Vaping went from a niche to the mainstream in 2017, with everybody from hipsters to old-school cockneys getting in on the flavoured smoke revolution.
Whether you want to quit smoking or learn to do impressive smoke tricks with bubblegum-flavoured vapour, there are many vapes available on the market with all kinds of bells and whistles, and it can be intimidating for those new to the scene.
We here at Tech Advisor want to make the process a little simpler by showcasing the best vapes that we’ve used and tested. Each product offers something different, and it’s up to you to choose which is best for your needs – are you focused on producing clouds of vapour, or is the size of the vape important to you?
Here’s our selection of the best vapes of 2017/2018.
Smok Alien 220W
When it comes to producing thick clouds of vapour, the Smok Alien 220W is a solid choice. At around £59.99 (retailer dependant), it’s a decent starting point for those that want to up their vape game, although it’s worth noting that you’ll probably have to shell out an additional £10 for rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries which aren’t included.
For the price, you’ll get both a V8 Baby Q2 Core and a Baby T8 Core – the former performs best at around 40-80W, while the Baby T8 offers a slightly higher range of 50-110W for those that really want to blow clouds. Both cores are incredibly small and help keep the overall size of the vape down, although these can be swapped out for a range of other coils/tanks up to 220W to further customise your vaping experience.
You’ll find a squeeze-to-fire mechanism utilised by many popular vapes, making it easy to activate in-hand and provides space for the ‘best in class’ OLED display. The display is bright and offers a range of information from temperature/wattage to the Ohm output and even how long your last drag was. It’s not a required feature, but provides insight to those that want it and provides an easy way to select the exact wattage you want.
Oh, and it’s compatible with the vape liquids you find online and in stores across the UK, providing access to a wide range of flavours and nicotine strengths.
The Pax 3 is a little different to other vapes mentioned here – while still technically a vape, the Pax 3 doesn’t use the same liquid as other vapes. Oh no. Instead, the Pax 3 utilises natural herbs to provide an aromatic smoking experience.
The choice of herb is up to you – you can use anything, from lavender which is said to boost blood flow and act as an anti-depressant, to chamomile which is said to help aid relaxation and sleep. If you’re into aromatherapy or are looking for a natural alternative to vaping, you won’t get much better than the Pax 3.
It’s a stunningly good-looking device too – people reference the Pax 3 as being the ‘Apple of the vape world’ and we somewhat agree. The shiny, premium look combined with Bluetooth connectivity is enough to impress even the most experienced vaper.
There’s a well-designed and easy-to-use app available for iOS and Android that lets you customise not only the temperature of the vape, but also different smoke modes for different effects – more clouds, etc. Just connect to it via Bluetooth and swipe across the screen to adjust the different options.
It is fairly expensive at over £200 though, so make sure that the herbal vaping route is definitely the one you want to go down before making a purchase.
The Vype Pebble is a stylish new vape from Vype that’s small and stealthy while still providing the ‘fix’ that many ex-smokers are looking for. It’s the smallest vape we’ve used by a long shot, and fits comfortably in the palm of our hands – more than small enough to go unnoticed in a pocket or bag. It’s available in five colours too, from black to green and everything in between.
The Vype Pebble won’t produce clouds like the Smok Alien, so if that’s important to you, stay away. What it does provide is a great discreet vaping experience when you get a nicotine craving, as despite the lack of clouds, you still feel the ‘kick’ in the back of the throat as you draw in vapour.
Unlike other vapes on the market, the Vype Pebble is only compatible with Vype-branded cartridges, meaning you probably won’t be able to sample the wide range of vape liquids available. Although with that being said, Vype’s catridges are relatively cheap (£5.99 for a pack of two), last a while and provide a surprisingly nice taste.
There are only seven flavours available at the time of writing, so we hope that Vype introduces a wider range in the near future to make this cheap vape a winner.