What Is The Best Starter Vape In 2024?

Start vaping the smart way with top kits.
By Melanie, Copywriter
17th Apr 2024(updated)

If you’re brand new to vaping, you’re probably looking for a vape that’s easy to use and beginner-friendly. Luckily, our vape starter kit collection features exactly that! We stock a wide range of e-cigarette starter kits, ranging from discreet MTL (Mouth To Lung) options that will produce a small amount of vapour, all the way to powerful yet simple DTL (Direct To Lung) devices.

Below, you’ll find our list of the very best vapes for beginners. We’ve picked the top pod and pen vape starter kits based on reviews from real customers like you, with help from our own experts. Remember that if your order is over £20, you’ll get free next-day UK shipping on all these vape kits, so you can get started quickly as well as easily!

Pros & Cons:

  • Rechargeable Elf Bar
  • Wide Range Of Prefilled Pods
  • Supports MTL Vaping
  • Only One Nicotine Strength

The Elfa Pro is one of the most impressive vape starter kits we’ve seen in ages – and that’s why it deserves top spot on our list. It features a built-in 500mAh battery that’s big enough to last most vapers a full day and works with prefilled Elfa and Elfa Pro pods that cut down on maintenance. Getting started is easy – break the freshness seal on the base of the pod, insert the pod into the device, and inhale on the mouthpiece. When the pod is empty it can be replaced, and you can recharge your battery and use it over and over.

Elfa pods come in a wide variety of flavours, including fruit, ice, soda and candy blends, so there’s something to suit every palate. They’re all inspired by best-selling Elf Bar disposable vapes. The e-liquid inside the pods is blended with nic salts, so it’ll provide a smooth throat hit and satisfy cravings fast. The choice of flavours, combined with how easy this kit is to use, make it an ideal option if you’re looking for a greener, more budget-friendly alternative to single-use vapes that’s just as simple.

Pros & Cons:

  • Compact, Pocket-Sized Design
  • Prefilled And Refillable Pods
  • Supports MTL Vaping
  • Not As Simple As A Disposable Vape

Are you a fan of Elf Bars and the flavours they have to offer, but wish that you could recharge or refill them? If so, look no further than the Elf Bar Mate 500! Simply put, it's a rechargeable Elf Bar that is compatible with both the refillable Mate 500 pods and prefilled Elf Bar Mate P1 pods, and works out cheaper than a disposable vape in the long run. What's great about the prefilled pods, is that you can enjoy all the Elf Bar flavours you know and love and while only having to replace the pod when they run out of e-liquid.

However, if you're after more options in terms of e-liquid, the refillable pods let you use any 50/50 or high PG vape liquids that tickle your fancy. Their 2ml capacity means that both types of pod can deliver up to 500 puffs when full. Plus, they'll both produce less waste than a disposable, making the Elf Bar Mate 500 far better for the environment and far better for your wallet too.

Pros & Cons:

  • Compact, Pocket-Sized Design
  • Safety Features
  • Supports RDTL & MTL Vaping
  • No Button To Lock The Device

The Aspire Gotek X is a solid option if you want something compact. Coming in at under £10, it's super affordable and will support both MTL (Mouth To Lung) and RDTL (Restricted Direct To Lung) vaping. This is thanks to its adjustable airflow, as well as the choice of coil resistances and 10-13W power output. Plus, the Gotek X is packed with features, even at its low price. Inhale activation means you can just puff on the mouthpiece and you’re all set, while its chipset offers safety protections against short circuits and overcharging.

The included Gotek X pod is easily refilled via a stopper on the side, which cuts down on mess. It contains a built-in 0.8 Ohm coil, so you can say goodbye to fiddly coil changes and just replace the entire pod when it's finished. Plus, the mesh design of the coil means that you can expect better flavour from your vape juice, as it’ll heat it up faster. They work best with 50% VG or higher PG e-liquid. Speaking of e-liquid, the Gotek X comes with a free 10ml bottle of Large Juice in your choice of flavour!

Pros & Cons:

  • Inhale Activated
  • Compact Design
  • Classic Crystal Flavours
  • Only Works With Prefilled Pods

If you′re a fan of the SKE Crystal Bar disposable vapes, then the rechargeable Crystal Plus pod kit should be right up your street! This compact vape features a buttonless design and is inhale activated, so no more messing around with fiddly buttons or scrolling through complicated menu screens. Simply inhale on the mouthpiece and your device will produce a discrete level of vapour for an MTL inhale that feels more like a cigarette. Plus, its fixed 11W power output ensures a consistent vape with each puff.

The Crystal Plus is compatible with the Crystal Plus prefilled pods, which are sold separately in two-packs as part of our 3 for £15 multi-buy. Each pod is prefilled with 2ml of nic salt e-liquid in a 20mg strength. Thanks to the salt nicotine, you can expect a smooth throat hit. A flavour that we really enjoy is Lemon & Lime. This sharp fusion of citrus fruits combines the zingy taste of lemon with the zesty notes of lime for a tangy vape.

Pros & Cons:

  • Large 1000mAh Built-In Battery
  • Wide Range Of Pod Resistances
  • Built-In Mesh Coils
  • Not As Simple As A Disposable Vape

At Vape Club, we’re all big fans of Vaporesso’s famous Xros range. These small, beginner-friendly pod kits are compact and easy to use, yet they don’t compromise on flavour. Of the whole series, the Xros Mini is best for new vapers, since it features a simple, buttonless design. The built-in 1000mAh battery is impressively long-lasting, and you’ll easily get a full day out of a single charge.

