use any of the kits we discuss below. If you’re using high-nicotine products or nicotine salt e-liquids, you’ll want to choose a low-power starter kit like the pod mod kits. Nicotine salt e-liquids and e-liquids higher than 10mg should never be used with sub-ohm coils (coils under 1.0 ohms of resistance) or at high wattages (power settings over 15W).
Let’s take a look at some of the vape kit options available today and see which devices will fit your needs.
Pod Mod Starter Kits
A small and portable option is a Pod Mod Starter Kit or Vape Pod System, which utilizes specialized plastic pods instead of glass tanks. Pod systems are one of the newest types of vape device, but they are one of the most versatile, and their features vary widely.
To make things simple for you, we’ll break pod vapes down into 3 categories. In each category, we’ll show you a popular pod system in detail, and then recommend other devices with similar features. We’ll start with the most basic type of kit.
Buttonless Draw-Activated Pod Systems
Some pod system kits were designed to provide a vaping experience similar to old-school ecigs and disposable electronic cigarettes typically found in gas stations and convenience stores. These pocket-friendly vapes usually provide an experience similar to traditional cigarettes with a tight draw, a noticeable throat hit, and a minimal amount of vapor or ‘clouds’.
These kits are extremely simple to operate. Just charge your device, fill the detachable pod with your favorite flavor eliquid, and draw a puff from the mouthpiece. The simple act of drawing the air through the device fires the coil and creates the vapor.
Many of these devices are suitable for use with both regular low-nicotine e-liquids as well as high-nicotine and nicotine salt eliquids.
The SMOK Novo 2 is a prime example of this category of pod systems and a great option for a simple, on-the-go vape kit.
- Highly Portable & Lightweight
- Draw Activated Firing
- Buttonless Operation
- Integrated 800mAh Battery
- Push-to-Fit Pod Connection
- 2ml Eliquid Capacity Pod
More Buttonless Draw-Activated Pod Systems to Consider:
Single Button Pod Systems
Some pod systems have a single button to activate the atomizer and coil to create vapor. Though still portable and lightweight, button-activated vapes have a few more features than the draw-activated systems.
Single-button pod system kits typically offer the ability to completely power down your device when not in use and easier monitoring of your battery level. While many have a fixed direct voltage output, some allow you to cycle through preset power levels or have adjustable wattage settings for a more customizable, but still simple, vape experience.
Some single button pod systems even have some more advanced features such as adjustable airflow, the ability to use button or draw activation modes, interchangeable coils or pods, and rapid 2A charging capabilities.
All single button pod systems can be used with regular low-nicotine liquids (under 10mg/1% strength) but only some should be used with nicotine salts. Check to make sure the kit you like has the option for high-resistance (over 1.0 ohm) coils or can be used at low (under 15W) power settings if you want to use nicotine salts with one of these kits.
The VOOPOO VINCI R is a standout product in this category of pod systems and a great option for a long-lasting, versatile, and simple to operate vape kit.
- Single Button Firing/Operation
- Three Power Modes
- Optional Draw Activated Firing
- Replaceable Coils
- Large 1500mAh Battery
- 5.5ml Eliquid Capacity Pod
More Single Button Direct Voltage Pod Systems to Consider:
Fully Adjustable Pod System Vapes
Fully adjustable pod systems are some of the newest devices available now. These power-packed, compact devices provide a mix between the portability and ease of use of earlier pod system kits and the more technologically advanced features of a full box mod starter kit.
These starter kits offer all sorts of customization options such as fully adjustable wattage output for low resistance coils, single and dual airflow control depending on the device, replaceable coils, puff counters, and even swappable high-amp batteries.
These fully adjustable pod system vapes are a great option for people who want to be able to customize their vape experience. They provide a mid-tier experience without the bulk of a full-fledged box mod and are popular secondary ‘on-the-go’ devices for experienced vapers.
