The best vapes of 2022 - Editor’s choice

The best of vaping in a single kit

The Coolfire Z60 by Innokin is an excellent combination to get started in vaping or to develop your vaping style.

The box has no defects and is ideal for use up to 60 W.

The Zlide Top doesn’t leak and delivers excellent flavours, whether you vape at low power or want to produce lots of vapour.

Best Starter Kit

Best Pod Mod

Best vape mod

Best vape atomizer

Best Vape Clearomizer

Best vape dripper

Why trust us ?

In our view, vaping is a subject that demands technical expertise but also human experience. That’s what allows us to judge the quality of different products properly. At the Vaping Post, we’ve been vaping for many years (some of us have even been vaping since 2011). We’ve tried some brilliant and some terrible products over the years. Every month, manufacturers systematically send us all their new designs to get our opinion. That’s given us solid know-how when it comes to assessing products that we use ourselves. In our offices we keep electronic testing tools like oscilloscopes (to measure signals and how steadily power is delivered), as well as archives of all our previous tests. That means we know the commercial background of every new product and can thoroughly review it from a technical point of view. Our testing relies heavily on our human judgement because first and foremost, vaping is an experience. So we consult each other regularly about the marks we give each product. Finally, for us it’s all about informing consumers, not selling vaping kit.

How do you rank products?

We test new equipment all year round, and have been doing for almost 10 years. Our team is made up of former smokers who have specialized in vaping because they love it, and who share their vaping experience every day in their detailed posts. These reviews all follow the same pattern and meet specific evaluation criteria. That allows everyone to judge the quality of new products on the market. We assign our marks as a whole team, and we’re completely independent of manufacturers.

The best decision is to quit tobacco

You’ve decided to quit smoking – congratulations! At the Vaping Post, we specialize in testing and in online vaping news. We keep you up-to-date
about the best of vaping by regularly revising our reviews of the best e-cigarettes in each category. We only write about the latest equipment made by reputable
brands and sold at affordable prices, so you can step into in the world of personal vaping devices with complete confidence.

The 5 key factors to find the right e-cigarette

Smoking causes a complex addiction, which cannot be explained by just a few factors. For years, traditional smoking cessation methods (patches, gum, etc.) have focused on satisfying the smoker’s need for nicotine alone. However, we now know that nicotine is not the only source of addiction. Smokers associate the “anchor” behaviour with consuming nicotine – which acts as a chemical marker – and this is reinforced every time they smoke a cigarette. So as well as your brain’s physical need for nicotine whenever you feel a craving, there’s a psychological aspect to understanding smoking. Any smoker will tell you that they’re “addicted to having something to do with their hands” too. And that’s where e-cigarettes excel: they satisfy the physical craving for nicotine and fill a psychological void. Vapers use their hands as they did when smoking, with something to hold, a flavour in their mouth and vapour to blow out, so the replacement e-cigarette feels more satisfying. Here are some vaping basics to help you understand it all.

1- The right e-cig for every person

Illustration of a vaperEvery vaper has different tastes, feelings and expectations, so there is no such thing as one best overall e-cigarette. The best e-cigarette is the one that will help you quit tobacco cigarettes, so it has to be very personal. That’s what makes vaping so great: you can do it in a way that suits you. Most of the products we show you here are “open” systems. That means they are interchangeable with other components (this tank can work with that battery, etc.). That means lots of options for personalizing your vaping device to suit your needs. To give yourself the best chance of quitting with an e-cigarette, we’ll give you the basics you need to know.

2- The right power level

Illustration of a batteryOur first piece of advice is to avoid very powerful models. They’ll be much bulkier. Our rankings for the best beginner kits, for example, only include e-cigarettes that are easy to transport and to fit into your pocket. If you want something even smaller, we recommend pod mods. Their particularly small size makes them even easier to use. However, they tend to do worse on battery life, so that’s something to think about when you buy. On the other hand, if you choose a kit that uses a variable power box mod and a clearomizer, choose a box with a maximum power of between 30 and 40 W. That will be more than enough to start with.

3- The right clearomizer for the smoker

Illustration of a clearomizerThe clearomizer is the top part of the e- cigarette you put into your mouth. It is made up of a tank, a coil and a mouthpiece (drip tip). We’d recommend choosing a clearomizer with a tight draw and coils of more than 1 ohm. A high resistance in ohms will let you inhale indirectly. Indirect inhalation is a two-step vaping method. First you pull the vapour into your mouth and then into your lungs, just like smoking a tobacco cigarette. All of the models we’ve selected above work with indirect inhalation. A good clearomizer is essential, so make sure you get one!

4- Battery life matters

Illustration of an other batteryThe battery needs to hold its charge long enough. Battery life is calculated in milliamperes/hour (mAh). It’s easy to work out because the higher the mAh, the longer the battery will last. To sum up, 1500 mAh or more will give any new vaper enough power for a day without worrying about the battery. Another important point: the higher the ohm value of the coil in the clearomizer, the less battery power it will use. The e-cigarette must have pass-through functionality, which lets you vape while it recharges it via a micro USB cable. If yours doesn’t have that option, consider buying a second battery. Then you avoid being left waiting, which might give you time to reach for a smoke in the meantime.

