What Are The Best Starter Vape Kits To Buy In 2022?

If you’re wondering what’s the best vape of 2022, you’re in the right place! We’re here to bring you a selection of what we and our customers think are the best vape kits on the market. So, whether you’re completely new to vaping, or someone a bit more experienced looking for something simpler or to recommend to a friend, there’s something for everyone.

To cover as many options as possible, we’ve focussed on classic vape kits such and pods and pens as well as more contemporary options - so don’t be surprised if you see a disposable vape or two pop up. It can seem like a daunting task to switch to vaping, so if you’re looking for a more in-depth approach make sure you check out our beginner’s guide to vaping.

But, for now, get ready to find out the best kits for new vapers in 2022!

Top 10 Starter Vape Kits For 2022

  1. Elf Bar Mate 500 Pod Vape Kit
  2. Uwell Caliburn Refillable Pod Kit
  3. Smok Nord 2 Pod Vape Kit
  4. Vaporesso GTX Go 40 Pod Kit
  5. Elf Bar Disposable Vape
  6. Aspire Pockex Vape Kit
  7. Aroma King Disposable Vape
  8. Smok Solus Pod Vape Kit
  9. Aspire Pockex Box Vape Kit
  10. Smok Novo 2 Pod Vape Kit

Elf Bar Mate 500 Pod Vape Kit

Rechargeable Elf Bar, Prefilled Pods, 500mAh Battery, Inhale Activated
PERFORMANCE SCORE
Flavour: 4/5
Smoothness: 5/5
Cost-Effectiveness: 5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
PROS & CONS
+ Compact, Pocket-Sized Design
+ Varied Selection Of Flavours
+ Supports MTL vaping
- Only Compatible With Elf Bar Mate P1 Pods

The Elf Bar Mate 500 is a compact and lightweight MTL(Mouth To Lung) kit that's an ideal option for those new to vaping. It's compatible with the innovative prefilled Mate P1 pods that are available in a variety of popular Elf Bar flavours such as Pink Lemonade. It's powered by a built-in 500mAh battery and delivers approximately 500 puffs per pod.

Thanks to inhale activation, you can use the Mate 500 vape device without pushing a button or clicking through any buttons. Just puff on the mouthpiece and it'll create a discreet amount of vapour for an MTL vape. This style of vaping replicates the feeling of a cigarette, so it's perfect for new vapers looking to switch from smoking.

Each of the Elf Bar Mate P1 pre-filled pods contain 2ml of 20mg salt nicotine e-liquid. They'll deliver a smoother throat hit than standard freebase e-liquid and the nicotine is absorbed by the body quickly to satisfy your cravings faster. As disposable pods, they're an ideal option for low maintenance vaping, as you can just replace them once they've run out of e-liquid. Plus, their airlock seal design keeps the e-liquid fresh until you're ready to use them. Once the seal is broken by pressing the red button and you've waited 10 seconds, they're ready to be used.

Uwell Caliburn Pod Vape Kit

One of our best-selling pod kits that comes with free e-liquid
PERFORMANCE SCORE
Flavour: 5/5
Smoothness: 5/5
Cost-Effectiveness: 5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
PROS & CONS
+ Long-Lasting Battery
+ Solid Range Of Compatible Coils
- Pods Can Be Known To Leak From Time To Time
- Coils Can Be Fiddly To Change Over

The Uwell Caliburn has flown off the shelves since its release earlier this year and for good reason! Whilst it’s not one of the most recent kits to be released, this elegant pen-like pod device does exactly what it says on the tin, providing unparalleled flavour with a great draw which isn’t too tight and not too loose. The 520mAh battery is long-lasting whilst the top fill pods take all of the hassle and mess away from refilling.

Whilst the specs themselves don’t set the Caliburn apart from the rest, the user experience tells us all we need to know. There’s just something about the way the Caliburn works, the inhale and airflow are just spot on for so many people, and the flavour production is genuinely one of the best of any kit on the market. If you’ve been thinking about picking up a new kit, either to start vaping or just looking for something a little different to what you already have, you really cannot go wrong with the Caliburn.