The Xros Mini is compatible with the Xros pods that feature built-in coils in a wide range of resistances. Refilling is fuss-free – just snap off the mouthpiece to access the fill port. Since the coils are built in, maintenance is minimal – when your coil is finished, just replace the whole pod. The coils feature a mesh build, so they’ll heat e-liquid quickly to boost flavour. As this is a refillable kit, you can take your pick from our huge range of 50% VG e-liquids, with plenty of nicotine strengths and hundreds of flavours on offer.

Pros & Cons:

  • High Puff Disposable Vape
  • Wide Range Of Flavours
  • Zero Maintenance
  • Set Up Is A Little Tricky

The Instaflow is a disposable vape with a design that’s the first of its kind. This clever device features a built-in 2ml pod and comes with a 10ml refill container. Once you’ve slid the container into place, turn the device upside down, and liquid will flow into the pod. This unique refillable design, combined with the rechargeable 550mAh battery, allow the Instaflow to deliver up to 4500 puffs. It’ll easily outlast seven regular 600-puff disposables, for a budget-friendly yet long-lasting option.

When it comes to flavour, you can take your pick from a variety of fruit, ice, and beverage-inspired blends. Once the 10ml e-liquid container has run out, just replace your device with a new one – there’s no maintenance required beyond the initial setup.

Pros & Cons:

  • Unique Multi-Pod Design
  • Prefilled Pods In Popular Flavours
  • Good Alternative To Disposables
  • The Device Is Quite Bulky

The Sky Hunter Twist Slim is a pod kit with a twist. The built-in 650mAh battery is big enough to last all day, and thanks to the four prefilled pods that you’ll load in, this kit can deliver up to 2400 puffs. You can easily rotate the mouthpiece to swap between flavours whenever you feel like switching things up, and when the pods are empty, just replace them and keep on using your device. Since the process is so simple, this kit is ideal for beginners.

Speaking of Twist Slim pods, you’ll find them prefilled with a wide variety of e-liquid flavours, including fruit, ice, soda and candy fusions. The vape juice inside the pods features a nic salt blend, which means they’ll satisfy cravings quickly while delivering a smooth throat hit.

Pros & Cons:

  • Easy To Use
  • Compact Design
  • Mesh Coils
  • Lack Of Modes

Next up is the Geekvape Wenax M1 pod vape kit – a pocket-sized MTL vape pen. With this kit, you can expect a smaller amount of vapour and a cigarette-like inhale, which is great if you’ve just switched over from smoking. There's no need to adjust any settings or to try and figure out the best wattage, as the device will detect the coil in your pod and work it all out for you.

The M1’s built-in 800mAh battery can support a plenty of vaping time between charges and will deliver a 18W max power output. This means it does a great job at offering an authentic MTL inhale. The M1 refillable pods feature a rubber mouthpiece so they're very comfortable to use. The built-in mesh coil will heat up your vape juice quickly, so you can expect the best possible flavour. You’ll want to pair this kit with 50% VG e-liquid to really get the most out of it.

Pros & Cons:

  • Mesh Coils For Improved Flavour
  • Simple Top-Filling Pods
  • Pocket-Friendly Design
  • Relatively Small Battery

The Uwell Caliburn pod kit series is one of the most popular and best-selling ranges on the market, and the A3 certainly doesn’t disappoint. Single button operation combined with inhale activation makes things nice and easy, as all you have to do is take a puff on the mouthpiece to start vaping. This means that you don’t have to bother with any menus or settings. The button can also be used to lock and unlock the device for that extra bit of security.

The Caliburn A3 pods are easy to refill, thanks to their simplified top-filling design; you don’t even have to remove it from your kit, just pop off the mouthpiece. They also contain built-in mesh coils, so there are no fiddly coil changes either. The mesh design of these coils improves the flavour of your vape juice by heating more of it at a faster rate.

Pros & Cons:

  • Powerful Battery
  • 20W Max Power Output
  • Multiple Pod Resistances
  • Charging Cable Not Included

The Geekvape Sonder U pod vape kit offers a no-nonsense approach to vaping at a low price. It's easy to use, as there aren’t any buttons or menus to deal with, you just puff on the mouthpiece to vape. Included with your kit is a 0.7 Ohm pod, with 1.1 Ohm pods available separately that will give you a slightly tighter draw. Whichever pod you go for, both are great for pairing with 50% VG or higher PG e-liquid.

The Sonder U boasts a 1000mAh built-in battery, which is pretty impressive when you consider its small size. Plus, It can be recharged quickly using a USB-C charging cable. That said, you’ll want to keep in mind that Geekvape hasn't included one with this kit in order to keep the cost down, but you can buy one separately if you don't already have one at home.

Summing Up

There you have it – our list of the very best beginner vapes. We hope one of these starter kits has caught your eye, but if not, don’t forget that this is just a small selection of what we have to offer. Our full range features hundreds of options, there really is something for everyone.

Need more information? Check out our beginners guide to vaping that’s packed with everything you’ll need to know. Plus, if you need any further help, you can always reach out to our Customer Service team. Our friendly vape experts are here to help, seven days a week, by phone, email and live chat.

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