Adjustable pod systems should be used with regular low-nicotine liquids (under 10mg/1% strength). If you are using or planning to use high-nicotine e-liquids or nicotine salts, be sure you are only using high resistance coils (over 1.0 ohm) and low (under 15W) power settings with these devices.
The GeekVape Aegis Boost is a prime example of a fully adjustable pod system, and a terrific option for a durable, powerful, and feature-packed vape kit.
- IP67 Waterproofing
- Single Firing Button
- Two Adjustment Buttons
- Replaceable Coils
- Large 1500mAh Battery
- Rotating Airflow Control Dial
More Single Button Direct Voltage Pod Systems to Consider:
Box Mod Starter Kits
If you’re looking for longer battery life, more power options, more e-liquid capacity, and more ability to mix, match, and customize, a Box Mod Starter Kit might be right for you. Many experienced vapers prefer these full-sized kits, and today’s box mod kits are easier for new users than ever before.
Most box mod kits contain all the components you’ll need to start vaping except e-liquid, though some do require you to purchase batteries separately. With these kits, you’ll also have the ability to further customize your setup down the road as you get more experienced.
Most box mods and the tanks that come in these kits use a universal 510 threading to connect your tank to your device. If you decide to replace or upgrade your tank, you can retain your mod and save hard-earned funds by only replacing your tank. Or, if you want a new mod, you can get a new device and use the tank you already have!
As a general rule, box mod kits should only be used with low-nicotine (under 10mg/1%) e-liquids. High-nicotine and nicotine salt liquids should never be used at high wattages or with the sub-ohm coils that most of these kits are equipped with.
In most cases, box mod starter kits are fairly similar, but like any electronic device, they do differ slightly in features and battery types. We’ll share a few examples so you can see what appeals to you.
Kits with Internal Batteries
Some mods have a large built-in battery supply which gets charged with its included charging cable. Starter kits like the VOOPOO DRAG Mini Refresh Kit offer all the power and functions of a full-fledged box mod, with a slightly smaller footprint thanks to the internal battery supply.
- 117 Watt Max Power
- 4400mAh Internal Battery
- Advanced GENE.FIT Chipset
- Multiple Mode Options
- Full Suite of Protections
- 510 Tank Connection
- Included 5ml UFORCE Tank
More Box Mod Starter Kits with internal batteries to consider:
Kits with Replaceable Batteries
Other full-size devices use replaceable high-amp batteries, sold separately from your vape kit. These mods will require one or more batteries to operate, depending on the device. Using separate batteries means your box mod will have a longer lifespan and a higher maximum wattage output.
Another benefit of these kits is that you can swap your batteries out and charge them externally – no need to wait for your mod to charge before you can use it again. Plus, when your batteries start to go bad (most batteries last about 12 months) you can just get new batteries and you won’t have to replace the whole device.
Be sure to check out our post on battery safety for more information on what batteries to use with these devices, and how to handle and charge your batteries safely.
The Vaporesso GEN S Kit is an award-winning box mod starter kit and a terrific option for those seeking a fully adjustable box mod with high wattage output, a feature-laden chipset, and rapid 2.5A charging speeds.
- Giant 8ml Tank
- AXON Chipset w/ Firmware Upgrades
- High-Amp 18650 Battery (x2) Bay
- Rapid 2.5A Charging Capabilities
- OLED Display Screen
- Up to 220W of Wattage Output
More Box Mod Starter Kits with replaceable batteries to consider:
Where Can I Find the Best Vape Starter Kit?
You can find the best vape starter kit to fit your own personal needs right here at Giant Vapes. We offer all the newest and most popular pod system kits, box mod kits, and much much more.
On behalf of everyone here at Giant Vapes, we would again like to congratulate you on the decision to stop smoking and welcome you to the world of vaping.
If you have any questions or need more recommendations on what vape starter kit is the best fit for you, check out the rest of our articles here on the blog or reach out to our outstanding Giant Vapes customer service team.
We’re always here to help you find the best products to suit your style and needs.