This kit is so popular Uwell have already released a second generation in the form of the Koko Caliburn kit, which provides a more compact design than the original for those looking for the same top class performance, but with a different form factor.

The Caliburn takes top spot because it ticks all the boxes so emphatically, being the best in class performance, affordability, discreet/compactness and simplicity in use. Excusing the fact it can be a bit fiddly to get the pod cap off to refill the pod, there’s virtually nothing not to like!

Smok Nord 2 Pod Vape Kit

1500mAh Battery, Adjustable Wattage, OLED Display Screen, Side Fill
PERFORMANCE SCORE
Flavour: 5/5
Smoothness: 5/5
Cost-Effectiveness: 5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
PROS & CONS
+ 1500mAh Battery
+ Wide Range Of Compatible Coils
+ Adjustable Wattage Up To 40W
- Coils & Pod Compatibility Can Be Confusing

The Nord 2 was the second major pod kit sequel from Smok recently with the first, the Smok Novo 2, appearing further down this list. Smok are likely best known for their more advanced sub ohm kits but such has been the popularity of the pod kits as of late, it was entirely unsurprising to see Smok strengthening their foothold on the market as one of the key players in pod vaping.

The Nord 2 is different than most on this list, due to the fact that it utilises replaceable coils. What this means is that there’s no need to buy a replacement pod when your flavour starts to change or performance dips, simply swap out the coil, let it soak for 5 mins, and you’re vaping away again. Not only that, but there are different pod and coil options to choose from, allowing the user to tweak and tailor their vaping experience.

It’s compact design makes it one of the most pocket-friendly kits out there whilst the adjustable wattage feature again highlights its customisation aspect. The large capacity 1500mAh battery has a durable lifespan which strikes the ideal balance between power and output.

Once again the Nord 2 ticks so many boxes so emphatically. We love the option to change coils and wattage, with it only losing out on the top spot due to the Caliburn’s superior flavour production. All in all though, if you’re looking for a super compact device for when you’re on the go, or you want the option to switch up your vape seamlessly, then the Nord 2 is a top choice!

Vaporesso GTX Go 40 Pod Kit

5-40W, 1500mAh Battery, MTL & DTL, Auto-Wattage Select, Multi-Coil
PERFORMANCE SCORE
Flavour: 5/5
Smoothness: 4/5
Cost-Effectiveness: 5/5
Value For Money: 4/5
PROS & CONS
+ Suited To Both MTL And Sub Ohm Vaping Due To Auto Wattage Selection
+ Compatible With Wide Range Of GTX Coils
- Large Capacity Battery Requires Regular Charging

The Vaporesso GTX GO 40 vape kit offers ease of use without sacrificing customisability. Capable of a 40W max output, it's powered by a built-in 1500mAh battery, which can deliver long vaping sessions on just a single charge. Compatible with a wide range of Vaporesso GTX coils, you'll have more opportunity than ever to discover your preferred level of vapour production.

With its single button operation, the device doesn't feature any potentially confusing menu systems, so vaping is as simple as pushing a button. Thanks to the smart chipset technology, the GTX 40 will automatically recognise which coil has been installed and will automatically select an appropriate wattage between 5 and 40W. The wide range of compatible coils from the GTX, GTX One and GTX mesh series mean the kit supports MTL and DTL vaping.

Each kit includes the GTX 22 refillable pod, which has an e-liquid capacity of 2ml. The pod features an adjustable airflow, so you can select either a tight or loose inhale to complement the MTL or DTL coil you've selected. Refilling it is easy, as all you have to do is unscrew the mouthpiece - you don't even have to remove the pod from the device. The multiple coil options mean you can use high PG, 50/50 and high VG e-liquids with this kit. The included coil works best with a 70% VG e-liquid.