5- Simplicity is key

Stopping smoking can be stressful, so anything that makes your life easier is a good thing. With that in mind, opt for a clearomizer with a top-fill e-liquid tank. It’s a lot easier and faster. Along the same lines, the less geeky among you will prefer batteries with non-variable power. Fill the tank, wait a few minutes for the coil to soak through, then press the button and vape. The simpler, the better, at least when you start vaping. If you want the simplest possible solution, choose a pod mod instead. Pod mods are small e-cigarettes that are easy to use, although their battery often lasts less than in a box mod.

2 golden rules for choosing the right e-liquid

We all know that e-liquid is the key ingredient in vaping. This clever blend of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine, nicotine
and flavourings needs careful thought to help you swap smoking for vaping. Quitting cigarettes is hard. Replacing them with flavoured vapour may seem odd
sometimes, but once you’ve found the right e-liquid you’ll soon forget cigarettes. Here are our tips for choosing the right e-liquid in future:

1- A nicotine level that’s right for your needs

Illustration of the nicotine levelThis is another a key factor in successfully quitting smoking. Start with a high nicotine level (e.g. 12 or 18 mg/ml) for the first few days or weeks, especially if you choose a pod as they’re less powerful. The best thing is to test different products and make up your own mind. Finally, don’t be afraid of nicotine. What makes smoking dangerous is inhaling the smoke from burning tobacco, not the nicotine. As a smoker, nicotine for you is a bit like caffeine. You can always reduce the nicotine level gradually later if you want to.

2- Flavour - what a pleasure!

Illustration of an e-juiceThe e-liquid you choose can have a big impact on how successfully you transition to vaping. Part of stopping smoking is the pleasure of discovering flavours you like. We suggest you choose several so you don’t get bored. E-liquid manufacturers sell a huge range of flavours: tobacco (also called classic), fruity, gourmet, cocktail and mint flavours. Visiting a well- stocked store is the best way to test a lot of different e-liquids and choose the ones you like. Part of vaping is the pleasure of tasting different flavours. For the answers to other questions you might have about the best way to start vaping, we’d recommend reading our article Which e-cigarette is best for you?

Are e-cigarettes hazardous to your health?

Are you a smoker, wondering if e-cigarettes might harm your health? It’s a valid question, because most of the products we
consume involve some risk. Read on – science has made huge progress on the subject. Compared to smoking tobacco, there’s a large body of evidence in
support of vaping being far less dangerous.

The danger is combustion

E-cigarettes are designed to reduce risk for smokers, i.e. they will help you to reduce the many dangers associated with smoking. This is because they contain no tobacco and there is no combustion.

It’s when tobacco burns that it releases thousands of hazardous chemical compounds, including over sixty known carcinogens. This lethal cocktail makes smoking the deadliest habit in human history. As soon as you stop burning tobacco, you remove most of the dangers, including the well-known dangers of carbon monoxide, tar and even the fine particles found in the smoke.

95% less harmful than smoked tobacco

An extensive study of the literature by the British Department of Health in 2015 drew this important conclusion.

Since the United Kingdom is now the country where smokers are encouraged to vape more than anywhere else, people vape even in hospitals and smoking cessation support units. The result? They have one of the lowest smoking rates across Europe.

In France, politics are still a problem, but there are whispers that vaping’s much less harmful than smoked tobacco. Official French supporters include the National Academy of Medicine, the Economic, Social and Environmental Council and the National Cancer Institute, as well as a large number of doctors, tobacco experts and addiction specialists.

Nicotine is not carcinogenic

We often hear smokers spreading a common misconception about e-cigarettes.

“If it contains nicotine, vaping must cause cancer too.” They’re wrong.

Nicotine is an alkaloid. At the doses ingested by a smoker or a vaper, it poses no major risk to the body. Nicotine causes an addiction to smoking to an extent, but we could just as well compare it to caffeine. It is found in medications to stop smoking of course, but it’s in aubergines too.

“People smoke for the nicotine but die from the tar,” wrote psychiatrist Michael Russel in 1974, laying the foundations for reducing risks to smokers. We’d recommend reading our article Everything you needed to know about nicotine.

World has standards for vaping

One criticism we often hear in alarmist debate is,

“We don’t know what’s in it.” But that is completely untrue.

Firstly, we know exactly what ingredients there are in an e-liquid, and secondly we can measure the emissions (vapour) from e-cigarettes with great precision.

This is thanks to science, which has made huge progress with respect to vaping over the past ten years (yes, it’s been around that long), and because manufacturing standards have been set.

These standards are imposed by the European Union and, for United States, by the Food and Drugs Administration.