Elf Bar Disposable Vape

600 Puffs, Nic Salt, Inhale Activated, No Charging Or Upkeep Required
 
PERFORMANCE SCORE
Flavour: 5/5
Smoothness: 5/5
Cost-Effectiveness: 4/5
Value For Money 3/5
PROS & CONS
+ Pocket-Sized MTL Disposable Vape Kit
+ No Set-Up Or Maintenance Required
+ Inhale Activation
- No Adjustable Wattage Output
- Set Range Of Flavours

The Elf Bar 600 is a highly popular device in the growing range of disposable vapes, especially amongst people that are switching to vaping. Why has it struck a chord with new vapers? Firstly, it can be used straight out of the box without any set-up, not to mention the fact that each bar can outlast 20 cigarettes while taking up much less room. Plus, there’s a whole selection of flavours available to suit a wide range of tastes. Thanks to the salt nic e-liquid you’ll also experience a smoother throat hit, and with the option of two strengths available you’ll have more choices than ever before.

With such a variety of fruit, candy, soda, dessert, tobacco flavours, it’s tough to choose just one that stands out. However, a particular favourite of ours is Blueberry Sour Raspberry. It’s a tangy and sweet blend with an authentic blue raspberry note that’s present throughout.

Aspire Pockex Vape Kit

1500mAh Battery, Single Button, Pen Style, 2ml Capacity
PERFORMANCE SCORE
Flavour: 5/5
Smoothness: 5/5
Cost-Effectiveness: 5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
PROS & CONS
+ Ergonomic & Easy Upkeep
+ Multiple Coil Compatibility (Including Sub Ohm
- Overfilling Tank Can Cause Leakage
- Non-Replaceable Battery

The Pockex from Aspire is one of those truly rare things; a product that’s been so consistently good, despite literally thousands of kits entering the market since its release back in 2016, it still manages to make it into the top 3 for 2022’s list! Nowhere in the vaping world does the old adage so rightfully apply - if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it!

Aspire have been manufacturing vaping hardware from the early days back in 2013. They are likely best known for the Nautilus Mini tank, which has been helping people make the switch for even longer than the Pockex! When we asked customers what defines Aspire for them, the answer, in a word, was “quality”. Aspire simply make good products, and are always made to last.

The Pockex is no exception. It’s pretty much the ultimate starter kit with an ergonomic pen design which is both lightweight and compact, whilst its multiple coil compatibility (Pockex coils as well as the renowned Nautilus X coils will work with the Pockex) is a huge benefit for users who are new to vaping, allowing them to try different coils and get used to fiddling about a bit.

It’s super simple to use whilst still being what one might describe as an old school vape device. No pods or any of that stuff here, oh no. This is ‘proper vaping’ and a great kit for those looking to make the switch but who also aren’t afraid of getting their hands a little sticky and learning a couple of things about vaping along the way!

That simplicity of use is likely the key to the Pockex’s success. That and the fact it’s just so versatile, whilst still doing the basics so ruddy well! The only real negative to mention is that users have reported that although battery life is good, the overall lifetime of the battery is somewhat questionable. For those who like this design but would prefer the inclusion of power levels and adjustable airflow, the Innokin Endura T18 II is also a great choice.

Aroma King Disposable Vape

Blueberry & Raspberry, 600 Puffs, 0mg, 10mg & 20mg Nic Salt
PERFORMANCE SCORE
Flavour: 4/5
Smoothness: 3/5
Cost-Effectiveness: 4/5
Value For Money 4/5
PROS & CONS
+ Slimline Profile
+ No Maintenance Required
- Range Of Flavour Options
- Can Not Be Refilled

The Aroma King disposable vape is a simple device designed for experienced and new vapers alike. As well as that, you won't have the hassle of changing the coil or topping it up with e-liquid, as you can simply replace a device that's finished with a new one. Each device is filled with 2ml of e-liquid, which delivers up to 600 puffs and will outlast 20 cigarettes.

Thanks to inhale activation, you won't have to worry about fiddling around with buttons or menu screens. Simply puff on the mouthpiece to start vaping. The Aroma King disposable will produce a smaller amount of vapour for an MTL (Mouth To Lung) inhale that replicates the feeling of a cigarette.