Whichever method you choose, the key is to quit smoking

You just know it – as soon as you tell anyone you want to stop smoking, they’ll all want to give you advice. Obviously, here at the Vaping Post we all think vaping is brilliant because it’s helped every one of us to stop smoking. But there are lots of other ways too. Whether you choose a behavioural method, alternative or traditional medicine, medication or just go cold turkey, the goal is the same. It’s just the method that differs, and it’s up to you to find what works for you. If you don’t manage the first time, don’t despair. Smoking is considered one of the most difficult addictions to break. To stop smoking, you need courage and perseverance. Please comment on our articles if you have any questions. We are here to help.

E-cigarettes and lobbies

So, you’re about to start vaping. That means you’ll soon be helping to shake up established world order! As you vape, take some time to think about tobacco tax revenues, the dividends tobacco companies pay their shareholders, or the net margins of pharmaceutical companies that specialize in smoking cessation aids. Welcome to vaping!

(Very) frequently asked questions about the best e-cigarette

What is the average price of a decent e-cigarette?

A good beginner’s kit is about 60 Euro on average, not including whatever a bottle or two of e-liquid might cost. This price usually includes a high-tech battery, a high-performance tank, spare coils and a power cable.

What’s the best brand of e-cigarette?

Our editorial staff consider the Chinese brand Innokin, which is well established in Europe, to be the best e-cigarette brand at the moment. They’ve chosen this manufacturer based on the consistent quality of its products, its commitments to tobacco control and its corporate values.

Is it better to vape or smoke?

Vaping is definitely better than smoked tobacco, which is extremely damaging to the body. Since e-cigarettes produce no fine particles, tar or carbon monoxide, they massively reduce risk in comparison to smoked tobacco. Even so, vaping can pose some risks to health, particularly in the case of certain volatile organic compounds that can be found in the vapour, depending on how to device is used and configured, as well as the composition of the e-liquid.

What is the best e-cigarette if you want to quit smoking?

In 2021, the best electronic cigarette to quit smoking is the Coolfire Z50 kit from Innokin. This product has been voted best e-cigarette by our editorial staff after hundreds of reviews of different equipment.

What’s the best e-cigarette of 2021?

The best e-cigarette in 2021 is a kit you can use straight out of the box. It needs almost no adjustments, is easy to use and delivers excellent performance. It’s the Coolfire Z50 kit from Chinese manufacturer Innokin, and our editorial staff voted it the best e-cigarette of 2021.

What is the average price of a decent e-cigarette?

A good beginner’s kit is about 60 Euro on average, not including whatever a bottle or two of e-liquid might cost. This price usually includes a high-tech battery, a high-performance tank, spare coils and a power cable.

What is the best e-cigarette for heavy smokers?

The level of nicotine you choose for your e-liquid will be the biggest factor in how much your e-cigarette helps you. By choosing the Coolfire Z50 kit from Innokin and a nicotine level that suits your needs, you can be sure that you are making the right choice as a heavy smoker.

Why use an e-cigarette to stop smoking?

According to one British study published at the start of 2019, e-cigarettes are twice as effective as other nicotine substitutes when it comes to quitting smoking. E-cigarettes also have a lot of advantages over other methods. For example, if you use vaping to stop smoking, you will still have that familiar feeling of having something in your hand. You can also keep the good parts of the habit, like enjoying your “cigarette break” with your work colleagues. Take a look at our article about the many benefits of using an e-cigarette to quit smoking to find out more.

Are e-cigarettes less dangerous than tobacco?

According to the 2015 report by the British Ministry of Health, e-cigarettes are “at least 95% less harmful” than smoking. Experts in the UK conformed that statistic in 2018. Have a look at our article why vaping is 95% less dangerous than smoking tobacco for more information on the subject.

A quick guide to choosing the best e-cigarette – fast

First, look at the brand. Is it well known? Reliable? Next, make sure the kit includes the essentials for vaping: a battery, tank and a coil. When it comes to choosing an e-liquid, choose a French brand.

Are small e-cigarettes better than big ones?

Not when it comes to battery life. The battery in a small e-cigarette won’t last as long as in a big one. On the other hand, they can be great backup e-cigarettes or you might use one as well as a larger, more powerful, e-cigarette. Small sized vapes are usually called pods.

How can I stop my e-cigarette from leaking?

Technical improvements mean that current e-cigarettes no longer leak. If yours does, it’s usually due to poor handling or poor maintenance of the equipment. Look at our articles for more info (coming soon).

How do I choose the right nicotine level?

A common mistake among new vapers is to underestimate their need for nicotine. The danger comes from burning tobacco, not from the nicotine. Choose a high level to start with so you really feel the hit and it satisfies your nicotine cravings.

Can I use an e-cigarette alongside nicotine substitute?

Sure. There’s no reason not to use an e-cigarette as well as patches or chewing gum, for example. Actually, tobacco expert Jacques Le Houezec says in his article that there’s no risk of overdosing, and that vaping will give you the extra nicotine you need.