It's available in 0mg, 10mg and 20mg salt nicotine strengths, so you can experiment and see what strength suits you best. The Aroma King disposable delivers a smooth throat hit and quicker nicotine absorption to satisfy your cravings faster thanks to its use of salt nicotine. There's a varied selection of different fruit, menthol and beverage blends for you to try, but if we had to choose one, it has to be Blue Sour Raspberry. This forest fruit duo balances the tangy taste of raspberry with the unique flavour of blueberry.

Smok Solus Pod Vape Kit

MTL Vaping, 700mAh Battery, 2ml Refillable Pods, Inhale Activated
PERFORMANCE SCORE
Flavour: 4/5
Smoothness: 4/5
Cost-Effectiveness: 4/5
Value For Money: 5/5
PROS & CONS
+ Inhale Activated
+ Mesh Coils Develop Flavour Well
+ Feels Like A Cigarette
- Only One Pod In The Box

The Smok Solus pod vape kit has been designed with simplicity and style. This inhale activated device so you can puff away without any buttons or menus. Powered by a 700mAh battery, you will see good usage in between charges.

The refillable pods use an integrated coil design, so there are no fiddly coil changes when it's time to change, you can just replace the whole pod. The pods are easy to refill from the bottom, just remove the small silicone stopper and top up with e-liquid. The built-in coil is 0.9 Ohm and made with mesh, which will create a hit that mimics a cigarette by creating small amounts of vapour. The pods built-in mesh coil develops a fuller flavour, because more liquid is vapourised at one time.

The Smoks Solus is an inexpensive, stylish vape kit with an intuitive user interface. A compact sized vape with low vapour production, it delivers quality flavour. It’s a good alternative to other larger vape kits and is ideal for new vapers and more experienced vapers looking for a simplified experience.

Aspire Pockex Box Vape Kit

MTL & DTL, 2000mAh Battery, Auto-Wattage Select, 2ml Tank
PERFORMANCE SCORE
Flavour: 4/5
Smoothness: 5/5
Cost-Effectiveness: 4/5
Value For Money: 4/5
PROS & CONS
+ Auto-Wattage Select
+ Mesh Coil Build
- Bulkier Than Some Options
- Limited Range Of Coils

One of the newest additions to our extensive beginner vape kit collection, the Aspire Pockex Box kit is equipped with some very distinct features which allow it to stand out. It features coil detection technology that recognises which coil from the compatible Pockex range you’ve selected and automatically picks a wattage for you. It also features rapid 2A charging and thanks to passthrough capabilities you can safely use it while charging. Although not the slimmest of kits, it can last a full day on one charge.

Smok Novo 2 Pod Vape Kit

800mAh Battery, 2ml Refillable Pods, Mesh Vape Coils
PERFORMANCE SCORE
Flavour: 4/5
Smoothness: 4/5
Cost-Effectiveness: 4/5
Value For Money: 5/5
PROS & CONS
+ Stylish Yet Discreet Design
+ Multiple Pod Compatibility
- Battery Not The Most Long-Lasting
- Fixed Airflow

With a similar aesthetic to the Nord kit, the second generation Novo 2 kit is as simple as refillable pod kits come. An elegant yet eye-catching design is coupled with a durable 800mAh battery whilst users can choose from a wide range of Novo pods which come in a variety of coil builds and resistances. A buttonless, inhale activation highlights its ease of use whilst the side fill system on the pods keeps leakage to a minimum. One of the most popular kits for switchers, it’s of no surprise why this is one of our most consistent sellers since its arrival.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of best starter kits for 2022, a massive thank you to all of our customers who’ve offered us feedback and help to compile the list. Of course, these are only opinions, so please be sure to check out our ever-expanding range of starter vape kits designed for switchers from smoking, where you can make your own decision.

Once again if you'd like to check out our beginners vaping guide or for any other enquiries concerning starter kits or vaping in general, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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